July 25, 2016

Monday Made It {I'm On a Roll!}

I've already mentioned this, but it bears repeating...I have been one lazy teacher this summer!

My sweet kiddos have been kind enough to allow me to sleep until 7:30 each morning {this may not seem late to some, but Princess A has been an early riser since birth...she is up almost every day at 5:00!}. They have gotten into the habit of turning on PBS {remember, we did away with dish TV several months ago, so their viewing options are limited}, making themselves breakfast, and reading or playing on their tablets. Ah, I'm loving this phase.

I've also mastered the art of the nap. Seriously. I could win a prize for my napping skills. I'm not talking about cat naps, either. I'm talking about three-hour-long, deep-sleeping, don't-wake-me-up-or-I'll-bite-your-head-off naps. I'm going to have some serious adjusting to do when August 15th rolls around, and I won't get my daily nap. But, I don't care to think about that just yet.

I've also been reading voraciously. Since we don't have TV anymore and my beloved Bravo TV is no more {there was a pretty substantial mourning period, but I'm OK now}, I've been downloading books onto my Kindle like it's my job. I stayed up until midnight last night to finish this one:

Let me clarify: I didn't stay up late to finish it because it was such an amazing book. Rather, I wanted to get it finished so I could start reading this one:

I. Can't. Wait.

But in between my marathon napping and reading, I've also managed to get some work-related things accomplished. So, I'm linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics to share what I've been up to!

I never thought Monday would be my favorite day of the week!

If you like me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram {if you don't, I'd love it if you did!}, you know that I started taking classes this summer for my Administration I certificate. I've never really dreamed of being anything other than an early childhood teacher, but my former principal {who I adore and respect} kept suggesting that I look into pursuing my administration certification. So, when a good friend and colleague told me that they were offering all of the classes that I need at a local college twenty minutes from my house, I decided to go for it! And, of course, I had to get myself organized!

I nabbed these free chevron binder covers from Write in the Middle and made myself a binder to keep all of my course materials organized.

How do you celebrate birthdays in your classroom? I had always given out crowns or pencils, but last summer, I came across the idea of making birthday blogs on social media. I made them for my kiddos last year, and they were a HUGE hit! This year, I got everything I needed from Dollar Tree, and I spent less than twenty dollars!

Slinkies and tops and yoyos and pencils...oh, my! And they are color-coordinated, too! {I may have added a little sweet treat, too. I couldn't resist!}

I grabbed Primarily Speaking's adorable birthday homework passes, and they completed the bags perfectly. 

The finished product!

I wanted to get a jump on making little gifts for my kiddos to give to their teachers on the first day of school. I nabbed some cute pens and notepads in {what else?} the Dollar Spot at Target, downloaded some adorable free tags, and wrapped everything up with a cute raffia ribbon.

Simple, but cute!

OH! I forgot to mention something super awesome and exciting! I met my blogging buddy, Ashley, from The Sassy School Teacher last week! 

We talked. And talked. And talked. We had SUCH a good time! I can't wait to see her again in a few short weeks at our Maryland Teacher Meet Up in Baltimore! Speaking of the Meet Up...

Spread the word! Share the news! 
{Click on the image above to head over to the event on Facebook to sign up!}

This Meet Up is for all Delmarva teachers {you don't have to be a blogger}, and we have some amazing giveaways planned! Seriously, y'all. Here are just a few of our giveaways:
And those are just some of the items being given away at our Meet Up! We'd love for you to join us if you're in the Delmarva area!!

Head on over to 4th Grade Frolics and link up!


  1. I had to laugh about you staying up to finish the book so you could move on to a better one...I do that all the time! You will love Me Before You! I really need to get cracking on my birthday bags, I'm seeing some cute ones today.

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    2. I am so excited to read "Me Before You!" Of course, then I'll have to see this movie...

  2. You are AMAZING, Susie Shafer! So glad I work with you, and so glad you have been blogging this summer! Love it!

    1. GAH! Sue, you made my day!! I'm so happy to hear from you, and I'm super excited that you still read my little ol' blog! Can't wait to see you in a few short weeks! :)

  3. Girl, I hear you. I've been staying up till the crack of dawn trying to power through the Harry Potter series. I have never read them, and figured I ought to if I expect to connect to my 6th grade readers. Loving them! Great birthday bags, btw, and loving your beginning of the year gifts.


    1. I had to read the first Harry Potter book for a children's literature class in college, and I had the hardest time getting into it. I may need to give the books another try, though! Thanks for your kind words about the bags and gifts...I love checking things off my To Do List! :)

  4. Love your gift ideas! Great inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Doris!! I'm so glad you stopped by! :)

  5. Your birthday bags are perfect! Thank you for sharing :) I'm headed to the Dollar Tree right now lol!

    1. I was there twice today. I'd be ashamed of myself, except that even with two visits in one day, I only spent $12. Dollar Tree for the win!