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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well, not me personally!  My blog turned one year old over the weekend!


I looked back at my first post and oh my goodness...I just jumped right in. I didn't introduce myself, I didn't have a plan, I just jumped...with both feet!  I have learned so much this past year and I'm still learning!  And not just learning about blogging either.  I'm also learning how to be a better teacher from all of you.  Your ideas and stories inspire me and make feel...prepare yourself..."normal".  Well, as normal as primary teachers can be!  Ha! Ha!

So...

I like to keep my give-aways really simple!  You'll find a list below of all of the ways you can enter my giveaway...just leave a quick comment for each one you do and I'll choose a winner!

1. Give me a little shout out on your blog.  
(Make sure you take my blog button with you and share your post with me.)

2. Follow my blog.  
(Most of you already do...thanks!)

3. Follow my NEW (as of this summer) Teachers Pay Teachers shop.  Download a freebie or two if you want and rate me if you can!

4. Leave a comment for me to read...I love reading them!

See?  Easy!
Oh...what am I giving away, you ask?  Well there's definitely at $25 Target Gift Card involved!

Our Target was putting all of the summer dollar deals on clearance as of yesterday....to make room for some fun school stuff, I'm sure!  If you win, just think of all of the goodies you can buy...on me!
Like my other give-aways, I also have a tendency to throw in some extra goodies I find while I'm out and about! 

So!  Let's go!  Remember...for each "thing" you do, leave a comment below with your email so I can find you when you win!  (I'm even talking to the girlies at my school who have stumbled across my blog and are secretly following me...you know who you are!)  Ha! Ha!

You have until Friday, July 13 to enter your comments!  I'll choose a winner first thing Saturday morning!

Thanks for sticking with me this first year!


161 comments:

  1. Happy Blog Birthday!! I follow your blog!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  2. I follow your TpT store!


    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  3. What a fun giveaway to celebrate your blog!
    Storie
    Stories by Storie

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  4. I follow your TpT store & reviewed one of your products :)
    Storie
    Stories by Storie

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  5. Happy birthday Jenn. I follow your blog and TpT store

    Terri
    thefirstgradeprincess.blogspot.com

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  6. Happy blog Bday wishes. I follow your blog.


    Yearn to Learn Blog
    taskcard123@yahoo.com

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  7. I follow your TPT store.


    Yearn to Learn Blog
    taskcard123@yahoo.com

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  8. What a perfect giveaway opportunity for beginning of school shopping!


    Yearn to Learn Blog
    taskcard123@yahoo.com

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  9. I follow your blog!! Happy bloggy birthday!! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  10. I follow you! (of course!!)
    Jennifer
    laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
    First Grade Blue Skies

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  11. I follow your TPT store now!
    Jennifer
    laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
    First Grade Blue Skies

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  12. Happy Blogiversary!!
    I am loving the summer!! (and your blog, too!! =)
    Jennifer
    laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
    First Grade Blue Skies

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  13. Happy Blogiversary! Congrats on your TpT store!

    Cathy I.
    mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com
    Mrs. I's Class

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  14. I follow your blog!

    Cathy I.
    mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com
    Mrs. I's Class

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  15. I follow your TpT store!

    Cathy I.
    mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com
    Mrs. I's Class

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  16. I just gave you a b-Day shout out! :)

    See it here:
    http://cotesclass.blogspot.com/2012/07/monday-made-it-my-first.html

    Marie
    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

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  17. Of course, I follow your blog!


    Laura
    llmartin305@gmail.com
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  18. Yay for your TpT store! I follow you!


    Laura
    llmartin305@gmail.com
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  19. Target is ALWAYS a great giveaway!


    Laura
    llmartin305@gmail.com
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  20. I most certainly follow your blog!

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  21. I am also following your TPT store. :-)

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  22. Target! LOVE that store...but I don't go nearly enough (my husband disagrees with that statement though!) lol

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  23. Happy Bloggy Birthday!!! I follow your blog :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life
    mynotsoelementarylife@yahoo.com

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  24. I'm a new follower, and it looks like I found your blog at the perfect time. Congratulations on 1 year!!

    Megan

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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  25. I follow your cute blog!!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  26. I follow your TPT store.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  27. Congrats on 1 year of blogging!!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  28. Hiya Jenn! I follow your blog.
    Marcy
    marcy_sundling@hotmail.com

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  29. I now follow your TpT store. I wish you were coming back this summer to do another presentation.

    Marcy
    marcy_sundling@hotmail.com

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  30. I blogged about your giveaway and added your button to my blog!!


    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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    1. I am so excited about your giveaway! Love your blog!
      Jdaisyq@aol.com

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  31. Hi Jenn! So happy for you celebrating one year of blogging! I'm going to blog about your giveaway a.s.a.p!

    vera
    abltadventure@gmail.com
    A BLT adventure

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  32. I am your latest blog follower! I love your pirate theme. Very cute!

    Liliris
    Fourth Grade Garden

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  33. I just found your blog and became your newest follower!

    HootHootHooray

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  34. Also following your TPT store :)

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  35. I'm on a mad commenting spree...guess I like Target :)

    I love, love, love your blog design and theme! So cute!!

    HootHootHooray

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  36. I'm a new follower, but would love to win!

    Ashley
    arclark2012@gmail.com

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  37. I follow your TPT store!

    Ashley
    arclark2012@gmail.com

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  38. Congrats on your blog's birthday! I love the theme!

    Ashley
    arclark2012@gmail.com

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  39. I already follow your blog!

    Stephany
    primarypossibilities@gmail.com
    primarypossibilities.blogspot.com

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  40. I already follow your store. I left a comment on one of your freebies

    Stephany
    primarypossibilities@gmail.com
    primarypossibilities.blogspot.com

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  41. I follow your blog.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  42. I follow your TPT store.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  43. Congratulations on your blog's first birthday!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  44. Happy first birthday!! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  45. I'm a new follower of your blog! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  46. You're now on my favorite sellers list at Tpt!:O)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  47. I blogged about your giveaway!!
    http://learningissomethingtotreasure.blogspot.com/2012/07/say-what-500-followers-giveaway.html
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  48. I follow your blog!

    ✞Heather
    Swinging Through Second Grade
    hdawntn@hotmail.com

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  49. I follow your TpT store.

    ✞Heather
    Swinging Through Second Grade
    hdawntn@hotmail.com

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  50. I'm so glad that I came across your blog. It is super cute!

    ✞Heather
    Swinging Through Second Grade
    hdawntn@hotmail.com

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  51. I follow your cute blog! Happy blog birthday!!

    Lindsey
    Lovin’ Kindergarten
    linds852010@gmail.com

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  52. I follow your TPT store.

    Lindsey
    Lovin’ Kindergarten
    linds852010@gmail.com

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  53. Oh Miss Long,
    Hard to believe it has been a year for your blog. Time goes by so very fast with our little ones. I am hoping my blog will be able to grow as yours has. Of course that means I need to have time to work on it which I now should be able to because classes are done. I think mine has been on life support and in a coma since I wasn't able to do anything with it last year. I'll be asking you lots of questions this year so I hope you are ready for them.

    Kelley

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  54. I just found your blog. I'm now following you!
    Your blog is super cute.
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

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  55. So, while on your TPT site, I realized you are from Sandusky. I go there ALL the time!!! My inlaws have a boat house by the causeway, so they get us season passes to CP.
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

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  56. I follow your blog!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  57. I follow your TpT store!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  58. I am loving this giveaway!!! I could buy a bunch of those dollar pocket charts!! :)
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  59. I follow your blog.

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  60. I also follow your TPT store.


    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  61. Congrats on the 1 year celebration! We are your newest blog followers!

    Jayme and Val
    ritt_jtucker@tccsa.net

    twotackyteachers.blogspot.com

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  62. Happy birthday to your bog!

    Tiffany Miller
    tamiller@lf.k12.de.us

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  63. I follow your blog=)

    Tiffany
    tamiller@lf.k12.de.us

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  64. I follow your TPT store=)

    Tiffany Miller
    tamiller@lf.k12.de.us

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  65. I do follow your blog


    zputty@gmail.com

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  66. I also follow your TpT store - and I've downloaded the activities for the Best School Year book. Seriously drooling over the reading challenges and pondering whether my parents would go for that because it looks fun.

    zputty@gmail.com

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  67. I admire your "jump right in" attitude! I have been blogstalking for nearly a year and am not sure I'll ever take the plunge to writing.

    zputty@gmail.com

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    1. Jump! It's okay! It's actually kind of fun to meet new friends...who "get" you! :)

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  68. Happy birthday! I follow your blog!
    Teachin' First
    krisspradlin4@yahoo.com

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  69. I follow your blog! I also posted your contest on my blog :) http://mssarah86.blogspot.com/

    MsSarah86@gmail.com

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  70. I am a new follower of your blog. Congrats on the blogiversary!

    Elizabeth
    Mrs. Polston's Kindergarten
    epolston at rowland dot k12 dot ca dot us

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  71. I follow your TpT store.

    Elizabeth
    Mrs. Polston's Kindergarten
    epolston at rowland dot k12 dot ca dot us

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  72. I follow your blog!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  73. I follow your TPT store!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  74. Hi Jennifer! Congratulations! You were my Valentine Pal at the Secret Exchange this past February and I never had the chance to thank you for all the wonderful goodies you sent! Love them. I don't have a blog or tpt store. Just a blog stalker for now!

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    1. That exchange was a lot of fun! Glad you liked your package!

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  75. I follow your blog!
    ✿.。.☆♪♫*❤*Melly*❤*☆.。.✿


    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

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  76. I follow your TpT store...

    ✿.。.☆♪♫*❤*Melly*❤*☆.。.✿


    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

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  77. I gave a shout-out! :)

    ✿.。.☆♪♫*❤*Melly*❤*☆.。.✿


    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

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  78. Congratulations on one year. I just realized I'm a little late...my blog's birthday was June 16. :/ OOPS! Time to celebrate... :D

    ✿.。.☆♪♫*❤*Melly*❤*☆.。.✿


    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

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  79. Blogged about your giveaway here - http://mrspolston.blogspot.com/2012/07/summer-giveaways.html

    Elizabeth
    Mrs. Polston's Kindergarten
    epolston at rowland dot k12 dot ca dot us

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  80. Congrats on your anniversary! I'm a new follower :-)

    MrsMc
    Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!
    Please join me for my giveaway!

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  81. Happy Birthday! I am a new follower and I am so glad I found you! Come visit me (I am having a huge giveaway starting on Friday, so don't miss out).

    faithfulinfirst.blogpspot.com

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  82. I blogged about your giveaway here:


    http://faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com/2012/07/giveaway-goddess-gossip_11.html

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  83. Happy Blog Birthday to you!! I am your newest follower and new to the blog world. I didn't introduce myself when I launched my blog either!!lol
    Crystal
    Ms Jones Junction

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  84. I am following your TPT store now.
    Crystal
    Ms Jones Junction

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  85. Happy Blog Birthday! I'm your newest follower!

    Elizabeth L.
    The First Grade Jungle Room

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  86. I follow your TPT store.

    Elizabeth L.
    liz_lovelace@yahoo.com
    The First Grade Jungle Room

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  87. I follow your blog.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  88. I follow your TPT store.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  89. Happy first blog birthday!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  90. Happy blog birthday!
    Stellaluna114@gmail.com

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  91. I follow your blog!
    Stellaluna114@gmail.com

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  92. I follow your TPT store!
    Stellaluna114@gmail.com

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  93. I'm a new follower to your blog!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

    thirdgradesacharm (at) ymail (dot) com

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  94. Happy birthday to your blog (and you) too!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

    thirdgradesacharm (at) ymail (dot) com

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  95. I am following your awesome blog!
    Jdaisyq@aol.com

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  96. I am following your TPT store as well :)

    Jdaisyq@aol.com

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  97. Happy Blogoversary!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  98. GFC: Throuthehaze
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  99. I just blogged about your giveaway!

    Laura
    llmartin305@gmail.com
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  100. I am following your blog.
    :)
    Tamera
    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

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  101. I am following your TPT store, too! Can't wait to look around.
    :)
    Tamera
    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

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  102. I blogged about your Give-Away. Here's the link:
    http://www.myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com/2012/07/must-enter-give-aways.html
    :) Tamera
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

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  103. I just found your blog and am now following it, I love it! :)

    Charlene
    kachinan@hotmail.com

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  104. I am also now following your TpT store!

    Charlene
    kachinan@hotmail.com

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  105. I am your newest follower!
    heidihoang@live.com
    heidi'skrazykinder.blogpost.com

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  106. I follow your tpt store
    heidihoang@live.com
    heidi'skrazykinder.blogspot.com

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  107. I blogged about your giveaway!
    http://heidiskrazykinder.blogspot.com/2012/07/pirates-life-for-us-is-having-giveaway.html
    heidihoang@live.com

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  108. You have a cute little blog! Can't wait to read more...
    heidihoang@live.com

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  109. Target is a great idea for a giveaway! I hope to see some of the fun things that are being posted about!

    Meg
    Third Grade in the First State

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  110. I just found your blog and joined as a follower. I love your Pirate design on your blog! I just bought this really adorable rock from my ISTE trip in San Diego and it is painted with the words "A Pirate Life for US."

    Tina

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    1. I'm so jealous that you were at ISTE! It's on my list of things to do!

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  111. Happy blogger birthday!!! That's very exciting :) I gave you a shout out right here: http://edukateandinspire.blogspot.com/2012/07/10-finger-woo-kind-of-day.html

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire
    Come stop by my 100 follower giveaway!
    ktbailin@gmail.com

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  112. I am also a new follower!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire
    Come stop by my 100 follower giveaway!
    ktbailin@gmail.com

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  113. And I now follow your TPT store!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire
    Come stop by my 100 follower giveaway!
    ktbailin@gmail.com

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  114. Last, here's your comment to read! I just went to Target for the first time in a month {shocking!} and found the cutest dry erase boards! I got one with owls on it that makes whatever you write look like it's in 3D! I hope I'm lucky and win so I can go on another shopping spree!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire
    Come stop by my 100 follower giveaway!
    ktbailin@gmail.com

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  115. I follow your blog. Congrats!

    yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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  116. Just started following your blog and store. I added your giveaway to my blog at: http://mathiselementary.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

    Julie
    Math is Elementary

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  117. Happy Blog Birthday!
    I just stumbled upon your blog from Peace, Love, and First Grade.
    Can't wait to start following and see what you're up to!
    Colleen :-)
    colleendembs@yahoo.com

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  118. I follow your TPT store :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life
    mynotsoelementarylife@yahoo.com

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  119. What a great giveaway!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  120. I follow your blog!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  121. I follow your TPT store!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  122. I follow you TPT store. Thanks for the opportunity.
    yvonnee
    yvoneeyrg@gmail.com

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  123. Comment- Congrats on your first year of blogging.
    I'm sure your second year will be grand too.

    yvonnee

    yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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  124. Congrats! Exciting times for you!!

    Dana.clark15@yahoo.com

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  125. I just became your 50th follower on TPT!! Woohoo!!

    Dana.clark15@gmail.com

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  126. I follow your blog! Love your design!

    Dana.clark15@yahoo.com

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  127. Hi, Jenn! I'm a new follower. I love your stick pirates--so cute!
    Patti
    pattib203@yahoo.com
    Primary Pizzazz

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  128. I follow your TpT store and downloaded and rated your Summer Reading Challenge. Thanks!
    Patti
    pattib203@yahoo.com
    Primary Pizzazz

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  129. I noticed on TpT that you are in Sandusky. I grew up in Norwalk but live in northeast Indiana now. Off to blog about your giveaway next!
    Patti
    pattib203@yahoo.com
    Primary Pizzazz

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  130. I posted about your giveaway on my blog!
    Patti
    pattib203@yahoo.com
    Primary Pizzazz

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  131. I wonder what is coming from Hawaii?
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  132. I blogged about your giveaway!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/07/giveaways-to-check-out.html

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  133. I follow your blog

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/07/giveaways-to-check-out.html

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  134. I follow your store

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/07/giveaways-to-check-out.html

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  135. I think I am losing my brain! LOL, I thought I had already entered your giveaway. If for some crazy reason I have entered two times, please just delete one set of comments! LOL, thanks for the amazing chance to win!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/07/giveaways-to-check-out.html

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  136. Thanks for the bonus comment. :)
    yvonnee
    yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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  137. I follow your awesome blog! :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  138. I am a new follower of your BRAND NEW STORE! :o) Congrats! :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  139. Happy Blog Birthday! I enjoy reading your blog!
    Carolyn
    dopey0222@gmail.com

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  140. I follow your blog!

    Carolyn
    dopey0222@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  141. I follow toy TpT store!

    Carolyn
    dopey0222@gmail.com

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  142. I just started following you. Your blog is stinkin' adorable...I love the little pirates!

    Jen
    Adventures in Mrs. Martin’s Room

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  143. Just found your blog and now I'm your newest follower. Love your design!

    Erin
    First with Franklin

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  144. I just found your blog - I'm a new follower! :)

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees
    ventrellasara@gmail.com

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  145. I follow your new TPT store! :)

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees
    ventrellasara@gmail.com

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  146. Just want to let you know that your blog is extra cute! Loving the theme a whole lot! :) (thanks for allowing an extra comment, too!)

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees
    ventrellasara@gmail.com

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  147. Happy birthday to your blog! I follow your blog and TPT store. :)
    Leslie
    lilikoilekili@gmail.com

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  148. I follow your blog! vanmeters@vcsc.k12.in.us
    Stephanie

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