January Shout Outs! + WINNER + Currently

Happy 2013 everyone!! I hope you had a fun and safe New Year's Eve. My family went to our friends' house for dinner. We were home and sawing logs before the ball dropped in NYC, which is 11:00 our time. Yeah, we live on the edge... Hey when you have a 3 year old and a 14 month old who get up at 6:00 regardless of the day, you gotta do what you gotta do!

Anyway, I'm super excited to link up with Growing Firsties and Teacher to the Core for this fun linky:
I became inspired to start my own blog because of all of the other wonderful bloggers out there! So it seems natural to want to shout from the rooftops some of my favorite blogs. The rules are simple: just pick two of your favorite bloggers, one has more followers than you, and the other has fewer followers.

Megan at I Teach? What's Your Super Power? has an amazing blog!
Besides all the wonderful teaching ideas she has, my most favorite part of Megan's blog is her "Blog Baby Blog" section. She gives all sort of tips and step-by-step tutorials to help the computer unsavvy (like me) survive and look pretty in the blogging world :) Thanks Megan!!

Another blog I enjoy reading is Brianna's The Price of Teaching!
She's a relatively new blogger and creates some of the CUTEST clip art designs! Check her out!

Speaking of Brianna... I also want to announce the winner of the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener giveaway..... Drum roll please.....
a Rafflecopter giveaway
How ironic that I am featuring her blog today AND she won my giveaway! Now you really need to hop over to her blog!

Lastly, I'm linking up with Farley for this month's installment of Currently
Listening: I love my babies. And I love how they love each other. For now. Hopefully that lasts a long, long time!
Loving: I love how the holidays brings my family together. My bro and SIL came down from MN, I was able to see my grandpa, and just the extra time with the hubs and my kiddos in general.
Thinking: This year we have to go back on Jan 2nd. No time to recuperate from NYE... not like we were out partying last night (see above)
Wanting: Living in WI, we are HUGE Badger fans! This is the third year in a row they are in the Rose Bowl and haven't won yet. Hopefully the 3rd time's a charm and Coach Alvarez can bring it home!
Needing: I have a little side business called Baby Ella Millinery where I crochet hats for babies and children. My cousin's daughter is turning one this upcoming Sunday and I'm making this hat for her:
From Pinterest. Click on the pic to take you there!
Isn't it beautiful?! Unfortunately there are no size indicators on this pattern, so I've actually made the hat twice and had to take it apart because it's either been too big or too small. I'm using a beautiful pink and green variegated yarn and it will be gorgeous... once I get the size right!!
One Word: Prioritize. I don't know what's happened to me over the last few months, but I just don't feel like I'm putting the majority of my energy into what's truly important. So my goal is to plan better, be more efficient with my time, make lists, and set time restrictions so that I can do the things I truly want to do.

Off to check out all the other link ups before our company comes over for the Rose Bowl! GO BADGERS!!!



  1. Love your O.L.W. Prioritize! I am so guilty of this too! I often forget about what is truly important too.

    The Polka-dotted Teacher

  2. Following the Farley's Rule of Three, I came to visit your blog. Very cute! Love the hippo! I am new to blogging and really enjoy learning from and reading other people's blogs, and I think linky parties like these are perfect for "getting to know" the other great bloggers out there like you. I am your newest follower! I'd like to invite you to come by and visit sometime! Michele @ http://the-lightbulb-lab.blogspot.com

  3. Hi Angela! I found you through Farley's Currently linky! What a cute blog! I enjoy crocheting too! I'm not great at it yet. Lots I haven't perfected. LOL! I'm getting there though! It's nice to have kids that get along....mine do too, bu they do have their moments! :-) Happy to be your newest follower!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  4. Following Falrey's Rule of Three, I came to visit your blog! Wow, you go back tomorrow? I will be thinking about you! I am sure once you get there all will be super, it will be great to see your students! We have a flexible work day on Wednesday, but our progress reports are due. So you had to spend some time working during break. Students start on Thursday. I LOVE the ROSE BOWL. I grew up in California, so the parade and the bowl were ALWAYS part of my new year. This year KSTATE is playing in the Fiesta Bowl. We are all pretty excited about it...I am guessing through Friday everyone will ONLY be wearing PURPLE! Good luck with your OLW! Wishing you and your family a happy new year!

  5. Wow! Thanks for the shout out!!! Glad my page has been helpful to you! Love you OLW. Mine is Balance this year, for the very same reasons yours is Prioritize. It's so hard sometimes!

    Happy 2013!
    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  6. I found you through the Shout Out Linky :) Your hat is so cute! I know it's been too small and too large, but I bet this time it will be just right :) Anyway, can't wait to check out all your links :)

  7. Thanks so much for the shout out! I am soooooo excited about the sharpener! You have no idea how hard I have been trying to win one of those! I can't stinking believe it! My poor husbands ears are probably killing him because I've just been screaming around the house :)!

    Thanks again for the shout out! I love how supportive this community of teacher bloggers is, you all have really been such a blessing!

  8. Found you from the Shout Out Linky, too! Such a cute blog name- love it!

    Your newest follower,
    Learning With Mrs. Leeby


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