Monday, August 29, 2011


I spend my Saturday night with my Momma tagging! :)  And no, not as in graffiti... as in real tags!  Here are some designs I came up with and delivered to some teacher friends this morning attached to some yummy goodies...

I used oregano colored distressing ink on the tag, Tim Holtz stamps, and roughed/chalked the edges. 

Chalked the edges

Love the little owl :)

This was such a cute one!

I don't have a link for the clear stamps I borrowed from my mom for the last three tags, but I do have a link for the Tim Holtz stamps I used on the distressed tag (number 1) with the rain quote.  [Side note... I ADORE Tim Holtz and his products- check him out!]  You can find the clear stamp set here.  It's very versatile and adds a perfect touch.

Hope your Monday is coming to a lovely end!  I still have sub plans to write so I better stop blogging and get sub plan writing :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011


I'm sure many of you have heard about, have been to the website, or have your own pinterest account.  If you do, bear with me.  If not, you need to follow my directions... Stop what you are doing.  (Ok, well read this, then stop what you are doing, haha)  Go to the website.  Check out the amazing ideas.  Maybe make a page of your own to start collecting the ideas for yourself.

It's such a unique place.  Before, when I found a blog I liked or an idea that I loved, I would bookmark that site.  Then, when I wanted to go back and look at it, I had to rifle through all of my bookmarked sites and guess which one was the right link.  And then half the time, I would be wrong and it would take me a much longer time than necessary!  Plus, I don't know how many times I've needed some ideas for a party or gift and I forget all those super ideas I had already bookmarked.  Alas, we come to my new obsession...

Once you have your own account (you have to request an invite and that might take a few minutes to get one from the website), you can look at other peoples boards, create you own, and repin other peoples' ideas into your boards.  You can also pin other sites you find to your boards as well.  Then you have your own collection of ideas and links to everything that you like.  For instance, if you had a party coming up, all you have to do is go other members party boards or in my case, my own collection, and there would be a plethora of ideas just waiting to be used!  No long searches necessary.  No guess work on finding the right bookmarked link.  It's all right there.  So please, if you have not checked this out, go do it now :)

Here's the link to my pinterest boards.

Enjoy!! :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One of those days...

School has started back up and just as I might have guessed, I've been a little busy and blogging has gone to wayside.  So tonight, I wanted to add to the blog. I'm a bit grumpy after my day (the day is a bit long for some of my kiddos still :) so we're still working on our procedures especially in the afternoon!).  But I really want to end my day on a positive note so I thought I'd post.  I found this a few weeks ago and I think it's a good reminder...

Hope it brightens your day and reminds you to do one of these things today :)
More to come soon, I promise!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Classroom Library

Here's my big reveal of my classroom library!!

Enjoy! :)

Here's my prices:
Chairs: $7 a piece (plus a 20% off coupon from BB&B)
Pillows: 4.99 a piece at Meijer on clearance
Leaves: $6.00 for the bunch
Paper for the tree: free
Body pillow: old one I had but I bought a new cover for 7.99
Posters: Free- made them out of my red apple rewards calendar from scholastic
As for the books... you don't even want to know how much money I've spent on books over the past three years :)  If I have an addiction, it's buying books! :)

Tomorrow is the big day... first day of school! Here we go!! :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Organization, Organization, Organi-what?

I am very thankful because I have been able to get into my room the past two days, which is a lot more than a lot of people I work with.  I hate that they are delayed because I can't imagine how stressful that must feel.  I wish I could speed up the construction process for them.  :(

I've basically just made piles in my room.  One pile will eventually go in the storage room that isn't completed yet.  One pile is stuff I think I no longer want but cannot commit to getting rid of it JUST yet.  And one pile is books.  Books upon books upon books.  Tomorrow I plan to tackle the books pile and re-sort them into new tubs for my classroom library (PS-which is coming along! I should post pictures maybe next week- woo!)

After the craziness that was last year and the splitting classes and such I decided I want to be sooooo much more organized this year.  Granted, I know it won't stay this way, but I love starting out the year with a fresh, well-organized plan.  And here is my recent creation: My All-In-One-All-Purpose-Planner.  (No I don't really call it that ;)  )  I found this great website with some ahhhhmazing daily pages you can use to plan your day. I printed off a bunch, bought a calendar, inserted a few tabs and notebook, and already I'm feeling much better.  Take that stress that's been keeping me up at night!! :)

Here's a picture of the outside (of course I had to get a little creative with it!)  
Sorry for the blurry picture. The camera was not cooperating.

Here are the daily pages- wonderful!  This may not be your cup of tea, but this is an amazing tool for me.  I love to-do lists and areas to record notes and appointments.  And the fact that it reminds me how much water I should be drinking and has a fitness goal for each day is icing on the cake! I just love it!

Here's the meal planning/grocery list, which keeps my meal planning simple and quick.

And of course the calendar to keep all things school, all things life, and all things me straight. :)

I also have a 3 ring notebook at the end in which I keep school ideas and/or can take notes easily.

Here's my planner total cost:
1 inch binder: $3.00  (could have gone for cheaper but I had to have the clear outer layer to make it cute!)
Daily pages/meal planner pages: Free!
Tabs: Free (they were a teacher gift)
Calendar: 6.00 (again, could have gone cheaper but I wanted cute one!)
Notebook: .10  (gotta love back to school time!)
Pictures for the front:  .60 at Walgreens
Total cost:  $9.70   (Woo hoo!!!)

I hope this inspires you to check out that website and make life a little easier (grocery shopping anyone?!) with some quick and easy lists.

Maybe I can stay this organized all year!  Here's hoping! :)