Sunday, September 27, 2015

My Week

This week was interesting. I had to make sure I took "one day at a time" because I was in a different school every day!

On Monday, I was in 2nd grade at my son's elementary school. I was subbing for his teacher he had last year, so that was easy since I already know how her routine. There's an aide in the room, and she and I had a good conversation about school and life in general.

On Tuesday, I was in 2nd grade at a school I've never been to. The class was much harder than I thought it would be. I know all about 2nd grade, so I thought it would be easy, but it wasn't! There were a lot of low kids in that class and even 2 kids that only spoke/wrote in Spanish. I don't know Spanish, so that was difficult. The other kids tried to help interpret, but because they didn't realize understand the assignments either, it was hard for them to translate to him.

On Wednesday, I was at the high school in a History class. There's a co-teacher in the class, so she ran it; all I had to do was push buttons on the computer. The kids were prepping for a test by playing a game that I controlled from the computer and they responded with their phones. I've never seen anything like that before! It's called Kahoot It.

On Thursday, I was at my son's school, in a 5th grade class. They did pretty well most of the day, but kind of lost it in the last hour.

On Friday, I was a roving sub at an elementary school I hadn't been to before. I was in 5th grade, Kindergarten, and 2nd grade. Usually 2nd grade is my favorite, but this time it was the Kindergarten class. They were so sweet and so cute, and I had fantastic parent helpers!

On Saturday, I helped my son sell popcorn for Boy Scouts, in front of a Lowe's store. It was a first for both of us. He's shy and talks quiet, so it was hard for him to sell at first, but as he did it more and more, he gained more confidence.

How was your week?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

My Week

Now that I'm back to regular subbing, I never know where I'll be! That was the nice thing about a long-term job - I always knew where I was going to be and had an idea of what my day would be like. Now, I can be at one school one day, and another school the next; and even sometimes 2 different schools in one day. This week was the first time I've ever subbed at other elementary schools other than the one my kids go/went to. That was an interesting experience. One of the schools was fine, and the other wasn't.

On Tuesday, it was my first day at a different school. It was raining, so that made the experience more challenging. I had to find the office, find the classroom, and find the lesson plans. I heard a noise, and was surprised to see a rabbit in a cage! I guess that's the class pet. Luckily, the lesson plans were easy to follow and the 4th grade students were pretty good. That was only a half day job, so then I went to the high school for another half day job in an English class. Surprisingly, the 12th grade students weren't bad.

On Wednesday, I went to a 5th grade class at a different school. I had heard good things about it from other subs, so I was excited to sub at this school. All of the staff was super friendly, greeting me along the way, and directing me to the class. I was excited to go pick up the class from the playground. Well, my excitement quickly faded because this class was worse than my high school sign language class! They would not stop talking no matter what I said or did! Then, they complained about not understanding the math lesson; well, that's because you won't be quiet and listen. They were also very rude to me in what they said. So, I won't be subbing 5th grade at that school again, but I do want to try younger grades there.

Thursday and Friday were back at my usual school, so that was easy because a lot of the kids know me. Thursday night was also the last back to school night I'll go to for my daughter, since she's a senior. It was nice to see a lot of the parents that I've known since elementary school.

Today, even though it was 90 degrees outside, I did some yard work. The fountain grass plant was getting so big that I kept running in to it every time I tried to get in the van, so it was past time to cut it.

How was your week?

Friday, September 18, 2015

2nd Annual Best Sweetest Day Giveaway Ever 9/18 - 10/7

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ISA Ceramic Flat Iron Hair Straightener Review #ISAprofessional

I was excited to be able to review this ISA Professional Victorya Flat Iron Hair Straightener because my hair is pretty crazy looking and I wanted to tame it down. The flat iron has SMART Automatic Temperature adjustment changes based on your hair's thickness, texture, and styling needs. You can straighten without having to fiddle with temperature controls. It will give your hair the quality it deserves. Your loved ones will notice!

This ISA ceramic flat iron has 100% Solid Tourmaline ceramic plates, SMART Automatic Temperature adjustment, Universal Voltage, Fast and safe straightening, curls, waves, 360 degree no tangle cord, and comes with a Full 2 year warranty. The plates made from 100% solid ceramic, enables salon quality hair straightening at home because it transfers heat faster and more evenly, for perfect results each and every time. Also, the unique shape of the ISA Professional Hair Straightener does more than just straighten your hair. You can also shape your hair into bouncy curls or glam waves with just the flick of your wrist. Beautiful and so simple!

This is me before using the flat iron. You can see my crazy hair! As I've aged(I'm in my 40s), my hair has thinned and also become more coarse and crazy due to some gray hairs. I use a leave-in conditioning spray and also recently started using a coconut leave in treatment, but my hair still looks out of control. Since I've had to return to work as a sub, it would be much better if my hair looked more professional, rather than like I just got out of bed and didn't bother to brush it.

I don't know anything about styling hair, so I was so happy to see how easy it is to use this flat iron. All I have to do is spray my hair with a heat protecting oil, select about a 2 inch segment of hair, and then slowly run the flat iron down that section of hair. It made a sizzling noise when I first started using it, I guess because of the oil, so that startled me a bit, but I got used to it. My daughter told me I was going down my hair too fast, and that I needed to go slower. So, I took my time and it worked!

So, this is me after using the flat iron! What a difference! The product description says your loved ones will notice, and that's definitely true. When I walked downstairs to show my husband and 8 year old son my straightened hair, my son wondered who this new person was in our house! He said I didn't look like myself at all. It is amazing to me, that someone who doesn't know anything about styling hair, was able to get such great results the very first time! My hair looks much smoother, neater, and in control. I finally look professional. I am very pleased with the results and I know I will continue to get better results as I use the flat iron more and more. This is definitely a product that is going to become a regular part of my routine.

If you want to check out this flat iron for yourself, you can find it on the ISA Professional website.
I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

My Week

What a week!

Monday wasn't too bad because we all had it off school and work. We didn't get a lot done like I wanted, but at least we were home.

Tuesday, I had a sub job, but when I arrived at school I was assigned to a different teacher. That happens often, but my poor daughter didn't get my text in time. She arrived at school and headed into the classroom she thought I was in, only to be stopped by the teacher(who didn't know her), and found out my room assignment had changed. Then, that night our phone, cable and internet were all down. The phone runs off the internet, and the internet and cable are from the same company, so that's why it was all down. Since the sub. jobs are all on the computer, I wasn't able to check and see if there were any last minute jobs available for Wednesday, or for any future jobs either.

Wednesday, the teachers at school were surprised to see me at the flag ceremony as a parent, instead of a teacher. That's the first time in over a year! At home, I got caught up on bank statements and other things around the house.

Thursday, I worked for another sub who has a long-term job while the teacher is out. The kids thought it was funny that there was a sub for the sub.

Friday, I worked half the day in one class and half in another. Since the schedules were different, I ended up without a lunch. Since there was a student teacher in the second class, I was at least able to sit in the back of the classroom and eat my lunch while she led the lesson.

Saturday morning, I noticed a wet spot on the kitchen counter. I thought someone had just spilled something, so I just wiped it up. When we came home from grocery shopping, my son wondered why the counter was wet. I very slowly looked up and saw what I dreaded - we had our fourth leak! I called my husband(he was fishing), and when he came home, he cut a hole in the ceiling and found the stream of water coming from a pinhole leak in the pipe. He wrapped a towel around it and we put a bucket underneath to catch the drips. After calling several plumbers, one finally responded and came pretty quickly. In about an hour, he had it fixed. Now we will just leave the hole open to dry out for about a week and then my husband is going to replace the drywall, texture, and paint himself. After the fourth leak, you learn how to do a lot of it yourself.

How was your week?

The Biggest Story: How The Snake Crusher Brings Us Back To The Garden Review and Giveaway #BIGGESTSTORY #FLYBY

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung - a best-selling author and father of six - leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heave and new earth. With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible's core message-how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden-will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think. The book is Hardcover, and is 132 pages. The Publisher is Crossway (August 31, 2015).

About Kevin DeYoung:
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books, including Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, and Taking God At His Word. He lives with his wife and their 6 children in Central Michigan.

About Don Clark:
Don Clark is an artist and the cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio in Seattle that has worked with clients such as Target, Nike, LEGO, and WIRED magazine. He lives with his wife and their 3 children, 4 goats, 12 chickens, and 1 crazy dog on a farm just outside the city limits.

This is the first page of the first chapter of the book. As you can see, the pictures are stunning! They all reflect what you're reading about on that page and they really make the story come alive. Each chapter isn't too long; they were just the right length for me to read one chapter to my 8 year old son every night before bed. The story is very well written and it was very easy to see how the whole Bible is connected from the beginning to the end. My son enjoyed listening to the story every night and often commented on how the picture related to what I read. He says, "It's good. It has very good colors and pictures." I also liked that it has a built in ribbon bookmark so it made it easy to mark my place every night. The color of the bookmark also matched some of the pictures.

At the end of the book is "A Note To Parents." It talks about why he wrote the book, explains the imagery, and what he hopes we'll get from the story.

If you would like to find out more about The Biggest Story for yourself, you can check it out for yourself on:

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

DROPPRICE AMAZON GC Giveaway Ends 9/23

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Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

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All you have to do is help moms drop the price of this Play Piano and you will be entered to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries! Please click on the red sentence on the form to follow and get more entries.

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