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Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

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Summer is winding down to a close as many kiddos have already headed back to school, and the rest will be making their way shortly. The students in our area have a week left, but our awesome teachers are already back to work prepping for a great school year.

We are really lucky to live in a great school district that is full of amazing teachers and staff. They work tirelessly to educate and love on our kids. That is no easy task! Did you know that teachers actually work around 12-16 hours a day? Did you know that on average, teachers spend $485 a year out of their own pockets to pay for school supplies, instructional materials and other classroom supplies? They still remain passionate about teaching and guiding our kids. I think it is safe to say, our teachers are superheroes! 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

My Mom-in-law is one of the very best! She has been teaching and changing lives for years {including her own boys}. She currently teaches 7th graders. Bless. It takes a special person to teach middle school! I’ve listened to her heart for the students who sit in her classroom, and I see the passion she has for these young people. She works so hard to not only be a great teacher, but to also make her classroom a safe and welcoming place. Many of her students are dealing with some pretty tough stuff at home. I know it must mean so much to them to have a place where they can go and find a listening ear and compassionate heart. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

Before she heads back to her normal routine, I wanted to put together something to bless her. It is impossible to repay our teachers for the blood, sweat and tears they put into their jobs — but it can’t hurt to send a small box of blessings to remind them that we appreciate what they do! 

I had some fun doing a little Back to School shopping at our local Office Depot. Picking up new school supplies is just the best! I set out to collect items to create a “Back to School Teacher Survival Kit”. This is a super simple, but practical gift. All you will need is a pencil box and any items you think a teacher might need in her arsenal. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

For my survival kit, I picked up : 

A pencil box 

Sharpie highlighters

Uni-Ball black ink pens

PaperMate Red Ink Joy Pens {the best! and all teachers need to have their red ink!}

A fun pen holder that can stick to a clip board or desk

Scissors

Sticky notes

Hand sanitizer {because those precious cherubs are snotty and gross}

Tissues {see previous statement}

Breath mints

and chocolate….LOTS of chocolate. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

You might also wanted to consider adding sharpened number 2 pencils, erasers, glue sticks, dry erase markers, gift cards, and anything else that might make their lives a little easier. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

Pack all of your goodies into the pencil box. Add a note of appreciation from either your or your student {or both!}. Fill any remaining space that could be taken up by air with chocolate. You can use this printable label {link at the bottom of this post} to add to the top of the box. The printable is provided in color, but you can print it out in black and white and let your student add some color. 

Your teacher is sure to feel loved and appreciated with this simple gift! And because you know I love great deals, right now, you can save $5 off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch) at Office Depot. You can also buy Sharpie singles for just $.25 each this week {August 17-23}. Because Sharpies are love.  {while supplies last}

 

Don’t forget to sign up for Office Depot Rewards here!  

And download your free label here:  Teacher Survival Kit Label

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How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TV

Hi y’all! Happy middle of the week! On Monday I revealed our new gallery wall that we put up around the TV {the one that has been in the plans for 2 years}. If you missed that post, you can find it here along with a list of sources. Today, as promised, I’m going to show you how I settled on a layout and then got everything hung. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TV

The hardest part of this whole project for me was getting rolling. My arrangements almost always start slow, whether its hanging a gallery of pictures like this or creating a mantel display. It takes a bit of time for me to find the right start, but eventually something clicks. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to decide on your configuration. 

I gathered all of the frames and items I had collected over the last several months and a couple different rolls of wrapping paper {in different colors}. First, I made templates by tracing the outline of each item I thought I might hang on brown paper. I cut them all out and labeled them {except for the ones I could easily identify}. I also marked where the nails should go on many of them to make the actual hanging that much easier. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TVI started plotting out my arrangement by hanging the templates around the TV with tape. I played around with it a bit, moving them around until I thought I had the right fit. This is the best way to see how the shapes and sizes of your wall hangings will work together, but it is good to keep in mind what colors you are working with. 

Once I was happy with the template layout on the wall, I moved to the floor. I measured the height and width of the TV screen and created another template with a different color of wrapping paper. I laid that onto the floor, and then started mimicking the template layout with the actual frames. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TVSince I used multi-colored frames, laying them out like this was the best way for me to see how everything worked together visually. This would of course be most simple if only using black and white prints in one color frame, but I guess I like to keep things interesting for myself. ;) 

If I made a tweak to my layout on the floor, I did the same to the template layout on the wall. Once I was happy with my arrangement, it was time to hang! I used a combination of nails, thumbtacks, and command trips to get everything hung. I could hammer a nail or stick a thumbtack directly through the marked spot on the template, and then just tear the template away to make sure I got everything hung in the right spot. I started from the left side of the TV and worked my way around. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TVI worked on hanging the gallery wall over two days {an hour here and there}, but you could definitely knock this out in an afternoon. 

Do you have any special tips for hanging art?

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TV Gallery Wall

The last few weeks have been about taking care of items that have been sitting on my to-do list for…ever. I have been dreaming up a gallery wall to go around our TV in the living room since the end of 2012 when we upgraded from a box TV and giant entertainment center, to a flat screen and media stand. I am absolutely thrilled that my idea is now a reality! Gallery walls are such a fun way to inject a bit of your personality into your space. They can be done in any variety of ways. I love an eclectic gallery wall that tells you a bit about the people who live in the home. 

TV Gallery Wall

I wanted to put a gallery wall around the television to help it blend in a bit more. My goal was to create a focal wall with meaningful arts and prints…and, “oh, there’s a TV there, too” — as opposed to just being the TV wall. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a TV wall in your house. The way our house is built, this wall is pretty much the first thing you see upon entering, so I wanted to pretty it up a bit. 

As a reminder, here is what this space looked like before both the gallery wall and painting the media stand :

TV Gallery Wall

 And here is what it looks like now! 

TV Gallery WallI am really happy with the end result! I started to get a bit nervous when I was laying it out. I was concerned that it would make the room feel cluttered. I think it adds more character to the space, and having some height on that wall highlights our tall ceilings and actually makes everything feel a bit roomier. The dark and wooden frames seem to add warmth and coziness to the room as well {despite the fact that most of the art has blue tones – which I just now realized and was totally unintentional. I may have a thing for blue.}. Oh! And my adorable new blanket basket is from the Nate Berkus line at Target. How can one love a basket so much?

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

And the view after walking in the front door….

TV Gallery WallI’ll show you later on this week how the gallery wall came to be, but today I’ll leave you with a list of sources. 

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  1. Travel Map of Finland – this belonged to Tim’s Grandpa {who was born in Finland}
  2. Hot Air Balloon with C.S. Lewis Quote – Hope Ink
  3. Psalm 28:7 – I can’t remember who makes this, but it came from Zulily. {Let me know if you know who it is from!}
  4. Custom Hand Painted Monogram – The Winsome Palette {my Aunt makes these and they are fabulous! She does a variety of colors and background images. They make awesome gifts!}
  5. A paint by number I did from Hobby Lobby. Because I am a 5 year old in my heart. ;)
  6. George and Martha Washington Silhouettes – vintage, belonged to my Grandma {similar here}
  7. Isaiah 40 Print – Hope Ink
  8. From a 1979 calendar {it doesn’t get more random than that}
  9. Wooden Arrow from Hobby Lobby
  10. “H” Hoop Art – something I made forever ago
  11. Engagement photo
  12. Ocean Painting – online flea market
  13. Wedding photos

 Do you have a gallery wall in your home? What is your philosophy on television placement?

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