Sunday, August 17, 2014

First Week Freebie

Hi friends! It's been a L------O-----N-----G preplanning week! School officially starts tomorrow! As a little welcome back we are throwing a sale on all of our bundles for the McGraw-Hill Wonders series and all of Unit 1 is also on sale! We have updated all of our Unit 1 packets and are currently updating unit 2 packets so if you have already purchased any of the packets we encourage you to re-download!

Enjoy Unit 1 Week 1 Freebie and have a fantastic year!

                                                       Click cover page to download.

This is only a small preview of our unit 1 FREE packet! We hope you will find this useful in your classroom!

Baby Tyler Update: Brittany and baby are doing great! Brittany came to "Meet the Teacher" on Friday to say hello to her new bunch! Her hubby, Matt came by to pick her up after the event with baby Tyler! He so handsome! He's less than two weeks old and already smiling! More updates to come!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tomorrow... it's only a day away!

That lovely song, "Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow... it's only a day a-way!" has been replaying in my head since my alarm clock went off this morning. That's right, ALARM. I haven't set an alarm clock all summer... and it felt oh-so-good! But today is the day before I return to work. So set an alarm, I must. And it didn't feel good at all. This is probably the most difficult transition I've gone through going from summer to a new school year because I'm doing it alone. You should know that the "tomorrow" song did not have it's usual fluffy, optimistic feel but more of a sad melody and  the words "ONLY A DAY AWAY" were not my favorite. In fact, the song took on an entirely new tune.

Why? What has changed? Normally, I love this time of year?

Maybe it's because this summer has been my absolute favorite and I don't want to see it end?

Maybe it's because I haven't finished everything I hoped to finish this summer (but I never really do anyway).

Maybe it's because I'll be missing my partner-in-crimeteaching?

It's probably all of the above?!?!

I am that crazy person who actually looks forward to the start of the school year. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE summer break and I feel it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY! But, I also love the excitement that comes from a fresh start! I typically begin setting up my room and preparing for the school year in late July and this summer was no different. The excitement wasn't gone when I entered my classroom in desperate need of decorating (and exterminating... gross), but it was far from the usual thrill I have when I think of all the possibilities this year holds.


I usually like to be on the go ALL-THE-TIME, but this summer I have been really enjoying the down time. I have loved the time I have with my family, friends and new husband and I don't want to give that up just yet! I watched a little too much time watching netflix and reading blog posts. I have spent a lot of time scrapbooking the photos from wedding and taking little trips down memory lane each time I glue another picture on the page. TIME has been good to me and I'm so thankful for this summer of reflection and relaxation.

Summer Projects.

House hunting was supposed to be done by the end of summer and it's far from finished (wish I could say the same about our lease). I was suppose to create packets for McGraw-Hill Wonders for 2nd and Kinder and I haven't even finished first grade. (Talk about Procrastinating). I wanted to lose weight and start exercising. It's safe to say that project never made it high enough on my "To-Do" list to even get started. That's one summer project I always seem to fall short on! OOPS!


In just this past school year, school transfers, marriage and babies have come into the mix for both of us frugal girls! THESE are the highlights of our year but we also recognize they are major changes.

Life-changing changes. These changes are good. Really really good.

But it's also an adjustment... and it's time to start adjusting!

Our school only has two first grades this year and I am LUCKY enough to teach with my best friend and ROCK STAR teacher. You all know her as my frugal favorite, Brittany. This year she will be starting school in late September (tentatively) because she just had her first child.

I am overcome with happiness for my dear friend and her husband as they begin this beautiful new chapter of their lives together. They are going to be incredible parents and baby Tyler is a very lucky little boy who is already loved so much.


I feel guilty.  I have some selfish feelings about beginning this school year without Britt. While she is busy being a new mom, I'm starting off the school year on my own. It's a strange feeling that I'm not thrilled about.  I am not alone. I work with plenty of fantastic teachers and supportive friends. Besides, I can do this. I can start pre-planning tomorrow and begin lesson planning for the first week of school without my teammate. I just don't want to. Collaborating with Brittany is FUN! We have a great dynamic between the two of us that makes us a great teaching team. Heck, I think we're better than great! It's one of the things I love most about my job! I love love love teaching and I know that it's going to be another great year in the classroom. I'm just having a hard time getting that enthusiasm on my own this year. Maybe it'll come at meet the teacher, maybe it will be on the first day, or the second or the fourteenth. Who knows? But honestly... I don't feel it yet and tomorrow will be here before we know it.

For today I'm going to focus on enjoying my last official day of summer break! I'm going to watch too much television, and maybe do some back to school shopping. I'm going to walk my dog a little longer than usual and eat lunch s-l-o-w because I can't do these things as often when the school year begins. I'm going to spend time with my new husband and visit Brittany and her sweet, perfect little boy and I'm not going to dwell on tomorrow. After all, it's a whole day away!

Until tomorrow...

Friday, August 8, 2014


He's HERE!!! Britt's beautiful-beautiful-beautiful baby boy is finally here!

Tyler Matthew Maio was born on April 5, 2014 at 5:38 p.m. He is a happy and healthy baby weighing in at a solid 9 pounds! More to come about this perfect little guy very soon!

                         Here's a picture of our overjoyed mom finally holding her first born in her arms.

Matt and Brittany are both over the moon excited and their hearts are over overflowing with love for their precious son.

Congrats to the new parents and may this next chapter be their very best one!

Now I need to go meet my "nephew" (because best friends are family, right?) He's already three days old and I can't wait another second! Have a fantastic day everyone!

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Hey there frugal followers!  We hope you are all enjoying your summer... well, what's left of it anyway!  Crazy how time flies!  We can't believe our teachers go back on the 12th... that's 10 days away!  YIKES!  I will be starting my maternity leave at the beginning of this school year so my summer will be prolonged a little bit... but it's not like having a newborn in the house is in ANY way a "vacation"!  I have to admit (and I'm sure I'm the only one who feels this way) but this has been one of the longest summers of MY LIFE!  Usually my summers fly by, but this one seems to be creeeeping!  We are still anxiously waiting on little Tyler Matthew to make his debut.  His official due date was July 31st... and here I sit on August 2nd with no baby in my arms!  I feel like I've been doing nothing but sitting and waiting on his arrival!  I had really convinced myself that he would come early... I was thinking the middle of July.  But July came and went, and now we're in August!   I feel like I wake up everyday thinking "today could be the day" only to find out that we're still playing the waiting game!  I've tried spicy food, walking... you name it, I've tried it!  On a positive note, the doctor said he is head down and ready to go, we are just waiting on something to happen!  I tell you what though, there is nothing more uncomfortable than the last month of pregnancy!  TRUE STORY!  I'm too uncomfortable to even go shopping... shocking, I know!  I have managed to get out of the house a little bit and was able to spend several relaxing days by the pool with my good friend Kelly, but other than that it's been pretty uneventful around here.  I guess I should embrace the quiet and calmness because all that is about to change! 

On a more school related note, Melissa and I stopped by our classrooms last week to drop off a few things we had picked up over the summer.  I had all intentions of making it a quick trip BUT before I knew it, my husband was calling me wondering where I was!  We had made dinner plans with his mom and grandma and dinner time was fast approaching.  My "quick trip" had lasted almost 8 hours!  I don't know about you, but I can ALWAYS find something to do in my classroom! haha  Here are a few pictures of what we walked in to!  The custodians actually did a great job cleaning our rooms this time!  Last year, we were greeted by tons of creepy crawlies (ewww!) but this year they were sparkling clean!  I know that part of living in Florida is dealing with the bugs, but they are still my LEAST favorite thing in the whole world! 

After a bit of reorganizing and talking (mostly talking) Melissa and I took a break to have lunch...
Don't judge!  Gummy bears, sour patch kids and Munchies make for a delicious lunch!  I know you're jealous!  We ran across the street to the gas station for something to drink and of course, the pregnant lady had to grab all of her favs haha  After binging on junk food and catching up on summer happenings, we got back to work in our rooms!  Although our classrooms are side by side, they don't connect... meaning, we can't talk to each other while we're working (which sometimes is a good thing so we actually get stuff done haha)  We've joked about asking our maintenance man to install a secret window or door that will connect both our rooms but I know that will never happen.  So although they are a work in progress, I'd say our rooms are off to a good start! 

The very next day, we had people come and install carpet in the nursery so Matt and I could finally put his room together!  Here's a quick pic of the "before".  We had already painted the room a light gray color but we decided that carpet would be better than the hardwood floors that were in there.  And by "we"... I mean "me". Matt couldn't care less about the floor, ha, but thankfully he agreed with me anyway! 

After the carpet was installed we could get busy placing and organizing all the furniture and d├ęcor.  It's not quite finished, but here is a glimpse of how it's coming along.  I still have a few things to hang and put up but it is definitely ready to welcome our little man! 

When Tyler finally decides to enter this world we'll be ready!  The anticipation is driving me crazy!  I have heard from so many people that your first child will usually come late, but I must admit I've never been that good at waiting! haha Especially, not for something this exciting!  Fingers crossed he decides to make his debut soon!!!  If not, we go to our next appointment on Tuesday and we'll discuss being induced!  We hope you are all making the most of your summer as it quickly comes to an end!  Hopefully I'll have some exciting baby news to share with you next time frugal followers!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The blog vacay is over!

Hey there! Remember us???

We are so very sorry for neglecting our little old blog for so very long. You see we were busy celebrating REALLY BIG life events! Just a few...

Melissa's Bridal Showers...
Mom, Melissa, Grandma, Sister
Bridal Shower Hostess, Jane (bridesmaid)

Brittany's Baby Showers...
School Shower
Brittany's baby shower for Baby Tyler hosted by friends! 

Melissa's Bachelorette Bash...

Melissa and Roberto's Wedding...

Rehearsal Dinner 
Matt and Brittany 
Groom, Bride and Groomsman, Brian

Wedding Day...
Getting ready for the big day!! Sneaking in a
little love for baby, Tyler! 

Had to do a silly pinterest inspired picture!
First Dance

Honeymoon in Hawaii...

We can't wait to celebrate the birth of Brittany and Matt's baby, Tyler! She is only two and half weeks away from her due date and we are in the final countdown! Stay tuned for more posts about all of the fun things we've been up to! We can't wait to share all the details with you!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy HUMP/BUMP Day!

Hey frugal followers!  This time of year has been so busy, busy, busy!  Well, let's be honest, I don't think there has ever been a time of year when Melissa and I aren't busy, but this year seems extreme!  Between weddings, babies, school and everyday life, I really don't know we get it all done!  On a positive note, we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel!  There are only 37 more days of school... whoop whoop!  That also means only 73 days until Melissa says "I DO" and 113 days until baby Maio's expected arrival!  And somewhere in there we have to squeeze in bridal showers, baby showers, a bachelorette party, and of course, beginning of summer festivities! (insert deep breath here)  So much to do... so little time - story of my life!  We'll be sure to share all of these exciting events with you as they happen!

NOW IN BABY NEWS... HAPPY BUMP DAY!  Here's a glimpse of the happenings in my day-to-day-soon-to-be mommy life!

How far along: 24 weeks (6 MONTHS!!!)

Baby's size: an ear of corn (just about 1.5 pounds)

Baby's progress: His sense of taste is maturing, along with other senses such as touch and hearing. The baby's lanugo (hair that covers his body) is growing darker and his fingernails are almost fully formed. 

Weight gain: about 12-13 pounds (gave or take... HA!)

Stretch Marks:  None yet!  I've been slapping on the cocoa butter every morning since I found out I was expecting!

Sleep:  Can't ever get enough, but that's just me!  Considering I was what most people would call "addicted" to caffeine prior to finding out there was a lil man in my belly... I think I've managed pretty well, cutting my intake down to one cup of half-caf a day.  I'm not gunna lie, it was pretty rough in the beginning... in fact, it was borderline brutal.  However, I'm going to give myself a little pat-on-the-back and go so far as to say that I think I've adjusted quite well. I haven't really had any trouble sleeping (duh, hardly any caffeine) although I have noticed that it's getting increasingly difficult to get comfy, but overall I'm hanging in there!

Gender: BOY!!! And couldn't be more excited about it!!! As of now, the top runner for a name is Tyler Matthew!!!  Not 100% decided but I'd say we're about 95% sure!

Movement: More and more each day!   It's a crazy, wonderful feeling!  A little kick here and a little punch there, sometimes several in a row!  Matt got to feel him for the first time the other day!  He thought that was really cool!  We've found that he is most active in the evening between 6 and 10 o'clock... he's obviously a night owl like his daddy because god knows momma's usually ready for bed around 8:30 haha

Best moment this week: Besides finding out that Ben and Jerry's ice cream was BOGO at Publix (yum-mee), I'd have to say the best moments are when I can feel him move.  It's reassuring to know that he's in there and he's doing just fine!

Looking forward to:  His arrival (obvi... but I have to wait 3 more months for that!)  Setting up the nursery... big ideas thanks to Pinterest, now it's just tying it all together!  And of course, the Ben and Jerry's ice cream that I will be consuming later this evening! haha

Food cravings:  I haven't really had any crazy food cravings and honestly, I kind of don't believe in all those wacky pregnancy stories like craving pickles and ice cream in the middle of the night.  (although if Ben and Jerry decide to make that as a flavor... I WILL try it! HA)  I'll be the first to admit that I've definitely had more of a sweet tooth lately, but I'm not sure if that counts as an actual "craving" or falls more along the lines of a "lack of self-control".  I've never been a big fan of chocolate (yeah, I know, I'm weird) but I can demolish some oatmeal raisin cookies, sour patch kids (now there's a blue one!) AND, as we are all well aware of, some Ben and Jerry's ice cream!  I also love me some pizza, but that was a weakness pre-pregnancy too!  Now I just have an extra piece and say it's for Tyler! HA

Weirdest food I ate this week: Fig Newtons!  I remember my mom buying these when I was a kid and thinking that they were the worst cookie EVER!  They also happened to be BOGO at Publix this week and I decided to give them another try, and let me just say, I was NOT disappointed!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada!  I honestly have not really had any queasy-ness or sickness to speak of.  In the very beginning I remember feeling queasy if I let myself go to long without a snack, but after I ate I was fine.  So far, everything has been nice and easy! (knock on wood)

Labor signs: nope! (thank god... it's too early for that nonsense!)

What I miss: 1. Wine!  I sooo miss having a glass of red wine after a long, stressful day at work, but I know I'll be able to enjoy my adult grape juice in just a few more short months (positive thinking people lol)!  2. My desire and motivation to workout!  I've been staying active and trying to walk as much as possible, but I miss my cardio workouts... well, let me clarify... I don't miss the workout part, I just miss that awesome feeling of when you're done sweating your a#! off and you realize the pain and torture is over until tomorrow! haha 3. My jeans!  It is so uncomfortable to fit into my jeans that I've just excepted the fact that I won't be needing them until next fall.  I still fit into them, they are just impossible to button!  I bought every color/size/style/brand belly band thingy and it's just not the same... I still can't seem to get over the fact that I'm walking around with my pants undone!  It's just weird!!!

Workouts:  Hardcore cardio workouts have come to a screeching halt.  The doctor said it's totally fine to workout as long as you don't over do it... this includes running, jumping jacks, and all that good stuff.  I was pretty good about staying on it when I wasn't showing, but now that it's obvi I'm prego I've resorted to walking for exercise!  I do about 4.5-5 miles about 4 times a week! Go me!   

Things that suck:
  1. Being the permanent DD until this little dude makes his debut!
  2. Breaking out like teenager again! Ugh... so frustrating!  The doctor said for 1/3 of people their acne gets better, 1/3 stays the same, and 1/3 gets worse... looks like I lost that game of roulette!
  3. Happy Hour!  I still enjoy going and hanging out with my lovely ladies, but lets be honest, happy hour is a little less "happy" without wine!  
  4. Having to pee... ALL THE TIME!!! 

Things that don't suck:
  1. Growing boobs!  In my opinion, this does NOT suck! 
  2. Thankfully Maxi dresses/skirts are very popular and in season right now! In my opinion, they make the BEST maternity clothes!  SO COMFORTABLE!
  3. Not feeling guilty when I binge on ice cream! 
  4. Knowing that I'm about to enter the 3rd (and final) trimester!  I don't know how people think that pregnancy is "fun"!  I mean, don't get me wrong, I am over-the-moon excited to welcome this little man into the world and I can't wait for Matt and I to enter this journey called "parenthood" together... but the whole 9 months of pregnancy thing is not what I'd describe as "fun".   I agree that it's the most amazing experience ever, but 9 months is a long time people! 
Melissa and I are starting our end-of-the-school-year countdown early this year!  We are soooo looking forward to all the big events coming up in our lives that we get to experience together!  It truly has been a year to remember!  Until next time frugal followers, talk to you soon!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

3 Month Countdown! 2 Freebies!

Hello there. Just coming out of hiding for a bit to say, "Happy Spring Break" to all of our fellow spring breakers. You know who you are! Brittany and I have *NEVER* been so ready for a break! This break is going to be filled with wedding planning though because today marks the 3 month countdown until the BIG day. Where has the time gone? We've had a long engagement, but these last few months have gone by way too fast and I'm finding myself getting more and more behind in planning process. Hopefully, I can use this little break to play catch up on everything non school related. Must.Not.Procrastinate.

Meeting with our wedding planner
and photographer! (Thanks Mom for the
finger in the photo).
Rob and I have been busy making some final decisions, which for me are VERY difficult. I may be the most indecisive person in the word. SERIOUSLY. I don't enjoy making decisions, AT ALL.

Here's a little recap:
Shopping for centerpieces 
Tux Fitting

Meeting with the Priest.
Filling out all the paperwork
at the St. Christopher's. 

They were all delicious!
Cake Tasting!

Also, we've been busy making packets to go along with our reading series! Here is not one, but TWO freebies for our fabulous followers! We have been such blogging slackers lately so we figured it would only be fair if we gave a little extra today!

Finally, some exciting news to share… my future sister-in-law, Leah started a blog!!! I have been encouraging her to start one because not only is she a wonderful writer but she also is a fitness guru with lots of great things to share. I just know her blog is going to reach a lot of people and I am already a huge fan. She's witty and real and I hope you enjoy reading her blog as much as I do! Please stop by and check it out.  I need to get her set up with a blog designer stat because the only thing lacking in her blog is a cute design!

The Misadventures Of An Undomestic Goddess

I promise, Leah will not disappoint!
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