Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Very Merry Follower Giveaway



Merry Christmas to all of my followers - new and old! I have had an amazing two days with my family. This is the first time in 5 years that my Mom's side of the family was able to get together. We hosted at our house and even though it was a little stressful, it was all worth it. The food was delicious and the time with family was amazing. A good time was had by all! 

This morning was so much fun. Our daughter is 2 and she really seemed to understand Christmas this year. She was excited that Santa came to visit and she couldn't wait to get into her presents. We decided to do something that I had found on Pinterest. 


You give 4 main gifts. Something you want. Something you need. Something you wear. Something you read. I often feel that Christmas is too commercialized and this brings us back down to Earth! :) Of course, she still receives gifts from Santa and from other family members, but this is going to be a new tradition for us. Here are some before and after pictures.


Christmas Eve
Christmas Morning

We also had cupcakes with bright, red frosting for breakfast! Only on Christmas! :) 


The best gift of all - the box that her kitchen set came in! :) 


Now... onto the part you have been waiting for... I'm holding a giveaway for 3 prizes. The first prize is a $10 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers. The other 2 prizes are for $15 to spend in my TpT store. You can enter the raffle-copter below to win! 


64 comments:

  1. My favorite gift this season is a CO ski trip with my husband. :)

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    1. That sounds like a great gift, Lorena! Enjoy your time with the hubby!

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  2. Merry Christmas! Favorite gift was a new pair of running shoes!

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    1. Merry Christmas, Rachel! After all of the Christmas treats that I have been eating, I might need a pair of running shoes. :)

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  3. We also did the Want, Need, Wear, Read thing this year and LOVED it! So easy! My favorite gift was some Burberry perfume.
    Sara
    Polka Dot Kinders

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    1. We will definitely be doing it again next year. It was so easy to plan! Merry Christmas!

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  4. My favorite gift I received was a food processor....which doesn't sound amazing, but my 12 year old son remembered I said I wanted one 3 months ago and made dad go get it...So really, my favorite gift was proof that my son is turning out pretty awesome. :)

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    1. Mrs. A - I think that is the best gift of all! You must be doing a great job with him.

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  5. My favorite gift was some jewelry.

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    1. Who doesn't love jewelry?! Sounds lovely!

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  6. My favorite gift was a wireless Minnie Mouse speaker to use in my classroom. So cute!! :)

    Breanne
    breannesimons@gmail.com

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    1. That sounds like a fun gift Breanne. I'm sure your students will love it just as much as you will!

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  7. My favorite gift was a laminator from my mom!

    Ashley
    arclark2012@gmail.com

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    1. Love my laminator! Make sure you check out Sam's club for a good deal on laminating pouches - 200 for $20 something. :)

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  8. My favorite gift this year was time with family.... :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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    1. Cindy, I would have to say that would be my favorite as well. Merry Christmas!

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  9. I got this really cute charm necklace. It's extra special because the charm was from a charm bracelet my great aunt wore where each charm had a special meaning for her. This year she broke up the bracelet and all the girls got a necklace with a charm on it as a keepsake.

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    1. What a special gift! I'll bet that all of girls will treasure it forever. :)

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  10. My favorite gift was cooling racks for baking. :)

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    1. That is a fun gift - I'll bet you will be spending some time baking over break!

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  11. My favorite gift was my new standing mixer...I've wanted one for a bit so I was thrilled!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  12. My favorite gift this year was the family calendar my sister made and the table runner my mom made. I love that my family gives each other gifts that they make.

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    1. That is such a fun tradition. I would love to do that with my family. Maybe next year?!

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  13. My favorite was the Target gift card.

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  14. My favorite was a hand print santa ornament that my 2 year old niece made :)

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    1. Homemade gifts from children are always so special!

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  15. I bought myself a Silhouette Cameo!

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  16. I'm a huge horror fan so my Friday the 13th box set was definitely one of my favorite gifts!

    Cathy I.
    mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com

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    1. Too scary for me! I get scared just from the commercials for scary movies. My husband would love it though! :)

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  17. I bought myself a tanzanite ring and matching earrins. they are so pretty! deceze@optonline.net Felicia Tokson

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  18. A new camera because my old camera slow died on me. I can't survive without a camera. :)
    lnabors@kingwoodchristianschool.com
    Laura

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    1. I hear you on that one! I got a new camera for Christmas too. I can't wait to learn more about it so I can use it to its fullest potential. Have fun with your new one!

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  19. Love the "Four Gifts Of Christmas List!" Have saved it and will remember it for next year!
    ~Jennifer
    www.storiesandsongsinsecond.blogspot.com
    storiesandsongs2@gmail.com

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    1. Jennifer, it makes gift giving so much easier. She will always know what to expect and we'll always be prepared! Plus, there is always room for interpretation on what each part means to you. :)

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  20. My best gift was sent from my former son-in-law and his new wife. They sent me our 7 year old grandson's second grade picture and a photo in his football team outfit. They, also, made sure he called us on Christmas night. This was a very special gift as we do not have a relationship with our daughter and she does not feel the need for our little guy to be a part of our lives.

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    1. That is a true gift. I hope that you will be able to continue to have that special contact. Every child needs his/her grandparents! :)

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  21. Hey!! My husband made a donation in my name to help a young girl in India (that was rescued from the sex trade) to learn a trade and go to school...then he bought me a couple of illustrated children's books...love that man!!!!

    What was your favourite gift?

    Blessings,

    Tammie

    tammie@aeberhardt.ca

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    1. That is such an amazing gift. Not just for you, but for the young girl as well. My favorite gift was my new camera and having my whole family together for Christmas. Thanks for asking!

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  22. I received the gift of time! I have slept and worked on things at my own pace! I love it!

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    1. Love it! If only we could truly bottle it up and save it for later. :)

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  23. My favorite gift was a green ceramic bird from my daughter. I like birds, and she always gets me some kind of "bird gift" for every holiday. It is really special that she always remembers.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sharon B.
    sab99@sbcglobal.net

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    1. That is very special. I'll bet you have quite the collection. :)

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  24. My favorite present was from my hubby-he got me four Folkmanis puppets for my classroom! They're amazing!!! Three of them were penguins (my favorite) and a squirrel (which has become a joke between myself and the other kinder teachers because we "squirrel" all the time and get off task!haha!!) Happy New Year and CONGRATS on the success of your blog!

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    1. I will definitely have to check those out. I've never heard of them before. :) I also love the squirrel comment... that is so me with one of my co-workers. We have adjoining rooms and are often off task!

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  25. My favorite was having everyone here to spend the day together. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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    1. Isn't that the most wonderful part of Christmas... :)

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  26. My husband and I usually don't buy each other big gifts because we have 5 kiddos to spoil, usually its just pjs, fuzzy socks or cute earrings, but this year he bought me a laptop because I am starting to do more presentations! I love that he thought about this and saved up for months to get me something I really needed!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten

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    1. That is so thoughtful! He sounds like a great guy! :)

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  27. My favorite gift is rather strange. We have a 10 year old cat who became very ill, and we were not sure he was going to live. Our vet called on Christmas Eve to let us know that he was going to be OK. We have him home now (8 days and $275 later). We will have to kennel him for another 6 weeks, but he is home, and he is going to make it. That's the best gift I could have asked for. :)

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    1. I don't think that is strange at all. Our dogs are a huge part of our family, so I totally get it! I'm so glad to hear that he will be OK. :)

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  28. My necklaces and bracelets!! They are sooo pretty!!

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    1. It is always fun to get something that sparkles! :)

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  29. My favorite gift this year was a book binding machine.

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    1. Oh my goodness! I am so jealous! I would love to have my own. The one at the school is always being used by someone else. Enjoy!

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  30. Time with my family, the earrings from my hubby, and the new charm for my bracelet from one of my students! Sorry-couldn't pick just one!!!!!!!

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    1. It is hard to pick just one, isn't it? They all sound wonderful! :)

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  31. A beautiful necklace from my hubby

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