May Favorites

Hi May.  Bye May.  Anybody else think this month just flew by?


Here are a few things from the past month that I am just loving.
I had a birthday this month, and it was time to admit that I needed to beef up the super sheer foundation I’ve been wearing.  The skin of my 20’s is long gone and 4-0 is starting to loom ahead in the horizon.   My biggest problem was that I didn’t want to feel like I was wearing twelve pounds of make up.  That’s why I’m completely in {LOVE} with this from Clinique.
Did I say 40 was in on the horizon?  Not when I’m wearing this foundation.

My unicorn tank top.  No, there’s not actually a unicorn on it.  It is my mythical, impossible to find tank top.  I wanted one that was not suctioned to my body but still had shape, covered my bra straps, and came in a bunch of different colors so I could have my summer wardrobe completed.  (Since it is 475 degrees in Texas in the summer, tank tops are essential to life.)

I had complete given up until I found this one from Loft.  Perfection and it was 40%.  I bought three, and I’ll be headed back for more.

I quit drinking soft drinks in January when I did the Whole30.  I have tried and tried and tried to like La Croix but couldn’t get past the weird after taste.  I finally found a flavor that I can enjoy when I just want something cold and fizzy.  I have only seen it at Target, and I’m pretty sure it’s a limited time flavor.  Of course.  I wish it came in a normal sized can because I love a monogrammed koozie.

Y’all.  I have been binge watching this like nobody’s business.  How have I never watched this show before?
I don’t think my husband appreciates my newest obsession because it leads to a lot of texts like these:

I shared some happy news on this post and how I have struggled with change in the past.  I had fun making the graphic for it and loved how it turned out.  A couple of people asked if it was available as a printable, so here you go!
Also, it turns out alright is not even a word.  Well, that was embarrassing.

As great of a month as May was, I’m excited for June!  School will be out, we’re going to the beach, and it gets me that much closer to the TPT Conference in Las Vegas in July!
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Moving Along . . . .

This gal got a new job in a new school.  I’ll be working as a literacy coach next year, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  Except for leaving the little people I’ve grown to love and teaching friends behind.  That part is super hard.

The past six years have been full of changes for me.

I’m NOT a changes kind of gal, but I ended up loving where I landed and learned something in each of those changes that helped me grow professionally and personally.  Some of the changes that I didn’t want at the moment prepared me for this change that I am so delighted about.  God is pretty sneaky like that sometimes.

I thought I’d share some of the things I’m excited about at my new school.  They’re super awesome, so don’t unfollow me in a rash action of hatred.
Jeans.  Jeans, jeans, and jeans.  When I interviewed, the director was wearing jeans.  Not raggedy, I need more milk and it’s 9:30 at night jeans.  But cute, sassy, put together jeans.  These are my people.

Jesus.  I spent eight years at a parochial school and am delighted to return to this world.  Take everything you love about teaching, subtract testing mania, and add in talking with kids about who God wants us to be, how we are called to serve, and how much Jesus loves them.  Jeans and Jesus together are incredible.

It’s part-time (I really wish this started with a J.)  I know.  Jeans, Jesus, and part time?  This is unfair.  But it’s awesome.  And now that I have one kiddo that has to be at school at 6:45 every other day (no bus for that!) and another whose bus doesn't come until 8:25 and a husband that says things like, "I forgot to tell you I need to go out of town the next three days," this is everything.

A brand new building.  Is this a reason to get a new job?  No.  But it is a super nice bonus.  A year ago, the school moved into a brand new building, and it is just perfect and darling and not too much and not too little and just right.  I feel like Goldilocks.  Plus, it’s across the street from Whole Foods and Starbucks.  For real.

This job is everything I love rolled into one.  I love working with kids and teachers.  This past year taught me how much I love working with small groups and one on one with kiddos.  I love talking to teachers about teaching, reading about teaching, learning more about teaching, you get the idea.  I couldn’t be more excited to make this move.

Anyone else making a change this year?  Excited, nervous, all of the above?
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Five on the Fifth Instagram Style

Hey hey! It’s the supposed to be the fifth were I share five awesome teaching ideas from the past month.  Except it’s the sixth, and I’ve finally recovered from a CUH-RAZY stomach bug because life is like that.  Just to mix it up, this is the Instagram version.

Are you not on Instagram?

How is this possible??? It’s honestly my favorite social media times a million.

Hopefully this post will convince you to join.  I love seeing ideas throughout the day from my teaching blogger friends.

Author’s purpose + Scholastic orders = Genius.  From Saddle Up for 2nd Grade.


 I can’t.  I just can’t.  Best end of the year party idea in the history of ever from Archer’s All Stars. (And before you think I was hoarding these, someone posted a comment referencing this, and so I had to go digging through her old posts like a crazy stalker.  You’re welcome.)

Are you kidding me? Neon paper newsletters from Queen of the First Grade Jungle and Mail Chimp from Ms. BBZ’s Second Grade for newsletters?  Love these ideas!!!

Take it or leave it?  I bet a lot of your students would take this activity than leave it! Such a fun idea from Conversations in Literacy.

Area and perimeter just got fun.  Boom.  Thanks for sharing this idea Ginger Snap’s Treats for Teachers.
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Kikki K Planner Tour and Giveaway

Okay y’all.  I drank the Kool-Aid.

I am now a planner person.

I didn’t see this coming, and if it weren’t for my blog and blog designs, I probably wouldn’t be one.  But holy moly, this thing is amazing.

I was using three different tools to stay organized-my Plum Paper planner (they are awesome, no complaints there), a notepad for extra busy days, and a notebook to keep track of my designs.  It was annoying to go from one thing to the next not to mention the desk space it was hogging.

A friend told me about Kikki K, and I discovered there is a whole planner world out there.  Blogs, Pinterest boards, YouTube videos, Instagram accounts.  It is a whole thing.

If you have very specific planner needs, a binder planner system is the best.  Also, it’s nice if you’re incredibly type A and want to control All. The. Things.  I can make my own inserts, take them out, add them in, add sections, whatever.  It’s super flexible.    Let’s take a look at this beauty.
It’s the Large Personal Planner which is a A5 size • I made all of the inserts myself • Lots of cute goodies from Target Dollar Spot • Tabbed dividers made from Target dollar spot folders using my Silhouette • Of course I needed the Raskog cart from Ikea to organize supplies • Ordered this 6 hole punch from Amazon • Cute cards from Project Life sets • If you have the Rhonna Designs app, you can print out the pretties that you make.

And the best part?  When I ordered my planner, I wasn’t sure which one I wanted, so I ordered two.  I thought the snappy flappy part may bother me, so I ordered a back up.  Turns out the snappy thing is fine, so the back up planner with it’s gold fleck goodness is going to a lucky reader.
Here’s a peek at this planner.  And what’s a planner with out some start up supplies?
Are you sold?  Enter the Rafflecopter to win.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday.
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So, are you a planner person?  Thinking about dipping your toes in the water?  Or think all the planner people are just crazy? ;)

Good luck!
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New Look, New Sets, and a New Freebie

Well happy May to you!  I gave myself a new look around here.  What do you think?  I also finally got my behind in gear and added some new things to my TPT store.



I added three new mini sets: AdelaideKendra, and Julie.


I also added this crafty looking cardboard jumbo set.  I used some cardboard elements in my Mendy mini set and fell in love.  Now you can add cardboard goodness to anything you’re making.


And another new jumbo set, Molly.


As a big fat thank you taking a look at all my new pretties, here’s a little bonus set to coordinate with the Molly Jumbo set!
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