Instagram and Another Great Giveaway!

When I started blogging, I had no idea how many blogs I would discover by using social media. I still have not mastered Facebook. At.All. 
It's my summer goal!
I will log into Facebook.
I will log into Facebook.
I will log into Facebook.

While reading one of my favorite blogs last summer, I discovered Instagram

 This is my Instagram profile pic! I'm with my sisters! 

 A screenshot of my Instagram account!

 Oh, how I LOVE Instagram! I have discovered so many wonderful ideas, shared ideas, went to a meet-up and met bloggers in REAL LIFE (because of "meeting" them first on Instagram). 
The first person I followed and the first person that followed me...was my best friend's 10 year old daughter! I was so grateful for a follower!!! :)
 I love how many people (mostly teachers) I have discovered since then! So many ideas are shared on Instagram! It's such an easy way to share your idea and immediately receive feedback. As some have said, it's collaboration at its finest! 

I have been lucky enough to participate in a few Giveaways, lately, also because of Instagram! I am currently participating in TWO! I posted here about Easy Teaching Tools So Cal Blogger Giveaway!

I am also participating in a Giveaway hosted by 
She is celebrating 100 followers on TpT! Do you follow her? Check out her blog and you can sign up to win some fun products! Including, choosing ANYTHING from my little TpT store!

Are you on Instagram? Do you follow me? Do I follow you? I would love to follow you! Leave your information in the comments and I will check out your Instagram account and follow you right back!!! Or, just let me know on Instagram! Can't wait to hear from you! :)

A Giveaway, A Freebie, and A Sale!

I've got another great giveaway for all you sweet friends.  This month, I teamed up with some of my So Cal Blogger buddies to bring you some amazing resources for your kiddos!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Our sweet friend Katie from Teacher to the Core blogged about our So Cal Meet Up and has a freebie for you!

I blogged all about our So Cal Meet Up here.

A BIG thank you to Kristen at Easy Teaching Tools for hosting this sweet giveaway!!!

I have also decided to join in on the fun and do have a little 
Spring Cleaning Sale!
Thank you to Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah-Designs for this adorable graphic!

Head on over to my little store for 20% off! 
My wish list is full! I am ready to do some major 
Spring Cleaning! Are you?! 
Happy Cleaning Shopping!

A Blogging Tip and a Meet-Up!

I read somewhere that when we write with pen and paper, our emotions and true self come out more. I don't know if it's true or not, but I have always been one of those people that writes out papers, then types them. Writes out important emails, then types them. I even wrote out my COMPS (test for my Masters) and then typed them! The test was on the computer, but I knew that I did my best work, writing it all out first. I *think* I like it because I can edit what I write, easier. Or, I just like the old school way-probably from keeping a Journal for so many years!
When I saw this quote, it reminded me of how I used to write.
 When's the last time you wrote a letter? It has been YEARS for me! I definitely still write cards...I L.O.V.E. cards. Getting and giving.
I love how this quote reminds us how a blog post should be like a letter. I love reading blogs! 
Look over to the right and down a bit. Those are some of my favorites! Reading blogs is wonderful, but meeting the authors of some amazing blogs is even better! 
This past Saturday, I was able to attend the So Cal Blogger Meetup in Newport Beach, hosted by Easy Teaching Tools and Ramona Recommends. When I first saw the invitation for this on Instagram, I thought, "Oh my, I wan to go!!!" Then, of course, I thought, "No, I can't, I'll be too nervous!!!" 
 The meet-up was changed to the Cheesecake Factory,
I kept thinking about the meet-up and remembering how amazing these meet-ups seem when I read about them on Instagram or on other blogs. Everyone always looks like thery are having a FANTASTIC time! Still, the nerves were doing their job! I think I waited until the last day to RSVP. But, I did. I decided it was time to do this in real life. Not, just sitting behind a computer screen!
I LOVE teaching, blogging, and creating!!!
Plus, I just kept thinking how amazing it would be to meet so many other teachers who feel the same way!
I knew I had to go! As the day got closer, the nerves subsided and I began to get super excited!!!

I also decided that I wanted to bring a little goodie bag for everyone, just as my way to say, "I'm so excited to meet you!" Just in case my nerves got the best of me! Luckily, they didn't. And the bags seemed to be a big hit!

I started with what I wanted to put in the bag...I knew I wanted to write a little card, so I knew I needed items that could turn into a cute saying! Once I started with an idea, the rest just came to me! 
 A fun little card that incorporated all of the goodies!
Some yummy Sweedish Fish, with my blog information!

 Pointers! I used stickers that I found at JoAnns and Michaels! I attached them to straws I found at Target! I also put the stickers back to back!

I found the colored clothes pins at Michaels. I found the flower stickers at Target. I attached the sticker to the clothes pin! 

I also added Starburst and a crazy straw to the bag!
 This was so much fun to make! I am so glad everyone loved them!

A few other bloggers also brought some fun, little treats!

Ramona Recommends brought these perfect little cookies! So cute!!!

Teaching and Much Moore brought these little cuties! 

Aunties Sweet Life brought this adorable tea! 

I just love everyone's creativity!

The Cheesecake Factory was a perfect place for a Meet-Up! The staff was so nice!!!
 These ladies were so sweet! Such a fun picture!
Group Picture
Easy Teaching Tools and me. She hosted the meet-up and is GREAT! She was easy to talk to and had so many great stories to share! 

Teacher to the Core and me. Oh.My.Goodness. I was sooooo excited when she walked in! You can just tell she's a really sweet person through her blog, but in real life..she is just the sweetest person ever!!!! I'm not even kidding! It was like she had known us all forever! 

Me, Lessons with Laughter {she is so sweet, positive, and bubbly-loved chatting with her!}, Teaching and Much Moore {loved listening to her stories about her family, school, and teaching-She is so nice!}, and of course the amazing Teacher to the Core {she really is the nicest person ever- I want to teach with her!!!}

Group picture! Such a great group of ladies!

I really, really had such a great day! It was so inspiring and I can't wait until the next Meet-Up!

Have you ever gone to a Blogger Meet-Up? I would love to hear all about it!

Spring Break Fun!

I had the best time last week! My sister and niece came to visit from Idaho! It was a non-stop week for me, but so much fun!

 We started our week at Disneyland! 
Oh. My. Goodness. We had so much fun!!! We went on Pirates of the Caribbean ride 5 times!!! It could have had something to do with the fact that the Indiana Jones ride (my VERY favorite) was CLOSED! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!! We were so bummed when we saw that sign. So. Bummed. I had looked up what rides that would be closed and I knew that It's a Small World would be closed, but it was a BIG surprise when we read about Indiana Jones! What?! What?! NOOOOOOOO! 
So, we decided to make up for it by going on Pirates of the Caribbean. A LOT. We would walk by the line and see that it was shorter than the last time we were in it, so we would get in line again! We LOVED it! 
Have you been to Disneyland? What is your favorite ride?!

 Have you been to World of Color at California Adventure?? It's a MUST see!!! BUT, definitely get a Fast Pass early in the day for the evening show!!! It's the only way to see it! SOOOO AMAZING!
Aren't our matching shirts so fun?! We LOVE them!!!

 So, I totally had to get this hat! Isn't it goofy?! HA!!! My sister talked me into it! I told her sometimes we have hat day at school and she said, "You have to get it! It's goofy! You know, Goofy!!!" So, I did. I love it. My students are going to love it, too!

After being at Disneyland for two days, we headed to the beach! 

Don't you just love the beach? I do. It is just so calming. There's just something about the beach that makes you feel relaxed and care-free!

After staying at the beach for a night, we went to Hollywood the next day! And, the best way to see a new place is on a bus (van) tour! So, we did just that! 

After the tour, we went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum! The ticket to the the Museum came with our tour of Hollywood! I had never been, and I must say, a lot of the celebrities looked really REAL!

We had such a fun Spring Break together!!! I LOVED Every. Single. Minute. 

Have you had your Spring Break yet? What are you doing or what did you do? I would love to hear all about it! 
Spring Break definitely makes Summer seem that much closer! Especially when the count down is definitely ON at my school! 
We have 

Five For Friday with a Little Dr. Seuss Fun!

It's that time again! Yay, it's Friday and I am linking up with  

Found this adorable quote on Pinterest! I LOVE it!
 I try to do this every day!
I am soooo excited for the Southern California Blogger Meet Up being hosted by Easy Teaching Tools and Ramona Recommends! I decided to RSVP this week and can't wait to meet everyone!
I decided to have my class write a Young Authors Book! This week, I printed it all out and then had to organize it all! Oh. Boy. Let's just say, I don't know if I will take this HUGE project on next year! Who knows, once I see the finished product, I'll probably change my mind! HA!

  21 books ordered. 
33 student pages. 
Lots of printer ink.
One tired teacher.
Can't wait to see the end product!
Did you celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' Birthday this week?

 I have made this Cat in the Hat for years!
My students LOVE him!

I always make Dr. Seuss' Birthday a Pajama Day! We wear pajamas, bring a small blanket, a small pillow, books, and a reading buddy (stuffed animal)! We also have snacks throughout the day! So much fun! 


Here's my little outfit for the day! 
  Sorry about the pic! I forgot to have someone take a picture of me!
This is my outfit last year! I sure do miss teaching 
Kindergarten with my partner teacher!!!
How do you celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday?!

Do you watch Scandal?! I look so forward to Thursdays, so I can watch this show!
 If you don't watch, you should start! 
It's soooooo good!
Can't wait to read about your week on
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