It's teacher week 2015 over on Blog Hoppin! I'm joining in on the fun to share ...

1.) I Love my Family! I can not believe that my oldest is off to college this year. He's about 6 hours away in Pennsylvania, and it feels so weird to not see him every day. He is loving it so far and I am so proud of him but it's a big change for this family! Here we are getting him settled into his dorm room a couple of weeks ago.

2.) My daughter and I are enjoying the school year too! She's a senior!! I don't know what I am going to do when she leaves next year. Here we are on the way to school for the first day, Her last first day of high school. Oh how I wish I could slow down time!

3.) My husband and I will be married 20 years this May! I hope we are able to go on a fun trip to celebrate. We haven't ever gone on a vacation without the kids. Our son was born six weeks early, one week after our first anniversary so this vacation has been a long time coming. Where should we go? We'd love some suggestions.
20 years ago

This past Valentine's Day!

4.) I did not finish High School when I was suppose to. I ended up getting my High School Diploma through correspondence courses (before internet was available), and went to college 10 years later after my children were both in school themselves. I am the first in my family to earn a college degree. It was a lot of work but I LOVE teaching, and I'm so glad I went back to school! Here I am with my kids on my graduation day in 2008!

5.) Did I mention how much I LOVE teaching! I'm and organization freak, and totally coordinate my classroom. You will see more on Wednesday but here's a little peak at the organization behind my desk this year.

I am so fortunate to work with an amazing group of people that have a passion for teaching children. I love going to work everyday and watching the children learn and grow. This group of silly second graders has already stolen my heart!

Head on over to Blog Hoppin to catch up with more of your favorite teacher bloggers and see what fun facts they are sharing. Come back tomorrow for some tasty recipes for make ahead meals because we all know how hard cooking is once school starts back. Happy Teacher Week 2015!

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As a parent and a teacher I want my back to school shopping to be as easy as possible. I don't want to confuse parents with a list of vague items they need to find, I can't tell you how many parents I saw standing in the back to school isles this past week reading a list and searching for something they couldn't find or confused by the many options of such items, they had no clue which one was best. As a parent I want to get exactly what the teacher wants my child to have, and I don't want to spend all day in the store trying to decide which one.

Amazon has a great way for teachers to share their lists with parents, that benefits parents as well. No more searching and trying to figure out which one! You can link to exactly what you'd like the kids to show up with, parents can log in and shop, then have the items shipped right to their home. Sounds wonderful to me!

Amazon is inviting educators and parents to try Amazon School Lists,, a convenient way for K-12 teachers to create and share online back-to-school supply lists. From kindergarten to high school, teachers can build their lists on Amazon and share it with parents via e-mail and/or a shared link so they can quickly and easily buy exactly what their student needs for school.

Are you ready to give it a try? Head on over to Amazon and build your class list, share it with parents and you could win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards! Think of all the supplies you could get for your classroom! Once you've created your list come back here and enter the contest using the raffle copter below. 

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We started back to school this week! It was a great start. I am so excited for this year. Today I wanted to share with you a couple of  products that are helping me in the classroom.

If you are using Common Core and you need to track if students are mastering the standards Carson Dellosa has a great tool for you.
This record book will make tracking the standards a breeze. It's laid out in an easy to use format with all the standards at your finger tips. Plenty of room for recording dates and notes. Check out this video to see all the exciting features! 

I am also in love with Carson Dellosa's Chalkboard Decor. The colors are fun and the black just makes them pop out. I put up this board in our hallway with the scalloped boarder and pre-punched letters.
I am going to take pictures of all my students to add up here. I love how it brights up our hallway, and it was so easy to add our school theme with these letters. They are already cut out all I had to do was pick out the ones I needed and put them up.I got lots of complements on the brightness during back to school night.

I am also using the colorful calendar, and love it. The colors are very vibrant and the numbers show up so well. It also came with plenty of special day circles to add to those special dates.
You can watch this video to see more colorful chalkboard decor ideas.

Review Disclaimer:  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

You can also check out Carson Dellosa on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest products and offers.

I will be back soon with this years classroom reveal. I'm so excited to share! You can also catch me on Blog Hoppin to see 2 of my favorite beginning of the year activities that's got us off to a good start!
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