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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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Ink and Laminant Snob!

OK, really!  I am on my third set of ink cartridges since July!  Every trip to the office supply store is over $60.00 for ink!  Dear hubby says nothing, but I can see it on his face:(  I remember reading a post over the summer about a blogger who buys really cheap ink on Amazon.  So, I headed over to check it out today and ordered the "Compatible Cartridge ink" for only $9.99 for the 3 colored and 1 black.  (insert GASP!) 
Am I crazy, am I going to ruin my beloved printer?  I read the reviews and heard many good and some bad.  Hmmm....  Any thoughts, comments, suggestions from blogland?

Then while at Amazon, I ordered Laminating Pouches for my home laminator.  I actually bought it last year and never used it (OK, maybe once!).  SO-as I am often a Sunday planner (don't judge) I have started printing my TpT purchased and made (yes, by me!) centers.  Now, I want to laminate everything with this as it is so thick! The Amazon price was $4.00 less than a certain office supply store and was 100 pouches instead of 20! SCORE!

 I do still put lots of things through at school...but its not the same.  I store my centers in large  envelopes and they don't fit through my laminator.   Here's a sneak peek at what's laminated and ready to go for this week. 
Stellaluna Book Study     BOO! A Primer and Pre-Primer Sight Word Game     Pumpkin Noun Sort

Ok, maybe now I don't feel so bad! 

Now, don't forget to enter my Marianne Berkes giveaway for a free, autographed book called Animalology!  Check it out HERE! You will love her books if you haven't read them and they work perfectly with first grade Science curriculum.  You have until midnight tonight.

Mrs. Wathen
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  1. I hear you on the ink! I just started buying mine at a place in the neighbourhood that refills the cartridges. MUCH cheaper!
    I'm a Sunday planner, too -- ha ha:)

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

    1. That's a great idea. I love supporting locals. Glad yo know I am in hood company on Sundays. Thanks for entering:)

    2. Sorry, I was on my iphone... Glad to know I am in GOOD company on Sundays! LOL

  2. I'm proud to be in your "laminated and ready to go" pile! Here's my secret...I have parents who are willing to print in color for me. I send them lots and lots of things each week. I also print some on my colored printer at school, and, some on my colored printer at home. I like to spread the wealth!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. I love the sight word games! The kids are going to be so excited on Monday. Parents are a great idea too. I am going to ask for volunteers in my newsletter.

  4. I am so glad I read your post! I am so tired of buying expensive ink!! I'm checking out Amazon now.
    Christy :)
    Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers

  5. Tammy, I feel like all I do is print, laminate and cut lately!! I've been printing at school a little and at home a little...need to get my own laminator though! Would help make my life a little easier. Miss you!


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