Friday, March 28, 2014

Sending Love Across the Nation to Teachers with a Good Book

I'm excited to have found this recently.  I've done treat bags for Halloween and Valentine's Day and absolutely love getting my package in the mail. I'm eager to do this, especially with the theme this month.  April sign up is available right now. 

So, what is the theme for April?  If you read my post yesterday, you know that I LOVE to read.  So here it is, straight from Lessons with Coffee... 

Spring Into a Good Book!  

"Basically the idea is to pick your favorite book. This book could be adult, children's, YA or professional Get your partner a copy of it (could be used or new...You know teachers.) Then the rest of the box must match the book! For example. Say your favorite book is Harrold and the Purple Crayon. You would get that book and fill a box with loads of things that make you think of this book. Custom box of Purple Crayons, or Purple ink pens. I would put slippers in the box because he looks so cozy in his onsie. I would maybe put grape jelly beans even (As a middle school teacher it has been a LONG time since I read that book! lol). Make sense??? With spring break, spring weather and other things I wanted a theme that would be whimsey and fun. I honestly have to clap my self on the back for this one! If you do not have a blog, make sure you show your partner pictures of your room in social media or through email!"

If you're interested in participating, 
head on over to Lessons with Coffee and sign up!

Can't wait to partner up with some of you each month!

And just another sweet thought...I'm going to make two boxes.  One for my partner, and one to send to a random teacher just for fun. 

This adorable RAK card is from Tonya Dusold's Blog.  Check it out.  She has a ton of ideas for Random Acts of Kindness.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sweet 16, Sunshine Award, and a Spring Cleaning Sale

Sweet 16

Who are you cheering for?  I'm an Arizona girl!

Spring Cleaning Sale

And don't forget all proceeds from my store this month are going to help pay for Sophie's medical expenses.  Please donate if you can.  A friend of mine is matching all $100 donations made in March. 

Sunshine Award

The very kind, Amy of Albuquerque Amy and Academics  nominated me for a Sunshine Award!

Thank you Amy!

There are four parts to the Sunshine Blogger Award:
1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers you think bring sunshine to the world.
4. Make up 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

Random Facts
1. My favorite quote is 

2. My favorite movie is Breakfast at Tiffany's.

3. I'm a Youth Leader at my church.
4. I love Arizona. 
5. I'm an Air Force Wife.

6. I'm addicted to Salted Caramel Cupcakes.

7. I love to juice, and have to because of my addiction above. 

8. I believe in 
9. I wish I could do more to make the world a better place. 

10. I'm a WILDCAT.  Sweet 16, baby! 

Amy's questions are:

1. If it was your birthday and you could do ANYTHING you want, what would it be? If I could do anything I wanted for my birthday, I would travel to Spain, Italy, and Greece.

2. What’s your #1 favorite book? I just finished reading The Mermaid Chair, Change of Heart, and The Longest Ride.  I love Nicholas Sparks books...The Lucky One, The Choice, The Best of Me, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, etc. If you have any suggestions on good reads, please share, as I've read all of his. I love all children's books written by Kate DiCamillo.  Some of hers include;  The Tiger Rising, Because of Winn Dixie, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Magician's Elephant, etc. 

3. If you could play any sport, what could it be?
I would love to play soccer. 

4. Could you not watch TV for one month?
I can get lost in a book easily, so I could probably go years without watching TV.

5. Who is your biggest role model in life?
My biggest role model in life has been Princess Diana. 

6. What are your nicknames? 
My nicknames are Mel, Missy, and Lissa.

7. What did you want to do with your life when you were 7? 
When I was 7, I wanted to be a Flight Attendant. 

8. If you could have ANY superpower, what would it be?
If I could have any superpower, it would be to end child abuse and neglect. 

9. If you had to wear pants or a dress for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
If I had to wear pants or a dress for the rest of my life, I would choose to wear a dress.  I would rather be dressed up than dressed down. 

10. Why do you think there are SO many women teacher bloggers but not a lot of men?
That's a great question.  I think there are more women teacher bloggers than men based on the ratio of females to men in the profession.  

11. What or who made you want to teach or work with children?
I worked as a camp administrator for years in high school and college. I love working with children and couldn't imagine a day without them. I learn more from them daily than they from me.  

11 Bloggers I nominate:

2. Lauren from Hope and Hand Sanitizer

Out of This World Literacy

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas

 Looking From Third to Fourth

Ideas by Jivey

My Photo

9. Sarah from First Grader...At Last!

10.Lindsey from For the Love of First Grade
For The Love of First Grade

11. Frog Spot
Frog Spot Blog

My 11 questions for the nominees to answer are 

#1. What makes you feel more loved, when someone spends time with you, or when someone gives you a compliment?

#2.  Do you "re-charge" yourself by being around other people, or do you need alone time?

#3.  What 2 things drive you crazy that people around you might do?

#4.  What is something you are most proud of?

#5. Would you rather go on vacation to Paris and tour the city, or would you rather go to a tropical location and just do nothing?

#6 Describe your favorite outfit. 

#7 If you could be any Disney character, who would you be and why?

#8 If you won the lottery, what would you do with the winnings?

#9 If you could meet any celebrity, who would you want to meet and why?

#10 What would you ask that celebrity?

#11 What other hobbies/interests do you have?  If you had to have another profession, what would it be?

Thanks again Amy!!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Teaspoon of Kindness

 Kindness Week Powerpoint
Be Kind 

I'm giving these two products free this week.  All you have to do is donate at least $1 to this amazing family to help with medical expenses for their daughter.
Comment below with your email address and I'll send these to you.

Also, a friend of mine (more like a sister) just shared with me that her niece, Violet, is undergoing open heart surgery.  She is asking that we all wear violet on Monday in support. Please share your pictures with me to go in her baby journal.


I've discounted my store 20% for the week.  All proceeds will go to both families to help with medical expenses.  Please take a moment to buy something to help support these families.
Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.  

And please, please, please share this with your friends, families, and followers.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Friends and Family Challenge

Friends and Family Challenge
Hi Friends,

This school year, I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed. So I've created a classroom project request on a 501(c)3 charity website called

March 10 – March 17 is the Friends and Family Challenge, so I am writing in hopes of any donations for my students! For this week only, your donation of $20 or more will not only help fund my projects, but will also earn my classroom bonus gift cards to put toward my projects. You can help my students twice with one tax-deductible donation, and you'll hear back from our class about your impact on our learning!

To learn more or donate, visit my Teacher Page at

Please feel free to send me any questions you may have, and know that my students and I greatly appreciate your support.

Thank you,