Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Grams!

Tis the Season for...

Cousin Love

Homemade Ornaments

Christmas Nails

Selfies with loved ones

More Christmas Nails :)

Spending too much at Target

Santa Pictures

Gifts that make mom and dad want to play

Holiday Pampered Chef Shows

Remembering his birth.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:11

Sunday, December 21, 2014

14 in 14 Linky Party!

I'm linking up with some lovely ladies to take a look back at 2014!  Click the picture above to join in the fun!

This quote has been especially true this year.  For so many years the thought of being a stay at home mom was not an option.  Thanks to Pampered Chef and TpT I get to take some "time off" to be a mommy!  I love both of my jobs!!!!

Even though Sara Jo looks like a diva in this.. (she is almost always a diva) but anyway, I love collared shirts.  Especially my denim one. :)  It's the perfect amount of comfort and cute!

I loved this movie for so many reasons.

 I seriously LOVE this show!!  And just in case anyone hasn't seen the season finale.. I won't discuss why I am so happy at this moment! haha

 I could seriously eat here a couple times a week.  Not every day, but almost every day if I was given the option.  My husband has to tell me, "Not Blue Coast Burrito" on occasion.  Some days, I take Sara Jo and we eat lunch there.  Shhh-- don't tell him!


I know I've said it before, but I seriously LOVE being a pampered chef consultant.  I know it's not for everyone, and I honestly never thought I would do direct sales... but it has been a huge blessing for my family and me!

I'm also a bit obsessed with Jamberry nails.. :)
I only tried them out about 2 months ago.  So fun and cute!

Well, it isn't Christmas just yet.. but we had Christmas with my family and I'd have to say I love the book my mom made us. :)

Everything I pinned for Disney!!!! We go in February! I cannot wait!!!!

 Teaching, Learning, & Loving: 25 Ways to Teach Sight Words!

I love to teach sight words, but I was even more excited to watch the views sky rocket on this post! A few weeks ago it was over 40,000.  I'm too lazy to see what it is currently sitting at. But still, it was a fun post to write and really neat to see others enjoy it!


Completing my M.ed in Instructional Technology!!!

A mother's love.

My photographer captures some of the best moments!


Taking Sara Jo to the beach for the first time!!
It is VERY hard with a toddler.  No laying out and reading a good book while you hear the waves crashing against the sand.... There is chasing and sand in places you don't normally have sand.  However, the look on her face when she would splash in the water was well worth it!

1.  To get back into shape
2.  To promote to Director with the Pampered Chef

I want to make sure I keep my priorities in tact this next year.  I want to continue to grow all my different businesses, but keep God and my family first!  Hopefully, I can get better at that.. Almost every momma I talk to about this struggles with it as well.  Whether you work from home, out of the home or not at all-- it seems to be a constant battle.  Praying I work hard to know when to say no and when it push on!

2014 was a great year, but it was also filled with tragedy and hardship.  I will be welcoming 2015 with open arms!! haha

Have a Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Tour Through Blogland

Hi friends!

I was incredibly honored and excited to get an email from the beautiful and talented Brittany from Lawyer Lookbook.  I was nominated by her to participate in a Tour Through Blogland.  Brittany is a southern lawyer with amazing fashion sense.  I've had a peek into her closet and let's just say.. I'm jealous!  Her blog focus is on being fashionable at work.  So, I hopped on board the tour through blogland to share with you what my blog is all about and give you a peek into the education side of blogging.

1.  What am I working on?

My creative juices come out in so many different ways.. but my focus has been and probably will always be creating lessons for early childhood classrooms.  I recently created a Kindergarten Home School curriculum.  The family seems interested in a 1st grade curriculum as well, so I plan to start that after January and sell it on tpt as well.  I have also been invited to present for SDE in February 2015 in Franklin, TN.  I will be talking about Interactive Journals for Little Learners.  Let me know if you plan to come!

Can you tell I'm excited?!?!?

I also plan to start incorporating more Promethean Board lessons for sale in my tpt store as well.  It's always exciting to teachers to receive a board, but many do not know how to use it or are afraid of it.  Hopefully, that's something I can help with in the near future.

2.  How does my work differ from others in it's genre?

Well, to begin with, it's not very often that a home school child can be exposed to some of the same things a child in a classroom setting is exposed too.  I can help with that!  I am a classroom teacher (currently at home) planning lessons to help families who want to home school.  I have also continued planning lessons that can be used in the classroom, but there aren't many educators who focus on the home school community.  I like to think that I am helping educate parents on what needs to be taught (in a very small way). 

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

I have loved following blogs since I began teaching in 2009, but I truly fell in love with blogging when I became a blogger!  One person once asked me on a plane if I was a writer.  I told her no..  Then, she asked me what I was writing down so quickly and I told her I liked to jot down ideas for my blog when I have time or something pops into my head.  After a few minutes she told me I was a writer and that blogging was just a digital platform.  In my mind, I felt more of a children's writer, because I normally like to use a lot of pictures.. haha!  But either way, its the perfect place for me to share my thoughts, ideas, inspiration to the world of educators, stay at home moms and the home school community.  I have always LOVED collaborating with my peers when in the classroom, and blogging allows me to continue doing that virtually!

4.  How does my writing/creating process work?

Well, as I mentioned above, my blogging ideas will come from random moments in time when I see something or do something and decide-- I'm going to blog about that! Or I need to create this because it can benefit other teachers.  So, I have a document on my computer with tons of "ideas", that is ever-growing and will never get finished, of things to create.  I also write things down in my Erin Condren planner or on sticky notes (my desk is never neat).  

 Creative minds
This is me...  which is why I write EVERYTHING down!

Now, I would love for you to meet the two lovely bloggers I am nominating!!

Kimberly from Loving Kinders

Tootles, I am Kimberly from Loving Kinders.  I am a teacher, blogger, mommy, educator, and TPT seller.  I have been teaching kindergarten for 7 years and I love every aspect of it.  May it be the runny noses, untied shoes, disheveled hair and breath, OR being called mommy, unconditional love and hugs, teaching the foundational aspects of literacy and math, and my most precious LOVE watching a child read their first book!

I have three extraordinary children ALL over the kinder-age but they still may pop up on my blog and Facebook once in a while.  I have an adoring husband who understands that my dedication to education and creating teacher resources may blur the line of obsession and addiction.  Join me on my journey! 


Hi, I'm Tiffany from Shoe Laces & Sweet Faces!  I am a wife, K/1 Loop Teacher, educational blogger, and lover of all things super hero!  I graduated from Lesley University with a B.S. in global Studies & Elementary Education and earned my M.A in Teaching from Sacred Heart University.  I am certified in elementary education as well as TESOL in both CT and MA.  I am currently in my 4th contracted year having worked 1 as a K-6 Writing Teacher, 2 in Kindergarten and my current year as a 1st grade teacher.  There is nothing more satisfying than stepping into my classroom each and every day.  Through my blog, I hope to share my own ideas about integrating the arts in academics as well as inspire other teachers to take on more leadership opportunities in their schools.

Thanks for hanging out with me for just a bit.  Be sure to check out these gals and follow them through the tour through blog land!