Friday, July 3, 2015

Making My Masterpiece - The TpT Seller Challenge Week 3

I'm back to the #tptsellerchallenge being put on by the wonderful Third in Hollywood, Sparkling in Second, Peppy Zesty Teacherista,  & Teach, Create, Motivate.  This week's challenge was to Make Your Masterpiece.

They actually gave us a week and half to make a product and exchange it with another seller for feedback before blogging about our experience and our results, and I am thankful for the extra time.

I actually finished up a product that has taken me awhile to put together.  Writing word problems was really stymying me, but in the end I think I was just overthinking the whole thing. After all was said and done, I finished up my Whole Number Operation Task Cards for grades 5-8.  This product features more than just task cards, however, as it includes 4 operation word posters, a worksheet for practicing operation words, and the 32 whole number operation task cards, which feature problems in the hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands.  It's become a habit for me to make sure my task card products include more than just task cards, and I like ensuring there's a little bonus in those products.  
Once finished, I traded products with Chloe Campbell (her store has the same name) and got to take a look at her Dividing Fractions Board Game.  I've never made a board game before, so it was neat to see what one looked like and what all went into one.  Chloe seems to make a lot of these games so if you're interested, please check out her store.

All in all I got some great feedback, made a couple worthwhile changes, increased my TpT circle by one, and learned some new things about board games.  I'd say it was a pretty cool experience.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Currently it's July 2015

It's the first of the month and time to link back up with Farley to talk about what's currently going on in my life.

I'm currently just listening to the hum of a fan because it's 4:30 in the morning here and I don't want to wake up my family.  I'm not usually up this early, but I had a migraine and couldn't sleep, so I figured I would try to do something useful.

I am loving the Women's World Cup Soccer Tournament.  I've watched every U.S. game and most of the other games as I am obsessed with soccer.  I played from the time I was 7 up into high school, until we moved to a town in Wisconsin that didn't have a soccer team.  I also tried out for Teams USA when I was 17, but that's a story for another day.  I'm not excited to play Japan in the finals again, but I believe we can win this time.

My husband is amazing and without him I don't know where I would be.  I had a really trying day yesterday with a distant relative and a difficult living situation, and it really made me question a lot of things, and he was right there by my side last night to answer questions, hold me, and let me know that we will never be in that type of situation.  Plus, he lets me work from home on TpT, so that right there is incredible. :)

Vegas is coming up next week, and I can't wait.  I am so excited and so nervous at the same time.  I want to have a great time and make friends and be confident like I can be around my family and friends I have here, but I'm worried I'll be shy and introverted like I can be around strangers and that I'll have a miserable time because of my own stupid self.  I'm going clothes shopping later today and to get a couple other essentials I've heard about, but then I think I'm set.  My husband is joining me for a mini-vacation, and I am so eager to get this party started.

Every year, twice a year I pretty much go through every nook and cranny, closet, and drawer  in my house and pull out unused stuff to get rid of things.  I hate clutter.  I hate hoarding.  I hate stockpiling things for what if scenarios.  My husband might call it my Achilles' heal, but to me it is my all star quality.  Now, if I could just get him on board.