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Do You Have this Testing Secret Weapon?

Last week we began our state testing for our 3rd-5th grade students.  We started with the 3rd grade group since we have to rotate children through our computer lab to do online testing.  Sadly, many of the students were coughing and we used almost two entire Kleenex boxes of tissue by the end of the week.  Because of this I decided to bring in my testing secret weapon!

(Star Wars music playing in the background.  Enter: Diffuser and Young Living Peppermint Oil!)



This helped students breathe better, freshened up the testing area, and best of all, helped kids focus on their test!  The proctors also mentioned how well they could breathe while smelling the Young Living peppermint oil! Since I have been made the testing coordinator this year, I needed a little happiness to help calm my emotional stress.  Peppermint helps me feel happy :), so I brought the oil for myself just as much as for my students!


There you have it folks!  My testing secret weapon!!!

If you want to learn more about the oils I did another post here about them.  If you want to buy some peppermint oil go here.

A St. Patty’s Day Giveaway!

For several reasons I teamed up with Growing Grade by Grade and Reading and Writing Redhead to host a giveaway!

  1.  I reached 700 Facebook likes!  Hooray!
  2. It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Pi Day all in one work week!
  3. Cristina a Jamberry Consultant contacted me about doing a review and giveaway.  She is a New York teacher!


Thank you to Glitter and Glue Designs, Pink Cat Studio, and Hidesy’s Clipart for the graphics above.

You can register here:
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This is my review of Jamberry nail wraps:  When they were on the next day I really enjoyed looking at my fingernails and felt very spring time-ish since I picked a pretty pastel pink with polka dots.  I figured that they would match the nude colored polish I wear most often.  I definitely couldn’t have pulled anything off like this with the polish I have at home!

The reason I say that I liked them the next day is because when I first put them on, I probably needed to file the edges down a bit more and little wear and tear between days helped finish the edges off better.  This is the first time I had ever used these nail wraps.    I will see if the Jamberrys make it to their expected two weeks worth of wear.  Even if they make it to one week, I will be impressed. (I will post an update later.)

Now the drawbacks to the nail wraps.  They took me a long time to put on–more than an hour.  In fairness, I have never done this before so I don’t know if  this is normal or not.  If the wraps really last more than a week, then the extra time put in at the beginning will be worth the wait. The other problems I had with these is they didn’t fit perfectly in width to my ring finger.  From the side you can really tell.  I was surprised about this because I have generally small hands.

Overall, If I want to feel festive, the wraps are definitely a way to dress my nails up.  Just look at the possibilities.  I wouldn’t be able to accomplish any of these looks without Jamberry. Oh, and FREE SAMPLES PEOPLE…whoever wants a free sample just go here.

No Regrouping Needed!

Why does this alternative to regrouping work?  I have noticed an image similar to this on Pinterest/Facebook.


The comments go something like:

  • Wow!
  • Cool, I’ve never seen this before!
  • How does this work?!
  • Why does this work?!

I thought I would take a moment to explain why this works.  A simple piece of ribbon gives us a chance to explore this concept.  Above I used smaller numbers to demonstrate.  100-88=12, but subtracting one from the minuend and subtrahend gives us the same answer.  99-87=12 also.  When moving the ribbon down the number line we can see how the distance on the number line stays the same because we took the same amount from both the numbers.  Hence, the ribbon remains the same size because the distance doesn’t change.




The distance = the difference.  As long as the distance is constant between the numbers this will work.

Now, you tell me, will this work if, instead of subtracting one, I subtract five from the minuend and subtrahend?

How You Can Improve the “Office”

I know you probably have a collection of “offices” in your classroom–you know the two file folders stapled together and laminated if you went the extra mile.  I have a collection of colored file folder ones from when I was in the classroom.  I loved these things!  We would pull them out any time we tested or I wanted students to think independently.

Well, guess what!  Someone has improved “the office”!  The resource teacher borrows the back of my room to work with some of her students.  One day she left this up.  I thought it was genius!  If using a round table, do this for four kids at a time. offices-1


She made four regular offices by stapling two file folders together…



Then she clipped the four offices together with paper clips and binder clips.  This allowed four students to sit and work privately.



And voil’a taking file folder office to the next level!

Liebster Award Nomination

Wow, what a nice surprise to find that Pat, from Growing Grade by Grade, sweetly nominated my blog for The Liebster Award!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and to help spread the word about new blogs.

The rules:

*You must post 11 random things about yourself.

*Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.

*Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.

*Choose 11 blogs you love {with less than 200 followers} and link them in your post.

*No tag back {but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you!}

Here goes…

11 Random Things About Me:

I love photography!

I have a furry black chipoo.

I love the Greek song where they break plates!  It makes me happy!

I hate going to the doctor.

I think sitting in the DMV feels like a Seinfeld episode which makes me chuckle to myself when I go there.

To relax at home, I use essential oils in my diffuser.  My favorite is 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of peppermint, and 2 drops of lemon.

One of my goals is to read A Patriot’s History of the United States.  It is 800 pages and so I’m not very far along.

I love to bake desserts!

The older I get the more I realize that you are still the same person but in an older body, so it may be true that youth is wasted on the young.

I like to make a change in jobs about every five years to keep myself from being stagnant.  I don’t ever want to be resistant to growing and learning.  Challenge is what makes you stronger.

I like to grow things!  For example, I like to take the green onions from the grocery store that I don’t use and put them in the ground or grow herbs.

My 11 Questions with Answers:

  1. What’s your guilty TV pleasure? The bachelor…I get sucked in to it every time!
  2. What is your favorite movie of all time?  Chronicles of Narnia
  3. What is your favorite book of all time?  The Hiding Place
  4. What is your favorite holiday and why? Valentines Day because you can give to someone without them feeling obligated to give back.
  5. As a teacher, what is a strength of yours? Classroom management
  6. Describe your favorite dessert.  Cold, yummy ice cream specifically Rum Raisin from Haagan Daaz
  7. What describes your home decorating style?  Thrift store remakes.  I like to refinish used furniture.
  8. If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Jim Caviezel
  9. What do you hope to receive for your next birthday? jewelry
  10. What is something that you learned recently? Since I have been studying essential oils, I learned that they have a MHz reading and so does our body.  I learned that the human body has a MHz reading between 62 and 68 MHz.  When your MHz dip below 60 you start getting sick, but essential oils raise your MHz making it more difficult for your body to get sick.
  11. What is your favorite subject to teach?   Math!

Questions for Blogs I’m Nominating:

1. Who is your celebrity look alike?

2.  What is your teaching super power?

3. What is something you wish you knew 10 years ago and why?

4. If you had $10,000 to give away, who would you give it to? Why?

5.  If you could put yourself in a TV show, which one would it be and why?

6.  What is your favorite hobby?

7.  What book have you learned most from?

8.  What do you like best about teaching?

9.  What do you like least about teaching?

10.  When you have had a bad day at work, what is your comfort food?

11. Who is your teacher hero? Why?

The 11 Blogs I’m Nominating:

  1. Managing and Motivating Math Minds
  2. Fantastically Fifth
  3. Kinder Molly
  4. Hamilton Ed Solutions
  5. True Life I’m a Teacher
  6. Third Grade Grapevine
  7. Steele Teaching
  8. Strive to Sparkle
  9.  Ms. E Teaches Math
  10. Teaching in High Heels
  11. Food and Forte

And don’t forget that if you were nominated, to come back and comment on this post with a link to your post so I can go and read all about you!

Need a Thoughtful Inexpensive Teacher Gift?

For Christmas I wanted something thoughtful, yet inexpensive to give to a few of my close coworkers.  Since I have been learning about essential oils, I recently attended a make-and-take party at which we made sugar scrub.  As a result, I decided to make sugar scrubs for my co-workers and decided to even take a scrub to a retirement party I am soon to attend.  For the retirement party, I put a label on the lid that says “Reti
rement is Sweet”.  Here is the one I am taking to the retirement party…

SugarScubRetirement-1Now the cute “handmade just for you” labels I found ready made at one of my favorite places–Hobby Lobby.  I made the sugar scrub labels/directions and you can download them here if you like.  They don’t really show in the above picture but they are behind the “handmade just for you” tag.

After considering many different recipes, I didn’t like the dryer feel of using a tablespoon of coconut oil so I made mine with almond oil.


Make sure you have two different bowls.  You will want a smaller one for the oil and a larger one for the sugar.  Use any combination of white and brown sugar you want.  I chose white sugar because I didn’t want to overwhelm the smell of the essential oils.  Brown sugar tends to do this.

I used 8oz. sized mason jars.

In the oil bowl:

I put ¼ cup of almond oil (available at health food stores such as whole foods).

5-8 drops of essential oils of your choice.

a few drops of Vitamin E oil

Stir the oil ingredients slowly in the oil bowl.

In the sugar bowl:

I put ¾ cup of sugar.

I slowly poured the oil into the sugar bowl and mixed with a fork until the oil was absorbed by the sugar little by little.

To complete, I spooned the sugar scrub mixture into the mason jar.  You can cut out pretty scrapbook paper to place underneath the ring of the mason jar.  To get a perfect circle just trace the flat circular lid.  Then attached pretty ribbon and the tags.



Merry Christmas!


Cyber Smile Monday and Tuesday Sale November 30-December 1!

Don’t miss out on this Cyber Monday and bonus Tuesday Sale!!!  All items in my store will be 28% off!Cybersaleadcat

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!  I want you all to know, followers, that I am thankful for you!Slide1

Nifty Tricks for the Number 6!

The other day I came across this and never realized that 6 multiplication facts repeated in this way or had this pattern!  Imagine, I have been looking for patterns in the 6’s for years and never realized this.  Did you?!


I mean I knew you could double your 3’s facts to find your 6 facts, but I never realized this happened with the even numbers.  I am sure you can tell by the image above that the factor multiplied by 6 repeats in the ones place of the product!  Hmmm, I wonder if this happens with more digits?  Well, does it? 🙂  What a great problem to pose to your students.  Then ask them to show other examples of this working or not working with larger numbers.  I wonder about odd numbers….does this idea work with odd numbers?  Hmmmm?  What fun!!!  Do you know any more tricks that work with 6?




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