Beyond Pinterest-Perfect

 

 

Technically, I walked into the first grade classroom to provide reading and writing support for two specific students. Knowing that it was the day of all the Valentine’s Day parties, however, I didn’t really expect to be doing a lot of academic work. I was correct.

 

The room was FULL of extra [...]

Quirky Clothing Issues

 

 

I’m sitting here, snuggled under a zebra-striped furry fleecy blanket, riding out yet another snowstorm. We’ve only been to school one Monday since the New Year, I think… and that day was an accelerated early dismissal day! (<– Translation: we got out at noon.) Next Monday is President’s Day so, even if we [...]

Junk- and Clutter-Free Journal Favor

 

 

Got a party in your plans? Don’t give up on favors just because they’re traditionally pricey, junky, or cluttery. This fun, useful favor comes together with a small pricetag and won’t drive the parents of the party-goers nuts. Winning!

 

 

 

I’m aware that some people have strong feelings about party favors.

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What’s Your Christmas Soundtrack?

 

 

This time of year, I scroll through my social media feeds and get all twitchy and awkward feeling. You see, I’m just so TIRED of the same ol’ Santa debates and number of gift discussions and yes/no Christmas card hooplah and all that. It kind of rains on my parade, if I’m honest. [...]

Words of Affirmation

 

 

Let me be real about something here– I am a SUCKER for personality-type quizzes/surveys. No, no, not so much those Facebook ones like, “If you were on a pirate ship, who would you be?” or “Who is your 1920s soulmate?” or any of that nonsense. No, no, I just love those inventories you [...]

Things I’m Supposed to Love, but Don’t

 

 

 

 

So this is a silly post topic, but it’s been floating around my brain for quite some time now, so I decided it was about time I set it free!

 

What follows is a list of different things that I feel like I’m SUPPOSED to love, but I really just… [...]

White Cheddar Cranberry Bites

Cranberry salsa is one of my favorite seasonal treats. Bright, tangy, and exploding with flavor, it’s such a fun twist on the more typical tomato variety.

Paired with sharp white cheddar and a crispy cracker base, the salsa is the shining star in this quick, delicious, no-cook [...]

25 Things You Never Wanted to Know About Me

 

 

So, how many of you have read a blog or two since, oh, I don’t know, about 2007 or so? It doesn’t matter if you still read it, but did you ever read blog posts “back in the day”?

 

Well, a whole lot has changed. Off the top of my head, here [...]

Memories & the Mundane

 

 

“I like your hoodie, Mrs. S.,” she said, eyeing the black velour, “Is it new?”

 

I smiled, thanked her, “Nope, it’s not new. I’ve had it awhile.”

 

“Oh, well, I’d wear it,” she said, then turned back to the neighbor boy.

 

Now, I don’t claim to be an expert on [...]

Making Holiday Planning Easier

 

 

The Halloween buckets still grace the sideboard in my dining room, yet all the online chiiter chatter is about Christmas. There’s a part of me that really objects to that, to be honest, but the reality is– planning early can be super helpful in alleviating stress later on. For that reason, I’m dipping [...]

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