Moving to a new online home

It is hard to believe I have been blogging for 6 years but not hard to believe that a lot has changed in those 6 years. I am still a teacher but now have only one class instead of the 25 plus I had as a technology teacher. I still love to scrapbook, especially digitally but now use my scrapbooking skills mostly to create items for my classroom and no long rep for a scrapbooking company. I am still married to my wonderful husband but we know have 3 beautiful children and can keep up with friends and family on Facebook instead of sharing pictures and stories on blogger. So for many reasons I no longer fit my scrapbunny blog. I now hope to blog mostly for the early childhood crowd, especially the many teachers like me that will be starting a new teaching adventure, Transitional Kindergarten. I'm excited to start this journey and hope you will all hop over to my new blog Transitional Kinder with Mrs. O. This week I'll be sharing many freebies I have made for my classroom and my colleges in kinder and first. Some I have shared before and some are new so I hope you all follow me at my new blog and on facebook at

Playing with templates

I'm playing with new templates trying to find a new look :)
Might just use the same one I found for my WBT blog.

Everything is Coming Up Rainbows

So 8 school days left and I should be working on report cards but I have been inspired to create things for next year instead :) One of my FAV kinder blogs Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten has been sharing many wonderful freebies and tips over the last several days as she does Extreme Makeover-Classroom Edition. Be sure to hop over and follow her blog and TpT store. Her files are awesome and so cute! She made the cutest polka dot name tags here. I have decided to do a rainbow theme for my classroom so using Tammy's great file as inspiration I opened up My Memory Suite and finally used some 6 yr old digi scrapbooking paper to create these name tags. I made them 4 colors on a page with an extra blue and then 4 of each Rainbow color on a page.

Click here to download a copy of these Rainbow Tags if you would like :)

Rainbow theme or ocean theme

So now that Open House is over and knowing that my school will be closed for painting this summer I have been trying to plan for next year. I will be teaching Transitional Kindergarten and think I want a change from the ocean theme a have done before. Since I have the Lakeshore Rainbow square carpet I thought a Rainbow theme could be nice and cheerful. School Girl Style has this cute set 

 but I want something in the regular colors I think to go with my rug and book bins.

So using My Memory Suite I think I have come up with a start for labels, name plates and a welcome sign. What do you think? Too cute or too much? I'm thinking cubby labels on rainbow paper and nameplates and book bins on solid colors.

Open House 2012

So Open House is over and the countdown to summer is at 12 more school days! Thought I would share some classroom pics from Open House. Room 104 looked great mostly because of my co teacher's creativity not mine  :)

Pinterest Fun

So I have been doing more pinning then blogging and thought I should share. Check out my pins at

Here is a current favorite pin :)

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest


So excited that I found out how to have free uploads and digital proofs from VistaPrint for FREE! Put that with their email deals and I can now save a ton, over $100 on the order I'm working on now :) Comment below if you would like more about VistaPrint or click on the link at the left.

Everything Kindergarten Expo

Has anyone else gone to the Everything Kindergarten Expo since it launched yesterday? It is AWESOME! There are presentations from there wonderful bloggers:
  Kreative in Kinder  Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business

 It is all online with videos and handouts plus a goodie bag of downloads if you sign up before the 30th. I'm getting so many ideas I had to share this. 
Get info at

WBT Live TV! on Tuesday!

I'm so excited for the newest WBT webinar! Check out Chris B's Email:


Dear Colleagues:

SUPERSPEED RHYMES, our huge, 500 slide PowerPoint program will debut on our webcast, Tuesday, January 31.

30 word families, 200+ words, every word illustrated with a high quality, cartoon graphic!

Teach your kids rhymes, sight words, question answering, critical thinking AND with the included Phonics Decoder, a powerful technique for breaking words into letter sounds!

Tuesday, January 31
5 PM Western and Mountain
7 PM Central
8 PM Eastern

Get the free SUPERSPEED RHYMES download Tuesday night!

Power to the Teachers!
Chris "Coach B" Biffle
Director, Whole Brain Teachers of America

 If you can't make the Tuesday webcast they post the videos Check them out :) Hope to see you Tuesday


Had to share this find from a great kinder blog,

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered.
Forgive Them Anyway
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motive.
Be Kind Anyway
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Be Successful Anyway
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be Honest and Frank Anyway
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
Build Anyway
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be Happy Anyway
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Be Good Anyway
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give the World the Best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God!
It was never between you and them…Anyway!

Busy 2011 and New for 2012

So it has been a very busy few months. I have been spending a lot of time learning kindergarten and doing school things. In the next few months I am going to try to focus on my self, physically and spiritually. For the physical I'm using to track my food, exercise and progress. I have lost 12 lbs this month but have 100 lb to go.  For the spiritual I first need to get on track with my Bible reading and personal study. Look for frequent updates on my fitness and faith journeys on Facebook and MyFitnessPal

I got a blog award!

I am so humble to get a blog award from my buddy Debi at , especially when I have been such a bad blogger lately. Thanks so much Debi for making my month and sharing so much on your blogs :)

Here are the rules of the award:

*Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
*Share 7 things about yourself.
*Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs.

Ok, so 7 things about me
1. I am now teaching kindergarten! It has been an interesting 16 days of school so far and I'm glad I was at least switched the day before school started :)

2. I love using technology with kids and was the technology teacher at Highlands Elementary for 7 years. 

3.  I have 3 blogs, am in charge of our school website and oversee a daily CAFE yahoo group.  My classroom blog is a work in process as I switch from my first grade blog, to my kinder blog
My 3rd blog is my WholeBrainTeaching blog, and my school website is

4. I love scrapbooking but have very little time for it so LOVE My Memories Suite because it is so fast to make a book.

5.  I don't like to shop for clothes or groceries but love to garage sale 

6.  I repeated second grade, was home schooled in 4th and skipped 8th grade.

7.  I live in the same town I teach in and my daughter goes to my school.

Now the hard part picking 15 blogs to pass the award onto. I am going to stick with the RECENTLY discovered part and share some of my favorite kinder, daily 5, and whole brain teacher blogs

WOOHOO Free teacher stuff

Kreative in Kinder is offering a free unit! She already is a fav kinder blog of mine and have GREAT stuff!
 All you need to do is follow some quick easy steps and you get to choose one free unit! WooHoo because I don't get paid until the end of the month and need all the free I can get.

My Memories Suite Discounts and contests

Now that school is out it is time for some fun in the sun and catching up on scrapbooking. I have been using MMS for a lot of school projects and I'm ready to do some personal pages now :) I take my scrapbooking on the road with my laptop and My Memories Suite software. The My Memories Suite sites have a new look and there are lots of giveaways and challenges going on. Of course Camp Scrappy is in full swing with fun challenges on the MMS Facebook page and forum.
If you do not own My Memories Suite yet it is only a few clicks away! Click on the link on the upper left or here and enter the code FREEDOM15 at checkout for 15% off until the end of July! Hop over and grab MMS and join the fun this summer :)

Saturday Speed Scrap

Here is my page for tonight's speed scrap with the peeps from My Memories Suite.

The kit is part of the old company the Ettes designed for and is called Tressie