Friday, March 28, 2014

Five For Friday

Happy Friday, fashionistas!  This was our first week back from Spring Break, and I couldn't be more ready for the weekend!  I thought going on a relaxing Spring Break trip would leave me rested and refreshed for 4th quarter, but I think I got a little TOO used to the beach bum lifestyle, because I am EXHAUSTED after a full week back at school!  Take me back to the Bahamas! :-)

I'm so excited to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching blog for this week's Five For Friday!  I know it's been awhile, so I'm looking forward to updating you about all of the happenings in my life!

1. Bahamas Vacay

Logan and I took a super AMAZING trip to the Bahamas over Spring Break.  We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, and I was in heaven!  This was my first time in the Caribbean, and I had a fabulous time!

 My evening dinner attire

The water was truly breathtaking!

2. Easter Egg Craft 

I am in charge of the April activity with our 1st grade buddies, and I love how this craft turned out last year!  We read Jan Brett's The Easter Egg and made these colorful eggs using white and black construction paper, colorful tissue paper pieces and Elmer's glue.  Just glue the tissue on the white paper and layer the black egg cut-out on top.  Easy enough for the first graders, but still fun for the fourth graders! I can't wait to make them again with the kiddos this year!

3. My Monday Uniform 

My favorite outfit for a spring Monday is a comfy maxi skirt and jean jacket!  I added some fun accessories and instantly felt ready to face the day in style!  

Lucky you LOFT is having their Friends and Family event this weekend, and their spring line just happens to include some super cute maxis!  Find a versatile striped maxi skirt here, a black halter maxi dress here and a loungy maxi skirt here.  

4. Moon Writing 

My students are just finishing up their creative writing stories about traveling to the moon, and let me tell you, I have some CREATIVE fourth graders in my class!  They are having so much fun with their imaginations!  Be sure to check out this post from last year about this fun creative writing project.

5. You didn't think I could write a Five for Friday post without a dog picture, did you? :-)  I have a good excuse for this pic today because it's Miss Rosie's birthday today!  Happy Birthday, sweet girl!  
(She looks terribly unhappy in this hat, but she really is a happy little pup!)

Thanks for popping over today, friends!  Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring has sprung!

With highs in the 70's today here in Nebraska, I was feeling extra springy while getting ready for school today! I just love the first nice weather days of the new season, especially after the winter we have had!  Everyone is in a great mood, the kiddos can finally get outside, and the clothing choices are lighter and brighter!  

Today's look:

Skirt: LOFT (no longer available)
Gingham Button-Down: JCrew Factory (available here)
Yellow flower necklace: JCrew Factory (available here)

Since I'm in such a "springy" mood today, I wanted to share my top warm-weather picks from some of my favorite stores, perfect for Spring Break, or sunny days like today!

1. Statement necklace: JCrew Factory 
Perfect to pair with the pretty Gap maxi and a denim jacket!

2. Strawberry chino shorts: JCrew Factory 
Add a simple tee, or dress them up with a woven and wedges

3. Navy drapey dress: Gap 
I think the JCrew Factory yellow flower necklace would be super cute with this!

4. Rose maxi dress: Gap 
I would add a brightly colored belt and long cardigan

5. Chambray shorts: LOFT 
Cute with an embellished tee, or light sweater like this one

6. Scallop hem skirt: LOFT 
The perfect winter to spring transitional piece...tights now, bare legs later!

Happy shopping, fashionistas!


I can't sign off without sharing a few pics from the puppies' birthday celebrations this past week!  Yes, I'm a crazy dog lady :-)


Lucy got to visit school on Thursday to drop off birthday treats for my class!  They love her, and she LOVES the attention!  Rosie isn't quite as comfortable around kids, so she stayed at home.

A few more snapshots of these spoiled girls... Lucy in her birthday hat looking oh so cute, and Rosie surrounded by her presents!

Have a great week!
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Twenty-Something Teacher

 I'm so excited to introduce you to Chelsea from The Twenty-Something Teacher' blog today.  She has some super cute  outfit ideas perfect for teachers to share with you!  Thanks for being my guest today, Chelsea! :)
Hey lovelies! My name is Chelsea and I blog over at The Twenty-Something Teacher! Jenna was ever-so-sweet in letting me feature her as a Featured Teacher on my blog, and when she asked if I would guest post on hers, I just couldn’t say no! Make sure you go see the wonderful post she wrote here.

When I was trying to decide what to write for this post, I kept coming back to the idea that as teachers we need to be versatile and fashionable all at the same time. I’m not sure about you guys, but by the time I get home from a long day of teaching 92 6th graders, basketball practice, and 2 different 45 minute drives, the last thing I want to do is rummage through my closet to try to put together an outfit wear on a date with my husband or a girls night out. That is why it is so important to me to buy pieces that can be easily transitioned from day time to evening! {This also saves me a bunch of money!}

Here are several looks I’ve put together to style some key pieces in different ways. 

I’m not sure about your school, but mine allows the teachers to wear colored skinnies to work as long as they’re not denim during the week. This is a HUGE blessing. I am totally fine with wearing skirts and dresses, but some days I just feel like being a little bit more casual. Here, I have created a day time look with skinnies, a chambray top, riding boots, and a little bit of leopard in the scarf. I also created an evening look for a night out on the town by swapping the boots out for heels and the chambray out for a red leather jacket.

Blazers have become a staple in my closet. I love how easily they transition and they instantly make a causal outfit look a bit more polished. Here I have created a professional look by layering a black blazer over a red dress and adding a pair of heels. I created a more casual look using the same black blazer by adding a cute top, skinny jeans, and some flats. If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE leopard print!

I have so many striped tees it’s hard to count. I like the fact that it adds a bit of color rather than just a plain t-shirt. Here are two outfits that I regularly wear. First, I threw together a striped tee, a comfy skirt, and a pair of flats for work. Then, I paired the same striped tee with some distressed denim and Toms for the perfect outfit to run around doing errands in. 

Again, I can’t thank Jenna enough for being such a gracious host and for always inspiring me to treat my classroom as a runway!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Winter Fun in Fourth Grade!

Whew!  What a crazy week it has already been, and it's only Monday!  We had our Valentine's Party today, Parent-Teacher conferences tomorrow and Wednesday, then teacher meetings Thursday and lucky for this exhausted teacher, no school Friday!  Despite the busy week, I wanted to get a quick post written to share a few classroom happenings with you all to provide some inspiration for your (hopefully a little less crazy) week!

1) In honor of Valentine's Day, my class has set the goal to perform 100 acts of kindness, as a way to show love to others. We began by brainstorming ideas of ways to help others through our words and actions (set the dinner table, invite a friend to play, take the dog on a walk, give someone a heartfelt compliment, etc.)  Each student was given five hearts to write their 'Acts of Kindness' on, and will then glue each heart onto the class poster.  This photo was just taken on Friday, but the poster was nearly full today!  Find the printables I used here on Teachers Pay Teachers, courtesy of Jennifer Dougherty.

2)  Here are my cute owl valentines I passed out to the kiddos during our party today.  So cute and FREE!  Find them here from Artsy Fartsy Mama.  I attached a fruit snack pack on the back of each one, and everyone was thrilled!

Look at this cute Valentines box a student made!  I think it's a HOOT! :)

3) We've been getting into the Olympic spirit this week, too!  Fourth grade was in charge of the front hallway display case for the month of February, and we knew it would be a perfect chance to talk to the kids about the Winter Olympics and do a fun writing activity.  My teaching partner came up with the fun idea of spray painting paper plates, cutting out the middle (so they looked like gold medals) and having the students write about which sport they would compete in if they had the opportunity, to display in the center of the medal.  We tied red, white and blue ribbon to the top of each one, lined the board with student-made flags, and ta-da!  A super cute Olympic-themed display case for all to see!

4) A few more quick photos to share from our state writing test two weeks ago...

The students were greeted with a note and treat to wish them luck on each of the two days of testing.  Find the printables here.


My students worked SO hard this year to get ready for the test, and did their very best during the two testing days, so we just had to celebrate on Friday!  The kids voted on a 'Beach Day', which ended up being the perfect treat for a cold week in January in Nebraska.  They got to bring beach towels, wear 'summer attire' and watch "Turtle Tale" in the afternoon, while enjoying pretzels, M&Ms and Hawaiian punch. 


Wish me luck with conferences this week!  Happy Valentines Day to all my followers whom I LOVE so much!  Thanks for reading! :)

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Five for Friday

Happy Friday, fashionistas!  Woohoo!  I've been absent from the Five for Friday linky party for quite some time, so I'm extra pumped for today's post!  Enjoy! :)


I picked up this long sleeved tee up at LOFT last week, and it's the best investment I've made in quite awhile!  It looks great with leggings for lounging or running errands, or I can throw on my pink puffer vest and black skinnies for workIt even works with a cowl scarf or fun necklace for the weekend!  Find the grey tee here.


I updated my Wise Writers bulletin board to include the steps of the writing process, including mneumonic devices for revising and editing.  Find these cute posters on Teachers Pay Teachers, here.

To help cure the January blues, I've been drinking A LOT of Sea Salt Carmelicious coffees this week!  Thank goodness for Christmas gift cards from my students to get me through these long, COLD days!  Is it spring yet? :)


My fourth graders have been working hard this week on our Reading Street skill, comparing and contrasting.  I found the idea for this anchor chart on Pinterest, and it has been so helpful to have up in the room to cue students when searching for clue words in the text.  

We've also plunged head first into our geometry unit.  These FREE posters from Teachers Pay Teachers have served as excellent reminders of our complicated vocabulary!  Unfortunately, I can't find the link for you :(

With yesterday being the 100th day of school, and celebrating TWO students' birthdays, it's safe to say it was a pretty crazy day in fourth grade!

The students were greeted with a note and treat on their desks to start off the day!

Has anyone seen the iphone app that makes you look old? Another teacher showed it to me, and used it for a writing activity with her students today.  Such a fun idea for the 100th day!  I enjoyed showing my students what their 100 year old teacher would look like!

For math today, I hid 100 Hershey's kisses around the room with numbers 1-100 on the bottom.  Students seached around the room for the kisses, and then had to write a math problem for which their number was the answer.  Before finding their next kiss, students colored in the hundreds chart on the SMART Board so we knew once we had found them all!


Whew!  What a crazy week!  This fashionista is MORE than ready for the weekend to be here!  Hope to see you back here soon! :) 

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Friday, January 17, 2014

New Years Goals Craftivity

I hope you're all having a great time back at school!  While it is VERY hard for me to drag myself out of my warm, comfy bed in the morning after a two week long break, I do love seeing my students and co-workers again!   

2nd quarter report cards were sent out during the first week back from break, so to help tie in my students' progress with New Years' resolutions, the students used their report card grades to set one school related goal for the new year, along with a personal goalStudents drew their faces on a construction paper cut-out and used scrapbook paper to make New Years hats to glue on their cute faces.  We displayed our goals in the hallway along with posters that read, "Hoot Hoot Hooray for 2014" (perfect for our classroom theme!) and "New Goals for the New Year."  The kids did such a great job with their "craftivity" and our hallway display looks so cute!

 So adorable, right?  You can purchase the whole New Years craftivity pack on my Teachers Pay Teachers store for only one buckeroo!  Buy it to use now, or save for next year!

Thanks for popping over!  Have a great weekend!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

January Pin-Spired

Hip, hip hooray for January!  Ughhh....Just kidding.  January is my least favorite month.  Christmas decorations have to come down, it's bitter cold outside (I live in Nebraska!), and spring just seems so far off.  So, I was REALLY looking forward to this month's Pin-Spired link-up to put together some fun outfits to wear throughout the month, especially on the days when I'm really feeling the January blahs.  Get ready for some serious Pinterest style inspiration, ladies!

Look #1:

I love it when I see a pin and think, "I have most of those pieces and have never though to pair them together in that way."  This gal looks so cute and stylish, but the look appears totally effortless.  I knew I had to try this look right away. 

I started out with my distressed jeans, but then realized my orange jeans would help to tie the colors in the necklace with the rest of the outfit, like the girl's teal clutch does in the pin.  This outfit could very easily be worn in fall or spring with a pair of Toms or ballet flats, but to help "winterize" it, I added a pair of tan, leather booties, and threw on some cute bracelets to help complete the outfit.

Look #2:

A decent supply of scarves are a MUST for facing Nebraska winters in style, so I'm always inspired by new, cute ways to tie them.  I saw this pin and couldn't wait to try it!  I took a red scarf that has been sitting in my closet for at least five years, and paired it with the same JCrew Factory button down from Look #1.  


I knew that mixing in the leopard belt was definitely a fashion risk, but I love how the color in the belt ties my brown riding boots to the rest of the ensemble.  And how cute is this bracelet?  It was a Christmas present from my stylish mom, and I'm pretty sure she got it from, my favorite site for great deals on accessories!

Look #3:

For those of you who have been around this blog for awhile, you know I'm a little obsessed with anything leopard print.  I believe it's a classic neutral, and should be considered a wardrobe staple.  Are you "ooohing" and "ahhing" over these two pins as much as I am?  The mix of red, leopard and lace are most definitely a treat for the eye.

This is what I came up with:

I think the gold chain necklace balances out the girliness of the white lace top, and complements the gold sparkle in my leopard flats perfectly!  This outfit could so easily be worn to work this spring, and if I swapped out the shoes for my tan booties or riding boots, I'll be all set for the cold and snow!


I had so much fun showing off my cute Pinterest inspired outfits to you today!  Leave a comment below to let me know which of the three looks today is your favorite!  The lesson I'd like you take away is to use Pinterest for more than just recipes and classroom's a great tool for outfit styling!  Just do a search for the piece you already have that you are wanting ideas for, and you'll instantly have some fabulous inspiration!

Have a great weekend, fashionistas!  Find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Blog Lovin'.

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