Friday, January 31, 2014

Valentine's Celebrations with Oriental Trading Company!

 I love shopping at Oriental Trading Company !  It really is my go-to place for FUN inspiration!  If you're a regular reader you know that I've written about them before (1st Birthday, Christmas) and today I wanted to tell you all a little bit about what Oriental Trading Company has to offer you for Valentine's Day.  They have so much awesome and affordable Valentine's Day related products!  They have everything you could possibly need to celebrate the holiday- decorations, crafts, candy, toys, party supplies, and of course, valentines. I regularly shop at Oriental Trading Company for so many different things that I use at school and at home!

Oriental Trading Company is the nation's largest direct merchant of value-priced party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties, and a leading provider of school supplies and affordable home décor and gift ware.  They serve tons of customers through colorful catalogs and the Internet and offer more than 40,000 products to meet the needs of all kinds of businesses, not-for-profit organizations, individuals, schools, churches and teachers.

Oriental Trading Company sent me several items for review to use with my students this Valentine's Day.  Even though, nowadays, there is little time in the classroom for crafts, we still do get to do a little celebration for Valentine's Day (although it does help that it's on a Friday this year).  One of the main thing that my kiddos need for Valentine's Day is a place to put all of their valentines to each other.  I chose the Owl Valentine Box Card Holder Craft Kit for my students to make this year.  I just couldn't pass up how cute these are!  

One thing I love about crafts from the Oriental Trading Company is that each one come individually pre-packaged with all of the pieces, which makes it super easy to prepare for each student.  Plus, a lot of their foam crafts come with self adhesive pieces.  So much easier than that messy Elmer's glue!  Only the wings needs to be glued separately.  Hot glue or even those glue dots would work really easily to stick those one.


Each owl craft came with a sturdy bag for collecting valentines that measures approx. 6" x 2 1/2" x 8 1/2".  I know my kiddos are going to love making these to collect all of their valentines this year!

 I also got some fun Valentine's Day owl and monster pencils to pass out as treats and these super cute valentine bear sucker covers to cuten up even more treats!

Last, but not least, I received these Valentine Monster Sticker Scenes.

These are seriously fun and adorable!  They are the size of a regular sheet of paper (8.5x11).  These packs come with 3 sheets of four different monster design backgrounds and 12 sticker sheets so the kiddos can design their own monsters.  The stickers are even repositionable and acid free.  I am positive my students are absolutely going to adore having fun designing with these!  You can see my example below. :)

Hope you got a few fun Valentine's Day ideas!  

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nuby IcyBite Fruit Teether Review

As Little Guy gets older the teething doesn't get better!  In fact, I think it's getting much much worse.  Little Guy was a late teether, so I feel like he'll being getting teeth forever!  He's currently working on tooth number 8 (at 15 months), so Nuby's Icy Bite Fruit Teether is coming in more than handy!

From Nuby: The IcyBite™ teether/soother by Nûby™ provides a cool textured surface for baby to bite and teethe on during teething periods. The cool resilient surface soothes and stimulates sore gums safely. Engineered with raised offset surfaces that assist in the eruption of teeth by gently massaging infant’s gums. Colorful shapes are easy for baby to hold and sized for maximum effectiveness as a teether and soother. All Nûby™ products are made of safe, durable materials and exceed all government safety regulations and standards including Toy Safety Standard ASTM F963.

Little Guy really liked this teether.  He was interested in it as soon as I took it out of the fridge.  The shape makes it easy to grab and I love the bright colors- it really makes it easy to find in the fridge and where ever it eventually  gets left around the house.  The top to this orange fruit teether is removable and the orange is covered in little nubs to help massage his poor gums.  It also contains nontoxic purIce gel that allows the teether to stay cooler longer than water filled teethers.  I love that you keep this teether in the fridge and not the freezer because that means that Little Guy can actually hold this in his mouth without his hands getting too cold.  But, don't worry, this teether definitely gets cold enough to provide some great teething pain relief for your little one!  

The Nuby IcyBite Fruit Teether comes in 4 cute and colorful designs: Orange, Pineapple, Apple, and Strawberry.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Erin Condren Life Planner Review

It's a New Year and a new you and, of course, that means a new planner people! So, where else could I look for my new planner than!  

 If you've never visited Erin Condren Designs than you are seriously missing out.  Ring in the new year and get personalized, stylized, and organized!  Erin Condren Designs offers everything from  invitations, address labels, gift labels, custom business cards, life planners, lesson plan books and even acrylic designs and they can all be customizable to fit YOU! Her designs are so amazing and colorful- I mean just visiting the website cheers me up! 

Here's a little sample of what you can find there:

I recently saw a review of her life planner on another blog and I was so smitten.  I knew I had to have one for the new year!  I thought about ordering a lesson plan book, but since I now do most of my planning online and typed up on the computer I knew I would get far more use from a life planner. generously sent me a $25 gift code to help offset the cost of my planner for my review.  After a long time narrowing down the decision I decided to order the 2014 Classic Life Planner in Fleur Feliz- Rainbow.  I personalized my planner with my name at the bottom and I love how it turned out!

These life planners aren't cheap- you can expect to pay around $50 or more depending on the style and extra options you choose.  But, they say you get what you pay for and that's definitely true with this Erin Condren planner.  The 2014 Life Planner is loaded with tons of special extras you will love!  First of all, the cover is heavy duty laminated for protection from everyday wear and tear because you know you're going to want to carry this stylish planner everywhere!

Throughout the planner you'll find fun inspirational quotes to keep you going each day.

The monthly tabs are also laminated for extra durability.

There's two page monthly spreads, as well as to-do lists and goals space for every week and month.  The weekly spread pages are divided into morning, day, and night to help keep you extra organized.  There's even a meal/exercise/lists/etc. section for highlighting daily notes & activities.

All of the extras include a snap in page holder that doubles as a ruler, 20 pages of lined and designer blank pages for notes in the back, 2 pages to keep important numbers and contacts and  240 colorful stickers to help you highlight and keep track of birthdays, appointments, and special events.

There's even some pockets and a zip lock pocket with 12 extra gift labels.

Your planner is even sent to you beautifully packaged with some fun complimentary extras.  Who doesn't love that?

I love the design of my planner so much I even ordered some notebook notepads to match. :)

I'm in total love with my new planner! Anything from Erin Condren would make such an excellent gift!
I'm already thinking of what to order my sister for her next birthday.
And I may be thinking about what to order for my next birthday too!  

You can connect with Erin Condren on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Visit their website to shop for yourself.

Erin Condren Designs is going to help one of you get personalized, stylized, and organized this year!
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*Disclosure:  I received a gift code to help with part of the cost of my life planner in exchange for a review of my honest opinion.

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