Sunday, March 23, 2014

Celebrating 100 Followers!

I haven't been in the blogging world in the past few days week because it has been CRAZY! We even had SNOW days Monday and Tuesday, but I was just super busy with other school items. My calendar is PACKED as I am sure everyone elses is too! So, when I settled down with my first   second third cup of coffee this morning to read, I checked out Bloglovin, and I have surpassed 100 followers!!! I have 100 followers on Bloglovin', so I decided to change my blog design! I went over to The Cutest Blog on the Block and found this design, called Lemon Pie. It's SO cute, and I love yellow and grey. It reminds me of Spring, which even though has officially started, needs to hurry up and get here! I know a lot of states are beginning their state testing, and I'm starting to panic maybe just a little bit. We have missed SO much school because of snow this year. I need to make up for some lost time, quick! So I have spent my Sunday cruising around Teachers Pay Teachers looking for some new ideas for my next few units.
The title of this blog however is CELEBRATING! So....I would like to do a giveaway! I just donated my year long spelling lists to Carrie over at Anchored in 3rd grade for HER giveaway, which was awesome! I thought, what a better way to celebrate than to partner up just like she did for a fabulous giveaway!

If you would like to donate for my 100 followers giveaway, leave a comment and I will email you :)

I hope to hear from you soon!
Sunday, March 16, 2014

Five For Friday!

It's time for Five for Friday Saturday already! This was the longest, fastest week I've had in a while! This week seemed to be dragging on FOREVER through Tuesday, and then I blinked. Suddenly - it was Friday! A lot of exciting things happened this week - which is probably why the second half of the week flew by!! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching -so hop on over and see other bloggers Five For Friday!

1. What a perfect way to start a Friday -- I got an email from Carrie over at Anchored in 3rd Grade to say her giveaway is underway!! Click on her blog name or this picture to check out her HUGE giveaway. I am so honored to be a part of this - my FIRST EVER giveaway! I donated a few things from my store - including a zip file with an entire YEAR worth of spelling list & parent letters to send home! 

2. Thirty One announced a FLASH SALE!! As many of you know, I am an independent Thirty One consultant, and I love that it has helped my husband and I in so many ways, especially in January when he lost his job! I was SO excited when I got an email saying select classic patterns would be 50% off! I can't WAIT until Sunday morning at 10:00 to shop for MYSELF! I need some mini utility bins for wedding gifts for this summer, baby shower gifts, and toy boxes for my nieces! Some of my out of town friends are shopping the link and choosing to have their items sent directly to their house -- who can pass up 50% off!

3. Kate's Saint Patrick's Day Fun

Okay - so this is another Thirty One comment, but I did a party Friday night with a St. Patrick's Day theme. It was SO MUCH FUN! Most of the women were parents from my school - and they have the BEST sense of humor. Who wouldn't love hanging out, talking and eating good food and drinking wine all while SHOPPING. Seriously - we had the best time. It was so refreshing to not talk about work too! Usually people want to talk to the teacher about school - but they were SO amazing and never brought it up. They all have some amazing kids who were there too -- but of course they looked at me like I was crazy because I was a teacher who wasn't living at the school :)
 4. I started AND finished my graphing unit!

Okay - not really finished ALL the way -- we test on Monday. I have really taught bar graphs and pictographs all year long, so it wasn't like starting from scratch. I made this awesome pack, and copied the pages small enough to fit in the kiddos math notebooks, and we were able to work through the sheets to review our graph skills, and to learn line plots. On Friday, we celebrated being done by doing our review work on iXL! You can grab the graph pack for only $2 on TpT!

5. I don't even want to write the next one. Seriously. It's after midnight - so technically this is Sunday's forecast. I haven't went to bed yet, so to me "today" is still Saturday. It was 70!!! I kept the side door open ALL DAY while the doggies played outside and slept in the sun, and by Sunday night SNOW....Seriously Virginia -- get your act together - I want a spring break and my kids NEED to be IN SCHOOL. We have missed TOO many days! I know all the other VA people are feeling your pain. I don't mind the cold. Really I don't. What I do mind is a 50 degree difference in a day! I've been getting bad headaches because of this - and I could really do without those! lol 

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend -- I know that I am going to enjoy SLEEPING IN :)   tomorrow while the hubby has to work :(  Happy for me - sad that he is working -- but then again - so happy that he has found a job! 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Belated March Currently!

So, last weekend was the first weekend of March - but it was also my niece's birthday party - so I was SUPER busy helping my sister pull off a Spa Party for twenty 8 year olds! ACK!
So - better late than never..... I'm linking up with Farley for my March Currently - on a new design that I am LOVING :)

Listening: The snow is melting!! Yay! I'm SO ready for some spring like weather! I have to have some noise on while I work, so right now it's Will and Grace marathon! I love that show :) 

Loving - Our PTO! They gave each teacher $100 for classroom supplies! $50 of mine is for TpT and $50 for Office Max, which brings me to my next thought....

Thinking - I NEED a new planner. I have looked @ Erin Condren and @ Plum Paper, but I just don't have the ca$h right now. Josh and I are on the track to being caught back up, but we just aren't there yet. I am thinking I may use my $50 at Office Max to create a planner and have it bound. Then, I can put EVERYTHING I need into the planner. 

Wanting - More time before SOLs. That's VA's standardized testing - and they're coming up QUICK. Scary quick! I need more time!!!!! 

Needing - STOP PROCRASTINATING. haha -- I finished my Graphing Pack and uploaded it to TpT today. Now I need to finish a quick probability and patterns/properties packet for my kiddos. 

?????? -- stay tuned to find out where these products will be joining a Blog Hop giveaway!!! 
Friday, March 7, 2014

Five For Friday Linkup!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday!! 

1.  S-N-O-W is a 4 letter word for a REASON. Monday we missed because of SNOW...Tuesday was a 2 hour delay because of SNOW.......and we missed today because of SNOW..... I've lost count on how many days we've missed since Christmas break because of SNOW- but it's NOT cool! We are SO far behind! Ack! However, my puppies LOVED playing this morning in the snow! They weren't calling for much, but we got almost 4 inches! (The downside- the Thirty One party I was doing tonight is now postponed til next!) 

2. We be Jammin!! 
How CUTE are these Jamberry nail wraps! I bought them back in DECEMBER but just got a chance to put them on. Mostly because I forgot about them, and then because I got so busy. I put these on Monday on Snow Day #1 for the week - and look how beautiful they are! That's washing dishes by hand (I don't have a dishwasher), showering, laundry AND cleaning the house. They look so good still. LOVE these things. 

3. Happy Seuss Week! 
How cute is my bulletin board! I'm in love. This board will stay up through April, because we are beginning our Human Impact and Interdependency unit in science, and then it will stay up for Earth Day. I even dressed as The Lorax yesterday for book character day, and we read The Lorax for science. Next week, we will work the story into a writing that will go up on the board. 

Check out my Lorax Face! :) 

4. Fractions
We are wrapping up our fraction unit with the study of improper fractions and mixed numbers, and my students have a good grasp on it! I'm going to do a quick quiz Monday (supposed to be today...) and then give our unit test. Next is my favorite unit -- GRAPHS! Do you have any great activities you like to do for graphing? 
Here's a sneak peak of what their short quiz will look like.... super short, but just long enough for me to know who needs more work! 

5. $50 for Erin Condren?!
Okay -so Polka Dot Lesson plans is giving away a $50 gift card to Erin Condren...and so is Erin Condren...I've entered EVERY giveaway for them. Seriously. I NEED a life planner. In fact, until Josh lost his job, I was going to order one. Had one all picked out - but we just can't have that expense right now. There's a couple more hours to check out her blog and enter the giveaway here!