Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Back To School - Classroom Reveal!

It's here.
Labor Day...
The day before Superintendent's Conference Day and two days before the kids come.
The last few days have been a blur of last minute printing, planning, laminating and stressing.
Summer creeps in and then zooms out.
But I'm ready!

Let's take a look at what transpired the days (and weeks) before the big moment!

SUMMER -PHASE 1: Ahhhhhhhhhh....... 
This was filled with sunsets, books, beaches and family. It felt like it would never end!






SUMMER-PHASE 2: Let me just take a PEEK in my classroom.
This happens every year.  Once I go in, I am hooked.  Let the mad labeling and cleaning begin!
I went on a frenzy of creating Schoolgirl Style inspired labels and decor!  Not familiar with Melanie and her decorating flair! Check out her site {here} and be prepared to get inspired!

Classroom Script Bunting
Get yours {Here!}



"Welcome Back to School" bookmarks and mail for my new families.




 Schoolgirl Style Inspired Decor





Eeeek! My dining room table! #teacherproblems!


Who doesn't love a cute teacher binder?



SUMMER-PHASE 3: Classroom Set-up (AKA I am sweating so much doing this, it counts as a workout, right?!?)

So here it is....My newly renovated third grade home away from home. I love it here.






There you have it! 
I have had an amazing summer reading through blogs and getting to know other teachers through social media.  The energy I get from seeing & reading about your teaching experiences is amazing! 

I look forward to sharing, learning and growing with you all throughout the school year!

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL, EVERYONE! HERE'S TO A GREAT 2014-2015!



Monday, August 18, 2014

Meet The Teacher {on her Birthday!}

With my own "Meet the Teacher" night still weeks away, my head is nonetheless getting into the school mode! When I saw this cute linky from Falling Into First, I couldn't help but join in the fun! {How can I resist a teacher who makes cute buttons like this?}




THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
Family. Friends. Love. God. School. The Beach. Summer Vacation. Laughter. 

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
A doctor or nurse...or maybe a famous chef.

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
loving, dedicated, generous
 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
'Healthy snacks in the Teacher's Room AGAIN?!?' said no teacher ever!!
{Seriously, people. STOP bringing leftover cake from the weekend...ok, I'm guilty of this too...I DON'T want it in my house either!}

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Funny you should ask...it's my birthday today!
Just my family {those here on earth and those not} and closest friends. Give this group a dance floor and you have yourself a party! {Jimmy Fallon, your double dutch has nothin' on MY family!}



Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
All Over the Place: A Tale of Too Many Hobbies

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
Invisibility.  I've always wanted to try Harry's cloak.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
 {JK Rowling via Albus Dumbledore}
I'm thinking you can guess my favorite book series at this point! 

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
I'd think I'd play it old school and go with a Kelly Clarkson (The Original Idol!) song. Something I could really belt out (shhhhh...like I do in the privacy of my own car), like "Stronger." Of course, I would have to have an amazing outfit.

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Most definitely morning. I'm asleep as soon as I stop moving and my fanny hits the couch. 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
I truly use all of my products in my classroom, but the one I kept coming back to again and again is my Rockin' The 2nd Grade Math Common Core. With practice sheets for school and home, there is plenty of practice here for the kiddies!
Now that I am going to THIRD, I'm going to miss using this little gem! 
I think I just discovered my next product.



Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 
I love to make crazy cakes for my family and friends! 
Here are just a few :)





Thanks, Falling Into First, for this clever Linky! You gave me a fun post to do on my birthday!  I have one more for you to check out before you go...

Head over to Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals {8:00am EST} for my first ever post on this collaborative blog! I'm unveiling a new product and offering it for a DOLLAR STEAL for the next 3 days! Come learn how I will be using these meaningful certificates in my classroom!



Remember to visit Falling Into First to get to know more of your favorite teacher bloggers! Link up while you are there...I want to "meet" you too!


Have a great day, everyone!

Friday, August 8, 2014

5 for Friday and $10.00 For You!

Hello there!
Is it me, or are these summer weeks going by a little bit faster???

I am off to celebrate the wedding of my amazing cousin Paul and his lovely fiancé Amy!

Before I go, I am sneaking in a little 5 for Friday and ANOTHER giveaway! :)

I am giving my room a complete makeover.  I want those kids to walk in and forget that my room was ever a 2nd grade classroom..we are moving up with the big kids now!
Before I could even concentrate on setting up my room, I had to get my cabinet and desk together.  I was VERY BLESSED to get a sweet and generous class gift that I could put toward these new (and very needed!) additions to my room. I thought I would start small.  I picked the cabinet to do first.  I found out that I am pretty handy with a drill, albeit very. very. very slowly.  It was a process and I think I lost two pounds in the heat of my classroom.
The thought of going back in to put my desk together was making me want to barf.  Hubby had to work and I just wanted it done. Hmmmmmm...who to help in a steaming hot classroom?
Someone who has unconditional love.
...and some cool power tools...
The best part about this day was spending time with my dad :)  We had a lot of laughs.  He even pointed out that he was using some of my grandfather's tools to get the job done.  Using my gift card from my class to purchase this was amazing and I think my desk is even more extra-special now. 

Very fun night with my girls at the One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer concert.  Both bands were really great.  I never knew girls could scream quite so loud.

Before the concert, I snapped these pictures just to mess with them... you can see the text message below.  Oh, I love it.  #pranksparentsplay

I really wanted to make a t-shirt that said, "5 Seconds of Summer" on the front and on the back, "...is not enough for a teacher!"  But the kids didn't go for that either.  Take a peek at our fun below...


New Reading Program!!! 
Does anyone use Journeys? I spent the morning reading about the first week.  The materials are still packed in a million boxes at my school and I am dyyyyiiinnnggg to get my hands on them.  However, the online component was great to look through.  I am super excited!  I'd love to hear your comments on this program if you are using it!

As of right now, it's ALMOST done!!! I cannot wait for my little blog face lift. I LOVE the design that Christi {designsbychristi} {aka Ms. Fultz's Corner} came up with originally for me. When I asked if she would help freshen my blog up, she was unbelievably helpful as usual! She is just amazing to work with! Thanks Christi! I am looking forward to seeing it go live!

As if you didn't have enough shopping with the huge TPT sale...here's another opportunity for you to get some of those items that are still on your wish list.  This time, I am teaming up with Teacher's Notebook to give you 30% off all of my products!


PLUS...{AND HERE'S THE GIVEAWAY PART!} of course I have something special just for you!
Head on over to my Facebook page for two ways to win! The first choice is a $10.00 gift certificate, the second is "Winner's Choice" of any one item in my Teacher's Notebook Store!

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Have a fantastic weekend everyone!
xo