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July 13, 2015

CHA-CHING! It's a Teacher Thing ~ Adventures in Vegas

Viva Las Vegas Linky Party
My trip to Vegas was a BLAST!!! I had a ton of fun, learned so much my brain hurt, and met lots of talented and AMAZING people!
Let me take you through my trip ...

Let me start by saying … I am a nervous flyer! I do not fly that often.
The trip over was very bumpy and the guy next to me made several trips to the bathroom.  It was a tough flight.
I was very happy to land and as soon as I turned my phone on it went... Cha-Ching! It was perfect timing!

Here I am heading to the airport, my Harry Potter luggage tag, and me in the plane with Ashley!
Planet Happy Smiles on the trip

Another reason for going to Vegas was celebrating Andrew (my baby) turning 21!!! Happy Birthday, Andrew!  I love you!
Family Time

When we got to Vegas we quickly checked in at Treasure Island and then I was off!
Treasure Island, Las Vegas

I spent most of my days at The Venetian!
The Venetian, Las Vegas
 My first stop was a Meet and Greet @ B&B.  YUM!!! I meet several really sweet teachers at my table. This picture does not even represent half of the people that attended this event!
Look at everyone having a TERRIFIC time!
Lots of networking going on... I was so nervous!
Meet and Greet @ B&B

The next stop was the Blogger Meet-up!
1000 teachers in one room!  It was a little overwhelming but super fun! I was star struck by all of the AMAZING and very supportive bloggers/teacherpreneurs that I met! 
I also won a door prize!  Lucky me!!!
TPT Star Struck, TPT Greats!

Here are some peeps that I was so excited to meet, too!
So blessed to know them!
TPT Chat Buddies

Here I am with my partner-in-crime, Caprice!  She was so much fun and I felt like I had known her for years.  We talked non-stop!
TPT Partner-in-Crime

That night I went to sleep a little early for being in Vegas. The next morning, it was off to the “Welcome” session which was very motivational and set the conference off to a good start.
TPT Welcome

All of the sessions I attended were very well organized and full of valuable information.
I appreciate the time they took to prepare and present.
Many people gave out fun gifts along the way!
I had to pack in my families suitcases to get it all home, too.

Here are some of the gifts I received:
Conference SWAG

After the conference was over, it was time to hang out with the family!  They were already experts at getting around Vegas!
We got to go see Jeff Dunham and he was FABULOUS!!!
Jeff Dunham in Vegas

A little gambling with my mom... we both lost our money!
Gambling with mom

I participated in #bloghoppin2015 while I was there, too! LOL!

Coming home ~ I feel inspired to plan, organize, create, and work hard!  I have a bunch of thank yous to write! Some of the people I met have no idea how much their gifts mean to me! Working with TPT is a blessing and being surrounded by so many talented and supportive teachers makes my heart smile! 
Plane Ride HomePlanet Happy Smiles at work

I am so thankful to everyone who is following me along this journey! If you want to start your TPT journey but don't know where to begin, contact me!  I would love to help you!!!
You can email me @ planethapysmiles@gmail.com

Go check out everyone's Vegas posts by clicking the blog button below!
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Viva Las Vegas!
Planet Happy Smiles
Planet Happy Smiles


  1. Wow, Karen! It looks like you had a lot of fun and soaked up every minute! This was my first year and now that I am back, I wish I had taken A LOT more pictures. :) Well, I guess there is always next year. :)
    Literacy Loves Company

    1. Tammy,
      I did have a lot of fun! I can't wait to go back next year. I will look for ya!

  2. Let's try this comment thing again! It was great to finally meet you Karen! I'm already looking forward to more fun and learning next year!
    Teaching, Love, Cupcakes

    1. It was wonderful to meet you, too! Next year will be even better!!!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. It was so nice meeting you!!! Can't wait til next year!!!

  4. Wow, you got crazy swag! I was sad I didn't connect with anyone from #tptchat- maybe next year! :) --Jessica

    The Whimsical Teacher

    1. Jessica ... Next year we will meet! I am sorry I didn't meet you, too!
      Talk to you next Sunday!

  5. I think we were at the same table at the Meet and Greet at the B&B. I was with my hubby and a couple of seats over from you. :)

    Right Down the Middle with Andrea

    1. Yes, I remember you and your hubby! Brave man!!!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I couldn't agree more about the presentations...I learned so much valuable information and the presenters did an amazing job! Such a fun time!

    The Craft of Teaching

    1. My head is still hurting from all the info ... LOL! It was so worth every penny!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. You saw Jeff Dunham!!!! I am so jealous!!!!


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