Summer Shopping Linky Party! (July edition)

Hello everyone! Well, I had a mild panic attack this morning when I turned on my MacBook and saw the date. It's the last day of July!! And I'm not panicking (yet) because the start of school is coming later in August, but because I completely spaced the July edition of the Summer Shopping Linky!

Well. It's still July now and there's still time to start this party, right? 

So first I'll show off a few purchases I found at Walmart today (please don't tell Target I was unfaithful, it's very unlike me!).

I bought these little zebra lamps...
They are so tiny and cute! They have the exact same base as my other three larger lamps that look like this:
I love how they will go together! And they will have a very important function. They'll be going on the shelves of my classroom library, which is going to need some extra lighting because it's going in a closet this year. (The closet is open, without doors, just so you don't think I'm totally weird!)

I also bought some new little carpets for my little reading nooks. My old carpets were pretty aged and gross, so I grabbed a couple that matched our color scheme (still looking for a green, yellow, or orange one to complete the set)...
Yes...they are bathroom rugs. 

A bit strange maybe, but I like them because they are super-soft, you can wash them in the machine, they are cheap (14.97 I think?), and they have those really grippy bottoms (my old ones kind of traveled a lot, you know?).

On a side note! I would never admit this to anyone else but my fellow classroom-crazed-designers...but I tucked a little sample of my color scheme in my bag today, just to make sure it all matched!
Well, that's all I have for now! We don't start back until August 28th, so I'm trying to hold out for some good school supply sales.

Have you been shopping? Of course you have!! And I'm hoping we can share our finds together! Please feel free to link up any classroom purchases. 

I don't have a button for the linky because I am in the middle of 463 projects right now and I'm sure you are too. I hope you don't mind!! Here's a blog button in case you want an easy way to link back from your post (it will link to this party)...
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  1. Looks good! We have tax free weekend this upcoming weekend so I am going to stock up on some school supplies and maybe some clothes too. Unfortunately, a lot of stuff I need (like laminating sheets) don't count) but at least I can save some money. I'll be linking up soon!

    Swimming into Second

  2. I love all of your finds!! Your room is looking so good!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  3. omgosh!! I am SOOO on my way to put your bright signs in my cart :)

  4. I love your new goodies! Your room is fabulous....can't wait to see the new items in their new homes....:)

    Keep Calm & Imagine

  5. I think I have finally settled on my classroom theme. Black and White Polka dots with some yellow here and there.

  6. I was SO excited to see the bath rugs! That makes SO MUCH SENSE! the "throw them in the wash" factor is huge. I will put them on my shopping list for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    Lori @

  7. I love the rugs! So colorful. I need a few of them too.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  8. Your zebra lamps are so stinkin' cute!! Love them! I will link up with you after I hit up the stores for our tax free weekend coming up. I will be shopping til I drop!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  9. The picture of you little sample poking out of your bag cracked me up :) I so did that this summer, too. Everything is coming together beautifully in your room. Aren't you glad that you went in to tackle it already?


    Fun in Room 4B

  10. I do the same thing! I have a little piece of border I keep in my purse, so if I come across something, I know if it matches. Glad I'm not the only one.


    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  11. LOL...I was at Joanne's fabric today looking for fabric for my milk crate bench, I had to run back to my car for the sample I brought. Next time I am bringing a smaller sample that will fit in my purse :). I couldn't resist the 4 packs of crayons for $1 at Toys R Us and did some early shopping we don't go back till the 27 th.

  12. Love your purchases! Thanks for hosting such a fun linky party.

  13. I'm a little scared to take pictures of how much stuff I have purchased. It has taken over a whole section of a room in my house. Ouch. Though I love seeing what everyone else has gotten.

    BTW, those little lamps are precious! Love them.


  14. LOVE those lamps. Too cute!! I am going to end up poor if people keep posting about their great finds/cute finds and crafty ideas!!! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  15. Those lamps are adorable! I love that you took a swatch with you to make sure the colors matched...totally understandable :)

    Living A Wonderful Life

  16. Those zebra lamps are stinking precious!!

    Ginger Snaps

  17. I agree...the zebra lamps are awesome! :0)

  18. I got those same bathroom rugs for my room, as well! And, for the exact same reasons: easy "toss-and-wash" and (hopefully) less traveling around the room. They don't tend to curl on the ends as much, either. Your room is adorable, too! I've been stalking...I mean, ahem...following your blog for a long time as an inspiration for when I finally got my own room! Thanks for all the amazing tips, tricks, and inspiration!!!

    First Class First Grade

  19. I am a little late to the party but I am in love with your lamps... You have iNsPiReD me to add lamps to my decor this year! I am linking up... better late than never right?!?


  20. Finally had a chance to link up, Kristen :) Hope you had a nice weekend.


    Fun in Room 4B

  21. I love the idea of using little carpets in your reading section -- I will definitely have to check those out, especially since they go with the colors of my room! Thank you for these great finds and the linky party!


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