‘Tis the Season: 6 Gifts for Teachers That Go Beyond Gift Cards

Depositphotos 27553251 xs Tis the Season: 6 Gifts for Teachers That Go Beyond Gift Cards

My daughters go to daycare/preschool twice a week and love their teachers, which makes drop off a little easier for me. But each time they’ve moved up to a new class, I feel like such an A-hole because I can never think of a clever or thoughtful gift to give their teachers. ..then a few weeks go by and I feel even worse. I had mentally committed to making or scouring original gifts for their teachers this holiday season… which is why I’m so happy to have Barry guest blogging today sharing gift ideas for teachers. As a teacher himself, he has some great ideas. Thanks, Barry!

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Video – Sew a Skirt in One Hour with Brett Bara

sewing straight cover lo Video   Sew a Skirt in One Hour with Brett Bara

Obviously I love to sew. And like many people who sew, I have a love/hate relationship with my machine and the craft.

What can often squash the creative bug is taking on a project beyond your skill set. I learned that the hard way.

Which is why I’m excited to share my favorite new find, Brett Bara, a crafty gal with great video tutorials like the one below.

If you’re thinking of dusting off your grandma’s sewing machine and giving it a whirl, this would be a great first project!



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Camping with Toddlers at Fallen Leaf Lake

IMG 1687 Camping with Toddlers at Fallen Leaf Lake

The only thing(s) my older daughter wanted for her fourth birthday this year was to camp and eat Snow White cupcakes. Easy peasy.

Camping for her birthday is a nice tradition we’ve formed and such a great way to spend QT as a family.

This year we went to Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe. I have always wanted to explore that region and will definitely be going back. It’s a great campground for families – quiet, spacious and the lake is great for swimming and kayaking, without the crowds you might find at Lake Tahoe. Loved everything about this place! Continue reading

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Camping in the California Desert in Fancy Airstreams

I’m preparing for our annual camping trip to the California coast at Dillon Beach.

As I’ve said before, it’s a fantastic spot for family camping with direct access to the beach. However, each year I add the caveat that I’ll only go if it isn’t raining. I’m crossing my fingers the weather plays nice.

But as I began to dream about warmer camping spots, I stumbled upon this rad place in the high desert Continue reading

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