Thursday, June 27, 2013

Blog-lovin' Giveaway!

Good morning everyone!

I'm sure you know by now that Google Reader is going away on July 1st.  Even though Google Reader may be going away, I don't want YOU (my sweet followers) to go away, so I hope that you will follow my blog through Bloglovin'.

I have joined up with a giveaway for all of my followers who switch over to following on Bloglovin. If you've already registered with Bloglovin' this will be an easy entry!

If you have not yet switched or are not following the blog through bloglovin, then there are a few easy steps to follow.  You can go to the sidebar (that's the column on the right over there that shows my followers) and you can click the button that says Follow this Blog with bloglovin.  Or, you can go into the Rafflecopter below and click the link in the first entry, and that will take you to my blog on Bloglovin.

You will need to set up an account with Bloglovin so that you can follow.  Please be sure to leave your Bloglovin username in the Rafflecopter entry.  Then, go to this post on Bloglovin and "like" it.

If you want to go ahead and move all of the blogs you follow from Google over, you can go to this link and it will take you through the super easy steps.  BUT, please go to my Bloglovin link and make sure that you are following me through bloglovin.  To be sure, make sure that the blue button at the top of my Bloglovin page has been clicked (it should be gray with the word following- if it's blue, please click it to follow!)

So, if you follow me by Bloglovin, please enter the giveaway!!  I will pick 2 winners for a $5 Starbucks card each, as well as 2D Shape Sort: Quadriaterals from my TpT store.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday and a Winner!

Yay for alliteration in my blog post title! :-)

First things first! Thanks to everyone who took the time to read my insanely long post about and then leave a sweet comment! I used a random number generator to choose the winner of a $5 Starbucks giftcard...

6 people commented, including one on Facebook. Hers was the first comment overall, so the third comment was Angela's from The Teacher's Desk 6!

Congrats Angela! Enjoy your Starbucks!

Now on to What I'm Lovin' Wednesday! This is a new linky started by Covered in Glitter and Glue and I'm lovin' it for sure.

This is a great linky because the guidelines are open!
-What you're loving about your classroom, about school, or about summer
-A TPT product you found or a TPT product you made
-A Pinterest idea you've tried and loved
-A Target find
-Pictures of your pets
-Anything and everything you're loving
-1 thing or 10 things
So here we go!

I am LOVING my color-changing toenail polish...check it out!

It's a clear sparkly polish when I'm inside, but outside in the sun it turns sparkly red!! I love these polishes from Del Sol.

Number 2 clip art

I'm loving gardening and growing plants this summer!

My peppers are starting to grow! I can't wait to try them.

Number 3 clip art

I am just starting out with Instagram and I'm lovin' it! My husband is starting to give me weird looks about it...but I am really enjoying playing with it. :-) If you want to follow me you can click the picture above.

Number 4 clip art

Ok...just one more.

These are my sweet pets...I LOVE spending time with them in the summer. :-)
Well, there you have it! That what I'm lovin' today! Make sure you head over to Covered in Glitter and Glue to tell us what YOU are lovin'!

PS If you were wondering, I got the adorable numbers on this post {here} for free!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Where Have You Been All My Life,

Ok, seriously. Has the whole entire internet been keeping this gigantic secret from me this whole darn time?

In, oh, I don't know, about APRIL I saw a fleeting post about an online planbook.

"Wha???" I thought to myself. "How can this be? I HATE lugging that stupid planbook everywhere I go. I'm getting back problems! Can I truly plan on the internet??"

Well of course the answer is YES. And it's easy. And CHEAP. And there's no more aching yuckiness right between my shoulders. (Except for carrying my laptop. But that's a whole 'nother story.)

I am linking up with Sabra from Teaching with a Touch of Twang for

because I seriously HAVE TO HAVE my account on

It's possible I am the last person in the whole teaching world to know about this, but just in case there's someone else out there who hates lugging a planbook on top of everything else in their overstuffed teaching bag, I will tell you all about it!

First things first. You can try it for a WHOLE MONTH for free. FREE. That's what really caught my attention. "Ok," I thought. "I'll give this a try. If I hate it, no harm done." (HAH! I loved it!) And after the FREE trial period? IT'S TWELVE DOLLARS. For the WHOLE YEAR. About the same cost as the aforementioned lugged around paper planbook.

PS I am not being paid or cajoled into writing this. I seriously just love it THAT MUCH.

This is what it looks like when you go to
You can learn all about it from the first page, and sign up to get your free-for-30-days account. They don't even ask for a credit card or anything when you sign up. You only have to give them that information if you want to keep using it after the 30 days.
After signing up (easy-peasy-mac-and-cheesy style) you fill in a few items to get you started. The only part that confused me was the "Class Name" field. I read the little description and figured out that these will be the names of all your subjects. (For elementary anyway. Class periods for middle and high school?)
Once you have added your first class/subject it brings you to the screen above. From here you can edit your settings, add or change the subjects and click on the subjects to create lessons.

To create all your subjects or classes, you click on the drop down menu that says "Go To" and then click on classes. Then it takes you here:

You can add all you subjects, color code them and choose which days they will be taught. Eventually, yours will look like this!

If you want to add the time you teach each subject, you click the little gear on the right hand side and choose "edit."

Once you have your schedule laid out, it will have every subject at the time you teach it and it will be just waiting for you to add what you want to teach!

Then you just click on the subject name on your screen and you can type what you will do in the lesson AND you can even add standards from your state or Common Core.

Ok, ok. This is turning into the longest blog post EVER. So I will just say this. Usually my paper planbook has almost nothing written in it for the last few weeks of school. But since is so easy AND I can access it from any computer (or my iPad) with an internet connection, I was able to keep up with recording my plans for most of the school year.

For me, this is a MUST HAVE. Go link up and share your must-haves today!

Oh, and if you stuck with it till the end, leave a comment telling me your favorite way to plan (book, online, sticky notes, whatever!) and I will choose a random winner by midnight tonight (Tuesday) for a $5 Starbucks deserve it!

PS I know this post was super long. Would anyone be interested in a video on all the features of the planbook? It might make it easier to see everything it can do? If you are interested, leave a comment or email me!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Summer!

Ok. I'm going to admit something here. I don't really understand the whole Google-reader-Bloglovin' business. However, I don't want to lose any blogs I follow, and I would hate to lose any of my amazing followers!

So, to follow me on Bloglovin', just click the link at the top of this post. 

In other news, it's the first official day of summer! What better day to link up for the very first time with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five For Friday linky party?

Random Thing #1:

Oh yes. This happened. In case you are wondering? Raspberry-lemon gelato.

Random Thing #2:

I may have been in Mexico until Sunday. So I feel like that's within the past week and I am not cheating. We went to Chichen Itza on Saturday...such an amazing place! It was so so so so so so so hot. SO HOT. But even sweltering humid sticky yucky heat couldn't overshadow the enormity of the pyramids. The fact that they are so precise and built so perfectly makes them a must-see if you are on or around the Yucatan Peninsula!

Random Thing #3:

I told you. I was in Mexico.

Random Thing #4:

While we were in Cozumel, we put our newly earned scuba certifications to use for FIVE days! It was a truly life changing experience and I loved every minute of it. Since I am slightly technologically impaired, I am waiting for the help of my loving and tech-savvy husband to upload a few videos. SPOILER ALERT: We saw a shark!

Random Thing #5:

Everyone in my house has been doing a lot of this. Including me. But they are much cuter. I love summer break. :-)

One Extra Random Thing:

Obviously, I have found Instagram. If you want to follow my personal pictures, it's @nicholefalkowski. I have a school account too, and as soon as my brain will let me go there again, I will be adding some pictures. You can follow me there too, if you want! @craftofteaching. :-)

Happy summer everyone! Don't forget to link up your Five for Friday!