Sunday, May 28, 2017

It's Finally Here!!


Oh my goodness... sometimes y'all I think May is the longest month in the entire year. It just seems to stretch out and the to-do list gets longer and longer. Thankfully we have finally reached summer vacation.

**For my teacher friends who haven't yet, hang in there!! **

I'm excited with all the adventures that we have planned for our kids this summer. Camps, new experiences, and lots of memories to be made!

On top of that we already kicked off the fun...

A little shopping at Barnes and Noble had me eyeing some of the cutest little stuffed creatures!


I'm working hard at losing weight that I've put on. It's so darn hard to get it off once it's on! But I'm going to work at it day by day. Here's hoping my clothes fit a little looser by August. 

(Btw... I have no idea where Country Club Estates is at... but apparently my app thinks I live near it)


If you need any motivation this summer, come check out my Fitness for Teachers facebook page for motivation! It's a completely no-advertising kind of place.

What are you doing this summer? Leave a comment below and let's catch up!


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Goodies!

About a year ago, I was excited to become an ambassador with Carson Dellosa. They have such amazing things for teachers! I feel honored to be able to get to try things out as a real teacher and give feedback. Usually my teammates like to try things out too ;)

This last time they sent me this amazing Instant Assessment book that is perfect for all grade levels. They have it broken down by grade levels so it's perfect to have on hand. I've used several of the assessments for letter recognition and beginning sounds. They have been super informative!

(Click the picture to check it out on their site.)

They also sent me this adorable bulletin board set:

(Click the picture to check it out on their site.)

This set is adorable and I plan to put it up in the fall. I have to be honest... I didn't know that the Growth Mindset was a thing. I am apparently behind the times on it. Thank you Carson Dellosa for helping me learn something new! I have since looked it up on Pinterest and have been reading up on it quite a bit. This will definitely be going up in my classroom in the fall. 

I can't wait to see what I get to review next for you all!


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Monday, May 8, 2017

Favorite Chrome App EVER!

Backstory: 4 years ago I left my district near Metro-Atlanta and started teaching closer to my home. I love the school and the community. It was definitely the best move ever for me and my family!

The only teeny tiny downside was that ALL of my files were on Dropbox which is completely and totally blocked at my new district. My new district is a Google Education county. I've loved using Google Drive but I haven't figured out how to move my files. So, instead, I've slowly moved some things over during the past few years usually emailing them to myself or putting on a jump drive... very tedious.

In order to find a solution to my problem, I did what anyone else in my position would do: turned to Google!

I was so, so happy to find that someone else out there has felt the need to create a way to transfer lots of files at one time. Enter:


Through my Chrome tools, I went to the Web Store and searched for the app, set it up in about 10 minutes, and voila! Everything has transferred. So stinking happy!!!



I seriously have tons of files that add up to a LOT of memory and it has transferred it all. You can link different accounts, have them sync one way or both, and even transfer or backup files. My main focus was simply to have my Drop Box files moved to my Google Drive. (Changing grade levels for next year.. but more on that later! Suffice it to say, I need those files NOW!) Cloud HG will also link Evernote, Gmail, Calendars, and Share Point. Plus if you are a business, it can handle all the memory usuage that you can throw at it. It's brilliant!!

This is definitely on the top of my favorite Chrome app list!!



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It's not over yet....


Teacher appreciation isn't over just yet! TPT is continuing the fun with a sale tomorrow and Wednesday. Click on over to start filling up your cart!




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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Winners

I hope everyone had an amazing week being treated like Kings and Queens by your students. I am excited to pick the winners of our grab bag winners. I will be e-mailing these winners asap!

a Rafflecopter giveaway




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Thursday, May 4, 2017

You are one smart cookie! Teacher Appreciation Week Day 4


My kiddos are really loving showering their teachers will little treats. This one is perfect to sweeten the day!


You can click the picture to grab the cute printable. They come 4 to a page and are super quick and easy to cut out. 

Plus, don't forget to enter the giveaway for a grab bag of resources. I'll be picking 5 winners on Saturday!



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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week Day 3

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Today's goody was one that was mostly hand crafted. I took this cute, cute polka-dot paper to fold over the top of the zip-loc bags. Then I hand wrote the saying onto my cute labels from earlier this week. My kiddos were excited to deliver them today!



Don't forget to enter to win a grab bag of goodies!





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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week Day 2: Ideas, Freebies, and Giveaway

Oh gosh! Day 2 is already to go and the teachers LOVED them! This is another freebie I found and printed. I made them literally in about 10 minutes this morning while waiting for my coffee to brew. The best thing is that it's totally editable! You can click on the picture below to grab the freebie for your own and don't forget to enter the giveaway!







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Monday, May 1, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week: Ideas and giveaway

Welcome to May! Can you believe how fast this year has been going? It's already May and we are counting down to the end of the year.... 16 days left! We are in full swing with our Alphabet countdown and loving every day of it!

With May, most schools celebrate Teacher Appreciation day. I have scoured the internet looking for ideas that are cute, fun, and not super expensive. Between my 2 kiddos, I have 6 teachers to do gifts for and I love doing little gifts each day of the week.

I could show it earlier because several of their teachers read my blog :)

Here's what I got for the first day:



I found the cute little tags at Michael's last year. But the adorable circle was a free printable from another page. Click the picture to grab your own!


The end result is adorable, easy, and definitely appreciated by the teachers!


You can check out my Pinterest page for more awesome ideas! 
Also, in the spirit of Teacher Appreciation, I want to show my appreciation to you! I know many of us have hit that 'what am I teaching next year' time of the year. So, I would love to send out some great new resources to people. Enter below and I will pick a winner and announce on Saturday morning!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Real Leprechaun Gold!

Lately I've seen the image floating around of the Wilton gold spray that is edible. Have you seen it? It looks a little like this:


It's an image that pops up on Facebook and on Pinterest... BUT I have yet to see anyone do it or hear feedback. So I am here to try it out for you! 

I bought one can and a container of Oreos. I plan on my Leprechaun bringing enough for my class to have 1 each as a treat. Our little green man leaves treats outside his door. You can see more about the door I use over at Simply Kinder.

To make my Oreos, I laid out a sheet of wax paper and laid my Oreos out in one layer. This way I could spray one side and then the other side.




After covering one side in the spray, I let them dry and flipped them over and sprayed the other side. I did notice that the spray dried faster on food than on the wax paper so I moved them to a new sheet of wax paper for the coat on the other side.




Super simple and sweet!
 Plus, how fun would this be to make pirate treasure! I'm thinking next year that I need to make pirate treasure for my addition unit when I use Harry Kindergarten's Add (or Subtract) Like A Pirate video.








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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Do you need another reason?

Do you need another reason to celebrate the TPT sale? Well.... how about a giveaway to go along with it? I'm giving away a TPT gift card for someone to use during the sale. How do you enter? Check it out:



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Monday, February 6, 2017

It's coming....

It's here, it's here! My wishlist has been moved over to the shopping cart. Counting down to tomorrow!





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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What I Want to Wear Wednesday

We all love Pinterest for it's gathering of many amazing ideas, right? Well, I have an addiction with Pinterest.... I keep adding more boards! Seriously, I have over 100 boards. I have broken it down by holidays, seasons, things for home, things for school, etc. I can only imagine that they work a little like my brain does: scattered!

One of my favorite boards though is my Teacher's Clothes board. I started this a few months ago because I needed a place to put just work attire ideas. I am loving what I've been seeing out on Pinterest lately so I'm also excited to bring back:


Each week I will show you my favorites so you can find some new inspiration too! As teachers, our budgets are huge for clothes so finding new ways to wear things is the best. Plus I am by no means a fashion diva.. but I can spot a cute outfit idea on Pinterest for sure!

Here are my top 5 inspirations for this week! Click any to be taken to the original post on Pinterest to save the idea to your own Pinterest board!


This is my favorite this week because I love this top and the pointed toe flats.

Love this look and it's one that I have come close to replicating in my own wardrobe! If you click through to the actual post, it's a teacher blog that shows ONLY clothes. Love it!


I have an obsession with sweaters over button-ups. No lie. I am a prep at heart! But seriously, how is this not cute? Trade out the jeans for navy blue or khaki pants and it's totally work appropriate!


I have a secret... I want to wear more skirts! They are cute! But I'm working on losing a little bit of weight so that they look cute on me too ;) I love this match up and am totally looking for a good deal on a pair of leopard flats. I've seen them with SO many outfits this past month!


Look closely... these are.not.jeans. I repeat-not.jeans. In my world, at my school, these are called trousers. They look like denim but they are not. The definite of jeans means that they must have those cute little metal rivets. No rivets here ;) Plus those flats? I have rounded ones with my Tieks and I have a similar sweater. Comfy. Classy. Cozy. Teacher perfect!


Leave a link in the comments to share your favorite new outfit! I'd love to see and add it to next week's blog post!



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Monday, January 2, 2017

Working It Out Teacher Style

The past few months I have been working on getting my Specialist degree... which means lots of sitting and reading. Which is why back in the summer I had the idea to start a Fitness for Teachers group. And this was born:


Click the photo to go to Facebook and join the group. I know that this is the time of the year when everyone begins to think about how they are going to get fit after the holidays. But it's hard when you are a teacher. Just think about the schedule, the energy we put out during the day, the after school activities, parenting on top of it, or second jobs, or....The list goes on and on.

This is a group full of people who get it. Too good to be true? Just wait for it-- no advertising. That's right. All the sellers of many, many different types of weight loss stuff will not and can not advertise to you. We mean it. We remove them if they do.

I hope you come by and join! Plus, here on Wednesdays I'll be sharing some great ideas about 'Working It Out Teacher Style' with food, recipes, and working out.


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Years Countdown

While I'm on vacation for a few more days, I've been looking at my plans for when I go back with my students on this Thursday. I'm excited about the different plans that I've been saving up on Pinterest.

I have several items in my store already that you can take a peek at. Others I have found around the internet. But I think the VERY best idea that I have seen is for a countdown to noon.

But wait for it....

video



I can not wait to do this with my kids on Thursday. What makes it even better is that now Netflix has added to it with these great countdowns for you to use! They were first meant to use to put your kids to bed earlier than midnight... but I'm definitely using them in my classroom!


Several of these are definite favorites for my class!

I'm also going to add in creating time capsules with my students, celebrating with juice and pop corn, graphing who stayed up, and making resolutions. It'll be a FULL 2 days at the end of the week. Here are some of the great ideas that I'm using:



(resolutions.writing paper. goal setting flip book)

(graphing activity)

(journal or writing paper)

I am definitely enjoying my break but I'm looking forward to seeing my babies on Thursday!!






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