Sunday, November 25, 2012

Life Beyond Teaching... and a SALE!

I promise you... I do have a life outside of teaching, blogging, and TpT.   :)  Sometimes, I definitely feel the pinch, but overall, I really TRY to carve out lots of family time.  {I'm not gonna lie... I like ME TIME too!}  Seriously, it has been SO nice to have a few days off to catch my breath before the holiday frenzy that always ensues between Turkey Day and Winter Break!  Although it's so tempting to use the time to create classroom goodies to get "ahead" {as if that is even possible},  I have been using this time to spend time with my extended family, my parents, my sister, my hubs, and sweet Loralei too!  We even found some time to START decorating for my favorite holiday... YAY!

You know, I've only been married for two and a half years, so I am still in the process of learning how to be a domestic goddess, but I LOVE to cook!  I really enjoy making meals from scratch, because I LOVE a challenge!  :)  So, even though we ate Thanksgiving dinner at my parents, I still whipped up our own little feast at the Nickerson homestead!  Can we say, yummy!?  You have to try these recipes, friends!  For real!  So delicious!  (Click HERE for the green bean casserole recipe and HERE for the stuffing!!!)  Please excuse the lack of presentation... I write a teaching blog... not a food blog! ;)  Maybe some day I can channel my inner- Cara Carroll.  Someday...
Mr. Wonderful said this was the BEST green bean casserole he has EVER had.  ;)  You have to try it! 
If you like food with a little kick... you will LOVE this!  I think it would be GREAT with pork chops!

Okay, this is my first "BIG GIRL" turkey... and let's just say... I majorly messed up the trussing process! Ha! :)
During the holiday festivities, our garbage disposal kicked the bucket... and so did our dishwasher.  It was a double-whammy.  As you can tell, it was the kind of problem we couldn't ignore.  Fortunately, we were able to take advantage of the Black Friday sales, and we will have a new dishwasher delivered soon.  Don't you just HATE unexpected expenses though?!  Ugh!

In other news, I decided that I wasn't a huge fan of my super blonde hair.  I am naturally a strawberry blonde, so I decided to go back to my roots.  Literally.  :) While I am convinced that my natural hair color does not come in a bottle, we were able to get it pretty close.  It's just a little more red in person!  :)  This is just one more example of how the grass isn't always greener on the other side.  Sometimes, we just need to be ourselves.  Lesson learned!

Okay, and if I am being completely honest, I did work on teaching stuff a little bit.  :)  I added three more centers to my Christmoose Wishes centers!  It is now a 93 page file, so again, if you have already purchased the centers, you will want to go back in and download the new copy!  Now I am completely satisfied!  Ha!  You can check out a few of the additions below!

I am really enjoying making centers for my kiddos this year!  If you are interested in picking up some centers during the BIG Cyber Monday & Cyber Tuesday sale, I want you to know that I will be making them for every month!  My kids LOVE them, and it's a great morning work component in my classroom.  I just can't stop now! :)  I would have disappointed kiddos!  If you are interested in checking out the other sets, you can click on the cover pictures to take a closer look in my little shop!

 I have already started working on a winter set for January.  I'm open to suggestions.  Are there certain skills that you'd like to see included?  I haven't done a whole lot so far besides the cover and an ABC order, but I am hoping to have it done by next weekend!  Fingers crossed!  Here's a little sneak peek at the cover!

Of course, EVERYTHING in MY STORE will be on sale... not just my centers!  Since basically every seller will be throwing sales and TpT is taking another 10% off the top... you can score goodies for 28% off!  This is the perfect time to snag some of those items in your wishlist!  I know I have a few purchases to make myself!  ;) Does it get any better than getting a great deal?!  I think not!

Graphic by Ashley Hughes!  Isn't it too cute?!
Lastly, I wanted to let you know that I just added a FREEBIE to teach your kiddos how to infer using Tanny McGregor's fabulous trash can lesson!  I used it last week for an observation! :)  ENJOY!


  1. You are just darling. So sorry for the double whammy! The food looked great, glad the Mr. loved it! Your packets are incredible!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  2. Oh, why do things always break in multiples like that? I'm sorry to hear this! I loved seeing your decor and your hair looks fab!!

  3. Hi! Cannot wait to see your hair in person! Thanks for the Inferring activity...we are working on that skill now...