Sunday, October 26, 2014

I Love a Good Deal!

Hey all!! If you're following me on Facebook and IG, then you may have seen me posting pics today about some deals at Staples! This got me thinking... I hope all my teacher friends know about the amazing deals that Staples offers! So I'm here today to share with you some of the deals I've gotten in the past couple months!

I check the coupons on often! (which is where the coupon above can be found) I'm also on their email list so I get notice of deals and sales on a weekly basis. I was super excited this morning when I saw another rebate for paper! They have these coupons and rebates often, but haven't had any since back to school time. My backup, backup paper supply was running low so this was perfect timing!
Another thing about these coupons... They release them fairly often but it's usually only a small window in which you can use it. However, each time they put out a new coupon, it's a different coupon code and a different rebate code. So every time a new coupon comes out, you're eligible for the rebate even if you used the previous coupon. Make sense?!

Here's how the rebates work...
You can get 4 of the same rebate per household. I always print 4 coupons and they will usually scan them all in 1 transaction (even though the coupon says 1 per customer) - sometimes you can even just use 1 coupon and they will scan it 4 times. The coupon will discount the paper, so today I paid $2.81 for each ream of paper. Bring home your rebate receipt and go to your computer right away! You'll have your rebate entered in under 5 minutes! You'll head to Staples Easy Rebates, click 'store purchase,' enter in your rebate offer number and ID number from the receipt, your personal info, hit submit, and you're done! (Because I do the rebates so often, I set up my account so I can click 'Retrieve' and then log in and it'll bring up all my personal info so I don't have to retype it each time).

The rebates for these single reams will arrive within 4-6 weeks as a check. Rebates for the larger cases and 5-ream packs will come as a Visa debit card. I don't care either's money back in my pocket! (I usually save the Visa cards and use them to buy ink!)

(As I'm typing this blog post, I just got the email that my rebate has already been processed. I submitted it an hour and a half ago! Amazing!! See you soon rebate check!)

Sadie approves of my amazing paper deal!! She even gave it a taste test to make sure it was legit. 

If you don't have a Staples rewards card, GET ONE!! I recycle all my ink there so I get ink rewards plus rewards for all my purchases. I kept this $6 in rewards for future use because I had $11 in other rewards that I put towards my purchase today!

 The main reason why I went to Staples today was to get my lesson book bound into a spiral notebook. I had the pages printed, laminated, and ready to go for some time now. I wanted to make sure my schedule wasn't going to change...again... and then I would get it bound. Well, 2 weeks turned into 4 weeks, and that turned into the first 9 weeks of school. But, I got it done and I'm super happy with how it turned out! The binding cost less than $5!

While I was there today, I saw this great deal on Flair Pens. I had to practice some restraint because I already have 2 full packs and had a parent buy me a 4-pack recently. You'll be happy to know, I walked out with these (but I'm seriously thinking of going back and getting them this week....who knows when you'll need a new pack of Flair Pens?!)

Here's one of my summer deals! (Told you I had a full pack of Flair Pens already!) I got the binder, Flair Pens, and Sharpies for $11! That binder starts out at about $9 to begin with!! Here's how it went down... There was a coupon on for 50% off Avery binders. If you bring in an old binder to recycle you can trade it in for $2 off when buying a new binder. I also had coupons from for the pens and Sharpies.

Well, now you know what a steals and deals nerd I am!! I love finding coupons and ways to save money! I hope you have a Staples nearby so you can take advantage of these deals. If not, you can always order online (in the US)!!
(Sorry my international and Canadian friends! You'll just have to come visit!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Overwhelmed, Underwhelmed, or Whelmed?

I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?
- 10 Things I Hate About You

Back to school is a thing of the past, yet I still feel like I'm running around, scrambling, trying to get things done! I would come home every day feeling overwhelmed with things to do, my to do list was never-ending, and I was running on fumes.

This past weekend, I took a step back and realized something needed to change. I don't want to feel overwhelmed anymore! I don't need to feel underwhelmed, but if I can be in the whelmed state I'll start to feel better!

Every day I would look around my classroom before leaving and think "What do I need to take home with me today?" NO! That needs to stop! I don't want to feel like I need to take something home with me. I don't have children yet, but I do have my wonderful husband and doggie. I want to come home and spend time with them, not with my school work. I love to come home and veg out while watching TV and creating new products for TpT. I'd also love to get on this blog more and write to you all. Bringing home a bag of work every day is stopping NOW! (Half the time the bag would just sit near me and nothing would get done anyways!! So what's the point in bringing it home at all?!)

We do so much as teachers and we all know we don't get paid enough. Don't get me wrong, I love my career and I knew I'd never make tons of money from it. But, I'm tired of feeling like the world is on my shoulders and having a to do list with hundreds of things. I don't mind coming home and looking up new activity ideas or laminating and prepping for stations, but gone are the days when I sit at home every evening with tedious school work. I will do what I can with my time after school (and I don't even mind staying a little late), but then I need to come home and enjoy myself and my little family! I need to put myself and my family first!!

I will continue to love what I do... but I just can't do it all the time!

No more breakdowns, no more bags of work, no more late nights trying to get just one more thing done! Let's get to the whelmed state and put ourselves and our families first!! Are you with me?!

Thanks for listening to my rant, my opinion, my view! I know it may not be yours and you may be thinking "Wow, that girl is cray to the Z!" but I appreciate you reading along! And because you made it all the way through, I have a little freebie for you! Along the lines of making sure I don't feel overwhelmed, I'm having a "copy mom" for the first time!! I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to my copies, so I made up these little copy direction sheets for the parent so she'll know exactly what I need. Enjoy!!

{Click on the image to grab your freebie.}

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Savings Circular! (Oct. 12th)

I'm in love with this new linky party from Nicole over at All Things Apple in 2nd!

I only get the Sunday newspaper and it's all because of the circulars! Love clipping my coupons and seeing what's on sale.

Check out my Sunday Savings Circular to see what deal you can get for today only!!

So, here's the deal...
Buy my Brag Tags for Academics Bundle OR Brags Tags for Behaviors Bundle and you can get ANY of my non-bundle brag tag packs for FREE!

Just email me at with your TpT username, name of the bundle you purchased, and your choice for the free brag tag pack.

If you buy BOTH of my Brag Tag bundles, you can pick TWO brag tag packs to get for FREE!

Head on over and check out all my BRAG TAGS!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Currently My Favorite Month!!

I love October!!! It's my birthday month and the beginning of Fall!
(except Florida has decided to not have Fall so far this year...)

I want to do something enjoyable, but also relaxing for my birthday this weekend. The hubby and I are going to go explore the small downtown area of a smaller neighboring town tomorrow. Today looks like another rainy, overcast day...what to do, what to do?! If only there was a huge, used bookstore nearby because I could totally spend my day there...

Here's my treat for you!

My birthday sale will continue until tomorrow! Everything in my store is 30% off! Click on the image to head to my store or just click here!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Happy Birthday to ME!

WHOA!!! I can't believe I'm saying this, but...... it's my 30th birthday!!
I have a special freebie for you today and a fun sale happening all weekend!! (because birthdays last for more than one day, right?!)

In honor of the big 3-0,
EVERYTHING in my store will be 30% off from Friday, October 3rd until Sunday, October 5th!
Click here to head on over to my store and get some great deals!

It may be my birthday, but I have a present for you!
I created a brand new Write the Room activity with a birthday theme. For TODAY ONLY it will be FREE! (It will be priced at $1 starting on Sat. October 4th.)
Click on the image to grab your one-day only freebie from my store! Feedback is always appreciated!

Check out the birthday card envelope I got from my best friend. So glad all of the postal system now knows my age!! HA! Gotta love it!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Introducing The Primary Pack!

I am so excited to have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the fabulous bloggers of The Primary Pack!  We are collaborating to bring you a rainbow of ideas!  Make sure you follow along to grab a bunch of colorful freebies, as well as enter our giveaway with $300 worth of prizes!

Hey all! I'm Elyse blogging from A is for Apples. I am a Florida native who loves reading, the Florida Gators, and watching TV. I went to the University of Florida and graduated with my Master of Education in 2008. I worked for UF for a year on a multidisciplinary team, taught Kindergarten in Gainesville for 3 years, and now I'm in my 3rd year teaching in the Tampa area.

I have been married to my hubby, Shawn, for a year and a half. We have an amazing dog, Sadie, who is actually the true love of my life! Shawn is a life/business coach and consultant so he's a big positive influence in my life. You'll see me quote him at times which I refer to as my "Shawn-isms."

My true love!!!

We're so opposite!! He's strictly a vanilla guy and I won't touch it unless it's at least 75% chocolate (Why waste the calories if it isn't?!)
At least I know I'll never have to share my dessert... (and I take my dessert very seriously!!!)

Teaching Kindergarten is something I always knew I'd do. I grew up helping my Mom in her preschool classrooms and always said I'd be a teacher, a Kindergarten teacher. When I moved to Tampa, I needed a job and had to start the year in 2nd grade. After winter break, I happily moved back to Kindergarten which is where I knew I belonged! I love creating activities for my Kinder kiddos and watching them as they learn and grow!

I just have to share my new favorite shirt!
(Except you probably do understand which is why I love blogging and sharing my teacher world with you all!)

To celebrate our new collaborative adventure, The Primary Pack is hosting a giveaway with tons of fabulous prizes!

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway AND here's my "colorful" freebie!  Just click on the image!

 Hop along to meet our other bright bloggers and to grab a rainbow of freebies!