Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teachers Pay Teachers Store OPEN & Winner of My Giveaway!

Ahhhhhhh - I opened a TPT store! Please go visit and follow me if you would like! The button below links you to my site & it's also on the right side of my blog under the Pinterest logo!

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth - TeachersPayTeachers.com

The only two things I have loaded are the two freebies from yesterday's Monday Made It link up. I promise to be working on more things and I'll post all that as soon as I get things done!

Remember, I LOOOOOVE feedback!! :)

Now, what you have all been waiting for. I would consider my giveaway an amazing, amazing success. My followers increased from 240 at the start of the giveaway to OVER 300!! WOW. And the advice I was given, thank you. Seriously, you all are awesome and some of the best followers in the entire world that a girl could ever have. I cannot thank you all enough. And those that helped in the giveaway, they are some of the BEST ladies/bloggy friends a girl could ever ask for. Thank you to everyone.

Anddd... now, the winner! DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!

Congrats, Angela! Be on the lookout for e-mails galore from all the fabulous bloggers that participated in the giveaway!

That's all I've got for you all today - it's going to be a BUSY week with me working on finals and stuff (all due Wednesday, of course). I'll be back later to share some things that I'm working on!

PS. I won Bingo on Sunday AND I won an awesome giveaway yesterday @ Mrs. Allen's 5th Grade Files - think I should go play the Powerball?!? Just had to share my winnings as I'm SUPER excited about them!

Have a good day, y'all!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It & GIVEAWAY!

Happy Monday!! Another Monday Made It with Tara @ 4th Grade Frolics! I took a different route this time and didn't make anything crafty, BUT I tried to make some things in the form of documents! I'm really nervous to show y'all what I made... but you all are so nice so I don't think you'll criticize me too much!

If you like what you see, you can have it for free! :) Click the pictures to be taken to my TPT store where it's located!

Thanks for coming by my blog! If you did pick up the freebies, would you mind e-mailing me or leaving a comment below to tell me what you think?! I absolutely LOVE feedback.

I also had Nikki from Melonheadz Illustrating create a Melonheadz of me!! I'm not kidding... she did a GREAT job at making me look like, well... me! Here's she is! I also changed my signature to include her :)

Way too freakin' cute! THANK YOU, Nikki!!

My giveaway ends tonight at 12:01 AM EST. Make sure you enter before then!! I am astonished at the amount of advice I have been given and I promise you that I'm taking notes on EVERYTHING everyone said - it's so nice to have such a caring community of people that you've never met face to face with... thank you all SO much!

Have a good day, y'all!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tell Me More Linky! & GIVEAWAY!

I'm late but linking up at Amy's blog, Step Into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons! She's having a linky where you get to talk about yourself! Who does NOT like talking about themselves? I've learned a lot about my bloggy friends, so I'd love to tell you more about myself! :)

The ABC's of Me!

A - Age: 22

B - Bed size: Currently (at home) a Full... but my own bed is a Queen.. like me! :)

C - Car: I drive a pretty Kia Sorento. It's my second baby besides the boy below!

D - Dogs or Cats?: I can't choose! I love my baby boy, but I also love pups, too!

This was the second day I had him - king of the house, obv.

E - Essential to start your day: Milk. I ALWAYS have a glass of milk with breakfast, which I always eat each and every day.

F - Family: My family is made up of Momma, my sister, Samantha, and Jeff. Of course, I've got extended family, but this is my immediate family that I could def never do without. I've also got my second family, Nancy, Kyle (Bubba), Zach, Adam, & Bill - and then my aunts Julie & Lisa, and my Grandma and Nana. Then I've also got cousins and uncles and so forth :) I'm a HUUUUUUUGE family girl!

Momma & I in Arizona

Samantha & I in Arizona

The one & only Jeff

G - Gold or silver: silver. But I do love white gold!

H - Height: I'm 5'2". I have not grown in YEARS. Hello, shorty!

I - Ice cream flavor: I love anything with caramel. Dulche de Leche is amaaaazing but I also love Butterscotch or Peanut Butter malts from UDF :)

J - Job title: Student! I don't have a job just yet...

K - Kiddos: I don't have any.. but I'd love 3! All boys, please!

L - Live: A little suburb outside of Dayton, Ohio.

M - May: My birthday month! I was born on May 3rd - I share a birthday with Bing Crosby!

N -  Nickname: I don't have one beyond SarBear... but I haven't heard that in forever!

O - October: The month I met that fabulous boyfriend named Cody in 2007.

Cody & I going to my sorority formal 2011 - handsome man!

P - Pet peeves: When people don't have manners (please, thank you, excuse me, etc) - Lying - Being rude to me when I'm as nice as can be to you.

Q - Quote from a movie: "Where were you takin' him, Mike?" "To the bus. It was time for him to go home." My fav movie, The Blindside :)

R - Righty or lefty: I'm a righty.

S - Sorority: I'm a Pi Beta Phi for life!

Bid Day 2011 with my littles, Melanie and Molly

Bid Day 2011 with the girls

Big Little reveal - Melly and I :)

T - TV shows: I'm guilty of liking a lot of things - Pretty Little Liars, Bunheads, Baby Daddy, Spongebob, Army Wives, GCB

U - Underwear: Victoria's Secret is a secret for a reason! :)

V - Vegetables you dislike: This list would be a WHOLE lot easier if it were vegetables I LIKED. I only eat carrots, corn, and mashed potatoes (which doesn't really count)... otherwise I HATE vegetables.

W - Wardrobe?: I'm all into my running shorts (even though I don't run... ironic) and white t-shirts. It's my daily wear anymore!

X - X-rays you've had: I had X-rays done of my spine and my teeth. I used to have scoliosis but I don't anymore - I used to dance for 11 years so that corrected it for me!

Y - Yummy food: I am SUCH a little kid at heart - I love chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and any kind of pasta with Alfredo sauce or cheese or butter.

Z - Zoo animal: I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOVE elephants. And manatees. And turtles. Those are my three favorite zoo animals - I can't choose just one.

Anddddd that's me! :)

Don't forget to enter my Giveaway! It ends on Tuesday (July 31) at 12:01 AM! Enter before it goes away!

Have a good Saturday, y'all!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Are you an Ohio blogger?? Giveaway!

Hi all - just a quickie post tonight. I've been busy attempting to tie up my loose ends for my classes this summer (it's not really working...) - I've really been on Pinterest, blogging, and watching TV all day!

Are you an Ohio blogger? Leave me a comment below if you are! I'm just curious and I'd absolutely love to set up a blogger meet up for Ohioans so I'm seeing if there is interest! :)

My giveaway ends in a little over 3 days! Make sure to enter... there's lots of prizes up for grabs!

Have a good night, y'all!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vistaprint Groupon & linky & GIVEAWAY!

There's a groupon out there for $80.00 worth of Vistaprint product for ONLY $20.00! I received it in an e-mail from Pennyless teacher, and hopped right on! I'm passing it on to my bloggy friends - it does end up expiring October 31st (oh my gosh.. Halloween is approaching so fast!) - click here to get this fabulous deal!


I'm linking up with Mrs. Castro at Mrs. Castro's Class for her "Totally Terrific Teacher Tools @ Home" linky party! This linky party is to give an idea of what we use, as teachers, at home - we all know there are some great tools that are kept at home :) click the picture below to link up!

1.) My Cricut personal cutting machine. I would DIE without my Cricut! Momma got it for me for Christmas a few years ago and I am super happy she did. I've used it from making board games for a course in college to making the ice cream cone math you see on Pinterest for my students in 2nd grade during my internship! I cannot wait to have my own classroom so I can come up with all sorts of things to make.

2.) Scotch Thermal Laminator. I absolutely love my laminator. I haven't used it much because I don't have my own classroom yet, but I did use it to laminate my awards for the seniors in my sorority as parting gifts. I also used it to laminate clock numbers (:00, :05, :10, etc.) for my classroom during internship, but we didn't end up using them so I have them safe and sound. I cannot wait to be able to use the laminator more often!

3.) 31 Gifts Large Utility Tote. Man, this bag is a blessing in disguise. Right now, it's sitting in my room with tons of stuff in it - my teaching job notebook, clothes, clothes drawer dividers, papers, and other 31 Gifts products sitting inside... why am I telling you all this? Because this bag can hold a TON of stuff.. and it's not even heavy! I absolutely love 31 and all their personalization aspects.

4.) Notepads. I am a notepad hoarder. I live and thrive on lists. If I didn't make lists, I'd lose my mind. Specifically, I love the lists/notepads that are in the One Spot at Target (aka $1.00 spot!). They have the cutest notepads, which makes making lists all that more fun!

5.) Last but not least.. I absolutely am obsessed with post it notes. This obsession goes beyond my hoarding with notepads. I am not kidding... I have probably thousands of post it notes, and I use them constantly! I put them on my storage bins, in my car, on my wallet to remind myself of something, on the computer screen, anywhere! Post it notes are portable which I absolutely love, too! My name is Sara, and I am a notepad/post it note hoarder.

Those are my teacher tools at home - stop by Mrs. Castro's blog and link up!

The giveaways page has been updated - there are some AWESOME giveaways going on - one for a Silhouette Cameo and many others for some great gift cards or TPT resources!

My giveaway is still going on - it goes until midnight on the 31st. Enter while you can - you don't want to miss out on these great prizes!! (Click the picture below to be linked to the giveaway)

Have a good evening, y'all!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

longest day EVER... 200 follower giveaway!

OH. MY. GOSH. Today has seemed to last FOREVER. Why is this?? I'm glad you asked!

First - I woke up to go to an interview/appointment at my hometown district for a sub position. I was told that even though I have a 4 year teaching license (brand new, might I add), I must also apply for a substitute license - any idea why, teacher friends? Because I honestly am very confused! Got a phone call today saying I didn't have to apply for a sub license, but that I'd have to attend a few training sessions on the new program they are using (AESOP) to call subs!

Second - we had a huge storm blow through about 11:00 AM this morning. At 11:30 AM, our power went out. I expected only an hour of it being out... NO. It was out for almost 8 hours - until 7:20 PM! It was unbelievable - and I realized that I'm incredibly spoiled and depend wayyy too much on power - lights, Internet, cable, all of it. So, I went to the library and spent my time there for a bit instead of spending money - BIG deal for me!

Third (and worst) - Socks (my cat aka my child) was injured yesterday and couldn't lift his tail. My momma told me he'd be fine, but once she saw him, she thought something was wrong, too. So, today I made an appointment for him to go to the vet to get his updated shots, but instead he got an antibiotic shot and an anti-inflammatory shot, too! Why, you ask? Well, he got bit on the butt! I have no idea by what, but you can literally see the teeth marks on his tail end. The vet also shaved his lower part of his back just above his tail to see if there really were wounds - there were. He's also really swollen, aka he can't lift his tail or anything, and he lays down really weirdly, and ends up looking funny! My poor baby... hopefully these meds helped him a bit!

On our way to the vet - excuse the way I look!

 After he was shaved on the tail end.. poor baby. 

That's my day - might not seem long to you, but I feel like it has draaaaaaaaaaagged on all day long.


Rather than put the giveaway pictures on my blog, I've added a page where you can click on the pictures and be linked to current giveaways. I'll attempt to update this every time I come across a new giveaway, BUT don't hold me to it! All of these bloggers are offering amazing prizes to giveaway and all have great resources listed on their blogs. You'd be silly not to follow them all :)


My giveaway started yesterday! I am so happy with all of the advice I've been given and I am totally taking notes on each response in a document on my computer called "Advice for Newbies." :) I truly appreciate all the advice, and would love it if you kept it coming!! Giveaway continues up until July 31st! Click the picture below to be linked to the giveaway post.

Have a good night, y'all! :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

200 Follower Giveaway & Monday Made It!

It's here! It's here! It's FINALLY here!! It's my giveaway day and boy, do I have a lot in store for you! I have teamed up with some AMAZING bloggers who are donating some awesome things to my giveaway! (PS. There are 5 gift cards/certificates in this giveaway... can you say WHOA!)

I'll be giving away the following to one lucky winner:

$10.00 Target Gift Card

$10.00 Amazon Gift Card

$10.00 MelonHeadz Illustrating gift certificate

AND one lucky winner will win the following items from these amazing bloggers:

Katie & Lisen from Second Grade Smartypants
are giving away their Beginning of the Year Fun pack!

Aimee from Pencils, Books, & Dirty Looks
is giving away her Comprehension Station: Book Talk Jar pack!

Shanyn from Coffee, Kids & Compulsive Lists
is giving away her 2D & 3D Shape Dominoes pack!

Corinna from Surfin' Through Second
is giving away one thing from her store - winner's choice! (click the TPT link below to browse her store!)

Lisa from Learning is Something to Treasure
is giving away a $10.00 TPT gift certificate!

MrsMc from Buzz Buzz Buzz!
is giving away her First Day Frenzy pack!

Candace from 005 Watkins' Way
is giving away her All About Me Journal pack!

Sara from Miss Elementary
is giving away her Rockin' Back to School pack!

Kate from EduKate & Inspire
is giving away another $10.00 TPT gift certificate!

Allie from The Gypsy Teacher
is giving away a Custom Set of Objectives template!

Storie from Stories by Storie
is giving away her (Saying Goodbye to the) Sweet Days of Summer pack!

Jenna from Diving Into Learning
is giving away her Graphing Up to Ten Unifix Cube Theme pack!

Marlana from Lil' Country Kindergarten
is giving away one thing from her store, too - winner's choice! (click the TPT link below to browse her store!)

Man, are those some great prizes or what?! This giveaway starts TODAY (July 23rd) and goes until 12:01 AM July 31st! So, you have an entire week to enter the giveaway! Enter using Rafflecopter below - good luck :)

PS. I am closely watching this giveaway - you MUST leave me a comment in order to proceed to the next entries. Honesty is valued here - help out a fellow teacher :) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Linking up with Tara over at Fourth Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It! :) I haven't participated in a while.. been kinda busy. But I'm back! I, along with a lot of other people, decided to do the READ letters. Only, I didn't use any papers on them. I simply left my letters the way they came. Instead, I added a few embellishments on them. Simple and easy, just the way I like it! :)

Wooden letters - finished or unfinished
Glue dots (mini sized)
Embellishments of your choice

Have a great day, y'all! GOOD LUCK ON THE GIVEAWAY :)

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