Thursday, July 30, 2015

STITCH FIX REVIEW BOX #1


Stitch Fix is a monthly service that sends you clothes based on your styling profile. You don't have to buy anything, but there is a $20 styling fee if you send it ALL back. If you keep any of the pieces, the $20 is deducted from you balance. If you keep all 5 pieces 25% is deducted from your total.

So, after you fill out the styling profile, you pick the date you want to receive your clothes. They recommend you have a Stitch Fix board on Pinterest that they can access so they know what kinds of clothes interest you. You can also tell them if you are looking for something specific.

Keep the items you like and return the rest in the pre-paid mailing bag and drop it at any USPS mailbox. There is free shipping both ways. You leave feedback for your stylist about what you liked and disliked and then you can schedule another box.

I usually shop at Target, Old Navy, Burlington Coat Factory, Ross and Maurice, but I decided to give this a try.

Here is what I got in my first box.


These style cards show what can be paired with the items in my box.
I also got a personal note from my stylist.

I love the Gilberto Loop Fringe Necklace.
Cute with the maxi dress. I really like the necklace....it's a keeper! Only $8.
This is the Astra Sleeveless Maxi Dress. It's cute, but a little long and I don't really like the banding around the middle. I also like v-necks better on me.
This is me doing my pose!
Super models watch out!
I tried on the Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan, but it was too long.
I liked this Rolfe Knit Back Top, but I like v-necks better. This is also a pair of Glenda Straight Leg Jeans, but they were not small enough and they were $98....GULP!
Also it was a little baggy.

So, for my first time I am only keeping the necklace....I'll try this again....I figure it will take the stylist a few times to get my size and style just right.

Now I put all the items that I'm not keeping into a prepaid mailer, fill out a survey of how I liked everything, leave a not for my stylist of what I would like next time and set the next date for a box to arrive. It was fun!

What did you think of my fix this month? Are you ready to get your fix on? If you want to try it out please use this referral link. For each friend who signs up and orders, I will get a $25 credit.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PLAN

Here is my "plan" for the first day of school, but you know the old saying, "If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans." So, we'll have to see how it goes and how many times I rethink/change this before the first day gets here (August 13). 

7:50-8:15 OPENING/ORGANIZING
·      Students take their seats.
·      ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PLEDGE
·      HAND IN: tissue, glue, white copy paper, lined paper, hand sanitizer, white board, pencils (keep 1) dry erase markers, paper towels, ziplocs, hand soap.
·      PUT FOLLOWING IN CADDY: ruler, scissors, 5 glue sticks, 5 dry erase markers.
·      PUT IN PENCIL POUCH: crayons, highlighters, colored pencils, calculator, pencil sharpener.
·      Put your name on all folders and notebooks.
·      Put name on agenda and binder
·      TRUTH/TRUTH/LIE CARD (used for brain break throughout the day)

8:15-8:30 TOUR OF ROOM

8:30-9:00 ROTATIONS
(1)   NAME CARD
(2)   MISTAKES PAPER
(3)   SCAVENGER HUNT
(4)   MISSION STATEMENT
(5)   I AM A ______ 5TH GRADER
(6)   TRY TO LOGIN TO COMPUTERS
(7)   I TAKE PHOTO OF KIDS

9:00 TOUR OF BUILDING AND POTTY BREAK

9:15-9:30 Take Home Stuff/Write in Agenda
·      TAKE HOME FOLDER WITH THINGS TO BE SIGNED
·      READING LOG
·      BROWN BAG

9:30-10:00 Math Interactive Notebooks Set-Up

10:00-10:30 WHOLE BRAIN INTRODUCTION
·      5 RULES
·      CLASS/YES
·      SCOREBOARD
·      TEACH/OK

10:30-11:00 ELA Interactive Notebook Set-Up

11:00-11:10 PLAYGROUND RULES

11:10-11:30 RECESS

11:30-11:45 WBT RULES REVIEW

12:00-12:30 LUNCH

12:30-1:15 WBT RULES REVIEW

1:15-1:45 10-MINUTE WRITING
“What I learned today.”

1:00-2:00 COMPUTER LAB
If we have computer lab (meaning all their logins worked this morning) go over:
·      Open word document
·      Cut/paste and saving documents
·      Internet etiquette
·      School/class website
·      Where to find games/programs
·      IXL Math
·      Kahoot It

1:45 END OF DAY DISMISSAL ROUTINE
Clean up room, get backpacks, review what is due tomorrow, put up chairs, line up.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

THE BEST

The best teacher blog... RUNDE'S ROOM.

The best resource for teachers... TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS.

The best ideas come from... Pinterest.

The best way to order stuff on line... AMAZON PRIME.

The best place to make a rubric... RCAMPUS.

The best motivational site... JOYCE MEYER MINISTERIES.

The best and cheapest way to watch movies... NETFLIX.

The best way to keep in contact with parent... CLASS DOJO.

The best store bought iced coffee is... INTERNATIONAL DELIGHT.

The best way to order clothes that fit your individual style is... STITCH FIX.

The best new way of teaching is... WHOLE BRAIN.

The best way to organize notes are... INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS.

The best drawing activities are... ZENTANGLES.

The best dollhouses and room boxes are by... MARY PAYNE.

The best YOGURT POPSICLES.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Typical Summer Day

6:45 Shower and dress.

7:00 I make coffee and turn on GMA, while I get the day going. Make the bed. Get Sam out a bowl for his cereal. He can do the rest himself. Get a cup of milk for Andrew. Put up gates and close doors in preparation of Andrew being out of his crib. Change and feed Andrew breakfast. Eat breakfast and wipe services. Fill Brita, make ice cubes, put away dishes from dishwasher. Clean up cat barf. Scoop cat litter. Start a load of laundry. Do school work with Sam. He completes a math page and a writing page and we read a book. Take dog and Andrew on a walk while Sam rides his bike. Play at the park.

9:00 (ish) Run errands or go to appointments with Sam and Andrew. Richard goes to work anywhere between 9 and 11 depending on the day.

10:00 (ish) Arrive home. Sam runs off to play with friends in cul-de-sac and Andrew and I are in the house. By this time in NM it's too hot to be outside. Switch laundry to dryer or continue the cycle that Andrew managed to turn off, without me knowing. Play with Andrew.

11:00 Put Andrew down for a nap. Make an iced coffee. Pay bills. Switch laundry to dryer. Check emails, facebook and Pinterest. Do some prep-work for school. Read or do x-stitch.

1:00 (ish) Andrew wakes and we have lunch and then get dressed in swim gear, load up the stroller and walk to the pool with Sam and (usually some) friends.
3:30 (ish) Come back from pool. Put all the pool stuff away and the wet stuff in the dryer. Pull out laundry to fold. Get a snack for Andrew and popsicles for Sam and his friends. Clean litter box, pull trash cans back in from the pick up in the morning and fold laundry while watching Hot Bench. Fold dry swim stuff from dryer. Relax and play with Andrew and Sam.

5:00 Dinner

5:30 Watch ABC Nightly News and Sam goes back out to play in cul-de-sac with friends.
6:00 Play in backyard with Andrew in sandbox, water plants.

6:45 Go for a walk with Andrew and Menlo while Sam rides his bike.

7:30 Get Andrew ready for bed. Sam gets to stay out until 8 p.m. Put Andrew to bed. Richard gets home anywhere between 6 and 8, depending on the day.

8:00 Call Sam in and get him ready for bed. He usually has a snack and watches a Disney Show.

8:30 Sam goes to bed. I have a snack, watch tv, surf the net, or read.

10:00 (ish) Go to bed