Brain Breaks with Go Noodle {Giveaway}

If you've been following any of my social media, you know how much I LOVE Go Noodle.  It's my most favorite way to use brain breaks because it's so stinkin' fun and easy to use!  And the best part, the FREE version is incredible; it's what I used with my 1/2 combo last year.  
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If you haven't used Go Noodle just yet, here's a few quick facts that show why I love it!
Each brain break can last between 1-3 minutes.
You can choose relaxing or energizing brain breaks, deepening on your need.
Brain breaks include yoga, stretching, deep breathing, zumba, dance, singing, track and field, and so much more!
Kids absolutely love it, like really, really love it!

I may have loved it even more because I was one tired teacher last year.  I needed a break too.  Watching my students have so much fun seriously melted my heart.  Plus, when I was feeling grouchy or frustrated, and I'd see my little guys bop up and down, it helped me refocus and remember that my little guys are just that, little guys.  I needed to lighten up!

Plus, there are a bazillion ways you can use Go Noodle.  Read some of the inspirational ways here! from teachers just like you and I!  I even included my Go Noodle Brain Break tickets on their blog a few months ago.

Here are a few videos of my kiddos {and my niece} doing Go Noodle!


 I tell everyone to just create a Go Noodle account and you'll fall in love right away.  Chances are, you'll start using it next week, if you don't use it already.

I've teamed up with my Go Noodle friends to bring you something AWESOME!  If you haven't heard, they've opened up a Go Noodle store that's full of swag to encourage your kiddos.  My favorite items are the sweatbands, pencils {perfect for incentives}and the canvas tote.  If you're a shopper like me, head to the store and use the promo code easyteachingtools to receive 30% off your purchase!  The offer is good until September 6th.
Notice our Go Noodle sweatbands in Las Vegas?

You can win a swag bag, a Go Noodle gift card to the shop, and $20.00 to my Easy Teaching Tools TpT store!
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So Cal Teacher Meet Ups

When I began this blogging journey, I had no idea about teacher meet ups.  It reminded me a lot of online dating.  You've been following these people for months on social media.  You know their dog's name, what their outfit of the day is, and where they went on vacation.  But when it comes to actually meeting them…scary!  

I was so nervous at the first meet up I not only attended, but hosted with Courtney from Ramona Recommends, back in March.  We've hosted a few others together and I've made wonderful friends from it.  We had fun in Las Vegas and even last month for Mexican food in Old Town, San Diego.
Do you recognize some of these amazing teachers?

If you know Courtney, you know she loves books!

So meeting these girls and so many other rockstar teachers on Saturday in Huntington Beach at Sandy's wasn't as scary because I've formed friendships with these amazing women!  Christy and Aris hosted an amazing meet up with Hadar.  There were over 40 people there, some new and some old friends!

Here's a list of some of the amazing bloggers that made it!

I love meet ups because not only do we make new friends, but we collaborate, share ideas, vent, ask questions, solve problems, and so much more.  Those ladies are an amazing network and filled with so much knowledge and innovative ideas.  If you haven't attended a teacher meet up in your area, do it!

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Back to School Must Haves: Part 1 {Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener}

It's crazy that summer is close to an end.  I love teaching, don't get me wrong, but I wasn't giddy and excited school shopping at all of my favorite stores last week.  But everyone else seems so dang excited, is something wrong with me?  It wasn't until I got home and had a package waiting for me.  I perked up!
The prettiest pencil sharpener awaited me when I got home.  It's from Classroom Friendly Supplies and I had to have it to see what all of THE best teacher bloggers were talking about!  I kept hearing how it was the best pencil sharpener and so dang easy to use.  I had to know what all the hype was about!!!
I fell in love instantly.  It's not hype people, this pencil sharpener is truly amazing. Here's why!!!
Did I already mention that I love, love, love my color choices? They also come in other colors.  Head to the website to check them out!
  • It's so easy to use.  Just insert the pencil, pull out the prongs, and use one hand to sharpen.  How amazing will this be for my little guys who may break {but hopefully not} their arms and can only use one hand!
  • I have always been an electric pencil sharpener girl.  I don't have time to stand in line in the office to sharpen pencils.  So each year, I splurge on one I can keep in my class.  Splurge no more, this baby can stay in my class and my littles can do it on their own.  That means one less thing on my to do list!
  • It sharpens perfectly…EVERY SINGLE TIME!  It even sharpens those cute decorative pencils that we love to use as rewards.  My electric pencil sharpener can't quite sharpen those and if it does, they break almost immediately. 

I'm going to turn this area into a writing station and will leave the pencil sharpener with all of the writing utensils.  Students will have the responsibility of sharpening their own pencil from now on!

 I can't stand using pencils because they are never sharp enough and when they're dull, it's like nails on a chalkboard for me.  Not anymore!
 If this kiddos is in my class again, he'll be sure to want to take home our pencils that have been sharpened with Classroom Friendly Supplies!

How does pencil sharpening work in your classroom?  Do you let the students sharpen pencils?  Is it a distraction?
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Another Giveaway: Custom Wall Hanging-Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener-$100.00 in TpT Products

I've joined my friend Marcy in a HUGE milestone giveaway.  I finally met Marcy in Vegas and she's a doll!
I started this journey almost 2 years ago. I never even imaged the places it would take me, the opportunities it would give me, or give me incredible friendships with others all over the country. For me, that is the best part of all of this. The connections I've made and bonds I've formed with my blogging buddies is something I will always treasure. 
Almost 2 years ago, I was sitting in my old classroom with my former co-teacher and we were talking about how much we LOVED TPT. She mentioned that I should try selling some of the things I had made and I remember saying "yeah right, who would want to buy anything I make or listen to me ramble about what I do in my classroom." A week later, with her encouragement, I signed up to sell on TPT and a month later I started a blog. That same lady just got her first principal job and I am beyond excited for her. I know she is going to rock it! 
A year and 10 months later here I am with over 1000 TPT followers and I just hit my first big TPT milestone. To those of you that listen to me ramble and spend your hard earned money on something I created, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. It means more to me than you will ever know. 
Now to celebrate I'm throwing a little GIVEAWAY! Ok, its not little. It's a pretty big one actually! 
First up is a CUSTOM classroom wall hanging by Rustic Paisley. My sweet friend Hannah, who is the newest member of my family is crazy talented and runs this little company. She likes to turn trash to treasure and she is super good at it! 
She also just recently started a TPT store! Go follow The Free Spirit Teacher. I know she is going to do awesome!  
How cute are those?? The "B" is mine! You can enter to win a custom wall hanging by filling out the rafflecopter below. 

Up next is a pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies! If you have not heard of these, trust me when I say that YOU NEED ONE (OR FIVE) IN YOUR LIFE! They might be old school crank sharpeners but they are the BEST things ever. You can read my review about them here
Fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway And last but not least I am giving away OVER $100 IN TPT PRODUCTS! That's right folks! I'm so thankful for all these sweet ladies who helped contribute to my giveaway. Make sure you stop by their blogs and show them some love. This first giveaway includes 16 products geared towards grades 1-2. Here is what you'll get.
I told you there was some great stuff up for grabs! Enter to win ALL of the items show above by filling out the rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Last but certainly not least I'm giving away 15 products geared for grades 2-3 and a little higher.
See! Those are great products too right?!? You know want to win them. Well good news! You can! Just fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance. a Rafflecopter giveaway A BIG thanks to all these ladies who helped me out with this.
Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!
Second Grade Perks

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Mrs. Richardson's Class
Sailing Into Second
Super Sparkly in Second
Lucky to Be in First
A Sunny Day in First Grade
Stuckey in Second
All Things Apple in 2nd
Teachin Little Texans
Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd
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The Tutu Teacher
Mrs. 3rd Grade
A Rocky Top Teacher
A Burst of First
The giveaway will run the 10th-17th. I'll announce the winners on the 18th! Good luck everyone! 
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