Monday, July 27, 2015

Team Member Gifts

Happy Monday! Today is my last day of summer vacation. I have meetings this week, but I am going in today to have a team meeting with my wonderful kindergarten team. This year I am team lead and I wanted to share my appreciation with some beginning of the year gifts.

Teaching all day can be tiring and at the end of the day it's not unusual for some of us to forget to drink water. I have two HUGE water cups that I bring to work every day, but it never hurts to have more. I added vinyl to these mason jar cups for my team mates. Hopefully we will all stay hydrated this school year.

The next part of their gift are some goodies from my favorite place... Target!! I just packaged up some of my favorite dollar spot finds and closed it up with some washi tape.

This past week I went into my classroom and set everything up. I wanted to be able to relax this week and focus on lesson planning this week. I have been creating custom stickers for my Erin Condren lesson planner and I have fallen in love! I am making more stickers that are specifically for teachers and I will be releasing them later this week. If you want to see them for yourself, you can visit my Etsy store HERE.

I am linking up with Tara for Monday Made It. If you have made anything this week, feel free to link up as well.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Back to School Planning

I am linking up for another Plan with Me Sundays! This wonderful linky up is hosted by Meghan and Robyn. This week we are sharing our Back to School plans with you. I have three different planners that I use and I am hoping that once school starts again, I will be able to be extremely organized.

The first planner I plan on using is my Erin Condren Life planner. I use this planner every single day and I couldn't imagine not writing my life in it. It serves as my to do lists, menu planning, exercise log, scrapbook, and so much more. I am so in love with Erin. :-)

The second planner I plan on using is my new addition to the Condren family. This is my teacher planner. I have never used one of these before, I have always used digital plans or wrote on a printed out template that I created. I can't wait to use this planner this year and decorate it each month!!

My third and final planner is how I plan on organizing all of my TpT products, blogging, and my Etsy store. It is a Kikk-K planner, but inside is...
Yes, ANOTHER Erin Condren planner. I told you I was in love with my Erins. :-) I uncoiled my life planner and put it in a binder style planner. This is the vertical layout and it makes separating different tasks easy. As you can also see, I love to decorate my planners. I just buy $1 sticker books from Michaels and add my own custom stickers. If you are interested in any of my stickers, you can view my Etsy shop HERE. There are teacher stickers coming... THIS WEEK! So you don't want to miss out!!

Of course I couldn't leave you with JUST pictures. I also have a video for you. I take you inside each of my planners and show you how I decorate and plan on a weekly basis.

If you have gotten this far I have a little surprise for you. Do you love decorating your planner as much as I do? Well if you do, this is your lucky day. I have a set of printable planner stickers that could be yours for FREE. All you have to do is visit my TpT store for your freebie. I plan on making more printable stickers as well, so you also don't want to miss my TpT updates.

Wait, there is still more fun!! How would you like to win an Erin Condren planner of your own? Well you can!! All you have to do is enter our Rafflecopter for a chance to win. While you're at it, don't forget to link up. I would love to see how you plan on... planning when you go back to school.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kinder Tribe

I am linking up to the Kinder Tribe post all about... me!

My name is Jennifer and this is my 8th year teaching. I taught second grade for six years and this is my second year teaching kindergarten.

Something I cannot live without is my iPad. I was against iPads at first because I already had a desktop, laptop, and a phone, but it has seriously changed my life. I rarely go into my office now to turn on my desktop computer because most everything can be done on my iPad. It is easier to transport than a laptop and anything you need is just a tap away. It comes with me in every room of the house, while I'm watching TV, and even next to my bed at night.

My favorite school supply has to be colorful pens. I absolutely love pens! A close second the pens is my Erin Condren planner. I write my whole life in that thing and couldn't live without it.

My favorite kinder book is a book that I loved when I taught second grade, but since moving to kindergarten, I've fallen in love with it even more. It is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It never gets old and if you haven't checked out the Scholastic video version... you NEED to!!

I have been reading teacher websites/blogs since I was in college, back in 2006. A lot has changes since then and I have so many favorites. My favorite go-to person for kindergarten is Greg Smedley-Warren from The Kindergarden Smorgasboard. He too went from second grade to kindergarten. I follwo his posts religiously and use so many of his ideas. I even watch his YouTube videos during my lunch break with my neighboring teacher for "PD".

Finally, I love kindergarten because I love seeing how much love and excitement that my students have for learning. They grown so much physically, emotionally, and academically during the year. It truly is an honor being their teacher.

I hope you were able to get to know me a little better. If you are a kindergarten teacher, make sure to link up and share a little about yourself. Also, feel free to introduce yourself in the comments and let me know your favorite part of kindergarten, or just teaching in general.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Made It Planner Stickers

Today I am linking up for Monday Made It. It is my first time this summer. This summer has flown by and I can't believe that I only have one more week left until meetings and two weeks until I meet my new kindergarten students. Since the school year is sneaking up on me, I am in creative mode and crafting up a storm.

As teachers, I feel like we all have something in common... a love for planning. Lesson planning, life planning, to do lists, etc. Over the past few months I have been creating my own planner stickers and I have become a little obsessed.

I plan on making more as well as stickers for my teacher planner and lesson planner. If you are interested in some of my stickers, you can find them HERE.

After taking a two year break from TpT, I have started updating my old products and creating new ones. One of those includes my Neon Chalkboard Classroom Rules. You can find them HERE for free in my TpT store.

I plan on creating even more this week and I can't wait to share it with you next Monday Made It. What have you been creating this week? Make sure to head on over to 4th Grade Frolics and link up for your Monday Made It.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Planner Supplies

Today I am linking up with Keeping Up With Mrs. Harris and Kreative in Kindergarten for another Plan with Me Sunday.

This week is all about our supplies. I am a planner and paper addict so adding to my collection of supplies is always a must for me. I love to craft so planner decoration came naturally to me. I guess you can say I'm a decorative functional planner. I love decorating, but to me, it has to be functional. Today I am going to share with you my top favorite planner supplies that I use every week when I sit down to plan.

My Planner

 My planner is from from Erin Condren. It is the horizontal life planner and I LOVE it!! If you are interested in getting one of your own, I highly suggest it. You can click HERE for more information and to receive $10 off your first order.

I think that a MUST HAVE product for anyone interested in decorating their planner is washi tape. Washi tape is so easy to use and it can add decorations to any page without adding too much bulk. It's also very functional. I use it a lot to separate sections in my planner to make them stand out. I get all of my washi tape from Michaels and use a 40% off coupon or wait for them to go on sale. It took me quite a while to accumulate this collection.

Another necessity for me is stickers. I love stickers!! My sticker obsession started when I was very young and stuck with me. I usually make my own stickers, but sometimes you need some fun stickers to add some personality to your layouts. I get these stickers from... you guessed it, Michaels. They are only $1 for a whole pack. That's the normal price, not sale price. :-) When I'm not adding decorative stickers, I am adding my custom decorative-functional stickers. If you are interested in checking out my stickers, you can visit my Etsy store HERE.

What's planning without some great pens. I love my flair pens, but I also love Staedtler pens. They come in a variety of colors and I love that it comes with a carrying case. I picked this set up from Target.

I love me some bright, colorful pens, but sometimes you just need a good ol' black ballpoint pen. That doesn't mean it has to be boring. I got these beauties from Pen Gems and I love that I can have gorgeous pens that are functional as well.

My last favorite is not necessarily a planner supply, but it's where I store all of my supplies. This is a Vera Bradley bag that is intended for cosmetics. It works perfectly for planner supplies as well. If you are interested in one of your own, you can purchase it HERE. If you want to see what's inside this bag, I made a video all about it HERE.

I hope you enjoyed taking a peak at all of my favorites. I have also created a video sharing these products too.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Five for Fiday
Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday.

 I'm sure many of you are aware of the TpT conference that took place last week. Well even though this photo isn't from this week, I am still reflecting on that week, this week. I wrote a post all about it HERE

 At the TpT conference we got some sweet swag bags! It included a mug, hand sanitizer, pen, and this notebook. I am in love with this notebook and as you can see, we are BFFs. Why is that? Well this week I have been overwhelmed with inspiration and I needed a place to write it all down. This notebook goes with me everywhere now. Even in the bathroom, next to the shower (where I get all of my best ideas).
I promise this is the last picture that is related to TpT, but I mean come on, how awesome is it to have a place where you can find quality products created by amazing teachers!? Well, I finally invested in the KG Font lifetime license. I have been putting it off for far too long and it only keeps increasing in price. I am so glad that I purchased it. Now I can be creative without worrying if I have the license for a specific font.
My husband just celebrated his 29th birthday. We are now the same age (I am 7 months older than him). He is the handsome one in the center. ;-) I love summer time because it gives you time to spend with friends and family. I have definitely been doing as much of that as I can. 
 Summer is coming to an end. I wish the summer heat would go away with it, but that will be around still fora few months. Last year I was moving to a new school and a new grade and I had A LOT of moving in and setting up. This year I am in the same classroom and same grade so setting up this year is a breeze. I was planning on creating a  classroom theme this year, but then I realized I already had one without even trying. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed rainbow, then you are correct! I love my colorful rainbow classroom. I am actually sitting in my home office creating new things to use in my class.

So while I finish that up, go ahead and head on over to Doodle Bug and share what you were up to this week.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

#TpTVegas15 Recap

What a week it has been. I just got back from Vegas yesterday and I wanted to to recap everything I learned from my time in Vegas. If you didn't know, I went to Vegas for the TpT conference. It was my first time every going to the conference and it was AMAZING. I met so many wonderful people that I hope to stay in contact with.

Now before I share with you my experience in Vegas, I first want to state that I have been selling on TpT since 2012. I took a two year break and I just now getting back into it. This conference is for everyone! If you are an experienced seller or just a beginner, everyone can get something from being in Vegas.

 I went to the conference with my BFF. I have to say that I was a little overwhelmed at first because there were so many people! The first night we went to the TpT meetup hosted by What the Teacher Wants. This was the best part of the trip for me because I was finally able to meet all of the teachers that I have looked up to for years.

It was amazing to be around like minded people who all love to teach. They not only inspire me as a teacher, but they also inspire imagination, creativity, and learning in the classroom. I am so lucky to say that I am part of the TpT and blogging community. I have always been my happiest in the classroom when I am communicating and interacting with others in the community.

My goal this year is to get back into the community. I have goals for myself that I will put into place and hopefully this time next year, I will meet those goals and be working towards new ones. Thank you Tpt and everyone else for the motivation to get back into this community and to help me continue my journey.

Of course there was also time for some fun, like eating ice cream at Serendipity and winning a GoNoodle shirt for trivia.

I would say that the big take away from the entire trip is to never give up. Keep working and good things will happen. Put quality into your work and create things that people can value. Create things that you are passionate about.

So to all of the new friends I met and all of the future connections I make, thank you all for being part of this amazing community.

I'm linking up with The Elementary Entourage to keep this party going. You can relive the experiences all over again or experience Vegas for the first time.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Plan With Me Sunday Blog Hop

Welcome to Plan With Me Sundays Blog Hop! This is my first time participating and I am so excited! I have been a planner all of my life and I absolutely love writing things down and organizing my life. This week I wanted to link up with Keeping up with Mrs. Harris and Kreative in Kindergarten because I love looking at other people's planners.

Before I share with you my planner(s) I just want to let you know that I have THREE, yes three. One is my personal planner with my every day to do lists, chores, appointments, etc. My second is my business planner. I use this to organize things for work, my TpT store and blog, as well as my Etsy. The third planner is my Erin Condren teaching planner. I will not be sharing that planner this week, but you can learn all about it HERE.

I will be sharing two of my planners here with you today.

The first is my business planner. It is an Erin Condren planner in the vertical layout. I love this layout because it is broken down into three sections. I uncoiled my EC planner and put it into my Kikki-K binder. It is so easy to use it this way because I am able to insert extra pages that I need.

I create my own stickers so I can customize my headers to fit my needs.  My work section is to organize things for work (classroom to dos, things to copy, things to grade, reminders, etc). My TpT section is where I put all of my blog information, updates, and products that I need to work on. My Etsy section is all related to my Etsy store (things I need to do, orders I need to fill, etc.)
My planner this week is decorated and all ready to go for Vegas. Since I will be on vacation, I won't be working too much, but I still wanted a layout that matched my week.

 The stickers are ones that I created for myself. I have a section for work, TpT, and Etsy. I also created Instagram stickers to track and remind myself to post on my personal Instagram as well as my teaching Instagram. The hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades were also created by me.

The rest of the stickers are from an Elvis sheet that I got from Hobby Lobby. I also embellished with washi tape because who doesn't love washi?

If you want to see in detail how I planned this week, I made a plan with me video that you can watch. :-)

In addition to my business planner, I also have my personal planner. It is also from Erin Condren. I keep this one coiled and it is the horizontal layout. I have so much more room to write in this layout, which I love.

Again, I am using stickers that I designed myself. It was my first week in my horizontal Erin Condren so I am still figuring things out. I do like writing and illustrating something that stood out from the day. It's kind of like a mini scrapbook. I probably won't always do that, but it's a nice way to use that space for now.

Now it's time for you to link up with us and show us how you plan. Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of two prize packs.

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