Flashback Friday....It's My BIRTHDAY!!!!!

SO...today is my BIRTHDAY!!!  Forget the fact that I'm halfway to 70....as Mr. Spouse likes to remind me every chance he gets...but it's my day!!!  I love ANY excuse to celebrate and, well, finally being halfway to 70 sounds like the perfect reason to party!

I want to celebrate with YOU.

Yes, YOU.

So my entire store is 20% off today!!!!

AND....that's not all.

I'm giving away EVERYTHING in my ENTIRE store to one friend today!

But you have to head over to Facebook to enter.

In the meantime, I'm flashing back to an old post I wrote a couple of years ago...all about birthdays!  Pretty fitting, don'tcha think?!?!

originally posted July 25, 2012

Since today is my birthday, I wanted to share with y’all what I do for birthdays in my classroom.  I always hated having a summer birthday when I was growing up…no chance to celebrate at school!  Dangit!!  I know my school babies feel the same way, so it’s important I have a little something for everyone.  Each of my kiddos gets to wear a H-U-G-E birthday button {you can get them at the Dollar Tree…and they’re the size of your head :)  Seriously, though…they remind me of the big ol’ buttons that NKOTB used to sell…I had them ALL.


I adhere ribbon to it so they can wear it like a necklace…SO much easier than sticking them with a pin! 

At the end of the day….after we sing a little “happy birthday” before heading out the door…I hand the birthday baby a birthday bag full of fun little goodies!


The bags matched my theme last year.  The boys got green balloons and the girls got pink.  I just traced a balloon template {freehand…sorry, no tracer!} onto scrapbook paper, typed up a little “happy birthday”, cut, paste, curled, and voila! 

I like to make all these bags at once before the start of the school year.  You know as well as I do that as soon as the school year starts, things get crazy.  Doing everything at the beginning of the year saves me time…and gives me a peace of mind…for the rest of the year.  I always make several extra just incase I get a few new friends throughout the year.  I shop the back to school aisles of Wal Mart for the goodies inside.  Depending on school rules and regulations…and student allergies…I throw in a few little pieces of candy, a bookmark, a Happy Birthday pencil, and crayons.  You can find the crayons at Wal Mart for 50cents a pack right now!!!  HURRY!


The kids LOVE this gift!!!  I also throw in a little birthday certificate into the mix.  Click on the pic to download yours!

Quick, E-A-S-Y, and inexpensive!!!  I love being able to give my kids something I know they’ll put to good use and they couldn’t be more thrilled to be recognized on their special day!!  For my sweeties who celebrate during the summer, we *celebrate* their half birthday during the school year :) 



  1. Hoping you have a birthday that's as awesome as you are! I turn 34 in 2 months, so I feel your pain...but I never thought about it as being halfway to 70! (of course, that's a year away for me!) Enjoy your weekend...I think you should extend the celebration 'til Monday, at least:)

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I hope your day is wonderful :)

  3. I turn 40 next month. FORTY!!! Happy birthday!

  4. Happy Birthday! I am halfway to the year I graduated, '88. I don't feel that old though!

  5. Happy Birthday, sweet teacher! I appreciate you and everything that you share so very much, you have no idea. I'm switching from 5th to 1st this year and you will never know how much I rely on you and your products to put me at ease about starting my school year. Thank you so much and happy birthday!!

  6. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day. You have been such an inspiration in my classroom!!

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  8. Happy Birthday to you! Your blog is awesome! I just stumbled upon it recently and can't stop reading all of your wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Happy Birthday Cara! I have my birthday on the 7th and I am getting closer and closer to 40. YIKES!


  10. Happy birthday, fab lady! Half way to 70 sounds awesome...especially when you have mad style like you do and know how to live life and enjoy every moment (which you clearly do)! CELEBRATE, b/c you deserve it!! PS--Will you be wearing your Lady Gaga costume for birthday festivities?!?! #justkidding #thatpicwashilarious #nearlypeedmypants
    It's Elementary, My Dear!

  11. Hey, birthday buddy! I turned 36 today! Hope you are enjoying your day! ;-)

    Teaching Little Miracles

  12. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a terrific day! :)

  13. Happy Birthday! Mine is Sunday, and I'm way closer to 70. One more year until the BIG 50 for me! I also like to celebrate summer birthdays on their half-birthday.

  14. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! My birthday was July 20th and I too have celebrated the kids 1/2 birthdays. They deserve a special day with their classroom friends. I am 63 and loving all the blogging.... keeping me young at heart.
    Laramie's Fantastic First Graders

  15. I am a day late to the party, but wanted to send best wishes on you special day! Thanks for sharing your birthday bag idea! I am going to make all of mine ahead of time this year too! Thanks also for the wonderful giveaway opportunity!

  16. Happy belated birthday!! Thanks for the fab b-day idea!