Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Tree Art


I'm officially through my first semester of my three part Education degree. I have learned so much more than I ever thought I would and have memories that will last a lifetime. I hope the next two semesters are JUST as fantastic! 

Here's a Christmas art project that our class did yesterday. It was inspired from a picture on Pinterest (sorry the link didn't work so I can't share it with you all)

Here is what we did: 

1: We invited two students at a time to come to our work table during Daily 5, to quickly paint two sheets of white paper. One sheet was painted blue and one sheet was painted green, with water-colour paint. 

2: During writing, once the two sheets of paper had dried, the students were invited in two's back to the work table to paint snow/snowflakes on the blue sheet of paper. The sheets were then put on the drying rack until our scheduled art time. 

3: During art class we asked students to tear the green paper into strips. A demonstration was given so that they wouldn't tear the paper into tiny bits of paper. 

4: They then were to place the widest strip of green at the bottom of the page and the smallest piece at top, leaving room for a star on top and a trunk at the bottom. Once, they did this we gave them the go ahead to begin glueing. 

5: We then passed around dixie cups with 'ornament' in them. These ornaments were from old wrapping paper we had lying around that were whole punched into circles. The students then could decorate their trees however they wanted.

6: They were then allowed to cut out brown construction paper for their tree trunk and squares (out of the left over wrapping paper) for presents under the tree.

7: The last touch was the star at the top. This was done by drawing a star with liquid glue and then dumping sparkles on top (done by the adults so the custodian didn't hate us at the end of the day ;P)







Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pure Happiness! We're Engaged!

I seriously can not believe that it's November! The past few months have FLOWN by and a lot has happened since I've posted last.

WE GOT ENGAGED!








Here are some of our engagement photos!





Needless to say, it has been a very busy and happy place here lately!



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ricki's Haul

I recently stopped by Ricki's after I realized that I didn't have much selection for professional attire. I'm so glad I did! My wallet on the other hand is still crying a little. 

From the start, I was greeted by a very friendly sales lady. From the moment I walked in the door to the time I actually made my purchases a few days later she provided me with exceptional service. She even went as far as writing me a list of all of the items I had tried on, with the size and prize so that I could go home and think about the investment I was about to make. I told her that I would be back that Friday to buy the items I was sure I wanted. Sure enough, when I arrived Friday morning she had all of the items, in the correct sizes and colours all waiting there for me ready to go. She was a super star and I was very happy to let her receive commission off of my purchases. 

Here are the pieces I decided on:


This lace peplum tank is SOOO comfortable! It feels like a normal tank but with the lace to dress things up a bit.



These jeggings are also so very comfortable (there's a pattern here. I was definitely going for style with comfort!) They're very versatile and can be worn in a professional setting or out on a friday night. 

Love the polka dots on this blouse! Although it's advertised as being worn one way, the sales lady told me that other customers were finding they liked to wear it backwards as well. So I gave it a try (see below) and loved it! It's also a very versatile piece that can be worn with a higher neckline in the classroom or a lower neckline for nights out on the town. 


Do I even need to say it anymore? This blazer is SOO comfortable. It moves WITH your body so when I raise my arms there isn't much stiffness. This is great for the classroom so that when I go to write on chart paper or on the board I won't feel constricted.

Can't say too much about these pants yet. I've only tried them on in the store. However, I made sure that they went along with the comfort theme that I had going on. 

Okay, yes. So maybe I loved this blazer so much that I had to buy it in two different colours. Don't judge me!


I can't say much about these dress pant either because I haven't worn them outside of the fitting room. The sales lady told me that they have waist tabs inside so I can loosen or tighten them depending on how they're fitting on a particular day. I don't know if I'll get any use out of that feature but we'll see!

I'd really like to go back for this shirt:

I really loved this shirt but unfortunately I had a budget in mind and had to leave it out for now. I'll be back for it though!

What has been your favorite purchase for work? 






Tomorrow's The Big Day!

Tomorrow I officially begin my journey to becoming a teacher! I'm so excited to start! It's a foreign feeling that I haven't felt for years. I dreaded going back to university every summer. Besides a few courses, I hated doing my BA. It felt like such a waste of time. Now I feel like I'm actually doing something that interests me.

My first orientation day is tomorrow at 9 am. There are a few introductory sessions, a 'breakout session' where we get to meet everyone in our cohorts along with a presentation from the teacher federation. To finish the afternoon off there will be sessions on the use of social media by teachers,  how to make the most of the internship, as well as, how to pursue jobs at home and abroad. I'm really hoping that these sessions are useful and engaging (I'm sure they will be! That's why they have them after all!)

I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow! Be watching for a post on my most recent haul from Ricki's too!

Friday, August 2, 2013

My Country Side

Do you know how excited I've been for this weekend? So excited that this post has been waiting in my drafts since Monday night!

Yes, this weekend is most likely going to be my favorite for this summer because of these five reasons:   (Warning: you're about to see some serious country roots coming out in this post!)

One:

I'm going to see Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley in concert with a few of the besties! I've loved their music for years now!



This is a picture from last summer with a few friends and family before we headed off to see Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean. If your a country music fan and haven't seen them in concert yet I HIGHLY recommend it! They were amazing!


Two: 

Before we head to the concert we're stopping at the mall (which is bigger, and has more variety than the one in my current city) to go shopping. Need I say more? 


Three: 

Yes, the annual demolition derby is on Saturday! People from all over the county come to see who's car will make it to the end. It's a great time to meet up with people you haven't seen in a while. Once the derby is over we'll probably go on a few carnival rides and finish the night off with the annual fireworks. 




Four:

I'm very excited to be out of the city for the weekend and staying at home, in the country. This picture is from one of our four-wheeling adventures out back in the woods. Such a peaceful spot!



Five:

Lastly, through all of this excitement I'll be sporting my new favorite ESSIE nail polish called "Bachelorette"


What are your plans for the weekend? 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Things In My Makeup Bag



  1. Stila's jewel eye shadow in Rose Quartz is one of my favorite eyeshadows at the moment. I pair it with Stila's Dahlia eyeshadow for the perfect nighttime look.
  2. Maybelline's Baby Lips in Pink Punch is always in my purse for added pop of colour and baby smooth lips. Great color for summer! 
  3. Rimmel London's Wake Me Up is my go to concealer. I use this by itself when I don't feel like wearing foundation or as a highlighter for contouring.
  4. I've tried many low-end and high-end mascaras but I always find myself coming back to Maybelline's Waterproof Lash Stiletto. It not only lengthens my lashes, it also holds the curl from my lash curler.
  5. I'm in LOVE with the whole Essie line but Bachelorette Bash caught my eye from the start. I used it in yesterday's post. Go take a look! 

What are some of your beauty faves? 

The Eleven Month Teaching Program



Well it looks like I'm gonna be one busy gal come next month. I guess I should have really seen it coming but it didn't really hit me until I received my class schedule for the next eleven months. I just assumed that I would be taking the same amount of courses that I did in my BA. Boys was I wrong! I'm officially taking eight courses per semester (seven if you don't count my internship). I'm definitely not complaining though. If you read my the post Elementary Wisdom (or lack thereof) you'll know that I've been waiting to do this since grade five!

The program at my university is a condensed eleven month (three semester) program that would typically take two years (or four semesters) to complete. I'll begin with two orientation days filled with guest speakers and faculty presentations. I then jump right into my practicum for two weeks. I really love that I get to meet the teacher I'll be doing my internship with (and working with all year) before the students arrive. I also really like that I'll be able to get a taste of what it's like to prep for a new school year. I know other programs in my area don't give interns this option. 

After that, I'm in the classroom with the students every Monday. I'll be attending classes on campus Tuesday to Friday. My practicum also has two blocks of straight hands on experience in the classroom. The first block is before Christmas break (arn't I lucky? haha) where I'll be in the classroom for two weeks straight. The same thing will happen in April and May except I'll be in the classroom for nine weeks instead. 

My first semester consists of:
  • Teaching Math in Elementary School
  • Literacy Learning in Early Years
  • Music for the Classroom Teacher (this will be a fun one! I'm don't have a musical bone in my body!)
  • Teaching & Learning Theories
  • Inclusionary Practices
  • History and Philosophy in Education
  • Curriculum and Evaluations in the Early Years
  • Practicum (every Monday)
I'm definitely going to need a good planner for this coming year! That's why I'm officially ordering the Erin Condren Life Planner this weekend. Make sure to check out my post on her teacher planners too! 

How did you make it through your program? How was your teaching program set up? I'd love to hear your experiences! 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Long Lasting, Chip Free Mani Tutorial



Before we get started I have to say that I am by no means a professional at doing manicures. To be honest, up until a few months ago I could have been named the worlds worst person at applying nail polish. I was fed up with painting my nails! It seemed like such a waste of time to apply the polish, then wait for it to dry, just so they could chip the next day (heck sometimes even the day of!!!)

After envying other's nails and collecting different tips and tricks, I've finally found what works for me. Hopefully these steps will work for you too!
1. Remove all old nail polish
2. File nails to desired length and shape. Visit my Pinterest board for different types of nail shapes.
3.Lightly buff the surface of each nail with a nail file. Remove leftover particles on the surface of your nail with a quick swipe of nail polish remover.
4.Apply your first thin coat of nail polish. I'm using Essie's Bachelorette Bash. (Tip: to make your mani really last longer make sure you're 'capping' the edges of each nail with excess nail polish)
5.Let coat fully dry.
6.Repeat step four and five. I usually do three coats of polish followed by a top coat.
7.Apply a top coat to seal your mani and add shine. Remember to 'cap' the edge of each nail with the top  coat for extra protection.
8.Let top coat fully dry. 
And there you have it! These days my mani is lasting a full week chip free! That's saying a lot for a gal who's hard on her hands. Give it a try and let me know how long your mani lasts!

Additional thoughts and tips:

I haven't included the use of a base coat because I've never used one myself. 

Find a nail polish brand that works good for you. I've found that Essie works best for me.

Clean the rim of your nail polish bottle each time you use it so that your polish lasts longer, and doesn't get goopy the next time! 

When touching up, I use a fine paint brush and polish remover to get rid of anything left on the skin around the nails

Do you have other tips that work for you? I'd love to hear them! 















Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cleaning with Borax

Since moving out on my own I have been on the search for cleaning products that work. I have to admit I'm a sucker for attractive, delicious smelling products. The one thing I've learned is that these "attractive, delicious smelling products" are not always so effective and can be pretty pricey (not to mention being potent to your health). So when I found this natural cleaning remedy on Pinterest I was excited but also a bit sceptical. I mean, could natural products possibly clean any better or even come close to cleaning as well as my store bought products? I quickly found out that the answer was YES!!! 

For the natural cleaning solution I'm going to show today you'll need Borax (I picked mine up in the laundry isle at the grocery store), watercontainer of some sort, and something to scrub with (I use an old toothbrush). Once you have these items you're ready to go!

Step One: Simply dump the desired amount of Borax you think you'll need into container.


Step Two: Gradually add small amounts of water to Borax until you've formed a paste. I use the toothbrush to swirl the Borax around while I'm adding the water.


Step Three: Dip the scrubber into paste and apply where needed. VOILA!



I've used this paste to clean my tub, sinks, toilets,  AND EVEN STAINS IN MY CARPET! (Note: To remove carpet stains follow same steps as above except let the Borax paste sit for 15 minutes or until desired. Then vacuum up.)

Since finding natural cleaning solutions, like this Borax paste, it has become my goal to replace as many toxic cleaning products as I can in my household. What about you? Do you have any natural cleaning solutions or tips?

The Teaching Intern Disclaimer: Pre-test solution on hidden area for suitability prior to cleaning. This post is a variation of the original post from my previous blog.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Staying Organized in the Classroom

Today's post includes a free student/assignment checklist that I've created to stay organized in the classroom. Although it's likely that I won't be spending money on a teacher's planner for my internship, I still wanted to have the tools to stay organized.

Take a look! This file can be downloaded from my Teachers Pay Teachers store along with other similar documents. 




I'm currently working on a lesson plan template and will be posting here when it's released in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. 

Is there a specific freebie you'd like to see in my store or think would be useful in the classroom? 



Friday, July 26, 2013

Teacher Chic

As a complete girly girl at heart I can't stop myself from thinking about all of the cute outfits I could wear in the classroom this year. Of course every ensemble would need to be practical, appropriate and affordable. I hear a lot of women in the blogging world refer to J.Crew for their work pieces. Yes, their clothing is beautiful but who (especially a student) can afford a blouse that costs upwards of $100? Not this gal! This is why I'm trying to recreate some of the outfits I've pinned to my Teacher Chic board on Pinterest.

This mustard yellow dress, with the belted grey cardigan, instantly inspired me:

 Found on Pinterest. No external source to be found.



Here are some alternatives that I've put together to recreate a similar look:





This is another outfit that I could see myself wearing on a regular basis:



What do you think? Do you have a favorite piece that you wear to the classroom? Is there a piece that you refuse to wear?



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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Practicum Excitement!

Today was an exciting day! I received notice from the university that I'll be working in a grade two class for the year. I couldn't be happier! Back in my days of teaching swimming lessons and working as a teacher's assistant for my co-operative education class, the little ones were my favourite to be around. Now, I'm not saying that I wouldn't like to work with the older students but there's just something about the younger ones that is so fun.

What are your thoughts? If you're a teacher, which grade level is your favorite to work with?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Erin Condren Planner

If you read my post yesterday, you'll now know that I'm a self proclaimed 'keener'. Therefore, it should be no surprise that as I'm impatiently awaiting school to begin, I've been thinking of some tools that may help this teaching rookie stay organized. While looking for advice from other teaching blogs, I happened to stumble across someone's comment that recommended the Erin Condren line. Once I found her site, I immediately fell in love with the Erin Condren Teacher's Planner. Isn't the one below gorgeous?


After spending the rest of my afternoon reading all about her planners, I decided upon the following:

The pros:

1) Super cute and durable!

2) I also love that there are inspirational quotes throughout.

3) It includes absentee logs, lesson plan templates, student checklists,  as well as, a 2-page monthly spread. 

4) It's also customizable! 


The cons:

1) The biggest deciding factor for me is the price. $59.00 without the shipping and customs fees is pretty steep for this intern! I guess I'll have to keep drooling over it's amazingness until I land my first teaching job.

2) As an intern, I don't know if I would be able to make full use of all it's awesome features. 

For now, I'm left eyeing the Erin Condren Life Planner (as I could see myself using it more regularly). This beauty is one of my favorites:



As a student, I'm confident that it would be more useful to me than the Erin Condren Teacher's Planner.  I'll let you know if I decide to order one! 

What kept you organized through university? As an intern, would you consider buying a teacher's planner? 


Elementary Wisdom (or lack thereof)

From a young age I can remember loving school. There was just something about learning that had me hooked. I was the so called 'keener' in school. The one that was always prepared, sitting at her desk, attentively waiting with her hands folded. No, I wasn't the most popular (frankly, I got picked on a lot) I was simply the apple polisher.

I can remember my parents always telling me that I needed to do good in school so that I could get a 'good job' and make 'good money'. I had no idea what this meant. All I knew is that I had to make the highest grades I could. It wasn't until grade five, when Career Day came along, that I started considering what I wanted to be. After considering all of the other high earning professions like being a doctor, a lawyer, and a veterinarian I somehow chose that teaching was what I wanted to do .

Career Day was a pivotal day for me. It got me thinking about my future and being proactive in planning for my dreams. It wasn't long afterwards that I started gathering my sister and step-sister together to play classroom. I can remember going to bed, laying on my side and using the wall that my bed was pushed up against as an imaginary chalk board. I would go over everything I learned that day as if I were teaching it to my own class. I dreamed about having my own students one day and what that would be like.

Fast forward through seven years of public school and a four year undergraduate degree. Unfortunately, becoming a teacher nowadays is not as glorious as it used to be (or at least seemed to a fifth grader at the time) but I can't help but not give up my dream of giving back what my teachers gave to me- an amazing education. That's why (although jobs are scarce here in Atlantic Canada for new teachers) I decided to just go for it and applied to complete my Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education. Yes, it's terrifying that there's a huge possibility I will graduate with two degrees and still not have a job. However, I simply refuse to live the rest of my life asking myself "what if" I had gone and done what I dreamed of doing my whole life?

Next month, I will begin the teaching internship that I've waited ten years to do. I've created this blog to document what I'm learning and share my experiences and resources with my readers.

Did you take a leap of faith in your career choices? How have things turned out for you?






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