Monday, June 29, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge- Week 2

This week, we've been asked to dream... to think about what selling through TPT means to us and what we hope it will allow us to do in the future. Can I just say... this was SO much fun!! Seriously, to think about how much I've been able to do because of TPT already... and then to think about what  could be my reality... I'm excited!! :-)

First, I want to be able to take a family trip to Disneyland. As a child, we went a few times and I remember having so much fun. My little one has never been... and I think he's old enough now to enjoy (and remember) it so I really want to take him!

Then... our car. It's an "OK" car. It's been through a lot with us. It's protected us from accidents... gotten us to places we needed to be... and kept on running despite all it's defects. But it has seen better days and won't be living much longer. And it's small. REALLY small. Granted, there are only 2 people in my family... but with sports and school and work and charity events, etc.... we need more space! Badly!

As a single momma (and a teacher)... it's enough of a challenge just providing for basic needs. I do it... don't get me wrong... but there's not much room for extras. In fact, up until this past Christmas, our family had never had a vacation. Ever. In the 10 years our family has existed. The only reason is money... or lack thereof. So my dream is to be able to take 2 vacations every year. Whether its just up north to play in the snow, driving a few hours to the beach, or heading out of state to visit family... two full-on vacations (staying in a hotel, two night minimum, relaxing and enjoying a break from everyday life) every year... would be a dream come true!

Lastly, buying my first home. We've been blessed to be able to rent our home the past 3 years... it's a nice home, but has many problems so I don't want to even think about buying it. And honestly, even if I could afford it now, I'm not ready to buy. I'm handy... but not handy enough to fix pipes or electrical issues or big things like that. Someday, though, I want to buy a home close to my minion's school... with a big (low maintenance) yard for him to play in and lots of kids in the neighborhood for him to play with.

Overall, financial security is my dream. And while I don't make enough on TPT to quit my day job (not that I'd even want to), it's exciting to think that someday, I could!

I'm grateful for TPT... a place where I can share my creativity with all of you. And I'm grateful for all of you that purchase my goods. I honestly have so much fun designing things for the classroom and I'm so honored that my creations are in so many other classrooms around the world. Super stinkin' cool!

And just because, I thought I'd share a FREEBIE with you! Just made this banner for my class library and now you can have it too! :-)

Click on the image to download from TPT.

Until my dreams come true...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A New Chapter...

If you follow me on social media, you may have guessed my news. This year, I'm at a new school doing something new. Thanks to budget cuts, my "title 1 reading" position was cut (Boo!) so now, I'll be the Kindergarten Express (enrichment) teacher at another school in my district!!

Not gonna lie... I'm wicked heartbroken about leaving behind the hundreds of kids I've spent the last two years building relationships with. (Seriously people, major tears have been shed.) But I'll keep tabs on them as best as I can and visit during community events.

Switching gears, now I have a whole new classroom to decorate and I'll be able to build new relationships with new kids and families. Lots of exciting new things to look forward to!

Stay tuned... details and pictures to come.

Monday, June 15, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge- Week 1

I feel honored to take part in the TPT Seller Challenge put on by a few fabulous teacher bloggers. For the first week, we've been challenged to give one of our TPT products a makeover. I decided to choose my most viewed and most wishlisted item...



And because it's had a makeover, it seems only right to put it on sale for a few days. So if this is on your wishlist, now would be the time to get it!

See all the other fabulous makeovers on Instagram at #tptsellerchallenge