March 28, 2015

Spring Teacher Blogger Meetup 2015

A few weekends ago, I attended the Spring Teacher Blogger Meet Up in French Lick, IN. Holly and Brittany arranged the WHOLE thing and it was an AWESOME weekend!!! You may have already seen a little bit about our meet-up and what I received at the Teacher Tool Swap party if you read my previous post. Being from Indiana, I have been to the French Lick hotel and casino a few times. If you live in the area, you should definitely check it out! The hotel is gorgeous and the staff was very friendly, considering we had over 100 chatty teachers there all weekend! I wasn't able to attend last year, so I was super pumped to go this year and meet everyone.  

Jessica from Mrs. Plemons Kindergarten, Melissa from Mrs. Dailey's Classroom, and Megan from Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade and I all roomed together over the weekend. I know Jessica and Melissa from our collaborative blog The Elementary Entourage. It's funny how much we talk online and seem to know so much about each other, even though we've never met.  It was great to finally meet them in person and give them a hug! 
Jessica was our mom during the trip! She brought all of us a little gift bag of goodies and she packed a whole bag of snacks for our drive and weekend! What a sweetheart!! Can you tell we all like pink?
We each got 5 raffle tickets when we got to the meet up room and we could pick 5 things that we wanted to win and I won one!! Dana gave away a bundle of the Younique mascara, eyeliner, and lip gloss that she sells. I LOVE playing around with makeup, so this was perfect for me to win. I have seen people selling this Younique mascara on Facebook, and I always wondered if it was worth the hype.  I have to say that I do really like it!! I don't have very long eyelashes, and even my husband noticed they were fuller and longer when I use this. (she seriously did not pay me to say that, I was just really impressed) She also makes these super cute shirts with any design you want. I had asked her to make me one with my blog name, and look what she came up with. LOVE IT!!
Besides winning that, check out all of the swag we got!! Thanks so much to Lakeshore, Very Bradley, Scentos, Teachers Pay Teachers, Go NoodleErin Condren, Creative Teaching Press, Brenda from Origami Owl and Cierra from Scentsy for your donations. You should have seen how excited the teachers were to go down the line and get their FREEBIES! 
Wanna win all this swag? We're having a giveaway and 3 people get to win all this stuff we got at our meet up, just enter below!!!

We also had time to go to different sessions to learn more about blogging, social media, TPT, etc. I learned about fitting it all in from Greg at Kindergarten Smorgasboard, the business side of TPT from Christina at Miss Decarbo, Pinterest/Facebook from Brenda at Primary Inspired and Amanda at The Primary Gal. It was nice to get suggestions and ideas from people that have already been doing this for awhile. 

Saturday night we had a PJ PARTY!!! Yes, even grown ups like to have PJ parties and stay up chatting/partying with all of their friends! We had snacks, a pillow decorating station, Go Noodle dance party, and a photo booth. THANK YOU SO MUCH to Go Noodle and Teachers Pay Teachers for sponsoring this fun night!!!! 
Earlier in the day we each decorated a letter to spell out a mystery word, which was INSPIRATION. Our table thought we had a lowercase i to decorate...come to find out it was the exclamation point .LOL! This weekend and all these fabulous teachers were a HUGE inspiration! I can't wait to see these new friends again in Vegas! 

I finally met Greg this weekend from Kindergarten Smorgasboard this weekend. He's got such a fun personality and is SO nice to everyone! I had met Mel D from Seusstastic at the Vegas meet up when I went to her Pinterest session, but it was really great to see her again. Mel's super nice and I love her laid back personality! Sarah from A Rocky Top Teacher and I had also met in Vegas, but I was really happy to catch up with her again also. She's getting married soon, woohoo!! Find her in Vegas if you go, b/c she's a sweetheart and has a really cute accent.  
Here are my girls Maja, Melissa, Kelsey, and Jessica from our collaborative blog The Elementary Entourage!! We snagged Holly to get in our picture too! It was so much fun getting to meet these ladies in person finally! 
Another picture with my Elementary Entourage peeps! This time we got Amanda in it!! We all got to bring our business cards to share so we can keep in touch. Check out all those cute designs! I had so much fun on our car ride and this weekend with Melissa, Casey, and Jessica. We just had to snap one more picture before we all went our separate ways! 
It was so much fun being around other people that love the same things that I do! It was a great opportunity to share ideas and build friendships. Thanks again Holly and Brittany for all of your planning and hard work! 
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  1. I loved your shirt that Dana made you! Perfect! I enjoyed meeting so many amazing teachers!
    Flipping for First

  2. I am so glad we were able to meet in person after stalking you on IG for so long. Lol. :) I am in love with the shirt Dana made for you. Too much fun!
    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  3. Awesome post!! I love reading about what everyone enjoyed the most. So looking forward to next year already!! Btw... The shirt Dana made for you Rocks!!!

  4. Love the shirt that Dana made for you! It is adorable on you. So glad we got to meet you in person. We look forward to seeing you soon (we hope).