Hi friends! I have had such a productive weekend! I fired up the laminator for the first time and laminated everything for my calendar and a "how we go home" clip chart! I've decided on a nautical theme for my classroom and I've been picking up red, blue, and yellow things all summer. I bought a super cute nautical decor pack on TPT made by Natalie from Teachery Tidbits! She has really cute things in her store and you should definitely go check her out! If you follow me on Instagram (mceachernh), you've seen my lamination in progress. I also bought the cutest nautical alphabet from The Printable Princess' TPT store! I am obsessed with it! I'll be laminating those at school since each letter/picture is an entire page.
What I'm most excited to share is the box full of books I got at a library sale on Friday! My county's library has a program called Friends of the Library and every so often they have book sales at different libraries in the county. They have all kinds of books for sale starting at $1 and children's books starting at $.50. I went to one earlier this summer and got about 20 or so books for about $22. They were all used and in great condition. When I heard they were having another sale I got SO excited! I planned on getting there right when they opened so I could get the first look at all the children's books! I was overwhelmed by how many great books they had at this sale!! I admit, I went a little crazy and picked up 65 books!! In my defense, I'm a first year teacher and I need to build my classroom library. Everyone was staring at me like I was crazy because my basket was FULL of books. I'm talking books spilling over onto the floor and I was having to drag the basket because it was so heavy. It must have been obvious that I am a teacher because everyone asked me and told me how great they think teachers are! Anyway, so I get up to the register feeling very nervous (and a little relieved that it was payday) the girl tells me my total is $65. OMG. I just spent $65 on books!! But the more I think about it, I got a GREAT deal! Many of the books are hardback AND each book ended up being $1! I got some awesome books! I usually check out all the Goodwill stores near me for books, but this was a much better deal. There is another sale in October and I am SO excited about it! Here are all of my new books!
Great books right?! And I don't have any of those yet! One other thing I'm excited about is a stamp I ordered from Invitation Box. There was a deal on Groupon for half off a personalized stamp. I jumped on it because I really wanted a stamp with my name on it so I didn't have to write my name in all of my books. I ordered it the first week of July and it finally came!! I immediately started stamping my books and I am in love with it!! They have really cute designs and you can personalize them all! Here is the one I ordered!
The stamp is about 2 inches tall and stamps perfectly! I thought about having it say "From the library of Ms. Hendricks", but this way I can use my stamp for anything! I definitely recommend getting one! It's so fun to stamp! :)
Well my laminator is hot and ready to go! I just want to laminate a few more things before going to bed! (I think I'm addicted!) Thanks for keeping up with me!