Monday, October 20, 2014

Liebster Award

I am so excited!  Thanks to Kelly from Lattes and Lunchrooms for nominating me! I actually had not heard of this award, but I am thrilled to be a part of it. I am a new blogger and am excited to see something that encourages teachers, like me, to connect in the blogging world.

The Liebster Award is an award for up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  It feels wonderful to be recognized and it is a great way to meet other bloggers. Thank you for the recognition and I have a few questions below that I answered about myself. 

Why and how long ago did you start blogging?

I recently started blogging this summer. I have been looking at other blogs and have enjoyed the ideas and wisdom that other teachers have shared. I thought it was my turn to get into the action.

What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?

Sharing: I use my blog to share ideas with others. Teaching in general, is an isolated profession. I don’t know about you, but when I get together with other educators, we start talking about things that go on in our own classes. I enjoy those talks because I get great ideas and inspiration to create things in my own room. Well, that is what blogging has done for me. I don’t have to meet up with someone, I can read blogs at my own leisure and do the same thing.

 Is there something you learned late in your blog journey you wished you knew before?

I am still pretty new to blogging, so there are things I still haven’t learned. I just participated in my first “Currently” linking party. That was a lot of fun to hear from others, while seeing what other teachers are up to at the beginning of the year. I look forward to doing it again.

What is your favorite past time other than blogging?

I like scrapbooking. Surprise, surprise! But it is a great outlet for my creative side. I just remodeled my house and now I have a craft room. I am over the moon about it. I also like sewing too. So I plan on spending a lot of time in my new craft room.

How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog?

Right now, I spend about 2-3 hours a week. With three kids, a husband, and two dogs, I don’t have much time at night and weekends. But I do try to post at least one day a week. I think it will get better as the year goes the first few months of teaching always require so much out me.

 What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?

I like blogs that have a variety of ideas: teaching tips, practical products, useful ideas, etc. Of course, it is always great when you find a blogger who teaches the same grade and subject areas because you find most of the stuff shared on his/her blog is relevant to what you do.

Where does your blog inspiration come from?

Mostly, it comes from my day in the classroom. I am trying to carry my camera with me more because several times a day, I think, I should share that on my blog.

Which post that you've written are you most proud of?

That is hard to say. I guess I liked the “October Currently” because readers got to not only learn about me as a teacher, but I had included some personal things in it as well.

Is there any post you have been planning to do, 
but have postponing it for a while now?

I do want to share more of my teaching ideas for discipline and simple strategies I do to motivate students. They are in my head and I use them daily, but I just haven’t had the time. Too much to do and not enough time and that is the truth!

What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

I like connecting with other educators! We have so much to share it is great to give and receive!

Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would 
you be most likely to try yourself?

On Kelly’s blog I checked out her store and thought her Morning Message Sticks were a really cute idea!

Here are my 11 nominations. Hope all of you enjoyed what I had to say and I look forward to reading your blogs.

My nominations are:

1. Victoria and Trisha from 2 Super Teachers

2.  Brynn from Brynn Allison’s Blog

3.  Carol from Carol’s Teaching Garden

            4.  Brooke from Countless Smart Cookies

            5. Martha from Two Smart Wenches

            6.  Lisa from Lisa TeachR’s Classroom Blog

 7. Angie from Fun, Food, and Figurative Language

8.  Valerie from Georgia Grown Kiddos

9. Jean from JWDesigns and Teaching Tidbits and Treats

10. Darci from Kinder Cutie

11. Kristin from Kinderdoodlez

(Hopefully, I have only nominated those who qualify!) 

To those who have been nominated, here are the "official" rules for accepting:

1. In your post, link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and "shout out." (Follow their blog if you haven't already!)  

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you (the ones I answered above).

3. Nominate 11 blogs of your choice that each have less than 200 followers. Provide them with 11 questions to answer or have them answer the questions above.

4. Let your nominees know that they've been nominated and provide them with a link to your post so that they can accept.

5. Send your nominator a link to your post so that s/he can learn more about you as well! (You can just put your post link in the comments below!)

Have Fun!



  1. Thank you so much for the nomination! My post is coming soon!
    Brooke from Countless Smart Cookies
    Countless Smart Cookies

    1. Hi Brooke,
      I went to check out your latest post and saw you Sunday Spotlight. Is that running every Sunday? I think it is a cute idea and I would love to do it if you are doing this week.

      :) Karen

  2. Thank you for much for nominating my blog. Here's my link to my blog with my nominees. Thanks again!!

    1. Hi Angie,
      I just checked out your latest blog. I taught English for 13 years in middle school. It is great to see your excitement and passion for teaching because that is what middle schoolers need. You know the population - those kids need guidance, connection, and adults to inspire them.
      Happy Blogging!

  3. Karen, congratulations on your nomination!! We met in San Diego this summer at the TpT conference! I enjoy following your blog!

    1. Hi Kathie,

      How are you? I have been following you too! I see you post every few days. I wish I had more time, but I at least do it once a week. You will have to show me how you put "pin it" on all your pictures. Hope to see you at the next TpT conference - last time was so fun!

      Keep in Touch,

  4. Thanks for the nomination! You were one of four I received all in the same week. Now I just have to find time to write the post.

    Thanks again,
    Brynn Allison
    Brynn Allison's Blog