Dress Weather?

So today was not exactly the best weather to be wearing my new dress, but I had no idea that it was going to rain because both of my weather apps and the internet said no rain. I’m pretty convinced that anyone can be a meteorologist these days since the forecast is almost always wrong. Anyway, just like the last few weeks it was raining this morning in my 15 minutes that I had to snap some pics of today’s outfit (aka don’t mind my ugly porch and the cars in the background). I saw this dress from Forever 21 online and I had absolutely no choice but to go to the store and buy it. It took me about 20 minutes in the dressing room to convince myself to only buy this dress and not two others that I also tried on. The struggle.

I love the different patterns on this dress and it’s versatility. I can picture myself wearing it so many ways – with tights and booties, under a sweater, with a denim vest, etc. The options are seriously endless. Check out the new bohemian dress collection on the Forever 21 website (here). There are tons of cute (and affordable!) items that you’re bound to fall in love with (sorry in advance).

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Dress – Forever 21; Boots – Madden Girl; Satchel – Vintage Coach; Watch – Vintage Seiko; Bangle – Madewell

Sparkly Explosion

Last year for the class Integrating Math and Science, everyone worked in pairs to come up with a cool math or science game/experiment that could be done in the classroom. My partner and I found this sparkly explosion experiment online and chose to demonstrate it for our classmates. It’s super simple and really fun.

You will need: a vase, baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, glitter, and a pan to catch the explosion

Sparkly Explosion

I did this experiment over the summer with the three young kids that I babysit (ages 1, 5 and 9) and they loved it so much that we repeated the experiment a few times. Click on the link to the website, here, to see the how-to steps. It’s easy enough for kids to do it themselves as long as everything is measured out for younger students. In class, you can put other items into the vase to see if the explosion stays the same based on the items that you try to have explode out of the vase.

Must Have

So as some of you may know, I’m in college and I live in a house off campus with four other roommates. Our house is pretty big – 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, huge kitchen, etc. It’s also an older home so even once we turn the heat on most of our bedrooms will still be FREEZING. It’s only october so we’re not turning the heat on yet. That being said, I’ve already had nights where I’ve had to wear multiple layers in addition to multiple blankets on my bed. 

I slept in the guest room at my boyfriend’s house for the first time this weekend and his mom had flannel sheets on the bed and I was so warm and comfy. So when I got home yesterday, I obviously looked to google for my own set. Not a surprise, I found the cutest AND cheapest flannel sheets at Target.

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Threshold @ Target is probably the greatest thing that’s ever happened to home decor. I’m beyond obsessed with everything in the collection at ALL times. I can’t wait until I move into my own apartment (hopefully next year!!) and can buy it all. Everything from the bedding to picture frames are perfection. ANYWAY – I got the cream colored sheets that have a subtle grayish design on them since my duvet cover is very busy with a colorful mandala on it (from Urban). Plus, my room is filled with so many different colors and prints, which I love. 

The sheets come in 8 different prints at $24.99 each, so there’s definitely an option for everyone. Click on the image to link to the site!

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They also have holiday themed flannel sheets here

Happy decorating!!

 

Accessory Report

The weather was so dreary this morning and it was starting to rain so I couldn’t get many pics of what I wore today. I can tell you that I wore a blue and gray cheetah sweater (Gap) with a black skirt (Forever 21), black tights, and gray suede booties (you won’t believe it.. from kmart!!! pictured below). I topped it all off with a dark gray leather jacket (Urban Outfitters). I did snap some pics of my shoes and some accessories. Check them out!!

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watch – vintage seiko compliments of grandma roz; rings – bought in Israel

Pumpkin Playdough

When I got to work today (I work at a day care, FYI) one of the kids said, “Miss Christina, Look! We have a pumpkin!” Grabbing my hand and dragging me over to the pumpkin, the little girl told me that they made it. The other teacher in the room told me that they carved out the inside of the pumpkin earlier today to talk about how it feels. She then told me that she was going to take the inside mush from the pumpkin and make pumpkin playdough with the kids tomorrow. She was going to blend the pumpkin insides to a liquid and then mix it with flour and another item that I can not remember. Obviously, I had to look it up when I got home. The closest recipe I found was this pumpking spice playdough from mama.papa.bubba (check out the blog for plenty of cute pics to accompany the recipe!):

1 cup of canned pumpkin pie filling {or pumpkin purée}
1/2 cup of water
2 tablespoons of coconut oil {or other favourite oil}
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of cloves
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ginger
orange gel food colouring
2 1/4 cups of plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

That seems slightly more complicated than I would want, especially in a classroom setting. I found a simpler version on no time for flash cards:

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3 Tbs. oil
1 Tbs. alum
2 cups boiling water
food coloring

Let me know if you have another recipe that you like to use!Image

10 Holiday Books for October-December Lessons

In my opinion, October kicks off the holiday season. Halloween may not have any significant meaning but it is still a day that everyone gets excited about. Quickly following is Thanksgiving, then Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. These holidays are bound to become part of the classroom at some point – even if your school calls Halloween “Harvest” or isn’t allowed to talk about Christmas. I believe it’s important to incorporate holidays into the classroom in order to acknowledge our similarities and differences when it comes to traditions. Children will experience these holidays whether we bring it up in the classroom or not. The idea is to provide an overview of all the respective holidays rather than concentrating on the one that a majority of students may be familiar with.

Books are without a doubt the best way to learn new things. Reading different holiday books is a great way to incorporate various holidays into the everyday routine. Here are 10 of the most popular holiday books right now:

1. Room on the Broom Board Book by Julia Donaldson

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2. Splat the Cat: What Was That? by Rob Scotton
3. Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty

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4. 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
5. Light the Candles: A Hanukkah Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub

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6. Light The Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah And Christmas by Margaret Moorman

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7. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
8. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

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9. Together for Kwanzaa by Juwanda G. Ford

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10. Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World by Heather Conrad

Happy reading!!