Fall Into Green giveaway: Sept. 22-30

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Welcome to the Fall Into Green Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and Happy Green Mama through the Green Moms Network. Each participating blog is hosting a green or eco-friendly giveaway worth at least $25. You can find the list of participating blogs at the bottom of my post.

We also have a fabulous Grand Prize for this giveaway hop, sponsored by Maggie Bags. Two lucky winners will each receive The Tote of Many Colors in The Fall of Leaves or Camo – Maggie Bags’ most eco-friendly bag! Made of super durable recycled seat belt webbing, this roomy tote will hold everything you need and want, even that extra pair of shoes!

Savings in Seconds is pleased to recommend Trekker Cups to you as our first sponsor for this event. Contigo makes these cups with kids in mind.  They are truly leak-proof and spill-proof.  Believe me, my kids tested them!!  My son took his Trekker cup on a trip to Dollywood a couple of weeks ago.  My husband put it on top of the van as we loaded the kids and gear into the van, then drove away forgetting the cup.   It rolled onto the driveway and down the hill…..but not a drop spilled!!  It suffered a couple of scratches but I was SUPER impressed with its durability.  I have seen Trekker Cups at Sears and other retailers but they are much cheaper online.  I know that I’ll definitely be buying more of them in the future!!   My kids take their reusable water bottles to school each day to sip during school.  I like knowing that their Trekker cups won’t make a mess.   They’re also BPA-free and come in really fun colors.   Plus, they’re dishwasher safe!  Money-saving and time-saving are always good at our house.  These would make a great stocking stuffer, too, if you’re already thinking along those lines.  I would even tuck inside some fun flavor packets that all the kids like these days.   Contigo’s Trekker Cups make going green actually fun!!

Our second sponsor for this event is KleenSlate.   You know when you see a product and say, why didn’t I think of that?!  KleenSlate was that product for me.  In my classroom I have a crate full of dry erase boards. I won them as a door prize a few years ago at an inservice.  My students love using them; writing on a dry erase board can make even mundane skill and drill seem like fun.  After my students use the boards, my classroom looks like a storm blew through.  The markers and their lids are scattered about.  Whatever we used to clean the boards (tissues, clean socks, etc) are randomly tossed aside.  Sixth graders just don’t have the same “cleanup” standards as adults.  One of my colleagues suggested having my students turn the boards over and rub them on the carpet to clean them, which works but I fear that it leaves that black residues on the carpets.  That also doesn’t solve the marker issue.   The folks at KleenSlate clearly thought all of this through.  The paddle-style boards are easy for children to hold.  Even my three year old was able to handle the boards. The boards are double sided so you can use the grid side for math and have students write a response or reflection on the handwriting lines on the reverse side. So convenient!  The handle has a little grooved spot for holding the marker (which, incidentally, has an eraser in its cap).  The best part, though, is the little ring that holds the microfiber cloth in place.  Genius!  With everything right on the board, passing out supplies is a snap and ceanup is a breeze.   This tool makes it so easy to use formative assessment.  Just ask students to write a response and hold it up.  This is so non-threatening and sill encourage all students to engage in the activity.  Additionally, it makes it easy for the teacher to observe mastery within seconds.  Even if you only have a center with a few slates, you could use them for small groups or centers.  Students could use the boards for quick response.  KleenSlate offers additional board templates and  I think it would be really easy to create more based on your classroom needs by laminating papers such as maps and graphs you are using in your lesson.  Can’t you just imagine the possibilities!  Homeschooling parents can use these too.  They would make a cute stocking stuffer, too.    Heck, we’ll even be taking these along on our next roadtrip!   I just hope my kids don’t hold them to the windows with a big HELP message.

One lucky Savings in Seconds reader will receive a Trekker Cup prize AND a KleenSlate package. How fun!!!   This is open to US readers; please enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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  1. I also like the AUTOSPOUT™ Kids Striker Water Bottle

  2. I like that they are portable, look like paddles (my sons would love that), and are dry erase boards, perfect for using anywhere with my kids.

  3. I would like to try the insulated stainless steel kids food jar. That would be perfect for lunch, especially because my little guy is not really into sandwiches. He likes hot food.

  4. i would donate them to my grandsons prechool…i like they are easy to wipe clean

  5. i like they are leakproof and also love the bright colors they use

  6. Sherry Compton says:

    My grandkids love dry erase boards, and they really help them practice their writing and math. I know they would love have portable those paddles are.

  7. Sherry Compton says:

    AUTOSEAL® Kids Stainless Steel Scout Cup would be great for my grandson to take to the park or to his basketball games.

  8. chelesa sims says:

    I would keep it. It works great for saving money on paper

  9. chelesa sims says:

    I like how the trekker cup is leak proof

  10. I would use the KleenSlates at home bc we homeschool. I like that you can buy replacement parts so you don’t have to just toss a scratched paddle!

  11. Audra Weathers says:

    I like KleenSlate because you can use it over and over; would be a fun tool to help my daughter with her ABC’s and numbers.

  12. Audra Weathers says:

    From Contigo, I also like their AUTOSPOUT Kids Striker water bottles. I like that they are dishwasher safe.

  13. I would use them while we are learning maths

  14. I’d use them for learning with my younger kids.

  15. I like that they are reusable and I would give these to my niece who is a 5th grade teacher

  16. michele pineda says:

    I would love to give the Kleenslate to my neighbor Meg who home schools her children! They are reusable which is awesome…

  17. michele pineda says:

    the Trekker cups are 100% BPA free, which is great, and also top rack dishwasher safe another plus!

  18. Deidre Davis says:

    I’d use them with my toddler when we do ‘school.’ I am a former elementary teacher and these would have been great in the classroom!

  19. We had a contigo bottle from target and I loved how easy it was to open the valve at the top. Great, thoughtful design!

  20. Deidre Davis says:

    I think the Trekker cup would be perfect for my toddler!

  21. I would use them in my own preschool classroom!

  22. I love that the trekker cups are good for ages 3-12

  23. Rachel Wright says:

    I think it is neat that it has places to keep all the parts together. I would like to believe that my four year old would keep it together, but I think I know better. 😛 but she Does love using her dry erase boards, as does the two year old. and I know she would love these.

  24. Rachel Wright says:

    I love that the cups automatically seal between sips. THAT is a good idea! no more spills from cups getting tipped over and slowly dripping. Hmmm, can we get daddy a cup like this so when the kids knock over his drink it won’t make a mess? I can’t seem to teach him not to leave it at the very edge of the table…

  25. I would have my son practice his handwriting using the kleenslate!
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  26. 100% spill proof and leak proof!!! I could really use these cups, so tired of cleaning up spilled water all the time 🙂
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  27. nicole lewis says:

    the kleen slate is a great idea, i would use it at home as my daughter is learning to write

  28. nicole lewis says:

    i like the trekker cups, all the ones we have leak lol

  29. Brittney Minor says:

    I like that Contigo products are spill proof!

  30. Gretchen Gerth says:

    I would give KleenSlates to my daughter to use with my grandkids and homework.

  31. Gretchen Gerth says:

    I love the durability of the Trekker cups

  32. I would use Kleen Slate around the house for various things, shopping lists, etc. I’d also let my daughter use them

  33. I love that the cups are spillproof, and perfect for a 3 1/2 year old that doesn’t want to use “baby cups” anymore!

  34. I had one of these: and I loved it!! I especially loved the auto seal and the really, actually leak proof lid. I was very sad when it broke as I couldn’t afford to replace it.

  35. I love the kleenslate! I homeschool and these would be great for my school age kids to write on. I can see them doing math drill and handwriting practice with these.

  36. Laura Broach says:

    I would use Kleen Slates for working math problems with my daughter, who is homeschooled and currently taking Algebra I. Some of our problems are quite long and this would save tons of paper! http://www.MamaMakingChanges.com

  37. I love that the Kleenslates are portable and erasble. We would use them for group learning time.
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  38. I love that the Kleenslate is Reuseable, much better then paper 🙂

    • Forgot to add in: I would use these to teach my son letters 🙂 We are starting to work on those soon.

  39. I love that Contigo products offer free shipping on orders of $45 or more!

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