Deal of a Weekend!

This weekend I was blessed to be able to spend time with my husband. Normally, he is working Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Well, after the news that we received on Friday, we decided that it was in our best interest to be together so he called work and explained that “Family comes First!” I seriously LOVE this man!

We talked about what we wanted to do on Friday night after just spending that night together relaxing since he had drove back into my parents where I currently am staying for my training part of the Math Collaborative. I told him that I was dying to go around to thrift stores. We hadn’t been in AGES and I missed being able to do it and get a super deal!

At the first store that we went to, I was busy looking in the clothing section and hubby came up to me with this HUGE Hippo. This all goes back to me wanting a “Hippopotamus” for Christmas and naming him iPad2 all because I wanted an iPad for Christmas. Well, this dude was perfect for me to have in my classroom and remind me of him while I am at work. He is originally from IKEA (can’t find an original price but is selling on eBay for $40-50) and we nabbed him for $1.50! He came home and got a good round in the washer and dryer and is as good as new! He is looking for a GOOD name though!

There were also some great clothing deals to be had on Saturday. I am a huge fan of Torrid clothing and I know that when I am out shopping, I know the brands that I can wear and what is going to be of quality. Over the course of the day, at 6-7 different thrift stores, I was able to get 5 tops and 2 dresses for less than $33!

Started at a great thrift store in Dallas (where we got the hippo) and I found the black and gray sweater for $6. Love how long it was and can’t wait to pair it with some black capris for the fall and then pants in the winter.

Then next we went to a Goodwill in the Oaklawn area of Dallas, and I saw the Izod Woman Coral Tank (needed one for a cardigan I got at Torrid 2 weeks ago) and the purple Torrid top. Both of these were only $1.50 and I was over the moon happy!

Moving right along to a Salvation Army over by UTSW where I was able to get a BRAND NEW super cute green/brown/orange/cream top with a trendy chevron print. Granted it was $7 but it still had tags on it and was originally $70!

The last thrift store that we went to, I scored on the Torrid clothes once more. First up was the orange floral halter. I will definitely be wearing a shrug over this (don’t know what color yet) but thought it was super cute especially for a price tag of $3.50.

Kept on looking and saw the short black, purple and pink dress from Torrid as well. It was priced at $9.99 so I was kind of iffy on it. Yes, a dress that was originally about $75 from what I find online and then on top of that, the white tags (which both items had) were 1/2 off! Total score! Only $6.75 for these two items! {I’ve already ordered a pair of black capri leggings to go under this dress so I can wear it to work.}

So grand total of thrifty clothing shopping was only $22.75! All are washed and ready to be worn in this upcoming school year.

On Sunday, we decided that it was time for my hubby to go to some places he wanted to go to so we drove up to the Allen/McKinney area. He was able to go to Cabela’s in Allen for the first time. Thankfully there was a TJ Maxx/HomeGoods, Ross and Target in the shops next to it so I got to shop as well.

First thing I found at HomeGoods was this super cute box by Curver. I have found out online that they are solely at HomeGoods and TJMaxx in the US. They are really sturdy and I am excited to be bringing this into my classroom in this upcoming year. I have an idea about what I want to use it for but plans can always change.

And of course while I was in line to check out, I had to scope out the goodies up front. I grabbed this adorable notebook to have in my purse. It’s about 8 1/2″ long and about 3″ wide. It’s really very cute and I’ve already started using it today to write a to-do list and to keep track of what I wanted to talk about on this blog post. WOOT!

After leaving there, I went on over to Ross and saw this stinkin’ cute iPad sleeve that looks like a composition notebook. Since I am getting an iPad as part of the grant that is funding the Math Collaborative that I am in, I had to get this. It was only $6 and will be perfect!

Whew, totally amazing weekend having some time with my husband and finding some great deals. I did purchase one other dress at another Ross for $10 but I failed to get a pic of it. It’s adorable as well and black, white and green. So excited to look cute in the coming months!

So my question to you, what is something that you have been able to snag for a great deal lately?

A New Adventure with Classroom Decorations

For the past few weeks now, I have been sneaking around looking at all of the #Made4Math posts going around the web {orgnaized and kept sane by @druinok} just being a lurker and filing a lot of ideas back in this brain of mine. Well, and pinning some as well! :) Last week I stepped out of the box a bit and actually commented on a few that I really enjoyed. WOAH! Well, I decided since I had already been working on some stuff for my classroom, I was going to post this week for sure.

I’ve moved into a new classroom this year to top off the move to a new grade. I’m so happy to be moving into the BRAND NEW wing of our school for 7th grade and I have the best classroom {right next to the work room and bathroom}.

So with a brand new classroom, comes some brand new decorations. Not because I needed them but because I wanted a change. I did stay with the same colors of Teal, Brown, Black, Kraft and some Lime Green because I still love them!

First up, I made some labels for the side white board that I use for the weekly Agenda. I section it off for my 3 (possibly 4) levels of classes {7th Grade Math, Resource Math and Newspaper- don’t know on the Resource Math yet if we will have a split level class or a class for each grade level} across the horizontal axis at the top. I use the vertical axis on the left for the labels that I made here. These were simply made with my Silhouette Cameo and the label file was found in the Silhouette Online Store. I made the words with fonts on my computer.

Next up, it was time to work on my date that I always put on the board. Ever since I have been at this school, I have written the date each and every day. Well, not only does that use up a lot of Dry Erase Marker over the course of the year, but it’s also BORING!

First up, I made these little file folders with my Silhouette Cameo and then made the words for each day of the week with a shadow behind. I had to do a bit of doodling around the edge and may add a bit more just to throw off the wonky-ness of it all.

Next up it was time to make the months. Since we are only in school August-June, I could have cheated and saved a month but it just didn’t feel right so I made them all. I love that half of them are one version of the polka dots and the other half are the other version.

Next in line, it was time to make the dates for the entire month. Rarely do I love a paper so much to buy multiples of it and when I realized I needed 4 pages for the back piece of the numbers, I decided to just make a pattern of 4 different papers throughout the course of the month. The only person that would know is who is changing it and maybe that super observant student.

And onto the school years. I only created 2012 and 2013 for right now. Since I saved all of the files, it will be easy for me to go back and create subsequent years in the future.

Now, I’m sure you want to see it all together because I sure did! I’m still toying with the idea of after I laminate them to add magnets to the back of everything or to just use the magnets I have in the classroom to stick them up each day.

All of these papers just came from my scrapbooking stash and I loved being able to use up a total of 18 sheets in the entire project. I’ve started a few other creations for my classroom as well but they aren’t done yet so they will have to wait for another day.

Off to go check out all the other great #made4math entries this week! :) Keep on inspiring!

Oh, and if you are interested in learning more about the Silhouette Cameo, feel free to check out their blog. I purchased mine through Amazon and got a great deal. I predominately use it for my scrapbooking but it’s great for all kinds of school related things as well.

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate therefore if you click the Amazon link above and make a purchase, I will receive a small portion for advertising it on my website. This does not skew my opinions about anything I have said above as the opinions are my own.

Friday Features: My Favorite Things

Wow, a week has passed since I have last posted. I have been so engaged in working with a Math Collaborative group for Region 10 and it is taking up a lot of my time. I am almost done with my training that is this summer and I promise I will get things back to somewhat normal.

This week, I thought I would share some of my favorite things. They are all over the spectrum so bare with me.

1. Perfect Hair Ties (Neutrals)- I purchased these about a month back to try them out because I am SO tired of snapping a pony tail holder because my THICK hair puts too much tension on it. I sent a convo to answer my questions about them and she was super quick to reply. I also tried the headband but due to having a SUPER BIG head, it doesn’t work on me. Definitely will be ordering more of these hair ties in the NEAR future!

2. Water Drops Necklace by Urban Gipsy- I am LOVING this necklace and have it in my favorites over on Etsy and definitely see it (or one of the others in her shop) coming home to me soon.

3. 8 Color Mechanical Pencil by Pentel- What the what? Earlier this week, I found red lead at Target by Pentel in the packs with regular lead and I knew I had to do more research. I am totally getting this for my classroom so that I can use in our Interactive Notebooks! Love school supplies!

4. Little Library Card Notebook- I think these are UBER cute! I totally want to have one in my purse as well as maybe make them for my students for various times in the year. You always need something write on. LOVE THEM!

5. Washi Tape Calendars- Such a cute idea and I can’t wait to take some of my tapes to school and make my calendars all pretty! :)

Friday Features: CHA Summer Edition

It never fails that as CHA comes around every 6 months, I find TONS of new goodies that I can’t wait to add to my stash and start creating with! This season hasn’t failed me one bit!

Instead of sharing just a few of my favs, I have created a board on Pinterest where I keep adding all my fun finds to and would love to have you check it out.

While you are at it, feel free to let me know if there is something I must look into to see if I need to add it to my future collection! I’m always on the lookout!

Start to Finish: Playtime Tag/Bookmark

Last week as a part of Camp Scrap, May talked about how when she gets new supplies, she likes to take time and just play. I had just gotten in the Summer Distress Inks by Tim Holtz and the Crafters Workshop Mini Fish Scales stencil. It was a match made in heaven and a perfect reason to just play!

First up, let’s secure that stencil down on the tag where I want it. I just washi tape to hold it in place. You can also use painter’s tape. Works great for cleanup!

Next up, I grabbed three colors of coordinating paints. I have an aqua, lime green and a violet. They aren’t exact matches to the Summer Distress Inks but work well for this.

Pulled the stencil up and now to wait for paint to dry… always the fun part!

Time to get inky! Grab a Ink Applicator and just work into the tag in random patches. You can’t go wrong with this, I promise!

While working, I decided this needed some more depth and layers. I grabbed a stamp from Purple Onion and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and stamped randomly. I like that!

Of course I had to add some pen work. Grabbed that Uniball Signo pen and went around the scales and made them pop!

Of course, I couldn’t leave that alone so I added a coat of Pearl paint over the entire tag. It totally made things super shiny!

Now, it’s done! Just added a bit of twine and gave it to a friend to use as a bookmark! Love how simple this was to create and just getting out there to play!

What are you Thankful for today?

Before you go thinking I am off my rocker, I know it’s not Thanksgiving. Shouldn’t we always be thankful for something?

I’ve been an absent blogger for the past two weeks or so. I have had some stuff written and just haven’t put it out there for one reason or another. I’ve had absolutely NO inspiration, motivation or desire to create something new. The “mojo” walked out the door and didn’t leave a forwarding address. There have been a lot of personal stressors that have caused some rough times. I’m human, I have generalized anxiety disorder along with obsessive-compulsive disorder and I live with it. Well, some times…

Last week, I got to the worst of it all. I was BLAH feeling and couldn’t move forward in just about anything. Nothing and no one motivated me. My meds were the same, we had started with the fertility specialist, life was still going on… but my mind wasn’t.

Why do I take the time to share this with you? First, so others know that they aren’t alone. Second, to share my life as I do on a regular basis through layouts and such. I’m an open book and don’t want to hide things behind walls, it makes things worse.

So, what did I do to get out of this? I adjusted my meds a bit (doc approves) and am seeing if that will help for awhile. I also kept making myself go on and not give up. Saturday, I finally created for the first time in awhile. It felt great to have a sense of accomplishment to see things marked off my list of what I wanted to make for my classroom. Granted, it wasn’t a new layout but it was a step in the right direction and it was the “therapy” I so desperately needed at that moment.

Where does that put me now? I am thankful! I am thankful that I have such a strong, supportive husband who is patient and pushes me to work through these things. I am thankful that today was a great day and things seem to be turning around. I am thankful that I found $10 in the pocket of my pants today. I am thankful that the Summer Institute I started today with Region 10 has better benefits than I expected. I am thankful that we were released early today. I am thankful that my husband is driving up to spend time with me this evening and tomorrow when I have off.

I could definitely go on with my list. There are so many things each and every day to be thankful of and we must be ever mindful of those so that we don’t lose sight of the many great things to come. Be thankful, be appreciative!

Are you Pinspired?

A few weeks back, I saw an adorable pin creating a quote canvas using book or magazine pages. I pinned it right away and filed it for future reference.

Flash forward to having an extra canvas laying around, I knew I wanted to do something fun with it and make it for my house. So while the hubby was away, I got busy!

First thing I did was go through a book of poems about happiness. I pulled out poems that had meaningful titles that used Mod Podge to glue them down to the canvas. Make sure to put a layer on the canvas and then go over the papers as well. Push out the bubbles that form as soon as possible so they don’t stick there.

While that was drying, I used my Silhouette Cameo software to cut out the words that I wanted to put on my canvas in different fonts. I grabbed one sheet of cardstock in an offbeat color that I don’t use often (hot pink) and let it go to work cutting things out.

Next, it was time to place down the letters and used my stipple brush to paint around the letters. Thankfully the Mod Podge had a little bit of tack left at this point and the letters stayed down pretty well and I just held them down with my fingers as needed.

After covering the entire canvas with paint, I pulled up the letters and waited impatiently for the drying. Thankfully it was a thin coat of acrylic paint so it went fast. The letters blended in a bit to the background so I grabbed a Bic Mark It and started drawing the lines to outline the letters. So much better!

Excuse the tilted photo, but I am in love with the canvas and it was done in less than two hours as I was watching tv one night. Definitely thinking of making some smaller ones for various places in our home or for gifts as it was very simple and easy to do.

Have you seen something on Pinterest lately that you are inspired by? Link it up in the comments or tell me what you have created based on Pinspiration! I would love to see them!