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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Midwest Blogger Meet-Up in Chicago!

Last weekend, I met up with some teacher bloggers in Chicago! I have been following many of these ladies from around the Midwest on their blogs and other social media for a while now, but I had never met them in person!

My roomates for the weekend were Lindsey Johnson, Angie Olson, and Katie Palmer. Lindsey and I are friends from my old school, but I had never met Angie or Katie in real life until we met up for the big 10 hour drive! I love them just as much in person and I do online! We will be lifelong friends for sure!

We took off on Friday morning and drove pretty much the whole day. There was rarely a quite moment in the car! We were so excited to finally meet each other and share lots of ideas. Chatting with these awesome educators fires me up!

Saturday morning, we got up early to head into the city. It was a rainy morning, so we took in a cup of coffee at Starbucks while we looked out at the skyscrapers and fall colors in Grant Park. Then, we took in The Bean, Chicago Fashion Week, and some site seeing. The blogger meet-up was the icing on top of the cake! It was awesome to meet so many talented bloggers and I had an awesome afternoon of fun and collaboration! There's something really special about the energy in a room when passionate teachers meet up to share and collaborate, even if they are "strangers" in real life.

We spent Sunday driving back and sharing more ideas and swapping stories. Can I just say I already miss these ladies!?!

Here are lots of pictures of the amazing weekend that I will never forget!

This is Jane from Learning in the Little Apple! We have been Instagram and blog friends for a long time! It was awesome to finally meet face to face!

I recieved over $150 in awesome swag from companies like Target, Lakeshore, Creative Clips, and Creative Teaching Press! I even have a coupon code for all of you teacher followers out there. You can click this link to recieve 20% off at Lakeshore, compliments of the Midwest Blogger Meet-up and Lakeshore!

Can you believe I got all of this for FREE!!?!

I was proud to be the only blogger from ND at this meet-up!

Kayla Dornfeld
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  1. Reading this makes me miss you! I'm looking forward to our December get-together!!!

  2. Looks like you had a fabulous time and I was SO BUMMED that I was out of town (I live in Chicago) visiting family during the meet up! Boo! Hopefully I'll meet you at a future mid-west meet up!

    1. Hi Krista! First of all, I have been a long time fan of you and your adorable clip art and it is a little surreal for me to find a comment from YOU on my little blog! THANK YOU for stopping by, reading my post, and leaving me some love. I would LOVE to meet you someday. Are you planning on attending the TPT conference in July or the next meet up in August? Keep in touch and keep creating! Thanks! :)


    2. PS Thanks for the generous donation of clip art!!!

  3. It was so great to chat with you! And I'm glad you made the long trip! Looks like your road trip crew had an awesome adventure. Hope to see you again soon!

    Learning in the Little Apple

    1. It was a long trip but it was so worth it to meet everyone! It was great to finally meet you face to face! You are just as awesome in person as you are on all the social media I follow you on. Thanks for the comment Jane!!


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