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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Teacher Gifts

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Teacher Gifts

If you’re a high-level procrastinator like me, the fact that you have to get a gift for your kid’s teacher before school breaks for winter will probably sneak up on you. And don’t forget the secretaries, principal, nurse, counselor, etc.  Yikes.  Never fear, I have solutions to MacGyver your way out of this one. Section One: Quick, but Not Dirty Gift Cards.  According to friends who are teachers and teachers who are friends, gift cards are the best. … Read entire article »

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Shop Small, Shop Local: Seven Ideas for Kids’ Gifts

Shop Small, Shop Local: Seven Ideas for Kids’ Gifts

I wish that every shopping day was Small Business Saturday. Small businesses keep money in the local economy and provide income to your friends and neighbors who own these businesses. If you’re prone to big box shopping, I hope you’ll take tomorrow as an opportunity to try out something new and consider adopting it as a regular habit. At our house, and in our extended families, we don’t buy gifts for adults – only the kids. … Read entire article »

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Christmas on a Budget: Easel Makeover

Christmas on a Budget: Easel Makeover

This year we are doing Christmas on a really tight budget, which is actually turning out to be a fun challenge.  I plan to share some of our gift ideas for the kids with you as we work our way up to the magical day, The first idea is a basic makeover story.  Back in September I wrote about my shopping successes at Duck Duck Goose consignment sale, but I left out one big purchase – … Read entire article »

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Making a Plan…

Making a Plan…

Today I’ve been in spring-summer planning mode, thanks to a great article I found on The Savvy Source website called Planning Your Year. If you have a preschooler in your house, I think you’ll love this resource too. The article starts with an introduction to planning, and then highlights specific holidays and seasonal pass-times with links to specific crafts and activities for each month.  From doing coin rubbings this Monday for Presidents Day, to planting a … Read entire article »

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For the Love of the (picture of the) Couch

For the Love of the (picture of the) Couch

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve already read my essay about how I love my couch.  In January, Little Rock Family printed that essay in their “Family Chatter” section, accompanied by the art above.  While I wish I had put a little more polish on the essay, I am madly in love with this image.  I’ve never met Hannah Alexander, but somehow she looked into my mind’s eye and drew it.  … Read entire article »

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Supporting a Soldier (or two, or three…)

Supporting a Soldier (or two, or three…)

I recently sent a care package to my old high school buddy, Travis, who just started a year-long tour in Iraq.  I had never sent a care package before, and it turned out to be an educational project.  It’s a great project if you have middle school and older kids, too.  It gets them thinking about what everyday life is like for the soldiers, and of course there are the lessons in geography and politics … Read entire article »

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