Sunday, July 28, 2013

Make way for Common Core Math.

I spent the past week planning for a new Math curriculum.  I am very excited to implement what we planned.  Now to find all the manipulative and supplies we will need.  This calls for me to be creative.  
our first module is place value.  We need to order place value disk.  The problem is cost.  I did find a deal on eBay, but here is my creativity...

This is what I need.  This is a set that will work for two students.  So, 31.46 x 5 sets.  Seeing a Dilemma here, I came up with this DIY project 

I can get 7 different color and make my own.  I have even found another seller that will sell them for 5.00 each color to save even more money.  

How do you save money when it comes to your projects?


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Little Lady in the South: A Night on the Town with my daughter.

Little Lady in the South: A Night on the Town: My mom & I love to try new restaurants and have a girls night when my dads off fishing. We went to this new place called the Mason Jar...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Staying cool this summer

In looking at new recipes, I have found some fun things to fix.  Here are a few I have tried.  

So what are your favorite summer recipes ?

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Royal baby boy is here...

The birth was announced via a formal press release issued by Kensington Palace, which stated that the duchess "was safely delivered of a son" at 4:24 p.m., local time, weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz.


Royal baby watch is in full effect, and Prince William and Kate's first child could be arriving any day now.

But until the little prince or princess decides to make an appearance, all the parents-to-be (and the media, and royal watchers around the world) can do is wait. And wait. And wait some more.

So, in anticipation of the royal birth, here are some facts compiled about this royal baby and the births of previous ones:


Royal baby watch: Plans for massive celebration released

1. Prince William was the first would-be king to arrive in a hospital.

Both William and his brother, Prince Harry, were born in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London.

Their father, Prince Charles, was born at Buckingham Palace. His sister, Princess Anne, was born at Clarence House.

Queen Elizabeth II was born at her parent's then-home in Mayfair, London.

2. For previous royal births witnesses were common practice to verify the birth.

But the baby's father was not among them -- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was playing squash when Charles was born. Charles was the first royal to attend the birth of his children.


Britain prepares for royal baby

3. A number of public officials used to attend the royal births, including home secretaries.

Home Secretary Sir William Joynson-Hicks was present at the queen's birth in 1926. There were reportedly 42 eminent public figures called in to verify the birth of King James II's son James Francis Edward in 1688 at St James's Palace.

4. The royal baby will be third-in-line to Britain's throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William, regardless of whether it is a girl or a boy.

In April of this year, the U.K. changed its rights of succession, ending centuries of male primogeniture. The little prince or princess will push Prince Harry into fourth place in the line of succession.

5. The last time a still-serving monarch was alive at the birth of his or her great-grandchild in direct succession was 120 years ago.

That was the birth of Queen Victoria's great-grandson, the future Edward VIII, in 1894. He abdicated the throne in 1936.


Impatient monarch? Queen hopes royal birth comes before her vacation

6. The birth of Prince William and Kate's child will be announced via a bulletin that will be placed on an easel in front of Buckingham Palace.

It is custom for news of royal births and deaths to be attached to the railings of Buckingham Palace. William's was the first royal birth bulletin to be placed upon the easel.

The bulletin, which will state the baby's time of birth, gender and weight, will bear the Buckingham Palace letterhead and be signed by key medical staff. This will be the nation's first chance to find out if it is a boy or a girl.

7. Some economists expect the birth to boost the U.K. economy by $380 million.

8. The queen showed off royal babies William and Harry on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in front of huge crowds.

9. Of Britain's 40 sovereigns since 1066, just six have been queens.


Duchess Kate's maternity style

10. Bookmakers have been taking royal baby bets.

According to Paddy Power, Alexandra was the favorite girls' name as of Friday morning, with 7/4 odds. Charlotte is the second-favorite, with odds of 5/1. As for boys' names, George has 5/1 odds, and James has 8/1.

The bookmaker is also taking bets on the baby's hair color, date of birth, weight, first word and -- no joke -- age at first nightclub visit photograph.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Little Lady in the South: Early Bird Gets the Worm

Little Lady in the South: Early Bird Gets the Worm: This is the line my mom and I saw at 7:30 yesterday morning outside of our Lilly Pulitzer store. Pink Bee is having the BEST sale! It'...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lilly Pulitzer and Starbucks kind of day...

Yesterday was the annual Pink Bee Westend tent sale.  After a summer of relaxing and sleeping in until lunch, we got up at 6:00 and headed to downtown Greenville for this amazing sale.  We were about 50th in line so we got in relatively quick.  After our successful trip, we had to hit Starbucks!  

To see our score, head over to
The  Little Lady in the South.   She has some great pictures posted!   

Oh and if you are in SC the sale runs through Monday.  Pink Bee Westend, Augusta Rd, Greenville

Thursday, July 18, 2013

New school year...New school theme!

Lighthouse for Learning and Leadership is our school theme this year!   I am on the hunt for ideas for my classroom.  

I was fortunate to travel up north a few summers ago to the Cape, Maine and then to Martha's Vineyard.  I hope to incorporate my vacation pictures into my class. 

I thought of printing these and letting students do research on the types of lighthouses?  I am also looking for bulletin board ideas.  

Any suggestions? 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Back to reality

Being home after a long vacation is great.  Everything is so green. But it has been raining for three weeks straight.  While I enjoyed the sun my poor husband was stuck at home. I was glad to get back and see my pets and backyard.  

I think we are all back to one happy family.  

How are your pets when you return home from an extended stay ?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Last weekend in Charleston

After spending most of the summer at kiawah island, we ended our time in charleston at my dear friends wedding.  I must say charleston weddings are beautiful.  

And now to relax at the Mills House before our evening festivities.  

How do you relax after a big event.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My last week on vacation...

I was blessed to spend the summer at Kiawah Island.  My family has been coming for the past 20 years.  I found this time line of the island and thought I would share...

Since 2007 more golf and tennis tournaments have been held here plus the new Ocean course club house.  They just hosted another PGA tournament. 

The biggest thing I enjoy is the walk to the beach.  It is always an adventure.  Around every corner is beautiful scene. A bike ride in the evening is a must.  

Until next year...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Still on vacation but time to think about school.

I just got our school supply list for my class.  Due to the economy we are only asking for 2 packs of notebook paper, binder, 2packs of pencils and tab dividers.  
So what about glue, markers or crayons, scissors and more paper?   Well that will be up to me to provide. If anyone would like to donate supplies to my class it would be much appreciated. 
You can post comment below.  OR please donate to your local schools.  

Teachers and kids truly appreciate community involvement.  It takes us all working together for the best interest of our children. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The best spa on the east coast...The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Wildlife hunt...

Wildlife is abundant on the island.  You must keep a keen eye and bring a camera.  

Still looking for our resident bob cat! And possibly baby turtles. 

What wildlife so you enjoying trying to find. 

Just relaxing...

Today calls for a nice calm day on the beach, reading a good book, and soaking up the sun.