Friday, June 19, 2015

Five for Friday

This week, I ended up with a few fun things to do.

I finally got a personalized Melonheadz.  I've been wanting one for months.  They are adorable.  So, here's mine.  She even worked in a few of my favorites like the Georgia flag and my cross necklace :)

I'm doing a book study with some teachers at school.  I have read the first five chapters of this book and it's incredible.  I think the main thing I've taken away from it is if you want your students to care about learning, you have to show them that you care about them first.  You also have to be passionate and care about teaching.  If you aren't showing interest in your lessons, then how can you expect your kids to show interest?  To get buy-in you have to buy-in to what you are teaching.

Tuesday night, I got to go to a Braves game with a group of my school friends.  Love these girls and their hearts!  Had an incredible time as always.  What's better than a Braves game and spending time outside of school with a few of your best friends?

Oh, and this bottom picture has two of my teammates, so when I talk about my teammates you will be able to put a face with them.  On the left is Alicia who is just incredible and so organized she makes me feel disorganized.  She's incredible at paperwork, especially those folders that we all love to hate.  On the right is Melissa.  Melissa is the balance for all of us crazies.  She is a cheerleader with a huge heart and I swear Alicia's twin sometimes.  She is also super organized and very creative.  My other teammate is Pamela, but she left us to go to the beach, so I'll introduce her another time.  I just had to shout her out because I know she will be reading this.  And yes, they are going to get me for this later :)

Wednesday was Super Mom to the rescue.  True story... I am horrible at figuring out dress shoes and jewelry. I've just figured out nice clothing in the last year, so guess shoes and jewelry are to be expected.  If it's left up to me, I would live in flip flops. Jewelry isn't quite as bad although my go to jewelry is my cross necklace, watch, and my Valentine earrings from my hubby.  So, I'm bringing in my mom who is incredible at matching everything and some how always finds me cute shoes that I wear every day until she finds me another pair of shoes.  After all, just don't think flip flops are going to cut it for 24/7 in Vegas.  So, when you see these, just know my mom chose them.

Alright, so since I've given you four fun facts, for the fifth one, I'll give you a favorite book.  I haven't read it in a year or two, but I loved the book Sycamore Row by John Grisham.  It's the sequel to A Time to Kill.

Happy Friday!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Made It

Last week, I completely forgot that Monday Made It existed.  Well, this week I managed to remember.  I saw a picture online a few weeks ago of chairs with a monogram.  I could not wait to make me some chairs.

First, I had to make a few decisions.  The first decision was I decided to make a 12 inch monogram. Bad mistake - I'd definitely make it around 8 or 9 inches next time.  I ended up having to use an Exacto knife to make it small enough to fit on the chair.  To get it in a circle form, I bought a file from ETSY.  If you need the file, you can click the image and it will take you to where I bought my file.

The next thing I had to figure out was how to add the vinyl to the chair.  Usually I use a heat press with my heat transfer vinyl, but I knew there was no way I was fitting a chair inside the heat press and the cloth on the chair is attached to the chair, so I also wasn't sliding the cloth off the chair.

Instead of using my heat press, I used an iron and an ironing board.  I put the chair on the ironing board and then ironed the monogram onto the chair.  Don't forget to put your teflon sheet over the monogram.  If you don't, the vinyl will melt.

Also, make sure that you apply a good bit of pressure with the iron.  I had to be very careful pulling the contact paper off of the vinyl.  In some places it didn't stick very well.  Once I pulled it up, I put the teflon sheet back over the monogram and ironed it again.
Here is the finished product.  The best part is they really only took around thirty minutes to do.
Have fun creating!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Summer Reading for Teachers

During the summer, I love trying to find some books to help motivate me and make me a better teacher.  All of these books are books that were recommended to me by other bloggers whether they said, "You have to read this!" or I spotted it in a photo on Instagram or their blog.

Some of them I started reading last summer.  I'm certain I won't finish all of these, but I always think it's better to have too many books than not enough.

If you are interested in any of these books, you can click on them and it will take you to Amazon.   Oh, and I'm not using an affiliate link.  Just wanted to save y'all some time.

Have fun reading!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Five for Friday

So, this morning I was struggling with if I could do Five for Friday this week.  Now that I'm out of school, I don't have quite as much material as I would have during a normal crazy week.  I mean my routine consists of movies, naps, reading, blogging, creating, eating, and that's pretty much the extent of it.  Bears go into hibernation in the winter.  Well, I think I may have gone into my own type of craft room hibernation this week.

Anyway, I came up with a plan.  For my five (at least on weeks where I'm more on the boring side), I'm going to do a book to read, movie to watch, place to eat, a song to listen to, and a fun app for your phone.  Oh, and I'm linking all of my favorites so you can go check them out for yourself if you want.

One of my favorite books is The Devil Wears Prada.  I've read it tons of times and there's also a sequel out although to me, it isn't quite as good as the original book.  Oh, and there's also a movie if you like to read books that align to movies.

I'm in love with Pitch Perfect.  I know it's been out for awhile, but when I'm working on my laptop it is one of my favorites.  I still laugh just as much today as I did the first time I saw it.  A matter of fact, have to tell you, I watched it two times last night.

I have a couple of favorites, but right now the one that I beg for weekly is Meat N Greet.  We walk in and the atmosphere is like Cheers (at least what I think it would be like).  We get the same waitresses every time.  Last week, we walked in, they met us with our drinks before we even ordered and got our appetizer wings going.  Then, they quoted our order to us before we even ordered.  Oh, and my favorite waitress came over and hugged me and checked on us.  Seriously, the service is incredible and the food is just as great!

My favorite song right now is called "Riptide" by Vance Joy.  I heard it on the radio a few weeks ago and I just love the beat.  True story - I am making a beach playlist for when I go on vacation :)  This will definitely be on it.

Apps aren't good for me because I get addicted to them.  Playing games are one of my favorite ways to relax.  My favorite right now is Candy Crush Soda Saga.  Um... friends I'm already to level 240.  It's a good thing that once I run out of lives I have to wait 30 minutes for another one.

So, what are some of your favorites?

NOTE: None of my links are affiliate links.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Currently

Oh, boy!  I actually did it.  I haven't done a Currently in so long, but I thought it would be nice to catch up with y'all.

 Here's my Currently for June.

I'm in work mode right now, so I have to have a television show when I'm working.  Right now, I'm going through a "Chopped" phase.  The only downside is it makes me want to snack.  So far, I'm fighting off the urge to dive into Pringles and ice cream.

Today is my first REAL day of summer.  It's just nice to go to bed when I want, wake up when I want, create all day, and take naps whenever.  I love the freedom of summer.

So, I'm sure we all feel that way.  I have been making shirts using my Cameo for my family and friends, so I have a ton of shirts to get done this week.  I also am trying to be a better blogger, get a few TPT products knocked out, and oh, did I mention that I'm presenting at the I Teach 1st! conference in Vegas?  Right now, that's moving to the front of my mind quickly, so I'm also trying to make sure I have my session together.  I'm a ball of excitement and nerves right now which leads into...

I know once the list starts to get done everything will become so much easier and I will relax.  Yes, I wish it would magically get done, but fortunately it may not magically get done, but I finally have some down time to put a dent in my list.  Plus, I have a beach trip this summer, so that will definitely help mellow me out because there's nothing better than some time on the beach with boiled peanuts and a Coke (at least that's my world).

I love sleeping in, sunshine, and time with my family and friends.  During the school year I think most of us go until we have nothing left, so it's always nice to fill up our tanks during the summer time.  I still have a few meetings and I still think nonstop about how I can be a better teacher, but I let my guard down a little and relax.  Isn't it nice to relax and have a little margin sometimes?

So, here are the rules to the Currently.  Make sure if you participate to follow the rules or else!  Just kidding, but seriously, do follow the rules because doesn't everyone want a couple of comments?

Have a great week everyone!