Five for Friday: Back to School Edition!

Another school year has begun! And somehow I managed to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the weekly linky... It has been a great week!

Preparing four classrooms is extremely time consuming. Luckily, I was able to use my Back to School resource that I created two summers ago so that I could focus on the other million little details of getting ready for my students. One favorite activity from the pack is the talking monsters. Some of the dialogue that students created was pretty hilarious!

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There's something so therapeutic about visiting the book store before the school year begins. I found several great ones to add to my collection, and I used these two for the first day. I LOVE Scaredy Squirrel, and the students BEG me to read the other books throughout the year. A few years ago my 4th graders took it upon themselves to begin an adventure journal with Scaredy as the main character, and they took turns adding stories to it throughout the year. It was adorable. They even threw him a birthday party at some point! You just never know how much a single book might change a kid's life.

I seriously don't know what I would do without my part-time teaching assistant, especially at the beginning of the school year. She spent countless hours helping me label and organize my four classrooms. I would be sleeping at school without her. There just aren't enough hours in the day!

I know I'm the last woman in the world to discover Gossip Girl, but I did about 6 months ago. It's so addictive... Not to mention a great distraction from work stress. ;)

This week I discovered a morning treat that allows me to hold onto the summer for just a little. Bit. Longer. Check out these strawberry lemonade smoothies! They are SO delicious (and easy to make).

I'm curious, what are your guilty Netflix pleasures? (I'm looking for suggestions. ;))
Happy weekend!

Why Le Tote is Better Than Stitch Fix

Last year I discovered Stitch Fix (along with thousands of other teachers!) and in the beginning I thought it could be a great way to try some new styles I wouldn't normally attempt. I subscribed to the service and received five "fixes" over the course of many months before calling it quits. Overall, it's a great idea. But the frustrations seem to far outweigh the benefits. No matter how many times I told my Stitch Fix stylist the kinds of clothes I wanted to receive, it never really happened.

I tried creating a Pinterest board to show her what I liked, but nothing resembling that style would appear in my next shipment.

I would specifically tell her what not to send ("No neon patterns, please!"), but somehow that's exactly what I would receive the next time.

Eventually, I gave up and cancelled my subscription. That's when I stumbled upon Le Tote. It makes so much more sense to create an online closet with clothes they will actually send you! As in, you choose what you want to receive! Then you get to keep the clothes--and WEAR them!--for as long as you'd like before sending back whatever you don't want to purchase. Which means you could wear something new almost every day if you wanted to! How great is that?

Here's a handy dandy comparison sheet:

What do you think? Have you had success with Stitch Fix? Have you tried Le Tote?
If you're interested, please feel free to use this code on the Le Tote website to get started! :)