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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Kindle Fire Giveaway

Kindle Summer

This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7″.


Kindle Fire HD 7″ Giveaway

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)


Sponsoring Bloggers & Authors

  1. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
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  6. Books Unhinged by StacyHgg
  7. S.A. Larsen – Writer’s Ally
  8. Author Inger Iverson
  9. The Geeky Gamers
  10. annakyss
  11. Everyday Word Magic
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  14. SMI Book Club
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  16. Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7″ HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog.  See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire.

Ends 8/15/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A World Class Education

Here is a picture tour of my classroom. I am showing the difference between what I provide for my students and what the district provides for my students, for what they claim is a “World Class Education.” Unfortunately, the teachers in my district are on the brink of a strike, and we have had to remove all of our personal belongings. The after pictures (along with the fact that I have 35 fourth graders in my class) tell a somber story of the state of public education funding in our country. A world class education, indeed…..

Games & game shelves; shelves for math manipulatives; storage for needed day-to-day lesson items; behind the bookcases is my main storage area where I keep most of my teaching resources & materials, some art supplies & materials, tubs full of things for my class store, Leap Pads & books, baskets & tubs, etc.

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Next is my class library, with 7 bookcases/shelves full of books, including a set of encyclopedias (hiding on the shelf behind the beanbags), a class set of paperback dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases, etc. along with hundreds of chapter books, novels, and picture books. I also provide bean bags, camp chairs, floor cushions & area rugs for my kids to sit on when working around the room.

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This is the carpet area where much of my teaching occurs. Here you see the mailboxes/cubbies, shelves for book boxes, the daily schedule, and off to the left you can see just the edge of my homework chart where we keep track of daily homework completion. What you don’t see in this picture is the large area rug I purchased to define this space. Oh, and that whiteboard you see to the right—I bought that myself, as well. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to take it down, or not.

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This last set of pictures is my work area. I no longer use an actual desk, as the one my husband’s company donated several years ago took up too much space now that I have 35 students and the teacher desks the school provides are falling apart (and I don’t think there is a desk chair to be had in the building.) So I provide my own table and chair, along with my own printer & ink, and storage for all of the office type supplies I purchase. Since I packed up last weekend, I no longer even have a stapler or tape dispenser in my room because I bought those myself!

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I know I am not alone in making up the difference in my classroom. Most teachers (especially elementary teachers) spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, each year on items they need to be able to do their job. And we do it gladly. We do it because we want what is best for our kids. We do it, because if we don’t, who will?

Friday, December 9, 2011

School Picture Re-takes

Let me start by saying that I love my mother-in-law, I really do. However, a few of her traits that have been passed on to my daughter can be frustrating. And the worst one.....smiling with her mouth closed and her chin tucked down. My mother-in-law HATES getting her picture taken, and rarely smiles big in photos and my daughter tends to be the same way. Her first set of 3rd grade pictures were not cute (or flattering), so we opted for re-takes. Now that can be a scary situation because you are then stuck with whatever comes homes. So, to up the odds of a good photo, I coached and nagged Emily to "smile and show your teeth!" For whatever reason, this type of smile does not come with a tucked chin, and I sent her off on re-take day with a hopeful heart.............


And today she brought them home & I am one happy momma! My "not-so-baby girl anymore" is just adorable and this picture really shows her personality. I like it so much, I might actually get one hung up this year!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Unexpected Visit to the Doctor

Em & I had an unexpected day at home today--well, we actually spent a good chunk of the day waiting at the doctor's office because we think she might have a bladder infection. No antibiotics, yet. We have to wait for the culture to come back--should be by Friday. Poor baby!



Her appointment was at 11:10am and we were told to arrive early & go to the lab, so we got there at about 10:30am. The lab was quick, so then it was off to wait for the doctor. And wait. And wait. Thank goodness for the iPod! Em played games for a while to pass the time, while Brownie & Elfie kept her company. I happened to have the small camera in my purse, so I snapped a few pictures to pass the time.


It was pretty close to 12:00pm before the nurse took us back, and luckily it wasn't too long before the doctor came in. She was new to us, a bit brusque, but efficient, and before we knew it she was gone. Then we waited for the paperwork. And waited. And waited. She finally brought it to us and we left the doctor's office at about 12:50pm. Almost two and a half hours later!

By then we were starving, so I offered to stop at McD's to pick up some lunch. Of course, that idea was met with great delight, and as an extra treat, we went to the Red Box and picked up a movie for the afternoon. After that some homework was done (by Em), a little on-line shopping (thank you, Amazon--Project Life 2012 is on it's way to me!), some dinner started (by me), and "poof," the day is almost over.

I had hoped to get upstairs and spend some time in the studio today working on my December Daily album......maybe later tonight. Perhaps I can at least get some pictures of my base pages finally posted, but don't hold your breath!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I Did It!!

I participated my first 5k this morning, and I actually ran the entire way!! Not bad for a chubby, 44 year old woman who just started running in September!! My goals were to run the entire race and to make it under 45 minutes (though I knew this would be pushing it, as I have not been running that pace at the gym.) Regardless of not quite meeting my second goal, I am VERY proud of myself!! 

My in-laws (and our nephew, Andrew) were in town this weekend, so they all come downtown with us. We didn't get too many pictures, as we got there just a few minutes before the race started. However, Mel did snap this shot of Emily & I right before the race.


When I crossed the finish line, Mel & Em were cheering me on and waiting for me with a dozen beautiful pink & red roses. I was so surprised! Mel also gave me a sweet card, telling me how proud he is of me. I am lucky to have such a supportive family! Unfortunately, they didn't get a picture of me crossing the finish line, but Mel took this photo of me as I was warming down afterwards. As you can see, it was a bit cloudy (and it was cold!) but at least it wasn't raining. For that I am extremely grateful! 


Now to decide if I want to do another race and try to beat my record.........so cool that I actually have a record to beat now!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

It's December!!

I am so excited that December is finally here. Even though this month is always terribly busy and somewhat stressful, Christmas really is my favorite time of the year.

I love planning and shopping for Christmas gifts for my friends and family. I love listening to and singing Christmas songs. I love trying new recipes for our annual Cookie Exchange with friends. I love doing Holiday activities & projects with my 4th graders. I love seeing our tree lit up at night. I love seeing Emily's reaction to Elfie's antics every morning. I love watching her anticipation grow as Christmas draws closer each day.

And this year I get to add something else I love...watching my oldest nephew perform with his high school choir in an adaptation of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas:
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(hopefully my sister-in-law will get this posted on YouTube so I can embed it here!) It is one of the cutest Christmas shows I've seen in a long time!

Being December 1st (or the 2nd by the time this posts), you may be wondering about progress on my December Daily album. I have to admit that I do not have my foundation pages all finished, but I do have about half of them done and I am very happy with how they are looking so far. I hope to get pictures posted sometime this weekend between the art workshop I am attending most of the day on Saturday, my first 5k run on Sunday, and my in-laws being here for the weekend. If it doesn't end up happening, I'm sure you can understand why! LOL!

For this project I plan to use my blog as a daily (or so) journal to write about the events of the day and/or our family's Christmas traditions, and maybe even a memory of Christmases past here and there. Hopefully that will make it easier for me when I am ready to journal on each day's page. I am incorporating some of Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas ideas, as well, and I am focusing on this piece from her as my starting point and frame of mind for this holiday season:
















I hope you are having a wonderful start to your holiday season!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Where Have I Been?!?

I have been away from Blog Land for some time now, but it has been for a good reason. I took a break from blogging because life was becoming a bit overwhelming and I needed to take some time to re-evaluate and re-prioritize. Being a full-time wife, mother, 4th grade teacher and Close to My Heart consultant was leaving me with no time to do the things I needed & wanted to do for myself. Things like eat healthier and exercise. Things like create things I want to create, when I want to create them, using whatever supplies I want. So over the last few months I have made some changes in my life:

1. I decided to step back from Close to My Heart. I am still a consultant (Jr. status at this point), but I am no longer sending newsletters, offering classes & workshops, or hosting crops. I am still taking orders, if anyone is interested, but I am not seeking out business. If there comes a time when I do not have enough sales to keep my Jr. status, I will say good-bye to CTMH (at least for a while.) However, I still love Close to My Heart & their products!

2. In light of stepping back from CTMH, I have allowed myself to start using and enjoying products from other companies again. I have found a love for Paper Trey Ink stamps & dies, and have had fun *collecting* 6x6 paper pads for card-making. I am planning on trying out Project Life when the new collections are released, and I am in the middle of making a December Daily album to document the upcoming holiday season. Another favorite I have stumbled upon is the Super Sketch Club from Scrapbook Generation and Allison Davis' books, Sketches for Scrapbooking. With these 2 resources I have done more scrapbook pages in the last few months than I have in the lase few years combined!

3. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY.....I have started taking the time to exercise on a regular basis. Right after school started in September I decided to try running again. Quite a while ago I had downloaded a C25K app on my ipod, called Interval Run, and tried starting, but I didn't get much farther than the first couple of runs. However, something clicked with me this time, and I am happy to say that I am now a C25K "graduate" who runs 2+ miles (albeit very slowly) at least 3 times a week. As crazy as it sounds, I actually enjoy running most of the time now and I am looking forward to December 4th, when I will achieve my goal of running my first 5K at the Portland Jingle Bell Run & Walk!!

I am hoping with these changes I can get back to blogging on a more regular basis again, as well. However, since Thanksgiving is upon us, I won't be posting again until some time next week. I plan on spending several days with the people I am most thankful for--my family!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Long Time, No Blog!

I hope to have some fun projects to post in the next couple of weeks--YAY!!

In the meantime--I have posted LOTS of new stuff for sale on my SALE BLOG!! Be sure to scroll through all the posts!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day!!

I hope all my friends out there in Blog-Land are having a wonderful day!! My in-laws were here this weekend, so we took mom-in-law out for breakfast this morning and later on today we are going to go spend some time with my mom. In the meantime, I get some coveted quiet time just hanging out at home!

Thought I would share the card I made for my mom…….

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I finally inked up my Button Boutique set from Papertrey Ink. It is soooo fun to create with!! I also used the coordinating dies for the buttons and the button card.

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I also finally broke out the seam binding and used my Copic markers to get perfectly matched colors. Not too bad for my first try, I think!

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And to follow another current trend I have been seeing, I decided to really decorate up the inside of the card. Pretty cute, no?? The great thing was, I had those buttons left over from making the card front, and they worked perfectly for the inside!

As you may or may not know, cards this bulky have a hard time going into a regular envelope. However, I planned ahead for this and decorated a clear box (that PTI stamps come in) for it instead.

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Since the box is a bit bigger than the card, I used some of the extra seam binding I colored to use as a filler. I really like the way it looks!! I am so happy with the way it turned out, and I’m sure Mom will love it as well!!!

Enjoy the

STAMPS: Button Boutique, Tag Its #2, Tag Its #3, Signature Series: Dress Form, Love Lives Here (Papertrey Ink); Eclectic Edges, Sans Alphabet (CTMH)
PAPER: Nana’s Nursery: Baby Boy (DCWV); colonial white, creme brulee, sweet leaf, twilight cardstock (CTMH)
INK: bamboo, creme brulee, petal, sweet leaf, twilight (CTMH); EMBELLISHMENTS: hemp, adhesive pearls (CTMH); Spica glitter pen (Copic); seam binding (colored with Copic markers), flowers (from my stash)
TOOLS: Button Up #1, Buttoned Up #2, Button Card, Collection, Parisian doily, butterfly, Signature Series butterfly, Limitless Layers: 1 3/4” circle collection dies (PTI); rectangle label die (Spellbinders), heart punch (Martha Stewart), label punch, word window punch (Stampin’ Up), border punch (Fiskars)
SIZE: card approx. 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”; box approx 6” x 6”

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another PTI Anniversary Contest

And again, I am happy to have a card that I already had done that fits the bill. Today’s peek over on Nichole’s blog showcases the first of a new (available February 15th) stamp set series for this year, Think Big Favorites. It is going to be an AWESOME series, I am sure!

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And here are the guidelines for the contest:image

We want to see YOU take things BIG!  Really BIG Your challenge today is to create a project that incorporates something unexpectedly mega-sized! this could be a super-sized tag, a gigantic embellishment, a huge flower, really big buttons or even a BIG focal point that takes center stage.

I think my big rainbow on this card fits the bill. Again, there is no PTI product on this card as it was for a CTMH consultant swap, and made before I had much, if any, PTI stuff. However, I know there are similar PTI products that could be used to make a similar card!