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Happy November everyone and welcome to Anne In Residence's monthly link-up!



I'm reading the new Olive Kitteridge book:


I'm a fan of author Elizabeth Strout's book, and I especially enjoyed the first Olive book as well as the accompanying mini-series.  Are you an Olive fan?


Tomorrow I'm planning on making chicken francaise which is chicken in a lemon and broth sauce.  I always buy the Purdue thin sliced chicken breast vs. pounding my own chicken. 

More longterm, I'm getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner which is my favorite meal of the year!


We have a beautiful and new book room at school that has amazing guided reading books from Scholastic.  I've been trying to choose interesting chapter groups for the kids to read during Intervention Block.  Their favorite so far is:



Last week, I got my first crown due to a broken tooth.  I was feeling relieved after the old filling was gone only to realize that the dentist had to drill a ridge around the perimeter at the bottom of the tooth so that the crown had a place to attach to the existing tooth.  The whole process took two hours (as of now, it appears I do not need a root canal ~ I can't even imagine that!).  In about a month, the permanent crown will be installed. 

I also learned that dentistry changed in the late 1980's to a more preventative approach vs. the "old" way of drilling out a lot of the tooth and putting in a BIG silver filling.  Eventually, all that drilling along with the filling weakens the tooth leading to weak and broken teeth.  


I follow so many blogs and Instagram accounts!  One of my favorites is Audrey of Putting Me Together.  She is so down to earth and has practical fashion advice!   I'm always on the lookout for different ways to wear my clothes ~ it's fun to get new ideas!

Here I am dressed as the book character, Olivia, along with one of my students.   

As always, thank you for visiting today!  I hope you're having a nice November so far!


Awesome October & Friday Favorites!!

Happy October and welcome to autumn!  I've been seriously missing my blog so thank you for checking in today after a long absence!

Today I'm linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika Narci and Andrea!


My son, Andrew, got married!

On September 14th, my son, Andrew, got married to his longtime girlfriend/fiancee, Angelika!

Focus Board Complete!

After years of trying to make a "fancy" focus board, I ended up handwriting and velcroing the subject areas and learning goals right onto the wall.  Check out the finished product:

Komodo Dragon at the Bronx Zoo!

If you go to the Komodo dragon's natural habitat in Indonesia, you can pay upwards of $500 to see them OR you can go to the Bronx Zoo!  Check out this Komodo dragon on exhibit there:


We bought the All Access Tickets and enjoyed the Butterfly Garden, the Congo Gorilla Forest, the Asian Monorail and Dinosaur Safari.  It was an amazing day and adventure!  It's a definite Best Zoo!

Mealworm Metamorphosis

Here's an example of the exciting world of third grade!  We have mealworms that we observe to see how they grown and change.  This year we even got a beetle:

I've also learned that the mealworms prefer the carrots from the school cafeteria vs. the apples. 

If you're intrigued by mealworms, click here to learn more!  You can even buy 100 0f them at Petco for $3.49! 
On that exciting note, I'm off for my nightly shower.  As always, thank you so much for visiting the blog!  Have a wonderful weekend!

September has arrived!

Welcome to September!  I hear people say that summer is over after Labor Day.  I say that it's still summer because I want to enjoy every last day of warm weather and blue skies.  Plus, now that it's officially September, it's time to link up with Anne from Anne in Residence for:



I made this most adorable sign for my classroom:

I fell in love with this safari friends themed poster at Lakeshore Learning.  Of course, there are matching products, but I limited myself to this poster ~ it took a lot of self-control...


I love these style challenges, and I'm going to try to participate this month since it's back to school and back to reality.  These challenges encourage me to take risks with how I wear my clothes. 



I don't think I'll ever see enough rainbows!  The other night we had unsettled weather when the sun just magically popped out so briefly, and an amazing double rainbow appeared.  I stood outside in the rain and gazed at it until it disappeared.


Once a month I receive a Hello Fresh box.  Every box contains a different type of taco meal.  I LOVE tacos now!  I never really ate them before, but I'm happy to eat and make this versatile dish!

I LOVE these chicken fiesta tacos!



I save too much of everything!  I just spent so much time purging my teaching materials and papers.  I don't want to save so much!  What about you?  Do you save things, forget about them, find them a year later, and wonder why you saved them in the first place?  It's a bad habit that I need to break.  In addition, it would be helpful if I file my papers after I use them.  
As we all enter the Back to School season: 

this September and into the fall!  Thank you for visiting the blog today!

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