My Year in Review

01 January 2016

This year had a few changes for me.   I moved to a new town.  It is this great, small, old town on the south shore of Long Island.  All the houses in this town have character and there are these beautiful lakes a few houses away from me.  I have been enjoying decorating and keeping with the character of my house.  I even started a home decor blog with my friend, Shannon, who lives in the same town.  The blog is not quite ready but our Instagram is up and running (Old_House_Charm).

I was very lucky to find an amazing tenant for my old little house.  I was a little sad to leave it but it is in good hands!  Can you believe all the snow we got last winter?!

I was able to meet up with so many more TpT and blog friends this past year.   

I had a blast working at the 2015 Carson-Dellosa Blogger Summit.  I always love spending time with these lovely ladies and the Carson-Dellosa team are the best to work with.  

The TpT conference is always a blast!

I had a Tri-State Blogger Meet-up at my house!
GoNoodle ask me and my friend, Erica V., to help host a GoNoodle meet-up in NYC.  It was so much fun.   I got to meet Hot Dog!

There was a TpT "un-conference" in NYC this fall.  I learned a lot and had a great time hanging out with these fun ladies. 

I still teach first grade and despite changes in curriculum and the APPR teacher evaluation, I still love what I do.   I have been trying to create math centers to reinforce the concepts in the EngageNY math curriculum.  The kids love centers and they are practicing math skills.  Click on the pictures to check out the packets.

I am trying to finish up my Winter set of math centers!  But...

I really had plans to do so much more this week but life happens.  My little man, Niles, passed on this week.  It was the hardest thing I ever had to do but it was time.  He was 16 years old, blind, had congestive heart failure, and his organs were beginning to shut down.  I held him at the vet's office as he passed on.  He was such a special dog and my heart is broken.   I take peace in the fact that he had a wonderful long life.  

Thanks for checking in with me! I hope you have a great 2016.


  1. I am so sorry about the loss of Niles. Thank you for all that you do. You certainly have given me many wonderful teaching tools. Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

  2. Aww... I'm so sorry to hear about Niles. Having lost beloved pets before, I understand your broken heart. I'll be praying for you, Erica. Take care.

  3. I'm so sorry about Niles.It's never easy to say good-bye to our fur babies. But Niles will always be in your heart and memories. I hope 2016 brings you peace and new loves. Happy New Year.

  4. So sorry to hear about your pup. We just lost our cairn terrier 6 months ago to cancer. Remember you gave him the life most dogs can only dream of. I'm sure another dog will find a place in your heart. Wishing you a great 2016!

    First Grade Lyons' Den

  5. Sorry to hear about Niles! Losing a pup can be hard. I enjoyed looking back at your year in review. Thanks for sharing.

    Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about Niles!! You have such a big heart and Niles will always have a special place in it!! I loved getting to meet you at the TPT Conference in Vegas! Your new home blog should be amazing based on your Instagram :) Wishing you a fabulous 2016!!

  7. I understand how hard it is to lose a beloved pet whom you had loved for 16 years. You were such a loving fur momma and Niles appreciated every act of kindness you gave him. Thanks for making so many resources for my 1st grade kiddos to enjoy! Your Compassion @ Christmas resource was wonderful. I am trying to develop empathy and kindness with my students daily. Many aren't getting these valuable lessons at home.My
    highlight this year was when you posted our picture together from Vegas and noted how sweet and kind I was. Kindness and sweetness are characteristics encouraged by my
    beloved mother. God bless you this year, Erica in all your pursuits in life. Hugs from your #1 So Cal fan!!!!

  8. So sorry to hear about your beloved Niles. I know how much you loved him and he loved you. You gave him such a wonderful life! Sending hugs and prayers for healing.

  9. <3 NIles was an amazing doggy and YOU an even more amazing Dog Mom. You gave him a great life!

    The GoNoodle Meet-up was amazing! So glad we got to bond that night! :-D See you in Rochester, I hope!


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