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October 26, 2015

Purple Passion

I haven't blogged in like...forever. Why? Lots of reasons! What could possibly be important enough to make me blog again? Talking about one of my favorite teacher tools...Classroom Friendly Supplies new purple pencil sharpener.

I've been a fan of this pencil sharpener since I first purchased one over 5 years ago. I won my second one and blogged about it here. Both are still working great.

Reasons why I love this pencil sharpener:
1.) It is quiet. My electric pencil sharpener is loud. I couldn't listen to it whir all day. This one barely makes a noise.
2. ) The pencils are ALWAYS sharp. Sometimes my wall mounted sharpener only sharpens half or the graphite breaks inside of the wood and falls out.
3. ) My students can use it independently. My wall mounted sharpener is hard to crank, even though I've squirted it with WD40.
4.) It is easy to see when the shavings bin is full. My wall mounted sharpener is black. When it is full, it stops working. My kids know this and frequently untwist it to see if it needs emptying, which leads to pencil shavings everywhere. Not to mention they like to bang it against the trash can to make sure it is empty.
5. ) It is portable. Students can take it to their desk to sharpen ALL of their colored pencils, then return it when they are done.

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August 11, 2014

MMI: CRAM week

One more week of summer break or as I like to call it, "CRAM week". I should be cramming in the last bit of summer fun, but instead I'll go back and prepare my classroom, so I'm not overwhelmed next week when I have to go back. Since I am in BTS mode, all of my Made Its are school related.

Word Wall banner

Supplies: chevron pennants
skinny black ribbon

This will go on the lime green bulletin board and become my science word wall.

Cutting out lamination

Pile includes: 
Stemscopes picture vocabulary for the 1st two weeks
Letters for my "SCIENCE SPOT" and my door

Birthday bags and seat

I have already blogged about the contents of my birthday bags here.
This week they found a home in this lime green bucket.
A good friend, Melody, made my birthday seat cover.
Now, they live together on top of my cabinet.
I'm hoping this will help me NOT forget.


New table buckets

Last year, I painted my old buckets
They didn't last and ended up in File 13.
I found these at the Dollar Tree, added ribbon, and my table numbers.
Fingers crossed. These will last more than one year.

Now, I need to take all of these to school. Monday I'm planning with my math team today, so I may not get much else done. I can't wait to see what everyone else made this week or what else I can CRAM in before next week. 

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August 1, 2014

August? What? Really?


It's Friday night! I'm home and watching Mythbusters. What can I say? I'm a nerd. I love Adam & Jamie. They make science so much fun!

I know. A schedule during summer? Yes! If I didn't, then I would waste my day. So what is my summer schedule? Sleep until I wake up. Feed the animals. Walk the dog. Watch or listen to the Today show (all 4 hours). Do something on my to do list. Feed me. Feed the dog. Walk 30 minutes on the treadmill. Watch the news. Feed me again. Walk the dog. Read. Sleep. Throw in a few appointments, dinners with friends, and a vacation, then you have my summer.

I had dinner with most of my team last night. Now, my mind is racing with ideas for school. I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed.

This past school year, I neglected a lot of things at home. At the beginning of the summer, I made a to do list by room. I've made a lot of progress, but it isn't done.

I am a procrastinator, unless it is a task that I want to do, like blogging or crafting. However, today I got my deadline. Our building opens on Tuesday, so anything I want to do at home gets done this weekend or it may not get done.

I'm in BTS mode!


Head back over to Farley's and see what everyone is currently doing!

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July 28, 2014

MMI: DIY version


MMI? DIY? Tomatoes, tomat-oes! Either way, I did it myself. 
The first one was a huge leap of faith. 


BEFORE
I love my cats, but I don't love what they did to my kitchen wallpaper. 
Last Sunday, it bothered me so much that I started peeling wallpaper. Most of it just peeled off like sunburned skin. It was awesome! The rest, I had to spray with water and fabric softener, then scrape off. 

HALF WAY DONE!
This is probably a good time to mention that I've NEVER done this before, and I was doing it by myself.
Next, I had to tape, putty, and sand two corners and a damaged spot. 
I didn't use the correct tape, but it worked. It may not look professional, but it does look better.

AFTER
Self high five!
Not only had I never stripped wallpaper or puttied holes, but I had never painted walls.
I am pretty happy with the results. Please excuse my trash and recycling cans, dog bowls, and kennel.


Once I completed my first DIY project, the painting bug had bitten me.

BEFORE
High tech hanging devices (nails) holding up cleaning tools.
This bothered me, because they were ugly, too big, 
and they slipped in and out of their holes every time I hung up a tool.

SUPPLIES and PREP
I liked the color of the blue acrylic paint, but it was too thin. 
The beige paint was thicker and covered better.
The original plan was to use Command hooks. 
However, they fell off as soon as I added the tools. 
Plan B - I used white finishing nails.

AFTER
Was this project necessary? No! 
Does it make me happy when I go in my laundry room? Yes!
I might even enjoy cleaning a little more.


My last DIY MMI involves food.
Since, I will be returning to work August 18th, I decided I needed to make some home cooked meals and freeze them. Otherwise, I will be existing on grilled cheese sandwiches or frozen meals.

from Joyful Momma's Kitchen
Sorry, no pics! 
I made a few substitutions.
Instead of shredded chicken, I used John Soules Chicken Fajita strips.
I couldn't find a tub of Philadelphia Cooking Creme, 
so I substituted a jar of On the Border Monterrey Jack Queso.
Finally, I used 5 tortillas, instead of 3.
I put mine in a 9 X 13 foil pan, double wrapped it in heavy duty foil, and froze it.
I tested the filling, but I gave away the casserole to a friend, who had foot surgery.

from Pioneer Woman

Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, is a great cook. 
I am not. I am a good cook, a lazy cook.
I only had 10 lasagna noodles left, so I made 3 sets of 3 roll-ups. 
(Can't help making it an array. I'm a math teacher.)
I browned my sausage, then added the sauce.
Meanwhile, I added an egg and shredded Parmesan cheese to the ricotta.
Once, the pasta was cooked. I followed Ree's directions.
I froze 2 and ate one. One roll-up, a slice of garlic bread, and a salad made for a yummy dinner!


Dad's Hamburger Stroganoff
from the kitchen of my dad

This last one is my favorite. My dad has been gone for nearly 23 years, over half my lifetime. My mom said this is one of the meals he made for her when they were in college together at K-State. 
It is a sentimental, as well as culinary, favorite.

Ingredients:
1/4 butter
1 clove garlic (I used minced in the jar.)
1 lb. hamburger
2 Tbsp. flour
salt & pepper to taste
8 oz. of mushrooms (drained)
can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg. egg noodles

Melt butter in skillet. Add garlic and saute. Add hamburger and brown. Drain grease. Add flour, salt, pepper, and mushrooms. Cook and stir for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add soup. Simmer on medium low for 10 minutes. Add sour cream. Mix thoroughly. Serve over cooked egg noodles or add them to the mixture. I froze two portions without noodles in tupperware for during the school year. I will eat the other half this week. 

Enjoy! Let me know if you try any of the recipes, especially Dad's Hamburger Stroganoff! 
Click here to go back to Tara's MMI party! I've been partying with Tara for two years now. 
My very post was a MMI on July 23, 2012. 


I no longer use that binder, pick me pot, or iRead/iWrite journals.
However, I did put out the America banner and wreath for the 4th.
Does this count as my TBT post, too?

Have a great week!

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July 19, 2014

First Sign of the Apocalypse or Nirvana?

For some teachers the first sign of the new school supplies is a sign of the apocalypse. For others, my self included, it is NIRVANA. It is like the heavens opened up, and the angels started singing. The first week, they were out, I looked, but I resisted purchasing. This past week, I started stocking up. My first purchase? My Mead planner. Ah...ahhhhhhh!

This has been my first school supply purchased for the past several years. Why? I am a planner. The school year doesn't start until I have a plan and a filled in monthly calendar.

My Mead Planners

My strategy every year is to color code my calendar. This year, I am simplifying. Items written in green are for my personal life. Why? Green is my favorite color. Simple enough! Items for school are written in blue. Why? Our school colors are navy and tan, and I like blue more than brown. Duh! Just kidding! Now the hard part, keeping blue and green pens near my calendar. Last year, I started with blue, green, and pink. By the end of the year, my calendar was bleeding red. It was the handiest color on my desk. Oops!

Now, why do I love the Mead planner?
* Clear plastic sleeve for a cover - This means that I can download my favorite cover from my favorite TPT seller or create my own and slip it in.

* Multi-colored monthly tab dividers - This makes it easy to find my monthly calender. Last year, my Mead student planner didn't have them, so I created my own from Post-it tabs. This year, they are laminated and sturdier. Woo hoo!

* Weekly and monthly calendars - I use the monthly calendars to list events and due dates, but I use the weekly calendar as a to-do list. When it is laid flat, I can see everything I need to do in one week. This year, I will have to draw an empty square in front of my items. Last year, my Mead Five Star planner had the boxes already printed. Check! Problem solved!

* Pre-printed and bound - As much as I love creating and printing things from my computer, this is one thing that is already done at the beginning of another busy school year.

What I don't love about this years Mead planner? (Just in case someone from Mead reads this post.)

* No covered spiral
* No pen loop
* No checkboxes for completed tasks
* July 2014 - June 2015 - I already had a July calendar. I really need a calendar from August 2014 - July 2015. Just sayin'!

Disclaimer: This post is not a paid advertisement or endorsed by Mead. The opinions expressed are solely my own.


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July 14, 2014

Monday Made It - What?

Unbelievable! I haven't blogged since March. Last summer, I participated in EVERY MMI. Now, it is already week #7. Oh well! I could tell you where I've been, but it doesn't really matter. I'm back!

#1

Birthday Bags
 Birthday Bag goodies: bookmark, M&M's, pencil, pom pom buddy, balloon, 
and a prize (bracelets for girls, and a sticky wall climber for boys).

 Green bags for girls and blue bags for boys.

#2

Ribbon wreath

Supplies: Lots of ribbon (various sizes), a foam wreath, and applique pins
Kipper couldn't resist inspecting my selections.

Completed wreath. 
I had to stop and hang it, because I kept seeing holes and adding more ribbon.
This is for my classroom door.

This is still my favorite linky party! Thanks for hosting, Tara!
Now, head back over to Tara's and check out what everyone else made.

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March 2, 2014

March Currently


Blades of Glory? Why? When I turned on the t.v. this afternoon, it was just starting. I just didn't turn it off. "Not only did we embarrass Marky Mark, but the entire Funky Bunch."

I've always had faith, but since November my faith has been tested and renewed. God is good! 
The next two seem really shallow in comparison, but I love crushed ice, especially from our school's ice maker. It has just the right crunch.
Microfiber...I bought a new microfiber blanket this winter. Thank goodness, because I can't remember a winter this cold in Texas in the last 20 years.

Spring break...enough said!

Winter in Texas is nothing like the winter the rest of the country has experienced, but I moved to Texas from Kansas to escape winter. I don't like it! I don't like ice! I don't like sleet or snow! I don't like temperatures below 60! 

My yard is disgusting. I need a landscaper to just come redo the whole thing. I hate yardwork, so I'm not going to do it.

Good luck with my question!

Head back over to Farley's and guess everyone else's questions!

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