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Five for Friday- It’s My 1st Birthday!


I’m back with another fabulous Five for Friday linkup with Doodlebugs Teaching on my first “I have nothing to do” day of summer vacation 🙂


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I simply can not believe that I have been on TPT for a full year already!  The amount of information that I have acquired and the new friends that I have made has far surpassed my expectations.  Not to mention that I have a ton of FUN creating classroom decor and other products for teachers (and myself haha)!  I am celebrating today with a flash sale- my entire store is 20% off TODAY ONLY.  And in 1 month I’ll be taking the next step on this journey by attending the TPT Conference in Orlando for the first time!  CAN’T WAIT

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Have any of you ever heard of the Insane Inflatable 5k?  It is a ton of fun… if you like running around a ski slope in 90 degree weather.  For real though, this was our second time doing it- my husband thought it looked like so much fun that he joined in with us this year.  I think he still had fun… but he’s a beast.  Me?  I kept my eyes on the medics the whole time.  I would post a picture of myself completing the obstacles… but nobody wants to see that lol, instead, enjoy an image of my future Ninja Warrior 😉

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No kickoff to summer is complete without a bonfire.  We had a small bonfire in our backyard with my Girl Scout troop this week to celebrate the end of our year.  We roasted hot dogs and made s’mores… the s’mores are made out of Girl Scout cookies.  Next time you see a Girl Scout selling cookies buy some “Thanks a lots” from her and save them for s’mores- you’ll thank me 🙂

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This is where I now live.  In the bleachers watching my little critters swim.  My oldest decided to give the swim team a try this year versus regular swimming lessons… so we are here at 8am every morning #momlife.  Then we come back at 10 for the littlest peanut’s lessons.  So if you can’t find me… this is where I am, destroying my data plan.

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And… as much as converting from a full time working mom to a stay at home mom during the summer is an adjustment for all, little moments like these are what I cherish!  Snapped this one while they were walking back from soccer practice to you know where… swimming 😛

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Well WordPress…Here I am

Well I did it.  I moved to WordPress.  Now I just need to figure it all out!  I could spend hours trying to find the perfect theme but unfortunately there are people that need clean laundry and to be fed, so this will just have to do for now.  I wasn’t going to try and move my blogger posts over, but I was desperate for some tangible progress so I googled it…. and surprisingly the whole ordeal took me all of 5 minutes- phew!  So here I sit… trying to use Jedi mind tricks to get the dishwasher to unload itself so that I can keep playing with my new toy.  Alas, I think I hear the muffled sounds of someone calling “Mommy” from under their covers… Adieu.

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Woo Hoo!  I am finally done (ish) with my Masters!  I say done-ish because I still have to wrap up my capstone… but since I have until the end of July, I put it on pause until school gets out in a few more days.

I meant to write this post several days ago, but you all know how this time of year can get 😉  On May 9th I had the privilege of participating in my graduation ceremony after 2 long years of blood, sweat and tears.  I was excited for my undergraduate graduation, but I don’t think that I fully appreciated it.  10 years, a career and two kids later (oh yea, and a husband too!) I felt on top of the world with my achievement.  I’ve learned so much more about this profession as well as myself during this process and I am excited to tackle what is yet to come.  There is even talk of a Doctorate degree in my (distant) future!  Here are a few pics of the occasion:

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Headed out for a well deserved dinner and evening out!  Husband is thrilled with all the selfies…

Spent our kid-free weekend dining out and walking around downtown Duluth, MN.  A much needed get away!  Aside from being a bit chilly (35 degrees… #springinminnesota) it was beautiful!

The coffee cup I’ve been rockin’ the last two weeks lol! 

While getting my Master of Education degree was no easy feat, I highly recommend it to any of you who may be reading this.  Now that I am done I am excited to be going to go back to “real life” which involves a lot of dishes, laundry and Pinterest (and episodes of the Real Housewives..shh.. don’t judge me).  
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Coming Soon…

I am super excited to announce that this blog is about to get a much needed makeover!!  I have been working with the talented Tenille over at Designs by Tenille for the past few weeks.  If you follow teacher bloggers, then most certainly you have run across one of her designs (check out her portfolio here).  Since I find her designs to be so appealing, and they mesh so well with my personal style, I stopped trying to create one of my own and let her do the work!  I can honestly say it turned out almost exactly as I had imagined it, and exactly as I had hoped it would- she exceeded my expectations in every way.  I can’t wait for you to see it!!!


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Well, here we are again… another January, another attempt at this blog!  I created this blog back in 2012 shortly after my youngest child was born.  I had great aspirations of blogging about our family journey as we balanced a new child, my love for Pinterest, and my passion for teaching.  Then life happened.  Two small kids, a job, a house and a husband kept me very occupied and left me little time for blogging.  As if that wasn’t enough, my husband and I thought it would be a good time for me to finally obtain my Masters degree (insert screams of horror here).  Fast forward to Christmas break 2014- for the first time in a VERY long time I had some free time.  The kids are old enough now where they don’t need me every.single.second, so I got to spend some time doing things that I actually enjoy and missed doing (I crocheted a few awesome scarves!).  Long story short, I am one semester away from graduating with my Masters in Education degree and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I got started thinking about the things that I want to accomplish post grad school, and ended up creating a sellers profile on Teachers Pay Teachers and signing in to this blog!  My goal is to be able to focus more on the great things going on in my classroom and create some new resources to use.  Things may be quiet the next few months as I wrap things up with graduate school, hopefully I will stop by a few times and if not I will be back this summer!