Monday, July 14, 2014

Teachers Pay Teachers - The Conference

I know there have already been so many posts about the TPT Conference, with many more on the horizon, but I couldn't help but share about one of the most fabulous weeks ever.  It was so surreal that when I look back upon it, it really does seem like a dream...and then it was a blink of an eye!

If you are a seller, I HIGHLY recommend going to this event next year...which we are already buzzing about!

There were so many fun things leading up to the day of the conference.  It all began when we went to pick up our bloggy buddy, Christina from Miss DeCarbo's Sugar and Spice at the airport.  As a bonus, we ran into Heather from 2 Brainy Apples and Jen Bengel from Out of This World Literacy.  As you can see, we managed to squish everyone into my sweet friend Michelle, from Well, Michelle?'s car.

Can I just say how totally fantastic it was that this conference took place right here in Vegas where I live?  I did get to spend the night at the Venetian one night.  SUPER SWEET!  (and HUGE thank yous to Christina from Miss DeCarbo for that.)  It was kind of nice coming home to these 2 when all was said and done.  HUGE thank yous to my mom and dad for shuffling about and hanging with them during the week.

 I do have to say how surreal it was to see all of these amazing bloggers right with my very own eyes.  Here are just a few pics of the amazing people that I was so honored to meet.

 Some of our Teaching Tribune buddies were able to meet up, too!  PRICELESS!
Next year they'd better all be here!

Then there were the traditions....ah, traditions.  Christina was honored with a poodle purse from those great Fun Factory girls, Susan and Kathy.  Diane from Fifth in the Middle received her "I'm Coming to Vegas so I Need a Boa" boa.  Then there was Terry from Terry's Teaching Tidbits...she was the lucky recipient of the "Sisterhood of the Bloggy Pants" pants (compliments again of those fun girls over at The Fun Factory).  I can't wait to see who gets them next!

There was a lot of fun with some line dancing and mechanical bull riding watching, as well as a birthday celebration for fellow Vegas blogger, Lisa Lillienthal of It's The Little Things.

This summer on my reading list I have Chris Biffle's Whole Brain Teaching, so can you imagine how thrilled I was to meet THE Farrah Shipley?  It was like she popped right off the You Tube videos.  I was also honored to meet sweet Emma from Clever Classroom all the way from Australia; the hilarious and kind Valerie from Georgia Grown Kiddos; the amazing Rachel Lynette from Minds in Bloom (need to pick her brain for about a week about gifted kiddos) and my sweet, sweet, talk to every day, bloggy friend, Christina from Miss DeCarbo and Sugar and Spice fame.  (A visit that was LONG overdue!)

Now because we simply COULD NOT wait to meet Paul and Amy, we had to get a jump on the fun by creating Paul and Amy on a stick.  You can follow their adventures on Instagram at #imwithpaul and #imwithamy.  So happy they were good sports about the fun!
P.S.  I saved one of the Paul on the sticks so his adventures in Vegas are far from over! 

 Finally, the moment that I'd been waiting for...a chance to talk with the real Paul and Amy.  How do you thank someone who has completely changed your life...provided opportunities you never imagined...helped make you a better teacher...provided avenues for you to create life-long friendships?  As a single mom living on a teacher's salary, Paul's amazing vision and idea has opened not only financial doors that I never knew possible but really given me a new lease on life.
TPT may stand for Teachers Pay Teachers, but to me it means Thanks, Paul, Thanks!

To all of those that I've met along this journey...MUAH!...I love you all.  I am blessed beyond measure to know you and have you in my life.
Thank you!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two for Tuesday

How is the weather where you are?  We are in the middle of an excessive heat warning right now, and let me tell you, it is H-O-T!

So to go with this H-O-T weather, how about some H-O-T deals?

I'm linking up with The Teaching Tribune for 

I thought by now, those of us that have been on summer break for little while might, just might, be starting to let those thoughts of next year creep into our minds?  Maybe?  Just a little?

Anyway, even if you're not, you still will want to snap up one of these deals.
I have just put a brand spankin' new Room Theme on TPT and thought I'd list it here at 50% off.

This was made for my friend, Kerri that I work with, but if you're looking for a pirate theme, this just might shiver your timbers.  Look what you can grab today for only $7.50!  Quite the bargain! (Click on any of the pictures to take you there.)

Or maybe pirates just aren't your cup of tea.  If you're looking for a color scheme or a design theme, this could be the room decor that suits you. (Click on any of the pictures to take you to TPT where you can grab this Room Theme for only $7.50.)

 Well that's my Two for Tuesday this week.  Be sure to check out the other amazing deals over at The Teaching Tribune's linky. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Meet Up with The Teaching Tribune

I LOVE today's topic.  I cannot wait to go around and read everyone's top 3 Thankful Thoughts!

It was really hard to think of just 3.  I could have said health (SUPER thankful), happiness or even trials and tribulation (what doesn't kill you makes you stronger), but I decided to go with people.

So first up is family.  Ahhh!  Where would we be without them?  We have my fantastic kiddo, my hero dad and my amazingly talented mom.  I'm thankful for my family.

Second is this group of girls.  They are just a fantastic group of ladies.  Each one is amazing by themselves and together they are a powerhouse of humor, kindness, smarts and grace.  I'm thankful for Lauren, Jen, Caron, Melissa, Michele, Becky (and not pictures Ally and Laura).

Third is the fantastic group of ladies that live in my computer.  I cannot believe that a chance comment one day on Cynthia's 2nd Grade Pad FB page led me to this amazing group...and another powerhouse of friends.  I'm thankful for Kathy & Susan, Martha, Patti, Samantha, Michelle, Merinda, Christi, Wendy, Terry, Cynthia, Diane, Randi, Mel, Jennifer, Monique, Lacey, Laureen, Karla, Teresa, and Christina.
(I hope I got everyone!)  Plus, I am thankful for all of the other bloggy friends that I have met along the way.  You know who you are! ;-)

So, what are you thankful for?  I'd love for you to leave a comment and tell me.  :-)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It's All Fun and Games: Hopscotch {A FREEBIE Hop}

Are you hopping around to all of our blogs collecting our FREEBIES?

We all form a big circle, so make sure you hop around and collect all of the goodies.

My FREEBIE is a sampler from my Spin and Learn Print and Go unit, which you can grab for 50% off on Sunday only.

To collect your FREEBIE simply click on the picture below.

Now to go to the next hopscotch square, click on the picture below.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Two for Tuesday

Well, it's Two for Tuesday time again and I'm linking up with other sellers over at The Teaching Tribune.  Each of us are bringing you two fabulous products at 50% off.

So it has been requested to put some of the Explain-it-All Series units on the Two for Tuesday, so you asked for it, you got it.

Today we have 50% off Paisley & Sawyer's Prefixes and Suffixes.
(Click on the picture to take you to the product.)

Don't forget to go over to The Teaching Tribune to catch some other bargains. 

Monday Meet Me

I am so loving this series from The Teaching Tribune.  So thankful for Mel and her great ideas.  I love reading about everyone and feeling like I truly do know them.  

So are you ready for today's

Here is my Monday Meet Me

Anyone else nervous about flying?  I can't remember the last time I did it.  I know it was before September 11, because that only made me more nervous.

I would lov eto hear what is on your bucket list.  I also want to see the Northern Lights...ever more than skating in Rockefeller Center.  Have you done either of these things? dream.  My cute, little teacher store.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014


It’s time for more Fun and Games and this one has a prize attached to it!
This week’s game is a Scavenger Hunt! 

In order to play, find the picture below somewhere in another post on my blog.  After you find the picture, record the title of the blog post and enter it in the Rafflecopter at

This is the picture that you’re looking for:

One lucky person will win a $20 TPT gift card.
You can earn extra entries for pinning this post.  Copy your pin and enter it into the Rafflecopter.
Be sure to visit all of our blogs for the most chances to win!

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