browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

Home

Back-to-School Sale

It’s time for back-to-school andThe Schoolhouse is having a SALE!!

Back-to-School SALE 2

The sale will take place in both of my stores.  The sale is for 20% every item in my shops and I’ll be adding more products throughout the sale.  There’s also some freebies, with more on the way!!  Remember, I have Christian and educational printables….and I take requests.

You can click here to visit The Schoolhouse at Teachers Notebook.  The sale dates there are 4-8 August.

 You can click here to visit The Schoolhouse at Teachers Pay Teachers.  The sale dates there are 4-7 August.  If you use code BTS14, you’ll receive an extra 10% off for a total of 28% from 4-5 August.

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!


Categories: Blogging, Celebrations, Daily Life, Education, Family, Free Printable, Friends, General, Home, Homeschool, Life, Printable, Religion, the Home, the Schoolhouse, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Foto Finish: Dainty Yellow Flower

It’s time for another Foto Finish!!  This week’s optional theme is…..YELLOW.  That means that you can post a photo with that theme….or anything else that you choose to share!!

foto-finish

Once again, I’m posting a photo that I took at the Wildlife Refuge.  I thought that this was just so pretty….and dainty.

1Dainty Yellow Flower - Commotion2014

What do you think??

I’m also linking up with….

Weekly-Top-Shot-Full-Size-125  FFF

If you’d like to learn more about Foto Finish, please click here to read all about it.  Next week’s optional theme will be HANDS.  If you’d like to join in Foto Finish, just link up below.

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

 I hope that you link up!!  I’d really love to come visit and see what you’re sharing this week!!

 

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!


Categories: Blogging, Family, Friends, General, Home, Life, Memes, Photograhy, Photography, Photos-Pictures, the Home, Vacation | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Foto Finish: Friendly Prairie Dog

I’ve been away from Foto Finish for awhile, but I’m ready to get back at it and I hope that you are too!!

foto-finish

Today, I just had to post this cute little prairie dog that we saw.  My parents were here visiting and we couldn’t miss an opportunity to head out to the Wildlife Refuge.  As we were leaving, I stopped to get some photos of some geese that were nearby.  However, this friendly little prairie dog spotted my dad watching him out the window and he couldn’t help but to pose for us.  

Friendly Prairie Dog - Commotion2014

Isn’t he just adorable!?!?  We had so much fun getting shots of him and my dad couldn’t resist talking to him and getting the little guy to show off.

I’m also linking up with….

CameraCritters1  Weekly-Top-Shot-Full-Size-125

If you’d like to read more about Foto Finish, please click here to read all about it.  Next week’s optional theme will be YELLOW.  If you’d like to join in Foto Finish, just link up below.

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

 I hope that you link up!!  I’d really love to come visit and see what you’re sharing this week!!

 

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!


Categories: Blogging, Family, General, Home, Life, Memes, Memories/Experiences, Photograhy, Photos-Pictures, the Home, Uncategorized, Vacation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Flashback Friday: “The Letter”

As many of my readers know, I haven’t done Flashback Friday in awhile. Well, I’m happy to say that it’s back!!

Flashback Friday 3button 2x2

 

I have always been a fan of Bette Davis, but while hubby was away (one of the times he was in Iraq), I was up very late and The Letter came on.  The opening scene is Bette firing her gun over and over as a man tumbles down the steps.

TheLetter - BetteDavis - Opening Scene

From that moment on, I was enthralled!!  I couldn’t take my eyes off the tv.  

TheLetter Movie Poster

But first, a little about the movie.  The film is in the film-noir, drama, mystery, and crime genres.  The Letter stars Bette Davis (Leslie Crosbie) and Herbert Marshall (Robert Crosbie), along with James Stephenson (Howard Joyce – her lawyer and husband’s friend) and Freida Inescort (Dorthy Joyce).  There’s also several other minor players in this movie.  Some of them are quite shady and eerie!!

TheLetter 1

Gale Sondergaard (Mrs. Hammond)

TheLetter 2

Victor Sen Yung (Ong Chi Seng)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This movie was directed by William Wyler and released by Warner Bros. in 1940.  It was nominated for 7 Oscars at the 1941 Academy Awards in including Bette Davis for Best Actress in Leading Role, Max Steiner for Best Music Original Score, and William Wyler for Best Director.  Other nominations were Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Stephenson), Best Cinematography Black-and-White (Tony Gaudio), and Best Film Editing (Warren Low).  The Letter didn’t win any Oscars, but it did win 2 awards at the 1940 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  

Here’s a brief synopsis of The Letter from IMDb….

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

And here’s one from TCM….

A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.

One of the most interesting parts of this film is that in the beginning, Leslie (Bette Davis) begins making lace (crocheting).  She’s seen working on it throughout the movie.  The representation of the lace is much like the crime that she committed.  It’s a web of lies and deceit.  It continues to grow.  By the end of the movie, it’s this beautiful lace shawl that Leslie wears to a secret meeting.  It is one of the best figurative objects in film as far as I’m concerned!!

TheLetter - Crochet Lace

 

TheLetter - BetteDavis - Crochet Lace

TheLetter - BetteDavis - Lace

I highly recommend that you watch this movie.  You won’t be disappointed.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it and it never gets old….or boring.  The Letter has stood the test of time and is definitely a classic that’s not to be missed!!

To learn more about Flashback Friday, please click here to visit my page telling you all about it.  If you’d like to join in Flashback Friday, please join the linky below.

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Now quit reading this post and go watch this movie!!

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!


Categories: Blogging, Daily Life, Family, Home, Memes, Memories/Experiences, Photos-Pictures, the Home, Uncategorized, Vacation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

James Garner

As soon as we got home from church, we saw that James Garner was trending. It was sad to find out that he’d passed away of natural causes.

james-garner00

He starred in over 50 films, but he’s best known for his television roles in “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files”.  James was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, OK on 7 April 1928.  He was married to Lois Fleishman Clarke in 1956 and at his passing, they were less than a month from their 58th anniversary.

RIP James “Maverick” Rockford” Garner!!  You’ll be missed by many for your charisma, comedy, handsome looks, and so many other things that made you who you were!!

 

 

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!

Categories: Blogging, Family, Friends, General, Home, In the News, Life, Memories/Experiences, the Home | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas in July

Who doesn’t love a sale….and receiving a “gift” any time of the year!?!?

I know I do!!  Since I’m going to be busy this weekend with my parents surprise visit, I’ve decided to throw a “Christmas in July” sale in my shops.  Every product will be on sale all weekend long (18-20 July) and if you haven’t checked it out in awhile, you should because I’ve added some new materials!!

Christmas in July SALE button-blog

To get to “The Schoolhouse” at Teachers Notebook, just click here to find all the products on sale.

To see the sale on Teachers Pay Teachers, click here to find “The Schoolhouse” and everything in the shop.

Remember, I have educational and Christian printables available.  I have a couple FREEBIES  for download as well.  If there’s anything that you need, please don’t hesitate to ask!!  If I don’t have it, I just might be able to make it!!

 

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!

Categories: Blogging, Celebrations, Christian, Education, Free Printable, General, Home, Homeschool, Printable, Religious Education, Religious Education, the Home, the Schoolhouse, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Surprise!!

So kiddo and I went out yesterday and did a little shopping and took care of some errands.  When we got home, there was a message on the answering machine from my Dad.  I couldn’t figure out why since I’d just talked to him early in the morning.  So, I call them right away to see what’s up.

surprise

Low and behold, they inform me that they’ve decided to come see us THIS weekend!!  My mom has declared this a little mini-vacation.  She’s determined that she’s not going anyplace or do anything the whole time that she’s here.  YAY!!  I’m so happy and excited.  I love my parents so much and I love it when they do little things like this.  It’s a different schedule than usual though because Mom has to be back to work on Monday instead of them leaving as usual on Monday.  But, they’re also arriving a day earlier than usual!

I’m so looking forward to some special family time.  To top it all off, we’re supposed to have a cool down and possibly get a little much needed rain.  It should make for a wonderful weekend and for some enjoyable time together.  Now, it’s time to plan my menu!!

What do you have going on??  Any surprises in your life??

 

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!

Categories: Blogging, Celebrations, Daily Life, Family, Friends, General, Home, Life, the Home, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Commotion

So I know, you’re wondering just where I’ve been.  Well, I’ve not been sitting idle, that’s for sure!!

Kiddo has taken a “break” from her volunteering at the animal shelter.  The schedule of working with Doc has changed and it just doesn’t work with us homeschooling through summer.  We’re enjoying having a little more time on our hands though.  Then again, it’s not in our hands….it’s spent in the books!!

Homeschool is going well.  So far summer has mostly been spent on Geometry.  We also have some science labs planned, but we’ll handle those after Miss K’s last summer visit to see my parents.  She’s also working on Latin, but I’m just not much help.  I know teaching her, I should be, but I never liked foreign language.  All’s not lost though because my Dad happens to be great at Latin, so she gets a lot of work in then!!

My weight has been stable for going on 2 years now.  I’m still walking when I can.  It should be more often, but it is what it is.  At least I’m getting some activity in!!  I’m very happy with where I’m at and I know those final 10 pounds will come when it’s time.  The one thing that I haven’t done much of is photography and I’m really looking forward to getting behind the camera again.  I miss it and just haven’t taken as many opportunities as I should to get photos.  

I’m happy to say that my shops are doing alright.  I’m trying to keep them stocked with new printables.  Don’t forget if you’re in need of educational or Christian printables, be sure to check out my stores (the buttons are in the left-hand column)!!

So what else can I tell you!?!?  Other than that, life is just busy.  We’re always doing something and trying not to let things slip through the schedule.  Unfortunately, my blog does seem to suffer a bit.  It always picks up once school starts, and that’s just not far off any more.  RE is just around the corner.  Can you believe it’s July already??  I’m thrilled though because the heat is on!!

How’s your summer been??  What have you been up to??

 

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!

Categories: "K", Blogging, Daily Life, Family, Friends, General, Home, Homeschool, Life, Religious Education, the Home, the Schoolhouse, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy 4th of July

I want to wish all my family, friends, and readers a very….

4th of July

So proud to be an American where I can think what I want, despite the disagreement of the others.  

Home of the free because of the brave!!

God Bless the USA!!

 

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!

Categories: Army, Blogging, Celebrations, Daily Life, Family, Friends, General, Holidays, Home, Life, the Home | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grand Opening Sale at TN!!

The doors of “The Schoolhouse” are officially open at Teachers Notebook.  To celebrate, I’m holding a Grand Opening SALE!!

GrandOpening SALE1

My entire shop is on sale for 25% OFF for 1 week.  If there’s anything that you need to prepare for next year, now’s the time to get it!!  Don’t forget, I have educational and Christian printables available for all your needs!!

Be sure to follow my shop so that you know when I add more products….and I’ll be adding them all week long.  Also, you’ll find out when I hold other sales and offer specials, just for my followers.

To check out my sale, just click the button above and it’ll take you right to my shop!!

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!

Categories: Blogging, Celebrations, Christian, Daily Life, Education, Friends, General, Home, Homeschool, Life, Printable, Religion, Religious Education, Religious Education, the Home, the Schoolhouse, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Calling All D3 Secret Agents!!

  First, I have to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed my little break from blogging.  I accomplished a lot and feel really good about everything that I’ve done.  This set of materials for VBS is no exception and I’m very proud of how it turned out.  I hope all of you are as well and will be using it this summer….or in the future!!

AgencyD3_Logo-4color

This year, I made 10 different things to go with the “Agency D3” them for LifeWay’s VBS this year.  They’re all secret agent related….and I think quite fun!!  Any printable that has the Bible verse use is the NIV (New International Version).  If you need a different version, please contact me and I’ll see if I can change it (no promises though).

AgencyD3 byElaine SAMPLE

Clipart © LifeWay and is used with permission.  Some clipart from the internet is believed to be public domain and is used for educational purposes and without profit.

Here’s a list of this years materials and suggested uses….

1.  Scanner Handprint Craft – Use paint or stamp pad to put each child’s handprint on this scanner.  It includes the Bible verse and is a fun simple craft.

2.  Agent D3 Badge – Fold where indicated and let the kids have fun with this secret agent ID badge.

3.  Secret Agent Card – You can place each child’s photo on the card or leave the “secret agent” image.  Print the daily symbols on sticker paper and place on the card each day the child is in VBS.  Plain paper could be used as well and then glued on each day or at the completion of VBS.

4.  Evidence Tag – Students can note what they learned (evidence) or it has many other uses as well.

3.  Evidence Report – Child can fill this out after each lesson/activity for what they learned.  An area at the bottom for the teacher/parent/counselor to fill out for “grading”.  This also has many other uses.

6.  Fingerprint Card – Use paint or ink and place each students fingerprints on this card.  They can then look at them under a magnifying glass to see how each one is different (God made us special and unique).  There’s other uses as well.

7.  Entrance Sign – Place this on the wall/door for kids to “scan to enter” their hand each day as they arrive or to enter each activity/room as they enter (if they move around during the day).

8.  Secret Agent Pass – Use these for students as they move from room to room or activity to activity.  Can also be used a snack/lunch pass, bathroom pass, and so on.

9.  Secret Agent Notepad (blank pages) – This comes with a “leather” cover and blank lined pages to take notes, copy Bible verse, draw, or many other things.  The lines are different types and sizes to use to suit the needs of the ages/grades of kids.  Also, there’s one blank page for drawing.

10.  Secret Agent Notepad (activities) – This comes with a “sleuth” cover.  All the pages inside have a variety of activities including a word search, daily maze, Bible verse games, and more.  There’s also a couple blank pages and note pages.

AgencyD3 SecretAgent Notepad byElaine SAMPLE

The covers for the notepads can be used for whichever notepad you want.  I just wanted to put one cover per notepad.  Also, the pages in the notepads can be combined and used as wanted or needed.  You might want the leather cover with 3 lined pages and 1 activity or 4 activities and 1 lined page.  Just fold the pages and staple for a complete notepad of your choice!!

To download any of these printable activities, just click the link in the title or description of each item.  I hope that you can use them and that the kids get tons of enjoyment from them.  Please share some photos of your children with the activities and I love your comments, so leave one on this post or use the “contact” button in the right hand column….thanks!!

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!






All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free.  However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use.  They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit.  If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog.  Do NOT share the materials that you download with them.  Copyright © 2008-Present.  All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.  This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, Commotion from the Ocean of Life, and The Schoolhouse.  All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

Categories: Activity, Blogging, Christian, Church, Craft, Daily Life, Education, Free Printable, General, Home, Homeschool, Lesson Plan, Life, Printable, Religion, Religious Education, Religious Education, the Home, Uncategorized, Vacation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

I’m in Business!!

As many of you know, I’ve been considering opening a store to sell my printables in. This isn’t an easy decision for me. I had to put a lot of thought and prayer into it. I wanted to do what’s right for my friends, followers, and readers. I also have to do what’s best for my family.

My ultimate decision is to open a store to sell my printable materials in. I’ve opened an Etsy shop, and also a shop on Teachers Notebook.

I want to assure you that I’ll continue to post freebies on my blog and Facebook. I’m not trying to get rich, but merely help add some income to my family. Giving and sharing my printables is just what comes naturally to me. It’s what I truly love to do and will continue to do.

I hope that all of you will keep following me on this blog and on Facebook. It’s also my hope that you’ll check out my stops. I’ve tried to keep my prices down, so hopefully you’ll find something that you can use. I’d also appreciate it if you’d spread the word to anyone that you know that might be looking for educational or Christian printables for home or school.

Please check out my stores and be sure to follow them so you know when I upload new products, have sales, and so on!!  You’ll also be able to access the shops at any time by clicking the buttons in my right hand column.

“The Schoolhouse” on Etsy

etsy button

“The Schoolhouse” at Teachers Notebook

tn_logo

Remember, I fully plan on keeping this blog going.  I’ll be posting freebies here as often as I can.  I’m not on a schedule as it is, but they’ll be posted as often as possible.  One of the only changes will be that some of the freebies I post will be available for a limited amount of time, but very few of them.  Also, some of my older ones will be expired so that I can move them into my shops.  But please know this will only be a few of them and all the rest will continue as usual!!

 

Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!

Categories: Blogging, Christian, Daily Life, Education, Family, Free Printable, Friends, General, Home, Homeschool, Lesson Plan, Religion, Religious Education, Religious Education, the Home, the Schoolhouse, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment