Classroom Update!

I’ve shared a few pictures on social media with friends and family but I wanted to do an official blog post about how I updated my room! But before I talk about it I just want to give a huge thank you to my schools, Home and School team! If it weren’t for them none of this would have been possible!

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With that being said, this is my second school year taking on the task of teaching technology to preschool – eighth grade at my school. I spent three days a week last year in my room trying to think of how I could make it more functional and more up-to-date for our students. This is what my classroom looked like at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. We were beginning to update the space by purchasing new monitors and a new smart board. But, the more I sat there the more I realized that the tables that I had in my room….needed to go! None of them matched, they were uneven, and the size was ridiculous for the amount of space that I had to work with….but for the year I made it work. I just knew that I had a vision where my kiddos could come in and have plenty of space to sit comfortably and work together without feeling like they were all sitting on top of each other.

I did my research and found some amazing tables that I knew would be perfect for the lab! After taking my proposal to Home and School, they agreed with me and with their help I was able to purchase my beautiful tables!

 

When the tables came in I was so excited and happy! I couldn’t wait to get them put together and arrange them how I wanted to. Let me just say that to have a vision and watch it actually come to life….was amazing! I couldn’t be more excited to finally have my tables in my room! It took my dad and I a whole day to put them together and arrange them in just the right place so that everything would work in the room. Talk about an exhausting day! But I am so pleased with the room that it didn’t matter. (A huge shout out to my dad for all the hard work he did to help me get my room ready….I’m really not sure what I would have done if I didn’t have his help…oh wait yes I do…I would have been sitting in my room in a corner rocking back and forth sobbing uncontrollably!)

No of course you can’t have a new setup like this without some new decorations right?!? I’m not gonna lie my room was a little sparse in the decoration department last year, but to be honest that was because I just didn’t have that much room to work with and my mind couldn’t come up with any ideas that worked with the room. But now, I have more wall space (that I can actually get to) and I was able to find some amazing decorations on Teachers-pay-teachers to help me out!

The first thing I changed up were the bulletin boards behind my desk. I added an apple boarder to the one and added a banner that I made with my Cricut (best Christmas present ever…thanks mom and dad!!) Then I changed my rules board to match my room a little more and I love it so far! (No my desk does not look like that right now, it’s actually a lot neater but I took these pictures while I was still in the process of working in my room…I promise I’m much more neat of a person than that!)

The next thing I added was a rewards system (Bitcoins…shoutout to Linda Kamp from TpT and AroundtheKampfire.com for the resource!!) The way that I am using this reward system is by having each class earn a set amount of “Bitcoins” based on good behavior, for example if they as a class stay on task and are good listeners then they earn Bitcoins for that class period and if there are any issues during the class period I will take away Bitcoins). As a class once they have reached 50 Bitcoins (preschool and kindergarten) or 100 Bitcoins (1st – 8th grade), they can turn their Bitcoins in for free time on the computer. So far the kiddos seem to love the idea (especially the older kids! They were super excited to hear about this!). The next thing that I added that I didn’t have last year were classroom jobs (for preschool – 5th grade), I am hoping that these jobs make cleanup time and transitioning between classes a little easier!!

Last year I had these wonderful colorful buckets at each table next to each computer, inside each bucket I had the headphones that went with that specific computer. Since we bought new monitors and new tables, there’s just not enough room on the tables for the tubs. Originally that made me sad because I love the idea of having the headphones in a bucket and out of the way instead of on the table or hooked over the computer monitor. My original plan was to get a bookshelf that I could fit 36 of these little tubs on so that the kiddos could come and get their headphones when they needed them. But my dad came up with the idea to use the shelves instead and let me just say that I LOVE the idea so much! Not only are the headphones in their tubs, but they are out of the way and look super cute! I also thought it would be a cute idea to have a printing station – basically my printer, paper, pencils, a stapler, 3 hole punch and pencil sharpener are all in one area so that the kiddos know exactly where everything is. So far I am loving it so much!

Of course the only thing left to do is show you the final product!!! I could not be more excited or happy with how it turned out! Again I would like to thank Home and School for helping me out with all of this, my dad for helping me set everything up (and being so patient with my when it came to moving the tables around for about an hour straight…) and of course my mom for helping my print, cut and laminate about 1,000 different things for my room!

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Here’s to an amazing school year! To all of my other teacher friends out there I hope you had a successful first week/couple of days back!

Xo’s Shelby

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How much water is ENOUGH water???

I’m sure you’ve heard this about 1,000 times but let’s just talk about it some more, shall we??

Water is something that is very important! The cells inside of your body need water to function properly. Those cells contain water and are even surrounded by water and when the body becomes dehydrated the cell membranes become less permeable, hindering the flow of hormones and nutrients into the cell. This also prevents waste products that can potentially cause damage to those cells from flowing out of the cells. When this occurs, your energy is depleted and fatigue can take over your body. That’s not all it does either!

Here’s a list of other things that water can do to help your body:

  • Help with headaches
  • Improve your mood
  • Flush toxins out of the body
  • Improve Digestion
  • Promote weight loss (hey who doesn’t want help with that?!?)
  • Boost your immune system
  • Improve your complexion
  • Prevent hangovers
  • Regulate body temperature

See why water is so important???

 

So how much exactly is enough?? Well take your body weight, divide it by 2 and that will give you the amount of water you should be drinking in ounces. For example if you weigh 150, divide that number by 2 and you get 75; that’s how many ounces of water you need a day. Now, if you are more active then you need to drink a little bit more to compensate for the loss of water during exercise. The recommended amount of water for those who exercise daily, is 100 oz.

Now you’re probably thinking “100 oz is a lot of water!!” and I totally agree with that! But there are ways to make drinking it easier! Here’s a few…

  1. Use a straw: You can drink more at a faster rate if you do! It seems simple but it makes a difference I promise!
  2. Buy a pretty water bottle: Yes…I said to buy a pretty water bottle. When I purchased my Bubba Cup it made it so much easier for me to drink more water! It also helps that It holds about 48 oz. of water! Fill it up twice during the day and I’m just a little shy of that 100 oz. goal!!
  3. Add flavor to your water: I know sometimes water can be…boring! But you can always spice it up with different fruits and stuff like that! Pinterest has a lot of great ideas for flavored water!!
  4. Make it a game: This might sound silly at first but it helps! I make it a game with myself. I tell myself that I have to fill my Bubba Cup up one time and drink it all before lunch (which is around 11:15 sometimes 12:00 depending on the day!). Then I fill it up again and I have to finish it before I leave work. Sometimes it is definitely a lot harder than others, but it makes it easier to get my water in when I know I have a challenge!

 

Do you have a fun way that you make sure you get your water in each day?? If so be sure to share it in the comments below! I would love to hear them!! Happy guzzling!!

Xo’s Shelby

How 1 Shake Changed My Life!

What if I told you that you could wake up every single day and have a chocolate shake for 1 of your meals (or a snack) and that it was healthy!!!

Now you probably think I’m crazy don’t you? But I promise I’m not lying to you!

Shakeology® is the name of this amazing shake! My favorite of course is the chocolate but that’s not the only flavor (just in case chocolate isn’t you’re thing!). Keep reading and I’ll tell you all about it!

You’re probably wondering what this Shakeology® thing is right? (I mean other than an amazingly tasty and healthy shake of course!). I promise that I will get to that but first I feel like there are a few things that I need to tell you about Shakeology®. As I was doing my research on this product (so that I could give you nothing but the facts) I found some “myths” about Shakeology® and the truth behind them! So here they are…

  1. It’s just a protein shake…..no!!! Here’s why: Not all shakes are created equally (people aren’t so why should shakes be?!?). Shakeology® has a ton of awesome superfoods in it. It is a whole food nutrient-dense shake that can replace any meal! The majority of people in the world are more nutrient deficient, not protein deficient!
  2. It’s all about carbs, proteins, and fats….. If you are eating clean, shouldn’t the supplements or shakes that you’re putting into your body be clean too?? I mean think about it. If you’re doing all this hard work why ruin it with a protein shake filled with artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial stimulants, artificial flavors and soy products?? Well if you drink Shakeology® you don’t have to worry about that because it doesn’t have any of that in it!
  3. Shakes are just fillers and extracts…. It is very difficult to use whole, plant-based ingredients and be able to maintain all of the nutritional value. However, Shakeology has an amazing team of scientists whose mission is to maximize the nutrition in every single ingredient that goes into the shake! How awesome is that?!?
  4. Shakeology is expensive….. I’m not gonna lie, it is expensive BUT hear me out on this one! Let’s do a little math (yes I know I hate math too but bear with me!) A healthy meal costs anywhere between $3 and $7 (keep in mind fast food meals are also that much!). Shakeology comes to you in a single bag that has 30 servings in it, and if you divide the price of one bag by 30 you get $4.33 per shake. So technically it comes in on the low end of the average price for meals. On top of that it will provide you with a solid base of whole-food nutrients and replaces your vitamins and probiotics. If you tried to duplicate the quality of the ingredients and nutrients in one serving of this amazing shake…it would be so much more expensive!
  5. It’s only for weight loss….. NOO!!! This is about your health! When you put the right nutrients in your body that it needs then you are going to see certain results. Weight-loss is just a by-product of all the amazing nutrition that you’re putting in your body!

 

Okay now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let me tell you more about this amazing shake that I love so much!

Not only will it transform your health with ease but according to clinical studies and customer reported benefits include (everyone loves statistics right!!!) after 90 days Shakeology® will…

  • help with continuous weight loss (remember because of all of those amazing nutrients that it’s putting into your body!! That’s your bodies way of saying thank you!!)
  • help lower cholesterol
  • help lower blood sugar
  • help to reduce your hunger and cravings
  • noticeable healthier hair skin and nails
  • increased energy and stamina (again those amazing nutrients!!)
  • boosted immune system (nutrients….seeing a pattern yet?!?)
  • improved digestion

 

Just in case I haven’t thrown enough information at you about this amazing shake, let me tell you why it’s different than most shakes…

  • All Natural and Whole Foods
  • It’s a Natural Meal Replacement
  • It’s One Daily Serving of Veggies!
  • Great source of Protein
  • It comes in 6 different flavors and has Vegan options!!

 

Okay enough fun facts about the shake!! Let me share with you which flavor I’ve been drinking and how I like to make my shake!

I chose the Vegan Chocolate flavor for my first round. (I just received my second shipment and this time I changed it to the “Barista” pack which comes with Vegan Chocolate, Vegan Vanilla and Vegan Mocha I believe — so an updated recipe blog will be coming soon!!).

This first recipe has been my go-to recipe since day 1…

  • Water
  • Ice
  • 1 scoop of Vegan Chocolate Shake-O
  • Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 of a banana

 

This second recipe I’ve been doing more recently because one day I ran out of banana’s and this is what I had in the fridge….

  • Water
  • Ice
  • 1 scoop of Vegan Chocolate Shake-O
  • 1 cup of fresh fruit (either strawberries or blackberries)

 

This third one I tried the other day and it was so good….

  • WaterWater
  • Ice
  • 1 Scoop of Vegan Chocolate Shake-O
  • 1/2 of a container of banana flavored Greek Yogurt

 

Honestly the options are endless with these shakes! If you go to Pinterest you can find just about any recipe for any of the 6 flavors which is amazing!!!

This shake has honestly changed my life. I can definitely say that Shakeology® has done all of these things for me and I am so glad that I have it in my life!

Do you drink Shakeology®? If so what flavor and what’s your favorite way to make it?? Leave it in the comments below please!

Xo’s Shelby

 

2 Types of People In This World…

There are two types of people in this world. The type of person who believes in science and facts. Then there’s the type of person that believes in fate and dreams. Or maybe you’re like me and you believe in both?? And there’s nothing wrong with that! Except that’s not what this blog post is about!

In the amazing book, The Sun Is Also a Star written by Nicola Yoon, we follow two very different people through a very interesting “love story” (I use those words loosely here!).

Natasha is the type of girl that wants nothing but the facts presented to her. No fate, no destiny, no dreams that will never come true. Her reasoning behind this is very understandable. Her family is less than 12 hours away from being deported from New York City back to Jamaica. This girl is desperate to do anything to help her family to stay. She wants to be in NYC with her friends, her whole life is in this city. On her way to meet with an attorney about her families problems, she runs into this boy on the street. Then she runs into him again….and again. Coincidence or is this something else? Natasha wants to blow it off completely. She has no time for foolish things like this. She isn’t the type of girl that would run into a boy, by chance, on a crowded NYC street, and fall in love with him….or would she?

Daniel on the other hand is the type of person who believes in fate, everything happens for a reason! He’s an aspiring poet, who spends his free time writing poems about heartbreak, even though he has never had his heart broken….at least not yet. He’s always been a good son, a good student and the one who has always lived up to the very high expectations of his parents. Until he met Natasha…there was something about her that made him believe that fate had something more extraordinary in store for him….for the two of them actually.

Natasha and Daniel are both funny, flawed and fully developed characters who feel as if they are old friends. However, as the day unfolds, so does their love story. This love story is anything but simple, and you will find yourself (much like me if you’re at all a sucker for romances….) rooting for them from the beginning until the very last page.

I won’t spoil it by telling you anymore than I already have. Will Natasha get deported? Will Daniel get his heart broken? Or will they end up happily every after? Find out for yourself by picking up a copy of this amazing book!

Ps. The Sun Is Also a Star has a style of switching narrative between the two main characters, which made the story flow very easily. I will say that I was a little skeptical at first because in the past I have not enjoyed books written in this style, but I loved this one so much. I only mention this at the end because I know that the style in which books are written can turn readers away. It used to turn me away.

If you’ve ever read this book, or any other book by Nicola Yoon please leave your thoughts in the comments below! And be looking for my review of Everything, Everything (the book…not the movie!) coming soon!

Xo’s Shelby

4 Stars for The Trespasser

 

The Trespasser, a novel by the New York Times best selling author, Tana French is book number six in her Dublin Murder Squad Series.

The Trespasser was the first book of French’s that I have ever read, and I will say that I was not disappointed one bit!

The Trespasser follows Detective Antoinette Conway and her partner Stephen Moran. Conway is learning quickly that being part of the Murder squad isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact she’s convinced that the whole squad (aside from her partner), hates having her around. Her work life is nothing but pranks, harassment and pointless cases, but she tries to remain tough.

Conway and Moran land a new case that looks like another by-the-books lovers’ quarrel gone wrong. Aislinn Murray, a pretty, blond young woman, found dead in her perfect living room next to a romantic table-for-two dinner. What seems like an open and shut case, until Conway realizes that she’s seen this girl somewhere before.

Conway and Moran are doing everything that they can to solve this case, but in her gut Conway knows something isn’t right. Meanwhile, the other detectives on the squad are doing everything in their power to push them to make an arrest on Aislinn’s boyfriend, and they want it done fast. As if that isn’t suspicious enough, Aislinn’s friend continues to hint at the detectives that she knew Aislinn was in some kind of danger. As this case continues to unravel, Conway and Moran begin to think that Aislinn wasn’t exactly who they thought she was.

The constant harassment and pranks at work have gotten Conway a little more than paranoid with her every day life, and since taking this new case things have gotten worse. She’s spotted a shadowy figure at the end of her road, and she is starting to become unsure how far the squad would go to get her to leave. This case has her wondering, if it is just another step in their campaign to get rid of her, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface??

If you want to know what happened, because let me tell you, the ending will shock you, pick this book up! I highly recommend it and I will be reading more of her books in the near future!

Have you read any of Tana French’s other books? If so please leave it in a comment below! I would love recommendations!

Xo’s Shelby

 

The #1 Reason I Became A Teacher

 

I could sit here and list a lot more than just one reason as to why I became a teacher. But then we would be here all day and nobody wants that!

One of my favorite quotes can sum it all up…

“To teach is to touch a life forever”

I haven’t had that many years of experience, but I can tell you that I have worked with a large number of kiddos that have helped me to realize that I was meant to be a teacher and that working with kiddos is my passion.

Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be a teacher. I used to put my stuffed animals around a table, give them homework and then grade it. Yes…I just said I gave my stuffed animals homework and graded it! Hey I had to practice on someone right??

To be honest, I enjoy helping people in general but there is something so much more fulfilling about helping a child. The look on their face when they understand a concept or when they get a good grade…the look of pure joy…that is everything. All my fellow teacher friends out there you know exactly what I’m talking about. To all of my readers who are parents, I’m sure you’ve seen this look on your child’s face as well and you know how amazing it is to see them succeed.

Am I trying to tell you that teaching is all rainbows and unicorns? No way! Have there been rough days? Yes, of course. There have been days where I went in the bathroom and cried during my break. In fact there was one point in my first year out of college that I thought to myself…”What am I doing??” and wondered if I had made the right decision. Then one of my kiddos come up to me and give me a big hug and tell me how much they loved having me as a teacher. With each hug one of my kiddos gives me I am reminded why I love what I do and why I chose teaching as my profession. In my eyes the good times will always outweigh the bad times.

To all the first year teachers out there or to all of the college students working towards an education degree, keep going. If this is what makes you happy and this is your passion, don’t let anyone, and I mean anyone, take that away from you.

Xo’s Shelby

 

The Time I Started A Blog…

 

Where do I even begin??

Well I am so excited to be launching my blog! This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while now but I was afraid that no one would read it or no one would care about the things that I wanted to write about. But guess what, this girl is tired of not doing things because she’s afraid of what people will think!

Think about it, if we all decided that we weren’t going to do something because we were afraid of what other people would think, how many things would you have missed out on in life?? If I thought that way every single time that I wanted to do something, I wouldn’t have gone to college and changed my major 3 times. I wouldn’t have become a fitness instructor. The opportunities that I would’ve missed out on are endless, but I made the choice to take the leap, and now I’m doing the same with this blog.

We’ve established why I’m here…let’s talk about how I got here and let me help you to know me a little better.

For those of you that don’t already know, my name is Shelby. I’m 25 years young. I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!), where I still currently live. I grew up going to private Catholic schools my whole life and I loved every minute of it. The memories that were made those 13 years of my life were definitely some of the best.

After graduating high school I attended Ohio Dominican University (Go Panthers!!). When I got accepted into ODU I knew it was the perfect fit for me, it was a small campus that had that feeling of “home” and “family” which reminded me a lot of my high school. I went in as a pre-nursing major, after seeing many family members ill and seeing how some nurses and doctors treat their patients (bedside manner is important guys…), I felt that it was my duty to become a nurse and change the way patients were being treated. Well let me just tell you that didn’t last long. It wasn’t that I couldn’t handle the work load, trust me I love science. I am the type of person that cannot physically, mentally or emotionally separate herself from her work. I get attached to people easily and letting go is never easy for me. Being part of the pre-nursing program we had to have a certain number of volunteer hours at the nursing home on campus. I greatly enjoyed going and visiting with the sisters and brothers; hearing their stories and just chatting. But when you get particularly attached to one sister, as I did, and she passes away…I couldn’t handle it. Cue the first change of my major! I knew that I still wanted to do something in the science field so that was a start. My next option was to work with animals, not a vet or anything like that; I considered working in a zoo. But after about a year I began to realize that this wasn’t my passion. Although working with animals seemed like so much fun, it wasn’t something I saw myself doing for the rest of my life. After several meetings with my guidance counselor and academic advisor (who by the way was a rock star for putting up with me for 5 years…shout out to you Dr. T, I know I was a pain sometimes!), I came to the conclusion that I should’ve come to my first year at ODU. I wanted to be a teacher! A science teacher to be exact. So I changed my major for the third and final time, adding one more year to my time at ODU, which stressed me out a little bit. I wanted to be graduating with the rest of my class. But I took a deep breath and realized that if I wanted to be happy with my career, this was how I had to do it. Adding this extra year gave me the opportunity to not only pursue a degree in a career that I love, but it gave me the opportunity to meet some amazing people that I wouldn’t have otherwise met.

When people tell you that high school is the best and worst 4 years of your life….they’re not wrong…but they’re also not 100% accurate. Don’t get me wrong high school was both amazing and horrible at the same time, but nothing compares to college. The ups and downs that you go through…there’s no preparing for that. The number of all-nighters that I pulled writing a paper or studying for an exam, the number of tears shed when projects didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to, or machines were down when we had to do our Organic Chemistry Unknowns….I still have nightmares about that! I’m kidding, I don’t actually have nightmares about Organic Chemistry but I remember that night and that lab like it happened just yesterday. But I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. Why? Because it got me to where I am today, and I can honestly say that I love where I’m standing.

There is so much more that I could tell you in this post about how college changed me…but I’ll save that for another day!

Xo’s Shelby