Thursday, December 11, 2014

TpT Sellers are Giving Back

Every Christmas I reflect and remember the years in my childhood when Christmas was not always a time of great joy and celebration, when gifts were sparse and family life was tense.  My parents had lost their business and had to claim bankruptcy and for years afterwards presents were socks and jackets not dolls and trucks.  

Yet that experience led me to want to ensure that every kid gets a toy for Christmas.  So, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, I will donate at least 50% of my sales from my Colorado Classroom Store to the Toys for Tots of Southern Colorado! 

So please, if you have some items on your wish list or are out doing some shopping, know that by purchasing them on December 14th, you will not only be getting some quality materials, but you will also be helping a child have a very merry Christmas! 

Please make sure to check out other seller's stores as many will also be donating a percentage of their sales that day!  Look for this logo on store pages to see who's participating!


And thank you very much!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Taking the Road Less Traveled for a Smile

I did it today.  I took the leap.  I plunged into the deep end. I took the road less traveled.
I dropped the cover of the security blanket and quit my job mid-year to stay at home and take care of myself and nurture my spirit and soul.  As I told my husband, when I walked back to my car and promptly got on my cell phone, "I feel happily irresponsible."

I've actually been on a leave of absence for the entire second quarter.  Whether it was the stress of the parents, the ever changing standards, the administrative expectations, the overwhelming paperwork, or all of the above, it had chewed away at me like a mouse on a block of cheese and I was frayed.  I was suffering from virtually daily migraines and my lifetime battle with depression and OCD was becoming much more difficult to manage despite my medication, so it was decided by a group of people whom had my best interests at heart that I needed a break, and boy were they/we right.

The past six weeks off has been a gigantic blessing.  I've gone from having six migraines per week to having two migraines in 6 weeks.  That in itself is a life changing event.  Yet on top of that, my family tells me that they've never seen me smile so much.  I've been investing in myself and exploring my passions and hobbies and I finally feel awake and alive again.  It's so rejuvenating.

So after two months of no paychecks and living off my husband's salary while dealing with two catastrophes - our sewer pipe collapsing and needing to be replaced and our bulldog having to have emergency airway surgery - we decided we could take the leap, make the plunge, and travel the road, and so today I made the decision final.  It's a little scary, or should I say exhilarating, but I know it also isn't carved in stone.  Things change, life goes on, and if need be, I can be a "bread winner" again, but until that time is needed, I'm taking some time to invest in me, better myself, develop my passions, do what I love, and keep impressing my family with how much I like to smile now.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Bundle Bash!!!

I am so excited to be participating in the Black Friday BUNDLE Bash! A group of teacher-authors at Teachers pay Teachers have decided to discount up to FOUR bundles on Black Friday only. I will be discounting four bundles to celebrate. So, how does this all work? On November 28th, just click on the image below or choose one of the following search options:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:BlackFriday14

**PLEASE NOTE: If clicking the above picture yields 0 results, try this link instead (alternately you can search BLACKFRIDAY14).

Many more stores have joined in on the fun since I compiled this list, so please make sure to search for "BlackFriday14" or check the 'sales' board to find a seller to visit.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed.  Happy shopping!!!


Illumismart
Illumismart
KB3Teach
KB3Teach
Meredith Anderson
Meredith Anderson
The Candy Class
The Candy Class
Crockett's Classroom
Crockett's Classroom
Comprehension Connection
Comprehension Connection
Sandy's Spot
Sandy's Spot
KinderLit
KinderLit
Strawberry Shake
Strawberry Shake
Shelly Rees
Shelly Rees
Emily Ames
Emily Ames
AZSunsetwoman
AZSunsetwoman
Kacie Travis
Kacie Travis
Sandra Farrell
Sandra Farrell
Linda Post The Teacher's Post
The Teacher's Post
Joyful Explorations
Joyful Explorations
Carol's Garden
Carol's Garden
Jill Bell
Jill Bell
Amy Mezni
Amy Mezni
Teaching Momster
Teaching Momster
 Yara ESL World
Yara ESL World
Yara Sea of Knowledge
Yara Sea of Knowledge
 The Lone Wolfe
The Lone Wolfe
Cara Taylor
Cara Taylor
Creations by Kim Parker
Creations by Kim Parker
Jungle Learners
Jungle Learners
Teaching Superkids
Teaching Superkids
Can't Stop Smiling
Can't Stop Smiling
The Knitted Apple
The Knitted Apple
The Teaching Treehouse
The Teaching Treehouse
Curriculum Castle
Curriculum Castle
Rick's Resources
Rick's Resources
 JB Creations
JB Creations
 Triple the Love in Grade 1
Triple the Love in Grade 1
 Angie S
Angie S
Rainbow City Learning
Rainbow City Learning
OCBeachTeacher
OCBeachTeacher
Mrs M's Learning Resources
Mrs M's Learning Resources
The World Language Cafe
The World Language Cafe
A Grace Filled Classroom
A Grace Filled Classroom
Sara J
Sara J
miss kim designs
miss kim designs
Honey Homeschool Mama
Honey Homeschool Mama
Yearn to Learn
Yearn to Learn
Kirsten Tulsian
Kirsten Tulsian
Deb Hanson
Deb Hanson
Primary
Primary "Teach"spiration
 What I Have Learned
What I Have Learned
 Social Studies Success
Social Studies Success
Shanon Juneau
Shanon Juneau
Joyful Music
Joyful Music
Happy Helper
Happy Helper
Woodward Education
Woodward Education
 Creating and Learning
Creating and Learning
 Room 213
Room 213
Miss Martin
Miss Martin
Techie Turtle Teacher
Techie Turtle Teacher
Jackie Crews
Jackie Crews
The Fun Factory
The Fun Factory
Mrs Roltgen
Mrs Roltgen
AlwaysLearning
AlwaysLearning
Martha Hach
Martha Hach "The Owl Spot"
Heather J
Heather J
Learn for the Long Haul
Learn for the Long Haul
Glitter Meets Glue Designs
Glitter Meets Glue Designs