10 Tips for the TPT Conference in Vegas

Can you believe it? It's almost time for the TPT seller's conference in Vegas? I will be heading out in just 4 short days! A few of my friends are going for the first time and in conversations with them, I have been telling them what I know from my experience going last year! Then I was thinking that other sellers might want to know the same things. Of course I have way more than 10 tips but to keep it manageable, I stuck to that many!

Keep in mind a lot of this is my opinion and others may disagree! Go with what works for you!

I saw this on Facebook and love it!     


 Bring your lap  top - you will be able to get on using your hotel's free wifi and maybe if you're inspired by something at the conference, you can do a little work in Vegas too. This is just my opinion - don't bring your lap top to the conference itself. Lock it in the hotel safe. I brought mine and never took it out of the bag. There were a lot of people in the conference and chairs were touching, we were so packed in. I felt awkward about getting a big lap top out so I just took notes in a small journal. Bring a small binder or notebook to take notes in. Presenters also usually have a free item in their stores that you can print out to put in your binders. I also bought this from the wonderful Ta-Doodles Illustrations. It's too late to order one now but you might like something like it for next year!

Now I know you have your hotel lined up but do you know about Resort Fees? If you ask me it's kind of BS but hotels in Vegas charge $20-40 per night extra that gets added to your room charges for their "Resort Fee" (supposedly to cover stuff like "free wi-fi", their pools, etc., things I think should be included in the cost of the room and usually are - in all cities but Vegas). For example, last year I think I paid $27 per day for a resort fee. This year the hotel I am at (not the Venetian) charges $32 extra per night. Yuck. I will be there 5 nights and that is $160 extra. Boo. People have petitioned to change this, but for now, be forewarned. Remember, though, some of your expenses are tax deductible when you go to the TPT Seller Conference, so save your receipts and make sure to discuss what you can deduct with your accountant at tax time!


Blogger Meet Ups! There are tons of different meet ups. Here are just a few I have heard of. Try and hit at least one to meet some new people, make connections, and have fun and win prizes and giveaway!
Teacher Blogger Meet Up - Wednesday night (Facebook Page)
Go Noodle Meet Up at the Venetian Pool - Thursday (sold out :(  )
Sellebrate Secondary - Thursday night (Facebook Page)
Kick Back with the Primary Pack -Friday Night (Facebook Page)
I know there are a few more too, like the Cool Kids Meet Up but I don't know the info on those.

Bring an extra bag to take all your swag (and hopefully prizes) home! And keep an eye on it! Hot tip from me - I learned the hard way. I left my swag bag in one of the conference rooms last year, went back and it was gone :( . At least it wasn't my purse though, but it was never seen again. And I had thrown some business cards in there too so whoever got it had  to know who it belonged to. 

Speaking of that, bring some business cards! It might be too late to get them through Vistaprint but you can probably do something at your local Staples in time. Also bring a small bag for  all the cards from your new friends!

 Another tip from personal experience, if there is a bloggy buddy  you really want to meet in real life at the conference, do not assume you will just "see them around". Last year there were about 800 people there and try as I might, I never ran into my friend Sally from Elementary Matters or some of my Adventures in Literacy Land blog coauthors. :( This year, I smartened up and I already have their cell numbers and will track them down if need be - and a couple gals and I already made plans to grab a bite to eat so we definitely will get to sit and catch up then.

(Of course these candy phones won't work for this purpose but aren't they fun and creative?)


Wear comfortable shoes, especially the first day or two! TRUST ME! Even if you are staying in the Venetian and think, gee I am just walking down to the conference,  The Venetian is HUGE! Check out this map! And note, where the conference sessions are is not even part of the map! It just says "To The Sands Expo". 

 And here is the Sands Expo Center where things will be happening. Just that one purple part of it is 40,000 square feet! I have bad feet so I always need to wear comfy shoes but on my one visit to Vegas, I wore my Clarks sandals the first day to walk around the strip and I got such bad blisters and boy my feet hurt. The next day, sneakers all the way. Also throw a couple band-aids in your purse just in case.

So these shoes may be cute, but they are not coming with me! :( By all means if your feet can take it, wear your fancy shoes. Or a solution might be wear comfortable shoes down there, with your fancier shoes in your tote and swap them out when you get to the Sands!


Leave a little early - even if you think you're on time, and especially if you know you always are late to things, leave 10 or even 15 minutes early. Everything is further away in Vegas, even as I said, if you are just walking around the hotel. It takes longer to get places because the hotels are so huge , but the bonus? You get a lot of exercise! Burning lot of calories and building those leg muscles!

Speaking of time, you may need to be patient at the McCarran Airport in Vegas. Last year my wait for luggage at the carousel was LONG. And a friend on another flight said the same, as did my cousin (whose in-laws live near Vegas so she has been there a bunch). Maybe we just all had bad luck but try not to get stressed and find something to talk about while you wait or read a book or go on your phone and do some pinning or go on IG. I waited 50 minutes last year. Upside? AMAZING people watching and the carousel itself was entertaining While I was watching every other bag go around, I noticed some random items also going around and around. A hairbrush and a woman's pair of cotton panties were on different parts of the carousel. Haha!

 Most important tip! Relax and make time for fun, friends, good food, sightseeing, and people watching! I don't gamble much but I always have a blast in Vegas! Cheers and see you there!
What's your favorite Vegas trip for newbies?  Comment below and let us know!

4th of July Sale

Check it out! A bunch of us teacher bloggers are having a sale this weekend! Starting today, and going until Sunday, everything is 20% off at my TPT store! I am also linking up with the lovely Mrs. McClain of Buzzing with Mrs. McClain so you find everyone who is participating in one spot! Click here or on any of the images of my products below to shop my sale and click here or on the apple below to go to her blog and see who else linked up! Happy 4th!

My fastest selling item, my Language Arts Interactive Notebook is 20% off!  It focuses on writing and the skills students need to become better writers, like understanding subjects and predicates and parts of speech! Check out the collages with sample pages below!


I have have a comprehensive Reading Interactive Notebook that covers all the reading comprehension skills you need to teach. This is on sale for 20% off too. Check out the examples below!

 My super popular Back to School Starter Kits are in this sale! Grab them now and get ready to go! (Plus don't you love the .gif of the 2nd Grade one that rotates through the images? I wish I could find the ones I made for the other starter kits!)

First Grade Starter Kit

You can also buy my top selling Writing Prompt Collection and Editing Practice Pack on sale, but if you want a freebie, click on the image below for the freebie sample of the Editing Practice Pack.


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the sale!

Makeover Madness Week 2 - Dare to Dream!

So again, I am a little behind but I am going to continue on with the TPT Seller challenge and do the week  2 challenge by  posting about my dreams! Its kind of scary. I am usually a pretty private person but here I am putting it out there for all you to see! I think this will do a couple things though - first, hopefully I will get support from some of my amazing fellow teachers and teacher bloggers! Secondly, it will maybe make those dreams a little more real! And lastly, maybe it will give me a little accountability - like if I know they are posted I will work harder and be more passionate about getting there!

So here is what I dream...

Pay Off Debt:
Yep! I have been working on this, but it is almost 20 years since I graduated and I still have over $25,000 in college loans. I am not going to lie! Its rough. I wouldn't trade anything about my amazing College (and post-grad at Lesley College and UMass) experience at Colby College in Maine (Go White Mules! -lamest mascot ever lol) but it has been tough getting this debt down. I also added a bunch more debt fixing up my place when I thought I was moving and going to have to rent it out. I was anticipating splitting rent with a then boyfriend and using the $ I saved to pay off the renovation. Didn't happen. In any case I have made a bit of debt in that but I have a ways to go and would love to see both my teacher seller business and Jamberry businesses grow and help me with this goal.

2. Travel:
 If I can pay off debt I could get some travel planned! I do travel  a little for conferences and such, but I would LOVE to get back to Ireland (studied there junior year) and to Hawaii, my dream trip!

3. Be a mom:
A lifelong dream which now may require some out of the box thinking and some $ too. Not going to go too much into it here but adoption and similar options are costly. Wouldn't it be amazing though?

Thanks for supporting me on this journey and I am excited to get going to Makeover Madness Week 3! Let's do this!

And I will see some of you in Vegas for the TPT Seller Conference!

Makeover Madness - Week 1

Hi everyone! I decided to join up in the TPT Seller Makeover Madness Challenge! Now, week 1 started about 2 weeks before school is scheduled to end so it has been INSANE. It has taken me almost 2 weeks to finish it because I am in the midst of all of the crazy end of the year tasks.  I think the end of the year is designed to send teachers into a sleepless vortex of insanity!

Week one's challenge is to makeover one item in your store. I chose the  very old but fun game called Valentine Homophone Fun. It is a neat matching homophone game with (obviously) a Valentine's Day them. It can be played Go Fish or concentration style. It was cute but the free graphics were not very colorful a little outdated, but pretty. Plus I had no idea where they came from so I wasn't giving credit, so that is not really fair. The cover was busy - too much going on!

I redid the cover so it was red and white, bold and clear. I changed up the clip art to brighter and more modern hearts and I also added a black and white version of the game for those who can't print in color or need to save ink. I also changed the fonts too.

Check it out in this image:


Want to get more details? Click on the cover image below or the collage to get more details and maybe grab it to put aside for next Valentine's Day! Or click here.

Thanks to Amber, Emily, Ashley and Jen for coming up with the Makeover idea and organizing it all - so far almost 1,000 bloggers have joined up and TPT even gave us a shout out!

Easy End of the Day Summary Form

Today I am sharing with you my post over at iTeachSecond! You can find some hot tips for an end of the day summary form for your students, that is so much more than just one thing! Click here, on the iTeach button or on the image below to head over and check it out! Plus it has a freebie for you! Yay!

iTeach Second

Birthday Party Blog Hop for the Education Highway!

I am so thrilled to join the Birthday Party Blog Hop for the Education Highway!

Celeste is celebrating her birthday with a fun blog hop! All those involved have a freebie for you, a summertime recipe and a fun summer activity to do with your kids! We also have an amazing giveaway (well 3 of them) so be sure to scroll down. Celeste also made an awesome ebook that contains all the info on all of the bloggers. So if you want to find our instagram, website etc, just take a look at that!

To get to the next blog, just use the linky posted below! Enjoy and happy summer!

Grab a free math practice page for your kiddos. This one is great for kids going into third grade, or students entering second grade who like to be challenged. Click here or on the image to get it from my TPT shop!

How about a sweet, frozen treat for summer? Check out these Raspberry Yogurt Vanilla Ice Pops!

I got this recipe from the wonderful Butterfly Foodie website and she got it from Martha Stewart Living. There are a bunch of steps but the end result looks amazing. Nom nom!

Click here for the recipe!

How about a fun idea! Make "snow" in the summertime! 

Here's an easy recipe:
2 16 oz boxes of cornstarch
1 can of shaving cream
peppermint extract (optional)

Now time for some great giveaways! Enter to win and good luck!



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