Meet Up and Giveaway Suggestions

The Carolina Bloggers Meet Up was Saturday in Columbia.  It was my first-ever blogger meet up and it was so much fun!!  I was a little (okay, maybe a lot) in awe of being surrounded by soooo much teacher greatness! :)  I think it's amazing that we have so many fabulous bloggers in our area and was thrilled to meet so many of them in person FINALLY!!  Here's a pic from the meet up (thanks, Ginger!)

I think the next meet-up should be a weekend girls' trip!  I'm sure we could get into a lot of trouble have a lot of fun together, and lunch wasn't nearly long enough!  I didn't even get to talk with half of these girls so I know I missed out on some fabulous ideas, but the girls I did chat-it-up-with were so sweet and we had so much in common.  It's just nice to be with people (other teachers) who understand all of the ups and downs and craziness of this time of the year!

And a GREAT BIG THANKS to Rebecca from Landing in K for sorting out everyone's names and blogs so you can follow everyone (see below!)

In attendance {make sure you follow their blogs for fabulous ideas--no matter what grade it is!}:
from left to right- sort of!
 Autumn, Ashley, and Tammy from Fanatical in First Grade
Kim (starting her blog soon, right Kim?!?)
Elizabeth from Fun in 4B
Gretchen from Always a Lesson
Shasta from The Loop
Heather and Juli from Simple In Second
Amanda from Teaching Maddeness
Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher
Rebecca from Landing in K
Natalie from Teachery Tidbits
After the meet-up, I did a little shopping in Columbia and then met my sister for the Carolina game.  It was around 1:00am when I finally got home Sunday morning.  Needless to say, I hadn't checked my blog all day, but I hadn't receivde any notifications of people joining my "Friday Flashbacks" linky party. {sad face}  Then, today I realized that about 20 of you have joined the party...I must have missed a usual step that I take when setting up the party so I'm just not receiving notifications that you're joining the party!!  YAY!!  Now, I'm off to explore your happenings from the week and respond to all of you!!  Can't wait to gather up some new ideas from you - thanks for linking up this weekend!

Now, for the giveaway suggestions.  I'm starting to creep up on the 1,000 follower mark so I'm thinking of a BIG GIVEAWAY but want to get your feedback.  What giveaways do you like the MOST (I know you love them all...who doesn't?)  Do you love it when you see giftcards, teacher resources, or tangible goods?  I'm thinking of possibly a door hanger of your choice from the girl who made my "monster door hanger" - your choice of design and personalization.  Here are a few of the door hangers she has made for me...
Monster Welcome Door Hanger for School
Palmetto Tree Door Hanger for Home
Turkey Door Hanger for Thanksgiving

So tell me, what giveaways do you LOVE the MOST??

Speaking of Giveaways, Lightbulb Minds is having their Great Lightbulb Minds Giveaway Week.  Just visit their facebook page to enter.  They'll be giving away one FREE UNIT of your choice each day this week!


  1. I love them all but have noticed that gift cards and clip art are big hits!

  2. Usually gift cards are awesome giveaways! I like your idea of the cute door hanger too. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. Gift cards are awesome, especially to places with lots of teacher goodies :)


  4. I agree with gift cards! If you are looking for donations.. I'd be happy to do so! :)
    Tori's Teacher Tips

  5. Gift cards are great...but I sure would love a monster door hanger for my classroom!

    Swinging Through Second Grade

  6. I love giveaway with giftcards and decor goodies- the door hangers are precious!

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    The Learning Tree

  7. It was so fun to meet you! Can't wait to read through your archives.


  8. Thanks for posting a pic from the meet up. I hate that I wasn't able to attend. A very huge deer hit my car first thing on the way to school Monday morning. Needless to say, my car is in the shop and I have rental. Maybe next time though!

    BTW, I love the Palmetto tree sign!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  9. The door hangers are adorable and would make a great giveaway prize! It looks like you all had a blast at your meet up!


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