A Second Chance

The students are baaaaccckkk! I LOVE my little cuties already (I mean that sincerely!) There are some personalities in room 851 this year! They are super sweet and eager to learn. I'll be posting classroom photos and first week activities in a few days. (I'm STILL making finishing touches on my new decor!)

In case you haven't heard...TpT is hosting a Second Chance ONE DAY BTS to sale. My store will be marked down the full 20% and be sure to use the code BOOST for the extra 10% from TpT. Don't forget to leave feedback for items already purchased and earn FREE MONEY!


Meet the Teacher Linky


It's back to school time!!! Teachers started back today and the first day for kids is August 18th. On Friday, my new kiddos will be dropping in to meet me and see the room they will spend the next 10 months. I love meeting my new class and I hope they are excited to meet me.

To kick off the new year, I'm linking up with Stephanie over at Falling into First for this fun get-to-know-you linky. 


Well, here I am taking a selfie in Central Park this summer...I LOVE NYC!!
If you don't know, my name is Gina. I live in South Florida. I'm going into my 26th year of teaching (WHAT???). I can barely believe it! How can this be? Approximately 700 students have passed through my classroom. WOW!! What kind of impact have I made on those kids? Where are they now? It's mind boggling!

I've been married for 16 years. My hubby is a teacher, too. We have taught in the same school for many years so we drive to work together. He drives and I take selfies! We have 2 of the BEST kids in the world. Sometimes I wonder how we got SO very lucky! Our son is turning 14 and our daughter will be 12 very soon.

Here we are after Lily's dance recital. I took part in a special "mom dance". I had a blast performing!

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

Family. Friends. Traveling. Starbucks. Disney. Teaching. My rescue pups. The ocean. The color blue. Movies. Sharpies. 

IF I WASN'T A TEACHER I WOULD BE...
a chef. I'm not even a great cook, but it's something I wish I could be!

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME...
Humble. Funny. Intuitive.

FINISH THE SENTENCE " _____________ SAID NO TEACHER EVER".
I love this one!

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Walt Disney, for sure!! I would love to meet the man behind the magic!

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
A Sunshiny Day

Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
I want to be a super chef...the power to cook and bake ANYTHING...and to have my kids eat it ALL!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
Just ONE of many favorites

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
This is a hard one...but if I had to pick right now then it would be "Say Something" by Great Big World. Love that song!

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
MORNING for sure. I don't have time for sleep!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
One of my favorites is a new product
Students will act out their responses to reading. I think it's such a different addition to reading time and it gives kids a chance to stretch their creative thinking muscles. Something they need to do more of!

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!
I'm learning how to tap dance. It's a lot of fun and I get to hang out with my "dance mom" friends. My daughter takes the adult tap class, too. I enjoy our mommy/daughter time. (She's quite the tapper!!)


So that's it for me! Head on over to the linky to meet other bloggers and/or link up yourself! 
Have a great week!!



August Currently!

AUGUST?!! NO!! Say it isn't so! I love love love Farley's Currently linky, but it's also a reminder that another month has gone by and, for me, summer is just about over! Time sure does fly!
I'm in my last week of summer break. It's a rainy Saturday morning, but I'm sure in no time the sun will be shining (probably by the time I'm done writing this post). Our South Florida rain doesn't usually last very long. Thank goodness! I hate the rain!

Even though I have one week left, I do have a little something to look forward to. Next weekend I'm heading up to Orlando. My daughter will be dancing at Universal Studios' City Walk and at Downtown Disney. It's not so much a "vacation" because there is some work involved (hair, make-up, rehearsals, schedules to follow), but I do LOVE to watch her dance, so it's all worth it!

Let's talk about the summer TO DO list...I'm sure you all have one, too! Every teacher does. I feel like the summer flew by and I didn't make a dent in mine. Since I am a procrastinator it doesn't shock my that the list didn't get finished.  I'll kick into high gear this last week and somehow get a ton done! Just the way I work! How about you?

I'll be fighting the crowds today doing some BTS shopping. It's Tax Free weekend. Do you have this in your area? The state gives us a break on sales tax for 3 days. No tax on school supplies, shoes, and clothing. There are sales going on all over and the stores are packed, but every little savings helps.



Don't forget that the big BTS sale on TpT is August 4th and 5th. I'll be filling my cart this weekend (like I have nothing else to do). Check out some of the products I will have on sale.

Getting ready for BTS!

I'm in my last week of summer break! UGH! I have not been back to my room yet. I'll head over next week for a couple days and get things set up before preplanning week. I don't know about you, but our preplanning week is packed full of meetings and inservice. We have very little time in our rooms. Is it like that for you?

I am team leader this year, so I'm sure that will be bring some extra responsibilities during the week, too. My goal this year to make our team meetings as productive and meaningful as I can. What do you do during your team meetings that you find valuable? Does your principal require you to discuss specific topics? Do you meet weekly? Is there a set agenda? I would love to hear what you love (and don't love so much) about team meetings.

I'm sure you must know by now that the HUGE TpT Back to School Sale is just around the corner! My store will be 20% off and TpT will offer an additional 10% (for a total of 28%...not sure how the math gurus come to that figure, but that's what it is!). Be sure to use the code BTS14 at checkout!



Here are my top 
most wishlisted  products. Click on the image for a closer look!



Here are
of my newest products that are PERFECT for BTS!





So get those carts filled up and get ready to shop on August 4th and 5th. 
(I'll keep my sale going through the 6th, too!)
Happy Shopping!


Wordless Wednesday: July 30th

Oh my goodness!! I have a little over week left of summer vacation. How is this possible?? I feel like it was yesterday that I was making my summer TO DO list...now here it is the end and I feel like I have only accomplished a few things on my list.  Ugh! Does this happen to you, too?

For this week's Wordless Wednesday with Sugar and Spice, I want to share one thing I DID accomplish on my list.

I have decided to give my classroom a makeover this year. I usually change things up often, but it seems like the last few years I have had the same set up and I'm bored with it. We spend so much time in our classrooms, I think it should be a space I love to be in.

 The work of Schoolgirl Style was the inspiration for my change. I purchased this set and I LOVE the color scheme! She has other AMAZING sets, but this one just caught my eye!

To give new life to some of the things I already have I decided to use give them a coat of paint. Spray paint is an inexpensive way to give your classroom a makeover. I brought home my rocking chair at the end of the school year and decided I would give it a pop of color with a coat of lime green paint. I cleaned it up. Sanded it a little bit and sprayed away. It was so easy and quick to do...about an hour of work! For the finishing touch, I'm going to add a blue seat cushion...when I find it!

 Instead of spending a ton of money on new baskets for my classroom library, I decided to give my few odd colored baskets a little spray paint makeover, too. Most of the baskets I already have are blue, so I think those will be fine with the color scheme. There were just a few out-of-place colors. I brought home this brown basket to use as my tester. I gave it a quick spray with the dark grey. I chose grey because I didn't want too many shades of blue on the shelf. I think this color will be a nice addition. I didn't do anything to prepare the basket. I just sprayed. The paint bonded well, but I'll let you know how it holds up during the year.
Have you ever painted plastic? Anything I should know before I spray the rest of them?
(I purchased the baskets at Target a couple years ago. I love them, but they don't seem to carry this exact style anymore. I'll make do with the ones I have.)


What is your theme or color scheme in your classroom? Have you done a recent makeover? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!
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