Friday, March 29, 2013

Five for Friday! (My first one!)

Hi, friends! 

I have got to get better at blogging! I wanted to link up with Kacey last Friday but that didn't happen. You'll read in one of my randoms why. I hope you don't mind if there's a little bit of last week in my five for Friday this week. Before I start talking about my week, I need to reveal my lie from the Two Truths and lie post.

1. I do not like icing on cake or cupcakes. I scrape most of it off and just eat the bread. 


Truth. Shocking, I know. It depends on the frosting and if it's 2 inches high, scrape! I love cakes and cupcakes, just with a little bit of frosting. :)

2. I got stung by lots of bees when I was 4 and spent 3 days in the hospital.


Lie. Here's why it's a lie. I started off writing the post and then realized all were truths so I just reworded this one. I didn't get stung by a bee until I was 24. I remember when I had surgery on my ankle at the age of 14, the sweet nurse that was going to insert the IV said it would hurt like a bee sting, That didn't help.

3. My sister and I were born on the same day, 10 years apart.

Truth. Yup. August 13. No C-sections. I remember I was at Wal-mart picking out my birthday present (It was a Barbie gymnast, the first Barbie that could bend her legs!) when they called my dad over the intercom. He had a phone call.  My mother's water had broken. I spent my 10th birthday at the hospital without my doll. I eventually got it but still.


1. Kitty baths!

Last Friday was "Bathe your cat" day at my house. I was going to blog after the baths. (You'll see why I didn't blog in a bit.)
  I have three cats so I had work to do. My sister came over to help and all was going well (no squirming or crying, they barely move lol) until...


I went to the bathroom to prepare the bath for the last cat. He's a lot bigger than the one in the picture and would not fit in the kitchen sink.  At this point, I had taken of my tennis shoes because I was going to get in the shower. On my way back to the kitchen to get the shampoo... PAIN! 

SugarHoneyIceTea!  

 At first I thought it was a sticker from the backyard but it was like 10 times the pain. 

Half of this was lodged in my foot. 

 Pretty, ain't it?

Of course, the first thing I did was yank it out. Then began the waterfall of blood. Like seriously, I have never bled this much. There were puddles of blood all over the kitchen floor where I had yanked it out. It was pretty deep and I was afraid I was going to need medical attention if I could not get the bleeding to stop. As much as it hurt, I knew I had to apply pressure. Thank God the bleeding stopped. I limped around the rest of that day but I'm all better now. :) 

2. I went shopping! 
 (The colors would not come out right when I took a picture so I had to get it online.)
 Love this blouse! 

 I have become slightly obsessed with chevron.

 
 I love the combination of grey and mustard!

I am loving all my new clothes! 

I also got some fun colors to dress up my nails. 
  


3. I am a Smoothie Queen!   

I have recently become obsessed with smoothies. I've even got a Pinterest board devoted solely to smoothies. :) I have one every morning.


These are a few of the ingredients I use for a Green Monster Smoothie. You can add your favorite fruits. I mix different combinations of bananas, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, blueberries, and pineapple. For the base I've been using milk. You can add whichever milk you drink. Cow, almond or soy. :) I'm going to start using chilled green tea instead of milk. I'll let you know how that goes. lol To thicken it, sometimes I add peanut butter, other times I add Greek yogurt. You can even add ice cream or frozen yogurt! I cut up all the fruit, put it in zip-log bags, and freeze them. In the morning I just grab a baggie, pour everything in the blender and voila! 

Oh and if you don't like spinach, I PROMISE you WON'T taste it.

And now my favorite addition: Ch-ch-ch-Chia Seeds! Yup, the same seeds used to grow the chia pets. 


I've only been drinking it with Chia seeds for a week and I see a difference already. I am fuller longer and usually when I wog my three miles, my calves start to hurt around the second mile, and with the chia seeds, no pain! I haven't changed anything else except for the chia seeds and spinach, so it's gotta be one of the two.  


 It worked for Popeye! 
You can read about chia seeds here, here, or here. :)

4. Easter eggs and marshmallows! 


I whipped up this cute and simple activity for my kiddos to practice finding perimeter, area, and volume. Poor things spent last week and this week taking benchmark tests and reviewing for the STAAR, I wanted to do something fun, yet educational with them. I have A LOT of plastic Easter eggs because I go a little bit crazy at the after Easter sales. I mean, 10 cents for a dozen plastic eggs, you know I am getting them all! 



 
They chose an egg from the basket and solved the division problem that was inside. Each answer was a number between 1 and 20.



 Once they solved the problem, if their answer was 14, I gave them card #14 and they had to solve the word problem on the card and write their answer on the recording sheet.

 

 They used marshmallows to aid their problem solving. They also helped them get a better understanding of perimeter, area and volume. I didn't get any pictures of volume or area, dang it!


I have a table at the very end of the hall. It's a very long hall. It sounds like the title of a scary book, doesn't it? 

 "The Table at the End of the Hall"

Here's a short video I want to share with you. 

A chef in the making!
video

5. Smartie Pants!


My kiddos will start taking the state tests next week. Next Tuesday and Wednesday to be exact. I'm putting this cute little treat together for them. I have 29 kiddos and I'm only half way done!

 
 I just printed the pants on colored paper and voila! I made a front view and a back view. I used a glue stick to close the pants along the sides and the bottom of the legs. I put a piece of scotch tape on the back of the Smarties to hold them in place. 

I can't wait to deliver them! :)

If you'd like a copy of the pants and the tags, you can snag a copy here. I erased my name and left it blank so you can write in your own.  I've shared it so that if you have the link, you can access it. Let me know if you can't.

Well, that's all, folks! 
If you read this entire post, THANK YOU! I think it's the longest one I've written. I am off to finish the Smartie Pants and battle some walkers! 

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Two truths and a lie...

I am loving Mrs. Reed's linky topics! Such a fun way to get to know each other and make new bloggy friends!



This week's topic is two truths and a lie. The rules are: Share 3 things about you - 2 truths and 1 lie, in any order.  Readers can guess the lie in the comments of the post and I'll reveal the lie at the end of the week! :)

Here are mine!

1. I do not like icing on cake or cupcakes. I scrape most of it off and just eat the bread.

2. I got stung by lots of bees when I was 4 and spent 3 days in the hospital.

3. My sister and I were born on the same day, 10 years apart.

Can you spot the lie?

-bp


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted!

This time change has not been kind. I have been going to sleep late and waking up late. Before the time change I'd be in bed by 10:30pm! I have also been a bad blogger. A very bad blogger. Computer issues aside, still a bad blogger. I am currently enjoying my week of Spring Break, so what better time to get back into the swing of things than now! 

Today I am linking up with Mrs. Reed's first linky party! She blogs over at Flying into First Grade! I am loving her new blog design!

This linky is titled, "Let's Get Acquainted!" 

Click the pic to fly over to her blog!

The rules are simple. Share three things that you like or like to do using your initials, link up and then visit the two before you!

My initials are B. M. P. 

B is for books.
 I heart books. It all started when I was a kid. I loved Goosebumps. They freaked me out but I loved them! I still have most of the originals.

Remember him? 
 Slappy still creeps me out! Ha! 

I tweeted R.L.Stine a picture a few years ago and got a reply! :)
 
I had a different twitter name back then.


M is for music. 
I am loving Spotify right now! I can listen to whatever I want. 80s, Backstreet Boys, Michael Buble, all my favorites! The free version plays a few ads but it's not super annoying like Pandora. At least to me. I'm thinking about upgrading to premium so I can listen in my car. $10 a month is not bad, right?

Click the pic to head to their website!

P is for purses. 
Who doesn't like purses? I am currently on the search for a new purse. I saw this one and liked it but didn't buy it because I wasn't sure. I want a bright colored one that I can use until Summer.  I want a purse that as soon as you see it you know you gotta have it. Know what I mean?

What do you think?

Head over to Mrs. Reed's blog to join this super fun linky!

-bp

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March Currently!

I'm back! Just in time for March's currently.  I was oh so sad that I had to miss February's.



'Nashville' is my new favorite show! Love the music and drama! Anyone else loving 'Nashville' right now?

I finally got a new computer. As you can see from my lack of posts, my desktop gave out and died. I am trying to get used to Windows 8. When I was researching laptops, many of the reviews complained about Windows 8. I think people just didn't give it a chance. Like anything new, it takes getting used to.

Spring Break is a week away! Whoo! Even though I will not be flying off to some exotic destination, I am looking forward to the break. I plan to implement my revamped exercise plan (Just bought Jillian Michaels' "Killer Buns and Thighs") and catch up on blog and TpT stuff. I also need to add cleaning to my never ending to do list. That's all I'll mention, don't want to bore you with my long list. I'm sure you have a never ending list of your own. Spring Break should last at least 2 weeks. Can I get an amen?

I love the 'like, love, hate' section of this currently!  All my choices had to start with the letter B.

LIKE - Bob Harper. My friend Art and I are a little obsessed with The Biggest Loser this season. We do nothing else from 7-9pm on Mondays but exchange iMessages during the show. We cheer on the contestants and sit at the edge of our seats during the weigh-ins. We're crazy, I know. Bob is my favorite trainer. I know I've mentioned my love for him on my weight loss posts. But I really do like him. A LOT.

LOVE - No, I am not in love with One Direction. Only one boy band will forever hold my heart and they are the Backstreet Boys. My 'love' is "Nashville' related. You see, on the show there is a little (He's not really little)  British boy named Sam Palladio who plays Gunnar. And I LOVE him! Love, love, love.

 (Hmm, maybe I should have typed British boy as in one...Oh, well!)

HATE -  Who doesn't hate belly fat? And butt fat? Gross. If some of my fat accumulated on my boobs, I would not mind one bit. Ha!

Well, there ya have it, folks! Be sure to join in on the fun and stop by Farley's blog to link up!



Happy Weekend! 

-bp
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