April 15, 2016

Five For Friday {April 15th}

It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to link up or even just blog, but I’m excited to return and share some of my favorite things from this week! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind these last few weeks over at the our household (you know, that whole had a baby thing...) and I couldn’t be more tired or thankful. I’ve been busy transitioning into becoming a new mom, doing the whole stay-at-home gig caring for our one month old (see below), preparing back to school products, and managing to somehow shower and get a bite to eat in between it all.

Thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting and I can’t wait to see what everyone else was up to this week!

ONE //
I am in the process of getting Back To School ready and this means going through all of my favorite products and resources for the classroom and giving them a much needed facelift! I’ve been quite busy and am very excited to share the newest products I’ve made - and even a bundle & GIVEAWAY! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to enter to win this BTS bundle!

I love sending postcards to my kids at the beginning of the year telling them how excited I am to meet them and what’s better is that they love receiving mail! I always get comments from parents as to how their kids loved getting a handwritten note from me, which made them that more excited (and less nervous) about the first day of school.

Every classroom celebrates a Star Student throughout the school year and get prepared for your year ahead with this cumulative packet! This download also comes with blank editable templates just for you to customize for your classroom needs. I also love the Star Student pendants that are hung in the classroom after each week - by the end of the year you have such a lovely classroom display. This download is meant to accompany those Scholastic Star Student Posters, which can be sent home for your students to fill out.

How tedious is preparing all of those BTS forms for parents? Not necessarily my favorite part about the return of the school year, but I love making the necessary parts of teaching easy and less stressful. I’ve created a Parent Packet that includes everything you’ll need for Back To School and collecting all of that important info about your students, their families, volunteers, permission slips, etc.

The best decision I made was turning my writing process posters into a useable part of my classroom by making into a clip chart! This year I’ve spruced up my posters and made them more grade appropriate for my second graders, but yet perfect for any upper grade.

Another favorite new product I’ve just included in my TpT shop are these calendar cards! I’ve always opted for the store-bought cards that came with the generic looking calendar and have found myself needing specific holidays - so I decided to create my own calendar cards! I love how bright they are and the clip art just pops. Read more about how I use this product here.

Every year I love to update the look of my classroom and that also comes down to the little details such as these daily schedule cards. I’ve included many different subjects to accommodate every classroom and grade. Of course, if I’ve missed something I’d be happy to make a card for you - just shoot me an email and I’d be happy to get in contact.

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I can’t believe it’s been a month since welcoming our little guy and oh, how our lives have been changed. I no longer have any kind of routine, sleep is a foreign concept, and I feel as though I could be compared to a cow given that I feel like I’m a milking machine. However, all of that is worth it when I get to stay at home and stare at the beautiful miracle that is our son. 


Our downtown district has a new ramen place and this new mama couldn’t be more happy! When my husband and I lived back in DC we had the luxury of having all kinds of restaurants at our fingertips, which had spoiled me in a way. Living in Ventura we don’t have a lot of food diversity aside from your typical Mexican, sushi, fish tacos, or Thai joints. But, ramen has been an answered prayer and I couldn’t be more excited!


As new parents my husband and I love spending time with our new little nugget, but that also means we don’t get to leave the house very often as a couple and do our favorite pastimes like happy hour or brunch. However, now that our baby Greyson is a bit older we ventured out to one of our favorite places, Cafe Nouveau, and enjoyed a brunch on their patio. This mama enjoyed her first non-virgin Bloody Mary while munching on beignets and pancakes and taking in that we are beginning to enjoy and remember that our pre-baby outings are not a distant memory.

Looking for a bundled option for all of the products I showed above? Be sure to check out my NEW Back To School Teacher Bundle download where all of these products are in one .zip download! Did I also mention it’s on sale? And there’s a giveaway?! Be sure to enter below for your chance to win a copy for yourself and get BTS ready!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and have a wonderful weekend!