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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FAVORITE Mail Day!!

I know y'all have heard me talk about Stitch Fix... It's probably one of my favorite things right now.
Seriously.. the day's when I know I have one coming in the mail I look forward to it ALL day long! Hah!
In case you haven't heard of it, I'll give you a quick recap…

Basically it's a fashion website where you have your own personal stylist. You sign up for a "fix" and your personal stylist sends you 5 unique pieces of clothing and accessories based on a detailed style report you fill out. You have three days to check out the clothes, and then you send back (free shipping) the ones you don't want. The only financial commitment is a $25 styling fee that you can put towards any item you purchase.

Alright… Are y'all ready to see what I got?
I am IN LOVE.
#1
This dress is ADORABLE.
Best part? It's long enough. It's now hanging in my closet. 
Definitely a keeper!

#2
This necklace was cute, but not worth the price tag.
I'm not a HUGE jewelry person. 

#3
I seriously LOVED this tank top... 
Unfortunately it ran a bit small. =(

#4
This shirt was super cute. It was patterned with little tiny elephants. So cute! I liked this top and the fit but I don't really have a need for it so I made the wisest decision and sent it back.

#5
I also LOVED this tank. The picture doesn't really do it justice.
Unfortunately this take was too big. =(
It broke my heart to send both of those adorable tanks back.

Another super-fun thing about Stitch Fix is that now I have seen and tried on these 5 items, I go back to the website and report to my stylist what I thought about each item. This way my stylist can try to make some changes for my next fix. I can totally tell the difference in my first fix and now. My stylist has definitely learned more about my style. The color schemes and styles were right up my alley!

So, have I convinced you to try it yet? You won't be disappointed!
Go to the Stitch Fix website and sign up. You give them your email and then in the next day or two you will get an invite to sign up. You will fill out your style profile and then you can order your first fix. Give it a one time try or you can sign up for monthly fixes. If you sign up, let me know. I want to see what fabulous fixes you receive! =)


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Motivational Quote Monday

I absolutely LOVE motivational quotes.
Throughout high school and college I would find fun quotes and post them in my bedroom, in my planner or even on a mirror to help encourage or motivate me. I continue to love using fun quotes even in my professional career. 

Even though I still personally enjoy posting them around for myself to see, I also enjoy finding fun quotes that I believe my students would understand and be motivated by. I have a large white board at the back of my classroom that often is left empty. It is old, not magnetic and NOTHING will stick to it (no tape is strong enough…Hah!) so I often find myself writing fun quotes for my students to read and reflect on.
Last weekend I stumbled upon the PERFECT quote for my classroom. My school is using the Leader in Me program and we are always talking about what characteristics and traits make up a leader. I think this quote will be a great reminder for my students. I can't wait to share it with my students this week. I can't wait to see what discussion arises from it as well!

I tried to figure out who wrote it but I had no luck. 
If you know what creative mind first said this, please let me know! =)
If you can use this poster in your room I'd love for you to grab it through the link below!


Do you have a favorite quote?
I'd love to hear it! 
I'll need a new one for my big white board soon! =)


Thursday, March 13, 2014

High Five for Friday!





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THANK GOODNESS for daylight savings! My long commute has been beautiful this week. I am loving the sun shining down on me on my drive home instead of it setting on me. Hah!

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I just need to give my personal laminator a shout out. It was quite possibly the best purchase I've made as a teacher. It comes in handy so much!

//3//
We've been deep in space this week and the kiddos have really enjoyed learning about each of the planets. They have been using these posters to research about planet sizes, distances from the sun, etc. Find these fun activities on TPT here!

//4//
Another reason daylight savings is so stinkin' awesome is because I can actually get things accomplished at night. Car wash for the win!
*On a side note… does anyone else HATE car washes? My car got stuck once and the car behind me hit my car and then I was pushed into the car in front of me. I was literally screaming in my car because all I could do was watch it happen. I couldn't open my door or everything would get wet. Luckily everyone was moving slow enough that it did no damage but it for sure stressed me out! Now I live in fear whenever it's time for a car wash. Hah!

//5//
I am officially half a century old today. YIKES!
Looking forward to fun with friends celebrating this weekend. =)

Happy Friday, Y'all!

Linking up with:

Solar System Fun!

Have you guys ever started a project and forgotten it? Abandoned it? 
I have SEVERAL, but for some reason, last week I decided to pull this one out of the archives. We are starting our Solar System unit next week and I really wished I had this project done so I could use it. Well… after several nights of work it is FINALLY finished. Whew. The best part is that I feel so much better about this unit! Our science books are older (and plus books are boring) so I like to pair the book with some fun activities… and I think I accomplished that with this pack!
What will you find in this pack? See below! 

Planet Posters (one for each planet)
These posters are colorful and include lots of fun facts about each planet.

Planet Mini-book (and answer key)
These mini-books will give your students all of the information they need to know about each planet. You can complete these with your students OR you can let your students complete them by looking at the planet posters.
(We have been using the posters and mini book the past two days in my classroom and the kiddos have really enjoyed it! The posters were displayed all around the room and they had to find the information they needed for the books.)

Planet labeling worksheet
This is a simple, but fun worksheet where students will label all 8 planets. When they are finished they can color the page for a great solar system order guide.

Solar system KWL chart
Students can keep this in their science binders. They can fill this out throughout the course of your unit.

Planet matching game
In this center your students will match the correct planet to the correct information. For a more advanced activity, have your students play solar system memory match.

Cut/paste solar system worksheet
In this activity students will determine whether or not an item is a planet or another space object. 
They will cut and paste each picture in the correct category.
They will cut and paste each picture in the correct category.

Planet ABC Order
Students will practice this basic skill by putting space words in ABC order.

Adjective planet activity
Students will write sentences about different planets using vibrant adjectives.

Space writing prompts
These fun writing prompts will get your students thinking and writing creatively.
Have students choose their favorite prompt or choose one for the entire class to do.

Sentence Strip Solar System
Students will color and cut each planet and glue them in the correct order on a sentence strip.


It is priced at $5 but it is on sale for 24 hours!

What are some cool resources you use to teach the Solar System?
I would love to know any fun ideas you might have!



Monday, March 10, 2014

Why I LOVE read alouds...


I LOVE read alouds!
It makes me incredibly sad there isn't more time for them.
In my classroom we are always working through a chapter book together, but some times it takes us longer to get through one than others.

This week we had a few extra minutes so I grabbed up our current book and began to read.
The chapter was SO stinkin' funny that I couldn't read I was laughing so hard. 
My laughter made the students laugh and we all sat their for several minutes snickering about our book.  It's moments like this that make my students think I am CRAZY. 
But it's also moments like this that help students understand that reading can be FUN. FUN. FUN.
I don't want students to think that reading is boring or something you just have to do at school. I want my students to leave my room knowing that reading can be fun. I hope our laughing moment helped put a little spark in their brains that it really can be both fun and FUNNY!

What were we reading? 
"Wayside Gets a Little Stranger"

If you haven't read the Wayside books with your kids… do it now!
They will be on the edge of their seats the entire time.

What are your favorite read alouds?
I'd LOVE some ideas!

Linking up with one of my favorites… Teaching Maddeness!

Must-Read Monday Linky

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Super Sale Time! (Woot!)


It's time for a SALE.
I cannot WAIT to load up my cart with some terrific items.
After I make my purchases, I will make sure to share with you guys all of my favorites. For now, here are some of my best sellers that will be ON SALE for the next two days! 


EVERYTHING you need to teach text features (based on Common Core standards!)

EVERYTHING you need to teach a two week Matter unit.


Need something fun to do before Christmas?
Break out this All About Rocks mini-unit.
Best part about this unit? EDIBLE Rocks. They are a HUGE hit!

Centers, Graphic Aids, and much, much more!

Last but not least…

Plan ahead and grab thisend of the year craft!
It is sure to be a hit! 
(& It's a great time filler for those crazy last days of school!)

Shop your hearts out, y'all! =)
I'm off to do some retail therapy myself…
I'm hoping shopping will help me forget about the cold weather that came back today.
I want SPRING! =(


Saturday, February 15, 2014

High 5 for…Wait…What day is it?

This week has been CRAY.
Like to the point I am having trouble remember my days and dates.


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It started off in Colorado.
Myself and some friends decided to take a trip to see some REAL snow and to hit the slopes. It was SO stinkin' fun. I must say that skiing is HARD. It was super frustrating at first, but the more I did it, the better I got. Whew. 

//2//
Just when we thought our trip was coming to an end on Monday, our flight got cancelled. CANCELLED. All I could think about was… I have to get to work!

//3//
Just when I was about to have a mini-panic attack from not making it home on Monday night, school got cancelled due to snow chances at home. RELIEF.

//4//
I finally made it back to school on Wednesday and after 2.5 hours of being back it was announced we were having early dismissal due to snow chances again. We sped through lunch and dismissal and all the kiddos got home safely. 

//5//
After a week as crazy as mine, I thought I was deserving of a heart shaped Chick-fil-a biscuit for Valentine's day. Yes, Chick-fil-a… I WILL be your Valentine. Hah! Man, I love that place.

Well, theres my CRAZY week in a nutshell. 
With temps in the 70s cruising in, I plan on soaking up the spring like weather, relaxing, and grading the mound of papers I came back to after having a sub for three days. Y'all have a good one!