Monday, August 31, 2015

30 Amazing Teachers

Want to learn more about some really great teachers? My dear friend, Cassandra at Mrs. 3rd Grade is celebrating her 30th birthday by showcasing 30 teachers over 30 weeks. How cool, right?



Well, guess who is first to go... ME!

Head over to her blog to check out the post that I wrote about a new product, and maybe grab a freebie!



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thirty Minute Meals


Can't believe this is our final post for the meal link up! I hope you have enjoyed this series and printed out recipes that you loved. I would like to do this again with a different theme. Does anyone have any suggestions? What kinds of recipes would you like next? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Please share and feel free to link up! If you decide to join, grab these images (banner, ingredient card, recipe card, IG button) and promote on IG, Facebook, Twitter, etc! Don't forget to comment on others' posts with meaningful feedback!




Here is my last meal that I LOVE! I usually make this and put them in small containers for lunch. It's the perfect meal that will last for awhile if stored correctly. It tastes wonderful and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 









Monday, August 24, 2015

BTS - Staying Refreshed

This last topic is one of my favorites. Yes, the organization, lesson planning, and get to know you things are so exciting. However, we need to find time for us and staying refreshed throughout the year.



Thank you to Stephanie for a wonderful series! She is such an inspiration to me, and a wonderful bloggy friend. I hope you go check out her blog!


Try, try, try to leave your work at school! This has been something that I have been doing and it really helps. I know it's hard, but your home time should be for you and your families. One tip that I have is this: I grade during my lunch. It is a daily routine that I get ALL my grading done during lunch time while I eat. I know you may not like this, as it takes away from down time during the day or time to talk with colleagues, but in return, it's an awesome feeling when you don't have to take it home!


Exercise! Some people like to head to the gym before school, but I'm an after school kind of gal. My hour at the gym after school, or a walk by the lake is MY time to decompress. I know this takes time out of your afternoon, and may be hard with your own kids, but I promise you... it's a great way to relieve stress. If you aren't familiar with the 21 Day Fix, it has 30 minute videos that are super easy to sneak in if you can't get a full workout in at the gym. (email me if you want more details about this!)


Devotion. Faith. Readings. Reflection. Whatever you believe in, take time to study it and apply it to your everyday life! I'm going to be starting a book study via Periscope with the book, "The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You." I'd love for you all to join!


Set up a schedule for your day. What time will you get to school? What time will you leave? I REFUSE to arrive or stay past a certain time. I am a morning person, so I get to school early and leave right away. Think about a schedule that you could stick to throughout the year to help you stay refreshed and not overworked. It will be different for everyone.


Think the end in mind: Have a plan. The night before school, it's helpful for me to have my lunches made, clothes out, gym bag packed, etc. Again, creating a nightly routine that works into your schedule. I know on the mornings when I haven't done this the night before, I feel SO much more stressed. 


Remember: It all gets done. It will be there tomorrow. Take time for you. BREATHE. You are doing the best job you can! 





BTS Survival Kit



What is better than starting off the year with some love from another teacher?

I have never done a link up like this, but for some reason, this one was calling my name. I have noticed lately that so many of us are stressed or feeling overworked. I knew I wanted to brighten someone's day with some before school cheer! My partner is Pam from Mrs. P's Specialties. I picked up some of her favorite things and away the package went!

Mrs. P's Specialties


In return, I got this...





Thank you so much, Pam for all the wonderful goodies! They made my day!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Celebrating a friend...

One of things I love about blogging and this teacher community, is celebrating one another! Well, my friend, Ashlyn from The Creative Classroom: Teach, Create, Inspire, reached 1,000 TPT followers! What does that mean? Well, it means you could win a $100 TPT gift card! It's simple: just check out the Rafflecopter below to enter.

Join me on Instagram for some fun prompt about what I would do with the number 1,000... :)

Congrats, Ashlyn!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thirty Minute Meals


How is everyone doing with their recipes and cooking? I hope this is helping you ease back into school with some simplistic, yet wonderful meals! We only have one more week after this one to join, so please share and join us if you have some recipes that you love.

Join us every Thursday during the month of August for some delicious meals! Please share and feel free to link up! If you decide to join, grab these images (banner, ingredient card, recipe card, IG button) and promote on IG, Facebook, Twitter, etc! Don't forget to comment on others' posts with meaningful feedback!




For my third meal, I chose to go with a soup. I know it still is warm out in most places, but I love a good soup! (I feel like you could probably do this one in the crock pot, too.) I hope you enjoy the flavor of this as much as I do!










Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BTS - First Week Activities

Back to school activities! I think this is one of the most exciting times of the year! Thank you again to Stephanie, from Mrs. D's Corner for an awesome link up!



So I have to be quite honest: I'm not planned yet for the first week. SHHHHH! I don't have students until September 8th, so why would I be, right? With my grade change, I'm really taking the time to find activities that will best meet the needs of my students, while really getting to know them. So, I do have a few things to share with you that I will be using! Check them out! (PS... sorry I don't have pictures to share!!)


One of the first things that I'm incorporating into my room this year is Hope King's "Set the Stage to Engage: First Day and Week Activities. I won't be using all of the items in the pack because we can't have food, but I will be taking almost everything else and implementing it. I'm super excited to see how my 5th graders react to the photo booth!

Check out her product here.


I think it is so important to get to know your students as much as you can throughout the year. They all learn in a variety of ways, so when I found this next product, I knew I needed it. 

Do follow Literacy for Big Kids? If you don't, get to her blog now! She has a ton of really great, simplistic products. (I think I may own her whole store) EEK! 

Anyway, she has a product called: Upper Grade Learning Inventory Surveys. I can't wait to se how my students respond and learn all about them! Check it out now! 


Pictures will come as I use these materials! Check them out as soon as you can! 




Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thirty Minute Meals


It is week 2 of our meal link up! I hope you enjoyed the first one as much as I did. We would love for you to join us again! Here is how it works:

Join us every Thursday during the month of August for some delicious meals! Please share and feel free to link up! If you decide to join, grab these images (banner, ingredient card, recipe card, IG button) and promote on IG, Facebook, Twitter, etc! Don't forget to comment on others' posts with meaningful feedback!




My next recipe is a simple, yet delicious chicken and mushroom dish, that will leave you wanting more! I usually like to pair it with broccoli or asparagus. Check it out below: