Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The best home laminator!

I recently received an offer from Shoplet.com to review the Fellowes Saturn Laminator.
Some product specifics are:
  • Laminator features a rapid, one-minute warm-up with InstaHeat Technology.
  • The 9-1/2" entry width accommodates multiple document sizes.
  • Saturn3i 95 Laminator delivers hot lamination for 3 mil or 5 mil and cold setting for self-adhesive pouches.

I eagerly accepted this opportunity and here are my honest opinions!

Pros
*Lightweight, but did not feel "cheap"
*Heated extremely quickly!
*I have never used cold lamination, but I can now if I want!
*There is a ledge on the back of the laminator to catch your work as it comes through.
*MOST IMPORTANTLY, the lamination actually sealed all the way around my paper!  Usually when laminating with a small laminator, there are some edges that don't seal very well.  I was VERY impressed with how this one sealed!

Cons:
*There are only 10 laminating pouches that come with the laminator. BUT, that is better than none!
*A little pricey, compared to other small laminators, but you do get what you pay for!

The Fellowes Saturn 3i 95 Laminator is seriously the best home laminator I've ever used.  It heats quickly, seals completely, and has an automatic shutoff feature.
If you need a good laminator, this is a great one!




Thursday, June 18, 2015

Win a GlassTech Case for your Microsoft Surface Pro!

I'm happy to announce that I am giving away a GlassTech case for the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Pro 3 on behalf of Gumdrop Cases
This would be perfect for your classroom!

The Gumdrop Cases GlassTech for Microsoft Surface features:
  • Ruggedized, impact-resistant skin - perfect for accident-prone kids and families
  • Tempered glass screen protector for ultimate touch sensitivity, with a special smudge-free coating
  • Fully compatible with the Microsoft Surface keyboard and kickstand
Learn more about the GlassTech for Microsoft Surface 3 here, and the GlassTech for Microsoft Surface  Pro 3 here. The cases are available in Green, Black and Red, and start at $59.

**Enter to win a case by leaving a comment below.**
I'm sorry, but the winner must be in the US.
Let me know why you think you should win the case in the comments along with you color preference and email address. 
Thanks for your participation!



Thursday, June 11, 2015

The 2015 Nashville Teacher Blogger Meet Up!

#nashteacherbash
That's all you need to search for on Instagram to see what an amazing time we had last weekend!
If you've never been to a teacher blogger meet up, you are missing out.  You don't even have to be a blogger, blog-stalkers teachers are always welcome!
Greg {Kindergarten Smorgasboard}, Latoya {Flying into First Grade}, Cindy {Exploring is Elementary}, Alexandria {Classroom Action with Ms. Jackson}, Lawren {Teaching is a Royal Adventure}, and I had been emailing potential sponsors, brainstorming activities, searching for the perfect venue, deciding on a menu, and messaging each other daily for the last few months.  
It was completely worth all the work, because we had the most fun-filled weekend!
We kicked off the weekend at the Nashville Sound's baseball game at their brand new stadium.  It was a perfect night for baseball- the weather was great, cold drinks, hot food, 23 teacher blogger friends, and a win for the home team! We even made it onto the jumbotron!

GoNoodle provided us with some awesome sunglasses, which came in handy, because the sun was on us the first couple of innings!
Remind sent us the tshirts, along with some swag for our meet up bags!

Saturday's main event was held at Atmalogy, a super cool venue in Nashville with all sorts of unique spaces to hold meetings, get togethers, or 60 teacher bloggers!  Heather, the owner, was very easy to work with and gave us an amazing rate to use the space.  I highly recommend stopping by for a coffee or glass of wine in their cafe and checking out the space for your next gathering!
2320 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

Y'all, this was so. Much. Fun.

We ended up with $14,000 in donations of one type of another.  Unbelievable, and probably unprecedented! We had SO many wonderful companies and people give us products!
In addition to Atmalogy giving us a great rate for our space, the following companies were also very generous!
Paid for our lunch from Jim N Nick's & gave us cool swag!
Donated a site license for an entire grade level.  That's a $2,000 value! 
 
Please shop from these companies and let them know that you appreciate them supporting teachers!

Saturday night we ended up at Opry Mills and had a delicious dinner at Chuy's!
After dinner, we walked over to Opryland Hotel and hung out at the Library Lounge!

On Sunday, we met at Monell's, a crazy good restaurant near the airport in Nashville.

I CANNOT wait until next year's meet up! Hope to see you there!
See more pictures by hopping through the blogs below!


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