Liebster Nomination

I'm so excited to be nominated by Jessica Lamb at Caffeinated Curriculum  and Martinique at Ms. Perry's Peaches for the Liebster Award. This is an award for new bloggers with less than 200 followers. The first part is me answering the following 11 questions, so here I go:

Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
I started blogging in January 2014 but you can see there is a huge gap between July and November! Still working out the kinks for posting. 

Several years ago teacher websites were all the rage and I loved looking at teachers I had connected with through a Yahoo Group listserve. I decided to created my own and did with great success. Then I changed grade levels and took it down. When I started following a few blogs I found from TPT, I began wanting my own in order to share. So, last January I jumped in head first!

What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
Honest! I am not a "toot your own horn" person at all. I will "toot" everyone else's horn out there but find it difficult to say "look at me!" (Maybe that is why I haven't invited all my friends on FB to like my page?) My hope is that my posts are portraying the honest truth of what is going on in my classroom and not painting an unrealistic picture. 

Is there something you learned late in your blog journey you wished you knew before?
I just learned how to put a watermark on my pictures! Yea! I looked up my question and followed the directions using PicMonkey. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Now, I'm working on getting that FB tab to pop out! 

What is your favorite past time other than blogging?
Even though I am in front of kiddos and parents all the time and I love my girlfriends and time spent with them, I am a true introvert. I love time alone. 
Alone time to run outside or on the treadmill and as funny as this sounds....alone time to clean and fold laundry. I am happiest when my house is spotless. I also love spending time with my girls and husband and love spending time with my girlfriends over a glass of wine!  

How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog?
That is what I've struggled with....see gap between July and November....since beginning my blog. I'm going to venture to say couple hours a week. 

What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?
I love teaching blogs and baking/cooking blogs. I'm a big visual person and always love seeing what everyone else is doing in their classroom. 

When I began my blog, my daughter began her blog called If You Give a Girl a Whisk. She is a freshman in high school and loves to bake. It is a great little blog. She too made mention that she hasn't posted in a while because she has been so busy with school! 

Where does your blog inspiration come from?
The first blog I really fell in love with was Oh Boy 4th Grade when I taught 4th. When I moved to 1st, I continued following Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade and found Reagan Tunstall at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits and Cara Carroll at First Grade Parade. I loved how honest they both were. Not to mention they are Texas girls and I'm a Texas native. 

Which post that you've written are you most proud of?
My second post is the one I like the most so far. It was First Week Back after Winter Break. I shared what we were working on that week with pictures and all!  

Is there any post you have been planning to do, but have been postponing it for a while now? classroom set-up pictures. I think I'll get that done over winter break. 

What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
I love the journaling aspect of blogging. This is a place where I can document my classroom. A place where I can look back at the years and repeat or change based on my current year. Being nominated for the Liebster really put a zing in me and made me feel like...I can do this. 

Which recipe, project, or idea on a blog would you be most likely to try yourself?
I have purchased (but have not used yet) Reagan Tunstall's from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits Math Journals. She just posted another article about them yesterday that I'll read after this. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around how to use them in my room with my kiddos!  I have a long processing time when it comes to new things. 

My Liebster Nominees:

I can't wait to read y'all's responses. :)

Now that you've 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."
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!)


  1. Hey Stephanie!

    I completely understand about the gap in posts. That's one thing I'm trying to work on myself. More INTERESTING posts. :) I look forward to seeing more from you.


  2. Stephanie,

    Congratulations! I am new to blogging as well. I just started in October 2014 and it was very helpful to read about your journey.

    I am trying to figure out the timing with posts as well. My teaching partner is an avid blogger and is divulging all of the in and outs of blogging.

    I can't wait to follow you on this journey and read more of your posts!


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