June 30, 2015

Make Your Masterpiece!

Super excited about this week's TPT Seller Challenge!  The goal was to design a product for our stores.  I have been wanting to design a Teacher Binder for quite some time but I guess I just needed a nudge to get it done.  As I was completing this product, I definitely gained some inspiration for several other products that I would LOVE to create this summer!  YAY!  The binder is jam-packed with forms and  such that will keep you extremely organized throughout the school year.  I included EVERY form that I love to have and several more!

So here it is... 

You can grab a copy of this ultimate organization tool HERE!

Well I need to get into bed... almost done with Summer School!
Smiles and Snapshots,

June 22, 2015

Dare to Dream :)

What a school year it was this year!  It was just one of those years ... apparently everyone has one at some point in their teaching careers.  Is that even true?  Oh well.  I loved my sweet 4th graders but spent the year battling some things that seemed overwhelming at times.  I'm thankful for the summer... a time of reflection and rest. 

I'm also thankful for this TPT Sellers Challenge that has renewed my interest in some things that have seemed to take a sideline.  
Week #1 was Makeover Madness, where I was able to perform a much-needed makeover on my Reading Comprehension Bookmarks.  I've used these as a great tool to send home with students to use during their independent reading.  They have questions on them that give parents a guide.  These bookmarks are a great addition to the classroom as well.  I have added new clip art, new fonts, and a nonfiction bookmark.

Click on the picture to access the updated version in my TPT store!

Week #2 was Dare to Dream.  Such a great way to reflect on why I started this TPT store in the first place and what it has become and even more so, what I want it to become!

*Live comfortably: I would love to expand my business so that maybe "paycheck-to-paycheck" wouldn't be a thing? Ya know?  How great would it be to have some "fun money?" or maybe even "Courtney needs a new purse" money? :)

*Pay off debt: Between student loans and a credit card or two, I am in debt.  I would LOVE for that to be gone for good. 

*Travel:  I love to visit places that I haven't visited before... and trust me, there are a LOT!  I want to use my TPT money to pay for some trips for me and my husband.  And that would certainly include the TPT conference in Las Vegas next year!

Well, those are my dreams.  I want to pour into this little business of mine even more this year.  I want these dreams to come true because they are certainly obtainable.  What are your dreams?  I look forward to reading them.

Thanks to the ladies of the following blogs for hosting this challenge!  It has been a blast and I look forward to the next 2 weeks :)

Peppy Zesty Teacherista 
Sparkling in Second 

Until next time.
Smiles and Snapshots,