Sunday, November 01, 2015

Toilet Paper and Potty Posters

While attending Rutgers University (many, many years ago) our Resident Adviser would disperse important university and dorm information by hanging a sign on the back of the bathroom stall door. The sign included important, fun and educational information. All these years, I thought this was a clever way of keeping folks informed. Where else do you have someone's undivided attention? Introducing my version of these collegiate signs which are hung in our staff bathrooms.

Toilet Paper is the informational, educational and fun sheet. The fonts are from Kimberly Geswein.

Each Potty Poster is an inspirational, motivational, or funny quote to get folks thinking or to uplift spirits. The fonts are from Kimberly Geswein and graphic backgrounds are from Mad Scrapper on Etsy.

Each issue of Toilet Paper and Potty Poster comes out every 2-3 weeks. 

Toilet Paper contains the following sections: 

  • A Message - either a message from me, a story,or a photo
  • Uber Facts - random facts I pulled from Uber Facts on Twitter
  • Random Acts of Kindness Challenge - kindess ideas to attempt over the next few weeks
  • Healthy Tips - just that - healthy tips found via Twitter, Facebook...wherever
  • Tweets - Twitter Tweets that stuck with me and are worthy of sharing
  • Stay Current - current educational news
  • Tech Tools - handy technology tools
  • What's Happening - upcoming community events with locations, dates, times and contact information

I purchased these SourceOne Deluxe Sign Holders 10 Pack from Amazon and these Command Strips from Amazon. We have four staff bathrooms -2 sign holders and 8 command strips per bathroom. I print each Toilet Paper onto colorful Astrobrights copy paper. This Astrobright set - called Happy - from Amazon is my favorite (I use this paper for everything school related).

I have received such positive feedback from my staff! Amazing how something so small can be enjoyed and appreciated so much!

As my gift to you, get the first 4 Potty Poster signs by clicking below. You can download and print these for free! Future signs will be sold in my blog shop. Check out Kimberly Geswein's amazing fonts by clicking here!

Please note: Use my idea as a springboard to your own idea! While Toilet Paper and Potty Posters are my idea - you can come up with your own name for these documents and create a version that makes sense for your school. Enjoy!


Saturday, September 05, 2015

Stay Hydrated!

Usually the products I post about have something to do with the services we provide to our students, staff, and families. This post has nothing to do with "school stuff"....but I needed to share with you because as educators we are so busy and don't always get to grab a drink when we need one or when we'd like to. We are in the "talking" business and my-oh-my, does my throat get dry - especially at the beginning of the school year when I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. If you are looking for a new travel mug and/or water bottle, I wanted to suggest the following.

I wanted to end my frequent stops to pick up a coffee on the way to school, but, my travel mug was useless in keeping my coffee hot. The coffee was often lukewarm by the time I arrived at school. So, in search of the perfect travel mug, I came across this 16 oz. Zojirushi SM-KHE48NL stainless steel mug in Champagne Gold. The past two days I've filled it up at 7:00 a.m. and my coffee was still hot after lunch. Usually I finish my coffee much quicker, but I've been so busy the past few days that my coffee took the back seat. This item works! It is a bit on the pricey side, but does the job and will save me money in the long run. It is smaller than I thought it would be, but holds the perfect amount of coffee each morning. It easily fits in my car cup holder for my trip to school.

Likewise, I was in search of a nice-sized water bottle that would keep my water cold all day! I was so tired of drinking lukewarm ice water in the afternoon. So, I purchased the 24oz. Hydro Flask stainless steel water bottle in Green Zen and tried it out this week. It was in the 90's here and my office has been about 91 degrees the past three days. In my eyes, this was a true "coldness" test. I filled up this bottle with ice and water at 7:00 a.m. three days this past week. As of 8:30 p.m. each day I had a little bit of water left inside. I couldn't believe it, there was still ice in the water bottle and the water was still cold!!! Again, this bottle is a bit on the pricey side, but will save you a ton of money if you are a bottled water purchaser. The opening on the top is a bit, only small ice cubes will fit.

Stay hydrated and enjoy!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

YOU ARE Bulletin Board -- Follow-Up

I've been asked by many to show a photo of the finished product of my YOU ARE bulletin board hanging in my school hallway. Here it is!! Clean, simple, and refreshing...I think! 

While I was hanging it up, it sparked a conversation with a staff member who was enjoying the positive message. It got me to thinking - if someone is having a difficult day (students or staff, etc.) then maybe one glimpse at this board will remind that person what a gift he/she is and lift his/her spirits. Never know....

Another quick tip...find a local printer who will print out your projects for you at a minimal cost. I have a wonderful printer down the street who allows me to email my files to them, I tell them the size and paper for each piece, they print the document for me in color or b&w, and I swing by and pick up the order (and pay for it of course). So, when I sent this project to be printed I asked for the YOU and ARE pages to be printed on 11x14 gloss stock, one side full color and the rest of the pages in the file on 8.5x11 gloss stock, one side full color. The bigger YOU ARE signs made that stand out and the gloss stock prevented me from having to laminate everything (it's shiny). I find it way cheaper than using my printer's color ink for projects like this!!

You can get your very own YOU ARE bulletin board by clicking on the here or on the photo below. It's all ready for you, just purchase, download, print, and hang. That's it...instant inspirational bulletin board!


Click on the graphic below to purchase this bulletin board!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

YOU ARE...Bulletin Board

It was hard for me to believe that my free downloadable BE YOURSELF bulletin board was such a huge hit with all of you. Something so simple, but so well liked. Many of you commented how you appreciated that it was ready to go - print and display! So, I thought it was time for a BE YOURSELF follow-up bulletin board that is perfect for the start of a new school year.  

YOU a much more subdued bulletin board that my past work of bright colors. The title words have a "beachy" feel. The sayings are all in black and are "written" on graphic school paper backgrounds. I thought this would like like they were handwritten with a felt-tip marker or a pencil. There are two sheets for the title words and then 9 pages of positive thoughts/sayings (20 sayings in all) in this particular document.

YOU ARE... is available for a nominal fee by clicking here -- just download, print and display on your school bulletin board. The sayings are perfect for "back-to-school" and to give passers-by a pick-me-up upon reading. 

I hope you all will enjoy this document too and will make your life a bit easier as you get your spaces ready for back-to-school!