Thursday, December 3, 2015

All I want for Christmas is...

This post was originally published on the SeeMamaTeach Collaborative blog.

 Ok Teacher-Moms, and Mom-Teachers... are you tired?  Because I know I am!

... So I was curious about the craziest things we've done while under the influence of 

... Enjoy...

"I put my kids to bed without diapers on." - Bridget A.

"I put a poopy diaper in the pantry because I apparently got side tracked and forgot I sat it down." - Casey P.

"the whole family went out to dinner, was gone for two hours and came home to realize I had already started dinner on the stove..." - Casey P.

"Pudding Snack Pack in the washer. Lol" - Lluvia G.

"Something my mom brain does too often is put my phone to charge and not plug it to the wall" - Lluvia G.

"I had my daughter perfectly dressed for picture day. Really cute new outfit with a matching bow, pig tails were perfectly even. Really feeling like I knocked it out of the park. Until I got myself to work and a colleague pointed out I had on two completely different shoes." - Meghan C.

"One night I was so tired I poured my juice into my bowl of pasta instead of into my cup." -Michelle H. (me)

"Got all ready to go, baby in car seat, diaper bag on shoulder, keys in hand and ready to walk out the door.... but I had no shoes on my feet!" - Michelle H. (me)

"I traveled back home... I packed half of my face care products, but ALL of their caps. Yep, started pulling out products and pulled out two caps with no bottles." -Jennifer T.

"I dipped my fries into {baby's} green bean/pear purée tonight instead of honey mustard." -Kerri B.

"I'm so tired... I started pumping and forgot to attach bottles." -Cassie T.

"I've put food that goes on the fridge on the cabinet and vise versa. I've also put clothes on backwards/inside out." - Martha M.

"Once I pulled out what I thought was a pair of black socks from the drawer and put them on. I looked down and noticed I had a brown sock on, so I took them off and looked for a pair of black socks. I couldn't find a pair, and then saw my original pair of socks were black! I got super confused and just figured the lighting was bad. Turns out I was actually wearing one black sock and one brown sock!! And who would notice, but the most sporty boy in my class! I was just like, whatever! And I wore two different socks that day!" - Angela N.

"Pregnancy brain: made a wrong turn on the way to school. I've been driving the same way for 4 years." -Maria C.

"Opened the fridge and poured milk in my dog's bowl. I have no idea what I was thinking!" - Maria C.

"Remote into the fridge. Formula in a coffee cup. Laundry in the washer but didn't start it." - Jennifer T.

"Ohh where to start... I tried to open the door to my house with the car remote. Put conditioner on my loofah instead of body wash. Wore two scarves to work (and got compliments - ha!). Wore two completely different earrings (no one told me, figured it out when I got home)." - Sara E.

"My biggest one as of late is looking for my phone for a long time and either find it in my hand already or in my pocket where I never thought to look. My other most recent one was freaking out that I couldn't put my car into drive and I thought something was wrong with my car to find I had never turned it on." - Heidi D.

"I found my phone in the fridge earlier tonight." - Nicole C.

"Once, I tried for a good minute to put {baby's} car seat front facing and could not for the life of me figure out why it wouldn't lock in!" - Katie P.

"TWICE this year I have pulled out of the McDonald's drive thru after paying without getting my coffee." - Tiffany B.

"When I was pregnant, I started running the bath to soak because my back was killing me, but I got sidetracked, and just a few minutes later our bathroom was flooded."

So my Christmas Wish for all of us Teacher-Moms and Mom-Teachers is a nice long nap (or 2)!

What are some of the craziest things you've done when you were exhausted?

Monday, October 5, 2015

October Currently

Oh man I am so late this month!  How did it get to be October 5th already?  Today by baby boy is 5 months old!  I almost didn't link up because I'm so late, but I haven't missed a currently yet, and I don't want to start!

listening - the baby is sleeping in his swing chair and snoring! I'm jealous.

loving - everything is great!  School is off to a great start, my baby boy is happy and growing, I'm loving life!

thinking - it's starting to get cooler out, and I'm not sure I like it.  If it feels cold now what will I do when it hits the negatives?!?!

wanting - what baby mama doesn't want more sleep?!?!  We did pretty well last night *knock on all the wood*

Needing - brrrr... I'm cold ... I'm going to go get a sweatshirt now!
I am slowly but surely losing my pregnancy weight.  I put on a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans this weekend and it felt and looked so good I wore them two days in a row, not even changing into yoga pants while I was home! 

Ok that's all!  I have to finish getting ready for work!  Go link up with Farley and Comment, Comment, Comment (if you haven't already done so!)

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September Currently

It's currently time!!!

... Listening ...
Tiny human is sleeping in his swing and the lullabies are playing.  It's so sweet!
... Loving ...
Yesterday was the first day of daycare and my boy had a great day.  He napped, the finished his bottles, the sitter raved about how good he was.  I'm so happy!  Knowing he's happy makes it easier going to work.

... Thinking ...
Yesterday was all PD... today is half PD half in our rooms, so I'm thinking about what I want to get done in the afternoon.
... Wanting ...
Ugh I'm so tired.  

That was yesterday morning.  Then I stayed up late putzing on my phone in bed last night

A photo posted by Michelle Louise (@michelle_alltogether) on

And the baby woke up even earlier this morning (3:45) ... I've gotta get myself back on schedule!
... Needing ...
I really can't think of anything I need ... that's kind of nice!
... Goals ...
I'm going to try to get stuff prepped for the week on Sunday, lunches mostly made, clothes for the week out, meal plan made and grocery shopping done!
Because I am a mommy now I really want to try and leave most of my school stuff at school during the week so I can spend week nights with baby boy... this will require me to really focus during the day to get stuff done.  I will still probably be doing school work on the weekends..
I'm still working on shedding some baby weight.  Hopefully being back to work means more movement and better eating (since I won't have unlimited access to my pantry and fridge!)

Please go check out what everyone else is currently up to!  And comment comment comment!

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Scoop

I am linking up with Teaching Trio for the Sunday scoop ... 

3 things I need to do...
Go to Wegman's for Milk and my prescription!
Fold the two loads of laundry that have been done for about a week
I need to get my dishes done - I hate doing dishes.

2 things I hope to do...
I took nugget's 3 month picture but I haven't put in his likes yet... hopefully I'll get that done today! Here is month 1 and 2...

I am also hoping we get the chance to play around in our kiddie pool today!

1 thing I'm happy to do...
The tiny nugget is sleeping and it's great!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

August Currently!

This is the one year anniversary of my participation in Farley's Currently!  It was actually my 5th post.  I love Currently... many months this past year it was my only post for the month.  However, I have completed my currently every month since starting my blog!

So here is this month's currently:

listening ... I am sitting out on my back deck and there is a beautiful breeze.  It is rustling the leaves and I am loving it.  Tiny human is sleeping in his swing seat next to me... see...

He loves to be outside!

loving ... my husband has this week off from work.  We are going to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania (CHOCOLATE!), to the zoo, and maybe to a baseball game!

thinking ... I have so much school stuff I could (should) be doing instead sitting outside blogging... mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, getting ready for the school year... *sigh*

needing ... a cleaning fairy would help with one of my things to do listed above.

needing ... the baby has a cold, so he isn't sleeping well... which means mommy isn't sleeping well.  We're both going to bed early tonight.

BTS RAK ... I made y'all a free organizational printable!

For those of us not back to school yet there is one to help you organize your day, with a space for your top 3 to-do's, your meal plan and an hourly breakdown of your day!

For those of you who are back to school there is an organizer to keep track of your tasks for the day!

You can find the full file in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Don't forget to follow and leave feedback while you're there!

Ok now head over to Farley's blog to see what everyone else is up to, and don't forget to COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Plan with me Sunday

Plan with Me Sundays - Linky Party

... on Monday!

Keeping Up With Mrs. Harris and Kreative in Kinder are doing an Erin Condren Giveaway on their pages for this week's Plan With Me Sunday!

This week is the back to school edition of this linky, so I'm going to show you my teacher planner, and how I have it set up!

I have always struggled to find teacher planner peace.  You can read more about that in my teacher planner post from last year!

I know two things about what I need in a teacher planner:
1. It has to be a physical, I-can-hold-it-in-my-hands, thing.  I CAN NOT do online lesson planning.  I have to be able to write it down.
2. It has to be pre-bound.  Binders or arc systems don't work for me... I end up taking out pages and losing them, or not ever putting them in at all!

This year I am trying the Bloom Daily Planner - Teacher Planner
Find it HERE!

There are a few things that I love about this planner!
1. It meets the above requirements of being a paper-pencil planner and it is spiral bound
2. It is colorful
3. It will fit my needs as a small group teacher (not pre-labeled with subjects I don't teach!)
4. Each monthly spread has a goal setting page before and a goal reflection page after along with space to take notes.
5.  The monthly spreads are all together in the front and the weekly pages are all together in the back.  This is something new for me this year.  Whenever I have made my own I put the weekly pages behind the monthly spread, but I find that I really don't use the monthly spreads that much!  So I'm going to use this cute book clip my sister made me to mark my spot in my weekly plans!

So here is what I did for set up since the planner comes undated!

Step 1 - go to Hobby Lobby for the Following items:

Available Here and Here - or in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby

Step 2 - go to Michael's for the Following Washi Tape Tube:

Not available online at this time - but you can find it in store!
Step 3: Turn on Netflix and get comfy!

Step 4: Using the 'Create your own Calendar Sticker Pack' from Hobby Lobby Date your Monthly pages.

Step 5: Using the Calendar Date Stickers - date your weekly pages.  I only put dates on the weeks I was in school (I skipped the weeks of Christmas Break, Winter Break and Spring Break).  I suggest writing the dates on post-it notes and sticking it to each weekly spread first.

Step 6: Start having fun with Washi Tape!  I used Washi Tape on my monthly and weekly spreads to mark when we had days off or vacations.  I also used the additional stickers from the 'Create your own Calendar Sticker Pack' to mark whether it was a day off or vacation, and to mark holidays!  I also plan to use 4 different colors of Washi Tape to tape the edges of my weekly spreads to mark the 4 different marking periods.  I haven't done this yet though because our marking period dates have not come out yet and while I could make an educated guess - I don't want to be wrong!

Step 7: Start writing lesson plans!  I haven't done this yet either.  I don't start until September so this step will have to wait... but I am ready for it!

What do you use for a planner? Are you a Paper and Pencil or Digital Planner?  Binder? Arc? Spiral? Print it yourself or Purchase?  Color or Black and white?

Are you on instagram?  Link up with me (@michelle_alltogether) to show off your teacher planner and use #MyTeacherPlanner

Here's Mine:

And here's a blank one for you!

And don't forget to check out Keeping Up With Mrs. Harris and Kreative in Kinder to check out everyone else's Plan With Me Sunday!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Plan with me Sunday!

Plan with Me Sundays - Linky Party

.... On Wednesday

Ok, so I'm very very late to the party.  But I have a 2 month old and a cold, so you'll forgive me right?

I actually wasn't going to link up, but then Kim from I Teach Stem shared Thing Link on FB.  She used it to create her About Me.  I'm going to use it today to show you my planner supplies!

Just click the little white dots to learn more!

Wasn't that fun!

Go ahead to either Keeping Up with Mrs. Harris or Kreative in Kindergarten to read about everyone else's planner supplies.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Currently July

How is it already July - wasn't it just June 1st a day or two ago.  OMG my baby boy is almost 2 months old.  

Angular Momentum
Image Credit

Can we all start spinning counterclockwise so the earth slows down?


But since it is July 1st I'm linking up with the awesome Farley at Oh boy 3rd Grade

... listening ...
the storm clouds are passing over us, we'll go from sun to pouring rain and back again
... loving ...
my mom is out visiting and my dad and sisters will be here on Friday
... thinking ...
really, it shouldn't be July yet, or we should get another month in between July and August
... wanting ...
I have been to have a manicure in a really long time, but my nails are nice and long right now so I'd really like one.  Maybe I'll do my own in a little bit.
... needing ...
I need the rain to stop so they can come give me an estimate on repairing or replacing my roof... pluss I need to mow the lawn.
... all star ...
I'd say I'm an all star at crafting, paper crafts are my specialty!

Go on over to Farley's blog to link up and read everyone's currently!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Plan with me Sundays (On Monday) - Make your planner work for you!

Hello friends ... I was so excited when Meghan from Keeping Up With Mrs. Harris and Robyn from Kreative in Kindergarten announced on instagram (my favorite social media site ... FOLLOW ME!) that they would be doing a linky party centered on one of my most favorite things!  My Planner!


You see... I am a #planneraddict.  It all started with my friend Krystina (hey ... she blogs too at Adventures of a Wanderlust Teacher)  One day we were chatting about her new Christmas present the Erin Condren Teacher Planner.  It was pretty, it was colorful and I was jealous.  However it wasn't something I would have bought myself (it's a bit pricey, and I'm not diligent about writing lesson plans - so much of what I do changes no mater what is written in my planner.)

Then she showed me her Erin Condren Life Planner.  Again it was pretty and it was colorful and I thought hmmmmm... maybe that would help me get a bit more organized.  So I thought about it, and I poked around on the website.  I decided it was too expensive.  And I poked around on the website.  And I decided that my husband would give me one as a birthday gift!  That is totally legitimate ... right?

So it arrived!

 Sorry for the terrible lighting - I am not a photographer by any stretch! And it was a rainy, gray day so very little natural light.

At first I had no idea what to do!  But I jumped right in anyway!  At first I tried color coding things.  Home, work, cleaning, blog etc... Here was my dilema... in the morning I'm getting ready for work and during the day I'm at work - those two sections were fairly useless to me

 Then I started following some planstagram accounts (instagram accounts for #planneraddicts in which super talented and creative people post pictures of their beautifully decorated and planned out lives.)  Looking at these accounts brought me to the realization that I could customize my planner to work for me... so that is what I did.

I made stickers (tutorial HERE ... and check out the rest of her site while you're there - she has a bunch of free printable stickers and other things!)  My stickers say "eat and drink" with a water drop sticker to remind me to hydrate, "to do list", "don't forget" and "today".

I used this system for a few months adding in stickers and making some additional ones.  This was also when I discovered that I could buy stickers on Etsy.  This was super bad for my wallet - but super good for my planner prettiness!

I was still using the top box to write down my lunch and dinner, and to track my water intake.  The middle was my "to do list" where I wrote down my tasks for the day... and the bottom my 'don't forget' which was where I kept track of my appointments and my regular weekly tasks.  The very bottom was where I made a quick reflection on what kind of day I'd had.  The left sidebar was for my grocery list!

I was also using a different color for each day as you can see!

I decided I wasn't using my top box efficiently enough (I just don't need that much space to write my meals)  So I made full sized stickers where I could put my meals, water intake and two things I needed to do everyday (this way I wouldn't have to write them in - they were already on the sticker)  I also included a little box at the bottom to track my spending - this was something I was not good at!  The other two sections remained the same.

Then I tried a routines or habits tracker on the left side-bar.  This did not work overly well for me. Especially on Thursday thru Sunday when my planner was folded over and I couldn't see it.  I made the $ section bigger (at the top) to track incomings and outgoings for our banking accounts (kind of like my check register).  The other sections remained the same.

In April I decided the top section would be my school to-do's and I moved my dinner over to the left side.  I still hadn't given up on my routines.

Now that I am home for the summer on my maternity leave I have put the dinner and water tracker back in the top section - with space to track my workouts.  It's kind of my health section.  The other sections are still the same!

So what is my point in this very long winded post.  Make the planner work for you.  My planner did not stay the same from month to month.  I had to change it up depending on what was working for me and what wasn't.  I doubt my planner has reached it's final state.  Chances are good that I will be changing the layout again as soon as this sheet of layout stickers is used up. 

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