5 Year Blogiversary!!

Do you see the beautifulness you are surrounded by?!!!
I could not be more excited about the new look!!
I love the fresh, clean look!
I love the colors!
I love the femininity!
It just feels like me!
Alexis from Laugh Eat Learn Designs did an amazing job!
If you are looking for a blog designer, look no further!
She was so easy to work with and put up with my indecisiveness!
I can't wait to meet her at the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference in Orlando!!
Today, I am celebrating my 5 year anniversary of blogging!
 AND I'm giving you the gifts!
Look at all the teacher goodies you can score!
{giveaway near bottom}

I love blogging and I thought I'd share my online journey with you!
When I first started teaching 12 years ago, there was no teacher blogs.
So I was thrilled when I found ProTeacher a message board site!
Does anybody else remember ProTeacher?
Teacher websites became popular and I enjoyed visiting them, 
but I knew nothing about creating a website.
One night, while reading the messages boards on ProTeacher, 
I followed a link to Just A Girl Blog who had written a post about hand sanitizer!
{LOL...only a teacher would click a link like that!}
She was a teacher, but wrote her blog about home decorating!
I immediately fell in love!
I loved how she decorated her house!
I loved how she communicated!
I felt like I knew her!
So I thought I can do this!

On January 11, 2011, I wrote my first blog post!
In the next 6 months, I blogged about reorganizing my desk...
and my closet....
and several other crafts and projects around my apartment!
I linked these posts up to a couple of linky parties and had a lot of traffic.
I felt proud of my little ol' blog...
I didn't keep up with it.
As a teacher, things often get put on the back burner and so did this blog.

2 years went by and during that time the Teacher Blogger was born!
I started following all the teachers I had found in ProTeacher plus so many new ones!
So in July of 2013, I started blogging about teaching!
It was a game-changer, y'all!
It led me to become a TPT seller.
I have "met" so many educators from around the world!
And although, I don't blog nearly as much as I want to...
This will always be my home!

I said all of this to say....that we all have a journey.
My journey has always been some sort of online teaching community!
When I tried to blog about home decorating, it didn't work!
I lived in a one-bedroom apartment for crying out loud!!
What works for me, is to blog about my journey.
My teaching journey.
My life journey.
I encourage you to BE your journey!
You were created to be you and nobody else!
Thanks for reading about my journey!
I hope you embrace yours!

Now back to the GIVEAWAY!


  1. Congratulations on your milestone! I found you through bloglovin.

  2. I found the teach community by searching Google for help. I however cannot remember how I stumbled upon you! congratulations on 5 years!

  3. I found the teach community by searching Google for help. I however cannot remember how I stumbled upon you! congratulations on 5 years!

  4. Congratulations Rachel!! I had no idea you were such a vetran teacher!
    I love the new blog!! It is so professional looking!!
    I started blogging about 9 years ago, and like you I blogged about life... when I made the decision to go back to school for teaching, I started following a few teacher blogs.... But, I really connected with the teaching community through periscope this summer. And, I'm so grateful, because that's where I connected with you! :D

  5. Oh gosh, I have been following you for a while...I am not really sure how I found you!

  6. I found you a while back thru Bloglovin. Congrats on your 5 years!

  7. When I got back into teaching 6 years ago, I stumbled by a blog homes, which lead to different blogs, and finally teacher blogs. I LOVED looking at all the blogs on the "blog roll" for new blogs to search and follow. Way to go on 5 years!!! Congratulations!

  8. LOVE this Rachel! Congrats on five years! I am so thankful to have found the online teaching community thanks to IG, Facebook and TPT!! LOVE the connections, and I can't wait to connect with you in person this summer!!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

  9. Five years and going strong!! Congratulations!


  10. Congratulations on five years! I love your blog -I am a teacher in the Charleston area as well ( but not a blogger).

  11. I found you through Bloglovin. :) Congrats on 5 years!

  12. I found the teaching blogging community through the message boards and the old Scholastic blogs.


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