Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! We are getting ready to celebrate all day long with our family and friends.  Since George's parents are divorced, we often have two different celebrations every holiday. My parents live in Texas otherwise we would be having three today! That's a whole lotta food (not that I'm complaining...).

I was in charge of desserts for the first stop on our Easter food bonanza. Here's what I made...

Frozen Key Lime Pie - find the recipe here. My limes look a little gross since they have been in the freezer. I will probably replace those with fresh limes when we leave.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes - find the recipe here. I used a German Chocolate cake box mix for the actual cake part because I made homemade caramel sauce. I had to cut myself a break somewhere! I hope Martha Stewart doesn't read this.

I hope everyone has a fabulous day filled with love and happiness!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cute Teacher Gift

I am so lucky to teach in a wonderful community where the parents are very supportive and generous.  I have worked at a Title 1 school for many years previously, so I know how good I have it; trust me! My teaching partner got the cutest gift at the beginning of the year and of course I am just now getting around to share it (impressive, I know).

**Sorry in advance for the blurry phone photos.**

My teacher friend was gifted with this at the beginning of the year.  It's definitely was bought like this, but you could always take any glass jar, hot glue it to a cheap candlestick holder from a thrift store, spray paint it, and add a knob. Super easy! It came with candy, kind of basic, but just wait until you see what the parent does from holiday to holiday.

Every holiday, the parent sends in themed candy, a ribbon, and another decorative item to hang from the jar.  The ribbon and decorative item (if included) gets tied on the knob at the top and the candy goes in the jar.

On Halloween, she got this cute ribbon, the "EEK" sign, and Halloween candy (not pictured because, yeah, I am sure you can assume what happened with that...)

On Valentine's Day, she got these M&M's to put into her jar along with the heart ribbon.

What is so cool about this is that it really keep you guessing for what you will get every holiday and is very versatile.  This candy jar always looks so cute on display in my friend's classroom.  What do you think? I was hoping to do this over the summer and oomph it up a little and post about it. We'll see if that actually gets accomplished! Haha! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Year of Sundays

I have been getting behind with my Year of Sundays project with the wonderful Chelsea @ 5th Grade Wit and Whimsy! We have both been so busy, but still trucking along with our year long project.  I was worried that I was taking too many plant based/outdoorsy pictures lately, but Chelsea made a good point that when we look back on these pictures they represent what time of the year it is and that is part of the fun! (P.S. Some might think the previous sentence is a run-on sentence, but I prefer to think of it as excited wordiness.)

Remember my picture is always on the left and Chelsea's is always on the right.

March 23rd:

March 30th:

April 6th:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Time

There is something so magical about Phoenix in the spring!  The weather is beautiful and the world is cheerful. Off to ride my bike, listen to music, and enjoy this gorgeous weather.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


I've been doing some thinking lately.

I'll be 30 years old in a few months, and I still sometimes feel as lost as I was when I was much younger. I am definitely more confident than I used to be, however, I still wonder if I even know myself at all. I feel like my style and likes/dislikes are constantly changing, but are they mine or someone else's? Between Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, reading blogs, I don't even think that I have come up with one original or creative idea in years.  I am feeling a little out of touch with myself and I guess I just need some time to reflect and reconnect. Actually, just writing this made me feel a little better like I am airing my dirty laundry that sometimes I don't know who I am or what I want.  I really didn't quite mean for this post to be this much of a downer, but I guess I just needed it. Cyber universe therapy session closed. :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sunshine Award

Wonderful Erin over at The Short and Sassy Teacher has gifted me the Sunshine Award. If you haven't checked out her blog, you need to! She has the best sense of humor and is so supportive and thoughtful of her fellow bloggers. :)

Here are the rules...
1. Post 11 random facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions written by the person who nominated you
3. Nominate 11 bloggers you think bring sunshine to the world
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer

11 Questions from Erin:

1. What is your favorite subject to teach?
I love to teach Social Studies. I get to teach Ancient Civilizations in 6th grade and I have to admit it's the best thing ever in my opinion.

2. What is a piece of advice you'd like to give to new teachers?
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Do not feel like you are being a pain by asking.

3. What's one of your guilty pleasures? 
Laying in bed about an hour before bed watching my trashy reality shows on the DVR. It's the best - in fact it will be happening soon here shortly!

4. How would you describe your classroom using three words? 
Oooo this is a hard one!  Positivity breeds results.

5. When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
When I was 5, teaching my stuffed animals very in depth lessons I am sure.

6. How do you try and spread your sunshine to others?
I try to stay positive and enthusiastic. Life is too short to be negative. 

7. What's your song anthem?
Umm, Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta.... Haha, just kidding, I have no idea.

8. Name your teaching necessity.
My projector or document camera - I would be lost without it! And coffee.

9. What's your favorite snack food?
Clemetines! Can't stop eating them. I am pretty sure my fingertips are orange during the winter.

10. Who is your favorite children's author?
Betty MacDonald - I am obsessed with the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series. I have loved it ever since I was old enough to read.

11. Why did you decide to start blogging?
I wanted to be a part of this wonderful community! I have met so many wonderful bloggers and am so thankful for all of the inspiration and knowledge I have received through reading and blogging!

I want to nominate:

Here are my 11 questions...
1.  What's your favorite thing to watch on Netflix/Hulu?
2.  What is your most memorable moment from teaching (good or bad!)?
3.  What is your favorite holiday?
4.  What has been the sweetest thing a student has given you/said to you?
5.  What is your favorite thing to cook? And yes, we would love the recipe.
6.  If you could be any Disney character, who would you choose and why?
7.  What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
8.  What is your Starbucks order?
9.  What was your favorite childhood book?
10. Tell us about your best vacation!
11. What if your favorite blog, non teacher related?

Thank you again Erin for nominating me! :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Year of Sundays

It's hard to believe that a month has passed by since Chelsea @ 5th Grade Wit and Whimsy and I have started this project!  I get so excited when Sunday comes around because, well, first off it's a day off of work, but secondly, I get to take a picture that represents my day.

Here's our Sunday diptych from the weekend before last.   Mine is on the left and Chelsea's is on the right.  I love how both of our photos depict a quiet day at home. :)

February 23, 2014
This weekend was rainy and gray in Phoenix and it was also the case in California where Chelsea lives.  Both of our photos just ooze coziness to me! So strange how there are always similarities between our photos even though we never talk about what we are going to photograph ahead of time. It's always a surprise!   I love Chelsea's rain photo on the right - absolutely gorgeous!

March 2nd, 2014