Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Teacher Blogger Meet Up 2014

Hello Blog Hoppers!!
You will be hopping through many awesome blogs to pick up some great tips, tricks, ideas and a massive prize give away at the end of the hop.  Make sure you go in order so that you don't miss out on any of the blogs.  You will need to like/follow each blog as you hop along in order to enter the rafflecopter giveaway with the massive prize give away.  Have a great time and happy hopping!!

My Amazing Weekend in French Lick Indiana

I am so excited to share about my amazing weekend at the Spring Teacher Blogger Meet Up at the French Lick Resort and Casino in French Lick, Indiana put on by Holly Ehle,

Here she is in the flesh!!!

I was so fortunate to meet Holly in December at another meet up and to get to come to Indiana to see her again.

This meet up for me was an amazing experience since I had finally started blogging officially. Hey, it may have only been three posts so far but it was a start.  I came away with a wealth of knowledge and some great new blogging friends.

There was a luncheon on Saturday, and Holly had so many amazing prizes and give aways from some very generous sponsors.  There was a favorite teacher tool swap and also a tips and tricks session.

One of the very generous sponsors was Vera Bradley,

 Here is the Tote in Clementine.

Everyone also received Scentos chisel tipped markers that will be available this back to school season, and also a 10 color Scentos click pen,  My students are in heaven whenever they get to write with these markers or when I put a smiley face on their paper with my 10 color/scented pen.

Love these markers and pen!!!!!!!!!!

The beautiful decorations you see throughout the pictures were donated by Melanie at

Kaeden Books was also a fantastic sponsor giving teachers grade level appropriate books for their classrooms,

I love my Eric Condren lesson planner and she was nice enough to send everyone a $10 gift card to use in her store,

Crayola also sent prizes for the raffles and catalogs with some great products that I think I will be needing very soon.

The teacher tool swap was an excellent idea.  There were so many different products that I did not even know existed. I know I think I have been living under a rock lol.  We played a left/right game written by Amanda Pauley,, and passed our tools around the circle.  When the game ended you kept the tool(s) you were holding.  

I was in heaven with my teacher tools.  I received a pack of colored Papermate Flair markers. These markers are the best thing ever for checking papers, writing thank you notes, filling in my Erin Condren lesson planner and writing anything you need to.  

My other tool just blew my socks off, this is where living under a rock comes in.  I received Post-it Notes and the whole note is sticky not just a the strip at the top.  Both of these tools have totally changed my life for the better. 

Until I can get to the store to stock up on both of these products, they stay by my side both at school and at home.  They travel well in a teacher bag.

I was so looking forward to the tips and tricks session and it did not disappoint.  These are all new to me since I am a newer blogger.

Tip #1 You must get Picmonkey to edit your photos

Tip #2 If you are writing a blog post about your unbelievable "teacher binder", make sure that when naming your picture you give it a good name, "teacher binder," so that when people are searching for teacher binders your picture comes up.

Tip #3 The phonto app.  It allows you to add fonts to your photos and upload them.  

These 3 tips have started me on my way.  I am sure you will be getting many more as you hop through everyone's blogs.

I had the best time in Indiana and am looking forward to seeing my blog friends again soon.  

A huge THANK YOU to Holly Ehle for putting the Spring Blogger Meet Up together and also to Amanda Pauley for helping Holly to put together this amazing blog hop. My first ever blog hop.  Super Excited!!!

Your next stop is at Jenny's blog

Sunday, March 9, 2014

12 days until Spring Blogger Meet Up

Good afternoon!  I hope everyone remembered to Spring Forward.  I did but my cable boxes still haven't.  It is going to make it a little challenging later when I need to go to bed.

I am so excited that there are less than 2 weeks left until the Spring Blogger Meet Up at the French Lick Resort and Casino.  My friend Holly, at, is putting on this meet up and I am so excited to get more tips and tricks on how to become a better blogger.

I am also super excited about meeting all the teacher bloggers/teacher followers that are coming to give me that extra spark that I always get from meeting with others that enjoy teaching as much as I do.

If you are interested in coming please click on the link above and contact Holly.

This is going to be amazing!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A little about me

Hello everyone!  Thanks to some great blogging friends I met at the Nashville Blogger meet up over Christmas vacation I finally created my blog and this is my official second post.

I have been teaching for 18 years now and I finally was able to return to Kindergarten last school year.  I was away from Kindergarten teaching 1st and 2nd self contained and 3rd through 6th math and science.

After a 7 year absence from Kindergarten, I have felt like a brand new teacher the past two school years.  I have been trying to get a grasp on all the changes and the many wonderful things that have come along.

I know this one will be a shocker… but before returning to Kindergarten in 2012, I did not TpT existed and what were "Teacher Bloggers"!  Crazy I know right?!

I am loving getting all these great ideas, inspiration and encouragement from fellow teacher bloggers.  It is having an amazing impact on my classroom and the amazing work we are able to accomplish.

I know this will be an amazing journey as I become an even better teacher with a little help from my friends.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Welcome everyone, I am Danielle and I teach Kindergarten.  I now have my wonderful blog design from Alicia at Dream Like Magic.  I am so excited to begin this journey of blogging.