Favorites: June Goodies 2016

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June Goodies - 2016

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How to: Vacation - Cruising Basics

Last week, I was able to embark on an incredible, laughter-filled, adventure!  A big group of 23 people met up together to go on a 4-night cruise.  Thank you to Ms. Kathy (a.k.a. Mom) for planning and organizing everything in the past two years.  We felt like this trip would never come but when it did it flew by in a flash.  We left from the port in Miami, sailed to Nassau, Coco Cay, and Key West.  Now all that's left are the wonderful memories I've shared with the people I grew to love and care about!

During this trip, I learned a lot about cruising and what to do the next time we go on one.  I'd love to share them with anyone planning on going on a cruise sooner or later!

Shout out to my husband Zach and my besties Maria and Nicole for helping me with collect this list cruising basics!  And also Scott for sharing your pictures with me!

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Be Inspired: Upcycle Wine Bottles

I love searching and finding upcycling ideas for different everyday materials!

Upcycling is when you reuse or repurpose materials into something new and useful.

Here's an example of a past DIY of a Wine Bottle Decoration I made for a friend's wedding!
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Can't Stop This Feeling

I wanted to share a project that I had been working on the past week leading to the last day of school.

One of my co-workers suggested that we make a end-of-the-year dance video to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling".  I was completely on board and even volunteered to choreograph a dance.  

Somehow in the whirlwind of choreographing, teaching the dance, filming dance clips, sending emails, and editing the final product that the video finally came together... and it seriously turned out so amazing!  I'm so proud and thankful for the entire staff for helping out in anyway they could!

Thanks again to everyone who helped out and especially these two lovely ladies, Brittany and Jess!

Check it out below! We hope that maybe JT could see it.  
If not I hope it brings a smile to your face!

Feel free to like and share the video too! =)

Can't Stop This Feeling,
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Memoirs of a Teacher

As much as I countdown to those "no alarm" days, this last week at school has become bittersweet.  Some things I won't miss (like bringing home workbut there are many that I will miss.

As I reflect on my years of teaching, I've found these six important things that has kept me going even through the most stressful of times:

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Mid-Year Goal Review

Mid-Year Goal Review

We are halfway through 2016.  

I can't believe how fast these months have gone by.  This is my last week of school and everyday I feel like I'm "on-the-go" with something I need to do.  

When I was going through my planner, I stopped by on my "Goals for 2016" page and started to reflect upon how successful I have been with each of these goals.  

This is where I am:

I did hold a yard sale  a month ago and was able to let go of many things by finding new homes for them.  I've done well even after the yard sale, using Facebook groups as my source of sales.

My blog
I started out this year with the goal of posting maybe twice a month, but then I decided to increase it to once a week, which then increased to twice a week.  I've found a real passion in blogging.  It's the perfect combination of writing and sharing photographs with others.  Plus a great way to document life.

I would say this goal was really specific and I initially though it was unsuccessful considering I wasn't watching and learning through Youtube dance videos.  

But one life goal I was able to accomplish was teaching hip hop.  I held an after school club once a week and taught second and third grade girls choreography I created.  I currently am working on a project where I am teaching adults choreography.  (Future blog soon!)

This goal was suppose to be focused on learning how to use a DSLR camera.  I mainly use my iPhone to take pictures, but I feel like I've been pretty successful in learning how to capture more focused pictures and how to edit them to get the perfect vibe from them.

Guitar & Ukulele
I definitely haven't really touched on these goals.  For several months I needed to restring my ukulele and Zach was able to restring it a week ago. Hopefully later this year or during the summer I can pick it up.

Debt & Savings
I have to say that I really have to thank my husband for this goal.  He has really helped me get financially in tune with how to budget our money wisely while still enjoying life.  Currently I have no credit card debt and I am successfully paying down student loans while saving money.

A place to call Home
Zach and I decided that we needed to wait another year before really looking for a house.  We want to be financially ready and in a good place with our jobs.  Hopefully early next year we can start the process.

Scoring Goals,
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Be Inspired: End-of-the-Year Student Gifts

As much as I have been counting down the days until summer, it is incredible to think how fast time has flown by this school year.

Of course as the school year is winding down, I have been so busy preparing for my summer job, planning final lesson plans, completing report cards and comments, filling out last minute documents and data collections, working through my summer grad course, packing my classroom to move grades, and the list goes on.

With that, I realized I have a little over a week to think about End-of-the-Year gifts for my students!

I decided to compile a list of great student gift ideas that are easy and affordable.  I hope these are some helpful last minute ideas for teachers like myself!

So get ready and be inspired:

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Weekend Adventure

I just had my first experience traveling alone.  This past Saturday, I caught a train to Philly to participate in a Regional Training for a summer camp I will be working for this summer.

I was super anxious all this past week to be traveling because I for one don't like traveling alone.  I'm the type of person who has to know exactly where I'm going, be familiar with the area, and be able to be in control.  But that is the beauty of traveling is that it is an adventure and I was going somewhere unexpected and out of my control.

But reflecting on my weekend, I have to say that this was such an incredible, energizing, and inspiring experience. I learned a lot more about the summer camp,  more about others, and most importantly of all, more about myself.

These are my traveling reflections / realizations / thoughts (whatever you want to call them):

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Favorites: Summer Vibe Music

Happy June 1st!  The school years coming to a close and I'm getting hit hard with the summer itch.

I'm enjoying the weather getting warming, the sun shinning brightly, and listening to music that helps bring the summer vibe alive! 

I'll keep this post short and sweet and let the music take over.

Here are five songs that are getting me pumped for the summer!  Hope you enjoy!

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