Summer SLANT Box Reveal!

SLANT BOX TIME! :)
Don't know what SLANT Boxes are?! Well, let me tell ya! SLANT stands for Sending Love Across the Nation to Teachers. And by teachers I mean ANYONE who is in the education field...student teachers, librarians, coaches, you name it...you're in! Basically you sign up each month {ya know, so if you spent too much money on B2S stuff you can wait til the next month when you have more money} and you get paired with 2 fab educators...1 sends to you...you send to the other. You spend all month getting to the 2 people and by the 25th you should have a themed (announced each month) box to send off to them! EVERYONE LOVES MAIL, RIGHT?!?!
This summer I was paired up with Kristen @ The Book Monsters to send to and the one and only Jameson @ Lessons with Coffee sent to me!
Here are my goodies to Kristen on their way to the post office!
You can check out the unwrapped goodies here,
I was SO excited to get paired with Jameson. I mean, the girl who started SLANT?! You know I have a mega sweet box coming, right? I got to know Jameson even more when she chose me to give her blog a makeover! Woohoo! I stalk her on IG and we're even working on getting a Midwest Meet Up going! :)
Maxwell was depressed the day the box came...

It was raining (irony?!) and we were leaving that night for vacation, and he could sense it!
This is what I saw after I moved the yellow paper around!

SHE IS AWESOOOOOME and spoiled me crazy! Seriously, you all want her as a partner.

Also, the flower has become Max's new toy! If you follow me on IG, you saw this little gem:
http://instagram.com/p/q4zSRMgzFE/
She obvs missed kudo points on the name though...ugh, why she didn't check with my boyfriend to see if he was proposing 2 days before I received this box I just don't know! ;)
Oh would you like to see another picture of my ring?! OKAY!
LOVE my SLANT box for this month! I can't wait for August's matches! :)
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BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

YAHOO! I just sent out an email to all of the giveaway winners! Thank you to all who participated! Stay tuned for another giveaway happening soon with a new bloggy friend of mine!! :)

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Five for Friday! {July 25, 2014}

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Some of my bloggy friends and I are in the process of setting this up!! WOO! Go here to check out the dets!
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Sent my SLANT box out to Kristen @ The Book Monster! She received it yesterday!
I'm impatiently waiting for my SLANT box from Jameson @ Lessons with Coffee! Head to her blog to sign up for the August SLANT box!
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Meet Weston Michael and Phoenix Lauren....one of my best friend's (since 3rd grade!) week old twins!
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This is just too exciting for just one, so I'm posting my final for 4 and 5!
If you follow me on IG....which you should...@lindsey_nichole_j
You might have noticed a new piece of jewelry...

But you didn't see this!!!!
That is our special moment recorded!
There were 8 signs all together, first glance, first smile, first laugh, first touch, first kiss, first dance, first cry...Leads to this! They were being held by our closest family and friends.

Have a super weekend and don't forget to check out my awesome MEGA blogivesary giveaway!!!!!
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1st Blogiversary Giveaway!

My blog is turning 1!!! I can't believe I've been blogging for a year now. I have "met" so many awesome educators and have become a better teacher because of all of YOU! I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped, encouraged, and laughed with me along the way...you rock! NOW LET'S CELEBRATE!

I have 4 separate Rafflecopters...enter 1, 2, 3, or 4...up to you! I have them broken down into K-2, 3-5, middle school, and free for all! Keep in mind that all of these awesome ladies have things in their stores that are for any grade, so I would enter them ALL! :)
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Reflection and New Back to School Goals

Oh my! I have been so busy with cheerleading and doing this little thing called BLOG DESIGNING, I feel I've left my poor little blog all alone! It's not even cute now, because all the other blogs I've done are SO cute! I'm loving the new connections I'm making with teacher bloggers and it's so rewarding to create something so unique and special! :)
Anyway...I saw Jess posted her reflection on her goals for last year and posted new ones for this year and I promised I'd link up...a week and a half ago! Oopsies! So here we go!
Last year's:
How'd I do? Well, that whole work out routine...hah! I started one this summer, after making a bet with my boyfriend I could work out, clean, and work on school stuff every week day for 2 weeks...in return he'd start working out. I kept up my end for 3 weeks...he didn't! Then I went out of town for a conference, and I lost my routine...
Classroom library is pretty organized...detailed sub plans for planned absences? no prob! unplanned absences? different story..ugh. I'm all ears on that one!
Created more products and even upgraded to premium seller, go me!
I hope my students fell in love with reading!! I also wanted to share something that happened the last day of school, that I think affirms my motto...
While students were at their special, my associate and I took things off the wall so they could be painted over the summer. My room became very...boring. The kiddos walked in and were like what in the world happened to our room?! One boy, who is super smart, but has some challenges that he recently overcame this school year, said "Miss J...I'm going to be honest...if this is what our room looked like all the time, I don't think I'd want to come to school!"
I could have squeezed him when he said that! Especially when that article that floated around via social media (you may have seen it) that talked about over decorated classrooms. Now, I don't consider my room to be over decorated, but it's definitely not bland, either. It was previously a male teacher's room. Now, I'm not knockin' male teachers...because I love them and they are definitely needed...but guys just don't care for decor when it comes to classrooms (unless your name is Mr. Greg), which is totally fine...but not how I roll...and I needed some color and pzzaz! That's what my room has, and I loved hearing that the kids...even the boys, wanted and needed that! :)
On to this year... (I can't believe I'm doing this, because that means summer is coming to an end soon, and that just doesn't seem possible!)
I need to find a balance between all of my school/cheer stuff and my own life. I'm hoping to have one day where I don't bring anything home, and just relax. I'm thinking Tuesday...you know, free for Pretty Little Liars.
Halfway through last year, I started doing centers for Math on Thursday and Friday...it was a great way for me to work with kiddos who still weren't getting it, challenge ones who were, and provided extra practice for the majority of my kids. Differentiated instruction anyone? This goes along with my planning, too...
I will have a co-teacher (most likely) and I want to be able to plan together centers and lessons a lot better than I did last year. I also want to plan with my 3rd grade team...which with a new grant my district got and the way things are going this year, I think this will be very easy to achieve.
I'm the president for my local reading council this year...WOO! Go me!
I know everyone probably wants their students to be able to open their desk and find something in less than 2 minutes...how many of us can actually do that with their whole class? Yeah, me neither. I hope that will change this year with some ideas I'm going to try...I'll make sure to blog about that after the 1st month of school.
Motto...says it all.
Head on over to Jess' blog to read more goals and link up yourself! You know you wanna!
P.S.
My blogiversary is coming up soon! If you want to donate to the giveaway fill out this form!

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Monday Made It {7/714}

Anyone else notice the date today? 7/7/14....7+7=14!
It's the small things in life, folks!
Today I'm linking up, again (yay!), with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It! 
So I don't consider myself a great cook....but not necessarily a bad one, either! If you give me a crockpot recipe...I'm allllll over that! So, for my 1st MMI, I'm going to share a SUPER easy crockpot recipe that I love! Beef stroganoff anyone?
It's seriously like the easiest dinner ever!!
I typed it all up for ya...you could just print that baby and stick it in your recipe box! 
Let me tell you a couple things I do differently with this recipe, for just personal taste and convenience!
I use stew meat instead of round steak, because it's already cut up in nice pieces and is really tender.
I also dislike mushrooms, so I use a can of cream of chicken soup instead. Still delicious! 
 On to...
Sarah at Teaching Pawsitively posted a request on Instagram for some custom alphabet posters. I offered to help her out! She has a little song that she does with her kiddos, so she needed very specific pictures! :) Love how simple, but cute they turned out!
You can get your own set here in my store!
While many of you are in Vegas on Friday having lots of fun at the conference, I will be at cheerleading camp with my girls! WOO...so much better than Vegas! Okay, maybe not exactly, but it still a pretty good time. I'm so lucky that I get to coach with MY coach and still have cheerleading in my life as I cheered for 8 years (7th grade-sophomore year in college)!
Oh you want proof?
This was one of my very first times flying a single based stunt. (freshman year of college) I'm 5'8, so I was always a back spot in high school. The guy who is holding me is a little over 6 ft...so I'm a good 7 ft in the air...just with my life in his hands, literally! HA!
Anyways...back to MMI
CHEER BOWS!
Doesn't it go nicely with one of our shirts for camp? :) Only 12 more to make...
I'm currently working on a blog design for Carrie at Anchored in 3rd Grade. Created these cute little chevron anchors...might possibly see one, or one similar to it on her new design!
You can get them for free today from my TpT store, just click the picture! Please leave feedback! :)
And finally... YEAH I HAVE 5! WOO!
I made a t-shirt scarf for 4th of July! Well actually 2, a red and blue!
You can make your own by looking at this easy pin!
Whew! Well I hope you found at least 1 thing on today's MMI that inspires you! :)
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Saturday Snapshots & BlogHoppin' Scavenger Hunt!

I have been taking pictures with my phone all day and #hashtagging like crazy...want to know why?!?!

That's right ladies and gentleman....the 1st Annual BlogHoppin Scavenger Hunt is in full swing!!
Check out this post here for all the details! I'm super bummed I'm not heading to Vegas like so many of you are, but this is for those who are going and those who aren't!
There are 200 items on the list, and the goal is 105 to get entered for one of the fabulous prize packages!

So, I'm linking up with Miss Nelson for Saturday Snapshots to show you a few things I've already got scratched off!
This one started the family getting involved! A 1999 coin!
5 different colors of post-its
August Calendar
Concert Tickets....yes, that's my boyfriend and I's little Taylor Swift Shrine on our wall! :) We saw her last August and had a blast! We had pit tickets, and the shadow box has our tickets, PIT wristband, heart confetti from the show, and a picture of hands being SO close to Taylor! And no he was not dragged there...he was just as excited as me, if not more, and was singing his little heart out!

Someone splashing in a puddle!
Extra Credit...screenshot of a live post on Facebook with an image from your scavenger hunt and a shout out to Blog Hoppin!
A coaster!
I'm going around town tomorrow with my mom and grandma to get even more scratched off! Seriously...once you start, you won't wanna stop! :)
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?! GET GOING! It's through August 6th, so you have plenty of time, but don't wait, because it is just TOO FUN and a great way to connect with teachers! And make sure you follow me on Instagram, and I'll follow you, too! :)
I'll leave you with a picture of my furbaby who stole my sweatshirt I planned on wearing...
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