Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine Love {a FREEBIE and a giveaway}

In honor of Valentine’s Day next week, I wanted to share the love with you, my wonderful blog readers and supporters!  Today I have an AWESOME freebie, and a giveaway :)  Read on for all the details!

As a first year teacher, I taught in a really nice area, and the room mother had an amazing valentine party planned for my class. All of my students made home-made boxes, and we had a great party. The following year, I moved to a low-income school, and quickly realized I was not going to have that same support. Being a new teacher, I was still REALLY into parties.... So of course I had to order cute valentine bags from oriental trading. I won't tell you how many hours I spent hot gluing fuzzy pom-poms to curly pipe cleaners... But it's safe to say that I've taken things down a notch or two over the years. I still enjoy parties, it just gets a little hard when you don't have a lot of parent support and have to plan it all yourself.... That's where the idea for these valentine bags were born. It actually started as a hallway bulletin board idea, then I realized they would look perfect on a bag.... Ta-da! I've been making these bags with my class for a few years now, and they always get a kick out of it. I make these bags with the whole class a few days before Valentine’s Day, which ensures that every child will have something to take their valentines home in. My students are still welcome to decorate a box at home, but I realize that not everyone gets to do that, so these bags prevent any child from having to take their things home in a walmart bag.

Today I'm going to share them with you... you will be able to download the pattern and directions for FREE, exclusively on the blog :) (and I bet you already have everything you need to make these!)  If you use them and love them, please leave me some feedback... I love reading comments :)
 
Click on the picture for the pattern and directions.


And now… the giveaway!!  I had originally planned to do this for my birthday, but I was so sick that I had no energy to do ANYTHING… so why not do it now?! Up for grabs today is one of the “quietest pencil sharpeners” from Classroom Friendly Supplies… what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a super cute PINK pencil sharpener (I think I will have to give in and buy a pink one since I can’t seem to get lucky and win it on any other blog).

 I’ve told you before about how much I love this pencil sharpener, and I still swoon every time I sharpen my students’ pencils.  One week recently, I was being lazy and used my electric pencil sharpener, thinking that my students wouldn’t really notice… OH NO… they definitely noticed!! I even heard one student say “Look, she didn’t sharpen them all the way” LOL! Busted!! Lesson learned…. Always sharpen with the quietest pencil sharpener :)  Use the rafflecopter below to enter… and don’t worry, if PINK isn’t your thing, you can pick any color from their pencil sharpener collection.  Giveaway closes on February 15th, so the winner will be announced next weekend... stay tuned :)
** please note, this giveaway is open to US residents only due to shipping purposes. Thanks!

31 comments:

  1. I have a pink one already and love it! I'd love a black one, or a blue one...

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  2. I really want one of these! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Jeannie
    The 2nd Grade Surprise

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  3. I have a green one but would love a red or blue one. My sharpener wanders off all the time (aka is borrowed) so I'd love to have another one that I could mount permanently!

    Jennifer @ Hering Kats in Kindergarten

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  4. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway! I would like the pink or green on to go with the colors in my room. Thanks!

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  5. Wow! Something that really sharpens pencils and is quiet? I am IN,

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  6. Would love to try this pencil sharpener!

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  7. I'd love to win this I've had two electric ones die on me so far this year.

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  8. I certainly would love one of these. Since I moved from high school to 6th grade Pencil sharpeners have been the bain of my existence.

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  9. I don't care what color, I would just love the opportunity to win one :)

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  10. I would love one of these because I have heard so many great things! I would love to have a black one!

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  11. I'll take ANY color I can get! :)

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  12. I would definitely choose the pink! And it would be perfect because my pencil sharpener JUST died!

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  13. I would love to have one. It would be soooo great not to hear the pencil sharpener!! :)

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  14. Love my sharpener-the new pink one is my choice...if I win, I will share with a teacher on my team...we all NEED a good sharpener; the electric ones just do not last.

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  15. I like the red. Thanks for this giveaway!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  16. I am a red girl! Thank you! jen.bellinger@hotmail.com

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  18. I would love to have a red one!
    jennifer.stephens@murray.k12.ga.us

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  19. I would love to have one of these!

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  20. I would love to have a pink one. Really I would take any color. I would just love to have one.
    Cindy
    CL14Mentor@oh.rr.com

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  21. I already have a Precious Pink one so I would want a black one to compliment the pink!

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  22. Im thinking the Midnight black so Ivan add orange duck or paint stripes, since our school is the Coweta Tigers

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  23. I would pick the pink one for sure! I ave wanted one of these for so long!! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Lindsay
    Rodriguezteachon.blogspot.com

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