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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Not Hotdog App

My son found a great FREE app that makes life 
much easier for the thought challenged!

Just head to your app store and download it for FREE! This app will tell you whether or not something is a hot dog. Read its many reviews from happy consumers.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sweet as a Pineapple - GIVEAWAY

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Monday, July 17, 2017

European Favorites

When it comes to European favorites, I have one in particular. My son brought it home after a trip to Europe, and it soon caught on with the teenagers who hung out at my house at the time. See, we were the home with the pool table. Later it became known as the Numi Numi dance because of some fat kid on Youtube. Here's Dragostea Din Tei by the Romanian group, O-zone.

Here is the kid whose messing around with his camera went viral.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Back to School Products

A picture is worth a thousand words. 
This product is on sale at 50% OFF for a limited time.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Back in Town

I've had a busy week of traveling and entertaining my family. I arrived back in Memphis early this afternoon and am going to post one song on what I need to do to chill.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Gift Card Giveaway! California Dreaming

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to Solve Logic Puzzles

After thirty years of teaching gifted and talented students, logic was one of my kids' most popular activities. They really seemed to enjoy the challenge! If you've never done it, it's not tough to get started. Once kids know how to fill out a grid, it's a print and go activity.

gifted and talented, bright kids

No matter how old the child, if they've never solved a logic problem, I start them with a basic puzzle, like above. I'll treat the rows of the grid as ownership. For example, Aundrea owns all of the boxes next to her name; however, ownership is shared with the colors. Blue owns all of the boxes in the column below the word.

teaching logic, education

Next, I'll point to different boxes and ask, "Who owns this one?" Once the kids understand how the grid works, we move on to the symbols.

I will ask a child, "When you make a mistake on a paper, how does your teacher let you know something is wrong?" I am looking for the idea of an /X/ to show incorrect. Once that is understood, I introduce /O/ to show that something is right.

We will then work a puzzle together.

logic problem, puzzles

If your student is an older child, you'll need to challenge him or her with a multi-grid puzzle. These work just as the basic grids, except students are solving three puzzles at once. Also, kids will need to look at the other grids to solve the one they are working on. I call this feeding off of the grid.

matrix logic grid

Sometimes, I will use side notes to help organize my thoughts, too.

logic instruction, how to logic

Once your kids get the hang of it, logic puzzles make for great centers, work for early finishers, or just a fun and challenging reward for the students. Logic puzzles involve higher level / critical thinking skills and may be worked independently or in cooperative groups. Also, we all know the boy or girl in class who is brilliant, finishes everything early, and constantly needs something to do. Here you go!

If you'd like to give logic a try, the samples I used are from FREE products that can be downloaded at Catch My Products. Here are the links:

free logic puzzles

gifted and talented, logic

If you decide to use these logic puzzles, 
I would greatly appreciate feedback.


TpT, Teachers Pay Teachers

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Independence Day Music & Sales

Monday Music Moves Me's theme this week is songs of Independence; but before I post the songs, I must tell you about our Dollar Deals. Just go to Teachers Pay Teachers and search #TPTFIREWORKS, and you will find a plethora of great products for only $1.

TpT, sales, teacher

I love John Phillip Sousa, and his music fits the Independence Day sale, too, so hum along.

You know what else?

Catch My Products is having a 20% OFF sale and offering 
TWO products for only $1, 
and these were originally $4.95 and $4.45. 
That's A LOT of savings for the 3rd & 4th.

close read, nonfiction


Figurative Language

So hurray! The deals end July 5th.

Here's another song about America.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cool Hats for Men

My son, Daniel, has a great 4th of July sale item at Mister Hats!
For a limited time, one can buy this navy hat that normally 
sells for $98.50 for $84.08!

men's fashion, Fedora

This classic American made Dobbs Hat is perfect for all patriots. 
Celebrate American pride on the 4th with cool hats for men! 
A wide brim Fedora will look great while you BBQ and watch fireworks.

hat shopping, 4th of July

Monday, June 26, 2017

Music of South Pacific

A week ago Thursday, my husband, son, mother-in-law and I went to see the sold out production of South Pacific at Theatre Memphis. The show was so good that I volunteered to be an usher and went again last Thursday! I had worked the set for this musical when we put it on in high school so have just about memorized the words to all of the songs. After all, I heard my classmates rehearse daily. I love the spunk of Bloody Mary and Billis, and the Leutellant of this cast really was a saxxy man. I've also watched and rewatched the movie with Mitzi Gainer. So sit back and venture off to the South Pacific.

Next up is the song I've had stuck in my head all weekend. 
And Mandy Patinkin sings it so well.

South Pacific has so many lively songs. Check this one out.

Here's another fun one.

And although I'm normally not one to post more than three songs, 
I have to post this favorite of mine before I go.

Oh, heck. One more. I love this song, too, but it's certainly not the last song I love from South Pacific. Just the last one I'm posting.

So if you haven't seen this musical, it's a must!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Adding Covers - Catch My Products

Back when I started on TpT in 2013, there was a lot I didn't know about product design. Although I have posted 574 products, which is more than anyone in the state of Tennessee, many of my products are still lacking the basics . . . a cover, copyright, or links to other products. As a result, I've been working feverishly all summer to get these products revised. I'm down to my last 25 or so. This is huge compared to where I started! Plus, when I say "revised," I'm just talking about clothing the naked products. There are many old products with covers that still need work. 

I retired from teaching about a month ago, yet see myself with a full work load ahead. Check out a small sampling of my newest creations and/ or revisions since school let out. Also, please stop by.

close read, nonfiction, stories
logic, puzzles, back to school

idioms, Figurative Language

nonfiction, stories, sports

back to school, logic puzzles

computers, short cuts for kids

logic, Labor Day

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Judy, Judy, Judy

June 21st, is my beautiful daughter's 27th birthday! I can't believe she is that dang old. I guess that makes me ancient.

She is NOT the one in the middle but is posed with her boyfriend, Alex. Remind me to post the how-they-met story, one day.

Here's another photo of Judy and Alex--from when they were 15!

Judy has always been a cute girl. Here is proof.

I hope she finds today to be amazing! Happy Birthday, Baby. Here's one more clip.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

#MMMM Wonderful Places!

Musical Monday is all about songs with places in their titles. I would love to travel to these places this summer, but whoa is me, I'm not going to any beaches or mountains.

This song is in honor of my daughter Erica who is spending a good part of her summer in the Colorado Rockies. I wish I could join her!

In honor of Erica, I will also feature her beautiful clipart. She is quite talented and even bakes adorable and delicious cakes. Here's the one she made for Cinco De Mayo. If anyone lives in Atlanta, she will be moving there and needs some buyers for her cakes.

I love her movie clip art, too!
clipart, TpT

Sunday, June 4, 2017

#MMMM: Sibling's Day

I know I've posted this video before but when the topic is "Sibling's Day", there is none better. I am fortunate enough to have one big bother and two older sisters. My family is so cool that I couldn't help but follow them wherever they went. I remember this song coming on the radio while my sister gave me dirty looks. Too bad. She's stuck with me! Here is Sweet.

I followed my sister so much, that I even attended DEPO, which was the high school dance! I remember one of her guy friends getting on his knees to dance with me. I'm not sure what song we danced to, but DEPO always makes me think of Peter Frampton, so here he is. On another note, one of my son's friends is a neighbor of Frampton's, in Nashville. Old man Frampton has lost his beautiful long hair, but he still is a legacy, at least in my mind! I love the Moog Synthesizer.

Happy birthday to Mary's brother! 
My oldest sister also has a June birthday. 
She will be XX on June 18th. 
Hint: She's six and a half years older than me, 
so DANG, she's old. 
Happy Birthday, Barbie!

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things to do with kids over summer

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Days Dollar Deals #TEACHERSREMEMBER

I've joined with multiple teacher sellers for Memorial Day Dollar Deals. 
All you have to do is go to TpT and search:


on May 28th and 29th to receive great dollar 
bargains on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Catch My Products is offering two 
summer bundles for only $1 each.

Challenge students in 1st -3rd grades with a variety 
of puzzles and activities that are fun and engaging.

For old kids, Summer Boredom Busters for 
grades 3rd -6th will keep them happy.

Only $1

Enjoy shopping, and also, here is one of my favorite 
instrumentals by The Allman Brothers. 
I hate that Gregg Allman passed.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Teachers' MEGA Giveaway and Song


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Also, since it's time for Monday Music Moves Me, here's a song. This is the opening to one of my favorite movies about a contest. If you haven't seen Rat Race, you MUST check it out!

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