Friday, July 11, 2014

Five for Friday... AND You're invited to a party in which you could win it ALL!

Hi Sweet Friends!

I really wish the summer would just SLOW down!  I know I've said it already, but goodness time does fly!!  Our first day of school is August 13.  Anyone else begin a new school year around then?

I couldn't wait to link up with Doodle Bugs  for another  Five for Fraturday.  Sorry!  I'm a day late.

1.   My Classroom  Before/and a work in Progress photos

Every teacher in my building had to move classrooms over the summer.  Our 6th grade is moving out to the Middle School, SO we will have more room.  This is my NEW room.  Notice my stack of boxes along the window.     After 4 hours of hard work this past room now looks like this
The boxes are all unpacked, my classroom library is put back together, and I was able to hang the curtains.  Progress!!  I have lots more to do.... but at least everything is now unpacked.  I am LOVING all the storage in my new classroom. 

2.  Classroom Decor
I decided not to change the color scheme and pattern of my classroom this year.  I've had the black and white polka dots with yellow accents for the last 2 years.  Maybe I'll change next year....  Here's the classroom pack I created:  "Classroom Decor:  At the Lemonade Stand- Chalkboard and Chevron Themed.
You can click the photo above or HERE to check this out at my TPT store.

I needed new paper lanterns, locker tags, and bulletin borders SO I ordered these from Teacher Created Resources.    Just click each photo below to be taken to the link on this product.
AND this I found on Amazon

3.  21 Day Fix

I've heard so many awesome things about this program, that I thought I'd give it a try.  I'm on day 5, and I LOVE it.   Summers get so busy that often I forget to eat, and then I'm starving and reach for food I shouldn't be eating.  Especially this summer... I had braces put on at the end of the school year and eating salads and etc has been quite an adjustment for me.[21+day+fix]&utm_content=!acq!v2!s-e-54952432213-14358524533&utm_campaign=Google-Brand-21+Day+Fix+-+Exact&gclid=Cj0KEQjwlv6dBRDC7rGfrvidmJgBEiQAjd3hMLjUIqO5oCkd4iaT3o8UKEAtmQusAd40VE2RIN5n4OsaAidq8P8HAQ
Click HERE to learn more about this program.

4.  Family Pics from the week....
This week has been packed with baseball, baseball, baseball, swim lessons and gymnastics.


This is my daughter's half smile after having to go to another one of her brother's baseball games.

5. You are INVITED!!!
I am hosting a Jamberry Mystery Hostess Party that begins on Wednesday, July 16 and ends Saturday evening, July 19.  If you love Jamberry, you must stop by and participate.  It's all ONLINE and you can drop by whenever and how often you want at this Fun Facebook Event.  There will be door prizes of Jamberry products and games each day of this event  AND the best thing is someone will be the Mystery Hostess.  This means that ONE of you will be selected to be the hostess at the end of the party and the hostess gets ALL of the hostess rewards and FREE stuff.  How awesome is that?!  I host the party and post games and give away door prizes and one lucky person gets the hostess rewards just for participating in the games, inviting friends to join, and SHOPPING.

I promise it will be fun, and I guarantee you will find some cute nail wraps or nail lacquer to wear for a Back to School Night or Meet the Teacher Night.

Click HERE for the link to this Mystery Hostess Event.  Please make sure you hit " Join" or "Going" so that you get the event notifications and posts when the party starts.  I will be posting more on this event page later this weekend to give more information about how you can be the mystery hostess.  If you share this link with a friend and they "join" the party, please let me know. You can just comment on the Mystery Hostess Event to let me know. You get MORE party points for inviting a friend.

I can't wait!  I hope to see you there!

Enjoy your weekend Friends!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ramblings from a Teacher on summer vacay AND a FREEBIE

Hey Sweet Friends!

Welcome to my Tuesday ramblings......

During the school year I NEVER seem to have time to simply browse, look, read blogs and etc. online.  I think I am FINALLY caught up this summer on all of this or so my hubs hopes as another package arrives at our doorstep.   Check out some of my favorite new things I have found this summer via online browsing.

1.  Luci Bags
Have you heard of these bags?  They are totally too adorable!  These AMAZING bags caught my teacher eye right away.  There are several different styles to choose from.  The bags have built in compartments to put photographs of your family, fur babies, vacation destinations, and etc.   My advice is to find someone who is selling them and order one right away!    I just ordered one to use for Jamberry, but I WANT another one to use as my "teacher bag".  Click HERE for a link to the Luci Bags if you want to take a peek at them for yourself.

Here's a sneak peak at my Luci Bag

2.  Fabletics
Okay.... I have to admit I thought this was too good to be true, but I tried them and LOVE them.  Fabletics is an online athletic wear company by Kate Hudson.  Fabletics is different from other athletic wear in that the entire ensemble is sold together.  You get the matching pants, shirt, and sports bra.   How does this work you ask??   Sign up at the link HERE.  You will be given an online survey to determine the kind of athletic wear that best fits your needs.  Then you will be given athletic outfits to choose from.  The first outfit ( 3 piece) is $25.00.   Then each month you will find customized outfits that have been selected for you to choose.  You can either "skip" this month or select an oufit and purchase it.    Here's the outfit I just received in the mail yesterday.  It's my July pick.  I LOVE the bright colors and how comfy it will be for my jog through the neighborhood.

3.  Jamberry
I LOVE to have pretty nails, but being a busy Mom who never seems to have time to fit in a salon manicure made pretty nails almost impossible.  I am TERRIBLE with polishing my nails.  I don't have the patience to sit long enough without doing too much for my polish to dry.  SO... I've become obsessed with Jamberry nail wraps.   I LOVE all the cute and stylish designs.  I have gotten so many compliments on my nails everywhere I go.... my kiddo's swim lessons, baseball games, gym, even at the grocery store.   

I love the nail wraps so much that I took the plunge and became a Jamberry Independent Consultant.  Look at all the FREE stuff I received from my first Facebook party.

In just the first month of joining Jamberry, I've had such a blast.  I had the opportunity to help my mother in law get ready for her 50th wedding anniversary.  She received so many compliments about her fingernails during the celebration that she's already chosen more Jamberry nail wraps to order.
I also just had the opportunity to host a mani/pedi party for the Moms of my son's baseball team.  It was such a fun girl night!  We applied baseball nail wraps to get ready to cheer on our favorite team for an upcoming baseball tournament.

If you haven't yet tried Jamberry, you must.  They last up to 2 weeks even through washing dishes, trips to the pool, and even the beach.  AND the best part, they are easy to apply and take about 20 minutes to complete a manicure.  Seriously!   

If you would like a FREE sample of Jamberry to try for yourself, click on the pic below.  Just fill out the google doc form, and I will send out a sample to you.
Are you interested in earning FREE Jamberry items, I'd love to help you host a Facebook party.  It's  easy, peasy and lots of fun!  Click on the photo below or HERE to be taken to my link to sign up for a party.  I will get back with you on dates and times that fit your schedule.  This would be a great way to welcome your coworkers back to a new school year.  Everyone could be rocking out their new Jams!

AND if you are like me and love Jamberry and decided to be a consultant for the great discount and free stuff on Jamberry, I invite you to join my team.   It's been so much fun and the opportunities have been so amazing!  Just click HERE or on the photo below to join my team or find out more information about becoming a Jamberry Independent Consultant.  You would be getting in on a ground floor opportunity of a rapidly expanding company.

Here's just a few of my favorite jamicures I have done this summer.
Vacay and Haute Pink!

Emerald Palm and Gray and White Polka
Black and White Polka  on my daughter's nails

Red Sparkle and Curve Ball

Born to Sparkle and Navy Skinny

AND for sticking with me through my ramblings on a Tuesday, I have a FREEBIE for you.  You can snag my " The Notebook" Classroom Behavior Management Printables for FREE by clicking HERE or on the photo below.

Enjoy your day!   I get to go into my classroom and work today.  Yipee!  We all had to move classrooms and pack up everything at the end of the school year.  Today is the first day I get to go in my  new classroom and begin getting it ready.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Happy July 1st Dear Friends!

It's been awhile since I linked up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for a Currently.

Here it is:  My July Currently

As my kiddos get older they seem to get along with one another so much better.  This summer I have so enjoyed listening to my kids play together, giggle together, and just have fun being with each other.  My 3 boys enjoy playing Minecraft together.... I can't lie.. I can tell you there were some disagreements ( VOICES RAISED)  when their little brother decided to destroy their homes.  

Although summer is very busy for my family with baseball and other sporting events, it's still so much of a more relaxed pace than the school year.  I LOVE this down time.  No homework to rush to finish, school events to race to after supper, and late night papers to grade.........  

I have a long list of TPT units that I hope to create over the summer that I can use in my classroom this next school year.  BUT  I've finished NOT ONE.   Sigh....

I would LOVE to hire someone to clean my house but it hasn't happened yet.  Someday....  Maybe....  Actually, I don't mind cleaning a house.  There's some satisfaction to things looking all nice and tidy for a few minutes anyway.    ... I have four children.    

For the Fourth of July we have a tradition of having family and friends over to our house.  My husband grills hamburgers and hotdogs.  We have the traditional 4th of July backyard barbecue.   Our house is located on the outskirts of town, so we are able to sit on our back deck and watch the fireworks displays of 3 nearby towns.  Then we have our own fireworks complete with the "snake", "sparklers",  and the "flying parachute" men.    My kids love it!

Don't forget to check out all of my FRIENDS' July Currentlys.

Just click on the OH Boy 4th grade icon at the top of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Meet Up.... June 30

Happy Monday Friends!

Mondays are always just a bit SWEETER in the summer.  

I had so much fun last week with the Monday Meet Up through The Teaching Tribune, that I couldn't wait to link up again.

Here are 3 things I am thankful for:

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your Monday!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five for Friday!!! June 27

As I type this, I notice the date..... JUNE 27!!!!
Oh my goodness!  The summer is flying by AND must  S--L--O--W down.  
Does anyone else feel that way?

Okay... I need to quit fretting and get back to my post.

It's another FIVE FOR FRIDAY sweet friends!  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

Here's my 5!!

1. Classroom Colors/Design Change

I am in need of a new updo in my classroom.  I have had the same color pattern and design for a couple of years now and want something NEW.    I found just the colors and patterns that I want to use that will change things a bit, but yet I can still use a lot of what I already have.  Bonus!!  I found these two photos on Pinterest, but when I try to click on them to find the link, there is nothing.  If these are one of your classroom photos, please let me know. I will add the link onto this page.   I LOVE the turquoise blue chevron with the black and white polka dots.  I already have LOTS of polka dots, but wanted something different.  This chevron will be perfect.   Now to find those gorgeous chevron bulletin board borders.....

2.    Word Raider Ipad App
I've been working on items to add to my vocabulary stations  with my 3rd graders.  I found this fun app to add to our station activities on Fridays.  It's FREE!!  Students can select either the easy, medium, or hard level.  Take a peek at the game in the photos below.

3.  94 Seconds I pad App

94 seconds is another great Ipad app that I'm going to add to my vocabulary stations.  It's also a FREE app.  94 seconds has several different categories for students to choose from.  Once a category is chosen, students will be given a letter.  Students have 94 seconds to list as many words as possible that start with this letter and belong in that particular category.  Here's a sneak peek of the game in action:

4.   Summer Fun!
I LOVE all my family time in the summer, BUT this week has been C-R-A-Z-Y between baseball games, baseball camps, and gymnastic practices.    Here's a peek at my family summer fun this past week:

5.  Mail Call
If you've stopped by my blog lately, you know that I am hooked on Jamberry.  I've even taken the plunge to be a Jamberry Independent Consultant.  I am LOVIN' getting the mail these days.  I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of all my FREE STUFF I earned for launching my first party. Woot! Woot!  

Enjoy your weekend!