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Sunday, October 28, 2012

6 word Saturday

I am tired of being sick!

For the last week I have had a cold and I have had enough. My throat hurts, my head aches, and I have no energy. But it does not work into my schedule to be sick. I would like it to go away!

Linking with ShowmyFace

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Mailbox Activity

 Enjoy the Holidays in your classroom with these fantastic   activities!


Halloween Craft: black cat

Sticky dots make it simple for students to make the eyes on this adorable feline.
Materials for one cat:
  • 2 black circles, one 6" and one 8"
  • black construction paper scraps
  • black pipe cleaner
  • 2 green sticky dots
  • pom-pom
  • orange yarn cut into short lengths
  • yarn or ribbon bow
  • masking tape
  • glue
  • black marker
  • white crayon
  1. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist it to make a tail. Tape the ends of the pipe cleaner to the eight-inch circle. Place the circle taped-side down.
  2. Glue the six-inch circle to the eight-inch circle as shown.
  3. Cut two ears from black paper. Glue them in place.
  4. Put the two sticky dots on the head to make eyes. Draw black pupils.
  5. Glue the pom-pom to the head to make the nose. Glue lengths of orange yarn to the cat to make whiskers. Draw a mouth with the white crayon.
  6. Glue the bow below the head.

Halloween Craft: black cat

Unique Craft: cookies

Youngsters use oodles of creativity to make these creepy cookies! Place at a table a class supply of construction paper circles along with a variety of craft items, such as pom-poms, tissue paper squares, crayons, and construction paper scraps. Also place scissors and glue nearby. To make this project, decorate a circle cutout as desired to make a one-of-a-kind cookie. Then write or dictate the cookie's unique recipe while it is being written on a large index card. Display the cookies and cards on a bulletin board titled "Creepy Cookies."
Unique Craft: cookies

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday Workout Update

What have you done this week to keep you motivated and moving forward with your weight loss?

I was talking to my mother-in-law on the phone about what I needed to do to kick my weight loss in gear. I created some motivational pictures and have been running in place again to keep those calories under 1200.  I have also cataloged what I have eaten for two days know. Working on more this week and to keep the momentum going.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekend Past

This weekend we enjoyed another swim meet. Macen did very well as he continues to build up stamina. Still need some practice entering the pool off the block, but he's only five.

 Big Brother Supporting little brother at the meet!

A Good Luck Hug before he's up!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Flower Still Blooming

Linking with: How Sweet the Sound

Reflection Weekend

Linking with Weekend Reflection

Bucket List

My Bucket List:  Friendship Friday

 Work as a professor at a college 

                                                    Run in a marathon

 Travel to a foreign country with my family

                                            Shred extra pounds and have a six pack

Eat Cheesecake in San Fransisco with my husband

Own my own home again

Meet Janet Evanovich

Friendship Friday

Friendship Friday

Stepping out Genre of Books:

 I usually read, well I read anything and everything. Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Crime, Love, Romance, Drama, Zombie, and anything in between. My favorite is crime, bounty hunting. However, if I step out of this genre it is usually Love and Romance. My favorite right now, 50 Shades, Bared to you and the Twilight series.

 I love reading and can't get enough. Thanks for joining me and if you get time stop by:
Friendship Friday

6 Word Saturday



  Yes Baby I'll Get those Ab's

I have been working on increasing overall motivation. I thought finding pictures of the body I want might help. These photos are amazing! I have a long way to go, but I have all the confidence in myself that I will reach the goals I set out for myself.

Linking with: Show My Face

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall Activities for the little one

Here are my favorite activities for the little ones this week.

Fall Craft: pumpkins

Celebrate fall with these adorable jack-o'-lanterns.To simplify the hand tracing required for this project, have students ask their classmates to help them trace their hands.
Materials for one pal:
  • 9" x 12" black paper
  • 9" x 12" white paper
  • two 2" x 12" purple paper strips (legs)
  • 2" x 3" green paper strip (stem)
  • 9" paper plate
  • orange paint
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • glue
  1. Paint the plate orange and set it aside to dry.
  2. Trace your feet (with your shoes on) on the black paper and cut the tracings out. Glue each shoe cutout to one end of a paper strip leg.
  3. Cut two eyes, a nose, and a mouth from the leftover black paper.
  4. Trace your hands on the white paper and cut the tracings out.
  5. Assemble the pal by gluing the legs, hands, facial features, and stem to the plate as shown.
Fall Craft: pumpkins

Seasonal Craft: bat

Set a spooky scene with this winged wonder! Staple shut one end of a toilet paper tube. Paint the tube black and set it aside to dry. Use a white crayon to trace the wings from the pattern (see print link) onto black construction paper. Then cut out the wings and glue them to the tube's back as shown. Attach construction paper fangs and ears and two wiggle eyes. Thread a length of fishing line through two punched holes for hanging.
Seasonal Craft: bat

Thanks for stopping by.

Holidays are here

 My husband has been trying to put up our Christmas tree for two weeks now. This weekend I came home and he had taken apart all of our garage, rearranged it and pulled out the holiday ornaments so they are closer to get to. He has also been plugging in the Christmas tree in our room that stays up all year.   And he is cooking a ham for us to have. My house does smell delicious. I look forward to more coming our way. I'm not sure if we will be celebrating Halloween or skipping right to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Happy Holidays!
More photos to come as the holidays become a full time part of my living room.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A special day

A family lunch during fall break.

Wednesday Weightloss Update

I have drank more water, been taking my Vitamin D pills consistently and worked out twice this last week. Not my best but not my worst week ever. Need to begin counting calories and since I'm not able to do this on my phone I will be working on using the old fashioned way, paper and pencil.

Join me in Weightloss Wednesday by posting your successe!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Midweek Blues

It's always fun when someone other then you get's a new puppy. My sister and her boyfriend has recently gotten a new puppy. My youngest and I got to go over and babysit. Tons of fun, but then we get to leave when she whines at night.

Linking with: Midweek Blues

Monday, October 15, 2012


My poor dog has mange and it is not a fun thing to try and take care of. Dogs are left with nasty open wounds that itch. I have been looking at home remedy's to help him. I sure hope it works. This is something that affects a lot of animals that are older or brand new puppies.  I'll spare you pictures of it though, because they are nasty. Any other home remedies, please share.

Other Home Remedies:

Any type of oil



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Friendship Friday

Create with Joy

Question Of The Week What impact does Social Media have on your blog? 

I help promote other's blogs, my Facebook page, twitter and linked in to get content on my blog and others out there.

 Has it helped your blog grow?

It has helped my blog grow, I also am a co-author of a young adult science fiction novel. It has helped bring information to others about my book.
Does it take time away from developing your blog? 

No, it doesn't take time away from my blog, because I use it as a tool to help promote my blog and others. 

What are your favorite types of Social Media? 

Facebook and Twitter are my favorite. 

Check out Friendship Friday to meet new friends.


My Boys at my Grandfathers
A Special day

Linking with: Weekend Reflections and you should check out Just Capture

6 Word Saturday

Good-bye fall break back to work

Well today is the last day of my vacation. Tomorrow I will be heading back to work. Lucky am I however, that it is conference week and we don't work with students on half days. Oh, to be a teacher.

Linking with: Show My Face

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday Workout Update

I have joined Walktober to help enhance my weight loss goals, I have drank 2 glasses of water today which is more then normal and I worked out completing Jillian Michael's 20 minute slim zone video. 

I am feeling better today then I have been. Oh, and I took my dogs for a walk around my neighborhood. 

My Goal this week: to track what I'm eating on my fitness pal and to walk everyday for my walktober team.

Leave a comment on your weight loss goal this week.

Mailbox Activities for the fall

Help your young students learn how to compare with this fun fall activity:

Circle Time Activity: making comparisons

To prepare for this activity, make a Venn diagram and title the sections as shown. Also obtain an apple and a pumpkin. To begin, pass each item around the circle for students to examine. Encourage youngsters to describe each item's color, shape, size, weight, smell, and texture; then record student responses in the appropriate sections of the diagram. Next, cut each item in half and repeat the process. Finally, use the information written on the diagram to review with students the similarities and differences between apples and pumpkins.

Circle Time Activity: making comparisons

Rhythm and movement in this fun activity:

Seasonal Rhyme: leaves

This counting rhyme is sure to be "tree-mendously" fun for your youngsters! Make five leaf cutouts; then give each leaf to a different child. Have the children stand in a row holding their leaves. Then lead students in reciting the chant, prompting the seated youngsters to move their arms back and forth to resemble the wind and encouraging one student to allow his leaf to fall to the floor. Repeat the process four more times, altering the numbers in the chant to reflect the remaining number of leaves.
[Five] little leaves, so happy and free,
Hung from a branch of a maple tree.
The wind came whistling all around,
And one little leaf came tumbling down.
Seasonal Rhyme: leaves

This is a great way to keep the little ones busy when you are working with other students. 

Literacy Idea: letter-sound associations

Conceal a tagboard letter cutout between the halves of a folded sheet of white paper and tape the paper to a hard surface. To begin, say different words that begin with the hidden letter's sound. When a student correctly names the letter, invite him to do a crayon rubbing to reveal it. For an added challenge, name different words that end with the letter's sound.
Literacy Idea: letter-sound associations

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


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MidWeek Blues

 These were taken a couple years ago, but I thought this was a fantastic midweek Blues.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

I have never ever been to a pumpkin patch and was a little unsure of the fun that I was about to embark on when my sister suggested we do this. But my boys were excited, so this weekend we went. It was a lot of fun, we went on a hayride, the boys had their faces painted, and horse riding. The petting zoo was my favorite. A little family fun never hurt anyone.

I want to train for this

A big pumpkin

Itty Bitty

The Pumpkin patch

The pumpkin patch

My dad doing a car race. He won!

Grandpa and my oldest

A rare shot as grandma is usually the one snapping the photos

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