I am guest blogging for Kelly over at First Grade Fairytales today. Go check it out! 
(Spoiler Alert:: It's about empowerment and includes a Whitney Houston quote.)

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I am so enjoying this summer daze that I seem to be stuck in. Every morning I wake up (naturally), try to figure out what day it is, and soak in the glory that is SUMMER.

Summer is SO much better as a teacher. It's better than I could have ever imagined!

Congratulations Cassandra from Mrs. 3rd Grade for reaching huge milestones on both Instagram and TPT! Click on the Milestone Giveaway image to be taken to her page. She's got some great things to give away. Good luck!!

I'm fixin' to leave town for a while. I'm going to Atlanta for a few days, then to Nashville, then to the Blue Ridge Mountains. While I'm gone, I have a few lovely blogger friends that have some things to teach you! Check back daily for some insight from some fabulous guest bloggers. 

I keep trying to register for the GRE and this keeps happening...

I mean, it's a sign, right?

If I can't register online by next Friday, I'll call. I promise. Maybe.

My summer Pinterest to-do list:

I just love all of your fabulous ideas! 
I am so thankful for the online teacher community.

I'm all signed up for my very first (but not last) SLANT box experience! I have enjoyed getting to know my SLANT matches (Cassie at Mrs. Thomas's Class and Nicole at Learning Lab) so far and cannot wait to create a SUNSHINE box for Cassie!

The SLANT Box Exchange

Have you participated in SLANT before? I'm so excited.

I'm blogging over at Third Grade Love today! Darleen, who is THE sweetest, gave me my first guest blogging opportunity. (Thanks!)

I shared about a topic that I am SO excited about: how I use sign language in the classroom. 

Go check it out, and leave a comment here or there to let me know what you think! I'm excited to read your responses.

I'm linking up with the fabulous Jameson of Lessons With Coffee to share my summer to-do lists.

(I love her blog's name. My roommate got me hooked on coffee this year, and I seriously can't remember how I functioned without it.)

  1. Clean out last year's data folders and prepare them for next year.
  2. Map and plan word study lessons for the grade level.
  3. Decorate my mini corkboards.
  4. Laminate and cut many task cards.
  5. Level some new books.
  6. Attend a few PD courses.
  7. Keep up with blogging.
  8. Create some new TPT products. 
  1. Complete my just-for-fun wedding planning class.
  2. Reach 100 workouts (7 to go!), order some new Nikes, then start working towards my next 100! In other words, stay on track with my exercising. 
  3. Study for and take the GRE. (Tips?)
  4. Physically and financially survive a few weddings. 
  5. Become too emotionally invested in The Bachelorette, PLL, OITNB, and maybe some other shows. (No shame.)
  6. Make a point to reach out to long-distance friends while I have the extra time. 
  7. Drive all over the Southeastern US to visit family and friends. 
  8. Make my first trip to Nashville!! Suggestions?
What's on your summer to-do list? Make sure you link up with Jameson to share!

This is the first official Friday of my SUMMER! Of course I am linking up with Doodle Bugs for one of my favorite linky parties!


I just spent the morning with a cup of coffee (or two) blog-hopping with some Georgia girls for their Peachy Blog Hop. I loved it! I snagged lots of great freebies and got a little homesick in the meantime. 


UPDATE: The books have been moved inside.

Only because I got my car detailed.

Maybe I will have opened the books by next Friday. Until then, I gave them a comfy little corner of my room that they can live in peacefully without disturbing me. 


So far, I have spent my summer being super-productive. I've learned so much during hours of research on an interesting new topic:

It's been extremely educational.


I'm only 7 workouts away from ordering my custom Nikes! 



I am LOVING the teacher community I have found on Instagram. Everyone is so inspiring, creative, and supportive! You can follow me on Instagram @mycarolinaclass. See ya there!

Have a great weekend SUMMER!
It's my last day of school.
I'm a teeny bit sad, but I'm mostly happy.

Sooo... instead of TWO for Tuesday, how about TWENTY ONE for Tuesday?

Yes, my whole TPT store is 20% off today so you can celebrate my last day of school with me!!
I know 21 isn't super-impressive, but I can't wait to build my TPT repertoire this summer.

Here are my 2 favorite products of mine right now:
(These are both 50% off today!!)

Click on the pictures to visit my store. Happy shopping and HAPPY SUMMER!

I'm finding it hard to believe that is it currently JUNE and that I am almost done with my first year of teaching! Wow!

I'm linking up with Farley for June's Currently.

LISTENING - The Bachelorette, obviously. Who are you rooting for? I'm a fan of Josh, Marcus, Brian, Nick, Chris... okay can I just be Andi?

LOVING - Look at this PRECIOUS clipboard that Ashley (from The Sassy School Teacher) sent me! In her words, it is SO stankin' cute! (So is Ashley.)

THINKING - I have SIX more days left with littles. I think I can... I think I can... I think I can...

WANTING - I want more time in the day. Specifically, I wish I had time to take naps. zzzzz

NEEDING - I need to start organizing and taking apart my room. It will be time to turn in my keys before I know it and I want to be happy with myself when I return in August. :)

SUMMER BUCKET LIST - I'm proud of myself for making hitting the gym a habit; Hopefully I can keep that up this summer. I also want to work on some TPT creations and possibly explore some money-making options with Jamberry... Hey, a girl's gotta eat. 

Also this summer, I have a few weddings to attend, places to go, people to see, and a new-ish city to explore. Can't wait!