Valentine's Day Blog Hop 2015

There's lots to love this time of year, right?  Well, I'll just keep it to these "fast five" things.  :)

I really love lesson-planning!  I enjoy looking for (and/or making) prezis, videos, games, craftivities, foldables and on and on to see what I can do to make a lesson really stand out and be interesting!    
Many things I create and use with my middle school students end up being a product that I will place on TpT because I know it works!  :)

Right now, I have a LOT of boys in my 8th grade ELA classes, so I have focused on trying to tap into their sports interests with football themed writing ideas.

This suits my need for creativity to a "T"!


Have you ever noticed that restaurants are super crowded on Valentine's Day itself?  We have and for many years we waited and waited even with a reservation and had some very negative experiences as a result (people getting tired and hungry - not a good combo).  
So now we get our taxes done on this day and save the eating out for another one. 
(We sure do seem to get in and out of the tax place easily!)

So I read on a TpT Forum that the next conference is July 9-10, 2015 in Las Vegas.  Living in Florida, this might be quite an expensive trip, but maybe I can stay with a friend and get a cheap flight?  

I just think it would be so very surreal to meet so many of the men and women behind the many blogs I read.  Then I imagine learning so much and being incredibly inspired to do more with TpT.  I get excited just thinking about the possibilities!

The post is called:

Very Important Info About Your TPT Free Downloads!

Here I read about how to leave feedback for your freebies the easy way!  
I know how important feedback is for sellers and I have wanted to leave feedback for many of my freebies, but have had trouble trying to back track to do so.  

Now it's NO trouble because there is a tab under "My Purchases" that lists the free downloads you have actually downloaded!

This image from Ideas by Jivey:

I am so glad to know this information and will get busy leaving all the love for my freebies!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I am in Georgia, but I am going to the TpT conference this year. It is going to take some extra budgeting, but the hubby and I are going. We have not taken a couple's trip (what is that anyway) in a long time, so this will be it. I hope I get to see you there!

    1. I hope I get to see you there, too! :) Right now, my husband and I would really like to go together if we can afford it. Otherwise, I may have to go solo.

  2. Nearpod sounds interesting -- you have me intrigued -- thanks for the great resources here! Ellen

    1. Thank you! I have been playing with Nearpod but haven't had time to really get the job done. Soon! :)

  3. My sister uses near pod with her math resource students and she loves it. Hope to see you at the conference!
    - Julie

  4. Hope to see you at the conference! It was sooo much fun last year!

  5. That is too funny that you get your taxes done on Valentine's Day. I can understand not wanting to g out.

    Hope you can make it to the conference! It will definitely be worth it!

    Brynn Allison
    The Literary Maven

  6. Your "Writing With the Pros" product is bound to hook teenage boys to write. The blog by Jivey that you led your readers to was very informative. Thank you. I hope you get to go to Vegas. The conference is truly special.

    Happy Teaching,

  7. I really hope you come to the conference this year! I went last year alone (I didn't know anyone) and had a blast! That idea about getting your taxes done is genius!


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