I just got my first Rocksbox in the mail today!!!! I have seen a lot of fellow teacher bloggers showcasing their stuff on Instagram.  Oh my goodness.  It is amazing.  It is neat because you can either purchase the items or "loan" them.  I plan on working with each of the pieces into my outfits and then deciding what I will keep.  I know I am so keeping the Kendra Scott earrings - no doubt about that.

You can get a FREE month of Rocksbox by using this code: MEGANBFF765.  Rocks box is $19/month and you get $10 to apply to your purchase.  The Kendra Scott earrings were cheaper than if I ordered them from their website or a department store and then I can apply my Shine Spend as well.  

Let me know your thoughts on Rocksbox in the comments section!  

Monday Markdown

I am linking up with the fabulous Kelly & Kim. 
{Click on their button above for a direct link to the entire linky party}

I am marking down 1 special product this week....
Regular Price: $3.50
It is 50%!!!!
Discount Prince: $1.75
On Sale till Friday, October 23, 2015
Alphabet Pennants 
Banner for Bulletin Boards
This product has 5 different colored backgrounds for pennants for letters.  See examples below of how I have used it in my space.  

Visit the Shop and Leave some Feedback!!!

FiVe fOr FrIdAy!!!

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!!! I am Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this weeks Five for Friday!

So I have one of the bestest childhood friends ever.  We drove to Greenville Sunday to take pictures during her Mini Sessions.  She had them back to me by Tuesday.  They are amazing!!!

Dolly was so well behaved and had fun going to lunch with everyone!
Check out Lauren Miller Photography - she is amazing!!!!

I updated one of my older listings cover photos.  I feel like a real stock cover photo can really jazz up the appearance of it.  I plan to figure out more stuff to add to help students have an activity to go with their fold it - but for now I just changed the cover.

I am super excited for our Flapjacks for Bolivia at Church event coming up.  I contacted a few fellow Etsy Sellers and Cynde Kerber donated these precious Christmas Ornaments.  

We have been diving deep into SRI data.  Our coaches sat through a training on Wednesday to help us understand more about the data.  I am excited too because my teachers have been completing the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment.  I am excited to use that data to inform instruction as well as to see how the instruction will impact them as readers for the Winter Testing Window.  

This time next week I will be heading back from the Ron Clark Academy!!! I am so grateful for Donors Choose and all the people who donated to make it happen!  

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!! Enjoy it and Go Tigers!

Free Mills Bauble This Weekend Only!!!

Celebrate the Weekend with a FREE Bracelet!!!

With any purchase this weekend you will get a FREE Mills Bauble Freshwater Pearl Bracelet.
*Only Valid in the Etsy Shop*

Only Valid October 10 - 11!!!!

Five For Friday

Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teacher this week for FiVe for FrIdAy!!!!!!

Amen its the weekend!!!!! With the week being so crazy from having two days off to due to flooding in our county, it was nice to have normalcy returning to school on Wednesday.  But with that said, it was the LONGEST week ever to be a 3 day week!

So I am a little late on this train but I love Ms. Houser's Blog.  I have been using her Peek At My Week to help me purposefully plan for my life as a coach as well as the meetings that have been going on in my building and outside of the building.

Life always works out.  When life hands you something, it will see its way through.  I am a member of the North Augusta Junior Women's League and we sponsor a Reading Readiness program for all 3, 4, and 5 year old children in local schools and childcare facilities.  Yesterday, I found out the 2,000 books we ordered for the October and January distributions came in time for last nights meeting - but it was rounding up the troops to help us get it done.  I was stressed about trying to find the 25 boxes in my car after school and I realized I can't stress about it - It will happen.  When I got there, two of our board members had picked up the books and I didn't have to even put any in my car.  The only ones that were in my car were the ones after the meeting to take back to the Chamber of Commerce Office for our local Optimist Club to pick up and distribute.  The kids are so excited to get the books. I picked out some great ones through Scholastic Literacy Partners and they truly have amazing deals on the books.

I feel like as soon as I am done heading up another thing, that God puts something in my path to tackle.  At my local church, we are working on a fundraiser for our upcoming Bolivia Medical Mission Trip next summer.  Each year our church has a run for it but it was canceled so a couple of us in our small group took this on and now are running with it.  I have been so filled and feeling full of purpose when hunting down and getting items for our raffle.  It fills my heat to know that big businesses want to give back.  I am super excited that Tieks has donated a gift card, Kendra Scott is donating something, to name a few.  

Super excited its the weekend because we have family pictures in Greenville this Saturday.  My parents will come over from Clemson and my brother and his fiancee will be in Greenville already, so John, me, and Dolly will travel up to Greenville for the day.  We are going with a gray, neutrals and mustard yellow {pop of color} theme for our family pictures.  

Have a Happy Weekend Everyone!!!!

Behind Antebellum Baubles....

So in July of 2013, while my husband was working at a local basketball tournament - he challenged me to figure out a way to make some money to offset some of my spending habits.  I had been making a little money each month on Teachers Pay Teachers which was some good fun money.  I decided to go to my local craft store, by some beads and wire and wire cutters and dabble with wire wrap bracelets.  Well after a few tries - I decided hey I can make these for myself to "save" money.  Well, it took an amazing neighbor to say "Hey - You Should Sell These!".  This is when our Etsy store was born.  The day we got the first sale was like Christmas to my ears.  

Then fast forward to March of 2014 -- we got in contact with a gift rep for another company.  She got us in contact with stores to carry our bracelets.  Now we are carried in over 80 stores in the South and Canada and have 5 Sales Representatives that work on commission.  All of this is happening between my husband and I - two little school teachers wrapping bracelets each night and watching tv.  

Be sure to check out our Etsy Shop! This is a great gift for your friends and family for the upcoming Holidays!

You can always access our Antebellum Baubles page via our Blog in the Header.  

Happy Wednesday To All!!!!

Swimming in Clemson

As I am sitting at home reflecting on this weekend, it was fun one for some and a tragedy for others.  In the state of South Carolina, a large portion was and is under water from our heavy rains and rising streams/rivers.  In North Augusta, we were very lucky to not be impacted too much from the weather.   Today, my school district was closed because of the roads and other conditions.  The school district is the geographical size of Rhode Island; so we have areas that were not affected but others that are closer to Columbia that have road closers, homes under water, etc.  

Our prayers are with all of those impacted and all of the first responders.  

Here a few pictures from our weekend in Clemson.  What a game! We had so much fun and ended up like wet rats.  Thanks to Gander Mountain for having a sale on Rain Suits - they helped us stay dry better than a poncho! 

Pictured in my Future Sister in Law, Brother, Mom, Dad, Myself, and My Husband.  

Off to make some chili for dinner tonight!

We've Got Spirit & Birthdays

As we are getting ready to swim head out to Clemson today, I figured I would share how amazing are the people I work with! Every Friday, we were school spirit shirts in order to wear Jeans; well this Friday was special - we got to wear our favorite Team Shirt.  Now, I know this isn't a stop the world and dance moment - it is why we got to do it that was special.  Our Principal and Assistant Principal's birthdays are basically back to back (one was Thursday and the other's is today).  We had a full fledge cookout on Friday with a top notch spread and our Principal did all the grilling. 

I know its just a cookout and why is it important??? This year has been hard on everyone - we have many new programs and initiatives in place that have everyone wanting to pull their hair out.  We needed this to not only remind each of us how awesome we are but to build community in our school.  

Have a great Saturday and stay dry!!!! We are heading to Clemson in a little bit to cheer on the Tigers! While you are hanging around don't forget to check out our Etsy Shop!

Go Tigers!

Currently.... Is it Really October???

How is it October??? I mean trust me I love October! But how is it October??? 

It's the beginning of the month and time to link up with Farley with Oh' Boy 4th Grade 

  • Listening: How to Get Away with Murder.  I watched half of it last night and then got really tired - and decided I would watch it when I got home from work today.  I love all things Shonda Rhimes.  We are obsessed with Scandal - I was excited to watch the tail end of Hope King's Periscope last night and how she wants to be Olivia Pope in her next life.  That is my goal.  I want to be just like her and have her closet and have her looks :).

  • Loving: All things Fall and Halloween.  The smells outside are amazing and the leaves beginning to change is beautiful.  I have decked out my little porch with fall decorations and even added some mums.  I will have to update a picture later.

  • Thinking: I have had a bunch of things happening in the professional world lately.  I had a State Dept. Coaches PLC this week at my school.  We had some great discussions as well as helping each other in our Coaching Roles.  We also worked on setting Coaching Moves.  In addition, working on deadlines with the window closing in for Fountas and Pinnell, DRA 2+, SLO Pre-Assessment completion, and more.  I am working on some coaching sessions with my teachers and we are diving into looking at how each of their Literacy Block's are set up.  If you have never Michael at the Think Builder - you need to like now.  Leave my blog and visit it and then come back and read the rest of my Currently.  We are going to use his blog post  on organizing the Literacy Block without a headache.  I even completed a sample one for them on if I was in the classroom how I would use this process to help me think.

  • Wanting:  Hello Hurricane Joaquin - Chill out! We have to get out outfits in gear for tomorrow's Clemson/Notre Dame Game since it is going to be a wet one.  I am lucky to have a great co-worker who is going to let me borrow her nice Hunter Boots tomorrow.  I have rainboots but they aren't the best.  We have to go get John something to help him stay water resistant for his feet.

  • Needing: So I just put in for my professional day at the end of the month!!! I was so lucky with donors through Donors Choose to get my trip to the Ron Clark Academy paid for! I will be staying with a long-time friend the night before who lives outside of Atlanta and am excited to visit and catch up with her and her sweet little boy.  They are so fun! And then the next day I will visit RCA!!!!! I am so excited to get so inspired and see what all the hype is about! One of my goals for a Coaching Move is Student Engagement in my building.  I believe 100% that if a student isn't engaged - they won't grow like we need them to.  It is our job as teachers to get our students engaged in what we are teaching in some way.  Student Engagement often means to think outside of the box.  One of our teachers in our building is AMAZING at this.  This week his students did LOTS with Summarizing this week and then made homemade gum at the end of the week.  All of the articles they read all week had to do with gum.  

  • Boo-tiful: Dolly got her hair done today.  She looks so cute.  She got some new scarfs from Crafty Doods.  We have family pictures next weekend and she had to get her hair done and some new gear to help her get ready!