Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Glorious Summer

Having spent the majority of my adult life being lucky enough to have summers off, I'll never forget the first summer I had to work. Being a summer birthday baby, I actually cried like a whiny kid about having to work on my birthday. It was awful. Since that summer I have worked a total of only three others...and it just never felt right!

So this year, I transitioned from a clinic to a school setting, and I have been soaking up every second of my glorious return to summer!!

I've been practicing my cooking and baking skills--gotta do right by Paul and Mary!

I'm continuing the process of clearing chemicals from my house--making my own cleaners, my own capsules, my own skin care products! I love the freedom it gives me to make products that suit my needs, work best for my skin type, won't give me migraines from the scent, etc. Tell me I'm not the only one?!

Most importantly, I've been having beautiful moments with beautiful people. I have some amazing friends. Spending time with them cultivates my soul, they draw me out and into deeper thoughts and conversations. They ask the hard questions and listen through disjointed thoughts. They are wonderful, and I am blessed. 

How have YOU been soaking up your summer?? Let me know in the comments below!

Currently obsessed with:
Purification! I mean, OBSESSED. I'm been spraying it all over the house, diffusing it with lemon, leaving in on cotton balls in habitually smelly places. It's like spring cleaning in a bottle!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Jolly Good Deals!!

It's the holiday season, so whoop-de-do and hickory dock!

I can't even express how much I love Christmas--if I can wait until after Halloween to put out my decorations, I'm pretty proud of myself. My house constantly has candles going, It's full of Christmas candy, Christmas gifts, Christmas cheer. I can't WAIT for school to be out so I can drink cocoa, watch movies, and decorate cookies. I still have two weeks left at school, but break is finally within sight!

In the spirit of giving, I have teamed up with a group of amazing sellers to offer some sale days, and as one of my followers, you will be privy to all my upcoming sales early!

Monday is going to be an amazing giveaway! All participants contributed and we are excited to offer SIX $50 TpT giftcards!! You can sign up using this Rafflecopter link--you will be asked to visit all FB pages of participating stores as your entry.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All participating stores has submitted popular products to a gift guide catalog for your consideration! Browse these amazing products while you shop!

I'm particularly excited about my Tuesday dollar deals! I'm going to give two items at a deep discount on Tuesday. First, is a growing bundle full of season and thematic do-a-dot pages. These simple pages are incredible motivators for my students! I use them for articulation, wh questions, homework sheets, sight word sheets, even smash mats! This Dot Artic Growing Bundle is only $1 on Tuesday!

While you're there, you can also snag these Superhero "I Can" Statements for Speech Therapy. The're Common Core aligned, editable to fit your speech room, and only $1!


Wednesday is a day of freebies, and I have a special freebie for my followers!

I'm highlighting a current freebie using the hashtag, this WH Cue Card. However, as a thank you to my followers, I will be marking down my Editable Teacher Toolbox Labels on Wednesday as well. They won't have the hashtag, this is my gift to followers only, so don't forget to grab it while you can!


Christmas, Christmas, how I love Christmas...did I mention how much I love Christmas? My students have also loved using Christmas themed activities and worksheets in our speech and language room. Grab the Christmas Speech and Language Bundle for 50% off on Thursday for your students!


Finish off this week of Jolly Good Deals with half off Growth Mindset Posters and a Mega Bundle for your Superhero Speech Room!


Finally, I wanted to tell my followers only, that I will also be posting various dollar deals throughout the week as well! Use the hashtag #8daysofChristmas between December 12th and 19th to find more great deals!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Sale Wishlist

I'm still getting through my first year on TpT, and one of my goals is to expand my use of social media. Obviously, by skimming through my blog you can see that I've done a pretty bad job of blogging! But I've recently joined some amazing Facebook groups full of helpful, cooperative, kind teacher-authors, and I've been able to participate in some amazing opportunities lately! With the 2016 Cyber sale happening today and tomorrow, I wanted to showcase some of the top wish listed items in my store to help fill your cart!

My top wish listed item also happens to be the #1 seller in my shop, and the most often referenced item in my classroom as well! I have this growth mindset bulletin board front and center in my classroom, and I often reference the posters, and the general growth mindset teaching with my students. As a speech therapist, I have seen it be tremendously helpful with my artic students. They often need reminders that they can "retrain" their brains, their bodies, their articulators. It is hard, but as I point out on the bulletin board--rather than giving up, we see to find new strategies or to remember that it will take time and effort!

My second most wish listed item is one of the first packets I made for TpT, and still a best seller. Since I was a child, I always loved Eric Carle stories, and as a therapist, they are amazing books for my students. This is one of my favorite units every year, and I loved creating this supplemental speech and language companion for the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

My third most wish listed item is this set of superhero speech brag tags! I created an entire Superhero themed set for my room this year, and included this awesome set of brag tags. I love to give them to students completing or working towards various goals. There are also editable options, which come in so handy, because as one buyer noted, "I'm glad to have the editable option as well, because we all run our speech rooms a little differently!"

I love getting personal recommendations for items, and I'm filling my wishlist as I type! Make sure after all your wonderful purchases tomorrow that you leave fantastic feedback. Not only do you get money off on future purchases, you help future buyers make confident, informed purchases! Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!

Click the picture below to see others' top wish listed items!

Monday, July 25, 2016

My Speech Space

In my last post I was lamenting my two and a half month wait before starting a new job. But today, my wait is over! I started my job last week, and it has been a crazy ride! My room was switched during the summer so I showed up to a larger room (score!) that had no cabinets or bookshelves (booo) and completely barren walls. Despite meetings on top of meetings on top of more meetings, I managed to have my room organized and decorated within two days for Back to School Night. I'm super excited to reveal it here today. There are still little things to finish up but it's about 85% complete, and I'm loving having my own tiny little space.

My mom made me take a selfie on my first day. This is the face of someone ready to decorate!!
Let's check out the room!

Monday, July 4, 2016

First Monday Made It!

Can you believe it's July already? I don't understand where these last two months have gone! At the beginning of May I accepted a new job that would move me from private clinic therapy to a school position. I took the job May 4th, but I can't start until July 19th. I am so unbelievably excited for this new venture, but the wait is kiiiiiilling me.

I'm still finishing my current position, so I've been short on time but it hasn't stopped me from creating  a load of new materials for my speech room! I love to keep everything in theme, so I have plenty of new material! I'm so excited to share it on my first Monday Made It!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Everyday Therapy

Today was Tuesday, and Tuesday's are a tough day on my schedule. I work in a difficult office with few materials, I've got difficult kiddos and some difficult parents which all make it...well, difficult to get excited for work. This morning I looked around in vain for something new and exciting to engage my first little preschool patient, and then it hit me--I had a secret gem hiding in my bag!

Last week my boyfriend's sister gave me this remnant from her Raising Canes kids meal. It was a make it yourself lemonade stand!

My friend was sooo excited! We had to follow directions to put it together, then he worked on requesting stickers and using his best spatial concepts to tell me where to put them. 

I was not feeling particularly motivated for my day, but this totally turned things around. He had a blast, and I got to target everything: following directions, spatial concepts, requesting, verbs, asking questions, social language, social skills (our other friends had to wait in line, be polite, etc.), recall, and more!

So what about you, do you have any unassuming items that have turned out to be fantastic therapy toys??

Saturday, May 21, 2016

101 in 1001

You know, I feel like as a blogger I have nothing worth saying. I'm not sure yet what I want to publish, or if my voice is worth sharing. So, while I work through that existential dilemma, I'm going to share something light and personal!

I make resolutions most new years, not because I think I'll keep them but for tradition and a chance to challenge myself moving forward. I always do resolutions that include a look back at my previous years accomplishments. This year my boyfriend and I made 3 resolutions, but I wanted to do more. When the holidays hit last year I was feeling very restless. A month before that I had returned from a trip to North Africa, and looking around I was in a place of feeling unhappy with my workplace and felt like I had no personal life outside of work. It was beginning to feel overwhelming, but I didn't know how to change or what to focus on moving forward.

I had been looking around Pinterest at the resolutions posts, and ran across something called the 101 in 1001. The idea is to make a list of 101 things you want to do in the next, you guessed it, 1001 days. I mulled over the idea for a few days, then on January 1st of this year my sister and I made our lists.

My partner in list making on the left.
Lists can be organized however you like, and here's my list below! Some items have already been completed and some are ongoing in progress goals. My sister shared both our lists on her blog, so this is copied directly from there: