33 Fridays: Influenster

180 Days to Happy- 33 Fridays

You ever seen something on IG and said “OMG I wish I could get that
“?  This is exactly how I felt the first time I saw a post about an Influenster box! I had to do my own snooping and found out I was just a survey away from free goodies in my mailbox too. Maybe I’m making the process a bit more simplistic than it is (probably not though), but I have grown to love Influenster emails almost as much as UPS notifications.  Continue reading

Business Tools in your Classroom: Typeform

Business Tools for the Classroom- Typeform

As teachers we are always asked for data. Most of the time a survey is an easy way to collect data when you’re completing a task. However, over the years we have seen every form, survey monkey, and questionnaire possible- correct me if I’m wrong. Over the summer, while completing some personal PD I happened to run across a game changer for surveys forms, and even evaluations- Typeform. Continue reading

Currently September

 If there’s anything I look forward to as a teacher blogger, it’s the monthly Currently link-up hosted by Farley of Oh’Boy 4th Grade! Here it is folks…What I’m currently up to!

180 Days to Happy- Currently september

  • Listening to my kiddo talk to me about his reading log. Opinions on those? It is a good motivator, but he likes to ready anywho! I like it to use as a tool for our schedule at home more than anything.
  • Loving that I just got a hold of grading and finally figured out how to fix my gradebook since we recently switched to semesters in my class. It was tricky and compounded with meetings EVERY day…I finally got around to it.
  • Thinking that the fact that I have about 60million pages to read this week is draining. I am into week 3 of my Ph.D. program and beginning to feel like I’m getting my butt kicked. I have to figure out a way to write down my deadlines and I did by a new Erin Condren notebook to help me out.
  • Wanting Friday to hurry along since we’re headed away for our yearly family vacation. Although it’s a “vacation” it’s really a trip for our families children. We pack up about 60 people and just enjoy ourselves and I can’t complain.
  • Needing every minute of the beach. I know I will end up taking homework with me, but it will be different with the ocean in the background and sand in my toes, right?
  • I love goal setting and these three things I’ve been pondering as goals for my life as a whole. We have to stop and really enjoy every moment we’re given and savor the memories. In order to do this, being able to prioritize is key! While you’re at it..Smile!!!!

Happy September

Business Tools in your Classroom: Mailchimp

180 Days to Happy- Business Tools for the Classroom- Mailchimp

Over the summer I took the time to do some Professional Development, but not all of it was in the teaching world. I always encourage my students to look beyond the classroom for tips and that is exactly what I did. I learned so much from the business world, for my blog, but I couldn’t help but to think of how to use some business tools in your classroom. Although I use the school based email settings, I know there are many teachers who may not have access and/or want to try something new. I can’t think of a better format than Mailchimp!  Continue reading

Tips to make sure you Fail Better


180 Days to Happy- Fail BetterI can tell you now, I have failed. I have failed so many times and I’d rather not mention them. Until recently, I would have beat myself up and really just got into a rut about it-things have changed. Thanks to time, wisdom, and life experience I have learned how to fail better. I know it sounds ridiculous, because how can one “fail better”. Here’s how, own it. Admit that you have failed and simply commit to doing better. Continue reading