Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Fashion

Yesterday and today I attended iPad training. It has been HOT in NC, so I thought this would be a perfect outfit to wear. I usually lounge around in gym shorts and a tee in the summer, but for a workshop, I wanted something a bit more professional yet comfortable. I added the sweater because although it is hot outside, being inside with the ac blasting can give me the chills.

I love the blue and white stripes and yellow paired together! Thanks to a friend of mine, Tonya, I was able to track down this dress at Old Navy. I had seen other blue and white stripe dresses, but they were all maxi dresses and way to long for my petite legs!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award - Yippee!

Thank you to Darleen at Third Grade Love AND Jessica at Mrs. Heeren's Happenings for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award!

You girls ROCK!

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Include a link to their site.
3. Include the award image in your post.
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
6. When nominating, include a link to their site.
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated.

These are the 15 wonderful bloggers that I'd like to pass the award on to!

Kathy at Kathy's Coordinated Class
Heather at Heather's Heart
Jessica at Mrs. Wood's Class
Amanda at Teaching Maddeness
Heather at Peacocks and Penguins
Kristin at A Teeny Tiny Teacher
Chrissy at Buzzing with Ms. B
Denise at Yearn to Learn
Melissa at Second Grade with Mrs. Wade
Rachel at A-B-Seymour
Miss Johnson at How to Dress Like a Teacher
Jessica at Dandelions and Dragonflies
Ms Brynley at Brynley's Brainstorms
Katie & Lisen at Second Grade Smarty Pants
Kate at EduKAte and Inspire

Whew - now Seven Random Facts About Me:

1. I have lived in six states - yes, 6 states! Mostly followed my hubs around as he was getting promotions!
2. I LOVE to travel! Some of my favorite places I have visited include Alaska, Hawaii, Paris, Rome, London, New York City, Disney World, and Atlantis in the Bahamas.
3. I am an Only Child.
4. According to my husband, I am a picky eater. But since we have been married I have ventured out and tried different foods.
5. I Love the TV! Especially reality tv: The Bachelor, Amazing Race, Survivor, On the Fly, House Hunters, Dancing with the Stars
6. I am a Girls on the Run coach! Don't know what that is? Just leave a comment and I will explain!
7. I love spin class, Pinterest, shopping, and blog hopping!

I have had a great day at iPad training!

(I am in the back row, second from the left with the yellow sweater.)

I can't wait to blog about some of the new things I have learned - stay tuned!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Casual Summer Days

Since it is summer, I spend more days in casual clothing. This is an outfit I paired together this weekend. I love this bright yellow shirt from J. Crew. {Best of all, J. Crew offers teachers a discount on purchases.} I use this yellow shirt with many different bottoms from floral pencil skirts to patterned shorts. I also love adding a touch of coral with my accessories!

Now, off to hang out in the sun!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

And The Winner Is...

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Congratulations Mindy!! I will be sending you an email soon with the gift certificate attached!

This Saturday has been a busy one! I had a long list of things I wanted to do today! First was a trip to the gym for spin class and then off to get a message :D

Next, I help the hubs with his "honey-do" list - shampooing the carpets.

Once finished, we were off to the pool to soak in some fun in the sun! {Don't let me fool you, we really wanted to just wear the kids out}

We then JUST HAD to have some ice-cream from Cold Stone Creamery. Yummy!

Finally, a trip to Lowe's to get the supplies for the last item on my "honey-do" (at least for today), which happened to be pinterest inspired.


I am so proud of it! Weird, getting excited about laundry. What is wrong with me?!

Thanks honey!!

If you are interested in this project you will need 3-4 laundry baskets - mine are 71 L that we picked up from Target.

You will also need 2 70in. Double Track rails. Ours are from Lowe's, item #0107717. And 6-8 14in Double Track brackets. Again ours are from Lowe's, model #25204PHLLG.

Now off to pin some more projects for my "honey-do" list...

Thursday, June 21, 2012


I have reached over 60 followers! I thought it might be time for a giveaway! And since so many of us have a hard time turning off our "teacher" brains for the summer, I am giving away a gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers.

Who better to spend money on than all you wonderful and talented teachers who create and share with us!

Continue to read down the blog to enter my giveaway.

I have been busy already this summer - shopping, swimming, sleeping {all my fav. "s" words!!}

I have also been continuing my daily schedule as seen here. I try to keep up with my creative side {lol} by completing some of my favorite pinterest ideas. So far, this is what I have worked on:

What am I making? This...

I will be typing our third grade tier 3 vocabulary words for each story in our basil and add the words and rice to each bottle. This will become an activity that students can work on during the Daily 5.

Today each of my three children used their hand to create a monster. My daughter wanted a "rainbow" monster - how could I resist!! Once dry, I will add the finishing touches for a final product like this...

Finally, I completed this project yesterday...

This was so much fun and super easy! It was awesome watching the wax melt and ooze! All you need is a canvas board {mine is 9x12}, crayons, glue gun, and a hair dryer. Hot glue the crayons in the order of a rainbow {ROY G BIV} then use the hair dryer to melt. Place newspaper around the canvas to prevent splattering and dripping messes.
Easy Peasy!!

Now on to the GIVEAWAY! I will be using RaffleCopter. So go ahead enter..Good Luck!! And don't forget to pick up a copy of my "I Can Statements" in my TpT store!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Task List and Blogger Meet-Up

I was so excited to see the announcement of a Carolina Blogger meet-up in Charlotte on Amber's blog this morning at Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher. I can't wait to meet some local, talented bloggers! If you are a Carolina blogger or reader, check out Amber's blog for more information.

On another note, today is my first official summer break day. Last week was teacher worker days and a quick family trip to the beach! My kids had so much fun soaking up the sun and surf!

So now I sit here updating my blog since it has been awhile since my last post. I was inspired by Abby at The Inspired Apple to begin a daily check list of projects/things I want to accomplish so that the days don't get away from me, and so that I don't get overwhelmed by the massive list I have in my brain of all the things that need to get done.

Today, I pulled out this chalkboard I bought awhile back from Pottery Barn Kids. I made my list for the things that can be accomplished today. Each day I will update the list with new tasks that I want to work on. My daughter even started a countdown in the corner for our next family vacation.

Now off to work on my list (now that the day is already 1/2 over)!! And cross off the last task...

Saturday, June 9, 2012