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WordPress vs. Blogger

If you’re visiting my blog outside of your reader or email today, you’ve probably already noticed something new. If not, click on over and see it for yourself. I’ve found a new home at www.ChristiFultz.com {update your bookmarks} and I’ve also moved from Blogspot to WordPress. For now, I’m keeping the same design theme so my new blog has the same feel as my old one.

Blogger Preview

 

I’ve opted to go for a solid white background on my new blog and also moved to a landing page, which means you’ll have to click “blog” to see my feed. It’s just a little bit of a cleaner look that’s popular in education blogs right now. I do love color though, so we’ll see if this lasts. =)

Christi Fultz WordPress

 

As a blog designer, I often get asked about the difference between WordPress and Blogspot or if there’s any clear reason to pick one over the other. Here’s what I’ve learned from making the switch.

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Teacher Appreciation Giveaway Hop

It’s May, you’ve almost made it through another school year! For most of us testing season is over, so it’s all downhill from here. =) I always loved those final weeks with my class each year. The sweet notes came more frequently, the students would beg me to loop to fourth grade, and we’d spend more time on projects that let us learn outside while taking advantage of the spring weather. It’s also time to pat yourself on the back for all the progress your students have made. Whether you hear it at school or not, YOU are appreciated. Teaching ain’t for the faint of heart these days, hats off to you!

To celebrate your hard work and Teacher Appreciation Day, I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite upper elementary bloggers to giveaway care packages with teachers in mind. Each one of us is giving away a box of our favorite “teacher stuff” along with a few of our favorite TpT resources. 


I’m giving away some of my favorite teacher tools– bright pens, multi-colored pencils in a pail, sticky notes, a funky to do list, an Erin Condren notepad, and a cute little teal pouch to hold it all. 

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Silhouette Cameo Lightning Deal

Do you ever have those days when you wake up and see Amazon’s Daily Deal and just know you have to have it? Today is one of those days. Except I already have it. And I’m tempted to buy a second one. ha! Maybe a nice little giveaway item for down the road??

It’s the Silhouette Cameo BUNDLE, which means you’re getting the machine itself and a whole bunch of cool tools for less than the cost of the machine alone. What?!





If you aren’t familiar with the Silhouette, I use it to make all kinds of items for both home and school. In addition to shapes, frames, and stuff like that it also cuts out bulletin board letters {like a champ} in ANY font you want. Here’s a few examples and you can click to take you to that blog post if you’d like.

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Establish healthy habits for bringing work home and decompressing

Healthy work habits is a topic near and dear to my heart. When Angela Watson asked me to read her new book, Unshakeable, and write about one of the chapters, Establishing Healthy Habits for Brining Work Home and Decompressing was a no-brainer.

When it comes to your work habits, it’s often hard to “win” no matter what you do. It seems you get the side-eye whether you’re the first to leave after the dismissal bell or the last car in the parking lot each night. You either care too much or not enough, judged by the size of your “teacher bag” each evening. You know… the one you often take home full of papers to grade and then back to school the next morning without touching anything inside. Let’s face it, some nights mine didn’t even make it out of the car. Other nights that same teacher bag felt like a ball and chain, and I’d sit for hours with a pen glued in my hand grading papers, begging my husband to help with the math fact sheets. So.much.stress.

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Tutorial: How To Dress Up Your TpT Store!

Hey, fellow TeachersPayTeachers friends! I have a quick tutorial for you today that will show you how to dress up your store. Check this out:

Blogger Tutorial: How To Dress Up Your TeachersPayTeachers Store



Can you spot the difference? This was my before:

In the new version, instead of a text quote and a link to my digital paper section I’ve highlighted this area with a picture and it still links to my digital papers. This is a great way to feature a section of your store, your newsletter list, Facebook page, or blog. The best part? It’s really easy!

Blogger Tutorial: How To Dress Up Your TeachersPayTeachers Store



There’s a video below, but here are some helpful tips with a few more helpful details.

How To:
1. Use your picture editing program of choice to design your picture. You want your picture to be 450 pixels by 150 pixels. This is the same was 1.5 wide by 0.5 inches tall.

I know a lot of teacher-bloggers use PowerPoint for their graphics, so we’ll look at that. Make sure the proportions are 3 inches wide by 1 inch tall. The actual picture size I used in PhotoShop was 1.5 wide by .5 tall, but PowerPoint wouldn’t let me pick those dimensions so I doubled the size to keep the ratio. Here’s an easy way to resize your picture before saving it in PowerPoint.