Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Flippin' For Summer Fun Giveaway

Are you enjoying your summer? Resting and relaxing or planning and prepping? I am doing a little of both! So far I have spent a lot of time at workshops/PD/meetings but also a lot of time soaking up the sun! I am trying not to think about the fact that I start Summer School this week!

To celebrate summer, I am having a
  Flippin' for Summer Fun Giveaway

A couple of fellow bloggers are joining in....Leslie from First Grade and Flip Flops and Alisa from First Grade Fun Times.

Let me tell you, there are FOUR FAB prizes so you REALLY want to enter!




Enter Here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Summer!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Wonderful Weekend....and a NEW BLOG DESIGN

Did you notice by new blog design???? I just LOVE it. The colors, the font, the buttons, my signature...ALL of it!!! Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs did it for me. She is amazing and a doll to work with. If you are in need of a new blog, button, etc. go visit her!
A Bird in Hand Designs
So this post was titled Wonderful Weekend. Obviously one of the reasons was MY NEW BLOG!

Another reason was I had a fun-filled weekend. (And not teacher fun-filled, real people fun-filled, ya'all!)

I mentioned last week that I live very close to the beach and that my school is a block off of the beach. I am a beach girl. I love looking at the ocean, listening to the ocean, watching the sun rise over the ocean, I even like soaking up the sun at the ocean, but.....I do NOT like getting IN the ocean or getting all sandy. This weekend I had family visit from out of town. They stayed at a hotel on the beach. I got to spend Saturday and Sunday lounging with them by the pool ON the beach. I could see the waves,  hear the ocean and feel the ocean breeze but did not get all sandy. (I might have even sipped on a sangria while soaking up the sun and LOOKING at the ocean!) It was like a mini-vaca without having to pack or find a petsitter!

Saturday afternoon I went on a Wine Walk with some friends. A Wine Walk is just what it sounds like. You walk around a cute little beachside town and drink wine. It was sooooo much fun. It was very, very, very hot but we had a blast! We went late in the day but are going to make a whole day of it next time so we can stop in and shop at  all of the cute little local shops. They have them monthly so we thought it would be wonderful to go in the fall or winter when it is cooler. Here is a pic of us at our first stop. (Our plan was to take a pic at the last stop as well, but, ummmm there were 12 stops and like I said, it was hot. That picture would have been scary!)

My teaching besties and my mom!

Like I said, I had a Wonderful Weekend. Now it is back to reality, I start Summer School this week!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Crazy for Colors

Last year I spent 2 weeks doing a Color Unit. Read a little bit more about it {here}. I created a unit to go with it. Click the picture below if you want to check it out!
Meredith

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Combo Class Tip #3

Tip #3....
This is an easy but VERY helpful tip! Not only will it help keep you organized, it will give each grade level their own identity. { And most importantly it is an excuse to buy more bins and baskets! One can NEVER have too many color coded bins and baskets, right?!?! }
Meredith

Monday, June 22, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge #2

Challenge #2.......
I am sure I am preachin' to the choir here, but those are my TPT dreams. While I do love creating, sharing and helping other teachers, my dreams are ultimately financial dreams! My goal for the summer was to expand my TPT store, blog, etc. This challenge was perfect timing. {Maybe even a sign!}

Not Pinch Every Penny-
This one explains itself. I am a teacher, a single teacher. Even though I am a very practical, frugal person, it would be nice to see something I want and simply get it without thinking about my budget or feeling guilty. Classroom things, clothes, purses, home stuff, the expensive wine...you get the picture!
For The Record I am not one to complain about a teacher's low pay. I choose to be a teacher and could be making twice my salary in a different career (goal #2 will explain).  Since I choose to be a teacher because that is what I am passionate about, I don't complain about my pay. (Just sayin' a little breathing room would be nice!)

Pay Off Student Loans-
This is my ultimate goal. Right now there is no end in sight. I went to college twice. Yup, twice! My first degree is Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and a minor in Health Care. I would LOVE to get my masters in education but I know that is not a choice until I pay off my first 2 loans.

Put in a Pool-
I live in Florida a few blocks away from the beach. My school is a block away from the beach. I am lucky, I KNOW. But....the beach is messy and a lot of work to just relax and soak up the sun for a couple of hours! Unless you are on vacation, of course!

By the way, not long after updating my Fun with Frogs unit, I sold one! Yea!

Meredith

Sunday, June 21, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge Week 1

I made it {JUST} in time...it is the last day of Week 1 of the TPT Seller Challenge! (I was in Orlando all week for the SDE Reading, Writing, Math and More conference! I will tell you more about that later. I have some exciting news to share!)

For Challenge #1 I updated my Fun With Frogs Nonfiction Unit! No content change, just made it a little prettier! Click the pic below if you want to check it out!
I am anxious to see what Challenge #2 is tomorrow!
Meredith