Over 1,000 Facebook Likes and Discounts!

Woohooo! It made my day yesterday to see that I hit over 1,000 likes on At Whit's End Facebook Page! If you aren't following, you totally need to! I think that over 1,000 calls for a celebration, so...I just *MAY* have left my newest product, At Whit's End Binder and Yearly Printables, as a FLASH Freebie for...oh, you know...a little while:-)
At Whit's End Binder and Yearly Printable file has a ton in it! There are so many wonderful organizational tools and resources for teachers out there, yet many of them are very pricy!  I wanted to make this file all customizable so that you can make it what YOU need it to be.  Why should I make a ton of binder covers and dividers when you only need just a few? Also, I have included lesson planning templates, calendars, week-at-a-glance, table tents, educational quote mini-posters, candy toppers, popcorn toppers, water bottle labels and much more in this file! It's almost COMPLETELY customizable!
In case you are looking for something a bit bigger in scope, I am marking my Teacher Binder & Meet the Teacher Bundles (all have been updated for the 2014-2015 school year), classroom decor and a few other resources down for the next 24 hours! Click on the resources below to jump to my TpT store!

Happy 1,000+!!!

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Obedience: An Issue of the Heart {A Mommy Post}

"Please don't do that."

"How many times have I asked you to start on your homework?"

"You did not follow my directions."

"Cleaning your room means picking up everything, including the closet."

"If you had done what I asked you, you would already be done!"

Sometimes life as a mom is really hard.  Do you ever feel like all you have said is "NO!", "Stop!" or "Don't do that!"  Sometimes I wonder how many different ways I can say the.same.thing. Sometimes I get tired. Sometimes I just let the eye-rolling happen. Sometimes I roll MY EYES! Sometimes I just want {*sigh*} to sit on the couch without correcting anyone or anything.  Yes, these two cuties can test me big time {but aren't they CUTE?}

Teaching and expecting obedience from our kiddos is not easy and it is something that I am continually refining day in and day out.  It is so easy to get frustrated.  Several months ago I heard something that caught my attention from a good girl friend.  We were chatting about kids, parenting, school and there the line was...right in front of me...

"OBEY right away, all the way, in a happy way." 

The first time I heard this phrase, I knew it was GOLDEN.  As a parent {and teacher} I am always looking for those simple, yet effective things we can do to help our children understand what we are asking of them.  After further research, it seems that this phrase was originally, "Obey right away, all the way, with a happy heart." It is a quote from author, Ginger Hubbard, who wrote Don't Make Me Count to Three and Wise Words for Moms.    

YES! This is it! Once I incorporate this saying into my parenting, my kids will totally obey everything I say {lol.} I came home, pulled my two kiddos together, and we discussed the phrase and what each part meant.  I was READY to start using this phrase that was perfect for my KIDS! That night, before I fell asleep, I felt a nudging..."Whitney, do you practice what you are preaching to your kids....Do you obey Me right away, all the way, in a happy way?" OUCH.

"....BUT, Lord....This is great for the kids, I am going to teach them scripture, we will talk about having a happy heart and learn more about You!..."

Don't ya just love it when a great plan you believe as "yours" was really God's all along?  He pointed it out loud and clear! So, I am here to testify that obedience is a HEART issue. It is constantly a struggle for me and not just my children.  Doing what God asks of me right away...I can manage that, but all the way and in a happy way...let's just say it is something I have to give over to Him many times when he calls for my obedience.  

Several years ago at church, we has a series on "Authority Issues."  We all have them in one form or another, and I love what our pastor challenged us with...
The activity pictured above is a tangible way for my kiddos to see the different authority roles around them.  Obviously, there are other people placed as authority figures in all of our lives, but I kept it simple and had my kids tell me their authority figures.  I LOVE the quote from Ed Young about getting under what God has placed over us...that was really what HE was telling me that night I felt him nudging.  Only when I am fully under the authority of his will, can I be the mom that my littles need me to be.  

So, since I have learned that obedience is a heart issue, every time my littlest love obeys in a happy way she gets a sticker for her Heart Chart! {I think I need a Happy Heart Chart too!}

 I have created several printables to help teach my own kiddos about obedience. The resource includes mini-posters, handouts with scripture, and a reflection book that has two forms {for older kids and younger kids}.  The reflection piece has the kiddos analyze what obeying right away, all the way, and in a happy way LOOKS like and SOUNDS like! I hope you will find them useful too for your kiddos or your Sunday School class! You can get them from my google doc or over at my TPT store

Jesus says, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me." My greatest desire for my children is to KNOW His voice and follow Him.  Teaching and expecting obedience in our home is a way for me to help train them to hear HIS voice and HIS heart.   

Thanks for letting me step out of my teacher role and into my mommy role to share this post with you!

Get the resources here!

Growing Character from Leaving Your Children an Intentional Legacy Blog has info and scriptures about obedience.  She also gives lots of crafts and conversations starters for you and your kiddos.  I have some of her ideas pictured in my above post.


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Place Value Bundle GIVEAWAY!

I am so happy to announce that I have REVAMPED one of my favorite units! Understanding Place Value is one of my best-sellers, and I have added to it greatly! So, for those of you that have already purchased this file, go back to your purchases page on TpT and download the new file! I have added an INTERACTIVE journal component for teaching place value for those of you that math notebook or use journals! Also added are five new station activities to use during fall, Christmas, and winter! Whew! Take a peek below at what is included...and ENTER to WIN IT!

Do you want to WIN Understanding Place Value?  You can right here through my Rafflecopter Giveaway! I also have it marked down to celebrate the fun!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Two Back-To-School FREEBIES!

Can you believe we are close to halfway through JULY?! Where has the summer gone?  I spent part of last week in Las Vegas at the TpT Convention and Blogger Meet-Up! I had a great time and learned a lot!!  I made some new friends, and am excited to collaborate with them in the upcoming future! 

As many of you start thinking about getting organized to go back to school, I wanted to offer you two of my freebies for being such fabulous followers! 
 Sunrays: Editable Tags & Labels are so versatile! I hope you can use them as you get back and geared up for school! Make name plates, locker tags, bin labels...the possibilities are endless!  Happy Labeling!

My #meetmyteacher templates are a great way to introduce yourself to your new students and parents! #meetmyteacher is perfect for the first day of school, meet the teacher night, supply drop of night, or back to school bash! Celebrate going back to school in style!


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Back2School Bash...SHOW Off!

Hello fellow teachers, SLPs, principals! I am working on something H.U.G.E. I cannot wait for us to start collaborating on it! What do you feel that teachers MUST have from your TPT store in order to have the very best start possible? Let's collaborate! I am really excited to put together some product packages to DROOL over! If you would like to submit one (or more) of your products for consideration in my Back2School Giveaway, fill out this google form! Let's do this!

Also, if you have something else that is not a TPT product that you would like to add to a package of goodies, let me know. Do you have an Etsy shop? Are you a craft master?  We already have some amazing new lip gloss and the 3D Fiber Lashes! Have you guys seen the 3D Mascara? Seriously like crack for your eyes! So cool! 

Fill out the form or leave a comment if you have any questions or further ideas for our Back2School Bash!

It will be here before we know it...we better get rolling!

Check out my TPT store here!

Can't wait to see many of you in VEGAS this week! Woohoo!


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