Hair Bow Pre-Sale Round 2

Hey y’all! I’m finally ready to open up for another bow pre-sale! I’ve reduced the amount of colors this time in order to make it a little less crazy, so be sure to check out the color chart on THIS post. If you are needing another color, please ask! I can’t offer loads of color choices for everyone, but there’s a good chance I can accommodate a few special requests! Also, I’m offering some seasonal ribbon options this time and these bows will only be available in the large size.

Hair Bow Pre-Sale
– All bows are handmade by yours truly.
– Bows will begin shipping/ready for pick-up in three weeks.
– Each order has a $5 flat rate shipping charge, local orders can be picked-up.
– Bows are secured with elastic AND needle and thread.
– Since each bow is handmade, sizes are approximate.
– See below for size comparison photos to determine which size you need to order.

How to order:
View the color chart and bow option chart below. Then e-mail me at allison.tamme@gmail.com with your order. Please include bow type(s), color(s), number of bow(s), if you want them shipped, and your Paypal e-mail address. Local (Danville) people have the option to pick-up instead of shipping. I will plan pick-up dates closer to the 3 week turn around time. You will then receive an invoice and I will begin to work on your order. All invoices must be paid within 48 hours or your order will be cancelled. Orders with Valentine’s bows will be made and be shipped/ready for pick-up first. Pre-order will close Tuesday at Midnight.

The five seasonal options above are only available in size large.

Here is a comparison picture to help you judge the size of the bows. If you want to more comparison photos, check out this blog post here.

Bow Presale

Birthday Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all SO much for entering the Erin Condren planner giveaway! Y’all I love my planner so much and I’m tickled to get to share one with one of you!

Sorry for the blurry, grainy pictures. It was late and the kids really wanted to help choose the winner and getting them bathed and in bed in the month of December is like herding cats.

And the winner is…

Sarah Gore!

Please e-mail me at everydayallierae@gmail.com with your mailing address to claim your Erin Condren planner!

Thanks again, y’all! Giving really is more fun than receiving!

Birthday Giveaway: Win an Erin Condren Planner!

Hey y’all! This little blog of mine started with an idea when I turned 30. I created a 30 in 30 list and while I didn’t complete all the items on the list, I’m so thankful that I started this blog. Through my blog I have been connected with dozens of thyroid cancer patients and am able to talk to them about the journey of cancer. While most tell me “thank you” for helping them, I get the most joy out of being able to share with them. Even though its been almost 4 years since my diagnosis, it is healing and comforting to know that others are with you in the fight.

Today, I turn 32 and instead of making a “32 in 32” list, I decided to do a giveaway of one of my favorite things… a planner. I know, I know I’m old school with a paper planner, but I just LOVE it! You can keep the planner for yourself or give it as a gift!

The planner I’m giving away has a permanent leather cover, lots of stickers to personalize the pages, a perpetual birthday calendar and a snap-in dry erase to do list. Y’all are going to LOVE it!

2017 will be the fourth year with my Erin Condren planners and before that I used the Lilly Pulitzer planner. Below are my planners over the years… I love to keep them and look back through them from time to time. The EC planners have enough space for me to make it a mini journal of sorts. I write things like “Lyla Rae’s 2 year old molar came in” or “Luke scored two points in his game”. That way I have notes for their photo albums if I ever get around to making them! Hah!

So, how do you win this lovely planner? Simply subscribe to Everyday Allie Rae,  follow me on instagram @mrsallisontamme and comment below to tell me your favorite Christmas tradition. You will get one entry for each and I will announce the winner on Monday!

 

 

Football Fridays: College Colors Day

Football Field 1Today is College Colors Day, which means one thing… football season is here! And I mean REAL football, not any of this pre-season nonsense. Wear your College Colors Day was started in 2004 and I was first introduced to it when I worked at an office in Lexington. We were encouraged to “dress down” and wear jeans and a t-shirt to celebrate. Hello? Of course, I was a big fan of this new found holiday.

Tomorrow our family will be sporting Blue and White for the University of Kentucky. Many of you know that I’m actually a Hilltopper by degree, but Wildcat at heart. While I will always root for WKU, Kentucky holds a special place in our family and in our hearts. The University of Kentucky has been a HUGE blessing to us and continues to be. The people that work in the athletics department treat us like family and we are forever grateful for their continuous support: of our family, of Jacob’s career, of our charity golf event… the list could go on forever.

Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures we had taken of our family before training camp began. Our amazing photographer, Katie Davis of Kat’s Eye Photography is seriously one of the best. We’ve always been blessed with crazy good photographers, but Katie can always bring out Luke’s real smile. Always. It helps that she attends the same church and has a daughter Luke’s age. If you are in Central Kentucky and need family photos, she is your gal! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Just look at the magic she worked with our crazy crew! Wow! I’m thinking about getting custom wallpaper printed with these photos because I can not choose just a few to print and hang. Ok, I would never seriously print custom wallpaper… but it did cross my mind.

fan day 03 This was our first picture ever taken at Commonwealth Stadium. It’s blurry and terrible quality because it was probably taken on a $3.99 disposable camera from Walmart. Crazy how things have changed since this was taken. It was August of 2003 and I was SO excited to go to Fan Day at UK so I could see my boyfriend. I’m not sure why *anyone* let me in the stadium in this get up. White tube top, Nike shox, glitter belt… y’all.

UK/UF Game 2004This is the only other photo I have on our Mac of us from our college days. The rest are stored on our external hard drive and it takes a rocket scientist to figure out how to retrieve them. Well in all honesty, I’m sure 99% of the population could figure it out, but I just don’t have the patience for that. (read: lazy) This was after UK played Florida in Gainesville in 2004. They had moved the game up in the day because of an incoming hurricane. I think the humidity may have been over 1,000% and UK had an ugly loss. It wasn’t pretty. But, I asked for a picture with Jacob after the game and he agreed. And even smiled. I knew he was a keeper way back then! On a side note, I look like I’ve been crying. I don’t remember why. It could’ve been from the ugly loss , the extreme heat (I don’t sweat pretty) or maybe the fact that I was heckled by Gator fans… we may never know.

KAT_0004And here we are today! We’ve been together for 15 years… whoa. Seven homes, four states, three teams and two babies later.

UK Luke with FootballThis boy made me a Mama and he has my heart. See that smile I was talking about? Only Katie can get that out of in him in front of the camera.

KAT_0016Miss Priss is our little spitfire and is so sweet we can hardly stand it. We have no idea where her nearly white curls come from, but we sure love them. And that (not so) little gap in her front teeth, I just love it too. One day we will spend thousands to get rid of it, but for now it is just so cute!

KAT_0028Can it get any sweeter than this? Lyla Rae stole Jacob’s heart from day one and she thinks her Daddy is the best thing since sliced bread. She cries every day when he leaves for work and asks for him multiple times during the day. I’m basically chopped liver, but at least I fill her sippy with milk on command and ya know… gave birth to her.

KAT_0123I love everything about this shot. I love that even though he is growing fast and is a big school boy now that he still lets me love on him without complaint. I love that his hair is sweaty because that’s how it looks 90% of the time.. And I love that Katie edited out my gray hair! Thanks, girl!

KAT_0106Jacob is usually a good sport about all the crazy things I put him through except for when it comes to taking family photos… he loathes them. However, once he found out I had planned a UK themed photo shoot, he was hooked. We couldn’t get him off the field and he actually asked Katie to take more pictures. What?!?

KAT_0098Hard to imagine what life would be like the first time we stood on this field together. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. My goodness we’ve had our ups and down, trials and joys, and so many insanely crazy days, but he has always been my constant true North.

KAT_0049And last but not least, our Luke taking the field at Commonwealth. I’ve always said I did NOT want Luke to play football. I even started the hashtag #mamalikesnoncontactsports. I just don’t think I could bear watching my baby boy get hit. However, when I see this picture my heart swells with joy. Maybe football isn’t so bad after all.

And just to clear things up in our hometown: we will be changing in to BLACK and GOLD for our crosstown rivalry football game tonight! GO REBELS!

Hair Bow Pre-Sale

Before I had babies (that feels like a lifetime ago), I had a small (read: teeny tiny) online business called Allie Rae’s Boutique. I’ve always loved to make things and thought an online business would be perfect for our busy lifestyle and it was… for a while. After going back to school and having babies, I let it drop to the wayside and just created things for friends and family. The main thing I sold through my online store was hair bows. I LOVE bows! Little girls (and big girls) NEED bows in their hair. They just do. Bows are cute, they can make bed head look great in a flash and they are a necessity… at least in our house anyway.

When we lived in Denver, hardly anyone ever wore bows, so I’m pretty sure it’s a southern thing. Everyone always commented on Lyla Rae’s bows when we lived there. Not because they were anything over-the-top, but just that she was wearing one. As soon as we moved to Atlanta all the little girls wore them and we were back to just another little girl. Instead of *the* girl in the *bow*. Hah!

I’ve had a few people ask about ordering and after much thought, I’ve decided to do a bow pre-sale! Ahhh… Pretty sure I’ve lost my mind, but here goes nothing.

Hair Bow Pre-Sale
– All bows are handmade by yours truly.
– Bows will begin shipping in three weeks.
– Each order has a $5 flat rate shipping charge.
– Bows are secured with elastic AND needle and thread.
– Since each bow is handmade, sizes are approximate.
– See below for size comparison photos to determine which size you need to order.

How to order:
View the color chart and bow option chart below. Then e-mail me at allison.tamme@gmail.com with your order. Please include bow type(s), color(s), number of bow(s) and your Paypal e-mail address. You will then receive an invoice and I will begin to work on your order. All invoices must be paid within 48 hours or your order will be cancelled. Since, this is my first pre-sale, I will be cutting it off after the first 25 orders (not bows, but orders). Another order will open back up after this round ships.

 

Bow Presale options

Bow Colors for Presale

Here are a few comparison pictures to help you judge the size of the bows.

Bow Presale

IMG_5711This is Lyla Rae in the mini bow. She is 2 years old and is 36″ tall.

IMG_2946Here she is in the large bow. This is the size she wears daily.

IMG_5723This is the XL bow. We wear these for special occasions or if we are feeling especially sassy!

IMG_5713This is the large bow clipped onto the headband. Isn’t this style cute? I haven’t really tried these on her yet, but I think we may start!

IMG_4527This is my niece Lucy and nephew Sam. For some reason Sam doesn’t like wearing my bows? Lucy is wearing one of my mega bows in shocking pink. She is 6 years old and is 48″ tall.

IMG_3422And for the grand finale: Here is yours truly modeling the cheer bow. Don’t all cheerleaders have stray gray hairs and wrinkles these days?!?

Again, to order e-mail me your bow color(s), bow type(s) and Paypal address to allison.tamme@gmail.com.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Hello there! I’m back!

After nearly three months of being absent from my blog, I had to check in and share a new, FREE product I just added to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. My son, Luke, starts kindergarten in 10 days and he has asked 1.3 million times when he gets to go. I love that he is SO excited and wanted him to have the excitement of a countdown. So, I created this free, cute paper chain countdown for the back to school season. It starts at “10 days until school”, but you can obviously only use 5 days (or 3 or 8) if you start school sooner than that.

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 10.22.14 PMClick here to download it for FREE!

I whipped this up today, so we had to put it together and immediately take off one chain. Hah!

IMG_5535Can you tell that it was a “you can choose what you wear day”? Hah! Still cannot believe I let him get that shirt. It has not and hopefully will never be worn in public.

IMG_5537Only 9 more days until my baby starts kindergarten. Bring on the tissues!

I have LOTS of new ideas for Teachers Pay Teachers products and my hope is that once we get in a school/football routine I will have more time to work on them. And in case you are wondering why I haven’t blogged this summer, well let’s just say we’ve been crazy busy! If you follow me on instagram you are in the know, but in the past two months, we’ve: spent a week at the beach, visited three foreign countries, flew to LA and back in 22 hours (pure madness, but FUN!), finished our forever house, sold our current house, taught VBS, hosted our annual charity golf tournament, moved to our forever house and two days later moved back to Atlanta. Shoo! Oh, and now it’s training camp time, which honestly feels like a break compared to our summer schedule.

Hope y’all have had a great summer! It’s good to be back on the blog train! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite photos of our summer:

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Have a Ball this Summer! Free End of Year Gift Tag Printable

Luke’s last day of preschool is Wednesday and he wanted (ok, I wanted him) to give each of his friends a small gift to kick off the summer. We were in Kentucky for Valentine’s Day, so he didn’t get to give out Valentine’s and this is just a small way to say “thanks for being my friend”. I scoured Pinterest to find the cutest ideas and you can see my post here on 12 End of Year Classmate Gift FREE Printables. 12 EOY gift printablesI took Luke to the Dollar Tree to pick out a little something to give each of his friends. He first wanted to give them m&m’s, but I shot that down quickly. We try not to give out too much candy and I know the teachers wouldn’t appreciate any extra sugar on the last day. After going up and down every aisle, he finally decided to give splash balls.

IMG_9151There are 16 friends in Luke’s class, so we purchased 16 splash ball sets. They come in a pack of two, but to cut costs you could easily place one splash ball in a baggie and attach the tag to the baggie. I think kids would be thrilled with one ball and never know that there were two in the original pack.

IMG_9153We came home and I whipped up some cute tags to cover the ugly Dollar Tree tag and ta-da… his end of year gifts were finished! Start to finish it took less than 30 minutes to cut and attach all 16 tags. (And that was with the help of two littles!)

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I ended up taping the tags to the splash ball packaging, but you could also use double-sided tape or staples to attach it.

Here is Luke with his little $1 end of school year gift. He couldn’t be more excited to hand these out next week!

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You can download these FREE gift tags by clicking the link below.
Have a Ball Gift Tags

Let me know if you use these for your kiddos classmate gifts. They would also be perfect for teachers to give their students as well!

Happy (almost) summer!

 

12 End of the Year Classmate Gift FREE Printables

12 EOY gift printablesIt’s that time of year again – the temps are rising, the students are crazy and the teachers are… crazier! Hah! Luke’s school year and preschool career are coming to a close next week with his graduation on Wednesday night. Since the kiddos in Luke’s class are going to be attending several different elementary schools next year, he won’t be seeing many of them as much as he would like. To curb the sad thoughts of friends parting, we decided it would be great to give each of them a little gift for the summer. He wanted to give everyone gum and legos. I wanted to give everyone something cheap that wasn’t candy. (Spoiler alert: I won that battle.)

After a quick Pinterest search I found several cute ideas. Here are my favorite end of the year gift ideas with FREE printables and the best part is they can all be found for $1 or less!

graduation_goldfish_snack_smThis goldfish themed gift tag from Party Bluprints is a great way to gift a snack without giving students a sugar high.

stars gift tagsAlisha from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher actually created these as a 1st day of school gift, but I think they would be great as a last day gift as well. Just print the stars, cut and attach a glow stick. So easy, so cute, SO cheap!

pop-rocks-singleThese are a candy gift, which I don’t love to give, but it is so darn cute I just had to include it! Christy from Eleven Magnolia Lane created these cute printables to go with Pop Rocks she purchased at the Dollar Tree. See, everyone loves the Dollar Tree!

Wanderful gift tagI’ve seen these bubble wands at Walmart, Target and the Dollar Tree. You can usually get a pack of 6 for $5 or less, which makes each gift less than a buck! You can’t beat that! Stacy at She’s Kinda Crafty created some adorable tags that say “Thanks for being a WAND-erful friend this year!” All you need to do is print, cut and tie them to the bubbles!

Class-Ring-end-of-the-year-Party-Favor-by-lidia-barbosa-at-kinder-alphabet-500x482Ok, I’ve seen LOTS of gift ideas floating around the internet, but I have never seen this one! How cute are these “class rings”? You can find these FREE printable tags from Kinder Alphabet!

End-of-School-Year-IdeaLandee is a new-to-me blogger and I LOVE everything on her blog! Hoping to not waste my entire Saturday perusing her site. Her daughter gave out sidewalk chalk for her end of school year gifts. Aren’t they cute? You can find a big box of these at Walmart and just split them up among the kids in the class.

bm-image-791365Seriously, these are SO adorable! You can find cheap sunglasses at the Target Dollar Spot or the Dollar Tree. You can also find them in small sets in the party section at some stores. You can find the FREE printable tags to attach on the Lesson with Laughter blog.

krazykoolThese gifts may cost slight more than $1 each because the cups will more than likely be $1 and then you have to add in the cost of the Kool-Aid. We don’t drink Kool-Aid at our house, so if I did these gifts, I would probably just attach a fun crazy straw. It would also be much cheaper that way as well. You can find the FREE tag at A Cupcake for the Teacher.

easy-end-of-year-student-gift-free-printable-love-this-so-much1What kid doesn’t love a frisbee? Just print, cut and tape these FREE printable tags to each frisbee and your cheap, easy gift is complete!

get-a-free-printable-that-to-put-on-a-jump-rope-give-as-an-end-of-the-school-year-gift-to-friendsLuke can’t really jump rope yet, but he loves to use his in pretend play as a lasso. You can find jump ropes at the Dollar Tree and just staple on these cute tags from Our Thrifty Ideas.

photo 9These are adorable CHEAP gifts that all students will love! The FREE printable tags can be found at First Grade Fairytales.

IMG_3724And last but not least, here is what Luke will be giving his class next week. We found these splash balls at where else but the Dollar Store. They come in a pack of two, but they can easily be split up and placed in a sandwich bag to make each gift only 50 cents. You can find the FREE printable tags I created here.

Do your kiddos give out or receive end of school year gifts? If so, what has been some of your favorites?

 

 

Kindergarten Kick-start

Word of warning: I will be over-blogging, over-gramming and over-posting about Luke over the next couple of weeks. He is graduating from preschool next week and my mommy heart can hardly handle it. I’m that crazy mom that cries when she listens to his graduation practice. The practice! I get that from my Mama and I’m just teary thinking about him getting SO big.

Since he will be going to two different schools next year for kindergarten (one in the fall and one in the spring), he had to visit both schools to be screened. The school he will be attending in the fall is a private Christian school and he had to do a 45 minute interview and screening with the Gesell Developmental Observation. Jacob and I also had a question and answer session during his screening. Our pre-interview selfie is below!IMG_6580

We were a little nervous as to what Luke would tell them. I asked him what he told them about Mommy and Daddy and here was his reply: “I told them that you cooked dinner and cleaned the kitchen and Daddy plays football.” Yep, that pretty much sums us up, I guess! Hah!

After two rounds of  screening, I realized that Luke was ready for kindergarten even if I’m not ready for him to go. However, he needs to sharpen a few skills to make sure he will succeed when he enters school in August. In order for him to have fun, learn a few kinder basics and practice his fine motor skills over the summer, I created the Kindergarten Kick-start.

Kindergarten Kickstart Cover PAge

This is a HUGE 167 page set of worksheets, activity pages, coloring sheets, flashcards and posters that will help prepare any child for kindergarten. It covers letters, phonics, numbers, shapes, colors, handwriting and fine motor, scissor skills, reading, personal information memorization, a summer bucket list and much more! It would also be great review for kinders that need extra help before starting 1st grade or for home schoolers over the summer.

You can find out more information about the Kindergarten Kick-start at my Teachers Pay Teacher Store located here.

If you would like to get a FREE sample of the Kindergarten Kick-start you can download the printable emergent reader I created called, At the Beach.

At the Beach Emergent Reader About Colors

Strawberry Pickin’

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Last week our little family took a trip to Washington Farms to pick strawberries. My kiddos eat them by the cartons on the daily and I knew this would be a fun (and useful) family outing they would enjoy. If you are in North East Georgia, Washington Farms is located near Athens and it is definitely worth a visit. We found this little gem last fall during a field trip with Luke’s preschool class. They went to pick pumpkins, but as soon as I saw their flier about strawberries, I wrote it on my mental to-do list to make sure we came back in the Spring.

IMG_3567The berries were $12 for a gallon bucket and let me tell you, they tasted NOTHING like the berries that you buy at the grocery. They were amazing! Of course, doesn’t everything taste better straight from the farm. You weren’t allowed to eat them while picking, but it was SO tempting! The kids had so much fun picking the berries and they each had their own strategy. Luke would search and search for the biggest ones and Lyla would pick all of them she could find, even the bright green itty bitty ones.

IMG_3596Washington Farms also grows blueberries and blackberries that will be ready for picking later this Spring and Summer. We can’t wait to go back for more!

IMG_3599This picture makes me laugh… I had Lyla Rae in her strawberry appliqued dress with her bonnet because that just seemed like perfectnstrawberry picking attire and Luke, well, he was wearing all black Nike dri-fit gear. Boys and their clothes. Oh well, thankful for my girl to dress up! People are always asking me how I get her to keep her bonnets on and she actually likes them. She asks for her “princess hat” when it’s sunny, but to get her to wear them all the time, I just give her the option. If she wants to be outside, she has to wear her bonnet. She always chooses to be outside and the battle is over. Not only do I ADORE the way it looks on her, it provides excellent sun protection for my blonde haired, blue eyed princess.

IMG_8721After we picked two gallon buckets full of berries, we treated ourselves to homemade strawberry ice cream at the farm. It.was.awesome. I mean, I’m sure I burned off plenty of calories chasing kiddos up and down the rows of berries, right?

On the way home I researched how to make strawberry jam and we stopped by the grocery to grab the ingredients. The only thing I needed to buy was Sure-jell and sugar. My gracious, I didn’t know how much sugar was in jam. Guess that’s why it’s so yummy! I used the recipe right off the back of the yellow Sure-Jell Box and it worked perfectly on the first try. I don’t like “lumps” of berries in my jam, so I blended the berries to a puree to prep them and it worked great. Below are the results of my first shot at jam. Luke had one taste and proudly said, “Mom, it tastes just like the stuff you buy at the store!” Hah! Not exactly the response I was looking for, but I think he was amazed that I didn’t screw it up!

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