Friday, August 9, 2013

Welcome to My New Blog!!! {GIVEAWAY}

Hey y'all!!
I'm so excited to finally join the blogging world! I've been a blog stalker for a while now..so I'm ready to jump feet first into this experience :)

I decided to start this blog not only to share ideas that I use in my 3rd grade classroom, but to gain insight from so many of the AMAZING bloggers out there!

I'll start off by telling you a little bit about myself, then we'll get to the fun stuff.
My name is Lacey, and I am a third grade teacher, wife, sister, daughter, best friend, shopaholic, and Instagram addict (I swear - I get so many ideas on IG!). I was born and raised in the Peach State! :)


My husband and I on our wedding day!

This coming year will be my sixth year of teaching. Like I said before, I will be teaching 3rd grade this year, which will be my first year in this grade. I previously taught 4 years in 2nd grade and 1 year in 5th grade. I loved both of those grades for different reasons, and I am SOO excited to be teaching 3rd this year!
I spent the last 5 years teaching in the same school, and this year, I will be moving to another school in my district. I am thrilled to join a new team of teachers, and can't wait for the school year to begin!
I am very lucky, because the district I work in is on a 160 day calendar instead of 180 days..this means that we don't start school until after Labor Day (September 3 this year), and we still get out at the end of May. We do have extended hours, with school being from 7:15 - 3:00, but it's worth it to me to have an extra month off in the summer! :)
I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and am currently pursuing my Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership. I'll be finished in December - I'm so ready to graduate! After that, no more degrees for me!
My husband and I don't have any children yet, but we do have a furbaby! Gracie is a chocolate lab/Weimaraner mix, and she is definitely our baby!

Our Gracie Girl
We also have 2 nieces, Macy (7) and Isabella (2), who we love to spoil rotten! They are my sister's girls, and they have my heart for sure!

Ok, now that you know a little bit about me, we'll get to the fun part of this post - the GIVEAWAY!!! I have several blogger buddies that have so generously donated some AWESOME items from their Teachers Pay Teachers stores! Be sure that you enter each of the Rafflecopters below to be entered to win some of these fabulous prizes :)

  
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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Thanks so much for stopping by!! I'll be back in the next couple of days with a sneak peek of my classroom - you don't want to miss it!!!

XOXO
 

78 comments:

  1. First Day Jitters is one of the books I usually read on the first day of school. The kids think it's funny that the teacher is hiding in the bed.
    bartramsbuccaneers@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes I like that one too! Thanks for commenting :)

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  2. Congratulations on the blog launch, Lacey! The blog looks great and I cannot wait to see some pictures of your classroom! Best of luck with the launch and giveaways; I'm so happy to be a part of it!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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    1. Thank you so much, Aimee! I'm so thankful you agreed to be part of it!

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  3. Lacey, your blog is beautiful! Christi designed mine too, you were definitely in good hands. Welcome to the blogging world. And good luck with your giveaway! I'm so excited to be a part of it!

    Karen

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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    1. Thank you so much!! Christi ROCKS!
      I will definitely head over to check out your blog :)

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  4. I love your new blog! It is so adorable. I love reading The Giving Tree and How to Fill a Bucket.


    Krystyn
    Ms Richards's Musings

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    1. Thanks so much! I have forgotten about the The Giving Tree, and I've never read How to Fill a Bucket - I'll definitely have to check it out.

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  5. I love to read Wemberly Worried on the first day of school!

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    1. I'll have to add that one to my library! :)

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  6. I love to read Pete the Cat!

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    1. I love Pete the Cat! The author actually came and performed at my school a couple of years ago - it was very neat!

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  7. Lacey, the blog is so cute! Great job! Good luck with the giveaway, I am blogging about it now. :o)

    Tara
    TeachingwithTWitte

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    1. Thanks so much for the shout out on your blog, and for participating in the giveaway!

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  8. What a giveaway! And I love the design of your new blog! I'm your newest BlogLovin follower (for a few minutes anyway...I bet you'll have lots before you know it!) Stop over to my blog sometime - Christi designed mine, too, so you can see what she did with mine. :) ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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    1. I know - I was overwhelmed with all of the generous teachers willing to donate to my blog launch giveaway! I will definitely head over and check out your blog :) Christi is the best for sure!

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  9. I love the design! I've been following you on IG and glad you decided to join the blogging world! I started a blog a few weeks ago too!!! I may have to get Christi to design a blog for me! Her designs are awesome!!! My favorite book to read on the first day of School is First Day Jitters.

    Amanda
    Peaches and Palmetto Trees

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    1. Aw yay - I've been wanting to start a blog for a while now, but I finally decided to take the plunge :) I love the book First Day Jitters too! I'll definitely be checking out your blog!

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  10. What a way to enter the blogging world!!! Congratulations - I am also a new blogger. I just reached 100 followers and am also having a giveaway. I would love for you to come and check out my blog if you get a chance! Thanks for hosting a giveaway. I can't wait to read more post.

    Jamie
    teachingtidbit.blogspot.com

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    1. Awesome - heading over to visit your blog now! :)

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  11. I also love to read, Chrysanthemum on the first day!

    Jamie

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  12. Since this is my first year, I haven't read a first day of school book yet. HOWEVER, I am in love with First Day Jitters! (it is very fitting) P.S. LOVE the blog, so excited when I saw it on instagram. I can't wait to see more posts (and instagram pictures, I am border line of needing insta-intervention!)

    Frances
    Firstgradefirsts

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    1. HAHA! Insta-interventions!! LOL! I will join you :) This comment made me giggle!
      ~Lindsay
      Just Keep Teaching

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    2. Haha - I will join you both for Insta-interventions!! :)

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  13. Hi! I am your newest follower! I found your blog from Sarah's A Sunny Day in First Grade! Your blog is great. Have a wonderful year!! I'd love you to stop over to my blog if you get a chance! :)
    Carolyn
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

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    1. Thanks for checking out my blog! I'll definitely head over to see yours as well :)

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  14. This blog looks awesome. I just started blogging and never ever thought of doing a giveaway to get started...I may have to do that! I will be following you!

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  15. I linked the giveaway up on my blog! I am SO excited to be a part of this giveaway! :) Your blog is just as amazing as I knew it would be :) Thank you for allowing me to be part of this special adventure with you! <3

    ~Lindsay
    Come see the blog post here:
    Just Keep Teaching

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    1. Thank you SO much for linking!! I am so thankful you are a part of the giveaway :) You are just the sweetest - thanks for the compliment!

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  16. Congrats on your new blog! Love the colors! I am your newest follower. I am impressed...I don't even know the first thing on how to put a give away together on here! lol

    Debbie

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    1. Thanks so much for following!! It definitely took a lot of time to put together, but I'm so excited with the way the giveaway turned out!

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS on the launch of your blog! I think that it looks absolutely amazing! :) My favorite book to read on the first day of school is First Day Jitters! It is always absolutely perfect to read to my first graders, who are usually pretty nervous! Thanks for all of your hardwork in putting together such a huge and wonderful giveaway! I look forward to visiting often! :)

    Hugs,
    Lynda
    Ms. Hamm's First Grade Funland

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynda! Heading over to check out your blog now :)

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  19. I loved reading David Goes To School and No David!! To my preschoolers, but I am planning on reading First Day Jitters, I think the children will love it~

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    1. Yes, I agree! I think they'd love First Day Jitters :)

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  20. I love your blog design! It looks amazing! Thanks for hosting an amazing giveaway! The book that I'll be reading is Miss Nelson is Missing.
    Thanks,
    Najda
    www.gardenfullofknowledge.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you so much!!
      Oh yeah, I love the Miss Nelson books also :)

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  21. Hey girl! I am so happy to be a part of your blog giveaway! I love the set up! Great job!

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    1. I am so honored that you chose to be a part of my giveaway - you ROCK!! :)

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  22. First Day Jitters - Tried and True :)

    Rae
    Mindful Rambles

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  23. Also on the First Day Jitters train!

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  24. Hi - I am excited to start following your blog. I really LOVE the look of your blog - the clip art, colors, all of it! Thanks for an awesome giveaway and yes, I would love an extra month of vacation time too. :)

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    1. Thank you so much - I love my blog as well! Christi did SUCH an amazing job! It was even better than I expected :) Thanks for following!

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  25. My favorite book to read on the first day of school is The Kissing Hand :)
    Donna
    donna@vccubed.com

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    1. I like that one, too! Such a sweet story :)

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    1. Me too! Now I just have to dig it out of my boxes of books! :)

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  27. Hi Lacey! Your blog is SO adorable!! I love reading "Chrysanthemum" at the beginning of the year for a name activity. I just bought First Day Jitters this summer though and plan on using it the first day. :)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  28. Thank you so much! Oooo I love Chrysanthemum too!! :)

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  29. Everything looks great!!! I love the Kissing Hand and Chrysanthemum!

    Marcy
    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

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    1. Yes those are both great ones! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  30. First Day Jitters is a must read!

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    1. Yes - will definitely be purchasing that one! I know that I had it at some point, but with me moving schools, it may have gotten misplaced.

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  31. Hi! I like to read the Juice Box Bully, Alligator Baby and .... First Day Jitters. I love how colorful and bright your blog is. What a great giveaway you are hosting. kyuill@gmail.com

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    1. Ooo I've never heard of the first 2! I'll definitely have to check that one out!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  32. My favorite book to read on the first day is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

    foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

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    1. Such a cute book :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  33. I've been following you on instagram for ages, I can't believe I wasn't following your blog too!! I don't have a favourite to read on the first day of school, but this year I read "The Treehut Treaty" It's a New Zealand book that is bilingual and is all about a treehut that is built andthe neighbour kids share it. Great way to segway into making a class treaty.
    Erin
    The E-Z Class Follow on Bloglovin!"

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    1. Well I'm glad that you're following along on this journey now! :) I love networking with other teachers, even teachers in other countries!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Lacey

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  34. LOVE the new blog and design - I actually guessed who designed it - that Christi does an amazing job! I teach 3rd grade, too - you'll love it!

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    1. Yes - she does do an amazing job!! :) She's wonderful!
      I'm so excited to be teaching 3rd this year - I know that I loved teaching 2nd, so I'm sure that I'll really enjoy 3rd as well.

      Thanks for stopping by!!
      Lacey

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  35. This is also my first year. I plan to read First Day Jitters as that is what I have.

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    1. I still get First Day Jitters - and I'm beginning my 6th year of teaching! I don't think those "jitters" ever go away :) Good luck!

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  36. My favorite read-aloud for the first day is First Day Jitters. I love the twist at the end! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Sara

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    1. Me too!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  37. Hi Slant Box Buddy! My favorite read-aloud on the first day of school is "Beware of Boys". I love the story because it is about a boy who gets caught by a wolf and, rather than getting upset at being in a really bad situation, he uses his head and gets out of the situation. I have found that students seem to relate with this story. Thank you for the give-away!

    Anne Ledbetter

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    1. Hi Anne! So glad you could stop by :) I've never heard of "Beware of Boys" - I'll definitely have to check that one out!
      I'll be sending your box out this weekend - so excited :)

      Lacey

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    2. Holy cow! I can't believe I won -- I am so thrilled! I look forward to receiving my box, I just know I will love it. The author of "Beware of Boys" is Tony Blundell. It is really cute with great pictures.

      Have a great weekend!

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  38. I was entering and it cut me off! :( I love your blog and I am excited to watch it grow!

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    1. Oh no - I'm sorry that happened! I've got more giveaways planned in the future, so make sure you follow along so you'll get to enter! :)

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