Sadness and Shopping

I'm too sad today to blog about anything decent today.  I dropped my older daughter off to go to camp for the first time ever.  I was so excited for her until she got on the bus.  I may or may not have been already crying before I got back to my car.  Now I'm already missing my buddy and can't wait until Friday afternoon.  My younger daughter (who is totally lost without her big sister telling her what to do) and I are staring at each other going, Now What?  Our little summer trio is missing a member, and it does not feel good.

So what's a girl to do?  Shop.  That's why Kristen's linky party over at Ladybug's Teacher Files is perfect for me in my time of sadness.  Shopping will help me get through.

I'm moving from fourth to third this school year, so I knew I couldn't go to third without my go to for our Word Work Station:

I love these.  They're like a math brain teaser, except letters instead of numbers.  I always have these available as well as Letter Links.  I let them work in partners if they want.

Why, yes, that's a bullhorn.  Less than $15 on Amazon!  I always bring my whistle to recess.  But when you blow your whistle, every child looks at you except for the kid that you were blowing the whistle at.  Problem solved.

Made a trip to Dollar Tree and got six of these for my tables.

Bought any and everything at Teacher Heaven that went with my Dots on Turquoise theme.

I want to make this but can't figure out where to buy the basket.  Any ideas?

Well, go on and find out what everyone else is shopping for this summer!  Head on over to the linky party at Ladybug's Teacher Files to get some good ideas.

Happy shopping,

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  1. I'm your newest blog follower! I found you through the shopping linky party. Love all your buys so far this summer
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies
    We Read, We Blog, We Teach

  2. Awww, I kinda know how you feel! I feel so weird when my 2 year old (yes, I said 2 lol) is gone with her grandma or cousins. It's amazing how they so quickly become a part of your life!! But, shopping does fix most any problem! I love your polka dots, they are too cute! I think that drop box is made from a shower caddy? I have that pinned on my pinterest board so I'm looking to make it very soon! Hope you can find one!

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

  3. Thanks for the shout out! I need your email and what scratch off tickets you want:)

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  4. Great buys. I know how you feel about your daughter. We get so attached to them that it is strange when they aren't around for a little bit.


  5. I bought baskets like those last year at Hobby Lobby. Haven't looked this year though. Good luck!

  6. They've had the "drop box" caddy at Hobby Lobby before.... I'd look there!

    Notes From Miss Dennis

  7. Great finds! Gotta love shopping for school.
    I think I've seen baskets similar to those in the dollar section at Target.

    Live, Laugh, Love, Teach

  8. Thanks, ladies! I'm headed to Target and/or Hobby Lobby today to try and find that hanging basket.

  9. I'm sorry to hear you're missing your girl!! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up your lovely finds. Friday will come quickly! :)

  10. I love your blog! I just found you through Kristen's linky party! I also love the Word Ladders! I use them for a morning sponge activity!!

  11. Hello. I'm your newest follower after finding you through the summer shopping linky party. It's hard when our kiddos grow up and go off on adventures! I've already been through the college years, Air Force with one, and now one married with a family. Empty Nest is very sad at times! Now, I cry every time my precious little two-year-old granddaughter goes back home. But just remember you have given her the strength and confidence to go off on this adventure. Come by when you get a chance! I'd love for you to visit me!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chattebox