Monday, April 30, 2012

My Sharpie Confession...

I'm beginning to confess a lot of things here on the blog...maybe I could make it a weekly blog post or something? sharpie confession is that I draw on myself. I used to just draw on my foot or my leg where no one would see. But now I've started drawing on my wrist and have actually had people stop me, pull on my arm and ask "Is that real!?"
I would never get a real tattoo. First off, I have Biblical reasons that I won't get into because everyone has to have their own standards on this issue but secondly because I'm scared to death of needles!

So here's a short little history of the "sharpie tattoos" I've drawn on my wrist the past couple of weeks. I could give you all a little tutorial on it if you're interested enough. Just leave a little comment below!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

You wonder about me sometimes don't you?

1. What was your favorite vacation? When we went to the beach right before my Senior year of college. It was just a relaxing, non-scheduled vacation where I could be with my family one more time.

2. What is your first childhood memory? I remember my daddy putting me in the crib and I stood up and cried. I didn't want to go to bed. I remember my mom saying "Paul, the baby!" and came and got me. I knew how to get what I wanted.

3. Cats, Dogs, or both? Dogs! I used to love cats and be scared to death of dogs. Now I love the little waggly tails and the only cat I like is a playful kitten.

4. What was the first concert you ever went to? Hmmm...never been to a rock concert if that's what you're asking. I've been to several fine art concerts in college though.

5. What’s your favorite thing to cook/bake? Banana bread! I love the smell, texture, and flavor. You have to use very very ripe bananas for it to taste just right. My mom always found a way to make her's supper moist...every time without fail.

6. If you could time travel to any decade, what would you choose & why? I would go back to Bible times and see Jesus. I want to hear his voice.

7. Describe your perfect day off. Sleeping in, sun shinning through my bedroom window...pillows and blankets all cumfy and warm. A slow lazy breakfast while watching something on TV (Discovery channel of course), then a long hot shower. Maybe some thrift or antique shopping and a bagel for lunch. Come home, read a book or crochet something while cuddling with Mike on the couch. Again, a lazy supper in front of the tv, and late night talks with family on the phone.

8. What’s your dream job/career & what was it when you were a kid? When I was a kid I wanted to do everything. I wanted to be a policeman, or fireman, or vet. I wanted to be in the army and be a chef or fly a plane. Then when I hit middle school and my teachers treated me like dirt...I decided to become a teacher. I figured that if I was in a classroom that I could keep one bad teacher out!

9. What clothing item is your weakness & you can’t stop buying? Shoes...but that's because I go through them so fast. I walk funny and get holes in my shoes waaay before they are intended.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Sorry guys...can't post today...I've got exams!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pintrest Share Week: Hook Me Up

It's Friday! It's Friday! It's Friday!
My very LAST day of classes before graduation! Oh I am so excited to be finished!
I cannot wait to get out of those desks and into my teaching career! How exciting is it to wake up ever morning knowing that you're going to get paid for doing what you love?
I feel so sorry for those who hate their jobs. A career should be your passion, and it doesn't just land on your lap. It's something you have to work so very hard for. And let me tell's so worth every inch of effort. I love preschool!

So today is the last of the Pintrest Share Week series...and I had a really hard time deciding which one of my board should make the final cut. Would it surprise you if I chose crocheting? If it just don't know me that well yet...

Here are some of my favorite things from Hook Me Up!

As you can see compared to my other "shares" this week, crocheting is a definite favorite.
If you want to hunt down the tutorials for these just click the source under each photo.

Have a happy weekend,
I'm off to finish my last classes of my college career!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pintrest Share Week: Beliefs

Pintrest Share week is almost over?!
Don't worry dear readers. There is still one day left to share, and you can always follow my boards on Pintrest for creative inspirations.

Today I'll be sharing some thought provoking pins from my Beliefs Board.

I plan on displaying this quote somewhere near my teacher's desk. I think that it will help me see "problems" in a different light.

If you've read this post, then you know that I'm a born again Christian. This quote is just an awesome reminder to me to bring my problems to God rather than to man. People are always going to fail me. My closets loved one have time and time again...but my God? He has never failed me.

Another reminder that I don't have to know the end of my story to trust God as the author.

I would love to make this bulletin board. I know my preschooler students could not read it, but their parents could...

Just another reminder, this one from my Bible, that my heart must treasure my relationship with God...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pintrest Share Week: Mustard Goodness

"On the third day of Pintrest Share Week Miss Yellow Shoes said to meeeeeee...
Why not wear something yellooooooow?"

Today is great day to wear yellow. 
In fact, everyday is a great day to wear yellow.

Here are some of my favorite things from my Mustard Yellow Board.

I'm not normally a heel kinda girl, but I can normally manage a wedge. Too bad these beauties are over 100 dollars...I could never afford to spend that much on shoes.

Such a pretty dress! It's made somewhere in Europe. Does anyone know how much £578 is?

Everyone should wear hats...I am a firm believer that everyone has a "hat-head" and you all just need to figure out what kinda hat fits you best. This one would be perfect for me.

I heart heart heart these pom pom flowers. You can buy them from this Esty shop, or make your own. 
* whispering-make your own. its cheaper

So, fellow Pintrest you have boards dedicated to just one color?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pintrest Share Week: NOM NOM NOM

Welcome to day two of my Pintrest share week!
Today I'll be sharing some of my favorite things from my "Nom nom nom" Board.

If your mouth isn't watering at the site of those cookies...then you're a wacko!
These look so yummy. I want to bake some as soon as I get home.They don't call of any flour or butter so hopefully they would be great cookies for a poor-just-wed-couple.

I have a confession to make...I can't cook. I can bake! But I can't cook...
This looks like a simple breakfast item that I don't think I could mess up...

I guess you can tell by now that I like sweets. Actually, I like sweets as long as I can eat something salty right after. There's just something about that sweetness left on my tongue that I just can't stand. I know. I know...I'm a strange girl.
I found this recipe called "Skinny Puppy Chow" and goodness knows that I need all the reduced calories recipes out there.

Now I'm breaking away from all the sweets and sugary items to show you this Monkey Bread Pizza. Mike actually made it for me a few Sunday's ago and it was amazing! The pizza dough was nice and gooey without being overdone, the cheese was all melted and awesome, and there was a hint of garlic in every bite. Good job Mike! At least one of us can cook!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pintrest Share Week : Preschool

Good morning readers,
This is my last week of classes!!! It's going to be pretty crazy getting all of those last minute things done and cramming for all of those finals, so I'm scheduling 5 days of Pintrest Posts this week.

I'll be sharing with you some of my favorite things from 5 of my favorite boards.
Be sure to follow me on Pintrest if you happen to be a pinning addict too!
Here are some of my favorite things from my Preschool Board.

This is such a neat craft that would totally work in a bug themed week! I love using music in the classroom, and this little spider craft would excited the children to sing the song at home with their families. I love activities that all "match" or go together. I could use this after reading Charlotte's Web or after teaching the children about insects. 

I love these masks but I especially love them because you don't have to cut out those tricky eye holes. The kids can imaging that they are different animals and use their entire face pretend. I could use this during a zoo themed week, or farm animal themed week, or domestic pet themed week.

Yay for organizing my life! The kids can use these to store notebooks, pictures, or certificates and keep them all in one place. No more scrunching everything inside a backpack. Just use the organizer, use a folder to transport from school to home, and voila! I just removed some stress from my day. I love the idea of using the kid's pictures, but I would also stick their name on the side too. 

*hint-you can make these from cereal boxes for free

I really hope that I can find a way to include this maze in my curriculum. The maze could teach my students about gravity and cause and effect.We could build it together and everyone could have one piece that they paint in art class. Once it's all assembled we can predict what we think will happen to the ball. What if we used different kinds of balls? What if we tipped the maze in another direction? So many learning opportunities!

So there's a little snippet of the cool teaching things one can find on Pintrest. Have any of you found anything super cool you just HAVE to share? Leave me a comment on the blog! I love comment!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bracelet Crazy

Anyone who knows me really well knows that I don't like to wear a lot of jewelry. On a typical day you can find me "adorned" with my engagement ring, my heart necklace, and that's it! This makes shopping for Valentine or Christmas gifts extra hard to Mike. He can't just waltz over to the jewelry store and pick out something shiny. I would never replace my heart necklace or wear more than two rings at a time.
Accessories seemed to scare me. Hats are fun, scarves are pretty, but I guess that I'm just nervous I'll mess up and look like a walking Icing store.

But recently, Mike and I were in a shop and I spotted these cool bracelets. It was a set of 5 small beaded bracelets connected into one big bracelet. Each glass bead was so colorful, and I knew that my K-5 kids would love them. Since I bought the bracelets, I've found myself hunting for more strings of beads or watches to layer on my wrist. I love all the colors and how each bead is unique. Maybe it's just a fad and I'll get over it in a few weeks, or maybe this is my new thing. 

Do you ever go through random fads? 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My New Classroom: Sneak Peek!

Happy Thursday morning readers!

I told you in my post yesterday that Mike and I had job interviews in Vermont last weekend. If I ever had any advice for anyone going interview it would be this...

1. Dress comfortably but professionally. You'll feel nervous enough without that annoying tag scratching the back of your neck.
2. Thank them for the interview. Hey! They're busy people too and they'are making time for YOU!
3. Write down your questions. Every employer wants to know that you're interested and knowledgeable in your field. You can show them this by asking good questions. And don't just think of them, write them down or else you'll go blank like I did.

So since most of my big projects are turned in, and the last mountain I have to climb is finals...I find myself with some spare time. Instead of just "chilling" or wandering around town I've decided to prepare for the next school year. I checked out the curriculum I'll be using and I've already got lots of fun ideas!

I would love to take pictures of some of the things I've already made to show you. 
I'm lucky enough to have 5 bulletin boards in my classroom. Some teachers might consider that a nightmare, but I'm so psyched!

I can't wait to make this room my own. At the moment, it seems like a blank slate ready for me to write on. I want to keep the room simple, fun, and educational. I think that every little thing I stick on the wall should serve a purpose AND look good too. 

One of the first things I'll do in this room is create a book corner. Currently, the books are in a bin on a shelf next to all of the other toys. I want the books to be considered special treasures. I'll make a cute little corner away from all the noise and chaos where my students can read and explore the pages of a great book.

The curriculum I'll be using already has a mascot for my room. I'm not the biggest fan of cats (sorry!) and would rather have an owl as my mascot. I'm sure that I'll grow to love my cat Barnabas though....

The whole theme of my classroom is the barn and the animals that live inside. I've already begun looking up songs and poems to use every day with my kids. Just a few more days until graduation...then the wedding....then I can start my dream career!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Camping Theme in K-5

Happy Wednesday!
Sorry I've been out for so long. Mike and I both an interviews this weekend that we had to fly to. The job is looking like a pretty good possibility. We would be teaching junior high and I would have my own 3 year old preschool classroom! Anyways, I wanted to share pictures from my student teaching this morning. Because of all the legal issues, I can't post any picture of the kids themselves...but Here are some sweet hats that we made!

We had a camping theme going on this week, so Jessica (pictured above) and I read books and came up with this craft for the kids. We even made mini hats for the puppets. The hats are made to resemble a camp fire with marshmallows on a stick. I will admit...the craft was a slight disaster with kids flinging their cotton balls all over creation and "my glue doesn't work teacher!!!!"
Aahh....but it was soon all over and we had a bunch of a adorable kids in silly camping hats.

OK, OK...
Maybe we had some little "adults" in the hats too.

P.S. Here's my new mascot for my classroom next year! His name is Barnabas.

I think he's a cutey!!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter Morning!

Gooooood morning Miss Yellow Shoes readers!
I am so excited it's finally Easter! It's my favorite of all the holidays. Yeah, Christmas is awesome, but Easter is when I get to celebrate Christ's resurrection from the dead. Christmas is great because that's when I celebrate Christ coming to Earth, but Christmas would be absolutely nothing without Good Friday and Easter morning. 
Oh it makes me so happy!!

Even though Easter really isn't about the little bunnies, chicks, and hidden plastic eggs, these cupcakes are just too cute to pass up. I have no problem with chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts, as long as my kids know that Easter is about the best love story ever.

I've been so busy with school and wedding stuff lately that I haven't had a chance to crochet anything in weeks! Maybe if I find a few moments where and there I can make some of these adorable crochet projects.

It really wouldn't matter if I finished these projects after Easter. I love the holiday so much, I wouldn't mind having these around all year.

I've gotta run to church, but I wanted to share just one more link for those of you with little ones. Here you can find some yummy Easter cookies, a Jelly Bean Easter story print out, and a bookmark.