Friday, June 5, 2015

Five for Friday

Happy Friday!! If you live around me, you're probably still in school. Hang in there, summer is just a week or so away!! If you're already enjoying your summer, I hope you have had a chance to get lots of rest and have lots of fun!! Have you done anything exciting yet? I'm still stuck on the couch so I'd love to hear what fun things you're out there doing!

Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her awesome Five for Friday linky party. I haven't done one of these since before the accident. I hope I can find 5 things to tell you about! :-)

Okay, here goes!

Tomorrow is the second Spotlight Saturday link up on my blog! There were some really awesome bloggers who linked up last week to Spotlight their favorite product, activities, and projects! I got a glimpse into a newly painted classroom, got to see how Pinterest crafts can pair up with TPT products, and I was able to download all sorts of awesome freebies! I can't wait to see who links up tomorrow and I am really looking forward to reading all about their Spotlights! If you're interested in linking up with us, click on the image below to learn a little more about Spotlight Saturday. Make sure to check my blog on Saturday to link up with us!

If you've been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you know how excited I have been lately to be getting organized. I have found so many amazing resources to help me stay on track with not just everyday things, but also blogging and social media interactions and giveaways and so much more!

One of my newest organizational discoveries is the 'TPT Project & Monthly Planner' FREEBIE from the super-sweet Maren from Malimo Mode. She teaches in Norway and if you haven't been to her blog to see the AMAZING pictures of where she lives and teaches, you are missing out!!
I LOVE this freebie! It is truly remarkable! There is a page just for Lists, and you all know how I LOVE to make lists! She gives you several formats on the Lists page too so you can easily visualize the difference between them. I may or may not have five different lists going on at the same time on that page...which means I will have to print out another Lists page soon! Besides the Lists page, there is a calendar that covers every month of the year. The boxes are already numbered, and on the bottom of each calendar box are these tiny little check boxes. These are for the various social media platforms that we use on a daily basis. There is a check box for blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. These are the perfect little reminders for which social media platform I need to reach each day. I have already planned out the entire month of June, and this little organizer is definitely helping to hold me accountable for what I want to get done!

Another amazing organizational tool I have found recently would definitely have to be the Weekly Planning Calendars from The Creative Chalkboard's newest Creative Paper Collection, Paint & Confetti!

I just can't say enough good things about this set! As you can see, I have next week all planned out. There's even a few things I need to go back and add, since I found out about some awesome linky parties I want to be a part of! See that little 'Notes' box in the lower right-hand corner? That is the PERFECT size for a Post-It Note, just in case you have more things To Do then will fit in the box! 

Two different styles of weekly calendars are offered in this pack. <The notecards are a separate order.> I like the option on the top left because it reminds me of a desk calendar. Rumor has it Krista is working on a GIANT calendar that will be perfect for our desks! Yay!! I use the different colored pens when filling out my calendars because it helps me to differentiate at a glance what I need to get done. For me, when I use all the same color, everything tends to run together and I end up missing something. I'm really glad to have found these amazing planners! Krista is currently sold out of hers, but she is getting a new shipment and they will be on sale again on June 11th. I got mine from her Etsy shop, and I'll be ordering another set to get me all ready for the upcoming school year!

Speaking of the amazing Krista Wallden, not too long ago she posted a snapshot on Instagram of her Monthly Summary sheet. She pointed out the importance of reflecting on your TPT store every month to help identify trends and to become a better all-around seller. I thought that was an AMAZING idea! So I sat down and thought about what I'd like to reflect on in my store each month. I've never done this before, so I'm not sure that I covered all the important points. I suppose I won't really know until the end of this month when I sit down and reflect! Here's what I came up with.

Can you think of anything else I should include? I think I'm going to do one for May, even though we're already into June, because I'd like to have something to compare. I believe I'll use May as my 'base-line' and see how things change come the end of June. If you can think of anything else I should include, I'd LOVE to hear from you!!

I have been hard at work creating things for my TPT store! I was a big ol' slacker since the accident in January, but I am starting to get back into the swing of things! My most recent product posted is designed for the beginning of the year to help kiddos get ready for Write the Room Centers. Instead of writing, since many of my kinders cannot write when they first start school, my Dragons will go around the room coloring the pictures to match the posters.

Click on the image above to head over to my TPT Store and check it out! There are 8 activities in this pack and all of them are designed to help kiddos understand the procedures and routines for Write the Room centers. Four of the activities have students coloring the picture on their response sheet to match the color on the poster, while the other four have students coloring the picture to match the color of the frame on the poster. I wanted to have two different styles for them to practice since each Write the Room activity is slightly different and I want them to get used to looking for different things.

Now that I've shared with you a little bit about my week, I invite you to hop on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and see who else has linked up! You never know what you're going to find!!


  1. Hi Erin, I love your blog design! It is adorable! I really need to order myself a set of the Creative Clips stationary. I just love all the pics everyone posts using them. They look so colorful, a great way to stay organized! Have a great weekend! :)

    1. Thank you so much! I can't take much credit for the blog, it was designed by Kassie from Designs by Kassie! She did such an awesome job though, right? :-) You should definitely get an order of calendars or stationary or cards...they are really so pretty and colorful, and I really love using the calendars! I'm going to buy another set when she puts them back on sale next week! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog to read and leave such sweet feedback! I hope you have an awesome weekend!!

  2. I am loving the color the room! What a fabulous idea for the beginning of the year with kinders! I am heading over to check this out!!

    Chevron and Centers

    1. Thank so much!! :-) My hope is that it will help my kinders better understand the rules and routines for the Write the Room center, since that is a center we use all year long! Hope I see you in Spotlight Saturday tomorrow! :-)

  3. I am so looking forward to linking up with you for spotlight saturday again!!! I'm just wondering if i wait until tomorrow to write and post or kill some spare time this evening and write in now then post tomorrow.. it's so much fun and i gathered so many views from it - i can't thank you enough!! I'm also a big fan of Maren i love the pictures she posts the place looks gorgeous!!!

    1. Yay, I'm so excited you'll be linking up again! I can't wait to read about your Spotlight!! I'm so glad that you enjoy the linky and that it helped get some traffic to your store! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, it means a lot! So glad I got to 'meet' you through these linkies!! :-)

  4. What a great way to introduce Write the Room! Love this idea.
    Always Kindergarten

    1. Thank you so much! I'm hoping it will be easy enough for my beginning of the year kinders to understand and that it will get them used to the routine of Write the Room! I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have a lot of great tools to help me stay organized, which is good because I'd be going crazy otherwise! Thanks so much for your compliment on my blog design, Designs by Kassie did an amazing job! I couldn't be happier! :-) Thanks so much for stopping by and reading and leaving feedback! I hope that you have a great weekend!