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Saturday Shares
Lots of RANDOM shares from the week for you today!
It seems I'm not the only teacher spending her summer creating a new blog! :)  Since I know how mind-boggling it can be to watch your "follower count" and wonder if you're ever going to have more than just a handful of followers, I thought I would showcase a "new budding blog" each Saturday.  I'll be on the lookout for a blog that catches my eye, provides informative posts, and has fewer than 200 followers.  Last week, before I started the "Best Budding Blog" showcase, I found Jodi over at Southern Sweetie in Second.  If you haven't visited her blog and become a follower yet, do it now! :)  Well, this week I stumbled upon Hooty's Homeroom and was excited to become her very first follower!  She has some cute math journal ideas.  Go visit and show her some love! 
Who doesn't love a good deal??  Especially on books...and when they're children's books we (teachers) just can't resist, right?  My first "Steal of a Deal" this week came from one of my followers, Rebecca, who commented about on my Poetry and Folktales post.  She let me know that they had the "You Read to Me, I'll Read to You" {hardcover} books for $3.99!!  HOLLA!  I couldn't resist and went right over there.  I ended up getting a few several other books that had been on my "want" list for a while, too!  All for under $20 - WAHOO!

My next "Steal of a Deal" is not school related, but I thought I'd throw them in because they're so stinkin' cute.  I got these adorable grey and white striped flats (with a flower....those who know me know that I LOVE anything with a flower or ruffles)!  I found them at Charming Charlies for under $20! L-O-V-E!

Since I'm already sidetracked from school stuff, I'm going to throw out something I pinned on pinterest a while ago and then FINALLY found and purchased.  I'm so excited to use it at the beach in a couple of weeks!
Do you see what that is?? A lounge chair made for reading while on your stomach!  Yes, it has a hole for your face and openings for your arms so you can lay comfortably and read with your book under the chair!  {Oh yeah, I know this from experience since I tested it out right in the middle of our living room...and, of course, the hubby came walking in from work right in the middle of my test session!  He didn't say anything...he knew better...he just walked away with the shake of a head.}  It has a flap with a pillow that covers up the hole when you want to lay on your back.  I'm an avid reader at the beach and it always irritates me that I can only read on my back.  It took me forever to find this chair.  I stalked Target for weeks and then finally found ONE left at one of our local, I had to snatch it up!
I wanted to share a technology goldmine that I found this week.  I'm sure you've seen it, as it's been spreading through the Bloggyville like a wildfire this week, but just in case you've been living under a rock...  The Clever School Teacher - It's a great new site where teachers can find books and/or book sets related directly to teaching strategies.  Looking for the perfect picture books for teaching reading strategies, genre studies, writing traits??  They've got you covered!  How easy is that??  A great time-saver for teachers, for sure!
I'm going to end my Saturday Shares with my guilty pleasures for the week.  What you may not know about me is that in addition to being an avid reader, I am a reality TV junkie!  Especially, husband gets so annoyed when he comes home and turns on any television in the house and they're all on Bravo!  What can I say, I love background noise while I work and instead of flipping channels, I'll just turn it to Bravo and watch whatever episode of whatever Real Housewives is on for the 259th time! ;)  I'm also a sucker for the Bachelor series, and am in LOVE with this season since my {reality TV} BFF, Emily, is the bachelorette!  Well, this week I stumbled upon Kristin's "Talk about it Tuesday" Bachelorette recap...can I just say HILARIOUS!!  If you watch this show, you must check it out here. I'm also a sucker for well-written dramas (can you say LOST!) and am having withdrawals from Revenge and Once Upon a Time, but I've recently caught up with the new Dallas on TNT and I'm surprisingly LOVING it!  Have you been watching?  

I'm also highly addicted to the iphone game, Song Pop, at the moment.  Have you discovered it yet?  It's kind of like Name that has music from every genre!  I'm not the best at it, but it sure is fun!  Hit me up with a game {username - amandamadden} if you give it a try!

Speaking of music, I'm off to the Lady Antebellum concert with a couple of my sweet teaching buddies tonight...and then it's my favorite day of the week, Sunday! I'll see you tomorrow for "Sundays in the South."


  1. I enjoyed reading your blog today. I couldn't help laughing about the chair. I can only imagine what your hubby was thinking!!! :) Too funny!
    I'll be sure to check out the blogs you shared.
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

  2. I absolutely need one of those chairs! I always get a horrible crick in my neck when I try to read on my back. I will begin stalking Target today.

    The Teaching Thief
    Fiction Friday: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

  3. Enjoy Lady A! I have been in love with them since I saw them play "Need you Now" live before it hit radios.

    We are ALL Special!

  4. Oh I so want that chair!! I was just dealing with the problem of trying to read while on my stomach at the pool & that chair would solve all of those problems!! Have fun at the Lady Antebellum concert tonight!! I love them!!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. I am laughing out loud at your living room lounge chair experience! That chair is brilliant. I am also a BRAVO junkie! My guilty pleasure right now is Pregnant in Heels. :) Those shoes you shares are so cute... ugh, I need to go shopping!

    EduKate and Inspire

  6. I'm loving the new APP!! I'm a music fanatic (I'm actually trying out for The Voice in two weeks (eek!). This app is awesome. I'll be hitting you up for a game sometime =)
    And thanks for introducing new bloggers. I do the same thing each Sunday, you should stop by and check it out!

    Kinder Kraziness

  7. Oh.Em.GEE, Laura!!! Seriously?? Good luck at the tryouts. I've threatened to try out {and I'm the worst singer in the universe...unless, of course, I'm in the car by myself} just to {possibly} meet my celebrity crush, ADAM LEVINE!! *sigh* I love him. ;)

    I'll check out your blog tomorrow for the new blogger!

  8. Kate,
    I LOVE that show, too! Rosie is adorable, but her! So entertaining. :)

  9. I love bravo too. My husband said I was a gay man in my past life!

  10. I love your blog. I just awarded you the Lovely Blog Award. Stop by my blog to receive it. Also, my friend recently bought that chair also and she LOVES it!


    Stickers and Stamps

  11. I'm a new follower. Just found your blog and love it. I think I'll have to head out to Charming Charlie this weekend!! I love gray anything right now. Love your chevron background!!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  12. I feel like I'm reading about myself when you write about guilty pleasures. I am a reality tv junkie. I watch some programs and others I have on in the background to keep me from listening to the keys rattles while I type away on the computer. I haven't seen Dallas (original or new). I may have to check that out :)

    Stories by Storie

  13. OMG! Best Budding Blog?!?!! Thanks for the shout out and the vote of confidence!

    BTW, I love Teacher's Clubhouse and am thrilled to find out that you also have Lightbulb Minds.

    Hooty's Homeroom

  14. Wow, lots of great info here! I just got back from my vacation and that chair would have been great! I can always start getting ready for the next trip. :-)
    Mrs. Seymour's Super Stars

  15. Thanks for following my blog. I'm glad I visited yours too. I didn't realize that you are part of Teacher's Clubhouse. I have bought many things from your site.

    Primary Reading Party

  16. Hi Amanda! I have awarded your blog the One Lovely Blog Award! Come visit when you can to pick it up!

  17. Well that was a great giveaway! I got a bunch of monster themed stuff for my classroom last year from teacher's clubhouse! I wish I had found you sooner!


    Third Grade's A Charm

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  18. I have a "Steal of a Deal" for you!! Have you seen or you may even have those really cute 10 drawer organizers from Really Good Stuff? They have like two drawers in each color and are really good for storing papers for the week, or center stuff. Well regularly at Really Good Stuff they are $99.00 well I got one this weekend at Joanns Fabrics for 50!!

    Southern Sweetie in Second

  19. Glad to find another second grade blog (Southern Sweetie in 2nd)!
    My Second Sense

  20. Girl! You've been busy! Didn't you start blogging yesterday and I came by to visit and you have 280 followers! Wow! Congratulations! *LOVE* your maddeness:-)

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

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