Friday, July 3, 2015

Five for Friday!


Hello first Friday in July!?! Boy did that get here fast! I love the 4th of July weekend! We also make great family memories, and I'm looking to our festive celebrations tomorrow with the family! So grateful to live in our great nation!
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I'm linking up today with Doodle Bugs Teaching to bring you my edition of five for Friday.

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A couple of days ago I discovered a wonderful drive thru safari about an hour from my house.  How on earth I hadn't heard of it till now is beyond me!?! My husband has a few weeks off this summer (High School football coach) so we took the day to take Aubree to the safari and OMG! it was awesome!! We had the best time! The animals were so calm and just walked up to the car.  When you check in they give you food to give out to all of the animals.  




Mr. Camel reached all the way into our car into the center console and got one of bags of food!! So fun, but I was starting to panic on how we were going to get him out! 


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Last summer I bought Aubree a new backpack from a shop on ETSY called Four Loves! It was quite possibly the cutest backpack I've ever seen was the perfect size for her nap mat, etc.  I'm in the process of ordering another one for this year.  Cause ya know, a girl needs a new bag every school year, right??




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I'm in the process of getting a professional blog design created!! Praise the Lord!! My poor freebie blog design has turned into a jumbled mess and I CAN NOT WAIT to see what Parker over at P.J Design Laboratory comes up with for me! 




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Even though it's summer I am always trying to check things off my teacher to-do list! I finished my meet the teacher gifts super early this year and it feels great to check that off! You can find the FREE tag HERE





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My birthday was last week and I got a Fitbit Flex! Y'all, I'll be the first to admit it, I DO NOT like to work out! I watch my meal portions and call it a day.  I went back and forth on getting one because the basic is around 100 buck and for someone who doesn't workout, I didn't want to waste my money.  But it is so neat and does so much more than count steps! I track calories, water in take, my sleep pattern AND you can add friends and have challenges! So fun, love some friendly competition! 

Enjoy the rest of your summer and check back in a bit for my NEW BLOG DESIGN!! EEKK!! 

And just for fun... A picture of my joyful girl! 

                        








Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Currently!

I'm linking up with Farley over at 'Oh Boy 4th Grade for a little July Currently! Can you already believe it is July!?!  Wal-Mart is getting out their back to school isle and Hobby Lobby is getting out their Christmas decor! HA! Go figure! Here's what I'm up to currently!
Listening:  One of my favorite sounds is my sweet, sweet 3 year old's voice! Its so soft and just so sweet! It's looking a little cloudy outside today so we built a blanket fort in the livingroom and she has brought out every little castle and princess she could find to put in our fort.  She has a great imagination and is just having the best time! I love listening to her play!

Loving: SUMMER!!! I love summer! Everything about it! Sleeping late, slowly sipping coffee, no packing lunches, no rushing out the door, no daycare drop off..... I could go on for a while! I love how low-key it is.  

Thinking:  While it is so low key and we really don't get too much done during the day besides relaxing, shopping, playing, eating, traveling my back to school to-do list grows by the second.  I have a hard time shutting off my teacher brain.  I keep a post it note pad on my side table so when I think of something to print, organize, or do I can quickly jot it down.  

Wanting:  I live in TX and like most of the south, the days are HOT.  I am really wanting to spend time outside, but its so hot and humid.  I am really wanting a pool in my backyard right now!!

Needing:  Now that July is here, and I am teaching summer school this year (2 weeks before school starts)  I am needing to get busy on crossing things off my to-do list! :) I'm also needing a new blog design... which I am anxiously waiting for!!! Can't wait for Parker at P.J design laboratory to send me the first draft!! 

All Star:  KINDNESS. I think I'm an all-star at spreading kindness and helping out! I love to chip in and help whenever I can.  I think it's so important to show kindness, not only to people you know, but to complete strangers as well! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Adorable find!

I just wanted to drop in for a second and share this adorable find!! I was online, working on my school webpage for next school year,  Ya know, trying to get ahead and I came across this adorable website called HELLO, CUTENESS.  While looking at all of the cuteness I came across the *perfect* back to school notes!!!


Are these not just perfect for any parent or teacher with kiddos!?! I love it!!! I wish all of the notes/money I got day after day had one of these attached! So helpful and organized! Run over to her page and check out all of the cuteness!!! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Meet The Teacher Gifts

Let me dust off my blogging keyboard right quick.  My last several blog post have started with "Wow, it's been a while..." or "Long time, no see...".  With all honesty, the only thing getting in the way of me and my computer is... life.  Fun, memory filled life.  As many of you know I have a now *three* year old daughter.  


She keeps me so busy, and I have not found how to manage time with her in the evenings after school, keep my house clean, making it to my husbands sporting events AND blog about what goes on in my classroom.  I'm going to *promise* to try and get better because I love blogging.  I love looking back and remembering all of the fun we had during the school year, but I also want to look back and say "I'm so glad I did that with Aubree" or "I'm glad I didn't miss that because I had my computer in my lap". So for now I'm going to blog when time is good and hopefully it is more often than just in the summer time. :) 

Moving on. Every summer, I prep Back to School or Meet the Teacher gift for my new class.  This is one of my favorite things to do.  One of my favorite things about teaching is getting a new class each year.  I always look forward to meeting them.  Our meet the teacher is the Thursday before school starts.  All of my little firsties come loaded down with all of their new school supplies, with big grins on their faces.  I hope they are just as eager to meet me, as I am them. 

In years past, I have spent a TON of money.  Loaded up little treat boxes, made bracelets, bought candy, etc.  You name it, I've done it.  This year I decided to go the simple, cheap route.  I decided on bubbles.  You got it, bubbles!


The cheapest, easiest and cutest I might add, gift I have done in several years. I found 32 oz. bubbles at Dollar Tree. Simply created the tag, printed and tied on with tulle. 


Click here to grab your free tag! 



I'm bubbling with excitement that you're in my class this year!!! I truly am! 

Hopefully I will be back sooner than later (with a new custom blog design). Hope you are enjoying your summer. You deserve it!! 


Monday, July 21, 2014

My new bulletin board and a tutorial.

One of the things on the top of my summer to-do list was to give my bulletin board outside of my room a facelift.  When I moved into my new room last summer (you can read about that HERE) I was a little rushed for time and had to put up my bulletin board fairly quickly.  I always like to have a space where it is easy to just quickly change out student work, but also look *cute* when it is blank. 
 
I have always loved tulle poms.  In fact, I not only have them in my classroom, but I have them in my little girls bedroom. 
 
 
I also have them hanging from my classroom ceiling.
 
 
I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow on my new bulletin board.  This is what I came up with.  I love it!! Can't wait to hang my back to school activities on it!!
 
 
I just love the way they look and are SO simple to make. 
All you need it a roll of tulle (hobby lobby 1/2 off), a pair of scissors and something to wrap your tulle around.  This time I used a baking sheet, but I have also used a large notepad and a clipboard.  Depending on the size you want the diameter your poms you will need get find something around your house with that length.
 
 
First you will wrap the entire roll of tulle around the object you choose, I chose a baking dish.  The more tulle you wrap around the thicker your poms will be.  The ones in my daughters nursery, I used to rolls of tulle per pom.  For these I just used one.
 
 
 
 
Once you have the entire roll of tulle wrapped around, you will slowly and carefully slide it off the end of the object (baking sheet).  As you are sliding it off you want to gather it together and hold it in the center.  Make sure it all stays bunched. 
 
 
 
After you have slid it off, while holding it you will take a rubber band and wrap it around the tulle.  The rubber band is what will keep your pom together.
 
 
Now you will use your scissors to cut each end of the bundle of tulle.  If you slid it off nicely, you will have a pretty clean loop at both ends.  Slowly slide you scissor in the loop and cut it all the way across.  You will do that with both ends. 
 
 
 
 
 
After you have done that you will have something that looks likes this.
 
 
Once you have it bundled and cut it is time to start fluffing.  When you look at your bundle you will notice that is kind of divided into 4 parts from when you cut the loops.  Using those parts you will start pulling the tulle down from the top to the center and into different directions. 
 
 
I normally pull one down then one right and left and repeat until that section is complete. 
 
 
 
 
Once you have it all fluffed you might need to go back and using your hands a clasp (Like those toy machines that grab the toys) and fluff all the way around. 
 
And then you will have a pom that looks similar to this!
 
 
 
You can even make mini ones for a garland.  Just get a smaller object to wrap your tulle around!
 
 
I hope this was helpful.  If you are on instagram,  post some pics of your new poms and tag me so I can see how they turned out! @jaymeelaymance
Can't wait to see what you do with them!
 
 
 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hello Mid-July!?

Well Hello there Mid-July! Where in the world did you come from?!  Last time I checked it was the last day of school.  I was cleaning up my classroom preparing for summer, making my beach shopping list to prepare for vacation and dreaming of what I was going to do for the next couple of months and I woke up this morning and you were here!
Slow down summer. 
 
I am having the best time sleeping late (or later than normal, not much sleeping late with a 2 year old) and spending my days with Aubree.  We have had a wonderful month and half. 
 

The summer started with a quick trip to the beach with family.  We had a wonderful time and can't wait for next years trip.


 




Between attending several summer workshops my little one and I have been spending lots of QT at the local splashpad and park! Talk about a fun time. 
 


 


I wish I could just bottle her up at this age (and release it when she's a teenager)! She is so much fun and so full of energy!

Transitioning Aubree back into daycare was very tough after last summer, so this year we decided that we would put her in part time starting in July, two days a week.  The first two days were tough, hopefully they will get better soon.  While Aubree is adjusting back to her normal routine, it gives me time to get my school thoughts together and get a jump start on my classroom and allows me to get organized for the new year.  The week of inservice is always so fast paced for me and it flies by, so I like to get started early.  And it allows me little time to miss my sweet girl while she's having fun at school. 
 
While she started back last week I began making my 'meet the teacher' gifts.  I scoured pinterest this year for a simple idea that my kids would love.  I came across these 'valentine gifts' and thought they were perfect! So using that idea, I came up with 'panther bands' (since we are the panthers). 

  
 I hope my kiddos enjoy them. 
 
My next project is my bulletin board outside my room.  I have big plans for it.  I'm in the process of making a bunting and tulle poms to really make it pop.  Stay tuned for the final product. 
 
I hope you all are having a wonderful summer and please July, slow down just a bit!  And for all of you that got a chance to attend the teacher-blogger meetup in Vegas, I am so jealy!!!