Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It - Summer Week 8

It's that time again....and I was almost ready ahead of time...lol!
Almost....
I'm gonna dive right in to my made its for this week:)  They are all classroom related....WHAT?!?!  No home made its....insert sad face:(  I mowed but pretty sure you don't want to see pics of that...and the kitchen is still in limbo....soooo....

 
NO NAME CLIP!!
 

This is my version of the NO NAME PAPER BLACK HOLE!  I know every classroom has one.  I even had the cute little bucket with the highlighters and little reminder last year and STILL had kiddos not write their names......and it was always the same kids!!!  I have to tell ya, if I ever quit teaching I am pretty sure I can become a handwriting analyst...lol.
 

 
I tried to have some fun with the different messages:)  I laminated each of the little messages and then glued them to some fat fun clothespins I got at Michaels.  I then glued all those to a stick I painted with polka dots.  I was just going to make each of the clips magnets but wasn't willing to give up that much board space.  Now I will just glue the stick somewhere on the wall in my room;)
 
We will see if this helps this year:)
UPDATE!!  I just posted these as a FREEBIE in my TPT shop:)
Have You Seen My Name? 
My next made it I didn't make.  I downloaded, printed, and laminated.  This year I am going to be doing a lot of STEM in my classroom.  Well Carol from Teachers are Terrific has AMAZING resources just for STEM and I can't wait to try them all!
These are part of her STEM and Science Posters Bundle and guess what?!  They're in my colors...lime and turquoise:)  Happy, happy me!!!
Just love these!  They are going to be a great addition to my classroom this year:) Pop over to her blog and store and say hi!!
My last made it is a Critter themed set of my Math Meeting Headers. 

I started using morning Math Meetings 2 years ago and it has changed my "math world" forever!  If you don't know what they are or how I use them, you can read about it HERE.  I will NEVER teach math again without doing this:)  Anywho, I FELL IN LOVE with these adorable Scrappy Bugs from Graphics From the Pond!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Calculate-with-Critter-Math-Meeting-Headers-1335614
 
They make me smile!  So much so that even though they aren't the lime, turquoise, and gray theme... I'm using them! Gotta have a classroom that makes you smile, right? 
   If you're interested, you can check them out HERE or click on the pic:)

That's all for me!  I can't believe the summer is winding down and it's about to get real!  Thank you again to everyone who linked up last week!  Can't wait to see what I get to add to my to do list this week:) 


Friday, July 18, 2014

5 for Friday!

What, What?!?!?!
2 posts in one week?  I know I've been terrible about posting but I am really trying hard to enjoy my summer that is flying by way to fast:/  So I'm sorry for not posting more....promise it will pick up in a few weeks when I'm back in my classroom.
http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2014/07/five-for-friday-linky-party-july-18.html
So today I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for her fun 5 for Friday linky:)  Here is a peek at 5 random things from my week....keeping in mind, it's summer people...lol. 
Yesterday I had a fun girl's day with my sweet daughter:)
I am cherishing every second I have with her....in a few short weeks she will be moving to Tallahassee to FSU (yes, we're gonna be Seminole fans!) for her masters.  Although I am soooo happy for her, she is going to be quite a long way from me compared to her other school so I am eating up all the mommy/daughter time I can!
While we were shopping we hit Pandora!  Love that store:) 
I treated myself to a new thumb ring:)  Love it!!
 
My classroom stash is taking over my house!  Anyone else have that problem...and with the kitchen reno it's a hot mess in here!!
I have been working out since May 17!!  Like hard!  It all started with Rachelle from For Blogness' Sake and her 3 Weeks No Cheats challenge:)  One of my no cheats was to not cheat on my workout:)  Well that was 2 rounds of 3 weeks and a few extra weeks ago and I haven't cheated once on my workouts.  I've been lifting weights and running everyday but Sunday, rest day:)
This week I hit 273.4 miles with my running!!!!!
And finally, a confession.....
I've gotten quite addicted to washi tape and all cute things for my EC life planner:/  There, I said it and feel better...lol.  Having too much fun making my cute planner cuter!
 
So there's my randomness from this past week....and of course I am getting ready for Monday Made It.  I'm a little ahead of the game this time....maybe...:)
 
Have a blessed weekend!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Made It - Summer Week 7

Ok....had to scramble to get this weeks Monday Made Its done....I think the closer I get to the school year, the further I am pushing it out of my head.....lol.  So that leaves me a hot mess over the weekend trying to get a made it or two done.
First of all congratulations goes to
 
I will give Kim your email and then you can talk to her about your bracelets.  Thanks to everyone who entered and read Kim's story.  Such a neat way to "save" books and help our environment as well.  Those bracelets would make awesome gifts:) 
 
OK, on to my made its....
The kitchen is coming along slowly.  Here are a few pics of updates:
All upper and lower new cabinets are in:) (don't look at the walls, they are a hot mess.  We will be tiling under the cabinets once countertop is in)
This little reno. kinda grew...we ended up getting appliances too (except refrigerator)  SO excited about this BUT got stainless everything and the fingerprints are about to put me in a padded room!!!  Anyone have any cleaning tips for stainless????
This is the new little light fixture I picked out for over our sink.  I love it:)
Tile progress.  Told ya I have a "hallway" kitchen!
More cabinets and another shot of the light above the sink.
Got these cleaned up and ready to be put on.  They were on our old cabinets.  They are brushed nickel from Restoration Hardware and I kinda love them so hoping they will look good.  Can ya see the silver theme going on in there..lol...stainless appliances, nickel lights and hardware...
 
Hoping now that the cabinets are in they can come measure for the counter and that that won't be a super long time.  Still sooooo much to do but lots of progress!
I did manage 2 made its for my classroom.  The first is a book checkout system idea from Christina at Bunting, Books and Bright Ideas!  She blogged about it HERE.  
Then, Jessica at Mrs. Heeren's Happenings made up an adorable set using numbers and it's a freebie.  I saw this on Instagram and HAD to have it.  So I didn't make it....I downloaded, printed, laminated and cut it out:) 
Thanks Jessica letting me snag your adorable pic:)
 I am sooooo hoping this works for my kiddos.  I have a terrible time keeping track of my classroom library and at the end of last year, realized a couple of my read aloud books were missing:(((  One being The One and Only Ivan:(  Big sad face and tears!  So I am so hoping this will help me track books.  I have a librarian as one of my jobs in my classroom but LOVE Christina's idea of having them be in charge of the book checkout station.  So thanks Christina for the great idea and thanks Jessica for making such a cute freebie!
Kinda of excited about this next idea.  Got this inspiration from Pinterest:) 
Chalkboard speech bubbles:) 
The wood I used for these is super thin.  I took a pic of the sticker on it if you wanted to make some too!  It's a big sheet.  I got 4 good sized speech bubbles out of one sheet.  I made mine really big so you would get more if you made them smaller.
First I drew the bubble on with a sharpie:)  These are pretty big....at least one foot by one foot...some bigger.  I wanted them big enough to write more and write large enough that the kids could read them from their seats:)
Then I used a jigsaw and just followed the lines.  Gotta say I was pretty proud of myself for cutting them out:)
Once they are cut out, I sanded the edges.  I thought I had sanded them really well but when I went to paint them I was surprised at how rough they still seemed.  My hubs said it's because the wood is so thin, it splinters.
Last I painted them with chalkboard paint, 2 coats and then did some little white dashes around the edges:)  I'm going to hang them up around my classroom and use them for all sorts of things....
-favorite book quotes
-science or math questions
-a reading response question
-student's fave book quotes
SOOOOOO many ways to use them:)  Can't wait!