Friday, June 26, 2015

Dare to Dream

I am very much enjoying participating in the TpT Seller Challenge/ Makeover Madness Linky with a few hundreds of fabulous bloggers.  I have already learned so much from all the other TpT sellers out there. 

This week's challenge is "Dare to Dream".  What is my goal/goals of having a store on Teachers Pay Teachers?  Dream Big!  Here is what I would do if my TpT business grows and takes off:

I would love to have the means to SHARE more with others in need.  Time, money, etc...

I want to continue to be INSPIREd by other sellers/bloggers and also be able to inspire others.  There are so many amazing teachers out there and they are creating incredible resources.  Resources that are far better than textbooks.  Why do schools give so much money to testing companies??   

I would love to actually be able to PAY OFF DEBT (i.e. my student loans).  I feel like that will never go away at this point.  Maybe my TpT business can take off and I can actually make a dent in that.
Be sure to check out and join the TPT Makeover Madness Linky Party being put on by the fabulous Emily over at Third in Hollywood, Amber at Peppy Zesty Teacherista, Ashley at Teach Create Motivate, and Jen at Sparkling in Second Grade.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

First Summer Post

Happy Summer!!!  It is officially my 2nd day of summer and I am loving it.  I have enjoyed some time with friends, stayed up late, spent a lot of time on Netflix, and have been able to update some TpT products.

I have joined TPT Makeover Madness Linky Party being put on by the fabulous Emily over at Third in Hollywood, Amber at Peppy Zesty Teacherista, Ashley at Teach Create Motivate, and Jen at Sparkling in Second Grade.

I chose my 2014-15 Calendar to makeover.  It needed new fonts, some color changes, more space for notes, and dates.  Here is what the cover/inside pages looked liked before:

Now it looks like this:

You can find it in my TpT store too. I am going to put it on sale through the end of the week.  I also made a superhero theme calendar.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Break Rocks!

Today is the first day of Spring Break and it was the best mail day ever.  My SLANT box arrived from Kari of  The SLANT box is amazing!  She totally nailed it.  So many of my favorites!!

Kari sent me all the essentials for a relaxing Spring Break staycation. I have so many movies and she sent me a movie I love, but don't own.  How did she guess?  I can definitely use a sappy movie evening this week.  She also sent me a book.  Since the weather has finally warmed up a little here in Virginia, I am going to enjoy reading outside.  I definitely need the lotion for my hands and feet.  They are so dry after this long, cold winter.  Kari sent me my fav pens and a polka-dot notebook.  I love my new water bottle too.  Not that I could have a favorite part of this slant box, because I truly LOVE every item....but if I had to pick a favorite would be the post-its.  I am a post-it note hoarder collector and she sent me two that I do not have.  Thanks, Kari!  

If you want to get in on the SLANT box love next month, check out Jameson's blog by clicking the button below.  Can't wait for the next round.

Today I also got my #verybusybox from Blair Turner Paper.  It was one of the best purchases I made.  So much fun.  Oh and who doesn't love getting mail?  I love the items they picked out for the first Very Busy Box.


Check the website below to learn more about The Very Busy Box and her awesome paper goods.  

Hope the rest of my Spring Break is going to be just as exciting as Day #1 was!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Scoop and Currently

It's FAVORITE month!  Dr. Seuss week/Read Across America, St. Patty's Day, warmer temperatures (later in the month), and MY BIRTHDAY!!

Currently March---

I love FaceTime.  My niece is 3 hours away and I am so grateful for our video chats.  She is 2 1/2 years old and at that age where she just talks and talks, sings, and dances.  It is so cute.

Since we had several snow days over the past couple weeks, I am already planned for math this week. :-)

I really need to get up and do some laundry, polish my nails, and get some sleep soon.  It will happen, eventually.

I, for the first time, ordered Shakeology and 21 Day Fix.  Excited for it to come in and a lil nervous about it.  Hope I like it!

Link up with Farley for Currently March!!

Sunday Scoop--

We had two days off last week, but I didn't get too much work done those two days.  Still need to grade papers, move plans around, and figure out what is going on this week.  I started watching The Blacklist last night.  I've only seen the first two episodes of season 1, but can't wait to watch more. I also want to get errands done early today so I can visit with friends tonight.  Guess I need to get started!

Be sure to link up with Teaching Trio's Sunday Scoop.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Fourteen in 14

Linking up with Kristin, Traci, and Hadar for fourteen memories of 2014.  They said you could use their ideas for 14 things or just do your own, so I am going to do a modge-podge of the two.

14:  Favorite Quote

(It was in my life planner and I ended up cutting it out and putting it above my desk.)

13: Favorite restaurant
CPK.  I had always been okay with California Pizza Kitchen.  I would try pizzas and they were fine, but nothing wow.  Then I tried the California Club Pizza and I was hooked.  It is like a salad on top of a pizza.  I get it with ranch instead of lemon-pepper mayo.  Yum!!!  I might need to get takeout tonight just thinking about it.

12: Favorite TV series
Saw a lot of new television shows this year (Breaking Bad, Walking Dead), but my two favs this year were Sherlock (BBC version) and Scandal.  Scandal is not new to me by any means, but this year was one of my absolute favs.

11: My Team
I love my team!  We get along really well and work well together.  The three of us have so much fun both at school and socially.  It makes going to work that much better when you enjoy the people you work with.

10: Favorite gift
My friend Christina gave me a really cool bracelet this year.  I love the words on it:  Beauty-Dedication-Strength

9: Favorite trip
My coworkers and I went up to Massanutten Lodge for a weekend in August.  It was fabulous.  Pool time, new restaurants, happy hours, friends....LOVED IT!  Oh and the best part was that it was free.  We won the passes for lodging from our Papa John's Teacher Delivery Night.

8: School Fun
I am blessed to work in an amazing school with fabulous educators.  Not only are the people I work with great educators, they also know how to have fun.  This year, we made a Back to School video for our school's WILD theme.  You can check out the video at our website by clicking here.

7: Best accomplishment
I was honored to be my school's Teacher of the Year.  My parents got to attend the ceremony, along with my principal and our school's New Teacher of the Year.  What an honor to represent my amazing school!!!

6: Favorite picture
My sister and brother-in-law had twins in early June.  There were some complications and one baby was in the NICU for about a month.  The other baby had to be air-lifted to another hospital on the day he was born to have surgery.  He then spent about two month in two different NICUs.  We were all very worried for both babies and it was a long two months.  Then one day my sister texted me a picture....BOTH babies were home together!!  It is my absolute most favorite picture ever!!  (The boys are doing great and I enjoyed getting to snuggle with them and play with my niece over the holidays!)

5: New Blog
I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with Lindsey at L. Paull Desgins for All.  She is not only a fabulous third grade teacher and blogger (Thriving in 3rd), but she is a talented blog designer.  I LOVE my blog design!

4:  Professional Development
This summer I attended a professional development program with my teammates.  I posted about this back in July and you can read more here.  In November, we got to go to a conference (all expenses paid) and learn even more about science.  It was a fun, yet sometimes stressful, experience.  Some of my favorite pictures from VISTA are:


3: Family Tradition
Every year, at Thanksgiving, my cousins and I pile on the stairs and take a cousin-picture.  We are getting bigger and growing (cousins getting married), but we still do this.  The youngest cousin (now 18)  still "surfs" down the stairs...although it was a lot less painful when he was five!


2: Goal for 2015
I want to be healthier in 2015.  I know that is stereotypical and everyone has that goal every year.  I do though.  Maybe it is walking more, maybe it is making better choices, but I need to do something. I also want to blog more and upload more resources to TpT.

1: Little Word

SLANT Box Reveal

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and/or Happy Holidays!  Whatever you celebrate, I hope you are having a wonderful time.  I am very happily enjoying a fabulous winter break.  Sleeping in is amazing...I just love not having to get up at 5:15am.  I feel like such a normal person when I can sleep in until 7am.

My SLANT box for December came today.  SOOOOOOO Excited!  It came from Allie at  She nailed it!  I love ALL my goodies.  Check them out.

I might have already broken into the TWIX.  Also super excited to try the erasable colored pencils. What a great idea!  Love, Love, Love the colored file folders.  Thanks, Allie!  You are the best!!!

Also, thanks to Jameson at for organizing SLANT boxes.  If you have never participated you should check it out.  Can't wait for the next one.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Currently December

Is it really December 1st?  I was kind of in denial when my alarm went off this morning that break was over.  Don't get me wrong, I am happy to be with my kiddos and really excited about some of the fun things we have going on the next three weeks....but I LOVED sleeping in the last 5 days.

I am listening/watching Friends on the DVR while getting ready this morning.  It never gets old!

I am so excited the the Winter V.I.P. starts today from Creative Clips.  I bought this back in November and it starts today.  Go check out her Tpt!

I am thinking I need to get moving and get my behind to school. I want to stop at Starbucks on my way too!

I want to do my TpT shopping now!  Guess it will wait until after school.

I need to address my holiday cards I just got back.

We (our school) collected 2.700 can goods for needy families in Henrico.  Our SCA is loading the truck today. I am so proud of our school and SCA for giving this holiday season.  I love being an SCa sponsor!

Have a great Monday!

Don't forget to link up for December Currently with Oh' Boy Fourth Grade!