Friday, March 22, 2013

New Look + Five For Friday

Holy Moly what a week!! It kind of flew by on me. What else is new right? 

Here are some quick highlights from a busy week.

1. First off, notice anything different around here? If you follow my blog you might notice that I got an extreme make over this week! I am head over heels in L.O.V.E with my new blog design, curtosey of the sweeter than sweet Becca from Jumping Jax Designs!!! There are still a few things that need to be added tonight, like the way cuter social media buttons she's made and the new blog button. But there is still enough new to debut I think!! :)

Change can be tricky, especially with something that is as personal to me as my blog. It's not that I didn't like my old design,but I wanted something that I could call just mine. I  knew what I wanted but finding all the elements took some time. Becca was not only patient but she solicited feedback from me every step of the way and as a result, I could not be happier with how it came out! SO THANK YOU BECCA!!!If you are looking for a new look for your blog I would highly recommend Becca for the job!

Also, I can finally respond to comments on my blog now!!! 

SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS FEATURE! I've wanted it forever. 

2. The tattle box was re-introcued this week. My ears aren't ringing with tattles today- yay! Check out the blog post here to learn more about Tommy The Tattle Turtle and to grab my Sea Turtles freebie!!

3.  I'm on the "Writing Task Force" at my school. Which is a rather snazzy way of describing what most people would probably call a Writing Committee. We are working on vertical alignment for our school for writing next year along side Common Core. This Wednesday, we had to introduce our staff to the Common Core and let everyone know it's here and we are welcoming it into our building! To do this, we put on the world's corniest performance that you ever did see. Literally yall, we presented about the "Common Corn" and talked about how we needed everyone on board so that every kernel on the cob would grow tall and strong. There were costumes, props, the works. Super corny? Absolutely. But we deff got our point across and kept the staff laughing instead of cringing in a meeting - score!!

4. Little ol' me received a not so little nomination recently. I was nominated for Teacher Of The Year and got to attend a breakfast and award ceremony. A million thank you's to the person who thought to put my name down on that ballot! I may not have won the whole shabang, but there are few things in the world I could be nominated for that could touch my heart more!!!

5. My kids were cracking me right up with an Opinion writing piece from my Spring Chick Pack. I will share more about this one in detail in my next post, but here's one who got hers done today.


My Life Cycles Unit, Common Core Writing Galore April+ Chicks and Bunny Spring Crafts all coming your way!!




  1. Congrats on being nominated for Teacher of the Year!!!!!

    I love the chick writing it is adorable!!

  2. Congrats Teacher of the Year!!!!!!! That is an amazing accomplishment.
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new design.
    My Second Sense

  3. Awwww, congratulations, Stephanie!!!! On the nomination nd the darling new look!!

  4. Stopping by from Five for Friday. Wow!! Congratulations on your Teacher of the Year nomination! That is amazing, and you should be so proud! And, yes, I am loving the new look. Hope your weekend goes well. If you get the chance, I'd love it if you could stop by my Stress-Free Sunday link up.

    Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day!

  5. I love your blog look! I won a blog makeover that should be up and running very soon. I am so excited!

  6. Love the new look for the blog! Also congrats on the T.O.Y. nomination!

  7. Oh my gosh - what a big week! Congrats on your Teacher of the Year news & the new blog!

    Lucky to Be in First

  8. Congrats to you & thanks so much for the shout-out! :) :)

  9. Congrats on being nominated! How neat :) I love your new blog design!


  10. Congrats on the new look and the nomination too!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  11. You look mahvelous! What a great new look for a great blogger!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  12. Congrats on the nomination Stephanie. That is awesome. And I LOVE the new design :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  13. Congratulations on your nomination!! :) You deserve it!!! LOVE your new look!! :)

    A Day in First Grade

  14. Awww, how wonderful! congratulations on your nomination! Your new design is adorable. I love the colors.


  15. I love the colors and design! =) And your chick activity looks great!

  16. Congrats on being nominated for teacher of the year!! And your new design is wonderful, of course!!

    EduKate and Inspire

  17. I just found your blog via Five for Friday, but I'm lovin' your new design. It's so Spring looking :)

    Kaleigh's Klassroom