Sunday, June 7, 2015

South Florida Teacher Blogger Meet Up and GIVEAWAY!

Last weekend I posted a sneak peek into the fun we had at our South Florida Teacher Blogger meet-up. I left our luncheon with a feeling of exhilaration for t=our profession.  It was so heartwarming to meet with some wonderful teachers who have the same passion and pride for teaching, that I still have after all these years.  I enjoyed the stories from the trenches about our daily woes and tribulations. I loved hearing about families and hobbies and of course, was just a little jealous to hear that a few of our group are heading to Vegas (next year, I am there!).

If you want to read more about that day, please click HERE and find out more!
Christy from Your Thrifty Co-Teacher Elizabeth Polo from First Grade Stripes, and I we were able to beg ask some of our favorite companies and bloggers for help with some goodies for this day. The best part about this is that THREE LUCKY WINNERS will be able to win a goodie bag just like ours, PLUS a gift certificate to one of stores.

A special thank you to Soy Delicious Candles, a soy candle business based right here in South Florida by two former teachers, Georgette Hoyo and Maggie Maceiras. They have about 29 different tin scents, and we were able to sample quite a few. These tins are wonderful because you can take them with you on vacation, or order them as keepsakes for baptisms, showers or communions. They can even personalize them for you. They are amazing! I have personally used Soy Delicious Candles at my home, and I must say that their 'delicious' scents fill the entire room.

KindergartenSmorgasboard was more than generous in donating wonderful reusable bags, pens, and lanyards for each of us. As a teacher, you know you can never have enough of these items. If you haven’t checked out his blog, you should head on over. It’s no coincidence he has over 10,000 followers on Instagram. He has some wonderful ideas, and is an extremely enthusiastic teacher. Thank you Greg Smedley-Warren for supporting our meet up!

Melissa Yglesias from More Time 2 Teach was unable to attend our luncheon, but came through as a donor of ClassDojo  reusable bags.  I’m sure many of you have heard of ClassDojo. It’s an online positive classroom management program that encourages positive classroom behavior. You can learn more about it by checking out their website.

I was able to donate some of my stash that I have hanging around from my Jamberry business.  Jamberry wraps are a type of vinyl that you place on your nails to easily add designs and personality to manicures. They are quick and easy to apply and come in a large variety of designs.  Check out more here:  Janine's Jams

Bridget of Lovely Little Leaders donated some beautiful notepads to help us stay organized. Not only is Bridget a sweet heart, but she is an expert at staying organized. You can find some beautiful designs and organizational items by visiting her store.  She also has an AMAZING Teacher Life Binder that you have to check out!  I am definitely purchasing one this summer to not only get my teacher life in check, but my home, businesses, blog, and finances on track!  I am so happy to have met an organized woman who gets me!

Sheila JaneTeaching donated some wonderful inspirational messages. Her website states that her goal is add value to our busy teacher lives with helpful tools, videos, podcasts, newsletters and resources. I absolutely loved visiting her site. It’s both beautiful and inspiring.

GoNoodle, a free brain breaks website, donated some cute stickers for each of us.

We had a raffle giving away gift certificates from Lessons with Mrs. LabrascianoThe Daily AlphabetFirst Grade Blue SkiesKindergarten SmorgasboardL. Paull DesignsMiss Johnston's JourneyBuzzin Bees of Learning, and Kindergarten Boom Boom.  We received so many great donations from these sponsors that EACH of the attendees walked away with a gift certificate.

So now, for the fun part! We are sending a gift bag with goodies received at our luncheon to THREE lucky winners. 

The lucky winners will receive the following:

Soy Delicious tin candle
Kindergarten Smorgasboard bag/pen/lanyard
ClassDojo bag
Jamberry Nail Art
Sheila Jane Teaching inspirational message
GoNoodle stickers

a $10 gift certificate to one of our stores
Just complete the Rafflecopter below for your chance to enter and win!

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On behalf of Christy from Your Thrifty Co-Teacher, Elizabeth Polo from First Grade Stripes, and myself, we would like to thank ALL of the teachers that attended our FIRST South Florida Teacher Blogger Meet Up and ALL of our wonderful sponsors whose generosity made this luncheon a great success! We look forward to our next meet up. 

Good luck to those entering our giveaway and thanks for visiting! 

Faithfully yours,

Sunday, May 31, 2015

South Florida Blogger Meet Up Sneak Peek

We did it! This Saturday Elizabeth from First Grade Stripes, Christy from Your Thrifty Co-Teacher and I hosted the very FIRST South Florida Blogger Meet-Up! What started off as a mere thought online in our Florida Teacher's Facebook Group became a reality where I honestly met the most genuine, down to Earth, creative and intelligent women. Most of us only knew each other through social media outlets such as Teachers Pay Teachers, Facebook, and  Instagram, so it was such a blessing to get to know some of our blogger friends in person! 

We met up at a local restaurant where we shared stories about our families, where we work, our journey as Teacher Pay Teacher authors, our blogging dreams, and so much more. Some of the wonderful teachers who made it to our get together are pictured below. 

One of the teachers that I was so happy to meet was Bridget (second from the left) from Little Lovely Leaders who is a fifth grade teacher and Teachers Pay Teachers author. She came the farthest to meet up with us!  She is the genius behind some amazing paper products and I can't wait to take a look at her planner in her TpT store. Her passion for organization is addicting!  We know teachers LOVE to be organized. She was kind enough to give us all a desk planner, and not only is it so practical, but it is beautiful. 
I also got to know Elizabeth, one of my co-hosts, and actually meet her in person, she is in the far right in the above picture. Her blog is First Grade Stripes. She kept me organized and on track while we were planning our fun day.  We only spoke through email and texts, so I was so excited to finally meet her.  It turns out that our schools are very close to each other and we know many of the same people!
This pretty lady is Christy from Your Thrifty Co-Teacher and my other co-host for the meetup.  She is so much fun and has a flair of sophistication that I fell in love with.  She also knows so much about creating products, so I can't wait to pick her brain! Her students must love her energy!

I was beyond thrilled to meet blogger and Teachers Pay Teachers author, Jennifer from Buzzin Bees of Learning (second from the right). I wish she had been my kindergarten teacher. It was such a pleasure to meet a teacher who shares the passion that we all have. Her smile is infectious!

We were lucky enough to meet teachers who have that creative flair and who now have been bitten by the blogging bug:  Jessica, Iris, and Ali. Two previous co-workers who I had the pleasure of working with, Christena and Keila, also attended.  Keila is friends with Elizabeth!  They all shared some perfect ways to write grants so we can get the things we need for our classrooms. A few members of the group are heading to the Teachers Pay Teachers conference this summer and I am looking forward to hearing from them when they come back.  Be on the lookout for their blogs in the future!

I can not forget to mention all our goodies. Thanks to the generosity of so many companies, we were able to give out a bag of wonderful goodies to each of the ladies who attended, and EVERYONE of us was able to walk away with a winning gift certificate to various TPT stores. 
Speaking of goodies, make sure to come back and visit my blog next Sunday. I will be highlighting all of the companies that donated, along with their donations, and we will be GIVING AWAY three goodie bags to three wonderful followers. Christy, Elizabeth, and I will also be including a gift certificate to our stores, so mark your calendars, set your alarms. You won't want to miss it. 
Here we are in all our silliness!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

CanvasPop: Review and AMAZING Giveaway!

Today I am excited to talk about CanvasPop and their amazing product!  I was contacted by the company a few weeks ago asking me if I would like to review their product in exchange for a free canvas print of a photo of my choice.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity!  I think my husband was more excited than I was because he thought I would actually have a picture of his Corvette made (um, no, we have kids I want to see on my wall, lol).
So, I sent them the picture and a few days later my canvas print came.  The packaging alone was so professional, so I knew once I got to the print, I was going to be very happy.

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Here is a quick video on the process they use to create the canvas prints:

The canvas itself looks exactly like it was hand painted.  The canvas is taught around the frame and the stapling is perfect (everything is nice and tight around the frame).  The hanging wire is placed exactly where it needs to be and holds the frame in place without any movement.  Here is the final product:

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I am extremely pleased with the final product, the ordering process, and the customer service after I received the product. My husband (notice we did get his Mustang in the print!) is already ordering new canvas prints.  We decided to give this one to my mom for Mother's Day, since it has all of her grand-kids in one place.
I am giddy to offer you this giveaway on behalf of CanvasPop! The winner will receive a FREE 16 x 20 canvas print (about an $80 value) of their favorite photo!  All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter at the end of this post and then cross your fingers.  The winner will be announced in one week.
Also, as a thank you for being a follower of my little blog, CanvasPop is giving all of my followers a 35% discount throughout the next few weeks (the code will expire April 30th, 2015).  Just use this code when you order and the discount will be applied:


Just go to and check out all of their amazing products!  They have a 100% Lifetime Love guarantee, so you can't go wrong!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

South Florida Blogger Meet-Up: Save the Date

It is time for all of our blogging buddies from South Florida to get together and Party!  Elizabeth over at First Grade Stripes and I have put together a sweet luncheon for those of us who live in the south end of Florida (of course all Florida bloggers are more than welcome to join in on the fun) on May 30th.  We are hoping to have a jam packed day filled with fun, friends, and folly!  The details are listed below and we would love for everyone to come! Please comment below with  your email if you want to be added to the list or you can email one of us directly (see flyer for info) and we will include you in all of the email updates.  
If you have anything you can donate or know of a company/person who can donate goodies to our peeps, then leave that information as well.  We need all of the help we can get.
We look forward to meeting everyone and we hope that you are all excited to meet us too!

               First Grade Stripes               

Friday, April 3, 2015

Currently... April

I can't believe it is April already!  Today was a great relaxing day and I thought a lot about what Good Friday really means. Sacrifice is hard, but it is something we should all take to heart and take into practice as we travel through our lives.

Here is what I am currently up to today:

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