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Happy Thanksgiving, Peeps!

Make sure to stop by Kinder Peeps' TpT store for our Cyber Monday Sale (check out the Christmas recipe book in the post below...and the parent letter)!


Off to get Jet ready to see his Great Grandmothers!

Holiday Cookbook...Will Make Your Heart Melt and Your Mouth Water!

Good evening!

We have had quite a busy day!  Went on our morning walk through the hills and then Jet and I went to the mall so I could get my hair done and get some last minute things...and of course, stop by Janie and Jack to get Jet another outfit...such a cute store...trouble, trouble!  

We had Christmas pictures taken this afternoon in downtown Austin at the Long Center (the views are truly so pretty...backs up to Town Lake). I can't wait to see the sneak peak later tonight!  Here is a picture of Jet at Janie and Jack's...and in the car after pictures (we stopped at Lotus Hunan, our favorite Chinese restaurant, on our way back)!



So...I have been wanting to get my class cookbook from last year uploaded!  My kinders created a holiday cookbook last Christmas (as their gift to their parents) and it turned out SO cute!  I just love it!  I compiled all of the recipes, formatted them so they would look seamless in terms of where to find the ingredients/directions on each one, hole punched them, and tied them with a pretty Christmas ribbon.

We asked the parents to send in a family recipe they enjoy over the holidays (best to ask for a digital copy...makes the transfer easier when you're ready to put it all into one file and print/copy) and then, during small group/guided reading time, I had them write what they thought was in their recipe on the back of the "real" recipe.  Take a look at my sweet Catalina's handwritten recipe....it will melt your heart...and make your mouth water!

I bought/downloaded the border I used last year (seen below) from Graphics From the Pond on TpT...you can purchase the border by clicking here.


I have created a parent letter requesting a holiday recipe; you can download it from my TpT store or by clicking the image below:


I hope you have so much fun with this!  The parents will treasure this forever!

Almost Turkey Time!


Hi, Friends, Parents, Teachers, Pinners, and TpT Sellers!

I feel like I should change the name of my blog to inbetweenJetsnaps.com, haha!  I want to blog and upload more...!  Jet is getting into a good routine during the day...he usually naps at 10 am and then again in the early afternoon.  When he naps, I find myself cleaning (I am one of those who loves to clean, haha!) and responding to e-mails from buyers, etc. before I even get a chance to think about blogging or uploading!

My mom and I went to the Nutcracker Market at Reliant in Houston this past weekend and did a lot of Christmas shopping (you should have seen my car with all of Jet's travel gear on top of everything we bought at the Nutcracker)!  I found Jet some of the cutest Christmas outfits and PJs...can't wait for him to wear them!  We had so much fun and Jet loved spending time with his Mimi over the weekend!


On that note, can you believe Thanksgiving is two weeks from today?  The year is almost over...and my sweet Jet is 11 weeks old!  He is smiling so much and talking, talking, talking.  And...we made the "big move" and began transitioning him to his crib last night!  He is such a big baby and I felt like he was literally about to rock on out of his Rock and Play at night, haha!  He did so good in his crib and slept longer than he ever has (8 pm - 2:00 am and then every 2-3 hours after that...yes, that is a long time in the newborn world, haha)!  We will see if this becomes a trend and if Mommy's daily "rescue" trips to Starbucks continue! 

Along those lines, we used our Withings "Smart" baby monitor we bought at the Apple store this summer for the first time last night...and also kept us awake most of the night (and my iPhone died first thing this morning)!  They market it as "game-changing" technology and it truly is! You can talk to baby through it, zoom in and around the nursery, note the temperature and humidity...and the list goes on and on!  So neat...BUT...I went in his nursery constantly because I wanted to make sure he was a happy little sleeper...so, there was almost no need for it anyway ;-) 

Yes, yes...Thanksgiving isn't even here yet and Mommy is already dressing Jet in Christmas outfits!  Ahhh, I love my baby!


So...let's talk Thanksgiving and teaching:

I am so thankful for my beautiful, healthy baby boy and my wonderful family.  I always loved hearing about what my kindergarteners were thankful for during this time.  Such an important, special time of year.  Last year, we got all of the kindergarten classes together and had a fun Thanksgiving feast.  We talked about the Pilgrims and Native Americans, their hardships, travels, and ultimately, their friendship.  

Be sure to stop by my TpT store and preview my Thanksgiving products and FABULOUS FREEBIE (I will never forget the kindergartener who told me he would be bringing Lysol when asked what he would be bringing to our feast - ha!):

Please leave me feedback if you download the freebie :-)







Last but not least, I am also so thankful for all of my followers....and for Pinterest! Its "reach" is incredible and has really increased my sales on TpT!  Through the TpT Seller's Forum, I discovered the magic of collaborative boards and I am now currently pinning on over 30 collaborative boards!

If you would like to pin to Kinder Peeps' boards or any of the boards Kinder Peeps pins to, simply follow Kinder Peeps on TpT and Pinterest and let me know which ones you would like to pin to...and I will add you!  Follow the steps below:

1) Click the image below and it will take you to my store:


2) Click my Pinterest icon at the top right of my blog which will take you to my Pinterest boards


3) Take a look at the collaborative boards I pin to (I recently created one for the 100th Day in February!) and e-mail me at ashleyivey@utexas.edu and let me know which boards you want to be added to!

Happy almost-weekend!


Bundle Time!

Hi, Peeps!

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween!  Here's a picture of Jet (the cutest little hunter EVER!) and me before his very first Halloween block party!


We have had a busy week and weekend.  We took some of my girlfriends and their husbands out to our ranch in Uvalde this weekend and had such a fun time!  One of my girlfriends is five months pregnant and one has three absolutely beautiful children!  The boys hunted while we had some much-needed girl time!  Lots of fun and great food!  Jet is going to sleep good tonight!

So...I consolidated some great word work files I created and decided to give them a facelift...and begin updating my TpT store!  You know me and word families...I love them!  I think word work with word families (that's a lot of w's - ha!) is not only important in reading instruction ("chunk the word/look for a part/chunk you know"), but also in writing (writing fluency activities like word family races during small group/guided reading, "Write as many -at family words on your dry erase board as fast as you can...if you know bat you know rat, sat, chat, etc..." and/or "What do I need to add to the -at to make it "chat?"). 

Check 'em out (they are all linked to my TpT store so you can click for a preview file):









I am going to make it a point to upload all of my Thanksgiving files THIS WEEK (this requires what I call "precision timing" with a newborn)!  I need to say that several more times...this week....this week....THIS WEEK!  In between Jet's naps, that is!

I can't believe he is two months old today (cuter/sweeter/chunkier than ever)!  Time truly flies.

I need to get some sleep while I can (also have to rest up for the Nutcracker Market in Houston this weekend...I look forward to it every year)!  Acres and acres of the cutest Christmas decor, food, and fun at Reliant! After this weekend, no more traveling for this mama until Christmas! I'm sure you can understand how exhausting traveling can be with kids...especially newborns!

Have a wonderful week (there are those w's again)!