Image Map

Spring has Sprung! (A Jamberry Party and TPT FREEBIE!)

06 April 2014

As I'm writing this the last few hours of my first school spring break as an SLP are winding down. I've spent a good chunk of the week visiting friends around the state, unwinding, and regaining a little sanity :) This next week, I'm back in full-on SLP mode. (Although I never really turned it off--let's get real.)
What better way to transition into a routine again than by throwing a party!

If you follow me on Instagram, you've no doubt seen a few pictures that I've posted like these.
Fancy fingernail fun courtesy of Jamberry!
What's Jamberry you ask? Fun nail wraps that come in all kinds of patterns, colors, and designs. They are all natural and don't do a single bit of harm to your nail quality during or after use. Simply heat, stick, and trim! If you can place a sticker, you can have fab fingers. Here are a few of my current favs:


They are worth their salt, too. Mine last about 2 weeks and believe me--mine are up against nightly dishwashing, frequent typing, you name it. Jamberry also last up to about 4 weeks on your toes, which is going to make my summer SO much easier. A whole sheet gives you about 2 full manicures/pedicures and is way cheaper than hitting the salon!

I love them all so much that Jenn from Crazy Speech World, one of the awesome SLP Jamberry consultants, is helping me throw my own Jamberry party this week! Over on Facebook, there will be games, FREEBIES, and a whole lot of jammin fun this week.

So how does this involve you? Easy!
1- Head over to my Facebook party here. Click "join" and party on all week!
2. Not a Facebook fan? Use this link to head straight to my online party on the Jamberry site. Place your order and select "Rachel's ONLINE Jamberry Party" before you check out.
3. Place your order, then e-mail me! (Link to the right, below my picture). I'll send you one of three spring-y TPT items from my store as a "thanks".
4. That's it!

This good deal only lasts until 4/11/14 at 10pm,so what's the wait? Looking forward to partying with you!

Tricks of the Trade Blog Hop!

10 March 2014

I'm so excited to be a part of this newest blog hop! If there is one thing I am short on, it is TIME. Between 3 elementary schools and a caseload of 90 kiddos Pre-K thru 5th grade, my days (and nights!) are usually booked pretty darn tight.
Well the good news is I'm not alone.....and neither are you! A whole slew of us are getting together to tell you which time savers help us stay a little more sane.

If you're new to the Blog Hop scene, here's how it works. You read through all 16 blog posts and collect a letter/word from each blog. Put them all together to create a phrase that you enter on Allison's Speech Peeps site (in the Rafflecopter box). You will then be entered to win one of three prizes:
-1 $50 TPT Gift Certificate
-1 of 2 $15 TPT Gift Certificates
You'll also hopefully come away with a whole lot of new, great idea.

I love my iPad, and so do my kiddos. What I don't love is keeping my data sheets,making sure little fingers aren't wandering outside of the app we're working with, making sure everyone is engaged, AND making good use of our short sessions together. Enter data tracking apps!

These apps are by NO means replacements for my trusty data packets each kiddo has in their own folder, but when I'm moving and working with my students in a therapy session, they are a forever life saver. These apps I use one of two way: raw data collecting and app-specific data collecting.
Raw Data Collection
These apps keep non-specific data tucked nice and safe inside the app for each individual you treat. Here are a few I like:
Super Duper Data Tracker
$1.99  iPhone, iPad

Therapy Report Center
Free, iPad only

Specific Data
 Many apps from speech therapy-related developers such as Smarty Ears, Super Duper, Inc., and PocketSLP have data collection directly inside their apps. This not only keeps data for me to go back later and review, but it also helps my students monitor themselves and see their own data and progress. These data reports can often times be e-mailed straight from your device, which is a real time saver when communicating with parents/principals/teachers. No forgotten reports left on the printer, not to mention saved paper.

Now that you've read through my thoughts, here is your letter for stopping by! Use the buttons below to go back to Lauren at Busy Bee Speech's blog (the first stop) or on to Speech Room News's post. Happy Hopping!

Gripcase iPad Case--Review & Giveaway!

26 February 2014

I have been so stinking anxious to write this post.
Awhile back, I got to chatting with the great folks over at Gripcase. (They're super nice.) They told be about this really great sale they're running, and as a school SLP, I wanted to do whatever I could to be a part of it.
(photo courtesy of
For every Gripcase iPad case that you purchase, you get to choose a school to receive another iPad case. Fo' free. How awesome is that?! Spending my weeks in three high-poverty elementary schools I will be the first one to tell you that there is ZERO money in the budget for quality "extras" like iPad cases in the gen ed setting not to mention special ed.
I'm such a ninny about how safe my iPad stays I don't have to mention the anxiety I get when I see other teachers' devices get strewn about without much thought by kiddos. So you get a great case, your school gets a great case. I love it.

The other day, this green beauty arrived on my doorstep.
(Hello fingerprints! You can't tell me your device looks any better after a day of therapy.)
Gripcases are available for iPad 2 -4, (I use a 2) iPad Air, as well as iPad mini. They come in a pretty assortment of colors and the color of my case was quite true to what I saw on the site.
Here's why I love this:
-It's lightweight. Working between three schools the less bulk I carry the better! The case is a light foam material--not a lot of mass, but a whole lot of durable. It's also light enough for my kids to pass around group, or my students with low muscle tone to handle with ease.
Width of the entire case, with my finger (and awesome Jamberry nails!) as a reference.

-All around handles. No matter how kids grab at my device, they've always got a handle to hold. It also is nice for whatever orientation my device screen happens to be in.
-Durability. This case is tough! The foam material wipes off easily and bite marks (don't ask) disappear in a matter of minutes. You didn't know this had once been bit, did you? :)
-Convenience. A nice little slot for volume and mute is still on the side but not easily flipped on accident or by curious hands. I can also charge it while it's still in the case, which is a huge bonus.

When placed on a table face down, my screen never touches the surface thanks to the handles and a raised area right around the edge of the device screen. The same goes for the back--the actual device back is exposed, but doesn't come into contact with hard surfaces when it's laid down. The only real drawback to this case is that while my screen is safe laying down, it is still exposed when I place it in my work bag, which makes me nervous.
All in all, I love it. Light, convenient, stays in one place, and durable as all get out.

Gripcase is giving one of YOU the chance to win one of these gems! Simply use the widget below to enter. But hurry, you only have a week! Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Gripcase was provided for completion of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.