independent book stores

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Friday May 29th I saw an ad for the sale of a used bookstore downtown. Monday morning I became the official new owner and quit my job and opened my own business.

WOW!

I was not even looking to buy a business, I was perfectly content with my part-time job with a great group of people.

Now here I am absolutely LOVING this change! Wish us luck on our new adventure…

diy glue dots and more

Here are two great ideas I found for sticking things to your wall without damaging your paint.

1. DIY Glue Dots
I love glue dots, however they are crazy expensive. Turns out you can make your own! Aleene’s Tack-it Over and Over glue and wax paper. Just squeeze out the glue in desired size on a piece of wax paper and press another over the top of it. Let it set for at least two hours, preferably over night. Video showing how to make glue dots can be found by clicking here.

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Alternatives to wax paper are saving old rolls from your current pack of glue dots, the strips you pull off of priority mail boxes, self-seal envelopes, back side of contact paper and I’m sure the list does not end there, just all I can think of so far!

2. Blue Painter’s Tape and Double-sided Tape or Hot Glue.
No more avoiding hanging posters because you are afraid of damaging your wall  First apply blue painter’s tape on your wall and then put double-sided tape over the top of that, and hang your poster! When you are done with the poster or want a change you don’t have to worry about the tape removing paint from your wall or leaving holes with tacks! Even better, use your home-made glue dots on the painter’s tape!
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first add-on for morning notebook

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Alphabet Mats! Includes upper and lower case, designed to fit inside my Morning Notebook that is a free download.

Can be laminated for use with dry erase, play-doh, beans or buttons. Also may be used with do-a-dots, stickers, stamps, tracing, etc.

Miss Thing’s favorites are play-doh and stamps.

red riding hood pack

109 pages of learning and fun!

109 pages of learning and fun!

My first Fairy Tale pack is now available! This is my first pack to come in color, also includes black and white for my frugal followers and the kids who prefer to color their own.

109 pages loaded with fun!

Follow the link to my Teachers Pay Teachers site for a free preview and download sample.

Coming next is Three Little Pigs!

found her zen

For my fellow SPD, ADHD, PTSD, ASD parental units, you will appreciate a few great moments from our week. We found her “zen” and had some amazing learning moments, not to mention finding a new classroom!

First, my baby girl relaxed for the first time in her life… 25 minutes of calmness, quiet, eyes closed… ZEN… most amazing thing I have ever seen. It was discovered while at an OT appt. a simple swinging motion. She was on her back, flat, on a wooden “surfboard” suspended and swinging head to toe, back and forth. I shared tears with her OT. I wish I had the words to describe the moment, it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen.

The days that followed led us to find some other peaceful moments.

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Mermaid Rock. She climbed up over and over and would just sit calmly for minute at a time.

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School day on a dock, the floating motion was so calming for her. We read three chapters of her book. Also a great way to meet new people and learn random things. A nice couple taught her to tell the difference between a male and female Mallard.

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We walked off some energy (and have since replaced the too-big back pack.

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During our adventure we found a woodpecker. Her imagination also saw a whale, owls, and a wolf, which she included in her nature journal entry.

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I am on the left smiling because I see the woodpecker, she is on the right with “scared face” because she sees the wolf.

During these days we have also had some of our usual meltdowns however she has now truly experienced peace and she liked it.

To see such a look of peace on her face was such an amazing gift.

coping skills flash cards – free download

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These cards are great to have around. Most people are all about “breath breath breath”. Well,when my 5 year old is in getting close to meltdown or panic breathing is the last thing she can focus on. If she tries to calm by breathing she will wind up hyperventilating. I included our five favorites and a blank. Counting to 100 and singing keep her breathing properly. We were given a set by her counselor and I wanted to make our own and share with others. FREE DOWNLOAD!

Remember when sharing please send them here or to my TPT store. Thanks!

fun with magic school bus

Payton's out spaceWe are discovering the fun of Magic School Bus. Miss Thing recently did her monthly Scholastic shopping and picked out a Science Kit, the solar system. The only thing she enjoys as much as anatomy is our solar system.

We spent a couple days reading the book The Magic School Bus Blasts Into Space, followed by some serious solar system constructing, minus Pluto which she found very upsetting…. and that will lead to yet another adventure!

Hubby hung her solar system from the ceiling, which led to SOMEONE somersaulting off the edge of the couch while playing with Saturn. Thanks to her newly discovered gymnastic skills, she made a wonderful landing and survived, so did Saturn.

Oh, by the way, the Magic School Bus series is on Netflix!

There is also a wonderful site full of great resources for Magic School Bus for you to check out, I know I am!  http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-magic-school-bus-unit-study-resources-homeschoolers/

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