Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Teachers Getting Organized 2015 {How To Participate}

I am so excited about this! Thank you all for your responses...either by email, Facebook, Insta, or commenting on my blog post yesterday. It sounds like we are ALL ready to get organized...and NEED it :-)

Pinterest! If you are not on Pinterest, then you simply must get yourself pinning! Pinterest is definitely my "go-to" now. I used to Google everything. Now, I go to Pinterest and type in the search bar and find many options of what I am looking for! Soooo many great teacher pinners out there and great collaborative boards!

Facebook! I love Facebook. I think it is the easiest way for us to "interact" with each other. We can share pictures and comment back and forth! I will try to create a post each morning and we can keep adding to it throughout the day...either with links, photos, questions, or just comments!

Instagram! I will admit...I am new to Instagram. I am learning as I go. I loooove looking at pictures. I am very visual!! Instagram is perfect for anyone and everyone to be able to participate! If you are out shopping and find a simply must have for our challenge of the month..then post it to Instagram!

If you have any questions, then please feel free to email me! I can't wait to work with all of you!! Make sure you follow my Facebook page!! Today I will be making posts for all of you to leave your info so we can all follow each other!! 

Here is our button for January!!

Happy Organizing!! :-)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Teachers Get Organized in 2015

Ahhh....New Year's...the time for new beginnings. Time for reflecting on the year soon to pass and look at the year ahead with hope and excitement! As teachers, we are ALWAYS looking for ways to be more organized! How can we leave at the end of the day and not have a pile or multiple piles, on our desk, on our small group table, wherever we can pile them really?! 

I think that we start with GREAT intentions, but then life happens and we get distracted. We go into our classroom after a long break and start tossing, piling, and then we end up with a bigger mess than when we started. Eeeeekkk!! If you read my blog or follow my Facebook page and Instagram, then you know that I am also on a weight loss journey. I kind of look at this the same way. I can't go into this making extreme changes. I need to be realistic and set myself up for success and not doom myself for failure. 

So, I have decided that in 2015, I will take one area and completely overhaul and organize myself. I will FINISH this BEFORE I start on another. I can do that in one month, right?! lol! We don't want too many things happening at once. I hope that you will follow along and join me on this organizing journey!!  I LOVE looking at other classrooms. We can share ideas and support each through blogs, Facebook, Instagram and even Pinterest!

On Facebook, we can discuss with each other our ideas...what is working, what isn't working, where did you find THAT?! I can always post there what each month's challenge will be. 

Live Love Laugh Kindergarten Facebook

On Instagram, we can share photos...before photos, during, after, etc! As teachers, we never have enough time to visit other teacher's classrooms...well, we can do it through Instagram! On Instagram, use the hashtag #TeachersGetOrganized2015 and tag me so I can follow you. You can tag me by typing @LiveLoveLaughKindergarten.

Live Love Laugh Kindergarten Instagram

On Pinterest, we can share products that we love to help us organize!!

Live Love Laugh Kindergarten Pinterest

Here is what I am thinking so far. This is definitely not set in stone :-) 

I hope you will join me on my organization quest!! :-)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Get Fit{bit} in 2015!

It's that time of year again...time to make those New Years Resolutions. I am sure getting fit/losing weight is in your resolution list somewhere. I know that it is always on mine! :-) 

This time of year is so difficult. I don't know about your holiday get togethers, but ours are ALWAYS centered around food....and not just food, but GOOD food. Some of my favorites! It's so hard for me to ear in's soooo good! 

I have been a roller coaster of a weight loss journey myself! In high school, I was a runner. I ran cross country and track. I loved it. Well, then life happened. I had kids and my body to you know where in a hand basket :-) I am an extremely competitive person. So, not being up to jump right back in and run 5 miles and run it quickly, was extremely difficult for me. I have finally given myself permission to NOT be the same person I was 25 years ago. I want to get back to running again. I really did love it. I think that I can love it again. I am starting slow. 

I have a treadmill at home. I am starting out just by walking for 45 minutes. It's a quick walk,but a walk none the less. I want to walk a set time. My plan is to increase my speed each week by at least .5 mph. 

Now, for the healthy eating part! There are so many diets, shakes, supplements, that it can make your head spin! I have found that Weight Watchers works the best for me! You can either join a local meeting, or you can do it online. I have done both. If you can find a meeting that you can connect with your leader and they make it fun...go for it. If you just can't find the time, then do it online. Their site is fantastic. They have so many helpful articles and now they added 24/7 live chat support. I love it!!
If you are already an online weight watchers member...find me!! I would love to friend some fellow teachers on their weight loss journey. 

Weight Watchers is great because I don't feel like there are any forbidden foods. I am allowed so many points each day. If I want to have a piece of pumpkin pie, then I just account for those points. That may mean that I eat more fruits and veggies for the rest of the day, but it's ok. There is not one single type of food that you are NOT allowed to eat. Which I love. Also, you don't have to buy the WW brand of foods that you see at the store. I do...but it's because they are very good! 

Some of my favorite WW foods are:

A couple of my blogging friends and I decided to give away a Fitbit to help you start off the new year right! You can enter below. Make sure you visit my bloggin' buddies for other chances to win!!

  Sharing Kindergarten
Kindergarten Smiles

Fun In First
Kreative in Kinder

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fourteen in '14

3 of my favorite bloggers are hosting a fun linky!!
Looking back at 2014 and wondering where that year went?! Time is going by so fast! 

"The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have."
 Woody Allen

One of my goals for 2015 is stick with my Weight Watchers program. I always do so well starting out. I track. I work out. I lose weight. I start "thinking" that I don't need to track everything and then slowly creep back up. I am committed to WW for one entire matter what! 

This is a tough one!! I have so many. I think my favorite is when I found out I was having a granddaughter! I am going to be the best grandma. I just need to figure our what my "grandma" name is going to be. I just don't seem like a GRANDMA.

My kids range in age from 2 to 23 :-) I was a very young mom. We adopted our son 2 years ago. So, needless to say...all of my kids together at once is rare. My 23 year old is on her own and lives an hour away. My next two daughters are in high school and usually busy with sports or work. My youngest daughter is now busy in traveling sports too. My son is along for the ride! LOL! 
This photo was taken at prom! Paxtyn was NOT interested in standing still!

I can't believe that I am going to post this....YIKES! I worked so hard, but still have a long way to go! My favorite accomplishment is starting to get healthier.

My favorite blog post this year was about parent communication. As a teacher, I feel like that is one of my strengths. You can read the post here.

I love wearing scarves! This is probably my favorite pin....totally not teaching related.

I am such an apple geek! I have an iphone, an ipad, a macbook pro and wanted an apple tv. I got one for my birthday!! I love it!! 

Instagram! I love it! Such a fun way to stay connected with friends, family and amazing teachers! I still use Facebook, but sometimes people get on my nerves on Facebook :-) I can't help it. I do NOT need to know where or what everyone is doing all day long. I want to see pictures, see funny videos, updated on status of family, but I don't need to know every little step you take. I am not Sting! Instagram is fabulous. It's quick and easy.

I absolutely loooooove Red Lobster.....crab legs...YUMMY! I know salad is just lettuce, but I swear they have the best salads...with blue cheese dress....YUMMMMMY! Oh, and not to mention their margaritas! DEEE-LISHUUUUSS!! Oh man, I am hungry now!

Ok, I am realizing that I don't spend that much time watching TV either! :-) My favorite TV series was, is and always will be Friends. I can watch that show any time. I love all of those funny! 

I love comedies! I don't see many movies, but this one was pretty funny! How can you not think Kevin Hart is funny!? Love that guy! 
My most favorite thing to wear are my jeans and sweatshirt!! I love the way Silver jeans fit! I wish I could teach in these. It would make me so happy. :-)

You can head over and link up too! I would love to read all of your fourteen in '14 posts!! :-)