Currently: July

Good Morning!
Okay, so the July Currently is up!  Where in the world did my summer go?  I still have at least 50 things to create, organize, etc. and my summer is slipping through my fingers like a slippery snake.  Um, yeah... bad example.  Let's go with it's slipping through my fingers like water (or something like that).  I am holding on, but the days seem to be falling off the calendar faster and faster.  Do you guys feel that way (the ones of you that go back to school August 1)?

Alright, time to get to the Currently.  Remember, Farley's rule of three.  Make sure you take time to comment on the two posts before you and the one after you.  If you aren't a blogger, still take time to go read them.  I find at least three new blogs a month.

I am loving Spotify.  I am going through a Britt Nicole phase.  I love the beat of her music.  Here's a link to my Summer Chill Spotify play list.  Just click on the image.

Um... Ashley Hughes is amazing!  If you haven't checked out her giveaways yet, it is a must.  Here's a pic of what she's offering today.  She's giving away MUCH more than this, but this was one of my favorites. Click on the image to go visit her page.

Oh, friends... this To Do List gets longer and longer and this is ONLY today.  My favorite thing on the list is 2 blog posts.  One is for Farley's Currently and the other is for Second Grade Nest's "A Day in the Life of..." You can click on either link to check them out.  I'm also excited about getting all of my school orders done.  Crazy that year 12 is about to start!

Okay, so I kind of stayed up until 2:30 in the morning Friday and woke up around 6:00.  I ran like crazy yesterday at my friend's house (out of town), drove home for my hubby's birthday dinner, took a 45 minute nap, and went to an 11:30 pm movie.  That meant bedtime was around 2:30 again.  So, needless to say, I will probably take a nap today although that will cause the vicious 2:30 a.m. cycle to continue and church is tomorrow.

Okay, I know this is random, but seriously!  Why aren't play list, ice cream and wish listed compound words?  Why aren't words like linky, bloggers, printables, Spotify, Instagram, and Pinterest added to some special dictionary so they aren't considered misspelled?  I mean even fantabulous is a word!

Tips, Tricks, or Hints:
1. Be patient - I know it is hard when you first start out doing anything, but I think the key is patience.  Nothing happens overnight.  If it did, I'd be 120 pounds and I would never have to create To Do Lists.  Don't get frustrated with TPT, blogging, or even losing weight.  If you hang tight and keep working, eventually you will find success.

Erica Bohrer created this image.  Click to read her blog.
2. Be appreciative - I've seen A LOT of bloggers this week blogging about how to treat bloggers.  I know they have to be doing that because someone is not being nice.  I believe most of it is people always wanting a little more.  If it is free, take it like it is.  I know to make 3 or 4 cute common core printables, it can me an hour.  Then, it typically takes me an hour to blog.  Just say thank you... Thank you with a but (Thank you, but can you add this?) is not a true thank you.

Now, since I sound like I'm lecturing I want to make sure the ones of you following me that leave me comments know I'm not lecturing you.  You guys have truly taken great care of my heart and are why I look forward to blogging and creating freebies.  You are never hard on me and I can honestly say I don't think any of you have asked me for more.  I feel like I scored big with my followers because you might be the most appreciative, understanding blogging friends in the world!


  1. You have a long to-do list. Hopefully you can get a lot of it done and squeeze in a nap too! I need to check out Spotify. I have never heard of it.
    Fun in ECSE

    1. Outside of the craft stuff, I should be able to get all of it done :) I may end up having to skip the nap. These 2:30 a.m. nights are killing me :)

  2. I kept reading your to-do list thinking "what is Faith doing for boys??", then I realized it was beginning of the year. :-D Boy shirts, boy freebies, what about girls? :-) I am SOOO in summer mode, I don't even recognize BOY yet.

    Second Grade Nest

    1. LOL... that's hilarious! Yep... I abbreviated Beginning Of Year :) I wish I was more in a summer mode, but I am in a focus mode.

  3. I love your Summer Chill play list! Those are some of my favorite artists!!!
    And I love the paper your To Do List is on! Super cute!!!! and I am LOVING Ashley's giveaways! Crossing my fingers that I win! :)
    Happy 4th!
    Crayons and Curls

    1. Thanks :) I need to add more songs to my Chill list :) I seem to work a little faster when I listen to music. As for the paper, I got it in a pack at Michaels. It's near the scrapbook paper. I've been using it to jot notes down all summer. Good luck with winning!

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one that thinks her clip art is the best :)

  5. I haven't visited in a while (haven't visited many blogs in a while with so much going on) and I forgot how much I love reading your posts. You have a great of saying things and you are always appreciative, which is so important!!! Patience is also important - good tip! Ashley Hughes IS amazing!!!! I agree with all of it.

    And BTW - I totally didn't know what BOY was until I read Jessica's comment. Haha!!! I just finished one of my BOY packs today too :)

    Have a great day (and hopefully a great nap)
    First Grade Smiles

    1. I completely get where you are coming from. I have been doing better about reading blogs since I started following on Bloglovin. I enjoy reading them when I take the time. Thank you for your sweet comments :)

      As for BOY, I have no clue if it does mean that. I just do it to save time and space or my To Do List will take longer to write than to do :)

      Just woke up from a 2 hour nap and I've knocked out half my list :) So far, so good :)

  6. *I haven't made a To Do list yet because I am scared of how long it will be. Nothing like living in denial!
    Your list is an inspiration and I am going to get off my butt this week and start accomplishing all of those things I need to do before I paint myself into a corner.
    *Question: Do you prefer Spotify over Pandora or are they the same thing?
    *I didn't know there have been trolls out there spreading their negativity to the teaching blog world. I'm used to it on Reddit but not here. That's a shame! I get annoyed when I see that 200+ people have read my posts and only three people have commented at all. Like, what gives? Are my posts that boring?? (That is pretty much what I figured so I stopped blogging for a while.) I'm too sensitive! I'd be mortified if someone left a nasty comment. :(
    I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July,

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment. I actually never got into Pandora. From what I remember about it, I think Spotify is better. There isn't a limit to how much music and I love that I can make play lists. I am able to use the songs I typically would be buying on iTunes and now I'm not having to buy them.

      As for the negativity, several of my favorite bloggers have dealt with it this week. I've never had one. If I did, I'd probably cry and be shaken up for a day or two, but I try to tell myself that 99% of people would be behind me :) I know I try to read blogs, but I'm horrible about leaving comments. Hang in there!

  7. Thank you for posting this! I love your blogging advice, you took the words right out of my mouth. "Thank you but can you add..." has really been bothering me lately on freebies!

    Posting your to-do list is inspiring. I'm afraid to make a to-do list right now because it will overwhelm me. Usually during the school year I am the to-do list queen.

    Covered in Glitter and Glue

  8. I love your advice...and the burger king reference really made me it! Hailey from Autism Tank