Friday, November 30, 2012

Elf on the Shelf in the Classroom

I just introduced "Elf on the Shelf" in my classroom today and the students loved it! It's such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit and is a great tool to use to enforce good behavior.

First, I read the story to the class.
Next, we voted on a name for our classroom elf. After many choices, the class voted on Bella!

Once our elf had a name, we decorated the door. After all, she needs a way to get in and out of the classroom!
Lastly, we did a craft activity. Students created their own elf and wrote about it!
I printed the craft activity from Teachers Pay Teachers using a variety of worksheets:

Both activities are free to download! 

On Monday, the class will walk into Bella's first mischevious activity!
Someone was a bad elf!

Stay tuned for updates on Bella's adventures!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Katie's Closet


Scarf: Old Navy
Jacket: Express
Sweater: Express
Leggings: Macy's
Leg warmers: Target
Boots: Cathy Jean

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

I recently made this dip for a party and it disappeared too quickly! With it's light and fluffy consistency, it's no surprise everyone loved it!

Fruity Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
Ingredients(Makes 6-8 servings):
  • 1/2 cup fruit-flavored yogurt*
  • 1/2 cup natural runny peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Fruit/veggies for dipping
*To customize the flavor, use 6 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of any fruit jam.

Recipe from

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Katie's Closet

Dress: Calvin Klein
Sweater: Express
Scarf: Old Navy

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chubby Hubby Truffles

I absolutely love truffles because they're incredibly easy to make and so delicious! always has yummy and easy recipes to make and as always, this recipe didn't disappoint!

Chubby Hubby Buckeye Truffles Recipe:
(Recipe from The Brown Eyed Baker)
Yield: About 18 truffles
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Chill Time: 1 hour, total

1½ cups pretzel pieces
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

1. Put the pretzel pieces into a resealable plastic bag and crush into very small bits (a rolling pin works great for this).
2. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and salt. Stir until all of the ingredients are completely blended and smooth. Add the pretzel bits to the peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the powdered sugar and mix until completely combined.
3. Line a small baking sheet with wax paper. Using a small cookie scoop, or about 2 teaspoons worth of peanut butter mixture, gently shape into a ball with your fingertips. Place the ball on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator and chill for at least 30 minutes.
4. When ready to dip the truffles, microwave the chocolate chips and vegetable shortening together in a small bowl at 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth.
5. Working one at a time, dip one peanut butter-pretzel ball into the melted chocolate and use a fork to roll it around, ensuring that it is completely coated with chocolate. Let any extra chocolate drip off and place back on the wax paper-lined sheet. Repeat with all of the peanut butter-pretzel balls.
6. Return the baking sheet to the refrigerator and again chill for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with a drizzle of melted peanut butter and crushed pretzels, if desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Katie's Closet

Dress: Old Navy
Necklace: Ily Couture
Boots: Cathy Jean

Monday, November 12, 2012

Airplane Baby Shower

My cousin had her baby shower a few weeks ago and it was so adorable! She met her husband while she was a flight attendant, so the theme ended up being airplanes! My aunt and cousin-in-law did such an awesome job with everything!

Due Date: January 16th!

Airplane cupcake toppers.

Such cute cookie favors!

I love the yarn covered letter.

Baggage claim- for the presents!

Cute and simple centerpieces.

In-Flight beverages at the drink station.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Katie's Closet

Sweater: H & M
Shirt: H & M
Nacklace: Vera Wang for Kohls
Pants: Express
Shoes: Target

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Monogram Obsessed Part III

Hi my name is Katie and I'm addicted to monogram items. It's a problem. Here is my latest home decor purchase from Rustic Metal Design .Loving it!!! Go check out their site on Facebook and see what goodies you want!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Katie's Closet

Dress: Target
Leopard cardigan: H & M
Shoes: Target

Monday, November 5, 2012

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms

While decorating for a recent party, I made some cute tissue paper pom poms. Thanks to Martha Stewart and her fabulous tutorial, I was able to do so! Check out her step by step guide here .

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Katie's Closet

Top: LC Lauren Conrad from Kohls
Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: Calvin Klein