Thursday, August 14, 2014

Favorite Back to School Purchases Linky Party

Even when I was a student, back to school purchases were extremely exciting!  I remember packing and unpacking my school backpack over and over and over during the weeks before school started. I still love buying things for school!  Just wish I had a larger budget. Ha!

I'd like to invite you to linky up with your favorite back to school  purchases!  
Please grab the linky images from my post and add them to your post.

Here are some of my favorite back to school purchases this year.

My Erin Condren Life Planner...
Oh, how I love my Erin Condren Life Planner!
It's my 2nd year with one of her planners.  
This year, I chose to add family pictures.

The front...

The back...

And because I am a tiny bit of a freak about wanting the pages of my planner to look nice, even when my schedule is BONKERS.  I searched the whole first half of the summer for a way to write in my planner with something colorful, but erasable.  I hate whiteout.  It's bumpy.
Thanks to Jennifer, from First Grade Blue Skies, I discovered a solution.

The colors are beautiful.
They write just the way I wanted them to.
They really do erase - perfectly.
They also have erasable highlighters.
I seriously love these markers!  
I assigned a color to each family member 
+ red for the whole family activities 
+ blue for school/work events

I use the  purple highlighter for planning/recording my exercise.
I originally planned to use another one of the highlighters for meal planning, 
but since I barely know how to cook anything I decided to junk that plan.

I also purchased new book bins for my classroom.
This summer, I've been on a mission to reorganize my classroom library for 2nd grade. 
I bought these amazing chapter book bins from Really Good Stuff.
Each bin has dividers to make 3 sections.
I'm going to keep a different series in each section.  
The 3 different series in each bin will be the same level.

My Ticonderoga pencil jar was the best deal of the summer.
I bought this adorable straw pencil jar for 50¢ at a thrift store.
I made the label with my Silhouette.
It might earn a bow before school starts.

I hope you'll link up with your favorite back to school purchases!
I can't wait to see what you bought for your classroom this summer!


  1. Hi Kimberly! I hadn't heard about the erasable Frixion markers. I have to get those! I also ordered the chapter book bins from Really Good Stuff. They're due to arrive next week. I can't wait. Yours look great! Thanks for sharing these.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  2. Hi Mona,
    Thanks for visiting today! I think you'll love the Frixion markers and the chapter book bins. Happy new school year!

  3. I LOVE those book bins!! And the erasable markers are awesome too! Back to school purchases are so much fun. :)


  4. Hi Kimberly, Glad to hear about those markers. Even happier to hear you are from Michigan... me, too. I always dream of doing a Michigan blogger thing. Maybe sometime. In the meantime, I'm following you. And if I find time to blog about back to school purchases, I'll link up! Kathleen
    Kidpeople Classroom