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School Room Peek!

Heather —  August 9, 2010

I use our great room for our schoolroom. This room has tons of windows and light–which is important to me.

I’m not sure why I mentioned I would show our schoolroom during the second week of the Not-Back-to-School Hop (NBTS Hop), because we start school August 24th here…and our schoolroom is NOT-READY.

I have yet to fit our workbox rack back in and drag out our computer tables…

I have barely stowed away all the junk from last year. All our closets seem to look like this!

Still, I am absolutely thrilled that the NBTS Hop has helped me get ready in many ways this year.

In preparation so far, I have all my curriculum lists completed, an –at least– somewhat clean school area…

So, while our schoolroom may not will not inspire you, at least I know where everything is. I hope.

And I enjoy my little desk spot and the kids like to snuggle on the couch and read. It is extra nice when the fireplace is going….we also try to move about the house and work outside as much as possible.

I also tend to tell my teenager he can work wherever he wants–as long as he’s working!

Join in the fun at the Not Back to School Blog Hop!


You know, A long time ago…in a galaxy far, far away, I was a young single mom.  The thought of  Back to School filled me with some good thoughts —

“less daycare costs,” but also some trepidation — “my kid needs some new clothes and school supplies”!

I actually got a credit card once JUST to buy new shoes and a backpack. I paid some RIDICULOUS fees on that thing, too. I still hate the Capital One commercials…even though they are funny.

Anyway, my baby had those shoes and a new backpack. I just ache for the women out there who will be worrying about this later this August.

I wish I had thought up some grand scheme to help these ladies…but I am still a newish blogger….lets work on that next year! For now, I am glad to support the Elmer’s Bagging It Forward program.

The Bagging It Forward Program will be  donating $10 for each blog meme post– up to $10,000 total


  • Participate in the Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward by giving away a virtual bag of school supplies and creating a blog post with specific rules described below.
  • Elmer’s will donate up to $10,000 to Adopt-A-Classroom.
  • You can give as many virtual bags as you want. (but each url will be used only once)
  • The Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward will officially begin at 12 AM EST on July 22, 2010 and end at 12 PM EST on August 12, 2010. Blog posts submitted to us before or after that time period will not be counted.
  • The blog post link has to be submitted in the comment section of this post for your participation to be counted.
  • In addition copy and paste the following text into your blog post:


  • Copy and paste these rules into your blog post.
  • Create a blog post giving a “virtual bag of school supplies” to other bloggers or write about your Back to School shopping trip at Walmart.
  • Link back to the person who gave you a bag of school supplies.
  • Let each person you are giving a virtual bag of school supplies know you have given them a bag.
  • Leave your link in the Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward comment section. You can also find the official rules of this virtual #bagitforward program there.
  • Elmer’s is donating $10 for each blog participating in the Virtual Bag It Forward Donation to Adopt-A-Classroom (up to total of $10,000 for blog posts written by August 12, 2010).
  • Please note that only one blog post per blog url will count towards the donation.

I am donating a Virtual Bag of school supplies to some of my favorite Homeschool moms–because I know they care about all our children’s educations!

I want to donate a virtual bag of school supplies to:





Annie Kate

Just a quick note for the teacher in you:) A few fun things showed up in my email this morning! I love free stuff that is also good stuff!


1. Staples. The yearly “Teacher Appreciation Day” is coming! If you are a registered teacher (this includes homeschoolers with ID) they will be giving away gift bags (to first 100 each store) and have other information and specials. A $10 off $50 coupon is also available. Check the site for the date for your state. Ours is August 15th!


2. Usborne Books is offering their “Get Started with Usborne” Kit for only $15 until August 10th. This is crazy! For that you get the starter kit, well–here in their words:

“Join our team this August, and you will receive 10 of our most popular titles, a set of business supplies, including OrderPro (our electronic ordering program), and a 6 month eCommerce Consultant Web Site.” After the 10th, the price increases, but is still less than the usual price. I assume they are getting ready for school. Anyway, I am suspicious of anything that costs money to start…but I have heard good things about this and for $15 you get 10 Usborne books…go here to check it out. I want to do, but I’m moving so I’m not sure about it yet. I have til 8/10!


3. And last, but cetainly not least, Kidthing is at it again! I love this little ereader, game player, etc. I guess their “Summer Sizzles” promos are ending, but looks like they will continue to send freebies for the kids! Today’s freebie is a Back to School animated book, “First Day Jitters” it is available in English and Spanish. (This is also for teachers–homeschoolers go get them:) Enter the code: ktcode-NEA5RAA, in the search space on the Store homepage.