8.10.2014

COME SEE MY NEW BLOG!

Shut. The. Front. Door.

Are you seeing my new blog? I mean reeeeeealllly seeing it? I am completely obsessed. It is redesigned and amazing, if I do say so myself. I actually did it all by myself. And by that, I mean I had absolutely nothing to do with it. The phenomenal, spectacular, and creative genius Tenille from Designs by Tenille did a bang up job remodeling KinderLand! I could not be more excited about it. And how sweet is it that she kept the feel of my old blog design with the little sunglasses? Sigh, love her.

If you are in the business for a bloggy makeover, Tenille is your girl. She was quick and had awesome ideas. She was also super kind and loving when I had about 400 suggestions/needs. She didn't even pay me to say all of this, haha, she's just spectacular!

Here are a few things to check out:
*Mostly every font on this page is my own creation! Hooray to that!
*Peek at the new tabs across the top and check out what's new there
*See my awesome social media links across the top? Click 'em and go stalk me already.
*Look at that beautiful new button - super chic
*That little "scroll to top" button is one of the cutest things I have ever seen
*New and ridiculously awesome "pin it" button on all pictures! Finally!

So there you have it! I hope you'll peek around at all the new fun!

XO Khrys

8.05.2014

Kinder Kid Said Whaaat? {A New Linky!}

Hello fabulous you! I'm starting something new today. The new school year is about to begin and I'm in total stress mode people. I've been trying to remind myself of all the things I love about my job and if there is one thing that I love more than anything else, it is listening to the things my crazy kids say. They literally make me bust out laughing every day. Half the time they don't even mean to be funny, they just plain are.

I try to write things down as often as possible, because I can never remember exactly how it went down later. You know that awkward moment when you try to explain a funny story to someone, and you're like "no wait, first he said, no I mean, well anyway..." and you finally get done and they give you a pity chuckle, "heh heh" and you say "Well it was funnier then, you had to be there." That happens to me allll the time. Hence, I must write things down. I have a word document with about 50 pages of funny things I have heard over the past few years and countless sticky notes with scribbled quotes from my kinder krew. I have decided to start a weekly linky where I will share some of the hilarity that is my life with you. Let me introduce you to...

To kick things off, I will share a few of my favorites from this year :)


 There was many-a-time this year that I had to just take a break for a few minutes to collect myself. My kids this year were mini-adults, they knew EVERYTHING and had no shame in sharing it.
I love them so much :)

 Now that I have shared a few from my group, I would LOVE to hear from you!
This is a no pressure, link up whenever you feel like it, or don't link up at all, kind of linky.
You can link up once a week, once a month, once ever, or just stop by to read some of the funny things that people share!

Link up if you are a teacher of ANY grade level or a parent with a funny child!

Here are some blank templates that you can use if you want, or you can just type it in a regular post!


 I hope you'll join me in sharing the funny with the world!
XO -Khrys


8.03.2014

Raise the Parr - Fundraiser!

Lindsey Paulson has put together a fundraiser for the 3 year old daughter of Renee Parr, a teacher who passed away unexpectedly in July. Many bloggers have donated some fabulous products and Lindsey has created a variety of bundles to choose from for only $10 each! Most of the packs are valued at more than $45.
Please check it out and support a great cause. Thank you!


8.02.2014

TPTin' like a boss!

Have you heard the news? The annual TPT Back to School sale is coming! Eeeeeeek! Seriously you guys, I look forward to these big sales. I stock up that wishlist and buy everything. No joke, this is me...


CLIPART, ACTIVITIES, PRINTABLES, LET'S DO THIS!
Here are the deets:

300 × 250

I will also be offering an extra 20% off of EVERYTHING in my store! If you've been eyeing anything in particular, this is the time to bite the bullet. These big sales don't come around often and you can get some amazing deals. 

Suggestion:
Be sure to provide feedback on ALL of your purchases to rack up credits! You can see anything that still needs feedback in your "My Purchases and Downloads" page on TPT. Those credits add up! Last time I had toooooons of credits and got like $15 off!

Now I'm going to share my sale plans... mwahaha! Can't wait to buy some awesome stuff.

I would LOVE to hear all about your plans for the sale. I made the cute little graphics below using clipart from Ashley Hughes (bag), EduClips (thumbs up), and Artifex (background). Feel free to snag the graphics to use on your TPT Sale blog post! Please link back to me!

Here is just a sample of the things I am buying.
I am still searching around and plan to add much more to the list!



Now to share some of MY products with you!! These are some of my favorites. I hope you can use them with your little learners. If you see something you like, be sure to snag it while it's DIRT CHEAP! Teachers be poor ya'll, teachers be poor.


Can't wait to hear all about your big sale plans too! What are you buying and selling?!

XO -K

7.30.2014

Mini Font Collection: The Months!

A new mini-font collection is here! Let me introduce you to... KB Fonts: THE MONTHS!

This is a set of 12 new fonts, one for every month of the year :)
If you have my KB Fonts Complete Collection {which you can find here} be sure to check your "My Purchases" page on TPT to download the newbies.

Here they are:



Love to you from me!
XO K

7.29.2014

Just Call Me a PhoBLOGrapher!

Hi friends :)
A few days ago I posted all about my new office. I was literally shocked that I got about 6 emails asking me what kind of camera I use. Imagine that, me a photographer?! HA! I was pretty excited though because I have been working my tail off to learn how to use my camera and take better photos. 

Let me just start by saying that I am NOT a professional photographer and that I am well aware that my pictures are not the best and certainly not professional quality. I have just recently begun learning how to work my camera in manual mode and I have nowhere to go but up from here :) I am having fun taking pictures and will share with you a few tips that I am learning along the way!

Here is my beautiful camera. It is a Canon Rebel T3. It is a Digital SLR camera. It is certainly not the most expensive one out there, but it works perfectly for what I need it for. If you are going to purchase one, I do recommend spending a bit more for the Canon Rebel T5. It has 18 megapixels while the T3 has 12.2.  More megapixels basically means that you will have more detail in your images. Be careful though, because more megapixels does not always mean it will capture better images. There are a few other differences as well, but I won't get into the technical mumbo jumbo. To sum it up, the T3 is fabulous for me and I love it. It is wonderful quality for the price. 


I have had my camera for about 2 years now and honestly haven't been using it as more than a 'point and shoot' for most of that time. This summer I finally decided that I would try to actually understand my camera and utilize the features and awesomeness that it has to offer. I started by taking a 3-hour DSLR for Beginners Class at my local photo store, CreativePhoto. At first I was like: woah, this is hard. And then it all started to click (pun intended) for me little by little. By the end of the class, I was much more confident with my skills. It does take practice though and I am still practicing every day to get better. I am not all that good right now, but hope to improve!

LENSES

The Rebel T3 is just the camera body.
There are many lenses that you can purchase to create different styles of photographs. 

Here are the lenses that I currently own:

Quick tip: see that blurry background? It is called "bokeh." I have heard it pronounced like "boca", but apparently the correct way to pronounce it is "bo-ke" bow (like in your hair) and ke (like at the beginning of the word kettle). Who knows. Anyway, the important thing to know is that when the photograph is focused on something with an out of focus background, the blurry background is called bokeh.

Most often when you buy the T3, it will come in some sort of bundle and will include the Canon 18-55 mm Standard Zoom Lens (the top picture). The numbers (18-55) are called the focal length and basically tell you how much your camera will zoom in and out. This was the only lens I had for a long time because I really didn't know any different. I've found that this is a great lens for everyday use.

The second lens is a Canon 75-300mm Telephoto Zoom Lens. I don't use this one very often. It is great for taking photos of things that are far away because you can really zoom in on it.

The last of my lenses is my favorite. The Canon 50mm lens. It is called a prime lens which means that it does not zoom in and out at all. It is my favorite lens to get the bokeh effect with.

I seriously want a few more lenses but MAN are they expensive. I currently have a wide-angle lens on my wishlist :)

There are three important things that you need to know in order to make the most of your camera: aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. I will not even pretend to go into all of the specifics about them because I am still learning myself. I did find some amazing tutorials on Kevin & Amanda that have been extremely helpful to me. I seriously suggest taking a class first though because it can be pretty hard to understand things without having someone explain things first. At least it was for me :)

Here are some awesome tutorials they have:
What Settings Should I Use: Part 1 ... Part 2

Here are few of my favorite snapshots that I have taken recently:

Here's hoping I get better!! The thing is, I'm trying not to stress about whether they are 'professional quality' or not because let's face it, I'm just a regular kindergarten teacher using a regular camera taking pictures of regular stuff.  It's all good though because it's just so much fun to take pictures!

Share some pictures with me :)
I have a few new places to be found.
Did you notice the new tabs across the top?!
Click on those to see new things about me! 

Also, can you come stalk me please? That would be great.





Love you all!
XO K