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Teaching is Hard Work: Taking Care of Yourself

I went to this professional development this afternoon and one of the sessions I attended was "Teaching Children with Trauma."  Working in an inner-city school, the trauma that the students at my school have experienced is tremendous!!  However, as teachers and caretakers, it is very easy to develop compassion fatigue.  Helping students that have experienced trauma can be emotionally draining for teachers!  We often take care of everyone but ourselves!!!  I am hoping that this list is helpful!!!

Here are some tips to help take care of yourself*:
  • Get Enough Rest
  • Eat Enough
  • Exercise
  • Vary the Work You Do
  • Do Something You Enjoy
  • Focus on What you Did Well
  • Learn from Mistakes
  • Laugh
  • Pray, Meditate, or Relax
  • Support a Colleague
I love to do things I love!! However, I have to work hard to make time for exercise!  I know I feel so much better when I am doing things I enjoy outside of school :)  This includes being a "carpool" mom, reading books, blogging, and catching up on my DVRed shows!!!

I also keep a journal.  It is beautiful and pretty with fancy parchment paper!!  It is my gratitude journal.  I am not as faithful as I should be about writing everyday, but I need to make a better effort because overtime I write in it, I feel so blessed.

If all else fails, and you only have 5 minutes...watching YouTube videos of babies giggling is a sure way to put a smile on your face :)

This break, I hope everyone has a chance to rejuvenate and get ready for an enjoyable (not exhausting) 2015!

*These were from a handout that referenced proqol.org

Crafting Day! Two Freebies for the Holidays!

We had a crafting day at our house yesterday!!!  My children have numerous food allergies, so for the past four years, we've had a crafting day instead of a baking day!

We made snowman jars for almond bard pretzels, a JOY sign, and NOEL letters!

Snowman Jar Materials:
-mason jar
-almond bark

This was pretty easy.  We melted almond bark and dipped the pretzels in them.  Then once they dried (we laid them out on wax paper), we put them in the jar.  We added buttons and a red ribbon for a scarf!  Here are the gift tags :)

Joy Sign Materials:
-Scrapbook paper

Download this template.  I printed it on scrapbook paper that looked kind of rustic.  Then I punched holes in it and ran ribbon through it!

NOEL Sign Materials:
-modge podge
-spray finish
-spray paint

I first spray pained the letters. Once they were dry we covered them in modge podge and spread glitter all over them.  After shaking off the excess glitter we had to do some touch up spots.  After it dried, I sprayed it with acrylic finish. Make sure to keep the spray about 18 inches away from the letters.  This will help not dull the glitter, but will seal the glitter.

**A special thanks to Melonheadz for the graphics on the gift tags and Cara Carroll for the font on JOY!  

Five for Friday! Christmas Gift Ideas to Make and More!

I got instructions for how to do this from House on the Way.  The sides are painted black.  Please excuse the paper towel background...I was trying not to make a mess!  I bought the letter from Hobby Lobby that was 13.5 inches tall.  I think it was about $2.00 a letter - when they were on sale :)  
This gift is for my husband.  He and my son collect shells from all the beaches we've been to.  I got this little jar with a cork lid from Michaels for $2.29.  We were careful and turned the jar on its side then filled it with shells.  I thought he could put it in his office at work.  I'm kind of wishing I had collected some sand.  Next time...

This is one of the projects my daughter and I are doing next.  If you click on the picture it will take you to Melissa at the Polka Dot Chair's original post on how to make them.

This ornament gets so many compliments!  One of my co-workers gave it to me and I smile every time I pass by the tree :) 

This was the sunset driving home from work last night!  I love it when the clouds get puffy like a million individual cotton balls!  

Currently December!

I cannot believe it is December 2014!  This year has gone by so quickly!!!  For me, spring goes by so quickly...especially with state assessments.

I love Christmas!!! My shopping is DONE!! I have some craft projects I'm making...I'll post them when they are done.  My favorite part about filling out this months Currently is that I truly need nothing (okay, I probably need to eat healthier- but I don't think that was the intent of the question)  :)  I love the feeling of contentment when everything feels like it is where it belongs...like the universe is in balance :)

Giving...I do have a giveaway that ends tonight at 8:30 CST.  However in addition to that giveaway, I was going to give advice:
Sometimes good enough is good enough. 
For someone that is a perfectionist, this quote is perfect for me entering this holiday season!!!
Enter below to win!  I'll be giving away 2 $20 TPT gift cards on Monday night at 8:30 pm.  I'll email the winners tomorrow night, so you will have plenty of time to shop!

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TPT Cyber Sale Dec 1-2 and a Giveaway!

TPT is having one of their big sales tomorrow.  Everything in my store will be 20% off, plus you get an additional 10% off if you use the code: TPTCYBER.
Enter below to win!  I'll be giving away 2 $20 TPT gift cards on Monday night at 8:30 pm.  I'll email the winners tomorrow night, so you will have plenty of time to shop!

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Literacy By Worksheets Shopping Favorites

My goal was to get all my shopping done by 11/30!  I've pretty much met my goal. 

We are keeping Christmas simple at my house. 
In addition to their stocking which will have some little goodies (lip gloss, small legos, candy, fun socks, fun mittens/gloves) my children will get the following:
Something they Want
Something they Need
Something to Wear
Something to Read

My children are SUPER excited about doing this.  They have everything they could ever want or need, and they look forward to being surprised.

Disclaimer:  my children have amazing grandparents and aunts and uncles and will get plenty of gifts from them :)

I thought I'd share some of my favorite stores.  I love Nordstrom because they have free return shipping!!

I love this Etsy store.  You can customize your sign for your favorite sports fan :)

I'm not sure if all Major League Baseball teams have something like this, but the Kansas City Royals have a great children's program.  For $25, the kit includes a shirt, baseball cap, sunglasses, 2 tickets to a game, a VIP run the bases pass after the game, and many other offers for when you are at the stadium.

I found out about this story from Momastery.   She has a great gift giving guide with FANTASTIC BOOKS and I loved one of the stores she recommended:  Purpose Jewelry.  Their website explains that they are working to empower women that have been victims of modern day slavery.  Each piece is hand signed by the women that made it.

The other gift that I've given to my friends and family that love to travel is packing cubes.   It makes it so easy to keep clothing organized when you are traveling with a family.  We each have our own colors...that way they can all go in the same suitcase, but it is super easy to unpack when you get to your destination!

I'm also a huge fan of giving board games as gifts.  Here are a few of my favorites to give this year!

Our Barnes and Noble has signed books!!  Here are a few that I picked up for teachers, librarians, and my own children!

Here are some other books I'm giving for children age 8-14!

Thankful Linky {Day 2}

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin!  Today on this first day, I'm thankful for my cozy home!

I've lived in my house for 15 years now.  It is cozy :)  That is realtor speak for "tiny!"  That's okay.  My husband has asked me many times if I want to move to a bigger house and I always say the same thing, "no way...I'd just have more to clean!"  :)

I work with a number of students that are homeless and my daughter and I have volunteered at the homeless shelter which makes me even more grateful to have a roof over our head.  In the winter we stay warm, and in the summer we are cool.  I know this is so much more than many people have.  We also have traveled quite a bit, and in other countries, my house would be considered a mansion!

I love this quote :) It is ultra true for me!