Swimmer’s Ear? and Terrific Teaching Tools for your Home Office!

Today I am linking up with Mrs. Castro’s Class to talk about Totally Terrific Teacher Tools that I have at home.  But FIRST, I have to tell you about my “Swimmer’s ear”. *sigh* *poor me* Last night at 10pm we hightailed it home from camping in beautiful Cascade, Idaho.  Why did we go home at that late hour?  Let me count the reasons!

1. My almost two-year old did not appreciate going to bed at 8pm in a tent where her older cousins were playing right outside.  And she let us know.  And she let the whole campsite know. Loudly.
2. Our tent was on a slope.
3. I got lake water deep in my inner ear – and this happened after just a casual dip in the lake. No amount of shaking my head sideways like a crazy person would help.  Dirty festering lake water in my inner ear, and it won’t come out!
This morning I woke up and my ear was hurting even more, but after some obsessive internet researching this morning, I discovered a DIY “fix your swimmer’s ear” method: 
Mix rubbing alcohol with vinegar, and drop it in your ear. 
This resulted in a lot of burning and ‘what if’ moments, but ultimately, I think its working! Yeah!

Now, onto my Totally Terrific at home Teacher Tools!

1. 24 piece Kraft Edgers Scissors Rack – This set of scissors rocks. I use them for everything from school to home.  I even take them to school with me and let students use them as a ‘privilege’ on certain projects (because they think the scissors are awesome too!)  Most of all, I love the handy carrying rack!  And did I mention that my toddler loves them as well?  She has found hours of fun dumping them out and putting them back in their holes.  (With mommy supervision of course, but the scissors are not sharp enough to cut anything but paper!)

2. ‘My Passport’ External Hard Drive: This baby is not just a little 1 gig jump drive – It can hold up to 500 gigs!!  I have over 5 years of teaching pictures, files, and videos stored on it, and have barely made a dent.  It is so perfect for backing up my school computer files, and then bringing them home to work on on my home computer, then transporting back to school without having to lug my laptop back and forth.  I highly recommend it!

3. HP Wireless Photo printer, scanner, and copier:  The key word here is WIRELESS.  I can print from anywhere in the house, and I can pick the printer up from my home office space, move it downstairs, and put it next to me while I work on a project while watching TV in the evening. I probably go through.  If I am printing a lot of pictures of colorful handouts for school though, I usually take those projects to Kinkos or OfficeDepot in order to save money on ink. 

4. Item I’m lusting after: Well I didn’t know it till today, but after reading about it on many other fellow teaching blogs, I’d love a Silhouette CAMEO! I’ve seen some other machines out their like this, but this one can cut fonts and shapes that you already have on your computer which means you don’t have to buy ‘cartridges’ or software (unless you want to, and lets be honest, most of us will!).  I also just noticed on their website that they offer an educator discount- if anyone has gotten this discount, I’d love to know how much it was!

What tool are you currently lusting after?


  1. Thanks for linking up Amber! I’m envious of your printer! I have a great black and white one, but I desperately want a color printer.

    I’ll keep you posted on the Silhouette! I bought mine through amazon because it came with some start up tools, but if I could go back I would have just gotten it through Silhouette. Once I figure it out I’ll share some projects!

    I’m your newest follower! 🙂
    Mrs. Castro’s Class

  2. I just stumbled on your blog. The educator’s discount through Silhouette’s website is 30% and super easy to sign up for. I loooove my silhouette and I’ve really put some mileage on it over the summer. I teach high school so I can’t imagine how much more an elementary teacher would use it.

    • Hi Rachel, thanks for letting me know about the discount! 30% is actually pretty great- most educator discounts tend to be around 15%. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I really feel like I need an external hard drive! I have stuff saved in so many random places, ay yi yi!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

    • Jill that’s exactly how I was till I got one. Our school actually bought them for us, which is great because they can be spendy. I hope you’re able to get one!

  4. It’s always a pleasure to hear from someone with extpreise.

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