Celebrating Christmas in July with VA Bloggers (and a Heidi Songs GIVEAWAY too)!!

We had a wonderful time at the VA Blogger Get-Together yesterday with these lovely ladies...

Do you recognize everyone?
The back row (L-R) is:





Karen M.

The front row (L-R) is:
Kelly W.

Blog reader Debbie

and my co-host, Kelly H!

What a FUN group of ladies!!  We had a blast just chatting away and enjoying the yummy food at Bahama Breeze... and, of course, sharing some gifts--it was Christmas in July, after all!!

The AMAZING Heidi from Heidi Songs heard we were having a get-together and offered to mail me a box of her products to share (of course I said yes!!).  Imagine my surprise when the box arrived and Heidi had sent me enough DVD's, CDs, and books so EVERYONE at the get-together could take one home!  THANKS Heidi!!

Lucky for you... Heidi also sent enough for us to give YOU a chance to win a CD too!!  LOVE ya, Heidi! Just follow these fabulous VA bloggers from the meet-up for additional chances to win the Singable Songs for Letters and Sounds CD!
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VA Blogger Get-Together... TOMORROW!!

WOO HOO!  The VA Blogger Get Together is TOMORROW!!
Can't wait to see everyone!  

If you haven't yet RSVP'ed, please email me ASAP....
hope you can join us to
CELEBRATE Christmas in July!!

PS  Bring your $5 item for the White Elephant exchange, if you're participating.

See you soon!

Favorite Pins Friday!!

I'm linking up with the lovely Cara from The First Grade Parade for Favorite Pins Friday!! She's helping tide all of us over until Kacey's Five for Friday returns... in a super, fun way!

I'd love for you to follow me on Pinterest... my username is karenstamp.

Here are a few of my recent favorites:
School Pins:
 I can't wait to try this one out... I've got so many ideas to use this on!!

I made my number wall like this last year, but I loved how she created a anchor chart inside each number.  I'm trying this next year!

 Home Pins:
I was so excited to see this adorable idea of a summer bucket list FOR KIDS!!! 

Here's one of my Dad's projects! We were so excited about another cover story!!  

Don't forget to link up with Cara!  Happy Pinning!!
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Star Spangled SALE!

Thanks to Fluttering Through First Grade for the graphic!
Everything in my store will be on sale 20% off today for a Star-Spangled CELEBRATION!!  Happy 4th!

Monday Made It: Color Day Shirts!

So excited to link up for Monday Made It!  As I mentioned the other day, I was anxiously waiting for my vinyl order that just came in.... especially because I was able to complete a project that I started last summer:  Color Day Shirts!  

My buddy Kelly was making these shirts with her team, and I loved the idea so I made some too.  The only problem was, I ended up running out of vinyl (and time!)... so the project was never completed--until NOW!!!  

SO excited that I now have a complete set... red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black, and white!  The iron on vinyl from ExpressionsVinyl.com is wonderful because you can get it in so many different colors--including the sparkly silver glitter vinyl that you see here.  Just cut the letters on your Cameo and iron them on... VOILA, color day shirts!!  I can tell you the ones I completed last year were a huge hit with my kiddos.  

"What are Color Days?" you might ask.  Well, it's simply a way to review colors, learn color words, and complete fun color activities.  We LOVE learning the Frog Street Press color songs and practicing spelling color words. It's funny, but this is something parents always comment on at Back to School night... how they were impressed that their kindergartner could sing and spell the color words already!  Honestly, I have had these a LONG time (can you say, cassette tape!?) and we usually just sing them without music.  But, they are all super easy "piggy back" songs and the kids learn them easily.  I know that the amazing Heidi Songs has also created a set of color word songs (did you hear, she's now on iTunes?)!  So, there are lots of fun options to teach your kiddos their color words!!
Here's a little flyer I made to send home about our color days.  Click on the image above to snag your own copy (it opens in powerpoint, so you can add your own dates).  If you don't have the font, it's Kevin and Amanda's Teacher's Pet which you can download for free.  PS  It looked all funky when I clicked on it, but was fine once I downloaded it--let me know if you have any trouble!  :o) 

Still looking for more VA Bloggers...