Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I’m a Sucker for a Linky Party & Word Wall Suggestions

I found several more linky parties while I was blog hopping last night!  I sat down to work on my writing prompt journals for August, but I took a wrong turn and ended up in blog land for wayyyyy to long… So the journals still aren’t done, but I have some blogs to share with you!
Before we get to the linky parties, let me ask you about word walls.  Do you have one? If yes,, how do you use it?  I am thinking about putting one up this year.  I got the cutest room theme set from Clutter Free Classroom- check it out- I’m going with the “bright and cheerful bundle” (aka polka dots).  So, included in the set are the letters and header to make a word wall.  Today at Wal-Mart I picked up a roll of polka dot wrapping paper.  My though is, I will laminate the wrapping paper and use it as the background for my word wall.  Once it’s laminated, I can write on it or take my words up without the paper ripping when I remove them.  This idea is still in the planning stages, so I will let you know.  PLEASE tell me how you use your word wall!!
Now to the linkies! 
Bonnie from Living a Wonderful Life has a linky on obsessions.  I have so many I don’t even know where to begin…
The rules are: You can be as personal, or professional, as you'd like.
List as many, or as few, as you'd like.
Here are just a few of my current obsessions: OPI-nicki-minaj-pink-friday-nail-polish
Nail Polish- A friend, namely Gigi (who I know will get this via email), is to blame for this one.  It’s all your fault G!  It started as her obsession, but then she sucked me in.  As I type this, I have to keep reminding myself who I am.  I am NOT Nicki Minaj, I am only wearing her polish.  Will somebody please tell me who the eff I is?
Cleaning- I have this thing where I need my house to be clean and things in their place at all times. I’m trying to loosen up a little, as not to drive everyone in my house crazy, but it’s SO hard!
Blogging- This should probably be first on the list…If I’m not on the computer working on my blog, I’m walking around composing one in my head.  Hopefully that will wear off after I get it looking the way I want.
Fonts- I have so many fonts on my computer it’s ridiculous.  Everything I do at school is in a different font.  I re-do things others do if it’s in a “boring” font.  I get made fun of for my obsessive need for cuteness on paper, but I just can’t help it…Image634739695739840352
Starbucks venti white peppermint mocha with skim milk no whip- Another obsession.  I <3 it!  Peppermint white mocha is not just a Christmas drink!  It’s delish.
I know I have more, but that’s enough.  I don’t want you to think I’m crazy…
Second Linky-

Summer Blogging Bonanza Linky Party! from

Keep Calm and BLOG ON!
All you have to do is tell the blog world about your personal blog journey and post about it.
You can use these questions just copy and paste them in to your post:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2.  What blogs do you stalk?  What blogs inspire you? (These blogs can be teaching blogs, non-teaching related or both.  Make sure to link them so we can check out your blog favs!  Hello!?!?! We will certainly all need new blog reading material this summer)
3. Blogging tips, tools, and great ideas you have learned along the way
4. Blogging and balance
5. What are your blogging goals for the summer?
My Answers
1.  Why did I start blogging? I started blogging because of all the awesome blogs I was reading everyday.  I wanted to be just like them- cute blogs, wonderful activities and tips, awesome fonts (we already know I have issues with this…) etc.  Finally, one day I gathered up my courage and jumped in. Little did I know how obsessed I would become!
2. What blogs do I stalk? Just the other day I created a new page titled “Blogs I love”.  It’s one of the tabs at the top of my blog.  I did this because there were certain ones I go back to and I wanted an easy way to find them.
3. Blogging tips and tools I’ve learned along the way.  One of the best Smitten with Firstthing I’ve discovered is Window Live Writer.  Michelle from Smitten With First told me about the program.  I like it because you can do more with images.  This post was done I Windows Live Writer.  I spend many many hours last night copying and pasting codes {which I STILL don’t really understand} to create the template you see now.  After hours of Googling "how to blahblahblah” and some tears {when I thought I had totally ruined it because I thought I deleted the wrong thing}, and a several curses I was triumphant! BEHOLD, a cute (IMO) blog template! Before blogging, I felt fairly confident in my tech skills, but blogging is a whole new ballgame!  I found 2 great blogs with tutorials for different things:

 -with a post on linking your blog to facebook and creating a custom signature (both are on my to-do list today)
-with a post on creating a grab button (which I did!)
-another GREAT teaching blog!
4. Blogging and Balance.  Seeing as how I’ve been in a blog fog for the better part of he last 24 hours, I have no comment…See Obsessions linky above.
5. Blogging goals for the summer.  To get better at blogging so each post doesn’t take me as long!
NOW- If you’ve made it to the end of this crazy long post, you deserve a prize!
The first 3 people who join up with one/both of these linkies and comment here telling me you did, will get a prize from my TpT store.  Just leave your email with your comment!
Happy Wednesday!



  1. Thanks for sharing about our blog button tutorial.

  2. Thank you for posting it! The steps were so easy to follow!

  3. And I blame u for dragging me into the PayPal, TPT, Teachers' Notebook, fonts, blogging world!!! :)

    I'm excited to keep reading your posts!

  4. Thanks so much for the shout out! I have a similar obsession with fonts... if I ever leave something on the printer, everyone knows its mine because I always use the same fonts on my worksheets. Around my classroom I go all out with fonts though... they're just so pretty!

    And, I'll have to check out Windows Live Writer... I haven't heard of it yet! Thanks for the tip!
    A Turn to Learn

    1. Windows Live Writer is great! It is a free download. I like it better than Blogger because I can use more fonts and pictures can be edited after downloading plug-ins. I'd love to know what you think about it.

  5. so many things in common!
    Special thanks for the Grab My Button Link,had tried lots of tutorials unsuccessfully.

    I am a new follower

    Enjoy Teaching English

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I checked out your blog and am totally impressed with how many languages you speak! You should have good luck with this tutorial.

  6. Your Starbucks drink sounds yummy. My fave is soy easy-water chai latte!!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

    1. It is the 1st drink I ever tried and I loved it so I've stuck with it. I don't like the taste of coffee, so it's perfect for me. Please tell me about easy-water- what is that??

  7. I am currently obsessed with blogging & fonts too!! I can't seem to get enough of either. Like right now I should be going to bed, but I can't tear myself away from blogging!! lol

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. Dana your blog looks A.M.A.Z.E.-balls!!!!! Wowzers. Hello!?!?!?! it looks like you had it professionally done. The colors are so fun and cheery and I love your blog header. Go you! Thank you for linking up it was fun to learn more about you and your blog journey. Oh and I love the bikes at the end of your post. Love it all!

    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

    1. Thank you! It was all free, just took me awhile to figure it all out. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Thanks so much for linking up! I LOVE that nail polish color! I wish I had your obsession with cleanliness. I also love fonts too! I can't believe I forgot to put that as one of my obsessions! I'm your newest follower :)

    Living A Wonderful Life

  10. Thanks for stopping by! This was a fun linky party!

  11. I came to your blog from the linky party about great books, and I couldn't help reading this post, too. I have to let you know: I literally laughed out loud when I read your Nicki Minaj reference. :-D Thanks for the laugh -- I'll be coming back!

  12. Love, love . . . LOVE that nail color in the picture you posted. My toes are cryin' for a new summer shade :) I also dig the idea of creating a page to post all the blogs you stalk. Sounds like a great way to keep 'em organized! Glad I found you.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  13. Very random...I have the same dress you're wearing in your picture and I love it! It's one of my favorites. I love a dress or skirt with pockets!

  14. Oh, I also did a post last year on my word wall. I think your polka dots will look great!

    1. I love your idea of color coding! I hadn't thought of it, but I'm definitely going to do it! Thanks for leaving me the link. You're blog is great!

  15. AnonymousJune 03, 2012

    I would love to know more about fonts.. Do u use free one or do u purchase.. Once you download them how are u able to use them on your computer .. Aww I am such a dork for not knowing

  16. I use mostly free fonts, but I have bought some from Lettering Delights. Once you download them, you just copy and paste the file in your fonts folder. The websites I mentioned are good ones for fonts. Right now, 4th Grade Frolics is having a linky about favorite fonts. Check it out and I'm sure you can find more tips. I am going to join up with it in a day or two.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  17. HAHAHAH! Ok, I literally LOL'd at "tell me who the eff i is" ... and I read it in her voice, also. Now you can come on over and put Bryce back to sleep. ;) I love nail polish, too! But it is rarely on my nails. Why? Because I have two under two, that's why. Sigh. Maybe when I have two under twenty-two, I'll get to be Nicki Minaj, too. But then she'll be out. Figures. I'm always late to the party!

    I am also obsessed with blogs. But honestly, who (that's reading this) isn't?! If you're here, you're obsessed.

    I double heart white peppermint mocha no whip! I'm not stalking you (I'm just calling a lot) <--- those are lyrics to a funny song. I swear.

    My house is a mess. but 3/4 ain't bad! ;)

    Now... to tackle that blog button. Sigh... I kinda just wanna pay someone. :P


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