Sunday, April 27, 2014

Where I've Been (plus a giveaway!!)

Boy, oh boy, has it been quite a while since I logged into blogger and published a post!  Some of you have been so kind to think of me and email me to make sure everything is alright...

...and yes, everything is alright! Everything is more than alright!

You may have already caught  a glimpse of my news on Instagram, but I am so excited to announce that my husband and I are expecting our first bundle of joy in September!



It was a long road getting to this point. We struggled with infertility for close to a year before we were finally blessed with the wonderful news that I was indeed pregnant!  Our journey to "expectant-hood" was an exhausting and overwhelming one, and I found myself putting blogging and creating on the back burner more and more as the months wore on.

Then we got pregnant, and well, I was so darn excited and wrapped up in it that, again, blogging and TpT just weren't a priority.  I was still writing down ideas for resources, and I still managed to get a Facebook post or two together, and amazingly I even created a resource, but most of my free time was (and still is) going towards pregnancy blogs, books, and nursery ideas.

Even more of my time has gone towards doctor's appointments. Because of a medical diagnosis I've had since I was very young, I am considered high-risk.  Well, according to my doctor, "on the low end of high-risk."  I feel fortunate to get extra monitoring, but I've never been to the doctor's so much in my entire life!

I'm writing this post because I finally feel like I am at a point in my pregnancy (20 weeks and counting!!) where I am ready to put more attention towards blogging (I've missed sharing and DISCOVERING great ideas and resources) and creating. I don't think I'll ever have the drive I had at the beginning and that's okay with me!

On our "baby moon" last week :)

In honor of my exciting news and my return to the blogosphere, I am giving away a copy of my Mother's Day craft "My Heart Blooms for Mom".  My students loved creating their little flower pots last year and I am excited to do the craft with them this year!  And I'm so looking forward to receiving a few (TpT inspired, I'm sure) Mother's Day crafts of my own a few years down the road!





Check it out here

Winning is easy, all you have to do is comment below with your email.  I'll announce a winner this evening on my Facebook page!

Thank you again to all of you who checked in on me!  It felt nice being missed ;)

~Halle

53 comments:

  1. Congrats on your good news!! Would love to win your packet!! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  2. Oh, congratulations!!! What wonderful news!! I can feel your joy and excitement.
    ThePaperPumpkin@aol.com. Thank you! I love this Mom's Day project!

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  3. Congrats!!! Being a mom is THE best job ever (other than being a teacher). I'd love, love, love to win this craft. Looks so sweet. bhorizons1@yahoo.com

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  4. Great news and good luck with your new bundle of joy. M35harmon@gmail.com

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  5. Congratulations! :)

    I've been looking for the perfect mother's day craft and this would be perfect!! kgray3@hampton.k12.va.us

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  6. Would love to win! amandalawson4@gmail.com

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  7. I absolutely love this. This would be perfect! Thanks for the chance. Congrats on your new bundle of joy! teachweaver@sbcglobal.net

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  8. Congratulations! you look so cute. Love this craft. mnaylor828@yahoo.com

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  9. Congratulations!!! You are absolutely glowing!!! OMGosh, this Mother's Day craftivity is just cutie patootie!! It also perfectly complements my "Growth and Changes in Plants" Science unit!! I call that a win-win situation! I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this gem for my kidlettes' mommies <3 <3 <3. Thank you for considering me =). leafsgirl@rogers.com.

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  10. Congratulations! What a cute idea!
    mmorgan@muncysd.org

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  11. So especially cute! Enjoy your first Mother's Day as a Mom to Be!!
    Karz40@AOL.com

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  12. Congratulations! Great Mother's Day project!
    idreamof1@aol.com

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  13. Congratulations! I hope you and your family are blessed beyond measure! Motherhood is truly a gift from God just like teaching �� bmorrow1973@gmail.com

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  14. Congratulations and best wishes!!! This would be such a fun Mother's Day project to do with my kids. mswood2@yahoo.com

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  15. Congrats! Prayers are with you and your family! So happy for you guys! The Mother's Day project looks awesome! I would love to win it! vmiller129@bellsouth.net

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  16. Great Mother's Day project. I'm sure my students would love doing it too! kboemmel@gmail.com Thanks!

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  17. Congrats!! Being a mommy is awesome. This will be my 2nd Mother's Day this year. This project looks great. Would love to win it.
    loveofteaching2@gmail.com

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  18. Congratulations! What a great project. mebo365@gmail.com

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  19. Congratulations - that's so exciting! :)
    I would love to use this with my kiddos!
    juliemarierichardson@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  20. Congradulations! And this looks super cute! amyjoy1024@comcast.net

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  21. Congrats! Your Mother's Day craft is really cute!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  22. You look so adorable! I would love to win a copy. missplott@gmail.com

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  23. Congratulations! My husband and I struggled too and due to IVF, we were able to bring our Liam into the world last September! I am sure you are on cloud 9-babies are such blessings!!!
    aimeeleigh926@yahoo.com

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  24. Congratulations! In the not so distant future you will truly be able to appreciate cute creations like this when you receive one of your very own! Homemade mommy gifts are the best!
    alenem6@gmail.com

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  25. Congrats on your big news, being a mom is the best thing in the world!

    Christin
    Shifting Teacher K-2

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  26. Congratulations! That is very exciting news. amybettes@hotmail.com

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  27. Congrats!! I know you and your family must be really excited!!

    Jamie

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  28. Congratulations on your pregnancy! My brother's birthday is September 9th! What a coincidence! I think it's more exciting not to find out the gender of your baby so I'm glad you're waiting to find out.
    skrevat@juno.com

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  29. Congratulations! I hope the rest of your pregnancy continues smoothly. I'm headed into the homestretch with less than 8 weeks to go for mine. I have been scouring the internet for a fresh & new idea for Mother's Day. This looks great!!
    Storie
    atozscrapbook@gmail.com
    Stories by Storie

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  30. Congrats to you and your husband!!!
    The activity is adorable!

    Stephanie B
    stephb_2001@hotmail.com

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  31. Congratulations!! I'm currently expecting my first too :). Such a beautiful and exciting time! lambe20@hotmail.com

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  32. Congratulations. I too went through fertility issues and know just what a emotional roller coaster it can be. Enjoy every moment of your next 20 weeks! Thank you for the chance to win this cute Mother's Day craftivity. klewis@umasd.org

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  33. Congratulations. Wishing you a happy Mothers Day!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Debinderry@gmail.com

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  34. Congratulations!! This is a great Mother's Day idea! dawnschechtman@yahoo.com

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  35. Congratulations to you and your husband! Babies are such a gift from God! My daughter and her husband are expecting their first (a girl) in July. I would LOVE to win this!!

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  36. Congratulations!!! This is a cute Mother's Day project! Amandapamperedchef@att.net

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  37. What a cute picture! You look so happy! Hope you guys had a great baby-moon!

    -Maria

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  38. I am so incredibly happy for you friend! Love that we get to be preggo together!!

    Ashley

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  39. Congratulations! I love your tie-breaker picture! Who knows, one day you may even get your own creation created by your little one. :)
    andrea . m . lee84 @ gmail . com

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  40. Congratulations on the start of a most fabulous journey! kllove44@aol.com

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  41. Congratulations!!! Babies are such a blessing! I would love your product! teachmama79@yahoo.com

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  42. This is so excited! I am so happy for you! Congrats!

    Krystyn
    msrichardssmuinsgs@gmail.com

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  43. Oh my gosh this is soooo cute!

    Kclair@vesd.net

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  44. Congrats! That is such amazing news! I'm following you on IG now, can't wait to see baby bump updates!
    Mandi
    MOORE Fun In FIRST
    Mandilynnmoore@gmail.com

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  45. congratulations! you are indeed blessed. alewis725@msn.com

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  46. Love the gender reveal/pregnancy board! Jmalone@fusd1.org

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  47. Congrats! I would love to win! katienussbaum87@gmail.com

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  48. Congratulations! I pray that your pregnancy continues to go well and both of you remain healthy. I've been searching for a Mother's Day activity for my kiddos and then I came across your post. This the perfect keepsake to send home with them! I hope I win! aglanzer@stlukes-oviedo.org

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  49. Welcome back and congratulations!!!! I love your announcement photo! Too cute! :)

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  50. Welcome back and congrats!!! I LOVED your photos!! You guys are in my prayers!!

    hsease99@hotmail.com

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  51. I rejoice with you in your wonderful news! You look well and healthy!

    jeanette.rivera@fresnounified.org

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