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I am so excited about this post. And before you read any further, just know that this is NOT a sponsored post. I found Zazzle just a few weeks when researching possible sticker options for the studio and have been a little obsessed ever since.

My phone has been living in one of my most heinous Otter boxes imaginable. Mainly because when I bought my Samsung Galaxy 3 this fall (woohoo Virgin Mobile prepaid cell phones!) it was the only Otter Box still available for such an old phone. HA! After lunching with a dear friend that’s way cooler and hipper than I am, I realized that it was just unacceptable. Totally joking of course, I know this is not a real issue in life, but I did think a new case might be fun. I ordered one just to see how it turned out and was blown away! I can’t believe the quality–so good.

I have not been painting much the past couple of years. It’s something I need to get back into. While living in Norway and Edinburgh I got a little obsessed with it. I have digital files of all that work and it translates very well into phone covers. Who knew!?

Each of these photos is linked to its listing on my Zazzle store. Go take a look! They are available on many, many different kinds of cases for a wide variety of smartphones and tablets. You are also in control of aligning the image and zooming in and out.

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The possibilities are endless with this site. I kind of get overwhelmed thinking about all them. If you like these or want to design something of your own, head to my store on Zazzle.

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excuse me while I love this blog

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So, I found Sara Cornelius’ illustrated food blog awhile ago. Then completely forgot about it. Not her though, I’ve keep tabs on instagram, but somehow missed most of her feed?!

Whatever, we all know I’m a mess when it comes to organizing social media. Anywho, when she posted a beautiful illustration yesterday, I was reminded of her great blog. After reading an fantastic post of podcast recommendations, right when I’m needing new podcasts, I knew I had to do a post on her blog, Cake over Steak. 

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It’s unique, beautiful, and aligned directly with my tastes. I feel like a total goober for forgetting about it!

Please forgive me Sara, you are awesome and I’ve added you to my Feedly. I await more posts…eagerly.

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top places I’d like to travel

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This photo was taken my junior year of college a few months before leaving for my study abroad.

Picking places I’d like to travel is not at all hard. There are only a handful of places I would not like to go. While I loved loved loved it, Europe is pretty much taken care of at this point.

So here’s my top three as of right now:

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I would love to go to the Ashtanga Institute in Mysore, India. Not sure it will ever happen, but I would jump at the chance. I love this map from UK based illustrator Holly Wales. She’s great!

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Funnily enough, the next two destinations are right here in the US. I would love to see the many unbelievable national parks in Utah.

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And like I said a few posts back, I would love to see California.

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San Francisco, Big Sur, the Redwoods. All on my list.
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this week in the elementary library

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Since last week was basically none existent for me at work…I had a different sub every day! Which means this morning I found the library in the state pictured above. Whoa. Things get a little crazy around this time. In two weeks we’ve got fall break, everyone’s burned out and coughing.

No better time than to start on our spooky Halloween read alouds. Kids love spooky stuff. I don’t read anything truly scary, but things with a subtle level of creep. Started with Lemony Snicket’s The Dark today.

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This book came out last year and it became an immediate favorite with all my library patrons. We love it’s playful language and Jon Klassen’s illustrations are always amazing. The kids always know them from other favorites like I Want My Hat Back and Extra Yarn. One of my favorite things about Klassen’s illustrations is the color palette. Not the typical colors used in children’s books…they are muted, earth tones most of the time, but it works.

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If you want to read this alongside another book, I suggest I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll. That’s what we’re doing this week and the two pair very well together.

 

this week in the elementary library…

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I always read this one to first grade in September. I’m a devout Chris Van Allsburg fan. I love anything and everything he does and this one, The Stranger, is particularly weird and wonderful. It’s about the coming of fall without being corny and literal. It’s bizarre and amazing.

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I suggest reading it to 25+ six year olds and then ask hem what they think happened…the answers can be priceless.

 

 

 

this week in the elementary library…

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We’ll still loving our picture book biographies in third grade. This week it’s time to learn about…The Beatles. WAH!

I love this biography of John Lennon, John’s Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier. The illustrations are strewn with lyrics, which is always nice.

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To enhance the experience, I’ve been showing Ed Sullivan clips along with other fun Beatles videos.

I love my job, but a little part of me dies every time a kid says gleefully that Big Time Rush (who? what?!) is better than The Beatles. HA! They were trying to get me and they did.

this week at the elementary library…

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Such a sweet book this week. This week I’m reading (among other bear books, Corduroy and Baby Bear) Otto the Book Bear to kindergarten.

It’s a wonderful celebration of books and libraries in general. Otto is a little bear who “lives in a book on shelf in a house.” He gets left behind and has to find a new home in the big city library. It’s just sweet and lovely.ottothebookbear
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