The Day I’ll Never Forget…

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Thursday, December 11th, is a day I’ll never forget… it is the day that CARPE DIEM became real to me!

Up until this moment, I used the term frivolously… this day, however, it took on a whole new meaning!

The morning of December 11th, 2014 started out with tears of joy as my family of four celebrated our son’s 13th birthday. It was a BIG deal for Ryan, and an even bigger deal for his dad and I!

I remember sitting in my son’s room in awe at the boy young man that now stood before me trying to wrap my head around how fast the years had flown by.

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Within moments of celebrating his birthday, we began our usual hustle and bustle routine of getting ready for the school and work day. Things are always chaotic in the morning and this day was no different…

A few minutes later, I kissed my husband and the kids goodbye and off they went to school and work… just as every other day…Stone.But this was not every other day…

In front of the kid’s school that morning was a fatality accident that resulted in the school’s entrances to be roped off by police. Nonetheless, drop off took longer than ever…

I remember praying for the family of those involved in the accident. I also remember mentioning to a friend how ironic it was that that morning I had just celebrated by son’s birthday while someone else was mourning the death of a loved one. It was unreal!

an emergency room entrance at a city hospital.About an hour later, I received a phone call that rocked me to my core… My husband’s colleague was calling to let me know that my husband was having a HEART ATTACK and that they were waiting for rescue to arrive on the scene.

Within seconds I called the main office,  notified the teacher next door, my coverage arrived, and I raced out the door still NOT knowing what hospital my husband was being taken to. All I knew was that I had to get THERE (wherever there might be)!

Luckily before I reached the parking lot, I received another call telling me where my husband was going…

On my way to the hospital I prayed and I kept replaying the events from that morning in my head. I remember what my husband was wearing, what he looked like, what he sounded like on the phone…

I was in disbelief! It felt like a dream…

I had spoken to him just a few minutes ago… how could he have had a heart attack… he was feeling fine?

Medical Team Working On Patient In Emergency RoomWhen I saw EMT’s wheeling him into the ER and a group of about 20 people whisk him into a small room everything became real to me… ALL TO REAL!

The next few hours seemed to last an ETERNITY! I felt as if TIME was playing a trick on me. Why was it moving so slowly?

Two words kept creeping into my head…

CARPE DIEM! CARPE DIEM!

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Why didn’t I hug him and the kids a little longer that morning? Why were our mornings always so rushed? Why was life passing us by so quickly without us even realizing it? So many thoughts passed through my mind…

My family was extremely lucky BLESSED … because 2 days later we were able to leave the hospital with a MAJOR scare behind us, two life saving stents placed in an artery, and a bunch of medications in hand… but NONE of that mattered… what mattered was that my FAMILY of FOUR was driving home TOGETHER!

We were complete again :0)

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Leaving the hospital that day the palm trees seemed greener and the skies bluer.

ALL was right in the world!

… I’m not the type of person that likes to give others advice, but I will this one time! STOP RIGHT NOW and take a moment … look around you… hug and love those around you…

Enjoy Every Moment Of Life Concept

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A Few of My Favorite Things Blog Hop!

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:


7 winners for 7 prize packs!






Aren’t you EXCITED now… I know I am! I would LOVE for one of my loyal followers to be a winner of one of those FABULOUS Prize Packs :0)
So let’s get started… What are a few of MY favorite things?

My Favorite Store
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Kirkland’s Home has got to be my favorite store at the moment! Not only is this place great to find bargains to decorate your house with, but it is also a great place to find seasonal and gift items. Take a look at a few gems I found just the other day that would be great gifts for teachers, loved ones, and even the jokester in your life.
(Check out the toilet paper holder… LOL!!!!!)
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My Favorite Beauty Item
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Urban Decay has 2 of my most beloved beauty essential items! First up is their All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. This product is a must have if you have oily skin like me and have a hard time keeping the shine off your face. For me it’s exceptionally hard since I live in the Sunshine State wear 80 and 90 degree weather is the norm for DECEBER! (Yup, I am still walking around in shorts, tank top, and flip flops over here.)
I use this spray daily and have found that it greatly reduces that shiny look from my face. Another plus is that I have HIGHLY SENSITIVE SKIN and have not had a single issue with this product. This would make a fabulous stocking stuffer.
Also, I cannot live without their Naked Eye shadow Palette that includes 12 of the most flattering shades I have found. This is my daily go to eye shadow palette because it has everything I need for a daily time or night time look. When I travel, it’s the only shadow I take… Another wonderful gift idea!
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My Favorite Restaurant
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Cold Stone Creamery is a favorite around my house! I know it’s technically NOT a restaurant, but the truth is we have had ice cream for dinner before so I’ll go ahead and slip it in here as a favorite.
A gift certificate to Cold Stone would also be a GREAT stocking stuffer or teacher gift!
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My Favorite Teaching Item
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I don’t know how teachers manage to stay organized in the classroom without a set of clearly labeled and organized work bins to store copies or their daily essentials.
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Learning in Wonderland designed these ADORABLE labels and they have been a life saver. I store all of my copies for the week in the drawers labeled with the days of the week and the bin on the left houses my daily essentials such as copy paper, folders, sheet protectors, etc… These 2 beautifully organized towers make me smile!
My Favorite Holiday Activity
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Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year! There’s something about the smell of pine trees and cinnamon that I find soothing. So it’s probably no surprise that my favorite holiday activity is setting up the house for Christmas with my family…
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… and out of all of my ornaments, this drummer boy is one of my favs. It was a Christmas gift a few years ago from one of my students and I absolutely LOVE it.
Cute and adorable ornaments is another fabulous gift idea!
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Don’t forget….gift card pic
and ALL the other prizes included in each of the 7 Prize Packs!
I’ve also reduced the following products in my TPT store by 50%…
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Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things.

December: Pick 3 Pinterest Linky


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In an effort to plan ahead and save some valuable time, which is MUCH needed during the month of December,  I’ve decided to link up with the Inspired Owl, Pawsitively Teaching, and a group of bloggy buddies to bring you some top Pinterest finds for this month.

For the past few weeks, my students and I have been learning all about different points of view.  We’ve also discussed how stories might change if told from the point of view of a different character. 

I think the students are NOW ready for a FUN point of view writing activity. That’s where Pinterest find #1 comes into play…

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I’m going to have my students create snowman pictures using SHAVING CREAM, GLUE, GLITTER, and construction paper. Then I’m going to have them write a short story from the Snowman’s point of view.

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Next up, my students have been driving me C-R-A-Z-Y asking me if we can get an elf for the class. The only problem is that they are not allowed in our school. But, then I came across Pin #2…

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Do it yourself elves… we’re not really breaking the Elf rule… right?

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Aren’t they simply adorable? I’m thinking about using them on a bulletin board display. I’m going to place a thumb tack inside of the cup to attach it to the board. I think it’s a great solution to my elf dilemma… Don’t you think so?

Lastly, I always like to try to find a fun activity for our Winter Party and I think I have the PERFECT ACTIVITY. Especially, since we live in Florida and many of my students have never seen or experienced snow… Pin #3

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I can’t exactly take my students to see and feel snow, so I’ve decided to bring the
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All I need to make snow is to pay a visit to the Dollar Tree and get some baking soda, large baking pans for each table, and white hair conditioner.

This is definitely going to be a Winter Party my students will never forget!

I can’t wait!!!!

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for December and perhaps even saved you some valuable time! Remember to take a look at the other Pinterest finds from my friends below.

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TPT: Super Cyber Sale

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Good morning and happy December 1st! I’m just stopping by  real quick to let you know that I’m taking part in Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) Super Cyber sale today and tomorrow. Everything in my store is already reduced 20% and if you enter the code TPTCYBER at checkout you will get an additional 10% off!

So come and join me as I get my shopping fingers in gear…

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