Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 2015 Currently & 1 Year Blog Anniversary!

It's July?  My goodness, the summer is going so fast.  I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for my second July Currently.  Thanks for hosting, Farley!

Listening: I'm on the porch listening to my hubby mow the lawn, while watching my kiddos play in their sandbox.  Having a little down time for a quick blog post is my kind of start to the morning. 
Loving: I'm am absolutely loving the idea of being in Las Vegas for my very first TpT Conference next week!  Back in March, I decided to venture out and learn from the best TpT *teacherprenuers* out there.  
At the time I registered, I didn't know anyone attending the conference.  Since the week of the conference will be my 7th wedding anniversary, my hubby decided to go to Vegas with me to support my teacher endeavors, while extending the stay for a mini anniversary vacation.  Woohoo!  However, after a fun Chicago Blogger Meet Up this past weekend, I'll be meeting up with a small group of new friends at the Venetian.  I can't wait!
Thinking: I can't believe it's been a year since I started up Literacy Loving Gals!  Today is my 1 year blog anniversary.  Shall I say, Blogiversary?  Last year, on July 1st, I attended a blogging PD hosted by Michelle over at BigTime Literacy.  During the PD, I linked up for the very first time with Farley for July Currently.  I also began Michelle's BigTime Blogging Challenge, which she just started again today!  I've learned so much from those in the social media world and have met some very talented people through blogging.  I'm glad I took the step to attend the PD and enter the Blogosphere! 

Wanting: Relaxation and reading are hard to come by, since I'm busy with the kids swimming, painting, camping and so on.  I wouldn't change my time with the family for the world, but it certainly would be nice to have a little more relaxation in the sun.  I have a feeling I'll get to do that next week, since my parents will have the kids while my hubby and I are in Vegas! :)

Needing: Ugh, I'm needing to pack, but I have no idea what to put in my luggage.  My friend is in Las Vegas right now and warns me the weather is in the hundreds even in the middle of the night. Yeowza!  However, every restaurant or indoor area is freezing cold because of the air condition.  I guess I'll just pack some sundresses, swimsuits and sweaters! ;)

All Star: I'm an All-Star addict... of learning, that is.  I love seeking out new strategies and techniques to make me a better qualified Reading Specialist.  I can't help myself.  Perusing blogs, attending conferences, reading and retweeting articles on Twitter, etc. is nearly a constant in my life.  I am currently reading Jennifer Serravallo's The Reading Strategies Book and will be hosting a Book Study with the #ReadingStrategiesCrew.  It starts August 3rd right here on Literacy Loving Gals!  
Anyway, I swore to my husband, I'd take time to relax and let loose a little for our anniversary spent in Las Vegas.  He really wants to go to visit the Pawn Stars shop.  Of course, on my vacation I'll still be learning at the TpT conference (because I'm an addict of learning).  I guess I'll be getting the best of both worlds. :)

Happy July!


  1. Congratulations on your 1 year blogging anniversary! Mine is coming up soon too in August! Maxi skirts are great for vegas because they are breezy when you are outside in the hot weather but like a blanket on your legs when you are inside in the cool air conditioned rooms! And I usually wear a loose t-shirt/tank with a cardigan and carry a big bag so that I can just throw my cardigan in my bag if I'm outside ;) Hope you have a blast in Vegas! Wish I was going!!

    A Pinch of Kinder

    1. Oooh, thanks for the clothing tips for Vegas, Yukari! Brilliant! I have tons of Maxi dresses and a few Maxi skirts, too. :) Congrats on your upcoming blog anniversary!

  2. Hi Colleen,
    I have to admit I am a little jealous that you are going to Vegas! Have a wonderful time! I love the Pawn is a little guilty pleasure show that I can watch while working so I don't really have to pay attention. :)

    1. I've never been to the TpT Conference in Vegas, so I'm really looking forward to it! I bet you'll be there next year, and if so, maybe we can meet! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Lauren! :)

  3. I am SO jealous that you are going to Vegas!! My husband and I just went in May so it wasn't in the budge to go again. We LOVE Vegas. I highly suggest the High Roller - the views are amazing! Batista's Hole in the Wall in a great, not well known place for dinner - good Italian food for a great price (and BOTTOMLESS wine!!) :)

    1. THANK YOU for the awesome Vegas suggestions, Natalie! Bottomless wine certainly has a nice sound to it! LOL! I follow you on Instagram. I'm @litlovegal1. :) Happy July!

  4. Happy Blogiversary! A learning addict--I love that descriptor, it could be me also. My Reading Strategies book should be here by tomorrow night. I CANNOT wait to read along with the book study. Hope you found some time to relax!!

    1. Thank you, Alyce! I can't believe it's been a year, since we were participating in Michelle's Blogging Challenge! When you receive your copy of The Reading Strategies Book, you'll instantly fall in love with it! :)


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