Thankful Printable + 9 Day Break

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving is coming up in 5 days, which means the Christmas season is right around the corner! I already put up some of our Christmas decorations and have held off on the tree for as long as I can, however with this fabulous 9 day break (so excited that we have all of Thanksgiving week off!) I am really wanting to cozy up our place with more Christmas decorations! I'm thinking that may be happening tonight...

I am so incredibly thankful for all of you and for the time you take to comment and read my blog! Thank you so much for your continued support! I love having this fabulous space to connect with other teachers and bloggers all over the world, who I never would have "met" if it hadn't been for blogging!

I made a Thankful printable to put up for our family Thanksgiving feast... Click on the picture to get it for free! I am thankful for all of you!!


I know that many of you still have to go back to school for a few days next week, so I have a couple things you may want to stop by my shop to pick up!

This first one is a freebie that will get your kids thinking of all the things they are thankful for from A-Z! I tell my kids they get double points if they think of something with multiple beginning letters... like Kit Kats or Mary's Meals (an awesome non-profit my students are raising money for this year).

I also have Thanksgiving Math Centers that review capacity, subtracting across zero, missing factor problems, and adding and subtracting decimals. It is 20% off through this Tuesday 11/25!


Are you off all week or do you go back for a couple days?

Fall CUE & Techie Teachers

Saturday, November 8, 2014

 Two weekends ago I got to spend time with some of my amazing friends at the annual Fall CUE conference!


Kay from A Little Tech and Sandy from Soaring Through Second are two of the most techie teachers I know! They have so many fabulous ideas and we all share an excitement and passion for teaching, so we talked pretty much nonstop all weekend!

I also presented a session on Saturday!




I had such a great weekend and have already started using some of the tech ideas with my students! I'll be back later to share some new tech tools and tricks that I learned about!


Halloween in the Classroom

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I absolutely love holidays. And celebrating in the classroom with my students is always so much fun! 

Friday morning started out with some STEM fun with gummy candy corns  thanks to my sweet friend Tara! You can check out more about this challenge on her blog!

This year all the teachers decided on a candy-theme, so I dressed up as a bubble gum machine! It didn't take that long to make and my students loved it!


In the afternoon my fabulous room parents organized a Halloween party! They set up three stations: cookie decorating, necklace making, and bag decorating. They were so organized! 

 How neat are those eyes they found to decorate cookies with?!

 For the bag decorating they brought in a ton of fun Halloweeny foam stickers! Students got out their markers and went to town decorating them!
  After all the rotations, my students opened their bags up on their desks and students who brought treats went around and put them in everyone's bag! One of my students was also super excited to have a bag to go trick-or-treating with!
 After the stations, we had a nice snack table set up with some delicious snacks, fruit, and popcorn. I love these adorable oreo spiders that one of my fabulous parents/fellow teachers brought in! 
   Now I am SO ready to start getting ready for Christmas!! I know we have Thanksgiving in between, but I feel like there is never enough time for Christmas decorations, so they may be going up a little early this year... at least at home! 

Hope you all are having a great week!


Another Stitch Fix Shipment!

Monday, October 20, 2014

1 41 Hawthorn Florence Colorblocked Dress | 2 Henry & Belle Billy Skinny Jean | 3 41 Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse | 4 Pixley Polly Abstract Chevron Tie-Waist Tunic | 5 Just USA Morrie Medium Wash Boyfriend Denim Jacket

After receiving several dresses that just weren't my style, this dress was perfect! I loved the colors and already had the perfect cardigan to go with it!

One of the biggest problems for me when shopping for jeans is length. These ones were definitely long enough, plus there was room to cuff them at the bottom! I love the dark wash and it is great for Fridays at school when we can wear jeans!


This top is a pretty pink color and has a great fit! It also looks great with jeans for the weekend!


The second top I received in this fix was not really my style. The colors were different and not a combination that I would usually put together. When I tried it on though, the fit was great, and I figured it would look cute with some leggings and boots for fall. Also, because Stitch Fix gives you a 25% discount if you keep all five items, it was actually cheaper to keep this top than return it!

I have been wanting a jean jacket for a while now and I specifically requested one in a note to my stylist! She delivered and sent me this perfect jacket from Just USA! Now I just need for the temperatures to drop in southern California so I can start wearing it!

about stitchfix
If you haven't heard of Stitch Fix yet, you need to check it out! It's an online shopping service that ships clothes right to your doorstep! You simply sign up online and fill out a personal style profile (your size, style, colors you like, clothing you would like to get... etc.!)

You can also add a link to one of your Pinterest boards with your favorite looks! My Stitch Fix stylist often looks at my Style Pinterest board to get ideas for my Fix!


When you sign up, you can choose if you'd like a one-time shipment, or you can sign up to receive a box once a month, or every 2-3 weeks! When I first signed up I just got a one-time shipment, but I've since switched to receiving boxes every 2-3 weeks (which has actually been about every 3 weeks).

There is a $20 styling fee, however, if you decide to keep something in your box, that $20 goes towards it! Then you simply put the unwanted pieces in the provided bag and send them back! I also like that they have you give them feedback on each of the pieces they ship! 


You can also write a note to your stylist requesting certain pieces. 

If you plan on signing up for Stitch Fix, I would love if you use my referral link! If you use my link, I receive a credit towards future purchases so I can continue sharing my Stitch Fix boxes with you!
Thank you!


Fall is in the Air!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Sunday friends! This has been a whirlwind of a month! I am so happy to say that I am in love with my new class! They are such a sweet bunch of 4th graders and so excited about everything we are learning!

This weekend was our Fall Festival, so my classroom currently looks like this:

But Monday is a teacher work day so we can get our classrooms put back together before our students come back on Tuesday!

Also, this is a short week for me because on Thursday I am flying up to Napa Valley with my sweet friends Sandy from Soaring Through Second and Kay from iRock Common Core to present at the Fall Cue 2014 Conference!


Will any of you be there? 
I hope you are having a wonderful, relaxing weekend!



The Mailbox #BeTheDifference Giveaway!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

When I moved into my first classroom, I remember coming across a couple books by The Mailbox filled with pages after pages of amazing classroom ideas! So when they asked if I wanted to collaborate with them for their #BeTheDifference campaign, I was beyond excited!


They sent me the most adorable package (look at that wash tape!!!!) with some goodies to start off the year and a sweet note about how hard teachers work and what a difference we make in the lives of our students! So true!!

I wanted to inspire my students from day 1 and set the tone for a wonderful year of learning! I've seen the "When you enter this classroom..." idea from multiple sources on Pinterest, and decided that this was the year to bring it to life! 


I love decorating our classroom door because it is the first thing my students see every day when they walk into the classroom, and the last thing they see when they leave! (Not to mention the countless times we go in and out throughout the day!)

What are you doing to #BeTheDifference in your classroom this year? Head to The Mailbox's Facebook page to enter their #BeTheDifference sweepstakes for a chance to win some amazing prizes!


AND that's not all!

The Mailbox is offering one free year of the Mailbox Gold to 10 of my readers! That gives you access to The Mailbox magazine, online planning tools, a toolkit full of resources, and more! 

You can enter using Rafflecopter below and I will send the emails of the 10 lucky winners to The Mailbox!
Good luck!




Meet the Teacher-Blogger!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I have fallen in love with the fabulous world of teacher blogs, and have met so many amazing friends along the way! Sweet Stephanie from Falling into First is having a fabulous Meet the Teacher Blogger Linky, and I'm joining in the fun!


If ya didn't know already, my name is Molly! I've been teaching 4th grade going on 5 years, and I'm also currently getting my administrative credential. I love teaching and don't see myself leaving the classroom soon, but I have always loved leadership and this has been such an amazing learning experience!

I have been married to an amazing man, and my best friend for 4 wonderful years!
His name is Mike, so together we are Mike & Molly "like the t.v. show." :)
(pictures from our recent trip to Napa Valley/San Francisco!)
I absolutely adore my family. They are the most incredible people ever! I am so thankful that we all live so close and that I get to see them all the time! 



THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
Smiling, colorful markers/pens, pink, glitter, talking, family, friends, learning, technology, blogging, crafts, rainbows, children's literature, decorating our home, shopping, and chatting with teachers all over the world!

Q: IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
I don't even know!

Q: THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU:
Enthusiastic, creative, and passionate!

Q: FINISH THE SENTENCE, "___________, SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
"I hate back to school shopping, said no teacher ever!"

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
I'm terrible at these kinds of questions... lets just say all my friends and family! 

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
Lessons with Laughter :)

Q: YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
Is there a superpower of not needing so much sleep? I would love to be able to get by on just a few hours and have more time in the day!

Q:WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
I love quotes... so I'm sharing a few!
"Think happy, be happy!"
"Whatever you believe about yourself you will become,"
"Find something that makes you happy and use it to make others happy!"
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."
"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I love singing! I sing to my students all. the. time.! I'm not a huge *favorites* person though, so I don't know. I just listened to Feeling 22 by Taylor Swift though, so let's go with that!

Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Night owl, all the way!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
My Classroom Library Rainbow Book Spine Labels!! I love how beautiful and organized they have made my classroom library!


Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!
My husband and I met while line dancing! We haven't been in ages, but we still love dancing around the house!


Well I'm a little late to the party, and you can be too! Stop by Stephanie's blog to read about her and other amazing teacher bloggers!
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Stitch Fix from June & July!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I remember starting my teacher credential program several years ago and thinking "ohmygoodness, I don't have any 'teacher' clothes!" Now it is the opposite... the majority of clothes in my closet are ones I wear to work! I love shopping, but getting clothes in the mail from Stitch Fix adds an extra touch of excitement to my week!

I'm a little behind on posting about my last couple fixes, so here's a little recap:

July Fix!
I have been anxiously waiting for a fix where I keep all the items, and I had my fingers crossed that this was it! I especially love pulling all the items out of the box and seeing a quick view of the patters... I loved the view of these ones!

I don't wear sleeveless tops to school unless I pair them with a cardigan. This navy top was comfortable, and I loved how it looked paired with a purple cardigan from my closet.


I could have kept this top and been happy with it, but I decided that it was a little darker than I liked (especially if I paired it with black pants for work), so I decided to return it!

The next top, I LOVED the print up close...
However from a distance, it was super busy and dizziness-inducing.

In my June fix (which you'll see below), I received a PERFECT pair of jeans. I have trouble shopping for jeans because I am supper picky, and it can be hard to find ones that are the right length. So I wrote a note to my stylist and requested another pair of jeans from the same brand, but with a different wash. I was excited when I saw the wash of these ones and thought they would be another perfect pair, until I unfolded them... 
Love the wash, but I definitely can't wear these to school with all the distress and the huge gaping hole in the knee.
(Fridays = jeans days at our school!)

The next item in my fix was this maxi dress... which I may have considered keeping, however it was several inches too short, so it was out of the question!

Last but not least is this beautiful necklace! 

This was the first piece of jewelry I've received in a fix, and I loved it! It dresses up simple shirts and I love the different layers! This was definitely a keeper!


Next up is my June fix. I didn't get pictures of everything from this fix, BUT I did get pictures of the two things I kept: The most amazing and comfortable scarf ever and the perfect-fitting pair of jeans!
I LOVE scarfs and wear them pretty-much daily during the cooler months. And like I mentioned earlier, these jeans fit perfectly! They were even long enough for me to cuff them at the bottom, which hardly ever happens! These are probably two of my favorite items I've received in a fix so far!
MORE STITCH FIX DETAILS:
If you haven't heard of Stitch Fix yet, you need to check it out! It's an online shopping service that ships clothes right to your doorstep! You simply sign up online and fill out a personal style profile (your size, style, colors you like, clothing you would like to get... etc.!)
You can also add a link to one of your Pinterest boards with your favorite looks! I added the link to my style board!


When you sign up, you can choose if you'd like a one-time shipment, or you can sign up to receive a box once a month, or every 2-3 weeks! When I first signed up I just got a one-time shipment, but I've since switched to receiving boxes every 2-3 weeks (which has actually been about every 3 weeks).

There is a $20 styling fee, however, if you decide to keep something in your box, that $20 goes towards it! Then you simply put the unwanted pieces in the provided bag and send them back! I also like that they have you give them feedback on each of the pieces they ship! 


You can also write a note to your stylist requesting certain pieces. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for another pair of those jeans in my next fix!

If you plan on signing up for Stitch Fix, I would love if you use my referral link! If you use my link, I receive a credit towards future purchases. Thank you!

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