16 May 2009

School's Out For Summer Giveaway!


I am finally doing a giveaway. I've thought about doing one for a LONG time, but the timing just hasn't been right. Until now.

As a teacher, I really and truly love my job. I love my subject matter, especially the British literature. I love the relationships I develop with my students. I love teaching teenagers because they keep me on my toes and keep me feeling young (most of the time.) I love having them come back to visit and keeping me up-to-date on their lives.

As a teacher, I really and truly love my vacations. So many people think that teachers work an 8-hour day, and that just isn't true. During the 4.8 hours of class time, I am constantly "on". There is very little "down time" in a normal day. If I'm not providing direct instruction, I'm walking around helping students, answering questions, making suggestions, etc. The other 1.6 hours that is my planning time is taken up with entering grades in the computer, making copies, and doing all of the other things that I can't do at home. This isn't just true of me; it is true of any teacher. And the day doesn't end at 3:15.

Once I get home, which is usually around 5:00, there are papers to grade or tests to make. Since we got our new technology, I have spent numerous hours on the computer creating PowerPoint presentations. While people in other professions go home and leave their jobs at work, teachers don't. Our 8-hour day often ends up being a 10- or 12-hour day. So, when it is fall break, Christmas break, spring break, or summer vacation (ESPECIALLY summer vacation!) I am READY for it! I need that time to recharge my batteries so that I can continue to do what I love.

So, with all that being said...the giveaway! Summer is my FAVORITE season of the year. I am definitely a summer gal. I love being in the sunshine, hanging out at the lake, and reading good books. For my giveaway, I have included things that represent my favorites. There is a CUTE beach towel/bag combo, Neutrogena Body Mist sunblock (SPF 45), Banana Boat After-Sun lotion, Banana Boat lip balm (SPF 45), a book (Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes), and a candle. (The scent is called Butt Naked. It smells coconutty.) There will ALSO be two huggers that are being made to match the towel/bag. One will be a can-size hugger, and the other will be a 20-ounce bottle hugger. I haven't gotten them yet, so that is why they aren't in the picture. :)

So. What do you have to do to win? First of all, post a comment for ONE entry. Become a follower for TWO entries. (Please leave two comments saying you are a follower.) Make a post about my contest on your blog for THREE entries. (Again, please leave three separate comments.) That is a total of SIX entries. I know that also means you are leaving six comments, but hey, it's a cute giveaway. Or at least I think so.

The contest will end Thursday night (May 21) at midnight CST. I will be using random.org to generate a winner. I'd love to do it the "old-fashioned way" and write out names, cut them up, and put them in a hat, but I don't have time! Especially if the winner wants to be notified on Friday, May 22, the day that SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!

Good luck!

Love,


78 comments:

B said...

Leaving a comment! Really, I love British Lit too. I got hooked on good reads when I was doing my double major (pre babies). One of the majors was lit, so I got hammered with great stuff, and so much of it comes from the British. MmmmHmmm. The title of the book in your giveaway made me chuckle though and has me curious. I'd love to get my hands on it to give it a go.

Have fun with your giveaway. I think I'm going to do one soon, because there isn't enough going on with an upcoming move.

Melissa said...

I love summer!! I would love to win this!!

Fragrant Liar said...

I so admire the time and patience and dedication and LABOR involved in being a teacher. You have my utmost sympathy and respect. :)

I wish I had summers off too, though I suspect you will work during some of that time.

I'd love to be considered for the giveaway.

Fragrant Liar said...

I'm a follower! So gimme two - count 'em two! - chances to win. :)

tammy said...

Love this giveaway!

I have such a huge respect for teachers and all the time they put in. I've had teachers call me at 6:00 at night, just to let me know my first grader had a good day, or email me on the weekend. I know it isn't an 8 hour a day job. And it takes someone who really loves what they do. So thanks for that!!

tammy said...

And I am already a follower. Even if I don't comment every single post, I'm reading 'em!

tammy said...

I will post your contest on my sidebar too!

tammy said...

Okay, here's 4.

tammy said...

5.

tammy said...

And 6!!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

Whoooo Hooooo I am so excited. Maybe I can save YOU some postage by just letting you walk this bad boy over to my side of the hall! I love the book.....can't wait to read it....so number 1...here is my post. Number 2....for 2 more entries...I am a big time follower....and as soon as I can get over to my blog....there will be Number 3...a mention of your giveaway....in two places (so does that count two times?....just kidding)

John Deere Mom said...

You had me at butt naked...

John Deere Mom said...

I follow. :)

John Deere Mom said...

And subscribe through Bloglines.

Tracy said...

What a great giveaway, we're going to the beach in June so "I" am the one that really needs to win this giveaway, haha.....

I have wanted to do a giveaway forever but can't seem to come up with something cool to giveaway, hopefully soon I will.

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

YAY Summer!!! I wish I was a teacher...

I just start a new job next week, and that means I don't get a summer this year...which makes me cry.

Enjoy!!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Ahhh girlie you're so sweet and your such an amazing person, I bet the kids just love you! My busy friend I love Summer too and a giveaway to match is so COOL. Thanks for having such a fun giveaway :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I follow #1 :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I follow #2 :)

CoLiE-O said...

i love finding new, cute blogs! i came from times flies (tammy). this is me leaving a comment :)

CoLiE-O said...

this is me telling you that i am "following" you :) happy summer!!

Mikki said...

Oh, I so totally want to enter. Count me in. Here's #1.
Came here via Tammy btw.

Mikki said...

#2 Ok, I'm a follower now.

Mikki said...

#3, Ok, I'm following on Facebook too I guess. :o)

Mikki said...

Posted you on my sidebar!

Mikki said...

#5. :O)

Mikki said...

#6. Cute stuff by the way. I love it!

Wolf said...

hopping over from SITS! i'm jealous school is almost out for you. we have another 2 weeks!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'm a follower & I've copied your blog!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'm a follower & I've copied your blog! Please put me in for your lovely giveaway.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'm a follower & I've copied your blog! Please put me in for your lovely giveaway.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'm a follower & I've copied your blog! Please put me in for your lovely giveaway.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'm a follower & I've copied your blog! Please put me in for your lovely giveaway.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'm a follower & I've copied your blog! Please put me in for your lovely giveaway.

Lilly said...

There are so many teachers blogging it seems. I admire you all and you are unsung heros I believe. A teacher my daughter had in high school really influenced her greatly - I will never forget and nor will she. Hope you enjoy your summer break and rst and relax!

Anita said...

I just found your blog and I have to say that I love it! Good luck with your giveaway!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Congrats on your first giveaway. I had so much fun when I did mine.

Count me in!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

...and I'm a follower!

Shauna said...

YAHOO!!! Please count me in :)

Shauna said...

I follow your blog!

cdziuba said...

I love this giveaway/ thanks for the chance to win.

cdziuba said...

follower entry 1

cdziuba said...

follower entry 2

Susan said...

What a cute giveaway. Thanks!

Susan said...

I'm a follower.

Heather M said...

I'm going to school to be a teacher, However, I'll be an early education teacher, doesn't require as much grading and stuff!! THanks

hmahan_0529 @yahoo dot com

Heather M said...

and I follow you! Thanks

Heather M said...

I follow you #2 THANKS

LittleEagle said...

Enjoy your summer. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

scottsgal said...

Summer's my favorite season too - we love the water so swimming boating whatever water is involved.

Great giveaway thanks

msboatgal at aol.com

scottsgal said...

I am a follower #1

msboatgal at aol.com

scottsgal said...

follower #2

msboatgal at aol.com

jemscout425 said...

congrats to your first contest. are you excited?
pksanddancer@yahoo.com

quiltingreader said...

I love summer vacation too!

buzzd said...

I love summer! Thanks for the great contest!

carolasar said...

Yay for summer!Have a really great one and thanks for the giveaway.

Michele said...

Thank you for the giveaway. The bag is really cute and I love the goodies stuffed inside!

As a mother, I wanted to say "Thank you" for all of the hard work you do with children. Have a wonderful vacation!

naturegirl said...

That's a nice giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

thankyou for being a teacher...and I know you won't clock out over the summer, you will still be thinking of projects and soforth.

Mama Hill said...

Summer is my favorite, too! Thanks!

Mama Hill said...

I follow!

Mama Hill said...

I follow!

dpschad said...

Love this giveaway. Summer is my favorite time of year. I wish I would have become a teacher when I graduated high school years ago. But, you know what they say about hindsight!

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.

Thanks,

darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

Miranda said...

this is a great prize

paula h said...

Cute prize. I love how cheery it all looks together.


hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

paula h said...

Follower #1

paula h said...

Follower #2

Mishia said...

Summer is my favorite!

Nicole said...

Thank you for all you do as a teacher!! I have 2 teenagers, and I am so thankful for all that the teachers do for them, and all of the students. We have really been blessed with some great ones.

Enjoy your summer!! You, and all teachers, deserve it!!

choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

Pat said...

Teachers are sooooooo underpaid.

julied said...

Teacher here too, but I teach in computer classes. Summer break is only a few days away for me. I can hardly wait.

Kelly said...

Oh, that sounds like a glorious summer gift bag! I have a hard time loving summer--the heat and thunderstorms get to me after a while. But give me enough good things to look forward to, and I can love summer. I think! ;)

krtrumpet [at] aol [dot] com

ellie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I'm not so sure I'm looking forward to the hot Texas summer.
eswright18 at gmail dot com

jsc123 said...

Summer is also my favorite season. And I am so looking forward to taking my family to the beach this year.
This is definitely the perfect giveaway to take with me.
Thank you so much for the chance to win.

jsc123 said...

I am following your blog

Valerie said...

Woo, finally a break from school!
KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

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