Saturday, August 27, 2011

Back to School

Back to school we go! I am so excited to meet the new kids in the class I work in! I can’t wait to see all of them and start off the new school year on a great foot at  KPS!! Here are some great activities/freebies/ideas for your classroom or your child’s teacher!

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Have a wonderful school year!!!


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Discounts for Teachers!

Since the school year is coming up I figured this would be good for all you fellow teachers out there!! Found this and figured I would share: 83 teacher discount stores broken down by category! Enjoy!
1. Barnes & Noble – B&N Educator Program: 20% off list price & up to 25% off during Educator Appreciation Days. See our Barnes & Noble Coupons page for other savings.
2. Book Warehouse – Educators’ Book Club: 15% discount.
3. Books-a-Million (in-store only) – 20% off for faculty
4. Borders – Classroom Discount Card: 25% off. See our Borders Coupons page for other savings.
5. Half Price Books – Teacher & Librarian Discount Card: 10% off
Online School Supply & Teacher Discount Stores:1. Academic Superstore – Discounted classroom supplies. See our Academic Superstore Coupons page for other savings.
2. Creative Teaching Press – Sales on various products
3. Discount School Supply - Discounted classroom supplies. See our Discount School Supply Coupons page for other savings.
4. ETA/Cuisenaire - Outlet Store – up to 75% discount on classroom supplies
5. Software Express – Discounts of up to 75% from a variety of publishers, requires a teacher ID and email from the principal
6. Teacher Deals – Teaching supplies at 20-50% off everyday
7. Teachers’ Discount – Discounted classroom supplies
8. Teacher eBooks Now – Features a “deal of the day,” discounted downloadable e-books
9. The Teacher Store at – Up to 50% off deals and sales
10. – Gain credits toward future purchases, get 2% of all purchases made by people you refer to the site.

Retail School Supply Stores:1. A.C. Moore – Teacher Discount Program: mail in information to get discount card
2. Big Lots – Teacher Appreciation Day on August 13, 2011. See our Big Lots Coupons page for more savings.
3. The Container Store – Organized Teacher Discount Program: 15% off. See our Container Store Coupons page for other savings.
4. Crayola – Gold Star Teacher program: Discounts from & opportunities to test/provide feedback on new products & lesson plans. See our Crayola Coupons page for other savings.
5. FedEx Office – National Educators Discount Program: 15% off
6. Home Depot (in-store only) – Teachers pay no sales tax with tax exempt paperwork
7. Jo Ann Fabrics – 15% off with school ID
8. Kmart – Various teacher-exclusive savings. See our Kmart Coupons page for other savings.
9. Lowes (in-store only) – Teacher’s pay no sales tax with tax exempt paper work
10. Michael’s – 15% off with school ID
11. MPM School Supplies – 10% off for teachers on their first purchase.
12. Office Depot – Star Teacher Program: 10% back in rewards on ink, toner, & paper; 1% back on almost everything else; 15% off copy & print orders. See our Office Depot Coupons page for other savings.
13. Office Max – MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers: $10 reward for every $75 spent. See our Office Max Coupons page for other savings.
14. Staples – Teacher Rewards Program: 10% back in rewards on most purchases. See our Staples Coupons page for other savings.
15. Room Store Furniture (in-store only) – 10% off with school ID
Clothing Stores:1. Ann Taylor Loft – Loft Loves Teachers: 15% off. See our Ann Taylor Loft Coupons page for other savings.
2. Banana Republic (In-store only, *call store to confirm)- 10% off with employee ID. See our Banana Republic Coupons page for other savings.
3. Club Monaco (In-store only): 20% off for students
4. J. Crew (In-store only) – valid at outlet locations as well: 15% off with employee ID. See our J. Crew Coupons page for other savings.
5. NY & Co. (In-store only, *call store to confirm)- 15% off with employee ID. See our NY & Co. Coupons page for other savings.
6. The Limited (In-store only) – 15% off with pay stub or teacher ID card. See our The Limited Coupons page for other savings.
7. Aerosoles - 15% off for teachers who are members of The National Education Association. See our Aerosoles Coupons page for other savings.
Technology:1. Adobe – Heavy Discounts (25-75% off retail) via Adobe Teacher & Student Store. See our Adobe Coupons page for other savings.
2. Apple Store – 5-10% via’s Edu Store for Faculty, Staff, Students. See our Apple Store Coupons page for other savings.
3. AT&T – Usually around 19% off your monthly bill. Varies by educational institution – need to enter work/school email address for discount eligibility
4. Best Buy (in-store only) – Will honor other manufacturer discounts; up to individual store. See our Best Buy Coupons page for other savings.
5. Bose – Educators Direct Group: special pricing for US Educators only on certain items; have to call the Customer Focused Development Team (1-800-353-4207). See our Bose Coupons page for other savings.
6. CampusTech – Discounts on software & technology products
7. Dell – Dell University – savings vary by college (offer high school discounts too). See our Dell Coupons page for other savings.
8. Gradware – Discounts vary, good for student or teachers, just online
9. HP – Up to 10% off via Academic Purchase Programs. See our HP Coupons for other savings.
10. – Faculty pricing – varies by school
11. Lenovo - 5% off. See our Lenovo Coupons page for other savings.
12. PBS – PBS Teachers program: sign up to receive 10% discount on next purchase at ShopPBS for Teachers
13. – School sales & discounts: 10% discount on all orders over $100
14. Sony - Eye on Education Program: various pricing discounts, financing solutions, & trade-in programs. See our Sony Coupons page for other savings.
15. Verizon - Employee Discount Program: varies. See our Verizon Coupons page for other savings.
16. AT&T – Offers a 15% teacher discount on monthly bills in most states. This discount, however, varies state to state, so be sure to call your local AT&T store to confirm.
Travel:1. Educators Bed & Breakfast Travel Network – Members can get discounted travel at $40 per night for 2 people; Home Stays with other members of the EBBN
2. Explorica – Book trips & join Extra Rewards program: chance to attend an international teacher convention for free
3. Sta Travel – Discounts vary
4. Student Universe – Discounted group airfares for students & faculty members (groups of 12+)
5. Teachers Travel Web – B&B and home exchange for members worldwide
6. Vacations To Go – Cruise discounts – vary by cruise line & availability
7. Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels – Teacher/education staff discount – have to check rates & availability. See our Disney Coupons page for other savings.
8. – Discounted rates for teachers
9. – Educator Subscription Discounts: up to 50% off regular magazine subscription rates.
10. National Geographic – Teachers are eligible for discount on Geographic Project kits; Have to email info to receive additional info about discounts
11. Time Magazine for Kids – School-wide volume discounts (from 10-99 to 300+)
12. Marriott Hotels – Discounts vary. Show your ID and say you’re a local government employee.
Miscellaneous:1. Art Institute of Chicago – Free admission for teachers with valid ID
2. Boston Children’s Museum- Free admission for teachers with valid ID; discount at museum store
3. Field Museum of Chicago- Free admission for teachers with valid ID
4. Gulf Breeze Zoo in Florida- Free admission for teachers with valid ID
5. Free educational DVD to teachers grade 6-12 on their birthday.
6. My Corporate Logo – 15% off custom logo design (code: bWNsMDAx)
7. NEA (National Education Association) – Various NEA member benefits & discounts
8. Regal Theaters: in-theater only, *depends on theater, usually 25% off
9. Replace My Contacts – 5% off an order of $100 or more
10. – Various discounts for NEA members/AFT members/Non-Union teachers
11. Teachers’ Insurance Plan – Special savings on car insurance for active & retired education professionals
12. U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development – Good Neighbor Next Door Program: up to 50% discount on the list price of homes
13. PETCO – Free aquarium for select teachers with application (PETCO only gives this aquarium to a set number of teachers each year)
14. Pizza Hut (in-store only): 10%-20% off depending on the store with a teacher I.D.
15. Scholotsky’s (in-store only): 10% off with school ID
16. Visible Changes – 10% off with school ID. Just show your ID the first time you get your hair cut there.
17. Ben Franklin Crafts- 10% off every Tuesday with teacher ID.
18. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago – Free general admission with teacher ID.

Do you know of any additional discounts for teachers? 

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Breakfast Burritos–Freezer Meals

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I am constantly looking to make food on the weekends so we have food for the week! I am obsessed with making freezer meals,whether it is appetizers, dinners or desserts it makes my life a lot easier!! I have been making many dinners but breakfast sometimes stumps me! Well I saw this awesome idea on pinterest and just had to try it… BREAKFAST BURRITOS! YUM! My husband LOVES them and they are so easy to have in the morning when running late or on the weekends when you want something good to eat with no cleanup!
  • 1lb Bacon
  • 10 Eggs
  • 1lb Cheese
  • 5 Potatoes chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • soft taco tortillas

You can also use: Sausage,  ham etc.
Preheat oven 450F
Cut and chop potatoes
Place into zip lock bag and pour oil, salt and pepper to taste on them. Tip: I didn't use as much oil as the recipe calls for I did it by eye to cut back on the fat~Mix together and place on a cookie sheet TIP: Place foil on cookie sheet spray with non-stick spray for easy clean up! Cook for 30 minutes until golden

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I used 10 eggs and the milk- I scrambled  them and cooked them in a non-stick frying pan. Place a side after you are done!

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Cook the bacon- I place it on a paper towel and place another paper towel on top of it and cook it in the microwave for 6 minutes per 6 slices. Again this is just easy clean up and cuts back on the grease! Cut bacon up into little pieces after cooked!
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After you are done place potatoes and bacon on a dish and put aside!
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Place 5 tortillas on a glass dish with a damp paper towel on top. Put in the microwave for 30seconds. This makes it easier for you to wrap the burritos!
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Place ingredients in the middle of the burrito and fold!
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Make sure the burritos are tight!! Then place burritos on a baking sheet seam facing down!
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Now lets freeze them:
After placing the burritos on a baking sheet place in the freezer for an hour to flash freeze them! Once the hour is up take them out and wrap them individually with plastic wrap. Place in a Ziploc bag. I ended up with 10 burritos (1 egg per burrito). I JUST had to eat one thou so I froze 9 =)
To heat the burritos:
Remove plastic wrap- wrap burritos in a wet paper towel- heat for 3 minutes in the microwave – serve with fresh salsa or whatever you’d like! YUM!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hair Clips~

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  So my sister over at Faith Works made these as well as my cousin-in-law over at Mine for the Making !
These are SO cute and super SIMPLE!!
My niece wears these in her hair (she will be two in September and totally rocks them)! I am pretty obsessed with them as well!!
Ok so here is what you will need: clips, ribbon and a hot glue gun that is it!!

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Choose and measure the ribbon and go a little bit longer then what you need. You will want to trim the edges when you are done!
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Place glue along the clip then take the end of the ribbon and place at the end of the clip (the opening of the clip).
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Then place glue on the inside of the clip..the place where you squeeze the clip
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Once that dries bend the rest of the ribbon on the other side of the clip and glue down!
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Finished Product!~ See? Super easy!
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  Here are a bunch of other ones that I made…

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I am planning on attending a craft fair on September 17th in Central Valley, NY right next to the outlets!! It is a charity event to benefit the children’s wing being put into the new hospital in Middletown, NY! A bunch of items will be sold: crafts, jewelry, food etc! A bunch of local businesses will be there as well! Hope you can stop by and check it out if you are in the area!!
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