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Gearing Up for Easter and St. Patrick's with Dollar Deals & a GIVEAWAY!

Happy Saturday!  :)  I hope everyone got to sleep in late today!  I woke up early to get in some shopping before I took my mom to the spa for a pedicure for Valentine's (it's the only time I can get her to slow down and get off her feet!)  I NEVER want to be stuck like two weeks ago when I found myself scrambling to find cool supplies for Valentine's Day centers because no one had anything left.  Very sad.  So I said to myself, "Never again!" and I went shopping.  I'm trying to consider it as being proactive rather than being a shopaholic.  :)

So I went to Dollar Tree first.  Here are some things I found:

Easter Grass & Eggs

How cool are these carrot eggs?  I can't wait to use them in the sensory table!

Easter Bunny Headbands & Flower Table Scatter

Yeah, you know we're gonna wear these!  :)  I even got blue bunny ears for the boys and pink bunny ears for the girls.  I'm thinking the kiddos can wear them while digging through the sensory bin and for read/write the room.  Can't wait!

St. Patrick's Day Glitter Shamrocks, Hats, Garland and Green Foam Dice

Yay!  I am super excited about the mini hats.  They come with an attached string so they should stay on my kiddos' heads well.  I was sorely tempted by these headband hats at Party City...

And by these...

But you just can't beat a pack of 5 hats for $1.  Sorry Party City!

Here's my sole Target find:

Cute Cupcake Boxes

Target doesn't have anything out for Easter and I was very disappointed by their dismal St. Patrick's Day selection, but I did get these adorable boxes for only $0.30 each since they were on clearance from Valentine's!  Yay!  :)

The pedicure place is right next to Party City, so I peeked in there for a bit and here is what I found:

Shamrock Pails, Shamrock Cookie Cutters, St. Patrick's Day Stamps, St. Patrick's Day Erasers, and Green/Gold Shamrock Coins

I found A LOT at Party City!  Now of course the only thing that was $1 were the pails and the cookie cutters, but I had a 40% off coupon so it really wasn't that bad.  The shamrock coins were $5 for 100 coins but that's really not bad (considering I spent $9 for only 72 coins at Michaels; going to return those tomorrow!)

And here's what I'm ordering from Oriental Trading:

Black Candy Kettles
Can you believe no one else had these?  Well, Party City has some (and green and black in bigger sizes), but they were out.  So I'll just order these online.

Easter Foam Dice
These look so cute and super fun!  I am bummed that they discontinued their Valentine version.  :(

I'm STILL looking for shamrock measuring cups/scoopers and Easter buckets that are just right.  I am really hoping Target gets more St. Patrick's Day and Easter stuff in soon!  These cute felt bunny buckets from Michael's might do.... except they were so expensive!

SO I'm going to hold off for the Target Dollar Spot and Walmart to get more stuff in!  :)   But I hope you got some good ideas for great places/items to shop for your upcoming holidays.  All of this fun shopping got me inspired to think about my upcoming sensory tables, so expect to see some freebies heading your way!

Lastly, I want to leave you with some news about my upcoming giveaway!  I am almost at 100 Followers (9 away as I write this) and some lovely friends of mine are helping me celebrate with a good old fashioned giveaway!  :)  Giveaway prizes will include contributions from Irene at Learning with Mrs. Leeby, Megan from I Teach What's Your Superpower?, Khrys from Keepin' it Cool in Kinderland, and Kimberly at Live, Laugh I Love Kindergarten.

If you are interested in contributing something to the giveaway, please let me know!  I'd be honored!  :)
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


  1. Jessica, I hear you on the target dollar spot. I couldn't find anything I wanted for St. Patrick's Day there! :(

    Looks like you got some great things for your upcoming units.

    I would LOVE to contribute to your giveaway but couldn't find your email. My email is

    Congrats on being so close to 100 followers!!!

    Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten

  2. I'd love to be a part of your 100 follower give away. Please email me at and let me know what you would like.

    Granny Goes to School

  3. Congrats on being so close!!! I'd be happy to donate something to your giveaway if you are still in need of stuff!

    Clearly Kindergarten

  4. Almost 100, so exciting! I'd love to contribute to your giveaway, too!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

  5. We would love to contribute to your giveaway! If you need some more items our email is, thank you!

  6. I am your newest follower, you should be 100 in no time! Please come over to my new blog and follow if you would like! Looking forward to your 100 follower give away.

    LivinG To Learn


  7. Love all the goodies you found! I was at Target this past weekend and was loving my 30 cent finds! :)

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

    1. Thanks Kimberly! I did find some good stuff, I am VERY excited for the upcoming months!

  8. Jessica- I'm so excited for you! Link up with Freebie Friday tomorrow and you know you'll have those 8 followers in no time! I am LOVING this new design, by the way!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

    1. Thanks Irene! :) I am trying to learn how to make my own... it's a slow process! Working on learning how to make my own sidebar stuff now!


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