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Labeling All the Things! {a Label Daddy review}

My first year teaching 5th grade had some surprises for sure. It was definitely a learning experience to see what I needed to focus on and what areas I could grow. Professional development aside, perfect the day-to-day operations of the classroom was a challenge! If anything I am thankful to have had such a great group of kids to "practice on" as I move to a new school to try it all over again. One of my downfalls was having a time consuming check out process. Instead I'm using this summer to organize my classroom library to ensure that the honor system can work for my students. Procedures and practice... But first: organization! I … [Read more...]

Red Clay & Roses {a giveaway}

A few years ago one of my very best friends said, "Hey my mom wrote a book!" I admit I probably said something slightly rude and indifferent like, "Cool. Everyone is writing eBooks these days..." I mean, it's quite true. Everywhere you turn you see some new eBook shoved in your face about this new thing, or people trying to put their interesting lives in memoir form slapped with the convenience stamp of buying it 5 days after the idea was conceived. However, S.K. Nicholls turned out quite different for me. It wasn't until last summer that I finally dug into her first novel, Red Clay & Roses. Red Clay & Roses takes place … [Read more...]

Worth it.

I'm really bad at this. I wanted to take pictures of my classroom before the students got there, but I forgot. I actually never remember to do that. However, I have taken a couple here and there. So for those of you wondering what my first year teaching looks like. Here's a sneak peak. First and foremost, my white board. I planned it out with dry erase and it worked wonderfully. I changed my Students vs. Teacher blocks to homework and reminders. I've noticed the kids need this visual. I can incorporate a point system later if needed. And it turned out rather well. I admit I'm not using CHAMPS enough. I'm trying, but it's … [Read more...]

Having the Talk

When I pulled my daughter out of public school after kindergarten, it was half to reconnect and half due to the attitudes small children have about life. I don't know if you noticed, but children today are growing up fast. We made a deal back then, and at the conclusion of our first grade year with home education we decided to try public school again. However, per our agreement, I had new expectations for my daughter when it came to communication. I did not want this new, abrasive society getting to her before I did about certain topics. One of those topics is sex. I come from a complex past when it comes to sex, but one thing I am … [Read more...]

This is My Life {Printable Planner Review}

Getting organized is something I'm constantly struggling with. Luckily these days there are literally hundreds of resources to help you stay on task and get goal oriented. Lately I've been focusing on positive thought as this year comes to a close. I followed along in a  eCourse recently about staying Blissfully Balanced as a mom who has the job of stay-at-home homemaker, full-time student, part-time employee in retail, and a WAHM (sewing, crafting, and this blog of course). I am overly ambitious. I get overwhelmed and then I crumble under pressure and everyone pays. I'm learning to take it easy on myself and not load up on too much. And to … [Read more...]

Mom Made Us Write This {Book Review}

When it comes to reading, my own child needs gentle encouragement to reach her full potential. She needs the topic to be fun and interesting, which is exactly why we're so picky when it comes to expanding our home library. I remember that when I was younger I was really into journal-type stories, which is why I was so excited when I was asked to review the first release in the Mom Made Us Write This series. Mom Made Us Write This is children's book written journal style by ten-year-old twins Maggie and Max over the summer. Originally as a form of gentle punishment, the book turns into a way for the siblings to understand one another and … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! {Plus a Giveaway!}

I've been waiting for this day! Not only is it the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week 2014, but it is also the official launch day for a fabulous new book, Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! by the lovely Jennifer Fountain of Growing Up Triplets. This book is the culmination of many tears of experience and an attempt to help other mothers planning to breastfeed twins, triplets or more. And because I don't do "excited" in a boring way, I'm also hosting a fanta-bulous giveaway with prizes worth over $450! You'll be the most prepared mama on the block! :) Oh, and from August 1-7, 2014 you can get the book for 70% off! Buy it in the … [Read more...]

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie {Giveaway}

Welcome To The If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Giveaway! Reading is so important for children. To make it more fun, activities are always great ways to get kids more interested in what they are reading. Courtney over at Optimistic Mommy is going to be doing activities and recipes each month for a popular children's book. This month is If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by one of my favorite children's book authors, Laura Numeroff! Check out these super cute things to go along with the book: Click here to learn how to create these awesome Mouse themed activities yourself! Also, each month Courtney will be hosting a giveaway to go along with the … [Read more...]

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Let's face it, homemaking is hard. It is definitely a job that you do in baby steps and it's no surprise many homemakers find themselves exhausted at the end of the day wondering "Did I actually accomplish anything?" With spouses, kids, cooking, and all the other aspects of a happy healthy home it can be a little overwhelming! That's where this bundle comes in. This bundle exists to make your life easier. Tons of homemakers have come together to offer you this amazing package of books, classes, printables, and other fabulous tools to make your life easier. Scroll through this post to find out more about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle of … [Read more...]

I See Me Books Are Perfect for Celebrating Kids!

I still can't believe that my little baby is one. One?! How did it happen? I swear he was just born a few weeks ago! But now he's up and about and toddling his way through another year and I am so flabbergasted. Being a mother is hard, yo. Babies grow too fast. I like to make the most of these moments by keeping keepsakes throughout my home to remind us of how awesome we are. When it came to celebrating Anders' first birthday I decided he deserved his own little I See Me book. I got Miss Gaia her own personalized book when she became a big sister last year. So it was only fitting that when my little Anders turned the big O-N-E he get one … [Read more...]