7 Thrift Store Items Perfect For Holiday Gift Giving

     You may love your local thrift store for furniture pieces, secondhand clothes, and of course knick knacks, but did you ever think it could also be an excellent place to look for holiday gifts? It’s true! You would be surprised to see how many people use their local thrift shop as a holiday shopping spot. To find out more, take a look below at 7 thrift store items perfect for holiday gift giving. It turns out you really can use your local thrift shop to find gifts for less. 1. Baskets.
 Thrift stores typically have an entire aisle of just baskets. These are perfect for filling up with themed gifts. Get nice baskets for as little as a quarter, then add some ribbon and filling before adding assorted gifts inside. With so many to choose from, you will have a fun time creating the perfect gift basket for friends and family. 2. Mugs.
 Thrift stores are often overrun with mugs. Find some mugs in good condition and fill them with coffee or tea packets, candy, or … [Read more...]

Apple Oats Muffins

    I couldn't believe how much sugary candy was given out on Halloween this week.  It really made me start thinking about being more careful about all the junk that the kids consume now that the holidays are right around the corner.  If I know my family, they will be bringing a lot of snacks and desserts for my sons and nephews when they come over to celebrate.  I'd rather they enjoy some more nutritious and wholesome treats.     Although I love baking, I don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen so I try to plan for recipes that will allow me to freeze and defrost them later so we could still enjoy them.  One of my favorite recipes to make around this time of the year is for Apple Oat Muffins.  Not only do my guys love them, but they also taste great and are perfect for enjoying for breakfast or lunch.  My boys even like to eat them as an after-school snack when they get home in the afternoon! Apple Oat Muffins … [Read more...]

Netflix Halloween Doorbell #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    It’s Halloween night and you’re just settling in for a scary movie marathon when...“Trick-or-treat!” Every Halloween, Netflix pause rates spike as viewers around the country get up to give out candy. But this year, you can stay inside while Netflix handles Halloween—for you and your ghoulish guests.     The Netflix Halloween Doorbell welcomes trick-or-treaters with spooky sounds and music from your favorite Netflix shows and points them to candy, so you can treat yourself to a night of non-stop spooky streaming. How it works:     The Netflix Halloween Doorbell is hung right over your existing doorbell, temporarily hiding it from trick-or-treaters. As trick-or-treaters approach the house, a proximity sensor in the doorbell triggers the theme song from your chosen Netflix show. Pressing the doorbell initiates a scream from that show’s characters and reveals a customizable message to your costumed guests on an LCD display screen. Stream & … [Read more...]

Felt Candy Corn Puppet Craft

    Can you guys believe that Halloween is just two days away?  I normally have all of my costume and decor preparations taken care of way in advance but this year I am way behind schedule.  I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that I just started a new teaching position this past September and I have been completely swamped with work and everything else.     This weekend I am taking advantage to spend some quality time with my boys getting ready for Halloween.  They have always enjoyed all of the festivities around this holiday and, despite their being older, they still enjoy helping me get everything ready.  Since my younger nephews are coming over too, I have some fun arts and crafts planned including the one below: Felt Candy Corn Puppet Craft

 Supplies needed:
 White, black, orange, yellow craft felt 
Hot glue, glue gun 
Scissors

 Directions:
 1. Begin by cutting out the two base pieces of your … [Read more...]

Promote Math Skills While Earning Box Tops! @BTFE @Walmart #BuyClipSendEarn #Ad

    I have been a New York City public school teacher for over fifteen years.  During my tenure, I cannot begin to tell you how many times I had to purchase school supplies for my classroom out of my own pocket.  It is an unfortunate truth that most public schools are lacking the necessary resources to help their students be successful academically.       Thanks to the Box Tops for Education program, many schools are gaining much needed supplies.  As you gear up for back to school, Walmart is definitely the place where you should be shopping because you can give directly back to your community at the same time!  You can find Box Tops on anything from your favorite cereals to easy meals.        Box Tops for Education makes it easy to give back to schools on your everyday purchases.  Simply look for the Box Tops label when you shop General Mills products at Walmart.  Your school will receive $.10 for every … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe And Other Easy Morning Hacks! @JIF #Ad

    As a New York City public school teacher, I take my responsibility to educate young people very seriously.  It's a tough and rewarding job and I do it with pride.  Unfortunately, being a full-time career woman is very demanding and it is extremely difficult to juggle working and being a mother.  As a result, mornings definitely don't always go off without a hitch in our home.  I've tried to perfect some morning hacks, over the years, to make our mornings easier.     Since I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that children who eat breakfast daily perform better academically, that was the first area where I wanted to improve our morning routine.  Let's be honest, I don't have a lot of time to prepare breakfast every morning with our hectic schedule so I had to get creative to make sure my boys eat something wholesome that doesn't take a lot of time to prepare.       This is where my morning … [Read more...]

Get Your Kitchen Ready For Family Night! @Glad #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of TapInfluence and Glad and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     As the mother of two sons, I consider it my personal responsibility to teach them the life skills that they will need to be independent and productive members of the community once they become adults.  This includes spending time with them teaching them how to take care of things around the house such as cleaning, cooking and doing laundry.  Every week, we spend a family night reinforcing how to get things done in these areas and it is also a wonderful opportunity to bond and spend quality time together.     This past week, I taught my boys how to get the kitchen ready for entertaining when the whole family comes over.  We love to get everyone together for the holidays and it is important to make sure that the kitchen is clean and … [Read more...]

Power Through Your Morning With Jimmy Dean Delights! #JimmyDean @JimmyDean #Ad

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jimmy Dean through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jimmy Dean Delights, all opinions are my own.     Mornings in our house can be somewhat of a blur.  Between getting myself ready for work and chasing after my boys to make sure they get ready in time for school, we barely make it out of the house in time.  Although I want my family to have a good breakfast, it just isn't possible for me to spend a lot of time preparing it every morning.       Jimmy Dean Delights are made with real ingredients like whole eggs, lean meat and real vegetables, providing families with a delicious, wholesome breakfast option to start the day off right.  They allow me to feel good about feeding my family on weekday mornings.  My boys'  personal favorite is Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage, Egg White & Cheese Croissant because it is made … [Read more...]

Tips For Making Perfect Pancakes @tfal_cookware #StackedandSticky #Giveaway #Ad

    When I was a little girl, I loved eating my grandmother's pancakes.  Whenever I slept over her house, I would ask her to make them for me and they have always been the best pancakes that I have ever eaten.  As an adult, I still have a love of pancakes but since Grandma passed away years ago, I have never been able to replicate her delicious pancake recipe.     Over the years I have tried to perfect my pancake making technique but I honestly have never been able to make good pancakes.  I'm not sure if this was because I wasn't using the right pan or because I wasn't flipping the pancakes at the right time but it has been a total disaster.  When I found out about the new T-fal OptiCook Total Non-Stick Fry Pan, I knew that this would finally be my chance to make the perfect pancake and also make my grandmother proud. Here are some tips I have learned for making the perfect pancakes: Using less pancake mix and more water makes for … [Read more...]

Give Your Kids A Glimpse Into Your Childhood! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    One of my favorite things to do is listen to music and watch shows with my sons that I used to enjoy when I was a kid.  There is just something magical about bridging the gap between your own childhood and your children's childhoods by connecting through these "blasts from the past."  It's a great way to let them know that you weren't always an adult and you weren't always their parent.  Also, it allows you to create memories with them that will last a lifetime.     My siblings and I used to lay on a blanket on the floor and watch Inspector Gadget while munching on our favorite snacks.  It was so much fun to say, "Go, Go, Gadget, Go!"  These special moments allowed us to bond with one another and I love now having the opportunity to watch Inspector Gadget with my boys on Netflix.  They enjoy all of his antics and adventures as much as I did when I was a little girl.     You guys can create these precious memories with your children as well.  Netflix has an entire list of of … [Read more...]