Nail Art - Glitter with Straw Circles and Giveaway Winner!

5/28/2013 / 6 comments
I love making circles with straws. Seriously it may be the easiest and the most fun of all the nail arts I have tried!!
I decided to combine glitter with this look, at first I was only going to do a statement nail but then I opted for an alternating pattern.
I used Zoya Aurora for the glitter nails, L'Oreal Not a Cloud in Sight for the base of the circle nails and Essie No Place Like Chrome for the circle details.
To make the circles I put some silver polish on a plate. I use a straw, just a standard size, not too skinny or jumbo, and dip it in the polish. I like to tap it or blow into it lightly first - otherwise you may end up with a solid circle instead!! It is definitely a fast and fun manicure!

Last, but of course not least, I have a giveaway winner to announce. Congratulations to  Janine from Faithful in First! You are the winner of the Response to Tech Set, and I will be emailing you tonight!

What colors and designs are you wearing this week? Leave me a comment below!
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Response To Tech Set

5/26/2013 / 7 comments
I always like to incorporate writing into our Intervention block whenever possible. My 3rd, 4th and 5th graders use Reading Plus for their Intervention program and my 1st graders use

Both of these programs are excellent and include a lot of reading and comprehension questions. All of my groups tend to finish their stories with 10 or 15 minutes to spare. I created these sheets for a post tech writing activity that is easy for me to assess everyday!
Each worksheet has two questions on it. I placed each question in its own box so it can be completed as a worksheet or cut into task cards. There are a total of 16 questions in this set.
I included gray scale versions of each sheet as well. I put these copies into our skill sheet pockets so whenever the kids are done with a Guided Reading they can grab a sheet to fill out.
This weekend I am going to print and laminate the colored task card versions so my students can use them at their tables. They love writing on these tables, but I have to make sure I have something educational they can work on, otherwise it can turn into a doodle fest!
This set is available in my TpT shop!

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!!
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Five For Friday!

5/24/2013 / 4 comments
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday! 

I love big stretchy rings, especially my new flower one! Of course I have a tendency to whack them off of walls and desks, so they suffer quickly. This one is already missing several rhinestones and I have only had it for a few weeks!

New stress balls from the Dollar Store! Sadly my lovely playdough ones are not cutting it. Mostly due to the cheap balloons, I have already repaired them twice!! I saw these last night and could not resist. I think they will get a kick out of them when they see them next week!
Humidity. I despise it. Seriously it is bad. So bad that it made my laminated bathroom passes unlaminate (delaminate?) themselves!!

On a more cheerful (and less sweaty sticky) note, new nail polishes! The one on the right is a pretty teal from Maybelline, Urban Utopia and the one on the left is Chroma Chameleon by Revlon. The picture doesn't show off the pretty purple and metallic hues that it has. I cannot wait to try these out!
I love these tissue boxes - so much that I have been collecting them for years! They come in very handy in the classroom. I use these ones for all my supplies!

Hop on over to Doodle Bugs to see what everyone else has been up to!
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DIY Silver Necklaces

5/21/2013 / 3 comments
I know I have mentioned in the past that I have a lot of jewelry, and it is true, I do. However I have found that I am lacking in the silver necklace department. I have two that I adore - a butterfly on illusion wire and some sterling birds on silver chain. They are lovely but definitely overused! I decided I needed a few more options. Off to Michaels I went!

First up we have the beads! I chose three larger pendants since I wanted to keep these necklaces simple chain-wise.
For the large flower with a mix of rhinestones, crystals and pearls I went with a black chain. I like how it allows the sterling silver to pop.  Please ignore the annoying pink hue that my camera loves to cast on my photos!!
Next we have the rounded square bead. I love this one! It looks like tinfoil blended with a rhinestone! Disregard the pink again, it is simply silver! Perhaps it is time to get a plain camera. Though I do adore my hot pink Powershot!! I used an antique silver chain for this one - I think it may be my favorite. I know it is the one I have been wearing the most lately!
Lastly is the silver circle with swarovski cyrstals. This one is so pretty and sparkly! I love how the crystals are rainbow colored! I chose a simple sterling silver chain for this one, I did not want to take away from the pretty pendant.
My favorite part about making these necklaces was how easy they were! I only needed 2 pairs of needle nose pliers, 2 sizes of jump rings and some lobster clasps!
Now I have 3 new necklaces that will go with just about anything and everything! I know they will be getting a lot of use!
What is your current jewelry obsession? Tell me about it in the comments below!!
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Nail Art - Whirled Away with Teal!

5/19/2013 / 8 comments
I love China Glaze Whirled Away! It is such a fun glitter polish that looks great on any color. This time I used Sally Hansen Blizzard Blue for a base coat.
The only downside to this manicure was that it took a ton of coats to get this shade of blue. The blue is almost transparent unless you use three (or five) coats! This led to a little bit of bubbling when I applied my topcoat.

My students are always fascinated by this glitter, well after the discussion as to whether it is truly a glitter or not has ended. They take the word glitter VERY seriously and since it has no shine they concluded that it is not a glitter.

Glitter or not, it was a big hit with them and with me as usual! Now if only I can find a better teal to use as a base coat. I think it may be time to let this blue go, I do not have the patience for a polish that needs more than 2 coats!

What is on your fingers (or toes!) this week? And if you know of a fabulous (and not transparent) blues or teals let me know in the comments below!!

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DIY Stress Balls

5/13/2013 / 12 comments
My 4th grade Intervention group that is full of angst by the time class roles around. They have a long morning schedule and then come to my room right after lunch and recess. We have squishy dinosaur someone left behind after a field trip which provides a lot of "relaxation" to those who need it. In fact he has been needed so much so that his neck and feet have suffered a bit! I really should take a picture of the sad dino!

Whenever I have been on Pinterest lately, (which is way to often!) I keep seeing stress balls that you can make yourself! I decided to give it a try as 1 dinosaur is not enough for my group of 12! I hopped over to Somewhat Simple's site to see how to create these!

All I needed was balloons and playdough so off I went to the Dollar Store! $2.00 later I was all set!

I am a bit impatient, so rather than rolling out the dough, I simply stretched the balloon as wide as I could and shoved in the ball of dough. I ended up with a lot of dough under my fingers and on the floor, but it worked! I decided to put a 2nd balloon over each, just in case my students are having a really bad day!

All together it took about 15 minutes which I thought was pretty good! I decided against drawing faces on them, partly because I am no kind of artist! Plus I am not sure if it would stay on the balloon that well. I wouldn't want my students to be walking around with melted smileys on their hands!

My students really enjoyed using these today - we had to rotate them throughout the room so everyone could have a chance! I am assuming the novelty will wear off soon, or else I will be head back to the Dollar Store to make a few more!

Hop on over to Tara's blog to see the rest of the Monday Made Its!

What do you use to help de-stress your class?
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Built in Whiteboard Table Update

5/11/2013 / 14 comments
These are the original tables I made back in January in my classroom. They were made with the Dry Erase Adhesive paper I had leftover from my chalkboard makeover. I am really happy with how they have held up overall. There are a few dents and scratches (I think the afterschool program kids may have written on them directly with pen) however they still work really well!

The problem was only 4 or 5 students could use the table at a time, which left the other 10 feeling a bit sad! So I decided to improvise in a different/cheaper way!
I covered two more tables but this time I used White Contact paper. I was really excited because it was cheaper than the adhesive paper and I knew it would be easier to apply, whiteboard paper is a lot thicker! It was easier, for the most part, the paper had dried out a bit so I had a hard time getting the backing off some pieces. However now we have the downside: It does not erase. At all! It smudges and fades but never comes off completely!

I have tried dry erase markers and crayons, but they will not erase. Neither with whiteboard spray, lysol wipes, rubbing alcohol, windex, magic erasers nor with soap and water. Nada. I really should take a closeup picture so you can see the rainbowy look they now have! I did read that WD-40 cleans a lot of things so I think I shall try it out on Monday - with fingers crossed!

I put my type-A-ness aside and let my students use it anyway. It really does save lots of time as they do not have to run to get whiteboards, markers, journals or pencils anymore. I think I will stick with the traditional whiteboard paper next year - unless someone holds the secret for cleaning white contact paper! And if you do, please share in the comments below!

I must admit, I think I love writing on my tables as much as my students do! It has definitely been my favorite classroom feature this year. What is your favorite part of your room?
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Teacher Appreciation Sale and Giveaway Winner!!

5/06/2013 / 2 comments
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TpT is having a Teacher Appreciation sale this Tuesday and Wednesday! All the items in my shop are 20% off! Plus if you use the promo code: TAD13 you will save a total of 28%!!

Thanks to my amazingly talented sister Kristen for making me this lovely button! Click on any of the items in the picture to find more information about them!
Congratulations to Keri! You are the winner of the Kindergarten Bingo Pack! I will be emailing you tonight!

Now I'm off to wishlist some items for the big sale!
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Kindergarten Bingo Pack

5/04/2013 / 5 comments
I have been slowly working on updating all of my games to make the fonts easier to read. Don't forget to check my twitter and facebook for updates! This is one of the packs that I just finished! This set has a total of 42 bingo boards for 7 skill areas:

Uppercase and lowercase letters.
 Numbers 0 -10 and numbers 0 - 20.

 Number words and color words.
And shapes!

Each skill set has 6 different colored boards and individual word cards.  I also included Rules and Word Lists for all the games. I like including the word cards because this allows up to 7 students to play at one time. 6 students can use the boards and 1 can call out all the numbers or words.

This set is available in my Tpt shop!
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May Currently!!!

5/03/2013 / 8 comments
Listening: To Pandora's 80's Station - that has been my go to station lately!

Loving: That after a looooong winter, spring has finally arrived! Oh how I have missed warm sun and light layers!

Thinking: How much I love wearing dresses and sandals again!! Don't get me wrong, I love my crazy patterned tights, but it is so much easier to get ready in the warmer weather!

Wanting: To get outside in the sun this weekend! Sunday is supposed to be hot! :)

Needing: To finish updating the last few products in my shop, I think I am down to 6 more! Yay!!

Summer Bucket List: Relax and enjoy! (And make items for school and TPT too!)

Yay for May!! :) Thanks to Farley for another great currently!
Happy Friday!!
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Glitter Dots and Glitter Gradient Nail Art

5/01/2013 / 4 comments
Glitter!! I adore all things sparkly and that has been evident on my nails lately! I have been seeing a lot of glitter dots on nails and I love how it looks! Glitter polish is gorgeous but horrendous to remove and this seemed like a better way to have the glitter without the hassle!

I painted my pinky and thumb with Sally Hansen Black Out and my index and middle fingers with China Glaze Platinum Silver. For my ring finger I used Sally Hansen Hot Magenta and China Glaze Pizzazz for the dots.

Glitter Gradient - I have been wanting to this for a long time, but could not get the glitter to lessen along my nail no matter what I tried! Then I found the answer on Polishpedia! Anja said to tap loose glitter above the nail and gently blow the glitter down the nail.

Now being my messy self I tried this and got glitter everywhere. I seriously mean everywhere!! My bathroom counter was covered with lovely iridescent sparkles! Cleaning them up later was not so lovely. As I apparently cannot be gentle whilst blowing glitter, I decided to place the it  above my nail and then shake it down towards the sink. And it worked - with way less messiness too!

I used Nicole by OPI Virtuous Violet for the base and the iridescent loose glitter is from Michaels. Loose glitter removes way easier than glitter polish too, which is the best part! Now that I can finally do a gradient I know I will be rocking this look a lot!

I am in the hunt for some new spring shades! What colors are you wearing on your nails this week?

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