July 13, 2015

Viva Las Vegas! TPT Conference!

Hi Friends!
I can't believe I'm already writing to tell you about the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference in Las Vegas! The time came and went so quickly! But I am so grateful to have had an amazing few days to learn and spend time with so many wonderful people! I've linked up with the Elementary Entourage to share a little about my experience!


I arrived in Vegas on Wednesday morning and was greeted by my sweet friend Elyse from A is for Apples, and  then spent some time at the pool with Ashley from One Sharp Bunch and Gina from Miss. Peluso's Kindergarten! They are all in The Primary Pack with me, so it was so nice to meet them in person!


My roomie for the trip was Gina from Miss. Peluso's Kindergarten!



We went to dinner and the BIG blogger meet up later that evening. When I say BIG blogger meet up, I mean BIG. Like 1,000 people BIG. 
It was a bit overwhelming. 
I was so grateful to have these ladies by my side during the whole thing!







However, I went to bed feeling like, "Oh my goodness, what did I get myself into?!" 
I was hoping that I would wake up on Thursday feeling refreshed and not so "overwhelmed!"

Guess what?!
That's exactly what happened!
Thursday was a lot easier.
The crowds were smaller and the conversations came much easier. I'm going to blame Wednesday on jet lag and that 3 hour time change! 

I was so excited to meet some of the other bloggers that I've followed forever! 
Here I am with Hadar from Miss. Kindergarten and Maria from Kinder Craze



And then there was Caitlin from Kindergarten Smiles and Mary from  Sharing Kindergarten


I was so excited to meet Tara West from Little Minds at Work!



And, Kristin from A Teeny Tiny Teacher!


We had so much fun during the "bonus" networking time! It was so much easier to engage in real conversations during this time because we were grouped by grade level. There was a much smaller crowd and more opportunities to talk with everyone!



I was so, so, so excited to meet Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies. She is just as nice in person as she is online! I loved how humble she was with her success. Her story of hard work really touched me, and I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to spend time getting to know her. I seriously cannot say enough good things about her!
 I mean she asked to take a selfie with us...
I mean come on! 


Oh and I don't want to forget about our friend Meg from A New box Of Crayons! She wasn't able to come to the conference...so I made a Meg-on-a-stick!
Meg had a lot of fun! She's hanging out with Alisha from Missing Tooth Grins and I during one of the sessions! 




Gina and I had a few minutes between sessions to run up a few floors and visit the SDE booths! 




On Thursday night, a bunch of us gals from The Primary Pack went out for dinner and then got together to stuff swag bags for our meet up on Friday! 
If you're not sure what swag bags are, you can read my definition below:

 Swag bags:  giveaway bags that are full of all kinds of goodies! (ps. I'd never heard this term til Vegas!)

On Friday morning...I struggled.
I was tired. 
BUT, I powered through and drank so, so, so much coffee. 
You do what you gotta do!

We started the morning off by hearing from Amy, Adam and Paul from TPT. We also heard from Rachel Lynette. It was so fun to how she got started with TPT and how it has changed her life! 
Of course I sat with some of the ladies from The Primary Pack
I can't even believe how the five of us pictured below, just clicked. It was so easy and was like we had known each other for years. We had been working together on The Primary Pack for a year but did not meet until Vegas. It made my heart so happy to spend time with people who have the same passions and goals as myself! 
They seriously are the best! 


AND we may have got matching Alex and Ani bracelets! 
One for teaching, and one to remember our amazing trip to Vegas! 




 After the keynote, we jumped right into our sessions for that day.
We had a full day.
One of my favorite sessions was "From Teacher to Teacherpreneur" by Erin Cobb from Lovin' Lit.
She said so many things that I needed to hear.
I've always looked at TPT as a fun, creative outlet (and it is). But she talked about how you have to think of it as a business too. I'm not quite there yet, because my brain doesn't operate like that.
 But I'm giving it a try!
She was also so sweet to give us all planners that she made to help keep us on track and organized!



On Friday night, we held The Primary Pack Meet Up in the Bourbon Room!
We had an amazing turn out!
Be sure to check out all the photos at #primarypackkickback



We are so thankful to all of the bloggers that came! You all surpassed our expectations and we hope that you had a fabulous time!!
We are also so grateful to all of the companies and individuals that donated for our giveaways!
We had a ton of things to give away because of you!!


Our delicious cookies were quite the hit!
#nomnomnom

After a fun night at the meet up, we headed out the strip.
We hadn't been outside in 2 days.
It was just what we needed before heading home!



We had such a great trip and I'm missing all of my friends already! 
Be sure to check out the Elementary Entourage and see all of the other bloggers that linked up! 


Have a great week!!

15 comments:

  1. It was so good to see you again during the Meet-Up! Thanks for all of your work in planning, organizing, and putting together all of the fabulous swag! You guys did a fabulous job! Hope to see you again soon! :)

    Jennifer
    everythingjustso.org

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    1. Jennifer it was so great to see you again! We were thrilled that you were able to make it to our meet up!

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  2. The meet up was so much fun! It looks like you had a great time!

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    1. I am so happy you enjoyed yourself Keri! Thanks so much for coming!! Can we go back?! ;)

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  3. Loved reading your post! It was a great week!

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    1. Thanks so much Amy! I had so much fun! Can't wait til next July :)

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  4. Great blog post and l love your photos!

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    1. Thank you Lynn! It's always so much fun reading everyones posts!

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  5. Love this post, Amber!!! I want to go back! I miss you ladies so much, good thing we talk every day or I'd be going through withdrawals!!! Fab 5 <3

    xoxo

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    1. Ahh Gina I miss my ROOMIE!! What would I do if we didn't talk every day?! Can't wait for our google hangout date! :)

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  6. Sounds like you had a great time! Sorry I missed you at the Wednesday night meet up. Have you recovered from the time change? I struggled more when I came home.

    Amanda
    A Very Curious Class

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    1. I have no idea how I missed this comment Amanda! It always takes me a couple of days to recover from Las Vegas time thought! 3 hours is a big change for my body!

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