Friday, February 8, 2013

Celebrating 100+ with the Ultimate Giveaway!

I have to admit... Getting close to 100 followers had me watching the ticker....ALOT!
8 months ago, I started this blogging journey to fulfill a desire of meeting new teachers, just like me, who were very passionate about teaching.  I wanted to open my classroom up to the world to share the special things that blossom and bloom in Room 102.  I desperately dared to peek into your classrooms, hopeful and excited to spot something new and fabulous that I could bring back to my own room. I started with one follower.  Now, there are 103 very special teachers that have filled my heart with such inspiration!  How amazing is it to have 103 new friends in less than one year? I mean, seriously,
that does not even happen in our "real" worlds! 
So to honor YOU, 
my faithful followers, 
I have a very special treat that I am sure you will find fabulously delicious!
Remember me telling you that my special honor this year is holding the Presidency of the Toledo Area Council of the International Reading Association?  Well being President just got a whole lot SWEETER!  I have teamed up with my dear, darling friend, Denise to offer you an amazing 100 follower giveaway!  Oh, Did I mention she is one of the most POPULAR, multi-award winning, hot-off-the-presses, top-10 best-seller, most amazing children's book authors of all time?  And did I mention we are friends?  YAY!  
(I get to toot my own horn for the length of this blog post since it's my special day and all!!!  Bare with me!) 
Here is where I met Denise Brennan-Nelson!

These are her masterpieces!

Denise has made this so easy and fun!  She is truly a blessing! How lucky am I to have one of my idols helping me host my very first giveaway?!  
And now, its time to wish you luck!  The Rafflecopter awaits!  Good Luck, and thank you for becoming a special treasure of the Critter Cafe!  


  1. Toot away Julie! It is so cool Denise is a friend of yours! I have the Buzzy the Bumblebee and My Teacher Likes to Say! Congrats on reaching 100 followers! What an amazing giveaway! You are so lucky to be able to do this!

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  2. I'd be pleased with any, but My Teachers Likes to Say and Someday sound interesting!

  3. Congratulations! I think "Willow" is the book I need to read...

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  4. "My Daddy Likes to Say," looks great! I love your blog banner.
    First Grade Carousel

  5. Congrats on reaching 100! I would love to have Willow!

    Carolina Teacher

  6. This giveaway idea is great! So excited that you reached 100! We are almost there too!


    1. Forgot to say the title of book "Grady the Goose"

  7. FYI...I can't get the pictures..:( Is it me or link?
    wendy 1stgradefireworks

  8. Hi again! I can't get the pictures either. =( I wonder if blogger is being picky today! Congrats again on 100!

    Ms.Smarty Pants

  9. I Can't get the pictures either, but I love to add new books to my library!

  10. We had Denise visit a few years ago, LOVE her...Buzzy is my favorite...Thanks for the chance!

  11. What a special give away! I would love a chance at any of her books. Willow or What a Teacher Says! Congrats on 100 followers. I only started my blog last month and have 5 followers... it is a journey but I have not had much time to post on it yet.... baby steps are ok!

    Emma Eckert

    Ms. Emma's Edventure

  12. Congratulations on 100 followers! Yippie! I would choose Little Michigan since I'm from Michigan. :)

  13. I would love to own Penny!

  14. There are so many great choices! I would love to be the winner of any of her books. I do already have Buzzy the Bumblebee!

  15. Buzzy has been in my collection since college! :) I read it to my students every year. I would love to have Penny in my classroom!

  16. I can't hardly believe it....she is a completely new-to-me author!!! Willow looks especially fun to me, however, they're all looking super! Can't wait to head to the library!!!

    And - LOVE that pic of you and her - you are adorable, girly!

    Hugs - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  17. First of all, may I just say I am LOVING your blog! I just grabbed the tootsie pop idea cause my 100th day is this Wednesday- thanks! As for the books, I think they all look great, she is a new author to me, so glad I now know about her (thanks to you) Penny looks fantastic.

  18. Thanks for the invite to come check this out! :) Love your bright color layout!! :)

    First Grade Fabulosity


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