Saturday, August 12, 2017

Luau for Swagbucks

**This is a sponsored post from Swagbucks and the links are referral links.  Swagbucks is a free website that allows users to earn points towards gift cards.**

I've never been to Hawaii.  The pictures look beautiful but it's such a long plane ride. Over an ocean.  *shudders*

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This week I'll be pretending to be in Hawaii with Swagbucks' new team challenge that is luau themed.  

Swagbucks is the site where I earn points, called SB, for doing things like searching the web, watching short videos, and answering daily polls.  I cash in those SB points for gift cards.  Most recently, I used Amazon gift cards for things for my classroom.  

If you want to join me, click here to join the team challenge.  You'll earn your SB and points for your team. The winning team gets bonus points, called Swag Up Rebates.  It's an instant rebate the next time you cash in for a gift card.  I have used these multiple times and they always credit right away. 

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The winning team will get a 100 SB Swag Up rebate!  2nd place team gets 50 SB, and 3rd place team gets 30 SB.

This starts MONDAY so be sure to click over and join!  PLUS, if you join using my referral links here and earn 300 SB by September 1st, you'll get an extra 350 SB points!  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

9 Cutest Tees for Teachers

**Update**-I bought #8 and love it!
Hey, hey fellow teachers (or friends of teachers)!  School is back in session!  If you're ready to show your pride, here are some of my favorite teeshirts for teachers! If you're not a teacher but have one in your life, consider gifting one of these cute shirts! (Yeah that's a lot of exclamation points.  BUT I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE SHIRTS!)

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1. Difference Maker $16 on Etsy  Wouldn't this make the sweetest gift for a teacher / speech therapist / principal?
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2. You better show your work, work, work, work, work.  $20  Hahaha.  I could see some of the teachers at my son's middle school wearing this.  It's the perfect middle-school-teacher-tee.
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3. I love my first graders  $20 by  Awww.  Cute design!

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4. Don't make me use my teacher voice  $20 by ILoveApparel   Great tshirt for a teacher with a sense of humor!
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5. Kindness is always cool  $20 by SunFrog  Not only would teachers love this shirt, but school counselors would too!  Our district always does a kindness week and this would be perfect!
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6. Straight Outta  $26 by TeeSpring  Suitable for any teacher starting in February.  All the stuff that was new in August is gone/lost/broken by February.  
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7.  Second Grade Rocks (any grade level can be used) $22.50 by zoeysattic on Etsy.  I love that you can put the teacher's name on this shirt!!  And that font is so cute!
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8. (Perfect shirt for a special education teacher!) This teacher runs on velcro, visual schedules, and coffee.  $18 by TaelorMadeGifts on Etsy.  Yeah like I'm actually about to buy this teacher shirt for myself.  And velcro.  I need more velcro.

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9. School House Rock $12.99 at Target. (I have this shirt! It's super soft and comfy!) This can be found in the men's department at every teacher's favorite store: Target.  
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Have you found any other great shirts for teachers?  Comment or email me some links!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Another Swagbucks SWAGO opportunity

**This is a sponsored post from Swagbucks and the links are referral links.  Swagbucks is a free website that allows users to earn points towards gift cards.**

If you are a Swagbucks user (and let's be real: you should be.  I made several hundred dollars last year by using Swagbucks) be alert---a new SWAGO is starting!  
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It starts today, August 7th, and ends Thursday, August 10th at 3pm EST.  Click here to join!  You'll earn points for clicking store links and browsing around.  Once you have a bingo on your SWAGO card you can redeem it for points (called SB).  SB are redeemable for gift cards (Amazon, Sephora, and Target are my 3 faves) and PayPal.  

Be sure to click the "Join Now" button to activate your SWAGO board.  
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What will you spend your gift cards on?  

Be sure to join Swagbucks (it is FREE) and start earning your gift cards!  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Funnies

Here comes the weekend!!  Enjoy these three funny pictures and have a great weekend!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Funnies

School starts soon (or may already be back in session for some of you)!  Here are some school related funnies to start off your weekend!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Funnies

Here are your funnies for this week! Have a great weekend!

I think she and I could be BFFs.
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So this one is me: 
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10 Books to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Last summer as I was getting my little one ready to start Kindergarten, I gathered books and read him several to help him prepare for what school would be like.  He had been in preschool but never in an all-day program.  He transitioned fantastically and we had a wonderful year. :) 

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Here are ten great books to help your little one transition into 'big kid' school!

1. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten

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In this picture book, readers watch the Kindergarten teacher, Miss Bindergarten, and each student as they get ready for school.  Each animal-student starts with a different letter of the alphabet.

2. First Day Jitters

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Not specific to Kindergarten but great at talking about fears and 'jitters' with a super surprise twist at the end that kids love.  This is probably my favorite back-to-school book.

3. Clifford Goes to Kindergarten

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Clifford books have been around for ages and it's because they are so timeless and well-written!  I managed to get this as a hard back for $5 at Kohl's last summer during one of their Kohl's Cares campaigns (you know how they always have $5 items by the cash register?).  I also snagged a $5 plush Clifford and gave it and the book to my new Kindergartener.  

4. The Night Before Kindergarten

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Rhyming text reminiscent of "Twas the night before Christmas," tells this story of children in town getting ready for Kindergarten. They worry about if they will still get to play and what their teacher will be like.  This books does a great job at vocalizing things your little one may subconsciously be fearing.

5. Kindergarten Rocks!

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Dexter Dugan is starting Kindergarten and he's not scared but his stuffed dog is!  Luckily his older sister, a 3rd grader, has been to Kindergarten and can tell him all about it.

6.  Planet Kindergarten

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This book is newer, it just came out in 2016, and has a clever space theme.  I love the bold illustrations!

7.  How Do Dinosaurs Go To School

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All of the "How Do Dinosaurs...." books are great.  They all focus on social development and appropriate behaviors.  Plus, what kid doesn't love dinosaurs?!

8. On The First Day of Kindergarten

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Tish Rabe authored this cute read-aloud book. It's set up similar to "The Twelve Days of Christmas" because the story goes "On the first day of Kindergarten....On the second day of Kindergarten..." and so on.

9. Tom Goes to Kindergarten

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Tom, the panda, heads off to kindergarten along with his mom and dad. The parents are so cute as they enjoy playing in the classroom too and are sad when they have to leave.  A word of caution though---if your child's school doesn't let parents into the classroom on the first day (and many don't) this book may make your child think you'll get to come back with them.  Know your school's policy so you can talk about it with your child if you choose to read this book.

10.  We Share Everything

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Amanda and Jeremiah are kindergarteners who have to learn to share.  This book will be especially good for incoming kindergarteners who have little experience in being around other children or who are prone to arguing with others. 

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Be sure to pin this post so you can find it when you head to the library or bookstore!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Team Challenge: Swagbucks

*This post is sponsored by and contains affiliate links to Swagbucks*

You guys know I love to earn gift cards through Swagbucks.  I've currently got $75 in Amazon cards!  They do team challenges every so often and it's a way to earn some bonus SB.  This challenge theme is "Swagathlon" You will earn team points by searching the internet, watching videos, etc.  PLUS you still earn your regular SB during this time.  More details below:
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The challenge, begins tomorrow morning (July 17th) but you can pre-register NOW!

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.

2. Starting June 17th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.       

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, July 21st at 2pm PT and will expire on Friday, August 4th at 11:59pm PT.

What kinds of gift cards can you get with Swagbucks?
You can get a $5 Amazon card for 500SB, $25 Amazon for 2500 SB, $3 Ebay card for 300 SB, $25 PayPal cash for 2500 SB, $5 Target card for 500 SB, and TONS more!  

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Funnies: The Simpsons

This week's Friday Funnies come to you from The Simpsons.  Have a great weekend!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Funnies

I'm back this week with 3 more funnies for you!  Enjoy!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Earn More Swagbucks With The Sweet Treat Team Challenge

Time for another team challenge from Swagbucks!  For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

Their latest, the "Sweet Treat" Team Challenge, begins TOMORROW: Monday, June 12th at 8am PT.

Here's how you can join the challenge (and the site):  
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting June 12th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.     

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before July 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)!

Here's a screenshot of my swag up rebates from the last 3 team challenges I've participated in. You can see it's a nice little bonus that helps me reach my gift card goals faster:

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 60 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 4th place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Rebates will be available on Friday, June 16th and will expire on Friday, June 30th at 11:59pm PT.

Good luck!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Funnies: Summer Vacation

Enjoy these three funnies about summer vacation and have a great weekend!
Totaled up my summer vacation budget. I'll be going to a movie.

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May you find the perfect vacation spot to fight with your family.