Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's my birthday ya'll - you know what that means?!

A giveaway! It means a giveaway!

I have been planning this giveaway for months now, and I am SO excited the time has finally come. I am blessed beyond words to be a part of such an amazing community. When I first started looking at the online teaching world, I had no idea there was such amazing people behind it! So to you, THANK YOU!

I've never been a big birthday celebrator. Usually, it's just me and my hubby going to dinner, along with a pre-determined present that I "didn't know about" yet. This year, I have NO IDEA what my husband is doing. It's slightly scary! But, some of my best birthday surprises from my hubby have been the best ones..

I can't complain there!

So, in celebration to my 24th birthday on August 15th - a giveaway is in store! I decided to giveaway some of my favorite things - maybe one of these things is something you've never tried before but would love a chance to test it out! Maybe you've always wanted something, but just never broke down and hit submit on Amazon. Here's your opportunity! Maybe your new school year is just in desperate need of *something special*. Lemme discuss these items further...

1. A Vera Bradley lanyard in Plum Crazy - I discussed this in my last blog post, how I love anything and everything Vera. Purple is my favorite color and the pattern Plum Crazy is the perfect bold colors without being bright. The lanyard is PERFECT for a school badge, and I wear mine every single day. Definitely a sound investment.

2. OPI nail polish in Cajun Shrimp - This is my go-to finger nail polish. OPI has always been my favorite, and Cajun Shrimp takes the cake. It is seriously the perfect color, and the little guy at the nail salon knows that this is "my color". It is a bright coral-pink, and just goes perfect with every skin tone. It looks great on tan summer skin, but also cools off in the winter. Whoever this goes to, you will fall in love too!

3. A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey - These books, as an animal lover, made my heart break into a million pieces, put it back together again, and then broke again at least 15 times. Written by the same author (W. Bruce Cameron), if you have ever had a beloved pet, you will fall on your knees at the way these stories are written. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone, even if you don't win the giveaway. They are just THAT good!

4. A $10 Amazon gift card - We use Amazon multiple times a week. You can literally buy anything on there, and get it at a better deal than any store. We have Amazon Prime, so we get free two day shipping to our door. When you're buying 60 pounds of dog food each month, saving a few bucks AND getting it delivered to your door step is such a great thing.

5. A Camelbak Water Bottle - I take my water bottle EVERYWHERE. It's the perfect size and I love the bite-valve so water does not leak everywhere, but it is still very easy to drink from. I fill it up multiple times a day at work.

6. Clinique's High Impact mascara (not pictured) - Clinque has some great products for make-up and skin care. Although I don't love everything they have, their mascara is always in my make-up bag. It's the only one I've found that does everything I want it to (cue long, thick lashes) and is easy to wash off. It's great for my sensitive contact wearing eyes too! I recently received their "bonus bag" and thought I'd include the trial size for someone else to give it a go! You will not be disappointed. 

6. Pete the Cat's NEWEST book The New Guy - HOLY MOLY. So, I love Pete the Cat. I have told my husband I want to get a black cat (the real Pete is black) and name it Pete. I have the stuffed animal, a huge bulletin board which a drew myself (pretty proud), and every book. This newest book, "The New Guy" came out last week. I pre-ordered it on Amazon, so I received it the very fastest I could. It's perfect! I know a couple of the books have been lacking lately, but this is THE PERFECT back to school book. And it's Pete, so his groovy attitude is oh-so cute. 

Good luck ya'll! I will announce the winner on Saturday, the day after my birthday! 

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

My Favorite Things - Linky Party and HUGE Giveaway!

Back to school is such an exciting, fun, yet down-right stressful time. We are so worried about setting up our classrooms again, checking out our new student lists, and making sure our classroom libraries are just right. 

I, along with TONS of other teacher-bloggers are teaming up for a HUGE linky party and giveaway. We are showing you what some of our favorite "must-haves" for back to school. What is that one thing you can live without? Normally, I would just input the red wine in right here and be done with it. But.. I'll add on to that list (there are so many things I just couldn't imagine my classroom without). I'm going to write towards those items that I need for my personal sanity, for complete organizational purposes.

I might have a slight obsession with Vera Bradly, but seriously - they are the perfect bags. They have something for every single need under the sun - and they do so with the utmost care. They are so thoughtful into their items, and every item is so nicely made. So, I am going to tell you about my "must-have" Vera Bradley items for school.

The medium cosmetic is the best make-up bag I've ever owned. Vera also has a small and large cosmetic, but I've found the medium to be just the right size (cue Goldilocks here). It holds all of my daily makeup, even a Naked palette, and is also just the right length for makeup brushes. It's perfect! Now, although this is not exactly school-related, it does help me get ready for the long day ahead (you know the ones - IEP meetings, state testing, field day). 

# 2 - The Lanyard
Those boring name tags they give you? Yeah, they need some pizzazz. The lanyard is great! I wear it everyday. I have to take it off in my car and put it on before I go in (otherwise it's guaranteed I'll forget it). What's also great is to combo your lanyard with the Zip ID Case, which is great for keeping your ID, a mini class list (for emergencies) and maybe even a chap stick!

This lunch box is just the right size for my lunching needs. There's a small side pocket on the inside for little things or utensils and even a name tag spot on the side just in case! It can hold a bottle of water, a sandwich, a bag of chips, and maybe a Jello (if my husband is nice enough to save me one)! It fits perfectly in my teacher bag. 

#4 - The Vera
The Vera is so perfectly named - it is my absolute FAVORITE of their items. It's the perfect size. It holds full sized binders and notebooks. It even holds a laptop nicely. There are 6 pockets all around on the inside. There is an open and a zip pocket on the outside. There is a toggle closure on top. The handles are the perfect length - not too long or short. I wear this on my shoulder with my purse on top, making for easy carrying. What's more to love?! I had the same bag, in a different color, in college and it was great for hauling college books around campus. Honestly, it is just the perfect teacher bag and I believe every teacher should own one. 

#5 - The Big Red Monster
Oh come now, I couldn't forget about the wine! Here's my current favorite. A cheap-ie red blend. Perfect for late nights after a lonnggggg school day.

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If you've never heard of Vera Bradley - go NOW! They always have sales on certain colors, as well as send great coupons in the mail.

P.S. - My birthday is coming up and there MAY or MAY NOT be one of these items (sorry, it's not the wine) included in a FANTASTIC giveaway I am doing. Stay tuned! ;)

Now, enough with the fluff - let's get to the Back to School giveaway! Holy moly, the giveaway! Over $300 in Amazon giftcards, Sit Spots, and even a teacher t-shirt. Get on it already!

My Favorite Things Back to School Giveaway

Oh yeah, by the way - this is going on tomorrow.

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Good luck lovlies!

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