this video during break. It has been on my list to share on my blog because I think it is an important message. It is called Look Up - all about looking up from our phones and the things we miss when we are so connected to our phones. This totally spoke to me as I know I am so guilty of having my phone out all the time. It is my entertainment when I'm trying to get my steps in during the day, it is my connection to other adults during the day, it is my go to to find information, it helps me keep tabs on my business...it is so hard to disconnect. I'm trying hard and focusing right now on not checking Instagram when my girls are awake.
And I need to have a little mommy bragging moment. She is finally swimming without a flotation device during swim class. We've had her in classes off and on since she turned one and it is finally all clicking! I'm so proud of how well she is doing this session. She took this same level in the fall and it wasn't great. She was the youngest in that group and you could tell. The maturity wasn't there, she was always being silly and fooling around. Now after a few months off, lots of lectures from her embarrassed mommy and being one of the oldest in this new group, she has really taken off. Less silliness and more swimming.
As 2015 ended and 2016 began, I kept seeing so many different ideas for changes people were making - words to focus on, new planners to use, resolutions to keep, etc. I always have a stressful few days thinking I need to change everything, I need to try these different things. And then I calm myself down and realize that I like some of the things I already do to keep organized - my business binder, my family calendar, my daily calendar to help with my scrapbooking. I had been seeing a lot about bullet journaling and I was intrigued. But I knew I didn't want to get rid of some of the things I was already doing and it seemed pointless to add another calendar to the mix. So after looking at some pictures, reading some posts and watching a video about bullet journaling, I decided to make it my own. I'm doing bullet journaling for my weekly to do list. Hopefully this helps keep me focused for the week since I tend to start on something, think of something else and then start working on that. I made some stickers on my silhouette for the top with things I need to do every week so I don't have to rewrite it on my list each time. So far I'm loving it. I'm not completing everything on the list but that's okay. I'm also going to use some of the pages in the back for other lists that I need in addition to the weekly journal. Do you use a bullet journal to stay organized? I created a Pinterest board that I'm building that is devoted to planners, journaling and overall organization. You can check it out HERE.
I also just downloaded Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty to read next. We are headed out of town this weekend to visit family so I figured a digital book would be a good plan. I've heard great things about this author but the other popular titles were checked out of the library so I went with this one which I guess was her first novel. What are you reading? Anything good (but not too sad, depressing or scary) that I should add to my list?
It is definitely winter here in Michigan with snow on the ground and cold temperatures. I added a few new winter products to my store. First up is Winter ELA task cards. Each card has a simple winter sentence that has errors in it. Students need to find the errors and rewrite the sentences. The errors include punctuation, capitalization, contractions, sight words, and verb tense.
I also just added another game in my Spin and Add Bump series. Now it includes a winter version! There are 10 different games that allow students to practice their addition facts. And it is a reason to use those super cute Target erasers that I can't stop buying!
Any plans for the weekend? We are headed to Kentucky to visit family for a long weekend. Now if only the laundry and packing would do itself, we'd be ready to go.