Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Currently

Hey everyone,

I can't believe tomorrow is already the first day of July!  This summer is already flying by.  I'm excited about linking up with Farley's, at Oh Boy 4th Grade, July Currently.

So this I started taking classes online for my Master's.  Oh my goodness, I knew it was going to be a lot of work, but I had no idea how much work it was going to be.  I feel like I have no time to do anything I enjoy anymore.  Between Master's homework and Lock Smock orders (I'm not complaining about those though! :) ) I feel like I have no time.  I would love to be able to hang out in our pool... or spend some time doodling... or even cleaning the house.  My amazing husband has been so great this year (well he's always so great, but especially this year).  He has had to deal with a stressed out wife that is always doing work, poor guy.  I thought this summer I would have so much extra time to catch up on all the things I haven't been able to do this year and maybe even get some time do paint some furniture or doodle... nope!  I'm taking classes over the summer and the homework has consumed most of my days.  URG!

Anyways, I just keep telling myself, the more classes I take now the sooner I'll be done.  And man I can't wait to be done!

On another note... I have been dying to get Adobe Illustrator but it is so darn expensive.  Does anyone know a program that is like Adobe Illustrator but not as expensive?  I got a wonderful program on my old computer but it wouldn't let me color images or anything, it just fixed the lines up.  I want to be able to draw a picture and scan it, then fix it up in some kind of program.  I'd love any suggestions as to what program I should use... or if anyone knows how to get a discount on Illustrator, I'd be open to that too ;).

If you want to link up with Farley's Currently blog, or see what other bloggers are currently up to just click the picture below.

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far!  It is going by so quickly, so don't forget to stop and enjoy it!

My First Donors Choose Project!

Hey everyone,

I recently started my first Donors Choose project and I'm really excited about it.  I am trying to get a kidney shaped table for my students to use in our classroom.  You can read more about my project HERE.

Currently my students and I have small groups on the floor in our carpet area.
Our school is a high poverty school, and most (if not all) of our furniture is hand-me-down from other schools or things we've purchased on our own.  I would love to be able to start the new school year with a new place for small group instruction.  

If you want to help out, you can donate HERE.  Today (June 30) is the last day to use the code INSPIRE and your donation will be matched!  Thank you all!  You have no idea how much this means to me and how much it will mean to my students!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bloglovin' Blog Hop!

Hey everyone,
I'm sure you have all heard the news by now... Google Reader will be going away starting July 1.  What does this mean?  Well, it means that all of my wonderful followers on Google Reader will *POOF* disappear!  :(  It also means you will no longer be able to follow your favorite blogs on Google Reader.  So how are you going to keep up with the latest happenings of your favorite bloggers!?!?!

Click this picture below to hop on over to Tori's Teacher Tips and follow the easy steps to get started with Bloglovin'.

To follow my blog on Bloglovin', click this button...
You can either click the button above... or click that same button located over there ------------------->

When you follow my blog on Bloglovin' you will have a chance to win an item from my TPT shop!  All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me you are following me on Bloglovin'.  That's it!  Once you leave a comment, you will be entered for a chance to win an item of your choice from my TPT shop!

Want to win more stuff?.... I thought so...
Hop on over to Tori's Teacher Tips and scroll all the way to the bottom.  You'll find links to follow all of your favorite blogs on Bloglovin'.  Many of these wonderful ladies are having giveaways for their Bloglovin' followers, so be sure you follow them!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The School Supply Addict's 4,000 Follower Celebration Day 2!

Hey everyone,
If you didn't already know, The School Supply Addict is having a 4,000 Follower Celebration!  Yesterday's winners got some AMAZING products from some awesome teachers.  I'm so excited to be a part of the Day 2 giveaways today.  If you haven't entered today for Day 2, be sure to head over to The School Supply Addict and enter the giveaways!

Head on over to The School Supply Addict and enter for your chance to win more amazing products and check out the great deals going on today for her 4,000 Follower Celebration.

Here is what is going on for Day 2...

You can enter for the chance to win your choice of products from these amazing teachers...

And enter for a chance to win this bundle of awesome products from more amazing teachers...

Don't miss out on this great celebration!  Hop on over to The School Supply Addict to check it out!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Break... So far!

Hey everyone!
I am attempting to post from my iPhone... We'll see how this goes. ;) 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer break, or are going to be on break soon. It took me FOREVER to get my classroom packed up! That is one thing I just hate!  I really thought it would never get done. 

I finally got it all packed up (should have taken a picture of that!) and started my summer... After a few PD days that is. :(. But, you know what I LOVED about my PD days?...
Playing with my new fancy pens!  I'm telling you, I could be a saleswoman for these pens.  If you don't have them... Get them! :). They are a little pricey, but totally worth it!  They are amazing pens that ERASE!  No more stressing about making a mistake while writing in my new Erin Condren planner... I can just erase it!
Speaking of my new planner...
Tada! Isn't it great! I love it!  I'm so excited to start writing stuff in it... And now I don't have to stress about messing up.  Ahh... Life is good! 
Now that I'm done with school related things, I have some time to catch up on Lock Smock orders and finish homework for my grad classes.  :) 
I hope everyone is having a great summer and getting some much needed rest and relaxation! 


PS- if there are lots of spelling mistakes... blame autocorrect :)!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

My Beautiful New Blog!

Hey Everyone!

I'm so excited to share my beautiful new blog!  Isn't it sooooo adorable!  I'm in love!  :)  Thank you so much to Christi Fultz from Design by Christi for making this little beauty.

If you are looking for a new blog design, I HIGHLY recommend Christi!  You can click her button above to check out her site.  I'm telling you this woman is amazing.  I sent her a picture of my card because I wanted to see if there was any possibility of getting a blog design that kind of matched my card.  Honestly, I thought there was a slim chance anyone would be able to make a blog design that would match my card.  So I contacted Christi!  I'm so beyond excited about how my blog turned out!  She did a perfect job of matching my blog design to my card!  I can't even believe it!  

I think I'm just going to sit and stare at my beautiful new blog all day!  I can't thank you enough Christi for making the perfect blog design for me!  LOVE IT! :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I'm alive! :)

Hey everyone!
Sorry it has be SO long since my last blog post!  The end of the year is such a busy time!  I have been loaded down with stuff the last few weeks and am getting a little overwhelmed.  I am still trying to finish packing up my classroom :( boo, catching up on homework for two grad classes, catching up on Lock Smock orders (sorry if you ordered one and it was a few days late!!!), and going to PDs!  All I want to do is lay by the pool, relax, and make some things for my TPT shop, but I don't think that will be happening for a few weeks... :(

I am too stressed to deal with all of the work I need to catch up on... so what do I do... get on INSTAGRAM!  That is my new addiction!  Following all of you amazing teacher bloggers has been so much fun!  I love seeing all of the cute pictures you post of your classrooms, families, things your doing in class, etc.  I have also learned some valuable lessons thanks to Instagram :).

Just wanted to check-in quick and let you all know I'm still alive! :)  Hopefully when things calm down a bit I can do a real blog post!