Made It Monday, and I Lied!

So last time I posted a Monday Made It, I said it would be my last.  Well, I lied.  I couldn't help myself!  Sorry.

There's a story behind my first Monday Made It item.  I have been craving an Erin Condren lesson planner.  But I haven't ordered one, for two reasons.

1.  Money
I don't mind a splurge, but remember this makeover?

Well, it wasn't free.  Also, I have spent a ton of money shopping lately.  The short version is, we moved to Texas three years against my will (job transfer for my husband, great for our family, me, not so much) and I was sad.  And I gained 20 sad pounds.  So this summer I lost ten of those pounds.  And I've been having waaaay too much fun buying 10 pounds lighter clothes.

2.  I'm lazy
Yes, Erin Condren planner I love you sooooooo much.  But, I'd have to write each subject in and my duties and all the other stuff I put in my own lesson planner template.  Sigh.

So, I made my own inspired lesson planner pages, and I love them.

I also made a year at a glance set of pages.

I'm really happy with how they turned out.  I was able to give myself the space I needed for each subject and have it exactly how I wanted.  Erin Condren fabulous? No, but I'm happy with it.

Not just my lesson plans got prettied up.  I made these curtains for my shelves.  All sorts of junk that I don't want to look at is hiding back there.  They look black, but their really brown and white polka dots.  Happy!

I also made a class blog to replace my class website.  Why, you ask?  Well, several reasons.  I have always done a class newsletter to e-mail out because most people don't check the website.  Then e-mail addresses change, one parent is on, one isn't, sometimes I forget to attach the newsletter to the e-mail, blah, blah, blah.  Then I'd have to update the same information on my website.  No more!

See that follow by e-mail spot?  Parents can sign up to receive the updates, and I don't have to worry about it.  Yea!  I did consider a Wordpress blog because it can be password protected, but in the end, I didn't want to learn a new platform.  I did find a way to password protect in Blogger, but it takes extra steps for every single post.  I'm going to password protect the class pictures page and call it good.


These two bulletin boards were almost the death of me.  At the very least, they were the death of my Sunday.

See, lovely Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files made these incredible CRAFT and VOICES bulletin boards.  And because she's awesome, she gave them away for free.  Yea!  So I downloaded them, printed them, cut them out, and started putting them up.  Only, MY BOARD WAS TOO SMALL.  Yes, I'm yelling.  I almost cried when I realized that.  But I really loved the idea of having them, so I remade them on my own.  It took forever, but it's done.  And now that they're up I think I'm going to be able to move the VOICES board to a larger bulletin board, defeating the entire purpose of one remake.  Yea me.

I'm usually all about the sharing, but since this is not even close to my own idea and an almost total copycat, I don't feel good about it.  You should just go visit Kristen and download her fabulousness.

On the home front, um, I made some clean laundry?  I'm in full on school mode, so nothing pretty is happening around my house.  I bathe.  The kids are clean.  That's about all.

Go visit Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics to see what she and everyone else has been up to for this week's Made it Monday.


I realize my post is way too wordy, but that's me in a nutshell.  Deepest sympathies to my husband.  Seriously, y'all.  My husband uses 5 words when 10 would do.  I use 100 when 10 would do.  But we must always remember:

Hope you had a productive day!
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13 comments

  1. Your posts always make me giggle!! I love everything you made this week...and congrats on the 10 pounds lighter clothes! :-)

    Nichole
    Craft of Teaching

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  2. I totally know what you mean about things on the home front! My house has definitely seen better days!! :)
    ~Stephanie
    Mrs. A's Room

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  3. Your Monday Made It items look amazing! I love the colorful planning pages you made. Just my style!

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  4. Love your planning pages! They are so pretty. I also love the yourecard picture. I called my husband over to read it. I'm wanting to do a classroom blog instead of website myself. I'm required to have a webpage but I hate it. It isn't user friendly like a blog. So I'm thinking of doing a blog and not asking permission. You know what they say about permission and forgiveness.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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  5. I love your post! I should make my own to do lists and schedules--then it would be exactly how I wanted them! I am your latest follower. I would love to have you come by and visit--even enter my giveaway! You could win a laminator!

    www.ateacherwithoutaclass.com

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  6. Hey Megan! I also "stole" ladybug's CRAFT idea and redid it to fit my board, so we're in that boat together. I DIE when I see your laundry room photos. My laundry room is not even a room, it's a closet with sliding doors. So when I take stuff out of the washer, I have to pile it on the dryer, then close the door and open the other one to put the clothes in the dryer. UGH...I can't stand it, but alas, it does work and we "USUALLY" have clean clothes, so what they hey! I love your planner and think it's just as good, even better, than the more expensive one! Bright and cheery just like all your creations!!

    Susan
    owlroom.blogspot.com

    PS...I'm still mulling over the site...it's so stinking cute!!! I'm in love!!

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  7. I love everything!!!!!!!! :-) Is your adorable planner for sale anywhere??? And your class blog is amazing idea- much easier!!!

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  8. I'm sorry, but I'd rather have your planning pages than...Who's did you mention? You should go into the business of making planners, then your children might not be clean, but you could still find time to bathe! I really loved your entire post and I read the whole thing . . .I didn't just look at the pictures! I need to share that e-card with my husband...It cracks me up!
    Jenny
    Owl Things First

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  9. I'm thinking of beginning a classroom blog b/c I too did a weekly newsletter - but I would forget to attach it, leave off a spelling word and/or get about half of the emails returned. How do you plan on using it? Will parents & kids be able to comment? Do you need to get it approved by the district?

    ThatNewCrayonSmell

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  10. Hi Megan,
    This post made me laugh out loud which I needed desperately. I especially LOVE your comment. "On the home front, um, I made some clean laundry? I'm in full on school mode, so nothing pretty is happening around my house. I bathe. The kids are clean. That's about all." Don't we all feel just like that this time of the year? Your curtains & planbook are too cute.
    Your newest follower,
    Wendy
    4th-5thgradehappiness.blogspot.com

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  11. Wow, everything looks great!! I really love your planner, it's adorable! Congrats on loosing 10 pounds! Go you!!

    Ashley
    The Resource Room Teacher

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  12. LOVE your planner pages!! And glad you found a solution to your small bulletin boards. Everything looks fab!

    Janaye
    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

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