Free Christmas and Holiday Card Printable

I needed {and wanted} to make new Christmas cards to print and have ready to go for coworkers, my students, and to attach to a few gifts so these are what I came up with. I've been all about switching some of my home decor from a maroon/deep red to more of a "true" red this season. Just been my personal preference this year so that's what I went for on these cards as well. Click on the pics below to download from google drive or in my TpT store HERE for free. Enjoy!


Map Skills with a Holiday Twist

Last week we were reading all about maps and learning about how to use them. I came across a great map making activity by Kindergarten Corps. and I loved how simple it would be to prepare and that the kids would get to create their own maps! She even included a free printable legend. Since the holidays are just around the corner, I knew my students would love this activity but wanted to put a little holiday twist! We made "Christmas Village Maps" by using holiday scrapbook paper, stickers, and foam shapes. My students had a blast and I will definitely be including this activity next year. Go check out Kindergarten Corps post HERE about her activity and check out the pictures below to see how we changed it up for the holidays! 

Keep reading until the end to see what I'm teaching this week! :)

I grabbed the stickers, foam shapes, and washi tape at Michael's craft store. I already had the scrapbook paper on hand so I cut it into small squares (3x3) and cut triangles for the roofs to match. We used washi tape for the lines on the roads...thought that turned out especially cute!

As a class, we decided on 6 things to put on our legends. They chose lake, forest, my house, restaurant, toy store, and streets. We created the legend first and then they got busy creating their maps based off of the legend.

This week, we're reading The Legend of the Poinsettia, which is one of my favorite Christmas books! Most of my students don't know what a poinsettia is and they think its so cool to find out how they came to be...well, at least according to the legend. ;)

I'm using the Legend of the Poinsettia printables from my Sticky Note Holiday pack to work on making predictions and summarizing. I always have my students make a poinsettia out of red construction paper so if I get a chance I'll post about that later this week. You can check out my Sticky Note Holiday pack by clicking on the picture below. I have LOTS printables included in it for several favorite holiday books!


What I'm Teaching in December

I can't even begin to wrap my brain around the fact that December is almost upon us but alas, it's a must. But, I'm not complaining because this is such a fun time to be a teacher. Sure, the students are bouncing with a lot of EXTRA energy, recess turns bitter cold (at least here in Kansas) and there are days that seem to drag ooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnn, but overall it is such a fun time to teach! With that said, I thought I'd share some of the themes/concepts/standards that I'm going to focus on next month....which is already next week so I better get to prepping all of this! I've shared links of resources I'll use where applicable.

Subtraction //  Our math series spends a great deal of time on addition and parts of 10 so we are just now starting subtraction. Since we use a guided math model, I use several different types of activities to keep my students engaged during our math block. I love to use math journals and Reagan Tunstall's are my favorite...so easy to prep and great independent practice for my students. 

Light & Sound //   I'm using a few lessons provided by my district but I'm also on the hunt for a good unit on this for first graders. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Map Skills //   Our reading series integrates map skills next week so we will read several stories about maps and I'm looking for a project idea also! I might try out this freebie below!

December Holidays //   I love integrating holiday read-alouds into my reading block! Some weeks I ditch the basil  and create my own unit around seasonal/holiday books while focusing on the same reading skills the basil had planned. I love to spend a few days on The Legend of the Poinsettia...such a great book! I use my Sticky Note Holidays pack to practice all kinds of reading strategies and skills with my favorite holiday books!

Long Vowels //   We will just barely get into Long A before winter break but some of my favorite resources for teaching long vowels have been the resources below!


Great news! If you are looking for December resources there is an AMAZING sale happening over at TpT on Monday, Nov. 30 & Tuesday, Dec. 1!!!! Up to 28% off with the code SMILE. I have been loading my cart with new stuff so I can't wait to save a little extra money this holiday season. Don't miss out on this great deal! Below are a few of my other resources you might want to check out. Click HERE to go to my store or any of the product pictures below. Happy shopping! :)



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Daily Oil Routine

1  //  I drink Ningxia Red errday y'all. Why? Because it's amazing. A drink made from the wolfberry...the ultimate superfruit! Its great for overall wellness support as well as energy.

2  //  A couple drops of lemon oil in my water to start the day. I try to drink a glass of water before I get my coffee. Just a little personal rule that makes me feel responsible. Ha.

3  //  I put Stress Away on daily because I love the smell. I put it on my wrists and my neck.

4  //  Diffusing Thieves and Lemon is a daily combo in our house. Usually in the AM since we are home for the summer.

5  //  At some point during the day, usually afternoon, I love to put a drop of Grapefruit in my water. So so good.

6  //  We usually run the diffuser a couple of times a day. Citrus oils are our favorite go to oils in the afternoon to perk us up!

7  //  The Kidscents oil collection is used on a daily basis. We use Bite Buster and Owie the most but love them all.

8  //  Summertime means a whole lotta bug spray. We make our own with Peppermint, Thieves, and Purification along with witch hazel and distilled water. Smells amazing!

9  //  I have a roller with diluted thieves for putting on our feet before bed to assist our immune system.

10 //  This blend of Frankincense and Helichrysum is another way I support my eye health. I have it in a roller ball bottle to easy roll on before bed along my eye bone. While being very careful to not actually get any in my eye. That's a no no.

11  //  For my youngest, I usually diffuse Lavender or White Angelica in her room to promote a good night's rest!

This is an overview of my daily oil routine. I use other oils depending on what my or my family's needs are for that particular day. Do you use essential oils? What is an oil you can't live without???


Life Lately

We spent a week at the lake with family and had a blast. The weather was a bit on the crummy side but didn't ruin it. The place where we stayed has an amazing pool with a water slide so that's always a good time. It's the same place we stayed at two summers ago so it was fun to go back. And between all of us we had 3 more babies than last time...

We also went back to a place called Dogwood Canyon and its so pretty to look at all the ponds and waterfalls throughout the park. Lainey is looking so grown up these days.

We are a few solid weeks into summer and we visit the library at least once a week and sometimes pop into Barnes and Noble, too. Lainey participated in B&N summer reading program and as we picked up her free book the other day she said, "Mom!! Aren't books so fun!?" I'm sure you can imagine just how happy that makes my teacher and mommy heart. :)

Picked up this brand new magazine while we were there all about essential oils! It is filled with great articles especially some basics on EO.

I'm reading books like a mad woman this summer because I've missed so many good ones in the last few years. I'm slowly finding a little more free time here and there and its glorious to be in the habit of reading for enjoyment again. I posted some recent reads here and I've already read a few more that I'll share about next month.

I'm working on a post where I go through my daily routine with essential oils so if you are curious about that I hope to have it done this week sometime.

These two are having a blast together this summer. I'm surprised how much they actually play together already. They are definitely a fun pair to watch and I'm so glad they have each other!


What I've Been Reading

I have always been a lover of books since I was little. I distinctly remember spending my allowance on books. Mainly the babysitter club books and the boxcar children. LOL. I have a few boxes in my basement of a bunch of chapter books from my childhood that are just waiting for my girls. Love it. Over the last few months I've been able to squeeze in a little bit of time here and there to do some reading. Reading hasn't been something I have been able to devote much time to since having kiddos, but I'm trying to work it back in because it is so good for the mind and soul. I love that feeling when your midway through a really good book and I just can't wait to read a little bit more.

This is a memoir and it was so good! It's funny, sweet, and uplifting and I love reading real stories about real families. The author is a blogger and has a few other books out that I can't wait to get.

Y'all know I'm a first grade teacher and mama so many of the books I read are children's books. Over spring break, Lainey and I spent over an hour in the children's section of barnes and noble and we stumbled upon this book. We both had misty eyes at the end because I think it just hit home for both of us. The message of the story is to not be afraid to follow your dreams and not to listen to people who tell you your idea isn't good enough. As soon as we finished it, I knew right away I was going to buy it. I read it to my students as soon as I got back to school!

I've been wanting to read this book for A LONG TIME. Because Ron Clark is awesome and the title is just amazing. I knew I would love it solely based on the title. To be honest, I've had more than a few afternoons where it felt like my math lesson was dragging oonnnnnnnnn, the kids were struggling to stay awake after lunch, and we must be covered in molasses because it felt like we were moving in slow motion.  All you teachers know what I'm talking about, right?! This book was so motivating and I read it at the perfect time because it gave me a lot of encouragement to finish this past school year strong. I loved how his tips were numbered...sort of like small chapters. Even if you are not a teacher, I think parents could get a lot out of it, too.


I'll try to keep sharing what I'm reading and please leave me a comment if you have a good book recommendation. I love all kinds of books so pretty much anything goes!


Essential Oils---What are they?

Before I go into more detail about my essential oil experience and story, let's talk about what essential oils are. Just in case you're not sure or would like some basic info.


Essential oils are tiny molecules that come from plants and have been used for thousands of years. I hear people say things all the time about how essential oils are the newest trend and while they DEFINITELY have become much more popular recently, they are not NEW. :)
They are usually extracted through distillation but sometimes through cold-pressing. They make up a plant's "immune system" protecting it from bad stuff like fungi and bacteria.


The main ways to use them are...
  • Inhale- inhale directing from the bottle, diffuse with a diffuser, or a drop in the palm of your hand, cover your face and breathe deeply.
  • Topically- apply directly on the skin or with a carrier oil. Bottom of the feet, along the spine, edge of ear, inside mouth, on wrists or an immediate area of concern are good places to apply oils.
  •  Ingesting- drop oils under the tongue, into clear vegetable capsule or add to a drink (be sure to use a glass container)


Want a healthy and natural way to improve your health?!? There are so many different essential oils which means there are numerous ways and reasons to use them. Essential oils may help improve sleeping patterns, improve your immune system, may improve seasonal discomforts and so much more. We'll go into more depth on what each oil from the starter kit may help with over the next few weeks!


There are many different essential oils on the market today but please know the quality of the oil is EVERYTHING. Young Living Essential Oils are PURE, THERAPEUTIC grade essential oils. So pure, they can be ingested and so different from PERFUME grade essential oils and even oils purchased at health food stores which often contain fillers and are not 100% pure oil. Essential oils are currently not regulated by the FDA so companies can put whatever they want on the bottle. The reactions you may have seen or read about are due to not using the highest quality of essential oils and/or not using them properly. Check out Young Living's amazing Seed to Seal guarantee to learn about how their oils are cultivated - from the planted seed to the sealed bottle.


Great! Follow along over the next few weeks as I share about my personal experiences and about the oils that come in the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. Make sure you follow me on Instagram too ------  @leanneprince


If you're ready to purchase a kit, follow the instructions below...

  1. Go to the Member Sign-up Page
  2. Make sure Wholesale Member is check {not retail customer}
  3. If it's not already filled in, enter 1771631 for Sponsor ID and Enroller ID
  4. Check your country and language preference
  5. On the next page, fill out your info {Why does it ask for your social? When you become a wholesale member, this is required by the government in case you ever sell anything. If you never sell anything, your social will never be used}
  6. Agree to terms and conditions
  7. Select your kit {The $160 Premium Starter Kit...it should be the first option}
  8. Select your diffuser
  9. At this point, you can order more products if you would like to or you can check out with your starter kit.
  10. You did it! Welcome to the Essential Families team!


My words are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or health ailment.  Please do your research and make informed decisions when it comes to you and your family’s health.  I am not a doctor and am only sharing what has worked for me and my family.  Results may differ for each person.  Thank you!


April Printables

Remember when I made monthly printable stationary for teachers? No? Me either. Well, I kind of do but it seems like forever ago. What happened? Life. Throw together teaching, mothering, sort of keeping up a household, a traveling husband, doctor's appointments and a lot of other randoms and that doesn't leave a whole lot of time to dabble on the computer. I knew I wanted to get back to making TeacherPRINTS whenever I could fit it in and somehow I managed to do that this month. Which was perfect because I had a lot of creative inspiration flowing around in my head for what I would do if I had a chance to make an April TeacherPRINTS. So, here it is and I love it. It's just what I pictured it would be and I hope you like it, too. Not a teacher? Don't be sad. You can use these printables, too. Here's a peek...

You can get the April TeacherPRINTS in my TpT shop HERE. You don't have to be a teacher to create a free login on TpT. Want to win a free copy? Follow me on instagram and stay tuned for a giveaway for these lovely printables. And if you're still reading, yeah! Click on the picture below to download a free print from this month's April TeacherPRINTS. I love reading The Lorax to my students around Earth Day and this has got to be the best line in the whole thing.



Essential Oils Printable Notebook

I've finally finished this printable notebook! This has been a project I've spent several hours on for the last few months. I couldn't have done it without inspiration and help from several friends on what they would want to have in a notebook to keep them organized with their essential oils business. It's not just for those who have a business though...ANYONE who loves using Young Living's essential oils can use this and that's what I love about it. Check out a preview of some of the pages that are included below. The beauty of this product is you can pick and choose which pages you want to put in your essential oils notebook {or planner, household binder, etc.} and how many to print. And then print over and over again when you need more. I'm sure that I will add more pages in the future so if you have any ideas of things you'd like to be added, feel free to email me or comment below. Keep reading to see my tips for printing.



You can find these digital downloads in my Etsy shop HERE. I also wanted to share a few tips I had for printing and putting together a printable notebook like this one or any of my other printable calendars in my shop. 

1. Paper // If I'm printing anything I'm going to be writing on or something front-to-back, I like to use a heavier weight of paper than normal print/copy paper. Not as heavy as card stock, but something with a weight of 24 lb. or more so that the ink doesn't completely bleed through to the other side and the pretty color pens I like to use don't bleed through. I also love the way the heavier paper feels...just a better quality.

2. Colored Pens // These Papermate felt tip pens are my favorite for writing in my calendar, essential oils notebook, and my teacher planner.

3. Laminate // When creating a planner or notebook, I like to have my cover pages or pages that I'll use for reference laminated. For instance, in the oils notebook, I laminated the yearly calendar and my cover page {there are 3 to choose from in each file}. You might also slip the cover page in a binder with a clear-view pocket on the front and that works, too. Maybe you want to put the My Daily Routine printable in the oils notebook on your fridge so it's out in the open for an everyday reminder. I'd laminate it, hang with a magnet, and write on it with a dry erase marker.


If you have any questions or suggestions on the essential oils printable notebook let me know! Or if you are interested in learning more about essential oils you can check out my Back to School With Essential Oils posts here. I hope to do several more posts in the near future about my success with essential oils so stay tuned!


My Makeup Favorites

I'm definitely no beauty expert but I thought I'd share some of my tried and true beauty favorites. I've been using all of these products for at least a year and some for several years. I love light and fresh colors for my blush and gloss and products that have a long-lasting effect. At the end of a long school day, I still want to look put together!

1. Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+ Foundation //  This is my favorite foundation EVER. It is perfect for oily skin. I have combination skin and it works great for that, too. It doesn't dry me out and I love the matte feel and look. The coverage is great and I love how well my blush/bronzer look over it. It is a little pricey but lasts me a long time. I use No. 30. {I use this brush to apply and it is definitely worth the money}

2. NYX Lip Gloss //  I discovered this brand when Ulta stores popped up in my area a few years ago. I've tried a few of their products, but this is my favorite. The gloss comes in great colors and isn't sticky at all. My favorite is Nude Pink.

3. Bobbi Brown Blush //  My favorite is the Pale Pink shade pictured above. It has the perfect amount of pigment and lasts all day.

4. NYX Full Coverage Concealer //  I use the 'light' shade. Love this for covering dark circles. You can't beat the price either!

5. Urban Decay 24/7 Liner // Y'all this stuff lasts. I was sick of my eyeliner coming off and being completely gone after work. I've been using these for about three years and love them. I use the black shade Zero and the brown is Bourbon. They last a long time too so I don't mind spending a little more for them vs. a drugstore brand.

6. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette // I'm on my second one because I loved and used up the first one I bought! The colors are perfect for everyday and it is small enough to travel with unlike many other palettes.


I just purchased a few new beauty products from Nordstrom this past week with a few gift cards I had. The NARS Laguna bronzer {I've been reading rav reviews of this for years} and the NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight. I'll let you know what I think after I use them for a bit! What are your favorite beauty products? Let me know in the comments!


This Week's Favorites

What a busy week!
Here are some things I'm loving.......

Photo by She Read Truth

I received my new study from She Reads Truth in the mail this week and I am
so excited to start it soon! I've been following along with She Reads Truth for over
a year now, but just recently started purchasing their journals that accompany each
of their free online studies. I love that the Lent study has the scripture included in the journal
as well as so many beautiful prints of the Word. What I love most is my girlfriends are
doing the study, too!

On Tuesday, my friend Allison hosted an essential oils class and we made chapstick, bath salts, and body butter! It was such a fun night to get to see my girlfriends and talk about essential oils.
I've been using them for a while now, but many people at the party were there to see
what all the hype is about. Let me be honest, I was skeptical to try them at first, but I'm
SO glad I did. Do you keep hearing people say that? I'm planning on sharing more about how
I use essential oils and my daily routine. You can read my Back to School with essential oils
posts here. So back to my friend Allison. She requested I make an essential oils notebook and so
I've been working on it for the past few weeks. It will include a cute cover page you could slide
into the front of a binder, weekly planning page/to do list, notes pages, contact lists, and recipe pages (for things like chapstick, bath salts, etc...) Look for these (I also made a color version) in my etsy shop soon!

I made the our Valentine's this year and I loved how they turned out. Lainey and I gave out
Valentine pencils with ours and Brynn gave her friends some crackers. Her teachers got packs of pink bubble gum! :)

I adore these bags by The Teacher Wife. I have my students make them every year and when I learned that even my 11 month old needed some sort of Valentine box/bag, I used the extras
left over from my class to make hers. I love it when things are easy.

I'm just thrilled with Miss DeCarbo's monthly fluency packs. My kiddos love to sing
in the classroom, as do I, so we love the monthly poems/songs. Of course we had to bust out our heart pointers this week. :)
{p.s.  If you haven't read Miss DeCarbo's blog, you must. And plan to busy reading it for few hours.}

And finally, I can't wait to finish updating this product. I'm giving it a facelift, adding a half-sheet option for the student response sheets to save paper, and adding printable pieces to make your own interactive anchor charts {where students can place their stickies...also to save paper}. I'll be sure to fill you in when it's all updated!

Have a fabulous week friends! :)