June 2013 - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

The completely random post...that ends with a SALE

Hi friends! Be prepared for the total randomness of this post. 
Thank goodness my bestie Michelle is having a linky that is PERFECT for my random thoughts...

 I set several goals for myself this summer, and today I want to talk about two of them.

Fitness has been a big goal of mine this summer! I feel that I get in such bad habits all year with as much rushing around that I do... that my body gets the backseat.  In May I started a Beachbody challenge where I use Shakeology (LOVE) and use a video series called Chalean Extreme (Double LOVE). 
 I also am getting back into running (don't love quite yet)!
 Can I tell y'all...I actually have biceps now! Ha.  The funny thing is- I played college soccer, and I genuinely feel like I am in better shape now than I was back then! I know it is because for the first time I am actually eating right and working out right.  Hopefully one day I will feel comfortable enough to share before and after pictures with y'all. 

I really wanted to spend some time working with Nash and Emmie on school stuff.   Emmie has one more year of preschool, and Nash will be starting Kindergarten!

One of my smaller goals has been to work on getting Nash to attain to a task for longer periods of time. I know in Kindergarten this will be an important skill for him to have.  Water Colors have provided a great tool for us to do this. 

We also started good old fashioned D.E.A.R time! I ordered Nash some BOB books off of Amazon, and Emmie is reading pictures and telling herself the stories.  I also make sure that I am reading during this time!

 This morning...

....yes, bed head and all- we worked on Teeny Tiny Teacher's Kindergarten Morning Work! 

THIS version was PERFECT for Nash, and THIS version was JUST right for Emmie!  Look at that- I'm even differentiating on summer vacay :)

Please don't think I am a mean mommy who believes in all work and no play! Look at these two---
---we are thoroughly enjoying our summer!

On a little side note--I am sure you have heard (from other bloggers who are much more on top of things than me) that Google Friend Connect is disappearing.  All that simply means is that you need to make sure you are following my blog on Blog Lovin' to see my posts and your other favorite blogs!  If you follow me through email or simply hop over, every few days, nothing has changed!

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Summer Busy Teacher's Best Friend and Sneak Peek!

If you are a teacher who is summer schooling, tutoring, or still in school, I just posted my Summer Edition of the Busy Teacher's Best Friend!!

I am so sorry it took me so long to get the summer edition out, but I was just having the hardest time getting motivated!  I seem to have found my groove again and plan to get started on August very soon so that you planners won't hunt me down :)

Just a sneak peek to prove I am not just lounging on the beach with my toes in the sand...well at least not all day!

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Throwback Thursday brought to you by THE Fabulous Cara!

What better way to jump back into blogging for the summer!?!?!

I figure everyone has their classroom on their minds SO check out this post from last summer:

This original post if from July 2012

Room Updates

I have been working in my room a lot.

I still have a TON to do, but I wanted you all to stay up-to-date on my progress.

I know- so sweet of me :)

I really was going to write about each picture, but the 3-yr-old and 4-yr-old have taken every ounce of energy I have today.  There is the light at the end of the tunnel though- the hubby gets home from work tomorrow! Phew- this during-the-week-single-mommy is spent!

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Where's Mrs. King?!?!?!?!

Well... she has spent numerous hours here....
 ... a plethora of time doting on these two cuties.... 
... and significant minutes focusing on her fitness (that gets the back burner during the school year)!!!
I can't tell you how many times I have sat down at the computer and just stared.  

I guess that is why it is called Summer BREAK!?! Right?

My kiddos are actually with one of my baby cousins(don't worry I'm old enough that even my baby cousins are considered adequate childcare) so mommy can do a little blogging/creating.  I'm scared to tell you all what I am working on, because lately every time I put something out there before I get finished...it just doesn't happen. SO, I will not be jinxing myself this time.  Just drop back in soon OR follow me on Instagram-

 or FB!

I am seem to be much better at these blogging spin-offs right now, because let's face it--they are quick and easy!

I do have ONE more thing to share before I run back to the creating part of my day.  One thing I have been doing really well this summer is taking fun pictures during all that mommy time.  I have been using a couple of iphone apps you may be interested in...

Step One- find cuties to pose for picture :)

Step Two- Edit picture in app called PicTapGo.  This app totally makes me feel like a professional.
Step Three- Doodle until your heart is content using app called Beautiful Mess.  TA-DAH!!

Phew-Now I need a break from all this blogging excursion :)  Lots of love friends!

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