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DIY Gift Idea

Once upon a time, I was a serious crafter. I was up to my elbows in ribbons, papers, stamps, and ink. I was mostly a papercrafter, but I dabbled in lots of other areas too. One of the things I loved best was making gifts for friends and family. Over the past couple of years, TpT and digital design has edged out my actual real-life crafting, so sadly much of craft stash goes unused most of the time. This is the workspace we put together when we moved into this house. The opposite wall is my hubby's side and has a desk and bookshelves, & stuff. Once in a while, I do venture inside to do some crafting as I did this week for some gifts for my teammates.



Even when I'm not full-on crafting there are two trusty tools I still use quite a lot. Those would be my Xryon Machine (see it here) and paper cutter, and I used both to create these little gifts for my team.



I got a great deal on these little candles from Bath & Body Works on Black Friday (or Cyber Monday maybe?) So I ordered 12 of them. Then I wanted some kind of quote to go along with it and found this one by Buddha ( or at least the internet says is was Buddha...) Either way, seemed like a nice reminder. I found a wintery background, added the text and printed them out on card stock. Then I decided I wanted it to be more than a business-cardish type of thing. So, my trusty Xyron came to the rescue and turned them into magnets. {This is not a Xyron commercial, I swear. I just love this thing so freakin much I think everyone should have one. I actually contacted the company a few times about doing a review/giveaway, but they haven't really jumped on board. yet.}


I popped in the cartridge that has a sheet of magnet on one side and laminate on the other. You can also buy cartridges that have laminate on both sides, permanent or removable adhesive with or without laminate on the other side. Amazing, right? I use it ALL the time. Ok, so after I cranked it through the wonder machine, I cut them into magnet sized pieces with my paper slicer and I had my gifts all ready in a matter of minutes.




I packaged them up in cute little bags from Hobby Lobby and done!


This would also make a nice little hostess gift, maybe with a larger candle, or a cute little something to have on hand for people who stop by to visit over the holidays. If you would like the quote all formatted on the background, just click here.

Ok, believe it or not, I have two ornaments hanging on my tree and still need to do some shopping, so I guess I better get my rear in gear! Merry Christmas, my friends!

Giveaway Days Recap & Staples Winner Announced!

Yesterday's prize was an awesome one and I'm happy to say that the winner is awesome as well!
Krystal P, it's you!
Don't fret just yet, because there are several winners who have not yet contacted me to snag your prize! If you've entered any of the giveaways over the past twelve days, check out this list below. If you see your name, email me at ShopSunnyDays@me.com right away!

I hope you all enjoyed playing along. I had a blast hosting!

Day 1 Winners:
Renee S & Cherie

Day 2 Winners:
Hannah & GScribner

Day 3 Winners:
Amanda H & Hillary B

Day 4 Winners:
Lory's Page & Scrambledhenfruit

Day 5 Winners:
LeaAnn C & Killerbees3

Day 6 Winners:
Suzy Q & Kelly Cooper

Day 7 Winners:
Storie & Kmanzano

Day 8 Winners:
tingche & Amber O

Day 9 Winners:
Emily S & Hannah

Day 10 Winners:
Dr Emily Levine & Mary Love Strange

Day 11 Winner:
Amy Labrasciano

Day 12 Winner:
Krystal P.



Winter Giveaways - Day 12 HUGE Staples Supply Box!

***This Giveaway has ended. See 12/15/14 post for details***
Yesterday's big winner of the Moby Max tablet was Amy L!
Congratulations! I'm so happy that some very deserving kids will have some new technology in their hands very soon. Email me at ShopSunnyDays@me.com to claim your prize!


Ok, ready for the grand finale? This is a drool-worthy prize box from Staples. Staples has recently expanded their teacher and education supply section online and in stores. Their goal is to help teacher "Make More Happen". When you need classroom decor, activity books, or teaching aids, think  Staples. They've got you covered. I mean, look at these amazing resources!

There are letters, folders, and borders galore, along with name tags, desk plates, stickers, shape cut-outs, certificates, library pockets, charts, classroom decor sets and more!  My favorite is the Carson-Dellosa Moose & Friends set that I can "dress up" for different holidays. A close second would have to be the matching folders, paper, and sticker sets. 

Would you like a box just like this? Yeah, thought so!
Well, the rules are the same as usual. Thanks to the generosity of the fine folks at Staples, I am giving away a box like this to one lucky winner. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me what you think of Staples' new teacher items! Winner will be chosen tomorrow night at Random.org.

Check back tomorrow to see if you're the winner! 

Winter Giveaways - Day 11 (Win a Moby Max Tablet!)

***Winners have been chosen! See December 14 post for details and a new giveaway!***
Yesterday's winners are Dr. Emily Levine and Mary Love Strange.
Congratulations Ladies! I recognize both of your names, so I was super excited that you won.
Email me at ShopSunnyDays@me.com to claim your prize!





Today's giveaway is super special thanks to the fine folks at MobyMax


I was recently given a Moby Tablet to review and use with my kids. As a loyal Apple girl married to a die-hard Apple fanboy, I was a bit skeptical to use an Android device. I have to say, my skepticism quickly faded away as soon as I started to use the tablet. There was a bit of a learning curve, just because I wasn't used to the platform and operating system, but it wasn't a steep learning curve and I was hooked in no time.  The tablet is a great size, lightweight, and feels really good in your hands. I found the screen to be remarkably responsive, bright and clear, with intuitive icons.


The tablet connects to the internet through wi-fi and can also access other web-based programs, but it's designed to work specifically with the suite of Moby Max curriculum apps. I was impressed with the choice of activities and their quality. I experimented with the Test Prep questions for second grade and it was right on target with my expectations and our test specs.



It was quick and easy to register my kids and they can access their learning activities on the Moby Tablet or our classroom computers. The kids really enjoyed the activities and had no problem at all working the tablet. The price is right too. The Moby Max tablet is only $69.00!


I'm so pleased to be able to give away one Moby Max tablet and a class subscription to Moby Max curriculum to one lucky winner. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me what you think about Moby Max. Winner will be chosen tomorrow night at Random.org.

Check back tomorrow to see if you're the winner! 

Winter Giveaways - Day 10

***Winners Have Been Chosen!***
See today's post for details and another chance to win!


Yesterday's winner's are Emily and Hannah!
Congratulations, Ladies! Email me at ShopSunnyDays@me.com to claim your prize.



Ready for the chance to win some more amazing classroom resources? The rules are easy-peasy. Just leave a comment on this post about the products we showcase today. Tomorrow evening, read the Day 11 Giveaway post to see if you're one of the winners! We'll keep playing along this way until December 14th, so be sure to check back every day!

{Winners will be chosen by random number generator}

Up first today is a a product I just love, love, love. I used them myself for the first time this year and they were the perfect addition to our map skills unit. It's this amazing Me on the Map flipbook and unit from my friend Alisha at The Bubbly Blonde Teacher. You can see more about them on her blog here. But this is what we did with them in our room. Amazing, right?





And the last tpt resource of this giveway series is Winners choice from my shop. If you're tomorrow's winner, you can pick any product of your choice as your prize. Browse around and put a thing or two on your wish list by visiting my shop here.


Although these are the last tpt resources to be given away, there are still two BiG prizes left, so you want to be sure to check back in tomorrow and Saturday for more chances to win!

Remember to leave a comment below and check back tomorrow to see if you're a winner! {No need to leave your email address in the comment. I know that's not the best for security. If you're chosen as the winner, you'll just email me after I announce your name}





Winter Giveaways - Day 9

***Winners Have Been Chosen!***

See today's post for details and another chance to win!

Well, friends. It's seems that our giveaway has a theme: The early bird gets the worm!
If you can even believe, #1 was a winner AGAIN! That makes four times in this giveaway series.
I don't claim to know anything about statistics, but it seems like 1 is coming up a lot more than it should. I'm going to keep on trusting, Random.org though. So yesterdays winners are tingche and Amber O!
Congratulations, Ladies! Email me at ShopSunnyDays@me.com to claim your prize!


Ready for the chance to win some more amazing classroom resources? The rules are easy-peasy. Just leave a comment on this post about the products we showcase today. Tomorrow evening, read the Day 10 Giveaway post to see if you're one of the winners! We'll keep playing along this way until December 14th, so be sure to check back every day!

{Winners will be chosen by random number generator}

Up first today is an amazing set of products that I LOVE! They are from sweet Anna from Simply Skilled in Second. She blows me away with her creativity. She's also super generous! She's donated both the Grammar and Reading Tab-its below. You can see more about them on her blog here. But really, how awesome are these?! She has them for grades 1-3, so you can choose the set you'd like if you win.


Next is something EVERYONE needs, especially this time of year. It's a set of fantastic emergency sub plans! When your or your kiddo is sick, the last thing you want to do is worry about making sub plans and with this you are good to go! These are from my blog buddy Tanja at Journey of a Substitute Teacher. These activities are so great, you might not want to leave them for a sub so you can do them yourself! I'm thinking they'd also make a great practice pack for the winter break if you're required to send one home. 





Remember to leave a comment below and check back tomorrow to see if you're a winner! {No need to leave your email address in the comment. I know that's not the best for security. If you're chosen as the winner, you'll just email me after I announce your name}





Winter Giveaways - Day 8

***Winners Have Been Chosen!***

See today's post for details and another chance to win!


Yesterday's winner's are Storie and Kmanzano.

Congratulations, Ladies! Email me at ShopSunnyDays@me.com to claim your prize!



Ready for the chance to win some more amazing classroom resources? The rules are easy-peasy. Just leave a comment on this post about the products we showcase today. Tomorrow evening, read the Day 9 post to see if you're one of the winners!

{Winners will be chosen by random number generator}

Today's prizes are just what you need to get ready for January. First up are these January Writing Activities from Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff. Be sure to see more about it on this blog post because it highlights some other January products and a great freebie!







Next up is this Snow Much Fun pack from my friend Megan at Mrs. Wheeler's class. It has EVERYTHING! Seriously, look at this amazingness.
You can see more on her blog here.




Remember to leave a comment below and check back tomorrow to see if you're a winner! {No need to leave your email address in the comment. I know that's not the best for security. If you're chosen as the winner, you'll just email me after I announce your name}





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