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Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Mailbox #BeTheDifference Giveaway!

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!




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet the Teacher-Blogger!

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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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stitch Fix from June & July!

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!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School TPT Sale!

I don't know about all of you, but my TPT wish list has been getting longer and longer lately! Thankfully, the HUGE Back to School Sale starts tomorrow!!


My ENTIRE store will be 20% off, and you can get an extra 10% off on top of that when you use the code BTS14 at checkout!

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite products to get you started for the year! Click on any of the pictures to go to my TPT store!

classroom decor:
 

classroom library labels:
 


classroom posters:




classroom labels:


binder covers:
 



other great classroom resources:

 

 

Don't forget to use the code BTS14 when you checkout!
Happy shopping!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

SoCal Blog Hop!!

Hi, friends!!

I am SO excited to join lots of my other amazing southern California friends today for a SoCal blog hop!!


We have lots of fun freebies for you today, as well as a great giveaway for four $25 gift cards to TPT!! Make sure you enter at the bottom of this post!

The freebie I made for you is a poster that makes me think of summer and sunshine, and is a quote from an amazing author:


You can download the poster for free by clicking on the picture above!

I grew up in the midwest, but have lived in San Diego for the past 12 years, so it feels like home!

We only live about 20 minutes from the beach, which is wonderful!

We don't go nearly as often as we would like, but we have gone on some beautiful hikes overlooking the ocean.


We even make it down to the beach in the winter...


We also have lots of amazing beach towns nearby! We went to Laguna Beach last last winter, and it was beautiful!



I love that there are so many amazing teacher bloggers in Southern California! Some of us from San Diego and Orange County met up this week for dinner and had a blast! 


And now for the giveaway!


Next up is Jaime from Laugh Love Learn!



Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy our SoCal blog hop!

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