Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday Made It and a FREEBIE!

The other day I was thinking about how I want my desks arranged in my 7th grade classroom. Traditional rows, cooperative pairs of two, U-shape, groups of four???? I finally decided that I want groups! I may keep them in pairs of two for the first month, but then groups it is!

After I got to thinking, I realized I only had a set of primary color caddies that I used for Kindergarten. These would definitely not work in my junior high classroom! I chose black, neon green, and blue as my classroom colors, so I went out and searched for lime green and blue caddies. I searched, searched, and searched and couldn't find any! I tried Lakeshore, Hobby Lobby, and my local teacher supply and I got the same response from everyone..."I'm sorry...we had some, but a teacher came in and purchased all of them." Ugh! Teachers! Lol. It's only July 8th people! I thought I still had time before teacher stuff started selling out! Apparently not! Anyway, after no success a light bulb went off! I forgot to check at Mardel. I quickly pulled up the webpage, clicked on the lime green caddy and saw the message "These are currently out of stock online. Check with your local Mardel." I grabbed the phone to call my local store just 10 minutes from me and she said they were all out. I gave up after that...until the next morning. Duh! This is Houston, they have more than one location! I called a store 58 miles from me and talked to the most helpful sales associate. She checked for me and found 5 lime green caddies and 3 blue ones! That's all they had left and she put them on hold for me! What a saint! I jumped in my car and battled rush-hour Houston traffic and nearly 2 hours later I was there!

Here they are!

In the midst of me looking for the caddies for several days, I created labels to go on them that depict famous authors and poets, a famous quote and a picture. Instead of calling out table 1, 2, etc, now I'll be saying Shakespeare table, Twain table, etc. How perfect is that for an ELA classroom?! It's probably the best idea I've had all summer!  

This is what they look like:

As soon as I got home last night from Mardel I grabbed some scissors, Mod Podge, and a foam
 brush and went to work on my #mondaymadeit. They came out great! 

Look at how AwEsOMe they are!

These look so great that I couldn't resist sharing them with you guys! Click on the picture below to claim yours! Please show me some love on TPT and leave feedback! :)

Enjoy! :)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July Currently

I'm so excited to link up with Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade for the very first time!

Here goes July Currently:

Listening - I'm watching The Haves and the Haves Not. It's seriously the only show I make a point to watch each week. It's just the best. show. ever. There's so many plot twists you just never know what's going to happen! I'm catching up on the last two episodes since I was on my cruise...which was 7 days in paradise I might add. :)

Loving - I started my Advocare 24 Day Challenge on Tuesday, July 1st and as of today I've lost 5 lbs! Did you hear me?! 5 lbs in 4 days! I'm so excited! Going on two cruises in the past two months made me gain 10 pounds! If you've never experienced a cruise before the food is unlimited! Pizza, lobster, ice cream...oh my! Anyway, I'm excited to see my results after the last 18 days of the challenge! I was so excited after the first day of the challenge, I decided to become an Advocare distributor! If you're interested in trimming down before the school year and having more energy, please visit my website by CLICKING HERE.

Thinking - I just have 28 days of summer left! Not even an entire 28 days. I have to want to go in 2 weeks early to get my classroom ready!

Here's how my August schedule looks:

1st week - Reading Training, 5 days
2nd week - New to District Teacher Training, 4.5 days
3rd week - PD/In-service for all teachers, 5 days
August 25 - School Starts

Now you see why I have to go in 2 weeks from now. I have virtually no time in August to do anything in my classroom, with the exception of a half day during the second week.

Needing - I really need some ELA materials! My favorite local teacher supply is having their annual summer blowout on July 12. They are offering 25% off everything and all kinds of freebies like desk calendars, tote bags filled with goodies, FOOD (which I don't need)! Lol. I'm patiently waiting for this day!

4th Plans - Nothing special. Same old, same old. When you live in Texas there's BBQ for every occasion, even Christmas. Okay, maybe not Christmas, but we Texans love our BBQ! When I say "we" I mean "them" because I don't like BBQ and I hardly ever eat any. Lol.

Blog Reveal and a Giveaway!

I would like to thank Courtney at Blogs Fit For a Queen for designing my blog! Don't let the name fool you...she's skilled at designing blogs that are fit for a king too! She's so amazing...maybe she should just change her name to "Blogs Fit For Royalty." Haha...ok, I'm just kidding about the name, but she does have amazing talent. I told her my favorite colors were green and blue and I wanted my blog to have some lockers on it and BAM! She created this spectacular design personalized just for me! She is super fast! Submitted my blog order on June 19 and as of July 1 my blog was designed, installed, and ready to go! She also patiently dealt with all of my novice blogger questions. Lol. Check out her portfolio by clicking on the button below! Courtney is so talented and in high demand that she already has a waiting list through September...jump on it!
Of course with a new blog comes a GIVEAWAY!

Enter below to win a personalized 30 drawer teacher toolbox and $10 Target gift card! This is one of the largest drawer tool boxes I've seen and measures 20 in (w) x 10 in (h) x 6 in (d). Below is a picture of one that I made for myself to match my classroom theme of lime green and blue.

The lucky winner will choose two colors and email me a list of how you want your drawers labeled. If you need guidance I can send you a list of mine, as the picture below is not the best quality and the smaller drawer labels can't be read. You can also choose the font.

Contest ends on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 12:00pm CST.
Winner will be notified by email and announced via blog posting.
Prizes will be mailed 5-7 days after contest ends.

Good Luck!
This is the one I made for myself a few weeks ago.

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