Liebster Award!!!

Wow.Just.Wow. I have been nominated for this award by two sweet bloggers! I have seen this award on a few blogs and always wondered what it meant...and then some bloggers started posting about it on Instagram...and they were all so excited to be nominated and SO AM I!!!! So cool! So, here are the rules:

*You must post 11 random things about yourself*
*Answer the questions the nominator set for you*
*Create 11 questions for the people you nominate*
*Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post*
*No tag back (but it would be great if you can me a comment on this post with the URL to your liebster post so I can learn more about you!)*

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I played College Volleyball.

2. I love TV. Reality TV. Crime Shows. Food Network. HGTV. My new favorite show is "Scandal" on ABC, can't wait for it to start again this fall! Olivia Pope ROCKS! LOL!

3. I am 5'11".

4. I ran a marathon 3 years ago- I would love to run another one. I think.

5. I grew up in Idaho and I now live in California.

6. I live in a very small town.

7. I collect hearts...pottery, paintings, rocks, pictures. LOVE them!

8. My very first students called me Miss Bef! I worked at a pre-school in a 1-2 year old classroom! 

9. I would drink Starbucks I love a venti, skinny, caramel late with no foam and one equal. You know it's bad when they know your drink and you haven't even said a word!!! 

10. My children are my fur babies! Molly-14, Millie-almost 2, Petunia-almost 2, and Sam-who is in heaven. All of them are rescues, except Molly. I've had her since she was 8 weeks old. Love. 

11. I have celiac disease and should not eat wheat, rye, or barley (anything containing gluten). I feel my best when I don't eat gluten, dairy, sugar, nuts, or soy. So limiting. So hard. Trying to get better at this. 

My first nomination is from A Ray of Kindergarten Sunshine. Her blog is just adorable! You can't help but smile when you see it! Here are her questions:

1. How long have you been teaching?
This will be my 17th year of teaching! Yikes! My first two years were in Kindergarten, 11 in 2nd, one in 3rd, two in Kindergarten, and this year will be in 1st Grade! I am super excited!

2. Did you always want to be a teacher?  If not, what did you want to do?
I've known for a long time. I would play school with my sisters when I was younger. I did change my major in college and thought I wanted to be a counselor instead of a teacher. But, then I realized I did want to be a teacher and was able to get my teaching credential during my first two years of teaching (California needed teachers and allowed you to teach while getting your credential).
3. What is your favorite thing about teaching?
I love that I am making a difference! And, I especially love that light bulb moment-it makes me so happy to see a student "get it". They are just so proud of themselves and so am I! :)
4. How long have you been blogging for?
I started blogging in December 2012. I started out slow, but I love it!
5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, no expense spared, where would you go?
Bora Bora!!! I want to stay in a hut above the water!!! I pin these pictures all of the time! Sooooooo my dream vacation!
6. Do you have a favorite techie tool or any techie advice? If yes, what is it?
I am soooo not techie! My advice is google it!!! I have learned almost everything by googling it. If that fails, just ask. There are so many wonderful, knowledgeable bloggers that will help!
7.  What is your favorite dessert? (I love dessert!)
Pie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Huckleberry pie, peach pie, mixed berry pie, pretty much any berry pie! Oh, and definitely with vanilla ice cream!
8. What is your favorite movie of all time?
There are so very many. I could watch "Under the Tuscan Sun" over and over and over and have. I also love "Sixteen Candles," "Goonies," and most chick flicks!
9. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. I just love the decorating, music, movies, the reason for the season, and enjoying the happiness that Christmas brings to so many!
10. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Definitely a dog person! Love my doggies! Kitties make me sneeze!
11. What was your favorite toy or doll from childhood?
My favorite doll was a doll that my grandparents gave me for Christmas! Guess what her name was? Baby Beth! Really. On the box and everything!! I just thought she was the best doll ever!!!

The second nomination is from Teaching Tid Bits and More with Jamie!
It is a super cute blog and just says "crafty" all over it! Here are her questions:
1.  Are you a shoe or purse kinda person?
Probably a shoe person...I definitely get more compliments on my shoes...I love the keen brand...But, I would wear Teva flip flops if I could!

2.  What is your favorite grade to teach and why? 
I taught 2nd grade for 11 years and I thought it was the best grade ever. I have also taught Kinder for 4 years and I adore that, too. So, it's a toss up! This year, I will be teaching 1st and I really think it will end up being my favorite! I love teaching reading, so I really think (hope) 1st Grade will be perfect for me!

3.  If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would it be?
I answered this question above and said Bora Bora! If I could pick another, I would probably pick Italy! 

4.  What is your one teacher supply that you can not function without?
This is a tough one to just pick one! I think...sticky notes (the bright colored ones-pink, turquoise, orange)..I also really, really love pens and markers!

5.  What is your number one trick for classroom management?
Consistency. Consistency. Consistency. And, Whole Brain Teaching. Love it!

6.  What do you love most about summer?
The freedom. I love being able to stay up late. Get up early. Go into my classroom when I want. And go on vacation!

7.  Do you like whole group teaching, small group teaching, or both?
I love small group teaching. I feel you can reach the students so much easier, focusing on their level and needs. Plus, I feel you can get to know them so much better in a small group setting. 

8.  What is your favorite blog that you visit often?
There are so many and I am discovering new ones each day. Like most, I love 
The Inspired Apple and The First Grade Parade. I love their teaching ideas, but also their honesty and openness. Now that I will be teaching 1st Grade, I have been on the search for 1st Grade blogs...I love Teacher to the  Core and First Grade Glitter and Giggles!

9.   Did you always know that you wanted to be a teacher?
I've known for a long time. I would play school with my sisters when I was younger. I did change my major in college and thought I wanted to be a counselor instead of a teacher. But, then I realized I did want to be a teacher and was able to get my teaching credential during my first two years of teaching (California needed teachers and allowed you to teach while getting your credential).

10.  Where is your favorite place to shop?
Hmmm...I think it has to be Super Target-it has everything! 

11.  Warm or cold weather?
I used to love cold weather but as I have gotten older, I like warm weather the best. I think. I don't like being super hot (I get cranky) or super cold. I like Spring/Fall weather the best. LOL!

****************My Questions for the Newish Bloggers****************

1. How long have you been teaching?
2. What is your favorite state to visit and why?
3. Do you like cake or pie the best?
4. What is your favorite cereal?
5. What is the best advice you have ever been a teacher...or in life?
6. If you weren't a teacher, what would you want to be/do?
7. What is your favorite TV show?
8. Do you like Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays the best? Why?
9. Facial or Pedicure?
10. What was your very first car?
11. Are you the oldest, middle, or youngest?  

I am nominating the following blogs for the Liebster Award!
10. One Lesson at a Time 
11. A Day in the Life of a Kindergartner 

Now, I am off to give them the exciting! I hope you will all check out their blogs! :)


  1. Thank you so much, Beth! I'll be posting about it either tomorrow or Wednesday. (We're busy with VBS at our church this week.)

    Mrs. Jones Teaches :o)

  2. Beth!! Thank you so much for your nomination!! I will be working on my post this evening!!!:) Thank you again for your encouragement!:) Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Thanks so much for the nomination Beth! I'm planning a post this weekend :) I've enjoyed reading your post too... Great to learn more about my fellow bloggers :)


    Early Years Fun


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