Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday Made It - Back to School!

Hey y'all!  I go back to school in a couple of weeks, and like most teachers, I look at everything I see, everywhere I go and wonder, could I use that in my classroom somewhere?
I have decided to link up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for "Made It Monday."
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Well, luck was on my side because some neighbors were moving out of their house and left this gem on the curb!  WHAT?! Who throws something like that out?  NOT a teacher - I'll tell ya that much! (This is not me, but you get the idea!!)
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I ran across the street to get it like I just won a prize on The Price Is Right and hauled it (awkwardly) back to my house.
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My whole classroom is done in CTP's Dots on Turquoise theme, (which you can check out HERE) and so I KNEW this shelf had to be turquoise!
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First, I spray-painted the shelf using this paint.  I like this one because it sprays from any angle and is also easy to press for a long period of time. You can check it out HERE.
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That black is NOT happy!  Time to give this tired shelf a makeover! (You can get your own at Target.  Click HERE.)
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Does anyone else's husband get upset when you spray-paint his lawn?  He wasn't too happy with me, but I figure, he's gonna mow it anyway, right?!
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Here it is all painted!
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Then, I took off the old, flimsy, cardboard backing.

I got a piece of peg board from Lowe's and this awesome, bright fabric from Jo-Ann.  I had a 30% off coupon so I got it for a steal!
My plan was to spray the whole peg board and attach the fabric with this spray adhesive.
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So, to the backyard I went.  However, it turns out peg board is very porous and basically just drank the adhesive.
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Plan B!  Never underestimate the power of your glue gun!
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I hot glued all around the perimeter of the board and attached the fabric.  I started from the center and worked my way out so it stayed even all the way around.
Then, I laid the shelf down on it's front and my husband nailed the pegboard to the back of the shelf. He had some help nailing it on to the shelf from my son.  :)
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I got these baskets from Target to go inside in red, cream, orange, light blue and lime. (Click HERE).
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And ta-da!  A bright, new, fun shelf for my classroom!
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Giveaway - Ends August 6th!


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I'd love to give this item away for you to use on YOUR Meet the Teacher Night! 
Here's how to enter!
1.  Go to my TeachersPayTeachers store and follow me by clicking the green star
2.   Under my "Ask a Question" tab on TPT, comment with what number follower you are.
3.  Go to my Facebook page, like, share, and tag 2 friends in my GIVEAWAY post.
That's it! 
I'll choose a winner on Thursday, August 6th. 
All entries are due Thursday, August 6th by 11:59 CST.
Good luck!
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Currently

I waited all day for Farley to post the new "Currently" template!  I was so excited to see it tonight!  Thanks, Farley!!
This is probably my favorite thing to blog about at the moment.   Everyone needs to do self-reflection and deep thinking, and this link-up usually gets my juices flowing.

So without further ado, here is my August Currently.

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I don't know about you, but lately, when I am making something large on my laptop, or if I have lots of applications open, my computer sounds like it turns on it's super powers and is getting ready to take flight.  It also gets crazy hot on the bottom.  So, I looked into getting a little thing that my laptop sits on with fans blowing on the bottom of my laptop so it won't get so hot!  If you are looking for a good one, click on the picture to see the one I got on Amazon. (I am not affiliated with Amazon or this company, I just like this product!)
 Targus Dual Fan Chill Mat

My sister, brother-in-law, and niece came in town to visit us this weekend from Oklahoma.  It will probably be the last visit for a while though because when school gets started back, things get crazy!  We have enjoyed each other's company and are going to the water park tomorrow!  Ben and Emily don't know that yet, though.  They just know they have a surprise after church!

WHY is it already August.  That is too much reality for me right now!

I have spent a lot of time this summer creating things for TPT and trying to focus on my business.  It makes me feel guilty even typing that.  I do it mostly when the twins are napping, but I have been working on things during the day, and I want to make sure I am present, in the moment, and soaking up these precious moments I have with them before school starts up.

To go to sleep as soon as I post this!  It's 11:30 and I have church in the morning!

Back to School Random Act of Kindness:
Lastly, my B2S RAK is to finally get to give my new team mates (most of whom I haven't met yet!) the cool things I got them while I was at the TPT Conference in Vegas!  
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 Pen next to it for size!
I carried SEVEN of these huge things all the way from the Venetian back to my hotel, dropped them all as I was just getting to my hotel, and of course they flew out in front of me in every direction in front of no less than 20 people!  Those are the things that happen to me!  LOL.

As always, I love comments!  Share with me a time you have done a RAK or been the recipient of a RAK!