Catching Up and Sharpener Giveaway!

Hi all you Fabulous Followers!!

Today I want to play a little catch up with you, so this post might seem a bit random. Right now I'm in PRE preplanning week mode. My brain is a little scattered!

 Quietest Pencil Sharpener EVER giveaway is here as promised last week....if you want to win...you know what to do...
a Rafflecopter giveaway



Summer is just about over for me. (BOO HOO!) I was able to get away for a little fun with my kids this past weekend. We headed up to Orlando and splashed around at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

We enjoyed the Ohana breakfast at the Polynesian. My little nephew met Mickey for the first time! It was love at first sight!!

My Lily performed at Downtown Disney on Sunday and participated in a Disney Performing Arts dance workshop on Saturday. It was magical, of course! (What else would you expect from Disney, right?) Goofy made an appearance at the workshop. So fun!!

My girl's dancing was beyond outstanding! Watching her do what she loves at the place she loves just gets to me every time! Her passion and love for dance SHINES through with every step she takes. I was such a proud dance mom that day!


If you missed my post over at Owl-ways Be Inspired, hop on over and download my freebie. Check out the other awesome authors' posts and their freebies, too. There are several more to come, so keep your eye out. Follow us, too!

Are you new to teaching?  You must check out THIS post from my BFF, Denise, over at Sunny Days in Second Grade. Her advice to new teachers is spot on! Even if you are a seasoned educator it's well worth the read. Her words are thoughtful and true!

While I was up in Orlando, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting up with some fellow bloggers. Not a minute was wasted chatting over lunch at Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney. Blogging, teaching, TpT, kids...all the topics of conversation. It was great to bounce off ideas and discuss our blogging journey. We all brought our kids and they hit if off, too!

Please share some bloggy love with these incredible ladies. Michele from Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans is from Syracuse, New York, the hometown of my family! We have been emailing back and forth for a while and it was so cool to finally meet her! (I'm next in the orange shirt) Natalie from Being the Queen Bee isn't Easy is a hoot! She is a 2nd grade teacher in the Orlando area. Joanne, another Orlando area teacher, is the Post-it queen from Head Over Heels for Teaching. Her daughter (adorable, BTW) and mine share the same name...Lily Rose! This blogger connection just amazes me everyday. Blogging brings people together in ways I never thought possible! I ♥♥ my new friends!!

If you are back at school, I hope you had a successful return. If you are getting ready I'm right there with you! If you still have a few weeks to go...ENJOY!!

94 comments

  1. I don't own any yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

    Ashley
    arclark2012@gmail.com

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time there. We just got back from there ourselves...5 straight days of parks and walking.

    We didn't hit up the water parks, but that will probably happen once my kids gets a little older.

    Thanks for sharing
    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer
    Follow me on Bloglovin'

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  3. Zero, but I can hope. Thanks! Leeann

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  4. This would be my first!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Danielle
    Growing Special Seeds

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  5. I don't own one...yet! I requisitioned one, but my school denied it because of the high shipping costs (?). I'll ask for one for Christmas if I don't win this one! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. I don't own one...yet! I want one so badly, though! :)

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  7. I don't own one yet but would love this to be my first!

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  8. I don't own one yet but I would like too!

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  9. I don't have one yet but would love to give it a try.

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  10. I don't own one of these sharpeners yet, so I am crossing my fingers that I win! I have heard amazing things about this pencil sharpener!! :)

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  11. This pencil sharpener has been on my wishlist for a year now! I hope to own one at some point : ) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  12. I own one pencil sharpener & it is awesome! dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  13. I don't own one! mayes_emily@hotmail.com

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  14. I do not own any yet ;-(. Would love one of these :-)
    gbinelo@binelo.com

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  15. I don't own one of these yet, but would love to win one!

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  16. I own 0, but want one soooo so badly!!

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    1. I am your newest follower by the way!
      Abbey
      http://teachertalkwithmrst.blogspot.com/

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  17. I own 0, zip, zero, zilch........but I'm HOPEFUL!!!!!!!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  18. None...yet! If I don't get one soon, I'm putting it at the top of my Santa list! ;)

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  19. I own 0, but my birthday is next week : )

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  20. Sounds good - I don't have one of these yet, so am interested in how great it is!
    dmarie1014@yahoo.com

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  21. I don't have any of them yet, but I really need one for my classroom!! Thanks!
    Christie
    christiecupit@yahoo.com

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  22. I don't own any!! I am DYING to get one, though!! :)

    Breanne
    breannesimons@gmail.com

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  23. I do not own any, but would LOVE to!
    roseanncook (at) outlook (dot) com

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    1. None yet! I've been trying to win one for years. I *think* our principal may have gotten us all a sharpener! Fingers crossed for one or the other, or both! A teacher can wish : )

      Hokie Teach

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  24. Cindy B (on rc/fb) ~ I don't own any as yet.

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  25. I don't own one, but I think I'm getting ready to order one. That is, if I don't win one first. ;)

    Michelle

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  26. I don't own one, but I do currently own the NOISIEST sharpener in my building! Would love one of these for my classroom!

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  27. I already own one, but with 32 students it's just not enough!

    Heather Haugen
    heatherhaugen@netzero.com

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  28. I don't own any and am SO jealous of my teaching partner that has one!

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  29. I only have one! and I WANT another...it is so nice and just you wait to see how I 'decorated it'

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  30. Hi...

    I don't own one of these yet, but I sure would like to have one.

    Lori

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  31. None yet until I win this one! ;)

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  32. I don't own any of these sharpeners YET.
    jkmatuch@aol.com

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  33. NONE...that's why I NEED TO WIN ONE! Lol

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  34. I don't own any, but have purchased some for my fabulous Kinder friends. Now it's my turn to get one for my 5th graders maybe???
    kim.combs@pfisd.net

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  35. I wish I could say I owned one, but not yet.
    ckwallis54@gmail.com

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  36. I do not own one, but I would love to have one!

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  37. I don't own any yet...but I would love to have one!! :)

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  38. I don't own one yet. I was all set to order one last school year but they were all sold out at that time!

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  39. I bought the set of three pencil sharpeners last year and gave one away to one of my teacher friends. She loves hers and I love mine! So easy to use and QUIET! My students loved it too and had no problem using it.

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  41. Nadda...but hopefully not for much longer :)!

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  42. I don't own any....but I would love to have one!

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  43. Don't have one but would absolutely love one!

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  44. I don't own one, but my wall mounted one is missing the twist-on part - I think it fell into a trash can and got dumped! :(
    Kathy
    dkkmdailey@aol.com

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  45. I have 1 and need more! These are amazing!

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  46. I wish I owned one! I've entered about a zillion giveaways, but I've never won. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  47. I don't own one yet, but am thinking I am needing it before school starts!

    eickejn@gmail.com

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  48. I do not own one but would really like to. New follower.

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  49. First, it was so awesome meeting you Gina! I loved how easy the conversation was between all of us like we've been friends for years! :O) I look forward to the next meet up! And, our daughters share a fantastic name!
    Everyone in our school has one of these AMAZING pencil sharpeners, but I appreciate the opportunity to win another one!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  50. Sadly, I don't own any of these wonderful pencil sharpeners, but I've been wanting one! Maybe I can win it?

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  51. I don't own any yet, but I have been thinking about purchasing one! This would be awesome to win!

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  53. None yet, but loving that red one!

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  54. I would love to own the black one. I bring my own from home because the school one is so horrible! Thanks.

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  55. I don't own any yet, but I keep entering to win one.... I hope that I am lucky this time.

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  56. I don't own any yest but they look amazing! I would love to have one in my room.

    Ashley K.
    ashley.kock@gmail.com

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  57. I don't have a sharpener yet... so I came running over when I opened my computer to enter.
    The meet up was great... so awesome to talk in person.. always about the karma!
    Enjoy your pre-planning fun. I'll be at the pool. :)

    Michele

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

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  58. I don't have one yet, but everyone has them on their blogs and I really think that I need one!!! It would be great to have a couple in my classroom so that more than one student could be in charge of sharpening pencils at the end of the day!

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  59. I wish I had one! I don't have any yet!

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  60. I don't have this pencil sharpener yet...but would love to win this one! Our school pencil sharpeners are from like forever ago and barely sharpen pencils anymore. Crossing my fingers.....

    laurengibbs327@yahoo.com

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  61. This would be my first sharpener! I am a first year teacher and I am not even sure I have any kind of pencil sharpener in my room. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. Your pictures from Orlando are great, I can't wait to come down next spring break! I don't have any of the sharpeners yet...here's hoping :)

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  63. Zero, but would LOvE to try one. I go through 2 or 3
    Pencil sharpeners a year!

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  64. I have one that is currently on it's way to me, but I haven't received it yet. I am wanting another one so I can have one for my students and one for me.

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  65. I don't own one yet, but is like too. I tried to get one last year--- just didn't happen.

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  66. I don't own one yet, but is like too. I tried to get one last year--- just didn't happen.

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  67. I just discovered them, and I think once I get one my whole school is going to want them:)

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  68. I don't own one yet but fingers crossed
    Donna

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  69. I don't have one yet. I think I've entered every contest to win one.

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  70. I don't own one. Would love to have one, keeping my fingers crossed.

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  71. I don't own any yet, but I really need one!!!! Looks like you had lots of fun in Orlando.

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  72. I own one and it's at least 6 years old. Time for an upgrade :)

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  74. I don't have one, wishing for one.

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  75. I don't have one yet, and being the pencil sharpening nazi, I could really use this! Fingers crossed!

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  76. I own one of these AMAZING pencil sharpeners but I could really use a second one! :o)

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  77. New follower and another pencil sharpener *hopeful*. I don't own any, and my current sharpener is so poor that we don't even sharpen pencils in my classroom. : /

    Follow Dava Smith English Teacher on BlogLovin’

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  78. I don't own any yet, but would LOVE to have one in my new classroom!

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