16 March 2014



Have you ever just felt…like it's all too much?

I just feel like I get overwhelmed with life…and things feel a little too much and I don't know what to give up to make room/space for the other stuff…and then I just give up everything.

I sat yesterday and did nothing…zero…all day.
I zombied out.
I watched movies all day…

As much as I love TpT and creating products for my classroom…every time I sit down to create I feel like I'm just trying to keep up with everyone else..to be just as good as all the other awesomeness out there…

That in itself is exhausting…
Then there's school…and I'm on committee after committee and there are meetings upon meetings…and not to mention the BAZALLION classroom responsibilities.

I've given up being any kind of "normal" wife.  I don't have time to cook…We are lucky if I have the time to put frozen french fries in the oven.  The sad part is I love to cook…there's just no time.

and…it's still 32 degrees here…with snow on the ground.
I'm just feeling pretty BLARGH right now.

Do you ever have one of those days…or weeks?


09 March 2014

Product Swap Party

Hi Y'all.

Before I get into sharing about this FANTASTIC Product Swap...
I just want to take a second and say how lucky I am to be a part of such a great community.
The blogging community of teachers is so thoughtful, kind and generous.  Teachers have such great ideas and are willing to selflessly share with the world.
Oh I just love y'all!

I had the wonderful opportunity to be paired with Amy from Happy Teacher Heaven.
This swap is awesome for tons of reasons...but I just loved the opportunity to shop in another teacher's store.  Amy has some great products, I chose her Playdough Sight Words set.

There are over 100 sight words featured in this set.

Each page has two different sight words.  I printed out every page and folded it down the middle.  This way I had one word on one side, and another word on the other side.  I sent the now folded pages through my laminator for durability.

Now, I'm sure your kids like my own, love, love, loved Play dough.  They just aren't very good about closing the lid tightly...or not mixing the colors.  So, when I was all set to feature this new center at our ABC center...I was so disappointed to find a crumbly mess of play dough.  It was soft enough for the kids to use...so I told them that I'd keep this new activity at the center...and they can try their best to  use it and I promised to buy new play dough that night.

Let me tell you...my kids didn't care about the gross state of our play dough..they LOVED this new activity.

UGH! See that gross crumbly mess?  But how awesome is it that my kiddo worked through it to build the word?!  I asked my students to create the word and then read it to the people at their centers. 
It was a hit!
Here are a few more with new (not gross and crumbly) play dough.

I love my little over achiever pattern maker!

The great thing about this product is the millions of ways you can use it.  
You can put them on binder rings so kids can have their own individual set of words to practice.
You can feature just the words you've learned as a class, to ensure kiddos are reinforcing skills.
And on, and on!

So...here's the best part...you  can enter to win your very own copy of Amy's 
Play dough sight words AND my KABOOM! set.  
Simply enter the Rafflecopter below.

OH WAIT! It gets better.  There are 14 other teachers participating in this Product Swap.  You can head over to their blogs and enter to win even more wonderful products.  
Simply use the chart below and make your way over! Good Luck!
Now, here are the details for the giveaways!

1. Start anywhere on the map below.
2. Stop by each blog and read about the products swapped between each set of bloggers.
3. Enter to win the resources that are featured by each blog pair. Each pair of bloggers has the same raffle, so you only have to enter on one of the two blogs.While you are at each blog, if you are not already a follower, sign on to follow!
4. The raffles are open until midnight March 15th.


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01 March 2014


oh boy 4th grade just released March's Currently.  I can't believe it's March already...

Listening:  You better be sure this Texas girl has her heat turned way up in the winter. I usually keep it around 73.  My husband hates how warm the house is...I can't stand being cold.  I love it when the heat kicks on.

Loving:  OOOHHH! I bought some wonderful goodies during the sale.  I spent about $50 which was good...because I told myself no more than $75. I'm proud of myself for staying in budget.  I bought some awesome clip art that I can't wait to use.

Thinking:  I've got about 4 errands to run today and I'm actually excited to do them all.  Target, Staples, Trader Joes and Michaels.  I love me some Trader Joes!  They have the best frozen green beans and maple sugar cookies.

Wanting:  This winter sucks.  It's been super cold and snowy and I'm over it.  There's a snow storm moving in Sunday night...which could mean another snow day on Monday.  Currently, it's 7 degrees outside.  I can't wait for Vegas...(are you going to Vegas for the TpT conference?)

Needing:  Why isn't the day made of more hours.  I spent 3 out of the 5 school days in meetings that lasted till 7 or longer last week.  I have no time to take care of anything. Time just flies by...and I'm not sure I have the opportunity to enjoy all the special moments...sigh

?????:  You get to guess what the question is.  I've given you my answer.  The first person to guess correctly will win my Morning Work for the month of March!

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