Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Good morning! I want to share this amazing recipe with you for a dessert called “Eat More Bars.” I have been trying to eat healthy, and this recipe helps. I use honey as the sweetener. I find that it makes a ton and you can freeze the excess. It is good for a potluck since it makes so much! It tastes rich, too.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

School's out...

I am done with grad school for now. So it is time to put my feet up and blog! In two days I have my graduation so we will be hanging out in Texas.

Woo-woo! Mother’s Day is coming up! Shout out to all the great moms and women in the world. I love my mom (hi mom!)

And we are just three, almost two weeks away from a family vacation! We'll also be opening up our pool. Swimming is my favorite thing in the world every summer. I think this will be a summer of fun since I have no classes this summer. Family time is what brings me comfort and joy. What do you have planned for the summer?

I want to work more on my blog. I want to work a little bit outside in our garden. The peas are already coming up like crazy and the strawberries are almost ready! And I think I need more Scrabble in my life. Oh, and pickle juice snow cones! 

Picture/snow cone from Jungle Ice here in Oklahoma!

I also want to show you my glitter wall that makes me so happy!

I even have matching shoes!!!

It took 6 pounds of glitter! And a gallon of glue.

We mixed the glitter into the glue and got the best results using a tool that looked like a trowel-shaped paint brush. We found that a regular paint brush caused drips. It was a true labor of love (but worth it!).

I want to share some pics of what I’ve been up to at the library!

For parachute play, we went to outer space and visited all the planets! I had the children put balloons in the middle of the parachute and those were our planets. A big red ball was added as the sun. 

During a different story time the little ones made The Very Hungry Caterpillar hats after I read the flannel board version of the story to them!

Here's my table with some props.

This is the parent table near the entrance/exit. I put program flyers, coloring pages related to our theme, books to encourage check out, parent handouts on how to do learning activities at home, and a sign in sheet.

This is my wall of  songs (so parents can sing along with the little ones) and parachute cards.

Mother's Day is coming up and we did a pop-up program where kids could decorate clay flower pots for Mother's Day. Then they added soil and flowers!
It was a HUGE success.

Friday, May 4, 2018

I don't know...I wouldn't want to meet this team in the dark. But I think it would make for an awesome children's book!!

Friday, April 27, 2018

New site, who dis?

Hello Friends!!! I have another site for librarians and educators about storytelling!!!
Please bookmark it and show it some love! I will add to it from time to time, too.

 Once Upon a Storytelling

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Getting Ready for K and 1st!!!

Download this wonderful FREE handout for parents made by Tara West. The nice thing is that they are editable! You can use them as a teacher or a librarian!

Monday, April 9, 2018

I've been told...

by a very sweet little girl at the library that I look like Kirsten Vangness? I'll take it!

tina winkle stay magical

Friday, April 6, 2018

FRIyay funYAY time!!!

If you are a new reader, most Fridays (unless I get super busy with grad school work, or work work) I post funny and/or inspirational stuff I find online. It is mainly book humor and teacher humor (former teacher here), but also some life stuff thrown in. Enjoy the ride that is FriYay FunYay!

tina winkle stay magical