Sunday, May 3, 2015

End of the Year Awards-Updated!

End of the Year Awards

I created these awards three years ago and every year they keep getting better. With each classroom comes different students with unique personalities. Any of your students could fit any of these awards. Well, this year I created even more! I don't think there could possibly be a student that doesn't fit one of these awards! 
I ended up adding 35 BRAND NEW AWARDS!!!! 

+++I added voting slips and various award tracker sheets to help with your organization. +++ 

Here is an excerpt from a blog post last year about these awards BEFORE they were updated.

"Holy Mama! I had no idea what a hit these awards were going to be for my students and all of you. I was pleasantly surprised when I went browsing on TPT this morning & saw this product of mine was in the top 5! Holy Schnikey's! I about fell over! My husband just doesn't realize the feeling of being on cloud 9 over this. Not only am I filled with excitement that this product was actually purchased...I am thinking about all those little nuggets that will be getting these awards all over the world. 
That my friends made my entire school year! 
Thank you!" 

Even though this took me days to update (I work like a turtle), I kept it the same price! I added over 100+ pages so now this product is a total of 322 pages! In honor of Teacher Appreciation, I kept it for the same price, $6.

End of the Year Red Carpet Awards
If you did not see our end of the year peace themed party a few years ago, please check it out HERE.
I set up a podium, purchased a red carpet & wrote their names on yellow stars. It looked so adorable! You should have seen how sassy they were strutting down that red carpet! You can purchase the red carpet here.  The red carpet idea was inspired by friend Reagan over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits
This picture is from last year. I did not get any pictures of me or my class. I did take some of Stacey from Teaching Ever After and her class. 

If you'd like the chance to win these awards...please leave your email in the comments & show me some comment love! Have a wonderful end of the year!  

18 days...........I CAN DO THIS! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Airborne~A Must Have for all Teachers!

If you are a teacher, and you are reading this....I know you have heard of Airborne. I have been taking this since I discovered it was invented by a teacher genius. Um...HeLlO!!!! Who would know how to build up our immune systems more than a teacher?!?

Airborne recently released Airborne Everyday, a new product that I know you would be interested in. Airborne Everyday Immune Support Plus Multivitamin helps support your immune system and overall health every day. This convenient supplement is designed to provide immune support plus a multivitamin. 

The hubs and I have been taking this new product daily for weeks. #amazing
Along with taking Airborne we have been trying to eat healthier, work out, and take better care of ourselves in general. Yoga is also on my to do list. I would love to add this to a workout routine daily.

I introduced this product to a new teacher that is filling in for the remainder of the year. One of the first things I do with new teachers is pull them aside and tell them my tips and tricks to staying healthy. Airborne, is my secret! 

I was also lucky enough to go to a huge Indiana blogger meet-up last weekend in French Lick, IN. Guess what is in my teacher tool exchange gift? You guessed it! Airborne. 

Airborne is giving away this amazing new product to some of my readers. Please leave me a comment below with your email address. Tell me what your trick is to stay healthy as a teacher?

**This post is sponsored by Airborne ™**

Saturday, March 28, 2015

So I posted this image on my instagram today and was hoping to get some interest...I did. Yay! 

It took so much for me to push "share" because I knew once I shared it... it would be out there...... permanently! O.M.G. I did it! In sharing it, I am hoping this will make me accountable. At least I hope. 

One thing in my life that I have always struggled with is my weight. Well, not all my life. Once I hit 30 it all went down hill after that. I never had a weight problem because I pretty much was able to eat what I wanted and never went over 140. I was stick thin in my early twenties but I also didn't eat anything. Do I want to live my life like that? Um, no. I like food too much...obviously. 

I have been on so many fad diets and have joined weight watchers at least 6 times and dropped out. I joined once again but am only using their app. Well, I was up until California. I used to be able to lose 20 lbs in a month without a problem. Well, this age thing is not my friend. Ever since I hit the 30 mark everything is harder. It's harder to lose weight and keep it off. Very hard! 

My husband always tells me that I just need to exercise and it will come off. I haven't found anybody I could pay to exercise for me so I am stuck doing it..ha! I haven't lasted long enough to make it a habit. I will give any excuse in the book not to exercise. By the time I get home from teaching those precious 6-7 years olds....I.AM.EXHAUSTED.

I absolutely love blogging and making products BUT I have put the weight on big time since I started. I just can't seem to find the balance that I need. I am struggling. 

After I went to the awesome meet-up in French Lick a few weeks ago...I have been thinking of an exercise plan. Note...thinking of one. I really....REALLY...hate pictures of myself. I cringed every time I would see a pic pop up with me in it. I shouldn't feel that way and it makes me sad. I have let myself go and I need to stop. 

In order to build up my self esteem and confidence I decided to give #giveit100 a try. I created the following document while I was in California. I hope you can use it!
I will be uploading videos throughout this journey on 
You can make your videos private or public. It will only show the first 10 seconds of your video. I plan on holding up my daily signs for each video. My goal is to walk at least 20 minutes/day for 100 days. 

You can come up with any goal you would like. There is all sorts of goals that people post on It's anything that you want to practice or do for 100 straight days. 

Why did I pick Sunday, March 29th to start??? Because it is exactly 100 days until I leave for the TPT Vegas Conference!!!! Are you kidding me?!?!? When I presented last year, I was so nervous! Especially, about my weight and standing up and presenting in front of so many people. I know I come off as being very confident but in all honestly...I am not. 

So here it is...all out in the open. I hope you will join me! I will not be posting on my blog about this. I will be posting videos to under the name @seusstastic. I will also post occasionally on instagram. I don't think I will daily...but I don't know yet. I really don't want to make any promises and then I drop the ball. When I start posting on instragram I will be using the hashtag #giveit100 and #teachersgiveit100.
I am praying that the sign above will be the one I am holding in 100 days from now! Click on any image to grab this document. The document below is editable to add your very own goal if it is different from mine. Good luck! We got this!
 ***You must have PowerPoint in order to open the document above***

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Human Hungry Hippos & Big News!

So, I have this little FB page HERE and posted a video of an activity we did after school this week. It reached close to 600K people in a few days....what???? #holycrapballs (excuse my language) at least I didn't use the "s" know "stupid" :o)

I work with some fabulous teachers my friends. About once a month we get together to burn off some stress after school. It's always an activity that keeps everyone laughing! Two of our third grade teachers found a video on youtube and said..."What about this?" Yes, please! I was the first one to volunteer my photography & videography services. I was afraid I would hurt myself & I really wanted to sit back the first time to laugh observe.

I'm not sure who blew up the balloons or how many we had...we had a lot! On the left is our secretary counting out the steps and marking each spot so we didn't have cheaters. 
Baskets were from the Dollar Tree and we had the scooters in the gym already. 
We also had a Bluetooth player blasting some 80's music to get everyone in the mood. 
Next, we picked teams. Well....they stood on the black line and counted off....1..2..3..4. Team two won every single game but we actually caught team 1 cheating...ha!

The video we watched had ropes attached to the scooters but we did not play that way. The game literally lasts about 50 seconds. You definitely can take turns on the scooter and pushing the scooter. Thankfully, nobody was too aggressive and nobody got hurt...our stomachs hurt from laughing...that is about it.

This is the first video I have ever posted to youtube! I can't believe how easy it was! Stay tuned for more videos!!!! Uh-oh! You have been warned!

I also wanted to make an official and exciting announcement! I am so honored and ecstatic about presenting in Las Vegas this summer for TPT...AGAIN!!!! I blogged all about my fabulous trip and presentation HERE.

I PROMISE it will be even more EPIC than it was last year. I will be presenting two different sessions!! Yay!!! You can register below! I hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Castle Block Obsession-Lakeshore Review

When Lakeshore Learning contacted me to do a review, I was hesitant to choose these castle blocks. I thought they were too young for my firsties. Boy......was I wrong!!!! They are obsessed my friends!
Immediately, my mind was spinning! How could I use this to bribe award good behavior. You know I am ALL.ABOUT.THAT! I love recognizing positive behavior choices and then the rest of the students naturally follow suit. 
First, I let the first four students who finished their morning work correctly test them out. This was my way of reeling the others in.....the blocks were my bait. 
Then I decided they have to earn the time with the castle blocks. I decided that they had to turn in a "No Morning Work" REWARD COUPON to play with them other than indoor recess.
Lakeshore Learning is offering my loyal readers a 20% off coupon!!!! Hurry and purchase any nonsale item, including these castle blocks by 3/31/15!