Sundays in the South: Big Brother

If you read my blog, you know that I take Sundays off from teaching {on my blog, at least!}  Today, we went to  Mimi's Cafe for that place!  After a trip to Lowe's and Target, we're back home for a bit before heading out to the mother-in-law's house.  She's going to do a little sewing for my classroom! Yay!

Meanwhile, I'm trying to be productive on my laptop today....but I keep getting off task a bit.  One thing I'm searching for is this -
A straw pencil dispenser....I LOVE this idea!!  I saw this on Pinterest and think it's BRILLIANT!  I do the sharp/unsharp pencil boxes, but my kiddos always spend FOREVER going through the sharp pencils to find that perfect one (I mean they're all yellow and all sharp...shouldn't be that hard, right?!)  This would prevent that - just push down that little lever and take the one it gives you!  The problem?  I've searched online (including eBay) and they all cost between $60-$120!!  WHAT?!, let me know if you come across any of these for less!

And, I can not wait for BIG BROTHER tonight!?  Do you watch?  I'm a total sucker for reality TV (Big Brother tonight and Bachelorette tomorrow...the good life!)  I'm really liking the twist this season, and not JUST because it brought back the best player in BB history and my all-time favorite.....JANELLE (great combination of brains and competition!)  I'm a little annoyed that Brittney is back.  I didn't think she did much her season and she grates on my nerves for some reason.  I've been watching a little of AfterDark on Showtime already and there's some interesting deals being made in the house that should prove for an entertaining season!  So, are you watching? Who's your all time favorite BB player? Do you like the "mentor" twist?

See you tomorrow for Monday Made It, where I'll reveal SEVERAL projects that I've completed this week!


  1. I love Big Brother!! I just got addicted to it a few years ago, but I've been watching ever since!! =)

    Ginger Snaps

  2. I saw that pencil dispenser on Pinterest too, but had the same luck (NONE) finding a cheap one! I'm thinking I'll have to hit up some local thrift stores!

    The Gypsy Teacher

  3. I also loved that pencil dispenser, I went for the acrylic one because I found the same results you can check out mine here

    I think it seems pretty durable, I know a lot of people worry about it getting broke, I guess I will have to wait and see but from what I can tell it's made pretty well.

    The Resource(ful) Room

  4. I love, love, love Big Brother!! I am not too sure how I'll like the mentor twist this year. My favorite all time player is Jeff! I loved him on there. Plus, he was goooood looking, too bad they didn't bring him back! :)

  5. Can't wait to see your Monday Made Its

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  6. I LOVE Big Brother too!!!!!!! :-) And I love how it's on 3 days a week over the summer!!! Have a great Sunday!!!

  7. I saw on someone's blog that the plastic one's (LIKE THESE) work just as well and they're tons cheaper. I can't remember the blog, but I'm sure it was featured in a Monday Made It...

    I have never watched Big Brother, but I did watch the season premiere last week. I MIGHT be hook for the season... :)

    Miss R's Room

  8. I love Big Brother I watched it from the beginning when the fans got to vote the people off!! My all time Absolute Favorite player is..... Dr. Will!!!!

  9. Sounds like you are having a wonderful Sunday! :)
    I can't wait until tomorrow to see all of the awesome things you have been working on!

    Blessings of Teaching

  10. Oh my! Now you've got ME wanting a straw/pencil dispenser! Maybe if we contacted a restaurant supply company? Too cute and functional!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  11. Ooh I can't wait to see what you've made!!! Have a great Sunday!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  12. I LOVE Big Brother too! I have watched every single season. I really like the new mentor twist. I was also very excited to see Janelle return! I've never watched Big Brother After Dark, but I do follow a twitter account "@BigBrotherLeak" that posts info from the live feeds. Caution though, they do contain spoilers, but I'm just too impatient to wait for Sunday night:)I still watch every episode.
    Adventures in Primary Education

  13. I am so sad that I missed BB Thursday!! I cant believe I totally forgot to set my DVR! I even had it programmed in my phone so I wouldn't miss it. I went to watch my kiddo in a play. Any spoiler (by email of course) would be awesome!

    A Passion For Primary

  14. Rene, I'd be happy to give you an update of last week, but I can't reply to your comment (no reply blogger) :( Email me if you want @

    Oh, Amanda, I have to have the spoilers, too! I have the BB app on my phone and get instant updates from it (how sad is that???) :)

  15. Ok- now you have me wanting/looking for a straw dispenser now. What a cool idea! How did I miss that on pinterest?

    Ms. Fiorini’s Stadium

  16. I want one of these too. What a great idea. I have the same problem as you. I have kids that STAND FOREVER by my sharpened pencils examining them to see which one is the sharpest. IF you find a good by let me know.
    The Hive

  17. I love Big Brother!!! My favorite house guest of all time was evil Dr. Will! Absolutely the best player to ever play the game. IMO. :)

    005 Watkins Way

  18. I love the idea of the straw/pencil dispenser. I'm thinking that the plastic one would work just fine and maybe if you put scrapbook paper on it and Mod Podge it, it would look really cute. I am doing a lot of Mod Podge this summer in my classroom. I am really enjoying it.

    Mrs Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis


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