Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back to School Bonanza!

As much as I am enjoying my summer break, the truth is, it's time to think about Back to School!  I am not back on contract until August 18th but I haven't done ANYTHING school related this summer.  Starting Monday I will start thinking about school again, which means I will start thinking about curriculum, lesson planning, and schedules. YIKES!   However, I don't want to rush things so that I why I am starting off slowly.... with this post and a Back-to-School giveaway (that you can find at the bottom of this post).

First I want to show you these FABULOUS Jamberry Nail Wraps I created in Jamberry's Nails Art Studio. I was inspired by the just as fabulous, Christi Futlz, from Ms. Fultz's Corner.  I purchased and use her Back to School digital papers (also seen in the blog post pic above).
You can be the coolest teacher in the school by having the cutest nails eva!  You can purchase them by clicking the BUY NOW button.  

So we took care of  Back-to-School fashion and how about the all important Back-to-School Snack?  HA!  The last thing I should be thinking about are snacks but the companies, Cosmos Creation and Sugar Bowl Bakery,  have sent me some yummy snacks to try.  YUMMO!  

The Sugar Bowl Bakery sent some yummy desserts that would be perfect for any parent to serve their kiddo when they got home to school,  to serve at a faculty meeting, or even to serve parents at Meet the Teacher night!  My favorite is the cookie in the middle called Petite Palmiers.... they are so flaky and sweet! The first cookie pictured is called Madelines....perfect with my coffee.  My son happened to devour the brownie bites before I could blink.  You can find all these desserts at most major grocery stores including Kroger and Wholesale stores like Costco.
Cosmos Creation sent me a box of HEAVEN... yep, I said Heaven!  This is the first time I tried these little morsels of sweet, crunchy goodness! It's the best flavored puffed corn snack you will ever eat!  They have a ton of flavors such as Salted Caramel, Crush Sea Salt Vinegar with Pepper, Coconut Crunch, and more! Dare I say, I like a healthy snack?  Those of you that know me personally know I don't do healthy.... I should but I don't. These snacks have ingredients that you can actually pronounce and DO NOT have gluten, hulls or kernals and is non-GMO.  You can learn more by going to their website or facebook page.

You can purchase this snack (that I now nicknamed "heaven in a bag") at Sam's Club nationwide as well as other retailers such as The Fresh Market, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls.  

Cosmos Creation not only sent me samples to try but a prize pack to give away to one of my readers!  YAHOO! You will get a bag full of yummy different flavors of "heaven in a bag"!!!! I will also be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card so you can buy yourself some school supplies to start your year off right!  

Good Luck!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Be SUPER HEROES with your students!

Sitting here wasting time so I don't have to do the dishes reflecting on life, like the philosophical person I am, Bahahahaha <sorry, but me philosophical? not even if I tried> 
thinking what I really want for my two incredible children in the future, Do I want them to be rich? World Travelers? Live in the Rainforest? Be married? Have kids?  Backpack Europe?  Live with me forever and ever?  I would have to say I want success & happiness!  However, success means different things to different people. To some people success means to be rich, filthy rich, Donald Trump rich. To me success means making an positive impact on society, on our world!  I want my children to impact the world in such a way that they have made a difference in someone's (or more than one person's) life.  Having that success with fill them with happiness. Although a little money wouldn't hurt so they can take care of me ;)

As a teacher I want the same for my students, to not only excel academically but to make a positive impact on the world! I am making an extra effort this year to include Character Education in my teaching.  I have been inspired by my friend Barbara Gruener and her book, What's Under Your Cape? Barbara was a former teacher for many years and now is now a counselor and character coach in an elementary school here in Texas.  You can learn more about the brilliant Barbara and her work on her blog,  The Corner on Character.  The tagline on her blog is "Connecting to make a World of Difference".... yup, just what I want my kids (the ones I birthed and my students) to achieve! 

What's Under Your Cape? is a must read for any and all educators!  It's not only inspiring but it "shows not tells" how we can create SUPER HEROES in our classrooms.  Some of my blogging buddies and I are participating in a book study on this fabulous book!  I would love for you to join us as we share our reflections through the next couple of weeks.  It's a short, easy read so it will be easy for you to catch up as the book study starts tomorrow.  You can buy your copy on Barbara's blog or at Amazon (just click on the pic below). You can also win a copy from the intro post listed below the agenda!
Here is the agenda of dates and chapters

You can start with the intro post on Curls and a Smile. It's written by my Fabulously Flawless Friend, Lynda who is also a 4th grade teacher in Texas.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hoppy 4th of July Giveaway!

I am sitting here watching Big Brother when I said to myself.... "self, tomorrow is 4th of July and you should have a giveaway".   The good news is I listened to myself!   This will be a short one! The giveaway runs from tonight at 9:00 Texas time until Sunday, July 6th at 9:00PM Texas time.  I am giving away one set of Jamberry Nail wraps!  As many you already know, I just became and independent consultant for Jamberry Nails.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jamberry Nails and I thought I would give you a chance to LOVE them too.

Here is the set of nail wraps I am giving away, they are called Sprinkled.  Just fill out the Raffelcopter below and don't worry I am not asking you to jump through hoops (although it would be quite entertaining).  For your chance to win I am only asking you to like my Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant Facebook page. I just don't want you to miss out on any special announcements or deals... you're welcome!
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Happy Independence day America!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Currently in July & some Jammin' Nails

Can you believe that June is already over? July better go by real slow!  I need my summer break to last longer!!!!!!!!!

Well if you are coming from my friend Farley's blog, Oh Boy 4th Grade blog,  you know that she has had some bad luck lately. Poor poor Farley!  She is such a positive person and looks for the good in everything but I still feel sorry for her.  Send some fabulous frogilicious thoughts her way.

LISTENING: My son just came home from working at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and his allergies are sure acting up.  He is sneezing and sniffling like crazy!  Even though he is 16 years old, I still hate when he gets sick.

LOVING: Not only am I am Fabulous Frogilicious teacher but now I am a Jammin' Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant.  Just last week I signed up with this great company and I am loving it so far!  I have always (well, since I learned about the nail wraps back before the holidays) loved the wraps so why not be a consultant?    I am my best customer!!!!!  When I saw that the July Currently I was putting together some of my samples that were requested on my Sample Saturday!  If you missed my Sample Saturday and want a sample (and don't want to wait until next Saturday) you can click here and request a sample.  I would also love for you to come by and like my LorrainesFabNails Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant Facebook page.  I would love for your to join my team or have a party and earn a bunch on beautiful nail wraps!

THINKING: I promised myself that I would start walking this summer but its so darn hot!  I just have to make myself wake up early and walk before it gets too hot.

WANTING: I feel like having a coffee right now, yup its true! I love coffee!  However, if I have a cup this late at night I won't sleep which leads me to my next point...NEEDING!

NEEDING: I am definitely needing to have a normal sleep schedule.  I am such a night owl plus have insomnia that I don't sleep!  This morning in fact, my hubby got up at 4:45AM to get ready for work and found that I  hadn't gone to bed yet.  WHAT?  That's plain' ol' DUMB! No wonder I am too tired during the day to get anything accomplished!

4TH PLANS: As I told you, my son works at Six Flags Fiesta Texas Amusement Park and they are expecting to be packed!  He works from 9:45AM until 10PM?  Talk about a long day!  My hubby AKA Deputy Dog is a Bexar County Sheriff Deputy and they don't get holidays off... the bad guys don't get holidays either! :)   Thankfully he gets off of work by 2:00 - 2:30 and we can BarBQ and watch fireworks from our front yard... We live a few miles from Sea World and can see them from the house!

Happy July my froggy friends!

Friday, June 13, 2014

The 3 Rs of Summer

~SQUIRREL ~  isn't this the cutest darn clipart ever?  Krista from Creative Clips is my favorite artist ever!  I just lover her stuff... the above post pic comes from her Summer Buddies set.  OK, back to business!

I think most of my teacher friends are out for the summer by now. Today is my first Friday of my summer break.  My summer plans can be summed up in 3 words...  I'm going to Read, Relax, and Renew.  I've already started!

It sound pathetic but sometimes I just want to sit and do nothing!  That's right, nada, zilch, zero, absolutely nothing, not even get dressed!  I did "nothing" a couple of times this week.... it was kinda nice, pretty loser like but still I enjoyed it.   The rest of my relaxing this summer will be a little less "loser like" but still relaxing.

I hate to admit it but I am not a reader.... OMG! Did I just say that aloud?  Well it's true, I prefer to watch TV, go shopping, bake, just about anything (except exercising) than reading for pleasure.  However saying that I have a long list of books to read this summer.  For some reason, I love to read in the summer.  Usually it's professional development books and books that would be great for my 4th grade froggies but every once in awhile I find something that floats by boat.  Here is my list to read this summer, in no particular order.


That's 3 professional readings and 3 student book readings plus I want to read some of the books that I am learning about in The Writing Thief.  I am in LOVE with  The Writing Thief so far!  It is inspiring and  reassuring that I am doing some things right. :)  I am learning a lot from this book and I'm not even half way done.  The children's book are from the 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Book nominees. You can find the entire list here.   If you have any book recommendations let me know in the comments.  

Next week we are planning to hit the beach.  I live in San Antonio but the coast (Corpus Christi) is just a couple of hours away.  Our first trip will just be for the day.  We want to take our precious pup, Daisy, to the beach to see if she like its.  We will just hang at the beach for several hours and then head back home because we don't want to over do it with Daisy.   We will go back to the beach in a couple of weeks without Daisy and stay a week or so.  Another way I like to relax is just hanging out with my family.  We love to play scrabble and monopoly and even watch movies together. 

Renew... relaxing and reading are part of renewing.  I want to be refreshed, renewed, and ready to go once school starts again.  Being renewed includes starting to take care of myself.  I need want to start moving.  I hate exercise and I've gained so much weight!  I have heart issues and diabetes.... you think that would get my butt in gear but it hasn't. :(   I think this is the summer that I have to start eating better and exercise.  Another way I plan to renew is to get rid of the old.  No, not my old man! I still love him to pieces even after 24 years but anything in the house that I haven't used in a while.   I wouldn't say I am a hoarder or anything but I hate to throw things away.  At the end of the year I purged lots of teaching stuff from my classroom and it felt so good so I want to do the same at home.

Well there you have it, my summer plans to Read, Relax, and Renew.  What are you doing this summer?