Five for Friday

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Fridays are for treats, jeans, and linky parties! Let’s go!

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Photoshoots with Molly

This dog. There were about ten more failed selfie attempts than just the ones I posted. She honestly looks like a Dementor in the first one. Apparently I taste delicious after a run? And apparently she just likes posing solo because I soon as I gave up on the selfie idea, she set herself up all nice and pretty.

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Planning Writing Lessons

I won’t lie, when I elected to plan writing for the grade level at the beginning of the year, I was slightly terrified. I assumed that my firsties wouldn’t be able to write much more than a few words, but they have taken me by the most wonderful surprise. They are so amazingly motivated to write! When I taught third grade, the students seemed to have a lot less intrinsic drive to write and it could be hard to get them to. I’m finding that my babies take an idea and run with it, even those who can’t quite form all of their letters yet. I use a highlighter to write what they dictate and they trace over it. I realize this is definitely not a new idea, but it’s new to me and I LOVE IT! Hopefully we can wean ourselves off the highlighters soon!

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Finally Feeling Organized

I feel like I hit my rhythm this week. I haven’t been having to get to school quite so early and I haven’t been having to stay quite so late. The kiddos are also finally starting to move through transitions and assignments a bit more quickly (small victories)! The loveliest thing, though, is that I actually put file folders in my file cabinet. Yes. I know. I am an organization genie. Really though, I was just tossing extra papers and master copies in a cabinet because I didn’t have the brainpower or energy to organize them all, but this week I finally gathered the courage to set up big folders and subfolders. I also made tubs for each math area to hold ready-to-go centers. It’s the little things.

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Finally Owning Real Boots

As a girl who isn’t originally from the South, I have never owned “true” cowboy boots. I actually had a white pair with pink glittery stars that I was literally obsessed with in pre-school. As in, I wore those babies to bed. School. Playing. Everywhere. In Massachusetts. Then I got a cheapo pair later that I completely regret ever wearing. Then I found these bad boys online from Durango Boots. And yes, I bargain hunted. They were already on sale and I also found a promo code. 😉

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FALL. FALL. FAAAALLLLL!!!

It’s finally September. Football has begun and it should “only” be in the mid-80s this weekend. YES! Also, Labor Day weekend, anyone? Happy Friday!

Coming Soon: I’ve been trying to work on my TpT store this week to create some new products. Up first will be editable monthly newsletter templates! They’ll be available by the month or as a bundle once I finish them all. Stay tuned!

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Five for Friday + FREEBIES!

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It’s that time of the week again! I’m 90% positive that my Five for Fridays will continue to revolve around food, reading, and my dog until school starts back up and I have a life with responsibilities again. Before we get started, if you haven’t a clue about what a linky party/Five for Friday is, click here.

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Summer Salad Summer Salad

Raise your hand if you feel like cooking on the stove or in the oven during the summer… Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Nope, me neither. I found this recipe on PopSugar and oh my goodness. It’s delicious and definitely fills you up. It also makes A TON of salad, so it could work for a backyard barbecue or for some make-ahead meal prepping. I modified the recipe slightly and used corn off the cob and fatboy tomatoes from Jeff’s Dad’s garden, and instead of squeezing a lime, I drizzled Newman’s Own Lime Vinaigrette dressing over it. I bet you could also throw in some grilled chicken or shrimp to make it even heartier as a main dish.

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Molly

She’s a strange dog. I don’t really have much else to say about her besides that she makes me laugh.

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Summer Reading

I just dove into Mary Kubica’s book The Good Girl after seeing Kristin at A Teeny Tiny Teacher mention it. While I’m only a few chapters into it as of right now, it’s pretty engrossing. I think if you’re a fan of Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you’ll like this one. The best part is that since it’s not a new release, I wasn’t waitlisted at the library (because libraries are wonderful and yes I do utilize mine regularly).

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The Ladies at my Church

While at the pool earlier this summer, I got to talking with one of my neighbors and learned that she is a retired teacher and attends my Church. We talked for a while about teaching, and I told her about how I’m starting in a new state and new grade this year. She pounced on that and asked me for my supply list so she can buy things for my classroom! She’s now gotten several other women at our parish involved, so it’s pretty much Christmas in July over here. 🙂 Thank you, kind Church Ladies!

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Makeover Madness, Day Three

I finally got started on the whole Makeover Madness thing this week (yes, I’m aware I’m way late). Missed the previous makeovers? Here they are!

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Today, I bring you not one, but THREE made-over products. Click the previews below to access them in my store!

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Be sure to grab your freebies today, and leave your feedback for TpT credits!

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