400 Followers Giveaway :)

400 followers, wow.

What I really want to celebrate, more than the number, are the friendships I've established thanks to blogging.

I tell people all the time how much my teaching has changed over the last year.  I have learned so much and grown so much as a teacher this year.  Probably more this year than in the last 5 years combined.  I'm truly blessed to be able to say that I blog.

I'm excited about teaching again.  I look forward each most days to reading, learning, stalking, commenting, and just spending time with my new bloggy friends.  (Even if you are only cyber friends...you're still friends.)

Really.

So, I'm having a giveaway to celebrate all of you.

Up for grabs is a $25 gift certificate to either Target or Amazon.
OR



I'm trying out the Rafflecopter widget, too.  I hope that it works.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

164 comments

  1. My favorite summer activity is swimming with my three boys!

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  2. Camping is my favorite summer activity because it encompasses everything else I like to do. Congrats on 400 followers!
    Jessica

    Apples and Papers


    langjjess@gmail.com

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  3. Both of my favorite places! I love just relaxing and reading, and not having to worry too much about when to get up!

    Bookskt19@yahoo.com

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  4. Favorite summer activity...laying outside soaking up the sun with a good book!


    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

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  5. I love staying up late worry free without having to get up early!

    Every New Beginning Blog

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  6. Being home with my 2 year old, seeing her grow daily!

    Haley
    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

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  7. I follow your blog! This is a great giveaway!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  8. My favorite summer activity is going on mini vacays with my sweet family!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  9. My favorite summer activity is going to the beach and LA Dodgers games with my boys!

    P.S. I follow you!

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  10. I love to sleep, shop, and tan/swim!
    acupcakefortheteacher@gmail.com
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  11. country concerts are my favorite summer activity. so much fun!

    Meg
    Third Grade in the First State

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  12. I follow your blog!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  13. My favorite summer activity is reading by the pool and going to the beach.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  14. Yay! Congrats on 400 followers!! That's a great milestone!! :)

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  15. I am a new mommy, so my favorite summer activity is doing anything with my baby girl!! But other than that I love to travel, visit with family, and anything that deals with the water and sun!!

    Kendall

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  16. Congrats on 400 Elizabeth!! I love your blog!!!

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  17. My favorite summer activity is just relaxing and not feeling rushed.
    Lorena
    Little Treasures

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  18. My fav summer activity is to travel!

    pocketofkinders@gmail.com

    Pocket Full of Kinders

    Shuna P

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  19. My favorite summer activity is reading!!! I love all the extra time I have in the summer to read, although I started early this year and we still have 6 days left!! Not good because I have so much to do for the end of the year, but reading is so addicting!! :)

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  20. My favorite summer activity is staying up late reading a good book or blog stalking!
    Learning in Bliss

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  21. My favorite summer activity is reading. The 50 Shades of Grey trilogy has kept me busy this summer. :)

    Nicole
    nicoleshelby@hotmail.com
    www.teachingwithblondeambition.blogspot.com

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  22. Your blog is so cute. Congratulations on reaching 400!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of
    Firsties

    bakteach16@gmail.com

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  23. I LOVE to sit by the pool and RELAX!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties
    bakteach16@gmail.com

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  24. My Favorite Summer activity.............I have so many!

    We spend our summers; camping, sitting by our pool (its broken at the moment, but getting fixed Monday), hanging with friends and family, relaxing, and sleeping in!!!!

    Cindy

    All Things Teachery

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  25. I follow your blog! Congratulations on 400!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

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  26. Congratulations on 400 followers. I am a new follower.

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  27. Congrats Elizabeth!! I want to see those pennants! :) I agree with you on being a better teacher because of blogging, and the friendships!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  28. Congratulations on 400 followers. I think I'm a much better teacher now that I blog. It's like professional development all the time. My favorite summer activity is getting to drink my coffee and watch my morning tv.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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  29. My favorite activity is sitting in a lounge chair ...reading a book... facing our lake (pond)...feeling the cool breeze .

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  30. Congrats on the 400 followers! That is so awesome! I too have come to love blogging in my short 2 months but it has already made me a better teacher!
    My favorite summer activity...wow, so many! But would have to be sleeping in and doing things on my own time:)

    Tonya
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

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  31. My favorite summer activity is reading a good book by the pool!

    Aimee
    www.pencilsbooksanddirtylooks.com

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  32. Congrats on reaching 400 :) I am a follower. My favorite summer activity is just being able to relax and spend time with my hubby. I love to swim when I can get to a pool (unfortunately I do not have one and swimming has to happen in the river behind my house.)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

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  33. I follow your blog!
    Liz

    langhoff.elizabeth@gmail.com

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  34. And my favorite summer activity is traveling and reading!

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  35. My favorite summer activity is staying up late reading!

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  36. I also love following your blog! Thank you!

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  37. Favorite summer activity has to be curling up with a good book!

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  38. Jennifer in KansasJune 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Such great fun following your blog!
    Jennifer.marshall@usd305.com

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  39. Jennifer in KansasJune 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    My fave activity (beside teaching summer school, of course...) is taking my daughter and new baby boy to our new water park!
    Jennifer.marshall@usd305.com

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  40. My favorite summer activity is enjoying the outdoors whether it's at the pool, at a concert outside, a baseball game, or just chilling on the deck with a good book!
    draken@uni.edu

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  41. I love being outside, especially at the beach! Now I don't live close to a beach, so I just love relaxing and doing whatever I want :)

    mondragondrea@gmail.com

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  42. Congratulations on your followers! My favorite thing to do during the summer is shopping, spending more time with family and friends, and of course making new things for the upcoming school year.

    Kristen
    Glitter and Glue

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  43. My rave summer activities are sleeping in, reading, and swimming.

    Congrats on your followers!

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  44. My favorite summer activity is spending as much time as possible with my family! They are my world and I appreciate every minute spent with them :) Congrats on your accomplishment...hope for more success!

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  45. Favorite summer activity? Staying home and puttering with the garden & whatever else comes up right here at home. I HAVE been doing a lot of reading this summer. As a fulltime college student working on my degree in Elem Ed/Special Ed, I haven't had much time to read for pleasure over the past 3 years so I'm making up for lost time. I have one more semester on campus, then I student teach and graduate next spring. Then we'll see what door the LORD opens next.

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  46. Congrats Elizabeth!!! SO excited for you!!!

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  47. My favorite summer activity is doing anything with my son - movies, video games, lunch out, crafting, etc!

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  48. Congrats on the big 4-0-0! My favorite summer activity is exercising! No, really, it is!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  49. Favorite summer activity is to lay in the sun with a GOOD book!

    Come visit me!
    Jenna
    Just diving In

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  50. Congrats on 400! It's so FUNNY that you and I have the exact same giveaway (except i'm celebrating only 100 :)
    I'm a new follower!
    Tori
    Tori's Teacher Tips

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  51. My fave summer activities are wine, reading, sleeping, and having tons of FUN!
    Jana
    Jprowell11@gmail.com
    Congrats on 400!!

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  52. I am a follower.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  53. My favorite summer activity is catching up on my blogs and reading and not having a schedule!! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  54. I like to garden and read because they are so relaxing.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  55. Congrats!!! I'm your newest follower! My favorite summer activity is to just relax and catch up on reading some good books.

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness
    Stop by for my 1 year blogiversary giveaway!

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  56. I work at a local summer camp for my ENTIRE summer, so I would have to say that is one of my favorite activities. We go on many field trips and it is so fun to interact and spend time with all the kids in camp.

    When I am not at summer camp, I love going swimming and boating!!!

    kmg258@gmail.com

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  57. My favorite summer activity is enjoying the sunshine by walking or running with my puppy. I also love reading and right now love blog stalking.

    April @ The Idea Backpack

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  58. Congrats! My favorite summer activity is reading books of my own choice!

    http://frcklz613.blogspot.com/

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  59. Of course I am a follower! Congratulations on reaching 400 followers. That is an amazing number!

    My favorite summer activity is going to the beach with my kiddos :) Something I look forward to each summer.

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  60. My favorite summer activity is completing numerous To Do lists!

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  61. I now am a stalker...I mean follower of your blog. :)

    My fave summer activity? Sitting on the river - reading a good book - that ISN'T school related - and sipping an ice cold beverage. Mmmmmmmm...I can hardly wait!!!

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  62. Congrats on 400 followers!

    My favorite summer activity is reading.

    Or laying in sun.

    Or running.

    Or...... :)

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  63. My favorite summer activity is hiking!
    jjsell76 at yahoo dot com

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  64. Isn't the rafflecopter just the most awesome fun toy ever? I was playing with it tonight - and decided to have a giveaway. I too have been learning SO much especially this past month.

    The Paper Maid

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  65. Congrats on 400 followers!! I just passed 100, and I'm having a giveaway very soon! I blogged about your giveaway! Just click on the link to see that post!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

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  66. Congrats girl!!!! I'm with you, I am amazed that I have over 400 followers, but I'm more amazed about everyone that I've "met" and everything I have learned.

    My favorite summer activity is sleeping in! hahaha!

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

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  67. It is so encouraging to see all these posts from other bloggers reaching milestones with followers :) It makes me very hopeful! My favorite summer activity is relaxing! This will be my first summer that I get to just relax and NOT stress about finding a teaching job. I'm going to enjoy free time with my son and sleep in.. when he lets me ;)

    Katie
    kjones678{at}gmail{dot}com
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  68. We love swimming and tubing at the lake during the summer! You'll find us on the boat pretty much every weekend!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

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  69. My favorite summer time activity is catching up on all my reading, both professional and pleasure.

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  70. My favorite summer activity is being able to do everything I'm not able to do throughout the year! Like- reading, DIY projects, and more!
    Allie
    the-gypsy-teacher.blogspot.com

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  71. My favorite summer activity is hanging with my three kids at the beach or pool. Never enough time to do this <3

    Lauren
    Lauren.Kassner@smyrna.k12.de.us

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  72. My favorite summer activity is sleeping-in and having nothing I have to do. I love relaxing with my girls and being outside.

    Carolyn from Third Grade Adventures
    http://thirdgradeadventuresinelbert.blogspot.com/

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  73. My favorite summer activity is playing with my girls outside!
    Natasha Johnson

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  74. I love to go to the beach and read!



    Christina Collinsworth
    redmist100@gmail.com

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  75. Congrats on 400!! My favorite summer activity is water gun fights!

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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  76. I just discovered your blog from Pinterest. Congrats on 400! I'm a new blogger and would love for you to visit my blog.

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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  77. My favorite summer activity would be relaxing and sleeping in!

    Mindy

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  78. What a great giveaway! In the summer, I LOVE getting ice cream! :)
    Sad but true!
    Lisa
    Fourth and Ten
    Like Fourth and Ten on Facebook!
    Formerly Stories From Second

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  79. I love reading lots of books in the summer!!

    Ali

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  80. My favorite summer activity is reading to my heart's content!

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  81. I blogged about your giveaway!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

    http://funin4b.blogspot.com/2012/06/400-followers-giveaway.html

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  82. I follow your precious blog! My favorite summer activity is sitting in a beach chair on the beach! Love!

    Laura
    llmartin305@gmail.com
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  83. I am a follower! :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  84. I love spending time at my beach house.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  85. I love relaxing and having very little to do. It only happens a few days each summer, but its SO worth it!

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  86. My favorite summer activity is spending time with our family! Since we live almost 7 hours away, we don't get to see them too often. I love having the summer to spend lots of quality time with them.

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  87. I love spending the summer with my 3 boys finding all sorts of interesting things to get into!

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  88. My favorite activity is just having more time with the family! Anything with them is great!

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  89. My favorite summer activity? Oh man, I don't know if I could narrow it down that much! lol I love having time to spend with my two boys, I feel like I never get enough one on one time with them during the school year, and they are growing up way too fast! I absolutely LOVE not having to wake up to an alarm clock ;), and just being able to go where the day takes me is heaven! =)

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  90. I'm your newest follower! Congrats on your milestone!

    Hadar

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  91. I have 4 more school days and then SUMMER VACATION!!! Is it bad that I'm excited about back to school shopping for my class?? lol

    Hadar

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  92. I shared about your giveaway on my FB page :) http://www.facebook.com/MissKindergarten

    Hadar

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  93. My favorite summer activity is reading a book on the beach (and then going swimming)!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  94. My favorite summer activity is taking our vacation in Orlando each summer. I graduated high school in Orlando and I have a ton of friends who still live in the area. It is great to pick up each year where we left off.

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  95. Congrats on 400!! My favorite summer activity is surfing, both waves and internet:)

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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  97. My favorite summer activity is staying up all night reading a good book. It's something that I can't do during the school year because of having to get up early for work.

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  98. My favorite summer activity is searching for new teaching ideas on my laptop while catching up on silly reality tv shows!

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  99. I follow you!
    Cheryl
    cener(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    Crayons and Curls

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  100. My favorite summer activity is sleeping in and going swimming. I also like the idea of being able to stay up late and not have to worry about getting up early.

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  101. My favorite activity is reading by the pool!

    ❤-Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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  102. My favorite activity is going to the zoo with my kiddos!

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  103. Thanks for the great giveaway! I love to swim allll summer!
    <>< Crystal

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  104. I love playing in the Sprinkler! and taking field trips with my summer kids.

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  105. Catching up on all of my reading :)

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  106. I love to swim & have the opportunity to read at my leisure! :)
    ~Jen
    jenskinderkids.blogspot.com

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  107. My favorite summer activity is going to the beach with my three boys and my husband!

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  108. My favorite summer activity is...sleeping in and watching my nieces ball games. Thanks for this great give away. Fingers crossed :)

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  109. I am following your cute blog! I am enjoying summer break sitting by water of some kind - pool, beach, or lake! :)

    Joni @ kinderkidsfun.blogspot.com
    jegalford3406@gmail.com

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  110. I love your blog and now I am "officially" a follower! I'm enjoying my summer by spending it with my baby girl. I can't think of anything I would rather do! :)

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  111. My favorite summer activity is sitting in my lounge chair with a cold sweet tea in my hand and the misty sprinkler cooling me off!

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  112. My favorite summer activity is camping or swimming.

    Lori

    littlelori0411@yahoo.com

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  113. My favorite summer activity is sleeping in! If I had my way, school wouldn't start until 10am - I don't mind staying late as long as I don't have to get up early lol!


    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  114. My favorite summer activity is a week long trip to the beach with my family. It is my way to recharge so I am ready for another school year!

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  115. My favorite summer activity is reading just for fun-and sleeping in the next morning after reading so late!

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  116. Congrats on 400 followers! I love sleeping in! I'm a night owl.

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  117. Congratulations on 400 followers. I love reading, blogging and just taking it easy with little stress!
    Tina
    khaddington@cox.net

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  118. I put your giveaway on my FB page! :)
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crayons-and-Curls/232102103535189
    Cheryl
    cener(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    Crayons and Curls

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  119. Congrats!! Wow 400 followers.
    I love baking and reading in the summer.
    Bobbi
    bcapwell@ccisd.net

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  120. Congrats on 400 followers! You deserve it! :)
    I love reading and spending time with my kids! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  121. Congrats on all of your followers. I love to go to the beach and read, read, read.

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  122. I follow your blog!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  123. I love to lay out in the sun!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  124. Congrats on 400! I shared on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/FirstGradeBlueSkies
    Great Giveaway!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  125. Oops, my favorite activity is spending time with my husband and kids!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  126. I follow your blog.

    Brian
    tigermagic@bellsouth.net

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  127. My favorite summer activity is sleeping in.

    Brian
    tigermagic@bellsouth.net

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  128. My favorite summer activity is spending time with my daughter and catching up on my reading!!!!

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  129. My favorite summer activity is visiting my niece and nephew in Canada!
    aaparsons@hotmail.com

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  130. I follow your blog and I love sitting at the beach listening to the waves crash on the shore as my kiddo rides the waves and gets her suit full of SaNd!!! ouchie!

    mshuttensbuttons@gmail.com

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  131. I like spending time with family.

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  132. My favorite summer activities are reading and going to lunch with friends.

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  133. I like spending time at the Trop watching my Tampa Bay Rays win and on the boat with my husband and son.

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  134. Hanging out at the Lake!!
    Jennie
    jjohnson9774@gmail.com
    JD's Rockin' Readers

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  135. Favorite summer activty - sleeping in late

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  136. This summer, I cannot enjoy my favorite summer activity as much as I would like since I am in grad school getting my Specialist degree. However, I would definitely say that reading for pleasure...just for the fun of it...is my favorite summer activity. Sleeping in late would tie for first place. :) Thanks for doing such a great giveaway!

    Rochell

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  137. My favorite summer activity is spending time with my boys, sleeping in :), swimming, the sunshine!!!

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  138. I love to go swimming with my husband.

    susieqsclass@gmail.com

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  139. My favorite summer activity is spending time with my children and hanging out with special friends. I also love staying up late blog stalking!!!

    Tammy
    tam61883@comcast.net

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  140. My favorite summer activity is reading, camping and spending time with my husband and kids! Looking forward to teaching Kinder next year though!!!

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  141. My favorite summer activity is being able to just spontaneously decide to go some place and not have to worry about getting up for work the next day.

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  142. I follow your blog!
    Darlene
    jdsargo@sbcglobal.net

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  143. My favorite summer activity is reading, going to the beach and spending time with my family.

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  144. One of my favorite summer activities is catching up on my reading :) (and staying in my pjs 'til noon)!

    Treasures for Teaching

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  145. My favorite thing during the summer is reading in bed with a cup of coffee every morning!

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  146. My favorite thing to do in the summer is sitting outside, drinking my latte and reading.

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  147. I am a follower!
    :)
    Tamera
    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com

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  148. My favorite summer activity is scrapbooking & crafting.
    :)
    Tamera
    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com

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  149. My favorite summer activity is kayaking and concerts!

    Caralee
    cdeherrerasavoy@gmail.com

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  150. Sleeping in and not having a schedule is my favorite part of summer. My favorite activities are socializing with friends, concerts and any type of festivals.

    Susan Castro

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  151. My favorite summer activity is going to the beach and having BBQ's!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  152. My favorite summer activity? That's easy....reading anything I can get my hands on (when I'm not on the comuputer reading Blogs!)

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  153. My favorite summer activity - hanging out with my family and spending time at the beach! I live about 6 minutes from the beach in South Carolina - I love it! :)
    My Kindergarten Kids

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