Sunday, June 29, 2014

Monday Made-It: Making and Baking

I am so excited to participate in the Monday Made-it for the 2nd time.  I know my blog is designed for teachers, but today's is mostly about my personal life.  Sorry, but I'm not sorry. 
 
It was fun to think about things I was creating this week in preparation for this blog post.  So...here goes!

My first project was one I had put off for a few weeks.  (I'm a big procrastinator.)  We recently moved into our new house and let's just say unpacking and decorating has been s.l.o.w.  One room that went really quickly was my sons' sports-themed bedroom (...yes, it's very stereotypically boyish, but I LOVE it).  They are twins and sleep in the same room, so we only had to buy and hang one set of decorations.  We had the painters help set the design by painting the walls different colors with some accent stripes and my husband and I hung some of Hobby Lobby's cute sports d├ęcor on the wall.  Here are a few pics of the room so far.
 
 




 
All it needed was a mirror for the dresser.  I had an old square, plain-framed mirror that was perfect.  Except the frame was light green.  So...I repainted it white.
 
 
 
 
 
Then, added the final touches and ta-da!!!
 




 
I am so proud of it.  Here it is hung on the wall!
 


 
 
For my Made-It #2, I did something really out of my comfort zone.  I mean, I very rarely ever do this next thing.  Are you ready?  I cooked.  Yes, I know.  I'm pitiful, but I just really am not a proficient cook.  As much as I am my grandmother made over, I did not inherit her ability to cook.  And, technically, I wasn't really cooking.  I more or less baked.  (Less.)  But, it was delicious.  And, it was extra special because my big helpers made it with me.
 
I present to you World's Best Ooey Goey!
 
 




World's Best (and Easiest) Ooey Gooey
Graham Cracker Crust
1 can of Eagle Brand Milk
Toffee Bits
Caramel Pieces
Chocolate Chips
Graham Cracker Crumbles
 
Pour a layer of Eagle Brand into the bottom of the crust.  Then add a hand-full(ish) of each ingredient.  Then, repeat until it's full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let it cool before eating.  Store in refrigerator.  Best served warm, so it is ooey and gooey.  (After it has been refrigerated, I cut a slice and microwave it for about 15-20 seconds.)
 
 
My 3rd Monday Made-It is a series of posters I have begun working on for my store.  I finally decided the theme for my new classroom.  I am going with Navy and Green Nautical.  I know it's everywhere, but I have always really liked the combo and I am totally digging this trend. So, since I am moving to new subjects, a new grade, and a new school, I needed some new decoration.  So, I am making standards for the High School Math Common Core Courses.  I only have completed the Standards of Mathematical Practices, which I am offering for free as a sample to the others and the Geometry set.  Grab the freebie HERE.  I plan to make a set for all of the courses because I will be teaching at least two of them and who knows what else in the future.   Check out the Geometry set HERE.  Anyway, I LOVE them and hope you do too!
 

 
Happy Monday and have a super week!  Thank you to 4th Grade Frolics for allowing me to link up!
 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Teachers of Summer Instagram Challenge


I love Instagram. I have been using Instagram as a personal form of social media for almost two years.  It is more user friendly and fun than Facebook or Twitter, though I use those, too.  So, I set up an account that is tied to me as a teacher and small business owner in hopes of connecting with other teachers.  It was suggested to me to use the #teachersfollowteachers hashtag and I could connect with lots of other teachers! 
 
Well, I am finding it to be a flop.  I am not making a ton of connections and frankly, I am just not sure what to post about.  I know people don't want to follow a feed of products, so I limit those.  I have my personal account for all my family and personal posts, so I don't post many of those.  There are too many risks involved with taking pictures of my students.  And otherwise, my life seems too boring to post a feed of meaningless pictures of what I am doing at each moment.
 
So, I am trying something I have seen my students do.  It's a photo-a-day challenge and I designed it specifically for teachers on summer break.  Check it out and participate if you would like.  I think it will be fun and meaningful, but random way!  Just take a photo that correlates to that day's theme, post it, and use the #teachersofsummer hashtag.


My Instagram name is www.instagram.com/mmmmkacietravis.  (It was recently pointed out to me that someone thought my insta-name was the "Mmmm" someone makes when tasting something tasty...I didn't intend for it to be that.  It's short for my brand name, Managing and Motivating Math Minds.  Oops!)  Follow me and my boring feed while you're checking out the photo challenge.  :)
 
Comment below your Instagram name and any challenges and/or success you have had with it!  See you there!
 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Made-It: Jewelry Organization


Happy Monday!  I have been reading a few Monday Made-Its and decided I would post one of my own.  I only have one because I have been so busy with the twins, so here goes...
I have this WONDERFUL jewelry box that doubles as a full length mirror.  It is one of my favorite pieces of furniture I have ever owned.  It is beautiful and very functional.
 
 
 However, throughout the years, I have filled it so much, it had become unusable due to overcrowding.  So, I decided to organize my jewelry.  When I did, I realized that bracelets are hard to organize and didn't really have a designated place in the box.  So, I decided to move them out.  We recently built a house and we had drawers built in to our closet.  I had an extra one that was sitting empty...it was perfect!
 
 
I found a piece of cardboard and a scrap of fabric left over from a bulletin board (I only cover bulletin boards with fabric) and stapled it onto the cardboard to create a decorative drawer surface.
 
 
Then, I loaded all my bracelets in the drawer and it is perfect!  I was more than pleased with the way it turned out.  The bracelets fit well and it offered up so much space in the jewelry box.
 

 Now, I can find all of my jewelry pieces so much easier.  I am much more likely to wear it when I can see it. Here is the inside of the box.
 
 
 
Thanks for reading!  If you have any other great suggestions for organizing your jewelry, please leave a comment below. 
 
Thanks to 4th Grade Frolics for allowing me to Link Up!