Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Optimum Organization, a giveaway, and a favor

Yesterday, I went to my classroom for the first time and started transitioning into Back-to-School mode. I still have a month left before I have to report, but they had finished cleaning and I was really excited about a new piece I was adding to the room.

About two weeks ago, I received an email from SmileMakers asking if I would be interested in reviewing one of their products.

Have you ever heard of them? I had, but I'll admit I didn't know anything about the company. They are part of Staples and have been open for 35 years. They offer a lot of great teaching products (including the Dots on Turquoise set that I LOVE and was tempted to review), which made my decision more difficult! Some of the items I considered (click on the picture to follow the link):
Dots on Turquoise Designer Desk Set
Desk Organizer - Low
TCH1173 - Assorted Rectangular Plastic Woven Baskets
Assorted Rectangular Plastic Woven Baskets

But I finally decided on this:
TCH1153 - Crafts Keeper
Craft's Keeper

It took less than a week for the package to arrive on my doorstep, which is awesome because I hate waiting. Then again I had to wait about a week for my classroom to be finished so I could set this up and use it. 

 It required no tools and had very simple step-by-step instructions. (Crayons not included - that was to entertain Keagan)

I had a little bit of trouble putting the main box together only because I started assuming what I was supposed to do next and veered from the instructions. Fortunately it was very easy to go backwards and fix my mistakes. This is the main structure completed. It's nice and sturdy for craft supplies.

Once I finished putting together the little boxes, I was eager to fill my new product with crafts. It was perfect timing because the piece of furniture it's sitting on was about to collapse (plus I was just throwing odds and ends there and needed some organizational help), so I needed to reorganize and downsize.

Right now, the boxes are stuffed with regular markers, highlighters, glue sticks, and dry-erase markers. The boxes are deep and can hold A LOT!! I think I'm going to move the expo markers back with my white boards, but I wanted to try it out. I'll probably add crayons to that box instead. And of course, I'll have to create some cute labels!

When I went back to my class, I also found out I have $100 to spend from the beginning of school. I hate to pay shipping on ANYTHING, so I was thrilled to see these deals. Now it's just a matter of prioritizing and deciding what I want. So glad that they emailed me and I was able to learn about their company!

I also wanted to share about a great giveaway going on at Looking From Third to Fourth. I'm giving winner's choice of one item. Go check it out!

And don't worry, I haven't forgotten about my own giveaway. I plan on starting it sometime early next week. Stay tuned!

One final thing: I'm on instagram (@dalton_gang) and would LOVE for you to follow me! Now that I'm finally ready to think about school, I will be sharing more teacher-y pics. But my big favor is that you'll find this picture (its a few photos back, or you can click on the image below and go right to the site) and like it! 

I'm up against my sister to see who can get the most likes (well, right now it's just me vs. my sister) and win a $20 gift card to one of our favorite boutiques, James & Leigh. Right now she's beating me by 3 likes, so I need some help!


  1. I have an item coming from Smile Makers too! I can't wait for it to arrive :) I love your craft organizer - I will need to add that my (ever-growing) wishlist!

    I just went and signed up for your giveaway - sorry the missed the initial post. If you've already gotten it all organized and don't need another contributor, I totally understand.

    Cute dress - I went and "liked" it! :)

    Joy in the Journey

  2. I didn't know you used dots on turquoise! They are my favorite! No wonder we're friends =)

    -Amanda @
    Teacher at the Wheel

  3. Love the craft organiser, definitely a great choice!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

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