5 for Friday!

I'm so happy to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching again! This was my first week back from Spring Break and it was a good one. My Mini-Wheats were refreshed and ready to kick off our last 11 weeks together. It is crazy how fast your year goes when you spend the first three months at home, on maternity leave! To be honest, I'm slightly nervous about how I'm going to squeeze it all in.
I'm going to start with one of the most exciting parts of my week. Yesterday, a group on wonderful teacher blogger friends and I launched our 7th Inning Stretch Giveaway! Join us on Instagram and enter to win a $150 Target gift card! You have two chances to win if you follow both loops all the way through. Wouldn't $150 at Target be super fun to spend?  What a great way to kick off YOUR 7th Inning Stretch as we all wind down this school year. 
 CLICK THE PICTURE for details and to be redirected to my Instagram post where you can begin the giveaway.
This week I sent my kids home with our Solar System Fact Mobiles. This is a project I do every year. My kids love it. It's such a fun, easy, and informative project. Doesn't hurt that they look pretty adorable hanging up. They've been hanging above my students' seats for the past month or so. I tried to take pictures and man, I just couldn't capture the effect! You can check out an old post HERE from the year I hung them in the hallway.  This project has been updated and is even cuter now, if I do say so myself! 
I still have former students who tell me they have it still hanging in their bedroom. :)
  CLICK HERE to find it in my store.
The update also includes a variety of different writing paper to choose from.

We finished up our habitat studies this week. EngageNY Listening and Learning curriculum leaves a lot to be desired. So, I supplemented quite a bit.  I pulled out an oldie but goodie: Fishy Facts! This is a book that came with our, ages old, Houghton Mifflin reading curriculum from years past. I have a copy for each student but I just found this YouTube video:

SOOOOOOO cute!!! Love the animation. Can't wait to show my kids on Monday. The book is great for a discussion on animal adaptations. We used the information we learned to fill out our Amazing Adaptations worksheet (from my Junior Biologist Habitat Guide unit) and made fish out of construction paper scraps. Here are some of the cutest ones from my Mini-Wheats:

This little fella is still struggling with writing but how cute is his puffer?!

Last but not least, the happiest Hammerhead Shark I ever saw! "Hi ya!"
This is now my second week using Young Living Essential Oils. Six months ago, when my baby was just a newborn, I was desperate for sleep and for something that would help my colicky little guy settle in the evenings. I'd seen posts on Pinterest and heard about them from friends but now I was ready. I ordered some samples and received Peace & Calming and Lavender. I made a balm with coconut oil and rubbed it on the bottoms of his feet every night before bed. I'm not going to say I saw instant relief but it did seem to make our nights a little happier. Fast forward to two weeks ago, I attended a class with a couple friends and I decided I was ready to really give them a REAL try. 
I received my kit and I haven't looked back. In fact I already have a shopping list of other oils I need to purchase. I absolutely LOVE to diffuse oils. I have noticed such a change in my sleep, my mood in the mornings, and they just smell darn good. Joy and Lemon is my favorite combo right now.
My other oil success has been the moisturizer I made with Frankincense, Tea Tree, and Lavender. 
My skin has been a constant problem since I was teenager. I've been so frustrated with it: big pores, blotchiness, age spots, BREAK OUTS, blackheads... Eww, just gross and something I've always been self conscious about. In just two weeks the texture of my skin has completely changed. It's unreal. My pores are smaller, my tone is so even, everything just seems so much smoother and softer. I cannot wait to see what happens as I keep using this. 
I'll keep you posted!
Well, if you're still with me, we have finally reached number 5! I jumped on another bandwagon this week. Stitch Fix!! I have been wanting to try this FOREVER. I enter every giveaway and never win. boo! So I decided I would just do it! Last night I signed up, took the style survey, and attached my Pinterest style board. My "fix" should arrive next week and I CAN.NOT.WAIT!!!! I will be sure to do a little fashion show for y'all as soon as it arrives. 

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to cruise around and read some other 5 for Friday posts! Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. I love getting Stitch Fix! I can't wait to see your first fix!

  2. I love this giveaway! It's been so much fun connecting and working with everyone. I can't wait to see what more collaborations we have in the future. Your solar system mobile is adorable! I'm going to be checking this out on TpT, great work! I hear Stitch Fix is great. I'll be looking forward to seeing your fun fashion finds! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  3. Your habitat unit sounds great! We are starting our unit this week, I'll have to check out that You Tube video. I'm so glad you are enjoying your oils. I just love them! When we were on our honeymoon in Hawaii I got this really bad sunburn on my left shin when we went kayaking. When we came back a friend of mine was over and she had lavender in her purse. We used it with coconut oil and I couldn't believe the relief I felt. After only a day the redness was almost gone and I felt much better. I will have to try the peace and calming with coconut oil, that's a great idea. I'm interested to hear how you like Stitch Fix. I am so close to putting in my first order, I'm just afraid I will go shopping crazy! It looks intriguing to me. I hope you have a great week! :)


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