Monday, September 28, 2015

Be On the Lookout "BOLO"~ a brand new linky!

Hello Friends!
Today I'm linking up with Stephanie from Principal Principles, Ashley from Just Reed, and Brooke from Teaching Outside the Box for their fabulous new linky... BOLO or "Be on the look out".  What's this linky all about?  It's about sharing products that are currently in the creation phase so we as a teacher community can be on the lookout for great new products for our classrooms.

Today I'm sharing School Supply SPLAT! with you.  Do you know my SPLAT! games?  SPLAT! is played similar to slapjack.  Did you ever play slapjack as a kid?  I can't seem to stop making SPLAT! games for my store.  I have long vowels, short vowels, telling time, shapes, alphabet, numbers, place value, ten frames, and now.....

How do you play?  Simple!  Students can play in partners or in small groups.  The deck of cards is shuffled and the dealer deals out all the cards to the players one at a time.  Play begins when the dealer says "1 - 2 - 3 - SPLAT!"  This is the cue for students to play their first card.  Students will play their top card in the middle at the same time.  If there is a match (2 number sentences are the same or have the same answer, number sentence matches an answer card played, or SPLAT card is played) it is a race to splat (or slap)the cards.  The student who does this first gets the pile of cards for themselves.  Winner is the student with the most cards in their pile when play ends or all the cards have been played.  This product is currently finished and is undergoing classroom testing.  :)

Here's a peek...

What's great about this game is that you can differentiate very easily.  Choose only the facts that your students need practice with.  Got Kinders?  Maybe start with all the +0 facts...
 Got second or third graders?  Maybe they are ready for their +9 facts...
 Got firsties?  Subtraction can be tricky.  Start easy with -1 facts.
 Got fact masters?  Let them start higher... maybe the -8s?
 I've included answer cards for numbers 0-20.  For younger students you'll want to make multiple copies of the answer cards so they have a higher success rate with making matches.

Then there are the all-important SPLAT! cards.  These cards hold all the power in a game of SPLAT!  If you play a SPLAT! card the whole pile of cards in the middle becomes yours!

 I used these games in my classroom and friends of mine currently love using them in their classrooms.  Be on the lookout for my latest edition of SPLAT! to be uploaded and available in my store by Wednesday!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Five for Friday... and some Fall Freebies

Happy Friday!
  The school year is in full-swing around here and the days are flying by.  How about you?  With both my kiddos in school this year for the first time I figured I would have more time on my hands, which I do.  The problem?  I'm finding more and more things to do during this time that I can't possibly get it all done.  Sound familiar??  The struggle is real...  Thanks to Kacey from Doodlebugs Teaching for hosting this fabulous linky every Friday.  Click the picture below to join in on the fun!

fiveforfriday2_thumb[3]Here's 5 random things from my week...

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Today is my wedding anniversary.  My husband and I are celebrating 11 years of marriage.  We were looking back at some photos last night and couldn't believe how young we looked...

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I feel like we've been celebrating our anniversary for the past couple of days already.  My husband had Wednesday and Thursday off.  Wednesday we went for 2 long walks on the beach in the morning and then went out to lunch at our favorite place, Chives.  Yesterday we went out to breakfast at a restaurant we love that's right on the beach.  I always get the cinnamon coconut crusted french toast.  Yum!  Tonight?  We have friends watching our kids so we can try an italian restaurant on the water.  I'm looking forward to some lasagna...

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My Stitch Fix arrived this week.  It has fabulous fall/winter clothes.  Here's a sneak peek of a sweater I received.  A full blog post will be posted this weekend.  Just need to get my husband to take the pictures.  :)

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How about some Fall Freebies?  It seems some teachers are making the switch and are starting to use some Fall themed resources.  This is a forever freebie in my store.  Grab it by clicking on the picture.

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Here are some fun freebies from some of my Fall resources.  I've included resources for grades K-2.  Click the picture to grab them.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Stitch Fixes #3 and #4

Hi Friends!
I've fallen behind in sharing my Stitch Fixes.  Here's what I've received the past couple of months for my fixes #3 and #4...


Stitch Fix #3 was all summer clothes and I have been wearing all 5 pieces regularly.  Yup, I kept all five!  It's still hot and humid here so summer clothes are still what I am wearing every day.  Here's my 5...

 Here I am on my way to Vegas for the TpT conference back in July.  This tank top is made of a super light weight sweater-type material.  It's so soft and goes great with dark skinny jeans or my white linen pants.  It was super comfortable to travel in and is one of my favorite tops still. 
That's me 2nd from the right wearing my navy and white pixley tank top.  LOVE this top.  So flowy and light weight.  It's perfect for the Bahamas and it was great in Vegas too!

I'm on the left.  This is a sheer tank that requires a tank underneath but I love the orange.  This tank is by Fate.  The stripes are on the back too.

This dress I'm in love with...  love the 3/4 sleeves.  This is a favorite of mine to wear to church since the AC there makes it very chilly sometimes.  It's by Pixley.  The tie at the waist makes it very flattering and it's easy to throw on a wrap over it as a cover-up.

This is probably one of my other all-time Stitch Fix faves... the Collective Concepts keyhole blouse.  Again, lightweight and breathable.  I love wearing it with my navy shorts or a pair of skinny jeans.  Love love love!


For Stitch Fix #4 I requested some Seattle-worthy clothes since we will be moving back there in November or December.  I honestly don't remember what I have waiting for me in storage from 2 years ago and who knows if it'll fit and still be somewhat stylish.  I figure it will be nice to have a few current pieces.

My stylist said they were still getting in their Fall pieces but sent me this adorable black sweater with the elbow patches by Market and Spruce.

She also sent me the skirt but I didn't keep it because I had one that was nearly identical...

This also happened with a pair of jeans she sent me...

She sent me this adorable summer plaid sleeveless top by Mo Vint which I kept...

And my other keeper was this Market and Spruce terry hoodie striped pull-over.  Normally I'm not a big fan of horizontal stripes but it's so comfortable and I think the thinner stripes on the sleeves help give it a more flattering look.

Both fixes were great.  I've been lucky to keep the same stylist for all my fixes so far.  She's been great.  The fact that I had two pieces that I didn't keep didn't bother me at all since they were pieces that I already had in my wardrobe and wear on a regular basis.

My next fix is due any day now and that one should have some more Fall pieces to enjoy...

Until then!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!

So many reasons I'm excited it's Friday this week...  Thanks to Kacey from Doodlebugs Teaching for hosting this fabulous weekly linky.  Click the pic to join in on the fun.


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Today is September 11.  Hard to believe it was 14 years ago today that the terrorist attacks happened.  I was living in DC at the time and wrote about that day last year here.  I found this picture of me in New York this week when I was going through some old pictures I'd found.  Behind me in the distance are the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  

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My kids are both back in school.  Suri started third grade.  Levi started Montessori.  I was really worried about Levi and the transition from no school to school everyday all day.  Turns out, I had no reason to worry.  He LOVES it!  He is doing so well.  He's excited to go everyday and is handling the long days like a champ.  Suri is less excited about school as she now knows that school means hard work.  She loves her teacher and friends but that's about where the love ends.

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I'm so excited that football is back!!!  I'm a Wisconsin fan for college ball and a Packers fan for NFL.  My husband is a Seahawks fan and our teams are playing at the same time on Sunday.  I want to flip between games.  He wants to watch the Seahawks game and record the Packers game.  I think that's because he knows I won't actually sit and watch a recorded Packers game.  We are going to have to duke it out for control of the remote.

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How I feel about my Spark!  
I'm on day 10 of my Advocare 24 day challenge.  The first 10 days are an herbal cleanse phase.  Tomorrow I start the 14 day max phase.  I've been really good during the cleanse.  Thank goodness for my Spark though...I really miss coffee but I'm proud of myself for just drinking Spark and water and it's really good for my body too.  My body probably doesn't need the double caffeine dose so let's see how long I can go... 

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I just finished and uploaded this resource yesterday.

One of the first units my second grade teacher friends back in Washington teach is even and odd numbers.  According to the cores students have to be able to identify a group of objects as even or odd.  This resource is jam packed with identifying numbers as even or odd, sorting numbers by even or odd, identifying and sorting groups of objects as even or odd, and some fun games and practice pages with spinners and dice.  I threw in some addition and subtraction practice as well.  Click the picture to check out the description and in-depth preview in my store.

Well we have a fun weekend ahead of us.  There's a back to school party tomorrow night the kids are really excited about.  We don't currently have a pool to swim in since both pools in our neighborhood are undergoing maintenance.  They are excited to swim at the party tomorrow evening.  My husband like going because all our friends and our kids' friends will be there.  The kids are totally safe to run around so we don't really have to worry about them.  This means we actually get time to chat and eat.  Amazing, right??

Sunday we have church in the morning....and football when we get home.  Wahoo!!

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Currently... September 2015

Hello Friends!
Where did summer go?  I feel like I blinked and it was gone!  We are currently enjoying my daughter's last day of summer vacation before she heads back to school tomorrow morning.  I'm linking up with Farley for her fabulous monthly linky.  Click here to join in on the fun!

Here's what I'm up to currently...

Suri starts third grade tomorrow!  My baby, my 4 year old starts Montessori on Monday!!!  When did that happen?  How is he old enough?  He's going from no school to school every day all day.  That will be a bit of an adjustment but I think he'll love it! 

We are moving back to the states sometime in November or December.  We just want our date already.  They give us 60 days notice.  Our anniversary date is November 17 so we are hoping for a date in the next 2 weeks.  That means we get to go home to Seattle for Thanksgiving.

Our downstairs ac is on the fritz again.  We probably forgot to change the filter or something.  The hubs gets home at 1:30 and we are going to figure out what is going on.  I really don't want to call our landlord again.  It's hot but our upstairs ac is working so I'm doing laundry upstairs as an excuse to get to go upstairs.  :)

We have a big international move coming.  I started purging some kids toys this past weekend.  I have so much more to do.  After I finish purging I need to organize everything.  We either carry it in our suitcases, send it on our air shipment, or put it in our household goods shipment.  3 different shipments, 3 different colors of post-it notes.  Lastly, our transition here was rough.  Rough on everyone.  This time I am going to work hard to make sure our transition back home is a good one and smooth one for everyone.  Since I won't be going back to the classroom for a couple months after we get back, this is priority number one.  This will be my job.

What are you up to Currently?  I'm off to catch up with everyone!