Went in Dollar Tree the other day and found a few GREAT deals on kid/toddler toys.
Great options for interactive play, reading, snacks, cutlery…I seriously love me a Dollar Tree run!
As a teacher of 8 years, I genuinely “get it”. I know how hard the public school system is. I was so excited to see so many of your comments with suggestions for classrooms deserving of this help. It was extremely difficult for me to try to choose a select few to support, especially feeling like this $200 was such a drop in the ocean compared to the need.
However, something encouraging I found was from the time I posted the video, to the time I set to make donations, many of the projects had been 100% filled. Almost half of them raised all the money they needed before I could get there! This made me so overjoyed.
I chose to give $20 to 10 classrooms as a way of spending the $200. Is $20 a lot? No. But it’s something. And a bunch of little somethings add up to a huge blessing for kids in need. <3
1) Tasha is a subscriber of mine (also a teacher) and she shared Mrs. A’s classroom of special education students who need to learn in a hand-on and visual way, and they don’t even have a classroom projector.
2) Mrs. B works in a high-poverty school and needs non-fiction reading for her students.
3) Mrs. C’s book project in California. These are 3rd graders, the age that has been shown to decide your future as a reader and life-longer learner. Let’s get them reading!!!
4) Mrs. H’s classroom in NC. This is a very rural area with a large non-English speaking, Hispanic population. My students have iPads at my school, so I know the learning impact these can have, and how much can come from them, but also how crucial they are in helping with a language barrier.
5) Mrs. V is one of my subscribers! She teaches Pre-K students in high-poverty Title I, where gangs, poverty and violence are in close proximity. So happy to support her classroom. Love ya, girl!
6) Mrs. L’s school is in need of two iPad minis. It is located in the poorest Congressional District in the nation and specifically most students are living at or below the poverty line, receive free lunch, many are homeless, living in shelters and an increasing population of students are new immigrants from Latin America and Africa who are struggling with English. This project to purchase two iPads for the classroom (just 2 for an entire classroom!) is nearly funded. They are so, so close to their goal!
7) This is for Mrs. V’s class in NY to support their music program and help send some awesome kiddos to American Young Voices Children’s Choir!
8) Mrs. B’s classroom is in need of a document camera for her students with severe communication abilities and autism. She teaches 2nd grade. What a fantastic resource for them!
9) Mrs. S’s elementary students need art supplies! Watercolors, paint brushes…so they can study the masters and explore the arts. Love it!
10) Mr. H’s room needs to purchase rocket kits. Let’s instill the importance of science in our kids.
It felt so good to give to these wonderful teachers! Many of these teachers have already written me kind thank-you responses, just to say that they appreciated our support.
If you feel called to help, these are some fantastic classrooms worth supporting!
File organization is tough. I was there for years. My system was out of control, I couldn’t streamline it (or keep up with it), and I kept having to create new folders. And then more new folders. And more new folders. And papers were literally busting at the seams of existing folders and breaking them. I could not (for the life of me) figure out what I was doing wrong. Plus my desk started to feel the effects since my filing cabinet was a disaster. Overflow to the max. Anyone else out there feel this way? I asked on Instagram, and lots of you sent me pictures of your paper clutter that was driving you bananas. I knew I wasn’t the only one.
And then I found the FreedomFiler Home Filing Kit. It seriously changed the life of my paper clutter. (This post is not sponsored by Freedom Filer, I purchased it with my own money in 2012).
What’s even cooler is that you get to see how it looks NOW, three years after installation. This isn’t a system that I just put into place so it looks nice and pretty now, but becomes a disaster in a few months time. This system works and I know it because I’ve lived it. If I can do it, you can!
You can use the FreedomFiler in the traditional way that you’ve been using for your entire life. Each item, store, car, person, whatever, has a folder. And then you have a million folders that will eventually get out of control. AGAIN. It’s a glorified filing system that is color coded and will fail just as miserably as anything you have every done.
BUT–if you CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE YOUR FILES, AND BREAK THEM DOWN INTO 4 SEPARATE CATEGORIES, then this system will work it.
Here is what will drive your system:
2) Tax files
3) Vital Records and Warranties and Manuals
5) EVERYTHING ELSE–THIS WILL ACCOUNT FOR 95% OF YOUR FILES! This is stored in monthly folders that are purged every two years. THIS IS THE KEY TO IT ALL
Watch the video and it will make sense. Yay for files that stay clutter free and work FOR you rather than against you!
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I love making budget friendly, easy, and healthful food for my family. I want to save as much time as possible, so this is an easy way to cook three meals in one day…less clean-up, less extra work. Win-win!
This recipe was adapted from The Way To His Heart blog, who had adapted it from from A Pinch of This & That. It’s fun take yummy food and adapt the recipe to make it fit your taste and family!
When I first saw this post from Eryn Lynum on her blog from Famine to Foodie, I cried. Full on cried reading it. It was beautiful. Beautifully written, and so powerful.
I adapted her blog post, shortening and re-wording a bit, to create a baby shower gift for Carson’s sitter who is with him when I am at work.
You can download my adaptation here: The gift of $9.36
Watch this video to see why I loved it so much…
The one place in my home where I DON’T use dollar bins. There, I said it. And it’s important I explain why.
This is a high traffic zone with heavy items, and to truly maximize space, the way I wanted to, I spent more for bins that are extremely large and sturdy. And boy do they ever work. I have had this system in place for 3 years, and it’s been functioning so well for my family. I focus on functional, not pretty. It’s easy to maintain and I love it.
By far my favorite products are these Clear Over-The-Door Shoe Organizers and my Stackable Can Rack Organizer. It saves so much space! They are perfect if you are dealing with a tiny pantry and love cooking.
Here’s one Dollar Tree Product I do love for pantries! These amazing labels! They have made them so cute since I bought mine, too!
Edit: If you are having a hard time finding these labels in stock at your local Dollar Tree: You can also find something similar in a 24 pack here!
The bins I have are no longer available from the container store, but the labels are. They are on sale for just $1.99 right now!
As I teacher, I know that classroom resources come at a premium, and making a difference isn’t easy without support.
Chevrolet shared a $200 donation on my behalf to support teacher’s efforts and enrich kid’s lives through www.donorschoose.org. This is not a paid sponsorship video, and I am not being paid to endorse any company mentioned. Just sharing love to the classrooms that are deserving because it was gifted to me to bless onward!
This is a community platform, and I do this because so YOU, so I want to support as many of your suggestions as possible! If you are a teacher and have a page on Donor’s Choose, please let me know!
Otherwise, visit www.donorschoose.org, let me know about a teacher’s profile you would like to see supported (there is a search function to find teachers near you!)…who knows. Your child’s teacher or a teacher you know, might be in need. <3
Lots of you have asked about office spaces, desk organization, and how I do it on a budget. My Office Monster desk is super small. I mean SUPER SMALL. Here’s how I do it on a budget and make it functional. I’m always about functionality over beauty, but I think this space happens to be both :)…using recycled materials (and a few Dollar Spot/Thrifty finds!)
In my initial post in this series, many of you also mentioned wanting to see how I organize my mail and files to keep my office neat. That video is to come!
P.S. If you are looking to line your desk and you will be using wrapping paper, it is best adhered with painters tape rolled into a ball!
My mom’s house is getting a huge overhaul this month! Laundry rooms seem to be challenging for a lot of people (my mom included), but for just $20, we transformed the space. I made a quick Dollar Tree stop, spent about 30 minutes and it was so worth it.
I didn’t go through each of the baskets individually in the video, since it’s all the standard laundry room stuff, categorized by type: floor cleaners, spot removers, dusters, air fresheners, paper goods, etc.
But the overview gives you a good idea about how to think intentionally about your space and maximize every corner.
Let me share with you my favorite keys to Laundry Room Organization! Enjoy 🙂
Lucky for you, you will never again have to deal with the latter 😉
Here are my 6 favorite tips for storing Christmas lights and decorations in general. I hope they inspire you and help you for next year (and this year!)
I don’t know about you, but I always struggle so much to take my lights down. It always make me so sad. The clutter of the decor I am always ready to ditch, but the lights. Man, I just love ’em.