Monday, June 29, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge: Week 3 Make Your Masterpiece

TpT Challenge Participants, week three challenge is HERE!

{You're welcome to join us at any time! If you're just joining us, make sure to check out the directions for participation on my previous post}


This week, we are encouraging you to make a NEW product! This can be free or paid. It can also be the motivation you need to finish a product you may have started already. Get creative! If you're having a brain block, try to think of something you will need in the start of the year for your own classroom. 

For my "Make Your Masterpiece", I decided to finally take the time to finish a product I started at the end of last year. I started working on my product, Fraction Action, while teaching my fraction unit to my second graders. I created it because I felt that my students really needed some visuals to help them remember some of the vocabulary. These were perfect supplemental activities, and the kids loved the choices of games. This challenge was the push I needed to get a cover page and make it cute for my buyers. I'd love for you to check it out HERE!


Now it's YOUR turn!
Click on the image below to save it and then get started on dreaming BIG!



Don't forget to fill out the google doc with a link to your social media post (Facebook, Twitter, blog, or Instagram) to show us that you participated! Don't forget to use the #tptsellerchallenge on your post!

Make sure you enter our Rafflecopter (a must to participate!)

TpT Seller Challenge Pinterest Board-- Link up your new masterpiece to our collaborative Pinterest board! If you're not already apart of it and would like to be, you must follow the board first, then add your email to THIS {new} google doc to be added by an admin. 




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Link up your "Make Your Masterpiece" blog posts {blog links only, all others will be deleted}. Make sure to be a good blogger and comment on 3 other people's blogs {2 before your link and 1 after}! Meet some friends :)


Monday, June 22, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge: Week 2 Dare to Dream

TpT Challenge Participants, week two challenge is HERE!

{if you're just joining us, make sure to check out the directions for participation on my previous post}



This week, we are asking you to BLOG {yes you can still makeover your products if you are still inspired}. Blogging in an important way to connecting to others. Other readers, other bloggers, other sellers, etc. Don't have a blog? Let this be your motivation to start one! We are asking you, what do you want out of this TpT thing? Is there a dream you've been dying to obtain and TpT can make it possible? We'd love to hear your dreams!

Dreaming big is just something that is in my family. Each one of my family members have at one point worked conventional jobs, but with their abilities to DREAM, now all of them are entrepreneurs making their own hours and living the lives they have always imagined! It's amazing being the youngest and watching my two older sisters' lives sky rocket! It's so inspiring and makes me think, "What are my goals? What are my dreams?" 



Stay at Home Mom: Nothing to me in this world would be more fulfilling than being a stay a home mom. Growing up, my mom did whatever it took to stay at home with us. From freelance jobs, to opening an in-home daycare, she did it all to be home with us. I have such good memories growing up because my parents made sacrifices for us. It's not quite "time yet" for my husband and I to have kids. We have been married two years, so maybe another year or so. As much as I LOVE teaching, I would want to pour all of my energy and love in to my own kids. I could never "not work" because I am a busy bee, so to do TpT full time from home would give me something to do. So, when the time comes, that is my DREAM!

Travel the World: My parents have had the privilege to travel much of the world through their business and personal lives. The pictures they show me proves that there is still so much to see and experience outside of Michigan! I would LOVE to see other parts of the world, and experience what life is like for other people in other cultures. 

Bless People Abundantly: I want to live out the scripture in 2 Corinthians 9:11 to the FULLEST. "You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." I want to be able to give generously on ALL occasions. When there is a need, I want to be able to meet it. It is my dream to buy people cars who need them, bless people by buying them groceries for no reason, treat people out to dinner every time... and so on!! 

Do the Lord's Work: I have been on one missions trip to the Dominican Republic, but would love to go on more. Getting the gospel out takes money and resources, so I would love to be able to do those things!


Now it's YOUR turn!
Click on the image below to save it and then get started on dreaming BIG!


Don't forget to fill out the google doc with a link to your social media post (facebook, twitter, blog, or instagram) to show us that you participated! 

Make sure you enter our rafflecopter (a must to participate!)


Dare to Dream Pinterest Board-- Link up your dream image to our collaborative Pinterest board! It was the same board as last week's challenge, but I've changed the name from "Makeover Madness" to "TpT Seller Challenge" so we can pin all four weeks here. If you're not already apart of it and would like to be, you must follow the board first, then add your email to THIS {new} google doc to be added by me. 





We encourage you to blog about your dreams, if you do not have a blog, feel free to share your image on social media and on the "Dare to Dream" thread in our Facebook group!

Monday, June 15, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge Week 1: Makeover Madness

TpT Challenge Participants... week one challenge is HERE!

{If you're just joining us, make sure to check out the directions for participation on my previous post}


I couldn't wait to start my makeover madness! I had the perfect product in store... My Editable Teacher Binder. I had to update it to 2015-2016 anyways, so why not?! I have three different teacher binders in my TPT store and so far I have only updated this one. I'll get to the other two in the next week or so. This ombre one is my personal favorite and what I used in my classroom!

Although my teacher binders are good sellers, there were some things that I thought needed updating more than just the dates. 

It went from this...

To This...

You can check it out in its entirety HERE. It did take a lot of time, but to me it was worth it! The touch of color and new fonts really make the difference in my opinion. I know a lot of teachers like Erin Condren planners, which have some color. So why not plan in style? My favorite part about these teacher planners is that they are fully editable! You have the option to type and print, or print and handwrite! Not to mention, once you buy them once you get a free update every school year!
What do you think?

So now it's YOUR turn to makeover one of your products! You have one week to do it. Then, you can share it by posting the change on the image below and share it using your social media :) Don't forget to share it using the hashtag #tptsellerchallenge. Click on the image below to save it, and then get to work creating your own Makeover Madness!

We also suggest putting your product on SALE for the next four days :) 

Don't forget to fill out the google doc with a link to your social media post (facebook, twitter, blog, or instagram) to show us that you participated! 

Make sure you enter our rafflecopter (a must to participate!)
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You do not have to blog about your product makeover, but if you do feel free to link up with us below. Remember the rules for the link up-- it's proper etiquette to head the person before you and leave thoughtful feedback on their blog :)  Also, please do not put a direct link to your store-- only blog posts!





Sunday, June 14, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge!

IT IS OFFICIALLY HERE! We are so excited to announce our 4-week seller challenge to help you build your business, increase your followers, and boost your followers! 


We will have a challenge for you to complete each week! Sometimes we all need some motivation to work on our business! This challenge will be just the thing you need to focus while you're off for the summer! We will be reminding you each week just what you need to do! In the meantime, follow the steps below to get started! The challenge officially starts TOMORROW (June 15th), but go ahead and get signed up to begin!











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Monday, June 8, 2015

Reflect and Refresh: Part 1


We have just 4 1/2 days left of school! I have already begun reflecting on this previous year to think what worked well, and what changes I'd like to make.

Communication: For as long as I have been teaching, I have been sending home a weekly [paper] newsletter every Friday. In the newsletter, I cover all the subjects and give a run down of the content we learned that week. I also feature the star of the week and any birthdays we celebrated by including the students' picture. It is a great time to ask for any donations we may need in the classroom, as well as notifying families of upcoming important dates. The students LOVE reading the newsletters! They tell me they wait until they get on the bus and read them like a newspaper :).

Organization: I always do my entire week's copies the Thursday or Friday before the start of the week. I don't know why I hadn't thought to do this sooner, but this year I stored them in filing folders that were labeled "Monday-Friday". I had two sets of these folders so that if necessary, I could plan my copies two weeks ahead of time. What a time saver!

Content: This was my first year in second grade, so every day, every subject, and every hour was something new. New learning experiences for me for sure! The first time you teach anything, you think... I definitely should have done this... skipped this... planned for more time here... etc. Next year will be much smoother! We also switched to the common core version of Everyday Math, so that was something new to get a handle on.

Big Summer: I have already been working on redoing some of my old products, but my style continues to change. Not to mention, I keep getting new fonts, clip art, and papers that I love! Giving products a facelift sure does make a difference! My first project to tackle is my "Editable Teacher Binders". Those sold great last year, but this year... with a facelift... are going to be even better! Stay tuned.

Have you reflected on this past year? What went well? What needs a change?


Thursday, May 28, 2015

End of the Year Scavenger Hunt FREEBIE


The end of the year can be difficult, both for the teacher and the students! Here is a fun way to activate their brains, recall things they've learned, and get them moving around the room! Click on the picture to download this FREEBIE!




Created for 2nd grade, but great for all grades!



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Friday, May 22, 2015

New Blog Launch Giveaway!



I'm so excited to announce my new blog design by Blogs Fit for a Queen! Courtney and Shanon were such a pleasure to work with. They were patient through my indecisive personality, and worked until I absolutely loved it! If you are in need of a new blog, I highly recommend them!

Because I love my readers so much, I thought I'd give away a $25 gift card to YOUR choice of either Starbucks, Target, or TpT! You can enter every day! Everyone who enters will be emailed an exclusive product made by me once the giveaway has ended.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you say "hello" in the comments... I'd love to hear from you!

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