Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free Clothes

Check out some of the fun clothes I got to wear, for free, for the past month! 

A few months ago my BFF started posting photos of herself in some great outfits and she kept saying they were from "Gwynnie Bee". I thought this must be some brand that she was purchasing from, but it turns out this is a clothing rental service for curvy girl clothes. It's just like Netflix, but for clothes. You add clothes to your online "closet" just like you would add movies/shows to your queue. These clothes come from a variety of designers and most are in sizes 10-32. Every few days they add new clothes to the site. Gwynnie Bee ships you some of the items from your closet and you keep them for as long as you like. When you are done wearing them you stick them in the provided envelope and send them back, no need to launder them - GB does that for you. They immediately send you another item from your closet and in a few days you have something fun and new to wear. 

Gwynnie Bee offers a free 30 day trial and I couldn't say no to free clothes. I had a lot of fun getting the boxes and trying on different clothes. About half of the clothes I received were way too large, but that was more my own fault for not carefully reading the size chart or reviews.  The clothes I've loved were comfy and I got lots of compliments on. If there is something you just absolutely love and must have, the clothes are also available for purchase at a discounted price. I've decided to pay for another month because it has been a lot of fun, and takes out a lot of the workday outfit drama that I tend to have.

Here is a snapshot of my closet right now. Look at all the great dresses and tops!

This is a great time for teachers to try out Gwynnie Bee. Why not have a new wardrobe for the last part of the school year! And, it's totally free for your first 30 days! You'd be crazy to say no to free clothes!

This post was NOT sponsored by GB, but I do get a referral credit if you sign up for your free 30-day trial with this link. Please let me know if you sign up and I hope to see some of the fashions you get to rock!

Next week I get my first Stitch Fix box, so I'm hoping to have another fun fashion post soon!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

100 Cupboards

Earlier in the school year my new teammate insisted that I read aloud 100 Cupboards to my class. She was in the middle of reading it and her class was enjoying it. I had a copy on my shelf and so we dove right in, and our class loved it too. It's definitely in the same genre of some of my favorite books (Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Wizard of Oz) and we had many opportunities to discuss literary reference and homage.

The basic premise is that Henry, whose parents have gone missing, must live with his aunt and uncle. He discovers a wall of cupboards, each of which leads to a different and strange place. There were funny moments and times that we were on the edge of our seats, and our class really enjoyed this book.

My teammate also came up with a wonderful idea to have the students create their own cupboards. Using construction paper they made cupboards that open out. Students decorated the front, drew what world would be seen when opened, and then wrote a sensory description of that world. My students were so creative and had different ways that their cupboards opened and one even devised a working latch out of paper!

I love this cupboard that has multiple doors, and multiple places that it leads to!

A Hunger Games inspired door, key included. 

Look at that impressive paper latch!

Many got creative with the shape of their cupboard doors!

Monday, April 14, 2014

*FREEBIE* A Gift for Volunteers and Awesome People

The past couple of years I have been teaching our intervention math class. This group of students includes those with IEPs and ones that just struggle with math. It's a small group, and we have the pleasure of getting extra help from teachers/paras during the week. Last year, my students and I made these calculator thank you notes at the end of the year to show our appreciation. I found some fun calculators that were bright and flexible to attach. The students wrote a sweet note on the fun calculator cards (that say things like "all your help really adds up") and I used our binding machine to put them together in a cute little book.

The calculator cards are free in my TpT store...go get them and make some fun gift of appreciation for the awesome people you know!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Special {new} Student

I have been a very, very bad blogger. I have a draft or two sitting idle in Blogger, and even more than that sitting in my head. These just keep piling up, but remain unwritten. I'm sure many bloggers have been in such a pickle and know how hard it is to just get back into it again. So, I'm going to try to get some old and new things posted, and get some drafts completed and scheduled to post!

First, a brief look into my past month. In early March we had our spring break...two glorious weeks. I had a blast taking my hubby on a surprise mini-trip for our anniversary, babysitting my nephew for a few days, hiking, spending time with friends/family, and was treated to a spa day by my BFF. I think it was one of the most relaxing and fun breaks in...forever. And then we went back to school for a week. Things were going smoothly, and then I was informed on the first Friday back that I would be getting a new student the following Monday. He had just been adopted from Haiti and spoke no English and had little education. I spent the weekend in a panic. I hadn't had a non-English speaker in years and I wanted to make this kid feel welcome and do all I could to help him with some of the new changes in his life.

Monday morning came and I was introduced to a happy young man. We had a volunteer who spoke French come help him acclimate, and it was this person who discovered he knew almost no French, and that his native tongue was Kreyol. This also led to the discovery that he actually knew a little bit of English. My students, were all amazingly kind and helpful with our new friend. While Monday morning was still new we had a visit from our dean, she stopped in to do my formal unannounced evaluation - oh joy!

His arrival was two weeks ago and it has been an interesting two weeks. Arizona is an English only state, we can only teach in English (not that we have many people who can teach him in Kreyol!). I was worried about how I would be able to divide my time between him and my 27 other 5th graders, but I have had some great support from teachers/paras at our school and from the district. The best part has been getting to know our new friend - he is outgoing and has grown so much in just two weeks. All of the 5th graders have been so kind, caring, and helpful to him and it melts my heart. "Role-model" is a word you'd hear many times a day if you were a fly on our wall.

Although it has been stressful, and my counter is now overflowing with tons of new resources, I wouldn't have it any other way and I am so thankful that he was able to join our class.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


PSST! I just turned 33, and some of my items are nearly free. 

Since I didn't get a chance to celebrate my birthday with something special for my bloggy friends, I figured the HUGE TpT sale was perfect timing. It's still my birthday month, so it's all good. So, there are a few items in my store that are currently discounted to only $0.33! Yup, 33 cents! These will only be discounted today and tomorrow with the sale. If you remember to use the code TPT3 at checkout you'll even get an extra 10% off of that. See...nearly free!

Thanks for celebrating with me!

Monday, February 24, 2014

3 Million Strong

It seems like most of the teacher bloggers I follow have missed days and days of school because of snow, while we're enjoying a lack of winter and have had most days in the high 70s. Now, don't be jealous, this probably means we'll be having an especially long and unbearable summer. Instead of a snow day, I got a flu day, lucky me. I slept all day and finally have a bit of energy, so I figured I'd put it to good use with a little post.

Last weekend was my birthday, and I was planning on having a little giveaway or store discount, but I was busy busy and it didn't happen. But, I'm kind of glad that I put it off, because this Thursday and Friday TpT is having a big sale. So, not only will I be participating with 20% off, there will be a few "easter eggs" in my shop -- paid items that will be virtually free -- my birthday gift to my teacher friends. Check my shop as you fill your cart! And don't forget to use code "TPT3" to get an additional 10% off.

Thanks Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs for your always awesome sale banners. I think TpT should hire you!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Gift of Appreciation ^cubed

It seems like I can never keep track of all of those days/weeks of know, Administrative Assistant's Day, Boss' Day, Monkey Trainer's Day, etc. The resource teacher emailed me earlier this week alerting me to the fact that this past week was School Counselor Appreciation Week. Our school counselor is full of awesome. She and I used to have rooms right next to each other when she taught resource, but last year she moved up to the office as our counselor. Now, I am still super lucky to have her come to my room 3 times a week for my math intervention class. On top of all this her and I share a love for TV shows ranging from Downton Abbey to American Horror Story. We try to meet once a week to dish on the latest episodes.

Anyhow, we needed to have our intervention kiddos make something to show their appreciation, and I wanted to make sure that I didn't lose instructional time. Well, it just so happens that we have been studying 3D shapes and volume and I had already copied off a cube net on pretty pink. The idea hit and I knew what to do. The kids wrote notes and drew pictures on each face and then cut and taped them together. One girl even rushed back to her classroom for a piece of jewelry to put inside of her cube! We brought our cubes to the floor and used them to make some rectangular prisms and found the volume of each. Then we took a walk over to the front office. I sent a few kids at a time into her office and they built a rectangular prism of appreciation right there on her desk.

Today's Formula . . . Learning x Fun x Gratitude = Gift of Appreciation^3


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