Friday, July 18, 2014

Five for Friday

This is my first Five for Friday, which is ironic because during the summer I can't keep up with what day it is. 


I had the awesome opportunity to attend the VA Bloggers Meet Up in Richmond on Thursday. I meet an awesome blogger who works in the same district as I do so that was exciting, she actually works at the school 2 minutes from my house. Do you see me? I'm the brown one on the end...LOL!
So I got rid of my teacher desk in my classroom because there is not enough room for 30 student desks, that are in a funky triangle shape that only fit together in groups of four! If you've ever looked at my classroom tours you'd see what I was talking about. I found this awesome store on TpT, Learning in Wonderland, and bought her Melonheadz Organizing Set as well as her Mini Card Set. So basically, everything that was on or in my desk fit in all these organizing bins. My Teacher Toolbox is from Lowe's, I spray painted it black. The Steralite containers came from Walmart and the colorful bins came from the Container Store. I got them on sale, they were smaller than I envisioned, I wouldn't have paid full price for them.
So I think I'm finally going to take the plunge and purchase an Erin Condren lesson planner for this school. I completed 10 years of teaching in June and I think this is what I'll treat myself to. I have looked at the ones for sale on TpT but I also looked into the printing and binding at the local office store and I didn't see much price difference.

My creative juices have been flowing since being on vacation. I use to be a die hard Thistle Girl Design fan and her graphics were the only ones I'd use. But now I have two new favorite artists. Creative Clips and Melonheadz. I know... I know... I'm late.
Three weeks of summer school down and two more to go. Then my annual trip to Lakeshore. On August 4th I'll finally be having my surgery. I had a scare this week when I received a letter from the insurance company saying they weren't going to cover the surgery or the hospital stay or something, saying it wasn't medically necessary. Called my doctor in a panic and now everything has been approved. Looking forward to starting my 11th year of teaching PAIN FREE!


  1. It was so great to meet you, Jessica. Wish I'd been able to chat more. Perhaps our next meet up won't be so far in the distance. So sorry to hear of your discomfort and surgery.
    Carla at Comprehensions Connection

  2. Congrats on your first time linking up with this awesome linky party! I hope your surgery goes well!

    Keep Calm and Hoot On

  3. I am trying to decide on my planner for the year too! I love all your organizing containers, but I do not know what I would do without my desk. You are going to have to let me know how this goes this year!

    Get Your Science on in Room 701

  4. So good to see you Wednesday and chat, even if it was just for a few minutes! I'll say it again, you are awesomeness :)

    Owls and Lessons, Etc.

  5. I LOVE your blog! I am a sucker for anything beach related! I love your organization boxes. I wish I could keep myself that organized all year!


  6. I am so going to the next meetup! Your teacher toolboxes turned out so cute! You have given me the motivation to start mine! You bring up a good point about printing and binding a planner you get on tpt being comparable to the EC planner. I wanted one, but couldn't justify the price, but now I think it might be worth it. I'm so glad you are on the Creative Clips bandwagon, she's awesome! I love how she includes the line drawings with every purchase. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  7. I was so great to meet you the other day! Oh my gosh, are you going to have THIRTY kids this year? Hopefully you just have thirty desks...yikes!

    The Techie Teacher

  8. What great ideas you have shared! Thoughts and prayers for you for your upcoming surgery and recovery!

  9. I am so jealous! I would love to find some other South Carolina bloggers to meet up with :) Sounds like you had fun.