Monday, June 29, 2015

My first product(s)


I finally put some of my products up on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can get to my store through this link: Teaching in Bows, Pearls, and Glitter.

My pride and joy is a Pre-Primer Sight Word packet that took me a longggggg time to make. I am planning on doing all the sight word lists up to 3rd grade, but it may take me a few weeks. :-/


I also put up two study guides for two reading units that I had last year in 3rd grade. If you happen to be using the 2014 Journeys Series than these are for you. I will be adding the rest as I get them done, but I was just so excited about putting my first few products up! :)  Feel free to check out my store, rate my products, and maybe buy some to use in your classroom.



As always, thanks for reading! 



Friday, June 26, 2015

Stitch Fix Friday!!!

Today is the best day because not only is it Friday, but I also got my first Stitch Fix!

I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first because you tell someone what you like and then a stylist will pick clothes out for you. They have you answer several questions about your style and then you have the option of linking some of your social media accounts (Ex. Pinterest) to them. I tend to be a very picky person when it comes to my clothes, so I couldn't wait to open my box.

Here are the items that were in my first Stitch Fix:


Item #1: Hythe Scoop Neck Top from Renee C ($44)


I absolutely LOVE this top. When I first pulled it out of the box, I instantly fell in love with the pattern. Then, I put it on. The fabric is so soft and light. I paired it some jean capris, cute, embleished flip flops, a sparkly bracelet, and a necklace (also from this Stitch Fix). I'm planning on wearing this top to work with a sweater and blue dress pants.



Item #2: Cosette Crochet Detail Knit Shirt from Market&Spruce ($48)


When I saw this in my box I didn't like it very much. I kept thinking "Oh no. I said I liked sparkly things and this is definitely not sparkly." I tried it on anyway and to my surprise, I liked this item too! I paired this top with my jean capris, emblished flip flops, bracelet, and necklace (from Stitch Fix). I might wear this to work on dress down days.



Item #3: Ohara Faux Wrap Tie-Waist Dress from Pixley ($68)


I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress. At first, I thought it would be too low cut to wear to work, but then I put it on. The material of this dress is super stretchy and comfortable. I especially like the sleeves being 3/4 length which is perfect because I also tend to pull up long sleeves. :-) I wore this dress with my nude high heels, sparkly, jeweled necklace and matching bracelet. I will definitely be wearing this to work. It is not too low and is just the right length as well.


Item #4: Emer Printed Straight Leg Pant from Margaret M. ($98)


When I first saw these pants in my Stitch Fix, I won't lie. I didn't know what in the world I would wear them with or if they would even look good on me. If you know me I tend to wear similar styles/fabrics/colors, I don't really branch out to try new things/patterns. I tried them on anyway and I really like them. They are stretchy and reminded me of some leggings that I own. I paired them with a blue blazer, white tank top, a sparkly, jeweled necklace with matching earrings, and sparkly, silver high heels (my wedding shoes). So, no surprise I liked these pants and plan on wearing it to work as well.

Item #5: Melba Beaded Layered Necklace from Zad ($34)

If you know me really well, then you know I can never have enough jewelry. I instantly fell in love with this necklace and I have some many outfits that I can wear it with. I wore it in Item #1 and #2 photos. But here is a close-up picture.




The Breakdown

Here is what I kept from my first Stitch Fix:

Hythe Scoop Neck Top from Renee C ($44)- KEEP

Cosette Crochet Detail Knit Shirt from Market&Spruce ($48)- KEEP

Ohara Faux Wrap Tie-Waist Dress from Pixley ($68)- KEEP

Emer Printed Straight Leg Pant from Margaret M ($98).- KEEP

Melba Beaded Layered Necklace from Zad ($34)- KEEP

I have to say my stylist Steffanie did a great job! She listened to what I wanted, but also gave me items that I would have never picked for myself. :-)


How Do You Get Your Own?

If you haven't tried Stitch Fix you should. I tried it just to see what everyone else was talking about and I have to say that I will be getting another Stitch Fix very soon. You don't have to get one every month either. The important thing is that you pick the date you want to receive your Stitch Fix and go from there. At least try it once to see. If you don't like anything you send it all back for free and get your $20.00 to either use towards another Stitch Fix shipment or refunded back to you.  


It is only $20.00 to get the items shipped to you. After that, they will take the $20.00 off whatever you decide to keep. Should you decide to keep all five items, like I am, they will take 25% off your total. If you would be so kind, you can use my referral code which is: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/5200973 as a starting point.

Keep Stylish :-)


Thursday, June 25, 2015

What's Up Wed-Thursday

 As I was stalking/reading one of my favorite blogs, I came across Shay's What's Up Wednesday linky and decided to join in on the fun.


Here is my: What's Up Wed-Thursday (since I am a day late) Whoops......



What We're Eating This Week:

I have been trying my best to become a "good" wife and making dinners. Usually my dinners consisted of something quick and easy. However, today/yesterday I pulled out all the stops. I made Glazed Brown Sugar Pork Chops, cubed red potatoes, and corn.

Doesn't that just look yummy! It was delicious. :-)


What I'm Reminiscing About:

The bitter sweet ending of the school year. I am missing my kiddos so much. I have actually saw quite a few of them out and about in my daily errands. :-(


What I'm Loving:

This one is obvious....I'm loving my husband for how thoughtful he is with my early birthday present. :) I'm also loving all of the people who have liked my Facebook page/are following this blog...You are all AWESOME!!!!





What We've Been Up To:

Not a lot....Trying to start my blog, waiting for my first Stitch Fix to get here, and exercising. That doesn't sound very exciting. :-)


What I'm Dreading:

Not really a whole lot. I guess I could say the end of the summer because it seems like its going by wayyyy to fast..... :-/


What I'm Excited About:

Celebrating our first year anniversary!!! YAY for married life!! This year has gone by so fast. :-)


What I'm Watching/Reading:

Currently, I'm watching Pretty Little Liars, HGTV, QVC, or Say Yes to the Dress.

I just finished reading, Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess (a review is planned) and I'm starting to read The Organized Teacher by Steve Springer, Brandy Alexander, and Kimberly Persiani.


What I'm Listening To:

QVC is on my TV in the background as I'm typing. I don't really like the things that are for sale......yet. :-)


What I'm Wearing:

Khakis (Jake from State Farm) I couldn't resist......

Actually I'm wearing jean capris and a school t-shirt. I am anxiously awaiting my first Stitch Fix so that I can show you all the outfits. :-)


What I'm Doing This Weekend:

It is supposed to rain, so I'm probably not going to do a whole lot. Most likely laundry....ugh, and grocery shopping. Unless my husband has to work, then it looks like a Pretty Little Liar marathon....


What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:

Wowza! I have got a lot of stuff to do next month. First up, 4th of July!!! Love fireworks....I'm a pyromaniac at heart.... Then, its celebrating our first year wedding anniversary with a fun getaway. Last, one of my friends is getting married!!! :-)


What Else Is New:

Not too much more....I think I covered everything.. :-)




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The 2X10 Strategy


A couple months ago I had the opportunity of coming across a great behavior management strategy. Like all teachers I had a few in my classroom that could cause quite a stir when given the chance. The original post can be found here: 2X10 Strategy

 2X10 Strategy
-Helping students manage their behaviors-

The 2X10 strategy is an easy one. The main thing is you talk to the "hard to reach", "challenging behavior" student in your class for two minutes over a period of 10 days. Sounds easy enough right? That's what I thought........

So, immediately the next day, arrive at school, get my stuff together, bell rings, in comes the kiddos. In the morning, I like to have them working on their F.R.O.G. binders, morning work, or finishing up anything that they didn't get done the previous day. This was my chance to start my 2X10 strategy!

At first it was unsuccessful. I felt like I was drowning trying to pull topics to talk to these students about. It was also a struggle to get them to talk to me using more than just two words. I was wracking my brain to come up with a better way.....

So, I decided to extend the two minute time frame. I must point out that in the original post I read it said that if the conversation lasts for longer than two minutes to keep it going. Not to just say, "Well, your two minutes are up. Good talk, we will do this again tomorrow." Trust me, the first couple of days you will be lucky to make it to two minutes.

I would talk to these students in the morning for a little bit, at center time, walking to lunch, at recess (if it was indoor recess), and before they left for the day. Over time I started to notice a change in their behavior for the BETTER! It was amazing. I then thought I was competent to not use the strategy anymore. What a BIG mistake. As soon as I took it away, they went back to step 1.

I only wish I would have read the article earlier in the year. Another thing I would have done differently would be to include all the teachers that saw my students in the strategy. For example, the special teachers, Title teachers, and etc. It might even be a great idea to include the Principal. I'm sure the students who usually cause a little bit of trouble would love having a positive conversation with the Principal.

If you decide to give this strategy a try, let me know how it turns out. Also if you happen to come across the article, feel free to leave the link in a comment.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Solar System Humor....


One day, our Science book came across the unit on the Solar System. So I did what any teacher would do….pull out the ole’ solar system. You know the one with the big sun in the middle and the planets all on little wires that can orbit around.


I did that and the kiddos were having fun moving the planets around and making comments like “Look how big Saturn is compared to us (Earth)!” It was a great day.

So……in my wisdom (maybe not so much), I decided to bring in this HUGE book that had photos and fun facts about each of the planets. After we finished our Science lesson, I brought the kids up around me in the front of the room. I turned the pages and told them some fun facts about each one. We were having a great time and the kids were soaking up all of the information. YAY! {Insert happy teacher face}

Until Uranus came up. Now in our Science book it was pronounced (Ur-an-is). Potatoes Patotoes. I was happy with that because I was not about to say the other form of this planet’s name in front of 3rd graders. Well I was going over the facts about this lovely planet when all of a sudden one of my students makes the comment……..wait for it……

“Oh. Uranus is so pretty.” (not pronounced the way our book said) The other kids erupt in laughter. That student had no idea what they had just said. I mean it took me more than ten minutes to get back on track. Although I must admit that it was pretty funny. {Insert teacher face trying to hold in giggles}

Just another day in the life of me.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello!


I finally did it! I thought long and hard about starting my very own blog and finally just jumped in head first. Blog stalking has been my passion (besides teaching) for what seems like forever.

I am also in the process of setting up a TpT store, so be sure to stick around for all of that creativeness. Who knows, I might even do a freebie package if I get 100 followers.

All that I hope for right now is that you will give my blog some love by following it. Can you please follow me and leave a comment? Thank you loves! It truly does mean the world to me!