Five for Friday: Post Vacation Blues!

Happy FriYAY everyone!  It has been way too long (two weeks, yikes!) since I've linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday! I feel like I've been MIA without it!  This weekend is a busy one so before it begins, let's recap with my highlights from the week!

I had a great week, mostly because my husband and I were in heaven, also known as Nassau, Bahamas.  It was such an amazing break from reality and all things Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Back to School stress.  As much as I LOVE it, it was nice to unplug and spend some quality time together! 

We stayed at the Sandals Royal Bahamian and it was everything we wanted it to be and more.  Peaceful, beautiful, delicious food, and tons of fun!  They had a private island that you could take a ferry over to so we did a few days that we were there.  It was paradise.

Here my husband swam out to a secluded island off the beach and was WAY too proud of his accomplishment.  Scaredy cat (me) stayed behind to snap the pics!

I don't think I need to say anymore, this sign from the island sums it up for me!  It was a fantastic few days and I highly suggest the resort to anyone who's looking for a getaway! Like all good things, it went by way too quickly.

Have you been following along with my Launching the Writing Workshop Do's and Don'ts series??  I'm hoping that you're learning some helpful tips and tricks to use in your classroom to kickstart your writing workshop for the year.  Last night I posted the next issue in the series, Writing Workshop Essential Routines.  I hope you'll check it out here and feel more prepared to get started!  It has been so much fun to share my passion with everyone and I can't wait to write more about it.

Speaking of writing workshop, I am PUMPED because I will be attending the August Institute on the Teaching of Writing this coming Monday!  I can't wait to learn from the nation's best to further my knowledge on the writing workshop.  I will definitely be blogging about my experience and reporting back to all of you about what I learn!  

Are you prepping for Back to School?!  Of course you are, what a silly question to ask!  I have started to create more resources to get me set for the beginning of the school year.  I LOVE using  brag tags with my students as positive reinforcement for their behavior and I'm hoping that this new set that I just made will be the perfect way to introduce them to my firsties.  If you're interested in starting brag tags with your students and need some for the beginning of the year, you can check these out in my TpT store here!

I got home from the Bahamas and was feeling a little bummed to get back to reality.  But, then I had the happiest mail day because my new Jane bracelets finally came!  I saw these on their Instagram and instantly fell in love.  I can't wait to rock these at school each day and be able to look down for instant motivation.  They have a bunch more of inspirational sayings at that fit perfectly with the blogging/TpT/teaching world.  

I hope you all had a great week!  This weekend my husband turns the BIG 3-0!!!  I'm hosting a huge surprise party for him at a bowling alley in NYC and I hope he loves it!  I'm super nervous that it all goes according to plan!  Wish me luck!!!

Enjoy your weekend lovelies!  Thanks as always for stopping by!


  1. Looking at pics from your trip just helped me relax a little because it looks so calming and gorgeous! I l love your bracelets you posted about and am going to have to check them out. Have a great upcoming week!

  2. I am so jealous of your vacay! It looks like such a beautiful place! Glad you had some relaxation before school starts back up!

    Carlee Van Ness
    The Kindergarten Press

  3. Wow, what a gorgeous vacation you were able to take! I totally don't blame you about not wanting to leave!!! I'm loving your Writer's Workshop series!! It's so cool that you get to attend a PD on it too, I had no idea such options were available I'll have to keep an eye out next summer for one I can find near me!!! Your brag tags are awesome and your bracelets look BEAUTIFUL!!
    I hope that you have an amazing weekend and a wonderful start to the school year!!

    Kindergarten Dragons

  4. Your vacation photos are GORGEOUS! The water is crystal clear!! I hope the party goes off without a hitch! :)

    Mind Sparks

  5. That is where we went on our honeymoon!!! Just amazing! Our fifth anniversary is on Friday and your pictures bring back memories! Also, love those bracelets and your brag tags are adorable! I really need to start using some in my classroom!

  6. Love the pictures from your vacation and those bracelets are beautiful! MUST get them. :) Thanks for sharing!

    Real Life in First Grade