Five for Friday (Early)

This week has been a much easier week than last week, although I have to say I am tired.  After packing up my room, knocking out our checklist, and trying to prep the craft room at home for summer, I have fallen into bed by 8:00 two nights this week.

Now all I'm thinking is what in the world will I blog about for two months and what freebies will I create?  For some reason, eating healthy, going to the gym, and pumping gas just don't sound like very entertaining blogs to me.  So, this weekend I am going to try to come up with some sort of fun blogging ideas.  I know a lot of people are doing book studies and blog link ups, so that will definitely help me out.  Your job is let me know what info you want me to blog about.  Leave me some comments.  I may be horrible at responding at times, but I promise I do read them.

Okay, time for Five for Friday :)  I'm also linking up with Manic Monday.  You will definitely want to check out both.  Five for Friday lets you get to know other bloggers and Manic Monday is where you can find TONS of freebies.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

I thought this would make you guys smile.  You see all the stuff on the left side of the hall?  That's mine.  The best investments I've ever made were buying the black storage cubes and all of my tubs.  My black storage cubes slid right under the desks, so it was easy to put them in a safe place.  Then, my tubs all stacked up perfectly.  I also cleaned out the tubs before we got out of school, so when I go back it should be pretty easy to find everything I need.  Oh, and you see my counter top?  I took my white bookshelves from Target and slid those up there.  I put one bookshelf at a time on the counter, filled it up, then added the next bookshelf.  I hate packing, but after 11 years, I think I'm officially a pro.

So, I'm not sure I've mentioned this, but I started watching everything I eat around two weeks ago.  I've been very careful to not drink sugary drinks, including diet drinks, to not eat much bread, and to only munch on fruit as snacks.  Seriously guys!  I haven't had a Coke in two weeks.  Craziness!

Anyway, Tuesday night was my night off from being healthy and dieting.  My teammates, a few other friends and I went to eat at Longhorns.  After eating very carefully, I swear this was one of the best meals I've had.  My friends were amazed by the size of my steak.  They said there was no way I could eat the whole thing, especially after a salad and sharing an appetizer.  Well, I guess I was hungry because I ate every bite.  It was incredible!  The best part is I jumped right back into "healthy/diet" mode.

Last night, my hubby and I went to Target.  We were walking around and I saw this.  I took the picture to show you guys what is out there.  I have already been thinking a superhero unit could be fun, especially if I could integrate several things together.  Now that I've seen this, I'm definitely going to have to make that happen.  I figured if I liked it, you guys may like it, too.

So, I have this friend at school who is hilarious.  Well, yesterday morning she was showing off her purse.  She apparently has a thing for them.  Here's the funny part.  So, where do you buy purses?  Well, she found hers in the garden area of a store.  Yep!  That's right!  She has the SUPER purse because it is a garden bag.  People, she could fit a small infant, a popcorn, Coke, candy, and probably all her clothes for the week in the bag.  If you think I'm kidding, I'm not.

Anyway, as we are all discussing the fact that she could carry a 13 inch television in her purse, we start discussing what the rest of us carry in our purse.  I grab my little purse and pop out 30+ pens.  That cracked everyone up because according to my friend, my purse is only to carry pens.

Well, then this morning a friend of mine was talking online about pens.  All of this talk about pens made me think that you guys may be looking for the perfect pens for lesson plan books, writing letters (Do people still do that?), and for doodling in church (I'd never do that!).  Here are my favorite pens, pencils, and highlighters.  The pens are Sharpie fine tipped pens.  They do not bleed through paper and they are incredible!  My favorite pencils are Pentec Twist-Erase pencils with a .9 lead.  The .9 lead is a little thicker, so sometimes I let my students write with them.  They don't break easily and you can buy refill lead and erasers for them.  My favorite highlighters right now are Scentos.  I have Sharpie highlighters in my purse, but I use Scentos ones at home.  They smell incredible and I don't know.  They are just different.  They can be hard to find, so to give you a head's up - check Michael's.

Okay, I know I already posted these once, but I always like to mention my freebies a little closer to the time you will actually use them.  Here are the summer book reports.  If you like them, click on any of the pages below and it will take you to download them.

Alright!  Off to play Candy Crush clean!


  1. I was having the same dilemma about what to blog about! Workin' It Wednesday , Five For Friday and Made It Monday should keep me busy! I am putting those pens on my list right now. I have use the black one, but didn't know they had colors:)

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  2. Hi Faith! Love those summer book reports! They are so adaptable and I especially like the rating...thank you for the freebies!
    Whimsy Workshop 

  3. I love your Book Report Freebies! Thanks so much for always sharing such an awesome goodie! Your classroom is making me wish for summer! Happy Friday!

    Lucky to Be in First

  4. Hi Faith. I just found your blog through Five for Friday. I'm the same way with pens. I have to find just the write one to write with for certain things. There are some things I like a finer point & a nice R.S.V.P pen is good for that & it usually depends on what I'm grading to determine if I'm going with fine point or thicker point. I'm going to have to check out those Sharpie ones, though. I'm your newest follower. I love your blog.


  5. Thanks for the book reports. These look like fun! I have students who would be totally into them if I sent them home with them. Happy summer!


  6. Those cups from Target are so cute! I could use those with my students-fun!
    Conversations in Literacy

  7. Sharpie pens are my FAVORITE. I love love love them. I want that big pack with all those colors now- why did you have to post it? Why?! I'll wait for them to be on sale before school starts. :-)

    Wow, you are a great packer! I wish packing was that easy for me! I don't have anywhere to stack up bookcases or anything like that. So it takes me forever to pack, but when I go to unpack, it's not too difficult. It's worth it!

    Blooming In First

  8. Thanks for linking up your freebie at TBA this week.
    I'm having a Great, Big Pout-Pout Fish Giveaway and I would love for you to enter!
    On Mondays I have a Quick and Easy Art Project link up, it can be a post or a product. On Thursdays I have a Technology Tips link up, I would love for you to link up with them!

    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!

  9. Found you through Classroom Freebies. I just linked up Book Motivators on Classroom Freebies to get kids to reach for that next book! I post a lot of book lists on my blog. Please visit if you get a chance. Thanks for sharing the book report forms. Caitlin (

  10. Have you tried My Fitness Pal? I've been tracking all of my food and exercise since school helped me realize some patterns and I lost 3 lbs in about a week and a half.