I'm Back!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hello there world!

This is the longest break I have ever taken from my blog, facebook page and creating products. 
 Let me tell you a bit about what I have been up to in no particular order: 
My little baby Hula Moo turned one this past week. Isn't she just adorable! 
My sister Tessa is getting MARRIED in October! My mom and I threw her a tea themed bridal shower, which was a ton of fun.
I live a mere 3 miles from the beach! I have been trying to get out of my house and down to see the sunset as much as possible!
I spent the 4th Of July visiting my family in San Jose, CA. Our neighborhood has a parade and then a BBQ. My mom and I worked the food station together all day.
oh you better believe I play Pokemon Go! My friend Brittany and I went out to a local park and look at all the grown-ups with their heads in their phones! Us included!
I visited my sister up in Redondo Beach and I tried Boba for the first time. Still not sure if I like it or not.
My sister moved to Redondo Beach about a year ago, so for her birthday I bought us both Annual Passes to Disneyland! We had a blast and I can't wait to go again! 

My husband and I took a week long trip to Laughlin, NV, Grand Canyon National Park, Sedona AZ and then back home! It was fun to travel the Southwest, see new sites and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. 


After presenting at CSHA in April, I think Felice Clark (The Dabbling Speechie) and I have caught the presentation bug. We submitted and were accepted to present at ASHA 2016 in Philadelphia! Come see us Thursday at 3:00pm- Practical Tips for Managing your Prek-5 caseload (AKA How to Maintain Your Sanity)

I also have a few new jobs.  Yes, a few

I left my job of 6 years at Pioneer to change things up a bit! I will still be working for the same district, but I will be completely switching gears and working with Severely Handicapped students. 

I will also be the SLP Facilitator for my district (2 days a week). Which means I get to help all the new SLPs we hired. I will travel around supporting SLPs with caseloads, providing professional development and really anything else they need me for. 

 I finished up teaching my first online class for California State University of San Marcos (CSUSM) on Cultural Issues in Education this past Spring. I have to say I LOVED it. So, this coming fall I will be teaching a live class for 16 weeks on Language Acquisition!

This summer I am supervising the second year of the Bilingual Preschool Clinic, it's my favorite! I will be posting soon about everything we have done in the short 5 week summer clinic! Stay tuned!

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Winter In SoCal Blog Hop and Freebies!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I am thrilled to be part of a blog hop with other Southern California Bloggers. I usually stick to my Speech Language Pathology groups, but branching out is fun. I enjoy collaborating with teachers as it reminds me to get into the classroom more!

This winter I mostly stayed home until.... 

The #MBSoCalMeetup! If you haven't joined a local TpT group, either go find or start your own ASAP! Why? You get to meet new TpT friends, we were also able to meet TpT staff that flew out from New York (even with the blizzard!) 

This was my 3rd TpT meet-up. It is great to see familiar faces as well as meet some new friends. Doesn't hurt to leave with prizes and TpT swag! ❤️

Here are some pictures:
Me and my sister enjoying time together after the meet-up! 

FREEBIE! Seeing as I live in Southern California and with the ever popular Frozen, I made a freebie about what snowmen do in summer!

It includes a sheet for students to imagine what their snowman would do in the summer time.As well as some questions for discussion with your class. The great thing about this freebie is you can use it in Winter or Summer!!

This short packet also includes an idea page for 2 books you could purchase: 
A Day In the Sun
(Also available for Kindle for 1.99). 
Don't have $$$ for books? Search youtube for "In Summer" or purchase the song from the Frozen soundtrack. Read the lyrics with your groups and brainstorm things snowmen can do in summer! 

Click below to snag the winter freebie! 

Queen's Speech & A Grace Filled Classroom!!!!

Hop on over to the next blog A Grace Filled Classroom by click the button below! 
A Grace-Filled Classroom

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In 2016 I'll try...

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Frenzied SLPs wanted to share something we are willing try to make our work lives better this year! 

Lately I have been finding that I am not as prepared as I normally am. Not even with blogging!  Things are a mess in my office,  papers everywhere, missing plans, late on sessions! Trying to keep up is hard! 


I have always been the kind of person who needs to stay ridiculously busy! 

2016 will find me...
1. Full time Speech Language Pathologist  preschool-5th grade

2. Adjunct Professor for California State University of San Marcos! Something I thrilled to try out! 

3. Supervisor for a graduate intern two times a week 

4. Presenting at the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association Convention in April 

5. On the committee for revising the Clinical Severity Rating Scales for San Diego County 

6. Bridesmaid in April, Maid of Honor in October. 

7. Trip to Seattle in January!

8. TpT Meet Up in January and visiting my sister in LA 

9. Crocheting all of the yarn all of the time! This is a favorite past time of mine. 

Thus in an effort to be more prepared, I am keeping a better daily calendar. I want to set aside time to bundle blog posts and new TpT products. Honestly it will not be easy to keep up this year, so don't worry if I disappear for a while! I may just be working on other things!

Here is to a year of being prepared and finding balance! Cheers!


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Thankful and Grateful Blog Hop

Sunday, November 8, 2015

I am so thankful to be a member of The Frenzied SLPs! The amount of support I receive from this fabulous group of women is amazing. They inspire me every single day. Talk about inspirational, right!? 
The Frenzied SLPs are taking a break from our regularly scheduled linky party to bring you a scavenger hunt style blog hop where we will share our thankful and grateful stories while inviting you to participate in our giveaway. Exciting! 

Three lucky winners will be chosen to each receive a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card and a $10 Starbucks gift card.

Here is how you can participate:
1. Read each Thankful and Grateful post from The Frenzied SLPs!
2. Collect the character at the bottom of each post. Don't forget to write down
the characers in order to reveal the secret phrase.
3. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of any post by entering the phrase.
4. Visit The Frenzied SLPs Facebook Page for an extra entry.
5. Three winners will be chosen after the rafflecopter closes on 11/13/2015.

What am I thankful for? A community of SLPs from all over the world that are willing to support and share ideas with each other. We have such a small field, that is difficult for most to understand. It's nice to have other people who understand and "get it". 

I am grateful for my school district, my students, my intern, my coworkers, my principal. Things where I work have been so much better this year. I could not be happier. Thank you for following this blog, while lacking in posts lately....I have been living my glorious life. I appreciate each and every one of you who read this and support my TpT store. 


You found the last clue! Now hop back to the first blog!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Vlogging and blogging too!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Holy moly! The last time I blogged was almost 2 months ago? 
Is it just me or it is really hard to find time to blog?

Speaking of that....

I also have a brand new product!

If you want to check it out before you buy! Check out the freebie! 

Have a Happy Halloween! 

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Surviving the First Week

Monday, August 10, 2015

Our second linky is all about surviving your fist week back at work.
Checking off your to-do list!

For me the beginning of the year is overwhelming because there is so much to get done! Where do you even start? AND my first day is TODAY! ACK!!

What I have done to be less "frenzied" is pick on are to focus on related to my students, myself and one that is related to parents/teachers.

This year with my students, my focus will be on lesson planning ahead of time. Last year it was data collection. I plan on filling out a weekly sheet that outlines what I will do and develop my theme units more this way!

I also pick an area of speech and language to focus on with CEUs to become more of an "expert" in that area In past years I have focused on voice disorders, fluency, selective mutism, ASD and articulation. Usually it depends on what type of students are on my caseload each year. I tend to pick on that I feel like I need some brushing up on!

With parents and teachers, I want to focus on communicating more. It can be hard to pull yourself out of the so called "speech cave". We get caught up with therapy and paperwork and forget to reach out and communicate. If we communicate more teachers and parents will have a better understanding of what we do and we will not longer be the, "mystery speech teacher".  Hoping to set a goal of biweekly communication with teachers.

Hope this helped you select a focus for your year, Happy Back to School!

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The Frenzied SLPs and SLP Strong

Monday, July 27, 2015

Welcome to the new Frenzied SLPs and #SLP Strong Linky Party! We are excited to be bringing you ideas and inspiration every other week, on becoming #SLPStrong Together. 

When I think about this summer it's difficult for me to pick just one thing I learned to talk about. So I picked three and used "Think, Learn and Love" as my inspiration.

1. Think- During the school year I am so busy that I don't have much time to think. If you have noticed, I have been taking a break from creating TpT products. I wanted to enjoy some time to process what direction I wanted to take Queen's Speech.  I am sure I am not the only one who forgets to "stop and smell the roses" and just think for a minute about where we are and what we are doing. It's been nice to have a little bit of time off to enjoy LIFE! However, I promise I am back on the TpT game and I am updating some products for back to school. Be on the lookout!

2. Learn- I have learned so much this summer that I don't even know where to begin!  I had 3 weeks off in June and in July I began a new venture in my life of becoming a clinical supervisor for California State University of San Marcos. We started up a brand new Bilingual Preschool Clinic through a local hospital. I supervised three graduate school clinicians and we provided therapy services for 25 students.

  • I learned the 2.5 hours is a long time for a preschooler to attend and we had to get creative with our clinic schedule to keep them busy.
  • I learned that a sensory bin can keep kids entertained, talking, and turn-taking for a long time! 
  • I learned to be open, honest and listen. Being quiet and watching, I learned so much from my students. They were oh-so creative! I will share some great ideas for therapy that they used. 
  • I learned that I have more clinical skills and ideas to share than I thought. I have been an SLP for 6 years and sometimes doubt my ability. 
  • I learned that I really enjoy supervising! It's challenging and fun to give back to others. I have supervised CF's, second year graduate clinicians, clinicians going into their second year and next year I will have a first year. If you haven't tried supervising, I suggest you take the leap. 

3. Love- I learned to "treat yo' self". If you have watched me on periscope (@queenspeechslp), I talk a bit about my new venture into yoga and how it helps relieve my stress and anxiety.

  • Yin is a type of yoga (opposite of Yang style) where you hold postures for 3-5 minutes or longer. Most exercises stretches really, are completed on the floor in seated or lying postures. 
  • The focus is meditative in nature, you participate in breathing patterns that help you relax.
  • My favorite instructor also uses essential oils to boost the relaxation. My favorite have been lavender and rosemary. 
  • I find that having a 60 minute session set aside after work and not having to do anything other than breathe, has been very life changing. It slows down your thoughts and makes you realize that everything is going to be okay. Work is work. My life and my happiness are important. 
  • My anxiety has diminished and I find myself yearning to go to more and more yoga classes! Just for the hour of quiet relaxation.
What Did You Learn This Summer? 

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