Spread Support and Inspiration With Crayola’s Thank a Teacher Contest

This post was sponsored by Crayola as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own

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Let’s be honest – walking my daughter into the school line on that first day of kindergarten was no easy feat.

In less than two months, I’ll walk her into the 4th grade line, and I’ll walk my son into his 1st grade line. There will be new teachers and routines, and probably friends, and new discoveries like juicy book series and ordering something other than grilled cheese at the school cafeteria. They blossom and flourish and learn more and more about the world, after those first five years of being at home. I teach kindness and zaniness. We learn about looking for moose and writing down our feelings.

We learn about how to hold a camera and trust your heart to see the light just right, but oh how much more they’ll learn out in the world. And oh how I want to thank each of their past, present and future teachers for extending that knowledge and kindness and giving them something brand new – like perspectives and patience and skills. Their worlds are broadened.

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I could probably write 20 paragraphs about the 20 best teachers of my life. And I have! Those are my stories to tell. It’s about giving me the space to be awkward and sad and happy and changing. And it’s about giving me the tools to go for the biggest dreams. This story isn’t about me, though. It’s about the wonderful two teachers that Des and Scarlet had this past year. They’re the ones I want to thank for the Crayola Thank A Teacher contest! On the last day of school, I shepherded two glum kids into my van after the half day was over. They were SAD because they already missed their teachers/classes.

And I knew then how lucky I was to have kids who don’t want to leave the safe, loving and warm environments in which SO much growth happened. Goodbyes are hard, and so are growing pains. I think about how much they both grew over the year.

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Des and Scarlet had two “game-changing” teachers last year, and it looks like they will for fall too. That’s why it’s more important than ever to celebrate teachers. They provide the tools for growth, confidence, kindness, love, and a probably infinite number of wonderful things. Down the line, I will be working on helping my kids find the proper words to thank their teachers. I know that in my hands, it’s hard to find the words or to narrow them down. That said, you can do that by entering Crayola’s Thank a Teacher contest. You can help your child create a Thank You note to enter the contest!

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Caryola’s Thank A Teacher contest:

Crayola is encouraging kids to show their appreciation for teachers this summer, and need your help to reach 1 million thank-yous for teachers across the country. Kids and families can enter Crayola’s Thank a Teacher contest by creating and uploading handmade thank you notes for teachers from July 1st through August 25th, 2018. By entering the contest, you have a chance to win prizes for your family, teacher, and school. Crayola launched “Thank A Teacher” on National Teacher Appreciation in May, as an initiative to celebrate and thank teachers across the country for their commitment to students, learning, and creativity. The Thank a Teacher contest is the next phase of the Crayola “Thank A Teacher” initiative!

Time to enter Crayola's Thank a Teacher contest, honoring those life-changing and game-changing, wonderful people. #ad #CrayolaThanks #IC #CrayolaPartner

Prize info:

Crayola will award 10 finalists with prize packs inclusive of:

$10,000 classroom makeover for the teacher
One year supply of Crayola products for the school
$1,000 scholarship for the student
$1,000 gift card for both the teacher and school
Free CreatEd seminar for the school

And for the grand prize, one finalist will have his or her Thank You note featured on a special box of Crayola Crayons for the holiday season this year. Also, a weekly sweepstakes will run concurrently with the contest, offering entrants a chance to win $500 gift cards for themselves and their teachers.

Exciting, right? Make sure you read all about the contest here, and have fun with your kids and their Thank You notes!

Are you ready to write your Thank You note with your child?

Sweet & Salty Fruit ‘n Yogurt Trail Mix

This post is sponsored by Welch’s® Fruit Snacks. I am being compensated for this post. All comments and opinions are my own.

This Sweet and Salty Fruit 'n Yogurt Trail Mix recipe is perfect for backpacks and lunchpacks! #ad #WelchsFruitSnacks #WelchsFruitnYogurtSnacks

I don’t know about you, but in my house we are already talking about back to school!

To be fair, my kids were ready for back to school the day before summer vacation began! They loved the school year. Des flourished in kindergarten – learning how to read and socialize and buy school lunch (as long as I packed good snacks). Scarlet had a wonderful 3rd grade teacher and class – who all worked together cohesively and kindly. It was a bit of a magical unicorn of a school year. When I went to pick my kids up on the last day of school, I was expecting exuberant and excited kids, and both were a bit sad to let go of the school year. I’m not sure they really understood the wonder of summer – with its fireflies (fairies), fireworks, and FUN. Luckily on that last day of school, I had made a special trail mix that I’m also using for summer camp and back to school. You could say it’s now a family favorite among all of us:

Sweet & Salty Fruit ‘n Yogurt Trail Mix

Sweet & Salty Fruit ‘n Yogurt Trail Mix

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup of Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt snacks
  2. 1/2 cup of mixed nuts - almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts
  3. 1/2 cup dried fruit - cranberries, cherries, raisins
  4. 1/2 cup yogurt pretzels
  5. 1/2 cup of yogurt drops (optional)
  6. 1/2 cup of freeze-dried fruit (optional)

Instructions

  • Blend the ingredients all together and make sure to mix well
  • Enjoy!
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And the secret ingredient is absolutely Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks in the Strawberry flavor. They have fruit as the first ingredient, AND, they deliver the delicious taste that kids love. They come in Strawberry, Blueberry, and Cherry (0.8 oz pouches in an 8 count box) and they are THE go-to choice for back to school. They are fun to eat for kids and adults and it’s never too early to think about back to school time, and what might make the kids more excited. I know mine are!

So I made my fun recipe because this is the snack of choice for the back to school routine. And whether mom packs Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt snacks in her kid’s lunchbox or in her purse, the whole family enjoys this delicious snack on the go.

It seems strange that so many fruit snacks out there ignore fruit – the key ingredient! That’s why we love that Welch’s is listening and putting fruit at center stage. Their Fruit Snacks and Fruit ‘n Yogurt snacks are not only made with real fruit, but fruit is their first ingredient. That’s why we’re using Welch’s to make awesome trail mix.

Find them at retailers that carry groceries, and don’t forget to visit the Welch’s Fruit Snacks site!

Are you already starting to get ready for back to school?

This Sweet and Salty Fruit 'n Yogurt Trail Mix recipe is perfect for backpacks and lunchpacks! #ad #WelchsFruitSnacks #WelchsFruitnYogurtSnacks