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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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Friday, April 25, 2014

i got fiiiiive on it

Whhhaaaat?! You probably didn't even notice my absence, but in case you did, I'm baaaack! I took a mini vacation from creating and blogging...and I'll tell you what, it was nice! I think I may have been addicted...anyone else with me? Anywho, I'm back with my favorite linky! Here's my Five for Friday!

1. It's Friday, and for some reason or another (not complaining AT ALL), our district has the day off for what is labeled a "Post Assessment Break" on the calendar. We had SBA testing a few weeks ago (not me, I'm just a lowly 2nd grade teacher hee hee) and our interim principal asked us K-2 peeps to create something to encourage the 3-5ers. I saw this adorable idea on Instagram and knew I had to create one for our school. Luckily, I had already made all of the clipart I needed!
It's a go download your own or pop it into your wishlist for next year!

2. Girls are disgusting (or BISgusting as I like to say). I flush toilets with my shoe like a ninja. I block peeking eyes through the stalls with my teacher "look" and I quiet those awkward kid "Who is that?" comments with my "Inappropriate!" So, I used my handy dandy Silhouette Portrait (finally starting to get the hang of this thing) and made some reminders for the mirror outside the bathroom (sinks and mirror are in the hallway...genius I think).

3.  I had my 31st birthday on Monday. It was a glorious birthday. Students were on their best behavior and my sweet friends came over for dinner. My partner teacher even made up a song spelling out my name (starting with "L is for the way you label things...") and the kids all sang it to me (warm fuzzies commenced). Ahh if only every day could be a birthday...

4. My MARCH SLANT Box arrived! I was partnered up with the lovely Arielle from Technically a School Media Specialist who HOOOKED me up with my very first set of SCENTOS!!! So, if you're under a blog rock, you might not know the rage these bad boys are causing. It's a big deal. And I wanted in. I searched all over my tiny little town (Juneau, Alaska) and couldn't find a single Scento. It wasn't meant to be....until...ARIELLE saved the day!!! Thank you Arielle for the bag of goodies! You are super sweet!

If you're thinking about partnering up for your own SLANT box fun, check it out by clicking the button below!

5. If you have purchased any of my clipart, please go into your "My Purchase" tab and see if you need to replace your clipart file with a new one! Some bundles have been refined (lines touched up) and others have been completely revamped (I redid several clipart bundles so they are completely new).

Go check out and link up with the super sweet Doodlebugs for Five For Friday by clicking below!

Friday, April 4, 2014

i said a hip hop a hippity hop

Can you believe it's finally April?! I'm so excited for this new season and to be done with snow ( never know about weather up here in Alaska!). To celebrate, I'm participating in a freebie hop and GIVEAWAY with some wonderful bloggers! Grab my freebie below, and move through the rest of the hop to get MORE freebies! Make sure you don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some amazing prizes from these super sweet well as a $25 Amazon gift card!!!
First of all, thank you to the sweet ladies over at  Primary Possibities for sending folks this way! Make sure you follow their blog (I do!) as they always have great ideas and freebies in the mix!

Make sure you sign up at the bottom of this post to win some awesome prizes...including my Writing Workshop Resource Bundle!!!
Click below to head to the next stop at First Grade Fairytales for a fantastic freebie!!!
Enter below to win the giveaway!!!

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