The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
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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:
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Thanks, and good luck!


  1. Super proud of you Deb! Your story is inspiring to me and to so many others! Can't wait to see you in July at the conference!
    Carol from The Teacher Team

  2. Thanks! I can't wait to see you, too!

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  4. ruly inspiring story! I wish I could attend this year's conference. Putting two boys through college is my top priority. Traveling from Massachusetts to California is just not in my budget. Wishing you the best! 123kteach

    1. Thanks so much! Wow, sorry you can't go this year... two boys in college? I know money must be tight, but you must be so proud. All worth it. Keep up the good work...wishing you success always! Best, Deb

  5. I have followed everyone and I am super excited about this give away!

    1. Good luck!! So glad you were able to enter! Best, Deb

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