Saturday, March 22, 2014


WHEW! That was fun! I know you've been on pins and needles…
I couldn't post this yesterday because I was doin' a Jamberry Party (wanna host one?)…
But here you all go!
THANK YOU for all the follows and the love you've given! My next goal is to hit a big milestone on my blog…I'm thinking at 500 followers??
AND Because of YOU, I hit a 100 follower milestone on my account!
Start looking there for Mystery Hostess parties, giveaways, and other goodies!

Thank you again to all the awesome ladies who donated these FAB prizes!

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another Fab Day of Genius Hour…and a giveaway!

First of all…You've gotta head over to my giveaway to celebrate hitting 1,000 followers on Instagram!
Just click on the pic and it'll take you there.

After testing, we were finally able to get back to our projects!
We had two presentations this week.
One girl presented her Prezi on How to Make a Sunburst Rainbow Loom Bracelet
She watched You Tube videos and interviewed a friend to help her create this difficult pattern.
As she made it, she took photos to document the process. She imported those photos into the app Prezi and added words.
She did a fabulous job!
 Sorry about the poor quality photo.

Another student wanted to know who discovered all the planets.
He researched using websites and books.
He presented with a model of the planets he made and speech.
This kiddo even made a handout for all the kids!

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Genius Hour!
The kids are passionate about their projects.
They WANT to learn everything they can about their project and they can't wait to start another one!
I learn something new EVERY time someone presents.
The students in the audience are always interested in the presentations.
I'm tellin' you…it's THE best thing I've done this year! I wish we had more time to devote to Genius Hour.
With the time constraints, I find it hard to have the kids keep up with their blogging on Kid Blog.
The less than 40 minutes I have set aside each week is too short.
Since we have to check out the cart of iPads ahead of time, it's difficult to say…oh, today we'll do some extra Genius Hour time...

I've learned from this Genius Hour time…that it's a work in progress…you have to jump in… I learned that it's not what I thought it'd be…
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

1,000 Instagram Follower Giveaway!!!

I have 1,000 followers on Instagram and LOVE my PLN! 
I've learned so much about people in their professional and personal lives. I constantly take screen shots of everyone's ideas.
In addition to Instagram love…I've joined Jamberry Nails as an Independent Consultant. 
It's been Fabulous!
So I'm going to share the love with all of you!
All of these prizes total to over $150!!!!

Can you even believe it?!
Go ahead and join the fun and follow the Rafflecopters for the different giveaways. This giveaway ends on Thursday, March 20th.

First up is a prize pack of Jamberry Wraps. You will win a sheet of nail wraps…that's enough for about 2 manis and 2 pedis! Plus a rice bag to help warm those wraps to your nails. In addition, you will receive a mini mani kit, official Jamberry nail file and cuticle pusher. You can read more about Jamberry here.

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You can win these GORGEOUS bracelets from Twisted Owl Designs!
I am so in love with her designs!

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Look at all these fabulous ladies' products for Teachers who teach K-2!
This is a long Rafflecopter…but IT'S SO WORTH IT!
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Here's a set for our 3-5 grade teachers…
More Fabulousness!

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Can I win my own Giveaway?!?!?!
Enjoy your weekend!
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Saturday, March 8, 2014


To practice some of our Social Studies skills, we had a friendly debate in class. I had the students count off by 2s and ASSIGNED them FOR year round school or AGAINST year round school. They broke up into their groups, I gave the groups a piece of chart paper and they recorded their ideas. At first, the kids who got FOR year round school weren't too happy (I knew none of them would want this category which is why I assigned it).
BUT when we got to the sharing/debate, the kids who had FOR did a great job defending why it would be beneficial!
At the end of the debate (took our class two 30 minute lessons (2 days) to complete this), they surprised themselves with thinking that year round school wouldn't be so bad after all!
We had ANOTHER presentation! This student presented on what the earth was like 50 million years ago. I was way impressed that this student knew what plate tectonics were and how they helped shaped the land! THIS IS 3rd GRADE! AND THEY LEARN ON THEIR OWN!

This is the LAST year of ISAT testing in Illinois. I'm happy and slightly sad…ONLY because I LOVE BOOTCAMP! 
At bootcamp, the students learn cadences to help them remember things on the test…
They earn prizes that I begged the armed forces to donate (and boy are they ever GENEROUS).
We go over relaxation techniques…
Test taking tips…
Review some "stuff"…
It only takes out 10 minutes of our learning day for one week.
You got that soldiers?!?!? Ma'am, yes Ma'am!! 
President Projects-
Every year our 3rd grade classes are assigned this at home project.
They have a President they have to research, create a visual, and present in front of the class. 
I'd have to say, they did a FANTASTIC job!!!

We did all kinds of fun activities with Dr. Seuss last week.
One of them was with Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
I read the story aloud…then we brainstormed ways to "go" from A-Z.
I choose popsicle sticks and had the students choose letters until we ran out.
 THEN, The students had to choose one of the ways to "go" from our chart and make a page.
On their page they had to write a sentence or so, and illustrate it…
When everyone is finished, I will bind into our very own class book!
 Marvin K…You can go by unicycle, but Please just go!
 Here's the ever too popular Ender-dragon (Minecraft)
I have a class full of great pages, I just grabbed a couple off the top…

ANOTHER Dr. Seuss activity the 3rd grade TEACHERS did was…
On Friday, since testing was OVER (yahoo!)…the TEACHERS rotated to each others' classrooms for 15-20 minutes each. Each of us (there's 5 of us) read a Dr. Seuss story to the class, did an activity, and rotated to the next class. THE STUDENTS LOVED THIS! 
I read my FAVORITE The Lorax
After reading that (long) book, we talked about what trees need to survive, recorded it on the tufts…
then talked about how 3rd graders could help trees…and recored those ideas on the tufts…
then they colored.
They loved all the teachers' activities!
Our Friday afternoon was spent watching The Lorax and munching on popcorn, provided by our AWESOME PTO. Watching movies in school is VERY RARE- we aren't allowed to watch movies. We got the ok from the boss, sent home permission slips (even for the popcorn)…and enjoyed the afternoon.

I have OVER 1,000 followers on INSTAGRAM!!! I like to say they are all legit…not follows just to follow…not spam…I block the crazy spammers.
To Celebrate…I have teamed up with over TWENTY- YES TWENTY Fabulous people who are GRACIOUSLY donating some awesome items...TPT, Jewelry, Jamberry (that's me)!

If you're smart, you'll be checking back this week! And sharing the news with others!
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Currently March! Woo hoo, Spring?!

I can't believe it's been a month since I've blogged! And I have so much to say…but I won't say it all in one post.
I'm linking up with Farley over at

LISTENING- My 9 year old daughter is having a friend sleep over tonight, but she has to clean her room and stuff in the loft before her friend arrives…or I cancel. So she is cleaning and singing and dancing.
My 14 year old was up all night with a nasty migraine which made her physically ill. Poor girl.
Where ever you are… you might be hearing my 12 year old pitch a fit when I tell her to clean her nasty room…she's our most unorganized child… She has EVERYTHING on display in her room at all times.

LOVING- So I signed up with Jamberry to be a consultant (direct sales) and can not believe how great it's been! I went with my gut when I signed up. In about 6 weeks, I've made over $500! And that's only doing two in home parties. This business is TAKING OFF like CRAZY! If you are interested in purchasing or joining my team... email me, leave me a comment, and/or visit You can read more about it here. It has been a blessing!

THINKING- OMG! I can not take the snow anymore!!!! Here it is March 1st and we are expecting about 4-6 more inches of snow by Monday, in the Chicago area! I am NOT embracing this! However, I am THANKFUL we have no school on Monday for Casmir Pulaski Day.

WANTING- SPRING! At least Spring-weather… I want to open up my house to warm fresh air. blah.

NEEDING- I need to get my hair done in a bad way… busy busy. I NEED a new car. My car is a 2005 and has over 207,000 miles on it. It's been good to us…but it's time. Hoping my Jamberry venture can help with that. My husbands car is a 1995 and just falling apart.

?????- Do you know what the question is to the answer OVER 1,000?

Stay tuned to a giveaway soon! I'm gathering some great stuff!!!!
Enjoy your weekend!
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