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Monday, June 30, 2014

Made It Monday! Coffee, Freebie, and a New Job?

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for a Monday Made It and I am sad that I have only made it to 1 out of 5 Monday Made It's.  Does that mean I am not being productive? Oh boy.  For me it has been a little difficult to start planning because I have been in limbo with jobs and not knowing what grade I will have plus we are moving sometime soon.  If you like coffee here is my Monday 
I made a cold coffee drink I actually like and it tastes oh-so-good!  I have been on the hunt for a cold coffee drink and every drink I have tried has just been - okay.  I do think the drink tastes much better without the protein scoop but hey, I am trying to lose a few pounds so I am using it as a meal supplement and because I do like coffee - I don't feel like I am dieting at all.  I would definitely try it without the protein first to see if you like the texture and taste before you go investing in protein.
1) I made the smallest cup of coffee that my Keurig would allow to make sure it was really concentrated (I used Starbucks coffee)
2) Here is my weakness, I used um, well, about 1/3 of creamer in the drink and I don't like the sugar free (tomorrow I will be trying artificial sweetener instead of creamer). 
3) So layered like this: creamer, 1 scoop protein drink, a handful and 1/2 of ice cubes, coffee.
4) Blend on Smoothie - it does make a difference.  It ends up being frothie which I like.

Note:  That is chocolate flavored protein which I probably would do vanilla instead but that's what I had on hand.  Overall it is pretty good and I stay full for about 4-5 hours.  
I really wanted to show other things and ideas I had for my upcoming students/class but since I didn't really know what grade or school I would be at I haven't been able to plan or prep so I have been revamping and adding to a few teaching units that I already have.  I recall Erica's post over at Erica's Ed-Ventures saying at some point (not in her own words I am translating here) you will look at some of your first products and think, "did I really put that out there?" I thought, "No, I won't think that." Well, hey, I opened up one of my units and I was 
so I redid.  I added 6 sheets of color word freebies in the preview too if you download that.  I feel so much better and the unit has doubled in size. So forgive me for it not being a DIY project but there is a good freebie for you.
Storytown high frequency words 1st gradeStory Town High Frequency Words 1st Grade Resource
Oh yea, I have been playing with this blog too. I  remade the header, button, and side-bars but they are a work in progress and I am learning as I go.  I love making them! It's relaxing to me.  

I know this isn't a tangible made it but I drove 2 1/2 hours away to an interview and I was offered a Kinder position.  I made it! I made it!  Okay, but now I am scared to death because I have taught 1st grade for 8 years and 2nd for 2.  I can't get into the room until August 1st, haven't seen the classroom, and have a zillion questions.  I will definitely be doing some KINDER BLOG STALKING.    I now have a direction - sort of (I don't know what the classroom looks like, resources, or furniture that I will have and won't until August 1st).  Talk about an emotional roller coaster. 

Happy Monday!


  1. Congrats on the Kinder job! Love the coffee recipe! Sometimes I'll make it like you described and add a couple tablespoons of peanut butter or a banana. Healthy and tasty!

    First Grade Stampede

    1. Thanks! I am going to try the peanut butter and banana. It sounds great.

  2. Congratulations on your new position in kindergarten! I am leaving kindergarten after ten years for second grade and am looking forward to a new adventure! :)
    As you are navigating your new grade level, may I suggest that you check out Marsha McGuire at A Differentiated Kindergarten? Her blog is filled with relevant information and insights into the world of kindergarten. Her products on TpT are already differentiated and make meeting the diverse needs of your kindergarteners a much less daunting task! I am very sad that I have not found a "Marsha McGuire" in second grade yet!
    Deedee Wills at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten and Deanna Jump at Mrs. Jump's Kindergarten also have excellent ideas and activities to incorporate in your classroom.
    Good luck on your new adventure!

    1. Hi Tonya! Your name is one one of the few I have seen spelled like mine. I will definitely go stalk those blogs. I just know how hard the kinder teachers worked (especially at the beginning of the year) to get the kiddos to line up, listen, raise hands, restroom, etc. I also know when I went from 2nd to 1st I was dumb founded at first. 2nd is fun! What made you change from Kinder?

  3. Congrats on the new position! Love the way your blog looks as well. Nice additions to your blog. Glad I found your site!

    Renee at The Science School Yard

    1. Hi Renee,
      Thanks so much! I am having fun playing around with this blog design stuff. Glad you found me. I am off to check out your blog and First Grade Stampede and A Differentiated Kindergarten. Thanks for stopping here.

  4. Hey Tonya,
    It was GREAT getting to meet you @ the TPT conference in Vegas. I'm sitting here sipping my coffee and enjoying your blog. I'm happy to be your newest follower on Bloglovin. :) Hope to see you again at another conference, maybe SCKC in Pasadena in Feb. :)
    <3 Palma (kfundamentals)

  5. Thanks for stopping by Palma! What a great year it will be! I'll look for that conference and let you know if I will be able to attend. Sounds great.
    Warm regards,



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