Monday, June 22, 2015

Dare to Dream!

Teaching in today's world is clearly limited on earning potential.
Thankfully, wonderfully companies like TPT have made it easier for all of the amazing, hard-working teachers of the world to share their ideas, help others, and make a little extra cash while doing it!

We all have dreams, and it takes work to make them happen!

Travel the world! God made our world incredible beyond belief, and I'd love more than anything to experience, see, and enjoy as much of it as possible.  Traveling to Europe and/or Australia would be my ultimate travel dreams! Although, anywhere tropical would make the list for sure, too!

It's no surprise just how much money teachers spend in their classrooms every year.  Between setup, lessons, holidays... it adds up FAST!  I've been working very hard to limit my classroom spending, but how fabulous would it be to provide your kiddos with an amazing education using tools that you don't have to worry will bust your budget?!

You may say that adventure and traveling are the same dream, but not always.  I have a pretty WIDE definition for the word adventure.  From running races, to checking out a new restaurant, taking a road trip to see family, or exploring the local area, adventures in this sense are anything that isn't a huge vacation.  I love being able to explore or go on an adventure as often as possible!

What are your dreams? Are you ready to make them happen? I AM!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Lazy Summer Fridays

Friday.  It doesn't ring quite the same in the summer.
To be honest, Tuesday was my first day off & as I drove to the gas station, I was already concerned thinking, Why are all of the poor construction workers out slaving away on a Saturday??
Not Saturday.
Just Tuesday.
{I secretly love it.}

So week one of summer FLEW by! Really summer? One week gone already?
Thankfully it was a pretty decent couple of days.

1. Before I left for the year, I treated my amazing secretaries & custodian to a little summer surprise.  It's soo important to show you appreciate those people who make the school work as well as it does. You can't make it through the year without them!
These adorable mug tumblers were from Wal-Mart, & they're loaded with a little Starbucks gift card.  I made a tag {that you can download here} to go with it.
I think they turned out so cute!

2. I have been loving the #tptsellerchallenge.
My favorite products got some serious facelifts.

These addition & subtraction scoot games are my best sellers. Don't they look SO much better?? Praise the Lord for some fresh Cara Carroll fonts!
They are updated with all new fonts, clip art, backgrounds, AND now are in color and black & white versions.

These beach themed math centers are perfect for 2nd graders in May & June! Or for 3rd graders in August!

3. Data! Data! Data!
My trusty data binder received an update this week, too!
Doesn't it look adorable? Makes me want to look at data alllll day!
Ok, not really. But, it's a little more fun.
I LOVE how perfectly simple the inside is, too! I will post all about it next week {with some freebies, of course}, so make sure to come back and check it out!

4. This week is clearly all about simple fixes for things I already love & adore.
Daily 5 had a revisit this week!
I've sworn by the original Daily 5 book for several years now.  It's nice & worn. I carry it around with me often.
I snagged this 2nd edition copy to borrow from a co-worker during one of our summer tanning sessions & have been reading and notetaking non-stop!
While it's not incredibly different, it was just the refresher I needed.  Sometimes just seeing something in a different way/format can make all of the difference.

5. My sweet, talented photographer friend has opened an Etsy shop! It's adorable. Just like her.  Not all of her products are posted yet, but she has a few you can check out, & they're perfect for some refreshing summer decor!
If you love anything rustic or beach-y, you should favorite her Etsy shop!

Want to win one of my new Makeover Challenge products?
You can choose from either the Life's a Beach Math Centers or BOTH Scoot games!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Makeover!

It's my FIRST official day of summer break!

I have been lazy. Finally fit in a workout. Relaxed in the sun.

Now, I figured it was time for a little after lunch spruce up on my Beachy Math Centers. #tptsellerchallenge

What do you think?

You can check out these second grade geared, sunshine loving center activities here!

That's enough work for today.  It's back to the sun for me!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Oh, June!

Oh, June! I thought you'd never get here!
It's been an interesting, exciting, and crazy-filled year.  This tired teacher needs a morning to sleep in and sip coffee on the deck {under the sunshine-y sky, of course}.

With just over a week of school left to wrap up the year, my brain is on overdrive and really may actually explode.
Like a volcano.
My kids would probably find it hilarious.

Here's what's currently happening inside my molten lava churning brain...

Listening - My house is quiet. No TV, no music. The clock is literally just ticking away reminding me that I have 10 less hours in the day than I actually need right now.

Loving - It's soooo close to summer, I can feel it! It has been a YEAR my friends, and I'm ready to sleep in and kick my feet up for a whole day before I get back to all of the summer planning for next year and cleaning the house I've neglected since last August.

Thinking - Speaking of next year... My brain is already planning, reorganizing, lesson planning, prepping, and I haven't even cranked out report cards for this year's little gems yet! Please tell me I'm not alone in this, am I? #teacherproblems

Wanting - On that first, glorious day of summer {the one where I sleep in}, you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll squeeze in an afternoon nap between the excitement of nothingness. Can't. Wait. YES!

Needing - I've consistently had to skip a run at least once or more a week because of crazy schedules or crazy weather.  Running is my sanity. We all know too well that teachers desperately need their sanity at the end of the year.

Summer Lovin' - We have a ton of happenings planned for this summer already.  So many in fact, that all of the Saturdays are booked pretty much until October. They are all filled with family, friends, and travel time {say it with me: "HAWAII"}, so I'm really not mad about it one bit.

How are you feeling now that it's FINALLY JUNE? :)