Thursday, November 27, 2014

Best Kind of Black Friday Sale Let's You Stay In Your PJs



I’m not a Black Friday Sales girl!  I’m not fond of those crazy big crowds, noise and  . . . stress.   It’s just too too too much.  I just keep thinking to myself . . . “PLEASE .  . . Just give me the sales price.  Don’t make me stand in line.  Don’t make me get up early or leave my bed.  Just give me the sale!”  



So on Friday, November 29th, you can have 20% off every single product!

(But just in case you want to wait until Monday or Tuesday, you CAN save 28% off of everything in my store, because Teachers Pay Teachers in having their HUGE Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) sale!  On those two days, everything on my sale will be on sale for 20% PLUS TpT is offering an additional 10% off, which actually come to a total savings of 28%!!!!)


The bottom line is, you can shop Friday and get everything you need right away for 20%, or you can shop on Monday and Tuesday and save 28%.  The choice is up to you!!! 


So on Friday, I won't make you get out of bed, no crazy lines, no outrageous crowds . . .  I promise!  You can just have the sale price.

So take your time and shop anytime Friday.  Stay in your pajamas, if you like.  I won't tell.  

Is the older stuff on sale?


Yep.


Are the Word Work Bundles on sale?




Yep.


And what about the sensory table bundle?


Yep that too.


And the brand new December Spinner Pack?



Math Stations Bundle for Winter?




It's ALL on sale...everything!  Just CLICK HERE,  head on over to my store, and check it out.  


As for me, I'm still in my PJs and filling my cart in anticipation, and I'm wishing you a Happy (Pajama Filled) Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Keep Them In Line and Sitting Pretty With A Giveaway From Sit Spots


I had a MAJOR problem when I got into my classroom this summer.  You see, my classroom is very small, and with 25 kids, there isn’t a way to have one long line when lining up to go to specials or the end or the day or whenever.  You know?  So, I always had to have two lines at my door.  But, of course, for kinders this is not such an easy thing.  They don’t get it.  Two lines?  How far apart?  Where do we put our feet?  You get what I’m talking about right?  So I always always always had two strips of duct tape on my carpet to show where they should stand.  At the end of each year, I just instructed the janitor NOT to take it up and that I would put a new strip right over the top of the old one in the fall and it would look good as new.




Well I forgot to get with the janitor this year before I left and this is what I found when I came into my room. 



They had worked so hard getting the tape up. 


But it left a dark sticky strip on the carpet (and I mean sticky!), and, in places, the threads of the carpet where actually starting to unravel!  Ugghhh…. Totally my fault!  Yes it’s old carpet, but I really didn’t need to help it along to an early burial with my duct tape fiasco.

I really didn't know what I was going to do, but then I remembered being at I Teach K in Vegas.  Our Freebielicious Booth (I loved meeting all you guys there by the way! ) was very near the Sit Spot folks, and I wondered if they might have something to help me out.  So I contacted Joyce at Sit Spots, and gave them a small run down of my problem.  



I knew that Sit Spots had 'spots' of course, but I was wondering if they might not also have strips that I could put down in place of my horrible duct tape.  Guess what?  They do and it worked out perfectly.  


Look at the difference. 




Since I was getting the tape anyway, I decided to try out some of the spots for my kids when we started practicing 'read to self.' 

Now, I like to give my kids lots of choices about how, where and what they read, but let's face it, kindergarteners don't always make the best choices.  So I placed the spots around my classroom in places that I thought would be good choices, and I gave my kinders many opportunities in those first weeks of practicing 'read to self' to try out the different spots. 


Eventually, they found spots that they liked over others, and they tend to seek out those spots.  But the nice thing is, it's a choice for them but one I'm happy with as well.  It's been a win-win for all of us.


These little 'spots' and my colorful 'lines' have been such a great addition to my room this year.  I absolutely love how durable they are, how easily I can move them, and how they can be thrown into the washer for a quick sprucing up.  I'm so excited about Sit Spots and how they helped me out with my predicament that I just knew I had to share their awesome products with you.  


Oh, and heads up . . . Joyce just told me that they also now have ten frame strips for your carpet as well.  Who doesn't love kinesthetic math?  I do!


I know you're dying to try some of these out for yourself?   Well here's some great news I have for you.  Sit Spots is giving away a $50 gift certificate so you can equip your own classroom with their amazing products, too.

All you have to do is check out their products HERE and enter below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I can't wait to hear what you'd do with your Sit Spots!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned in some of my posts for free in the hope that I mention it on my blog. Please know that I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be beneficial to my readers.  I’m disclosing this in accordance with the FederalTrade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Love letters and a discount! Feeling the love!




Somewhere in the depths of every teachers' closet, attic or basement storage unit lies a box very much like this one. 







This, my friends, is my very own 'gratitude box.'  It's that 
box you have that is crammed full of sniggles of paper, crayon portraits, and teacher "love letters" written by 5 and 6 year old hands.  In an occupation where the fruits of your labor do not generally produce a finished product for many many years, where your hard work, long hours and personal sacrifice are often overlooked, these are the gifts that keep on giving.  




So, after years of teaching, my box literally overfloweth, and I have found myself in a conundrum of what to do with all my precious proclamations of love and thanks. 

I know what you're thinking.  "Marsha, it's time for an intervention.  You need to purge before you are overtaken by crayon portraits and 'world's greatest teacher' pendants."  I know, I know, but it's very difficult to part with these small treasures.  So, I decided to keep them all by digitally recording them and creating a photo book.  It's a slow process, but I'm determined to get there, digitally recording all my 'love notes' and photographing all my unusual and special gifts that don't necessarily 'fit' in my box so that I can keep them forever.

You know those gifts, they range from the yummy . . .


to the creative . . . 


to the personalized . . .


and even the unusual.

  

I'm dead serious!  This really happened and so did the half pound of smoked fish that's sitting in my refrigerator right now (don't ask)!  My parents somehow think I need to eat more or something.  I mean, who needs an apple for the teacher when you can have an acorn squash, right? 



Regardless of what shape or form the sign of appreciation comes in, teachers know that an acknowledgement of a job well done can go along way.  I recently asked my friends in education to share their own favorite 'gifts' of appreciation and got some great replies.  Other than a few reports of "chocolate," "homemade tamales," "a bottle of wine," and even "a puppy,"  the common message I heard from teachers all over was that those simply acts that acknowledged their hard work were the most treasured gifts they had received.  Here's what some of them said was their best gift ever:





I don't know about you, but I don't want to forget any of these random acts of thanks from my own students and their parents, because let's face it, sometimes remembering those small acts of appreciation can go along way towards fueling a teachers ambition for months.  

At a time when the hard work and effort put forth by educators are often being overlooked and understated, it's nice to know that we ARE appreciated.  



During American Education Week, Chevrolet is spreading the love for educators and school staff.  Have you heard about their Educator’s Discount program?   

 Chevy Educator's Discount


Who knew Chevrolet loved teachers and school staff so much?  I didn’t, but I’m sure glad I do now.  They are offering the same great discount they give their supplier employees to any public or private educator or school staff. 




Chevrolet totally ‘gets’ that teachers spend a ton of their own money on their classrooms,  countless hours preparing for their students, and work long and hard to ensure the future of our kids.  Now they want to show all educators just how much they appreciate their hard work.  

It's an amazing discount on its own, but even better when  you combine it with any promotions or incentives that your local dealers might be offering.  I know you probably have a ton of questions right?  Well, Chevrolet thought you might, so they created this great FAQ page just for you.  You'll find it when you check out the Educator Discount website.  Just click HERE to get there. 


For an educator, buying a vehicle can put a HUGE dent in a paycheck.  If you think about it, in some cases a new vehicle can actually cost more  than what a teacher will make in their first year of teaching.




Chevrolet’s Educator discount can make a huge difference.  Just take a look at the savings you could get on this Equinox, or click on the picture to find similar promotions on other great vehicles in your own area.


Personally, after my husband decided to do a dance with a slightly distracted deer and his own Silverado last week, I think perhaps this new Silverado would look great in our driveway. 




Whether you're in the market for a new vehicle or not, I have to say that I love that Chevrolet has really stepped up and publicly acknowledged the hard work that teachers and school staff do everyday by offering this discount.  It's such a huge sign of appreciation for the all effort we put forth everyday in the classroom and the best part . . . you don't have to wait 'til Teacher Appreciation Week to take advantage of it.  It's so easy to feel the love.  Just click  HERE to visit their special website for educators and find out more.

And now, I'd love to hear from you now.  Tell me! What's the best gift YOU'VE ever received?  Betcha never got a squash!






Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” Chevrolet compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's Stitch Fix Time and Time For A Giveaway




What's your guilty pleasure?  A small bowl of ice cream late at night, a fancy coffee in the morning, trashy magazines, massages or manicures?  Here's mine.  Once a month, a stylist picks out five items for me to try on.  In the privacy of my home, with the other items from my closet to coordinate, and all the time in the world, I try on items I would never choose for myself.  Stitch Fix is my guilty pleasure.  


For someone who absolutely HATES shopping, this $20 indulgence is a delightful way to find something great to add to your closet.  Sometimes, everything is perfect and you hit a home run.  Other times, you might only find one or two items that work.  But even if decide to return everything, you've had the pleasure and enjoyment of some private styling time.  And enclosed, prepaid envelope, returning whatever you don't want to keep is easy peasy.  


Stitch Fix is so simple.  You sign up for Stitch Fix,  complete your personal styling preferences, link your Pinterest style board to your profile, pay $20 and wait for your first fix.  When you get your fix, you try on all your items with the help of your stylist.  They send you a card with suggested pairings in case you're like me and are a little styling impaired.  Keep what you love, and send back what you don't.  Your  $20 styling fee will go towards your purchase, and, if you decide to keep everything, they will even give you a 25% discount off your entire order.  

So now that you know how it works, wanna see what I was sent this month?  


First up was this Everette Crochet Trim Woven Blouse.  I loved the rust color.  I don't do a lot of reds or oranges, but this is the perfect shade for me.  It's a light weight blouse that I will be able to wear long into the spring.



My stylist suggested I pair it with a skirt, but that won't happen until the snow leaves Michigan in the spring, so I tried it out with jeans and boots, and it paired really well.  This one was a keeper!



Next, they sent me a pair of black Frieda Ankle Length Skinny Jeans.  I'd love to show you what they looked like on but, unfortunately, they were obscenely tight and way to small for me.  Ugghh.  The last several pairs of pants Stitch Fix has sent me were a perfect fit, and I've kept them all.  But, unfortunately, these will go back which is a bummer, because I could have REALLY used a new pair of slacks for chasing kinder friends around.  (I don't know about you, but I don't do skirts in the winter!)



My stylist also sent me a Britt Ombre Chevron Wrap Scarf.  It was 'ok,' but it just didn't really 'do' anything for me.  A couple months ago, my stylist sent me the BEST knit scarf in fabulous fall colors.  It's a bit of a hard act to follow.  This scarf's color was a bit dull, and I couldn't really bring myself to 'love it.'  So this will also be going back, too.



A black Kalliope Open Front Swing Cardigan came next.  I absolutely loved this piece.  It's a nice light knit that is actually kind of slimming.  It's also so versatile.  Of course, it will be great paired with leggings and boots during the frigid winter months, but I can also see myself wearing it in the summer over a tank top on a cool evening.  Perfect for Michigan's crazy, never-know-what-it's-gonna-be-like-outside, weather.  I will definitely be keeping this one.



Finally, I found this Abel Textured Knit Sweater in the mix of pieces sent this month.  Now, just because I'm old enough to have had a sweater just like this in the 80s, doesn't mean I want to relive those fashion disaster days.  This one was just a little to reminiscent.  The knit was not real 'natural' feeling, the different textures were a mix between a sparkly laced synthetic knit and something that was long and fuzzy.  It definitely was going back.  




All in all, not a horrible fix.  I ended up keeping two items that I love, and I have HUGE hopes that my stylist will find me some slacks that will be great for the classroom and another fabulous knit scarf or cowl that would make me feel warm and comfy during the pending cold Michigan winter months.  If you'd like to find out more about Stitch Fix, just click on the picture below.  (It's my favorite Stitch Fix scarf!!! Love it.)  



And because I just know you'd love a chance to win your own fix, enter my giveaway below for your chance at a $20 gift certificate to cover the cost of your first stylist fee.  What do you have to lose?







Now that you've seen my fix, you have to head over to Maria's blog and see hers.  She also has a giveaway going on which means even more chances to win your very own fix!   Head on over to check it out?







Until then, I'm off to update my style profile and pin some new items for my stylist to find for my next fix!  


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