Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Work Has Begun!

Yikes! I don't know about you, but summer is flying by for me! I'm only a few weeks in, but so far I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to do much blogging!

I've finally been able to get into my classroom and begin to get down to business! When I walked into school check out what I saw on the front name! :)

Here's the before shots:

This is what my room looked like right when you walked in the door.

This is the corner of the room directly in front of the door.

This is the corner diagonal from the door. (Where you see the bookshelves in the first picture.)

As you can see I've got A LOT of work that needs to be done. I've already changed just about everything you see in the set up in the before pictures. I haven't put anything up on the walls yet, but all the furniture has been changed up. But, I want to wait until I get the finished look to reveal the after pictures of my classroom! :)

Other than being in my classroom most days, I've been busy lesson planning and running volleyball practices! (And trying to enjoy my last few days of freedom!)

Friday, June 22, 2012

DIY Curling Iron to Curling Wand

I recently discovered how wonderful a curling wand is! You might be wondering....what's the difference between a curling iron and a curling wand? A curling wand is a curling iron without the clamp/clip. So, in order to use the curling wand, you wrap your hair around the barrel with your fingers because there isn't a clamp to hold the hair onto the iron.
I've found that you can do many different types of curls and that I can curl my hair faster than I would normally with a curling iron.

After playing with the idea, I decided to make my own curling wand from an old curling iron. I used a curling iron I've had for a long time but hadn't been using a lot lately. I had thought about buying a curling wand, but once saw how you can change a curling iron into a wand somewhere. I decided I'd try it out and see if it would work. This is really easy and took me about 5 minutes. All you'll need is a curling iron and a small screwdriver.

Start with an ordinary curling iron -- mine is a 1" con air curling iron.

Step 1. Pop off the stand for the curling iron.
Step 2. Take your screwdriver and push out the pins that are holding the clamp/clip for the curling iron.
Step 3. Unscrew the spring from the iron.

And viola! You've got yourself a curling wand!

It's that easy.

So what do ya think? Which do you like better, a curling wand or a curling iron?

Friday, June 15, 2012

My Classroom?

I've been out of luck when it comes to working in my classroom so far. The first week of summer I was able to move a few items into my new classroom, such as a few bookshelves, a filing cabinet, and a work table. But the last two weeks I haven't been able to get into my room. Last week the school was hosting a science camp and my room was one of the classrooms they used for camp. This week the floors are being waxed, so again, I can't get in my room.

I have been able to do a little bit of work outside the classroom to get my room ready. I inherited some chairs from the teacher that left. These will be great work chairs the the students to use when they work at the work table I brought in or if they need to to work on the computer. I also inherited a tall barstool chair that will be great for me if I ever want to sit while I teach. Both of these sets of chairs needed a lot of TLC. So, my Mom came over and helped me sand them and repaint the chairs.

Here's the before:
As you can see these chairs were and interesting blue color...
(Trebek wanted to make sure we were doing a good job.)

And this barstool chair was in desperate need of help.

And here are the chairs right after we finished painting them:

They look much better with the new coat of black paint and I can't wait to see what they look like in my classroom!

Last night I found out some good and bad news about my lesson plans. The bad news, I have to scrap a lot of my lessons I've already began to map out. The reason I'll need to scrap a good portion of my lessons is because of the good news, I have more freedom than what I thought to do some different activities! For example, I found out I can use mostly chapter books instead of the typical reading books. This will be better, but I wish I would have known about it earlier.

Next week I'll be able to get back in my classroom and move the rest of my stuff in and begin having things come together! I have 6 weeks of summer left to get my classroom and lesson plans ready!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Small fact about me: I love chocolate and peanut butter. It's probably one of my favorite food combinations. I my favorite candy is Reese's, my favorite blizzards from DQ are Reese's blizzards, on occasion when I'm craving it at home I'll just melt some chocolate chips and put a dollop of peanut butter in it and gobble it all up. Needles to say, I kind of a have a thing for chocolate and peanut butter.

Thanks to Pinterest I found this yummy recipe. Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing. This recipe is really easy. You use a cake mix and make your own icing. (Which is the way I always make my cupcakes.)

For these cupcakes you'll need...

For the cake mix you'll use 1 box of devil's food cake mix and make the cupcakes according to the package.

For the frosting:
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 stick of butter (softened)

Mix all your frosting ingredients together in a large bowl. Then pipe your icing on to your cooled cupcakes. You could even top your cupcakes with some chocolate chips!

There are only 2 changes I would make to this recipe.
1. Next time I'll add some chocolate chips to the cake mix to make it more chocolatier (is that a word?).
2. I'll probably use less milk in the frosting next time. It was a little soft when piping it and I like my icing a little more stiff for me to work with. (Just personal preference.)


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Today marks mine and Charlie's three year anniversary! It's hard to believe three years have already come and gone! 
Here's a few pictures to reminisce our wedding day:

It's been three wonderful years and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us!