Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

In case you can't tell I was a last minute Hippie. I literally got ready in 5 minutes while my friends we're waiting on me. 
Happy Halloween. Don't come to my house...I will be at the Ranger's Block Party. :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Five on Friday

Thank you Southwest Airlines and their 72 hour sale! I booked 2 tickets to New Orleans in December for a whopping $73 a piece (round trip folks!) HOLLER! I've never been, unless you want to count the drive thru tour I got when I was younger. I am now looking for a good hotel, close to the French Quarter...any suggestions? Any recommendations on what to do? We will be there for 3 days. 

The World Series hits Ag-Town this weekend. I'm not sure what the plans are...but I will definitely be in the mix...taking it all in...experience my first World Series. I am not ashamed to say that I am a complete bandwagoner. We're out to a rough start, but maybe we'll turn it around when they return home. Win or Lose...we made it to the 'ship!

This weekend is Halloween. I'm going to have to say...I'm glad I'm not a kid in these parts this year. There is a Cowboys (home) game AND a World Series game ON Halloween. I'm thinking it might be a little tough getting the parentals away from the TV to take you Trick-or-Treating this year kids. Depending on the time of these games, I may or may not have my porch light is on. :) It is also Harper's FIRST Halloween. I wish I could be in Arkansas trick or treating cute is she?!?

I have THE itch for a new car. I have had my car for 5 years now which is unheard of! I usually switch it up every 1 1/2- 2 years, but I just love my car. This time around, I want the gadgets and the luxury. Navigation and the bluetooth calling is a MUST. Leather and sunroof is a close second. Here is the car I LOVE, but I'm not quite convinced yet I'm ready to pay the gas on this baby.              

I'm pretty sure I will be at Old Navy this weekend. Check out their sale (now through November 4th) $29 pea coats! I think I need one. I'm actually VERY allergic to wool, but I seem to always think I need a pea coat every year. Funny. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ranger's Spirit

I am just so excited that all these fun sporting events are happing right here where I live! It is so much fun tying math into it all. As you may know, we are not only hosting the Superbowl this year but now the WORLD SERIES! So my post today will be FILLED of pictures (there is your warning)
I must confess, I am no baseball fan but I've totally jumped on the bandwagon. (but who hasn't around these parts)
I even bought myself a shirt! This was a process. Seeing that I wasn't a baseball fan 2 weeks ago I had to figure out which shirt I was going to sport. I originally was going to pick the cutest player...It was a toss up between Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton. Then I happened to remember seeing Hamilton as part of the I am Second campaign and loved him immediately. He has the greatest story and I <3 him! You can hear his testimony here.
IT'S TIME! Claws and Antlers baby!!! So the Rangers do these fun gestures during the games. It was supposed to be something silly the players did on the field but the fans have embraced it and taken it to a whole different level. So what is Claws and Antlers? This is what the newspaper says...When a Texas player does something positive offensively he'll acknowledge his feat with a "claw," fingers slightly curled with his arm extended in a rising swoop. The "antlers" -- hold both hands open above the ears to imitate a deer -- come about after something speed-related. I know you can't really see this well, but all the kids made faces with their "antlers up." They turned out really cute.
And here is our hallway in 5th grade. We mapped out where each Ranger is from on the map. Then today in math they made baseball cards. The had to find each players batting average (with calculators, of course) and they LOVED it! Below is my card :)
Please notice the tattoos. lol.

Now if they could just WIN. We had a rough game last night. Surely it was just World Series jitters. Hopefully they come to play tonight. Hopefully. :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Family Favorite...Beef Stroganoff

Well its been a while since I've last cooked. I don't know about you, but we eat in cycles. We'll eat out for a while, then we'll get sick of it and start eating at home. I'm glad we're back on the "at home" cycle. Tonight's meal: Beef Stroganoff. This recipe has been in my family FOREVER and we love it!! Enjoy the recipe and if you make it, let me know what you think!

1 lb round steak
Cut into small cubes. Completely cover the meat with flour (and I season it too) Put into a skillet with the bottom coated in hot oil. Salt and pepper. Add two cloves of garlic. Let each side brown. When all the meat is brown, add water, just enough to cover the meat. Add two bouillon cubes. Cover and let simmer over low heat for 20-25 minutes. (Checking to make sure the meat is not getting too dry) Turn heat off and add 8 oz of sour cream. Stir.  Pour over rice. (I love it with corn on top) :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Teacher Idea Thursday

This might be a weird "Teacher Idea" post but you never could be useful to someone out there. If there is anyone out there even reading this. We just finished up the BEST fundraiser ever. Our 5th graders are taking this amazing field trip and are having to raise close to $9,000! We made about $4500 on this AMAZING fundraiser. 

GLOW Scented Candles (click the picture to go to their site)
First of all I should mention that I was given a GLOW Candle as a Christmas gift last year from a student and fell in love with it! It was by far my most favorite candle ever! I googled it and found out the candles were part of a fundraiser, so I knew next time I did one it would be candles! 

It was so easy and painless. We made 50% profit and it wasn't hard to sell them because they are just THAT good. I think 78 kids actually sold candles and we had 615 candles ordered! WOW! So if you're looking for a way to make money, consider these people. Minimum orders are like 24 so it can be done on a very small scale too. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fun Fact Friday

Triclosan. Have you ever heard about it? Do you know what it's in? Yeah, me either...until now. 

My mom sent me an email yesterday about my dad that was very eye opening.  His doctor told them that they need to GET AWAY from any antibacterial products that contain the chemical Triclosan. It is found in our Bath and Body soaps, and in probably everything imaginable. It has been linked to renal cancer, along with many other cancers.

So, I went around my house looking and sure enough Bath and Body Works main ingredient is Triclosan. I have done a little research today and mainly just found big time environmentalists debating and using a lot of big words I've never heard of. But the moral of the story is Triclosan is a pesticide registered by the EPA and it's linked to causing cancer. (esp. renal cancer) I just checked Germ-x and Purell's website and they both claim to be Triclosan free. Kind of scary though...

For your info...

18 brands that don't use triclosan

  1. CleanWell
  2. LUSH
  3. Nature’s Gate
  4. Vermont Country
  5. Naked Soap Works
  6. MiEssence
  7. Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer
  8. Ivory
  9. Paul’s Organic
  10. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
  11. Tom’s of Maine
  12. The Natural Dentist
  13. Listerine Essential Care
  14. Peelu
  15. Weleda
  16. Toxic Free Basics
  17. Aveda (products contain no triclosan, according to company representatives, but the company has no policy regarding use of triclosan)
  18. Germ-X

Four retailers that sell triclosan-free products

  1. Ikea -- sells only triclosan-free products
  2. The Body Shop -- sells only triclosan-free products
  3. Whole Foods -- sells triclosan-free products, but read the label first
  4. Trader Joe's -- sells triclosan-free products, but read the label firs


Teacher Idea Thursday

Today's topic is College Week. I started this up at my school last year after talking with a lot of other schools in my area. The purpose of College Week is to get kids interested in college at an early age and get them thinking about their future. We hope parents will talk about college at home with their children and discuss family plans for the future. All the teachers decorate their doors or hallways for their alma maters and we all wear college apparel all week. It's a ton of fun! Here are a few pictures from our hall. I will have to admit, I didn't go all out this year like I did last year...but I think it still turned out neat. 
These are the flags leading into our hallway. This was taken at the beginning of the week. The kids all did one for the school they want to attend too. 

This is our 5th grade teacher college wall.