Monday, March 30, 2015

French Lick Spring Blogger Meet-Up Weekend in Review

Oh my goodness, this was the most amazing weekend!  I didn't think it could beat the first year, but I think it did.  It just gets better every year, so you should look into going next year - trust me, you won't want to miss it!

A HUGE thank you to Holly Ehle from Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connections for putting this all together.  You are truly amazing!

The weekend started off with me finally being able to meet some of my friends from the collaborative blog I am a part of - The Elementary Entourage!  Eek!  I was SO excited.  I feel like they are all my good friends, but I was finally able to meet them in person.  They are really just the best, so you have to check out our blog!

We had a great lunch, and during this time we were able to enter our names into various raffles.

Check out all the amazing sponsors we had!  I mean we were truly blessed.  Thank you so much!

* GoNoodle
* SDE (Staff Staff Development for Educators)

* Lakeshore Learning Materials

* Sit Spots
* Scentsy - Ciera Harris
* Orgami Owl - Brenda Hart Frady and Corporate office
* Tallahassee Sunday
* Erin Condren
* Claire Marie Designs
* Brain Pop
* Seat Sack

Once we ate and had introductions, we split up into grade level groups (because there were so many of us) to play our Teacher Tool Swap game.  You can learn all about that and the different gifts that were exchanged by visiting here.

This is a picture of the 2-3 grade teachers.  We are the BEST!

We participated in fun teacher groups where some amazing teachers took the time to put together a short presentation for us to attend.  I learned so much from the four groups I visited, and I really go to know some new/amazing teachers!

When our day was coming to an end, we were able to receive SO many goodies!

This is a SWAG bag at its finest!

Vera Bradley bag (used this to place everything in!)

Scento markers - OBSESSED with these!

A fun pirate pack full of goodies and an eye patch.  I'm already thinking of ways to incorporate this in my classroom!

Fun stickers!  I am always needing stickers. Don't you love how something as simple as a sticker can make a child SO happy!?

Jamberry sample.  Have you used Jamberry?  I am eager to try it out!

Look at these fun sets.  My mind is reeling on how to use these - I can't wait!

What?!  Scented pens?  Thank you!

A fun magnetic alphabet set for my magnet board in the classroom. 

I didn't even know they made Scento stickers!!  Awesome!

After our fun-filled day, we thought it was over - but one of the most exciting things happened.

We each received an ERIN CONDREN PLANNER!?!  

Is your mind blown?  Mine sure was!

Nothing means more to me than being appreciated for being a teacher.  We all work so hard, and this day just reminded me that teachers ARE special and what we do IS worth it!  Don't forget it!

Thank YOU so much to all the amazing sponsors for this weekend.  It definitely made it memorable!

Once I was able to calm down, I went to dinner with some of my blogging besties!

Then, we got ready for the AWESOME PJ party hosted by TpT and GoNoodle!

We each received a fun GoNoodle necklace!

If you don't GoNoodle, then you must do it.  I'm serious - TODAY!  The kids love it and I enjoy participating on occasion. :] 

Check out all of the FUN teachers at our PJ party!

We danced, ate, laughed, and got to know each other SO much better!

We also enjoyed taking some Photo Booth pictures.

Here is my Elementary Entourage group!

Here are my blogging buddies!

After our party, we had to hit up the casino.  I mean, how could we resist?

We found this fun sign along the way - this is my blogging friend from the beginning.  I wouldn't be able to make it through all of our crazy teaching shenanigans if it wasn't for her.  This is the amazing Maja from KookyKinders. <3

We ended the weekend with a wonderful brunch where we got to say our final goodbyes.  Here is one of my favs - Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasbord!   We met last year, and I just love him!

Now, I know you are DYING to attend this blogger meet-up!  I know you are bummed you missed out.

But...we have some AWESOME news for YOU!

You can enter to win a SWAG bag of your own!

Yes- YOU!

Check it out!

Just complete this rafflecopter! We are giving away 3 sets!  Good luck and thanks for visiting! :]

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Check out all the other amazing posts about this weekend below.  You won't want to miss what they have to share!

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