Category Archives: Indiana Blogger Meet-up 2014

Spring Teacher Blogger Meet-Up Blog Hop

You may remember me telling you about my amazing weekend with other mostly Indiana bloggers in French Lick two weeks ago.Β  We decided one of the things we wanted to do was have a blog hop, so you could get to know the bloggers that met up there! There are over 20 of us participating and we each have something to share with you, some tips to pass along, and some important information about a giveaway we are having along with our blog hop!

SpringHopButtonOne of the things we did at the Blogger Meet-up was to have a Teacher Tool gift exchange…I got one of my most favorite things….


The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener!!IMG_7243It is one of my most favorite things in my classroom…and I don’t feel like I’m on high alert when the kiddos use it!Β  They can totally use this sharpener by themselves, its quiet, and I can move it where it needs to be!!

I also just found out that they now have a sharpener that will sharpen the “fat” My First Ticonderoga Pencils!! Perfect for those of us K teachers that are using those pencils–so I just ordered one of those. πŸ™‚

Click here or any of the other links above to get one for yourself at Classroom Friendly Supplies. πŸ™‚

Next, I want to share with you some new things that I learned from other bloggers at the Meet-up:

1) Phonto is my new favorite app on my iPhone!!!Β  It lets me add text right to my pictures and then publishes them to Instagram with just a few taps!Β  You have to download it now.Β  I’ll wait…seriously….go!!

2) I was also reminded of the importance of using Instagram to help followers get to know me on a more personal level.Β  After all, I am not a robot typing these posts! LOL! You can follow me on Instagram by clicking on the camera on the right.

3) I am guilty of this…but no more!!Β  Every time I take a picture on my camera, it assigns it a number and I just happily insert it into my blog post without a second thought…but what happens once that picture gets pinned on Pinterest?Β  There’s no way to search for it…how many times have you searched for IMG7994 on Pinterest—yeah…me either!Β  So by naming your pictures (yes…it takes 1/2 a second more!), my pictures will come up in a search, helping more pinners get back here to reading my ramblings. πŸ™‚

I’m also going to work on figuring out how to insert a watermark on my blog posts and see about getting one of those cute little signatures at the bottom of my posts. πŸ™‚Β  Everything is different about blogging over here in land. πŸ™‚

As if all the goodies we received at the meet-up weren’t enough…there were several generous companies donated prizes to put in a raffle for each one of the bloggers…

My prize arrived today…These are all from Creative Teaching Press!!Β  I am SOOO excited about them and since I’m currently addicted to chevron…well…this helped to feed my addiction!! πŸ™‚

Creative Teaching Press Prize 1

Check out this cute Apple Appeal bulletin board set!!Β  LOVE those chevron apples and LOVE the hexagons (another one of my favorites!!)Creative Teaching Press Prize 2

Do you see how cute chevron and hexagons are together?Β  These calendar numbers will be great for sequencing numbers and I can’t wait to use the labels on my book bins!! πŸ™‚Creative Teaching Press Prize 3

Oh my word…check out the yellow (the pack is actually multicolored) chevron pockets!!Β  They are at least 5×7 sized!!Β  I think I’ll put some “What to do when I’m finished activities” in them!Β  There are chevron name plates and even stickers!!! πŸ™‚Creative Teaching Press Prize 4I had to show these labels again…just can’t get over how cute they are!! πŸ™‚

Okay, so on to the giveaway…

image photoONE person is going to win all these prizes (and MORE!!!). All you have to do is enter when you see the Rafflecopter!Β Β  It’s hidden on one of our blogs and when you find it, just follow the directions to answer.


Now hop on over to Nicole Swisher’s Blog…All Things Apple in 2nd to see her teacher tool, prize, tips, and to enter into the giveaway again! πŸ™‚

All Things Apple in 2nd
Kristen πŸ™‚

Blogger Meet-up

I had the privilege of attending the Indiana Blogger Meet-Up last weekend in beautiful French Lick Indiana.Β  There were over 50 other bloggers who attended–on their own time!Β  We had some great conversations, planned some awesome things (be looking for those), and exchanged some great ideas!


We also had a little teacher tool gift exchange and I’ll be showing you soon what give I gave and received!Β  I LOVE my gift!!

Holly Ehle from Mrs. Ehle’s Kindergarten planned and hosted the entire weekend and she was the hostess with the mostess!Β  She thought of everything and had even been sweet enough to contact companies that might like to donate to some teachers. πŸ™‚

Thank you Holly!! It was SO much fun–can’t wait to do it again! πŸ™‚

Look at all the goodies we received!!


Each teacher received a new Vera Bradley bag! IMG_7164

The nice people at Scentos donated a box of their brand new scented markers to each of us!!Β  We are some of the first people in the US to get them!!Β  They won’t be on the market until Back to School time!IMG_7165

We also got these awesome Scentos Ten color ink pens–LOVE that each color has a different scent! πŸ™‚IMG_7167

Jamberry nails (Holly!) gave each of us some nail samples to try–I’ll show you those when I get them on! πŸ™‚IMG_7168

SDE and Crystal Springs also sent information about their books and upcoming conferences. πŸ™‚Β  Erin Condren sent each one of us a $10 gift card too!! IMG_7170

These were the Vera Bradley patterns we had to chose from. πŸ™‚IMG_7171

Just love all these colors!IMG_7172



One of the highlights of the meet-up was that I got to meet Mr. Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard!!Β  IMG_7175

He helped to lead our Blogger Tips and Tricks session where bloggers old and new could ask questions of each other and exchange ideas. πŸ™‚IMG_1658

We also exchanged business cards so we could keep in touch!Β  Look at all the new blogging friends I made!! πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

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