Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Upper Elementary Blogs

If you are anything like me, you are probably always searching for new resources, which includes looking for new teacher blogs! I was emailed a great link to a ton of awesome upper elementary blogs. Check out Feedspots Top 100 Upper Elementary Blogs by clicking on the picture below. I already followed a lot of these bloggers, but I was also able to find a bunch of new teachers to follow too! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Indoor Plants!

I have a bit of an obsession with succulents right now. Unfortunately, I just don't have a big sunny window, so I can't seem to keep them alive. I was super excited when PermaLeaf® contacted me to review one of their artificial outdoor plants. 

They have tons of options to choose from on their website, but obviously I chose a succulent arrangement.

How cute is this? This arrived packaged very tightly together. This is a high quality artificial plant. It does not look fake like most artificial plants that you see. If you are looking into any artificial plants I would suggest requesting a catalog from PermaLeaf®

If you are a blogger that would be interesting in reviewing an artificial plant from Permaleaf, please let me know!

*I received these products from PermaLeaf®  in return for my honest review and opinions.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stitch Fix Review #30

I was so excited to receive this Stitch Fix box....because I may have peeked at what I was getting before it arrived. I was sure it was going to be an all keeper box! Take a look at what I received. 

I did love these jeans, but I just couldn't justify spending $100 on them. RETURN

I love flannel and thought this looked super cute, until I tried it on and felt like a total boy! It was not flattering at all! RETURN

I really couldn't get over how wrinkly this top was. I figured if they couldn't get the wrinkles out to send to me, then I probably wouldn't have any luck either. RETURN

I kept this top mainly just because it was cheap and I didn't want to lose out on the $20 styling fee. Overall I felt like it was very cheaply made...I guess you get what you pay for! KEEP 

Let's just say I couldn't even figure out how to put this top was super weird! RETURN

Overall I didn't care for this Fix. I still enjoyed the surprise of it all and will definitely try again in a couple of months. If you have been wanting to give Stitch Fix a try, I would love it if you used my referral link below!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Guess Who!?

Another one of my favorite back to school activities is Michael Friermood's Guess Who project. This project is part of his Back to School Activity Bundle. 

Back to School Activities "Get To Know You" First Week of School

This fun project has the students come up with clues about themselves so that their peers can try to guess who is who. My class had a lot of fun working on this project. Below are some pictures of the completed projects. 

How cute are these?!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Back to School Banner

It's that time of year! How many of you are back at school? I just survived my first full week back and boy am I tired! It was a good week, just exhausting. I forget what an adjustment it is going back to work. 
This week I want to share some of my favorite back to school activities with you. Today I want to show you our back to school pennants we put on our lockers. These pennants came from Aimee VanMiddlesworth. They are so cute and it was the perfect activity for the first day of school. 

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Here are some of the completed ones! (Ignore the ugly lockers!)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What's on Your TpT Wishlist?

I'm sure by now you have heard that the big TpT Back to School sale has officially started! I have been waiting for this because I have a ton of great products on my wishlist. I really need to narrow down the items on my wishlist, so please let me know if any of these are items that you use and would recommend!

4th Grade Math Centers Bundle for the Year

STEM Challenges For the Whole Year Bundle

My Digital Yearbook

Writing Bundle

{Out of My Mind} Storybook STEM Novel

5 Doodle Notes and Activities Mini-Units - Reading Comprehension Passages

Daily Doodle Vocabulary - Vocabulary Doodles and Writing All Year Long!

My State Report - Interactive Digital Project - Google Version

Using Pictures to Teach Reading Skills

Paragraph of the Week DIGITAL Volume 2


So I really can't buy all of these products, help me pick which ones I should purchase! I would also love to know what's on your wishlist. Do you have other products you recommend?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Back to School Goodies!

It's about that time of the year...Back to School! I always have a big list of things I need to buy as I head back to school. This year I got a lot of great items from Oriental Trading Learning 365. Take a look at what I got! 

Small Square Storage Boxes
I can never have enough storage options. These will be perfect for storing the students' extra supplies. 

Dry Erase Lap Boards

I was in need of new dry-erase boards. The ones I have are getting pretty gross, so I was excited to find these that were reasonably priced. They came in a set of 12 for $21.99.

Welcome Back to School Pencils

“Happy Birthday” Cards with Pencils
I like to give the students a small gift when they start the school year, so I will use the welcome pencils. I was also excited to find the birthday cards with pencils. 

Rainbow Thin Band Silicone Bracelets

Pencil & Crayon Sharpeners

I plan on using the bracelets and pencil sharpeners to add to my prize box. 

What are some of your back to school must haves? Have you checked out all of the items that Oriental Trading has to offer for teachers?

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I received these products from Oriental Trading in return for my honest review and opinions.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Stitch Fix Review #29

Yes, you read that correctly...I have had 29 Stitch Fix boxes! So addicted and I don't even try to hide it anymore. Look what I got in this Fix! I apologize that the pictures are just from the website, but the ones that I took of me in the clothes were my "oops I haven't showered yet today" look, so I only sent those to my buddy Cait at Sliding into First! I knew she wouldn't judge me :)

So many cute things to choose from! I really liked all the tops so I might keep them. The dress is too low to wear to school, so I probably won't keep that, and the jeans were a little too low rise for me. Overall I was very happy with my picks! 

If you are wanting to give Stitch Fix a try, I would love it if you used my referral link by clicking below 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Everything, Everything

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I'm here with another book review for you! I loved this book too. This was a quick, easy read. I finished it on the train ride from Providence, Rhode Island to NYC. I would give this book a 4/5 stars. It is about a girl named Maddy. She has a disease that forces her to stay inside her house. She is pretty much allergic to the world. The only people she really has a relationship with are her mom and her nurse. One day a boy moves into the house next door, and Maddy is willing to risk everything to be with him. 

When I finished this book, I couldn't wait to see the movie. I rushed to the movie store, only to find out it doesn't come out on DVD until August. So.... I will try to patiently wait until it comes out on DVD. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Adult Book Review!

I am a reader. I love to read any chance I get. I think my husband thinks that the only thing I do all day while he is at work is read....he doesn't always notice the clean house when he walks in, just me sitting on the couch reading! haha 

I just got back from a two week vacation and read a lot of great books that I will be sharing with you over the next couple of days.  The first book I want to share with you is called Defending Jacob by William Landay. 

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I would give this book 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. It is definitely a book that hooks you and makes it hard to put down. The book is about Andy, an assistant district attorney, who is called to the scene of a young boy who has been stabbed to death in a local park. The story all changes when it's Andy's son that is accused of the murder. Lots of evidence leads to Andy's son, but Andy believes in his son's innocence. The books gets better and better as you read on, and you will be shocked by the ending! 

Have you read this book? What did you think? I would also love to hear what books you have been reading! 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Uber/Ibotta-Ways to Save $

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Have you used Ibotta? It's a great app that saves you  money on lots of different purchases. I usually use it to save on groceries. I can browse through coupons and decide which ones I might use. After I have made my purchases, I scan in my receipt and then I get money back. To date, I have saved close to $200. 

The newest way to save on money on Ibotta is through Uber. If you are someone who uses Uber, I definitely recommend downloading Ibotta. You can now save $1 on each Uber ride you take. The more rides you take, the more rewards you can unlock. After taking 3 Uber rides, I earned an additional $5.00 off my next Uber ride. 

If you are interested in dowloading Ibotta, I would love it if you used my referral code by clicking on the image below. 

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

New Reading Series-Journeys

This school year we will be using a new reading series, Journeys by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

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I would love to know if any of you use this series. If so, what do you like/dislike about it? We were told that we cannot use ANY supplemental materials, and I am really struggling with that. I have been using so many great materials that many of you have created, and now I won't be able to use any of them! Do you have flexibility at your school to add materials that you feel are beneficial, or do you have to strictly stick to the given reading series? 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

STEM Challenge: Catapults

My students had so much fun working on the last STEM challenge of the year....catapults! They did some research on catapults, and then I gave them a toilet paper tube, paint stirrer, rubber-band, and a marshmallow. I told them that their challenge was to see who could launch a marshmallow the farthest using the given items. 
This was a super easy project to put together, and the groups did a great job trying different options to create the catapult! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

1st Summer Project

Hooray for SUMMER!! I actually had a great class this year, but let's be honest....I'm thrilled to be out of school for the summer! I have so many projects that I want to get started on and have already finished the first one. I bought a dresser at a garage sale a while back and couldn't wait to redo it. Here is the before and after pic: 


What projects do you have lined up for the summer?