Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cincy Mystery Meet-Up!

12 days.....I have only been blogging for 12 days.  I don't feel completely comfortable with it, but I am starting to get the hang of it.  So what better way to learn more about this amazing world of blogging than going to my very first blogger meet-up!

Yesterday evening, I attended the Cincy Mystery Meet-up hosted by Em at Curious Firsties and Jenny at Luckeyfrog's Lilypad.  It was located at Book Bums in West Chester, Ohio.  Book Bums is a coffee shop, restaurant, lending library, and learning center.  I have been there several times before to catch with my sisters/friends, study, grade papers, and just to eat their amazing cafe food.  If you have never been, it is definitely worth the trip!  It's super cute!

Book Bums
First of all, I woke up Saturday morning with butterflies in my stomach.  By lunch time, I felt like I was going to throw up....I was an anxious mess!  Remember, I have only had a blog for 12 days.  12 days!?!  Why would I think that I would be ready for a blogger meet-up after 12 days of blogging?!?! I  kept telling myself that I shouldn't be attending this meet-up when I have no idea what I am doing in the blogging world.  I was honestly trying to talk myself out of going.   Luckily, the host was my sister (Em @Curious Firsties), and I knew she would never let me back out.  Plus, I wanted my sister to be proud of me for taking this leap into the blogging world.  Once I arrived at Book Bums, I ordered a coffee, and pretty much stayed close to my sister's side.  I felt like it was my first day of school in a foreign land!!

Em @CuriousFirsties
After some small talk and introductions, we ordered our delicious food.  Then, we played a game to get to know everyone.  Before the meet-up, everyone received a google document where we had to fill out information about ourselves (ex: one fact about you as a teacher, one interesting fact about your childhood, one thing you wish you were better at).  Em and Jenny read the answers and the guests had to guess who they were describing.  It was so fun getting to know each person!  Everyone was also given a name ahead of time of another blogger coming to the meet-up.  We were to bring them a gift to open at the meet-up.  It was fun how everyone brought their person something based off of what they saw or noticed on their blog.  I had Jenny from Luckeyfrog's Lilypad.  I knew she was attending a Picture Perfect Science Workshop. So I bought her a few picture books she could use along with the Picture Perfect Science workbooks.  I also bought her some pink Post-It Note Reminder Tags and cute binder clips.  Em from Curious Firsties had my name.  Since she is my sister and knows me better than anyone else, she made me my binder for the upcoming school year. 
My Goodies
Mystery Picture Book Game
We also played a really fun mystery game.  Em and Jenny had placed picture books inside envelopes.  Attached to the envelopes were clues describing the book inside the folder.  Whoever guessed the book got to keep it!  This is MY favorite kind of game.  I like mystery games, but I LOVE games that have books as prizes!  As the evening progressed, we played a few more games, shared personal and school stories, laughed a lot, and exchanged information.  Not to mention, I walked out of Book Bums with soooo many teacher goodies! 

The ladies I met at this meet-up were so friendly, welcoming, and super sweet! I honestly had a great time and am so thankful I didn't chicken out.  I feel so lucky to have met a wonderful and knowledgeable group of ladies. I hope to meet up with them again. 
Cincy Mystery Meet-Up Bloggers      
W.O.W.....12 days of being a blogger and I have already attended my first meet-up.  SO COOL! I'd like to thank Jenny and Em for being great hosts!   Most importantly, I need to thank my sister, Em for helping me get started with my blog.  I am honored to have her as my big sister.  I learn from her every single day.  Thank you, Em, for pushing me to start this amazing journey!


  1. OMG!!! Em is your sister??? NO WAY! I just LOVE that girl to pieces! You are so incredibly lucky to have her! She will definitely be your go-to person to help you with all-things blogging! It was so fun reading your bio and I hope you link up with us again next month!

    Mrs. DiBenedetto's First Grade Critter Cafe

  2. WOW, that meet-up sounds like fun!!! I may have to piggyback some ideas for an upcoming meet-up. Thank you so much for sharing and the pictures.

  3. It was so great to meet you (well, for more than just a minute!). I'm SO glad you came, and I'm a little jealous that you've already figured out things like linky parties and collages in 12 days of blogging. I think that took me months! :)