A Year of Accomplishments and Milestones!

Hi there!
This is a massive post, but I wanted to acknowledge all of the fabulous blogs I have been following this year and give a shout out to some wonderful accomplishments!

With the end of the year approaching, it's hard to avoid all the promises made to better ourselves in the New Year...but I gotta tell ya... I think you all are doing pretty amazing this year! That's not to say we shouldn't all find things to improve our lives and the lives of those around us, but I think you should all give yourself some credit! This has been a very successful year for many of my fellow bloggers :)

Many reached great blogger milestones this year! I have by no means exhausted all the wonderful milestone shout outs there could be. All of you deserve a shout-out! But alas, I do not have the time, nor space on my blog to shout out everyone. Below are a few of the wonderful accomplishments bloggers have made this year:

Reaching x Followers!

Mrs. Foxwell at First Grade in Foxwell Forest reach 100 followers just today! Congrats to her! Make sure you follow her wonderful blog and enter to win her 100 Followers Giveaway!

2 Brainy Apples celebrated reaching 25 followers in October. Now they are up to over 50! Congrats!

Surfing to Success celebrated reaching 200 followers...and counting! Fabulous accomplishment- congratulations :)

Lovely Literacy & More has reached 50 followers, and is proud of it! (as she should be!) Congrats! She is also offering a freebie to celebrate her accomplishment. Check it out here.
Tammy at Dots of Fun has reached 200 followers, and is hosting a giveaway. It ends today so make sure to check it out!! 

The Realistic Teacher reached 100 followers earlier this month and is already up to 149 (at the time of this post). Yay!!

Angela at Hippo Hooray for Second Grade also reached and celebrated 100 followers (actually 102). Check out her funny post about reaching this milestone here.

Early this month, Aimee at Primarily Speaking reached 300 Followers! Congratulations Aimee on reaching that great milestone!

Congrats to Marie at Beach Lovin' Teach for reaching 50 Followers! Big accomplishment :)
{Oh...and she also received a Liebster Award! Congrats!! You are on a roll!}

Being Inspired reached 100 Followers this past month as well! Wonderful!!

In May, Andrea at Cheers to School reached 100 followers! Congratulations Andrea -- you are on your way to even more :)

In July, Lacey over at Wild About Teaching reached 500 followers! She is already at over 700 now! I hope to reach 100 followers...let alone over 700!

Michelle at Inspired by Kindergarten hit a double whammy! She reached 500 followers and celebrated her one year blogiversary in October! Congrats Michelle!

Also in October, April at the Idea Backpack reached 400 followers! Her blog is invaluable for teaching ideas, and how cute is that blog button?! Love it!
Bridget from Little Lovely Leaders also reached an enviable milestone: 500 followers! Her blog is full of tremendous ideas for teaching our nations future leaders :) Check it out!

Linsay over at First Grade with a Twist celebrated her 100 Follower accomplishment back in November! Congratulations Linsay :)

Wendy over at Teacher's Toolkit reached a fabulous milestone of 200 followers (now over 250!) Congratulations!

Emily at I Love My Classroom celebrated her newest accomplishment  -- 300 Followers!! Congratulations Emily! 

And as a thank you to her followers, she had a wonderful giveaway, and I got something. Actually two things, and I love them! Check out the two products that I won from Emily. I highly recommend them!

And Kelly, at Kindergarten Kel reached an equally fantastic milestone: 100 followers on her TpT store!! Check out her products - they are super cute and helpful :)

Also, many bloggers have celebrated blogiversaries this year! Check them all out below:

Cynthia at 2nd Grade Pad celebrated its One Year Blogiversary! To celebrate, Cynthia is hosting a great giveaway: HER STORE! Make sure you check it out and enter -  but hurry because it ends today!

Teri at A Cupcake for the Teacher turned one earlier this month as well! Happy Blogiversary!!!

In October, Michelle from The 3 AM Teacher celebrated her one-year blogiversary as well- in style! She hosted a week-long of festivities to celebrate her milestone!

Brian at Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings celebrated his one year blogiversary YESTERDAY! Make sure you check out his blog and wish him a happy blogiversary!

Award Nominations!
Additionally, many wonderful bloggers were nominated for various awards. The Liebster Award celebrates up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. A great way for new bloggers to gain a following and to find other new bloggers. The Versatile Blogger Award celebrates bloggers who reach all different kinds of audiences! Here are some of the winners of those awards from this past year:

Carol at Kinderbear Blogger was nominated for the Liebster Award. Check out her blog post about the award here. Congrats Carol!

Tara at And They All Fall Down... was also nominated for the Liebster Award. Check out her blog post about this award here. Congratulations -- it's a great accomplishment :)

Christina over at Apples, Books, and Crayons was nominated (by yours truly) for the Liebster Award! Please, please check out her wonderful blog - it is full of teaching ideas, freebies, and all around fun!
Brie at Breezy Special Ed received a Liebster Award Nomination for her terrific newbie blog! Make sure you check it out - especially if you are a special educator, like myself. This blog is full of wonderful resources for all teachers!

Miss Swanson at Teaching and Tapas was nominated for a Liebster Award (by me...again!) for her up-and-coming blog! Check it out - it is fabulous and she is living one enviable live :)

First Grade Carousel was also nominated (by me...once more!) for a Liebster Award. Her blog is fabulous, and she has a beautiful banner (it's the little things that make me smile)

The Autism Tank was nominated the Liebster Award as well. I have to say, I love, love LOVE this blog - especially because I am a teacher of students with Autism. Please make sure you check it out and follow it! It's fabulous :)

Mrs. Dunn at First Grade Fun was also nominated for a Liebster! Check out her fun blog (not just because she has the same font as me...but that's a plus!)

Melissa at First Grade Smiles was also graced with a Liebster Award nomination! Congrats Melissa - your blog is fantastic and definitely worth a follow :)

Teaching is a Gift was also nominated for a Liebster Award! Their blog is fabulous - definitely worth check out and following :)

Cindy at Cindy's Curriculum Corner was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award. Check out her versatile blog! It's great :)

Kathy over at Kathy's Coordinated Class also received a nomination for a Versatile Blogger Award! Check out her blog - lots of fun!

And a special shout out to Heather at Heather's Heart. She was my first follower and I am so grateful that she was! She encouraged me to hop onto other blogs to follow them, post to my new found followers, and continue with my blog. Thank you Heather :)




  1. Hello! I stumbled upon your blog today and am now your newest follower!

  2. Hi! You are so sweet! Thanks for featuring me! I'm so glad you posted about so many blogs! I have some new ones to check out now! Happy New Year!

    1. That's the point! I'm glad you can find some new blogs, and hopefully some bloggers will find you! Cheers!

  3. Thank you for the mention! Your blog is very cute & I love that you used the freebies for your blog!! Your button is adorable. Congrats on your growing blog and I am now your newest follower (-;

    Have a Happy New Year!
    The 3AM Teacher
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    1. I'm glad you dropped in! Thanks for the follow and for your wonderful clip art!!


  4. Thank you so much for the shoutout. You are so sweet! I am your newest follower!

    Brian :-)

    1. Thank you for the follow! I'm glad you dropped in :)


  5. You are so sweet! I am sorry that I have not hopped over to visit more. Sometimes I have a hard time even keeping up with my blog!!! =)

    When you get ready for a giveaway let me know...I would love to help! =)

    Bloggy blessings and hugs,

    Heather's Heart

    1. Thank you for the comment! I have been considering a giveaway for sometime now...I am planning on doing one for 100 followers perhaps...but don't know the first thing about starting one! It is helpful to know that you are here to help. Thank you!!

  6. Thank you for the shout out! I'm your newest follower :) What a year it has been!

    I Love My Classroom

    1. Thank you for the follow and for dropping in! What a year indeed!

      Here's to the New Year!


  7. That was so kind of you to reach out!

  8. Awwwwww thanks Rae! I can use all the "hugs" I can get this year. Things are kinda crazy at home...so the blog is my safe place to hang out. I really appreciate your linking up and your kind words. Teachers like you make the world a better place. Happy New Year!

    1. My blog is my safe haven too! Thank you for the kind response to my post.

      Cheers to a better year!

  9. Wow...what a sweet surprise! Thank you for mentioning my blog! I'm a new follower now and can't wait to read all the great new ideas you have! Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you for the follow and for dropping by! I enjoy all of your posts and can't wait for a whole new year of fabulous ideas, giveaways, and insight!



  10. Thanks for mentioning Autism Tank and Happy New Year! Now I have a huge list of new blogs to follow in 2013!
    Hailey from Autism Tank

    1. Of course! I love your blog and want many more people to know about it!


  11. Thank you so much for the shout out! You are so sweet!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

    1. Thank you for checking out the post! I hope it inspires many to follow your blog :)

  12. This is such a lovely idea! Thanks so much for mentioning my little blog! :) Can't wait to go check out some of the others now too.

  13. Thanks so much for the shout out Rae. I get excited each time I check my blog to find a new follower and you definitely did a great job at sharing all these wonderful blogs. Thanks so much!!! You have a great blog.

    Brittany @ Lovely Literacy & More

  14. Oh my word... what a great surprise to find my blog on here! Thanks so much for mentioning me you are too sweet! Happy New Year
    PS love your font ;)

    First Grade Fun with Mrs. Dunn

  15. Thank you so much for the shout-out! What a sweet surprise! :) Happy New Year!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  16. Thanks for the super sweet shout out! And congrats on all of YOUR accomplishments this year :)

    Brie @ Breezy Special Ed

  17. Hi Rae! Thanks so much for giving my giveaway a shout out! You're so sweet and have an adorable blog-I'm your newest follower!

    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

  18. Hi Rae,
    What a lovely sweet thing to do! I haven't been blogging much lately and it was lovely to get your message - gave me the wee boost I needed! Wishing you a really happy New Year - great idea for a blog post - thank you so much!

    Wendy :)
    Teacher's Toolkit

  19. Rae, you are too sweet and kind for the shout out! THe holidays was a very busy time for be and I haven't been blogging much (My new years resolution will hopefully change this!). Thank you for this incredible post! I've always adored your blog. Wishing you the best this year and for more accomplishments. Happy New Year to you.

    Cheers To School


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