Sunday, July 26

Hello! My Name Is...

Hey, I'm back. :)

So, what's up lately?

I've been busy working on a new TPT product that I'm super excited about. I've also been recovering from my trip to Tennessee. I didn't realize how exhausted I was. This week, our church is hosting a VBS. Yay!

Today, I'm participating in a party hosted by The Tattooed Teacher.

It's another tell-me-about-yourself, ice breaker party. I'm not an ice breaker kind of girl, but I guess I kind of like answering questions like this, rather than having to come up with what about me information you might feel is important. So, here goes nothing...

Doesn't the title make you wonder what week two will involve? You can participate in this party, too. Just click on the "Assess Me" picture below. I'd love to see your answers. 

On another note, a group of Midwest teachers will be holding a big giveaway very soon. I'm so excited (but also very nervous) to participate! We wanted to help make your back-to-school a breeze. 

Stay tuned this week and maybe you could be a winner! Have a great one, and I'll be sure to let you know how our Everest-themed VBS turns out. 

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Tuesday, July 21

Tell Me About You!

Hey, everyone!

I guilted myself into excitedly decided on writing a post today, but sat staring at the screen for a bit. What should I write about? Then, I saw this idea pop up, so here I go...

I've already actually shared a lot about me... you can read more about me HERE... so what can I share today that you might not know?

Last week was super special. I got to travel (for the second time) with our church's high school youth to a huge conference in Tennessee that is put on every three years. It was!

1. How often to do you get to spend a week where everything is centered around God?!

2. I really enjoyed getting to know the six kids from our church that attended.

3. The mission we were supporting last week through activities, prayer, and donation was Project Blue. It builds water wells in locations where there is not clean water. Their goal was $55,000 by the end of the week. Through our efforts, we raised more than double that amount which will build well over a hundred clean water wells. Yay!

3. Every night there was a performance from a popular Christian artist as part of our worship time.

4. I can't explain the feeling I have when I'm with a large group of people and you can hear the praise being lifted up above the music. It touches my heart in a way that brings me to tears.

5. We probably walked like 7-10 miles a day around the hilly UT campus, which means... WOOT! WOOT! I lost all the weight I gained from an antibiotic I took in June.

Now you can see why it was so amazing, right? Yep! I will not be disappointed if I get to go again in 2018. Not even a tiny bit.

Otherwise, you should know that I'm an introvert, which is NOT a bad thing.

I'm low-key. I'm not a talkative gal, so I try to make my words matter, but often over analyze after sharing. I have a hard time knowing what is worth sharing (because why is anything that I'm doing significant enough for you to want to read about). You should also know that I persevere on anyway because I do enjoy writing.

I also enjoy reading.

Sadly, I haven't been reading teacher blogs very much, though, this summer, so I missed out on having a pen pal this year. If you also missed out on having a pen pal (or didn't even realize that a blogger had given you that opportunity) and you want to be pen pals with my second graders, please let me know.

Me, in a nutshell...
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Wednesday, July 8

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With pumpkins, corn, and beans,
That's how my garden grows.

I am so amazed at how quickly the plants have grown in my garden. It's my first. (The picture on the left was taken about a month and a half ago.) I already feel like it's too small and I'll need a second garden next summer. I'm also going to arrange it differently. My pumpkin and watermelon vines are a little out of control. You have to search to find the broccoli and the green beans. My mom has a humongous garden, so I think we'll just share a pack of seeds for each because I just do not have the space for them all in my own garden. I'm excited to eat the fruits and veggies from our first garden, though.

I love this picture. We've had a lot of rain this week, so my pumpkin vine flowers are looking so vibrant. Have you tried Google Photos? I like that it will sync my iPad and iPhone pictures. I also like that it makes uploading photos onto my blog so much easier. Sometimes it will take one of your photos and add some effect to it and make it look so great. You can choose to either save it or trash it. If you have a series of photos that are just slightly different, sometimes it will even create a short little video with them, like a .gif. You should try it out.

On another note, Creative Clips currently has a freebie chain. Just click on the image below to get to her store and participate. I don't know about you, but I love using Creative Clips in my products. I especially love that this week's freebie fits into my school's safari theme.

I have really slipped off the TPT train. I'm glad I seem to be the only one. (I keep seeing emails that this person or that person has new products.) I haven't uploaded any products in months, not that I haven't made anything over the past school year that could be a product. Oh, my... Where has my motivation gone?! Perhaps I'll get some TPT motivation back and start turning some of my stuff into products after vacationing next week.

Unfortunately, it took me two weeks to update my calendar for the new school year, so it's ready to go when I get back. Oy!

Hope your Wednesday has been delightful!
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Monday, July 6

July = School Supply Sales

You know what I love about July? I enjoy checking the office supply ads to get cheap school supplies. Our schools start up in August again, so our school supply sales start in July. Each week, they feature a few specific supplies. My favorite week is when we can get composition notebooks for just a few cents each.

Today, I went to pick up some of this week's featured supplies. I love those Paper Mate mechanical pencils and seem to have misplaced the ones I bought last summer. I also bought some Sharpie markers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and glue. I chose not to take advantage of the benefit educators get of 2x or 3x the limit (whatever it is), but I saved almost $50! (and spent less than $10) Yay! If you have an Office Max or Office Depot nearby, you should start checking out the ads for back-to-school sales.

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