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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