Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Blogger Meet Up

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a blogger meet-up in French Lick, IN. That name kills me. Anyway, I was a little apprehensive at first about going but I am so glad I chose to attend. It was a complete blast & I absolutely adored every person I met.

This is Holly from Ehle Kindergarten Connections who was in charge of this fabulous get together. I absolutely adore her! She did an exceptional job pulling this all together & I can't wait to make this an annual meet-up. 
 Schoolgirl Style provided the decor for the center pieces for each table. Holy cuteness, right?  

I was completely shocked that each of us received a Vera Bradley bag! I wanted one of each! I can't believe how generous all of these companies were to all of us.

You probably already know how obsessed I am with Scentos. My students are obsessed as well. I am absolutely not sharing these new ones with them! I have them at my guided reading table right in the center just so I can stare at them. I can't wait till I can get my hands on more! 
The pen above....oh my love! I was making to do list on our 4 hour drive home using each color & then I would make the hubs sniff every scent. He is not that into Scentos but I am working on him 
We also received a $10 off gift card from Erin Condren
I can't wait to order something I don't even need. I definitely think I need another notebook. I just can't have enough of Erin's high quality products.

Holly was nice enough to package up all of these Jamberry Nail samples. These are the best invention ever!

There was also raffles for many great prizes including a SDE conference giveaway, Crayola products,  Boogie Boards, and a Hue Document Camera.

I won classroom accessories from Creative Teaching Press.  I can't believe how cute everything is!  I am looking forward to hanging this in my classroom. 

We also were able to bring in a favorite tool. Here are some of my favorite tools.....

There was so many tools that I need to have but these two were a must. The magnets are from Lowe's I believe and are super heavy duty. The neon window markers are genius! You know how much I love neon!

Not only did I meet some fabulous new friends I also learned a few things. Bonus!

1) I met the fabulous Dana from Common to the Core:
She shared some really good ideas. I already use the app -A Beautiful Mess- on my phone. This is my go to app for photo editing on my iphone. She also shared some tips and tricks from -PicMonkey. I can't believe I wasn't already signed up! After playing around with it I immediately signed up.
 I LOVE IT! Finally, she shared the app BlogTouch.
Blogging from my phone???? Say what!?!?  

2) Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard also shared some wonderful tips. My favorite was an app called Phonto. Amazing!

3) Tip 3 is the amazing teachers from all over the US. I was shocked to find out that many flew & drive hundreds of miles to be there. We met to collaborate and share ideas on our own dime. This makes all of us highly effective in my book!
Don't be jealous of all the fab things we received. You have a chance to win your own!!!!! Can I enter? Keep hopping to enter to win the following. Good luck!

Hop on over to Set This Circus Down!


  1. Hey girl! It was great getting to meet you in person as well! Hopefully we will get to hang out again sometime! Question...did you start the pinterest board. Just wondering if I missed it or messed something up! Wouldn't be the first time!
    Rockin' Teacher Materials

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

    Katie :)
    KTP: Keep Teaching and Planning!

  3. I'm going to have to get some of those magnets!! I love my new Scentos markers. My kiddos wanted their own sets too!

  4. It was so great to meet you Mel! I have followed you for years and so nice to meet the person behind the blog! Thanks for sharing your Pinterest knowledge with us.

    Teaching in Blue Jeans

  5. I'm still a little starstruck over meeting you, Mel! You are one of my blogging idols! Thank you for the mention and for all the Pinterest knowledge you shared with us. I hope we run into each other again in the near future!
    :) Dana
    Common to the Core

  6. Loved sitting next to you and meeting you in real life! :) Can't wait to meet up with you and this fun group again...thanks for all your Pinterest tips! :)

  7. Your Pinterest tips were awesome! I'm a big fan of yours! :)

    First Grade STARS

  8. It was wonderful getting to meet you. I love your prized from cute! My kiddos are obsessed with scentos as much as I am too! They will do anything to get a star or smiley face with a scentos marker on their paper. :)

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  9. It was so great meeting you!! ...and I am so glad you posted about the blogging app. I thought I had written it down, but I guess not!

    Smack Dab in the Middle

  10. I am so happy to have been able to spend the weekend with you. We had so much fun!
    Teaching Ever After

  11. Oh my goodness - that blogger meet up looks like so much fun!! Hello fabulousness?!? I literally sat here reading your post taking notes on what I need to buy from CTP and what apps I need to download ASAP! <3 Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

  12. It was wonderful to meet you in person after having stalked your blog for years, Mel! Those neon window markers ARE fab! (It was the teacher tool I brought) to write sight words or vocab words on the window by our door for the kids to see/read as they enter & leave! And I have seriously got to get some of those heavy duty magnets! Who knew Lowe's could be so handy?! lol

  13. Oh it looks like you all had SOOOOO much fun! You Indy teachers know how to have a good time!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  14. Wow!!! That looked like it was a blast! I'm so excited to try the Scentos pen.. I haven't heard of these before!! I love pens (kind of obsessed) and I love smelly things too!! Thanks for sharing..
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

  15. The teacher tool that I brought was the heavy duty magnets pictures above. I absolutely love those magnets. They are from Lowes and are fabulous for hanging pocket charts. It was so nice meeting you. Stephanie