Friday, December 28, 2012

Pencil Sharpeners Don't Like Me...

...and neither do staplers.  I feel like I go through a million of each of them!  That is why I am dying to try out
Groovy Green, love it!  Click on the link and check it out! 

New Year's Linky!

I am linking up with Teaching Maddeness for a New Year's Resolution Linky Party!

Teaching Maddeness

A new year, a new you, right?  I always try to be realistic about setting goals, but then I just end up with ones like "Be Awesome."
I love this.  As a working mom, I would like to think that I can "do it all," but the reality is that I fall short.  This year it has been my blogging that has been put on the back burner.  So my first goal:

1.  Write a blog post at least once a week.   I want to try to write some posts in advance (I can do this with my tech tool posts) so that I can have them ready to go.  In a perfect world, right?  Okay, bloggy friends, bug me if I haven't posted in awhile!

2.  Create some freebies to share and post on TPT.  I'm not sure why I haven't done this already.  I create lots of things, but I just feel like what I have isn't as "cute" as what other teachers have made.  I know that the content is good, so I just need to get it out there!

3.  RUN!!!!  My husband bought me an awesome pair of running shoes for Christmas.  I am signed up for a 5K (and for a small triathlon, but I am still in denial about that one), so now I just need to get out there and run!  I was following the Couch to 5K program through the fall and was doing well, but then December came and life got in the way.  I need to get back into this habit!

There are a million other things that I would like to do this year, but I'm not going to post those since those are things that I should be doing anyway.  Maybe I'll have some success if I stick to just three goals, right?  RIGHT??? 

Best wishes to everyone with their New Year's Resolutions!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Bloggy Best and Brigtest Linky

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  Ours was so much fun.  The house is a mess of new toys, but that's how it should be the day after Christmas.  I am spending the day cleaning and playing with my daughter, and I am also taking the opportunity to join a party-a linky party, that is!  Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge is hosting a linky to share some of the blogging highlights of 2012.

I am still relatively new to blogging, and I have yet to create anything to share on TPT (future goal for 2013).  However, I have met many new people and learned more about the technology involved in blogging.  Here are a few highlights to my year:

One of the BEST things that I did this year was to start my blog!  It took me a few weeks to gain some followers, but then it took off.  Like I said, I have met some great people and have picked up some great teaching and technology tips.  Everyone is so friendly in the blogosphere!  Another great thing that I did was to sign up to be a contributor (aka "coach") on Technology Tailgate.  I feel honored to have my posts with those of some incredible techy teachers!

The post that I loved BEST was my Photo Booth tutorial on adding yourself to imported pictures.  Although I haven't created freebies to share, I feel that I have a lot to offer with my knowledge of technology.  I learned this Photo Booth "trick" in June when I went to Discovery Communications headquarters, and I had fun going through the process to make it work and post the steps.

My post that had the BEST response was when I participated in the Newbie Blogger Blog Hop.  Not only did it have the most page views, it helped me gain a great deal of followers! 

Some of the BRIGHTEST bloggers that I "met" this year were:

Alison from

and Kristin from

Thanks to everyone for helping me get my start in blogging!

Friday, December 21, 2012

I'm Baaack!!! (plus some Christmas crafts)

   I am taking a break from playing Uno with Clyde, our elf, in order to FINALLY add a blog post.  I am so embarrassed that I have not posted in months.  This year has been one of the most challenging ever.  My daughter is now in kindergarten, and I am adjusting to homework and packing lunches.  I had two classes this semester, one of which was a research class that really had me busy!  Add the new Common Core standards to all of that and you can understand how my blogging was put on the back burner. 

Here are a few of my Christmas crafts that I wanted to share.  I know that most of you have already finished your crafting for the season, so bookmark these for next year:
    I saw something like this on Pinterest and created my own.  
    Cut pieces of foam board, approximately 4 1/2 inch squares.  I used a box cutter and then my paper cutter to make squares.
     Use tacky glue to make the frame from crayons.
     Use tacky glue to attach the ribbon (I found cute School Days ribbon at Hobby Lobby).
     Add a picture and whatever you want to write.  I used double sided tape to attach the picture.

We did this as a Christmas gift, but in the future I might save something like this for Mother's Day.     

  I also saw these snowflakes on Pinterest, but I created my own because the link to the directions did not work. 
     You need 8 small puzzle pieces, painted white.  We used acrylic paint.
      Cut a small circle out of cardboard-I found a thin cardboard and used my scrapbooking tools to make them.  The size will depend on the size of your puzzle pieces.  Paint the circle white also.
     Glue one puzzle piece in the middle of the circle.  Attach 6 more pieces around that one.  I think it looks best if a "point" of the puzzle piece sticks out (note to self-do a Google search for the name of the curved part of a puzzle piece).  Glue one more puzzle piece in the middle, on top of the first one.  I used Tacky Glue-I invest in the stuff at Christmas time.
     When it has dried, cover it with a thin layer of Mod Podge and sprinkle some glitter on it.
     When that has dried, cover the ornament with clear spray paint so that the glitter won't chip off.
    Add a piece of ribbon to the back.

     Well, the word didn't end so I have to go and finish my Christmas shopping and baking.  I hope to post a few more times over the holidays!