Wednesday, March 18, 2015

found the gold freebie hop

Welcome to our fun little pot of gold hop!  And if you're coming from Journey of a Substitute Teacher, a huge thank you to Tanja for sending you this way!
Some of you may already know, but in addition to teaching 2nd grade, I also make clipart. This time around for the hop, I'm giving away a sampler from one of my MEGA Clipart bundles! 

Click below to grab your freebie!

Head on over to Lori's blog by clicking below!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

march chaos

It's been a long time since I blogged...but I have an excuse. I'm a teacher. And a mom. Of a toddler. And a newborn (can I still call him a newborn if he's 4 months old?). I'm currently on Spring Break, which gives me a little more free time, so I can do a quickie Five for Friday (I realize it's a couple of days late...ah well)! Woohoo for this awesome linky!
On Friday we had our annual Donuts with Dads event. Super successful, super fun. I had all but 3 "dads" (it can be an uncle, friend, grandpa...whatever) able to make it, and a few volunteers that were able to pop in and hang out. This is one of my all time favorite events because the kids absolutely LOVE having their "dad" come in to their classroom. I'm not sure about you, but for some reason, I get more communication and participation from the moms of students all year long. So, Donuts with Dads came around and has helped a lot to get those dudes into the school. We made my Donuts with Dads craftivity and sent them with the dads as they left! You can check them out by clicking below.
We are also in the midst of the annual sled dog race, the Iditarod. It's not that big here in Juneau (the southern part of Alaska), but the kids absolutely love learning about it and for some reason, those darn dogs get them all excited. So, I squeeze in some doggy-fun to our Common Core and everyone's happy! You can read more about what we do during Iditarod here. I even found an amazing video on Youtube by the Discovery Channel that we were able to watch throughout the week during snack. You can check that out by clicking below.
All of my Iditarod resources will be on sale until the end of the week, so snatch them up quick!

March is such a busy month. We have Donuts with Dads, Iditarod and now, March Madness. Before I know it, it will be May and we'll be saying goodbye! This is always the time of year when I start to really *love* these babies and feel like they are growing up so fast! Anyone else?! We'll be having a little basketball fun in honor of March Madness this month, just in case we haven't had our craftivity fill yet haha!
This week will be the first week that we are not celebrating St. Patrick's Day in school (because we're on Spring I can't complain!). I had completely spaced that our new district calendar moved our Spring Break up a week, so I won't be able to try out my Leprechaun Trap project this year! But...that doesn't mean you can't! Grab this FREEBIE by clicking below! I'd love to see your feedback if you use it and live vicariously through be sure to do that!
So, Alaska in general has had a weird winter. The Iditarod start had to be moved to Fairbanks due to the weather (they even had to truck in snow for the false start in Anchorage!). And our local ski resort hasn't been open all winter. And...enter Spring Break. Snow. WHAT?! I guess that means we'll be hanging inside watching Big Hero 6 instead of playing on the swingset we just bought. 
Go link up and checkout more posts by clicking below!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

easy peasy book giveaway

Like many of you, I am a book lover. I hoard them like they are little nuggets of gold. I get excited when I see a particularly beautifully illustrated one that I don't have. So, when I saw a couple of Alaska titles I didn't already have (gasp! how can that be?!), I knew I had to get my hands on them! And, because you all are so awesome, the lovely folks at Sasquatch books are letting me give them away!
First up, in honor of the upcoming Iditarod race (March 7th), check out Alaska's Snow White and her  Seven Sled Dogs by Mindy Dwyer.  Mindy must be a genius. Combine a classic fairytale with an Alaska theme...BOOM. Instant classroom excitement. This is Snow White with an Alaskan twist! The illustrations in this one are sharp and bright!
Next up, My Wilderness An Alaskan Adventure by Claudia McGehee. This is a fun trip back to the frontier days of Alaska, long before it was a state.  My favorite part is the adorable little squirrel that follows the little boy in his travels to Alaska! I absolutely love all of the color and lines in this one! So fun for 2nd graders to find him!
And because the folks at Sasquatch Books are so unbelievable awesome (seriously, all of my favorite Alaska books are from them), they're letting me give away both titles! Enter below to win!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

spark of inspiration blog hop

It's here! It's here! Our big blog makeover reveal! I belong to a super sweet group of blog authors that recently revamped our blog! If you're coming from the ever talented and beautiful Tanja's blog (Journey of a Substitute Teacher), welcome! We used to be A Class*y Collaboration, but now we're A Spark of Inspiration! Ta-da! Fun, right?! And, we all know everyone loves freebies, so we've got some goodies in store for you! 

To celebrate, I'm offering up a sampler freebie from my Iditarod unit. What kid doesn't love fun, colorful bookmarks with a cute doggy?! Click below to grab it!

It is a sampler freebie from my Iditarod Unit, click below to check it out...the Iditarod starts March 7th!

Now pop on over to visit the super sweet blogger, Lori! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

we be jammin

It's finally here! My sweet friend Christy over at Crayons and Whimsy will be taking orders for Jamberry wraps featuring my Smiley School Supplies clipart! Leave your email in the comments and she'll contact you about making your order smile emoticon Oh, and 2 people who make an order today will get an extra treat with their order!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

clipart for a cause

I have something really special to announce! What the Teacher Wants is hosting a fundraiser for a very deserving local family here in Utah. 

Here's what she has to say about the fundraiser:

Some of the biggest names in the TPT clip art world have all come together to help raise money for a sweet little "Heart Warrior" named Ryder. 

Ryder's mom, Jessie, and I used to teach together at my old school. We worked together for 6 years before she and I both changed schools and began teaching in different places. She is one of my dearest friends and I loved every second of working with her. She is full of life, hilarious, and one of the best teachers you'll ever meet.

Fast forward a little bit, and I have a heartbreaking story to tell you about my friend Jessie. After going through a relatively easy pregnancy with her 4th child, Little Ryder Cannon was born on December 2nd, 2014 and was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect. He spent over 180 days in the ICU while doctors tried everything they could to fix his heart. 

During his life, he underwent three open heart surgeries, one of which was an experimental surgery to replace his heart valve; he was the first baby at Primary Children's Hospital to ever have it done. That surgery was a success and earned him the nickname of "Heart Warrior." However, the doctors were never able to completely fix his broken heart. Ryder spent 30 days on the heart transplant list, but unfortunately the new heart never came. 

Little Ryder passed away in August of 2014 at only 8 and a half month old.

{Photography by: Crystal Spencer Photography}

During his short time in the world, Ryder blessed the lives of many. This little Heart Warrior leaves behind a mom, dad, two sisters and a brother who miss him every single day. The financial burden of it all leaves a huge stress on the family. The medical bills are still coming in and Little Ryder still needs a headstone for his grave.

{To read more of Ryder's story, click here.}


For this reason, I have put together a fundraiser on Ryder's behalf. 

All donations collected through this "Hearts for a Heart Warrior" fundraiser will go to help the Cannon family with Ryder's medical bills and will also help purchase a headstone for Ryder's grave. 

For your $25 donation, you will receive "The Ultimate Valentine's Day HEART and LOVE Inspired Graphics Mega Bundle" There are over 300 graphics included in this amazing pack!

(These are both exclusive graphic sets and are not available anywhere else.

These are custom designed for this special fundraiser!)

Melonheadz: Exclusive Heart Warrior Bundle

Natalie Kay: Valentine's Day Pennant Banner

This fundraiser starts right now and will run until Valentine's Day. I know that Ryder's family will be very appreciative for any and all donations they receive! Thank you!!