Birthdays, Supplies, and Labels!

I am beyond excited, because I just hit 2000+ followers!!!
I'm planning something... I'm not sure what yet, but it's coming! ;)

While it's been fun creating cute Pinterest finds for my classroom this summer...
{I still need to finish.  This is only six balloons... because I was going to use Pixi Stix then had a change of heart.  So now I have 36 large Pixi Stix sitting in my house and I need to go out and find more Krazy Straws!  That's what I get for being indecisive!!  Many thanks to Reagan for the balloon template!}'s hit me now that I should start focusing on organizing and preparing other things that I NEED, like supplies, lessons and routines.  I am going to be heading into my classroom on Monday {FINALLY} so reality is sinking in!

For starters, I went online to Really Good Stuff and bought these fabulous book bins:
Seriously, look at those colors!  Drool!!  I plan on using them as individual book boxes for my students.  I ordered 24... here's to hoping I only have 24 kids lol!

I also went to Staples and bought some necessities, like these slider pencil cases that I give my kiddos for their crayons:
Thanks, Staples, for changing your teacher-back-to-school policy.  I had to pay full price, grr!

Then I sat down and made new labels for my students' supplies:
I use these labels for their journals, spelling homework books, etc.  In the past I've made them to fit Avery labels, but I {one} didn't feel like buying them and {two} already have sticker paper.  I'm going to print them on the sticker paper and cut them apart with my handy Martha Stewart paper cutter. ;)  Then I'll peel the labels and pop 'em on my kiddo's notebooks and such.

I made the labels a freebie on Google Docs.  I'm hoping that at least one or two of you out there will find them helpful!  Things like these vary a lot from teacher to teacher, depending on what you call a certain supply {is it a class work notebook or is it a writing notebook??}, etc.

As you're reading this, I am hopefully working on organizing all of my phonics worksheets!  That is, IF I can find them among this mess in my basement:
This is the overflow of my stuff that wouldn't fit in my teeny classroom last year.  I'm embarrassed to say this picture doesn't cover half of it!!  Yep, hubs can't wait for me to go back to school, hehe.  See you soon!! :)


Michelle said...

Love, love, LOVE the birthday balloon idea!! So adorable!I hope you post some pics of your classroom as soon as you're finished setting up :)

Jess said...

Love the labels thanks for sharing them! I will use the journals and spelling for sure the other ones are TBD. Congrats on reaching 2000+ followers that's amazing but so are you! :)
Rambling About Reading

Amber O. said...

I am also stealing your Bday balloon idea! We have a wellness policy at our school, so we can't give out candy & sweet treats...I didn't even think of Krazy Straws for these fun balloons I've seen everywhere! Teri, you're a genius!

Susan Moran said...

Congrats on 2000 Teri!!!! Can't wait to see what you've got planned :)

Sandy said...

Congratulations on 2,000+!!!! You are amazing!!! I was so mad at STAPLES too!!! I told my whole family not to go there anymore. For anything. And my guest room is looking just like your basement! :) I can't get into my classroom for another week, though! Have a great day!!!

Soaring Through Second

Miss Kindergarten said...

I love that I can visualize every place you've taken pictures!! And I am OBSESSED with those book baskets!! Good thing they arrived after I left or I would have for sure snuck them in my luggage!! Love it!

Nicole said...

hehe my hubs says the same thing! He's ready for all my teaching stuff to be off the dining room table! LOVE your labels!!
Rowdy in Room 300

Reagan Tunstall said...

looks like it's going to be such a fun, bright, and cheery room! Thanks for the shout out. :)

Crayons and Curls said...

Love your labels! So cute!
Crayons and Curls

Miss Cosby said...

Congrats on your followers, wow!! I thought about doing the bday balloons, too. I think Target's dollar spot had 6-packs of crazy straws. I absolutely love your book bin colors, I love bright happy classroom colors.

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Lisa R. said...

Your labels are exactly what I need, so thank you sooooo much!! Congrats on 2000+ followers!! Your blog is amazing. If you need any help with what you are planning, don't hesitate to give me a shout. I'd love to help!
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Darleen Dufour said...

Congratulations on 200 followers! I LOVE, LOVE the colors!!!
Third Grade Love

Miss Nelson said...

Love your birthday balloons. My house looks like yours but WORSE! I have three rooms filled with crafts and teaching resources. YIKES
Thanks for the labels. Super cute.

Cynthia said...

Congrats on 2000+! What a great accomplishment! I can totally use those adorable labels. Thank you so much for sharing them!

Heather Arbuckle said...

I LOVE those book bin colors! BEAUTIFUL! I was just saying the other day how much I hate that things come in sets of 6 or 4 or some other number to where I only get to 24. I then pray I'll only have 24 kids that year!! haha

Sensational Seconds

Mrs. M said...

CONGRATS on 2,000!! Awesome :)

Laura said...

Hi there! ~ Just found your site and have to say I LOVE many neat and interesting things. I have the same problem with storage and just don't know what to keep or toss as space is limited. Love the labels and will definately use them all.

Thanks again! Your newest reader, Laura

Kristin Gre said...

Had to check out your site after seeing the word cupcake, lol. Love the site, and am your newest follower. Please check out my blog at

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Mrs. Spring said...

Thanks for the labels. They're so cute!

Liz Whitacre said...

I love your classroom pics! I especially liked the birthday cupcake chart. Did you make this or buy it? I want to make a birthday graph with cupcakes along the bottom, but can't find a cupcake template that I like.

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