Monday, June 22, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge: Dare to Dream

Week 2 and I am linking up with Emily from ThirdinHollywood again for the TPT Seller Challenge.

This week's challenge is something that I've thought about a lot....

I make so much for my class and I rarely ever post some of them because it's not "seller worthy" and I've thought about whether or not it was worth it to make them prettier, edit them and update them.

I put so much time into the things I make and create, I began thinking about how this could benefit me.  How I can continue to do this, something I truly enjoy and make it easier for other teachers to practice their craft?  

I'm was that teacher that grew up in the inner city.  I was born and raised in Washington, DC and attended DC Public Schools.  I was born to young parents who weren't quite ready to be parents so there was no college fund or many funds to begin with.  My siblings and I were separated and I was raised with aunts.  I was the first person on both sides of my family to attend college.  I graduated high school with $33,000 in scholarship money.  Four degrees later, I am drowning in debt.

I am also a single mom to my most precious gift, my daughter.  My world! My girl!  However, single motherhood while attending school all these years has put my number on speed dial with the credit card companies.

As much as I pay for rent in my 2 bedroom duplex apartment, I'm pretty sure I can afford a home, however my credit is dead. It might as well not exist.

So what are my dreams for goes!

1. PAY OFF DEBT:  Debt was at one point the biggest stress in my life.  I wish I could've started life off debt free but unfortunately that wasn't the hand I was dealt.  I've learned there is no point in stressing over the things we can't change, and focus on what I can do, no matter how little.  TPT can help me pay off debt.  For right now, its keeping me out of adding more debt so that's always a plus.

2. OWN A HOME: As much money as I pay for rent, moving expenses etc. I know I can afford a home.  I just can't come up with the down payment or the credit score to purchase one. I grew up in a house and would love for my daughter to have a home to grow up in.  

3. COLLEGE FOR MY DAUGHTER:, even with scholarships, college has left me in so much debt.  It is my dream to pay for at least one of my daughter's degrees. If college is not her route, I would like to be able to help her get started in life debt free.

4.  BUY A NEW CAR:  I got my first car, bought by my auntie when I was 19 years old in college.  13 years later, I have still yet to be able to afford my own brand new car.  I'm on car #3 and its another used car.  2 years old when I bought it, but 1 month old is better.

5.  Lastly, I want to be able to live frugally as I already do and travel the world.  I want to be the one to take my daughter out of the country and on cruises.  Growing up I was blessed that my aunt was a traveler and I've been to many places as a child.  I want to be able to provide that for my daughter.  She's been quite a few places by car but that Disney Cruise and Bahamas is sure looking some trips we would like to take.

Lastly, I didn't add but when that special someone does come along (please LORD send me a husband), I want to be debt free, stress free and able to have the very small wedding of my dreams.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge Week 1: Makeover Madness

Whew!  After two days, I am finally finished with my makeover.  No I did not go to to MAC and get beautified.  Instead, I linked up with Emily of ThirdInHollywood for this week's challenge.

This week's challenge was to pick a product from my TPT store to makeover.  I easily chose one of my first products and one of my best sellers.

This authors purpose product is outdated with bad graphics and polka dots. However, it is my 2nd best seller so it definitely needed an updated.  

It now looks like this:

I love the update!  It looks new and inviting and it screams, "I'm worth purchasing".  I added an extra interactive notebook page for the students to practice.  I added a picture to show the finished the product and instructions on how to put it together. Go Me!

Hop on over to see them all!

Monday, June 15, 2015

City Girl in Third: TPT Seller Challenge!

City Girl in Third: TPT Seller Challenge!: Second blog post in a month!  That's progress.  I am definitely trying.  I am linking up with Emily from ThirdinHollywood for this aweso...

TPT Seller Challenge!

Second blog post in a month!  That's progress.  I am definitely trying.  I am linking up with Emily from ThirdinHollywood for this awesome TPT Seller Challenge.  

The first thing we were asked to do was to record our initial stats.  Here's mines.

I'm overjoyed at my FB stats. That happened all on it's own.  I'm hoping to use that to increase my other stats by posting more to that site.  I do not have a Twitter.  Twitter was confusing for me when I had a personal account. I will have to look into it.  My TPT numbers should be higher for as long as I have been on there but I'm grateful and plan to increase.  Kuddos to Instagram. I just started Instagram this year and it's doing well. I love following other teachers as well. Great learning.  

Funny thing, I thought I had bloglovin' until I actually checked it and realized the blog it was linked to as been closed for over a year. I created a new blog and totally forgot to change it, so that number was up and went down to 0.  

Overall, I'm ready for the challenge. Here goes!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Currently in June!

It's super late (1am) and I'm up so I decided to blog hop.  Came across Farley's currently post and decided, "hey should I join" and so I did...

Summer goal: Stay on top of blogging.....check

Anyway, I'm linking up with Farley tonight for June Currently

I am currently listening to Criminal Minds in the background as I work online.

I am loving my brand new HP Office Pro printer and loving that I got to join the HP Ink Program. I will definitely be using this to print new engaging centers for my students this year.

Ending week 2 of summer vacation and I am already thinking about what I need to do for next year. I'm going to a new district and a new school and I'm currently thinking about what I need to prepare over the summer to be prepared for my adventure in 3rd grade.

I am looking around at the all the organizing and deep cleaning I need to do in this house and I am currently wanting to hire a maid.

I lost 6 lbs in April and May and I've gained 3 of it back since I've been on break :-(. I am currently needing to stick to my healthy not skinny diet plan and eating correctly. It's a struggle but I need to lose 20-30 more pounds.

It's Summer...Summer...Summertime.  This summer I'm going to be love, love, love the beach and spending some happy hour time with my best friend.

Enjoy your June!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Five for Friday!!

It's been awhile, but I'm going to try this blogging thing again.

I'm linking up with Doodle Bug Teaching for yet another Five for Friday and guess what, I actually did five things today!

I got a lot planned this summer and this fall.  So my 1st Five for Friday is........

So after a long debate in my head, I decided to buy a Plum Paper Planner from Etsy.  I'm so excited for it to arrive.

This isn't mines, just a picture.  I debated for awhile on whether to get an Eric Codren or Plum Paper Planner. After several youtube videos and hours of going back and forth, I chose Plum Paper Planner and I'm so excited.  

I am super excited to be going to a new school district this year.  As I begin to prep, I decided I needed a new printer. 

This is the HP Office Pro 6830 and it originally cost $179.99. I got this bad boy on sale for $79 at Office Depot. It came with colored and black ink and I joined HP's amazing ink program.

Today, I got all teary eyed as I watched my baby perform during her dance class.
Super duper proud of my baby. She did an awesome job and yes I shed a few tears. My only baby girl is growing up! I just can't!

Wondering if I have done anything school related. Well NO!  OK, yes I did.

I managed to get done, my SS and Grammar scope and sequence for next year. This way I can prepare and begin planning for next year.

 Five is something so great there is no picture.  I've committed myself to blogging, for real! I'm working on it and this year I'm going to really try to post something to this blog at least once a week.