July 4, 2016

Monday Made It (Two Weeks in a Row!)

I can't believe I remembered to participate in another Monday Made It!

My brain has been on vacation lately. No, really. It has literally been on vacation. We just returned from a week in western Pennsylvania, visiting my husband's amazing family. There was a lot of napping, eating, four-wheeling, exploring, berry picking, and s'mores. Lots and lots of s'mores.

This was Deedle at 4:00 in the afternoon on the second day we were there. I had to wake him up from a three hour nap. Not an easy task...the boy is a beast when he is woken up.

My three favorite people, watching a painted turtle make its way back into the pond. 

While we were away, I had a huge burst of creative energy, and I started updating//editing/improving the products in my TPT store. It was long overdue! 

I decided that a couple of my freebies needed some attention. The first project I tackled was my Reading Interest Survey. It has been downloaded 1,200 times on TPT, but it needed a major overhaul.
Old version. Ew.

New version. Better, right? {Click on the pic above to grab this freebie!)}

I also decided to whip up a simple writing checklist for my students to use when writing independently. Is it just me, or do you find yourself saying the same things, over and over again? "Did you remember to use a capital letter at the beginning of your sentence? Did you add a period to the end? Did you use finger spaces between your words?" Hopefully, this checklist will encourage your students to review and revise their writing without being reminded.

{Click on any of the pics above to go grab this freebie for yourself!}

My next Monday Made It has absolutely nothing to do with school, but with one of my other favorite things: food. My husband, who is really into healthy living and eating, found this amazing recipe for chicken and avocado quesadillas. 

Mashed avocado, diced chicken, chopped red pepper, black beans (I didn't have any, so I left them out), goat cheese (YUM!), and shredded mozzarella. UH-mazing. I didn't take this photo, by the way; the food disappeared too quickly for me to snap a pic!

It's a rainy, gloomy evening here on the Shore, so my evening plans include my Kindle and a cup of hot tea. Hopefully, we'll get to see some fireworks tomorrow.

Happy Fourth of July!


  1. Thank you for the freebies. I popped right over and grabbed them both. Happy 4th! I

    1. Hi Kristine! I'm so glad you are able to use the freebies! Happy 4th to you, too! :)

  2. Good for you to update some things....I have several that need updating but can't seem to find the time to do it:/ Those quesadillas look so yummy and healthy! Thank you for linking up:)

    1. I figure I'd better update/add to my store while I have the time because goodness knows once the school year starts, I won't be able to! Thanks for the great linky! I look forward to it each week. :)

  3. Shame on you for waking Deedle up from his nap! Let that sweet boy sleep! You know I LOVE naps!!! I wish I could get paid to nap. That quesadilla looks amazing...minus the goat cheese! Happy summer! xo
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'