This Week's Favorites

What a busy week!
Here are some things I'm loving.......

Photo by She Read Truth

I received my new study from She Reads Truth in the mail this week and I am
so excited to start it soon! I've been following along with She Reads Truth for over
a year now, but just recently started purchasing their journals that accompany each
of their free online studies. I love that the Lent study has the scripture included in the journal
as well as so many beautiful prints of the Word. What I love most is my girlfriends are
doing the study, too!

On Tuesday, my friend Allison hosted an essential oils class and we made chapstick, bath salts, and body butter! It was such a fun night to get to see my girlfriends and talk about essential oils.
I've been using them for a while now, but many people at the party were there to see
what all the hype is about. Let me be honest, I was skeptical to try them at first, but I'm
SO glad I did. Do you keep hearing people say that? I'm planning on sharing more about how
I use essential oils and my daily routine. You can read my Back to School with essential oils
posts here. So back to my friend Allison. She requested I make an essential oils notebook and so
I've been working on it for the past few weeks. It will include a cute cover page you could slide
into the front of a binder, weekly planning page/to do list, notes pages, contact lists, and recipe pages (for things like chapstick, bath salts, etc...) Look for these (I also made a color version) in my etsy shop soon!

I made the our Valentine's this year and I loved how they turned out. Lainey and I gave out
Valentine pencils with ours and Brynn gave her friends some crackers. Her teachers got packs of pink bubble gum! :)

I adore these bags by The Teacher Wife. I have my students make them every year and when I learned that even my 11 month old needed some sort of Valentine box/bag, I used the extras
left over from my class to make hers. I love it when things are easy.

I'm just thrilled with Miss DeCarbo's monthly fluency packs. My kiddos love to sing
in the classroom, as do I, so we love the monthly poems/songs. Of course we had to bust out our heart pointers this week. :)
{p.s.  If you haven't read Miss DeCarbo's blog, you must. And plan to busy reading it for few hours.}

And finally, I can't wait to finish updating this product. I'm giving it a facelift, adding a half-sheet option for the student response sheets to save paper, and adding printable pieces to make your own interactive anchor charts {where students can place their stickies...also to save paper}. I'll be sure to fill you in when it's all updated!

Have a fabulous week friends! :)


Floral Valentine Cards {free printable}

 Are you ready for Valentine's Day? We keep it pretty simple in our house. The hubs is surrounded by
girls so he treats us well, but we also don't spend a lot of money. Just sweet, simple gifts.
One of my favorite traditions is that he'll bring home a mylar balloon for our oldest. She has always been OBSESSED with balloons so she can hardly contain her excitement when she sees it. Each year
they seem to get a little bigger. :)

I made these printable Valentine's because I fell in love with these watercolor flowers. Gorg. I pretty much drool over anything watercolor these days. And with four different styles, you can use these for just about anybody. Click HERE to download. Just print on card stock and cut. I like rounded corners so I used a corner punch like this one.

If you are looking for a small gift for your mom, girlfriend, daughter, etc..
You can get this print in my Etsy shop here. It is one of my favorite verses and such
a good reminder {John 16:33}. It's up in my house with my Valentine's Day decor, but I love
that it would be appropriate for anytime!



The last few months have flown by. Like most of you,
we've been pretty busy with the holidays, work, and keeping up
with our kiddos. These pictures remind me just how blessed we
are and even though it can be stressful at times, it sure is fun.

I don't ever wish my kids to be sick, but extra days at home with them are something I cherish.

One of her favorite things to do each Christmas.

Before heading to grandma's, she had to sprinkle the reindeer food she made at school. :)


This little pink car has been the best money we've ever spent on a toy. Ever.

This one is now mobile. She started crawling, cruising, and walking with her toy stroller all in the same month.

Sometimes you just need to allow yourself to be creative and Lainey is the perfect sidekick for that.

Wearing my old paint shirt made for me by my mom.

That one day it was 70 degrees in January. So we had to break out the neon leggings.

An old lunch spot my grandparents used to take me to.


I had a strong desire to give this blog a fresh look. I'm excited for the direction
of this blog and the possibilities that may hold. This blog started out solely as a place
to share my teaching ideas but over time has grown to include snippets
of my family life and other creative endeavors. I don't plan on changing
the content but just adding to it!

I am so happy with the new look and highly recommend using Bella Lulu Ink. I love
her designs and the customer service is top notch! Check out the website here.