2015 Teacher-Blogger Vegas Meet-up!

It's almost that time again! The time that thousands of teachers and bloggers head to Vegas for the annual SDE and Teachers Pay Teachers Conferences. To say we were excited would be an understatement! 

This year will be our 4th annual Vegas Teacher-Blogger Meet Up. What started as a fun little way to get to meet other teachers and bloggers from across the country, has turned into the BIGGEST teacher-blogger meet up ever!

Here are the details you'll want to know:
  • The meet up will be on Wednesday, July 8th, and will start at 6:30pm at the Venetian in the Galileo room. 
  • RSVP on our Facebook event page {HERE}
  • You will need to download, edit, and bring your own name tag.  Download the file {HERE!} Below is an example of how your name tag should look. 

  • You do not need to be a blogger to attend. All teachers are invited and welcome to come! 
  • Please be ready to have fun, meet people, and make new friends! Make sure to post pictures to social media using the hashtag #2015vegasmeetup.
  • Our main sponsors for this event are SDE and TPT, although we have dozens more who will be donating prizes, swag, and other fun stuff! You do not want to miss out on these awesome prizes!
    • Here is a peek at this year's DIAMOND sponsors:

Please take a look at our amazing sponsors, visit their websites, and if possible say thank you for supporting this event! We have never charged an entrance fee for this meet up and it's because of all these wonderful, generous sponsors!     


And just to help you get even more excited, here's a peek at the fun we had at last year's meet-up! This year is sure to be even 

All our happy prize winners from last year!

Can't wait to see you all there!!

Currently - June!

It is finally June!  Our endless winter has ended.  School however does not end until June 26th!   All of the social media posts I see about teachers being done... thanks for rubbing it in!  You all make me jealous.  I do however LOVE my group of first graders.  They are kind, helpful, and appreciative kiddos.  They are what I envisioned teaching to be like, when I decided to be a teacher.   I don't want them to leave me.

On to Farley's Currently Linky for June:

Listening: Now that I am a new homeowner, I am addicted to HGTV.  Also, I have not really figured out Verizon FiOs, so I am sticking to the channel that turns on when I turn on the TV.  I had Optimum at my old house, but FiOs ended up being cheaper and let me pick the channels I wanted.  Hopefully, no one ever comes over who wants to watch sports...they will be out of luck.

Loving:  As I said above, my class is so sweet.  I feel so lucky and love going to work everyday.   I am going to miss these guys.   It might also help that I have a rare, low class size of 18!  This is not the norm for my district.  It just happened to be a small group of first graders and I had three students move.  It is just so wonderful for small group instruction (centers and guided reading).

Thinking:  I am thinking about decorating 24/7!  I should be pinning my products on Pinterest, but instead I am obsessed with decor pins.   You can check out my latest pins by clicking {HERE}.

Wanting:  I just want to do it all!  I am doing Whole30 again, trying to go to the gym, unpack, decorate this house, teach, take care of four pets, and work on TpT.   Guess what, I cannot do it all and still actually sleep.  So for now, I have been focusing on Whole30 and unpacking/decorating.  I get to the gym once a week and of course I still have to teach.  I actually tried leaving my cats at my parents' house while I had a few rooms painted here and my Greta escaped and fell in their canal! Thankfully,  my aunt and uncle saved her (they live next door).   So, now the cats are with me and of course they stepped in paint.

Needing:  I need to get back to work on my TpT products.  I have a few that need updates and a ton of ideas on my "To Do List."   Did you see this article about TpT?

Summer Loving:   I LOVE summer.  I love the sun, I love the warmth, I love no alarm, I love having time to read, I just love it all.   I cannot wait to go back to Vegas this summer and see all my TpT friends and meet new ones. 

Please, check out Farley's post and donate to a cause that of course I support!

Happy June!

Personal Planner Giveaway!

I was so excited to get this beautiful personal planner in the mail by April McNair {A Modern Teacher}.  It matches my classroom decor beautifully!   This planner has everything in it you could possibly think of and is a nice size.  
I have always typed up my plan book but never my planner.  I like to be able to take a physical planner with me to lunch with me and grade level meetings.  I pencil in dates and events.  The planner has to be durable and CUTE!  These were not an easy combination to find...until I found April's personal planner!   It is just perfect for me.   I also got the Summer To Do List.  I love it!!  Don't you just love polka dots?! 

Do you want to win your very own personal planner?  Of course you do!  You can win by entering the rafflecopter below!  Best of luck to you!

Here are the specs on the personal planner:
• 12 Monthly Calendars August 2015-July 2016 (weeks start on Sunday)
• 2 page spread calendars
• Weekly Calendars August 2015-July 2016
• Colorful laminated tabbed dividers
• Overview of teacher essentials like:
Curriculum overview for the 2015-2016 year for 6 subjects/areas
Admin Info
Substitute Info
Student Birthdays
Parent Contact Info
Class Schedule
a section providing places to write down meeting notes, projects, ideas
* black and white inside pages printed on heavy white
* paper inside pages measure 8x9 1/2,
with coil binding: 9x9 1/2
* about 1" thickness
*bound by copper colored coil binding
*high-gloss sturdy front and back covers

Plans for the Week of May 11th

We are still finishing up plants this week.  Our sunflower sprouts are looking pretty floppy.  I hope they make it to Spring Exhibit!  I am bringing in some yarn and larger plastic cups.  I am hoping I can tie them to the popsicle sticks in their pods and that will give them a bit more time inside.

 I just closed on my new house last week.  If you would like to follow my house journey, I set up a separate Instagram account called Every_Day_Erica.  My goal is to eventually start another blog, but I cannot keep up with this one!  So maybe in the summer.

Here are my plans for the week!  Click to download:

Here are the packets I am using this week:



Here are packets I will be using soon:

I am linking up with my pal Deedee again!

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