My Blogging Best and Brightest of 2012

I am linking up with Christina at Bunting, Books and Bainbridge to share my best blogging moments of 2012! Linky parties are my core to "meeting" all those amazing bloggers out there. When I started my blog in May, I was very timid about the blogging world and now it has become an extension of who I am. It has been an amazing journey so far. I can't wait to see what 2013 will bring. Here I some of the highlights for me this year:

PNTEREST and TPT: If my girlfriend hadn't introduced me to Pinterest in February, I would never have found TpT! Finding out about TpT has been the most amazing thing EVER! I had no idea it existed until I started seeing people pin things on Pinterest that lead me to the TpT sight. After stalking the sight for awhile and buying a few products, I thought I would share my ideas and open my own TpT shop right before the summer started. I am SO glad I did. It has changed me as an educator and I am so grateful to be a part of the TpT family.

I would have to say it was my How Do You Plan? post at the beginning of the school year. I shared my planning binder that has everything I need at my fingertips. It includes my CC Checklists, calendar, weekly planner etc. I couldn't do my job as efficiently without it!

With most of us switching to the Common Core Standards this year, my best selling item has been my CC checklists for Language Arts and Math. They help keep my planning on track and I can see where I need to change my plans to cover some of the new standards. They are a life saver for me. This is the cover of my second grade checklists, but they are available for grades K-5.

My best FREEBIE was just recently posted for the holidays and seemed to be a HUGE success with my students, as well as many of my TpT followers. It was my Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell Freebie.

I have also met some AMAZING blogging friends all around the country. It warms my heart to know there is so much support and friendship out there. I couldn't have done it with out Erin from Tales of Room 112, Tania at My Second Sense and so many others. 

 Don't forget to enter my 200+ follower giveaway going on now! There are some great prizes you could win for your classroom!

Thank you for making 2012 an incredibly amazing year!


  1. Thanks for linking up! Can't wait to check out more of your blog!

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

  2. Hi! I found your blog through the Best & Brightest linky, and I'm glad I did! I'm always looking for other second grade blogs! I will have to check out your Common Core Checklists. I'm your newest follower!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  3. I am going to have to check out your CC checklist. How did I miss that?
    So thankful for new friendships, pen pals and amazing women who you can always count on.
    Love you girl!
    My Second Sense

  4. I agree that TPT and pinterest is so amazing! How did I ever teach without them? Lol! I am off to check out your giveaway! Thank you!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  5. I love TPT and pinterest as well. I get so many wonderful ideas and resources for my classroom.
    Your blog looks great. I am your newest follower.

    Classroom Fun