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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


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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Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}



Back to School! {Monthly Giveaway Series}

I know this makes me seem old when I say this…but, I cannot figure out where this year has gone!  It is hard to believe that Back to School season is already upon us. It’s even crazier that many of you have already started back! We’ll be heading into the Fall and Holiday seasons before we know it. 

I can’t really say I miss being in school, but I do miss back to school shopping. There is something fabulous about brand new pencils and notebooks. I can’t send you all a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils {<— name that movie!}, so how about a giveaway instead? You can enter to win $50 worth of handmade goodies to help you prep for the new school year! 

Back-to-School Giveaway!


The start of a new school year is kinda like January 1st. You have a clean slate and it’s a great time to get organized! Polka Dot Posie is offering a printable school planner – your choice of a Student, Teacher, or Homeschool Planner. I use a Polka Dot Posie Planner for my personal and blog calendars and I absolutely love it! {Value : $12}

teacher plannerYou can visit Polka Dot Posie on their website, Etsy store, and on Facebook

Speaking of getting organized, you’re going to need something corral all of those school supplies. Pink and Lime Designs creates adorable personalized pencil boxes that are perfect for just that! You can win your own customized and personalized pencil box! {Value : $14.95}

pencil boxYou can find Pink and Lime Designs at their Etsy store and on Facebook

 You can’t start back to school without the perfect journal for passing notes back and forth with your best friend. I mean… for taking diligent notes in class. Yes. That’s what you need a good notebook for. ;) Beautiefull Things is giving away two custom composition notebooks. Aren’t they adorable? {Value : $10}

composition notebooksYou can find Beautiefull Things at their Etsy store, their blog, Facebook and Instagram.  

 We all know the best part of the day is lunch. You’ll be the most stylish person at the lunch table with this adorable vintage-inspired, oil cloth lunch bag from Cute Bright Things. The bag is white with light blue polka dots, and the side panels are yellow with red flowers. Oil cloth fabric is fully wipeable, which will make keeping the bag clean an easy job. So cute! {Value : $12}
oil cloth lunch tote
You can find Cute Bright Thing at their Etsy store, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram
 The giveaway will run through Tuesday, August 19th. You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. {If you’re reading this in a blog reader or via email, you may need to click through to the post}.

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