Monday, August 10, 2015


Last week was extremely busy!  I signed all final paperwork at my new school, was able to spend time in my classroom, get my teaching manuals, participated in my first TPT Meet-up, and took my boyfriend on his first camping trip.  Once back from camping, I had time to work on things that I learned from my TPT Meet-up.  This is all new to me and I want to make sure that I create my own images.  I had to do lots of research on how to redesign my website through other blog posts and YouTube videos.  
The first thing I did was create a new button.  
I wanted something large, easy to read, simple but makes a statement.  I wanted to make sure that I stayed with my colors of gray, blue, and yellow!  I tried to choose fonts that were statement fonts and were large enough to read.  One change I made was changing from three students to three owls.  I mean, how cute!!  :) 

Once I created my button, I knew I instantly wanted to update my TPT Page.  Of course it is still a work in progress, but I began by creating a new TPT banner and side banner.  I then took that work into redesigning my blog.  I wanted to create a header that had links to my various sites (TPT, Instagram, Pinterest) and to my various pages.  I also wanted to create a navigation bar that was included in my header.  After much research, I was able to complete this.  I am still unsure how to create a header and about me section with clearer options and am open to how this is possible.  

TPT Meet-Up
This past Thursday, I had the privilege to meet up with about a dozen other teachers from around the area at TJ Rockwells.  These people are amazing individuals that each brought their own flare to teaching, blogging, and TPT to the table.  Our afternoon included lots of laughs, great food, honest sharing, and amazing conversation that allows us all to grow in what we do.  A huge thank you to Becky and Greg from The Class Couple for organizing this meet up and Go Noodle & TPT for all the lovely goodies!  

Molly from Sassy Sub was one of the amazing teachers that I met at this meet.  

I am linking up with her for this fun Summer Recap Party.  I hate that summer is coming to an end.  Therefore, I am going to recap three major things that happened to me this past summer.  

Vacation Trips
This past summer, I was blessed to enjoy my vacation weeks with my amazing boyfriend.  We went to several different places, and still have two more weekends of fun lined up.  We began our summer with a week trip to Cape Coral Florida.  This was my first time going to the Gulf side of Florida.  We enjoyed days of jet skiing, kayaking, beach laying, fourth of July bash with a concert from Chase Rice, and a trip to Miami to visit his father.  This past weekend I took Joe on his first camping trip.  It was quite an amazing time.  We hiked 12 miles our first day there.  Other fascinating camping events included getting lost in the woods, Joe cross the river on a tree trunk, hearing a bear in the woods, and bear spotting in our campsite.  In the weeks to come we have some day trips planned to Music Fest, a weekend trip to Rochester NY, and a trip to Baltimore, MD.  

TPT Meet-Up
This summer I participated in my first TPT meet-up.  It was something I always wanted to do since I started creating projects for my TPT Store.  I was very nervous and scared at first to meet up with random teachers and exchange ideas.  However, after halfway through it, I felt comfortable discussing my ideas and products with others.  I learned so much to help improve my store and blog.  During our meet, I set a goal of improving my store, products, and being consistent in product making.  I am hoping that I can achieve this goal with the motivation from this meet-up!

Blog/TPT Update
As you see, I have updated my blog and redesigned the header and side column.  I am not completed yet and hope to work on it throughout the school year with my boyfriend is away on the weekend at baseball tournaments.  

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