Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tried It Tuesday: Timers and a Healthy Shake

Hello teaching friends, hope this Tuesday evening finds you doing well! I am excited about linking up again with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for this week's Tried It Tuesday link

This week I want to tell you about some awesome stopwatches I was so lucky to win in a giveaway on Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge
My boys loved opening this package with me, they were the first to test them out and all were successful (4-8 yrs old).
Christine had reviewed the stopwatches for Learning Resources and was granted a set of 6 to giveaway. You can read Christina's review here.  
After reading her review, I knew they would be perfect for my kiddos. We do weekly reading fluency and are working on daily math fluency; I knew they would be used frequently.  
In a busy classroom simple tools can be better! They are bright, have only 3 buttons (stop, go, and clear) - no more, "How does this work?" which means, no more wasted time!
My students love them and strive to receive this timer instead of the "old" ones.  
Unfortunately, after I distributed them we discovered that 2 did not work. 
I thought that maybe the thingy you pull out from the back did not come out all the way, My hubs took them apart for me and he showed me that something in the timer just was not working. 
I emailed Learning Resources about the issue and a representative contacted me immediately. All I had to do was email a copy of my packing slip to her and within 2 days I received replacements of the 2 broken timers. My customer service experience is really what sealed the deal for me. The ease of replacing the broken timers and the apologetic nature really let me know they were a company worth purchasing from. 
If you are looking for some stopwatches, I highly recommend them! If you run in to trouble with one of their products I recommend you contact them through their website, they will help you. 

I have mentioned that one of my resolutions this year is to take better care of myself. I am sticking strong to it. I finished my 4th day of T25 today and I feel good. My best teaching buddy and I have been talking about other ways to take care of ourselves and drop some of the pounds we have picked up over the last few years. Over the weekend she downloaded the Weight Watchers app and I may join her. Until then, we are sharing tips on better/healthier eating. 
School can be stressful and eating healthy is not always easy when the schedule fills up and you have a million things to do, so I wanted to fill up my arsenal with some easy yet filling options. 
I decided to try some Special K protein shakes as an option for lunch or on days when I forget to eat breakfast and end up starving. I am not a diet drink gal so I was not sure it would be for me. Well, after just one drink, I am hooked. 

I tried the chocolate mocha and I just have to say, YUM! I love coffee and the flavor of the shake was delicious, tasted like a coffee shop treat. It was filling and I was not hungry until after I got home (and that was even after a T25 session). 
If you like coffee, are looking for something to keep back hunger, I recommend stashing some in your desk. 
It is tough to make life changes, but it is worth it. Having supportive friends really helps. I love the rallying effort of all the teachers in our approach to be more healthy in 2014! 
Do you have any products you would recommend for school or sticking to resolutions? How are you doing with your 2014 goals?  
Looking for some more tried its? There are some great posts already linked up, don't forget to check them out.  
Thanks to Holly for hosting the party! 
Happy Tuesday to you! 
(I did not receive money for either product review, nor was I asked to write these reviews. But if either company wants to send me money, I am all for it! Ha ha! )


  1. YOU GO GIRL! I'm so very proud of you! I ate cauliflower crusted "pizza" tonight. It was really yummy. Jerm and I both created Pinterest boards with healthy recipes that seem to be helping some. On day two of juicing again, but I had to add in some "food". This is tough, but it is so much easier knowing others are going through the same thing! I'll have to try those Special K shakes! Happy Tuesday! XOX
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Those stopwatches look great! Kudos to you on sticking to your resolutions. I just recently started drinking protein shakes and just ordered an organic version-Sunwarrior Blend. I haven't tried it yet but I love the "full" feeling from the shake and it's much better than what I would eat in its place! Keep up the awesome work!! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Congratulations on winning the timers. I need to get better with fluency practice, so I will have to look into these. Thank you for sharing, and congratulations for sticking to your resolutions!

    Fit to be Fourth


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