Thursday, July 2, 2015

Currently: July 2015

Hey there! I'm back, and although I might have gotten too distracted to post last night while working on my TPT Conference Binder, I'm linking up with Farley for July's Currently Linky Party!

Listening - I am obsessed with the Songza app (and no, they don't pay me!) A fabulous teacher friend introduced to to me this year, and I love it so much more than Pandora--no annoying commercials to listen to! It's great! When I'm not listening to Princess Party Mix with my girlies, I love to listen to the Acoustic Versions of Pop Songs Station. The Civil Wars redid Michael Jackson's Billy Jean, and it is amazing!

Loving - My favorite summer ice cream treat, a Nerds Sonic Blast, which might not actually be on the menu. As a child, I loved getting Nerds Blizzards at DQ, but they don't make them anymore. Bummer. Sonic doesn't technically make them either, but since they have Nerds Slushies on the menu, they'll gladly make a Nerds Blast for you if you ask nicely. Delish!

Thinking - This summer has flown by! With swimming lessons and trying to wrangle my girlies everyday, it has just gone so fast! Neely turns one in a few weeks, and I haven't even begun to think about her party or scheduling pictures yet...Guess I'll add those to the to-do list!

Wanting - A new blog design. I am on Gabby's waitlist for my makeover, but I have zero patience! I am so excited to have a fresh, new design (even though I have to wait until September) where everything is cohesive and up to date!

Needing - To start packing for Vegas! I cannot believe I get to go to the conference this year! I am going to be so starstruck, and am a little nervous about all of the networking, but I am so excited to to meet other teacher authors and bloggers! And, I can't wait to have a little grown up time on my first vacation away from my girlies!

All Star - I'm very productive. I love crossing things off my list, and I am very task-oriented, so I just like to go, go, go. Unfortunately, I have a little trouble with taking time out to relax, and I have to try to just deal with the fact that it is a little trickier getting things done with two little crazies running/crawling around!

That's it for now, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Make Your Masterpiece: TPT Seller Challenge Week Three

Oh, my! This week's seller's challenge was just perfect timing as I have finally been motivated to create the "masterpiece" I've had spinning in the back of my mind for the past two years.  My sweet Miss Elliotte is four and super, super interested in learning to read and write, so she and I have been doing some preschool activities at home this summer. Now that she's old enough, I've been wanting to introduce her to some sight words, but I wanted to do so in a fun and exciting way that I knew would keep her attention. Which is not always easy to do, haha! I've been planning on creating a sight word and phonics curriculum to use with my struggling firsties for a while now, and Ellie is proving to be the perfect test audience!

Hence, here is the first edition my my newest unit, Soar into Reading: Preprimer Sight Words...

Here is are some pictures of my sweet Ellie doing the Read&Write and Trace&Build activities. She was really excited to get to do a little cutting and gluing, and also sooo proud to show me her neat handwriting as she wrote her new words! 

I had been making this unit as she and I worked together, but I finally bit the bullet and completed the whole thing! Ellie has a few weeks left before she earns her Superhero Masks and Cuffs featuring the words in the Preprimer list, but she's been really enjoying collecting her new words on her Superhero Word Ring!

I cannot wait to reassess her to see how she does in the next few weeks...Momma's going to have to get started on the next word list soon...oh, and Soar into Reading: Short Vowel Word Families is in the works as well!

If you'd like to check out this unit at my TPT store, I'd really appreciate your feedback! So far, Miss Ellie and I are enjoying it, and I'm excited to share it with my new firsties in a few months!

Thanks for stopping by--if you want to check out more Masterpieces, visit the linky party at Teach Create Motivate, Peppy Zesty Teacherista, Third in Hollywood, and Sparkling in Second.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dare to Dream! TPT Seller Challenge Week Two

Happy Monday! I woke up super excited to learn about this week's Teachers Pay Teachers Sellers Challenge put on by Teach Create Motivate, Peppy Zesty Teacherista, Third in Hollywood, and Sparkling in Second. This week's challenge is all about dreaming big. As a planner at heart, I love to make goals, so this week's challenge is right up my alley! 

In honor of this week's challenge, here are my big dreams for this school year!

1. Create - I truly enjoy creating new activities for my students, products for my store, and freebies to share, but I've just been so busy the last couple of years, that I never could find the motivation to get things going again. Now that I'm getting back into things, I'm remembering how much I enjoy creating, sharing, and collaborating, and I cannot wait to do more over this next school year! I also really love creating things other than on TPT--I love to sew and embroider cute outfits for my girlies, and I also enjoy decorating cookies (although the baking and clean-up are not my favorite!). I hope to do more of these creative type things this year since it really does bring a lot of joy to my life!

2. Save and Give - Although I think we're off to a decent start, I'd like to really beef up my savings this year. Also, I'd like to make giving more of a year-round activity rather than something that my family does around the Christmas season.

3. Student Loans - While they finally seem to be shrinking a little bit, I am so tired of having to send this money off each month. I'd really love to be able to pay those babies off this year to start saving the money for other things.

4. Disney World - Our girls are getting a little bigger, and we've been talking about going to Disney World next Fall Break. This year, my goal is to save for and plan our trip, then get it all paid off so that once it's vacation time, we can truly just enjoy it!

What are your dreams for this year? Link up and share 'em or feel free to comment below!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Five for Friday June 19, 2015

Happy Friday! This Friday, I'm joining in on the Five for Friday party with Doodle Bugs Teaching. I'm already three weeks into my summer, and it has been busy! Here's what I've been up to so far!

My big girl, Miss Elliotte, finished up her very first soccer season, and boy was she excited to get her first trophy! I'm not sure if there will be a lot of soccer in her future, but she sure had fun running around and playing with new friends! Her favorite parts were wearing her big bow and the concession stand, of course!

My wonderful in-laws purchased a swing set for our little sweeties, so we spent about a week putting this baby together! Lots of work, but the girls absolutely love it, and so do I! I cannot wait to use this play set to build lots of memories for many years to come!

We took Miss Neely on her first official trip to the zoo, and she loved watching the fish in the aquarium, while big sis loved using the zoo's splash pad! Wish we could have one of those in the backyard, too!

Ellie took two weeks of swimming lessons, and today was her last day. It was a lot of driving due to being about a half an hour away from home, but totally worth it (plus there was a Starbucks on the way--lots of mocha frappuccinos for me)! This girlie went from being scared to death to get in the water to jumping in on her own and loving chilling in the pool with her floaties on! So proud of her!

I'm celebrating an especially productive week with my very favorite White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.  This week I updated my favorite back to school activity during the Makeover Madness Seller's Challenge, and I also added a new All About Your New Yeacher Editable Book Kit to my store. After a two year break, it feels great to be getting back into the swing of things!

Here's to a fantastic weekend--and the fact that I still get to enjoy the other half of my cheesecake tomorrow! Have a great one!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Makeover Madness! TPT Seller Challenge Week One

Well, after about a two year break, I'm back! Finally! A new house, new job, and a new baby later, I'm finally ready to return to the world of blogging! To keep myself motivated, I've decided to kick off my blogging this summer by participating in the TPT Makeover Madness Linky Party being put on by the wonderful Emily over at Third in Hollywood, Amber at Peppy Zesty Teacherista, Ashley at Teach Create Motivate, and Jen at Sparkling in Second Grade. I have been really wanting to spice up some of my favorite products and even my own storefront, so this is just the motivation I needed to get going!

Here it favorite back to school activity...the All About Me Paper "Bagpack!"

Feel free to check out my "Bagpack" in my TPT store - it will be on SALE for the next 24 hours! Also, feel free to join in on the linky fun if you've got some sprucing up of your own to do! It felt so great to update one of my old favorites, and I'm looking forward to updating some of my other goodies soon! Also, just as a little side note...I am going to the TPT Conference in Las Vegas this July, and I cannot wait! It will be my first big trip away from my girlies, but I am so excited! Maybe I'll see some of you there!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Celebrating a New State, a New Classroom and a New Blog Design with a FLASH SALE!

Hello again, long lost friends! I cannot believe that I have neglected my poor, little blog for so long! I do have some excuses, though, and I'm throwing a FLASH SALE as a New State, New Classroom and New Blog Design Celebration (you could also call it an "I'm sorry I've been gone for so long sale, haha!")!

Anyways, in the last few months, my husband and I sold our house and we both got new jobs in our home state of Indiana within about a two week period--talk about blessed! Now we have officially relocated to our temporary home with my sweet in-laws until we close on the purchase of our new home in July (fingers crossed!). Anyway, as things have been crazy--I hope I never move states with a dog, a cat, and two year old again--I apologize for being gone and hope you'll be glad to have a little summer sale in return.

This 20% Off FLASH SALE will run today through Friday!  A few of the items you might want to check out as you plan and organize for the new school year include...

I know I've got lots of organizing, unpacking, and planning to do! Here is a before picture of my new room!  Hope to be back soon with some progress and updates!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hundredth Day Heroes and a Super Sale!

What a fun 100th day we had this year! I decided to change things up by surprising my firsties with a super-hero themed bash, and it was sooo much fun! I had them dress up in their 100 year old costumes like I have always done in the past, but this year, they received a letter from Zero the Hero explaining that they were not really 100 year old ladies and gentlemen--they were Hundredth Day Heroes in disguise!  You should have heard the gasps when we read those words--gotta love first graders!

Here is what the letter looked like...

Anyways, Zero the Hero (Head Superhero, of course) gave the students several tasks to complete in order to Defeat Dr. Double Digit and save the number 100!  They were all contained in specially-labeled envelopes, and the kids really enjoyed opening up each one to see what their next task was. The activities included creating Superhero Capes with 100 designs on them, making a Superhero Snack Mix, hunting for Hershey's Kisses during a Super-Sweet Search, building Power Towers, and more!  Here are a few pics...


At the end of the day, my students received a second letter from Zero the Hero congratulating them on their hard work in Defeating Dr. Double Digit, and they were rewarded with Pinterest-inspired Tootsie Pop Superheroes!

It was definitely an exciting day, and it was nice to have a new twist on some of my favorite 100th day activities!  I've put all of the activities and templates into a kit, so if you'd like to have a Superhero themed 100th day, you can too!  You can find it by clicking the picture below to head directly to my TPT store!

Speaking of TPT, this weekend definitely deserves a triple yay status! Friday ended up being a snow day for me--the only one we've had this year, it is Super-bowl weekend, and Super Sale weekend on TeachersPayTeachers! If you're interested in snagging some goodies (including my new Hundredth Day Heroes Kit) at a HUGE 28% off, just shop at your favorite stores and enter the code SUPER during checkout! I've been filling up my cart already!