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Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Look, New Name, New Giveaway!

Ok, can I start by just saying "SWOON" to my new blog design? I am in love with the new look. And it's all thanks to Becca over at Jumping Jax Designs! She actually designed my last blog too, but with a new job and a new blog focus, I felt change was in order.

So the new look: again, SWOON.

The new name? It's subtle. You probably didn't notice when you were admiring my new design, but I dropped the "in 2nd Grade" part. This is mostly because I don't just teach 2nd grade anymore. And also because I plan on bringing a little more of my "outside the classroom life" into my blog. For such a long time, I held back on writing about something that happened in my personal life, or talking about new things I found for my home, or a new recipe I tried b/c I felt like I HAD to focus on teaching. And while more personal things seeped into the blog, I was still limiting myself. Now I feel like I don't have to do that anymore.

Plus, I'm not just teaching 2nd grade anymore. My new position has me teaching language arts to grades K-2. That means more resources and lessons across a broader range of ages, grades, and abilities. I don't want someone who teaches kindergarten to come across my blog and turn away because it says 2nd grade. I'll have ideas for that person too now! Soon, I hope!

The general idea is that a great idea {or a laugh, or a what not-to-do} is across the hall. I hope you'll come along for this next step of my blogging journey.

And I FINALLY updated my "About Me" section. It was a just a tad bit outdated. Check it out while you're here.

Now to the good stuff:

In honor of my new name and my new look, I'm having a new giveaway!

Two giveaways actually!

The first is easy to enter, right here on the blog. Use the rafflecopter below to win $25 in resources from my TpT shop. It's super simple and super-fast!

The second giveaway is also really easy to enter. I'm hosting it over on instagram. I want to send you a few of my favorite things in honor of this blog now focusing on my life outside of teaching.  You can win...
*a THANKFUL banner from Target
*an adorable coffee mug from Target
*a Starbucks giftcard
*adorable days of the week pencils
*super-cute pumpkin candle from Target

Click the picture below to head to instagram and see how to enter there.

Both giveaways end on Saturday, October 17th!

Good luck, and thanks for following along!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Your new blog looks fantastic! It's really pretty and calm.

    I'm Lauren and the author of Teaching in Stripes. I teach 2nd grade in central PA.

  2. I am a second grade teacher at a rural catholic school. I love to read, spend time with my family, and I am a cancer survivor. For fun I enjoy working out with my fellow survivors. Kathy

  3. I am a 2nd grade teacher in NC :-) I LOVE the new blog design!!
    Fingers are sooo crossed!!

  4. Love your new design! Been teaching first and second grades since 1978- just graduated to third this year. :)

  5. I am a second grade teacher in California. I love your new web design. You are a very talented teacher.

  6. Love the new blog design! I teach 3rd grade north of Boston, Massachusetts!

  7. I teach teach first grade and love it! My fave food is a donut....thought you should know lol. Happy Columbus Day!

  8. I teach first in Ohio . Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Loving the updated blog design! Thanks for sharing your blogging journey with us :) I teach 2nd in Texas and LOVE Starbucks :D

  10. Nice new blog! I teach a combined 1st- & 2nd-grade special ed class in Atlanta, GA.

  11. I'm a first grade teacher in NC! :)

  12. I teach 2nd grade. I am from Columbus, OH. I got to loop up with my first graders from last year to second.

  13. I'm a 4th grade teacher in NC! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  14. I love your new blog! So feminine! I currently teach Kindergarten special education in New Hampshire.

  15. I currently teach second grade in a Catholic school. After twenty-two years teaching, I can still say there's no job I'd rather be doing than least most days! LOL Where else can you hear kids exclaiming how awesome it is to look up words in a dictionary and asking if they could read the dictionary later?! My high school aides nearly died in fits of laughter!

  16. Big fan of yours! Fingers crossed to win some of your resources!

  17. I teach 2nd grade in Georgia! Your new design is soooo cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I love how calm your new blog design feels! I'm a first grade teacher in Tennessee.

  19. This is so fun! I like the new blog design! I am currently teaching kinders in Southern CA. :)


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