One Winter’s Night: DIY Dinner Dance Decor!

I’ve coordinated a couple of high school dances over the past few years, and I always have a lot of fun with the creative ideas my creative students come up with for decorations and details! Each year, I am fortunate to have have a couple of truly fantastic students who volunteer to be on the planningContinue reading “One Winter’s Night: DIY Dinner Dance Decor!”

Sick of the Frozen Hype? GIVE UP!

Okay, if you are tired of people endlessly talking about how much they love Frozen and posting videos and comments about it . . . well, I’m sorry. You should probably not read on.  Because the longer we obsessed creative fans have ahold on something, the more incredible the results, and the more inspired IContinue reading “Sick of the Frozen Hype? GIVE UP!”

My Extended Foster Family

When my sister Bethany and her partner Julie decided to become foster parents, I wasn’t sure what to expect any more than they really were. I mean, I knew they would be great parents – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that two people willing to wholeheartedly pursue careers serving kids with severeContinue reading “My Extended Foster Family”

Divergent & Detergent ~ Unexpected Parallel Universes

via Lots of people have now read Veronica Roth‘s rapidly circulating trio of novels: The Divergent Series.  They are a gripping trilogy that follow in the footsteps of The Hunger Games Trilogy (by Suzanne Collins) as worldwide bestsellers in the realm of Young Adult Fiction. Like Collins’ trilogy, I’ve heard a lot of people poo-poo-ingContinue reading “Divergent & Detergent ~ Unexpected Parallel Universes”

The Aunt Donna Legacy: Making Pizza!

At the end of a long day, when I am too tired for creative meal preparation and too cheap for takeout, there is one perennial favorite recipe that resurfaces, coming to my rescue time and time again. Aunt Donna’s Pizza Crust Seriously, in my ever-growing Family Recipe Compilation Notebook, this is by far my mostContinue reading “The Aunt Donna Legacy: Making Pizza!”

Valentines for School Days!

In honor of my favorite holiday, I made a valentine snack area in my classroom! It included: Juice! KETTLE CORN! Oranges! Granola Bars!!! I hope you other teachers out there do something for your students to remind them that you think they’re great!!!

I’m a [VALEN-]tiny bit excited.

via When I say I love Valentine’s Day more than any other holiday, I get a multitude of reactions. Most frequently some version of this: via Occasionally, I’ll get something more like this: via But usually it’s more like this: via I have ranted in the past about why I think people need to getContinue reading “I’m a [VALEN-]tiny bit excited.”

Frozen: The Must-See Movie of 2014

via I am an ENORMOUS fan of Disney’s newly released film, Frozen. I have officially seen it four times in theaters, and have it pre-ordered on DVD. Some of this might have to do with a certain little 3 year old niece of mine and her deep love of the film. . . but only a smallContinue reading “Frozen: The Must-See Movie of 2014”