Saturday, July 13, 2013

Day 6: A Finale Ending to a Sweet Week of Giveways! Hurry, for Your Last Chance to Win!

Welcome to Day 6 of my sweet bloggerversary!!  Today is the grand finale of prizes!  Oh, and before I get to that, let me just give a quick shout out to Ms. Lori Raines!!!  Lori was the winner of my Day 5 prize pack!  CONGRATS to you Lori!  

Could 2 Cafes be better than one?
Most Definitely!
How cool is it that 2 teachers both love their CAFE themes SO much, we title our blogs after them!   I thought my bloggy-handle was pretty cool but then I found the very beautiful and talented Jeannine from Creative Lesson Cafe.  Her blog is totally CAFE-BLINGED out!  I just love it!  What's even better? She does her own graphics and just made the most fabulous set of Facebook buttons ever!  We have shared some hilarious emails, back and forth, just enjoying our new friendship!  
Jeannine has totally overwhelmed me with her gracious celebration donation!  She is offering a Winner's Choice item from her TPT store...but that's not all!  She has also happily donated a 
$20 egift card to the winner!  
Guess where?
Jeannine totally gets me and how I love to stick with a THEME!!!
(insert the big cheesy grin here!)
Thank you so much Jeannine for helping me celebrate this very special occasion with me!

And finally, winding down this very special celebration with me, is the very lovely and talented author, Sarah from Sarah's First Grade Snippets.  In the fall of last year, I was dabbling my feet with Sarah's products for my first graders.  Less than a month later, I was emailing Sarah, asking her questions and buying up her store!  Not only has she shared her teaching units with me but she humbly offers insight and her genius on how to run and effective first grade classroom.  Just yesterday we were emailing back and forth, and I suddenly realized that every time Sarah shares a special unit with me, I learn something really amazing from it!  She has this killer-awesome Rainforest unit coming out and through her dialogue and craftiness as an author, she explained to me, several key aspects of reader's workshop that I completely overlooked before.  Management pieces that completely failed for me in previous years suddenly became crystal clear!  And that was just reading 2 pages of her unit.  Sarah is the kindest teacher and every day, she reaches out to share her wealth of knowledge and creativity with others.  I am honored to have her not only as a teaching comrade but also a very special friend.
Thank you Sarah for your amazing friendship!

I want to take a moment before I go and give each and every one of you, my fabulous followers, a big hug and squeeze!  I am honored to have you following my blog!  Thank you for your kindness and generosity.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity as a teacher to grow and learn and explore new ways of teaching through your eyes and ears and experiences!  I am so blessed to feel apart of such an amazing community of teachers across the country!  Thank you for allowing me to become apart of the family!


  1. I was excited to learn about a new blog to visit. I already follow Sarah Paul and think she is amazing. I own each months literacy centers and my kiddos love them. I had to find different ways to incorporate them into my daily 5 but it worked well. I appreciate all your hard work and these wonderful prizes that you have been giving. Congrats on your one year and I can't wait to see future posts.

  2. Loved your giveaways! It was fun entering:)

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  4. Thanks so much for the fun week!

  5. Congratulations my friend! What a great giveaway week you planned. Thanks for inspiring me and a bunch of our bloggy friends. All the best to your next year.
    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  6. Oh my goodness Julie, you actually brought tears to my eyes! You are so sweet!!! I think I'll be holding my head up high all day today. I think I need to frame this post and read it every morning. :) I am so thankful for you, your blog, your encouragement, and your friendship. I'm so happy to be a part of your giveaway!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  7. Thanks for the great blog and the giveaway week. I have found so many different blogs to follow through your blog. You are awesome.
    Erin R.

  8. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!!

  9. Julie,
    What a fun week this has been. The giveaways were amazing!

  10. Hey, sweetie (the sugar), this has been a hot week of giveaways (the spice)!!! Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway. You rock!

  11. I look forward to following you as I head back to school. I have a feeling we have many of the same kind of teacher thinking!

  12. What a great week with some fabulous friends! Thank you so much for your sweet comments!


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