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July 23, 2013

3 for 3 Giveaways!

Last week, I hit 300 followers on Bloglovin'. I watched the graph line slowly rise. Around 291, I started stalking Bloglovin' daily. Then, I participated in a 2nd grade blog hop. Now, my # is over 400 and merrily on its way to 500. Holy cow!

To celebrate 300  400 + followers, I am giving away a "Blogger's Choice" package. The winner will receive their choice from each of these amazing blogger's TPT stores.

*Note: Diane @ Fifth in the Middle is offering $5 to her TPT store.


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Today is my first blogiversary! One year ago today, I posted my first Monday Made It post. I was super excited, because I had been stalking Tara @ 4th Grade Frolics all summer. Little did I know the journey that I was beginning or the people that I would meet, both virtually and in real life. This last year was very special to me, because it was my 20th year in education, and my last in 4th grade. Thank you for letting me share it with you. I can't wait to see what next year has in store for me as I begin my journey in 2nd grade.

To celebrate my blogiversary, I am giving away a "Teacher's Favorites" package. The winner will receive select products from more amazing bloggers, Classroom Friendly Quiet Pencil Sharpener, and a mystery box of some of my favorite Back-to-School supplies.





Twenty years ago, I made a HUGE personal move that completely changed my life. July 23, 1993, I packed up everything and came to Texas. I had recently graduated from college and accepted a job in Houston. I knew no one in Texas, but I REALLY wanted to teach. In some ways, it was an easy move, because my brother left home that summer, too. He moved to Florida with his new wife and finished out his time in the Navy. Earlier that year, my mom moved back to her hometown of Wichita to be closer to her mother. Three years later, I met and married a Texan. My brother eventually moved back to our hometown, and my mom retired to Arkansas, but I've never considered leaving my new home state, Texas. 

To celebrate my love of Texas, I am giving away a "With Love, From Texas, Y'all!" package. The winner will receive products from these Texas bloggers.




Thank you for following me! Good luck! Winners will be announced July 30th!
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54 comments:

  1. As a teacher, I quickly see posts that say freebie or giveaway, but I really love the ones that have a really interesting picture or title. Those are my favorites.

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  2. I love my home state (CA) because of the weather, at least in my part of it. I'm not too hot and not too cold. I don't get too much rain. I feel like Goldilocks - my state is just right! :)

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  3. I am always looking for ideas and products to enhance my classroom. I also love freebies! Thank you!

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  4. I love CA because...I can drive 2 hrs west & go to the beach OR I can drive 2 hrs East & go snow skiiing! The best of everything! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

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  5. I love my home state of NC because we have the ocean and the mountains! Beautiful as we go through the four seasons! What makes me read my favorite blog(s) is getting great ideas from others! Even though I have taught for 29 years, I still look for ideas from other great teachers! Oh, I REALLY need the pencil sharpener. (ha ha)
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  6. My favorite blogs to read are the ones that have freebies and giveaways. I also LOVE to see what ideas they have to share with us for the classroom. I am also a big fan of Monday Made It.

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  7. I'm so sorry I missed out on donating an item! :( Congrats on all the milestones!! :)
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey
    Follow me on Facebook!

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    1. Me, too! I only posted my google doc once. I probably should have emailed it to my BBB. Next time!

      Thank you!
      Kristin

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  8. Whoa what a giveaway! I honestly stop and look at blogs of my favorite bloggers to see new ideas, new products or if I see freebies...I am always looking for new stuff!

    jkroske@gmail.com

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  9. I love my home state of Georgia because it is such a beautiful place to live. My entire family lives in the state of Georgia.

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  10. I stop at blogs that have things I want to try in my classroom. I love my home state of Texas because of the people there.

    Look I started it http://disneymum.wordpress.com/

    Congrats!!!!
    Kristi

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    1. Yeah Kristi! I am headed over to check it out.

      Kristin

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  11. The visuals make me stop and read the posts. I love seeing ideas from other teachers and their classrooms.

    Amy
    Turtley Loving Teaching

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  12. I love my home state because I have the beach 5 minutes from my house in Charleston, SC...not to mention Charleston just rocks.

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  13. My favorite blogs have great resources for my grade level (2nd grade)! I love anything that will enhance my classroom, whether it be enhancing the environment, classroom management, or my teaching in general!

    Brandi
    brandiguerra19@gmail.com

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  14. I love my home state because it's TEXAS! People are friendly, hospitable, and all my friends and family live here :-)

    Brandi
    brandiguerra19@gmail.com

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  15. I love my home state (Ohio) because the people are so down-to-earth and would do anything for you. I am descended from the 1st settlers of Ohio and share their love for the beauty of the state.

    Diane
    Teaching With Moxie

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  16. I love seeing freebies and organizations. Those catch my eyes the most!

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  17. I read blogs that offer freebies, organization ideas, classroom decorations, and interactive notebooking. Thanks for hosting such a lovely giveaway!
    Najda

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  18. I love my home state (Arkansas) because nature here is so beautiful and I catch some big bass here :)

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  19. I love my home (state)....I should really say...province (since, I'm from Canada, lol) because, we have the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, a retractable roof to watch the baseball game, and most importantly we have the United States as our awesome neighbors south of the border.
    Najda

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  20. Catchy titles will make me stop to read a post.

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  21. I'm sorry I missed the sign up to donate. Congrats on all your new followers and hitting such a huge milestone!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

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    1. No problem! I'll catch you on the next one. Thanks for helping me reach my big milestone!

      Kristin

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  22. WOW! What a giveaway! Congrats! I've received a TON of activity on just day one... THANKS!

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  23. I am totally drawn in to certain blogs by their pretty or cute designs and catchy titles. I love my home state (Massachusetts) because of the four distinct seasons and all the historical sights to see!
    jbsothornton@comcast.net

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  24. Congratulations! Amazing giveaways! There are blogs I read daily because I have used/purchased their products. There are blogs I find during giveaways & I add them to Bloglovin' to read when I can. Catchy titles usually get me to look, read, follow. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  25. I love my home state (NY) because we have the weather for all 4 seasons & although we get lots of snow (lots), we know how to deal w/ it & roads are plowed regularly. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  26. I stop and read blogs, well if I find them... Seriously, the best ones have pictures and segment the subject area. I like funny and I like things I can use RIGHT now with my students.

    I love my home state because it where my family is. I consider Florida my home state, but I am currently living in Japan. I miss home, a lot!

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  27. I stop and read blogs that offer freebies and that offer lesson activities ideas and advice that I can use with my fourth graders.

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  28. Well first it is a Kindergarten blog and she always has great ideas that I like to attempt to use in my room!

    Great giveaway!
    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  29. I love my state because I love the weather year round in NC.

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  30. I like the posts because I can identify with them. I like her products and sense of humor.

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  31. I love my state because we love football!

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  32. I stop and read posts because they are helpful and teach/inspire me or because they make me laugh.

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  33. Great giveaways! Thank you for this and congratulations on all your followers!
    Michelle
    from Well, Michelle?

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  34. Also I love where I live, Las Vegas, because there is always something to do!
    -Michelle
    from Well, Michelle?

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  35. Freebies and cute pics make me stop and read a blog post.

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  36. I LOVE my home state of California because I can drive 10 minutes west and have my toes in the sand, or drive 1 hour and be in the mountain town of Big Bear. How incredible is that?

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  37. Freebies and giveaways and, sometimes, book clubs.
    Toni Nicholson
    chief9937@Yahoo.com

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  38. My favorite blogs feature tidbits and stories about peoples lives. I feel like I know some of the folks that I communicate with! This is a great giveaway. Even though I'm one of the contributors, I'm entering!!

    karen
    The 85 Mile Commute

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  39. I love my home state because of its unique people and history! To me it is the most beautiful place in the world and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else!
    karen
    The 85 Mile Commute

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  40. My favorite blogs offer helpful tips and new ideas that I can use in my classroom. I have several blogs that I read on a daily basis and my list continues to grow. One day I will enter the blogging world with my own blog but for now I am content just reading and following along. :)

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  41. I love my home state because most of my family lives here and it is "home" to me! :)

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  42. I love hearing about other teachers and how their day runs especially writers, reading, math workshops or any book clubs. Sometimes a title of a post just catches my eye.

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  43. I love my home state because we get every type of weather possible, and sometimes it all comes on one day.

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  44. The ones that I can relate to, or see something that I can use/do/create/implement! I like to read entertaining things, but I LOVE to read useful things!!! =)

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  45. Gave your giveaway a little shout out! Check it out!
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

    karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

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  46. I never knew so many teachers blogged... so many great ideas... thanks for sharing ladies!! :)

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  47. Love to see ideas of what other teachers are doing...

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  48. I like to read the blogs that share their ideas for a specific grade. I'm moving to first so I'm scrambling for new ideas. I also like the chance to win new products and to connect with my teacher friends:)

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  49. I love my home state Georgia because of the family feel and close community

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  50. I tend to read a blog that I think has something I want to try to us. I also follow some people because their blogs are so interesting and fun to follow.

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