28 December 2015

My SLP New Year's Resolutions for 2016

I remember this time last year--getting ready to ring in 2015 and while I was excited, I wasn't sure how great of a year it would be. For the first time, there were no graduations, licenses or other monumental occasions that I knew were coming. Little did I know, it would turn out to be a year of accomplishments!
If you follow me in Instagram, you saw these photos this year--my top 9 photos of 2015! A lot of giveaways, funny e-cards and a cat costume. So you know, typical.

-In September, I ran my first half-marathon alongside my best friend (her 3rd!) This was a huge bucket list check-off for me, especially since I don't consider myself a true runner. I ate the best.breakfast.ever. shortly after this picture ;)

-In November, I got the incredible chance to head to ASHA in Denver (my first solo flight!) and spent the weekend with these 14 incredible fellow bloggers. These ladies are hilarious, smart, wise, and all around good souls. I also got to meet so many of YOU readers at our SLP Blogger Booth, which was the icing on the cake!

I also started a new PRN position at a wonderful pediatric clinic, celebrated one year as a home owner, and the list goes on. So as I sit here 360-some days later, here's my SLP resolution list:

-Put away the data binder more. Yep, you read that right. While data drives everything we do, I want to be more present with my students and hear what they have to say, not just how they say it. My goal is to spend one session a month unbound by my massive pink binder and be all the more intentional with my kiddos.

-Get a handle on paperwork. Especially in the spring, you can find me any given morning writing last minute paperwork (whoops!) for my school caseload of 80 and counting. I'm resolving to have paperwork I need done at least 3 days in advance to save my sanity, and ensure my students have the best documentation and IEPs possible.

-Eliminate the clutter. This is my third school year as an SLP, but I've already collected a hefty stash of speech materials. There may or may not be an entire room in my house I refer to as "the toy room" because it's entire contents are full of materials and toys. I stocked up on any and everything I could get my hands on during grad school and some things I haven't touched since. It's time for quality over quantity (and gaining another room back in my house!).

What are your resolutions for 2016? I'd love to hear them in the comments. Happy New Year!

16 December 2015

SLP Holiday Eats Linky Party!

If there's one thing that's around every holiday season, it's goodies! From carry-ins to family dinners to parties with friends, I spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen. I just sent this message to a few SLP blogger pals the other day:
"HELP. I'm in a cookie exchange with friends and have no clue what to bring!"
Their responses were not only helpful, but delicious! So, in true friend form, we're passing along our go-to recipes that we love during the holidays. 
My treat was first given to me by a former client's family as a Christmas gift...and I instantly asked for the recipe! They're simple, quick, NO-BAKE and are always the first thing gone at staff carry-ins!
Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
1 pkg white chocolate chips
2c mini marshmallows
3c rice cereal
1c peanut butter
1 can (I use significantly less) unsalted peanuts

Melt chocolate chips in a pan over medium heat, then add peanut butter. Once melted & combined, add the rest of the ingredients. Transfer to a greased or lined 9x13 baking dish and let cool.

Voila! If you want a little extra holiday flair, you can add some colored sprinkles ( I was out when I snapped this pic)

Be sure to check out the rest of my blogging pals below for their treat suggestion! Happy eating! 

28 November 2015

Cyber Monday 2015: What's in Your Cart? Linky

It's the most wonderful tiiiiiiiime of the yeeeear! (You can just imagine me singing this sentence to you. But please, give me a good singing voice.)

It's here! Cyber Monday is just around the corner, and not only am I attempting to stock up on gifts, I'm also stocking up my speech room! Nothing eases the winter blues like a whole slew of new materials and activities in speech, for both me and my kiddos!

Sweet Jenna at Speech Room News has yet again put together a great linky that lets you see what's in everyone's cart, to make sure you're not missing out on anything wonderful. Click here to see the whole post.

Here's what you need from my shop:
The newest addition to the "Cut & Go" series books--Christmas and Winter!  These low-prep books teach spatial concepts, vocabulary, following directions and more! Grab them separately, or in a bundle to save money.

Phonological processes are about to get a lot cuter with this winter game you can use until the snow melts.

These completely editable newsletters have been such a hit with my parents this year! They keep my parents informed, and my principal impressed. Win-win. 

Here are some things that are already on MY wish-list:
This Winter Packet from Shannon at Speechy Musings

100 Dots for the Year from Lauren at Busy Bee Speech

Grab n Go WH-questions from Kristine at Live, Love, Speech

This huge Nonfiction Text Bundle from Nicole at Allison's Speech Peeps

Happy Shopping!