<![CDATA[The School Supply Addict - Blog]]>Sat, 21 Nov 2015 03:48:56 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Graphics FREEBIE!]]>Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:07:24 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/graphics-freebieI hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!  For those of you already in school, I'm sorry.  :)

Today, I've got a fun back to school freebie for ya!  Just click the sets below to download.  The chalkboards and chalk are in my TPT shop.  The papers are on the Facebook page and can be found in the "Freebies for Fans" tab. 
<![CDATA[Christmas In July SALE!]]>Mon, 13 Jul 2015 04:07:54 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/christmas-in-july-saleHas it REALLY been 4 months since I last blogged?!  Wow.  

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer!  I know I have... and it's going way too fast.  

This week, the girls at Blog Hoppin' and I will be celebrating Christmas in July!  I've got a great week of sales planned out!  Just click the links below the graphic to head to TPT.
CLICK TO SHOP! (then click the Christmas in July banner)

Monday - 20% off ALL 777 Sets
Tuesday - 20% off ALL Mini Sets
Wednesday - 20% off ALL Paper Sets
Thursday - 20% off ALL Frame Sets
Friday - 20% off ALL Seller Design Bundles

Be sure to check out the other shops from the girls at Blog Hoppin'!  

Have a great week everyone!  Only 6 more months until Christmas!  Hobby Lobby already has decorations out if you're really in the mood.  Haha!  #nothanks  #illwaituntilnovember
<![CDATA[Engineer-A-Coaster {Review & Freebies}]]>Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:06:18 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/engineer-a-coaster-review-freebiesLakeshore is one of my favorite sources to furnish and supply my classroom.  Although I don't live near one anymore (#sadsville), I still order plenty each year!  When they contacted me to do a review on one of their new STEM products, I nearly flipped out of my chair.  ME!?  A review!?  For a product from "teacher heaven" store?  Why yes.

I didn't even realize this because I've been in the kindergarten-business-fog, but they have a lot of new great STEM products (I want them all) and I just couldn't pass up the Engineer-A-Coaster set.  Honestly, I picked the product that I thought my kids would go nuts over, and they did.  

Oh, how they did.  I don't usually hear arguing in my room, but this brought it out.  They all want to use it.  ALL. THE.  TIME.  

So, here goes.  Here's why I've fallen in love with this awesome product.  
This set is totally hands-on.  As you can see, there are big chunky pieces to move around.  The basic premise of the product is to essentially "engineer a roller coaster", as cleverly described in the product name.  Kids move the blue tracks around, place the brown drop bin at the bottom, then test their creations with little cog wheels.  There are cards included to give them some ideas, but they usually go rogue.  They like to create the most ridiculous track formation possible (using every single piece).  They're 5 and 6.  It wouldn't be natural for them to follow the "recommended" track patterns.  Haha!  This set gives them a real-life experience with forces, motion, gravity, speed, and or course... big crashes.  They LOVE it.  Of course I sometimes have to steer them towards a more conservative design, but it's amazing to see some of the designs they've come up with.
They'll hold you hostage until you let them play with it.  I'm not kidding.  The first time I got it out, I nearly got mauled.  They came up with the idea to create a sign-up sheet and take 5 minute turns with a buddy.  Smart kiddos.  :)  We have had this thing for about a month and it is still the number 1 activity they request during any sort of free time or indoor recess.  As you can see, I have a big magnetic drip pan (found in the WalMart automotive section next to the oil) and it is perfect for two of them to synergize together to engineer their own coasters.  The one pictured above didn't fare well.  They told me it was a "disaster and anyone who would have been riding a real roller coaster like that would die."  Touche, guys.  
I don't think I have to tell you, but this product promotes so many things....
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Trial & Error
  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • and having fun... obviously
Excuse my dusty kitchen table, but look at all the goodies!  The set is really well made and I can't foresee having an issue with breakage.  I may laminate my cards or put them on some sort of ring because they have gotten a little tattered from all the use.  They're still in overall great shape though!  You receive everything shown in the photo and the pieces are really easy to use with smaller hands.  It did take mine about a day or two to get use to the super strong magnets, but they're pros now.  It's actually a great fine motor activity for those kids who have have weak hand muscles.
I've used it for science, but we also use it for indoor recess!  You could even use the pieces to make letters (ones that have "sticks"), or even take it home for your own sweetie!  Here are some other places you can stick the pieces to if you don't happen to have an easel or magnetic board handy...
  • a fridge
  • washer/dryer if you have one that's not a front-load
  • metal door
  • you car (it's a stretch, but you could totally slap those things on the side of your suburban if you get desperate while your're tailgating with friends... and need a kid-friendly activity)

I went ahead and spent about 8 hours creating a video for you.  Haha!  No lie, I'm terrible at these and haven't made one in a while.  There's a demo of how it works at the end!  Yay!  

NOTE:  I made this in HD and it is still really fuzzy.  I'm going to play with it and try to figure out what's going on.  

If you'd like to get your hands on one of these sets, then head right over to Lakeshore's website!  I've even got a coupon for ya!  
Okay, what would it be if I did a blog post without some sort of printable or clipart product?  I've created some printables that your students can use with the Engineer-A-Coaster!  

Click to Download the Supplemental Printables! 

Let me know if you buy it!  I'd love to hear about some more fun ways to use it.  :)  
<![CDATA[Home Office Makeover]]>Wed, 04 Feb 2015 02:55:38 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/home-office-makeover
Most of you may remember that my husband and I moved back to the states about a year and a half ago, after living in Switzerland for two and a half years.  Living in a 600 square foot apartment really gives you an appreciation for space... and having a laundry room.  One of the things I've been working on for the last few months is our home office.  In Switzerland, it was the couch and the dining room table.  It worked, but one of the things I really wanted in our new home was an office!  A place to store all my crap, do all my work, and shut the door when it turned into a hot mess (and it does).  I'm not gonna lie... I still like to bring the laptop to the couch, but it's not "the office."  I thought I'd share my space with ya!  

The photo below is my Swiss work area... aka the dining room table.  I didn't have a lot of crap over there, so it wasn't too bad.  I just shoved everything into a tiny closet when we had guests.  
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
And here's my space now!  I love really neutral colors and haven't put too many bold colors in our house (except for the dining room and master bedroom).  This room was a baby-blueish-gray color before and it made me nauseous.  We went with Porter Paint: Ashen.  I LOVE it.  In fact, I love it so much that this is the same color of our living room and hallways.  It's like a beige with a hint of gray.  
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
The big beast desk is from Target!  It can be found in their online collection and believe me.... it's sturdy and worth the price.  Check out the desk.
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
The two tall shelving units along the back wall are more for decor.  There is some stuff stored on them, but I really just wanted a place to put photos, decor pieces, and something to break up the big beige wall.  They're from IKEA!  One of my favorite places!  Check out the shelves.
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
This little desk piece may be my favorite in the room.  I found it at Hobby Lobby and it's darling.  I keep printer cartridges, paper, and cardstock in those three drawers.  They're the perfect size!  The mirror is also from Hobby Lobby and was SO UGLY when I bought it.  It was a sad ugly teal mirror put in the sale area.  It was originally around $300 and I walked away with it for about $30.  A little spray paint gave it a new life.  Those wire baskets are from Walmart and can be found in the kitchen area.  They are those little baskets that you can hang inside your cabinets.  I threw the big hooks away, spray painted them to match the mirror, then hung them up with some nails.  $10 for a really simple and cute storage solution.  
Check out the wire baskets.   I can't find Hobby Lobby's furniture, so I'm sorry!  
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
My two favorite things to decorate with are fun antiques and photos.  I love being reminded of trips we've taken, special days, and of course... family.  :)
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Besides antiques and photos, I love finding inexpensive pieces or taking old things and jazzing them up a bit.  I'm telling y'all... spray paint does a world of wonders.  This old vase was black and scratched up before I went cray cray with the paint.  I also don't have anything against fake foliage.  I'm not huge on fake flowers, but I'll do the green stuff.  Since the office doesn't get much natural sunlight, it's an easy way to add some "life."  :)
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
The right wall... complete with hooks for my "smaller" teacher bag.  There's not a hook strong enough to hold my massive one.  Haha!  It must weigh 50 pounds.  
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Another one of those baskets... and a giant chalkboard!
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
A little reading nook in the corner.  I'll be quite honest.  I don't read here.  I'm not a big reader [aaahhhhh... gasp].  If I do manage to read, it's usually at night... in bed.  I have a bible app (OliveTree) on my phone that I've loved using, but as for real-life books?  Ehhhh... I'm working on it.  The chair is from World Market and the little table is actually milk crates from Walmart and an old picture frame for the top.  I was struggling to find a table I liked.  The crates double as storage!  :)  Check out the crates.  Check out the chair.
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Okay, I feel bad.  I'll be honest again.  This chair is from our dining room.  Hahaha!  I am struggling to find a chair I like, and I'm not buying a fancy chair for a corner that will just collect dust.  So.... I stole the chair for staging purposes.  Forgive me.

Now, for the desk area.  This is where the magic happens and the clutter collects.  
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Cheapest organization trick.  I think I got all of these pieces at Walmart.  The basket is in the bathroom area and the glass pieces are in the kitchen area.  Less than $8 for all the pieces.  
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Some more spray paint magic!  I had the little white teacher candle holder (gift) and I found two more that kind of matched.  They were black before!  
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
This little guy is another antique.  It's an old tea bag tray thing (I think) and I use it as a drawer on one of the top desk shelves.  It's cute and functional.  
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
There's also an unsightly cord problem and a black file cabinet hidden on the far end of the desk.  
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
Finally... this may give you some insight as to why I chose the silly name for my blog.  This is JUST the stuff I have at home.  If you saw my school cabinets, you'd think I was "certified."   Instead of clothes, this closet holds office supplies, files, craft stuff, and more.   
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes
One of my three sidekicks.  See?  I told you I like beige.  He's my favorite shade of it.  :)
Home Office Makeover by Ashley Hughes

Want to share your space?  Link up below!

<![CDATA[New Look... and a Sale!]]>Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:03:10 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/new-look-and-a-sale
I hope y'all love the new look!  I've been wanting to give my site a clean look for a while and I am so happy I finally got it done!  

Can you believe it's almost February!?  In order to kickoff the month, the Blog Hoppin' ladies and I are throwing a sale!  In case you haven't already seen my Digraph Bundle, be sure to throw it in your cart during the sale!  There's a big preview of it below!    

Click to Shop

<![CDATA[Autumn Kidlets + Facebook Fan Freebie!]]>Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:16:53 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/autumn-kidlets-facebook-fan-freebieWell, hello Fall break.

It seems as though I only get blog/TPT things done when I'm on a break.  Hmmm.... HOW IN THE WORLD do some of you fantastic ladies (and gentlemen) do it?!   

How!?  What am I missing?  I can't imagine when we have kids.  Will I even be able to shower or feed myself?  I'm in awe of those of you who teach full-time, shower regularly, have kids, be a worthy spouse, and still have time for your blog or products.  I've got the first 2 down.

Today, I finally finished my little Autumn Kidlets set!   I also went ahead and posted some coordinating papers to go with them.  I know it's already well into Fall, but please let me have this win.  I have been a big slacker, so for me to even finish and post something is a celebration.  I'm pouring my wine right now.  

Here's the newest set and papers!
Here's a closer look at the papers!  I just love Fall!  It's definitely my favorite season!  
Happy Fall y'all!  
<![CDATA[Facebook Fan Freebie!]]>Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:57:50 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/facebook-fan-freebieJust wanted to pop in and let you know that I've posted a fun freebie on my facebook page!  If you don't already follow, then be sure to visit, click "like", then find this freebie under the tab that says "Freebies for Fans."  

T minus 28 days until I have a new group of crazy kinders.  Aaahhhh!  

Click to Download from Facebook

Also, I had the pleasure of meeting up with this amazing girl today!  Christy from Crayons and Whimsy.  She is so sweet and we just sat and talked for like 3 hours, over sushi and froyo (I know... it sounds disgusting together).  It's so nice getting to meet blog friends in real life!  We will definitely be meeting up again while she spends the summer here in humid KY!
Y'all have got to check her out!

Christy's Blog
Facebook Page
TPT Shop
Happy Tuesday everyone!  
<![CDATA[Christmas in July!  ]]>Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:52:55 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/christmas-in-julyOnly 6 more months until Christmas, but whose counting?  {cough... me... cough}

The Blog Hoppin' Girls and I are throwing a little Christmas in July sale for the next 12 days!  Woohoo!  In my shop I'm putting a bundle (or groups of sets) on sale each day... for 1 day only.  You'll have to act fast because they'll go back to normal price after midnight (Cinderella sale more like it).  Then another set will go on sale.  

Check out the calendar below to see what my plan is!  Make sure to mark your calendars if there's something you've had your eye on.  
Here are the links for each day!  OR you can just click that snazzy banner below!  
Hop on over to Blog Hoppin' to check out some more sales from my sweet & talented friends!  
I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer!  I've still got over a month left, but I will actually be going in to work on my room this week.  Womp womp.  #teacherscantstop
<![CDATA[Blog Hoppin' Scavenger Hunt!]]>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:51:40 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/blog-hoppin-scavenger-hunt Do you follow Blog Hoppin?  Are you up for a little scavenger hunt?!   Are you on Instagram?  
We're having an AMAZING giveaway over at Blog Hoppin', so head on over to see what you could possibly win... okay, it's a flippin' camera.  A camera!  Like, one of those cameras that make you look like you're awesome at taking photos, even if you're not (like me).   Let me tell ya.  I have this camera and it's the bomb.  It's super easy to use and takes beautiful photos. 

Go to Blog Hoppin' for all the details.

Well, I am an Instagram newbie (like just now starting), so I'll be right there with ya if you are new to it.  You can follow me @ashleyhughestpt  I'm scared that I'm going to become addicted to Instagram.  I've been avoiding it for a while because I have had a crazy busy year... and who wants to add more to their plate, amiright?  
So, come play along... and win that camera!  :) 
<![CDATA[Where's My Teacher!?]]>Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:58:04 GMThttp://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/blog/wheres-my-teacherLast week, my sister had her sweet baby.  Arranging a sub is my LEAST favorite thing to do.  I can't stand it, especially for kindergarten.  Heaven forbid I have a sick day.  I'd rather suck it up and go.  I'd rather go to the dentist.  

Here's a fun and easy activity that you can do with your kiddos if you're out!  It's easy and you can do it regardless of what grade you teach.  Ok, maybe high schoolers would think it's lame.  Elementary kiddos... they'll still bite.  I just call it "Where's my teacher?" writing.  

Easy. Peasy.  Give them a prompt and let them go to town.  Besides me nearly peeing my pants while reading them, they got some genuine writing practice in and it wasn't just busy work.  

Here's my favorite one from last week:
Ok, how easy?  I'll try to upload some blank prompts soon!  I'm working on a project right now, so no time.  Honestly though, it will take you about 2 minutes to make your own with your name on it!  Don't wait on my prompts if you're anticipating on doing this.  Just whip one up!  :) 

I'll have to post some pictures of the others.  This one was the closest to what I was actually doing... waiting for my sweet niece to arrive.  A lot of the others involved hilarious illustrations of our dogs, who appeared to have gained weight.  

Happy Tuesday, friends!  We're anticipating ANOTHER snow delay/cancellation tomorrow.