Friday, December 14, 2012

Freebie link up with Teacher to the Core through Monday

Katie from Teacher to the Core has linked up with us as part of her 12 Days of Giveaways.  We feel incredibly appreciative and thankful for this!  All you have to do is follow us and you get something free from us!  Easy, right?!? This special offer is good through Monday.

In order to participate you must follow Katie's blog (the link is above and below). Then, you need to do a few things for us (bossy, aren't we?).   

First, check out our Teachers Pay Teachers store and find something $5 or below that you like (and if you like our store, you can follow it so you are notified when we add freebies and units).  

THEN, 1) Click to FOLLOW our blog by joining the site 
2) Comment on this post and tell us what unit you would like as your freebie and what name you are following us under and 3) Tell us an email address that we can send it to (if you don't want to post your email, you can email us at  

Finally, we will email you your freebie.  That's it!  

*This freebie offer is for those who have not already received a freebie from us yet (please don't throw things at us!  We still love you for being our first followers!!)*  

You may want to check out some of our recent posts, too, because we have freebies linked there!  And, if you blog, and you post about us, you can get any 2nd item (no maximum value) from our TpT store for free as well.  You can post about us anytime (just make sure to let us know that you did), but you may want to let your followers know about this offer here.

If you haven't already, you may want to check out Katie's big giveaway- it includes prizes from 33 bloggers (it looks fantastic!!).  And, if you haven't gotten to know Katie, you should.  She's super cute and spunky and fun to read!  So, all that being said, we asked her for some advice since we are new to blogging and we thought maybe a few of you new bloggers out there were wondering the same things!

So, here is what we learned:

What advice would you give to new bloggers?  
Get rid of the comment verification box.  It drives me to drink Nyquil!  Pin your stuff on Pinterest!  Comment on other bloggers' posts to build relationships.  One of my blog posts got viewed 1,000 times and the pin repinned 300 times, but nobody commented!  I mean people bought my unit like crazy, but a comment is very meaningful! The first person who finally commented got my unit for free I was so dang happy!!

What makes a good teaching/teacher blog?
Freebies, pictures, getting real.  It's not all flowers and art!  Tell us the drama and triumphs!!

How do you decide what to put in your Teachers Pay Teachers Store?
If you think, hmmm, I don't think I should charge $2 for this, make it a freebie.  Try to stay current with what's happening.  When the Avengers movie came out, I did a super hero math set.  For the election, I did a freebie.  Make TpT units out of what is already working in your classroom!

Random facts about Katie:
*She hates laundry and mean girls, in that order.
*Her son is silly, wild, and wonderful.
*Her hubby teachers 4th and she teaches 1st.  They met at school.  When her principal hired her, he told her husband "I just hooked you up with teacher I just hired!"  Little did he know he was actually going to have a campus hook up!
*She is a mommy to two adorable shih-tzus.  She calls them her flower girls because their names are Poppy and Daisy!

To get to know us better, check out our profile, our Welcome post, or our 12 in '12 LINKY post.  Or, better yet, ASK us by posting a comment or emailing us!!  Just like Katie said above, comments mean the world to us.  Even a simple comment is meaningful.  When there is no commenting, the freak out begins- Is this a bad post?  Does no one like me?  Who am I?  (ok, maybe the last one is a little dramatic, but the first two definitely apply!)

As always, we appreciate you stopping by our blog!  We can't wait to get to know you!
Amanda and Stacia


  1. What a cute blog! I now follow you! I would have to pick the compare and contrast unit on the three bears and snow bears.

    1. Thank you for following us! We have emailed you your freebie!

      Amanda and Stacia

  2. What a fuuun idea! I would love the comparison of 3 bears and 3 polar bears! Thank you! I am so glad to have found you! Katie rocks! I am an m&m girl, too. Especially pretzel m&ms. Come check out my giveaway if you have a moment. I think it ends at midnight tonight. I am not so smart at Rafflecopter.
    :-) Lisa

    1. Thank you so much for following us! My favorite M&Ms are peanut butter!! We are following you. And I have NO clue about rafflecopters! Looks complicated!! ;O)



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