David and I (Lucia too!) are participating in a walk for a local pro-life pregnancy center, Pregnancy Support Services of Wake Forest, tomorrow. Our goal was to raise $100, but we’ve only raised $15 so far. If you are able to spare anything, you can donate at our participant page. The minimum donation amount on the form is $25, but you can fill in your own amount. Even $5 is very appreciated and will make a difference in the lives of men, women, and babies in my community.
One way I tried to raise money for the walk was through advertisements on my blog. Only one sponsor took me up on the offer, Sweet Joyful Creations. (If you are interested, there is still time to email me!) Sweet Joyful Creations is a business run by Jessica, a work-at-home mom (WAHM) who makes custom car seat canopies. If you know someone with a young baby or an expectant mama, these truly make wonderful gifts! (Jessica is currently giving away a car seat canopy to one of my readers. Enter the Sweet Joyful Creations giveaway here.) If you are in the market for a baby gift, please use Sweet Joyful Creations because by advertising through me, Jessica is supporting life. Don’t you just love when a business supports causes in your community that are important to you?
As long as the weather is nice, David and I try to take Lucia on a walk every afternoon. David surprised me a few days ago by putting Lucia in the “big girl” part of the stroller instead of snapping her car seat into it. She still looks tiny in it, but it is a reminder that my baby girl really is growing up.
My first day as a substitute was great! Although it didn’t go exactly as planned. I had accepted the perfect position for Wednesday. It was only a half day in the morning, which I loved since I was nervous and wanted to ease into it. It was subbing in a high school social studies class, which is the content area of my degree. Of course, I received a call at 11 pm the night before saying the sub position had been cancelled. But when I got up Wednesday morning, I searched for positions and found an afternoon position in an elementary school for English as a Second Language (ESL). As luck would have it, I have an endorsement in ESL. I don’t have a lot of experience with elementary school kids, but it went really well (and the kindergartners were SO cute!). I’m teaching again today too!
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Have you ever found the perfect gift? My (future) sister-in-law is planning a “rustic chic” wedding and I have been looking for a bridal shower gift for her. Yesterday, out of the blue, I come across these wooden photoboards from PhotoBarn. They fit her style (and the wedding theme) perfectly! It takes several weeks to get one, but that’s fine since I figured she would want to use a wedding picture anyway (I talked to her and she does!). Finding the gift isn’t even the best part. Normally we wouldn’t be able to afford to get it for her, but I found a deal to get $115 worth from PhotoBarn for only $33.75! I don’t usually write posts about amazing deals I find (and I find quite a few) but I just had to share because this seriously is a wonderful unique gift for a bride, a baby (they have photo blocks), or a mom (Mother’s day is coming, hint hint!).
If you’ve read the Hunger Games, I’d love to know what you thought about them. One of David’s labmates loaned us the books and I’m a little nervous to start them. I have a lot of things to do in the next week and it’s not the time to get sucked into a book series. When I was in college, I picked up the Twilight books during finals week. Let me just say I finished all four books within 72 hours and finished the semester on very little sleep.
I’m planning (hoping) to make a few homemade cards in the next week. I’d like to make a bridal shower card, mother’s day cards, maybe a graduation card or two. If you’ve seen any examples or tutorials, I’d love if you would send them my way. I do much better when I have some inspiration than when I wing it.
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