Let it Be Friday, 07

22 Dec


If you couldn’t tell, I love lists – listing things is very satisfying. Many of my readers are embarking on Winter Break….and I know you all need it. Here’s what’s on my Bucket List for the next two weeks:

Horse Pens 40 – considered the best kept secret in the South ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  my goal is to get on the rock and climb a route…yep, just one. That’s probably all I can handle

Read…. – My Goodreads challenge for the year is to read 50 books this year. I’m at 41 (with 4 in progress!)…can I do it?!

Cross-Stitch – yes, seriously. I’ve had this set for months!!!

Organize my life….with one of these!

Image result for hamilton ‘nough said

What’s on your Bucket List for break?


Let it Be Friday, 06

15 Dec

Here’s your official 2017

The Giving Tree Gift Guide!


(Just some things that have caught my eye, nobody told me to endorse these things – you’re welcome)


For the techie in your life

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera - Lime GreenInstax Mini 9 – this little green machine is a blast from the past!

Anker 20100mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad & Samsung Galaxy & More – Black Anker Ultra High Capacity Power Bank – the last thing you need is a dead battery.

Music Streaming Subscription – Choose your preference: Spotify, Pandora, Apple (I know, there are more, you get my point, though)

BrookStone Sand Box 9.5" x 9.5Sandbox – yes, I know, there’s no tech here. This is your break from tech – the chance to relax your eyes and mind.


For the kids in your life

preschool aged kids

Image result for busytown eye found it Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It – I dare you not to have fun with your kids with this one

Image result for magna tiles Magna-Tiles – seriously hours and hours of building with easy clean up (we invested in a big bin to put them all in)


elementary school

Image result for kiwi crates KiwiCo – these STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) kit subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving.

middle school 

Image result for makey makey Makey Makey – an invention kit that turns everyday objects into a touch pad.

Image result for litjoy crate LitJoy Crate – Receive 2 new release novels and 2-3 items related to the books and theme every quarter. Each quarter has a different theme, too!

high school

$25 BUY NOW He can jam out even in the cold with this beanie, which uses Bluetooth to connect to his smartphone or music streaming device. SoundBot Wireless Smart Beenie – wireless headset inside the hat that connects to your smart device’s bluetooth. Rocking out in style!

Image result for litjoy crate LitJoy Crate – Receive a new release YA novel and 2-3 items directly related to the book every month

$25 BUY NOW Give her a better bottle to tote to basketball practice. This one is glass and totally dishwasher safe (score!).  LifeFactory BPA-Free Glass Waterbottle – tons of colors for the eco-conscience teenager in your life


Let it Be Friday, 05

8 Dec

Here’s your official 2017 The Giving Tree Gift Guide!


(Just some things that have caught my eye, nobody told me to endorse these things – you’re welcome)

For the reader in your life

100 Books Scratch Off Poster

Image result for sweater slippers tomsSweater Knit Slippers – ladies…don’t you want to cozy up with a good book while wearing these?

No automatic alt text available. Awesome bookmarks – There are never enough bookmarks for a real book nerd!

The Little PrinceLitographs – your favorite text on a t-shirt, tote scarf, or poster!

For the one who has everything in your life

Books with Style I Adulted!I Adulted Sticker Book – because everyone needs a little recognition

What Do You Meme? I mean…a game about memes? Sign me up!

 How about a gift that gives back? Trades of Hope provides a sustainable business for women all over the globe. These women have struggled through abuse, poverty and heartache; many of them do not realize their worth. Now through their fair trade work, they are learning how to weave a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Next week I’ll share my recommendations for tech lovers and the kids in your life!

Let it Be Friday, 04

17 Nov

  • It’s here! Who is planning to see Wonder this weekend?
  • Thinking about buying some gifts soon? The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books have put out their Gift Giving Guide. (Thanks, Corrie!)
  • Instructional technology is not my only passion. One of my top stress relievers is BAKING! And I have found a pie crust game changer from one of my favorite baking companies, King Arthur Flour. They’re reviving a strategy called Pie Crumbs and it’s just about brilliant.
  • Finally, as you prepare for this holiday season, consider providing opportunities to support those with less than. I’m hosting a Black Friday Trades of Hope sale next week. Consider joining this event and helping women all over the world stop the cycle of poverty and abuse.

Short, but sweet Friday update…see you in TWO Fridays!


Let it Be Friday, 03

10 Nov

  • I guess DEVOLSON is a thing. Be sure to comment with your experience of DEVOLSON, you know, to prove it’s a thing.
  •  My early 1980’s friends, can you relate to this?
  • Google exec Eric Schmidt, has some email rules…9 of them.
  • Eric Curts is my new go-to blogger – controlaltachieve.com
  • Did you know you could be a member of ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) for free?! If you’re an educator in Illinois, you don’t want to miss being a part of this organization

Have a great weekend everyone!


Let It Be Friday, 02

3 Nov

Ah, the joys of a Friday. Today was Twin Day…make that Quadruplet Day


  • Four good questions KIDS can ask:
    • Is it possible….?
    • What if….?
    • How can we do this differently?
    • Why?
  • Pretty sure this kid is going places
  • Make Today…. (click the image to make your own copy!)
  • It’s not too late to have your students write a novel with NaNoWriMo!
  • Not so ordinary Writing Prompts (some for adults and some for your students, too!)
  • Finally, don’t forget….

Happy Friday friends!

Let It Be Friday, 01

27 Oct

Hi everyone, Happy Friday! Here’s a quick round up of some things from that place called the Internet. I hope you find something new and interesting:

  • Halloween is just around the corner. Hope your costume is ready to go. Need some inspiration?
Amelia Badelia costumes from Amazing Literary Halloween Costumes | Bookriot.com

Amelia Bedelia!


Have a great weekend!