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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Introducing...Teacher Deal$ and Dollar $teals!

Oh people,
are you as excited as I am about all of that TPT shopping?

My product "to-do" list just doubled from all of the adorable clip art that I just purchased! I just started working on something last night.

Something you are going to love.
Something that will be editable.
Something that will grow each month based on your customized request.

Something you can get for ONE DOLLAR...if you act fast!

HOW? Read on, friends :)

I am so excited to announce that I am joining forces with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you a new collaborative blog called Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals! With this blog, there will be approximately forty teachers sharing their excellent work in what we are calling a Dollar Steal!

What is a Dollar Steal, you ask?  Each day, one of my bloggy friends will be sharing a post about one of their products.  In their blog post, they will share a link to their product where you can purchase it for only $1.00.  Now here's the catch, you'll have to act fast because their sale will only last for THREE days.  After the three days, you can still grab their fabulous product, but it will be at it's original price.


I would love for you to hop over by clicking the button above and follow our new blog through email or Bloglovin in order to ensure that you catch all of our deals in a timely manner.  We are also giving away a $25 TeachersPayTeachers Gift Certificate.  You can enter by following us!!!

Thank you for joining us on this new and exciting experience and a ginormous thank you to Amanda Wilp {The Primary Gal} for putting this all together!!


Have a great day everyone! :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Get Your $10.00 TPT Certificate Right Here!


Why yes, Justin, thank you!
 I try.

Ready for some shopping fun?  It's time for TPT's Ginormous Back-to-School Sale!
Flipping through the millions of [awesome] teacher products on TPT can be overwhelming, I know!

But this is supposed to be fun!!! So let's have some fun, shall we?
Last night, I gave away two "Winner's Choice" items.  One through my Facebook and the other through Instagram. That got the party started!

But, I'm not done GIVING.  Because Justin thinks I know how to treat you teachers right, I must live up to that sentiment! Soooooo, how about a.....


I thought you might like that! Enter the rafflecopter at the end of this post.  Just shop today (fill that basket up high!) and come back tomorrow to see if you won! I'll also email the winner.

So, what to buy, what to buy?
I know my own wish list is quite long at this point!

In order to help you out...I thought I'd organize and present some products that I think you may find perfect for the beginning of the year.  Take a look at some of my favorite products in my store!







Are you as excited as I am to grab some great deals?
Don't forget to enter to win $10.00 off already discounted prices!  Click the picture below to head right on over to the sale!




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Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Mahem, Musings and Milestones...and a Giveaway!

Why, hello there!
Welcome to another opportunity to blog at least one more time a month.
We're up for anything over here...and we want to hear it all.

Crazy teacher days that turn into weeks in the blink of an eye? Share the Mahem. We love it.

A million thoughts a day from what to wear, to what to teach, to what to make for dinner? Thinking about a great book you read? Still reeling from last night's House of Cards or Orange is the New Black? Found a great idea on Pinterest that you are just dying to try? Politics, education, celebrity gossip? We want your musings!

Celebrating a milestone? Great or small, yours or someone else's...we want to celebrate with you.
Get ready for...


This is a very leisurely linky...link up whenever you wish throughout the month.  I'll include a little button at the end of my posts to get you there throughout the month.  You can also search for it through my search box. 

I have some cute buttons for you {totally optional, just for fun} Take a peek and then download the August file for yourself.  The buttons are all ready to layer with your own images.  Take a look...
                    



Grab the file for yourself by clicking {here}.


So, let's get started! 



First up, my MAYHEM...I think I'm an official Dance Mom.  

I admit it, I'm completely caught up in it.  I can't help it.  My youngest daughter just pulled me in.
...and I am NOT one of those TV Dance Moms.  I'm not in it to win it. I'm just in it to be proud of my kid who is just happy doing what she loves. It helps to be part of an amazing dance company, too!

So why is it MAYHEM worthy?

Well, we just got back from a week in Wildwood, NJ for Nationals and it was pretty much: dance, clap, boardwalk (eat horrendously fattening food*), repeat. 

*Ok, we literally at a place called "Grab a Weiner (where our buns are small and our weiners are big)." TWICE. Click {here} for a peek at the menu.  Oh yeah, that IS a pulled pork hot dog on the menu and yes, my kid ate THAT!

 I was lucky enough to get a little beach time in there but it was pretty much sequins and tulle for the week.  Ashley was on the performance team and the theme was "Christmas in July." I literally saw the opening and closing number 20 times that week, but I wouldn't change that for all of the presents in toyland!  Here's a peek at my (not so) tiny dancer.  {NYC Rockette dreams activated!}

Now on to my MUSINGS...
As the days of summer fly by, I never fully relax. I think I begin thinking of next year's classroom before the current year is over! I've been thinking a lot about my color scheme and how I can take my room from a primary feel to an upper elementary feel.  I will be teaching those big kid 3rd graders if you haven't heard!
I think I am going with teal, yellow and gray with lots of motivational subway art and chalkboard pennant signs.  I still have a little time to stalk look through all of your blogs for decor ideas!

I'll do a big reveal when it's all set up!

Last, but certainly not least is a special MILESTONE. Although it belongs to my Charlotte, it belongs to her dad and I as well. This year, my first girlie is going to high school - gasp! How can that be?!? 

It's bittersweet and beautiful all at the same time. She is continuing in the steps of many of my family members who attended the same school and we couldn't be more proud. 

...AND she ROCKS this uniform, don't you agree??

Well kids, that wraps up my August "Ms"! I'm happy to share a little peek at my month with you!

Link up with your post below and then enter to win a personalized fabric key chain for your classroom keys!


I'm looking forward to hearing about your August days!
:)





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