July 18, 2014

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. July 18}



Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool.Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

Let’s don’t talk about that I go back to work in LESS THAN 3 WEEKS! I’m not too happy about the getting dressed, makeup, less sleep part of the job.

Summers just fly by, don’t they?!?


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In an effort to start getting my life back into a routine I was on the hunt for a simple {but cute} calendar. I have done big planners in the past. I’ve made my own, bought fun ones at Target or Walmart and even dropped the big bucks for an Erin Condren but I just work better with a simple calendar with room to make notes and lists.

I’d seen a few on Teachers Pay Teachers and I did a quick search this week to see if I could find something that fit my needs. And YES I did!


I came across Sara’s Calendar Notebook- and immediately knew it was just what I wanted.


It had the three requirements I was looking for…

{1} Simple {2} Lined Pages {3} Cute


The design is precious!

I printed mine front and back. I printed lined pages on the back of each calendar page with extra pages between each month. It’s perfect to make lists and notes. The cover is editable and I could personalize it with my name. I own a binding machine so the whole project took me less than 10 minutes to print and assemble. But, you could take it to a place like Office Max to get it binded or even put it in a 3 ring binder.

Seriously.. this is functional, affordable and cute wrapped up in one. I love it!

Check it out yourself…

Quick Links:

Sara’s Calendar Notebook

Sara’s Blog: The Colorful Apple

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I am having a Christmas in July sale in my store until the 26th. Here is a quick glance at what product will be on sale each day.


Today’s Product:

Store Link: ABC Order Unit

Blog Link: ABC Order Unit Details


Saturday’s Product

Store Link: Mystery Numbers Unit

Blog Link: Mystery Numbers Unit Details


Sunday’s Product

Store Link: Fire Safety Centers

Blog Link: Fire Safety Centers Details

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I have also opened up my Christmas category on my Doodle Bugs Paper website until Monday- and you can enter the code christmas at checkout and receive free shipping. The code is good for the whole website- not just Christmas items!

After Monday- Christmas items will not be available until October. Here is your chance to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

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I went into my classroom on Wednesday to work for a few hours. I went into a clean, packed up room and left with a HUGE MESS! I now have stacks and piles of stuff everywhere. I will need to work a few days next week to try and get organized.


These are math centers that have to be filed and put away. I say it every year- but I SERIOUSLY need to have a huge clean out!

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I have two new products in my store this week.

These animal ABC Order Word Searches are perfect time fillers or great for early finishers.  20 different animals are included.



And, also I see.. Animal Sentences. Students copy the simple “ I see…” sentence then cut and glue the words in order to finish the sentence.

There are 30 different animals included and the animals from Brown Bear with the correct colors are also included. These will be great for the first of school.

Quick Link: I see a… Animal Sentences

Have a great weekend! I would love for you to link up below!


  1. That planner is so cute! I love it! I will have to head over to her shop and check it out.

    Surprisingly Seventh

  2. I love that little calendar!! And my math centers look similar....good luck with that!!

    Crayons and Whimsy

  3. I like your animal sentences, very cool. I am getting anxious about my classroom too, but just packed up my summer classroom! thank you for providing such an awesome blog and products, Paula @ educating children with disabilities.blogspot

  4. I love the calendar too! I have never been a planner type, but the calendar looks right up my alley! My math centers would probably look similar to yours, but I have been trying to purge since I am moving to 3rd grade. I can't let it all go, just in case I move back to first, but I only have so much room in my garage.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  5. Hi Kacey! I am so with you on number four! I went in yesterday and saw they were done with my floors... so now there is nothing stopping me from starting in with all the set up... I both love and hate it :) Thanks, as always, for the link-up. Kidpeople Classroom

  6. The planner is SO cute. I will have to check it out. We start in three weeks, too. Summer is going WAY too fast!
    Miss King's Enchanted Kingdom

  7. Have fun setting up your classroom! I go back in 3 weeks, also. I worked in my classroom 3 days this week and it is coming together. Thanks for hosting this linky party, I haven't been blogging long and this was the first time I participated. So fun!

    Curriculum and Crayons

  8. Woohoo for my first Five for Friday! I know how you feel! I'm in procrastination mode right now, but we (teachers) go back on the 20th of August. I had to move rooms this year, so my stuff is presently sitting in the hallway. I promised myself I wouldn't go in until the first week of August, but I might break down and go in sooner because I hate knowing that nothing is even in my room yet! I love the planner. I found one that fit my needs at Target this year and it was only $10, so I'm going with it!

    Enjoy your next few weeks!

    Mrs O Knows

  9. I was unaware that you could get a binding machine like that! Our school's comb binder is flimsy, and doesn't hold up. I'll be looking into getting one of these:)

  10. I've also dropped the big bucks on designer planners, and I've just been less than impressed! I just bought the Teacher Anchor and an Erin Condren planner, and it's just not enough space to write.

    Thanks for sharing your find!

    Going Places in Fourth Grade

  11. Though your math centers may be a "mess," they are inspiring to me! I wish I had tubs full of math centers! I guess I should get started on that.

    As always, thanks for hosting.

    My Carolina Classroom

  12. Your planner is super cute...I just learned of Erin Condren this year (a little late to that party!) so I'm going to try hers out, but might have to bookmark you new one for next year!
    BigTime Literacy

  13. Thanks for sharing my calendar! I'm curious, what binding machine do you use? I'm looking to get a more durable one with coil binding.

    P.S. ~ I wish I taught younger grades so that I could use all of your cute stuff!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  14. This is my very first Five for Friday link up, thanks so very much for hosting such a great linky party!! I love that planner, how did you get it to print in color back to back?? Good luck with your year, and enjoy the rest of your summer!!

    Warmest Wishes,

  15. Your newly assembled planner is so cute! :)
    We have until the 25th for the kids to start, but I've been working in my room trying to get organized. I FIANLLY purged through and got rid of massive amounts of "stuff" this year! It feels great!
    Can't wait to see what your room looks like this year.

    Selling the Sizzle

  16. I love this weekly link-up, thanks for hosting!


    Ventaneando: A Window Into First Grade Bilingüe

  17. I just headed back to the classroom today to start setting up as well. It is amazing how easy those nice neatly packed boxes become messy piles everywhere! Good luck to you in your organizing!

  18. I love the planner! I need to get on it and find me one. I will be checking this on out. Thanks for hosting another great Five for Friday!

    Get Your Science on in Room 701

  19. OH NO!! I found this and wrote my first post for the linky and it's closed!! Is there a time I should get it done by?

    thanks tons!