Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hall Pass....fashionably late

I am linking up with the gorgeous & talented Reagan Tunstall from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits! 


Here is the original Reward Coupons! I can't tell you how much this has transformed my classroom! I would NEVER go back to a treasure box....EVER! This has saved me so much money it is incredible! And since we don't have kids I don't have to BEG everyone I know with kids for happy meal toys! 

Here is a pic of my kiddos on Friday trading in all their warm fuzzies for coupons. I had TWO FULL CONTAINERS & they literally almost wiped me out of coupons! 

I have received a TON of requests for more, more, more coupons! It takes me F-O-R-E-V-E-R to make my products...I'm just so anal! I have been working on these for months & am still about 1/2 way done....sigh. Below is a sneak peak of the coupons that are coming. They are currently in use in my classroom just to make sure they are well liked.

Where do I get the coupon ideas you ask? The old ones I interviewed my niece, some students & I came up with about 1/2 on my own.  This next round came from my genius students & previous students. Of course, I had to put it into a form of bribery classroom management. When I started thinking about doing another set they are the ones who got my bootie in gear...they begged...they pleaded...they cried...well they didn't cry but you get the point. I told my kids that I was looking for someone who was going to be the "coupon recorder". It could be behavior, effort, attitude, etc. that I was looking for. They L.O.V.E.D this & are still not done giving me ideas. They were so cute...they would write ideas down at home & come to the carpet with their ideas when it was time to give ideas! I also had several former students who are in upper elementary give me some ideas. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes for these but they are sooooooooo worth it!

I hope you are comfy for this one! We moved into a new home in September. We were the FIRST ones to see the house & made an offer right then! We fell in LOVE with it. Well, the love didn't last long because as soon as we got our own stuff in the house I was hyperventilating...kicking....screaming....until somebody gave me some $$ to go to  Home Goods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx & of course ETSY. I was losing sleep over this dilemma of mine. I am very into decorating & changing my surroundings but I'm not very all....well with the kids I totally am but not when I want something done. Anyway, after lots of work I have a TON few before & after pics. We are still on phase one (main level). Don't be scared of the before....O.M.G.

This is what the LR looked like when the previous owners lived here. 

Before you say you like the blue walls...they are GREY! Just a little tip before you paint.....try it on the wall first. Well, I thought I did since we had this SAME color in our previous house. Well, the lighting is COMPLETELY different & apparently I was supposed to know that! The hubs was nice enough to repaint the room coming up. I have to live with this color for at least a year :o( ...we shall see about that. 

 We actually thought we liked the green & told them they can leave the window treatments....vurp. See all the carpet??? That lasted about 1 week before it was completely trashed. Ms. Olive (Moo Moo) had a UTI & I refused to put her in a cage while we were gone. Soooooo thanks to Moo Moo we got new floors sooner rather than later! 
 This is the SAME room just made into an office/study. This is a view of my blogging workspace. I LOVE having my own space! The hubs has his own office upstairs & is no longer allowed in mine....he is messy.
I have redecorated once already people. I saw this teal stuff @ Marshalls & went all coo coo for cocoa puffs over this teal stuff. I had that brassy silver looking stuff on the top but then moved that stuff into the dining room.

 I wish I took a closer view of what is on the shelf but I didn't. I was too worried about getting my cool retro chairs in there.

The walls are pretty empty right now but I have a vision for this blank wall. I will post pics when it's done. I have two more pieces to get to complete this office. I want it in a U-shape so I can spin around & work on a few different things at once. Once I get those pieces then I will be on the hunt for a rug
 I purchased this refurbished apothecary to use as a tv stand. When I got my new office furniture I moved it into there. I've been crazy obsessed with grey, teal & black....don't even get me started on chevron! Anyway this lovely piece went into my office & I had to fill all the drawers & of course label them.
These fab chairs came from an estate sale for $25 each! I spotted that patent leather from across the room & dove for it. Well I was carrying it around with me & almost run into a lady...she was holding it's partner! O.M.G! I talked this woman into giving me the chair because why would you just want one??? So instead of her having the pair I made sure I did. I don't even want to repeat the sob story I gave her just to get them. 

I am completely obsessed with Annie Sloan chalk paint. This particular color is graphite. You don't have to prep the furniture AT ALL! This took two coats..that's it! D.O.N.E!


This is a view of the dining room from the previous owners...yuck. 

We are torn with the tabletop. We originally were going to stain it black but we might leave it..not sure.
 We upholstered our old chairs with fabric from Joanne Fabrics & painted them black....Cost-$20! 
This piece is incredible. My mom saw it at a resale shop near us & saw potential. It is over 100 years old from Germany. There is a whole huge story behind it...which I love. We had our friend paint & we also changed the hardware.

I hope you liked a peak inside our new home. I would love comments!


I use a ton of different signals but my go to is "Eyes on me in 3...2....1" or "We're quiet in 3...2....1." I also pull out "Hocus Pocus----everybody focus". The noise level in my room does not get very high at all. This doesn't just "happen" it takes work. We practice by placing our hands on our necks...can you feel your voice vibrate? If so, you're too loud. This goes hand in hand when I am teaching Daily 5 & working on building our stamina. When the voice level goes too high they broke stamina & then they are done. Trust me it gets L.O.U.D occasionally especially when I'm out of the room every other day testing.

This is how I keep my sanity. I love to blog when I have time....wish there was more hours in a day! School this year is EXTREMELY demanding I've never thought of leaving before sucks! I absolutely LOVE my kids but the other stuff from our district is going to make all the good teachers leave. We haven't received a raise in over 4 years and more and more and more gets put on our plates. I am not saying I am leaving the classroom but I am tempted. Anyone want to open up a Montessori school with me???? I am not going to go into detail for fear of retaliation.
Besides blogging, creating, & decorating I love spending time with the hubs & our babies. They keep me sane.

I'm sneaking some Val Day stuff in here! You have to see how adorable our pics came out! I love photography too!

 My dad had flowers delivered to school! I was so excited! He also sent them to my niece at school :o)

I had about 30 props to choose from.....they got to choose their own.  They had so much fun! I will print these out & give them to them. They took one by themselves, one with two friends & we took a class picture. The parents love when we do pictures! I know I would appreciate it as well! I already am working on that doctor person who was born in March & St. Patty's St. Patrick's Day copyrighted? Uh-oh!



  1. Gorgeous house pictures! Terrific post! Thank you for linking up!

  2. LOVE the house before and after pics and your photo props are awesome! Thanks for sharing. Big hugs!

  3. We feel your pain with all the demands this year we are losing it! Plus we have no days off till spring break thanks to Hurricane Sandy! our post was similar this week. Love your dogs And class photos, great idea as always!

    Kelly and Damien

  4. House looks great! And I love your coupons!!!
    Going Nutty!

  5. I LOVE those coupons that you make! The kids also love them...can't wait to check out your new ones :)
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  6. Love your taste! Your house is so beautiful! Your dad is so sweet to send flowers to school. =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  7. Loved looking at your house pics! It looka AH-MAZING! great job!
    Mrs.Miner’s Monkey Business

  8. Your blog is so cute, I am your newest follower.

  9. We also love your reward tickets! They have been a wonderful replacement for the treasure box this year in our classrooms. We'll be on the look out for new ones when you finish them up!

    :) Tamra and Sarah

  10. I LOVE the pictures of your house. Your office space is SUPER!

    First Grade and Fabulous

  11. I loved reading your hall pass! I'm your newest follower!
    Science for Kids Blog

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