Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stitch Fix #3-SOOO EXCITING!

Good evening, Bits and Bobbers! Kerri here…

The best day of the month came last week, when my third Stitch Fix box arrived in the mail. EEEEEK!! 

Girls, I am OBSESSED with Stitch Fix. It is literally the best thing since the invention of the TPT (Don't we all LOVE TPT??) You may have read all about my mom's SUPER successful first Stitch Fix box last week. She is HOOKED too! If you aren't familiar with Stitch Fix, I'll explain it at the end of this post.

Well, let's get this party started, shall we?? Here is the beloved teal and tan box after it arrived. The anticipation before opening it is probably my favorite part of all!

Well, actually... opening the box and seeing all of the beautiful colors is my true favorite part of all. Aren't this month's choices GORGEOUS??

This is the style card that they included with my fix. I LOVE these and I save them all!! I just love how they pair each item with different things to show you how you can look fabulous!

Next, I'll show you each piece and give you my first impressions. Then, you can see how I looked in each piece (AWKWARDNESS commencing soon!!)

First up-the Market and Spice Honolulu Embroidery Detail Tab-Sleeve Blouse. When I first saw this, I thought it was a bit plain, but I did love the red and blue embroidery detail. I was also worried it would be too see through when I put it on, but I did like the rolled up sleeves and button detail.

 First impression-cute... but not sure about this one??

Next up…the Jill Jersey Maxi Skirt in bright blue. When I first took this out I LOVED the color and it was super soft, but I felt it was a bit plain. I am a pattern girl, and this was just so much blue. I kept in mind though, that the solid color would go well with a patterned shirt, so I was hopeful about this one.

My third piece was the Renee C Renya Racerback Striped Maxi Dress. I had specifically asked for another maxi dress after my last one was such a HUGE WIN, and I was super excited about the teal color (my favorite!!) so this one made me happy right away. HOWEVER, I didn't know if the horizontal stripes would make me look wide through my mid section (the bane of my existence-ugh!) and racerback is not my favorite, so we would have to see about this one!

My fourth piece was the Tucker Mixed Paisley Print Split Back Tank. This one literally took my breath away the minute I saw it. It was SCREAMING me. The colors, the print, the style. OH HAPPY DAY! The only thing I was a little worried about the the racerback style because I always feel self-conscious about my bra straps showing, so maybe I would have to wear a tank underneath it??

Last up…the 41 Hawthorne Abrianna Lightweight Knit Cardigan in coral. I LOVE this color!!! And this cardigan was SUPER lightweight, which is PERFECT for California at this time of year. I was excited about this one!

Okay, awkwardness commencing!! 
My teenage daughter took all of these pictures of me (begrudgingly, of course. She IS a teenager!) while my next door neighbor was working in his garage. Needless to say, it was KIND of embarrassing! :)
When I put this blouse on, I FELL IN LOVE! It was NOT see through at all, and it looked fabulous with jeans. Plus, my bright blue Kendra Scott set matched it perfectly! KEEPER!

It also looked fabulous with the skirt they sent me! I love love love how Stitch Fix sends you pieces that can be paired with each other! It's like an instant outfit!!
Well Praise Jesus! I love this TOP!  I found out that I WILL need to wear a tank under it to hide my bra straps and also it was a teensy bit short about my hip area, but a tank will lengthen it. LOVE IT!

This print is just DELICIOUS!!

I also paired it was the cardigan they sent me from my first Fix and it was perfect!

It also works perfectly with the blue maxi skirt!! Another fabulous outfit for school!

This maxi dress was SOOOO soft and comfy! The stripes didn't bother me too much, and for school I will have to wear it with a cardigan to cover my bra straps, but that's okay because I absolutely LOVE it!

TADA!! It worked perfectly with the coral cardigan and I like how the cardigan breaks up all those stripes! WINNER!

Well, you guessed it! I kept all 5 pieces!! I just had to. They were all so cute, so comfy, so ME! And, if you keep all 5 pieces they give you 25% off the entire box, which is a HUGE bonus!! Each Fix just keeps getting better and better, as I leave feedback and my stylists look at my Stitch Fix Pinterest board.

Here is how Stitch Fix works:

1. Create a Style profile on the Stitch Fix Website

2. Have 5 handpicked items that fit your style profile delivered to your house.

3. Keep what you like and check out online. Send back the rest in a pre-paid envelope.

4. Look fabulous at w
ork or while you're out playing!!

It takes about 10 minutes to fill out your style profile online, and it is super fun and easy, because you get to choose different outfits that best represent you. I love this part! You can also go back in and tweak your profile, which I have done several times. Just for fun!

This really is the easiest service in the world. There is no pressure to keep anything. If you don't like anything, they charge you a $20 styling fee, but if you keep at least one item, the $20 fee goes toward the cost of that item, and shipping is FREE both ways. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

You can also schedule your fixes to come just once, monthly, or every 2-3 weeks. I started out with just once, and then after it came and I realized how RAD it is, I decided to switch to monthly. It is so much fun to look forward to each month!!

If you sign up using my referral link (I'm so grateful when people use my link!! Thank you so much!), I get a small referral fee which goes toward the purchases of my own Fixes, and I can keep blogging about it and showing you all my awkward pictures! :)

Come on, ladies! Try it out, You know you wanna!! :)
XOXO Kerri B

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TPT One Day SUPER Sale!!

Good News, Bits and Bobbers!! TPT is having a ONE DAY BONUS SALE all day Wednesday!! Now we can stock up on all the goodies that we didn't get during the last sale!

Both Kerri and Lindsay's TPT shops will be 20% off on Wednesday, plus with TPT's extra 10% discount code (BOOST) you can get 28% off! SCORE!

Make sure you pick up Kerri's latest Super Sentence Writing Pack and Number Representation Math Pack that you can use the ENTIRE school year…

And Lindsay's latest Science Notebook Pack

Alrighty!! Gotta go my shop on, Peeps!!
XOXO Kerri  and Lindsay

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kindergarten Science Notebook {Fall Edition} - or The Story Of How I Will Actually Get To Sneak In Some Science This Year!

Happy Monday folks!  Lindsay here . . .

Today I'm here to talk about time.  As in time in your classroom .  . .

There's never enough of it - am I right?

One of my BIGGEST struggles is often how to squeeze everything in to my short kindergarten day (8:00-1:00) . . . . Between centers, leveled UA groups, pullouts, and mandatory grade level math and language arts time blocks my days and weeks sometimes seem so jam packed full before I even sit down to lesson plan! 

Last year my school district was introducing new math AND language arts curriculums for us to teach (Common Core aligned) and THIS year we have a new phonics program.

Is it possible that I am already feeling stressed and school hasn't even started yet?

Because as teacher we KNOW that there are other things students NEED.  They need art.  They need free choice time.  They need recess and music.  And, of course, they need to explore and experiment.

Which leads me to my newest time-saving idea: thematic science.

As I said earlier, with all of the new curriculum I was learning and implementing last year, I felt that my science instruction fell by the wayside . . . which was so heartbreaking!  Because if there is ANYONE who can get excited about a fun experiment it is a kindergartener!  Those kiddos are just oozing with excitement and curiosity . . .

So to save time this year (and my sanity?) I created a brand new thematic science notebook! 

(drumroll please) . . . Introducing my Kindergarten Science Notebook {Fall Edition}.


My goal for myself this year is to TRY to do science once a week with my kiddos - this fall notebook set includes one activity per week for the months of September, October and November (along with some added  extras for Halloween!). 

But tying in science and notebooking with the things we will already be learning about each month will keep me sane be so helpful and ensure that the science instruction WILL happen (and will probably be more meaningful) every single week! 

Winning!! :)

Here is how to get started:

These science notebook template pages are designed to be used with spiral bound notebooks.  (Summer is a GREAT time to find these for cheap!)

When the actual science activities are being done students can simply use a pencil, their recording sheet and a clipboard (if needed).  Once each activity is completed, the sheet can be trimmed on the dotted line and glued into each student's notebook.

If you are like me (and don't want your students' science notebooks to be glued shut forever!) you will probably spend LOTS of time in the first several weeks of school with routines and procedures using these notebooks.  The time you spend teaching students HOW to get out their notebook, trim the edge of their paper, glue their paper into their notebook, etc. will save your sanity your time in the long run.

{Random sidenote: Let's talk about science notebooks for a second.}

Some of you may be wondering WHY a notebook?  Why can't science simply be done as stand-alone lessons or worksheets that are completed and sent home?

Answer: Science notebooks are an important part of solidifying your students' learning.  By using notebooks your students will be modeling one of the most vital functions of ALL scientists: RECORDING information, figures and data!  Not only that, but your kiddos will practice their writing skills as they grow over the course of the year as well. Finally, a science notebook will create a sense of ownership in your students as they can look back at all of their learning over the course of the year!

Okay, back to the notebook . . . Also included is a "Science Safety Promise" that your lil scientists can sign and also put into their notebook - thus promising never to set their partner's hair on fire or something like that . . . Just kidding.  No fire experiments . . . this time. ;)
And every good science notebook needs an adorable cover (OF COURSE!) so that is included as well. (Please pay no attention to the bedazzled notebook - my kiddos will definitely NOT be getting one that is so fancy shmancy!)

So there you have it folks . . . easy-to-implement, efficient AND adorable!    You can get your very own Kindergarten Science Notebook {Fall Edition}  in my TPT store by clicking the image below:
Well, that's it for now folks!!  Hope your week is off to a great start!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stitch Fix for Grandma!! WHAT?

Hiya Peeps!! Kerri here...

So, remember how I told you my mom was at my house when I received my 2nd Stitch Fix box? Well, she was soooo darn excited about it that she decided to try it for herself. Her box arrived yesterday and she brought it over today for a little mom/daughter fashion show and manicure party! I know, I know. We're so fancy.

Here is how Stitch Fix works:

1. Create a Style profile on the Stitch Fix Website

2. Have 5 handpicked items that fit your style profile delivered to your house.
3. Keep what you like and check out online. Send back the rest in a pre-paid envelope.
4. Look fabulous at work or while you're out playing!!

It takes about 10 minutes to fill out your style profile online, and it is super fun and easy, because you get to choose different outfits that best represent you. I love this part! You can also go back in and tweak your profile, which I have done several times. Just for fun!

This really is the easiest service in the world. There is no pressure to keep anything. If you don't like anything, they charge you a $20 styling fee, but if you keep at least one item, the $20 fee goes toward the cost of that item, and shipping is FREE both ways. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

Well, my mom and I are going to Seattle next week to visit my baby brother and she was so excited to see if any of the pieces her stylist picked out for her would work on our trip. Well, her stylist came through BIG TIME! Just wait and see...

Here is her style card that came with her box, complete with ideas on what she could pair each clothing item with. I love this!!

And I just love how her stylist put a bow around her gorgeous pile of clothes! What a cute little added touch! Aren't they beautiful??

So here's what she got. I'll try to re-create what she said about each piece the best I can...

Item number one... the Adora ankle length colored skinny jean!

When my mom first looked at these, she was like, "They're kidding right? There is NO way those are going to fit me!" I mean, they were VERY skinny and quite bold for a grandma to wear, but she tried them on and....BOOM BABY!!!

She's rocked the face off those jeans!! She COULD not believe how well they fit! She kept saying, "How did they do this?? How could they know my size??" Incredible, I tell you! She wants another pair in dark denim, and ummm, so do I!!

 Next up...the Trinidad Chevron Striped Henley Blouse. We both loved this one immediately AND it matches the jeans perfectly, as you can see above! 

She paired it with her denim skirt and it was AMAZING...comfy, cute, super pretty colors, LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I especially love the little green button details.

Item #3-the McKinley Abstract Printed Short Sleeve Blouse. She didn't ooh and ahh over this one when we took it out of the box, but she looked darn cute in it when she put it on!

Even her doggy Cooper wanted to get in on the action in this picture! Isn't he ADORBS??? 
After she tried it on, she still wasn't sure about it because she didn't know if she would be limited with what she could wear with it. So, not sure about this one...

Okay, item #4-the Polly Graphic Chevron Print Tie Waist Tunic (WHOA. That is a mouthful!) My mom had specifically asked for tops she could wear with black leggings, and I just love how they listened to her request and delivered the perfect item!

Isn't this TO. DIE. FOR.?? And it fits her sooo well! I love the bold chevron and the longer length-perfectly perfect with her leggings!! 

Last one...the Renesme Geo Print Faux Wrap Dress. This one literally took my mom's breath away the minute she saw it. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, girls!!

Well, let me tell mom can rock this dress like nobody's business!  The fit was perfect, the color made her eyes stand out, and the length was just where she wanted it, not too short and not too long!

Just a grandma and her dog...looking fantastic in her new dress!

Well, there you have it! Even grandmas LOVE Stitch Fix! Can you even believe how cute my mom looks in all her new stuff?? And it all fit her PERFECTLY. And she decided to keep not one, not two, not three, but ALL FIVE items because if you keep all 5, they give you 25% off your entire box! Winner winner Chicken Dinner!!!

My mom said today was like Christmas in August! And the best part is, she can schedule her own fixes. She hasn't scheduled another fix yet, but when she does, she already knows she would like them to send her another pair of skinny jeans and a flowy cardigan for Fall! 
When we checked her out, we made sure to leave detailed notes about each piece, what she liked or didn't like so much, so her stylist could know her even better, although they did a pretty awesome job this time!

If you are intrigued, you can check it out here and if you use my referral code, I receive a credit when your first Fix is shipped so then I can keep on blogging about it and showing you fashion show pictures of me and my moms!!

Stitch Fix is THE BOMB ladies! My mom is now hooked. You probably will be too! And guess what?? My new Stitch Fix box arrives TOMORROW!!! GIDDY DANCE!!!

XOXO Kerri B

Friday, August 8, 2014

Number Representation Baby!!

Good morning, friends! Kerri here...

One of my kiddo's favorite mathematical things to do as a warm-up is to represent numbers. This past year, I would give my kids a particular number and they would represent it in as many different ways as they could on their wipey boards. They LOVED it. They always tried to impress me with the different ways they could come up with to represent any given number. Here are some pictures of their work when they represented the number 7 in about October of last year...

As they worked, I would correct them if I saw a mistake (such as 2+6=7 above) and I would also write what I saw them doing on my own wipey board. They LOVE it when I chose their number representation to write on my own board!! 

Well, I decided I needed to be much more organized with this number representation thing, so I created my latest unit... My Number Representation! Numbers 1-30 Number Unit...

Here's what's included in this unit...
Numbers 1-30 Number representation mats and worksheets in full color and black and white

12 full color Number representation posters, depicting the following ways to represent numbers: tally marks, number words, addition, subtraction, adding 3 numbers, ten frames, draw a picture, commutative property, number bonds, dominoes, base ten blocks, and even or odd

A full color student reference number representation chart, depicting all 12 ways to represent numbers

A “I Can Represent Numbers” journal cover if you would like to make a Number Representation journal for your students to work in

Here's how to assemble this unit;
Laminate the colorful number representation posters and display them on your math wall for students to refer to.
Run the journal cover off on colorful cardstock and place all 30 blackline masters inside to make a number representation journal for each student.
Laminate student reference charts and allow your students to use them for reference when working in their Number representation journal.
Laminate color number representation mats and place in math center for students to write on with a white board marker.

Here's how you can implement it in your classroom:
In the beginning of the year, I introduce each number representation concept with my students whole group and we practice it using our wipey boards. I hang my posters on a little chart stand, and display one poster per day, as we are working on that particular skill.

After we have learned and practiced all of the different ways to represent numbers, I make a number representation journal for each student and laminate their student reference chart so they can keep it with their journal. You could also glue it to the inside of the cover or place it in a plastic sleeve. We work on the journal together as a class in the beginning, and I do a TON of modeling under the document camera.

As the year progresses and my students become more confident in their math skills, I allow them to work on the journal independently, in a center or
for morning work, but we always go over the journal page together later in the day, so my students can correct any errors they might have made.

Sometimes, I will allow my students to come up to the document camera and fill in one of the boxes themselves, so the whole class can see. They LOVE this and it really motivates them to do a good job on their own journal!!

About half way through the year, I also laminate the colorful number representation mats and keep them as a math station, so small groups of students can write on them with a dry erase marker. This reinforces what we have been working on in our journals since September.

This Number Representation Unit is on SALE in my TPT Shop today for 20% off and I'm giving one away on our Facebook Page! Check it out!

Thanks friends!
Kerri B