Saturday, July 26, 2014

Five For Friday!

                                                 
This week I went to the local teacher supply store, Utah Idaho Maps and Supply, and purchased some new borders for my bulletin boards! Here's the before and after shots! Gotta love chevron! I actually ended up cutting the border pieces in half so they were a bit thinner than they originally were.




I met a brand new TpT friend this week! Rainah Pray won my giveaway on Facebook and it turns out she lives in the midwest, just a few hours from where I grew up!! Rainah is just starting out on TpT and isn't a blogger {yet!}. I hope everyone will jump over to her store and show her some love by following her! 

My Mom sent me the coolest website this week called 

Once you create your free account, you can click under the tab "Relatives" and do a search on all sorts of categories. It is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so there are searches related to the church on there, BUT for those of you who are not LDS, there are tons of other interesting searches!!

Such as, you can search to see which U.S. Presidents you are related to. Or, if you are related to anyone on the Mayflower! There's a search to see if you are related to any famous Americans! 

So, what did I find out?? 

I was sooo excited to find out I am related to my all-time hero!!!

{I seriously think I have just about every book ever written on this man!!}

I'm also related to Thomas Jefferson, Amelia Earhart, and Mark Twain!! 

If you go to Relative Finder, leave me a comment below and tell me who you are related to!
(This photo doesn't do it justice!)

I'm sooo excited that my new teacher planner came this week! I went with a smaller planner by Plum Paper Designs on Etsy and I just LOVE it!!  It is a bit smaller than my Erin Condren planner that I bought last year, so I am thinking of using this one either for my guided reading groups or as my personal planner. I did love my Erin Condren planner and actually ordered one again for this year! I'll post when it comes in the mail!


           
And saving the BEST for last, this week was my husband's and my 2nd anniversary! I really call it our Family Anniversary as it is my 2nd year being a part of their family and they, a part of mine! My dog Bella and I just adore my step-children and we've had the entire summer together! The summer has gone way too fast! This is our most recent family photo!

I hope you have had a wonderful week!! When do you all start back to school? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Happy weekend!!

There is Only Love!



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Facebook Follower Giveaway & Happy Pioneer Day Give Away

 (Beautiful Provo, Utah! This was taken last night!!)

Happy Pioneer Day! Here in Utah, it's a state holiday celebrating the arrival of the Mormon Pioneers crossing the plains. There's a big parade, fireworks and lots of picnics, pioneer games and family get-togethers!
                                                   
I am having a HUGE give away for my Facebook followers today! I am giving away a Winners Choice of ANY product in my TpT store to THREE people!! It's the biggest give away I've done in years!!! Click my button above to enter! (Make sure to scroll down to the July 22 post!) Winners will be announced tonight!




My dear friend, Nikki, from MelonHeadz Illustrating is having a HUGE give away in celebration of Utah's Pioneer Day. You have to check out the amazing prizes she has!! You can enter by clicking Nikki's logo below:




I also want to give a shout out to another Utah blogger!! My sweet friends at Second Story Window started an amazing website called Teacher Approved materials! You can subscribe to your grade level or to multiple grade levels!
You can get an amazing selection of Teacher Approved material from bloggers and creators all over the world each month for a very small subscription price! 

My popular More Multiplication Timed Tests packet is in the July subscription for upper grades! You can click below to find out some interesting facts about me on their blog! (Like, what is my favorite saying, and what is my "hidden" talent!)


Happy Pioneer Day or Happy Thursday!!!

Remember to be kind to yourself today! You are doing the best that you can!

There is only LOVE!






Saturday, June 7, 2014

Five for Friday- Summer Vacation Has Begun!


It's Five for Friday and Summer Vacation has officially begun!! I love linking up with Five for Friday to see what all my bloggy buddies are up to! My beautiful step-kids are arriving for the summer in one week so this week was centered around getting the house ready for them. It's definitely a work in progress! Here's a look at my week:


I am of no use to my family if I am not on my "A" game! The last several years my health and weight have fluctuated like the wind. This week I completed Week 1 of the WiO Diet. The nice part about this week is that no exercise was required!! The hardest part was going cold turkey off of all sugar and soda pop.  I found that drinking orange flavored soda water helped curb my craving for pop, or drinking ice cold water…but it definitely was a challenge! My hubby is joining me on this diet, along with his parents, so having it be a family affair definitely helped get us through the cravings and wanting to cheat. I'm loving the taste of the chocolate shakes (3 times a day- breakfast, lunch and right before bed…dinner is a protein and salad) so that made it much easier to do. This is a 12 week program for Phase 1. Exercise starts this next week….wish me luck!!


 
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My Mom gave me this book over ten years ago and it is the book I turn to when I want to get my house clean and organized. The Fly Lady divides the house into 5 Zones and has checklists and tips for cleaning each zone. This last week I tackled Zone 1 and part of Zone 2. I cleaned and organized the backyard and shed and then I tackled deep cleaning the refrigerator. I wake up early in the mornings and just dedicate my mornings to cleaning. It doesn't look like much, but the shed was packed to the hilt with sleds, shovels and tools. And the refrigerator got the maaaajor overhaul!! Every shelf and drawer was removed and scrubbed. I even had my hubby pull out the fridge and I mopped and cleaned behind and underneath it! Here are some of the results:




I updated my Top Ten Reasons I Love My Dad (pages for  uncle or grandpa are included) book and put it on my TpT store. I love the cute little graphics and the countdown format. What are you planning for Father's Day?












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I started reading one of the required books that my principal gave us for summer reading. I LOVE this book! Eric Jensen is amazing anyway, and maybe it's because this topic is dear to my heart because I teach at low-income school, but I have been highlighting and re-reading this book! 




Yeeee haw!! We FINALLY got a new dishwasher!! It's been a long two years of washing dishes by hand!! We finally broke down and bought a new dishwasher and life has become that much more simplified! No more dirty dishes in the sink!! It's so fancy, I'm not sure what to do with myself! Our last dishwasher was over 20 years old! This one is so sleek and shiny!! And it's so dang quiet!! I LOVE!! (That's my cute little  puppy, Bella, reflected in the photo!) Hey, any tips on keeping the stainless steel clean?? I have found wiping it down with a damp cloth and then drying it with a dry cloth works pretty well.

Have a great weekend!! 
And remember, be kind to yourself!


Sunday, May 25, 2014

New Blog Design!!


I'm so excited about my new blog design!!! I just LOVED working with Kassie from Designs By Kassie. She was so easy to work with and she was so patient with me and my indecision!! I highly recommend her! Thank you, Kassie!! Go check out her blog to see all the amazing blog makeovers she's done!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale!!

It's SPRING!!! It is FINALLY here!!! Time to celebrate with a huge 20% off SALE in my TpT store and do a little Spring Cleaning as well!

Last weekend the weather was warm and I caught the Spring Cleaning Fever!! I started some of my deep cleaning in my house…cleaning the windows and the blinds, scrubbing down the floors on my hands and knees with a rag, not just going over it with a mop, and wiping down all the baseboards.  It was just a start, but wow, it sure made a difference!

This weekend I'm focussing my Spring Cleaning on my TpT store and shopping cart! It's that time of year where I like to go back and clean up a few things! I'm linking up with Georgia Grown Kiddo's! Go check out her blog!!

1) Go through all my prior purchases and make sure I leave a sweet comment in the store where I bought them from. This always makes me feel good letting people know how much I appreciated their hard work! And, bonus! I rack up points towards future purchases!

Which leads me to #2!

2) I am always adding items on TpT to my Wish List! During my Spring Cleaning, I open up that wish list and delete the items I really don't need and add those must have items to my shopping cart. I do this after I've commented and earned my points so when it is time to check out, I don't have to spend nearly as much $$!! Happy! Happy!



Now for my FAVORITE part of Spring Cleaning!!

3) I'm going to buy all those wonderful must have items in my cart! And an added bonus, many of the items in my cart will be on sale this weekend because many of my favorite shops are having a Spring Cleaning Sale, too!!
I love and adore my blogger friends! They are all so talented and creative!! So, below is a link to each of their stores, just in case you want to see some of their fabulous products they have on sale!

Here are a few of my latest products that I've added to my store or updated! My students have loved working on these and I know yours will, too! Just click on any of the covers below to visit my store.

My sale starts Friday and runs through Monday! Go fill your cart tonight for a jump start on the weekend sale!

Happy Shopping and Spring Cleaning, my friends!

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