Archives for September 2009

Nominate a Local Teacher to Win $100 from Office Max!

Mark Indelicato-OfficeMax-A Day Made Better-Education-School SuppliesDid you know teachers spend an average of $1200 of their own money on classroom supplies each year? That’s $4 billion annually! That’s why OfficeMax joined with Adopt-A-Classroom to create “A Day Made Better“—a national cause event founded to erase teacher-funded classrooms. This year, “A Day Made Better” will take place on October 6 where 1,000 teachers will be surprised in their classrooms each with $1,000 worth of essential supplies from OfficeMax. That’s more than one million dollars donated to help teachers! Principals at needy schools nominated the teachers for demonstrating dedication, innovation, and passion.

To pay-it-forward, OfficeMax and Mom It Forward have teamed up to create awareness about the issue of teacher-funded classrooms and to give you the opportunity to get involved and help a teacher in your community on behalf of the “A Day Made Better.” Here’s how…

Simply nominate a teacher of your choice to win this giveaway by following the entry requirements. Be sure to check out the prize and criteria!


One exceptional teacher will receive a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR gift card to OfficeMax. This can go a long way when it comes to classroom supplies!


Teacher-Education-OfficeMax-A Day Made BetterThis is a giveaway that is meant to be given away. What does that mean? You get to nominate a teacher by sharing why this person is exceptional and deserving of this giveaway. The best part, every story told helps raise awareness in an effort to erase teacher-funded classrooms. The winning teacher will be chosen based on the following criteria, so be sure to tell us why your teacher is most deserving:

  • Dedication: does everything in his/her power to deliver the best possible education for his/her students.
  • Innovation: thinks outside the box and engages his/her students through creative learning activities & programs.
  • Passion: expresses a genuine passion for education and shares this enthusiasm in the classroom.
  • Need: demonstrates a need for essential classroom supplies.

Entry Requirements

To enter your teacher, you are required to do two things.

(Note: post a separate comment for each entry.)

1. Nominate them through a blog post or on Whrrl.

Write a post on your blog.

  • You can include photos, video, etc. but please stay under 400 words or 3 minutes.
  • Please include these links: or @adaymadebetter.
  • Include a link to your post in the comments section.


Create a story on

  • Go to our custom Whrrl page at, click “Start A Story” and upload photos and text about why your teacher is most deserving.
  • Be sure to include the #omx hashtag in the text of your story.
  • Post a link to your Whrrl story in the comments section.

2. Post these messages on Facebook and/or Twitter.

(Note: Be sure to leave comments here with links to your messages.)

  • Teachers spend avg $1200 of own $$ on school supplies annually! Help erase teacher-funded classrooms. PLS RT #omx
  • Nominate a teacher 2 win $100 in OfficeMax classroom supplies. Enter here: PUT YOUR POST URL HERE PLS RT #omx
  • Join the “A Day Made Better” movement to end teacher-funded classrooms at #omx

More than 30 sites are participating in this campaign between now and Sunday, October 4. Visit for a list of all the giveaways! You may enter a different teacher on every site, but you may only win once!

Thanks so much for helping pay-it-forward to teachers in your community! Please join us on Tuesdays, September 22 and 29 from 9 to 11 pm ET for Girls Night Out (#gno) on Twitter if you’d like to meet the team behind the cause: @officemax, @adaymadebetter and @Adopt_Classroom. Hope to see you there!

Fine Print

Entries are due Sunday, October 4 by midnight PDT. No purchase necessary to enter. Winners will be selected by me based on the entry that in my opinion meets the above criteria. OfficeMax, Adopt-A-Classroom and Mom It Forward play no part in choosing the winner of this giveaway. OfficeMax, Adopt-A-Classroom, and Mom It Forward employees are ineligible to enter. In a spirit of fairness, my personal friends and family members are also ineligible. Entries that do not follow all of the entry requirements will not be considered. The winner will be notified and have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If no response is received within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. Open to participants in the U.S. 18 years and older.

Supply List For Sew Crazy 9/26/09

This Saturday on Sew Krazy @ 11:00am EST… We are making pajama pants! YAY!

I will be demonstrating how to make a pair of drawstring pajama pants from start to finish. The pair I make will be a size 4-6 chilren’s size.

What you need:

A sewing machine and thread :)

1 yard of any fabric that floats your boat (I will be using a standard cotton print found at any fabric store)


A pair of your child’s pants or preferably a pants pattern (It doesn’t have to be pajama pants… I’m using my pattern for capris)

A drawstring or ribbon

See you Saturday!

Smile Journey Part Two!

Crafty Supply List for this week’s Sew Krazy on MomTV

On the upcoming episode of Sew Krazy…

I’m going to demonstrate how to use your home printer to create designer tee shirt prints! Later, hear my guest expert, Dan Bickford, tell us a bit about graphic design and the screen printing process. Dan is a graphic designer, a graffiti artist, and a friend of mine!

To follow along with this week’s demo, you will need:

A blank tee shirt
An Iron
A hard surface to iron on
A printer
A design you would like to print (email me if you want my bunny silhouette)
June Tailor Art-Wear Design Sheets (I purchased mine at JoAnn)

Tune in Saturday 11am EST to Sew Krazy Live on MomTV!

My Type A Mom Debut…

I’ve recently been taken on as a Mom Writer at Type A Mom. This is really exciting for me as I’ve always been impressed what Kelby @TypeAMom puts out there. Type A Mom is a place for moms of all stages of life to share their stories. I’m honored to be included in this bunch!

If you haven’t had a chance yet… take a peek at my first article!

“I find myself drowning… I’m drowning in a sea of handouts, macaroni art projects, and newsletters. This is my first time as the parent of a school age child. I didn’t see any sort of training manual or initiation meeting… Did I miss something?”

Read more here

Classy Closet Webisodes!