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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Thirty-One Gifts & Bling!

Earlier this month, What the Teacher Wants! held a Very Thirty-One Give Away. Oh how I hoped I would win as did lots of other teachers! Now Clutter-Free Classroom is having a Linky Party - What is in your teacher's Bag?

What perfect timing! As I just discovered the importance of having a "teacher's bag." Problem: I do not own any bags. Nope.... not a single one. I have one purse and a laptop back. They are both black. They were expensive (coach) and a gift from hubby. I do not believe in matching my purse to my outfit - it would take too long to switch things from one bag to another plus I am not sure I really want to know what my hubby or sons stuck in my pursue for safe keeping then forgot about. It is truly better for me NOT to know!

So... after reading this post and gleaming I am going to need a bag, I went on a search for the top-rated, holds up the best teachers bag recommendations in blog land. I strongly believe in buying it once and not replacing it for at least 10 years (my purse is 3 years old and my laptop bag is 6! You can never tell by looking at them.). The same rules apply to the teacher's bag. I was surprised when the cuteness of thirty-one became the quality of thirty-one as well. So many teachers recommend it!

So off I went with my list of bags wanted... er... needed to hubby. He is the budgeting guru around here. I make a list and added it to his "bill pile" (giggles!) and then wait for the money to magically arrive in my bank account (it is actually ours... I have access to both just one is our spending (me) and one is our bills/savings (hubby) accounts). There is also a want stack but I like the bill pile better... It gets things faster. (shhh! don't tell hubby!). This month when hubby was budgeting everything out, he comes in with my list and asks "are you sure this is all the money you want to spend on this? It doesn't seem like very much." Did I mention how much I love and adore my husband?

So guess what I got ??
This Organizing Utility Tote:

To play along with the linky party - my bag is now holding my textbooks, my current professional reading book, my current children's literature book, all the stuff that used to be in the smurf box (mama's blue box of pens, markers, and such that is off limits to boys!), a binder of practicum info, and my professional notebook for my practicum. Notice how my binder and notebook match my bag. I love that!

I love the colors and the size is perfect. What do I wish was different - pockets on the inside, a way to zip it close and to latch the pockets so things don't fall out. I have a feeling I am going to be searching for something that was in a pocket but is now lost somewhere in the truck under a seat somewhere. Even if there was just one pocket that zipped closed to hold little stuff  would make this already great bag perfect!

During the month of February if you spend $31 your get a 31% off on a second item so I ordered this Thermal Tote for my lunch:

I am actually quite surprised by how big this lunch tote is. It has room for Tupperware containers and all kinds of goodies. Clutter-free Classroom also has a link for 15% off. What a deal!

In other news... I went shopping last night to pick up a few items I needed to complete a few projects for class and I found the most amazing bulletin board letters ever! As hubby would say there was this light shining down from heaven and angels started singing and this man held a gun to me and say I just had to buy it and... and... and... oh wait! That is the video game story!! Anywho... hubby did not understand my squeal of girly joy upon finding this:

Ubber-cute bulletin board letters! I am going to use these for my focus board. I am so excited! I just need some red fabric and I got the cutest boarder to go with it. Not sure what I am going to do for the labels yet but it is starting to come together! YIPPEE! One board down... how many more to go?

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At February 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM , Blogger Miss T said...

Cute everything! I love all my 31 stuff!

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

At February 17, 2012 at 9:32 PM , Blogger Amy said...

I am soo jealous! I want to get a 31 lunch bag, I love how big they are.

The Crazy Adventures of a University Graduate

At February 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM , Blogger Jill said...

I wish I had my name on my bag!!!! But A+ teacher is cool too. All of my kids think it says "at teacher"..... crazies!

Marvelous Multiagers!

At February 18, 2012 at 1:32 AM , Blogger Chalk and Slate said...

Love your bag! Wish it was easier to place international orders as finding cute teaching bags is practically impossible here.

At February 18, 2012 at 2:10 AM , Blogger Chalk and Slate said...

Update: Thanks again for the post. I was able to order my very own teaching bag. I made sure to tag you and Liz on my blog.


At February 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM , Blogger Mrs. Ann Greene said...

Just found your blog. Love it! I am a new follower.

I love Thirty-one bags too. I have the same lunch box but I have not gotten the organizing utility tote yet. However, I do have the large Utility tote in the same print. I love it because I can carry sooooooo much in it, like all that stuff you find at the dollar tree or Target dollar spot on the weekend.

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At February 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM , Blogger Miss Foote said...

Love your bag. Thanks for linkying up:-)

Chickadee Jubilee

At February 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Caryl P said...

How did you live without a bag before this? That I just can't figure out. I hadn't heard of Thirty-One bags until a few months ago and now I hear about them all the time. What a wonderful hubby you have too!

At February 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM , Blogger Mrs. Poland said...

Caryl -

I am still in grad school and not officially teaching yet so I can get away with not having one. =) However, after learning that most first year teachers spend $3K-$5K on their classroom buying organizing materials and supplies... I decided to split that up over the course of my grad program so as not to scare hubby too much.

So far I have I have collected 6 boxes of things for my classroom and I know it is only the beginning. Next month I am investing in sterlite containers. I will label them and get them ready for use. Then move onto my next idea.... organizing and labeling the library. Still searching for ideas on this one...

I am starting my practicum hours next week! So will finally be in a classroom. I will use my bags then. One year left until graduation!

At February 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM , Blogger Crayons and Curls said...

Thanks for visting me! I am now following you! :) Love your 31 bag! I have wanted one of those...may have to buy myself a present! :) Happy Weekend! :)
Crayons and Curls

At February 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM , Blogger Owl Things First said...

I love your bag! The one I got from Christmas happens to be a 31 bag and I didn't even know it until the CFC had the Linky-Party...Now I really feel classy! I feel the same way about purses...They should last forever.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm just starting and, being an "old-lady", technology is sometimes challenging. I get super excited when someone outside my family comments!!

At February 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Cute bag!!!! :) I must confess---I have way too many teacher bags. I have ones that were free, ones that were gifts, and ones that I purchased. I don't know why, but I just can't seem to part with them. I don't have a 31 bag, so I'm thinking I might need to buy one!!! LOL

Live Laugh and Love to Learn

At February 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Kimberlee :) said...

My laptop bag I had for several years just died on me the other day, so I began searching as you did - quality is what counted for me as well. I ended up purchasing 2 Thirty One bags - one for school things and one for home use. :) Love your new bag!

Two Fulbright Hugs
Teacher Timesavers

At March 2, 2012 at 9:01 PM , Blogger Ms.M said...

I have a utility tote and just gave it a make over too. I would agree with you, a zipper pouch and a sipper to close it would be PERFECT!

Ms. M
Ms.M's Blog
A Teacher's Plan

At April 13, 2012 at 9:34 AM , Anonymous Nicole Moyer said...

To help keep your little items more organized in your Organizing utility tote I would highly reccomend one of the zipper puches that thirty-one has to offer! Super cute!! I am a consultant and am currently offering a special- anyone whom has a party with me (book party for those out of state) will receive $40 in free products from me!! That is on top of your party sales and all the free products you get to chose once your party is closed!

I got to see the new Summer Catalog last evening and it is soooo cute! Great new patterns as well as awesome new bags! Let me know if anyone is interested! I would LOVE to help you out!!!


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