Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012 Bloggy Best and Brightest Linky

Welcome to my 2012's Blog Best and Brightest linky party!  Here you can link up to share some of your blog's best and brightest moments of the past year, as well as brag about other bloggers too!  I'm really leaving it up to you as to what you share, as long as it's something you have shared on your blog and are proud of from the past year.

The only rules are... it needs to be a new post that tells about your favorite posts, products, and fellow bloggers from the year!  You can certainly link up all of your favorite posts... but put them in a new blog post.  Please only link up once per blog!  I don't want the linky to be cluttered with many links from one blog!  And last... if you link up, please remember to grab the button above and also link back to this post.  Jen at Finally in First has some great Linky Party etiquette if you'd like to know more about what you should do!

Enough with the rules and regulations...

So... my blog's best and brightest...

One of the BEST things I did this year was learn about TpT!  I didn't know it existed until late in 2011 and, finally in March of this year, I took the plunge and opened up a shop!  It has been a huge blessing to me and my husband and is going to allow us to start perusing our goal of adopting a baby!  Hopefully I'll be able to add that to my list of "BESTS" for 2013!

The post that I love the BEST from this year is when I shared the "Back to Back" game video.  Not only do I love the two little boys in the video, T and C, but I LOVE "Back to Back"!  If you listen to it, never mind my gum chanking.  Gross and sorry!

My most popular post this year is my collaborative First Day Handbook that ya'll contributed to... it has over 20,000 views!  You can check it out by clicking the pic below.

The BEST news I shared on my blog this year was my new job.  I went from teaching a 1st/2nd grade split class to teaching 3rd grade English Language Arts.  Though I miss my friends and kiddos at my old school, I am so happy in my new position and love my new friends, kiddos, and administration so much!

The BEST product I created and blogged about this year is my Reading Comprehension Flippy Books.  I love them and they are one of my top sellers!

And the BEST freebie I shared this year... in my humble opinion... is the colorful "Show Me the Number" silent management system set.  All of the 3rd grades in my building use it and I LOVE it!
I've "met" a ton of new bloggy friends this year... secret FB teacher friends, you know who you are!  Some of the BRIGHTEST new bloggy friends I've made are...

Kelley at the Teacher Idea Factory
Tracy at Creekside Teacher Tales
and, of course, my best bloggy friend forever... Patty at 2nd in Line

So... there you go!  I hope you'll link up and share your BEST and BRIGHTEST bloggy moments from 2012!


  1. Love your blog...glad to link up with you!


  2. I love your blog Christina! I am so glad that we have connected :)

    Creekside Teacher Tales

  3. You made my day girl! You truly helped me find my "footing" as a blogger and I am so happy to call you friend. Merry Merry my dear. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO :)

  4. Great idea, Christina! I can't wait to read all the posts!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  5. Love this linky party, Christina! I never saw your Back to Back game the first time you posted it... my kids will love it! Thanks :) Can't wait to link up and check out everyone's posts!

    EduKate and Inspire

  6. What a great linky idea! Thanks so much for all you share!!

    Have a Happy Holiday,

    Erin Klein

  7. This is a great linky!!! I think it's wonderful that your TPT products will get to help out on adding to your family. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Lovely Literacy & More

  8. I LOVE this linky - what a great opportunity to reflect and share the amazing-ness that was 2012! Thank you.


  9. Thank you for starting this linky - I love your blog and am enjoying reading everyone`s reflections on the year! My blog is way to new to look back at but this linky gives me something to strive for!!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  10. Thank you so much for the great linky! I had a blast remembering this year!

  11. I loved reading your reflections on 2012 and look forward to linking up. I cannot believe that you just started TPT in 2011! Your products are amazing and such an inspiration!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  12. Great linky. If I find some time this afternoon (I mean it is Christmas... :) I will link up too!!) Stephanie

  13. Thank you for hosting this linky. What a wonderful idea!

  14. Thanks for letting me link up with you. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  15. Thanks for having the linky party, Christina! It is a lot of fun. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  16. I've just had the best time reading everyone's entries - and followed a lot more blogs too :) Thanks for providing the opportunity to "meet" some new people. Happy holidays :)

  17. Your blog is so much fun! Thanks for the linky party-it was a nice way to reflect on my blogging beginnings. I can't wait to see what 2013 brings to all of us!


  18. Thank you for this linky and for the link to Jen's linky etiquette! I am new to blogging and have found great ideas as well as new blogs to follow! I made a mistake and linked to my blog and not the blog post about the linky! Oops! I hope I can figure out how to do this the right way! Thanks again for the linky and all of your great ideas!

  19. This is such a fun linky!! I'm a new follower and have linked up:) Looking forward to searching through your blog more:)

    1...2...3...Teach With Me
    ”Dots” of Fun!

  20. Thank- you for hosting! 2012 was great! CHEERS to 2013!! :)

  21. Hi Christina!

    What a fantastic linky! Thank you so much for hosting it! It was a lot of fun to put the blog post together!

    I'm also hosting a linky party at the same time you are! :) I would be so honored if you joined my linky party and passed on the RACK {Random Acts of Christmas Kindness} to 2 blogs that you are grateful for! RACK Linky Party

    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

  22. What a great linky party! Thank you for hosting. I loved putting the post together and remembering the wonderful things that happened this year.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

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    1. oops! Meant to say...thanks for this opportunity! I linked up and am your newest follower!

  24. Thanks for the opportunity to link up, Christina! It was fun to take time and think about this year of blogging... and now it will be fun to find out about others' bright spots of 2012!


  25. Thanks for hosting such a fun linky! I just linked up!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  26. Thank you so much for hosting the link up! I am a brand spanking new teacher blogger, just finding my feet, and I love this way of getting to know so many other teacher bloggers at the same time!
    Miss Rachael Teaches

  27. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Your blog was one of the very first that I found when I started looking at blogs back in August. Even though I teach 6th grade, I love to stop by and read about all of the things that are going on here. Thank you for all of your great ideas and for taking the time for newbies like me!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  28. Thank you for creating such a great linky party! I've really enjoyed exploring your blog and looking forward to reading future posts! xo


  29. I must have missed this somehow!! I am so glad I "accidentally" found this and that I still have time to link up! Woo Hoo!! What a great idea for a linky!!

    The 3AM Teacher
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