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Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Made It ( Bridal Edition!)

I'm so excited because it is Made it Monday!..... which means that my summer has officially begun because I am doing my first Monday Made It. 

Today, I am sharing all of my bridal "made-its" from the past couple months! I have tried my best to get crafty and am oh so pleased with a couple of my items to share with you today! 

Disclaimer: My picture quality is well.... downright terrible. I took them as a I crafted along and was so excited to get them off to my girls that well.... I didn't take quality pictures. 

But without further ado, I link up with 4th Grade Frolics for 

Let me begin by saying I got engaged back in February and we have decided on May 7th, 2016 as our wedding date. We chose May because both of our parents were married in May and we thought it would be neat if we were too! 

Peach and Gold are our chosen colors for the big day. My first project as an engaged woman was to create something special to ask my girls to be in my wedding. It all started with a box! 

I got these cute little wooden boxes from Jo-Ann's and painted them with our colors. Each box had a different design on it. This was one of my favorites. After I had the boxes, I had to think of something to put in them! 

So I filled them with a ring (in the gold heart box), a gold bangle, and my mom crocheted these cute little bags for me! Inside the little bag are two mini nail polishes. One is gold and the other is peach.  In the little pocket (made with my mom's Silhouette Machine), was a color palette and a letter asking each girl to be my bridesmaid. 
I have 8 bridesmaids so I wanted to do something fun but affordable. Each box only ended up costing  me around $25 dollars. I was so proud of them! 
I got the rings and the bangles from and If you haven't checked out these places... do it now!

My youngest sister is only 13 and she is not super into jewelry or polish, so I made her  a Frozen box. I like to call it the " Do you want to be a bridesmaid?" box.  Underneath, the ring pop, magnet, and little Olaf, is  a super cute Anna outfit for her American Girl dolls. 

I couldn't forget about Aaron's dudes. So on my two favorite sites above... I found these cute little super hero cuff links. They were $8.99 a piece! I made these cute little cards up on PicMonkey and ba-da-bam! He had something cool to ask his dudes with. The guys are going to wear these cuff links on the wedding day because Aaron and I are nerdy... and we know it! 

Stay Tuned....

For more Monday-Made Its. I have some school ideas in mind and in progress! 

And that's all she wrote,


Monday, June 22, 2015

Must Read Monday!

Hi all!

I made it back for Must Read Monday! How perfect is it that my book club meets on Mondays also? Mondays really are for reading!
Well first off, the theme this Monday is friendship and we all know this is an important topic for kids, especially in Kindergarten when they are developing their social skills. Sometimes it is hard for those little kinders to get along with one another. 

I have tons of favorites on friendship, but I wanted to share my new favorite that I purchased this year and actually read today when I tutored! It actually reminded me that today was Must Read Monday. 

This book is so cute and when I read it, it reminds me of finding that one friend that just gets you, no matter what. I like reading it to Kinders because it talks about how at first Beekle and and Alice do not know what to say to each other. This leads into a great discussion on how to make friends. I read this book at the beginning of the year, and the kids really thought Beekle was cute!

Last, but not least, I have one more book to share. It is actually out of my teaching zone but I remember my teacher reading it to me waaaaay back when I was in second grade! ;) 
This teacher really got me into reading, because she chose the BEST (seriously) read aloud books. I can remember just about all of them. I think maybe they were so awesome because she just had one of those reading voices that the story come alive. The books she read still stick with me as childhood favorites to this day.  However, not all of them align with the friendship genre. Here is a personal favorite: 

I just bought this last night! I found it at Books-A-Million and had a flashback to 2nd Grade with Mrs. K. So, I told my youngest sister we were going to read it together because she missed out on this one. 
In case you aren't familiar with it, it is about a young boy in the colonial days that is left behind to guard the family home while his father returns to Massachusetts for the rest of the family. While his father is gone, a stranger steals his only gun. This leaves Matt (the young boy) with no way to protect himself or provide something to eat until his family gets back. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a Native American boy named Attean. Attean teaches him new ways to survive and in return Matt begins to understand and respect the Beaver clan's way of life. 

It is a great story about friendship overcoming differences. If you are a 2nd or 3rd grade teacher and still read aloud to your students I definitely recommend it! I am also a little jealous I can't read this to my kids. It just wouldn't be the same! 

Get out there and Read, Read, Read! 

And that's all she wrote.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Must Read Monday( err.... Wednesday)

Remember me?
I have to admit.... I had to neglect my blog for the past couple months.... HOWEVER

To the teacher bloggers out there that blog weekly, you are my heroes! I wish I was that good! I am so excited to get back into it this summer. When I got on today, I saw that Alex over at the the Kindergarten Connection started a new weekly link-up with Kindergarten Planet. Well, it just so happens that like probably most of you I am obsessed with books (and of course, reading them too!). I am so excited to  join this linky! 

I wanted to share my favorite Last Day read. I love this book because it makes me hopeful for my students' future, yet makes me reflect on the awesome year we had together. For the last two years, I have made reading this book the last thing we do as a class before leaving for the summer. 

So on the last day of school, I call them to the carpet on last time to read this gem. 

The Last Day of Kindergarten by Nancy Loewen. 

If you haven't already heard about it, do check it out! It is a great read!

Well, I can't promise a weekly update, (I'm trying!!) but I am really excited to share what you missed in my absence and what I am working on this summer. 

Can't wait to see/hear what you are all up to! 

Keep calm and summer on!

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