Tell All Tuesday: Summer Flashback

I'm linking up today with Teach Talk Inspire and My Day in K for some summer flashback fun. This was a fun one, not only because I got to go through hilarious old photos, but I also had to figure out how to work my scanner. Apparently, I haven't used the scanner since I got a new laptop a few years ago (or possibly ever) and I didn't even have the software installed. Luckily, I was able to find the disc and get my photos uploaded, for your viewing pleasure.

We took a family vacation to the beach every single summer. We tried Virginia Beach once, but my mom wasn't super impressed, so we began going to Seaside, Florida every summer, instead. We always had lots of fun building sandcastles, eating shaved ice, biking, playing with baby jellyfish, and being silly.

Even at home, my little sister and I were always outside. We loved to run around the yard and we would beg for any kind of sprinkler. 

If you couldn't tell by now, I pretty much lived in my swimsuit all summer. I joined our neighborhood swim team and I was obsessed. I was so in love with my team suit that I begged my mom to let me sleep in it (no idea) and after the season was over, my wish came true and I got to sleep in this swimsuit for one night. I was in heaven.

Mom, I know you'll read this and scoff/laugh/tell Justin, but growing up I loved to ride on my grandpa's tractors. My dad grew up on a farm, and every time we'd go visit I would beg my dad and uncle to take me for a tractor ride. I would also go name every black and white cow Oreo. Real creative.

What a fun flashback! Thanks for stopping by!


Weekend Warriors 3-2-1 Teacher Bio

Happy weekend! I know it's the tail end of the weekend, but since school is out, every day is like the weekend, so really, it's all good!

I'm linking up with Weekend Warriors to tell you a little about myself.

1. I have Pandora on before the students come in and after they leave. I have Pandora playing for them when they come in every morning (Disney, The Piano Guys, or Time for Three depending on the day). I use music to transition during station time, and a little soft music playing in the background while working is pretty typical. Oh, and Go Noodle. All. The. Time. My students and I are obsessed.

2. If something isn't working, I will do my best to change it and try something new as quickly as possible. I couldn't handle the desks and tables filling up my entire room, so I wrote a Donors Choose project, ditched half my desks, and never looked back. An hour of hour group math was making me want to pull my hair out, so I did some blog searching and came up with a way to math guided math work for me. I am not afraid to try something different, even if I'm the only one in my school doing it. Hey, I now have quite a following with my active seating idea. 

3. I have dual certification for elementary education and special education, which only made sense that I was given an inclusion class. I adore my students with special needs and I really feel like I'm getting the best of both worlds. I have my own class of students and I get to work with students with special needs. It's the perfect match for me and I think I would cry if I had to give up inclusion!

1. I am the go-to girl for writing signs, making name tags for special occasions, and anything that requires fun or fancy handwriting. Curly, swirly, any kind of doodly handwriting, and I will whip it up for you. I think I need to learn how to make my own fonts...

2. My mom checked out a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film for me from the public library one day when I was in high school and my love for old movies began. Greta Garbo when I'm sad, Katharine Hepburn when I want to laugh, plus Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Doris Day any day of the week. Bringing Up Baby, Pillow Talk, Jezebel, His Girl Friday, I love them all!! 

Someday I would love to go to Vegas for a big conference! I love learning new tips, tricks, and strategies, plus I would love to meet and connect with lots of other passionate teachers. Someday...

Enjoy the rest of the weekend/summer vacation!!!

Dare to Dream

I'm linking up with Sparkling in Second, Third in Hollywood, Teach Create Motivate, and Peppy Zesty Teacherista for week 2 of the TPT Seller Challenge!

My first dream is that I can make enough money to be able to buy anything I want on TPT. I just started my store a few months ago, and I've been slow on the creating. Right now I am definitely spending more money on TPT than I'm making on TPT. I would love to reverse that, and be able to have a little more freedom with my spending. I have to pick and choose what I can buy, and I would love to be able to buy larger bundles, including graphics, papers, and fonts. It may not seem like a big dream, but it is compared to where I'm at now!

I also love to travel. I was lucky enough to have numerous opportunities to travel during high school and college, but the world is such a large place, and there are always new places to see. One of my top dreams is to go out west and see the Grand Canyon, lots of national parks, and the GIANT Sequoia trees! I also went to visit my sister for a few days in Portland last winter, and I would love to get back to that area and explore more. There are lots of places I would also like to go internationally. Barcelona, Santorini, Iceland...

I love apartment living because it's convenient and easy. Eventually, though, I would like to buy a house. Buying and keeping up a house is expensive, and I would love to have the ability to have lots of options when house hunting. Owning a house also means I would have lots of room for a DOG!!! I want a dog so bad, but I don't have the time or space for one. I think I might care more about the dog than the house. 

Also, if you're dreaming of some new resources for your room, you can enter my giveaway to win 2 of my newly made over TPT products!

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Makeover Madness!

I'm (finally) joining in on week 1 of the TPT Seller Challenge! I just started my store a few months ago, and it's amazing how much I've learned and discovered since then. One of my first products didn't even have a real cover! Eekk! Read on to check out my makeovers and to enter my first Rafflecopter giveaway!

Seriously, I don't even think the original one could be considered a cover. I think it was actually at the very back at it was mostly just there because I needed to include some credits. Oh boy. I added a cute paper (Sonya DeHart), added a cute scrappy kid (Graphics from the Pond), changed the font (Hello Literacy), and used more realistic coin clip art (Zip-a-dee-doo-dah). I also added more content to the packet! It was originally just one set of 6 bingo boards and it included pennies, nickels, dimes, and pennies. Now it's THREE sets and I added a set with pennies, nickels, and dimes, as well as a set with just pennies and nickels.

My favorite thing about this product is that it includes plain coins and coins with touch dots. I LOVE Touch Math and I utilize it a lot, especially teaching in an inclusion room. In my room, I assembled my boards so that the regular coins are on one side and the matching touch dot coins are on the back. Easy differentiation!

I also decided that I couldn't stop with just one product!

This one wasn't nearly as terrifying, and I mostly just focused on the cover. I didn't change the content, so that made my life much easier. I changed up the clip art and fonts, and added pictures of the product. I'm really happy with the way it turned out! Now I'm motivated to go through and update more covers! I'm hooked!

I'm giving away a copy of both items with my first Rafflecopter giveaway! Good luck!

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Thanks to Third in Hollywood, Teach Create Motivate, Sparkling in Second, and Peppy Zesty Teacherista for hosting this fabulous TPT Seller Challenge!

Tell All Tuesday: Summer Snapshot

I'm linking up with Teach Talk Inspire and My Day in K for this week's Tell all Tuesday. I am bummed I missed out on last week's, because I had such a good time trying to figure out everyone else's lies! 

My mom has always dreamed of having a beach house. As kids, we would go on vacation to Seaside, Florida every year, where we would stay in a different house every year, and we all ate it up. A few years ago, my sister and I were getting ready to graduate from high school and college and move away, and my parents decided to do a little house hunting down by the beach. They found this gem, about 30 minutes away from Panama City, and it's a short 3 minute walk from the beach! Now, I can go on vacation and visit my family at the same time! It's fabulous! 

You have to love the white sand and the crystal clear emerald water!

I'm not a huge fan on the ocean, so you'll often find me reading on the beach. My parents also have 2 super nice cabana chairs, which are also perfect for reading!

Playing in the sand always makes for a good time, as well.

There is also a lake about 2 minutes further down the road, which flows into the gulf sometimes. It's great for stand up paddle boarding, and my mom has her own YOLO board, which she loves! I'm not a huge fan, because I don't care for lakes, but at least I have proof that I tried it.

My parents are also lucky enough to have a pool in their backyard. I love the pool! I am trying to convince my parents to turn it into a heated pool so I can use it anytime I come. Maybe someday...

Basically, we just have lots of fun and it's always a good time!

Happy summer!

Summer Bucket List

I am linking up with What the Teacher Wants for a Summer Bucket List linky party!


I moved classrooms last summer and while it was extremely painful, it did give me a good chance to really organize my room. I did a really good job of continuing to keep everything organized, so this summer shouldn't be too bad. I do have 2 shelves that are a hot mess and I need to pull all that stuff out and find a home for it. I also want to finish shifting through my filing cabinet. I've already gone through 3 out of 4 drawers. Granted, one was already super organized and one was mostly empty. I also want to turn my long cabinets into bulletin boards, where I can display standards and skill posters. I'm going for this kind of look. 

Since I spent a lot of my summer getting organized last year, I didn't do as much prep work for the actual school year as I would have liked. Since I don't have a lot of organize this year, I'd like to do a better job of getting prepared for students this year. I also want to get more resources prepared for the students this summer. My goal is to prep lots of center and station activities, as well as tackle the stack of board games I want to turn into learning games.


I am going to my first over-night summer camp next week. My teammate/BFF is the director of the Indianapolis chapter of Royal Family Kids, which offers a week long camp for foster children, and she has enlisted me to volunteer at camp this year. I am going as a photographer, and although I'm a little nervous, I know it will be a great experience. 

I have a one bedroom apartment, so I really have to make sure I only have and keep what I need. I have slowly been going through one area of my apartment at a time, discarding things I don't need or want anymore. It feels so good to purge! It also is fun to buy cute new things, so then there's that. It's a fine balance. 

I'm also trying to cook more. Cooking is not my forte. At all. Also, I'm the pickiest eater in the world. I kid you not. I'm a vegetarian who doesn't like vegetables. That's just what people say. It's not actually true. I like potatoes (just not mashed), and I love snap peas and carrots (but only raw). Anyway, it has recently come to my attention that eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (bakery bread, natural peanut butter, homemade jelly), an apple, and 2 oreos for lunch EVERY DAY does not necessarily make for a healthy diet. So I'm trying to add variety to my diet. Which means trying new things (eeek!) and cooking more. I'm off to a decent start. I'm also trying to get back into jogging and working out in general. Get fit!

I also want to work on some TPT products and keep building up both my blog and my TPT store. I just joined the TPT Seller Challenge, and I'm excited to see where it takes me!


My parents live in Florida, and I typically visit them during my breaks. My boyfriend was planning on joining me last summer, but ended up getting a new job and it didn't work out. My mom and I hounded him until he finally asked for a week off work this summer, and now we are all set for our trip next month! I'm so excited! We also enjoy going to baseball games, and we would really like to get to Cincinnati for a Reds vs. Cubs game (Cubs for me, Reds for him). Plenty of Indianapolis Indians games will suffice too! 

Summer also wouldn't be complete without a trip to IKEA! I love IKEA! It's probably a good thing the closest one is an hour and a half away so I only go once a year. I would also really like another short trip to include heading to Brown County, Indiana. I have been to Nashville once, but I didn't get to visit the state park. I would love to explore the park this summer!

Head to What the Teacher Wants to check out other Summer Bucket Lists!

Five for Friday

BIG NEWS! I finally got a real smart phone! It's amazing! It's an LG Volt, and I can actually download the good apps now, it tells me the weather, and I can efficiently google things. Heaven! I can also make everything super cute, including the background on my texts. How cute are those text bubbles?!

The smart phone was my birthday gift from my parents, and to continue the birthday celebration, I went rock climbing! We put the boy in charge of taking our picture at the top of the wall, so of course, that didn't bode well for us. But we all had a great time!

My mom made a trip up from Florida to see me, as well as to go visit my grandma. We spent a day at Conner Prairie and we had a blast! Neither one of us had ever been, but we enjoyed dressing up for our imaginary hot air balloon ride (it was too windy for the real deal), learning our letter sounds the 1836 way, bartering at the store, and much more. So much fun!

I've been putting my zoo pass to good use lately. I think I went to the zoo 3 times in the course of 2 weeks. I love the Indianapolis Zoo! Clearly. There were 2 very playful baby sea lions, OTTERS (I always complain that the otters are never on exhibit and I saw them 2 out of the 3 times I went), koalas, and, of course, orangutans. We even got to see a few orangutans climbing around outside. They are always so playful and good-natured.

My mom and I decided to take a detour on the way home from my grandma's house and check out some of the covered bridges. We took the scenic route through Parke County and saw lots of covered bridges, as well as a one room schoolhouse. Luckily, we actually had to drive through one of the bridges, because, let me tell you, I was not a fan. At all.