Enough Is Enough.

Happy Monday Friends. I had a different post planned for today but in light of recent events, I had to make a change in my posting schedule and get this off my chest and just share with you some things that you can do.

 

In case you didn’t already know, on Wednesday afternoon as most of us were winding down from a fun filled day of Valentine’s Day celebrations, nothing but love and kindness (or if you’re like me and you work in a private Catholic school you probably celebrated the day before and had been at Church that morning as Wednesday was also Ash Wednesday); students, teachers and staff were fighting for their lives in a mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

17 people woke up Wednesday morning, got dressed, ate their breakfast, maybe drank some coffee. 17 people went about their morning routine, went to school/work. Parents dropped off their kids. Teachers and staff said goodbye and I love you to their loved ones at home. Not knowing that they could potentially not make it home that night. 17 people didn’t make it home that night. 17 families lost a loved one. A whole community has been changed forever. A whole school has been completely shaken, terrified. They will never forget the things that they had to do, the things that they heard, the things that they saw. Their lives have been changed and they will never be the same. Why? Because a teenager was able to have access to an Automatic Rifle (an AR-15 to be exact) and was able to take it to the school and open fire on them, after pulling the fire alarm in order to attract more people into the hallways so that he could intentionally kill more.

If you’ve been keeping up with the news then this is nothing new to you. Sadly, this is nothing new to any of us. School shootings have unfortunately become too common in today’s world, and in order to change that WE need to stand up and make changes. We need to use our voices, otherwise things are never going to change. More teachers and more students are going to become victims of an awful tragedy, and I don’t know about any of you but as an educator….I prefer not to have to go through that. I don’t want to have to shield my students from bullets. I don’t want to have to worry if my colleague down the hall has all of his/her students safe.

Every time I hear about this on the news (which is all too often anymore), I think to myself “What would I do in this situation?”. But see the problem with that question is…on any given day I could be in a different classroom. I teach computer two days a week, the other days I’m usually in one or two rooms…but sometimes I get asked to sub, which means I’m in a different room. Luckily for me I know the school I work in like the back of my hand, because I went there. But that means that I have to have several different plans in my head. Which is fine…but the thing about it is, I shouldn’t have to. No teacher should have to think “what can I do to keep my kids safe?” or “what can I use to hold my door shut while I get my kids out or hidden?”. But the reality of it is…right now we do. We have to take active shooter trainings. We have to do all of these things because our government wants to make it easy for anyone to have access to a gun.

Now don’t get my wrong, I am all for the second amendment. I do not mind someone having their CC. I do not mind people owning guns to hunt. But there should be stricter rules and laws with this. More training, more knowledge, more background checks, your mental stability should be checked every so many months. I am not saying that every school shooting is directly associated with mental instability but often times those are the words we hear. Could it be part of it? Yes. But the main problem is that it was easy for that person (mentally stable or not) to access a gun. THAT is where change needs to be made.

I could honestly go on and on, as I’m sure many of you could too. As educators, parents and just citizens of this country no one wants to hear that a school filled with innocent children is in any sort of danger. Let alone the danger of an active shooter.

What I don’t understand in particular about this school shooting is that there were signs. The FBI was notified that this shooter had made a comment on a YouTube video saying that he was “going to become a professional school shooter”. Now it has been said that the FBI tried to trace the comment back to a source and couldn’t. Fine. But his user name was literally his name…Nikolas Cruz. His Instagram…was FILLED with guns and other things that should have been noted as questionable and should have raised awareness which could have potentially made this less deadly. Now before the comments are flooded with attacks I know you cannot predict when things like this are going to happen. But you can have better precautionary measures in place. The school did have police officers on sight…but 17 innocent people still died…people are still in the hospital, some still in critical condition.

There are some things that we can do in order to prepare in the unlikely event that an incident does occur. We can talk to our kids and our students about violence, we can teach the all of the procedures and the things that they are supposed to do. But most of all we can pray to God that in that moment (if it ever happens) that we act accordingly, because you never know how you are really going to act. For most of us, adrenaline will kick in, we will go into full protection mode, all while on the inside feeling nothing but panic and wanting to cry and scream. But we’re staying strong for our students.

Unfortunately we have normalized gun killings to the point that we must reassure the world that if and when (although I was told in our active shooter training this summer that it is not a matter of if it’s a matter of when) an active shooter comes into a school that we have plans in place to keep those inside safe. That to me is sad. But if you think about it…most school shootings are by someone who knows the school so if they know the school that means they probably know the protocol for lockdowns…which does the school no good.

I read a post on Facebook called A letter from a furious teacher (click to go to the article) and I couldn’t agree more with some of the things that she said.

“No where in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from fun-fire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn’t have signed it. I love my job, I love my students.”

She goes on to talk about how she herself is a mother and a wife. Though I am neither of those things right now…I would like to be someday. But right now I am a daughter and a girlfriend…and I still worry about the same things she stressed. Going home safe to my family. But also making sure my kiddos would get home to theirs.

“I chose to be a teacher knowing that on most days I would not be able to use the bathroom until 4 pm. I chose teaching knowing that I would be grading papers all weekend and working far beyond the hours of my contract. I chose to teach even though it meant that I would miss every awards assembly and field trip that my daughters asked my to attend. I even signed up to sit in a counselor’s office with a teenager on my lap, holding her as she sobbed through an anxiety attack. I signed up to as a child if they were considering committing suicide and then relaying this terrifying information to a parent. It seems like a lot to agree to, but I truly knew what I was getting into.”

Nowhere in our contracts does it ask us to shield our students as our classrooms and schools are sprayed with bullets from an AR-15 or any other weapon for that matter. However she made a good point when she said…

“At the end of my teaching contract, it says that I will perform ‘any other duties to be assigned’. I do not interpret these words as ‘bleeding to death on the floor of my classroom’.”

Honestly, no teacher would…no teacher should. But I can tell you that if it came down to it we would all be that teacher that was deemed a hero because we risked our life and ultimately lost it because someone tried to hurt our students. However, I am with the surviving students of that High School in Parkland, Florida. I am 100% done with the school shootings. I want this to be the last one (though I don’t think this one should have ever happened…2none of them should have ever happened).

So I have list of things that you can do to help. Ways that you can help us as educators take action.

 

1. Register to vote

This is probably the most important thing. If you are not registered to vote and you can register, please do so ASAP. I don’t care if you never vote for a president or anything else, but in order to make a change on election day we need your vote. So please register to vote and encourage others that you know are not registered to vote to do the same.

 

2. Text “ACT” to 644-33

What this does is shows that you are interested in joining the fight against gun violence. It will prompt you to then reply with your Zip Code and you will then be given a website which will show you events in your area that you can attend.

 

3. Download the 5 Calls App

This will give you the numbers to contact your local government officials. What you then do is call and talk to them or leave a message. If you are nervous about talking to them (I know I would be) then what you can do is read directly from the script that they give you. It takes about 1 minute per call, 5 minutes of your day. Please do this.

 

4. Text “RESIST” to 504-09

This allows you to turn your text message into a letter to your representative. Honestly this takes 2 minutes of your time. Not sure what to say? Just speak from your heart or do a little research and I’m sure you can find the right words.

 

5. Teach and Show Kindness and Love.

This is probably the most important one. As educators each and every day we do our best to show our kiddos that we love and support them. We do our best to teach them to be kind to their classmates and to be kind to other in general. But I am not going to lie, there are some days where I myself snap. There are days where I think to myself that a certain kid (or multiple kids) are getting on my nerves. But what I am going to try to do more and be better at is taking a step back. I do not know 100% what these kids home lives are like. I might have an idea. I might hear rumors about it. But I am not there. Even if they have a good home life they might have had a rough morning…we have all been there. It is not fair to me to lash out at them without knowing.

This quote resonates with me now more than ever…

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As educators I think that we need to remember this now more than ever. The students that we see as behavior problems are the ones that are really crying out for help. The little one that yelled at you because you asked him to sit down…might not have had breakfast that morning. The eighth grader that is giving you lip because you asked him to tuck in his shirt, might have gotten yelled at for not getting his little siblings ready for school on time. Our students these days have more responsibilities than we did as kids and I think that we sometimes forget that. So when we add more to their plate than they already have and we lash out at them…we wonder why we get lashed out at as well. Or we wonder why they zone out and don’t listen.

Sometimes what we need to do is sit back and think before we act. If we can show our kiddos kindness and love even when they aren’t showing it to us, then I bet that we can work to make the world a better place.

 

Do you know of other ways that I didn’t mention above that people can help end the violence? Please let me know in the comments below so that I can share it with other people. Enough Is Enough. I’m ready for change and I know that other people are too.

 

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Oops I Did it Again….

Now I know you’re probably thinking “didn’t you JUST completely re-do your room over the summer” and the answer to that is yes, yes I did. BUT hear me out! The way I arranged the room gives me (and my kiddos) more space to move around and I added new decorations too! So I thought that I would share that with all of you!

 

Before you see the new photos here’s a look at what it looked like before. Actually you know what, I lied, let’s take it ALL the way back and look at what it looked like at the end of last year!

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This is what I was working with all of last year. Honestly I wish I had a picture of what it looked like before I set the tables up this way. They were all around the room so some of them were facing the walls and then some of them were in the center of the room in rows. It just drove me insane! So I set them up like this, and though it was better my desk was at the front of the room and I couldn’t see what the kids were doing and honestly it was a pain in the neck to walk through the room and I felt like I had no freedom to make it my own. So for the year I worked with what I had and I did some planning and at the end of the year asked home and school if they would help me out and buy me some tables….

Well….I got them!

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I absolutely love them and I am so grateful to the home and school board for making this room look amazing and giving out students the opportunity to learn in an up-to-date environment! But let me tell you, it took my dad and I almost a whole day to get this setup like this because I couldn’t figure out how to fit all of these tables (36 computers, 4 computers per table, 1 very small classroom…in case you can’t tell I’m in one half…yes I said one half, of a modular but we make it work!)

So after a few months I started to realize that there wasn’t a lot of room still and that I could be utilizing the space better than I was. So we had a teacher work day recently and I decided that it was time to move things around yet again, and let me tell you it is even better than the picture you see above!

 

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I mean seriously look at how open that makes the room! Really all I did was take apart the groups of tables (except 2 of them) and placed single half tables up against the wall around the room in 5 different spots, then in the center of the room is where I placed the two groups of tables.

I love this setup so much and I don’t think that I will be changing it for a while. However, I did add a few things to my room that I am loving and so excited that I finally got to get them up! My goal was to have them done sooner but…life happens, right?

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Okay this first station is only partly new. Each year my school is given a donation from our local Kiwanis Club and this year my principal asked me if there was anything that we needed for the computer lab. Honestly at first I almost said no, but then he mentioned headphones (in this case ear buds) for each of our students. Now granted last year we did purchase a new set of headphones and though they are nice (I still have them for testing and for my kinders and preschoolers), some of them were falling apart and some of them stopped working all together. So of course I said yes and I am so glad that I did! (I think I’m going to do another post later on about how I organized the headphones and the labels that I made for all of my buckets so stay tuned for that!)

The sign on the top shelf says “Live Love Laugh” my mom made it for me! It’s an apple chalk board piece (we used these for my college graduation party as center pieces). The one on the second shelf says “Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder” and I got it from Target in the dollar spot (I believe it was $3).

Okay moving on because I could really ramble about all of this!

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Please ignore the “Christmas Tree”…in my defense I took off all of the Christmas decorations and since it has snow on it I thought that it would be a cute winter decoration and there’s still snow on the ground so….don’t judge okay? Also, don’t pay attention to the messy first shelf…I’m still working on cleaning things out and organizing. (Of course by the time I do that I’ll probably be out of here and in my own classroom…in case you didn’t know my degree is AYA 7-12 Life Science). But that’s besides the point! The letter board is of course from Target…(I believe this was also $3…someone please correct me if I’m wrong!). Anyways, I love it so much and have been using it as a way to display a “Quote of the Week”…if you follow my on Instagram (if you’re not…what are you doing with your life??) you know I love my quotes! And the Scentsy warmer was a gift from a friend for graduation (can you tell that I love the “Live Love Laugh” quote? I told you I love my quotes!).

Moving right along!

 

 

calendar-organization.jpgThis area used to be just my “catch all” and my paper storage for the printer, but since I recently moved my printer away from this (though my printer paper is still on it…I just haven’t moved it yet) I decided that I would use it for something else. Now these bins used to be used to hold the giant headphones that all of the students used. I had 36 bins, one bin for each computer. However, since we received the new earbuds I had all of these left over bins. I knew that I had wanted to better organize my calendar stuff because it was all in one box and honestly it was a hot mess and I hated it. I was planning on purchasing a hanging organizer or something like that for it, but then I saw all of these bins laying around and thought to myself that I could definitely use them for my calendar pieces! (Again I will be doing another blog post on how I organized these and how I created the labels that you see on the front and maybe what is in each bin…though some bins are more full than others…I’m still working on that!).

CalendarSorry for the glare! I tried to fix it and though I feel I’m pretty savvy with technology…editing photos is not one of my strong points. To be completely honest I’m not 100% sure why I’m including this because I just got some major inspiration from a teacher on IG…and of course now I can’t find it and can’t give her credit…so angry at myself for not writing it down! When I find it I PROMISE I will edit this post and let y’all know who it is! (Again all of the information about my calendar will be included in another post so please keep an eye out!)

Now it’s time for my FAVORITE addition to my room!

The Tech Word Wall!!!! Eeek!

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All of the words and the “ABC” letters came from a bundle on TpT from Brittany Washburn (if you’re not following her….what are you doing?…click her name and it will take you directly to her TpT store and the product that I used). I am a huge fan of Brittany and love all of her stuff! When I found her by accident a few years ago (as I was stressing out because technology is not what I went to school for…my degree is in science…) I was so thankful because she gave me some great insight and ideas on what to do with my kiddos! Oh and she has helped me make my room more engaging! Now granted it is February and I’m just getting this up…but better late than never right??? I love it and I know once the kiddos see it done they will love it too!

 

Well friends, that is my classroom update! I will try not to do another one of these for a while! It takes a lot to move all that stuff around! (A huge shoutout to my dad for helping me…again…I’m so glad he retired!!) What do you think? I know it’s difficult to see in pictures but let me know in the comments below!

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A Week of Outfits

Hey friends!!

So today I thought that I would do something a little different and do a week of teacher outfits!

Monday:

The top and bottoms for this outfit are both from Kohl’s. I got them last spring so I’m not so sure that you can still find them.

Boots are from Zulily (if you’ve never shopped zulily you should it’s amazing!)

Tuesday:

Black pants are leather in the front and regular pant material in the back. I believe they are from Target. The sweater is honestly so old I don’t remember where I got it. And the White top was a Christmas gift. I wore this with the black flats which are from Target.

Wednesday:

One of my favorites! A shift dress (with pockets!) Both the dress and boots are from Zulily.

Thursday:

I told y’all this was one of my favorite outfits. I bought it in purple too! Same shift dress just a different color and same black boots!

Friday:

Usually on Fridays I wear jeans and a T-shirt or a nice shirt depending on what we have going on. And of course I have seemed to have lost my Friday OOTD pictures. So my apologies!

What do your outfits look like throughout the week? I would love to know!!

Teacher Memes

Friends! We all know that we deserve a good laugh every once in a while right?!? Well I compiled some of my favorite teacher memes and thought that I would share them with all of you! Happy Monday!

 

 

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I mean this doesn’t exist but I think it should…anyone else??? Especially on a Monday morning!

 

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I mean….true. Just a week or so ago I spent $40 alone just in the Dollar Spot at Target…the DOLLAR spot! That’s crazy! But the Dollar Spot is irresistible….am I right?

 

 

Winter BreakThis was also me last week after having Monday off for MLK Day and then having a snow day Tuesday and Wednesday and then working Thursday and then a Teacher Work Day on Friday….I mean…what day is it? What time is it? Where am I? hahah

 

Why

I mean this really couldn’t be more accurate. I think they find it enjoyable to test us like this.

 

summer break

Well I mean it is nice to have summers off….but we really don’t get summers off. With professional development and worrying and planning for the following school year. If you have kids of your own…add that into the mix and you definitely don’t get a summer break!

 

Stay in your seat

Oh my best friend just got up to get a tissue…I suddenly also need a tissue! Susie needs a tissue, Jimmy needs a tissue….NO! It’s not a party at the tissue box or the trash can!

 

Sick Kids

Or the kid that said they puked before they got to school yet mom and dad insist that he/she is fine. NO! You are infecting me and my entire room and the rest of the school. Please stay home! I love you and I want you to learn but I do not want to nor can I afford to be ill!

 

Seating Chart

I mean really does this even need an explanation? No it doesn’t. We’ve all been there.

 

Mental Break down

Or throw a kid out the window….or accidentally cuss. Just breathe and count to 10…or 100. Whichever helps.

 

Line leader

This one is one of my favorites. Especially with the little ones because there’s always that one kid that just needs to be first or it’s the end of the world!

 

Giving Directions

My favorite line when this happens, “Please pay attention next time, and ask a friend/neighbor that was listening” they love when I say that! (Please note the sarcasm!)

 

Cold

This is how I feel when one student gets sick…one gets it, we’re all getting it. That’s when the airborne and the Lysol come out hard! No sickness for me!

 

Bleeding Dying

This is my favorite line. I mean seriously sometimes I feel like I have the whole class at my desk or at my hip for the smallest thing! Billy looked at me funny. Susie is playing with her crayon box. JUST SIT DOWN! Unless you or your neighbor is on fire, bleeding or dying please sit so I can teach! Sometimes I humor them and let them tell me whatever it is, but sometimes I just can’t!

 

Bathroom

Yeah no. Not happening. You only want to go because your friend did I’m sure.

 

Assembly

Or for those of us who teach at a Catholic School….church. I hate when I can’t get a kids attention and I have to climb through rows of kids like a crazy person to get them to knock it off when they know better!

 

Well friends I hope that these gave you a laugh on this Monday! I hope you have an amazing week!

What is your favorite teacher meme?? Drop it in the comments below!

 

**Also please note I got these off of Pinterest and do not know who the original owners are but none of these are my photos and I not taking credit for them**

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My All Time Favorite Planner

 

For the past 3 years I have owned a KitLife Planner…and once you see the inside of it I’m sure you will know why!

 

First let’s just start off with the cover…the normal cover itself is honestly just amazing and I love it! But KitLife stepped up their game (not like they needed to or anything!) and added in Clip Covers!! Let me tell you I had one heck of a time choosing a clip cover!! They are all literally amazing!

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This is what the cover looks like without the clip cover on it. I mean isn’t it just stunning? The color is not showing up very well on camera (bad lighting I know I’m sorry!) But it is like a pale blue (almost a sky blue color) with white writing and beautiful detailing. I love it so much! I got it with the silver coil!

Now lets go on to what it looks like with the clip cover!!!!

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Lets just talk about this clip cover for a second! One…it’s purple, your girls favorite color! And I just love the Bible verse on the front! I feel like this year is a year that I have so many big plans for myself and I felt that this fit perfectly! They had so many different options I honestly almost ordered two…but I couldn’t decide on a second one! Maybe later in the year I will order myself another one and switch it out! We shall see!

Now let’s take a look at the inside because this is what I love most about this planner!

By the way I don’t think I mentioned it, I got the weekly planner with the teacher extension and I love it!

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This is probably one of my favorite features of this planner! Not only does it have little motivational quotes and sayings but it also has what they call the Quarterly Check-In! So every quarter you can answer the questions and kind of check in with yourself. Are you taking the time out to do the things you wanted to do? Are you taking care of yourself? I love this!!

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Before the start of each month you get a page that looks like this. I love taking a minute or two to really read through all of this because it gives you some amazing tips and tricks on things to do for yourself throughout the month! It has some really great tips and tricks on it and I really enjoy this amazing page!

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Of course you get a monthly calendar page! Yes my planner is color coordinated. If I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be able to keep my life straight!

 

Of course you get daily pages as well. Each day has a special motivational quote on it as well. I really love that added touch! You have a HUGE open space to add whatever you want at the very top. For me this is were I put special events (birthdays or parties or special things for work, even lesson plans). In the bottom left hand corner you have a Schedule from 6am – 8pm to write specific things – again another thing I love! This is where I write my daily class schedule, when I teach at the gym and my daily personal workouts. Yes I schedule my workouts! If you don’t….give it a try. I promise it makes a difference. Then next to that you have “The Big 3” –> what are the 3 things you must accomplish today? Write them here and check them off when they are done! You have a “wellness” section – this is where I like to write if had a good day with my health and fitness, if I drank all of my water things like that. And the last box is a Gratitude box which I love! What were you grateful for that day? Write it down. I like to treat my planner like its a journal. I can look back and see how the year has changed and how I have changed over the year. On the Saturday and Sunday page there is no time schedule or the other additions, it just has Saturday and Sunday and then a “Peek at the Week” which is fine by me! I tend to not do too much on the weekends so it’s not necessary to have all that extra space or stuff to worry about! And I love the Peek at the Week! I can write super important things that are coming up in the next week because ya girl is forgetful!

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Raise your hand if you love to color and doodle….if you didn’t raise your hand I think you’re lying to yourself! This is probably one of my favorite things about this planner (how many times have I said that?!?). Doodle break! Every once in a while throughout this planner you find a page like this that you can color on, write a special quote, or just doodle or do whatever you want. We’re adults sure but guess what, we need to take care of us and sometimes taking a minute (or 20) to color and just relax is exactly what we need and we don’t always think to take the time for stuff like that. I love that this planner reminds me to do that for myself!

 

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Have you ever said to yourself…I’m going to make a list and start my shopping for the Holidays early….yeah me too! Do I do that? Not usually…but this planner does help to remind me! Do I use this page…yes I do! I make my list and I try to remember to start early but…life happens. But it’s the thought that counts right?!?!? I try!

 

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The teacher part!!! This is at the back of the book and is the cutest thing ever!!! I just love it! Here are some pictures of what the rest of it looks like!

 

I really can’t say enough how much I just love this planner! I am obsessed with it! If you want one for yourself go to the  KitLife website and then you can use this link to earn 50 points towards your purchase! (No this post is not sponsored, they just offer an awesome rewards program that allows you to earn money off of your purchases when you sign up for the rewards program…who doesn’t want to save some $$$ ???)

Do you have a favorite planner?? What is it?? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!

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Me Time Tag 2018

1. What do you watch or read during your me time? reading clipart

If I am reading something it’s whatever book I am currently reading. If I decide to watch something I usually start with my YouTube videos that I need to catch up on and then I will switch it over to Netflix and watch whatever show I am currently binging. Unless it’s football season…then the answer is always, I repeat always football!

2. What do you wear during your me time?

Whatever makes me comfy! Sometimes some warm pj’s, but usually a pair of shorts and a t-shirt so that I can snuggle up under a nice blanket!

3. What are your favorite me time beauty products?

Occasionally a face mask. Usually the one by Mary Kay, sometimes a sheet mask. It depends on my mood!

 4. Current favorite nail polish…

Hmmm….good question because I change my nail polish every week and I usually don’t wear the same color back to back!

5. What do you eat or drink during Me Time?

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A hot cup of tea or coffee, sometimes wine 🙂

6. Current favorite candle.

Purple Sands.

7. Do you ever have outdoor me time?

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In the summer all the time! I love laying in the sun with a good book. I could literally spend all day out there!

8. Would you ever go see a movie alone?

Probably not. If I’m going to see a movie I want to experience it with someone.

9. Favorite online shop?

Currently Zulily.

 10. Favorite Me Time music?

Country or whatever my favorite song is at the moment. So right now it would be Out Loud and Satellite by Gabbie Hanna (she’s a youtuber if you don’t know who she is check her out and listen to her music because she is FIRE!)

11. How would you spend a kid free day?

Well I don’t have any kids of my own BUT I am a teacher so my “kid free” days are spend usually thinking about how I can better assist my kiddos.

12. What else do you do during Me Time?

Naps take all the naps!

Me time is so important for your mental and physical health! Here are some things that “me time” can help with…

-Reboots your brain
-Helps you unwind
-Improves your concentration
-Makes us more productive
-Gives your room for self-discovery
-Allows time for deep thinking and reflection
-Aids in problem solving
-Enhances our relationships

Day in and day out we deal with stress between work and home life that occasionally we need some time to unwind and just do what makes us happy.

What is your favorite “me time” activity? Or if you have a blog and want to do this tag please feel free! I would love to read your responses!

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Organizing & Planning a Field Trip!

Teacher friends we all know the stress of planning and organizing your first field trip!

I did mine last year and I can honestly say that without the amazing help of the first grade teacher that I work with I would have been absolutely lost and forgotten about 100 things!

So I’ve come up with some tips and tricks on how to cut the stress for planning your first field trip!

 

 

1. Make A List

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Okay now that we have our “To-do” list, let me tell you a little bit about why I put each item on my list.

1.Pick Several Destinations

This is on my list because you never know if the place you have in mind might be booked. Also if you’re taking multiple classes it’s good to rotate your field trips. That’s what we’re doing. Last year we went to a place called The Works and then this year we are going to The Ohio Historical Center, next year back to The Works. See what I mean? Since we take two classes no class will attend the same field trip twice.

2.Do Research on the Destinations

When trying to decide on a destination for your field trip it’s important to do your research. Do they have special offers for field trips? What are their hours? How far away is it from the school? Is there a place for you to each lunch? Do you need to pack a lunch? (The answer for that one at least for us is always yes it’s just easier that way!) How much is it going to cost? (so you can figure the cost per student) Are teachers free? What about chaperones?

See what I mean? It’s insane! There are so many little things that you don’t always think about! I know when I planned my first field trip (last year!) I didn’t think of half of these things! I’m glad I had some help!

3.Pick Several Dates

Granted most of the places you’re going to take your students will already suggest this but it helps to do it ahead of time.

4. Coordinate Transportation

This is one of the most important parts! I believe I did this backwards when I planned our field trip. Coordinate the transportation FIRST. Get ahold of the bus company (if that’s what you’re going to use as transportation) and make sure that they have the date that you want (or any of the possible dates that you might want) available. It doesn’t hurt to do it after you’ve talked with the places you want to visit but it might make your life easier to do it before just so you know that a bus will be available the date that you want to take your field trip.

5. Fill Out Permission Slip

Of course you already know that you need to do this and why you need to do this so we’re just going to move it right along!

6. Create Student Groups

I like to do this ahead of time so that I have plenty of time to move students around if I need to. Especially if a parents ends up deciding to chaperone or what not I’m not frantically trying to figure out groups right before we go on the trip. I like to do it as I’m planning. It just makes it easier in my opinion.

7. List of Possible Chaperones

For me this is super important because Since I work at a private Catholic school parents have to go through certain steps in order to be a chaperone or to help out with the students. If they don’t have certain things and meet the requirements then they cannot go on field trips with us, so the office is super helpful about getting us a list of those parents that are able to chaperone. This gives me an idea of how many students I can put in each group and gives me a chance to make sure we can get enough chaperones as well.

8. Decide on Lunch and Attire

For us we always have our kiddos pack a lunch but sometimes we let them dress down. Most of the time we just have them wear their uniforms just because it’s easier to keep track of students and they have a gym uniform they can wear that’s still comfortable.

 

BONUS TIP!

The first grade teacher that I work with and I were talking and we decided that it would be a neat idea if we stuck with two different field trip destinations and flipped them each year. So last year was our first year doing this, we went to The Works and we took the first and second grade class. So in order for the second grade class to get a different field trip that’s why we decided to do a rotation. This year we are going to The Ohio Historical Society. For me, I have to be organized and I like to have everything ready to go so I created a “Field Trip Organizer” and printed it out and placed it into a binder. (If you click the link you can see the PDF of what I did). I literally just made it in PowerPoint and added some cute clip art to make it festive!

 

What are your tips and tricks for planning and organizing field trips successfully? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to know!

 

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My Goals for 2018!

I thought that it would be fitting for me to share with you the goals that I set for myself for 2018 and maybe a little bit about how I set them and why.

Each year I like to set a certain number of goals for myself. This year since I have my blog I have added a few things to my goals. For 2018 I have 10 main goals that I want to accomplish (or work toward accomplishing) this year!

I have a mixture of health/fitness goals and then I have some goals that are geared towards my blog and the social media platforms that I have connected to that (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest).

Health Goals

  1. I will run 8 miles a week
  2. I will become a morning person
  3. I will drink enough water every day

Now, for me these are my health goals for this year. You will notice that I started each of them with “I will” why? Well because my awesome friend and coach Danielle taught us that if you want to achieve your goals you have to will them into action. It’s not enough to just say that you want to do something or to just state what it is you want to do. These are your goals, make them happen!

 

Blog and Social Media Goals

 

1. I will have 100 followers
2. I will not miss a post
3. I will have 2,500 followers on Instagram
4. I will have 400 followers on my Facebook page
5. I will have 1,500 followers on Pinterest
6. I will have 1,000 followers on Twitter
7. I will start a Teachers Pay Teachers Store

You will notice that these make up most of my goals. For me this is the area that I wanted to focus on most this year. Why? Because I know that my health and my fitness are in good shape for the most part. Yes there is always room for improvement and I understand that but if I want this to grow I need to invest time into it.

 

Now this next thing is something that is new to me. My friend and Coach Danielle once again talked about this and it honestly just made sense.

Push Goal

You’re probably wondering “What is a Push Goal”? Well let me explain that to you! A push goal is a goal that is going to help me to reach all of my other goals (or the majority of my goals). Earlier I said that I wanted to focus mostly on my blog and social media presence so my Push Goal for 2018 is geared towards that.

1. I will spend one hour a day on my blog and social media posts.

In order for me to follow my schedule that I have set up for me for the 2018 year (my blog posts as well as the social media posts that go hand-in-hand with those) I know that I need to spend a little bit of time each day on my blog and social media. I have a busy schedule, being a teacher it’s not easy to take time during my work day to work on my blog (I’m not going to lie sometimes I do use spare time to do it but usually I don’t or I can’t). I also schedule my time to be at the gym (as well as my teaching schedule), I like spending time with family and the weekends are usually spent with my boyfriend. That leaves very little time for me to work on my blog, but I am willing to make it work, even if that means staying up a little later or working through my lunch.

 

How do you come up with your goals? Do you have a push goal? If not do you think that you will write one for yourself now? Share with me your thoughts in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!!

I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me and for all of you! I know that you will all accomplish your goals that you have set for yourself and I can’t wait to watch you do it!

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My Christmas Eve Makeup Look

 

Okay now this is something that is 100% new for me! I’ve never done a makeup tutorial on here before but I wanted to try something new and I was actually going to post my everyday makeup look BUT I loved how this turned out so this is going up first. I promise I will post my every day makeup look here soon! (Honestly it’s pretty much the same except the eyes and occasionally I will add a lipstick!)

Okay so on to the tutorial!

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

 

I was debating taking the day off from posting, but to be 100% honest with you I tend to write a lot of my blog posts ahead of time! So I figured since I’m writing this a month ahead of time (literally it’s November 25th), that I would do a tag!! I was searching for a more “teacher” themed one, but then I found a few lists of tags that are technically for YouTube but I took some of the questions from two of the tags and made one 25 question Holiday Tag! I hope you enjoy!

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