03 October 2014

Five for Friday: October?!


Are you in an end-of-first-six weeks slump? Or maybe almost-end-of-nine-weeks funk? I read this last week when I was feeling a little tired and a lot little just... well... OVER IT and it totally turned my mood around. The post has great tips for teachers specifically, but you could apply it to your life in another profession or your life as a college student. It will also probably make you breathe a sigh of relief to know that you are not the only one feeling like you are under pressure all the time! A few of The Second Grade Nest's suggestions were promises I made to myself this summer so that I could feel more like myself this school year. I planned to leave school at a decent hour, do things other than teaching or crafting for teaching or planning for teaching and pay attention to maintaining a decently healthy lifestyle. It has made SUCH a difference for me this school year. Scoot over and absorb this post. Maybe read it two or three times if you need!

Speaking of healthy lifestyle... have I mentioned that I am really working hard in that department? I am about to do another 10 day Herbal Cleanse and I am super excited! A couple of friends and I are starting on October 13th and you can join us- shoot me an email at losdosfrijoles@gmail.com or click on the link above to order. I mean, for $31.50, you could buy a meal at the Cheesecake Factory... or you could put some focus on your health. Check back in a couple of days for a post with some tips for how to manage the cleanse during school!

My vice-principal sent out this video this afternoon. Add that to the fact that totally unprompted a student put on her Open House sheet that her favorite part about school is that "our class feels like a family" and I was a puddle this afternoon. Get some tissues and watch. You make a difference. You matter. Don't forget that.

I need a pencil solution. I hear a lot of good things about a pencil challenge- can someone explain that idea to a sister before I go crazy?! (:

We skipped pumpkin decorating last year, so now I am totally planning to make up for it... Pinterest seriously has the cutest ideas. I was originally thinking something like this:

But then I saw this post that has some fantastic no-carve ideas compiled! Can't wait to convince B that this adventure is happening tomorrow!


  1. LOVE the little white lights pumpkin idea! Also LOVE the TED video! I shared it via e-mail with my colleagues at the beginning of the year, and watch it whenever I need a reminder about what really matters!

    Have a great weekend!
    Stories and Songs in Second

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Our vice-principal sent the video in an email to our staff on Friday- I feel so lucky to have such encouraging administrators on my campus and your colleagues are lucky to have you. All it takes is a little bit of inspiration to get in the right mind set! (:

  2. We are doing a no-carve activity at my new school. It's so great! My class opted to have an Olaf pumpkin. He is my project for the week. I love the TED video. I've seen several of those coming out but I love yours the best!!

    Teaching with Grace

    1. Olaf sounds SO cute! Can't wait to see pictures! (:

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