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can you believe it is AUGUST…
I know some of you guys are back at school already…
so sorry…
you are probably hating the rest of us right now…
but when the summer comes and you are out way before us…
well you will see!!!

first things first… have you entered my OH BOY O-VENTURE Giveaway???
seriously you need to enter… its super easy to enter…
click on this pic to check it out…

SERIOUSLY you need to enter…

and now back to our regularly scheduled post…
and our FAB sponsor for this month's CURRENTLY… is

Fearless in Fifth
thanks Sandy… luv u
and now for the August CURRENTLY

what's up with the boat???
if you didn't catch my Vegas 2015 Recap  HERE
then the boat theme might be like WHA???
I really have grasped on to the theme of

and that you are the captain of your own boat…
whatever your adventure

with my school year fast approaching
this metaphor… which I was solely using as a teacher blogger/tpter metaphor
also applies to SCHOOL too
whether your school, or district, or community rises to support its teachers
sadly is not something we can normally control…
but we can still control our boat…
you might need to adjust accordingly
depending on how high or low your tide is…
but you
and only YOU are in charge of your voyage
if your tide is really low… you might have to get out of your boat and trudge through a lot of mud
and work extra hard to get to your destination
and if your tide is high (count your blessings) you are still in charge of setting a course for success

my point is… it is your boat… you are the captain…
keep your eyes set on YOUR course for success
steer a clear course…
stay clear of negative weather and watch out for harpoons trying to bring you down

sure you can gather ideas from other boaters
but don't get tidal waved by all the ideas…
pick and choose what you can do
not every boat is going to be a PIN perfect vessel
and remember...
just because a boat is beautifully decorated or sparkly and clean
does not mean the captain is a master captain…
maybe a good decorator…
and maybe they are both… lucky them
but don't take on more than you can handle because you will sink…

you need to also...
dock every once in a while to evaluate, collaborate, and recuperate
learn from master captains, spread your knowledge of success and your best laid routes, but also remember to rest
and and AND
please don't get caught up in the idea whirlpool of the perfect classroom and teacher
that can run your ship aground and be devastating
you are you…
you do YOU best
be the BEST YOU
YOU are the captain of your ship

and don't forget you have passengers…
precious passengers that trust your CAPTAIN skills
those littles are along for the ride too
and they learn from your lessons and your attitude and all of YOU
so be the BEST YOU

which leads me to…
back to school RAK
our tides might not be high
but we can can cause a little increase in volume by doing B2S RAK
I am planning on putting little trinkets of happiness in random teachers'  mailboxes throughout our first week back
some might be planned but most will be random…
I am not sure exactly what I am going to put into the mailboxes yet…
BUT I am thinking gift cards, B2S supplies (the fun ones teachers love), chocolate, home made cookies
nothing too expensive BUT everything thoughtful
who knows what it will be… I am still thinking… but even though these are little trinkets…
I am reminded...
even a tiny stone makes ripples

ok thanks for reading through all of that…
I hope you got something out of it…
and now
here is what you're looking for...
here are the rules…
super simple…

and just to throw in a plug …
if you didn't know I have this in my store…
it is perfect to get it now…
for Back to School

okie dokie…
time to link up…
thanks so much for joining this party and for always 
being so supportive

Oh Boy O-venture giveaway

I am sO sO sO excited abOut this blOg pOst…
I am giddy like the first day Of summer
like fresh sharpies and new flair pens giddy…
I was at my favOrite stOre in Bracken, TX called Bless YOur Heart
and I picked up One Of these… 
I lOved it sO much I went back and gOt anOther One fOr schOOl… and then 
I came hOme and sent the cOmpany an email…
telling them hOw much I lOve them and gushing Over hOw amazing they are and 
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and well…. 
just get tO reading

the cOOl thing is they cOme in leather or silicOne
and tOns and tOns of cOlOrs
tOns tO chOOse frOm
I mean seriOusly… 
I HATE walking arOund with my keys arOund my neck...
hanging On my lanyard and sOmetimes it snags my fabulOus Outfit… making it nOt sO fab anymOre
Or lugging them arOund On a yucky key fOb…
that's nOt fab either...
Or even grabbing my purse Out Of the clOset and shoving my key wad in it
sO I dOn't have tO lug them arOund….
The Big O Keyring sOlves that prOblem and
it is FAB!!!

it says that if yOu are dOing sOmething mOre than just walking arOund and being fab… like yOu are being fab and active tO put it past yOur elbOw
I can't dO that because I am curvaceOus
but I can shove The Big O Keyring as far up as it goes on my arm and it stays…
this will be awesOme when I walk…
I won't have to shOve my keys in my bOObies… TMI???
well I do that… and sometimes it hurts…
I mean seriOusly… where dO keep your keys when yOu are wOrking Out???
I knOw where they are gOing tO be nOw… shOved up my chub…

if I was Oprah… this wOuld be on my favOrite things list…
hey wait a minute…
it was on OPRAH's favOrite things list!!!
it was fOr reals…

 and nOw fOr the super exciting news…
and tO let yOu knOw I asked them fOr this… and they SAID YES!!!
drum rOll…..

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here is a buttOn link tO their webpage…
yOu are gOing tO need it…

and here is the rafflecOpter sO yOu can enter
this fab giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday Made It B2S Teacher Gift (EASY)

Oh my GOSH!!!
I am sooooo excited about linking up with my friend Tara
for her
This week has been super crazy because we are in the process of moving out…
we are moving in with my parents while our house gets renovated and fixed up…
BUT before we move out I wanted to get all of Bub's B2S stuff organized and ready to go…
one less thing to stress about while we are not in our environment will make our life easier!!!
All of Bub's supplies are bought (not labeled)
and they are in a B2S bag that his sweet teacher can keep!!!
I always LOVE giving his teachers B2S gifts and I like to keep it simple right now…
BUT I also want it to be SWEET… simple and sweet is the best!!!
so here it is… my MONDAY MADE IT…
and I truly made it TODAY!!!
I know!!!
Fo Realz I did…

I saw this idea while at my son's preschool a few years back…
and so I am stealing the idea and making one for Bub's 1st grade teacher!!!
 all of my supplies were from HOB LOB… I forgot to put a white chalk paint pen…
I already had that soooooo...
 spray about 3-5 layers of chalkboard…
I probably could have done a few more layers but I got impatient…
still cute though
 I had my cutie patootie friend Katy write Bub's teacher's name and stuff…
she had to go over it 2-3 times with the paint pen… I also added pretty ribbon long enough to hang on a door
the idea is to have all the kiddos write their names on this letter…
so you will need to supply a chalk paint pen
and if your super sweet you can send your mom in like I am going to do and she will help get the kiddos' names on the B and that way his sweet teacher doesn't have to stress about it…
 MOM doesn't know I would like her to do that…
but she reads this….
SO HEY Mom… you think you can mosey on up to school and help get this thing signed???
Please and Thank You!!!

The good thing is she can hang it in her room wherever… or on the door
and when new kiddos come in
you always get new kids right…
well they can sign the letter too!!!

it was super easy and fun to make

head on over to Tara's Blog and see all of the other neat Monday Made Its!!!
Thanks Tara for hosting this!!!
I might not make something every time BUT I am creeping and checking them all out every time !!!

WAG Donation Check Delivered… THANK YOU!!!

Where do I begin…
when I asked for donations a couple of months ago
for Wimberley Adoption Group and rescue…
I NEVER in a bazillion years would have imagined you guys would give soooo much
for your kind generosity 
Yesterday… I delivered the $603.33 check to Ms. Pat Davis and her crew.
They were overcome with joy and were brought to tears over the amount of money we had donated.

When I contacted Ms. Pat she thought I should come to one of their adoption days… and so I did.
The check is going to be used immediately….
They told me they needed this money more than ever because they still have several dogs from the flood
and several dogs that need medical attention and expensive medicine.  
Just in case you wanted to see some of the faces of these sweet doggies… 
I got to meet several at yesterday's adoption. 
ALL of the dogs pictured below are up for adoption and ALL of them were the sweetest pups.

I mean seriously… I wanted to take ALL of them home!!!
I could be the dog lady!!!
anywho… if any of those cuties are pulling at your heart strings…
be sure to contact WAG at 512-847-3200

and if you feel the need to donate more to this amazing group
their website is HERE 
and they have a clickable link to donate

thanks again for opening your hearts and wallets to help me make a generous donation
this online community of teacher bloggers is a blessing in my life and the lives of those puppies

My TpT Vegas 2015 Trip

oh my gosh
This blog post has been simmering in my mind for a few days
seriously there is so much to talk about…
I went to VEGAS a nervous Nelly…
seriously I was SCARED!!!
I was freaking that people wouldn't like me
I mean my personality is true through this blog
but it is easy to hide behind this screen
but to put myself out there…
not so easy

I was freaking about flying
I hadn't flown in almost 15 years
and that was a scary experience…
seriously imagine a 12 seater plane
and the stewardess straps herself in and passes out the barf bags
we had to fly through a severe thunderstorm
let's just say it was like driving over large turtles
in a wind tunnel
all while swerving back and fourth
NOT a FUN experience!!!

I was freaking about SWAG and BRAG
I didn't make business cards
I didn't make a t-shirt
I didn't make a notebook
or tumbler
or pens
or a bag
seeing all that schtuff scroll across my social media
was making my nerves FRAY
I decided to make a Vegas only CURRENTLY

ALL of that worry and stress was not necessary

3 reasons...

I met virtual friends and now when hubby says
I can say YES
it was amazing seeing these faces
face 2 face
all of these ladies and gent have played a HUGE part in my bloggy life
and it was AMAZING to see them in person!!!

TIP- I did make a mental list of 5 peeps I HAD to see
and guess what I did see all of those!!!
am I gonna tell you the 5 I wanted to see NOPE
I don't want to hurt any feelings… I loved meeting everyone!!!

I am still in shock that people wanted to meet me…
I don't see myself as a super star… even though I had a couple of people call me that
one cutie even cried when we met (no names again) and a few were shaking…
inside I was thinking OH MY goodness
and really on the inside I was just as nervous as they were!!! 
really it put this whole blogging thing in perspective for me…
and talk about a self esteem booster

people love me for ME
people actually stopped me and wanted my picture… 
people thanked me
complimented me 
that is still CRAZY to me
I left with a renewed sense of ME

#2 my roomies and my dad
I could not have asked for better roomies
NOT JANE   and    Krazy Town

I think I have been blogging longer BUT
these 2 are FULL of expert knowledge!!!
TONS of information
if I had any questions they knew the answer
our late night talks were fun and inspiring
I would't have survived without them…

they were a huge help the ENTIRE trip
I was such a crazy pants
all of my days were blending together
I couldn't even tell people what day it was

*** squirrel ***
I have an excuse for being extra cray
I went to The Sipp the week before Vegas
with hubs and Bubs
and was home for about 28 hours before I left for VEGAS
((is that a good excuse))
we had a blast there too…
here's proof!!!

********** ok that squirrel is across the road****************

If you didn't see…
my Dad surprised me in Vegas…
I may have broken down and cried before I left for Vegas… 
ok I did it a few times...
because I was so nervous
I have issues
(flying and crowds)
and I am a Daddy's girl 
so he flew out and surprised me…
no one knew except my mamma…
my roomies had things to do Wednesday 
so Dad and I went shopping, snacking, and slot playing
and then the other days we enjoyed lunch and dinners together
he also flew home on the same flight
IT was GREAT to have him there and made my heart so FULL!!!
makes me a little teary eyed right now thinking about this man
he has ALWAYS been there for me and is possibly my #1 FAN
Hubs might disagree… 
neither one of them read this so they'll never know
ha ha ha 
but Mamma does BUT she is on vaycay right now…
without me :(

and I swear my dad knows how to smile
it is just hard to catch it…
a few people recognized my dad and asked me about him
some even recognized me because of my dad
we even got approached at the airport
by a cutie patootie because they recognized my dad
so next year
yep he said he was coming with me next year too
 I told him I'll make him a button or a shirt
he is famous now… ha ha ha

and finally
this quote

Rachel Lynette used this quote in her keynote
and it really hit home…
I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with this quote...
and then when I was trying to make this…
this picture is a shot I took from our Sipp trip
and then when I married the quote to the pic I had my AHA moment…
Paul told us to find our AHA moment

like the ocean pic above…
for me the rising tide is TpT
they support us as needed and as they grow it helps us all
they are the reason we are afloat

the boats represent sellers
notice some boats are sail boats,
there a couple of small fishing boats,
a few larger boats,
and a very nice BIG boat…
kinda like the seller community
we are all boats
navigating the TpT sea…
some of us are mo mo mo motoring along
stuck in our ways but it works for us
some of us are calmly sailing and enjoying the ride in their current ship
 and others are cruising the sea… upgrading equipment and learning  the ever changing new ways of the sea every chance they get

before the conference I was probably one of the smaller sailboats
I was sailing along just kinda enjoying the ride
wasn't doing much… I hadn't upgraded my equipment in a long time
and I was dusty from neglect
My sails were tattered because they had traveled for miles without being tended to
faded too… and you know I don't do faded…

and now after the conference…
I have the tools to fix my little sailboat
I have my sights set on upgrading  my equipment
I am also planning on moving to a bigger boat
a pretty new boat… and I think I am going to pack away the sails
and place the motor in the water
all of this will take time and work… lots of work
but I am prepared for this journey…

you get what you put into it right???

I am fully aware… and I hope you are too that
you can't just jump into a LARGE fancy yacht and sail away
you might have to start in an inner tube and float for a little bit
 or you might have to dip your toes in before you get a little row boat
the captains of those big ole boats didn't just jump in…
they worked to get that ship
they might have hired some crew members
they might have paid extra for some boosting motor
BUT the fact is...
they were once little row boats too
really they were

but one thing is for sure…
you can sail the TpT sea always looking at the Big Yachts cruising by
sometimes you look in envy and other times in awww
BUT what  you really need to do is look within and start from there
improve you
focus on you
find your niche
dock where there are positive networking possibilities

I am blessed to be in the TpT sea with all of these other boats
in NO other sea will you find these types of professional friendships
boats no matter how big or small share their secrets to success 
so all can improve

so whether you are mo mo motoring along 
or sailing the high seas
remember it is all up to you

TpT is our sea but you are the captain of your ship!!!

I linked up with the girls over at The Elementary Entourage for this fun linky…
thanks ladies for hosting this… 

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