Currently DECEMBER!

WHAT?! It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Linking up with Farley for Currently!
Jason is watching football...what else is new?!
I love Christmas decorations! Our tree is up and there are even a few presents underneath!
I have my ideas for my save the dates, and I need to get everything sent to my printer! I promise to share when they're done, because if you've been following my wedding planning on Instagram, you KNOW they're gonna be way cute. Because I'm all about the cutesy!
Seriously, I can't wait to have 2 weeks off in 3 weeks. Those closest to me know I'm super stressed and have been pushing my limits WAY too much this school year. I'm beat.
I need to go to bed, because I need to be at school at 6AM tomorrow, because I had PLANNED on going to school over break and get everything ready to go for December so I could relax a bit. They locked me out! I do not recall this being the case last year... I tried the past 3 days to go be productive, but no luck. So, since I planned on prepping over break...I did not do much to prep for this week! YIKES! And I have to teach before school starting at 7:30 tomorrow....Oh boy!

So, I finished this today!
You can find it here in my TpT store, but I'd love to give one away for a Pin it to win it! Just hover over the picture above to pin it, and leave the pinterest url in the comments along with the url and I will pick a winner sometime Tuesday! :)

By the way.... is your cart READY?!?! Mine is! :)

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! It's been awhile! I'm glad I have some time off, because Kacey is taking a break from the link up til the new year!
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I got my engagement pictures back earlier this week!!! AHHHHHHHH! Here are a few several of my favorites :)

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On Tuesday, I had my kids do a Disguise a Turkey activity, including writing to the chef. I of course had to create my own, too...
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Yesterday and today I've been working on pre-design blog templates for my Black Friday and Saturday sale. Each pre-design template is just $10! Here are a few samples! Check them all out here!
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Jason's 5 year-old niece came over last night to hang out and she helped us put up our main tree and helped me decorate my new small one to hold all of my cheerleaders' ornaments!
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I'll be participating in the TpT Cyber Monday sale! My store will be on sale Sunday-Tuesday! :) I hope to have some new products up just in time!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I want content, not product promotion.

You'll have to excuse this rant of a post...but it's been something that has been on my mind for awhile, especially after a conversation I had with one of my bloggy besties, Jameson from Lessons with Coffee, when we finally met up a month ago.

I created this blog over a year ago in hopes of connecting with other teachers, share ideas, collaborate, and grow my network of teacher friends, because when you're having a tough day or week for whatever reason...maybe you got another new student, maybe you've taught the same lesson 5 times and your kiddos still aren't getting it, or maybe you've had a parent accuse you of being a bad teacher...whatever the case may be it's nice to have someone else say "been there...this is how I handled it...and it will get better".

I'll be honest, I rarely look at my BlogLovin' feed anymore. Why do you ask? Because lately I feel like when I do go visit my favorite blogs it's full of Stitch Fix posts and self-promotion of products. Now, before I get too much into this, let me say that I too have put up a couple Stitch Fix posts, and on occasion I will put up some of my TpT products, but I TRY to include pictures of the product in action and only post things that I feel that other teachers may really benefit from.

I know that we all secretly (or not so secretly) wish to make thousands of dollars on TpT, but our blogs should not be a constant plug for our TpT my opinion anyways.

I don't blog on a regular basis, because I want to make sure my posts have good content...strategies and ideas that I feel will really HELP my fellow teachers. If you want to see what I'm working on for TpT, blog designs, cheerleading, wedding planning, or more of my every day life, you can follow me on Instragram, @lindsey_nichole_j, because that's where I post almost on a daily basis on everything from daily teaching, TpT, blog designing, cheerleading stuff, wedding details, and me trying to have a normal life.

This evening I was looking for some new strategies to help my 3rd graders solve word problems, so I went to Pinterest. The first 5 pins were products from TeachersPayTeachers. Links that went to blogs were just more TpT products. I want content people, not products. Unless I don't have the time, am lazy, or it's a FRESH and NEW idea, I will create what I need myself. I can create task cards myself...and yes I typically do sell them, because I know there are other teachers out there that are like me sometimes and don't have the time or too lazy to make it for their classes. However, I miss the content in blogs. I started following teacher blogs when I was student teaching, and some of my favorite bloggers have become less about the content and more about the product.

Is it just me or do you feel the same?


Today, I'm talking with Sheila from Sprinkle Teaching Magic on her radio show!

Check it out here!
Oh and did I mention there's a giveaway?!?!?!
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Currently November

It's hard to believe it's November 1st...the year is just flying! So, I'm linking up with Farley for Currently!
Taylor Swift is my girl. Love her. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this pop album, but I'm addicted.

I can't believe Halloween has come and gone, but I'm glad the year is going so quick because this is the busiest, most stressful year, yet. It has a bit to do with the fact I'm a full time teacher, before school program teacher, president of a professional organization, head winter cheerleading coach (4 squads), oh and I'm planning for my wedding in June.

I'm brainstorming wedding invitations at the moment. Pinterest is my BFF.

We took our engagement pictures October 22nd, and I'm impatiently waiting to see them! Seriously, they're going to be so cute. We took some pictures at my school's playground, and of course have some with our furbaby, Maxwell!

My cheerleading season officially begins Monday and I'm almost done with bows for all 28 cheerleaders and about halfway done with their locker signs.
I wish I could say I'm reading books for me, but I just don't have time for that. My highest reading group chose Shiloh for their next book, and I'm reading The Year of the Book with my TAG student, so we can have a deep discussion about it! I just hope she doesn't read the whole thing this weekend, because I haven't started yet! Oops!
So what are you up to?! Go link up for Currently, and don't forget about the rule of 3! :)
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