Holly Bloggy Christmas!

I joined up with the Teacher Blogger Exchange for a fun Holiday gift exchange!  The theme this year was "My Favorite Things"!
For my partner, Jen from Jen's Kinder Kids, I sent her one of my ultimate favorite things - a Thirty-One bag!  In her email, she said she likes all things polkadot and also monogrammed.  Since I wasn't sure of her middle name, I had her first name embroidered on the bag.
Via www.mythirtyone.com
For my gift, I got a set of goodies from Katie at Adventures of Ms. Smith!  She sent me 4 of her favorite items, and included a cute little tag explaining it all!

  • Fingernail polish - this is currently one of my favorite colors!
  • Lip Gloss - this lip gloss is one of my essentials... and it's only $1 at Target! 
  • Chocolate - I love anything chocolate!  This peppermint kind is one of my favorites during the holiday season.
  • Pens - Since we are both teachers I figured it was only appropriate to include one of my favorite school items.  I love grading papers in all sorts of fun, colorful pens (not just red!)

It was like Katie read my mind - I LOVE all of these goodies, too!

Did you participate in any fun gift exchanges this year?  Maybe you can sign up for Holly Bloggy Christmas next year!


  1. The blog gift exchange is such a cute idea! Love what you gave and what you got! Happy to be your newest follower!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

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    1. I did! I'm so excited, I already used the pens!

  3. LOVE Ghriradelli Chocolate and Thirty-One. You both did good! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

    1. Thanks DeAnne! I'm pretty excited about both gifts! :)

  4. Hi Nicole,
    I just found your blog through the 3 AM Teacher's post on FB. I'm now following your blog and I've networked to your blog as well. I bet you love living in Hawaii. I've always wanted to see Hawaii (I was born in Okinawa, and would love to visit some tropical islands!). Anyways, your blog is great. Take care and enjoy the holidays!


    1. Thank you Karen! It is so nice here! We've had fabulous weather for Christmas Break and have enjoyed playing in the community pool, riding our bikes around the neighborhood, and going to the beach! Such a nice change from the rainy weather I got used to in the Pacific Northwest! :)

  5. GREAT gifts! I had so much fun participating, too!

    Would love for you to join in to our Shout Out Linky, beginning Jan. 1st. Hop over and read about it if you get a chance.

    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

    1. Hey Lisa, just checked out your blog and became a follower. So amazing that you got to be on the Oprah show! Can't wait to collaborate more! :)

    2. Thanks so much, Nicole!!! That Oprah experience was truly unbelievable!!!

      And...that 31 bag is adorable! I'm so in love with 31 and am getting ready to order tomorrow so I can take advantage of their $5 cosmetic bag deal with a $31 order. :) The hardest part is picking the pattern!

      Smiles - Lisa

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    1. Nice! Which color do you have? Do you use it as a little makeup bag?


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