December 31, 2014

Organizing for the New Year

Twenty fifteen here I come! Can you believe another year has come and gone?! The older I get, the faster the years fly by and there's no stopping it.

I have always loved being organized-at school and at home. My classroom has a place for everything and everything in it's place. The kids know it, my fellow teachers know it, everyone knows it :) I'm also organized at home, but I like to come up with new organizational goodies all the time.

So just in time for the new year, I've made a Command Center. At first I thought it might be weird since I don't have kids or fifty-million schedules to keep track of, but then I thought, who cares. I like being organized and I like having a clear, visual representation of that. A few weeks ago I was browsing through my new fav blog I Heart Organizing, and came across her post for a command center, but it was from another blog...How to Nest for Less. She offers a cool calendar for free download. So I downloaded it, took it to Office Depot and they enlarged it to 22x28" for me. Then I bought the frame she linked to, and viola.

Here's the calendar you can download for free at her site:
Then, one you put it in the frame, you can use expo markers to write on it! So cool :)

I'm sure most of you already have this, or something like it, but I added the folder to the wall and love it :)

So here is my finished product:

I got the box I attached to the wall at Target, as well as the cool sticker labels that I put on the different sections of the box :)

I think being organized is a great way to start the year off stress-free. Good luck organizing!!! :)

Happy New Year!

December 21, 2014

14 in '14

As we head into the week of Christmas, this will be quite the week. I am leaving tomorrow for Christmas in Tennessee!!! Crazy :) I wanted to squeeze in one last blog entry before I leave, and this is the perfect one! I love link-ups and this is a good one :) So I'm linking up with A Teeny Tiny Teacher do participate in the 14 in 14 link up for the end of 2014.

14. Favorite Quote
I don't really have a favorite, but here's one that I've been ascribing to lately: Follow your arrow, wherever it may point.

13. Favorite Article of Clothing
I love boots and jackets and purses, oh my!! Right now my favorite item of clothing is my new "leather" jacket from H&M, a tan/caramel color :) I can't find it online anymore, but just know it's awesome :)

12. Favorite Movie You Watched [I'm assuming in 2014]
There's been some good's always so difficult to choose! I am, however, going to go with the 2nd Captain America movie-Winter Soldier. It has sentimental value too ;)

11. Favorite TV Series
I'm torn. I really like The Big Bang Theory, but I'm also liking two new shows: Madam Secretary and Scorpion. Watch them ;)

10. Favorite Restaurant
Teri's's our go-to place. Always great food and plenty of gluten-free options for me :)

9. Favorite New Thing That You Tried
Hmmmm.....Road-tripping. We've done 2 now and I'm really liking it...shocking.

8. Favorite Gift You Received
Sounds cheesy, but time off to visit with my nephew. He's growing up so fast and it's nice to have time to see him every now and then.

7. Favorite thing you've Pinned
My new hair color! Well, we're in transition to it now and it will rock!!!

Now if only mine will hurry up and get this long!

6. Favorite blog post
I recently stumbled onto a new blog called I heart Organizing, and I love it! I found a post about a Command Center with making a large calendar and putting it in a frame and using whiteboard markers and such...awesome! I have it all made and now all I have to do is put it up when I get back from my trip!

5. Favorite Accomplishment
I'd have to say getting my Teachers Pay Teachers store running well. I am very proud of all my items and units that I put up on my store. I've worked really hard on it for a little over a year now, and it's starting to pay off and I'm really proud of that!

4. Favorite Photo
Well I don't want to show his picture, but there's the one of me and my man at the Marine Corps ball...I love it!!!

3. Favorite Memory
My favorite memories have been the roadtrips we've taken this year. It's fun to have alone time and now worry about work [though he had to :/]. We drove to Arizona to see two football games; we drove to Berkley/San Fransisco/Sacramento [one trip] to see two football games and my sister, brother-in-law and nephew. FUN!!!!!!!

2. 2015 Goal
My goal for 2015 is simple: be in the moment. Don't worry about things I can't control.

1. One little word
My one little word, is one little phrase: Let it be

And there you go! My 14 in '14. Enjoy everyone!


December 14, 2014

Christmas Questionnaire

I love Christmas time :) So I'm joining up with Fabulous in First for this fun Christmas linky!

1. When do you decorate?
I decorate the day after Thanksgiving, or the the weekend after. I think it's important to enjoy one holiday at a time :) 
This is the first year I've done a ribbon on the tree. 

2. Elf or no Elf?
Well, I don't have my own kids, and I teach high no elf. But I fully plan on having one when I have my own kiddos! :)

3. Christmas Cookies or No Baking for You?
I LOVE baking!!!! I am both gluten and dairy free, so I'm always looking for good recipes. I want to try this new gluten free/dairy free gingerbread loaf...yummy!!!

4. Favorite Holiday Tradition?
My family used to always make banana bread for the neighbors for Christmas. Once I got back from college, I forced my mom to do it again ;) And then I carried it on myself. I plan to do that for as long as I can!

5. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Uhhhh, duh! Elf!!! "He's an angry elf!" hahahahahahahahaa

6. Snow or no Snow?
I live in San Diego......barely rain, let alone snow. However, this year I will be celebrating Christmas in maybe snow!!!!!!!! I'm meeting the parents for Christmas and am hoping it snows :)

7. Favorite Christmas Song?
I have always loved Christmas music. I love Mary Did You Know, and even sang it once at church for Christmas Eve Service. But I just ran across this new version and I am OBSESSED!!!!

8. Favorite Gifts to Give and Get?
Honestly, unless I REALLY want something, I love gift cards to places like Target, MAC [make-up], and Sprouts [like Whole Foods], and of course, Starbucks. This year at a gift exchange I got some movie tickets so that was really cool! So we'll be going to the movies over Christmas break I think ;)

Have fun and join up with the linky too!! It's nice to get some ideas too ;) Merry Christmas!

December 13, 2014

Renaissance Faire...come rain or shine!

Every semester we have our Renaissance Faire to prepare for the Shakespeare unit. The students do research, dress up, make/play games, bake, and have fun. I've done this for a few years now, Fall Semester and then again Spring Semester with my new set of kids-never once has it rained. So we have the faire outside and there's room and it's fun.

This year, it rained. It only rained one day in like 2 weeks, and it was on the day of the faire. So like any teacher, I adapted. I emptied out my classroom and that became the space for our faire. [The rec room was being used for our Holiday concert assembly, so I couldn't reserve it :/]

Anyway, it was still fun...smelly and hot, but still fun :) And 3 or 4 teachers each period brought their students over to be faire-goers, so that was really cool for the my students because they had lots of people to play their games, eat their food, and so on.

I only had time to take a few pics this year:
Teaching students how to play Quoits. My students are the ones dressed up ;)

Drinks at the far end, meats and cheeses, desserts, and Hot Cross Buns! :)

We all had a good time, and in the end, the rain didn't stop us!

If you're interested in holding a Renaissance Faire for your kids, head on over to my TPT Store and download the Renaissance Faire Unit and enjoy!

December 6, 2014

Winter Wonderland Mad Lib-FREEBIE

Can you tell I love Mad Libs?!?! I think I have a problem :) But they're so fun and easy to use in the classroom. I gave my 10th graders the Thanksgiving Mad Lib I made right before we left for Thanksgiving break, and the LOVED it! Seriously...they said it was the "funnest" thing we'd done. [That shocks me, but ok]

So I've come up with a Winer-themed Mad Lib for you all, and it's FREE! This Mad Lib is not related to a specific holiday, so it's friendly to all and VERY school appropriate :)


December 4, 2014

December Currently...a few days late

December snuck right up on me! This also explains why I'm a few days behind. I had so much to do the week of Thanksgiving and the weekend after, that Monday, December 1st came too quickly! But I LOVE Farley's Currently every month, so I'm still doing it, just a few days late :)

So here we go...the last Currently of 2014!

Giving: I will be giving my TAs Christmas gifts before break. They do the work for credit, but I think it's nice to let them know that I appreciate the work too. 

Happy December everyone!