Thursday, June 27, 2013

Favorite Things Linky: Beauty Basics

Favorite Graphic

Well, I find it very ironic that I chose to join with Halle from Across the Hall in 2nd for her Favorite Things  linky on this day... y'all are talking about beauty basics and if you were to ask ANYONE that knows me IRL even if it's just an acquaintance you'd find out I'm for sure the LOWEST maintenance girl ever when it comes to beauty products.  I honestly, just don't care a whole lot about spending more time and more money on beauty products...

Until last Thanksgiving I'd never dyed my hair (and at Thanksgiving I only had highlights done). I tend to keep my hair fairly short, because if it's not short it's in a pony tail, boring! I use very few products very rarely and love a cut I can blow dry and run.

I wear ZERO make up. Other people have applied makeup to my face on a few occasions (however NOT my wedding day, I wasn't going to ruin people's clothes or my dress!) Most people think I'm crazy, but I never did learn how to apply/wear it correctly and honestly, I don't need one more thing to spend money on.  Maybe one day I will have to learn how, but for now, it doesn't bother me. So no makeup tips here.

However, I'm always getting compliments on my skin and my favorite products for my face are:
Mary Kay Velocity face wash and moisturizer.
Velocity® Lightweight Moisturizer
I also LOVE St. Ives Apricot scrub.  

Then give me some Carmex and I'm good to go! 
Unless I'm going to be out in the BLAZING sun all day and then I need some of this Banana Boat Lip balm. Sunburned lips are the WORST!
 So there you have it, the simplest 'beauty' tips you'll ever get. I know it's not what the typical person would share today, but they're my favorite beauty products!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I'm Linking up with Covered in Glitter and Glue for her new weekly linky party.  

So, what I'm loving right now... 

Summer school is over on Friday and then I have all of July to "myself" (yeah right!).  I have noticed from all you fellow teacher bloggers it is rare in most of your schools/districts to get to teach summer school in your own classroom.  So I am feeling very grateful!  I started setting up my classroom for real yesterday.  I'm COMPLETELY changing it around, but I'm already LOVING how it's coming together.  I don't decorate my room.  Never have. Fairly certain I won't.  However... so many of you have such CUTE rooms... I may cave.  
Today, we set up desks and started passing out text books, notebooks, folders, etc that I already had on hand.  We didn't get all done, but we are further along then I've ever been in JUNE! I love that I had lots of willing helpers and that my husband and my sister will LOVE me for having the kids help rather than them having to do it all! LOVE! 

Also, I'm LOVING that on the fish are in full force in Bristol Bay, AK where John's fishing.  During free week (when they caught like 20 fish or something total last year) they caught 5,000lbs of fish!  Also, on day 1 of the actual season, and fishing according to AK fish and game regulations from 11am-6pm only, they caught 6,000lbs of fish!  SO THANKFUL! 

Finally, I'm loving The West Wing... as in the TV show from several years ago.  I've been watching the series on amazon prime (free streaming).  I remember really liking it when it aired... I think I may like it even more now!  It sure makes for some nice drama and background noise in my super quiet house!

So there ya have it, what I'm loving this Wednesday. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Five for Friday


Hey everyone! I'm over my pity party for the moment, probably should have just ignored my horrible mood the other day, oh well, I'm a real person.

So 5 things I've been up to this week

1.    Summer School
The last 2 week for summer school enrichment time, I've been teaching a photography class.  It's been a ton of fun to watch the kids learn how to use a camera with FILM in it and that they can't see the pictures right away and they can't DELETE them.  It was a novel concept for sure.   This week we focused on taking panoramic pictures and then arranging a bunch of junk so they could make their own I Spy books.  Can't wait to hear how these turned out.  The students will turn all of these pictures into scrapbooks for themselves.  Such a great idea!  (totally not mine, it was just my assignment to teach it) Only one more week left of summer school!

2.   FAILED pinterest craft/science experiment attempt. 
Have you seen the pin floating around to make your own bouncy balls? i thought it would be fun for our summer school kids to do during science time.  TOTAL fail!  Because we messed up the directions.  We're going to try again, because a couple of the kids got the directions right despite us, and their bouncy ball kinda worked.  oh man, it was funny to watch it though! If you decide to try this, be sure you understand the directions fully before you start... cause when you have 30 kids yelling at you you tend to just go with what you remember. 


3.    Naps
Oh man, have we been getting in some good naps around here!  Can you see he's completely out? I  LOVE this dog.  I don't think it's normal to love an animal so much, but I do! I'm so glad he's here to keep me company while John is gone. 

4.    Indexing 
Watch the movie to see what it's all about and why it's important or click here to read what it's all about and how to get involved.  It's actually quite addicting. I first set my goal at 350 names to index (10 per day while John was gone), but now I've upped it to 1,00 cause I've only done it for 3 days and I've done over 150 names.  I like the idea of helping to.  However, the program doesn't like when I multitask while using it, so it has been eating up much of my computer time. 

5.  Winning! 

I WON Jivey's big giveaway!  I'm so excited to get to use her mentor sentences units.  She's amazing and full of great ideas.  She's also a newer blogger, but you can tell she's fabulous at sharing her great ideas since she's already over 400 followers.  She's techy, smart, creative, and willing to share!  LOVE her blog, and her!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pity Party for 1

You guys I have NOTHING to blog about and no motivation to even join in any of the awesome linky parties going on.

I'm busy summer schooling, which quite frankly is driving me crazy.  Of course I'm trying to remember all the things John would say to me if he was here to keep me calm and sane.

I hate him being gone! It's hard seeing all of the fun things you and your families are doing together this summer.  But he's already catching LOTS of salmon, so at least this year it's worth it!

I've also been indexing names so people can search their ancestors on  I just started but it's really fun, helpful to others, and takes my mind off of being all by myself.

I've also been spending time hanging out with friends and my siblings that are close.  And let's be honest... watching LOTS of episodes of West Wing and The Good Wife (two shows on amazon prime instant downloads that I LOVE!)

Also, I've been busy printing, cutting, laminating, and cutting again.  Nothing really share worthy, but it's been what's consuming most of my time.

Hopefully, I'll get out of this funk soon and be back to my spunk self... I don't like feeling sorry for myself, but I'll chalk it up to PMS, a rotten attitude day from other at school, and my husband being gone for the summer. So, I'm going to take some mental time off until I feel like blogging again... that may be tomorrow, or when John gets back, we'll see.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

2nd Annual Vegas Teacher/Blogger Meet UP

Are you coming? If so, click on the button above and make sure you RSVP! 

 I went last year, by myself, knowing NO ONE... Literally! I STILL can't believe I actually went.  My mom and sister walked around the Venetian (I should have made them come with me so I at least didn't look so strange sitting off by myself).

I chatted with a few people, won a few prizes, and had a BLAST.  

But this year, I want to be LOOKING for YOU there. 

Are any of you coming? Will one of you be my wing (wo)man? It would be a ton more fun this year to actually be looking forward to meeting some of you in REAL life without just being starstruck and feeling so out of my comfort zone.  

Can't wait to hear who's coming! 


Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Even though I hate it, I also know many of you are using it to follow blogs, so here ya go... :)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Laminator Help

Hey everyone! I was blessed enough to get my donors choose project funded and finally got this scotch laminator! 

However, it's not working. The right side of EVERY single pouch comes out all crinkly. 

There is a clear/whitish plastic piece inside the laminator on the right side... I tried to take a picture, but, it's up inside the laminator... Do you see it? 

Any ideas for me?
Does your laminator wrinkle everything?
Do you have a plastic piece up inside your laminator? Help! 

In other news, LOVE LOVE LOVE the latest blogger app update! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tried it Tuesday

I'm linking up with Holly again for tried it Tuesday. I am LOVING all of the linky parties!  Trying to blog more often, but lets face it, I'm still SUPER busy. Plus John's only here for 10 more days before he leaves for Alaska.  SO, I'm spending as much time as possible with him, which doesn't allow for much blogging on the computer in the office.  

This week I'm sharing some new apps I've found, that I love for the classroom! Now, I have WAY more apps that are usually loaded on my phone during the school year for students to use, but these are the ones that survived that cut, for various reasons. 

It's a free app and texts or e-mails reminders to parents without giving them your personal cell number and without them sharing that information with you. I LOVE this app. You can schedule reminders ahead of time, which means when i remember at 10 PM something I should tell the parents, I can schedule the reminder for the next morning when it would be appropriate to receive that reminder. 

You've all heard of it, I'm sure, but I LOVE whipping my phone out in the hallway and giving points.  You've never SEEN such angels wait patiently for lunch or to use the restroom!  This way, I also don't have to be hooked to my computer all day for students to get points! LOVE 

No explanation needed, right? Great way to get those flash freebies (although it seems to take a little longer to find the product and download it this way if you're in a hurry since you can't just click the link and be taken to the app.)

Common Core It's been SO nice to have all of the Common Core Standards at my finger tips and SEARCHABLE! That's my favorite part. So handy for organization of all of my activities.  Did you know, there isn't any inferencing standards in 3rd grade... who knew! 

Apps for Common Core
This is my favorite new find.  I know it will come in handy if my latest Donors Choose project gets funded (2 new iPads!). Anyway, It too has all of the standards by grade level and then suggests apps for that standard.  It's pretty new, I think, because it doesn't have a lot of variety, but still a great place to start! 


Monday, June 3, 2013

June Currently

I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for her monthly Currently. It's the biggest linky party out there and this month I'm late!  But, of course I have good excuses I was busy being a good friend on the 1st after buying my husband a new TV for our 10th anniversary (this Friday)! 

Thanks to a favorite blogger of mine, The Tattooed Teacher, for the font!

So 10 years! Can you believe it!  We were babies when we got married, but I KNEW then and KNOW now, it was the right decision for us! Here are some of my favorites from that day!  (Also, don't mind the time stamps! lol obviously it wasn't 12:33 AM!)



So far this summer we have done SO much! National board, bought and set up a new TV, started teaching summer school already, and printing, cutting, and organizing materials printed with my funded Donors' Choose project. Yay!  I still have SO much more to print, cut, and organize.  But I WILL get that done this summer.  I'm determined!

Here are the other MAJOR things we've done.

First, we cleaned out and rearranged things so we could move our food storage from the garage (see 120 degrees in July here) inside to a closet, that wasn't empty, but is now full of food storage.  It was also SO helpful to know exactly what we had.  Now we need (I need) to find some decent recipes using all of this stuff to put in the closet with it for when we need it.

We also cleaned up our westie! Love Tuffy but he was badly in need of a summer hair cut!  He was shedding SO much (this from a breed that doesn't shed, hardly at all). Left is before, right is after. It makes me look like a bad puppy owner on the left!   It took a good 3 or 4 hours but it's worth it to not pay someone else! the $100 investment in the pet clippers have been worth it the last 3 or 4 years as we've stopped taking him to the groomer.