Friday, August 3, 2012

Currently Linking Up

Hi friends! Today I'm linking up to a few blogs to share some things I've purchased and created, and to also share my August Currently.

First, I'm linking up with Christina to share some of the things I recently ordered from Vistaprint. I bought a Groupon for $17 of $70 worth of products, and I'm pretty excited about what I made! First, I made behavior punch cards out of business cards.

In one of my very first blog posts, I wrote about my rewards system, and this year, since we're going to be a Leader in Me campus, I decided to change the phrase from "________ does great things" to "________ is a great leader"! I'm hoping the business card size won't be too small, especially because I ordered 500 of them!

Next, I ordered these oversized postcards to use on our back to school night, which for us is the Thursday before school starts. I left the closing blank because I'm planning to share these with the other teachers on my team, and that way we can each sign our name on the bottom.

I made these postcards, too; they're blank on the back and I used a rocket because my class is the Rockets!

The last thing I made was this banner, and while it wasn't part of the special deals offered with the Groupon, I only needed to spend $25 over my $70 total to get free shipping, and I figured it'd be smarter to make something else than just pay for shipping! I love this quote, and I'll refer to it to help my students remember to be proactive (habit #1).


I'm also linking up with Elizabeth's Fabulous Find Friday linky party. My birthday was yesterday, so I did a little shopping (although I bought nothing for me personally; everything was for my classroom!) and this is what I found:

I got this wonderful organizer at Michael's for around $30. I found it in the plastic scrapbooking storage section, and right now everything in that section is 40% off (the sale ends tomorrow, so if you want one for yourself, you'd better go quick!). It was originally $70, and I had a coupon for an additional 20% my entire purchase, including sale items, so it ended up being more than half off! I'm not quite sure what I'm going to use it for, but it makes me happy just looking at it - these guys have so much potential!

I found these felt crowns at Hobby Lobby for 80% off -  they were in the summer section, and with the discount, I paid $1.30 for BOTH! I'm planning to use them for birthday celebrations in my classroom! The small plastic containers came from HEB (a grocery store), and they were only $1! As soon as I saw them I knew they'd be perfect to hold dice - I pinned this awhile ago, and have been on the look out for dice rolling containers ever since, so I'm very happy to have these.

Finally, I wanted to link up to Farley's August Currently - head on over to her blog to grab your blank copy and link up!
I used my Boxy Print font for my answers - if you like it, you can find it in my TpT store here!
For my back to school must haves, I need to find a new pair of black leather flip flops. We're allowed to wear flip flops at our school as long as they're not like shower shoes, so I'm on the hunt for a new pair since I literally wore the soles out of my other pair last year! I also need a new lanyard for my keys and ID, but I've already purchased my eraseable pens! If you've never heard of these before, they're called FriXion pens, and they're made by Pilot. I had a student last year with sensory issues, and his therapist recommended he use these pens instead of pencils because they were easier for him to hold. You can buy these pens at all office supply stores, but they only have red, blue, and black. Well, after some searching, I found a website called JetPens, which sells the FriXion pens in tons of colors! These particular pens are imported from Japan, and they work beautifully. In fact, I am so obsessed with these pens that I just ordered myself the FriXion markers too! I'm mostly excited to have these for my gradebook - now if I need to change a grade, I don't have to scribble over it or use White Out; I can just erase it and write it again!

That's all I've got for today! I'll be back on Monday to finish up the second half of my Cliffs Notes version of the 7 habits (and don't forget, my giveaway for an Erin Condren teacher planner ends Monday night, so if you haven't entered, you have a few more days to do so - click here to go to the giveaway page!). Have a great weekend, y'all!


13 comments:

  1. No joke... I had those same little containers in my basket at Walmart and they wanted them for $1.46...so I put them back! I knew I could find a better deal:) Thanks so much for linking up.
    Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks for hosting the linky, Elizabeth! I've been wanting to link up all summer, and I'm glad I finally had something to share!

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  2. The FriXion pens are on sale at Office Depot this week for $3 for the 3 pen set. I picked up the pink/purple/green set :)

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! I've only ever seen red, blue, and black in stores here, so I'll have to check out the Office Depot near my house and see if I can find those colors!

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  3. Oh this is not good! I have a pen obsession and now I am going to just HAVE to look at these pens. My husband will have to be kept in the dark about this one :) I am your newest follower!
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

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  4. I just found your blog and I am your newest follower! I am just starting to teach third grade this year in Fl.
    Debbie
    Mrs. M's superstars

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  5. Just found your blog through the Currently linky and am your newest follower!

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness
    Come join my HearALL giveaway that ends tomorrow and my New {School} Year Resolutions linky!

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  6. Have you ordered and used the pens from that site yet? Are they just as good as the ones in the store? I went all over looking for them and could only find red, black, and blue. I need pretty colors :) I am thinking of ordering but I am not sure if the quality is the same or not. Thanks!
    Gina

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  7. Thanks for linking up- you made some great things... LOVE the Dr. Seuss banner!

    :)
    Christina
    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

    I love Vistaprint. I've actually exercised some self control this year and only bought small magnets with my contact info for parents.

    Happy Birthday!!

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  9. We have some of the same purchases this summer -must be the third grade thing! LOL! I am your newest follower!

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  10. Hi Katherine,
    I’m your new follower. Your purchases are great! I am a Newbie Blogger, so I appreciate all of the sharing of advice and ideas. Come on over for a visit sometime.
    Corinna :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

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  11. Hi! I am also a third grade teacher, and I found your site through the VistaPrint linky. I have only made one thing through Vista Print, so I am checking out what others have made.

    Love your site!

    ~Julie
    TheHipTeacher

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13 comments:

  1. No joke... I had those same little containers in my basket at Walmart and they wanted them for $1.46...so I put them back! I knew I could find a better deal:) Thanks so much for linking up.
    Elizabeth

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for hosting the linky, Elizabeth! I've been wanting to link up all summer, and I'm glad I finally had something to share!

      Delete
  2. The FriXion pens are on sale at Office Depot this week for $3 for the 3 pen set. I picked up the pink/purple/green set :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the heads up! I've only ever seen red, blue, and black in stores here, so I'll have to check out the Office Depot near my house and see if I can find those colors!

      Delete
  3. Oh this is not good! I have a pen obsession and now I am going to just HAVE to look at these pens. My husband will have to be kept in the dark about this one :) I am your newest follower!
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

    ReplyDelete
  4. I just found your blog and I am your newest follower! I am just starting to teach third grade this year in Fl.
    Debbie
    Mrs. M's superstars

    ReplyDelete
  5. Just found your blog through the Currently linky and am your newest follower!

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness
    Come join my HearALL giveaway that ends tomorrow and my New {School} Year Resolutions linky!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Have you ordered and used the pens from that site yet? Are they just as good as the ones in the store? I went all over looking for them and could only find red, black, and blue. I need pretty colors :) I am thinking of ordering but I am not sure if the quality is the same or not. Thanks!
    Gina

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks for linking up- you made some great things... LOVE the Dr. Seuss banner!

    :)
    Christina
    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

    I love Vistaprint. I've actually exercised some self control this year and only bought small magnets with my contact info for parents.

    Happy Birthday!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. We have some of the same purchases this summer -must be the third grade thing! LOL! I am your newest follower!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Katherine,
    I’m your new follower. Your purchases are great! I am a Newbie Blogger, so I appreciate all of the sharing of advice and ideas. Come on over for a visit sometime.
    Corinna :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi! I am also a third grade teacher, and I found your site through the VistaPrint linky. I have only made one thing through Vista Print, so I am checking out what others have made.

    Love your site!

    ~Julie
    TheHipTeacher

    ReplyDelete