My bloggy bff Molly is having a super fun linky 
going on to kick off summer!
It's all about out summer reading lists!
Reading has become pretty pitiful 
since the dawn of my children. 
But, I try to eek in a book or two each summer!
To start here are some books I suggest for you.
As you may notice, I am not a very adventurous reader.
I generally go for what's popular and read that.
Here are some books I've read 
in the past 5 years or so that I really connected with.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Fantastic! Her characters just came to life for me. 
And in a rare occurrence the movie is equally as good!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I read this on the way to Vegas last year.
I cried through the WHOLE thing.
How embarrassing, but that's how I roll.
I love to cry at movies and tv!
This was great!
Has me pumped to work on building wealth.
Enuf said.
The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
I love all of Elin's books!
The Blue Bistro is by far my favorite though!
Careful though- it will make you soooo hungry!
I have my mom's copy! Can't wait to dive in!
Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton
I'm not totally sure what this is about, but it looks good.
Revenge Wears Prada by Laure Weisberger
The Devil Wears Prada was so ice cold amazing!
This has to be good!
Matilda by Roald Dahl
I'd like to read this treasure to my son.
He read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 
in class at the end of the year and loved it!
The Rumor: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
Elin is practically a summer tradition of mine now!

Having 3 very busy kids, 
a full time teaching job and doing this blog/tpt thing 
I don't have a lot of time for reading. 
But, I love stories!
What's a girl to do?
I have a really nifty solution!
It's called Audible. 

Audible allows me to listen to books off my phone.
My ride to work is just long enough at 22 minutes.
It's the perfect amount of time to get sucked into the story 
and not want to walk into school!
I have an Audible membership.
For $14.95 a month I get a new book each month! 
I pick my book online and then download it on my app.
I can also wish list books 
and they give me suggestions for books I may like too!
Plus they always have nifty deals and steals 
for extra books or credits all the time.
Want to give it a go?

Happy Reading Everyone!
Check out Lucky to Be in First for more great reading ideas. 

Welcome to a wonderful Weekend Warriors Weekend!
It's extra awesome because school's out for summer in these parts!!
Yahoo!
This month is all about me!
I'm going to let the slides do the talking on this post!


 Summer always makes me think of amusement parks.
Granted mine are of the kiddie variety these day, but they are still super fun!
Someday my friends...someday.
I'd be happy with even a tent on the beach!

Now I'd love to learn about you!!
Grab these blank slide images and fill them in 
with all the cool info about you!
Then link on up!











Four lovely bloggers have joined forces 
to help out this crazy little culture of teacher bloggers.
They are challenging us to change and
grow our stores for success!
S-U-C-C-E-S-S SUCCESS YES!
Anyone else do a little cheerleading in high school?
So I went waayyy back for this challenge.
I went to my very first freebie that I uploaded.
In order to be a seller you must have a freebie in your shop first.
This one hadn't been looked at since I began in 2013.
And it was U-G-L-Y 
You ain't got no alibi!
You ugly!
Now put your hands over your eyes
and just peek out a little
because this is really bad.
You won't be able to unsee this.


Ok...
Breathing?
Still with me?
I love these songs, 
but there are no words for this ugliness.
The songs remains the same!
And it's a great song for remembering 
those many tricky math words.
We sing this ALL. YEAR. LONG!
But now it is so much prettier!
Now look with big open eyes!
Phew!
That's better, isn't it?
Head on over to my shop to scoop these up!

Here's the side by side.
Visit the wonderful girls "in charge" 
and read about over 200 other makeovers at their blogs!


Awhile back I got an email from Really Good Stuff.
I glanced at it quickly (like I usually do)
and was pleasantly surprised with what I saw!
There was Hazel the Owl and all her friends!
Hazel has a Reading Roost for all her reading friends
and a Problem Solving Pond for all her math friends. 
They were part of a new program RGS was highlighting called Astute Hoot
I was so struck by the adorable characters
that I had to learn more!
I hopped right over to astutehoot.com and 
was immediately drawn in with the
adorable charm of the characters 
that were there to help my students
 with their reading and math skills! 
This video really highlights the
beauty and magic of this program!
I emailed the super sweet Jen and Jessica of Astute Hoot 
and they couldn't have been kinder 
about their adorable creations! 

As we communicated they offered to 
share one of their new treats 
from collaborating with Really Good Stuff. 
Before I knew it 
were in my hands!
Ramona is the woodland animal 
who helps the kids with their rereading strategies.
I love the questions we can stop and 
ask ourselves on our E.Z.C. Readers!
These REALLY helped my students who are 
still struggling with tracking their reading.
"The bens were good!" didn't quite sound right!
But, using out E.Z.C. trackers we figures out that is really says BEANS! 
The Asute Hoot gals have also created
 some amazing teacher support printables 
and lessons to accompany the animals. 
My favorite is the story where Hazel 
meets all the animal friends!
Ramona has some more friends!
They are all about helping your students learn how to read!
I can't wait to delve into Paco the Pointing porcupine,
Dexter the Detecting Deer and the many other friends you can read about here

You can also grab some FREE GOODIES 
from Astute Hoot over on their site!

Visit astutehoot.com for more information on these 
highly effective (and highly adorable) 
products from Astute Hoot!

Now a chance to win your own set of 
Ramona Rereading Raccoon E.Z.C. readers
and the amazing printables from the Astute Hoot team!

{I was given this product for review following FTC guidelines}

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