Friday, September 19, 2014

It's Five for Friday Time!

I am super excited to share with you my aha! moment while I've been on maternity leave working on some new (and revising old) TpT products.  Are you ready?

Are you sure?

It's revolutionary!

It's so might read it and then think "Why didn't I think of that?"  If you say this, leave me a comment so I can say I told you so!  Just kidding...

Okay, here it is - when you are in PowerPoint simply use the bottom notes text box to type in the artist of your favorite clip art, digital papers, or frames that you are using.  

(insert aha! moment here)

This way you don't have to stop creating or figure it out after the fact (I may have been guilty of this a time or two...or ten. Use those sticky notes for something else!  I know I am always losing them.  Or wonder what it references.  This is the easy way to do it.  Especially if you are like me and take too long to finish a project or work on multiple things at a time.  Or spend what seems to be hours picking the perfect colors or frame only to forget who you used later.  Then when you create your credits page just read your notes and then delete when you have added all the appropriate artists. Super simple.  Are you in love?  Here's a helpful picture to remind you. 

And you can also use that note section to track a brainstorm for another page idea for your work.  I know, brilliant right?  How do you track what artists you are using if you are a Tpt-er?

After a very long wait (because I'm indecisive, super indecisive) my new blog design is thisclose to being finished.  It should be up in the next day - or maybe Monday at the latest.  Which means I'll have my Facebook fan page up and running too.  So all 5 of you can get lovely status posts from me and my other aha! moments as they happen...and maybe some cool freebies if I can find the time to make them.

Here is a sneak peak at what you'll find in the new design...created by my longtime friend Casey Cook.
I am moving to a new school and a new grade this year.  I was able to go check out my new class, meet my teaching partner and colleagues, and tour the school.  I know I'm on maternity leave with my oh-so-adorable baby girl, but can I just tell you I am super excited to get started?  I am a bit of a nerd I guess.  I like working.  Seeing those little kindergartners on the second week of school made me miss being in the class.  I am anxious to see how different it is teaching in KG (for the UAE) and I would love to be able to brainstorm some planning ideas.  Because I don't know about you but I don't want to start teaching after everyone else is a month in and show up on day one with no plans. Even if I have a teaching partner.  But because I have a teaching partner it makes it a bit difficult to plan with her when I am home.  Any ideas for me?

Mr. Doodlette has a mini-vacation coming up as the country celebrates Eid.  We are trying to plan our first family trip (not counting the traveling to Abu Dhabi or Dubai since that is only an hour on the road).  In the running are Oman, Jordan, or Turkey.  I'm hoping Turkey doesn't win.  It's a lovely country but I've already been twice.  I want a new stamp in my passport.  I've been to Oman too - twice as well but didn't see much and certainly didn't stay overnight.

I need a haircut.  Bad.  As in, haven't had one since December.  I know, right?  I need one bad. But how do you choose a hairstylist when the salon windows are covered over so nobody can see and the women here cover their heads? Which means you can't say, "I love your hair.  Where did you get it cut?" because, well, you can't see their hair.  Problem.  I might have to travel to Dubai or Abu Dhabi and go to a fancy-schmancy, waaaay overpriced spa just to get a haircut.  Or take the scissors to myself like I did to create my bangs in kinder. Desperate times call for desperate measures people. I'm just saying.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Currently September...Already?

Where did the time go?  My baby girl is already a month which means maternity leave is more than half over.  Nooooo!!!!

Today I am linking up with Farley of Oh Boy Fourth Grade for my first ever Currently.  Hopefully not the last either ;)


to my newborn snore.  It's the cutest sound!  I read online somewhere that newborns sound like little pug dogs and it's true.  I'm in love with listening to her so I currently have the TV sound on mute.


my amazing hubby.  He's been so kind, generous, and loving since the baby's been born despite my out of control hormones and super crazy moments.  I've been finding it hard adjusting to my new life as a 24-hour-no time is my time Mom.  Mr. Doodlette has been pretty great being understanding of it all.  Best, he always asks me what I need so whether it's hugs or food he's willing to give/bring it to me.


about blog posts, including this one as I write it.  Planning my next posts and trying to be proactive about blogging.  I figure if I start now and develop the habit while I have a little time it will be easier when I'm back in the classroom.  I'm also thinking about my ever expanding to do lists, but that's another story.


more time.  More time for blogging, more time for creating, more time for planning, more time for cuddling (both with hubby and with baby), more time with family.  Just more time.


sleep and a shower.  Not necessarily in that order but if I could get both daily it would be a bonus!

3 Trips

Maldives, Paris, Germany.  
Oh, the Maldives.  Who doesn't want a relaxing beach vacation?  I'm a little upset and jealous that some of my UAE friends have planned a trip here for our next break and I wasn't invited.  Hello?!  Just because I'm a new mom doesn't mean I can't go on a short vacation.  Heck, even joining them for 2 days would have been nice.

Paris.  Yes, the same friends (I am seeing a trend, are you?) went here this summer.  I couldn't go as I was pregnant and on the no-fly list.  But the first time I go I want it to be a romantic getaway with Mr. Doodlette.  I can just picture the cute little bistro and us sipping coffee and eating croissants.

Germany.  I've always wanted to go to Germany during Christmas season.  Two years in a row I thought it was going to happen but it hasn't.  Maybe for 2015.

What's your Currently?  Link up with Farley and join in.

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