I can't believe I've had the patience to wait to blog about this AMAZING weekend until now! I seriously just had the most amazing weekend with some of the most talented and dedicated teachers/bloggers around. 50+ teachers from and around Indiana got together at the beautiful French Lick Resort & Casino (yes I did play!). We were together for two days and did nothing but talk, laugh, take pictures, and exchange ideas about teaching, blogging, and life of course! Take a look at some of the lovelies who attended:
Can you tell we had a great time!? On the 1st day we arrived we had a delicious luncheon together followed by HOURS of giveaways, teacher swaps, and idea exchanges. The teacher swap was SO MUCH FUN! The generosity of the teachers was just overwhelming. Wanna see what I got?!
Are these cupcake pens not the CUTEST things ever!? They are used for motivation for students when doing work under the document camera or in small groups. I haven't gotten to try them out yet (still on spring break) but can't wait to! I know they'll be a hit!
And if you think that's great - wait until you hear this! The amazing teachers who started this whole shindig were able to get sponsors to donate some fantastic prizes for all of us to win and to have for just attending! Vera Bradley sent us all a beautiful bag - so generous!! Erin Condren sent us all a $10 gift certificate to use at her amazing website. I can't wait to use it! Scentos markers even sent over some amazing products for us all to have!! I <3 using their markers on my anchor charts!
There were more sponsors who sent prizes to be won! Crayola was one of the sponsors and look what I won!
Ah! I'm missing all of the fun already! So not only was this weekend filled with goodies but also with amazing ideas that everyone was able to share out about blogging, photo editing, pinterest, and other 'teachery' topics. My top 3 favorites are:
1. PIC MONKEY!! This is such a great website that allows you to edit your photos to make them from cute to SUPER cute with fun graphics and text. :) Thanks to Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard for hooking us up to that!
2. This 'trick' is for bloggers who are obsessed with clipart LIKE ME! I have so much that its getting harder and harder to find what I need. Instead - when you download the clipart, save the 'cover' photo to the icon of the folder - that way when you're scrolling through you can find things easily! I haven't done it yet, but here's a tutorial on how to (if you have a mac like me) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdZg74NrP_8
3. My 3rd favorite 'trick' I learned is that when pinning to Pinterest, try to have a Red/Orange border around your photo. Apparently, it draws more attention to itself! I'll be trying that one out soon too!
See - learned so much at this amazing meet up! A HUGE thank you to Holly from Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connections for starting this meet up and making everything possible! You're a doll! Make sure to check her out of you don't already!
So - are you a bit jealous of all of the amazing products we got?? Well, here's your chance to WIN!! Keep hopping through this blog hop to find the end and get your chance to win all of this...
Yeah - you saw that correctly. YOU could win all of these amazing products!! Jamberry, Vera, Scentos, Erin Condren, Boogie Boards, Crayola, and MORE! Keep hopping to find the rafflecopter. There will be more than one winner picked so its definitely worth hopping for!!
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