Thursday, August 6, 2015

Change is a Great Thing

Hey Everyone!

Oh what a crazy few weeks!  Last I blogged, I was preparing for an interview.  Long story short, I did not wear a suit, I was 24 minutes late for the interview, AND they still wanted me!!!

Obviously, I wasn't late on purpose.  There was a bad car accident on the interstate at a bridge going over the lake. I did choose to rock a sundress and my mustard yellow Tieks, but that's because I wasn't planning on working this school year.  My heart is full with happiness and I couldn't be more excited about this new adventure in 2nd grade! I haven't taught 2nd grade in six years, but I'm pumped get back to primary land after a crazy three years in testing land.  I just wanted to check in, give the updates, and I will be back later in the week with a few of my "must haves" for 2nd grade.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

iPads in the Classroom

Happy Wednesday!

As I sit in my quiet house (nugget is at gymnastics camp) reviewing and preparing for an interview this afternoon I stumbled across a presentation I made a few years ago for a county wide professional development workshop. Honestly, I forgot I still had the presentation saved and thought I would share it with you all.  If you haven't heard of or used Prezi, I definitely recommend it (it's free).  I love the fun presentation style choices provided to input my information.  Prezi is basically a "turn key" style presentation tool that can be used for lesson presentations or student presentations.  My students LOVED sharing projects, math concept procedures, and book reviews using Prezi.  Click the picture to be taken to my brief presentation on suggestions of effectively using iPads in the classroom.  What do you use to engage your students?  Post below...I enjoy reading comments and writing back.  Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

Hey Everyone!

I'm back from sunny Florida, and definitely enjoyed the short getaway to visit friends from college. We had a blast and I'm recharged to rock out an abundance of new products for back to school.

Like the title states, I announced my giveaway winner on Periscope last Thursday morning.  Let me tell you, Periscope is a fun social media platform to watch and learn from other teachers; however, a nerve-racking experience when the camera is flipped and you're the person doing the talking.  If you missed who won, it was Alison from Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'.  She chose the Black/White Baby Dot Flats from Ja-Vie and the Fraction Bundle and Context Clues Task Cards from my store.  Click the pictures to be taken to my store. :)

So fun!!  I appreciate the enthusiasm and participation in my first giveaway.  I learned from the experience to shorten the contest to maybe just three days to keep the interest up.  I guess you have to get a contest under your belt to be better at it next time.  :)

If you would like to try out the Ja-Vie flats, you can use my link to save 10% and get free shipping. My discount link is:
They definitely are the "teacher shoe" and anyone who's already ordered a pair will tell you how fabulous they are!  You can't go wrong with any of the prints.  Below are pictures of the ones I chose from winning a contest for the start of summer with Ja-Vie.  I'm LOVING all of them and as you can see, little nugget wants a pair in her size as well! ;)

Thanks for hanging with me and definitely let me know if you order a pair of Ja-Vie flats!  I think you will be extremely happy with your purchase!  Until next time! :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Giveaway Time!!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today is. THE. day.  Can you tell I'm excited?!  Ok, so here's how you can enter the giveaway. First, choose what entries you want to participate in and then follow the directions in Rafflecopter. I do hope that you will continue to follow my pages and store after the giveaway.  You never know when ANOTHER fun giveaway will pop up!  One lucky teacher will be selected at random to win the prizes! Good luck and have fun!  Spread the word on your blogs to receive even more entries!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Almost Time :)

Happy Tuesday!  Don't forget to come back tomorrow when we get the giveaway party started! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Feeling Like a Giveaway on a Monday !

Happy Monday Night!

Like I mentioned last week, I am hosting my first ever giveaway!  Here's how it will go down.  I have LOVED my Ja-Vie flats so much that I am able to give ONE pair away to a lucky lady to start the new school year in comfort and style!  How exciting is that?!  I'm super pumped because they. are. AWESOME.  I will also be giving away 2 items from my store...winner's choice!  Fun, right?!  What a fabulous way to start the new school year with free material and comfy/stylish shoes!!

To share another tidbit about the fabulousness of Ja-Vie flats, I decided to test them out on a 2 mile stroll with nugget last week.  Guess what?!  Super comfy, no blisters, no backaches the following day, and I was able to stroll in style!  Another fun, "who knew" about why EVERY teacher and mom needs at least one pair.

loving the shimmering gold
casual outfit for town and stroller walking

stroller walk with nugget

I hope you will consider joining in on the fun!  The giveaway will start Wednesday, July 7th and run until the following Wednesday, July 15th.  A winner will be announced on Thursday, July 16th.  The giveaway is open to continental US teachers only.  That being said, come back on Wednesday and enter to win Two Products from my TPT store AND a pair of Ja-Vie flats of your choosing!  Get EXCITED!  Until Wednesday! :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Few "Must Haves" on a Tuesday Afternoon!

Happy Tuesday!

If you haven't noticed, a few things have changed since I last blogged.  First and foremost is my blog re-brand!  I had to take a break from blogging to think about what I wanted my blog redesign to look like.  I'm thankful for the break, because I couldn't be happier with the end result!  I'm loving it from Blogs Fit For a Queen!  They are fabulous to work with and super prompt with designing blogs!  If you need a blog makeover, these are the ladies for you!

Secondly, I recently discovered an incredibly stylish, comfy, and chic flat for the teacher or mom on the go!  The bonus is...they are affordable too!!!  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you've heard me mention the Ja-Vie flats!  They are fabulous and super comfy!  I chose the Shimmering Gold for my first pair and couldn't be happier with them.  I followed the sizing suggestions and had to go up a size for the flats, but they fit perfectly.  From the first time I wore them, they felt like an old and fun favorite!  I've worn them around town, to church, and playing around the neighborhood with little nugget.  I get the best compliments on my sparkling beauties where ever we go!  When asked why Ja-Vie, I'm torn with the best feature to share.  Could it be the sparkles, no breaking in, washable, functional, or affordability?!  All are fabulous in my books!
how the shoes arrived

unwrapped and ready to wear

so incredibly you just have a pair of socks on

slip proof bottoms for school life or store shopping

Now, you may be wondering how I discovered Ja-Vie.  Well, here's the story.  While surfing Facebook one afternoon while my nugget napped, I stumbled across a sponsored posting in my newsfeed about Ja-Vie flats.  Intrigued about the shoe, I decided to like their page and learn more! That's when the magic happened! They were having a summer giveaway contest!  Obviously I entered and shockingly I won!!!  Three new pairs of Ja-Vie flats!!!  I NEVER win contests; I mean EVER!  This was a shock and such an awesome surprise!  The fabulous part is that I got to choose which three pairs I wanted.  Then, the tough part came about as to which pairs to choose.  There are so many I want, but had to hold myself back...for NOW! ;)  I chose the True Red, Shimmering Black Lurex, and the Shimmering Gold!

Now, to celebrate my blog rebrand and the fabulousness of Ja-Vie flats I will be doing my first ever blog giveaway! I will have more details on Monday, July 6th!  Make sure to check back then!  I will; however, leave you with a FUN hint as to the BIG prize in my giveaway.