Saturday, April 5, 2014

Blogger Meet Up Blog Hoppin' Giveaway!!


Thank you for joining me on this Blog Hop!!
As promised, here is YOUR chance to benefit from our amazing blogger meet up! 

One great part of the blogger meet up was a "teacher tool swap." Each attendee was asked to wrap up his or her favorite "teacher tool" to give to another teacher at the meet up. We played a fun little pass the gift game, and then took turns opening our surprises! 


The tool I received was this pack of Frixion Pens! They are awesome! 
This was me awkwardly modeling them at the meet up. :) 

Thought I better take a pic of what these babies can do to give you a better idea. If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen this pic, but seriously I'm in love! 
I actually said, "Wow" out loud at my desk yesterday morning when I saw how well they erased! 



Every teacher at the meet up also received a door prize (or "humpback whale," if you will), and I was SO excited about my prize! 


I won a CLASS PACK of Crayola Dry Erase Crayons!! Who doesn't love Crayola?

They are perfect for those times when you don't want what you've written to accidentally rub off if someone's sleeve hits the board. I used them to write vocab words for a chapter one of my small groups was reading. 


No accidentally rubbing those words off! But they do wipe completely clean when you're ready. Perfect!


I learned so much in a few hours at this meet up, and I, along with all of my blogging buddies, want to share a few of these tips with you! 

First, I learned I needed to be more "social," so I joined the club that is Instagram, and it really is as fun as they say! Plus, most of the teacher bloggers you already know and love are on there.

 I didn't see the purpose before because Facebook already includes pictures, but the pictures on Instagram are way more fun! And the best part is your newsfeed doesn't get bombarded with political rants, mug shots, and game notifications! Awesome! 

Along those same lines, I learned about some fabulous photo editing sites/apps to use when posting photos to Instagram or a blog (or just for fun). 
I've been obsessed with using Phonto lately for Instagram photos like this one: 


(Yes, donuts are therapeutic.)

Other fab sites/apps I learned about include PicMonkey and A Beautiful Mess.
So much fun!
Bottom line: no more boring pics from this girl! 

My third and final piece of wisdom is great for any of you who are just starting out with blogging like me, or maybe you've been blogging forever but never knew how to add the link to your blog when commenting on others' posts.
Surprisingly, it's really easy!

I Teach. What's Your Superpower? has created several pages of tutorials for new bloggers, and this was one of them! 

You just insert your blog title in this HTML code (replace mine with yours): 
<a href="http://wearefirstgradestars.blogspot.com/">First Grade STARS</a>
Then copy, paste, and voila! A clickable link to your blog that you can add to your comments!

And now for the BEST PART!
THE GIVEAWAY!

One very lucky person who follows the hop all the way to the end and completes the Rafflecopter will win ALL of these prizes and MORE!



So keep on hoppin' by clicking the button below to hear from the next fabulous blogger!



Primary Possibilities

24 comments:

  1. I'm going to order some of those Frixion Pens right now!!! :) Thanks for the great post! Soooo nice to meet you! Can't wait til next year!

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    1. They're seriously awesome! Thanks again for everything you did to make the meet up so awesome!! :)

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  2. I love the Frixion pens too! Great seeing you!
    Hilary
    Rockin' Teacher Materials

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    1. It was so great to see you in person! I've been a longtime follower on Pinterest! :)

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  3. Sounds like y'all had a lot of fun! Thanks for the great tips and giveaway!

    Katie :)
    KTP: Keep Teaching and Planning!

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    1. Thank YOU for following, Katie! :)

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  4. I'm going to have to get some of the Frixion pens!!

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  5. We ARE going to have to chat a little more about all of this young lady! LOL I am thinking I need some Frixion pens.

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    1. I'll tell you anything you want to know!! :)

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  6. It was so nice meeting you. Great wrap-up post of the weekend.

    Teaching in Blue Jeans

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    1. You too! How awesome that you got the gift of the meet up for your birthday!! :)

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  7. I made myself a note to order those pens when you opened them! Glad to hear that you still love them!
    :) Dana
    Common to the Core

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    1. Um you just made my whole year by commenting on my blog! It was so awesome to actually see you in real life! Next time I won't be too scared to introduce myself. :)

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  8. I not only have the pens but also ordered the markers and highlighters....all erasable! Love them!
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

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    1. I'm glad the pens were a big hit!! I saw them all summer on teacher's posts on Instagram and had to order them then! I have the clickable pens and the highlighters too. Love! ;-)

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    2. Mel, please see the comment above on Dana's comment. It applies to you as well!! :)

      And Allison, thanks again!!

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  9. I am so into those pens!! I need them! ...actually, I need my middle schoolers to get those!! I hate white out. Whoever decided that stuff needs to be on our school supply list is CRAZY! : ] It was great meeting you!

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    1. Yes…SO much better than normal erasable pens and white out!!

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  10. Great wrap up post! I am going to have to order some of those Frixion pens myself!

    Primary Inspired

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  11. Looks like you have some awesome things going on in your classroom! :]..... I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog for more details! http://niftyinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Brittany!! That will be tomorrow night's project! :)

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