Wednesday, June 25, 2014


I'm busy busy busy working it out!  I am a bit obsessed with Jillian workouts.
Her techniques are soo controversial.  I know.  #dontcare :)

They're perfect for days when I need a break from running.

On that note... Time for this morning's workout Round 2!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Two for Tuesday!

It's so strange to me that my summer is just beginning, & yet it's already the last week of JUNE!
I can't even believe I just said that.
Such an awful thought.
I'm going to go wash my mouth out for saying it... with chocolate. :)

We could really use a little bit of brightness in our day after that sad thought.
So, let's turn that frown upside down and grab up some goodies in the Teaching Tribune's Two for Tuesday sale!

My kiddos and I are obsessed with Scoot games.  I have quite a few in my store.
Here are two of our favorites.
Missing Number Pattern Scoot

Makin' the Money!

And if you're not a Scoot fan, they're perfect for small group review/skill practice.  Sometimes we use them to play "I Spy" or "Hunt the Room" as another way to get the kiddos up, moving, & learning!

See what other Tuesday delights are on sale to brighten your summer day!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

You're Tougher Than You Think

Mud. Electrodes. Ice Water Dunks. High Dives.
All of these things sound ridiculous.
All of these things were just a small fraction of the latest obstacle course craze.
Tough Mudder.

I'd been asked by friends to try this event before, but I could never bring myself to do it.  Really?! I thought these people must've gone mad.  That all sounds downright awful.

Turns out, my husband and some of his co-workers wanted to give it a go.
I was hesitant.  Not of the 10-12 mile long run.  I don't mind pushing my running limits.  But electrodes?! Torturous.

I finally agreed to be a part of the team, if only for the opportunity to do something else "fun" before my husband's upcoming deployment.  But I was nervous.  Right up to the very minute the pumped up announcer shouted "GO!"

Turns out, it was SO FUN!  I felt tough.
Even though I'll admit that I chickened out and snuck around the electrodes at the end of the course instead of running through them.  I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
It was super exciting to get an orange headband.  Who knows? Maybe next year, I'll go for the green one!

What have you tried lately???

Monday, June 16, 2014

I Finally MADE IT!

It's hard to believe I've been MIA for a whole month! There's been far too much fun being had around here, I just couldn't pull myself away for even a minute.
But.. I'm back! And feeling {slightly} refreshed, because it's pretty much SUMMER!

Unfortunately, I will continue sitting in meetings or my classroom through most of this week. Thanks Polar Vortex. But, those hour long in-service lunch breaks are a nice bit of consulation. And BONUS! You can leave the building for lunch! The possibilities are endless. :)
{Can you tell I've had to REALLY syke myself up for all these extra days?!}

It took me a bit to decide what to make for my kiddos to end the year.  I knew I'd put all of our pictures into a sweet little slideshow, but I needed something they'd love and use over the summer.

After much Pinteresting, I came across some adorable clipboards modge podged with sweet word cloud cut outs and knew I'd found perfection.  We can't get enough of clipboards in our room.  They would use them here.  Or there.  They'd use those clipboards anywhere!

Here's how it turned out.

I started by printing out a star shaped word cloud for each kiddo. I used tagxedo to do this.

Then I used modge podge to secure the star to each clipboard {I raided my local Wal-Mart and Dollar Tree to get these on the cheap.}

I pulled some unused, leftover supplies from this year out of my closet.  I was able to tie a mechanical pencil and marker to each kiddo's board.
I printed off these adorable review booklets to avoid some summer slump and secured them to the clipboards.

I also enticed my students with a fall reward for completing the entire booklet this summer and returning it to me.

Add on my Rock Star photo DVD and there you have it!  These were so loved.  The kids couldn't believe they were allowed to take them home and keep them!