Saturday, August 31, 2013

Katie's Closet ~ August Edition

Finally, a bump to dress! It didn't really pop out until the end of the month, but it's there to stay! It's been a challenge dressing my baby bump, but I'm looking forward to forcing myself to get creative! Here's a recap of my August outfits. Click on fashion for more outfit ideas.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gold Bow Necklace

I've been getting a swarm of e-mails inquiring about my gold bow necklace. I purchased mine from a local store, but I was able to find many online that are very similar that you all could purchase! Here ya go!

    This can be purchased from Love Like Style for only $16! Looks identical to mine!

           This comes in gold and silver and is cute and dainty. I love it! It can be purchased from Janes Shop in Etsy for $13.50.

Gold Ribbon Necklace - Gold Lace Necklace - Bow Necklace - Gold Necklace - Bowknot Necklace - Bohemian Necklace      This adorable lace bow is from Dana Castle on Etsy and sells for $18.00

This perfect bow is from Kate Spade and costs $78. It comes silver, gold, and rose gold.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Katie's Closet

Dress: Gap
Belt: Target
Shoes: TJ Maxx
Watch: Michael Kors

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Summer Sangria

My favorite summer time drink is sangria. Unfortunately, I can't drink any at the moment, but I still love to make it for others. This recipe if from my fabulous friend who is a master at making drinks! Trust me when I say it's delicious!

What you need:
-1 bottle of fruity wine (Shiraz, Cab, Merlot, Moscato, etc.)
-3 cups Ginger Ale
-1/4 cup Brandy
-Fresh or frozen fruit to liking (I like a lot of fruit!)
-2 tbs. sugar

Mix ingredients and enjoy! I prefer to use frozen fruit because they can act as ice cubes as well as add flavor. For a party, I would quadruple the recipe! ENJOY!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Big Boy Baseball Room

My nephew, Easton, is gaining a little brother very soon! He just moved into his "big boy bedroom" last month. He loves it, and I think it's pretty darn cute too! His mom and dad did such a great job decorating the baseball themed room with accents of red, white, and blue. It's the perfect room for a baseball loving toddler!

I love the closet organization as well. Everything is color coordinated and folded so neatly.  He has bins separating his shoes, socks, hats, sports gear, etc. Perfect!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Katie's Closet

Shirt: Express
Cardigan: Express
Jeans: Old Navy (maternity)
Shoes: Roxy
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: Local Boutique 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Classroom Organization

Summer has come and gone and school is back in session! Thankfully, I love my job and enjoy being there, but summer break is pretty awesome too.  I wish I had cute bulletin boards to show you and fun things, but this year I decided to keep it simple, especially because I'll be on maternity leave for a few months. What I did do was organize to the max! If you haven't checked it out already, go take a peek at my ultimate teacher binder !
The only "fun" bulletin board I have to share is my job board. Last year I went with an old fashion newspaper theme. I still love it, but this year I wanted to go more modern. 
This job chart is so easy to change in and out. I have flashcards with students' names on them that I can easily slip in and out of the pockets on the iPad. Surrounding the iHelp, I have a chart with the job descriptions and salary along with an envelope of job applications.

To create a bulletin board for my "Student of the Month" I pushed two bookshelves together and added some paper and borders to the side.
This is my morning board. It includes the calendar, number of the day, weather, and a few other things.

 To work on language, I call on my students and they must say "Today I'm feeling _____ because______." They have the emotion chart to choose from and a list of synonyms for "happy" since that seems to be the popular word in the room. For example, I might say "Today I'm feeling blessed because I have such a wonderful job!" It's quick, fun, and a great way to start the day off on a positive note!
I bought this fun frame at TJMaxx and keep it by the door so I can write down reminders for my students. They check it before they leave every day. 

I decided to keep up my classroom rules chart from last year. It's cute and fun!
 Other than that, everything else I want to share is simply organization ideas. Basic, easy, and quick ideas to help make the year run smooth...hopefully! This is my student center with any and every material they may need throughout the day.

 This year I finally got around to organizing my library. Each book is labeled with a coordinating colored sticker.
 My math time tests are filed and out for students to quickly grab as class begins.
This doesn't look like much, but it's a great way for me to organize my stations that I run throughout the week. Everything is labeled by the day of the week and the activity at the specific station. I make all my copies and place materials in the bins so my classroom aides and myself can just grab it and go to our station.

 More random storage. I love these bins because you can just take the entire basket out and move it to the appropriate area. I run many centers, and these baskets are essential to making the day run smoothly.

I love this whiteboard tape. It's super easy to peel on and off and is much cuter than painters tape.
This is my "May do/Must do" board. When students finish work early, they can look to the board for guidance. I used it last year and it worked like a charm! 
 My construction paper storage is the same from last year as well. Hanging it in a filing cabinet is such a mess free way to keep track of it.

 That's all for now, folks! Fancy? Not really. Functional? Very! As long as it's organized, I'm a happy camper. I'm sure I'll have more to come in the near future. I have a few bulletin boards I need to put up once the class has something to show :) I hope everyone has a wonderful school year!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Katie's Closet

Shirt: Gap
Skirt: Target
Necklace: Local Boutique 
Watch: Michael Kors

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies

Yummy yummy in my tummy! These cookies are so soft and are best with a huge glass of milk! I was so impressed with the wonderful consistency- really light and fluffy! They're definitely messy and time consuming, but the outcome is totally worth it! This recipe makes two dozen large cookies.  Thanks Sallys Baking Addiction for the recipe!

    Chocolate Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (almond, cow's, soy, or half-and-half)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or milk chocolate) 
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
  1. Make the chocolate dough: Cream the butter and sugars together with a hand or stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom as needed. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly mix it into the wet ingredrients. The dough will be very thick. With a spoon or rubber spatula, mix in the milk and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Make the peanut butter dough: Cream the butter and sugars together with a hand or stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom as needed. Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Scrape down the sides as needed. Slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. Do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Chill both doughs for 2 hours. 
  4. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Measure 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter cookie dough. Roll into a ball. Take 2 Tablespoons of chocolate cookie dough. Roll into a ball. Smoosh the two balls together and roll them into 1 large ball. Repeat for each cookie. The chocolate cookie dough will get onto your hands, so wash/wipe them after you roll each cookie. It is important the chocolate cookie dough is chilled or else it will be even more messy.*I pre-rolled all the balls separately then simply rolled them together once I was finished. I found this to be much more efficient and less messy.*
  5. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, not exceeding 13 minutes. The cookies will look very soft, puffy, and almost undone. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet and they will continue to "bake" and set up. As they cool, the cookies will firm up.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Katie's Closet

Dress: TJMaxx
Belt: Target
Necklace: Local Boutique
Shoes: Payless Shoes