Tuesday, April 22, 2014

There's an App For That...

Hola...  I survived Monday back after spring break.  Heck, I even survived Tuesday.  Tomorrow is hump day so I'm going to go ahead and claim victory on this week!  If you're stopping by for the countdown... we're at 23 more days of school.  That 184 more hours.... just sayin'.

OK... today's post is short and practical.  It is a list of my favorite go to apps.  These are not teaching/teacher/education apps... but more like teacher/mom/wife/woman apps.  These are the apps that I use the most everyday and/or bring me the most joy!  {in no certain order}.  Disclaimer... I have an iPhone so I am not totally sure if there are Android versions of these apps, but it might be worth checking out!

 1.  A Beautiful Mess... this one I use almost every day.  I love to edit pictures with this app.  I like that I can zoom in/out, leave margins, and add text.
2.  Cuptakes...  I use this app at the beginning of every month.  They upload new designs monthly and I really dig their pictures with the monthly calendar.  I make it my lock screen so that I can easily access a calendar during the day!  
3.  Credit Karma... my husband is actually the one who told me about this app.  It's nice to know that it's free and it updates me every week to what my credit score is doing.  I also recently opened a credit card to use on some AC issues at the house (grrrr) and they even emailed me to let me know that there had been an inquiry.  Yeah, I kinda dig that.  
4.  Starbucks... it's no secret that this girl loves her coffee.  I use this app every morning to pay for my coffee but it has also come really in handy when we've traveled and I want to find the closest "fix"...  They also send you free apps to try out and free music.  Score!  
5.  Period Tracker Lite...  not sure that this one qualifies as "fun" but it is really useful.  You know... for when you go to the doctor and they're all, "so when was your last period" and you're all like "2005 maybe?"  ... I can't even remember what we ate for dinner last night... so this app comes in handy.  When my period starts and I am curled up in a fetal position...  I click my app and tell it I'm dying... and VOILA.. it keeps up with my girlness!  So... then when I go to the doctor I look like an amazing record keeper.... HERE... check out my last 17 cycles.  How about that?  ;)  
 6.  Fit Bit... I recently bought a Fit Bit to help me keep up with my daily steps and water intake... and also to find any sleepy (or lack of) patterns.  I have joined a few friends on there and it's neat to compete with them each day for who has the most steps.
 7.  Instagram... again...  DAILY!  I love instagram.  The end.  Do you follow me?  I'm random.  #sorrynotsorry  ....
 8.  Simply Noise... I use this app every night.  I click the PINK noise and turn it up to about 50%...  sleep like a baby.  Not really... but it is calming and I do feel like it makes me fall asleep faster.  Am I crazy?  Who knows!
9.  Total Connect Thermostat... ok... remember above when I talked about the AC (grrrr)?  Remember that?  Ok.. the best part of that yuckiness was getting a new thermostat that I can control on my phone.  That's right... I was sitting in my faculty meeting this afternoon {don't judge... and don't tell on me} and was able to check out the temperature of my house.  I bumped it down to 70 degrees and by the time I got home.. the house was BLISS!  
10.  I use this app every time I go to the HL!!!!!  No more clipping coupons!  Download this app and all you do is open the mobile coupon, show it to the cashier, and VOILA!  

There you have it... my 10 favorite apps right now!  What is your favorite non-teaching related app(s)?  I hope that y'all had an amazing Tuesday!  Talk to y'all soon!  <3

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Monday After Spring Break Stinks...

No... really it stinks!  Some teachers down the hall decided to dye eggs with the class and the trashcans at the end of the hallway REEK of vinegar!  Bleh!  It also is stinky for other reasons... mainly having to get out of my bed this morning.  I seriously set 2 alarms on my phone, one on my real alarm clock.  Then around 545 I bartered with myself.  It sounded something like this:
Me:  "Your hair isn't that dirty...  set your timer for 15 more minutes."
Me:  "You're totally right...  this is happening."  {sets timer on phone}

Fast forward:  I'm happy to report that I came home and while the hubs took the boys to karate... I got all nice and shiny/squeaky clean.  Monday after a break is HARD,  y'all! 

Did you see this little gem on the Extra Energetic Educator's FB page?  Yeah, I totally fell in love with it and stole borrowed it.  It looks like me, except she's in a skirt... and I don't do skirts. 

In other happy news though... there are only 24 more days of school since today is already done.  That's only 24 more times to wake up to an alarm clock.  I'm kinda excited!  The countdown on my phone tells me that I only have 54 days until my peeps and I leave for a week at the beach.  Woot! 

Countdowns aside... I really did have a great spring break.  A friend and I grabbed our kiddos and headed to the zoo one day, we did pottery painting one day, lots of karate, goldfish cracker eating and SpongeBob marathons.  The boys built some kick butt creations on Minecraft and I made a few things for my classroom and TpT.  We had doctors appointments, dentist appointments, allergy shots, etc.  I really am always genuinely shocked how fast those weeks off go! 

Here's what I posted this week: {any Lulu fans out there?}

This week at school is all about plants and Earth Day.  This is one of those weeks I am super thankful for TpT.  I have never made anything to go with plants or Earth Day.  No problem... just login and do a quick search and VOILA!  I can't even remember what we said was planned for next week, but guess I have the rest of this week to figure that out!  I hope that y'all will have an amazing week... talk to y'all soon!  One more gem for you...  this was me today...  a multiple cup of coffee kinda day!  Can you relate?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's Currently April ... No Joke!

HoLa, friends!  It's the first day of April... you know what that means!  Me and my bloggy friends race to work on and post their Currentlys hosted by Farley!  I am so stinkin' excited that it's April.  This means the end is near!  Truly near!  Without further ado:

Listening: to "Happy" by Pharrell.  I love the message of this song.  I love the beat.  ......and I love that I can play it in my classroom because it is a clean song!  Yay for a popular classroom friendly song.  They beg for it!!!  We like the Go Noodle version with the minions!  Instant mood shifter! :)

Loving: My new obsession with Plated.  It's a meal service that come delivered to your front door with ALL the ingredients that you need to make a gourmet meal.  I made baked gnocchi last week and was quite proud of myself!  Now I can add that recipe card to the others that I know our family loves!  It is a little pricey so I am only planning on having a few meals delivered every month and using it as a date night at HOME with the hubs after the kidlets are asleep!  It came in an insulated box with ice packs so that everything was super fresh.  Click the pictures to go to their website if you're intrigued and watch their video on how it works!
Thinking: about all my summer plans!  I am a planner, list maker, over-analyzer, list re-writer, schedulin' chick!  I have a master plan for my summer.  It goes by so fast and while I want to have lots of lazy days... I also want to be really purposeful with that time!  Excited about my Vegas trip which will balance fun with my bloggy peeps but also professional development (Hello I Teach 1st Conference)!!!  My week at the beach is paid for and I have started buying Publix gift cards so that grocery buying for that week won't be a stress (9 of us and a babysitter... that's 30 meals a day + snacks= a whole lot of food).  The boys are excited about VBS and other local summer camps.  I am hoping to use the time they are in camps to go to the gym maybe!

Wanting: a Fit Bit ...  I just want one.  Just because.  I really want to keep up with my steps and try to be better about water intake.  I also really like that it tracks your sleep cycle.  I think that would be helpful to show to the doctor... especially since I still don't feel like I sleep well.  Do you have a Fit Bit?  Do you love it?
Needing: the next 8 days of school to FLY by!  We still haven't had spring break... it is falling extremely late this year.  There are only 33 days of school left... when we get back from break... only 25 days....  One of those is field day... another is a field trip.  Let's just call it and start summer now... who is with me?  :)

My Hours & Last Day:  teachers report at 7:15.  The first bell rings at 7:20 and the students can start walking down... but they aren't tardy until 7:50.  Students leave around 2:25 each day and teachers can head home at 3:15 (bwahahaha).  Also, our last day of school this year is May 23rd with students... teachers have one post planning day after Memorial Day... the rest are furlough days.  {sigh}

Oh... I almost forgot... I posted the other day over at Primary Chalkboard about how to use your clip art and TpT purchases into posters for the hallway and bulletin boards.  Won't you stop by and leave me some love???  You can find my post HERE!!!  Hope your week has been great so far!  I will talk to y'all soon!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Clothes and Free Bunnies... Sure!

Going to keep today's bloggy post short.  The pollen and I are not getting along and my vision is kinda blurry...  I'm writing this post while hopped up on Benadryl....  continue reading at your own risk!  :)

I got my 6th Stitch Fix box last Monday and I just realized that I never did post what I got.  I tried everything on that night and hung them up for pictures. I decided to keep everything in the box again.  My husband's spidey sense has been triggered though... and I think I am going to skip an April box!  Every day this week our convo went something like this:

Him "Is that a new shirt?  I like it... where did you...."
Me "Yeah...  kinda new... late for work... gotta go..."

I love that each box comes with style cards to give me ideas on how I could wear each piece... and a special note to me from my stylist.  I'm a sucker for that kinda stuff.  Well played, Stitch fix... well played!  :)

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet?  If you haven't... you can check them out HERE!  You can choose how often you want to receive a box.  I like that anything that needs to be returned just gets put in the postage paid bag and VOILA!

Ok... you are wondering about the title, right?  Clothes and Free Bunnies...  so I made this freebie bunny craft and listed it on TpT a few weeks ago.  I talked about it on my FB page, but just realized that I never posted it in here.  Du-uh!  My brain can't keep up, y'all!  So.... if you missed it over on the Funky Fresh FB page... here goes:  Just click either of the pictures to take you straight to TpT to download.  Be sure to follow me over there so you don't miss any new products and freebies that I post!

I hope that you've had an amazing weekend.  Hoping to post a few times this week and I will be posting over at the Primary Chalkboard soon!  Talk to y'all soon!

Also... check out a few other people's Stitch Fix "fixes" by clicking Kinder Craze's linky below!  So much FUN!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Georgia Bloggers Unite

Oh my goodness... I had the best time today in Macon with some of my Ga teacher bloggy peeps!  We met up at Georgia School Supply and they had such a great day planned for us.  I really do love Macon... and it's where I delivered M1... sweet, sweet memories!

I know I've mentioned about my introverted-ness before...  and things like this cause me quite a bit of anxiety BUT everytime I go to a blogger function... once I get there... my nerves settle pretty fast!  I rode up to Macon with Tara from And They All Fall Down and Angie from Monahan's Monkey Madness....  we gassed up, grabbed our Starbucks, and headed out for a day of teacher dorkiness happiness!

Jayne over at Smart Kids planned a fabulous day at Georgia School Supply for us complete with goody boxes!  Check out our goodies {squeal}
She had our itinerary/schedule ready... name tags printed and lots of goodies waiting at the tables for us!
We got to meet so many Georgia bloggers (and even a few non-bloggers).  We shared products, talked about TpT, talked business plans... gave advice and just lots of support.  There were raffle prizes and I won twice!!!  It was truly my lucky day.  I even bought some scratch off lottery tickets on the way home.  {I won't be resigning from my job with my winnings, but I did win 2 free tickets!}
Here are my peeps and me about to load up the car with our boxes of goodies plus the other things we bought at Georgia Supply.  I couldn't resist.  The had the cutest new stuff... 2 words... magnetic border!  How did I not know about this?  I am so stoked to head to my classroom... just sayin'.
L-R: Tara, Me, and Angie
Some of my other bloggy peeps were there... and we had fun in the photo booth area.  Where was my prop?  I got so excited I forgot to grab one!
Jayne, Kelly, Angie, Me, Tara, and Valerie 
Going to end with a group picture of all the fabulous people that came today.  I met so many new people and felt so supported.  A big thanks to Jayne for making this bloggy meet up happen... and for Diane at Georgia School Supply in Macon for being so accommodating!  I left feeling so great... and I can't wait to see what part of Georgia we meet up in next!

Hope y'all are having an amazing weekend... I'll be announcing the winner of the goody box of office supplies  on FB later tonight... be sure to stop by!  Talk to y'all soon!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I Think I May Have Adult ADD {And I'm OK With That}

I can't say for sure... since I haven't talked to my doctor about it.... but I'm pretty sure I have adult onset ADD.  No hyperactivity here... but some definite attention issues!  Then again... most of my teaching friends who are moms and wives... plus bloggers and TpTers have said the same thing.   I guess the good news is that I am not alone... but I'm wondering what the cure is?  Maybe the cure is retirement?  Bwahahaha!

Joking aside... I am so very excited to announce that I have reached 2,000 likes on my fan FB page.  I woke up this morning and was so stinkin' excited!
I asked earlier this week about your favorite office supplies.  While I do like to know what everyone else likes, I had ulterior motives for sure!  Based on the comments... I went for a trip to Wal-Mart and stocked up on a box full of goodies to give away to celebrate my small success!  Here's what is included:  a pack of Scotch laminating pouches, large paperclips, Sharpie highlighters, 80s Glam Sharpies, Papermate Flair pens, Post it notes, a composition NB, Scentos markers, and 10 washi taped clothespins from the Tea and Coffee shop.  Eeeek!!!
Thank you to each of you who follow me on this teaching/momming/wiving/blogging/tpting journey!  What started as something I thought "maybe" I could do has really brought much MUCH more joy into my life than I could have ever imagined!  Be sure to check out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!  I can't wait to announce the winner on Friday!!!  I hope that you will all have an amazing week... talk to y'all soon!

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bright Ideas Hop.... Numbering the Kiddos

I'm so excited you're here...  hope you've had oodles of fun so far gathering useful ideas for your classroom! These hops are the very best in my opinion.  I love to sit w/ my spiral notebook & jot down  cool ideas!  My post today is pretty short with lots of pictures of how I use numbers in my classroom.... as in numbering the kiddos.
Next up is Jennifer over at Herding Kats in Kindergarten with an awesome post on inexpensive manipulatives in the classroom... and how the heck to store them!  Just click on her cute button to keep hopping!  .....and thank you so much for stopping by!  Talk to y'all soon!