Monday, June 15, 2015

Pop in for the 2nd & 3rd giveaways

Hi everyone! As I write this post my cute little family and I are on a road trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth!" Our kids are in for an adventure and I can't wait to see our very own little princes stand in awe of all those Disney Princesses! She loves all of them and knows them by name, but what little girl doesn't right??!!! My boys are just as excited, but aren't as expressive as our little one.

The last time I was there was exactly 30 years ago!!! I still remember that family trip like it was yesterday. I'm the eldest of five and my youngest brother was just an infant. In fact my mom has a family picture from Disney, where all of us where dressed in 1920's attire... FUNNIEST picture EVER!!! Talk about nobody posing for that picture with any sort of enthusiasm. I'm determined to take a picture like that with my own family... if they still have them available! I hope my kids treasure these memories and talk about them someday, just like I am now! I am so thankful for my parents, Love you mom and dad!!! (I think I just got teary eyed)

Anyhow, tomorrow June16th a year ago, was the very first time I ever posted a blog, and that's the real reason for this post! In celebration of my one year blogaversary, I have partnered up with Suzy from On The Go Teacher Mama and we giving you all an opportunity to enter our giveaways! Suzy and I are also going together to the iTeackK, iTeach2nd, and TPTVegas2015 Conference. Anyone else going?

We will have two winners and each will walk away with a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate and any ONE product from our TPT stores, so browse through our stores and wish list them! Make sure to enter both giveaways below! Good luck to you all! Wishing you a relaxing and fun summer break! Comment below with your favorite product from any TPT store or the place of your favorite childhood family vacation or trip!

 P.S. I have another giveaway running at the same time... did you already enter?? If not find out here!

$10 TPT gift Certificate and On The Go Teacher Mama     $10 TPT Gift Cerificate and Tchr888

Monday, June 8, 2015

Heart Confessions in Summer Link Up

Heart Confessions in Summer Link Up…    

I'm out on summer break for just a couple of weeks (3 weeks to be exact.) I really don't have a summer because I choose to participate in our school's K-3 Plus program. This program is a State initiative that offers 25 extra days of instruction before the regular school year begins for student's in grades K through 3rd grade. Sort of like and extended school year. Meanwhile that begins, I'm enjoying spending time with my children and trying to relax at home... But I have some Heart Confessions to make! What about you? I would love for you to join me in this linky party about any Heart Confessions in summer you may have as a mom or a teacher, all bloggers are welcome! Here are mine.

Heart Confession #1:

Did you know that we teachers don't really have a summer? I'm talking about the "summer" that most people paint, portray, say, we have! "oh you're so lucky, you get to be home all summer long with your kids and only work 9 months out of the year, right!" Let me begin, by stating that although some teachers may have that kind of summer, the majority of us don't! For example, days after school is out, most of us attend professional developments that last a couple of days, sometimes weeks. We attend summer academies that help us prepare for the following school year! Or in my case, we begin graduate school! It almost feels like you're never done with school! Heart Confession #1: We never Stop Learning!

Heart Confession #2:

 Most teacher's have a book problem! We can walk into any bookstore and go directly to the children's book section (even at garage sales!) This is especially true to me, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, buying books for my kids! This particular bookstore is locally owned and I can find new and used books! My kids and I love going there, we spend hours in there browsing and reading books and always walk out with a bag full of books! Heart Confession #2: We Love buying and reading books!

Heart Confession #3:

I Intentional make time for a healthy lifestyle. I think I can honestly say, that we spend so much time lesson planning, reading, creating, and making activities for our student's that it is so much easier to skip meals and not workout because we simply "DON'T HAVE TIME!" Even during the school year..... I often hear myself telling my husband; "I didn't have time to eat today, I'm starving!" Heart Confession #3: I Intentionally block some weekdays off to practice yoga. While I run every other day and try to eat healthy, I have to be intentional about making sure, I'm healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally! It may sound selfish, but "me" time is super important because if I'm not healthy neither will my kids! Teachers and mommies, please be INTENTIONAL about taking care of yourself!! One day your kids will thank you!

Heart Confession #4: 

I try my best to see possibility everywhere; Even when I'm having a bad day! My mother has always told my sister's and I: "Take one day at a time!" And when you do, you become, my Heart Confession #4: A doer, a thinker, and you see possibility everywhere! I promise you will!

And that's my favorite heart confession! Now it's you turn, just download the first image and create your own list!! Do you have any heart confession? Any tips for me, mommy's and teacher's I would love to hear from you! Wishing you an amazing summer break. 

P.S. Check out these other heart confessions in summer from other teachers and mom's! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Tchr888 Blogaversary Giveaway #1

If you would like to know something about me, it is the fact that I love iTunes and Target! In fact I still own and use a Classic 2nd generation iPod! It has over 3,000 songs, not to include videos, and some Sesame Street Shows I downloaded for my 11 year old who was only two then, maybe one!

 Anyhow, I especially love iTunes because of all the different educational Apps teachers can buy to enhance and support student learning. I have my own favorite selection of apps and the types I like to use! To learn more about my favorite apps, click here

I'm sure you have your own wish list you have been wanting to use in your own classroom or perhaps a wish list from target... Who doesn't love that dollar section right at the entrance? I know I do! 

In honor of the hard work and dedication you offer and give to your student's, I'm offering this iTunes and Target Gift Card bundle total value of $35. Please enter below, wishing you all a restful and relaxing summer! Good luck ;)