The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

GIVEAWAY TIME! Celebrating Spring, Presenting at the TPT Conference, and My Birthday!

It's Spring! I saw daffodils and forsythia blooming today. It's still cold here compared to what we are used to, but we are so happy to see signs of a warm up.

I haven't posted anything since last month...been so busy! Finally getting settled in after moving to Washington state from the southeast GA coast, and stretched thin between posting on all other social media. If you want to keep up with my latest products and ideas, or just follow my personal journey, be sure to follow me on Instagram (happyedugator), Pinterest (happyedugator), Twitter (@happyedug8r) and Facebook (TheHappyEdugator).

I have some exciting news! The TPT conference will be in Anaheim, California this year from 7/17 - 7/19. If you haven't been to a TPT conference, you should really try to go. The wonderful thing about the TPT conference is meeting up with your favorite teacher authors and meeting and networking with new friends. This will be my fourth conference...and I will have the honor of presenting! :) A little more on that below.

I have been to all the conferences so far, and thoroughly enjoyed each one. There is such great positive energy there, and lots of takeaways that you can use in your teaching and in your product creation. Plus, you get to meet our founder Paul, our CEO Adam, and our Director of Seller Happiness Amy, and Elliot, Nicole and Jillian, and so many others from the TPT team that I can't list them all here. Here are a few photos of me with a few celebrities from the TPT stage last year at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Disney World:
 Paul Edelman, TPT Founder
 Amy Borrell Berner, Director of Seller Happiness
 Adam Freed, TPT CEO
 Dee Dee Wills and Deanna Jump, well-known successful teacher authors
 Elliot Goodman, Team TPT!

This year's conference will be at the Hilton in Anaheim, right near DisneyLand!

and I have been invited to present a mini-session this year:
  • Keep Fit and TpT: My Story
  • TPT creators who work full-time creating resources often gain weight sitting in front of a computer screen for hours with little or no exercise, sometimes eating mindlessly from stress. I will present ways you can stay healthy, even lose weight, and still create great resources, revise older products, keep up with SEO and product descriptions, and stay on top of social media. 
  • My mini-session is for: All Teacher-Authors
My mini-session is 30 minutes long and will run on:
  • Tuesday, July 18th11 a.m - 11:30 a.m.
I hope you can attend. If you have been following my posts on social media, I lost a hundred pounds in the last year while doing TPT full-time, and I am excited to share with you some of the things I have learned along the way that may help you stay healthy and better focused on being a TPT author! I see so many products being sold out there for healthy eating, energy, and weight loss...but really, I don't think you need any of them. You can eat healthy and actually save money doing it! I will focus on useful tools for staying on track, healthy eating options, and how to squeeze exercise into the day while still working on the computer. I will also have some great tips from Carol Nieckula Beaumont from The Teacher Team, She has tons of tips and ideas for home things that can be done without equipment from her years at Crossfit and Fit Body Bootcamp. So if you come to California, I would love to see you. 

So, exciting, right! I have so much to celebrate! Springtime, the conference, and yes, my birthday is this month, too! I think it is time for a giveaway. 

Some of my teacher friends have joined me to celebrate. We are giving away Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards!

And not just one....TWO $50 gift cards to TpT!!! The contest will start on Wednesday, March 22 and run through March 26. The entry window is only open until 12 am EST 3/27, so don't delay entering!  

Are you ready to enter to win a $50 TpT Gift Card?
You have several chances to win if you enter these 2 rafflecopters!
Be sure to follow what the entry question asks you to do...if selected as a winner and you did not answer the question you will be disqualified! If you are asked to follow someone on TPT and you are already a follower, don't despair...find them on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest and follow them there. Then indicate where you followed them to qualify. Thanks!

So take a minute and enter the just may get lucky!

Enter Here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks, and good luck!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

TPT Be Mine Sale and Awesome Giveaway

Well, my move across the country is about complete. I flew back to Georgia in January and spent about two weeks finishing packing, putting things in storage, and getting our house ready to rent! Yay! All done, flew back to Washington and the house is up for rent!
Of course, the weather in Washington is a bit different than what I am used to, but still love it!

Now I can begin to concentrate on creating again!

You probably already know that is having their big site wide sale today and tomorrow, and you can save up to 28% off with the code LOVETPT at checkout.

You may not already know that you can win big by entering this awesome giveaway to have a chance at four prizes of $50 in TPT gift cards! Winners will get their prizes in time to shop the sale tomorrow. So enter now, because it ends at 11:59 P.M. EST tonight!

Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!
Best wishes for success always!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year Sale

I have been pretty silent lately, but holidays and moving across the country doesn't allow much time to blog. I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, and that you have a wonderful New Year 2017!

I wanted to let you know that a group of teachers I collaborate with have put together a big dollar deal sale today, all day New Year's Eve. You can find some amazing deals, but only for a little while longer. You can find, for instance, my popular Polar Bear PowerPoint, on sale for only a dollar...which is 75% off! You can find all the great deals here.

Also, tomorrow, you will find bundles marked off 50%! Click here.  

Additionally, my everything else in my store will be on sale...20% off store-wide!

Happy New Year everyone!
May it be the best year ever!

Best wishes for success always, Deborah

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving, Updates, Dollar Sale, Cyber Sale, and Christmas!

I know I didn't post much about Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, right after Veterans Day, my whole family came down with the flu. It has taken us down. My five year old grandson Carter missed three days of school, including all Thanksgiving festivities, and slept through Thanksgiving dinner. He has been the sickest of us all, with his temperature spiking sometimes to 104. Poor little guy. My son cooked everything himself, since he seemed to be over the virus, and he did an amazing job. He cooked two turkeys, because someone gifted him one on Wednesday night in the grocery store. Now we honestly can't eat two turkeys, so he actually made a feast for our neighbors, too. If you have been following my on Facebook (The HappyEdugator) or Instagram (happyedugator) you may have seen the photos of his amazing apple pie! Connect with me there if you want to see snippets of fun moments in my life. :) Even when I am sick, I can still snap a photo or post a link to a quick sale in my TPT store.

Now, it is hard to believe the holidays are upon use. I am still sniffling and coughing, but at least I am feeling a little bit better and can get up out of bed this morning. No, I am not a Black Friday person. I tried that one year. I ran to  several stores at 5 a.m. one Black Friday to get the deals. Later that afternoon, exhausted, all the stores I visited had extended their deals...I could have stayed in bed and got the exact same discounts! So, I am not going to fight crowds, burn gas, and otherwise stress myself out. I am going to stay home, cozy with a cup of coffee, warm by the fire, recover quietly from the crud, and let the madness go on without me. After all, I can look forward to Cyber Monday!

I am excited to share that I have been working on updating resources in my TPT store, and I know you are going to love the improvements. However, I have over 1100 resources, so even if I updated 3 per day, it would take me three years to update everything! So, if you find an older resource, please be patient. One update I worked on this past weekend was on my featured if you already have downloaded it, please stop by my store and download the updated version. I have added slides, information, graphics...I think you will enjoy the latest version...and if you don't already have it, you may want to download it and check it out:

FREE Using Quotation Marks - Dialogue Punctuation PowerPoint

FREE Using Quotation Marks - Dialogue Punctuation PowerPoint

Also, I have joined again with a group of amazing teachers and we will be having a great $1 sale this Sunday. So make sure to check it out!

Now, I probably don't have to remind you that TPT is having their Cyber Sale this Monday and Tuesday, November 28th and 29th, 2016. My entire store will be on sale at 20% off, and with the TPT promo code CYBER2016, you can save an additional 10% off at checkout! HOWEVER, if you can't wait until Monday, my store will go on sale Sunday! So you can get great deals before you head back to school Monday. Just head to my TPT store here: 

I am working on adding some new products this week, so this would be a great time to scoop up a steal, since all new products are 50% off for the first 48 hours! If you teach grades 4 - 8, you may be interested in this poetry product:

Holidays Around the World - Christmas Around the World Poe

Look for more coming soon! Just let me get over this flu! :) I am also involved in a cross country move, from near Jacksonville, Florida to Seattle, Washington. We drove across the country in October, but I have to fly back and work on our house for a couple of weeks to get it ready for the market. So I am going to be extra busy this season, and I may not be able to post much here on the blog. Please connect with me on Facebook, though, because if I have any sales or specials, I will post them on my page. 

As always, 
I like to end with a freebie, just for visiting and reading my blog. 

FREE Christmas Bookmarks and Gift Coupons

Best wishes for success always, 

Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Veterans Day Activities

We survived hurricane Matthew with no damage, but we did have a lot of yard clean up to do. Thankfully, we were able to get up all the limbs and get things back to normal pretty quickly and with minimal back aches!

Our big adventure then began. We drove across the country from Florida to Seattle, Washington. I should have written a blog just about our amazing trip, but I was driving all the time. took us nine days! We finally arrived after what seemed like forever, and I am now getting to spend some much desired time with my grandchildren.

So it is much colder here, and wetter. I have a nice little office at my son's house that I can hole up in for the winter. I should be warm and dry inside. However, my car is leaking water from the roof...I will need to get that fixed soon! It has rained steadily every day since we arrived last week.

So, I now have a computer set up and I can get back. November is here, and you may be thinking what do I do now that Halloween and all the hoopla is over. Well, I always spend time on Veterans Day teaching kids about the importance of  honoring our service men and women who protect us and our freedom. I usually had the Women's Auxiliary of our local Veterans  come in and visit our classroom. They loved to do this, and would teach about the flag and how to fold it, etc. They will do this for elementary and middle school kids.

Also, being a Language Arts teacher, my students would also write letters to our sailors at sea. Our district encourages participation at all levels, since we have many military families.

The VFW also has an annual essay contest that my students enter every year. If you have a middle school student who is interested in winning $5000 or a high school student interested in winning $30,000, in scholarship money, you should check out the Patriot's Pen contest and encourage your students to enter. Here is the information you should know for this year:

VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

VOD winner

I highly recommend this PowerPoint by Fun Reading and Writing Resources on TPT to explain to your students about the holiday:

Veterans Day - How and Why We Celebrate Veterans Day PowerPoint

Veterans Day - How and Why We Celebrate PowerPoint

My students love games and puzzles, and they hardly realize they are learning when they are doing them. I play the on screen Veterans Day Word Jumble or give them hard copies of my Veterans Day Word Puzzles as fun supplemental activities. You can find them here:
For grades 3 and up:

Veterans Day Jumbled Words Game
Veterans Day Jumble Words GAME 

For upper elementary and middle school:

Veterans Day Word Puzzles
Veterans Day Word Puzzles

For the younger learners: (On Sale Today for only $1)

Veterans Day Activities - Print and Go

Veterans Day Fun Activities - Print and Go

Since this is an Election year, I like to do activities that are election related, but I don't get into politics at all with my students. My middle school kids always ask me who I am voting for, but I never tell. I explain about secret ballots, and then we have fun electing our favorite types of sentence structure... If you are interested in that middle school ELA activity, you can find it here:

Election Day- Sentence Structure Election

Election Day Sentence Structure Election

I hope you have a great start to your Novemeber!
Best, Deborah

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew and Freaky Fridays Are Back

Hello Friends,

Well, hurricane Matthew is heading our way. We have left our home in southeast Georgia and are up visiting my cousins in the beautiful North Carolina mountains waiting for the storm to pass by. Praying that when we return, the damage will not be too bad, and praying for our friends and neighbors who are under mandatory evacuation. Our entire county is low country, so storm surge is a major concern. I guess the worst case scenario is that we lose our house and car, but we still have each other and of course, our fur babies.

I was doing so much research on hurricanes, I decided to put what I was learning together into a PowerPoint to help you teach your students about hurricanes, and I finished it an posted it in my TPT store. I am also going to be adding it to TES and TN, if you like to shop there! Watch for the sales! :)

Hurricanes PowerPoint

Hurricanes PowerPoint

I forgot to post last week about Freaky Friday, but you may have stumbled upon it. I have joined up with some amazing teachers and we are having amazing dollar deals every Friday this month in our TPT stores. Well, tomorrow we are doing it again...with 40+ new deals for you to choose from.

So how do you get the deals?

Choose one of these methods:
1. Click this picture:

2. Use the linky at the bottom of this post that shows all of the participating stores!
You can click the first link to find a list of ALL the deals or click each individual seller to find their discounted deal for the day!

Many of the sellers on Instagram are using this hashtag when showing their deal:
but you won't find ALL the deals that way.
The sellers listed below will also be posting about their deals on their Facebook pages too...just another reason to follow and 'like' your favorite sellers!

So what will you find from me this week?

Columbus Day PowerPoint

Columbus Day is on Monday!  Many states require you teach about Columbus and this PowerPoint is an engaging visual resource that simply talks about his role in history!

Are you ready to find all the DOLLAR DEALS for Week 2? Click on the link to the linky below:

An InLinkz Link-up

Enjoy your dollar deals and watch for more next week! Please keep those in the way of Hurricane Matthew in your thoughts and prayers.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Winners of the Gift Cards and TPT Sitewide Sale!

Announcing the lucky winners of the Rafflecopter contest for four $50 TPT gift cards!

Congratulations to these lucky ladies! I hope you enjoy shopping on the site today!

Just a reminder, the Teacherspayteachers site-wide sale is going on now, today and tomorrow, August 1 and 2. My store is 20% off, and you will save an additional 10% off your total by entering the promo code BESTYEAR at checkout.

Hope you are off to a great start to the best year ever. 
Don't forget to enter your promo code BESTYEAR when checking out!
 (That has happened to me before.)

Best wishes for success always,