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June 27, 2016

Monday Made It

Ah, summer. Sweet, sweet summer. There are sooooooo many things that I love about summer {being with my kiddos, time to read for leisure, going to the beach, staying up late}, but one of my very favorite things is having the time (and creative energy) to link up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It linky.


So, school only ended for me about a week and a half ago. To say I've been lazy would be an understatement. I've been doing a lot of napping, reading, beaching, reading, napping, eating, and reading.


But, as much as I've tried not to, I've started thinking about the upcoming school year. I can't help myself. So, I created some handy Summer To Do Lists to keep me organized, both at home and for work {you can grab them for free in my TPT store}.




I keep these lists printed and on a clipboard on my desk. They are fantastic for keeping me organized and on track.


I'll admit, I'm kind of excited about my next project. I started using a Teacher Binder about three years ago to keep all of my important papers organized. I love being able to grab it and go before staff meetings, IEP meetings, and parent/teacher conferences. Everything I need is in my binder, including to-do lists for the week, lesson planner, grade book, and parent contact information. 

I've updated my Black and White Polka Dot Teacher Binder for the 2016-2017 school year, and I love how it turned out! I love it so much, in fact, that I'd love to give one away! Just enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one. But first, take a peek at what's inside. {Did I mention that the entire pack is editable???}



Front cover.
Binder spines.
I use these weekly planners to keep me on track {especially since I'm notorious for having "issues" with pacing}.

{NEW this year!} I am loving these new lists! I have these copied, hole-punched, and at the ready at the front of my binder. You could either write your lists for the week directly on the pages provided OR you could laminate the page and write your lists on Post-Its. 

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June 19, 2016

Summer Time = Linky Time

Two things I love: Molly over at Lucky to Be In First and reading! So when I saw that she had created a Summer Reading List Linky, I had to link up!

Here are my choices for the books that you should definitely make time to check out.


I discovered Me and My Sisters on Facebook. I got it on crazy sale for $0.99, and once I started it, I couldn't put it down. The dialogue is fantastic, and if you have a sister {or two!}, you will love this book!

A teacher I follow on Instagram posted about The Husband's Secret, and once I read this book by Liane Moriarty, I downloaded two other books by her. I haven't been disappointed!

Orphan Train is a book that I've seen recommended over and over again, and as expected after reading the reviews, this book got me right in the heart.

Oh, The Nightingale. I adore anything by Kristin Hannah, but this story is unlike any of her other books. This one stayed with me for a long time, and if you read it {or have already read it}, you'll know why.

When We Fall got me hooked on all things Emily Liebert. I've also read Some Women, Those Secrets We Keep, and You Knew Me When. They are all wonderful! 


Oh, June and July: you hurt my bank account. All amazing new summer releases come out in late June and early July, it seems. 

The new Elin Hilderbrand book came out late last week, and I could wait to snag it! I'm more than halfway finished with it, and I have to admit that I'm not all that impressed with it. I usually love Hilderbrand's characters and I adore the setting of her books {Nantucket!!}, but this one isn't doing it for me. I'm not done with it yet, though, so maybe I'll change my mind.

The Vacationers has been out for a year already, but I saw it on a list of this summer's must-reads. It's already downloaded and waiting for me on my Kindle!

I don't think I've read any of Mary Kay Andrews' books before which, quite frankly, is kind of surprising. I love stories set at the beach, particularly North Carolina beaches {I grew up, vacationing on the Outer Banks}. I'm really looking forward to reading The Weekenders!

The last three books that I want to read this summer haven't come out yet {hurry up, July!}. All three authors are my favorites!

If you have some "Should Reads" and "Want to Reads," head over to Molly's blog and link up!