Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - A Confession Linky Party

Hey Girls,

It's a week of firsts - a new Facebook page {here} and my first Linky Party.  I hope you've come ready to boogie down and link up!

I have a confession.  Sometimes my classroom isn't as pretty as it looks here on Crisscross Applesauce. When I take pictures I sometimes make the background more presentable. I might move a thing or two before snapping the picture, or I crop this or that out.  Yes I do. 

Girls, I have some deep dark secrets and I thought I should come clean and share them with you. Right here. Right now.

I bring you...
                                            If you link up - feel free to grab this cute little thing!

I'm just not perfect. I try really hard.  

The Good

My little nightstand is nice and tidy...lookin' good!

My standing bookshelf displays current reads - spring time books right now.  Daily five working with words stuff behind it.  I'm diggin' it.  Nice and organized.

Yes, this is my "table/desk" - it was a good day.  I didn't set this up for the picture. I swear.

Our desks were cleaned before spring break - and most of them are still clean.  Booya!

The Bad

How many crud collectors do I need around my room - I have mugs, containers, that just collect...crud!

We earn stickers on our Snoopy Dollars.  Look how dog-eared and icky they look.  There's a missing one. I'll get to that one day, I'm sure.  I'm reminded daily by this little guy.  I'll get to it, I promise!

Another crud collector.

They were cute when I downloaded and laminated them off of one of your blogs.  But those rascally kids keep rubbing up against them and now they are all dogged out.

Remember my trip to IKEA?  Remember these adorable stools that I was so geeked about?  One of the screws was stripped right after hubby put it together. I know I should have returned it, but that takes time - I don't have a whole lot of that.  We tried to use it anyway, and it busted.  BOO!  Now my reading table isn't so cute!

While it might look cute - it was supposed to be Reagan's Namebow Rainbows...I ran out of steam and opted for the "ditto" variety"} 

They did turn out pretty cute though, didn't they!?

The Ugly

My cabinets are not neatly organized and labeled.

I don't even know what's in here...math stuff, social studies, some science...we'll call it a hodgepodge.

My closet...there just might be a monster in there.

I store things in my bathroom. I know, gross - right?

I have a mountain of books in that green basket that need to be returned to
our book room. They hate me there. I hoard books.
I know you have some deep dark secrets you'd like to share.  Think of it as therapy. Link up and share Your Good, Your Bad and Your Ugly!


  1. Haha this makes me laugh. I think everyone ha lots of crud collections!

  2. I LOVED this post! I look at everyone's pictures and think...ohmiword, my classroom is a pit in comparison.

  3. GREAT linky party idea. I need to take some pictures.
    Dragonflies in First

  4. I loved this post-so real. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I am totally linking up....tomorrow. Thanks for the reality post!

    Going Nutty!


  6. I love your honesty! I've been known to " fix" the backgrounds of my classroom pics too! Great idea for a links, I'd link up if I had any pics of my classroom with me -maybe when I get back on Monday!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  7. I have plenty to take pictures of. I'll link up soon! :)
    Sample’s Superstars

  8. I LOVE this!!! I thought I was the ONLY one with MILLIONS of crud collectors! I love this idea!!!!

    I will link up tomorrow!


    Apples and ABC's

  9. I am leaving to school now and grabbing my camera. :)

  10. Lol!! This is so true. Thanks for your honesty;)

    Surfin' Through Second

  11. This is so cute! And just so you know...the imperfections are the things that make us interesting...hehehe!

    I am going to have to link up tomorrow!!!

    The 3AM Teacher
    Visit The 3AM Teacher FB Page

  12. I LOVE this! I am going to have to take some pictures this week and link up :)


  13. I think it looks good....does that mean mine is really bad?? lol
    First Grade Blue SKies

  14. I'll link up after break. I don't have any bad pictures because I too clean up before I photograph! Thanks for sharing.

    First in Maine

  15. I would love to link up, really I would. But, with 36 days left to go, there is nothing but bad and ugly going on with my organization!

    Do the linky again the day before the first day of school!

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  16. I looove it Holly! I can't wait to post about this tomorrow!!

  17. Are you sure you didn't sneak into my cabinets?? :)

  18. Fun linky! Thanks for hosting!

    hey- add my button to your side bar over there ---->>>
    pretty please :) :) Thanks dear!


  19. I love this!!! I'm pretty sure every teacher has at least an area or two that need work, and I have many, many more than that! It makes me feel good to know that other classrooms aren't necessarily 100% as good as they look in photos :)

    Can't wait to link up soon!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  20. What a cute idea!

    I have to say though, that even your "Uglies" aren't that bad!!!

    Across the Hall in 2nd

  21. omygoossshh i love this linky party! Taking pics tomorrow!!!!!!

    Ms. Rachel’s Room

    1. Please, please join in on the fun...I'm starting to twitch here thinking nobody else is going to link up. What if it's a flop? I'll be scarred for life. I'll never do another linky party again. My life will be...


  22. Holly, I don't think I'll be able to, but it's a great idea! I'm with Christina. Right now, it's all a little ugly. :) There are a few inches on my desk that aren't covered though. Maybe I'll try to take a pic of that!

  23. Holly, I was feeling guilty about cleaning up my room to take pictures. But now that I see only a few people jumped on to your linky party, I don't feel so bad. In fact, I'm feeling pretty proud of myself for coming out to the world. There must be a lot of people out there who aren't feeling as brave. Don't think of this as a failure if others don't join us....think of it as a controversial subject that takes guts to do it! :) thanks for the cleansing, and the cleaning!


    Second In Line

    1. LOL - you came out of the closet, albeit you might have been forced out to make way for more crud, you came out!!! HA! It's all good...maybe some newbie teachers or those putting a lot of pressure on themselves to "do it all" will realize it's okay to be a little less than perfect! Thanks again for linking up!!!!

  24. These posts have made me feel better. I will thy to take pictures tomorrow. However my room is cleaner than usual right now. I still have my ugly spots for sure though- in fact one of them attacked the music teacher when he tried to use my cd player the other day. Oops

  25. I really want to link up but I don't have a classroom, maybe I'll take pics of my basement, talk about ugly????

  26. So I went to link up today because I finally had time and the party had closed. Oh well. Come check out my bad. There is no good.

  27. what are you talking about??? you have linkers!!! you're not a looser! lol...but I'm sooooooo behind on reading posts ( seriously - nearing 400!!!), I didn't even know about it :( so I came looking for it...but now it's closed - bummer!

  28. Ahh, I will definitely need to take pictures tomorrow to join the linky! Ha, I store stuff in my bathroom as well! I have an extra desk and chair that sits in there. Oh, and I LOVE your new blog design (which you've probably had forever and I'm just now checking out...I'm so behind in blog stalking!

    Living A Wonderful Life


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