Thursday, June 6, 2013

Linky! I WON!!! Volunteer Gifts! and other stuff...

First of all- I WON! I WON! I WON! I'm so excited!
I love me some awesome clip art and a gift card too!
Gigantic thank you to Mel from Graphics from the Pond for the giveaway!
Her stuff is FABULOUS!
Go check it out!
Graphics From the Pond

Here's her TPT Store. I will definitely be using lots of the gift card in her store!

Next, Table Talk with C&C is hosting a weekly Summer Linky Party!
It's simple...Share what's going on with you over the summer!
Vacations, things you are working on for the new school year...whatever you want to talk about!

After Linking up, please visit the blog before you and two after... and leave a quick comment or follow their blog. We all love comments and follows!

For me, I have to ask WHERE ARE MY SUNNY SUMMER DAYS?! It's another dreary day in IL!

Yesterday Mid-Kid and I went in for a pedicure! Well, I got the pedi, she got the mani. Pretty summer toes...

 We spend LOTS of time at the softball fields in the's when Big-Kid's team was winning last Sunday (we ended up losing 2 games later)...gloomy, overcast, cold day... My daughter is in the center of the fence diamond-chatting between innings.

 For a BRIEF time, the sun was out so I brought our class pet, Bruce the Tortoise (home for the summer) out to the yard to chomp on some grass. Buster was welcoming sniffing and pawing Bruce back home.

THAT's MY summer So Far! I'll have more going on...haven't worked on any TPT things yet. Link up with C&C...I'd love to have a peek into your summer!

My Thank you gifts for volunteers...
I got the bags at Walmart... 4 little cloth-like bags for a buck.
I bought each volunteer 2 Scratch-off Lotto Tickets...
I found PayDay and 100 Grand mini candy wrapped Hershey Kisses, and Gold Wrapped mini Hershey Bars to add to the bags.
I attached the tag to the outside with some ribbon...

That's it! I was crammed for time and short on mulah, but wanted to give something to thank them for their endless time.
Sorry for bad picture...

The end of the year was bittersweet. I LOVED my class. LOVED. I will REALLY miss them.
The parents were ridiculously generous to me with gift cards and gifts.

Here's one gift that I received that I just love... CUTE bag...In that pic it's stuffed with our new math series.

Another gift I received is a garden globe...I will post that whenever I get my flowers done! I bought some to plant, but now it's raining. BOOOOO.

Most of these pics are on Instagram...which I'm slightly addicted to...
The apps I use to spice them up are "PhotoGrid" and "BeautifulMess".



  1. I love finding new blogging friends through linkies! Congrats on your win-there are so many great things to spend it on...and like you a lot of my money would go right back to Graphics from the Pond because they are fabulous! Summer looks like it is off to a good start...the best part about summer (if you ask me) is even when there is nothing big or crazy going on it is still wonderful...simply because it is summer! Weather here has been no fun so hopefully it will become a little sunnier soon! :)

    Learning to the Core

    PS I am your newest follower! :)

    1. Thank you Amanda! I am definitely turning most of it right back to her store!
      The sun is peaking through now!
      Thanks for following!

  2. I'm so excited that you linked up with us! It's so fun to find other Illinois bloggers! Hope we start to have some sunny days soon. This is definitely not summer weather yet. Congrats on your win!! I too love Graphics from the Pond! That's so excited that you won their giveaway!!

    Table Talk with C & C

  3. Hello. Congratulations for winning a prize and for being on vacation! Thanks, also, for leaving comments on my blog - I'm always so happy to hear from others. Also, we still have two and a half weeks of school, and it will be a very long 2+ weeks because the kids are so done. We, teachers, go back the Tuesday after Labor Day; the kids come back on Thursday. It will be a rather short summer so I'm going to try to enjoy every single day. I'm adding your blog as I blog I love on my blog. I love your template, too, and the way you write - you're very hopeful and happy.

  4. Wow! You are very complementary! I'm in love with you! ;) Thank you for adding me as a blog you love! I think you're the firs to say that!!!

  5. I found your blog and couldn't stop reading! Laura