Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tieks and Why Every Teacher Needs at least 4 pairs!

I'm back!!!  Seriously, keeping everything together has been exhausting!  Thank goodness for fabulous shoes to keep me going.  FYI...This is NOT a curriculum rich post, so if that's what you're looking for, please check back in a week or so.  :))

Today I want to share more reasons why EVERY female teacher needs at least four pairs of Tieks.  I know you're thinking, "seriously?! four pairs?!".  Yes, I'm serious and I will tell you why!  Back in late March I had the opportunity to get my first pair after countless discussions with the mister and I was instantly smitten with my mustard yellow beauties.  The shoes are beautiful, functional, and down right comfortable for the long hours of standing on your feet.  You can read more about my first experiences with Tieks by clicking here.  In August, I was again able to work some magic with the mister to get a second pair of Tieks.  This time I chose leopard and again, fell instantly in love with them.  It was hard trying to balance which shoes to wear because both were so beautiful, comfortable, and different from anyone else I came in contact with.  It's always fun to occasionally have something other's don't, right?!

Leopard Tieks with a summer dress turns into a fall outfit with a cardigan and a scarf.

On Thursdays I'm comfy at school with just the basics.

I'm thinking this outfit would work with either pair of Tieks I have.

Now, fast forward to mid October where closed toe shoes are almost a necessity with cold mornings and mild afternoons.  Prior to owning a pair of Tieks, I always tried to find something comparable to wear to work that was a ballet style flat.  I actually had two different pairs of "tiekish" styled shoes I wore all of last fall/winter.  This fall I decided to get them out to add to the rotation because it's become challenging to design every outfit I own around mustard yellow and leopard.  I figured I needed to buckle down and wear my black and tan/camel flats until I could once again work some magic with the mister for another pair of Tieks.
"Tiekish" black flats from RackRoom

"Tiekish" tan/camel flats from Off Broadway

Well, my friends...I learned two specific things this week.  First, there is NO comparison to Tieks. You may think you're getting something like Tieks; however, you're matter what you may be thinking.  I put on my "tiekish" shoes this week and was instantly saddened by how uncomfortable they actually are.  I had no idea how much support and comfort the Tieks provided until I tried on a pair of non-tieks!  The second thing I learned is I need a pair of chestnut and a pair of black Tieks to somewhat complete a basic collection of everyday shoes, but would love to splurge and get the teal, fuchsia, taupe, and navy; however, that is only WISHFUL thinking.  Unfortunately, like I mentioned in a previous post, my husband is losing his job next month (my birthday month); therefore, there are no new Tieks in my immediate future.  Currently, he hasn't secured his next racing gig, so money will most likely be tight this holiday season. We have our little nugget to ensure has a magical Christmas...meaning no new shoes for this momma!  When I came to this realization the other night in living room, my husband looked at me and asked why I didn't get "normal" colors the first time around?  Why did I have to choose yellow and leopard?  I quickly responded that Tieks has all kinds of fun prints and colors.  I needed to choose "fun" shoes since anyone and everyone has brown and black.  I also told him I thought my "tiekish" shoes would work, but I was WRONG friends!  There is no comparison!

So now, I'm up a creek "barefoot" until once again my hubs has a job and things settle out in our household.  I never would have thought we would be in this position, but I strongly believe our God is a loving God who will take care of our family.  I will continue to try to build outfits around yellow and leopard until once again I can purchase a pair of black Tieks.  My suggestion to each of you is to first purchase your basics (black and/or chestnut or brown).  Then purchase the fun!  You may think you don't need the basic colors, but you will quickly figure out you do need them.  Once you go "Tieks" there's no turning back!

Thanks for hanging with me!  I hope my advice will spare you the sadness I have of no longer having any basic colored shoes.  Technically, I can still wear what I have, but I will be back to the fatigued legs, blistered feet, and plantar thanks!  I would rather be barefoot!  I will keep up with the challenge of creating clever outfits with two of my favorite "neutrals"!  :)))

Friday, September 4, 2015

There's No Tired Like a Teacher Tired After the First Two Weeks of School!!!

Oh my!  I. CAN. NOT. believe it's almost been a month since I last blogged!!  Where has the time gone?!  The long and short of it is I. AM. TIRED!!!  I love my new school, but holy moly am I busy these days.  I thank you for hanging in there with me during this transitional time.

So, I have had several people reach out asking me why I decided to go back to the classroom after announcing I would stay home this year.  Basically, an opportunity I couldn't resist presented itself in the most amazing school in the most fabulous grade and I couldn't turn it down.  My new school is part of a school system referenced as the best school district in the country and it's definitely living up to the article title.  You can read about it by clicking here.  Little did I know this unplanned game changer was actually God at work in our lives.  This past Tuesday, my husband found out his race organization would be closing down at the end of the season.  That means my hubs will not have a job after November 22nd!  This has been core rocking for our family; however, we believe that if God takes you to something, he will bring you through it stronger than before.  I believe in worrying little and praying as much as possible.  So that's why I'm back in the classroom after a summer break instead of taking a few years off to spend more time with my little nugget.  If moms need to work, a teacher gig is where it's at!  I also believe teaching is my calling and I love every. single. day. of it! Even the poopy, not so fun days.

Soooo....that being said, I have some 5th grade/upper elementary items I would like to pass on to a fabulous follower or two.  I can't sell the materials because I didn't create the passages, but I can give them away for free because I did create the majority of the comprehension questions to go along with the passages.  The questions are aligned to 5th grade common core objectives, but could be tailored to better fit your specific grade level objectives.  The binder contains themed shared reading passages and comprehension questions that could be used for a weekly assessment aligned to the common core (binder not included).  I taught in theme because it was important to me to teach the bigger kids in a fun way with grade level appropriate content.  Just because they are big doesn't mean learning shouldn't be themed and fun! :)

If you want to read about and grab the freebie on a fabulous systematic way to execute shared reading in an upper elementary classroom, you need to check out the brains behind my binder cover title by clicking here.  You can enter the contest by completing the raffle copter below.  Good Luck!  Until next time.... a Rafflecopter giveaway

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!
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Almost Time :)

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