Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014-2015 august to august calendar.

It's mid-July, sisters, and you better believe it's my favorite time of year. Not because it's summertime and my alarm is off indefinitely.  Not because my fluffy waist is lovingly embraced by the elasticity only Nike Tempo shorts can provide for the next two months. No, not even because the Real Housewives of New Jersey are now clogging my DVR with endless marathons and reunions. Nope, mid-July equals new.calendar.time. (You might remember me mentioning this last year.) That's right, my new planner brings me joy that not even the combined effects of Christmas, birthday, anniversary, and the last day of school can bring. Sad? Maybe. #sorrynotsorry

So without further ado, I give you the 2014-2015 August to August Calendar and Planner. Your calendar/planner comes with: a fabulously bold cover page...

...2014 and 2015 yearly overviews...

...monthly overviews for August 2014 through August 2015...

...weekly agenda pages...

...and a plethora of notes pages for your jotting pleasure!

What does that give you all together? This, my friends. Glorious this:

I am re-using the Martha Stewart binder from Staples that I used last year, but decided to go with these tabs from Container Store for my monthly/notes dividers.

I'm simply loving the month and week overviews that include a place to plan meals for each day!

So get planning, ladies! There are dinners, teas, meetings, and parties to be had! Get going! Head on over to my TPT shop to grab your very own August to August calendar for the next school year!

And while you're in a planning frenzy, you might as well get your curriculum mapped out for the upcoming year as well!

Happy planning, patriots!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

quite a crafty closet {part one}.

Ever since I girly-fied our office last summer, it's quickly become one of my favorite places. Everything has a home here, and those homes look good, if I do say so myself. Nice and clean and full of white and gold.

The truly tragic part of the room, however, was the office closet.

Heaven help us. That poor closet was chalk-full of papers, brushes, paints, fabrics, cameras, and all things crafty - none of which I could retrieve without risking fatal harm to life and limb.

On the left side, the built-in shelves were somewhat organized - boxes and tubs helped wrangle paper, paint, brushes, and small craft tools. But that small bit of organization sure was ugly.

I don't even want to show you close-ups.

On the right side of the closet, the view wasn't much better. The previous owners had installed some Elfa shelving, but it was so sporadically spaced, that I really wasn't utilizing it.

The floor was a complete mess of poster board, boxes I had been collecting in hopes of painting them, bags, receipts that needed to be shredded, posters from my old classroom, and who knows what else!

Ickidy-doo-dah! Clearly, the poor closet needed a massive overhaul, but seriously, it's just a closet, so I wanted to accomplish the following tasks on the slimmest of budgets:
  1. Clean out and purge items in the closet.
  2. Remove the wire, Elfa shelving from the right-side wall.
  3. Paint the walls in a fun pattern.
  4. Find a rolling cart that can be used to store craft items and my sewing machine.
  5. Make the closet more aesthetically appealing and easy to maintain.
So here we go. 

Step one: Clean Out and purge items in the closet. I find that when purging and cleaning out, it's best to unload absolutely everything from the space, evaluate each item's usefulness, and get rid of anything and everything you don't need or haven't used in a year. It took me a few hours to unload everything from the closet and sort it all into piles of items to keep, trash, or donate.

Whilst sorting, I discovered that I, single-handedly, owned 1,395 index cards, 48 full stacks of post-its, over 3,000 paper clips, and 22 binders. TLC's "Hoarders" should be calling me any day now. 

Once the purging and piling organizing was complete, the closet looked quite ready for its facelift. Talk about a clean slate!

Step two: Remove the Elfa shelving from the right-side wall. This step was super quick and easy - just a little screwdriver action and those things came down quick!

I didn't get a good "after" shot of our Elfa-free zone, but it gave the closet a good 1-2 feet of space back. Oh, happy day!

Step three: Paint the walls in a fun pattern. For this step, I knew I wanted to bring a pop of "something" to the closet just to make it a bit more fun, and a solid paint color wasn't going to cut it. But, wanting to keep that little "budget thing" under wraps,  I decided to make my own re-usable stencil using blank stencil sheets for $3.99. A very closet-friendly price. I followed this super-easy tutorial and cut a stencil full of 3 inch polka dots using my Silhouette. Using some black acrylic paint I already had, I began stippling away, and a few hours later, the closet was looking like she was straight out of a Kate Spade store.

Let's take a moment to honor the polka-dotted closet, shall we?

With the closet looking perfectly cheery in her new polka dots, it was time to move on to steps four and five, but I'll save those steps for next time. I wouldn't want to detract from the goodness that is the polka dotted closet after all.

Happy polka dotting!

Friday, May 30, 2014

2014-2015 curriculum calendario.

Field day. Portfolios. End-of-the-year gifts. Cleaning out. Report cards. Man alive, what a whirlwind the past two months have been! I don't care if you teach third grade, eighth grade, preschool, or yoga, the last month or two of the year can only be described as exceptionally controlled chaos. But we made it! Our last day was Wednesday and I've been working on a plethora (oh yes, a plethora) of goodies for y'all ever since. Get excited.

After you've taken a breath or two, caught up on your favorite Bravo drama, and absorbed a bit of Vitamin D, you *might* be ready to start planning for next year! No? Not ready? Well go ahead and download my curriculum planner now and don't worry about completing it until August. Deal? Deal.

For the past two years, I've created this curriculum calendar to help me map out my curricular plans for the entire year, and oh what a life-saver it's been! By taking the time over the summer (or early fall) months to map out what skills you want to teach and when, it makes weekly planning a breeze!

Each month's pages contain headers for all content areas and the 2014-2015 dates are already included for you!

But the true beauty of this document? Everything is COMPLETELY EDITABLE! What the what?! So, if you teach middle or high school and don't teach these core content areas, no problem! Change the "reading" header to "geometry" or "statistics" or {I cringe} "calculus". You can change absolutely any and all text you see on these pages. Oh, happy planning.

For the 2014-2015 Curriculum Planning Calendar, I updated the cover page...

...and went with a polka dot theme for all of the August 2014 to June 2015 month headers:

Not a polka dot girl? No problem, pals. I also created a chevron and Moroccan trellis theme for you fashionistas!

All Curriculum Planning Calendars are Power Point documents which make them easy breezy to edit and customize. The documents also lists two fonts from {www.kevinandamanda.com} that will make your document look exactly like mine once downloaded and installed!

So even if you're bound and determined not to leave the couch for a few more months, go ahead and head on over to my TPT shop and download a 2014-2015 Curriculum Planning Calendar!

The first two gal (or guy) pals that leave a comment and their email below will receive a FREE copy of the Curriculum Planning Calendar of their choice!

Happy planning, y'all. And, of course, h-a-p-p-y s-u-m-m-e-r. You earned it.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

the master is mellowed.

The tragedy that was our master bedroom is now a thing of the past, thank ya, Jesus.

Y'all saw a few weeks ago that we tackled the raised stripes that so lovingly adorned all four walls and ended up being exceedingly daring by painting our room a vibrant shade of....WHITE!

Bold, I know, but if Martha Stewart thought it was good enough to add to her paint line, it was good enough for me...and color-blind Mr. Spouse. Luckily, with this room, painting was the only un-fun part of the process. The rest was just decorating! Hoo-ah!

We snagged some bedding on sale from Pottery Barn (don't tell Phoebe Buffay), and since we finally decided to buy some big boy and girl furniture, we also purchased a new upholstered headboard from Wisteria (it took all I had not to outfit the entire room in Wisteria). I also grabbed a fabulously-trellised rug during one of Rugs USA's rockin' sales. All that put together gives us....

Sweet goodness, we finally have a big kid room! Who knew? Let's take a closer look, shall we?

I mean, it actually looks like real, live adults live here, y'all. The hardest things for us to find were definitely the nightstands. The Mr. really dug the idea of mirrored nightstands, but they were so stinking expensive that it took us a while to find a pair that fit our space and our budget. We ended up snagging a pair of nightstands for $150 on Craigslist. I could have kissed Craig and his list.

My other favorite find was this set of onyx cross-sections I found in Wisteria's "flea market". I am completely obsessed with the black matte and even more obsessed with the fact that it was originally $350 for the set and I got them for $120.

I am still absolutely loving our bedding as well. I was a wee bit nervous about having white bedding with navy piping knowing that I couldn't bleach it if needed, but really it's been easy to maintain and I haven't had any problems with keeping it clean. As for the shams, an unbelievably talented friend monogrammed the navy shams for us, and wanting a little pop of color, I made the two orange shams!

It's amazing what buying big-kid furniture can do for a room, amen?



Happy Sunday, y'all!