Teacher’s Black Box August 2017

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

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The box showed up in its standard form this time.  It’s been a few months since we’ve actually seen the black box.  It was packed pretty fully and nothing shifted around during shipping.

 

This is the second time they’ve sent me a mini glue gun and glue sticks but I’m not upset about it.  This is a good thing to have on hand and with two kids in the house, I’m thinking in a few years I’ll be needing both of them at once.  I also feel it’s good that they send the glue along.  They don’t have to but it means I don’t need to do anything besides plug this in and I can be a gluing machine!

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Next out of the box was this pack of index cards.  While I have zero practical use for these, my inner stationery lover is doing jumping jacks. I cannot rationally explain why these things make me so happy but they do.  I love them and I want all of them.

Have I mentioned I had boring pens and pencils?  These are both items I would never choose to use but with two kids who have many years of school to come I know we will have a use for these and they will end up being used by those with less discerning tastes.

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Next, we have a package of clear thumb tacks.  These would be very useful if I was actually a teacher.  I don’t have that many things to tack up in my cubical so I will leave these at home and use them for whatever we come up with.

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This is a roll of double sided mounting tape.  I think I might already have a roll of this somewhere but it’s one of those things you never need until you REALLY need it.  I like that it is the slightly thicker one instead of the one that is just tape thickness if you know what I mean.  It’s easier to work with and doesn’t ball up in a mess on you.

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I take all my dry erase markers to work and guard them with my life.  The ones we have in the meeting rooms are always super low on ink and should be thrown out but since there is not a replacement near by they just stay in there.  I bring my own and then take them away with me because I’m evil like that.  These ones are cool because the barrels are clear so you can see how much is left.

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Lastly in the box was a stapler. It came with a few thousand staples as well, I just didn’t take their picture.  They have sent me out one of these before but having more than one stapler in the house is hardly a bad idea.  This is a standard stapler and it works great for what we’ll use it for.

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They did remember the snack this month.  It’s a gummy fruit snack and I will eat this later this evening.

This month was great for me.   Normally a few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  There was a treat this time.  You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.

 

Teacher’s Black Box July 2017

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

This was definitely not the normal box that this shows up in.  Opening it up still left me wondering what on Earth had shown up at my house.  There was no card this month to help me out.

So the big box in there is a Thermal Laminator.  I can honestly say that I have never in any thought of the boxes I might get one of these.  I thrilled though!  I have ended up using the one at work occasionally and now I won’t have to.

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In a stroke of great thinking, they also gave me ten laminating sheets.  There are a few that come with the machine but it’s good to have more.  It should be easy to find ways to use these up and they are readily available at office supply stores for when I need more.

This is very cool.  It’s a Waterproof Bag for your phone.  It does have clear instructions to test it with a tissue first before you trust it, which is probably a good idea.  I have never had a need for this before but I can see myself using it in the future just because I have it.

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Lastly, we have the snack.  Scooby-Snacks this month.  Yay!

This month was great for me.   Normally a few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  There was a treat this time.  You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.

Teacher’s Black Box June 2017

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

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This time instead of the normal black box, a bubble envelope showed up.

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There is a little paper that tells us that the items in this months box are designed to let you enjoy summer vacation.  Since the box is for teachers, that makes perfect sense.

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Fidget Spinner

I don’t need one of these for myself as I just don’t know why you would want to do this, but we have one the girls got and they love it.  This will stop the fights since they can each have one to play with now.  This one is more grown up than the flower one we have but I think they can handle it.

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Google Virtual Reality Cardboard Headset

This folds out into a headset that you wear and stick your phone in and use with Google Expeditions to have a VR experience.  This isn’t really great for me as I had a “real” VR headset and used it twice before I gave it away.  This is going to go straight into the donate bin.

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Finger Moistener

They recommend using these to turn the pages of the books you read on vacation until next fall when you can use them to grade papers.  I won’t use them for that but I love these things!  I have used them before when I had a job involving lots of paper sorting but I will just find an excuse to use them now.

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Screen Wipes

I need these so badly for all my screens that it’s not even funny.  I don’t notice the dirty on them until the sun hit it and then I wonder how I even saw anything on my screen.  There are not too many in this pack but I will save them and use them carefully.

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Colouring Book Planner and Coloured Pencils

I think this is the reason for the different shipping container this month.  It is big and I live it!  I have a few colouring books but don’t really have the time to devote to it.  Having the colouring page in a planner I can leave open and work on in spare moments at work means I should be able to get it in.  This planner starts now and runs to July of next year.

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Fruit Snack

They remembered the snack this month and it’s going to work with me tomorrow!

This month was just okay for me.   Normally a few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  There was a treat this time.  I’m not sure how any of these particular items are innovative but maybe I’m missing that part of it.   You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.

 

Teacher’s Black Box May 2017

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

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There seemed to be some really useful things in there this time.

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This is also the first time they’ve included a little card in the box.  It has a poem telling you about the items and at the top, it tells you why they put these items together.  This is a great addition to the box.

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I can always use more of these for work since the ones in the meeting rooms are dry more often than not.  I like that two of them are fun colours as well as the basic black.

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It doesn’t matter that my children are past the diaper stage, I have wipes in my purse all the time.  Sometimes I use them on my husband.  These ones say they are for toddlers but I’m sure they are regular wipes that have been branded up.

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Somehow, we never have any packing tape in the house.  There is not a ton on this roll but it’s a 100% increase over what we had and so, so useful to have around.

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Basic pencils and pens are good for the littles to use.  I prefer a fancier pen so I’ll leave these in a common area and keep hiding mine.

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I haven’t had a soft pink eraser since I was in elementary school so this brings back memories.  That first use before it gets all rounded and used is the best.

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This is a portable charger and I don’t think you can ever have too many of them.  They are so handy to keep around and have saved me more than once.

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This is the second pack of wipes in the box and these ones might not make it into my purse but probably will live in my car.

This month was fantastic for me.   Normally a few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  There was no treat this time but the rest of the box more than made up for it.  I’m not sure how any of these particular items are innovative but maybe I’m missing that part of it.   You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.

Teacher’s Black Box April 2017

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

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Well, the box had something on top so there was no way to see what was hiding in there this month.

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The thing that was covering all of the top of the box was a large colouring page.  It looks to me like a big snake eye.  I have a few adult colouring books so this will be fun to do.

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Next we have six pocket calculators.  There are two of each colour stacked up in this picture.  My children love calculators so they will each get one of these and the rest will be saved until we need them.  20170430_184939

There was a great score of Sharpie markers in there too!  There are fifteen of the normal fine point ones in an assortment of non-standard colours.  There are also fifteen of the ultra fine point markers in some really great colours.  I could use these to colour in that page from above or just hide them from my family and bring them out one at a time to extend my joy.

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They are back to having the snack in there.  Island Fruits flavoured Welch’s Fruit Snacks.

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There was a note in the box saying that there would be seeds to plant in honour of Earth Day, unless you were an international subscriber and then you got these page flags instead.  I use these as bookmarks so I’m okay getting them.

This month was fantastic for me.   Normally a few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  There was no treat this time but the rest of the box more than made up for it.  I’m not sure how any of these particular items are innovative but maybe I’m missing that part of it.   You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.

 

Teacher’s Black Box March 2017

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

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The box was stuffed full this time. There seem to be some practical supplies in there that would come in handy for the last few months of school, when kids have started to lose or use up what they started with.

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These are a very bright set of pencils.  We have so many pencils due to my habit of buying any that are fun or different.  We have lots of school left with the girls, about 14 more years, so I’m sure we can put these to use.

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Next out was this bag of black pens.  I very rarely use a plain ink pen, but if I’m going to it’ll be one of these crystal shaft type ones. These will also be good to go to school with the girls in the future.

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Now we have six packages of 8 Crayola crayons.  I am quite surprised to find brand name crayons in the box since they are usually all about maximizing profit and brand names don’t do that.  I am very happy though and these will be great for travel or taking to Grandma’s.

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This one was a little odder.  Not in the product, 16 Crayola markers, but in that, they are loose in an elastic instead of a package.  This has all of the basic colours plus a few of the more exotic ones that are newer to the lineup.

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Hidden in the box were five Elmer’s glue sticks.  I am very happy to get these.  I hate letting the kids try to work with regular liquid glue because it’s on their fingers and all the stuff that is not what they are actually gluing.  This means I will be stocked up for summer.

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Gosh, this box is just full of useful things!  These two packs of 12 Crayola pencil crayons are a great addition.  We now have the full set of basic colouring utensils.  I had a little colouring book shopping spree for the girls a few weeks ago and now they can use new pencils to make a start on them.

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We are so set for scissors now!  Like almost any child, my kids want to play with scissors all the time and we had one pair of kid scissors at home so the fights were on.  Now we can have exactly the same pair for each of them and my life shall be so much easier.

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This super handy little kit is going straight into the car.  It has just the basics in it but it’s good to have around.  Everything can be made better with the application of a band-aid.

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Mixed into the paper shreds were five pencil top erasers.  I think these things are simply great and now I’m happy.

This month was fantastic for me.   Normally a few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  There was no treat this time but the rest of the box more than made up for it.  I’m not sure how any of these particular items are innovative but maybe I’m missing that part of it.   You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.

 

 

Teacher’s Black Box February 2017

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

20170219_195131The box is very Valentine’s themed.  There are hearts and pink and red and white papers everywhere.  It is also very heavy.

20170219_195148First out are some mini glue sticks.  I have a regular glue gun but not a mini one.  These ones are non-yellowing, which is great.  I can’t wait to burn my fingers on these!

20170219_195159These are packs of four crayons.  I love the Peanuts pictures on them too.  These will be great to take on trips or when we know we’ll need to wait and keep little fingers amused. SO cute.

20170219_195229Sticking with Peanuts, we have two pencils with the characters on them.  One is straight Snoopy with hearts and the other is Lucy and Snoopy with hearts.  I actually prefer a normal pencil over a mechanical one so I’m happy to add more to my stash of them.

20170219_195244These are two small Valentine’s with pins on them.  I have many years of giving out Valentine’s in my future so these are two less I will have to buy.

20170219_195254All lollipops go straight into the treat bag for the girls.  These are cute in the heart shape and I’m thinking that they will be chosen very shortly.

20170219_195311How great that they gave me the gun to go with the glue sticks! This will be so much easier to use on crafts than the full sized one I have already.

20170219_195353Holy crap…..an electric pencil sharpener!  There is no way I ever thought this would show up in a box.  I am not entirely sure that I really need one of these but I do know that I want it.  I think I may take this to work or maybe I’ll keep it on the desk at home until the girls are big enough to use it.

This month was better than last time for me.  A few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  I’m not sure how any of these particular items are innovative but maybe I’m missing that part of it.   You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.

Teacher’s Black Box January 2017

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

20170126_191649There seemed to be a wide mix of things in the box this time.  Including a mystery AmazonBasics box.  Intriguing…..

Scotch Removable Chalkboard Tape

This is a very neat thing that I would never have bought for myself in a million years.  It does tell you not to stick it to walls or anything with a texture.  It is around 2″ wide and there are 5 yards in the roll.

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How convenient that they included the chalk to use on the tape above.  This will be more than enough for any use I may have but the girls have a chalkboard so any extras will go to them for artistic creations.

20170126_191809Multifunction Stylus

This is a 4-in-1 tool that might just get you through any office presentation you can think of.  It has a red laser pointer, a LED flashlight, a stylus, and a pen.  The laser is strong and easily showed up across the house.  The flashlight gave plenty of light to see by and the stylus and pen worked as well.  I’m impressed with this one.

20170126_191818Welch’s Fruit Snacks

They always include a treat in the box and it has mostly been these in varying flavours.  I know I should give them to the girls but I love gummy snacks so I eat them all by myself.

20170126_191839Assorted Writing Tools

I hate regular pens and pencils but I understand why they would be included in this box.  There are two blue ball point pens and two NO.2 HB pencils.  They will both be good for the kids or the Hubby.

20170126_191928Stapler with 1000 Staples

Inside that Amazon box was this stapler.  I break staplers on an amazingly high schedule so having a full sized one in the house again will be fantastic.  This is just a basic regular model and that will work for all the uses that I need.

20170126_192007Travel Mug

This mug has an insert that lists all sorts of qualities that a teacher would have and use.  Since I am not actually a teacher I will probably remove this and add something of my own or leave it plain.  It’s good to get another mug to have just in case, though.

This month was better than last time for me.  A few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  I’m not sure how any of these particular items are innovative but maybe I’m missing that part of it.   You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.

 

 

Teacher’s Black Box December 2016

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

20161229_152311There seems to be a jumble of things in the box this month.  The squiggles are in festive colours, but I still hate them.  They don’t include an info card so it’s a guess each month as to what is inside.

20161229_152321First up we have an award.  There are no markings on it so it can be for anything you need to hand one out for.  I think this might be a good way to get the girls to listen.  If you get into trouble the least in a day you get to have the trophy for the next day.

20161229_152331You can never have enough disinfecting wipes on hand.  These are going straight into my purse and will be used for many things.  I’d leave them in my car but it’s winter and they’ll be frozen when I need them.

20161229_152340These are recognition awards.  I don’t have a use for these so maybe I’ll see if Bug’s teacher would like them and give them to her.  There are 36 in the pack so that’ll cover both of the classes she teaches if she wants.

20161229_152351I’ve never seen hand sanitizer like this before.  I originally thought it was breath spray! Guess I’m lucky to have read the bottle before diving in.  It doesn’t smell like alcohol and two sprays did my whole hands.

20161229_152405We have two candy cane pencils out next.  I guess it was on the other side but the pencils say Teacher’s Black Box in gold letters.  I will put these away until next winter for use.

20161229_152415Keeping up with the candy canes, we have a snowman candy cane pen.  It writes well with black ink and like the pencils, it will appear next year to make people wonder if I’m insane.

20161229_152437They promise to always include a snack and this month it is four mini candy canes.  Unfortunately three of them didn’t survive the trip.  It’s alright though, fit in my mouth better this way.

This month was just okay for me.  A few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  I’m not sure how any of these particular items are innovative but maybe I’m missing that part of it.   You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.

 

 

Teacher’s Black Box November 2016

Teacher’s  Black Box is a box of items which will include “basic and innovative supplies to enhance their educational impact”.  Now I am not a teacher but if you put a chance to get stationery in front of me, there’s only a small chance I’ll turn it down.  They also say there will be a snack in every box.  Boxes start at $20.00 but go down with longer terms.  Normally the shipping on this one would have stopped me from ordering but they were offering a promo code “ONETIME” that gave you free shipping on orders over $50.  That code is still valid so make sure you use it if you want to sign up.  Let’s see what joy they have delivered to me today.

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This box was very fall feeling upon opening.  I hate these tissue packing papers though.  They get everywhere and you can’t clean them up!

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This is neat.  It hangs over your cubical walls so you can hold your coat or umbrella.  I do work in a cubical but my walls are thick and I’m not sure if this will go over.  I do plan to give it a try though.

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The snack this time is another fruit snack.  I like them and they make a great addition to my lunch bag so yay!

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There are two beautiful Thank You cards.  November is American Thanksgiving so these are timely inclusions. Both are blank on the inside.

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This is a four pack of dry erase markers.  I love that they have the magnet on them so you can just stick them to the board and not have them disappear.  They are just the basic colours but for work they will be what I use mostly.

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This is a positivity card? I guess encouragement card would be more like it.  It is very pretty and has a jewel on it, adding that little bit more.  It is also blank on the inside.

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These binder clips are rather teacher specific.  It is a six pack with different colours and sayings to group your papers and make things easier.  If I washi tape up the clips they will be nice large clips that I can use for anything I want.

This month was just okay for me.  A few of the things are really great and a couple are not for me, but that’s only because I’m not a teacher.  I can see how these things would be useful for a teacher and they also work well for those of us who love these things.  I’m not sure how any of these particular items are innovative but maybe I’m missing that part of it.   You can find this box on CrateJoy if you are interested.