Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Daring to Dream - #TpTSellerChallenge

Week 2 of the #TpTSellerChallenge is here... 

and it's all about 'daring to dream'.

Since joining TpT back in 2011, I have always hoped that I could get to a point where I had the time to make fabulous resources and share them with the world wide teaching community. Since I graduated from my Undergraduate degree, my dreams and ambitions have changed - both professionally and personally. 
Since having my boys I have realised how much I want to be around to watch them grow up and be a parent they're proud of and want around. While hubby is chasing his professional dreams, mine have shifted and are now focused on being here for our boys. I also want to be here for my husband and support him in his journey. Before we were married, we had discussed how we wanted to raise our children, with an emphasis on at least one of us always being around and available for them. While he keeps getting these amazing career opportunities and is so passionate about progressing in his field I feel I should be supporting him and our family - my time will come! And in the meantime, here is what I hope my future holds, with the help of Teachers Pay Teachers.

So what are my dreams for my TpT business? 


1. Become a solid secondary income:  I would love to find the time to create wonderful, inventive and creative resources that teachers want to use (and in turn purchase) so that we have a steady income coming in from my sales. While we are very blessed to be able to live comfortably on one wage, it is nice to have a little extra in the bank so we can enjoy life as a family - a trip to Sydney for the day, or a weekend in the country or up/down the coast. It'd be great to even fund an overseas trip to Disneyland on my TpT earnings!!! 

2. Team Teach: I would love to get back into the classroom and work along side an amazing teacher - one with similar yet different ideas, who enjoys being challenged and learning new things. I want to share the role so that I can be around for my children but also keep up my profession and love of teaching. This would also give me time to create more resources for my TpT store.

3. Become a Top Level Netball Coach: The aim of this was daring to dream right? Well, if you haven't figured it out I am a real Netball Nut! But unfortunately due to injury I can no longer play - and as the saying suggests:

 Those who Can't, Teach

and with that I hope to not only impart what knowledge of the game I have onto younger, more fit and able players, but also develop my knowledge and skills of the game by attending courses and being mentored by some of the great coaches, locally and nationally. Being able to have an income from TpT would help make this a reality.

4. Travel: While I haven't as yet done much travel, it has always been something I've aspired to do. I would love to share these experiences with my husband and our boys, and it would be great if my TpT earnings could help us achieve this!

If you'd like to get involved and participate in the #TpTSellerChallenge then make sure to check out the directions for participation through Third in HollyWood, Sparkling in Second, Peppy Zesty Teacherista and Teach Create Motivate.

What are your dreams?

Thursday, 18 June 2015


I am so excited to have joined the #TpTSellerChallenge that have a group of 4 wonderful TpT sellers have organised - Emily from Third in Hollywood, Jen over at Sparkling in Second, Amber from Peppy Zesty Teacherista and Ashley at Teach Create Motivate. As well as improving my social media stats, growing my fan base and my TpT business I am interacting with and finding new and wonderful teachers to follow. It is truly amazing how many of us are openly sharing our resources.

This first week has seen me makeover one of my first (and most popular) TpT store products - The Australian Gold Rush Activity Pack. While initially I thought this would be a quick task, after many hours I am really happy with the end product which has seen me create a new cover, provide an answer key and a completion certificate. I also changed the font, made it larger and changed the layout of most pages to provide more white space and more writing room for students.

***You can find this great product in my TpT store, and it can be used as an activity pack, or pages can be used individually when exploring the historical topic of the Gold Rush era.***

If you are just starting out in the blogging world, or are at a point (like me) where you really want to grow your fan base and improve your social stats, then head over to one of the blogs mentioned above, join in the fun over the next four weeks and watch your numbers climb!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

10 steps to accessing your DETmail to your iPhone AND Android

***UPDATED 25/05/17: So you've been given your DoE login and address email, but how can you get regular updates without having to log in to your account each time? Well after some digging around I have found a way to add your DoE email address to your iOS mail app (this includes iPhones, iPads and Mac Mail) AND your Andoid device!!!! 

Follow these steps:


1. Go to 'Settings'
2. Scroll down and tap 'Mail, Contacts, Calendars'
3. Tap 'Add Account'
4. Tap 'Microsoft Exchange'
5. Enter the following details:
  • Email: Your DoE email
  • Password: Your DoE password
  • Description: 'DoE email', 'Work Email' - whatever you like!
  • Tap 'Next'
6. The next screen will prompt you for a username and server. Enter the following details:
  • Username: Your DoE I.D with @det at the end. e.g. jo.blogs@det
  • Server: mobile.det.nsw.edu.au
  • Tap 'Next'
7. If you have entered all the details correctly, all boxes will be given a TICK then the next screen will load.
8. You can now choose to turn on Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders etc. Tap 'Save'.
9. You can now access your DET email on your iPhone.
10. Access your mail from your 'Home' screen. You can still access your other email accounts as well, receiving them all together or in separate mail boxes.

1. Go to 'Settings' on your device
2. Then scroll to 'Accounts and Sync' and click 'Add Account'
3. Choose 'Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync' or 'Corporate'
4. Enter the following details:
  • Email address: Your DoE email
  • Password: Your DoE password
  • Tap 'Manual Setup'
5. On the next screen enter the following details:
  • Username: YOUR DoE I.D with @det at the end e.g. jo.blogs@det
  • Exchange Server: webmail.det.nsw.edu.au
6. You must then TICK 'Use Secure Connection' & 'Accept all SSL Certificates'
7. Your android device should then verify if it can connect to the DET webmail server.
***NOTE: Please make sure you have your 3G AND WIFI connected.
8. You should now be connected.
9. You can now select your mail preferences
10. Name your mail e.g. DoE email, Work email etc.

At this point, I'm assuming this method works for other states and territories, simply by changing the server address - it's not a guarantee, but here's hoping! I hope you've found this useful! :-)

Monday, 8 June 2015

And the winner is...

Congratulations to the winners of my first competition! Thank you to everyone who entered and follows My Mum, the Teacher! Keep an eye out later in the year for another competition! :-)
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