Ask a Teacher: Holiday money, now what?

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This year we decided to focus on how to make DOLLARS out of CHANGE. The easiest way, in my opinion, is to start talking to your children about the value of money and teach them to save. My children received a lot of money for the holiday because I implement the one gift per child per person rule. If someone would like to spend more, then they give my children checks, savings bonds, or gift cards to be used later. This is our formula for success: 1) Cash the checks and get cash (I even get cash … [Read more...]

Year Round Christmas Shopping & Organization

I had the honor of writing a guest post for Save at Home Mommy today regarding year round Christmas shopping and gift stockpiling. Can you believe I have already started my Christmas shopping for next year? Yes, I have most of the stocking stuffers done for a fraction of the retail price! I also have stocked up on several packaging items. One of the things I wrote about was stocking up on gift baskets, cookie tins and packaging material for my baked goodies. These items can be expensive if you … [Read more...]

Ask A Teacher- 10 Family Fun Activities

So taking a break today… Instead I am listing 10 fun activities to do if you are snowed in: 1)   Make snow cream, YUMMY! 2)   Put on some music and do puzzles 3)   Bake a treat 4)   Play board games or interactive games like Win, Loose, or Draw 5)   Let the kids “swim” in the tub 6)   Paint the snow. Take squirt bottles or spray bottles and put some Kool Aid in with a little water or use food coloring and paint away (you can also use the Kool Aid to paint with on paper too) 7)   Write … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tip: My Cell Phone is WET HELP

So, I had my cell phone in my back pocket so my daughter couldn't find it and I forgot. I went to the ladies room and splash!!! My life is over everyone's number is in there. I am not even sure I know my husband desk phone number without it. I resisted the urge to turn it on. I remember reading put it in a bag of rice for 3 days and seal the bag. I did so and it worked. I thought I would pass on this info. Step 1: Do NOT turn it on Step 2: Place it in a bag of rice Step 3: Leave it in there … [Read more...]

Making a Disaster Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle

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There has been something on my mind since our huge snow storm hit last Friday night. The severe winter storm hit hard and the roads turned bad quickly. This situation left many (hundreds) of people stranded in their cars. Some people were stuck, several waited for accidents to clear and others ran out off gas trying to keep warm while waiting. Do you have an emergency kit in your car? I have a first aid kit in my car, but that is it. I urge you all to make a disaster emergency kit for your … [Read more...]

Recycle Bank: Register to Earn Rewards, Including Coupons

Did you know that you can earn rewards by recycling? At Recycle Bank you can earn points that can be redeemed for rewards. Recycle Bank allows you to earn points for recycling used electronics, recycling curbside (select locations only) and giving away re-usable items through Kashless. All you need to do is register with Recycle Bank and you will automatically receive 100 points. With my 100 points, I ordered coupons that will be delivered via snail mail! Earlier today, there was a$5 off … [Read more...]

Ask a Teacher: Dress codes Yes or NO?

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I love dress codes. I have to say, I have seen my share of inappropriate body parts over my career. I have had to call home when a 3rd grader went without underwear.  How did I know? Well, she was telling everyone. I have seen bra straps, bras, bums, underwear, and bellies when I taught sixth grade. I think asking students to cover up is necessary; school is not a place to show what you have. I actually like uniforms. How much easier would my morning be if I didn’t have to pick something my … [Read more...]

Tuesday's Tip- Pick a night for Game night and stick to it

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This is something I have been waiting to do until my oldest was old enough. He is now. We are going to start playing games on Sunday night each week. This will help us make sure we have family time, teach team work, talk about winning and losing and have a night free of TV. He is so excited since I got him tons of games for Hanukkah that he can't wait until Sunday.  Yeah! I love creating traditions that are easy and inexpensive. … [Read more...]

How often do you & your hubby eat out?

    Have you noticed the Juice Box Jungle widget on our sidebar? Every few weeks Juice Box Jungle brings us a new video that you can view right on our site. This month, the sponsor is Restaurants.com and the subject matter is eating out! One thing that my husband and I rarely get to do alone is eat out! Pre-children, we had a rule, every Friday night was date night. We went out to eat, went to a movie or walked on the beach (when we lived in California!). Once the kids came along, we have … [Read more...]

Ask A Teacher: How do you keep a teen out of trouble?

The best way to keep any person out of trouble is to keep them busy. This does not mean drag them to every activity you want them to do. Rather it means help them find a passion. Then support this passion and enable your teenage to pursue their dreams. I came across this site that helps teens achieve their dreams. The Do Something site provides grants $500 and up to student with innovative ideas. I realize my high school years were filled with tons of fun but also coupled with a lot of … [Read more...]