Monday, March 18, 2013


And the winners are............

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations!!!! A special "CONGRATS" goes out to Lori R. who won 3 of the 7 giveaways! Now hows that happen?? You are one lucky gal Lori! That's awesome! You know I have yet to win a blog giveaway and have probably entered more than 50.

As teachers, we like to take all things and turn them into learning experiences and reflect on those experiences. Well, for this being my very first giveaway, here are some things that I learned!

1-Rafflecopter is so easy to use!! If you haven't used it, don't fret when you do! It's simple.

2-More entries most definitely increase your chances! Lori had more entries than anyone. But there were also a couple of winners that only had 1-2 entries as 

3-You may want to allow only one entry for those required to follow your blog or like your FB page, because once they follow your blog or like your page that first time, then they don't have to fulfill any requirements to enter again, or everyday during your giveaway.

4-When doing multiple giveaways, separate them rather than give numerous prizes to one person. I am glad I did this, because I found with my giveaway that some people were interested in only 
3 or 4 of the seven items and only entered those. This makes me feel good to know people are getting what they will use. I often see giveaways where one winner gets items on various grade levels and in a wide range of themes and topics. I can only imagine that this one winner probably only makes use of some of those items and could care less about the others. Plus, I always say, "Why not share the wealth?" Right? 

5-Don't allow your contributors to enter or win. It's like several teachers hosting a giveaway at school, and several of those teachers win. It wouldn't seem right. 

6-Have a plan for how your contributors are going to send their prize. Will they send it to you? Or will they send it directly to the winner? I forgot to do this. 

7-Make a folder of your contributor's email addresses so you can easily find them, contact them, and collaborate with them during the giveaway.

With that said, I can't leave without a big shout out 
to my giveaway contributors:

The Teacher Wife
Mo's getting ready to host her 100 follower giveaway, so be sure to visit her blog for updates!

She has some awesome Easter activities going right now!

Kimberly Ann is a talented designer! You have to check out her TpT store!

Irene is having a glasses giveaway right now and is announcing something very exciting on the first day of spring, this Wednesday! Wonder what it will be??

Carolina Teacher
Danielle always has fabulous class photos and teaching ideas on her blog!

Kim loves giving away freebies!!! And is very creative!

And while you're hopping around be sure to check out my brand new TEACHER'S NOTEBOOK SHOP!! Yes, I opened my first shop Saturday and already sold two items!!!! Woohoo..... two items! I was beside myself! I only have a few items in my shop now, but I will continue to grow it weekly! 

I chose TN over TpT because the profit was a little higher and I have just always liked it better. I like the look of their site and it is very user friendly. However, I do notice that TpT definitely over rules TN as far as the stores I see on blogs. If you'd be so kind, I'd be interested in hearing your comments as to why or even why you do not (if that's the case) prefer TpT over TN! 

Have a great week! Four more days until spring break for me!!!



  1. I opened my TN shop a couple of months ago and love it! I have been selling on TPT since pretty soon after it started, so that is why I have more there. I am slowly adding to my TN shop. I do like that TN pays out more often than TPT. TN is a little more user friendly too when it comes to uploading thumbnails. TN actually has a little more going for it, but I think TPT is more well known.

    Thanks for a fun giveaway too! I do like having different Rafflecopters too. It allows people to enter for what they can use!
    Reading Toward the Stars

    1. Hi Andrea, thanks for sharing your input with me on the stores!


  2. Perfect time for the Do's and Dont's! Thanks for the shout out also. I have both TpT and TN stores and like them both although I have seen better sales at TpT I do agree with Andrea above that TN is very user-friendly! You will do great anywhere! Congrats for opening the new store.
    More Than Math by Mo

    1. Thanks Mo! Yea, TpT does seem to be the most popular, but I really like TN so much better! I'm debating whether I should do both or just stick with TN. Hope the do's and don'ts will help you with your giveaway! Let me know if you need any help!



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