April 20, 2015

My Favorite Initial Necklace + GIVEAWAY!

Happy Monday!

Today I am so excited to share my newest personalized initial necklaces by one of my favorite Etsy shops, Bijoux by Desi F! I’ve always loved the simplicity and beauty of personalized jewelry because their effortlessness, and not to mention, they’re hella cute!

Desi has been my go-to designer for handcrafted jewelry ever since I discovered her last year on Etsy. She makes all of her jewelry herself and is always looking for new delicate and sophisticated pieces to add to her collection. I always look forward to finding something new to order and I can’t say that about too many things!

Here’s a peek at what I received this week!

I love reading her little handwritten notes!

This bar necklace is a new purchase for me and I am so happy with it! I had always wanted something that represented my husband and I and this little piece is perfect for just that.

My very first purchase from Desi was a ‘K’ initial necklace and it met its end last year when we were preparing to move. I had decided to wear it since I was afraid it would get lost in the mix but then Murphy, who was a little puppy at the time, jumped up and snagged the chain and it broke (see my original post about that here and for a fun Kardashian photo that summed up my feelings).

Nonetheless, I am so happy to have finally replaced my necklace! I just love the quality of Desi’s jewelry and will always refer her shop to friends and family.

Be sure to connect with Desi!


I am so excited to host this giveaway featuring Desi’s shop where one lucky winner will receive a FREE initial necklace of their choice! 

Giveaway will run from 4/18 - 4/26

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Hope you have a great week!

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April 1, 2015

New Sponsor and Autism Awareness Bundle!

Everyone please welcome my first sponsored post for Sliding Into Second Grade!! Meet Melanie from Teacher’s Lounge. She offers wonderful teaching resources that aim towards specific demographics that you may find in your classroom.

Today I wanted to share out her Autism Awareness Bundle in which you can find at her TpT store. Melanie was able to put this amazing bundle together by collaborating with a few TpT sellers and will donate 100% of all the proceeds to benefit AUTISM SPEAKS. Isn’t that amazing?!

My cousin’s daughter was diagnosed with Autism and I know thousands of other children and adults benefit from the hard work of Autism Speaks. So, please consider supporting the cause.

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February 19, 2015

Wedding Preparation 101 + Minted Giveaway

Although it may not feel like it back on the east coast, spring is right around the corner and that typically means weddings, everything babies, graduations, and so on. This time last year I was knee deep in wedding planning and was attempting to pull this off in a six month time frame. I should also mention that I was teaching full time and juggling both responsibilities, which wasn’t an easy task.

Wedding Preparation 101: Save the Dates, Invitations, and other important prints

Let me set the scene...
My husband and I got engaged last October and were looking to have a June 2014 wedding in Las Vegas. We chose Vegas early on in our relationship as the perfect destination for our hypothetical wedding and were so excited to actually be planning it.

So, not only was this wedding date approaching quickly, it was also a destination wedding. This meant that we had to have our save the dates, official invitations, ceremony programs, and thank you cards ready to go meanwhile staying within our set budget.

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How did we manage to get all of those equally important tasks done in enough time? Minted.

My husband let me take control over these details because he was busy calling the wedding salon in Vegas and making other big decisions such as our ceremony and music requests, choice of flowers, organizing the restaurant details, etc. You know, no big deal. Besides, creating these cards were effortless since Minted features many talented independent artists whose creations are exclusive to Minted.

Better yet, Minted provides you with FREE, yes free, recipient address printing, which I cannot even begin to describe how much time it saves. So, not only do you get the convenience of shopping online, but you also get professional quality prints for a great price.

If you’re one of the thousands of ladies preparing for your upcoming wedding this year I highly recommend using Minted for your all of your wedding print needs.

Here’s a peek at the newest wedding collections at Minted!

There are so many unique designs to choose from!

I’m loving their newest foil-pressed prints!

And for good measure, check out the Minted blog, julep, for cute DIY inspiration for your wedding!

A HUGE thank you to Minted for providing this giveaway! Here’s how you can enter and good luck!

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February 4, 2015

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Round 2

It’s that time of year again when many teachers are gearing up for their second round of parent/teacher conferences. I remember it being a bit of a stressful time because there were mid-year assessments that need to be completed, report cards gearing up to be sent out at the end of the quarter, and scheduling and preparing for these conferences.

Here are some tips (and even a download) to help you get prepared for these meetings!

1. Be organized. Organization is key to having a successful and meaningful discussion with parents about their child. Have a way to keep track of your scheduling of conferences, stay connected with parents by sending reminder slips, and of course have documentation ready.

Tip: After your conference always send a ‘thank you’ email. Parents love the connection and the thoughtfulness that goes into taking that moment to thank them for their time in meeting with you about their child.

2. Keep it short and sweet. Discussion about their child’s academics and behavior can quickly become diluted with everyday conversation or be directed elsewhere. Be respectful of your time and the time of the parents coming to school by keeping the conversation on point. I like to keep my conferences between 15-20 minutes each.

3. Have other specialists sit in on your conference. If you’re dealing with a difficult parent or are meeting to discuss a child that meets with other teachers throughout their day, suggest to have them sit in on the meeting. This way communication is open between the school and parents and everyone is clued in to what is being talked about.

Tip: I’ve had my assistant principal sit in on a meeting before with two divorced parents that tended to not get along so well with each other. This helped keep the discussion moving and gave me peace of mind that I wasn’t going to get stuck in an awkward situation.

Here’s a download that has helped me in the past in getting organized and prepared to meet with parents. I hope you find it just as helpful!

Keep organized by having all of your child’s info right there in one place. Being prepared with scores and notes about behaviors or benchmarks is super helpful when relaying that info to parents. This download includes forms for 1-4 quarters.

This is super helpful in keeping track of all of those conferences! Mark the date, to whom you met with, and the nature of the meeting. This keeps a nice paper trail of when you met and can be used with your administration.

My favorite way to keep in touch with parents are these reminder forms. Send these home a week out from beginning conferences and your sure to stay organized and keep parents on track.

Enter my giveaway to receive this amazing resource for free below!

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January 11, 2015

NEW YEARS Super Sale!

Who doesn’t want to save in this new year? Just wanted to stop by and give a friendly reminder that my entire TpT store is on sale with 20% off! It ends tonight so be sure to get your shopping on! 

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