13 July 2015

Viva Las Vegas! A TPT Conference Linky Party

I'm so happy to join The Elementary Entourage's blog hop! I went to the TPT Conference in Las Vegas and loved every minute of it. Here are some of my favorite (or not so favorite)  moments from this trip.
The Plane Ride
This was my 2nd flight. I had only done it once before and with friends, but here I was traveling alone and literally across the country (from NC). My first flight for Charlotte was ok, but the 2nd was awful! I got on the plane, but had to sit there for about 2 hours before the plane actually took flight. Let's not even mention the headache and queasiness of the 4 hour flight. =(
The Palazzo Hotel Lobby
When I arrived at the Palazzo, I was beyond amazed. Never had I imaged I was going to stay in such a wonderful place. While I waited to check in, I snapped this awesome picture of the fountain in the lobby. Later on, I took some snaps outside.



My Hotel Room!
I haven't been to Las Vegas since I was a little kid. My dad was stationed in Barstow, California and we traveled to Las Vegas twice. Each time, we stayed in a small hotel. When I went here for the conference and saw my room, I was


The Palazzo Hotel!
After settling in, I decided to take a walk and get some great photos! This was the walking area before you head to the Grand Mal Shoppes.


After a ride up the elevator, you come to the wonderful Grand Mall Shoppes. I was amazed! Never thought I'd see something so wonderful!

Everything was inside so no need to worry about rain!

You can even ride the gondolas around the entire shop.

I stopped by a few shops to see some wonderful items. I went into a Michaels Kors shop (because that's all my mom and sister obsess over) and watched a baker at Carlo's Bakery (Cake Boss!).

I even went to a candy shop with oversized candy boxes! Insane!

Yes, that is a regular sized can even if it is a can of Gummy Bears!

I met some wonderful sellers at the conference include Kelly Malloy of "An Apple for the Teacher" and Kathleen Guleksen of "A+ Kids". I even got to meet Laine Sutherland from "A Little Peace of Africa" who made my business cards, logo, and blog. They have become life-long friends! Wish I had gotten a picture with them, but I know next year, I definitely will. I did get to meet Deanna Jump. I joked with her that I had never had a picture with a millionaire before.

Lastly, I live with my sister and her family. My sister didn't want me to go.  She didn't know what she would do without me (aka missing me too much). So Thursday morning, she was going to give her kids some cereal for breakfast. Instead, they wanted pancakes. Usually, I'm the one who makes pancakes or waffles so when I wasn't there, my niece (2) and my nephews (4 and 6) took it upon themselves to make pancakes.

My sister snapped this shot and sent it to me while at the conference (during the Opening TPT Keynote on Thursay).
I loved to trip and couldn't wait to go again! Click the link to see more Las Vegas fun from more sellers!


  1. Beautiful pictures, Chandra! I'm so glad that I got a chance to meet you in person!
    Literacy Loves Company

  2. Weren't those hotel rooms amazing? I had so much fun, but I'm still so tired from all the excitement!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  3. Your pictures are fantastic! I hope you get to explore Las Vegas again next year! LOVE LOVE LOVE the pancakes! Here's to next year! Wendy 1stgradefireworks 1stgradefireworks

  4. Chandra, it was great meeting you in Vegas! I look forward to keeping in touch and collaborating this school year.

  5. Wow! You took some fabulous pictures!!!



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