Thursday, August 1, 2013

Oh My Darling Clementine...

Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine... You are lost and gone forever, dreadful sorry Clementine.

Good News: I'm not lost and gone forever.
Bad News: You've probably already sang that song out loud to yourself and it will be in your head for a good while. You're welcome!

I FEEL like I've been lost and gone forever. I've been a crappy blogger. A crappy blogger friend. All around, I'm sucking at my blogging like. My name is Brittany and I have a problem.

BUT, I'm reallllllllly, realllllllly going to try hard to get back in the game!

And how better to get back in the game then with the Currently?!

Ahhhhthankya Farley for hosting, as always!


Listening: When I wrote this in Powerpoint 5 minutes ago, I was straight up listening to the rain, as you do at 5 on Thursday. Since that time I turned on Celine Dion Pandora. Holy Mackerel this station is everything 90s and more. I've died and gone to middle school a la singing in my hairbrush as I pretend to serenade my non existent boyfriend.  Nope, that never happened. Kidding!

Loving: Y'all. So far year-round schools are awesome. I'm tracked out... aka out of school... for THREE WEEKS. Hoh yeah, I'm not going back until mid-August. And I realize at this time of year the point seems moot since y'all haven't started school yet, BUT three weeks without my darlin' crazies is what I call a gift from God. I'm a lady of leisure.

Thinking: My roommate, best friend, personal chef, person who keeps me entertained (aka reason I don't even touch my computer anymore) is cooking our dinner in the Crock Pot tonight. As I sit here typing, the aroma is filling the room and my tummy is rumbling. 

Wanting: As you know, I'm off for three weeks (I just like saying it and making people jealous), but since track out has started I've had this weird sense of wanting time to hurry up so the fun things I have planned during track out will come quick (like special visitors, eeeeeeee!), but I also want it to sloooooooow down! It's the hard life I lead people. 

Needing: Simply put, get back into the blogging game. Done and done. I'm committing!

B2S Must Haves: Okay, I struggled with writing this one because I started school July 1st. I can honestly say I don't remember the first day of school I was tired, disheveled because I was writing JULY on the board and it was just a bunch of hoopla. Also, I can honestly say I didn't use ONE TpT product to start off my school year, am I crazy or what?! I made everything I needed and it wasn't cute, I had a bad back to school attitude. BUT that's another PLUS of track out (I know you need me to keep naming the pluses) I have a chance to rejuvenate and get excited for the upcoming track-in!

So I say, I can't live my back-to-school life without Flair Pens- I love to write fancy, a good team (these gals this year have SAVED MY LIFE) and a tan--- I need to be reminded that I had a good little summer now that I'm locked under the fluorescent lights!

Okay people, it's Crock Pot time. We're about stuff our faces with pure happiness. 

Ahhhhh, it's good to be back!

xoxo,

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Back to 3rd Grade I Go!

Whirlwind would be a gross understatement for the craziness of this school transition. I guess I was a little TOO calm about making a cross country move. I secured my position back in early May. I was lucky too, because the whole district was on a hiring freeze and they made an exception for little ol' me. Well, I should've known I was getting off TOO easy. I was hired for 4th grade. My principal knew I really wanted to teach 1st or 3rd. I'm a lady of routine. I like to stick with what I know. I REALLY think I wanted to teach 1st again, just because it's on the brain and man, it's so gosh darn fun. But then you have all of that awesome reading comprehension you get to do in 3rd. I get this question all the time, Which do you like better? I still don't have an answer.

Well, it wasn't up to me anyway. I didn't find out what grade I was teaching until last week, as in the Friday before I started my teacher workdays. Shut up, whatttttttt, you started on Monday?!?! (That's what I keep hearing from people). Yup. I'm working at a year round school. Which is a venture in itself that I'm stoked about. My saving grace is that I'm on the track that is tracked in for three weeks and then is out for three weeks! So I'll have a little more summer yet :)

Plenty of hoopla ensued last week about my certification. Lots of, you need a letter for this and proof of this and no, that's not right and a WHOLE LOTTA Brittany is gonna shoot herself. Then I get it all figured out and guess what... My license was already issued. No problems. No qualms. Jesus took care of me and these devils just decided to get in the way. That's okay, I'm now all certified (minus a year, grrrr), have a special ID badge that unlocks doors-- this is fancy for me and I don't have TB, WOO! Oh yeah, I had to have a full physical before I could begin working, that was nutso.

So now, on Monday morning, I guess TOMORROW now, my new little 3rd grade kiddos are going to be marching through my new classroom door. I'm pretty pumped even though it IS July. I'll let you know how I feel at the end of the week.

I will have classroom pictures and first day updates for you during the week!!! I know my posting is sparse... like I said, I severely underestimated this whole moving halfway across the country--- I always have something to do! Bleh.

Happppppy SUNDAY!
xoxo,

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Look Who's Back... Alright!!... Show Us Some Bloglovin'

If you aren't a Backstreet Boys fan. Then we can't be friends. I loved me some N'Sync... obvi, I'm in LOVE with JT...but I was never one to discriminate or just pick one. I shared the boy band love. And you know... Backstreet's Back, ALRIGHT! Actually, Brittany is back!

I'm all settled in North Carolina. Starting work on Monday, more to come on this subject later.

For now... A FUN Giveaway and linky with some of my nearest and dearest bloggy buddies!

You have probably heard by now that Google Reader is going away on July 1st.  Well, Google Reader may be going away, but we don't want YOU to go away, so we hope that you will make the switch with all of us and follow our blogs through bloglovin'!  We know that change is hard...so we thought we might sweeten it up for you a little bit!

We are doing a giveaway for all of our fabulous followers that take the leap and switch over to bloglovin'.  You may have already switched over!  In that case, this will be an easy entry!

If you have not yet switched or are not following our blog through bloglovin, then there are a few easy steps to follow.  You can go to our sidebar (that's the column on the right over there that shows our 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 our blog on bloglovin.

You will need to set up an account with bloglovin so that you can follow us.  Please be sure to leave your bloglovin' username in the Rafflecopter entry.

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 our bloglovin link and make sure that you are following us through bloglovin.  To be sure, make sure that the blue button at the top of our 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 us by bloglovin, please enter our giveaway!!  I will pick the LUCKY $10 TpT Gift Certificate winner on July 1st... who DOESN'T want free money to spend in TpT?!? That's like GOLD. So go follow and then enter :)

Good luck! AND don't forget to hit up the other links below in the linky and follow their blogs too.. hint, they ALSO have a sweet giveaway on their page for Bloglovin' followers---- hollllllerrrr!


xoxo,

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Jivey's Version!

Hello, all of Brittany's peeps!! :) Jivey, here!


Brittany is currently on the road, driving and driving and driving, so she asked me to guest blog for her! Of course, I would do anything for that girl, so I said yes! Brittany is awesome, after all. And it doesn't hurt that we have a common love for all things Justin Timberlake, someecards, and of course, teaching. And Pinterest... we LOVE Pinterest. So I thought it only appropriate to guest blog for Brittany on my Workshop Wednesday: June Edition - PINTEREST!
I am going to try to help Brittany out with my pins today- she will be starting at a new school.... new classroom.... we all know how insane that can be. So, here are some very pinteresting ideas to help with setting up a classroom and starting the new year with Workshop Models!

First up... seating arrangements. SO IMPORTANT.


This little gem is pretty cool! You click on how many students you have in your class, and it gives you a variety of desk arrangements you could try!

Next... math. Hopefully, none of your kids think like this...
But if they do, check out this pin!

If you aren't familiar with Mandy Gregory, you should be! She is a fellow Georgia teacher, and she has some really awesome resources for Guided Math and Math Workshop!

And last... teaching reading and writing with mentor texts!!


I have gotten lost for hours on this website. If you know me, you know I love using mentor texts... well this blog is written specifically for teaching with picture books. It's actually called "Teach With Picture Books..." and it's amazing! There are more ideas than I could ever ever ever try!

I hope you have all enjoyed Jivey's version of a Brittany post! :o) Here's a little eye candy to carry with you for the rest of the day.......
Be sure to check out the other awesome pins from all the other awesome bloggers that are linking up at my blog, Ideas By Jivey!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Go Show Some LOVE!

SO.

I'm I don't have enough time to write a fun, witty, semi-okayfully-ridiculous blog post tonight... and I really do mean that, because it takes me FOREVER to write a blog post because a) I'm a perfectionist and b) I have a bad case of ADHD. And that my friends is a LETHAL combination. So it goes something like this...

Start in powerpoint making cute buttons and pictures.... OH CRIMINAL MINDS, let's see how many psychos live in the world, no wait I want my blog button to be bigger so let me just tweak this. Oh wait! The laundry is done I should go put it away in my closet... then I get lost in that black hole. Come back to the computer and by the time I look up it's 10 pm.

SO yeah. I don't have time for those shenanigans. Plus my entire house is boxes.

BUT.

I do have time to tell you about two of my favorite bloggy friends...

Molly {Lucky to be in First} and Jess {Ideas by Jivey}. They are throwing two different giveaways. One I am apart of {Molly's} and one I'm just supporting because I just love her :) {Jess'}.

SO I'm granting you permission to leave here and go enter those. Now. No really you can click those pictures and GO! SEE YA!



xoxoxoxoxo,

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tried it Wuesday- Distressing not so much DE-Stressing...

I have been a MACHINE lately. I can honestly say in that the last two weeks this is probably the most productive that I've ever been ... well, maybe not ever, I can't remember that far back. BUT definitely the most productive I've been lately!

Secret to my productiveness??
Kacey's {Doodle Bugs Teaching} Summer To-Do List, seriously people I'm getting ish DONE. I write out my to-do list on Sunday and add to it when necessary... it keeps me on my toes! BEST PART, I'm getting all this done AND still sleeping in until at least 10/11 every morning... that's not a joke. Stop being jealous, it's my 5 week summer and I'm gonna LIVE IT UP!

Here's a little peek at my to-do lists from the past two weeks... I LOVE all of the lines on the one from last week....... that is the BEST feeling.
Click {here} to go to Kacey's blog and snag this free download!!

So what specifically have I done with all of this productivity?!?!?
Welllllll this is where Holly's Tried it Tuesday... in this case, Wuesday comes in (my day-late, not so dollar short version of Tried it Tuesday!!)
Oh you know, I'm just a amateur furniture refinisher/refurbisher now.

Okay wellllll, the before dresser is kind of different because I forgot to take a picture before I started but that's a pretty close comparison to the cheapo black laminate dresser I had before. 

First things first:
I had to figure out how to paint on top of laminate wood. I didn't know if you could do it at all.... Then I didn't know if you had to sand it OR WHAT. So I asked around a bit and then got some answers...
Primer! Apparently that's the trick. Don't roll your eyes now. I'm an amateurrrrr (imagine my fake French accent). I used this Zinsser Bulls Eye 123-- it's apparently the Drake of Primers (best you've ever had). At first, when I was in the Lowe's, I thought wouldn't it be easy to use a Paint and Primer in one?!? Maybe I should.... then I thought well, I'd NEVER use a Shampoo and Conditioner in one so I feel that the same rules might apply. So yeah, go with the Bulls Eye.

Well, I knew I wanted to paint the ugly laminate, but to look like WHAT?! Hmmmm. Well seeing as how I want an all-white room with a beachy/seashore look, I decided that distressing was my best bet. I scoured Pinterest for how to achieve the distressed look. I came across this great blog...
I'm not going to go through the entire process with you because I pretty much followed Movita Beaucoup's instructions to the letter. But I'm going to just give you some pictures of the process and some of things that I did a little differently and also the things I'd wish I had done. 

So as I said, Step One: Prime it UP. I prolly should of done another coat of primer. I'm sort of a crap judge of coat when painting. 

Step Two: Paint a fake wood color underneath for the base coat. Obvi, when you distress you show whats underneath... not unlike a Spring Break Special. So you need make sure that what is underneath is a color worth showing. I chose this Leather color by Valspar. Did you know you could buy these nifty little pint samplers? Well ya can and they paint something like 1500 sq feet. I also would have done another coat of this too. For some reason when I was putting this coat on I was thinking it should be light, but now that makes no sense.

Step Three: Hold a candle to it! So you can read all about the specifics on Movita Beaucoup, but basically you use a Dollar Store Candle to wax the places that you want to show through. I actually love how my dresser turned out distress-wise, the only thing I wish I had done is to put more wax on the flat surfaces (i.e. Top of dresser, side of dresser and not just on the corners and edges). You need to make sure to brush off the extra wax pieces so they don't get into your top coat.

Step Four: Top Coat. I used spray paint. Has its ups and downs. I sort of wish I just painted it the old fashion way since I about killed myself with the fumes (I did it outside on the porch, but I live in an apartment so there aren't too many places to go). Must have with spray paint: The gun to put on top of the can. That thing is bad a.

Step Five: Use a cheese knife to scrape off the wax. Yep. I used a little cheese knife. It even had little cupcakes on it. The wax is pretty easy to get off. Just don't go nuts and think that its so easy to get off that you can annihilate it, because then you will surely begin to see your original piece. Surely. 

Then use a sander or piece of sand paper to give it that real distressed look. Make sure you're using the right kind of sand paper because I had two types, no I cannot tell you the difference.... again amatuerrrrr. One was really rough and immediate ripped through and then other was gentle a gave it a really good look. 

Step Six: Glaze! Base coat and water mixed together. This was the part that I did pretty differently from Movita Beaucoup. I made the glaze the way she did. But I didn't wipe away the glaze right away. I put it on with a normal paint brush and let it sit for a few seconds in some areas to get a darker look and I painted the glaze over the whole piece too. 

Step Seven: Protection. I used this Valspar Satin Clear Protective Finish.  

Step Eight: Time for new knobs. I went to Hobby Lobby and they didn't have six of anything of the same. And I'm actually happy they didn't because this mix and match thing that happened really completes the look.

And here it is.....
Drawers and knobs up close!

So whatd'ya think?! I'm in love with it. I can't wait to put it with my new seashore/all-white room in NC!
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Now to switch gears...
Here is something else I tried this week... 
And I have to say, I kind of loved it. I thought I was dying about 3 times during the class. But I want to go back, in fact I am. Tomorrow. 9:30. If you want to know what to expect at your first Pure Barre class go to this great blog post about it {here}

Here's another great blog post about what Lift.Tone.Burn. really means! 

And a great Huff Post article about a girl who is NOT athletic, finding the best workout for her... Love her last line... 
"I found my match, and I now believe there is something out there for everyone, even if you have to jump over dog crap and swing a lot of kettlebells to find it. So if the skele-toed shoe fits, wear it. But I'll be at the barre."

As you can tell I researched Pure Barre pretty throughly before taking the plunge! That's just me :) 

I'm going to link this part of the post to Corinna's Workin' it Wednesday because, well, I was definitely working it at Pure Barre! Check out the website and see if there is one in your area and if they offer the first class free :)


Whew! That was a DOOZY, I've been working on this post for a really long time. No I haven't been watching Criminal Minds and continually getting distracted, why would you think that. ANYWHO, I'm off now to pack up my closet... dun dun dun. It's like a black hole in there. 

Happppppy Wednesday people!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

I'm Currently... a Nutbag!

Not but really...

I missed Currently when it came out... which crazily enough means I'll be like the millionth person to post it and only 24 hours late?!?! How crazy. But also super cool that we all have something that we come together for once a month.

I'm the definition of a nutbag lately.
A bag full of nuts... cashews, peanuts, pecans, almonds... heck even a coconut.

Picture this...
Brittany- covered in paint. House- covered in boxes. Life- a literal and figurative mess.

This move is working me hard. A good majority of my house is packed except my clothes, but you'd think I haven't packed a gosh darn thing because of the amount of clothes I have--- AFTER PURGING. Hello, I'm Brittany and I'm a Clothing-aholic. I swear I wear them all too.

And, like I said, I'm covered in paint because I'm currently renovating/re-doing/botching my dresser. I hope to have a post up about this up by Holly's Tried it Tuesday Linky... if not it'll be another installment of Tried is Wuesday. Here's a little sneak peek...

I'm painting and DISTRESSING it-- WHY did I decide to become a DIYer in the middle of a cross country move?! Well, because I'm a.........
 ..........yep, a nutbag--- y'all catch on so fast!!!

Enough of nutbaggery for a minute...
Time for the Currently with Farley!! 

Listening: OWN aka Oprah Winfrey Network aka I've been crying and taking notes all day as I watch Master Class and Oprah's Next Chapter. Seriously I'm in love with both of these shows. Why? Who the heck knows. 

I watched the Master Class with Diane Sawyer earlier and her opening lines were this {paraphrasing}:

I remember a quote by a famous physicist who said, "When I came home from school everyday my dad would ask not, 'What did you learn today in school?' but 'Did you ask any great questions today?' And I thought, what a beautiful way to educate kids, that we're excited by their questions and not by our answers or if they can repeat our answers back to us-- I so believe in the curiosity of others'

Okay, now I know why I love these shows... That quote, that thought... yes. Just exactly yes. Right on, Diane Sawyer, that IS a beautiful way to educate kids. And thank you for again pointing that out to me. I always need another reminder to believe in and SEEK out the curiosity in my students. And I'll tell ya now I'm stealing that famous physicists' father's question... "Did you ask any great questions today?"
::steps down off soapbox::

Loving: Here I go with Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff again... is there any better song for the WORD summer?! I think not. I spent the better part of this weekend by the pool, drinking Summer Shandy and loving life with mah friends. IT'S SUMMERTIME PEOPLE.

Thinking: I have 15 days left in Sweet Baton Rougeeeeeeeeee. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeahhhhhh. How's that for a little Garth Brooks at 10:30 at night?! 

I'm doing my best not to get bogged down by the craziness of moving and still taking in the best that Louisiana has to offer.

Wanting: Speaking of moving... packing SUCKS. Wanting it to... POOF! Be gone!

Needing: A day at the pool... and night with sunburn :( WOMP WOMP. I put sunscreen on! 

3 Vacay Essentials: 
1. Always, always a book-- kindle, iPad, Nook-- whatever you fancy, make sure you're living in the world of a character on your vacation. It's therapy in it's truest form. 

2. Sundresses are made for summertime. Vacay or staycay. To take some lyrics from Atmosphere's Sunshine--- "Every woman looks better in a sundress"... and I whole-heartedly believe that. Find what works for you and your body, then WERK it and TWERK it girl :)

3. Friends (and family) are essential. Every time of year... but there's something about summer that brings everyone together. You've gotta love it. 

Welp... I've had a nutbag freakout, preached and given you fashion advice... I'd say that's enough for one post. 

I'm going to learn some wisdom from Lenny Kravitz's Master Class. 
xoxo