Saturday, July 20, 2013

Super School Shopping Saturday!!!

Who doesn't like to go shopping with the girlfriends?! This fun linky party gives you a sneaky peeky into everyone else's shopping cart. 

Here's how it works: 
  • Snap some pictures of your back to school finds. 
  • Blog about your school supplies. 
  • Put the image above on your post and link it back to this blog.
  • Then come back and add your blog to our linky party. 

    Wait...there's more! You can link up today and for the next two Saturdays. At that time, the store will close. We'll draw names to select one shopper as the winner! If you win, you'll get to pick an item from each of stores as our thank you for joining.
Hosts are....yours truly (Pinkadots Elementary):


So here's my Super Saturday share...

I love a good deal. Seriously, when I see something on sale that I can use now... or...eventually, I buy it. Not good for my lack of organization. My classroom closet looked like a hoarders dream until I made myself purge in June and organize it. The Dollar Tree is my weakness. My classroom is a zebra print theme with hot pink, lime green, and turquoise accents. Basically anytime I see something in those colors that I could use for school, I buy it. I happened to be at the Dollar Tree when they were stocking the shelves with BINS! Like every other teacher, I LOVE organizational bins. I use them for everything...homework, notes, paper, mail, books, magazines, unfinished work, pencils, pens, highlighters, get the idea. For $1 a piece and some for 2 for $1 and 3 for $1, I scored big! :)

Did you know there is a $1.00 section at Michael's Craft Store? I don't know if it's always there or if it was my lucky day...but I scored. I plan on creating a homework club in my classroom this year and when students survive a month of homework, I will give them these super cute (Super Job) cards to take home. I also got some bookmarks to add to the student's survival kits I give out on the first day of school AND some Scentos markers, highlighters, and pens (.49/ea). I bought some zebra duct tape to fix up my mail boxes too. 

Got some new pens because I am a pen These colors will go nicely with my *new* Erin Condren planner too! (Robyn got one too, but since I'm writing the post, you get to see my pictures!)

I wanted to do some DIY crafts for my room this year and started with a classroom wreath.  I bought a wreath, pins, and seven rolls of ribbon at the store and got to work. I ended up adding some mustache ribbon to the wreath there were 8 spools actually.

 This project was not kid friendly and was difficult to do with a 1 & 3 year old running around the house, but I managed. Thank you to Instagram for giving me the push on this project. I pinned it last year and my friend, Robin, over at The Bomb-Diggity Classroom, posted her completed wreath on Instagram along with specific instructions on her blog. It inspired me. 

Can you believe there are 627 pieces of ribbon (and pins) on this wreath? I actually ran out of pins and had to go back to the store to grab more. I had a Facebook contest to guess the correct about of pins used and someone guessed 626! She won an item from our TpT store. If you aren't our "friend" on Facebook, come like us! :)
I am NOT completely done with it yet, I still have something exciting to ADD to this. I will update you with a NEW picture when finished.

Silly Instagram ALSO clued me in on this amazing sale at Vera Bradley...where I purchased my new laptop/teacher bag in a pretty lime green color WITH a gift card!! Wohoo!

And on Instagram, I heard about the sale at School Outfitters for these AWESOME classroom stools! I can't wait to place these around my classroom so kids can get comfy during reading time. They were actually $8.88 each! Awesome price, if you ask me! I am still contemplating wrapping the legs in the zebra duct tape...what do you think?

Last, but not least, I received an email from Smile Makers offering me something from their website to review on the blog. They have SO much on their site, it took me forever to pick something out. I decided on something useful for everyone. Since pencils disappear in my classroom daily, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to stock up! I was overjoyed to find a giant pencil kit full of fun pencils the kids are going to LOVE. 

This is seriously going to help out SO much. After sharpening one of the pencils I realized they are great, they aren't the type that crumble in the sharpener, they actually sharpen, write, and erase without smudges all over the paper. This will make one happy teacher and a ton of happy fourth graders!

I am considering purchasing a giant container of fun erasers to go with these pencils when I save up some money. 

Smile Makers is definitely the place to go back to school supplies. They have a teacher perk program too!

Check out their website and you will be shocked at how much they offer!  

Thanks for looking at my recent purchases. Am I done? Absolutely no...I just started! We still have six weeks of summer left, so I have plenty of time. :) I can't wait to see what you are buying and what great sales you are finding, so link up!


  1. Thanks for the Smile Makers link. I am going to check that out! Sooo jealous you have 6 weeks left!! Jayne
    Smart Kids
    ABCs of Reading

  2. Love those green baskets! I have been wanting to get the long, slender ones for my kiddos to keep in their desk for loose items, but they are always too expensive. Wish we had that deal around here! Your wreath is absolutely gorgeous!! I love it! I don't know if I have the patience to do it, but I want to! :)

    ♡ Lori

    ♥ Owl in a Vowel Tree Blog ♥

    ✎ Owl in a Vowel Tree TPT ✎

  3. I love that Vera Bradley bag! So cute! Enjoy!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  4. Wow! Great purchases!!! Thanks for sharing and your fantastic finds.

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  5. I loved your purchases, especially the stools and yes you should wrap the legs with zebra duct tape!

    I can't wait to see what you purchase and post next week!


  6. The wreath is adorable! I recently discovered Michael's "teacher spot" too. Another surprising cheap teacher store- Dollar Tree! I have bought borders, di-cuts, and many little trinkets for the classroom.



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