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Daily Habits for Teens to Start in the New Year

Daily Habits for Teens to Start in the New Year

A few years ago, I asked for a Fitbit for my birthday. I’d stopped exercising during a particularly stressful year. And, no surprise, I gained weight and my stress level rose. So, I decided to change my habits. I started tracking my steps with the […]

How Teens Can Get Organized for the New Year

How Teens Can Get Organized for the New Year

New Year = New You! You know you’re going to see that phrase all over the TV, your Instagram feed, and from well-meaning people in the next few weeks. As if the calendar changes and a new person comes to take your place. While you […]

How to Be Productive Over Winter Break

How to Be Productive Over Winter Break

As both a student and teacher, I looked forward to Winter Break. (Probably even more as a teacher.) I always had big plans for the break. But somehow, most of that stuff just didn’t get done. Instead, I usually bonded with my couch. It’s sooo […]

Build Memories that Last with an Experience Gift

Build Memories that Last with an Experience Gift

I remember very few gifts that I received as a kid – the My Little Pony barn (it was 🔥) and a blue flannel sleeping bag that I got instead of the Strawberry Shortcake one I wanted. That’s about it. Do you remember some of […]

Study Guide to the Rescue: How to Create Your Own

Study Guide to the Rescue: How to Create Your Own

“Will you give us a study guide?” If I had a dollar for every time a student asked me this question, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now. I would be relaxing in my lounge chair on a tropical island somewhere. Seriously, I was […]

Fun (& Useful) Stocking Stuffers for the Teens in Your Life

Fun (& Useful) Stocking Stuffers for the Teens in Your Life

When I was dating the man who became my husband, I figured out really quickly that Christmas is his jam. He is obsessed. However, when we were comparing family traditions, I found out that his parents didn’t do Christmas stockings. {Gasp!} I know. I think […]

Awesome Gifts for the Harry Potter Obsessed Teacher

Awesome Gifts for the Harry Potter Obsessed Teacher

So, I’m a bit of a Harry Potter fan. Just a bit. I’ve written about Harry Potter here and here. And maybe here as well. I’ve read all the books multiple times, seen all the movies, I listen to a podcast, and I’ve got lots […]

How to Encourage Your Teen to Be More Grateful

How to Encourage Your Teen to Be More Grateful

One Christmas when I was in elementary school, I didn’t get a particular present that I wanted. And I complained about it a lot. I don’t even remember what the missing present was, but I remember my grandmother’s response. “When I was little, one Christmas […]

16 Gratitude Quotes to Change Your Life for the Better

16 Gratitude Quotes to Change Your Life for the Better

The fall of 2015 was not good to me. I was several months into the hardest year of my teaching career. After 3 rounds of IVF, the doctor told us that biological children weren’t in the cards. We’d recently moved halfway across the country and […]

10 Powerful TED Talks for Parents of Teens

10 Powerful TED Talks for Parents of Teens

I remember coming home from the hospital with our first child. She was so sweet and tiny and helpless. My husband and I got home and looked at each other, thinking, “Well, what do we do now?” We had just figured out there was no […]