Thursday, November 22, 2012

Liebster Award, Blogs, and Black Friday

I have great news! I have decided to start the TPT sale on Black Friday! So, this Friday and Saturday you can purchase any item from my store at 20% off! Then, on Cyber Monday and Tuesday, you can purchase any of my items for 20% off, then get an extra 10% off from TPT if you enter the code CMT12 at the checkout!

Thank you to the Realistic Teacher for nominating me for the Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It’s to show that new bloggers are appreciated and help spread the word about our blogs.

Here are the rules:

1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers to nominate and link them in your post.
5. You cannot “tag back” the other blog, but leave a comment on this post with the URL of your Liebster post so I can learn more about you & see who you nominate.

Here are 11 random things about me:

1. I love cats, and have always had at least 1 cat in the house since I was 11 years old (How fitting since everything seems to be in groups of 11 on this thing!).

2. I have been a vegetarian since 1998.

3. I love to play word games, especially scrambled words or Boggle-type games!

4. I used to play school with my stuffed animals and dolls as my students when I was a kid. My mom was a teacher, so I had a great example to follow!

5. While I realize I was meant to be a teacher, I also think that if I had been born 5 or 10 years later than I was, I probably would be doing some kind of computer work instead.

6. I've always wanted to scuba dive!

7. I've always wanted to learn to play electric guitar!

8. I love to collect cute graphics and fonts!

9. Even though I have lots of yet-to-be-read books on my Kindle Fire, I continue to get new books to add to the list.

10. I've always wanted to be a mother. So, by the time I reached my 30's I chose to become a single mother. Jeffery was my 1st foster child, who came to live with me at 11 days old, and thankfully I was able to adopt him 2 years later.

11. I still keep in touch with my very first friend.

 Here are the answers to the questions posted by the Realistic Teacher:

1.  What is your favorite genre?
I love to read spiritual nonfiction books.
2.  Do you parallel park or find another spot?
Find another spot. I can't stand parallel parking!
3.  Do you have any tattoos? How many? Of what?
No tattoos, and I'll never get one.
4.  What is your favorite book?
That's a tough one since there are so many books that I love! I loved The Hunger Games Series, or anything by James Van Praagh or Echo Bodine.
5.  When did you last laugh?
Probably sometime earlier today at something my son did or said.
6.  Where have you traveled and what was your favorite place?
I've traveled to different states. I've been to Canada once a long time ago. Most recently, I went on a Disney Cruise to Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay. My favorite place is probably somewhere in New England since I lived there as a child and we always took great vacations around there.
7.  So you like to dance?
I'm not much of a dancer, but it looks like fun when I see people who really know how.
8.  What is your favorite type of music?
80's Hair Bands!! I love Bon Jovi!!!
9.  Have you ever, or would you ever, go skydiving or bungee jumping?
I am phobic when it comes to heights, so I'd have to say NEVER!!
10.  Do you garden?
No, I'm not outdoorsy.
11.  If you could eat lunch with a favorite person who would it be?
Richie Sambora (hopefully he'd bring his guitar!) or James Van Praagh (if he'd do a reading for me)

Here are 11 questions for the blogs I nominate:

1. What is something you've always wanted to do but haven't tried yet?
2. If you couldn't be a teacher, what would you choose for your career?
3. What was your very first job?
4. What was the last book you read (personally, not for your class or children)?
5. What is your favorite animal?
6. How long have you been blogging?
7. What is your favorite tv show?
8. What is one item you can't live without?
9. What is your favorite food?
10. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
11. Do you play games on the computer? if so, what is your favorite?

Here are the blogs I'm nominating:

1. Literacy Sundae
2. Don't Let the Teacher Stay up Late
3. First Grade Fascination
4. The Price of Teaching
5. Ideas by Christy
6. It's a Jungle Out There!
7. Miss Martin's Classroom
8. Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten
9. O"FISH"ALLY a First Grader
10. Scrappy Teaching in FL
11. Ribbons, Recipes, and Rhymes

NOTE: I've also been nominated by Mrs. Payton at Payton's Precious Kindergarteners! Here are my answers to her questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

Partially to promote my store, but I've always wanted to write my own blog to be able to help people in some way.

2. If you didn't teach the grade you taught, what grade would you teach?

Well, this is my 1st year in 2nd, and I love it! Before this I taught K for a long time. So, if I knew then what I know now, I'd have to say 2nd grade!

3. What's your favorite thing about teaching?
Helping children to love learning!

4. Favorite place to shop?

5. Favorite drink?
Cherry Coke

6. Favorite sweet food?
So hard to choose, but if I had to choose one it would probably be ice cream.

7. Favorite place to vacation?
On a cruise!

8. How long have you been teaching?
This is my 18th year.

9. What job would you have if you weren't a teacher?
Probably something working with computer graphics or publishing.

10. What's your least favorite thing about teaching?
Politics and testing!

11. What's the best thing that has ever happened to you?
I was able to adopt my son, Jeffery!

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. I am a new follower! I found you through The Realistic Teacher! Congrats on the Liebster Nominiation!
    Second Grade is Out of This World

  2. Hey! Thank you so much for the nomination! It was so fun to answer the questions! Thanks!


  3. I would love to go on a Disney Cruise - how amazing! I keep telling my husband we're going on a cruise in 2 years...if not before :)


    1. You definitely need to go on one! It's really nice having everything in one place like that, and ending up at a new destination each day!


  4. I found your blog on your nomination for the Liebster Award -- congrats :)

    I am happy to say I am your newest follower :)

  5. Hi! I found you through the Liebster Award from Realistic Teacher. I'm your newest follower!

    Spotted Around the School

  6. Hello! I also found you today via the Liebster Award - this is great :) I am following you now...Good luck :
    Multiage Days

  7. So glad to have a cherry coke buddy!!! Thanks for answering my questions too - sorry I missed your initial post!

    1. No problem at all! I'm glad I got to visit your blog to read about you and answer your questions! :)