TpT Vegas Style and Essentials!

Today I'm linking up with Teach. Inspire. Change. and It's Elementary, My Dear to post my style and packing ideas for the #TpTVegas15 conference!  I haven't quite narrowed down all of my choices, but I'll post my options!  After losing 40 pounds, I ditched most of my old clothes.  So I don't have a ton of options, but I do have some fun new things!  My thought process for planning my selections are daytime/sightseeing wear, conference wear, and evening wear.  I'm also posting my handbag essentials!

So let's get started!  On Wednesday, I get in super early to Vegas.  I'll probably catch a cab to my hotel and at least try to drop off my suitcase.  I'm not sure if I'll have a chance to change, so I may just fly in my Wednesday outfit.  I'll probably wander around sightseeing for a bit, and then I'll meet my BFF Emilie aka Island Teacher when her flight gets in.  Then we'll head over to our lunchtime meetup for the Real Housewives of TpT.  I just love that name!  Here are my casual options:
So I'm thinking shorts/cute shirt combo to beat the heat?  I'm probably leaning most towards the middle outfit.  And hey, I can wear white because I'm not around my kids who always get me dirty!

That evening we have the big Blogger meetup.  We're also planning on seeing a show or two in the evenings.  So I have some nighttime dress ideas:
These are a few fun dresses that I think will be perfect for nighttime!

Next is conference wear!  I think I'm going with maxi dresses for the conference days.  They are so comfy but cute and they'll keep my legs from freezing in the conference area!  Here are my options:
I'm not sure which ones I'll wear and I may just bring them all! :)  I'll probably also bring a cardigan to throw on if I get cold.  

Now for shoes!  I was having the age-old struggle of finding shoes that are cute, yet comfortable since I know I'll be doing lots of walking!  Here are my shoes options:
I love these silver wedges for the casual outfits.  And these canvas strappy wedges are so cute and comfortable!  They'll work for my maxi dresses and some of my nighttime dresses.  And these silver sandals will be cute with some of my other dresses.  I'm also bringing my Fitbit ChargeHR to see how many steps I get in these shoes each day!

And finally, here are my handbag essentials!

Here's what's in my purse:
  • TpT Vegas Notebook from Ta-Doodles Illustrations
  • My logo name tag from Purely Personalized on Etsy
  • DoTERRA peppermint beadlets for fresh breath and a keychain with a few other essential oils in case I need anything
  • Jackery portable charger to keep my electronics charged
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • My Kindle loaded with my conference handouts for notetaking
  • Business cards designed by RebeccaB Designs who also made my logo
  • Pens and styluses 
  • My Sra. Cruz canvas bag rolled up to hold extra swag
  • And a water bottle!  I never go anywhere without water!  I think my bottles are too big to carry in my purse though.  I haven't been able to find a cute smaller one, so I may have to take one of my boy's water bottles!
  • {Not pictured:  cell phone (I used it for the photo!) and my wallet...better not forget that!}


So that wraps up my style and fashion essentials.  Don't forget to link up so I can see what you're wearing and bringing too!  If you have any favorites of my outfits or things I'm forgetting to pack, let me know in the comments!  If you spot me in one of my outfits, say hello!  See you in Vegas!

Wishlist Wednesday


This week I am teaming up with some fellow Spanish teachers to offer Wishlist Wednesday.  For #WishlistWednesday, we take one of our most wish-listed products from our TpT store and offer it at a discount.  It's so convenient to add products to your wish list for future purchase.  Fortunately, TpT lets sellers see how many people have wish-listed each of our products.
By far, my most wish-listed product is my Cultura Diaria!  It's on more than 4 times as many wishlists as the next closest product!  I think it's popular because it can be difficult to find the time to teach culture sometimes.  Cultura Diaria has a fact related to Hispanic culture for each day of the school year.  The themes included are benefits of learning Spanish, Spanish-speaking countries, holidays, celebrations, and famous Hispanics.  I used Cultura Diaria as part of our routine at the beginning of class.  Students copy the Cultura Diaria, I showed them any related photographs or video clips, and we would discuss.  Once per quarter they would take an open-note quiz over the Cultura Diaria.  You could also use the topics as bonus point questions on quizzes or tests.  I learned so much when I created this project and I know your students will learn so much too!  So be sure to check it out this week before the price goes back up!  I'm also working on some fun updates to my Cultura Diaria, so buying now ensures that you will lock in this price and still get the benefits of the updates!  Get more info about it here.

Be sure to also check out what other Spanish teachers are offering for Wishlist Wednesday!  Click on the image below for more discounted products!

Weekly Summer Link-Up – An Accomplishment I am Proud Of

This week's topic for I Heart Grade 3's Weekly Summer Link Up is An Accomplishment I am Proud Of.  This one is tough to choose just one!  I'm proud to have learned to speak another language, to have earned my Specialist degree, to have had almost 13 years of a happy marriage, and to have two sweet, loving and absolutely adorable boys!

But a recent accomplishment that I want to tell you all about is one that I am especially proud of. Since last July I have lost 40 pounds!  I've tried unsuccessfully to lose weight so many times in my adult life, but this time I stuck with it!

Here are some of the things that helped me reach my goals:

  • I joined a DietBet Transformer game where you bet and win money if you meet your goals.  It's literally a win-win!  
  • I had an awesome workout bestie who did the DietBet with me.
  • My local YMCA is amazing and the childcare alone is motivation to get to the gym!
  • I did Les Mills Body Pump classes to tone up, the Arc elliptical, Zumba, and spin classes for cardio.
  • I ate mainly Primal/Paleo and have recently added Whole30 to my eating plan.
  • I've had my amazingly supportive husband, friends, and family cheering me along.
  • I got a Fitbit Charge HR in January and I am OBSESSED!  Don't bother challenging me to a workweek hustle, because I will win!  ;)

I am so happy with how far I've come!  Cutting my dress/pants size in HALF has made a world of difference with being comfortable in my own skin for the first time in my adult life!  It's made clothes shopping so much fun and I no longer have stress about what I will wear for different events.  I still have more weight to lose, but this journey is still one of my proudest accomplishments for sure!

Hispanic Artists Photo Challenge


This week I ran across my Hispanic Artists Photo Challenge on my external hard drive.  I got such a giggle looking through the slides that my students had submitted!  They had a blast doing it and it made me proud that they could actually enjoy a project about famous Hispanic artists!

For this project, students research the paintings of several Hispanic artists.  They choose a painting, recreate it themselves and take a photo.  They have the rule that they can't buy anything for the project!  It must all be done with what they already have at home.  I think that little rule opens the flood gates on creativity and I loved seeing how they used things to recreate their painting!  Are you ready to see some examples?

How awesome are those!?  It was so hard to choose which ones to include.  They were all so great!  I hope you decide to try this project in your classroom!  If you do, please email me or tag me on instagram so that I can see the results!