Five for Friday Linky Party July 18th - My First One!

Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my first Five for Friday. I've been wanting to join this link for awhile and a new blogger friend inspired me to hop on the linky train now! Five for Friday is a weekly link up where you share 5 random things from your week. 



You know that your week is going to be awesome when you open the Sunday paper, peep the store flyers, and find that Office Depot and Office Max are having the same sale, and they just happen to be 1 mile down the road from each other! 25 cents for 4 packs of glue, a pair of scissors (which was great since I think my students ate all of mine last year), and 25 cents for single Sharpies. I use Sharpies for everything so that was the best part of the whole sale for me. These sales make me a happy teacher because they will let teachers exceed their limits times 3, which is why I ended up with 30 new sharpies at each store! Also, the post-its were $1 each, as were the 3-whole punchers. Oh, and the fabric at the top, that's going to be one of my main colors in my classroom this year. I had a 50% off coupon so I had to include it in my bargain Sunday picture! 





I attended my first Virginia Teacher Blogger meet-up! What an awesome, inspiring group of ladies. It was so nice to put a face to the women I've been linking up with and following. Thank you to Nikki from Teaching in Progress for putting our fabulous meet-up together. 



With Pam from S.O.L. Train: Moments That Count in the Classroom and Leslie from Fashionable in First. We're showing off our gifts from our gift swap. I was in need of a new lunch bag so I was glad to grab that and then find out it was filled with multi-colored pens, post-its, and chocolate. It's like it was made with all of my favorite things in mind! 


For our meet-up, each of us brought a gift close to $10, which is never easy for me. Ask me to buy a gift with no limit, I'm your girl, but I have trouble spending under $50 in anything because I keep getting more ideas. Anyway, I totally lucked out at Target and found adorable goodies! I even found masking tape that matched the baskets and pencil cups and used it to tag the pencils, because that was the best idea that I used in my classroom last year. Of course, then I went to Michael's and found some adorable stand-up frames. I've seen these used to label reading centers and other sections in the classroom and had to have some for my room. Then I thought, hey, these would be great in my gift, too and hey, wouldn't some polka dot ribbon be cute to tie it all together? You know what the trouble with Michael's is? If you can think of it, they have it. It's dangerous!  In the end, I went a WEE BIT over, but really, not too bad at all! Honestly! 

Here's what it looked like: 
 

 Aren't the cups cute? I love when I can make things all matchy, matchy! I got one of those big rubber bands from Office Depot to hold them together. As it turns out, it matched perfectly! The adorable Melissa from Don't Let The Teacher Stay Up Late is now the lucky owner of this set! 




I read a lot during the summer, but usually keep it light with summer reads and memoirs that are quick reads but I read a lot of those the first few weeks of summer vacation and needed something a tad deeper. A friend had recommend Orphan Train to me. What a fantastic recommendation it turned out to be! I would highly recommend this to anyone, even if you aren't normally a historical fiction reader. It was an entire afternoon and whole tissue box kind of book and I loved it! 




Summer is always my time to test out some new recipes. I'm always on the search for crock pot recipes because they are much easier during the week. Last night, I tried a Pulled Pork Recipe from The Country Cook and it was a win! Hooray for recipe success! 



I hope that you enjoyed my first Five for Friday! Enjoy the weekend!





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  1. Oh my I loved that book. After reading "Orphan Train" I passed it on to my school's librarian and it is still being passed around. It was fairly profound! I love your gift idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Carol
    Teachers Are Terrific!

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    1. I'm going to start passing my copy around too. I want everyone to read it! Thank you for stopping by, Carol!

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  2. I had so much fun talking and getting to know you, and I can't wait to bring my goodies to my classroom! Orphan Train sounds like a read I would love, so I may have to add it to my reading list. And I'll have to find you on Goodreads!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

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    1. I'm so glad you love your goodies! Definitely find me on there. I love Goodreads and I'm always interested to see what others are reading so I can find new books to add to my to-read list!

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  3. Ah...Rachel! I am sorry I didn't get the picture of Melissa and your basket to you before you posted. I sent it a bit ago, so maybe you can edit your post?? So glad to meet you, and hope we can get together again soon.

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    1. No worries! I already added it in. It was a pleasure to meet you as well. I am definitely looking forward to another meet-up and blog hop soon! :-)

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  4. The blogger meet up looks so fun! I love that y'all did a gift exchange! So fun!!

    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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    1. It was a fantastic time!

      Also, I LOVE that we spell it correctly, too! :-)

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  5. Wowza! I love the new design, Rachel! The colors look so nice together. Megan has a wonderful eye for color coordination.

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    1. Thank you, Carla! I could not be happier with the way it turned out! :-)

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  6. I love your design! It was so nice to meet you last week and I'm going to get "Orphan Train" to read before I head back!

    Blessings,
    Sarah
    smbhankinson@gmail.com
    Learning is for Superstars
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    1. Thank you, Sarah! It was so nice to meet you as well. You'll have to let me know what you think of Orphan Train. Feel free to chat with me about it as you read!

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