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Sunday, July 27, 2014

black, yellow and grey

When we found out we were expecting baby #2 a few months ago, we knew we had to move Cheeks into the 3rd bedroom sooner rather than later. When we moved in, the room had purple colored plywood walls (what?!) and blue carpet. Over the past year or so, I've written about this very slooooow room remodel and decorating here and here.  So, with new sheetrock and the same flooring we had throughout the house, we decided on grey walls (and yellow accents to brighten it up a bit).

Assess the situation...blegh!

A lot of improvements later (including wiring electricity to the room so we could put a light in the ceiling)..

and the finishing decor and furniture touches!
One of the first things we did after the basics were finished was hang a curtain rod, some venetian blinds and this valance (from this shop on Etsy)

I put this bookshelf/bench together #nearlybrokemytoe We picked up this cute little rocking chair at a garage sale last summer.

The dresser is a Craigslist find (huge score actually) and the laundry basket I settled on is from Walmart. We don't have an Ikea here, but I ordered these Ikea spice rack shelves off of Amazon and painted them white...perfect book shelves!

This toddler bed was blonde wood until I painted it a shiny black to match the room.

 I ordered a matching blanket and pillowcase from this shop on Etsy.
 I took a frame I already had and put in a FREE You Are My Sunshine printable I found here

I bought this circle mobile from this shop on Etsy and carefully painted the blonde wood black (can you tell I like things to match?!)

I gave my little brother the task of creating a canvas for the room and this is what he came up with. That's sheet music on there :)

Aaaand I'm not sure what's up with the color of the walls here...they're grey though #dontyouworryyourprettylilhead

Much better, right?

So, did you see that ottoman next to the bed? We figured we needed somewhere to sit when we read bedtime stories. I found an old ottoman at a garage sale last summer and it sat in the garage all year. Once the school year was over, I was able to tackle this bad boy! Unfortunately, I forgot to take before photos...but, just imagine an ugly ottoman and you'll do fine.

Step 1: Mr.Craftypants took the wood bottom off and sanded it a bit. I painted it black to match the room.

Step 2: decide on a fabric...we went with the black

Step 3: staple new fabric onto top of ottoman plywood

Screw the new top back on and voila! 

We still have 1 more piece of furniture to paint, but I'll save that for another Monday Made It post...probably next summer haha!

Go check out more crafty fun posts by clicking below to head to Tara's blog!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Linking up with Doodlebugs for Five for Friday!

1.  Who doesn't love FREE clipart?! Beginning Saturday, collect your apple themed clipart from over 10 SUPER TALENTED clipartists! Pop over to my Facebook page so you know when it's apple pickin' season!

2.  Do you follow me on TpT? Click below to make sure you don't miss out!

3. I've been super busy this week...I'm currently putting together a post for Monday Made It featuring Cheeks' new grey and yellow's a sneak peek!
4.  I recently revised this Think Time pack...go download this FREEBIE if you haven't already!

5.  And my very first products uploaded to TpT have also been revised...and now include different monsters from my own clipart bundle :) Click below to download the 1st one for FREE!

Go check out more Five for Fridays by clicking below!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

mama mama misses baby

So I don't often post a lot of personal stuff on here, but I have to share this one little text I got from my husband while I was gone in Vegas last week and in between sessions...if I end up going next year, you can bet I'll be bringing this cheeky sweetheart (and probably the one currently renting my belly condo--due in Nov).


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

viva las wheretheheckismyhotelroomagain

Where oh where do I begin? Last week was a blur. I headed to the iTeach 1st Conference in Las Vegas (for the record, I teach 2nd) to touch up on some foundational skills for primary grades. In case you're wondering, it's about 4 hours from Juneau to Vegas (that question came up a lot last week).
(and no, I didn't pay for a 1st Class ticket...I scored with the $50 upgrade when checking in...I'm not a baller like you thought I was!)

The conference was being held at the Venetian, so I booked my room there to save myself from having to walk too far. If you've never been to Vegas, something "just across the street" can take 30 minutes to get to...things are farther away than they seem and these pregnant ankles can't handle that. Plus...I got lost several times (thanks for being my guide Molly!) in this giant hotel anyway. I may have gone into someone else's room on the floor below me thinking it was my room and even sat down while waiting for the maid that let me in to verify I was actually me...and I may or may not have cried of embarrassment when I figured out I was in someone else's room and rushed out of there. 
I was all alone in this big 'ol room until my roomie Melissa from First Grade Smiles showed up on Wednesday! She did a great job remember to take go check out her post if you are wanting more Vegas! I was so lucky to have her as a roommate (read: not a snorer) and thankfully we got along great! Love you Melissa! 

 One of the more interesting sessions I attended was by Erin Klein of Kleinspiration. I had seen her ideas being used at my school and knew I had to meet her in person...she was super cute and knowledgeable! 

I apparently didn't take any photos for the rest of iTeach 1st...but then Friday came and Teachers Pay Teachers was having their very FIRST sellers conference...I came prepared and I also took more photos.

The super sweet Amy and Paul from TpT!
After the TpT sessions, we had a cocktail hour and had a bit of fun! There was a photo booth and I might have gone in it twice with my sweet bloggy friends... #wastherealimitforthat? #sorrynotsorry

This woman right here has an amazing story and I was so excited to hear it in person. She really is sweet, sassy and teeny tiny...I wanted to scoop her up and carry her around in my pocket! 
If you don't know who Mr. Greg of Kindergarten Smorgasboard is, you must be living under a rock. I had to stand in line to finally meet him! #starstruck 

He even had his very own photo booth at the Creative Teaching Press booth #mustachemania

And this girl. Let me tell you. This is Erin from Lovin' Lit. We have been friends online for over a year now and I finally got to meet her. Super sweet, incredibly humble and always honest. Who could ask for more?
A terrible photo of us, but Mexican restaurants pretending to be outside (but are really inside a giant hotel) don't have great lighting. #whyismyhandgiantlooking

So, that's it. I'm happy to be home and thankful for the experience. My friend Deirdre (pronounced "deer drah" btw!) from A Burst of First is having a linky for Vegas posts...check her out by clicking below!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

there, i said it

For people who don't sell on TpT (and even for a few who do), it's pretty common knowledge. If you download a freebie you don't like, for whatever reason, the kind thing to do is to trash it. Just don't use it. No one is forcing you to. You didn't pay for it. Just throw it away and forget about it. It takes seriously about 3 seconds (FYI I just timed myself throwing something in my trash).

When someone gives you a gift you don't like, do you tell them what's wrong with it? If your mom raised you like mine, you simply say "thank you" and move on. Or, as we like to say in my 2nd grade class, "YOU GET WHAT YOU GET AND YOU DON'T THROW A FIT!"  Maybe regift if you know someone else who will appreciate the gift. Well, just like in real life, negative comments and feedback on a Teachers Pay Teachers FREEBIE is just plain rude. It's hurtful and makes sellers like me not want to post ANY FREEBIES. You heard me. If my rating goes down, I start to feel like I don't want to give anything away. This is truly unfair to the rest of the people who leave positive feedback (THANK YOU!!!), so the jury is still out on this.  So, to recap, if you aren't completely satisfied with a FREE item you find...suck it up and feel free to MAKE YOUR OWN (gasp!). End rant.

Monday, June 2, 2014

monday made it...recap

Oh blog. How I've missed you. This is my first week of summer...can I get a WAHOOO?! I have many plans, but most of them consist of being lazy so I won't bore you (I know you have similar plans anyway).  It's been a VERY long time since I linked up for Monday Made glad it's finally summer so I can share some things!

I have 4 awesome mothers this year who have graciously volunteered for just about every job I've asked. If you don't already take advantage of asking for help...START! Most parents are looking for a way to help, but have a 9-5 job like the rest of us. If they can't come into the classroom, they might be willing to look over papers for mistakes at home, or cut laminated know, those highly engaging tasks you looooove to do on a Friday night? I had 3 parents jumping the gate to help from home this year, so I sent home all sorts of stuff on a regular basis. With 1 month to go in the year, a student moved and was placed in my class...usually this is something we all sort of dread...but this was a SWEETHEART and came with the most awesomest mom ever. She came in 2 days a week for several hours and was up for whatever job I could throw her way. My kinda volunteer. I owe these moms so much for allowing me to spend time with my family and not get sucked into staying extra hours at work...the very least I could do was get them a gift. So, I found these ADORABLE mugs at Walmart for around $4 and bought some coffee beans (took me 3 different stores to find these expensive suckers, so if you see them on sale--grab them!).  I whipped up some tags to go with each cup and planned on hole-punching and tying a cute string, but this seemed to be easier and cuter anyway. You could do the same for coworkers, friends, etc. Click the image below to grab it for FREE!

Next up, waaaay back at the beginning of May, I used some BP Teacher of the Year Award money I had received to buy some gifts for the teachers I work with. These are the same people who come in on the weekends, stay late on the weekdays, and put in all kinds of extra effort and time out of their contract hours. They deserve at the very least a raise (we had a very rocky contract negotiating couple of years), but since I couldn't do that, I decided to share my award with them. So, I found the coolest cups around, used my Silhouette Portrait to label with last names, threw in a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate, some highlighters and waited for the official Teacher Appreciation Day to arrive (May 6).  
{the cute little apple clipart I used for my tags is courtesy of the lovely Ashley Hughes!}

And finally, I whipped up some signs for my students to pose with and when I put them altogether, they revealed a big secret to the class! I blogged about this already {here}.

I made these apps to go on a giant iPhone or iPad for testing week to show our support for the 3-5ers this year. Click to download the FREEBIE!

And I didn't really make this...but a couple of weeks ago, I MADE it into the TpT newsletter as a FEATURED SELLER!  What?! What a fun journey this has been! 

Thank you to all of my followers and friends for supporting me, it really means the world to me.  Here's to turning bloggy friends into IRL (in real life) friends! we come!

And of course, go link up with the sweet Tara @ 4th Grade Frolics for your own Monday Made It!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

a happy mother's day indeed

Holy moly that was a quick week! We celebrate with Muffins with Moms on Friday, had my son's 2nd birthday on Saturday (where we revealed a top secret bun in the oven!), and Mother's Day today! I'm currently waiting for my crepes (love this day!), so I thought I'd pop in and blog for a bit!

I took some a photo of each student holding a sign and will show my class this combined photo on Monday to tell them...none of them figured it out yet!
If you can't see that photo on the bottom very well...
Yep! We are super excited and can't wait to complete our little family with one more! #blessed

Cheeks' birthday was construction themed (the boy looooves trucks) and my mom made a cake (thanks Pinterest) resembling a construction site. I apparently forgot to take a single photo of the cake before it was cut, but I'm sure you can imagine :)
So, in the classroom, we also celebrated Mother's Day!  For the last 6 years, I've held a Muffins with Moms event in the Spring. This year, I timed it more appropriately to be right before Mother's Day (one of those "duh" moments that happened by accident).  So, I sent home invitations a few weeks ago, asked for donations (muffins/pastries, oj, coffee, creamer, cold/hot cups, napkins, and fruit) and come last was a success!

Here's the craftivity we make to give to moms when they come:

Here's how I organize it:
8:00-8:30--Welcome, eat and read!
8:30-9:00--Interview and color!
9:20-9:30--Group photo and goodbye!

I start the event off by welcoming the moms (sometimes it's grandparents, aunts, family friends, so I make sure to mention those as well, but this year it was all moms) and then students grab some books to choice read and everyone gets some food and drinks.

Then, I pass out crayon tubs and my Portrait Drawing paper and moms color their child while they ask questions, and then switch and the kids color their moms and interview them (I leave this up to them--favorite subject, color, animal, etc.).
When it appears coloring is done, I take away the crayons (an important part) so that people aren't coloring and talking while presentations are happening. I ask for volunteers to come up in front of the classroom and "present" their Mom/child to everyone (tell us what they learned about one another). I sit front and center and take photos during this time.

After all the presentations are done, we all gather up in the front of my room and take a few group photos and then say goodbye!

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