8.16.2014

Bright Idea: Washi Tape Trick!


Are you ready for the simplest Bright Idea ever?
It is SO simple, yet it will bring you forever happiness.

Raise your hand if you enjoy super sharp permanent markers...

{it's the little things in life, my friends}


See that piece of Washi Tape at the end of my marker?  That's the trick.

I have about 985972 Sharpies in my classroom, but not all of them are sharp!  Whenever I get out a new permanent marker from my hoarding collection supply, I wrap a piece of Washi Tape around the end.  When I have a job that requires a super sharp Sharpie, I simply grab the marker that has been Washi Taped!  When that marker is no longer super sharp, I pull off the tape and Washi Tape a new one.  Easy as that.  

Do you feel enlightened? :)

Do you have an amazing trick for Washi Tape?  Share in the comments below!
I am planning on a Washi Tape post soon!

PS: Here is an outtake from my Washi Tape photo shoot...


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8.11.2014

Meet the Teacher Blogger!


It has been awhile since I've participated in an all about me link-up, so I was excited to see Stephanie's Meet the Teacher Blogger Linky!  I am a 28 year old 2nd grade teacher from Ohio.  I cannot believe that this is my 8th year teaching {6 years in 2nd, 1 year in 1st, 1 year in Pre-Primary Montessori).  

I just went back to school this weekend to start setting up my classroom and will be very busy there this week!  Our students don't start until next Thursday, but next week is packed with teacher work day, PD day, and meetings... meaning, I better get busy this week!  As overwhelming as a new school year can be, I love the fresh start feeling!  I am sad summer is ending because I will be spending less time with this guy {my nephew turned 1 this summer!}  


I don't have any kids of my own, but I did get two fur babies a few weeks ago!  
Say hello to Charlie and Lola.


Ok, let's do this.


 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

My Faith. Family. Traveling. Keurig coffee. Good music. Blog stalking. Photography and art. Snow days. Summer Vacation. Graphic design. Pens. School Supplies. Target. Sleeping. Documentaries. Kittens. Sunsets. Oceans. Ice Cream. Teaching. Counseling. 

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
My dream job would involve getting paid to travel the world!  

If I can't do that, I will be a rockstar.  {True story... I was in a band with 5 guys in college.  I am an extreme introvert, so I loved the whole rockstar gig.}


THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Driven. Creative. Curious.  
 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"I love working all day and coming home to do 3 more hours of work!!"

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

Ellen for the humor.
Jake Gyllenhaal for the looks.
Jesus for the conversation.

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

The Working Title

Ha!  That would showcase my indecisiveness  :)

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
 
Mind reading!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. And everything you do must be done with love.  {1 Corinthians 16:13-14}

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

Hallelujah {the Rufus Wainwright version!}
But first, I would need the superpower of being able to sing.
 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Night Owl. For sure.
 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

I love my iStudent: All About Me Book.  Two years ago, I had a class that was absolutely obsessed with technology, which inspired many techie classroom projects!  Instead of a traditional All About Me book, students create Apps as icons about their life!  They LOVE it!

iStudent: All About Me Book


Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!

I LOVE traveling.  I am also very interested in learning about education in other parts of the world.  A few summers ago, I was able to teach kindergarten for three weeks in Ghana, Africa.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.  You can read more about it {here}.

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8.03.2014

Watergate 2014 and BTS14



Hello from Toledo... home of The Great Water Crisis of 2014!  If you haven't already heard about Watergate, here's the {non-scientific} gist:

-On Saturday morning, I woke up to an emergency alert text message and 3 emails from my mother saying not to drink any water!  {She used many more exclamation points in her email}

-It was discovered that there are "harmful algal blooms" in our water (from Lake Erie), which impacts 500,000 people in Toledo and surrounding areas.

-At first, they told us that we could not even TOUCH the water.  Or look at it.  Or think about it.

-The initial alert went out in the middle of the night, so people ran to the stores to buy every water-related item in stock.  I went to Kroger at 8am and they had sold out long before I got there.  I bought two bags of ice at Speedway as a consolation prize.

-Despite the craziness, the city is doing a great job of creating water stations at local firehouses and schools.  The stores have also received a TON of water.  Of course, water is also being sold on Craigslist for $30 a pack.

-Currently, healthy adults can shower in the water, but they recommend keeping the water cold!  Brrrrrr.  Apparently, heating up the water makes the toxins worse.  I took my first shower today and haven't melted yet.

-We are waiting on the results of a bunch of samples sent out to bigger cities.  They keep delaying the results, which is slightly concerning.

-Local businesses are being greatly impacted (except for Max & Ermas who is serving beer and french fries on paper plates).

-My kittens are enjoying their water bowl filled with Dasani.  They will never go back to tap water again.

-Watergate memes are popping up right and left.  Here is my favorite:

{From our 19 snow days this year!}



Ok, new topic!  Are you ready for BTS14?!!  My cart is full and I'm ready to shop!

I have several new products and a few updated products for you to check out!

iStudent: All About Me Book
{Newly updated this summer!}


All iLove About You
{Perfect for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day!}


iPad Clip Art
{Finally made some iPads to match my iPhones!}


iPad Clip Art
{My personal favorite!!!}


Technology Clip Art
{Check out this bundle that will grow as I add new products!}


Happy shopping!!!!
 

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