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Fall Fashion Giveaway; Jord women’s watch

Happy fall, y’all! This is by far my favorite time of the year… crisp air, gorgeous leaves, trips to the pumpkin patch, sweaters, boots, scarves. Swoon! If you’re anything like me, you’re swapping out summer colors for those rich fall hues. That’s why I’m so excited to share this Jord women’s watch with you.

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Where Am I When I’m Not Here?

Okay, friends. It’s been a while and this post has been rattling around in my head {mostly at night when I should be sleeping} so it’s time to get this out here. I kind of stink at blogging these days, but I’m still very much alive. So where am I when I’m not here? Well…


12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

day-3If your holiday season is anything like mine, the hustle and bustle is in full swing. So… we’re keeping it simple and offering you 12 days of treats! Check out what you can win for Day 3 below and then grab yourself a freebie on the way out too. Easy as that!



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Even if you don’t win, everyone leaves with a freebie. Yay! Here’s a stand alone penguin pattern poem from my unit. Hang in there, friends! Winter break is right around the corner.


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Carson Dellosa Finds for Reading, Writing, & Math

Third Grade Giveaway Pack for reading, writing, and mathIt’s no secret that I’m big fan of TeachersPayTeachers because I know my kiddos best, and I enjoy creating resources to meet their needs. As teacher-authors share resources and build our catalog, you’re left with hundreds of teacher-made products to meet each of your needs. But I’m also a big fan of NOT reinventing the wheel. Sometimes there are just aw esome resources already out there that save me just as much time. For this reason, I’ve agreed to become a Brand Ambassador for Carson Dellosa to review some of their products for you throughout the year. The opinions below are 100% mine. Be sure to check out the giveaway below too!

Differentiated ReadingFirst up for reading, Differentiated Reading for Comprehension. I love, love, love guided reading and prefer to use authentic literature whenever possible. However, assessments and standardized testing “practice” is also a must. This book is full of below level, on level, and above level passages and a corresponding response sheet. The nonfiction passages are actually really good and definitely appeal to students. I liked the mix of science and social studies topics– animals, technology, people. I also liked that the leveled passages all look the same. The layout is similar, but the length and complexity increases across the passages. At first glance, you wouldn’t be able to tell they were different as groups rotate through your table. The response sheets are a mix of true/false, short answer, and multiple choice. The last one on each page is an open-response prompt, which students can never practice enough.

Next up for writing, Evidence-Based Writing. Writing is my favorite time of the day, but it’s difficult for my students to plan their writing. I’m always experimentingEvidence Based Writing; prompts/no prompts, organizers/no organizers, checklist/no checklist, etc. I can never have enough tools in my bag, so I really liked this book too. It has resources for opinion, explanatory, narrative, and research writing and briefly covers prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. The bulk of the content are single page prompts with organizers to get students ready to write, which is often the most difficult part of the writing process. I love the variety of topics too, which leave plenty of room for student choice. If I was teaching narrative, for example, I would pick 3 of the 12 prompts and allow students to choose from those for their next project. It’s a good buy!

Finally for math, Curriculum Cut-Outs Match Challenge. These 35 little cards have a variety of uses in the classroom. I personally love turning practice into a “game” by posting questions around the room and letting students move around to answer the questions on their recording sheets. It lets students spread out, move around at their own pace, and work in different groupings. You cMath Challenge Cardsould also use these for scoot, toss them in a center, or work one-on-one to review the questions like flashcards. My only wish would be for a recording sheet {even a printable one you could download online}. The cards are numbered, but students or teachers would need to make their own response sheet to show their work and record answers. The cards are broken into 4 formats so students will complete number waves, generate number sentences for a given answer, complete function tables, and complete two-part number sentences.The cards cover addition/subtraction/multiplication/division skills for a good variety.

You can enter to win your own copy of these resources here. Giveaway ended!

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.



Jamberry Nails Australia and New Zealand Launch!

Jamberry Nails Australia New ZealandWe did it! We’ve expanded our Jamberry team internationally in a big way– now we can add Australia and New Zealand to our list. Being a part of Jamberry has definitely changed our life. What started as a hobby and a way to get cute nails at a discount has turned into the biggest blessing. There’s still lots of room for us to grow here in the United States and Canada, but I’m so excited to extend this opportunity to my AUS and NZ teacher-friends too. You can join us now, get your starter kit shipped ASAP from our brand new warehouse in Australia, and then your website goes live for orders on

Why do I personally love being part of Jamberry? Here’s the short list.

  • No fuss manicures. I feel more put together when my nails are cute, but definitely don’t have the time for the salon or patience to paint them myself.
  • Girlfriends. Our team is truly an extended family, which is super nice being a transplant here in my husband’s hometown.
  • Freedom. Whether it’s time freedom to set my own hours or the newfound financial freedom this opportunity has given me, I am so, so thankful.
  • Fun. I literally get paid to party and help my team members do the same. Pinch me!

As a company, some benefits I’ve found with Jamberry:

-Flexible hours that you set yourself. I started working about 15 minutes a day and some days I didn’t work at all. Now that I’m an Elite Executive with the company I do put in more hours to support my team and typically work 15-20 hours a week. How much or how little you do with Jamberry is totally up to you and how much commission you want to earn. I love that I can earn a full time income for part time work, but that didn’t happen overnight.

-Your choice to have home parties, online parties, catalog parties, fundraisers, and/or vendor events. The options are endless and YOU get to decide what your parties will look like. Our home parties are great for nights out with girlfriends!

-The product really does advertise itself. No need to buy expensive inventory and marketing materials here. With over 400 wrap designs, lacquer, gel, and hand care there really is something for everyone. The wraps are Buy 3, Get the 4th Free so women usually buy in multiples. Each sheet comes with enough wraps to do your nails several times. It’s a salon quality look for a fraction of the price, which is hard to pass up.

-Low start up costs and low annual minimums required. This means you can work your business as much or as little as you like. Start a new career or start a new hobby with Jamberry; it’s up to you!

-Generous rewards for everyone. Your hostesses receive lots of free product and deep discounts when they host parties, which encourages bookings. You receive a generous commission with opportunities for bonuses and product discounts too.

-For women, by women. Jamberry was created by three sisters. Our teams are comprised of women all around the country (and increasingly, the world). We also have a handful of male consultants, so that’s a possibility too!

-Our team is super supportive. I’m happy to help you launch your new business by providing as much or as little support/coaching as you’d like. I have a shared online folder of resources for you and will also invite you to our private Facebook group where we network daily. I also send out training newsletters while you’re getting started with baby steps toward building your business. You have plenty of resources at your fingertips, but zero pressure.

If you have any questions, want to talk about the opportunity and compensation more, or are just ready to have fun and join our team, send me an email. You’ll be so glad you did when you get paid to party.

Just ready to join us? Yay! Sign up here and I’ll be get you added to our team page today!