I Have No Self Control

I have zero self control.  Seriously.  My impulsive spending is a big ol' downfall of mine.  Thank goodness my hubby is a whiz at money and manages it for me.  Otherwise, I would be living in a cardboard box with a really great, expensive clothes.

I am on a mission to get ready for NEXT school year before this one ends. I really, really want to enjoy as much of my summer with my baby girl as possible.  To do that, I need to get my act together!

Now, what does my fiscal irresponsibility and preparing for the 2012-2013 school year have in common?  I went shopping for next year!  Yay me!

Now please keep in mind that I am TOTALLY stoked to be teaching second this year and felt I needed to "freshen things up" since the last time I was in second grade  (holy cow- was that 4 years ago?!?!!).  I also had my little 19 month old girl shopping with me.  Bright, colorful packages and fun looking toys= a very grabby toddler.

So I grabbed everything quickly and piled it on my stroller and went to town.  Somehow Kinley ended up with a new CD of music and finger plays and three wooden peg puzzles.  It it a sickness, I tell you!


So what did I get? Some Poppin' Dots, baby.  This is my FAVORITE print or pattern.  I tend to stick to simple patterns or plain boarders to avoid distractions, but this stuff was too cute!
I got:

  • Poppin' Dots calendar set (but I don't like the yellow as much so I may not keep this.  I can't decide)
  • Tree bulletin board set ( we will put this up when we study the seasons and then in the spring with life cycles we will make caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies to display on the tree)
  • number line (need one badly)
  • Poppin' Dots border
  • Poppin' Dots name plates ( for labeling things- not for desk name tags)
  • Poppin' Dots name tags (again, for labeling)
  • Poppin' Dots chart- you know the one that is like a table/ checklist (I have no idea what I will use this for- but I know I will somehow!)
  • Poppin' Dots frames (I put where we are in the building like PE, Recess, Library, etc on a ring and hand it from a 3m hook outside the classroom door so people can find us.  I will write the place on the cutie frame!
  • Black and white polka dot border
  • Welcome to ___ Grade! sign ( for the door display)
  •  Black border ( I just like it)
  • Reference name plates with the number line and so on for the student's desks.
  • Library pockets (I will make a poster with the pockets for out behavior system 
  • birthday cupcakes to display birthdays ( these were TOO cute!)

See?  No self control- but I love it all!

 A few weeks ago I bought some twin flat sheets at Wal-Mart in a coral color and a turquoise color.  I am hoping it matches with the borders.  I think it will.

My plan is to go ahead and laminate everything and start cutting it out.  That way I can go ahead and put up all my bulletin boards (3) before I leave for the summer.  I will cover them up with a sheet to keep dust off.

Melissa Freshwater displayed this organization system and I am in LOVE!  I think I will buy a few bins and then label them with the Poppin' Dots name plates. Gah.  And her new supply labels? Decisions, decisions.  Hand write on my cute frames or print hers out? I wish all decisions were this fun!!!!!!

I noticed this fantastic piece of furniture on someones blog, but I can't remember who it was!!! It is $40 at Ikea.
I want to buy these buckets ($3 each)
and store my math manipulative in each bucket or maybe centers- I can't decide.  Then I am going to make a pillow to go on top since It is less than 22 inches tall and  make a bench for students to sit and read on.  If I can get my hubby to put it together for me and bring it to school, I can go ahead and sort my math manipulatives into it and add my super cute new labels from above!

And my really BIG purchase for next school year will be a new rug.   I will keep my old rug because I like to have two meeting areas (one in front of the Promethan Board and the other by my easel). I am still deciding what I want, but I know it will be a hefty price and I am ok with that.  I am teaching a four day summer camp to model a Common Core classroom for teachers to observe at the end of June. Part of the money I earn will apply toward the rug.  Because I am teaching at the end of June, my room will have to be cleaned early and I get paid to set up my room for 5 hours before the camp starts.  Yes, really!  I am so excited!  My goal is to get my classroom as ready as possible before I leave and then do the finishing touches on that day in June.  If I play my cards right, I can have my classroom done and set up by the end of the four day camp. Wouldn't that be awesome?!

So in closing, I may be broke, but I will be happy! :)



  1. LOL! When I first started reading this, I thought that maybe I had written it! It sounded just like me! I, too, went to the store yesterday and picked up my border, posters, etc. that I want to use for next year! I am well on my way to getting set up for the fall!

    :D Angie

  2. I already bought the exact same border! Love the colors!

  3. I'm so excited you're going back to 2nd grade! I first found your website about 4 years ago and I just loved it. You have no idea how much you helped me organize and set up my classrooms over the years. Seriously, I owe you big time, Mandy Gregory! I was so glad to see that you had started this blog as well. I hope you get everything you want to accomplish done before the end of the year and have a wonderful summer! And I really hope you post more about your new room next year!
    (P.S. I've had that same border for the last two years, and I love it, it looks great with solid blues, purples and greens, and black, of course!)

  4. I love your borders!
    I have the same number line. :)

  5. I didn't know you were going to 2nd, I'm sorry I missed that!! I've been so behind in blog reading.

    I love, love, love everything you bought! Those flat sheets sound like they will be the perfect colors to match--I can't wait to see it all together!

  6. I have almost everything you have pictured! Same taste :)


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
    My TpT Store

  7. I feel your pain. Those teacher stores are dangerous! Love your blog!
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

  8. Mandy
    Thank you for the awesome shout out!!I used the CTP poppin' dots my first year!!! LOVE THEM. Heck, who am I kidding, I love anything with dots.
    Mrs. Freshwater's Class


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