7/5/15

It's a Blogiversary Giveaway!

Happy Blogiversary to me! 

:)

I seriously can't believe I've been on this journey for four years.  I remember when I first started, my twin asked me if I'd be able to keep this up.

Ha!

It's still my favorite part of this whole "business" if you count Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (not that I tweet), Pinterest (my goal is to be better), and TpT.  I love writing my random thoughts down and sharing ideas with you and letting you know when I've messed up so you can laugh at me.  Just call me a Looney Tune Whackadoodle.  

To celebrate my FOUR year blogging anniversary, I'm giving away FOUR $100 Gift Cards to my TpT store! 




Enter below!  :)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

7/4/15

Five for Fraturday

Happy 4th of July!!!!!

We are headed over to the beautiful resort that is my friend's backyard for an All Day BBQ-Swim-Eat All The Food-Stay For Fireworks Party which is what we do every 4th of July.  

Murphie isn't afraid of fireworks at all, either, which is extremely helpful in the whole I am trying to relax and ooh and aah department. 




Hadar got her wedding pictures.

I KNOW!!!!!  I mean, look at her!  She is STUNNING.   

I know I might be partial because I was there and it's me, but hey, don't you think this picture could be in a magazine?

And even though I am the absolute oldest bridesmaid in the history of mankind, I think Hadar's photographer photoshopped my wrinkles a bit and I don't stick out too bad.

Do you think I should suggest photoshopping my arm?  Have her trim a tad bit off the back?  Maybe?  You can't tell from this picture, but I had been working on my arms for three months with this program called LOSE THE ARM FLAB or LOSE THE ARM JIGGLE or something like that and people were noticing.  Really.  Unprompted.  People were saying have you been working out?  Your arms look toned.

And I would be all casual like and say yeah, just a little.

Well, that's not true.  I would beam and say thank you and then tell them about the workout and say I highly recommended it because it is only a ten minute workout and you don't sweat a lot.  

There is a part in the warm up where you box.  Like a boxer.  As in, punch the air from side to side.  And when I was showing my friend, Heather, all the arm moves from the video, I boxed.  I punched the air in front of Heather.  From side to side.

And then I punched myself in the jaw.

Really.

This happened.  In real life.  I punched myself in the jaw.

It was the night of Open House and we were about to open our doors to let the masses in, and I pretty much knocked myself out.  

I've learned two things:

1)  I am stronger than I look.
2)  I do not know how to box.

Okay, three things.
3)  When my friends laugh at me, I laugh, too.  Until I cry.  Either from the laughter or my jaw hurting.





My nieces and nephews.

I'm just missing my older nephew, Jake, who is going to be a senior in high school and is too cool for me.  Or is always at basketball.  Or is working.  Or is being a teenager.

I had the best time with these kids (and Ashley, who is 20, and not a kid, but can act like a kid which I love)!

The three youngest went back to Texas with Kerry.  :(  Waaaaaaa.



A storm rolled in!

Out of the blue!

Rain actually fell from the sky.  And there was thunder, too!  

Sadly, it didn't last long.

And yes, I know there are many of you who are sick of the rain.  I am sorry.  I wanted a whole day of it.  Not just twenty minutes.

There.  I said it.





I finished another book.  It's good.  Strange and weird, but good.  I can't explain it.  If you liked Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, you'll probably like this.  

I'm trying to read all of the books with the word GIRL in the title.

Just kidding.

Not really.

I started the new Elin Hilderbrand book The Rumor and I'm already having a hard time putting it down.  That's Elin Hilderbrand for you.




I don't know how this happened, but tomorrow will be my 4 year Blogiversary!

WHAT?!

Check back tomorrow to see what I'm up cooking up to celebrate!  And by cooking up, I mean a giveaway because we all know I don't cook.

:)

Have a safe and happy holiday!

7/2/15

Kohl's Cares

Do you love Kohl's?

I'm hit or miss with Kohl's.  

It's a hit when I find things I actually like and they have my size.  But generally, they do not carry shoes in a size five at Kohl's and then I leave grumpy.

So it's mostly a miss.

Unless I find a pretty good bra . . . that's happened once or twice.

And I know, I know, they have Kohl's cash and Kohl's pricing and I do remember buying a T-shirt for about twenty-two cents once so I get it.

I get it, I said.

But the real reason that I love Kohl's is because of Kohl's Cares.

I'm sure all of you have heard about this, so I'm only blogging about it for two reasons.

1)  In case someone hasn't heard about it.

2)  I have nothing new to say about my life other than I keep waking up in the middle of the night and it is driving me crazy!  I haven't been able to fall back asleep so I'll read for awhile and then go back to bed a few hours later.  It's driving me crazy because I am a sleeper.  

Okay, so Kohl's Cares is a program where they have certain items for purchase and 100% of the proceeds are given to charity in local communities.

Every year, they always have stuffed animal characters from children's books!  And they are only $5 each!

FIVE DOLLARS EACH, I said!

I've been able to purchase the bear from Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More and Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson.  

I've also been able to purchase the dog from Go, Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman. 

And a few others that I can't recall right now because I'm on summer vacation and all of the animals are at school in my classroom library.  And I just don't remember.

But this week, my teaching partner and BFF, Laurie, texted to tell me that Kohl's has the stuffed animals that go with all of the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie stories by Laura Joffe Numeroff.  You can usually buy the book for $5, too.  I didn't need the books.  I own the books.

Obviously.

Right now, Kohl's has:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie:  mouse
If You Give a Dog a Donut:  dog
If You Give a Pig a Pancake:  pig
If You Give a Moose a Muffin:  moose

And these are not little stuffed animals, either.  They are full sized, absolutely adorable, plush and cuddly stuffed animals!



I mean, seriously.

How cute are they??!!

If you go to their website, you can even order these online!  And while I was looking, I found Elephant and Piggie!  And Elephant is on sale!

Piggie isn't.

I think that makes for an excellent new book that Mo Willem should write.  Or I could write it for him.  Either way, you know Elephant feels upset that he is on sale.  Why is he cheap?  He's not cheap!  He's bigger than Piggie.  If anything, he should cost more.  Is Piggie worth more than him?  And then Piggie would have to reassure him and tell him how important he was.

Anywho, I already ordered both of them!

My stuffed animals usually hang out in the classroom library so that students can read to them, but if I happen to read one of these books as a read aloud, and I have the matching animal, I will ask my Teacher's Pet if he/she wants to hold it during the reading.  

It's always a yes.  I don't know that anyone has ever said no.  

:)

Okay, RUN TO KOHL'S!!

Or stay in your pajamas on your couch and just order online.

Either one.


6/29/15

Positive Behavior Management - Winners!

Hey there!

Thanks for all the interest and enthusiasm about using Positive Behavior Management {Gold Tags}!  I love it (as we all know) and I'm hoping it will be a game changer for some of you, too!  Again, do what works best for YOU.  :)


Thanks for entering the giveaway!

Congratulations to:




Check your email!

Um . . . yeah.  So I didn't make the announcement super fancy and cute.  

That's because I'm on summer vacation.  

And I'm lazy.

And I just can't.

On the agenda for today:

Eat.
Read.
Check social media.
Spend time with family.
Repeat.
Watch The Bachelorette.

:)

6/28/15

Positive Behavior Management {Gold Tags}

Happy Sunday!

As many of you know, I do not use a clip chart in my classroom.  In fact, I waited a year after I started blogging to even mention it.  I would just kind of glide over my whole management system and be vague about it.  And by that, I mean I never talked about it.  

Because I was afraid.

I was afraid that people would throw rotten tomatoes.  I even titled the post "I Don't Use A Clip Chart.  Please Don't Throw Rotten Tomatoes."

Luckily for me, no one threw anything.

Phew.  It takes a long time to do my hair.  Even though I only have two hairstyles:  Down or In a Ponytail.  Either way, I don't need anyone throwing tomatoes or other food at it.

Simply put, students earn "gold tags" (or tickets) for making good choices all throughout the day.  At the end of the week, they turn them in for Fun Friday (which are centers such as writing, art, play-doh, math or whatever is exciting and engaging for your learners) and the person with the most gold tags gets to choose their center first

For more of an in depth look at this program, you can check out a post {HERE} or {HERE}.

Some people were ready to try something new.  Some people said they were going to stick with their clip chart.  Some people said they were going to keep using Class Dojo.  I say do whatever works for you.  Whatever helps you have a good day.  Whatever works in your classroom.  Gold tags work for me so that's what I use.

Recently, Miss Giraffe shared my behavior management post on her Facebook page and it was shared a lot and I've been receiving emails from a lot of people.  Which I love, by the way!  And now I'm getting lots of questions and lots of requests for this or that or how or why or when regarding gold tags.

So I spent some time this week and put everything in one place and it's all editable (over 100 pages!) so if you want to use this program in your classroom, you can totally customize it to meet your needs.  



I personally use the weekly certificates because kids love the certificates and I can't handle daily communication.


I cut the certificates in half to save paper.  
I know.
I'm such a goody goody.

I updated the certificates and included different monthly headers so you can change them out if you want, or you can use a generic one.  Again, these are editable so that you can make them however you want.

I received a lot of emails about daily/weekly communication with a parent signature or initials required so I also have new behavior logs in the pack:


OR:


These options can also be changed monthly 
because I added different clip art.
And these options are also editable.



If you want labels to make a Fun Friday chart like mine, I have a couple of versions for you in both b/w and color.  And yes, these are editable, too!

Colorful curly edges.
Or black and white straight edges.

I've also got the matching labels for the clothespins.  In color or black and white.  Yep.  They're editable, too.

Last, I've got letters to parents explaining the program.  Because that's important.  Obviously.

Alright.  I think I covered everything.  But, if not, feel free to email me or leave a comment because I love to talk about gold tags!  I honestly can't imagine using a different behavior plan.

:)

If you'd like to win a copy, leave your email in the comments AND/OR come enter on my Facebook page!  You can double your chances of winning!

6/27/15

Five for Fraturday

Happy Fraturday (or whatever day it is - I have lost track which is the beauty of summer vacation)!!!






On Saturday, we went to a beautiful resort called MY FRIEND'S BACKYARD.  I KNOW! I'm standing in the back doorway of her house and the house that you're looking at in the picture is the POOL HOUSE which has a family room, a small kitchen, a big bathroom, and a pool table.  Everything in the pool house can get wet.

Steve and I are always in this backyard for every major BBQ'ing holiday and we will be here on the fourth of July, as well.  We sit up on the outdoor fireplace to watch the local fireworks.

Oh, and Murphie is always invited, too, which is a huge bonus.

Kerry and the kids loved it.

What's not to love?  We stayed all day with swimming in the afternoon and chit chat in the evening.  It was an awesome day!



On Monday, we went to Disneyland!  Both of my sisters, two of my nephews, both of my nieces, and my mom and brother came.  The park felt crowded but the longest we ever stood in line for a ride was forty minutes.  Most others were about twenty minutes.  We were also able to walk right up to food vendors which is extremely important to me.  Standing in line for a churro is not okay.  Obviously.  

We rode a ton of rides, ate a ton of food, stayed for the new Paint the Night parade and the new fireworks show (which are absolutely AMAZING and none of us could get over it and we were all pretty much freaking out about it and I kept saying we always have to remember this and I am so thankful I'm here with my family to experience this!) and we stayed pretty much until closing.  

Which means I was at Disneyland for close to 16 hours.

My feet were KILLING me, but when you think about all the food I ate, I virtually burned every calorie and was in the negative for caloric intake which meant I could eat more on Tuesday.  And probably Wednesday, too.

I don't have a picture for this one.  Two friends (we teach together but it goes deeper than that), Laurie and Kristy, came over on Tuesday morning and brought Panera and Starbucks for the kids and me.

I have no idea how it all happened and how I just got to stay home and have yummy treats delivered to me, but it had something to do with I was at Disneyland until closing the night before and they also didn't want to run into any families from school.  I think.  I'm not really sure.

I hosted, though, so I got out the good paper plates and napkins.

:)

Did I already say that summer vacation is amazing?





This is the lagoon at my parents' community pool.
It's fairly new.
It is awesome because it's all sandy where the dark water is
and its concrete where the light water is.


We're in the regular pool here.
Two nieces and two nephews.
I'm in a niece and nephew sandwich.
:)
I am also hiding my body.
I'm no dummy.





Steve is out of town for the weekend so Friday was just Kerry and the kids and me.  The kids got on my bed to watch the Sponge Bob movie.  

I can't tell you how happy this makes me.

:)

We are heading to my older sister's house today for more swimming and eating and hanging out.

What are you up to?


6/24/15

What's Up Wednesday!

It's summer.

And I'm not doing a whole lot.

Which is amazing, but leaves very little for me to blog about other than I finished another book, I spent too much time on social media, I went to the pool again, my family is still here, and I'm eating watermelon and snow cones and ice cream and whatever else is suggested by me or him or her or whoever.

This morning when I was on my phone, in bed, whilst lounging and not waking up properly because, again, it's summer, I came across Shay's What's Up Wednesday linky and thought I should join.  You know, because I stalk her and pretend we are friends in real life.  Sheaffer, Shay, Kerry, me - we're practically inseparable.  Kerry has met them in real life on several two occasions at the mall.  Which means I've met them, too.  Twins have that power.

;)

And it gives me a purpose for blogging.  :)  Win win!




So here we go.

What We're Eating This Week:
Well, I think I kind of already gave that away.  

Ice cream, snow cones, watermelon, m&ms (my mom always has peanut and plain for when the kids visit so I find myself grabbing a handful here and there and only eating a few at a time so that I don't feel guilty and then by the end of the day, if you count up all the m&ms I ate, I have probably eaten an entire Costco Extra Large sized bag of them), and last night we had a yummy, fresh, homemade taco salad.  

Today, we are getting In and Out because Kerry is craving it.

When your twin is craving it, you have to take her there and order something, too.  It would be rude if you didn't.

What I'm Reminiscing About:
??????
The taco salad from last night???

What I'm Loving:
Obviously, I am loving my family being here.  That's a given.

I'm also loving the fact that Big Brother 17 premieres tonight!  Who's watching with me?!

What We've Been Up To:
Um . . . not a whole lot.

Which is so so so so so nice.  Lots of family time and lots of pool time and lots of down time.

Today, we are taking the kids to my parent's community pool and they just redid the lagoon so that should be fun and different.  I can say we went to the lagoon and sound fancy.

The word lagoon makes me think of the Blue Lagoon and the Goonies which are two entirely different movies and bizarre, too, because Goonies isn't even about a lagoon.  Now that I've written the word lagoon a million times, it looks completely wrong and like a made-up word so maybe I'll just stick with saying we went to the pool.

What I'm Dreading:
1.  Our washing machine broke so we had to buy a new one.  UGH.    It hasn't been delivered yet.  You should see the dirty clothes hamper in my closet.  (not really)

I am dreading the amount of laundry I am going to have to do this weekend.

2.  I am dreading my family leaving.  :(

What I'm Working On:
Back to School Reader's Theater with Murphie and Milo!  Well, sort of.  I haven't actually started yet.  But I have a couple of plays already written in my head.  That counts.

There's not exactly a lot of work happening over here . . . 

What I'm Excited About:
VEGAS!!!!

I can't believe I'll be there two weeks from today!  And that I'll be sitting on a blogging panel two weeks from tomorrow!  

WHAT?!  

I can't wait!  

What I'm Watching/Reading:
1.  Well, obviously, I'm watching The Bachelorette and I'll be watching Big Brother tonight.  But I haven't been watching a lot of TV with the family here, unless you count kid shows on the Disney network.

2.  Here's what I've read this summer so far:

The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck 
Wreckage by Emily Bleeker 
The Storied Life of AJ Fickrey by Gabrielle Zevin
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
and I just started The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

If you're looking for a good book, I'd start with The Storied Life of AJ Fickrey.  It's my favorite from that list so far.

What I'm Listening To:
My youngest nephew, Caden, tends to go around singing songs.  He's nine years old and knows a lot of words to a lot of popular songs.  Yesterday, he was playing rock band with my brother on the Xbox and he knew all of the words to Eye of the Tiger.  

He also goes around and says things from commercials.

It cracks me up.

What I'm Wearing:
At this particular moment, I'm in sweats and a t-shirt.  But lately, I've been in shorts (I love shorts from the Loft) and cute tops.  It's hot here!

What I'm Doing This Weekend:
We have no plans!!  

I would imagine some more pool time, some more family time, and some more food consumption.

:)

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
Well, I already said I'm excited about Vegas so . . . I'm excited for a long weekend in New York!  Steve and I are meeting Kerry and my brother in law there for a long weekend.  We have already booked several tours and a show.  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've only been to New York once.  It was Christmas.  It was cold.  It was crowded.  I can't say that I really liked it.  I'm excited to give it another chance.  :)

What Else is New:
Ummmmm . . . 


I have never been a fan of Corn Flakes and prefer Frosted Flakes instead (of course) but I think I have to eat these.

Hello, Thor.  

And thank you, Kellogg's.

:)

Thanks, Shay, for the fun link up!