November Favorites

December is almost here! Yikes!  I’ve got a quick post for you tonight with some of my favorites from November.

So this guy joined us this month.
Our poor old lady dog, Judy, went to the dog park in the sky some time ago.  I was not convinced we needed another dog as the one we still had is 60 pounds of love.  My husband insisted Ruby needed a buddy, and he was right big time.  While there is a little difference in size (understatement of the year), they are best buds and the perfect match.  We our loving our little Murray.

I love a good pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, but my waistline does not.  My mom introduced me to this, and it is awesome.  I'm already panicking because it's a seasonal item.  Wonk wonk wonk.

This coat.  Awesome.
I wanted something warm but still cute.  This fit the bill perfectly, and at 40% off, the price was right.

No, I did not just discover Mr. Clean.  I did discover a new use for it that has rocked my world.  See that big black dog above?  She sheds like crazy all over my couch.  I used to take the cordless vacuum to the couch and call it good.  We got a new couch, and for some reason, her fur sticks to it like velcro.  We were using those roller things, but it would take 5 or 6 every time to clean the fur.  Gross.  A damp Magic Eraser wipes that fur right up.  It’s the little things like a defurred couch that make me happy.

This snuggly sweater scarf from Eddie Bauer is my new favorite.  We’ve had some unusually cold days for Texas in November.  This scarf was more than I like to spend on a scarf, but it matched 4 of my puffy vests, so I new it would be put to good use.  I was right.  I’ve already used it a bunch.

Hope you had a wonderful November!
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Silhouette Projects

I think I’ve written about my love for my Silhouette once or twice.  Or twenty times.  I’ve used it in my classroom, in my house, for gifts, on my kids school projects, and with anything that I am not frightened of sticking some vinyl on.

Fancied up my fireplace with some swoon worthy gold vinyl.
Decorative font: Bergamot
Give font: Gloucester MT Extra Condensed (not sure where I got this one???)
Thanks: Janda Elegant Handwriting
(psst-I cut out those felt leaves on the wreath with my Silhouette, too.)

Marie Curie looked pretty fabulous at her wax museum presentation.
Marie Curie font: KG Wake Me Up

Word of wisdom in my bathroom.
Off topic, but it’s my blog.  I did this because I thought my husband would like it.  I pretty much choose everything in my house based on my taste, and thought he would enjoy having something witty to ponder in the bathroom.  Turns out, that wasn’t true at all because he thought it was weird.   But, like most decorations in our house, I liked it, so it got to stay.


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Introducing Mini Sets and a Freebie

My poor little TPT store has been pretty neglected lately.  Between the "two week" teaching job I took (five weeks later and no end in sight . . .), blog designs, family life, I just haven't had any big ideas.  Know the feeling?

I finally broke out of my rut, though, with these Mini Sets.  I love creating papers and frames and borders and all that good stuff, but sometimes you don't need it all.  That's what these sets are for.  Each set includes 4 papers, 1 frame, and 1 ribbon.  That's it.  And for $2, I think they're a steal.

Here are some of the fun sets in my store:

I have a Thanksgiving freebie for you too.  I love to decorate, but can't say I'm very good at creating all these beautiful arrangements I see on home blogs.  I CAN stick a printable in a frame like nobody's business though.  Here are three Thanksgiving printables ready for you to stick in a frame and call your home decorated for the holidays.

Only more week until Thanksgiving break.  Hope you have some fun plans!
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Home Mom Failure

So, I'm kind of failing at the stay at home mom thing right now.  I quit teaching full time this year.  The plan was I'd sub a couple of days, work on blog designs, run after everyone, and maybe do a load or two of laundry.

I was offered one of the tutoring position at my school but said no.  It's actually an awesome job.  Four days a week from the beginning of October to the end of April, 3-5 kids at a time, no meetings, conferences, etc.  Not teacher pay, long term sub pay, but it's still a great job.

They haven't filled the position yet.  Seems strange, but it's hard to find someone willing to work permanently for sub pay that you're willing to turn your weakest babies over to.  So, I took it the job for two weeks until they found someone.  Until.

Fast forward, the two weeks were up, no one had taken the job yet, so I agreed to continue 3 days a week until they found someone.  And I'm loving every minute.

The "dark side" of tutoring is that you get a tiny planning period.  30 minutes a day is not a lot for Kindergarten, 2nd grade reading, 3rd grade reading, 3rd grade math, 4th grade reading, and 4th grade math.

That's why I love having this resource so much.  I first found it when I taught fourth grade.  I use it with my ARI groups.  It's hard to find something that struggling readers are excited to read.  (Can I get an Amen?)  But they love these and continue talking about them long after we're done.Which makes this worth it's weight in gold.

Presenting . . . .

Each box is $20, which is steep, but you're getting four weeks worth of lessons.  Each box contains 4 articles, with 6 copies each.  The folders the articles are in are for the teacher.  There are vocabulary words with definitions and parts of speech, prereading questions, questions for during reading, more questions for after reading, and a graphic organizer.  I supplement with some STAAR type questions are we are golden.

Here are some more pictures from Lakeshore's website:


Buried treasure, a blind guy climbing all seven summits (for real, awesome!), poisonous snakes, they will be interested.  I love this resource and feel so lucky to have it read to go each week.

Do you have any small group go to resources you love?  I'd love to find more!
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