Today I am linking up with Jessica over at Second Grade Nest for

So we all know that the summertime is a much welcome break for teachers {and let's face it, students, too}.  BUT, teachers do tend to spend quite a bit of time planning for the next school year, am I right?

Anyway, here is a typical day in the life of this teacher.

 Hard to believe that sleeping in can be 5:30.  I usually get up at 5:00 during the school year.  I don't get up this early every day, but I try to do it 4-5 times a week.   Sometimes, this sweet pup wakes me up a little earlier.  She thinks if it's light out it's time to get moving!

 Here is a photo of our ridiculous you know why I get up so early on some days.  Getting back into shape is a HUGE priority for me this summer, so it's off on a walk we go.  The top pic is my sad old walking shoes.  The bottom is the pair I just ordered. (I hope they're as good as everyone claims!)

 A little breakfast.  Gotta love some cold yogurt and fruit in the summertime.  Mmmmm!  ...and I don't know what it is about the watermelon from Costco, but YUM!  I could eat one a day!

 Before it gets too hot, it's off to run errands.  These are some of the places we seem to go at least once a week!  Gotta love a Kohl's sale!

 Then it's time to get some work done.  A little pinning, a little blogging, a little creating.  Don't I have the cutest little "assistant" in town?

 Ahhhh!  The joys of summer...a chance for a little "sinful" indulgence. I have been watching these two soaps ever since I can remember.  I alternate days and zip past those commercials on the DVR.

Time for a treat...something yummy to beat the heat!  Here we are at our favorite place for something yummy.  Mmmmm!  Love me some Yogurtland!

 In the afternoon, I try to sneak in a little reading time.  However, I am collecting books a lot faster than I am reading them!  Anyone else?

 When it gets so stinkin' hot out, I can't stand to turn on the oven.  So which dinner did we have tonight?  I'll let you guess.  :-)

In the evening, it's totally Cayden and Mom time.  Some of our favorite things to do are play games and watch movies.  Don't you just love Redbox?  

So...what does a typical day in your life look like?
How do you decorate your classroom?  Do you use a theme?
I kinda go all out {not to the extreme that some people do} and do a theme.  I figure I'm going to spend 9 months in this classroom, I want it to be pleasing to my eye and welcoming to my students and visitors.

I can't remember if I posted that I thought I was going to be in a room in our school that had two brown walls, so I was trying to work with that.  I had picked a safari theme...learning safari to be exact.  Now that I am not moving, I've kind of been toying with changing my mind.  So, today my sweet son and I went on our own safari.  We were searching for ideas to either convince me to keep the safari theme or sway me to choose something else.

Our first stop?  Hobby Lobby!
Let me tell you, this is the Teacher Theme Capital of the World!

For the past two years I had a bee classroom.  Where were these cute things when I needed them?

My sweet friend, Martha, from Primary Paradise would go crazy with all of this cute tropical decor.

We found some trendy zebra and pink things.

And some bright and colorful spring things.

How about these cool, giant, primary colored office supplies?  Don't they just scream school?

Another sweet friend, Merinda, from Pirate Girl's Educational Invasion could have used these last year.

 We found things to bling up your desk.  Check out those rhinestones!

And, of course, the ever-popular owl theme!

While I did decide to shelve the Learning Safari theme for the time being, I didn't find my theme in this store or any of the other stores that we went to...I found it in my idea bank in my head.  What is it?'ll have to wait and see!

However, in the meantime, it's time for the

Graphics from Just So Scrappy Too.  Fonts are KG Second Chances and Toolkits School Prints.

 If you're looking for inspiration, just check out these amazing theme ideas in the linky below AND be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for a Room Theme of your choice from my store.  I will be giving away 3 of them!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Recently I was contacted by Educents to review something called a Bio Bubble.  It sounded super cool, so I decided to give it a go!

A few days later, this box arrived at our house.

Inside was this:
There are two different types of Bio for aquatic animals and one for land animals.  Each are equally amazing!

The aquatic Bio Bubble is the one we chose and it comes with everything that you see here:
It doesn't really show it in the picture, but the bubble is about a foot in diameter.
It also has a variety of lights, including one that is for the glo-rocks and plants that you've probably seen at the pet stores.

After unpacking, we set upon assembling.  My 11-year old son was able to assemble the entire kit with my supervision.

We added some cute Spongebob accessories.

I love how the filtration system is built in and centered.  It doesn't distract or block the fish when you are trying to look at them.
This is what it looked like when it was completely set up. You fill it with water before pushing down the dome and after adding all of the accessories.  It snaps right into place.  The light then fits right on the top and has a push button for turning it on and off.
The final thing we had to do was add fish.  We started with 3 simple plattys.  My son named them Mickey (because we got one that had the Mickey Mouse markings on the tail), Spike and Bob (don't ask...I did...he went into this whole montage about 2 people that were named Frank and Bob.)
Now, fish apparently, are quite camera shy.  This was the best pic I could get of them actually swimming in the Bio Bubble and I believe this is the semi-famous Bob.
You can see how crystal clear the water is in this picture, too.

While school is not in right now for us, my son has had friends flocking to our house to check this out. When school resumes in August, this will be moving right into my classroom.  The kids will be so excited about it, I just know!

If you would like to own one of your very own Bio Bubbles, they are on sale right now at Educents.  Just follow this link to take you there and you can own one of your very own!
Have you heard of Blog Lovin?  It's a relatively new way to follow a blog. 
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If you want to start following me that way, just click on the link above and it will take you directly to fill out the info to start following Chalk One Up for the Teacher.

Hope to see you there!   

Some FABULOUS friends and I have set up a super cool Facebook Fan

 just for Y-O-U!  You can start right here on my Facebook Page where you can collect this fun fishing-themed math game.

 Hop all around and "like" each page, 

then click on the "FREEBIE HOP" tab to collect...yep, 
you guessed it, a FREEBIE!  

Then click on the "Next Stop" button to head to the next Facebook Page.  When you hop back to mine, you'll have made a complete circle (out in cyber space) and have a boatload of cool and FREE stuff!

By the way, aren't these the cutest papers and graphics?  If you like them, our sweet friend Christi, from Ms. Fultz's Corner made them.  You can check them out by clicking on her button below. 

P.S.  She also creates amazing blog designs!

Well, I guess that's all!  HAPPY HOPPING!

WOW!  It feels like forever since I have been here.  I don't even want to look at the date of my last post.
BUT...I'm sure you can relate to how crazy the end of the year can be...and cramming a 2-day training, field day, room clean up, movie day, report cards, RTI, talent show (where the staff had to perform) and a million other things into the last two weeks of school does not help!

BUT...there was an amazing reward waiting for us when all of that was accomplished.  The day that school was out, some of my amazing friends and I loaded up our friend's Suburban and headed to Temecula.  


Have you ever heard of Temecula?   It was always famous in my mind as the home of the Temecula Stampede..cowboys, horses and rodeo arenas.  It's located in California and home to some very gorgeous wineries.  Who knew!?!
I am not a wine drinker, but I did try a couple.  They were pretty yummy, but just still not
my cup mug of tea beer.
I did learn a lot about wine, especially from my friend Lauren.  I could probably now hold about a 5 minute conversation about wine.  LOL!

My favorite winery that we went to was Ponte.
Just take a look at the gorgeous grounds and you'll see why!

They even host weddings and have little cottages where you can stay.

While we were there, we enjoyed a delicious lunch.  So nice to be able to eat outside in June.  
In Las Vegas, you'd be melted down into just a puddle in your shoes!

This is my wonderful friend, Lauren, showing us her gigantic burger! 
(She always says she has the appetite of a 6 year old!  Any 6 year old would be 
lucky to have a lunch like this!)

From left to right:  Michele, the most amazing special ed teacher ever!; Melissa, our PE teacher and can you believe she is getting married this weekend, but still made the trip; Jenifer, the friend I have known the longest and the one out of our group who will not be at our school next year as she is leaving to become to director of the William McCool Science amazing of a job will that be?; and Caron, our truly fabulous and gorgeous speech therapist.  Also joining us on the trip were Becky, my "partner in crime" at work...we are always joined at the hip; and beautiful Lauren, our health aide who schooled us on wine, hats, double sided apparel tape and cool apps for your iPhone.
This was also taken on the grounds of Ponte.  Don't I have the most amazingly beautiful friends?  If you ever were lucky enough to meet them, you'd know their beauty definitely radiates from the inside out.

My friend Lauren and me...this is her pre-giant hamburger picture!  Isn't her hat just too cute? 

This me me, Melissa and Lauren at a little karaoke cowboy bar.  We stopped in there after eating at this little cute Greek restaurant.  Both are in Old Town Temecula.

They also have Old Town Temecula, which is where we ate and shopped. What?  Shopping with a group of women?  I know you're shocked!  They had some really cute shops there.  AND I managed to get my son's long sought after bacon soda (GAG!) and chocolate bacon covered soda (DOUBLE GAG!) at this cool little shop that sells only bottled sodas.  Pretty cool!
 I cannot begin to tell you how fun this trip was and what a great reward it was for a very long and trying school year.  It was so nice to have it to look forward to as the end-of-the-year craziness set in.

I do, however think it was a little difficult for us to settle into summer vacation mode and leave
the real world behind.  HAHA!

CHEERS to a fantastic trip, Ladies!  Next year...THE BEACH!

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