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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Countdown to Christmas on Inexpensively

As you may know, Madame Deals is a network contributor for Inexpensively. Right now we are counting down the days until Christmas over at Inexpensively! As of today, only 21 days to go! Everyday until Christmas there will be a new post on Inexpensively regarding frugal Christmas ideas. The topics range from decorations, to family fun, gift ideas and traditions. Head on over to the Countdown to Christmas at Inexpensively for some great ideas! We will be contributing to the posts as ...

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Ask A Teacher- Teaching your child what the holiday is about

This is a great one. What are some ways you teach your children to be part of the spirit and not get caught up in the "me" of the holiday? We start early every year we take five birthday gifts and put them away to give to children who do not have much for the holiday. We then have a budget for children in need. We put our coins in a jar. The coins are divided into thirds: 1/3 for our daughters bank account, 1/3 for our sons, and 1/3 for a child in need. My son even does chores to add to the jar. ...

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