Saturday, March 29, 2014

HOLY, Holy Grails

And no, I am not talking about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I think when I was 13 I saw one scene with a rabid rabbit and never looked at the Easter Bunny the same again.

My holy grail items, products, apps, what have you not, are things that I simply can NOT live without. Well, I mean I can, but life would be a lot less fabulous without these things. Today I am going to let you peek into my lair of holy grails and show you a glimpse of two things that will just make your life down right fantastic.

Just picture the M&M's Christmas commercial with Santa...

 "What?! He does exist?" -M&M "WHAT? THEY DO EXIST?!" -Santa. 


The voyage for a perfectly opaque pink nude can take a lady ages, and I mean ages to discover. Look no further women of the interwebs - meet "Romper Room," by Essie. 

This dream polish applied completely opaque in 2 coats, unlike the other 10 pinky nude polishes I own. Not too pink, not too nude, I know... you are getting chills aren't you!? This gem is part of Essie's new spring collection - haul out to your local Walgreens, CVS, or Target and GET ALL UP IN this bottle of gold - you'll thank me now AND later.  :)

Could I say pink and nude anymore times? I think not.

Alright, alright, now that my fangirl moment of a dang bottle of nail lacquer is over I'll scoot on to my actual profession - teaching. With 12 iPads in my classroom full of projects on projects on projects of 25 students - management can be, well, a beast. Unless you have your right hand man... Sir Dropbox. He is a fancy man I tell ya. After a couple years of touch and go with this baby I am going to share with you some of my top tips for using Dropbox in your classroom.

It is a big fat lovely tech CLOUD for all of your student work. After lots of trial and error with this app, I have found letting students have and manage their own folders of work is key. They keep everything they are currently working on in their own folders by first name. When I want them to turn something in I create a folder with that assignment name and bada-bing-bada-boom, I grade them all on my one iPad. Here is a handy dandy bookmark to keep on hand so students can remember the username and password. 

Holy grails make me happy. And we all should...

Even if... and ESPECIALLY if it is painting our nails, laughing, learning, and teaching. 


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