Liebster Award Nomination!

Wow, what a nice surprise to find that Amber, from The Teacher Life, sweetly nominated my blog for The Liebster Award!  

What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and to help spread the word about new blogs.

The rules:
*You must post 11 random things about yourself.
*Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
*Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
*Choose 11 blogs you love {with less than 200 followers} and link them in your post.
*No tag back {but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you!}
Here goes...
11 Random Things About Me:
 I am a total foodie!
I love rainy days, especially when I have a good book.
You can't make food too garlicky or too spicy for me.
I daydream about winning the lottery...don't we all?
 My guilty TV pleasure: Real Housewives of New York!
I am a UNC Tar Heel!  
My favorite music genre is Broadway show tunes!
I hate doing yard work - but I love how it looks when it's done.   
My all-time favorite book is The Source by James A. Michener.
I love to play Hangman when I have to wait somewhere.
My children are 26, 23, and 21...
and I worry about them like they were still 6, 3, and 1! 
Questions from The Teacher Life and my answers:

1.)  If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?   I would be a professional volunteer.
2.)  How do you like your coffee?  Sugar and milk!
3.)  Why do you live where you live?  It's where my husband and I grew up.  It's a great place to live.
4.)  What is your best advice for dealing with toddler tantrums?  Calmly distract them.
5.)  Why did you start your blog?  I started my blog because I love to mentor other teachers and this seemed like a way to reach the most individuals.
6.)  What time of day and how long do you usually blog/work on products for TPT or TN?   Early, early morning is my best time, but I have to use evenings, too.
7.)  What is your favorite website/web tool to use with your students?  I really love Discovery Education.
8.)  Where is your favorite place in the world?  Besides home, England!
9.)  What are your passions besides teaching?  My children and husband, cooking, and travel.
  10.) What celebrity can you absolutely not stand?  Tom Cruise. Sorry.
  11.) If you were a singer, who would you be?  Lea Michele from Glee.  What a voice!
Questions for Blogs I'm Nominating:
1.  What's your guilty TV pleasure?
2.  What is your favorite movie of all time?
3.  What is your favorite book of all time? 
4.  What is your favorite holiday and why?
5.  As a teacher, what is a strength of yours?
6.  Describe your favorite dessert.
7.  What describes your home decorating style?
8.  If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be?
9.  What do you hope to receive for your next birthday?
10.  What is something that you learned recently?
11.  What is your favorite subject to teach?  
The 11 Blogs I'm Nominating:

And dont forget that if you were nominated, to come back and comment on this post with a link to your post so I can go and read all about you!
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All Hands-On: Make a DNA Model!

  As part of our genetics studies, we had a parent volunteer to visit our classroom and help us make DNA models.  Our helpful mom briefly explained how the different combinations of all traits come from the DNA strands.
     She supplied students with chenille sticks: full-size ones and some cut into thirds.  We folded two of the short ones together, then attached them to the full-size ones.  Finally, we gave it a gentle twist.    
     It was a great hands-on model of a concept that can be nebulous for kids.
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