Vegas Recap and a Giveaway!

20 July 2014
I am finally getting around to my big Vegas post.  I was waiting until we had all the sponser links from our big blogger meet up on Wednesday.  Natalie of What the Teacher Wants worked so hard on the photos and credits.  I hope your read on and enter the giveaway!
Me and my blog buddies having fun with Paul Edelman!

Our hotel room!  Could not resist participating in the Blog Hoppin' scavenger hunt!
My hotel roomies and me: Amanda Nickerson, Katie Mense, and Cheryl Saoud
Outside the Venetian

I presented on Tuesday for the I Teach 1st Conference for SDE. 

Here are some of the lovely attendees!  Someone even asked where my dog Niles was.  I loved that she knew the name of my dog from following me on Instagram and on my blog.   The attendees were so focused and kind.  My initial nerves were soon settled.   If you attended, I made up a post of links and freebies HERE

After presenting, I met up with some lovely teachers for dinner!  

While in Vegas, I hit the outlets via limo with some more blogging friends!  
Me, Amanda, Cheryl, and Tanya
 Kaci Hoffer, Katie Mense, Tanya Solano, Crystal Radke, Amanda Nickerson, Cheryl Saoud, & me.  Notice that my outfit is different than the one I left in!
My shopping finds!  I may have went a bit overboard at Tory Burch.  My friend Amanda was right there with me and helped me not feel as guilty! 
Tory Burch gave me a free phone case, since I am the only person left with an iphone 4. 

Dinner at Serendipity with some blogging beauties: Holly Elhe, Amy Lemons, Hope King, Michelle Oakes, Lindsey Erickson, Amanda Nickerson, Elizabeth Hall, me, & Natalie Kay 

Check out my GoNoodle Swag!  I mentioned that I use GoNoodle in one of my SDE presentations and they gave me these goodies.  My students love GoNoodle and after seeing their booth, I am going to upgrade from the free to premium subscription.   You can hide the Frozen song that way! 

The TpT Supercharged Seller Conference:

Paul Edelman with me

Bottom Row: Natalie KayAmy Lemons, & me

The extend of my gambling was the penny slots!  I am so not a gambler. 

 Now on to ....

The Huge Blogger Meet UP!!!

Our Teacher Blogger Meet Up was a HUGE success!! It was loud, it was crazy, and it was a completely full house, but that didn't stop us from having an incredibly fun time. 

My job was to hand out tickets at the door.  Tamara Russell gave me the most exuberant welcome ever when she came up to me.  She wasn't expecting me to be working the door.  She is so sweet.

We took over 200 pictures of the event and there's no way to showcase them all, but here are a few snapshots of the night.

It was so fun getting to meet some of our online bloggy friends for the very first time! Plus, we got to meet so many teachers from all over the country - we even had teachers from across the world!!
(Shout out to our friends from Spain and Australia!)

*To see more pictures from the meet up, visit the 

Here are the wonderful ladies who made this meet up possible and helped us line up such amazing sponsors.

(Not pictured: Kathleen Pedersen)

Besides meeting such amazing bloggers and teachers, the best part of the meet up was all of the amazing prizes that were donated from our sponsors! 

Here are all of our generous friends who offered prizes for our meet up:


Thank you to everyone who came to this event! We appreciate everyone who was able to come and mingle with us. We're already thinking about next year's meet up, so start saving your money for next year's Vegas meet up!!

Feeling sad that you couldn't join us this you? Wishing you could win some of these fabulous surprises? 

Well... as a special treat, we are giving away two Erin Condren gift cards!! Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my time in Vegas!  Hope to see you there next year. 

You can check out other posts about the Vegas Meet Up over at What the Teacher Wants!

Today and tomorrow, my Ultimate Decor packets are on sale!



  1. I wish I could have been there and won all the prizes - imagine my excess baggage on the way back to Australia. If I had to choose just one - crayola!
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

  2. I would have been happy to win any of the prizes. The winners' faces were smiling, and I'm sure I would have beamed as well. It looks like everyone had fun.

  3. I can't wait to read the, "What's Under Your Cape?" book. That would be my favorite prize. However, they all look amazing.

  4. Oh gosh, all the goodies look great! I would have to say Lakeshore because that is my favorite place to shop for school!

  5. Y'all had so many amazing goodies! I am always a fan of Tieks and Erin Condren.

    K-3 Connection

  6. Looks like fun! Meeting everyone and learning new things!

  7. Wow! Thanks for the details! I loved this! I would have super liked to win a Tieks gift and I adore C Jayne teach!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I would have loved a TpT gift card and I've had my eye on sitspots for a while. :)

  9. So wish I could have been then, but next year I will find a way, lol. I wish I could have won the TPT gift cards. They would be perfect to help stock up for back to school Thanks for the great giveaway!

  10. I would have been pleased with anything.

  11. Oh goodness....I honestly would have been thrilled with anything! I have been very curious about the Sit Spots, though. I may need to buy some for the new school year! :) Thanks for the chance!

  12. It sounds like Vegas was an awesome experience! I would have loved to win the TPT Gift Card!!

  13. It's great that some bloggers also donated prizes! A TPT gift card would be great !

  14. Looks like you all had a lot of fun.

  15. I would have loved to have won any prizes! Looks like a fabulous conference. I hope to be able to attend one day!

  16. Love everything but a TpT card is always needed lol :)

  17. Any of those prizes would have been great!! But I've had my eyes on a pair of Tieks for quite a while! So that'd be my first pick! :)

  18. It's a toss up! Next year I am going to use Sit Spots and ESGI, so I would have loved to win either one of those. I bought an Erin Condren planner last year, and I absolutely love it!

    Mrs. B's Beehive

  19. So many choices! I would have lived some sit spots, or a TPT gift certificate!

  20. I would've loved to win the Teacher Anchor! And I will definitely be there next year!! :)

    First Grade STARS

  21. So many great things to choose from but my #1 pick would have been the tpt gift certificate!

  22. Wow! So many great prizes! I can always find something wonderful on tpt, so I would have loved to win a tpt gift certificate!

  23. Wow so many great prizes! I would love the TPT gift certificate since I am always buying things!

  24. So many great prizes! I would have definitely loved to have won the Tieks shoes! It looks like you had a blast! I hope next year I can make it to the teacher meet up!

  25. So many great prizes! I would have chosen the TPT gift certificate.

  26. Anything from Go Noodle or Tieks Shoes!

  27. Oh my goodness - so many great prizes! I would LOVE a TPT gift certificate - help me cut down my wish list a bit! :) Thanks for a great giveaway!

  28. Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway!!
    I would've LOVED to have won a TPT gift certificate! Then I could empty my overflowing with-list! haha ;)


  29. There were so many great prizes! I would've definitely loved to have won any of it, but a TPT gift certificate can ALWAYS be put to good use! It looks like you all had a fabulous time! I hope next year I can make it to the teacher/blogger meet-up!

  30. I would have loved to have won the Carson Dellosa gift certificate.

  31. I would have loved the kinder-gardening from C. Jayne Teach.

  32. Too many to choose....TPT certificate, SitSpots or GoNoodle items would be fun too!

  33. I would have loved the tuition to next years SDE conference! How cool would that be!!

  34. I just discovered your blog. I wish I could have been there or they had something like this for teachers on the East Coast!

    1. Kristin, I live in NY. I got on a plane and went! This is my second year going. It is like a vacation for me.

  35. Looks like a blast Erica! I wish I could have made it this year. I would love to have won any of the prizes. I would LOVE a TPT gift certificate to put a dent in my wish list. The Scentos markers are so yummy smelling, too! Just to be there and meet everyone would have been gift enough!

    Sandy Timmerman

  36. So hard to choose a favorite----would have to go with a TPT gift certificate!

  37. The TPT gift card would be awesome!!!

  38. Lovely blog! I recently discovered you and I am enjoying it very much. This TPT conferences look fun, I wish we had something like this in Spain. I would have loved the TPT gift card. Thank you for the giveaway. :)

  39. TPT and SCENTOS! Thanks for this chance!

  40. I am SOOOOOO SAD I missed this huge event and conference!! All of the prizes are great, but I REALLY want a pair of Tieks!
    :) Dana
    Common to the Core

  41. I really wanted to win the Tieks gift card but no such luck!!!


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