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June 24, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge: Makeover Madness

Hello Everyone, 

I am super excited to be a part of the TpT Seller Challenge hosted by Sparkling in SecondThird in HollywoodTeach Create Motivate, and Peppy Zesty Teacherista. I am super inspired by my fellow colleagues and their amazing talents. 

The first challenge was to revamp a product. I began this process last summer, but ran out of time before it was time to prepare for the next school year. Although, I wasn't completely unhappy with my covers, I wanted them all to be cohesive. So, I updated the cover for my Owl Classroom Decorations. The banner image in this cover is now similar to my others. 

I am a bit late in joining in on the excitement of the TpT Seller Challenge. Please accept my apologies. I was out of town with my mother as she celebrated her last radiation treatment for a brain tumor. She is such a fighter! I am so proud of her and her strength. Praise God for all of his blessings! 

Mom ringing the bell at the radiation department to symbolize her last treatment.

A rare photo with  my mother. Of course, it has to be a selfie :)

I can't wait to learn more from my fellow TpT'ers during this challenge. Thanks to each and everyone of you! 

June 8, 2015

Desk Set from Acrylic Picture Frames and Keep Calm Poster Generator

I absolutely love Tara's 4th Grade Frolics: Monday Made It! Today is my first day off of work and rather than doing a spring cleaning my house gets a summer cleaning. Well, whew! I really needs it. Anyway, I truly wanted to be a part of the Monday Made It fun and thought surely I have something that I made that I can post for today until my housework is done and I can post something that has been calling my name to create :)

So, I went through some photos and found a desk set that I quickly pulled together from  5 X 7 and an 8 x10 acryclic frames. I used Publisher to attach our district calendar and a blank space for the reminders in the 8x10 frame so that an expo marker can be used to write notes. Then on the 5x7 frame I hot glued a sticky note pad. Nothing new or fancy, but it made my intern feel super special when she walked in on her first day to find that I had set up a desk for her with the items. Oh, and by the way, the Keep Calm and Teach On sign was made from at the following website:

Thanks to Tara for setting up the Monday Made It! I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with, but until then I am back to my mess of a house that was neglected this school year ;)


May 16, 2015

Advice for Teachers from Teachers

Hello Everyone,

It has been quite awhile since I have posted, but it feels great to be back. It has been an incredible school year and I can't believe that the end is nearly here.

One of the many great things about the year was that I had another amazing intern, Ms. Sagastume. She has been such a blessing getting to know and I wish her nothing but the best.  Isn't it funny how you have such a short time to the share the many wonderful, yet challenging experiences of a classroom teacher? I always feel like there is more to do an say and I want to keep my interns just a bit longer. Selfish, I know, but it's true :)

Last year, I had asked my colleagues to complete a Google Doc form to enter any words of advice to my intern, Ms. Kirby (who by the way, just finished her first year of teaching with my daughter in her class). The comments that my fellow teachers made touched my heart and re-inspired me. I compiled them all into a book and presented them to hear along with handwritten notes of advice and encouragement from the students on her last day of internship.

As I was thinking about what to do for Ms. Sagastume as a special send off, I remembered the "Words of Advice" book and am going to make it a new tradition. I read through all of the amazing messages and feel energized to finish the year. I am sharing the file with you in hopes that you too feel re-inspired. Please click on the image below to download it.

How do you make your intern's last day special? Do you have any special words of advice to share? I'd love to here from you!


July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July! Updates and Sale

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

I hope that the summer has been restful for you. I have been enjoying the time with my family tremendously! We live in Southwest Florida and do not take advantage of the beaches enough because we tend to get caught up in the day to day routine. Did I mention before I have six kiddos? Laundry, work, and grocery shopping tend to get in the way.

I was blessed this summer to have gone a retreat with some amazing fellow teachers and friends, then it was off to a Collegium with more amazing educators. I have some new pals while attending the Choosing Excellence Collegium that I will treasure for many years to come. One of which is our very own blogger buddy Khrystine Bosland from Keepin it Kool in Kinderland. I swear she is even sweeter in person.  All of this fun happened locally on North Captiva Island, Captiva Island, and Sanibel Island.

I was reminded how I truly needed to enjoy what God has given us and took my family to the beach when I returned. I took a ton of pictures, but below are just a few. I love the first photo. I swear I didn't place any of these shells. There a ton of shells on Sanibel and Captiva. I am now hooked on finding shells!

 After the relaxation I decided to get back to work on updating many of my items. I have had multiple requests to make my Common Core I Can Statements Editable, and guess what? The majority of them are done and uploaded. I also updated a couple of my decor packs to be editable as well. So, in honor of the 4th of July and the new and improved files, I am having a 20% off all items in my TpT Store.

I hope that you all are having a terrific summer and are remember to take time for you. What are doing over the summer for some down time? I would love to hear from you.