Monday, May 28, 2012

Moving and Grooving

I'm back! I have been MIA for the past week since I have been moving into my new apartment.. I am excited to almost be finished and hopefully putting the last finishing touches on decorations by the end of the week.  I am thinking about table decor and I saw this on Pinterest and I thought it was so simple and pretty, and just the right touch!
And yesss finally a walk-in closet!! I am super psyched and filled it immediately :) It has all my clothes, shoes, accessories, and teacher things in there :)

Also, I have this thing where I like to hang my necklaces on the wall.. it's easy because they don't get tangled and they are accessible.  The picture sitting on the shelf is a picture about Korea.. I don't have anything from there, but I found this online :) And "Happy wife, Happy life" is one of my favorite sayings ;) I am not a "wife" yet but you get the drift!

My latest and greatest find (well, my mom's find)... CROCS! Absolutely in love, and I was so in love I spent a good amount of money on TWO pairs.. yes, they were the same, exact shoe but I couldn't pass it up - I have never had a more comfortable pair of shoes! Will be wearing these all the time... check out your stores and try on a pair! You won't be disappointed.

Cute end of the year freebies!
I already set up these cute little seed packets for each of my kiddos.. I thought this was such an adorable idea especially because my 2nd and 3rd graders continue to grow :) Check it out here from The World of Mrs. B!
For my next bulletin board activity with the kids, I have decided to do this Dragonfly Craft brought to you by Megan Mitchell :)

I have been lacking energy to create new TPT/TN products lately.. I need to get a move on, but I know this summer is going to be full of fun units and activities.  I can't wait to do Summer School (It will be my 9th summer working this since I was leaving high school! And nannying, tutoring, teaching piano, and just keeping busy.  Always keeping busy!

I will be doing a GIVEAWAY soon, I promise! Just getting my life a little more in order! Enjoy your week everyone! Happy Memorial Day, and to some of you, Happy Summer already!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

State Testing

Wow, it's been a long week.  We are just finishing up our IOWA State Testing - The longest test ever! I am very proud of my students for getting through it because I almost felt like I wouldn't survive reading all the directions and everything.  For the most part they are doing well, but for the short timed parts (for example, math computation) they are having difficulty.  Anyone have any tips to speed their time besides taking timed test after timed test? We did try this, but since it was a "state test", I think they wanted to do so well that they took their time (a little too much). 

Regardless, I am proud of them and they will be getting ice cream and mini cupcakes tomorrow from me :) I hate how stressed out kids can get over these things, but I am glad that they will be over tomorrow.  Does anyone else take the IOWA tests?
*What is your favorite way to treat yourself at the end of the week?*

I am excited to say that me and Second Grade is Spendid are going to get mani/pedis tomorrow.. it's been a while since I treated myself, and it is definitely the week to do it!

RSVP!!! All are welcome if you are in the Upstate, NY/Capital Region area!!

I don't know how many people will respond to this, but let me know if there are any units or activities that you are wanting to have created--I have been so exhausted lately, but I want to get back into making TPT/TN creations soon!! All ideas welcomed, and might throw it as a freebie your way ;) Have a great Thursday tomorrow!

Friday, May 11, 2012

3rd Grade Love's Giveaway :)

I am so happy for Third Grade Love to be having her first giveaway! Show her some appreciation by checking out her blog and getting the chance to win three units and a Target gift card :) One of the units being my Writing unit!!

Check it out here

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.  My allergies are ridiculous and I feel so completely sick.. I am trying to make it through the day so I can go shopping later with my honey. 

On a brighter note, I am so excited it is Mother's Day on Sunday. I love my mom so much and she is everything to me.  I was adopted when I was 3 months old and I am the luckiest woman in the world to have the best parents!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Freebies and Teacher Appreciation Week

If you have not checked out 3-6 Free Resources yet, you definitely should! So many amazing educators that I am honored to collaborate with and post our freebies :) I just created a new one, and I would love for you to check it out on our site here!!

If I had more time, I would make so many units and freebies a week.... but I am just burnt out right now! Sometimes it is discouraging if one of my products is rated "less" than I would think, but I know I just have to keep trying and do better.  A fellow teacher found a mistake on my Money Matching Freebie and I was devastated like "How did I miss that?!" But it happens :) *It is all fixed though, so please check it out!*
Sooo on a brighter note, Teacher Appreciation Week has been going AMAZING for me.  Parents really do know how hard teachers work, and I am blessed to have the best parents ever (seriously). 

They gave me a lottery bouquet yesterday (I only won 5 dollars, but hey! It's something!) and a Spa gift basket (gift cards and bath stuff) today.. I also received beautiful flowers from one of my piano students as well.  Our recital is at the end of May, I am pretty excited about it because it is something that I put together that I am proud of (and that the students are too!)

I am SO blessed!!! Have a wonderful night everyone !!!

Link up your Teacher Appreciation goodies here:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

New freebie posted tomorrow on 3-6 Free Resources!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! I probably ate a little too much and spent a little too much money, but that's what weekends are for :)

Because of the AMAZING sales going on, TPT has shut down for a while so shoppers can have a smooth, easy buying process!

I just created a "work and machines" vocabulary matching freebie (that is my next upcoming unit) and will be posting it tomorrow on 3-6 Free Resources :) I am very proud to be a part of this site! Misty has been so helpful and great to me :)

Here is a sneak peek of my new freebie!!

So happy with my new blog from the Honey Bunch... please grab my button and add it to your blog, I'd really appreciate :D xoxo have a great Sunday night!

And a VERY HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK TO ALL OF YOU* Enjoy and try to get some relaxation in!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Sales!! (and a TN Linky Party!)

All of us at Teachers Pay Teachers and Teacher's Notebook appreciate YOU! :) I am so happy to have found these sites because it really helps my income even a little bit.  So thank you for being so supportive and helpful to all us fellow teachers!!

My TPT store will be having a sale from May 6-8th at 20% off, and then if you put in the promo code: TAD12 you receive an EXTRA 10 % off!!

My Teacher's Notebook store will also be having an automatic 30% off!! Please check it out from May 6-8th too!! Check out Kinderzoo's Linky Party for Teacher's Notebook Sales! :)

Also check out the Teacher Appreciation Sweeptakes on Teacher's Notebook! Wow, 100 dollars for Teacher's Notebook - that is definitely a great prize :)

I just added some "Motion and Speed" notes to TPT and TN for 2-3rd graders.. just something for your kiddos to read and review together to understand the basic concepts of motion and speed.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Honey Bunch, 3-6 Free Resources, and Linky Party

So excited to have my very first blog designed by the Honey Bunch! :) Money can be tough for anyone, but with the blog design I found, I could not have been happier with it and the price.. I definitely recommend heading over to Honey Bunch and talking with Erika, Misty, and the team because they are fabulous!

A lot of changes have been happening, and I have been terribly busy. I don't even have time to think straight most of the time! I am moving in a month, and there is so much to be done.. it is a very exciting time because it will be only the second apartment that I've ever owned, and I am ready for a change. I am most excited about the kitchen counter space so I will be able to cook more and have more preparation space!

I am SO SO excited to be a part of the Coffee Club with 3-6 free resources!!  It gives me the opportunity to learn about the wonderful freebies that are out there, and make more friends in this blogging world :) It also gets me motivated to create more freebies... I will be making up a freebie this weekend, but for right now, check out the site for the wonderful freebies that are already up and running - there is also an AMAZING giveaway that you can check out here!!

I hope to have my own giveaway in the future... in time, in time!

if there are any freebie ideas that you would like me to make this weekend, please please let me know!! I'd love to help in all the ways I can...

Oh'Boy 4th Grade always has the best Linky Parties!!!
Check out her page and link up!!
The girls I have here for a private lunch helped me fill this out too :)