Saturday, June 11, 2016

To Be or NOT To Be ... that is the question :)

So, I'm thinking of resurrecting this ole blog ... it is so sorely neglected .. and I'm wondering just how many of you would be interested in reading it

Here are some of the topics I've juggled around writing about ~
Bucket Lists of Things to do with Teen Kiddos
How I Single-Handledly followed Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for a year straight and duplicated each one of her weeks of lesson plans for my own Kinders
Spiritual Fitness
Fashion over 50

Comment and let me know what you think!!

Happy Summer!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tablescape Alert {Thanksgiving}

It's that time of year ~ my favorite holiday!! THANKSGIVING!!  I was styling a birthday party a couple weeks ago and was reminded of one of my favorite party stylists, Amanda Parker at Amanda's Parties To Go.  She has been my inspiration for several parties including this Ladies Bunco Get-Together:



And this Teen Birthday Party:


This Mother's Day Beauty:


A Magical Middle School Birthday:


A Superbowl Extravaganza:


And our Family Thanksgiving 3 years ago:


Check out this Kid Table that she designed:


So, what to do this year?  I, of course, went to the Mother of all Inspiration ~ Pinterest, and found these Thanksgiving tablescapes:

Do I keep it simple?


Or go Vintage White?


How about we take it outside?



Or keep it more traditional?


What would you like to see this year?  You can weigh in below!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Project for a Snowy Day or for an HOUR before your guests are arriving for the Super Bowl ...



I recently got some PINspiration from Cassie over at Hi Sugarplum.  If you've never gone to her site, YOU MUST, right now!!!

She is the brilliance behind projects such as these and her house is beautifully decorated "on a budget" :)




AND her fashion sense is just my style


AND just look at the way her outfits are inspired ~

Anyway, on to the reason for this post, I was inspired by Cassie's Pantry Party, a complete overhaul of her pantry!  You can see her before & after's here.
SO, one snowy weekend right before the Super Bowl I headed to IKEA.  I was able to get all of the storage bins, etc there and had previously found the stackable shelf piece at Bed Bath & Beyond.  Let me just say that Cassie was absolutely right on when she said that this project was done for UNDER $100!
Here are my before's:


 Haha ~ GIANT size Cocoa Pebbles, we're real health nuts around here ;) 



And the problem was, I never knew what was lurking back behind everything else and so I would end up with 9 jillion cups of applesauce ...


Here's what it looked like DURING...


And, drum roll please ...


sorry for the poor picture quality, had to take these with my phone, my camera was at school that weekend. . .


Now I can hide the unhealthy cereals that I eat ~ nom nom nom




And the labels, just some cute scrapbook paper and a fun font on my computer!
Cassie, you're right, I just keep going over and opening the door and gazing lovingly for long moments of time ...  BLISS!

EVERYONE around here has been fairly warned, not a thing put away in the wrong bin or you might get your fingers cut off!  This thing is a piece of ART!  And I think I've convinced "The Accountant" that the money spent will keep us from over-spending in the future ;) ;)

What do you think?  Need some more organizing inspiration?  Head on over to Hi Sugarplum!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saving Sergeant Ryan




It was one year ago, on a cold and snowy day, that my Kinders finally got to meet Sergeant Ryan Lehman.  After serving in Afghanistan for a year he was FINALLY home!  Sergeant Lehman's mom and I had been friends for a long time; in fact I knew Sergeant Lehman when he was a very little boy.  Early in the school year, I thought of a way to teach my kiddos how to love and care for someone whom they had never met!    So we began learning about Sergeant Ryan and seeing pictures of his day to day life in Arghanistan.  One day his mom brought in pictures of the soldiers giving the Afghan children pens and how much joy it gave them to receive such a little, inexpensive item.  Another day she brought in some MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) and we had a tasting test.  We learned that Sergeant Ryan's favorite was the Beef-a-roni.  In fact we had a little Science lesson about how the soldiers "warmed up" their packets of food.

Then one day we decided to take up a little collection. The Kinders brought in all kinds of colored pens and little "gumball machine" type toys and we sent a package all the way to Afghanistan.  We heard in a letter from Sergeant Ryan that the Afghan children had loved their surprises.

We thought of Sergeant Ryan weekly and his mom would come in to our classroom and give us little updates about how he was doing.  And then we heard that he was coming home!!!

Over Christmas Break I came in and decorated our hallway.  It had to be a hero's welcome!  We were FINALLY going to meet Sergeant Lehman!

The morning he came in we could hardly contain our excitement and then THERE HE WAS!


I can hardly put into words the lessons that were learned by all of us!  I saw children with very little material possessions of their own GIVE out of their own hearts.  I saw them learn to show love and care to someone who they had never met.  I saw them feel compassion for children from another country who they saw as worse off than themselves! And I learned once again that paying it forward is one of the best ways to experience joy in your own heart!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Countdown to Christmas for the Classroom

Sorry this is a little late but I really still wanted to share an activity that I incorporated during December that quickly became the MOST anticipated event of each day!  I'm talking about our Classroom Countdown to Christmas.  Awhile back, I was reading a post at Teaching Heart (correct me if I'm wrong Colleen but I'm pretty sure I got the idea from you :).  Anyway, she shared how each Christmas she would wrap up the holiday books and each night her kids would get to open one up for their before bedtime reading.  Well, this got my brain cells cooking and I thought of a way to incorporate a fun advent countdown into my classroom but still keep it "common core happy".  So, one night after everyone left to go home, I brought a decorated tree into my classroom, put some twinkly lights on it, plugged it in and wrapped 26 (that's how many kinders I have) holiday books.  The next morning you would have thought Santa came but I made them wait till after lunch to know what it was all about.

The next thing I did was put each of the little darlings names on a cute gift tag and hide them all in a Christmas tin!  At read aloud time I would open the tin up, shake it around (add to the suspense) and pull a name.  Think of a "naughty and nice list" here!  I had TOTAL control over whose name was getting pulled that day [wink, wink]!!

Whomever's name (is that correct grammar, or is whomever's even a word??) was pulled got to pick a present, unwrap it, sit by me and turn the pages as I read the book!!! WOW was I teacher of the year (in my kiddos eyes) or what?!!


It was a pretty easy peasy lemon squeezy idea to pull off and brought great delight!


I MADE IT ~ 100 FOLLOWERS :)

THANKS to everyone who followed!!  I made my goal of 100 followers before Christmas break was over! Now, as promised I have a beautiful Organizer Tote by 31 to give away!!



I have two of these and I just love them!  They are big enough to hold everything but the kitchen sink and if you're like me that's just about what I lug back and forth to school each day.  You can check out even more of their wonderful bags at my consultant, Chris McGurn's website here!

Spread the word and Get Ready, Get Set, GO!!


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Thanks again everyone!  Looking forward to what lies ahead!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Currently ...

One of my blogging goals this year was to figure out how to do this cutie-patootie Currently linky thingy that you'll see right here below in just a minute ...and I DID IT!  If you haven't been to Oh Boy 4th Grade's blog yet, YOU MUST check it out!  She is seriously funny!!!

So, here's what I am "Currently" Up To:


Head on over to Farley's and you can link up to~

And now, I'm going to bed early, too many night-owl nights over break and today I'm paying for it!

Cheers!