Saturday, December 13, 2014

FABULOUS new book... WIN a copy!

Children's literature is my fav. From the moment I started my journey to be a teacher, I started collecting books for my future classroom. I had NO clue what grade I would teach or where I would end up, but I knew wherever I was and whatever I did, I wanted books and lots of them. 

After being in a classroom for 3 years, I am still fully and totally addicted to children's books and I am constantly looking for fun new books to add to my collection. The hunt is getting harder, though, because I already have a large assortment. 
I was so excited when I learned about the book "Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer" by Ali Maier because it is incredibly unique. It is written in the form of journal entries from one twin sibling to another during the SUMMER. The two twins, Max and Maggie, have completely opposite personalities and their journal entries are very entertaining. As you can imagine, they did not love the fact that they had to write journal entries during the summer, to each other. The book is also laid out in a very kid-friendly way, with pictures and cool fonts. As a teacher, I have learned that that part, is VERY important. =)

As I was reading this fun book, my mind couldn't help but wander to how AWESOME of a resource this book could be in my classroom. This book could lead to some great writing lessons. I imagine sharing a journal with my sister when I was younger... what a hilarious story that would have been. How fun would it be for he students in my classroom to share a journal? I love that this would not only teach letter writing and journal entries but it would also teach students to see things from someone else's point of view. 

I give this book 5 stars! It is definitely one you need in your classroom library!
Want one? Good news! I have been given the opportunity to give one away!
Enter on the Rafflecopter below! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The COOLEST online consignment boutique.

I LOVE a good deal.... 

I love good deals SO much that I don't buy things unless they are on sale or cheap! Hah! The thing is... I like nice things, so I don't just buy things because they are cheap. A while back I stumbled across a fun website called Twice. It is an online consignment store that sells brand name women's clothing. I LOVE consignment stores so I knew this website would be perfect for me...
and it is.

All you do is head to the website and search under the different categories. Load up your cart and purchase brands like JCrew, Gap, etc. for super deep discounts. I just purchased three fun tops that I will have to show you guys once they come in!

Ways to save even more on Twice!
1) Download the app and receive a $10 credit. (This promotion was going on a few days ago and hopefully it still is for you guys!)
2) Refer friends! You get $10 for every friend that purchases something off of Twice!
3) Use the code "trendsetter" at checkout to receive an extra 15% off. (I am THAT person that always googles coupon codes. I found this one and magically... it worked! Woot!)

Another thing I LOVED about Twice is you can also sell your clothes!

The Twice website has an interactive "sellers" portal where you can search specific brands to see what amount you might receive for an item you send in. Twice sends you a back to put all of your clothes in and it ships FO' FREE. Once they receive your bag they send you an email with how much cash they will send you for your items.
***I sent in my first bag on Friday. I'll give you guys an update once they process my bag. I sent in 9 items. It included brands such as JCrew, Loft, Banana Republic, Anthro, and Theory. We will see how much money they are willing to give me for it! = )

Here is my first package getting shipped of to Twice! =)

Have any of you tried Twice? If so, I'd love to hear about your experiences. I am a newbie to this fun website so I'd love to hear from someone who has used it before. I will come back with an update when I receive my fabulous new shirts and again when Twice sends me an evaluation of the clothing I sent in! Happy Monday! =)

**Twice did not ask me to write this blog post. I just enjoy informing the online community of cool things when I find them! = ) I also can receive a store credit for each person that orders something through my referral link! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Classroom Must Haves!

At the end of the summer Pacon was SUPER kind and sent me a few boxes of goodies. Back to school craziness hit, and I neglected to show you what amazing goodies I received! This FABULOUS long weekend allowed me to get caught up and get a blog post listed!
First off, Pacon sent me a roll of their FABULOUS fadeless paper, some border, and some fun letters. I have plans for these so I am going to debut those items on a second post.

My second box contained a classroom management center and a fabulous planner... 
two classroom MUST HAVES for the 2014-2015 school year!

#1 Classroom Management System

This was a fabulous surprise to receive in the mail. It comes in a flat box (it reminded me of IKEA... ha!) but it was a breeze to put together. Another thing I loved about it was that once it was all set up, it was super sturdy. It will definitely be able to handle the wear and tear that comes along with anything that goes in a classroom.

What do I plan on using this for?
I  plan on using the top three compartments for paper! Computer paper, lined paper, and colored paper. This will make grabbing paper SO easy to manage. The bottom compartments will contain extra highlighters and erasers... two things my students are always asking for!

#2 Teacher Lesson Plan Book

I loved this item for many reasons! I am always looking for a place to organize my lesson plans. This book is PERFECT. It has spots for long-term planning and weekly planning. There are lots of boxes/room and it will hold everything I need.

What is one of your classroom must haves? I'd love to know!
Don't forget to check out Pacon for all of your back to school needs!
Also, make sure to "like" the Pacon Facebook Page!

Monday, August 4, 2014

See ya later, Summer! **Freebie!

With the sounding of my alarm clock Monday morning went my summer vacation. Although I do LOVE my summer break, I am also SO excited to get this new school year underway.
New students (along with some old!!).
New grade.
New team.
It's going to be a fantastic year!

Fabulous in First Grade had such a fun idea to do a Back 2 School blog hop and giveaway! All week long some fabulous bloggers are giving some fun tips to make your first few weeks at school a success. 

So...without further adieu...
I am going to give some fabulous tips on...
How to survive the first week of school!

Coffee...Lots of coffee.

Go to bed EARLY.
Wait.. who am I kidding? On the first week of school we have WAY to much to do to go to bed early. So.. refer back to #1. Hah!

Finish your room early.
Don't spend too much time decorating your classroom. Give yourself a deadline to get your room prepped and stop when you hit the deadline. It is SO easy to get worked up over what your classroom looks like that you under prep for the important first few days of school.

The more detailed plans, the better for the first few days of school. 
Do you want to introduce and explain bathroom and lunchroom policies? Homework policies? Write a detailed list of procedures you want to teach so you don't leave one out! There is SO much to go over the first few days of school that it is easy to forget something important.

Get settled into a routine and dominate this school year.

What is your #1 tip for the first week of school! 
Let me hear em! =)

Now.. hop on over to 1st Grade Fireworks for the next day of blog hopping' fun!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Vintage Windows

Okay y'all, I'm not going to lie. This summer, school stuff has NOT been my main focus. I am in the process of buying a house (I'm SO excited and I just can't hide it!) and I have been having so much fun looking for furniture and DIY projects for my new crib. Now that I will have a REAL home, I am working on ditching the college furniture I had for some fun, new (to me) adult furniture. 

Yesterday I found two of these fabulous frames for $15/pair on a local "buying/selling" site.

So...What should I do with them? 
I have been Pinterest crazy since I picked them up trying to find the perfect project for them. Let me know your thoughts and I'll make sure to show you the final product when they get finished!

Happy Wednesday! 
After today... only TWO more before my summer is over. =(

Linking up with Miss DeCarbo!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Teamwork

This week I've been brainstorming some fun ways to encourage SYNERGY and TEAMWORK in my classroom. How do you encourage this in your classroom? I'd love to hear!

Linking up with Miss DeCarbo!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's July!

Does anyone else need background noise? I do! I'm "watching" the Today show while I work.

Is anyone else LOVING the World Cup? I've got my USA tank on and I'm pumped about heading to a local brewery with 1000 of my closest friends to root for the USA today! Will you be watching?

Summer… Where have you gone? I go back to school at the beginning of August. I better enjoy my last month of freedom!

I would love to get into my classroom. I love getting it prepared early so when the back to school rush starts I don't have to worry about it. Babysitting is taking over my summer! It's good for my bank account but BAD for my classroom! hah!

I need to work on my lesson plans because...
4th grade here I come!

I still see myself as a relatively *new* teacher,but its been nice to have been in the same grade for three years.I am EXCITED and a little nervous to move to a new grade.
So much new stuff to learn! But also... so much new stuff I can create! 
Let me know your favorite 4th grade blogs!

//4th plans//
I love the 4th! Whether it's hanging out with family or going to the lake, it always seems like there is something fun going on! This year I will be hanging close to home, but my fam will hit up a massive rummage sale and catch the fireworks at night. 

Happy July and Happy 4th of July!
Also.. GO USA! Turn on those TVs and watch this afternoon!