Monday, September 2, 2013

Currently September

It's that time! Linking up with Farley from Oh Boy Fourth Grade for the September Currently!!!

I've been busy, busy, busy lately. With school starting tomorrow, my wedding in 19 days and lots of upcoming doctor appointments, I haven't had a day to myself. This labor day weekend was great though. I got to spend yesterday tubing down the Shenandoah River with some of my favorite girls.

I am super obsessed with etsy lately. And then with back to school shopping, anything black and gold or chevron catches my eye immediately.

With the upcoming wedding, I am focusing on being strict about eating clean now. Can't decide what to cook up for dinner.

So much to do this month!!!

Monday Made It - Teacher Toolbox

My first day with the kiddos is tomorrow! I've had the last two weeks to prepare: get my classroom ready, plan and attend quite a few professional development trainings. It's my third year teaching fourth grade this year and I'm so happy to have the experience that I have. I remember being so nervous before my first day of school my first year. I'm not nervous this year. I'm a little anxious with all the wonderings about my new class, but I'm mostly excited to start a new year.

One of my main goals this year is organization. I'm the team leader, which means I need to be organized to help the rest of the teachers on my team succeed. So one of the pinterest projects I decided to make this summer was a teacher toolbox.

I've always seen the teacher toolboxes on pinterest but the thought of going to Home Depot was intimidating. Whenever I go to Home Depot, Lowes or any of those giant home improvement stores, I always get lost and feel like I'm finding a needle in a haystack.

HOWEVER, did you know that you can order/reserve a product online through Home Depot or Lowes' websites and then pick it up in about 20 minutes to an hour later at the customer service desk AT NO EXTRA COST! This means no more wandering and it saves a ton of time!! This way you can also be sure that they have exactly what you're looking for in stock at your local store.

Step One: You can order the Stack-On 22-Compartment Storage Cabinet from Home Depot here. It is currently $16.92.
You can order the Stack-On 22-Drawer Storage Cabinet from Lowes here. It is currently $16.47.
I wanted mine to be gray, so I ordered mine from Home Depot. Make sure you check the option for in-store pick up :)

Step Two: Paper. I went to my local craft store to get some cute paper to print out on. I had a chevron vision for my teacher toolbox, so I actually had to buy one of those $20 books of scrapbook paper.

Step Three: Download the teacher toolbox label template from Jessica Warcup's Teachers Pay Teachers store here. This will make your life so much easier!!!

Step Four: Type up the labels you want for your toolbox. Every teacher is different so you can fully customize these labels. I typed mine in the font Howser, from Kevin and Amanda fonts. You can download that font here. It's one of my go-to fonts!

A few recommendations for labels that I have-
- I made a small drawer for a hole punch.  My standard one-hole hole punch did not fit in the small drawer.
-I forgot to make a drawer for pencils. Definitely make a drawer for pencils.
-I made a small drawer for binder clips, but only about 10 fit. It doesn't seem like the most efficient use of a drawer to me, so I might not do that the next time around.
-Leave a few drawers blank, you might think of a better use for the drawer later!

Step Five: Print the labels on your scrapbook paper.

Step Six: Cut out the labels and tape them onto the drawers.

Step Seven: Fill with supplies, show off and enjoy!!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back to School Sale on TPT

For those of you that don't know, TPT is having their annual Back to School Sale right now! In addition to that, my shop will be hosting a 20% off sale... which means everything from my shop is 28% off if you use the code BTS13 today AND tomorrow!!!

Hurry on over to my store {here}!!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Spectacular Plum District Giveaway!

Plum District is having a HUGE Back to School Giveaway!!! You could win over $5,500 in prizes- which includes a gap gift card (PERFECT for teacher outfit shopping) and personalized frecklebox gifts. All you have to do is like their Facebook page {here}.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Meet The Teacher!

I'm linking up for Teacher Week '13 with Blog Hoppin!

1. I teach fourth grade in Northern Virginia at a Title I school. This will be my third year teaching. I did one year of teaching before this as a student teacher in Pennsylvania which was also at a Title I school so I've never taught a class that wasn't affected by poverty. I feel like teaching in a Title I school really makes the job even more rewarding.. getting to know these kiddos and making a difference in their lives.

2. Other than teaching, I'm planning my wedding. I'm getting married on September 21st (40 days from now!) It's really getting down to the wire and with the beginning of the school year, I know that this next month is going to be a whirlwind. But I am so lucky to be marrying my best friend after 5 and a half years of dating.

3. I have a miniature schnauzer named Brooklyn. She's the snuggliest little pup you'll ever meet. When she wants to love you, she suffocates you. Anyone else's dog do this??

4. I absolutely love travelling. My fiance and I have been fortunate enough to travel around the country and internationally. We've been to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, shopped in Milan, gambled in Las Vegas, parasailed in the Outer Banks, paddle boarded in the gulf of Mexico, laughed and cried at Broadway shows and have eaten chicken fried steak in Texas... and much more.

5. I went to Penn State. Happy Valley is really the happiest place on Earth. Everyone should see a football game there. My dog's name is Brooklyn because Joe Pa was born there.

6. My fiance proposed in Cinque Terre Italy. It was better than I could have ever imagined. Words can't even describe how perfect it was.

7. I am best friends with my co-workers and don't know what I would do without them.

8. My newest hobby is running! I love running. Especially because there's so many great trails to run on and sights to see in the DC area. I have signed up for a 5k every month for a year (until next April) and it really keeps me going.

9. Another one of my hobbies in the fall is fantasy football. My fiance and I got both of our families involved in the league and it has been so much fun. It makes watching football even more fun and it's great to have a little inter-family competitiveness.

10. My go-to fun fact about me is that I've had the chicken pox three times!

I would also like to announce the winner of the giveaway that I hosted last week during the Southern Hospitality Blog Hop is.....

Friday, August 9, 2013

Favorite Pins Friday

I am super excited to do a Favorite Pins Friday thanks to First Grade Parade! So here are my favorite pins I've seen lately!

I love the idea of a little bit of a theme to Open House. came up with a neon themed back to school party and they have a ton more ideas here.

Then next there's a cute teacher gift. I'm thinking I could put this on one of my coworkers desks on the first day of school or it could be for a first-year teacher. The idea is from

I also just think this is a super adorable idea and wish I had a chalkboard somewhere because it just won't look as cute with a dry erase board. Unfortunately this is one of those pins that I can't find a home for. So the thanks for this idea goes to an anonymous teacher!

Bern from Mom 2 Posh Lil Divas featured a cute experiment to introduce the Scientific Method. It's called the Dissolving Peeps Experiment. How super cute! This will definitely be used in my classroom this year!

If you want to see what else I've been pinning, you can click HERE to follow me on Pinterest.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Upcoming Giveaway!!

Heather Matthews over at Peacocks and Penguins is SO close to 300 followers! To help her celebrate, I am donating a product from my TPT store that you can win in her GIANT 300 Follower Giveaway. Seriously guys, get excited!!!

You should follow her blog because the more followers, the closer the giveaway! And you'll be notified about the giveaway that way :) Other than that, she's an amazing blogger who teaches fourth grade and has some fabulous ideas up her sleeve. She's actually one of the first blogs I started following when I started this blog!

If you want a preview of all the products in Heather's upcoming giveaway, click {here} to read all about them!

And don't forget to scroll down to my blog post about the blog hop- my giveaway is still open to win some freebies from my store!