Five for Friday and the Pinterest Winner

Here's my five for this week...just because.

1. I can't believe it's almost July! I've got lots to do before the new
school year starts. I took advantage of some great sales at Carter's
this week and picked up some clothes for my oldest who starts K this
year. I'm holding these back until school starts...trying to spread he
school shopping out!
These were all clearance items and an extra 25% off.

And couldn't resist picking up a few things for the babe, too.

 2. Summer with these two...it's fun, exhausting, sweet, and
challenging all rolled into one. :)


3. Do you use essential oils? I'm just getting my
feet wet but I like what I'm learning.
I have these oils from Young Living and I've been
experimenting this week. I use Lavendar {it's not in the picture because I keep
it by the changing table} on Brynn before
bed {been doing this for a while} and use a blend 
called Stress Away on myself, and this
week have been using Purification on a bug bite. Worked like a charm!
4. IKEA is coming. So ready.
5. This week I started making a seriously conscious effort in eating
clean. I don't think I've had any processed foods this week and it
feels good. I don't like the thought of all that extra junk in a lot of
foods I was eating on a regular basis AND I'd like to fit into
most of my clothing before I return to work so I don't have to buy a
new wardrobe. Excellent motivation.

I linked up with Kacey and you should, too. :)

And the random number generator declared Brandy as
the Pinterest giveaway! Email me the product from my
store you would like for free. :)
Thanks to all my new Pinterest followers!

Have a fabulous weekend!


what I'm working on...

Even though it's summer, my mind doesn't take a break
from all the things I'd like to accomplish before the new school year starts.

I've had a pretty slow year when it comes to creating new products,
but that's ok with me. Being pregnant/sick and then life with
a newborn doesn't leave much time for creating. ;)

Lately, little miss seems to be napping a tad more regularly,
{hope I didn't just jinx myself!}
so I've had a little bit of time to create some things that have been
on my list for a while. 

I'm linking up with Kim today to show you what I'm working on...

These little math books are so fun for my students! I have a few
of them listed individually in my TpT store already, but
am working on a few more to have a bundle of them for sale.
I love them because they are half of a 8.5x11 in. page and easy peasy
to copy and staple on the copy machine, and then quickly cut
in half with a paper cutter. The easiest to prepare, in my opinion!
I'm hoping to get this product finished and listed in the next week.

I love, love, love my monthly binders!!!
I can't say enough good things about organizing this way. 
I did a post on them back in the day here.
As much as I love that design, I'm creating a few more sets for my 
store that coordinate with my teacher planner.
I'm also going to include 1" and 2" labels for the spines
depending on what size binders you use, however I use
2" binders so I can store more inside.
I use these to store SEASONAL things including holiday activities,
monthly poems, monthly morning work, etc....
I still use file cabinets for all my subject specific stuff, but this way
I don't forget those special days/activities each month.
The current month's binder sits on my desk for easy access and the rest
sit on my bookshelf looking pretty!

Here are the new designs...

Hopefully, these will be available in my shop soon, too.
Of course, I'll let you know when they are. ;)

Don't forget to enter my little giveaway I posted about yesterday here!
Just follow me on Pinterest and I'll choose a winner to pick
a free product from my TpT store.
I'll announce tomorrow!


My New Pinterest Boards

I've been pinning for a few years now, probably much like yourself.
I love to surf Pinterest when I have a spare minute here and there,
but I never got too crazy when actually pinning stuff.

It's such a great tool for organizing ideas,
however I'm just now taking advantage of making separate boards
for different school subjects/themes.
I've always pinned educational things to a few boards labeled, 
"Teaching Ideas" or "1st Grade Fun".
Which was fine, but it wasn't that convenient for finding things I had
pinned quickly.

So, in an effort to really use Pinterest more effectively and more as an educational
resource, I've made some new boards.
I'll need to add a few more for Science and Social Studies,
but so far I've added Teaching Math, Back to School, Classroom Art, and Teacher
Desk Organization. Click the pictures below to go check out that board.






Feel free to go check out my boards and follow as I find new ideas
and make plans for next school year.
{can't believe I said that and it's only June!} 

I'm giving away 1 product of your choice from my TpT store!
All you need to do is follow me on Pinterest. Click the image
below to get to my page and follow, then leave a comment with your Pinterest username and your email. 
I'll announce the winner Thursday! :)