November 26, 2011

Lot's of Color!

It's no secret that I love Pinterest. I'm pretty much obsessed. And, one thing I've been seeing a TON of lately is colorful rooms. The more color, the better! So, here are some fun rooms that I've found lately. They've really inspired me to be courageous in my own decorating... color is a GOOD THING!

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Don't you want to just have a seat on those cozy armchairs? The awesome fabric, fun orange lamps and bamboo back chairs are incredible.

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I don't know if I would ever have the nerve to paint my walls navy. But, this room certainly goes a long way in convincing me. The starburst mirror, garden stool and rug aren't too bad, either!

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This room looks so relaxing... like it should be on an island. I adore the starburst mirror and the spindle-legged bed. And, what a cool idea to leave the walls white and paint the ceiling!
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I just love everything about this room... especially the colors! The relaxing blue and the mix of white is so calming. And, where can I get that lamp on the nightstand?

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I love everything, I mean EVERYTHING, about this. The fun lamps, the antique buffet, the maps and globes and especially the use of color.

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It's kind of neat to have a white couch, white furniture and white walls and then use all the accessories to bring in color.

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There can never be too many ikat pillows. And, the more colors... the better!

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This room is so funky and fun. And, I love the lamps. In fact, I saw some pretty similar that I adored at TJ Maxx this week.. and, I'm kind of kicking myself for not getting them. Who cares if I don't really have a place to put them, right?

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These are really fun colors. And, I really love the suzani print bench in front of the bed. I'm also a really big fan of white beds.

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This is just a fun do-it-yourself room. And, teal, yellow and chevron? Always a fan. I also like the use of non-mathing pillows on the couch.

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There really aren't even any words to describe how amazing this is.

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Green really isn't used enough in deocrating. It looks so good here with all the crisp white bright yellow.

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I'm seriously contemplating painting my kitchen this color this summer. Somebody, talk me out of it.

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This is a fun color, too. And, again, all the white!

November 24, 2011

Deck the Halls!

Well, since it's officially Christmas season, I thought I'd show you the decorations that have been up in my house since last Sunday. Don't judge me... I never put them up this early. But, in case you haven't noticed, I have a brand new house to decorate for Christmas and I was just tooo excited!

I started with the outside.

I put wreaths on the two front windows. I love them because they make the place look cozy. I also added two candles that I got at Decor Direct in Union City for 90 cents. Can't beat that!

For the door,  I just took an old wreath I had left over from my apartment days and added some red mesh ribbon. Y'all? That stuff is AMAZING. You should run, not walk, to your  nearest craft store and get some right now. It's soooo easy to use and it always stays put and it's really cute!


I added some garland and some deer to the front table.

I love those deer bc they remind me of some my grandma used to have at her house.

And, we just went all out on this table... as you can see!

That's all I've done so far in this room.

I decorated the kitchen hallway by adding a wreath to the wrought-iron gate.


I also tried to make the chalkboard a little more festive :)

Trees in the kitchen...

and a wreath on the pamtry door.

Here's the view of the den from the kitchen.

The tree!


I'm still on the look-out for something to add to this table. It's pretty blah. But, believe me. I won't rest until it's fixed!

I added the fun little cheapo wreaths from Kirkland's to the architectural pieces hanging on either side of the tv cabinet.

And, I replaced the coffee filter wreath with a red one. I don't know if you can tell, but I heart red berry wreaths.

So, here's the view of the other side of the room.


I even added a little holiday cheer in the powder room - ha!

Well, I think that's all for now.
I'm off to enjoy it. And, that lovely couch is calling my name....




November 22, 2011

Gobble, Gobble!

Well, it's official. It's finally Thanksgiving Break and I couldn't be happier! I can't wait to relax, eat and spend time with my family.

Before I enter my turkey coma, I wanted to share some of the fun Thanksgiving activities we did over the last week. I think I can say with almost certainty that the kiddos pretty much had a blast. They're all about some Pilgrims and Native Americans!

We started last week reading some books about Thanksgiving and making a cute little anchor chart.

It was great to have in the room this week for the kids to refer to.

Tuesday, we read another book and recorded information about the Pilgrims and Native Americans.


On Wednesday and Thursday, we used the information in our chart to fill in graphic organizers about Pilgrims and Native Americans. If you've read this blog before, you know we use these graphic organizers a TON! What can I say? I like them, they're simple and they're super effective.

Here are some of their graphic organizers:







Pretty cute, huh?

This week, we used the information from our graphic organizers to write stories. And, we made Pilgrims and Native Americans out of pre-made faces that I bought at the Parent Teacher Store. Honestly, I was going to have them  make a big Pilgrim face and a big Native American face and write seperately about each. But, we ran out of time. I'm okay with it though... I think these turned out even better!





I hung these up on the clothesline in our classroom.




Today, we focused on turkeys. I used a sheet I saw on The First Grade Parade called How To Catch a Turkey. I thought it was such a great idea! We read a book about a run-away turkey and then we wrote about how we would catch him.  Then, we made some cute little tie-dyed coffee filter turkeys. I think they're fun. I sort of got tired of making the same ole' turkeys I make every year. These were so easy and they turned out great!






I hung these out in the hallway. The kids were so excited when they came back from Guidance and saw them up on the wall :)


Here's a close-up of the sign I made:



I apparently was not on my game today... I should have mixed up those colors better!

And, lastly, we also worked on a little Thanksgiving booklet that I made. Here are the pages in the book:

Front Cover

The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Today

Turkey Talk

There was also a page where they list three things that they are thankful for that I apparently didn't get a picture of.

Whew. That was a lot.

If you're still reading this, God Bless You - ha!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!