Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wild Preferences

Ready for some Wild Reading?

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Some wild thoughts:
I've also been working on a little freebie to go along with the book, and The Book Whisperer!

There is a graph (editable version included), as well as a reading tracker list, planning list and abandoned book list.

You can pick them up here or by clicking on the pictures.

Overall, I enjoyed the book-it gave me some things to think about, as well as reaffirming some things I already knew!

Thanks to Catherine for the book study!

Smiles and Sunshine,

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What I'm Wearing Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
My dresses came in! A full week and a half early!

Unfortunately, I have to return this one. The sleeves are waaaay to tight-I had a lot of trouble getting it on and off!

It makes me sad because I love the color and style. :(
This one fits beautifully! The skirt has a little more fabric than I'm used to, but (once I ironed it! :), it still looks nice.

There is partial smocking/elastic in the back, which I think helps with the fit. No sleeve issues on this one!

The pink is a little bright, but I think this one is my favorite!

It's super easy to get on, and it's a knit fabric, which makes it super

Plus, pockets! (They all have pockets!)

This one has full smocking/elastic in the back, which really helps with the fit.

Pretty good for a first order! I got the sizing pretty right on (always a concern when I order online!), and I'll definitely order from them again.

I can see this dresses working from day (around town) to work to night/events! (especially the green one!).

Smiles and Sunshine,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Teacher Totes

One thing that no teacher can have to much of are tote bags! (Although some people might disagree...)

Teacher by the Beach
is hosting a teacher tote linky!

Now, if you want to see what is in my teacher tote-go here.

This is my usual, day to day (when I need it) teacher tote.
It's a Boat and Tote. I got it freshman year of college(11 years ago!), and it's held up well!

Now, when I have a PD day, I like to use this:
It's big enough for my PD notebook, a water bottle and various other things. Plus, it's always good for some compliments!

If it is a heavy-duty day when I need to bring laptop, I bring this bag!
It's the perfect size for my laptop (and any notebooks/papers). I've made this one as well....probably around 20 years ago (give or take a few years-I can't remember!)! I don't know why I chose cats...I'm SO not a cat lover-it may have been the only stencil I liked!

And if it is a really heavy-duty day (like I need to bring presents home at Christmas :), I bring this baby.
This is a size up from my daily bag, and it can fit a lot! This one isn't as old as my daily bag-only 5 years old!

So, those are my various teacher bags, for various days and things. What do you use?

Smiles and Sunshine,

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It

Another Monday rolling around-School starts for us in one month!
This week, I made a lot of home changes (with lots of pictures)!
My first new addition-a dining room table!

I finally found a table that I like and would work for me. I got it at the Mill Stores (which is an unfinished wood furniture store here in New England), and had them stain it for me (for a price!)

Having never stained anything, I thought it would be better to pay the fee so it would turn out well!

They finally finished it so I could pick it up.

They even included little tools for me to put it together!
Adding the legs:
Finally finished!
Isn't it beautiful?! I love the color-and it it the perfect size for me-30" by 30".

Now, any good dining table needs chairs...

I found the chairs at a local consignment store-but they needed a little work!
Now, they aren't exactly the same, but the were close enough that with a little a lot of work I thought they would look fine.

First step-take the seats out!
Then I washed them-man, were they dirty! After cleaning, and a little sanding, they were ready for primer.

They look so much better just painted with primer!

Now, I did this inside. I tarped off my bathroom and thought it would be okay (since it had a fan and was small enough cover everything). NOT! The spray paint particles went EVERYWHERE! Learn from my mistake-do this outside!

Then, it was time to do the seats while the primer was drying.
These chairs were so old, that the cushions were straw! (That was fun to clean-although not nearly as fun as trying to clean the carpet after spray painting!)

Color time!
So pretty! Add the cushions back on and...
From drab to fab!
and with the table-it looks beautiful!
Flowers are from my parents for my birthday! :)
I also got a VIP delivery-

My new chair!

It goes perfectly with my couch, and the blanket I finished in early May looks awesome on the back!

I also did another painting.
I love the way it turned out-and I put it on the wall with a friend!
This is the wall opposite the dining table and the cherry trees!
Now, all of my paintings are up, and none of them are lying on the floor anymore! Having the on the walls makes a big difference in how my apartment looks!

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for- and last, but certainly not least-the winner to my giveaway!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes and entries!
Congrats Tobi!

I'll email you later today to find out your choice!

And to some of my new followers-I hope you stay and take a look around-there is some fun stuff in some of my old posts!

Smiles and Sunshine,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wild Planning

Ready for some Wild Reading?

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Some wild thoughts:
Have you entered my giveaway yet? There is a few days left!
Smiles and Sunshine,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I'm Wearing Wednesday and Target Fun

Happy Wednesday!

Time for What I'm Wearing Wednesday!
Here's what I wore today:

It was HOT today!

I also stopped by Target to pick up some things for school-which will live in my car for the next two weeks until I can get back into my classroom!

I picked up 3 wire shelves (one large, two small), sterlite containers for the Science NECAP Inquiry Task, some shoeboxes for my library, two cute little pocket charts ($1 each) and two of the dry erase pockets ($1 each)!

I'm planning on reorganizing my room a little bit, so I bought more stuff than I normally would. Stay tuned for pictures closer to the end of August!

Have you entered my giveaway yet? There is a few days left!
Smiles and Sunshine,

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It-Giveaway!

Monday Made It time!
 It's a Giveaway!
Paper from Collaboration Cuties; Frame and Ribbon by Lovin' Lit; Kimberly Geswin Fonts; Melonheadz Clipart
I'm having a BIG birthday (age is classified and has been redacted! :) and Smiles and Sunshine is 2! (plus 2 months!)

I've made it to my birthday, a 2.2 year blogging anniversary and I made the very pretty sign! :)
Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good Luck!!

Smiles and Sunshine,