Friday, June 19, 2015

Disneyland for the 60th

Took  quick 1 day trip to Disneyland to check out the 60th Anniversary awesomeness. Here are some photos from my magical day. I'll be going back sometime in July for at least 2 days. Can't wait for more Disney magic.

Main Street USA

Made it!

The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness

The Castle

The Castle

One of the new Main Street window displays. They have Peter Pan and Cinderella so far. 

Window Display

California Adventure

Mickey and the Newsboys

Back in Disneyland and now Mickey is conducting.

Small World

Got all 3 popcorn buckets. I'm going to use them in my classroom!

$2000 Mickey Ears anyone?

Paint the Night Parade. It's like a Main Street Electrical Parade Remix

Paint the Night Parade.

Paint the Night Parade.

Paint the Night Parade.

Fireworks in front of Small World

Fireworks in front of Small World
The castle all lit up. 

Schoooooooooools Out For Summer

School is out for summer vacation and I haven't stopped going. I packed up my classroom, went to SoCal for a 1st birthday party, Disneyland and have now started planning for next year!

I got an Erin Condren teacher lesson planner and I love it. I've had them in the past, but last year was unable to get one since I was hired 2 days before school started. I jumped into lesson planning and feel right back at home with my EC lesson planner. We just got a new math curriculum so planning will take a wee bit longer than it normally does for me. At least everything will be colorful and pretty to look at while I record everything.

Got my EC Planner, my old planner from last year and my EC life planner out with all of my color pens! Let the planning begin.

Today I went to Target specifically for some house hold items, and like many of you, we all know how silly that is, because we always come out with more than we intended.... and that is exactly how it was today. The dollar section sucked me in yet again. I found some great stuff for my classroom.
My cart just after I went into the Dollar section.

I bought these great storage containers. The ones in the back are holding magnetic letters and numbers.
The ones in the front are holding Frozen erasers that we will use for story problems and counters.

And because not everyone is a fan of Frozen, I've got some generic Legos and other counters. Looks like I need to go back and get a few more containers.

I was so excited to find these foam dice. I LOVE THESE for the classroom and so do my students! I was only able to find for and hope that they'll get more in stock!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Long Time No Post

The life of a teacher is a busy one. I have been spending my days and nights working on making my first grader's learning experience an amazing one. With the help of some amazing teacher bloggers and my own creativity I really feel the kids have enjoyed learning.  As the school year comes to a close, I'll be posting more fun recipes, classroom goodness and other fun adventures.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Disneyland AP is the BEST

I love that I have a Disney Annual Pass. I have already used it enough to pay for the pass and have gone about 3 times for "free". So that is great! I live about 4 hours away so I can't get down there all the time (especially since I teach 5 days a week), but I love sneaking out there for 3 day weekends, and over my holiday breaks.

At the end of my Christmas Vacation I got to go to Disneyland with a dear friend and her family. I tell ya, it's always so much more fun to go with children. It's a totally different experience. I can't wait to have kids of my own so I can take them.

Here are a few photos from our trip.

Big Thunder

Special Moments

Taught my 2 year old friend how to use my Digital Camera and he captured this lovely image of me.

this lovely image as well

He took this one as well

Ran into Mary and Burt

Can you see Queen Elsa's Ice Castle. 

Now I know how Pinocchio felt. 

Tramming it to the park from the parking garage. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cause Box by Sevenly

Here's a new kind of subscription box that does good. It's called Cause Box by Sevenly. Every 3 months this box comes packed with $150+ of "world-changing products for woman". When you subscribe you get to choose a charity and a portion of your subscription price will go to that charity.

Click the link above to check out the website and learn more. What a great way to give back. I do not get points of money off my next box, if you decide to subscribe. I just wanted to share this so others can help do good.

Here is what I got in my box:

This is the box and what the packaging looks like

This elephant necklace is made by Matterial Fix- Empower a girl, change the world. The proceeds from this necklace help Freedom Firm (who has partnered with Matterial Fix) rescue and restore girls in India who have been subjected to sex trafficking. 

Thank you card/seal kit, because we all need to write more thank you cards. 

Some quotable stickers

This one speaks for itself

For every snack bar bought a packet of life saving food is delivered to a child in need.

Handmade leather pouch by people in East Africa

This is probably my most favorite thing in the box. Click on the photo to enlarge and read the card that goes with this bottle.

Handmade scarf by a hardworking woman named Alem in Africa.

Free People After Christmas Sale

I had some money to spend after Christmas and I got an email from Free People telling me that I could take an additional percentage off of their sale items. Well Free People has adorable items they can be pricey so I decided it would be worth a look.

Normally their sizes in clothing run small so I normally won't buy any clothing unless I'm at an actual store, so I hit up the accessories. I ended up with some great deals. I ended up with 3 pairs of socks, some fingerless mittens and a beanie. It's been rather cold for this part of CA and I needed a good pair of mittens especially for those chilly days when I have yard duty at school.
Cute tissued wrapped items with a Free People sticker

The Loot

I will link everything here. Keep in mind that these items are on sale, but do not have the extra percent off anymore that I received.

Lydia Liner Socks: (Black socks in the photo above)These will be great for all of those shoes I have in the Fall and Spring time that I like wearing socks with but don't look good with socks.

Bowsman Pom Beanie: I wanted this in time to wear it to the last 49er game of the season but it didn't come in time. It's cute and I'll still wear it.

Magic Feather No Show Socks: (Socks with feathers in photo above)These were just adorable and with the extra discount only came out to a couple of bucks! SOLD!

Sweet Vibes Ankle Socks:   (Socks with stripes in photo above) Like the other pair, these were about $3 ish. I should have ordered more because they are adorable.

Frida Flip Gloves: These are warm and will actually keep my hands warm I think. Can't wait to try them out.

Disneyland for Christmas

Since I have a season pass to Disneyland, it makes it a lot easier for us to go more often. I have already been enough times to pay not only for my pass, but extras days that are essentially free now.
Below are a few photos from our trip. We made dining reservations which is a MUST when you go during the busiest time of the year. We ate dinner one night at the Big Thunder Ranch, which is an all you can eat BBQ outdoor spot. For dinner you are served a bucket filled with BBQ, chicken, sausage, and ribs. You also get cornbread, coleslaw, BBQ beans, and corn wheels. It's all you can eat so if you want more you just ask your ranch hand what you want more of and they will bring it on out for you. The food is good and if this is your main meal for the day, it's well worth it.

The next day we went to the Plaza Inn (at the end of Main Street) for the breakfast buffet. Again it's all you can eat until breakfast ends, but the BEST part about this is.... it's a Character breakfast and the characters come out to greet you while you eat. It's a lot of fun and a great way to get your kids to eat in the morning. "Minnie can't some see you until you take 3 more bites." HA! I love it. The food is great and they have everything from an omlette making station, to biscuits and gravy. They offer Mickey waffles, fruit, bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, etc. It's worth it. They give you a Breakfast with Minnie button on the way in, and they take a photo of your entire party (for you to buy if you wish). Good deal and a great way to start the day!

Ok, now onto the pictures:

California Adventure.... 

Jingle Cruz

Jingle Cruz

These two had a little chat about smiling for the camera before this shot

Eeyore and I

Small World Holiday

Cars Land

Just taking a stroll with Goofy.

A thing of beauty