Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge Weeks 1 and 2

Hello Teacher Friends!

Big things have been happening around here lately. I had a baby, y'all! She is amazing and has fit right into our little family. Dahlia is the best big sister. Needless to say, I have been spending a lot of time awake in the wee hours. After binge watching season 3 of Orange is the New Black, I began to yearn for productivity. 

Here is my little beauty: 

After some midnight contemplation, I decided to makeover my oldest products this summer. It has quickly snowballed into Makeover Mania! It has worked out nicely that week one of the TPT Seller Challenge was to makeover an old product! 
Here is the Seller Challenge for the next four weeks: 

I am linking up for weeks one and two with Sparkling in Second

Week One: 
Here is a picture that shows the transformation of my Revolutionary War Battleship game. I haven't uploaded the refreshed version yet, but I am so excited to get every Battleship game in my store made over. They were the first products that I ever did. Man, were they in need of a new look! 

Week Two:

Debt: We have some medical debt, not to mention student loans and a mortgage. I would love to get all of it paid and be free to use more of my money to work for me! Teachers Pay Teachers has given me the ability to pay of some of the medical debt already. I am so thankful that my store makes things possible for us that would otherwise be a distant dream!

Travel: Dahlia keeps telling people that we are going to Disney World. I have to clarify that we have a DREAM to go to Disney World. How awesome would it be to be able to decide that we want to go somewhere like that and just go?! Another motivator for me to travel more is that my mom is in the process of having some procedures done that could make her asthma more manageable. With the possibility of her being well enough to travel out there, I can't help but think of all the adventures that we could have together! Speaking of travel... Vegas 2016 is a huge goal of mine!!

Dream Property: We live in town (a city, really). I am a country girl at heart. My husband and family are big outdoor people. Hunting, fishing, the while nine yards. I would love to be able to purchase a larger piece of property in the country to allow us to do all of the things we like to do as a family. The long term goal would be to build my dream home on the property! They said to dream big, right?!

Giving: Being generous. Treating my teachers to a lunch, fancy coffee, or Sonic drinks. Teaching is so stressful. I can't wait to help brighten the day of the people who make my day better. This goal ties into growing my relationships with the new people in our building. Good conversation is always easier with snackies, right!?This one seems small, but I can imagine that once I realize the goal of doing small things for people that my generosity will grow bigger and BIGGER.

Teachers Pay Teachers is more than a business for me. This challenge is evidence of that. I feel inspired to make this school year THE YEAR!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

FREEBIE: Treats for Teachers Tags: January

Hi Teacher Friends!

I did a little teacher appreciation surprise for my staff this week. Let's face it, coming back in January is hard to do. I knew by Wednesday we would all be dragging and struggling to re-acclimate to standing all day and not getting to pee when we need to.

Let's add that is has been brutally cold here in Oklahoma to the mix.

So, on Wednesday, I brought in some tea bags and lemons and homemade cookies and set them all up in the lounge with an urn of hot water. Here is what it looked like:

You can't see the cookies because those suckers were gone in just a few minutes! However, can you see the funny note my principal left? She attached it to the sleepytime tea that came in one of the variety packs. It says, "Do not drink this until you get home!" Isn't that hilarious?

My computer is also in the background. Just to be silly I added some festive polka music. January is National Polka Music Month, National Hot Tea Month, and National Soup Month to name a few. 

I went ahead and made a freebie of the tags and signs I created. I also already finished February! Click the link to take you to the FREEBIE. 

I think that later this month I will bring in some instant soup packets for teachers to have for lunch and attach these SOUPer tags to them. 

I appreciate all you do!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Baaaaahck to School: The Goat

Funny story.

On my way to school yesterday, as I approached the parking lot, I noticed a sign on the side of the road that read, "Found GOAT."I seriously considered turning around and taking a picture. Let's be honest. The only reason I didn't was...I was very close to being late. Okay, full disclosure? I was one minute late already.

As I cruised into the school zone, parked my car, and briskly waddled across the parking lot with my big bag o' school junk, I noticed many of our students hanging out of bus windows. Then I saw it.....

This little guy was actually butting a parent in the derriere. I asked said parent if the goat (hereafter known as simply "Goat") was his... no, no he wasn't. 

As a teacher attempted to enter the building, so did the goat. I actually had to steer Goat away from the door while kids hollered, "Don't let him in again!" 


Apparently Goat had already greeted the office ladies and been sent outside to greet everyone else. 

He seemed quite tame and was noisily chatting with animal control as they came to pick him up. I imagine Goat being treated well at a large and lady goat filled farm. 

How was your first day back?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Currently January 2015 and an Announcement!

What the what!? It's almost 2015. And in all of my laziness and internet binging, I see that Farley has January up early!! Huzzah! I am never early or even close to first the Currently Party!

Here is what I have for the new year:

Listening: Sesame Street may not seem like exciting TV, but since I work on a normal Wednesday, I never get to see it with Dahlia. Loving my snuggle time right now!

Loving: How spacious it feels in my living room sans the tree and other Christmas decorations!

Thinking: I would usually put the boxes in the attic myself, but I am pregnant! That means that I don't have to do anything, right?? 

We will be welcoming another baby girl in May!

Wanting: I know, this one is lame. As soon as January rolls around, I get antsy. I would rather have it all over and done with. Bring on the W-4s! 

Needing: One of the groups that I follow on Facebook had a great post about teacher loan forgiveness. It got me to thinking and now I need to make some follow-up phone calls. 

Yes, Maybe, I Wish: If you want to know more about FOCUS as my yes for the new year, click here
Maybe a vacation is in order, but when the little one gets here, will I want to travel? We will see. I Wish I had a housekeeper. This may be the cleanest my house is until 2019 when the new baby turns 4!

Wishing you and yours the best!

Monday, December 29, 2014

One Word Resolution

Hello There Teacher Friends!

I don't know about you, but in the past, resolutions have been, let's just say, iffy for me. I have had years when I made a super specific resolution and it worked out, and years when it... didn't. I am linking up with Primary Powers to share my one word resolution.

Last year, I did the one little word thing and it was like MAGIC to me. In 2014 my word was BALANCE. I had a few other marginally successful resolutions, but the one thing that I did all year long was bring it all back to my one-little-word.

I wanted to balance my personal and professional lives. Any time I felt compelled to say that nasty three-letter-word, YES,  even when I was unsure if it was good for me to do so, I thought of my one-little-word instead. Trading in "yes" for "balance" was challenging and good for me. In 2014, I stretched myself and was able to shift some monkeys off of my back.

In 2015, I am choosing the word FOCUS. I am talking laser-like Jedi focus. Now, that may be the only Star Wars analogy I have in my pocket, but I think I know what it means.

In everything I do, I want to focus entirely on that endeavor. I want to be in the moment and avoid the pitfalls of squirreling, rabbit-trailing, or any other distraction metaphor there is.

Example: I was just really tempted to Google distraction metaphors. That could have been at least 10 wasted minutes! Family time will mean focusing on family. Email, will a hard one. I can tend to be swallowed up by my inbox at work.

Now, I will focus on reading for pleasure:) After all, it is still break and I need to focus on me. I hope you are doing the same, teacher friends!

All of my best,

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Currently

Hey Teacher Friends,
It's that time again! Currently with Farley is here!

Listening: Zig & Sharko. It's this French cartoon. Think Tom and Jerry, but instead of a cat and mouse, you can insert a hyena who repeatedly tries to eat a mermaid and is twarted by a bodyguard-like shark. No really! That is pretty much what happens. And they don't talk. Here is an episode. We found it on Netflix. 

Loving: How much relaxing I am getting done today! Already managed to sleep in and procrastinate. Success!

Thinking: What yummy food are you having on this holiday weekend? We went to a cookout for a friend's birthday last night and took hotwings that the hubs made. YUM!

Wanting: I only make it out to the movies when a kids movie is on or I make it a priority. See anything good lately?

Needing: I have a post about my new classroom, our bookstudy, and some other things in the works. Enter procrastination!

3 Trips: I love to travel. We are in the beginning stages of planning a vaca with my Mama for next summer. I would love to head out on a road trip to the Northwest, any California Park with giant trees, or a cruise. Not sure about cruises and kids. Maybe a Disney Cruise? Advice?

Have a wonderful Labor Day!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Modes of Writing Foldable FREEBIE and a CURRENTLY

Foldables are such a fun and interactive way to transform your lessons. They are student-centered and can be a good way to reach all kinds of learners.

If you have been on Pinterest lately (we all know I can't seem to get OFF of Pinterest), you have seen Interactive Notebooks.

Today I am sharing a fun and foldable way to introduce your students to the different modes of writing: Narrative, Informative, and Persuasive. Cut out and glue it down or tuck it away from later reference.

Go HERE to grab this from the shop

On to CURRENTLY! Linking up with Farley this month...and on the first day!

LISTENING: Jack White, in my opinion, is a genius! If you haven't listening to his musical stylings since The White Stripes, rediscover him now. IF you have been listening to him since then, can we be friends? Kidding, not kidding.

Try out this dandy ditty IF, and ONLY IF, you agree to jam out. Also, the first 5 seconds grows on you:) And listen to the vocabulary. He uses the word avuncular. Come on!

LOVING: I am moving out of the Harry Potter Closet. Not to complain, that office was good to me, but having crooked stairs in your space get to a girl, ya know? Being an Instructional Coach with no place to hang data and things was a challenge. More to come on the new digs in a future post! Let's hope I can rise to grow in the space.
THINKING: Speaking of growing... I'm obsessing over GROWTH MINDSET! Have you read Mindset by Carol Dweck?

If you want to revolutionize your thinking in a way that impacts your entire life, read it. I am making it sound like a cult. It's not, promise. Here, watch this instead:

Powerful, right? My faculty is reading Mindset for our book study this year. Not to mention that the hubs and I are working on using the language of the growth mindset at home with our Darling Dahlia.  I will keep you posted!

WANTING: A new purse. I know, material things, blah blah blah... I really think my productivity will improve from not digging in my saggy, limp, and otherwise beaten-down poor pitiful purse. You DO NOT want to see inside of that thing. My purse is worse that yours. Challenge accepted anyone?

NEEDING: A personal assistant... Seems a bit dramatic. Maybe I just need to get off of my rear and go grocery shopping? Or I could binge on Outlander books in prep for the new Starz series... I choose the latter. Have you seen this? Jamie Fraser. I am not responsible for how many times you end up watching just to hear his voice. I am well over 10 viewings.

Well wishes to all of you already heading back to your classrooms!
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