Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Back to What I know..

I'm excited to announce I'll be teaching 3rd grade ELA and 5th grade ELA for the 2019-2020 school year in Philadelphia, MO.  I'll have about 10 3rd graders in the morning and 12 5th graders in the afternoon. I'm in a very small rural district and will be teaching in the same school my husband went to. The school is a k-12 building. Today I'm sharing the curriculum I'll be using for 3rd grade as well as my schedule. Stay tuned for 5th grade. I'll be working closely with the 4th/6th grade teacher and we will be using the same curriculum just aligned to the other grade. Most of this aligns perfectly to Missouri Learning Standards with the exception that there will need to be some supplementing. I'm currently working on getting my Donor's Choose project completed so I'll have all my read aloud and Mentor sentence/vocab books in the hands of my students. This is going to be amazing since the past two years I've had to use YouTube to read the books to my kids. 

Read Alouds
For my quarterly read aloud I'm going to do it as a book study. I dipped into this when I taught 5th grade and it is a great way to hold students accountable while you're reading and to be able to tie in state standards. 

1) Because of Winn Dixie Absolutely love this book!

2) Mrs. Piggle Wiggle These books are pretty funny and totally off the wall.

3 ) Sarah Plain and Tall I haven't read this in years so I'll have to review it this summer but I loved it as a kid!

4 ) Shiloh Another one I read in elementary school that I'm excited to share with students.


Our plan is to use this spelling curriculum for 3rd and 4th grade. I'll be starting off with Dolch Word List or something similar to start the year as a review.


I've been using the second grade Mentor Sentence buddle for the past two years and I absolutely adore the product. It is engaging and quick and I saw results. My students looked forward to this time during the day and so did I. The books used also align with the vocabulary units below and all the books can be found on YouTube. When my Donor's choose project is funded I'll have every book!

This is the first year that I'll be teaching vocabulary words in years. I'm ready to have a curriculum again and excited to use another "Ideas by Jivey" product.  You can download a free preview to check it out. All the words are found in the stories used in her mentor sentence books. 


Jessica Tobin hands down has the best products I've ever used for second grade. They are engaging, easy to use, organized and straight to the point. I love everything, I'm excited to be using her 3rd grade products and we will be doing the same in 4th. 

I'll be one-to-one with chromes next year so I'm going to try to use Google Classroom! These look engaging and rigorous for my higher level students and are premade resources. I'm all about not reinventing the wheel.

For guided reading, I'm still going to be using reading A-Z. I love that their texts align to Fountas and Pinnell

My writing is still up in the air. I've got some ideas but I don't have anything set in stone yet!

So remember I'm only teaching ELA to my 3rd graders. They will rotate to other classes for everything else! I'll be sharing my 5th grade schedule/curriculum later this week!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Make-up Bag Monday

I'm sharing some of my favorite products today. Make up excites me so much...probably because of all the pretty packaging;) my day to day make up routine is pretty unglamourous. It is usually done in the parking lot in front of my car mirror or at a stop light. Most of these beauties can be found at Nordstrom.com with free shipping!! 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Baby Gifts We Loved..on Amazon!

I was overwhelmed with the generosity of baby gifts we received for sweet Q! Here's a few unique ones I had to share that any soon to be mama would love! Better yet..most of they are PRIMEABLE.. or at least on Amazon. Enjoy!

1)3 Sprouts Play Mat Bag 
The 3 Sprouts Mat is great for taking toys, books, and other goodies on the go. You can toss everything inside. Velcro the sides together and it even has a handle--so it turns into a bag! I love it.. I'm stealing this gift idea from one of my girlfriends who loves to gift it too! Plus you can use it for tummy time.

2) Baby Nasal Aspirator
The whole sucking the snot out of my baby's nose isn't for me! This thing works miracles on little boogers. 

 3)The Honest Company Baby Wipes
I was really impressed with the Honest Company Wipes. They are thick, durable, and not overly moist..so they leave the rear clean and dry!

4)  Burt's Bees Baby Skin Care
After trying a few other brands we finally found a wash that wasn't overly drying or harsh on her newborn skin. Plus it smells so sweet. 

 5)  Milk Snob Infant Car Seat Cover
I can't imagine life without this in the winter. It blocks the sun, wind, and germs! Gives the whole "Don't touch my baby" vibe without having to say it. But the vented top allows you to easily see them.

6) Baby Teether Bracelet Silicone/Wooden
These are great for growing teeth and for learning to hold and grasp. 

7)  Baby Signs Book
We can't wait to use this in a few months! Babies using sign language is seriously the most precious thing ever.

 8) Nylon Bow Headbands
The bows with the nylon are so easy to put on and actually stay put! Plus these neutrals match everything. 

9) Wearable Baby Wrap 
I actually have the Solly wrap (Which I adore) but this one is comparable.. and cheaper...and on Amazon. It is the only way to get any housework done!

10) HALO Muslin Sleepsack
These are a lifesaver for nighttime! I sleep much better knowing the swaddle isn't going to be kicked over her face. The fleece versionis perfect for cold nights!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

FAVORITE Skincare Ole' Henriksen Edition!

Last year I fell in LOVEEE with Ole' Henriksen products! They are lightweight, leave a great texture, and make my skin feeling so fresh. After we bought a boat last summer I had the WORST sunburn ever (thank you pregnancy hormones) an the Sheer Transformation  Moisturizer not only prevented my burn from peeling all over my face but healed it faster than I could have ever imagined!

Check them out:) 
1.Truth Serum- I use this is the AM after I shower and follow up with a moisturizer.. I'm wanting to try the Truth Brightening Moisturizer (#4)! I'm currently using an off brand. 
2. Sheer Transformation Moisturizer- This is great for dry skin, sun burns..ANYTHING! I use it at night after I put the youth activating oil  (below) and let it sit in.
3. Ole's Dream Team- Youth Activating Oil & Night Transformation Gel  The Night gel is another one I use at night before the night oil. 
4. Truth Revealed Brightening Moisturizer Spf 15- I haven't tried this one yet but it is next on my list.
5. 2-in-Polishing Sugar Mask- The Sugar mask is another favorite!!! I love how smooth this makes my skin. I use this whenever I need a pick-me-up:) 
Right now you can get a FREE .25oz Truth Serum with any $25 purchase at OLEHENRIKSEN®.comwith code CTRUTH at the checkout plus FREE SHIPPING with any order over $50! This offer ends 07-01-2018:)

Ole Henriksen

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


My Pinterest wedding dreams came true when my wedding fell perfectly into place. We really got so lucky. Every detail came out amazing. The weather ended up being great after it rained all week and I couldn't have been happier with the design and decor. Here's a (couple millon) few of my favorites in no order! Heather @ The Nashville Create is simply amazing. I love her:) Her blog post is here.

Floral Design: Pam Hoenes & Susie Gottman – Palmyra, MO
Event Design: Noma DSM – Des Moines, IA
Catering: Ginger Wood – Leonard, MO
Cake: Huckleberry Bakery and Bistro – Hannibal, MO
Dress & Shoes: Badgley Mischka – BHLDN
Hair & Makeup: The Powder Room – Hannibal, MO
Ceremony Music: Hannah Kroeger & Samantha Backoff – Quincy, IL & Nashville, TN
Reception Music: Schuyler Prenger & The Dirt Road Junkies – Columbia, MO
DJ: DJ A Deezy – Shelbyville, MO
Second Shooter: Amber Rhea Photography – Hannibal, MO