Busy Teachers in the Summer

My little helper!!!  Friends love these as gifts.

Some teachers spend their summers relaxing as much as possible and it is WELL deserved.  Some find part time summer jobs.  I was never the part time summer job type of teacher.  However, every summer, I try to pack in as many things that I put off during the year as possible.  For instance, I love making homemade cleaning supplies that are non-toxic and easy on the pocket book.  From laundry detergent to hand soap, I just cannot get enough!

 These are a few of my favorite summertime creations.

Homemade Non-Toxic Liquid Hand Soap
by Heavenly Homemakers.com

You will need:
4 ounce bar of natural soap  
1 gallon of water

Heat the water in a pot, just long enough to steam.
Grate your soap with a cheese grater.
Remove water from heat and add grated soap.
Stir and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Mix with a hand mixer.
Let it sit overnight.
Mix with hand mixer in the morning.
Use a funnel to transfer the liquid into pump bottles.

My daughter loves helping with this one.  The smell is fabulous!
Peppermint Detox Soak for Feet

You will need:
Roughly 6 pounds of Epson Salt
2 pounds of Baking Soda'
10 bags of peppermint herbal tea
30 drops of peppermint essential oil
10 drops of Eucalyptus oil. 
Mix and place in mason jars.

Instructions for use:
Add 1-2 tablespoons to a gallon of hot water, insert feet! Relax.

                                            Homemade Fabreeze
It's great for your immune system to inhale it!!!

You will need:
1/4 cup of vodka
3 cups water
20 drops of peppermint essential oil
15 drops of eucalyptus radiata essential oil
5 or 6 drops of tea tree oil 
This also works as a mosquito repellent. Beef up the peppermint oil for even stronger mosquito repellent. Beef up the Eucalyptus to boost your immune system. The Tea Tree fights bacteria and germs. Great to spray when somebody in the house is sick or just everyday!

Everyday Planners are here!

In the spirit of "DIY" projects.  You can create your own "Meet the Teacher" presentation,  fun signs, posters, and cover pages  with these templates.

Click picture to make your own.

Ultimate Organized Teacher Planner and Sub Binder



TPT Store Makeover

Who doesn't love a makeover???

With all of these snow days in Shelby County this year, I've been spending my extra time making over my TPT store.  Cover pages are the first impression that can make or break a sale.   After looking at my stats page and deciding which products should be selling more, I began changing the fonts and graphics on some of my items.  In addition to making the text more readable, I've changed the image size to 8" X 8".  This is apparently the preferred size for TPT cover page thumbnails.  It maximizes the available space.  After looking at countless "best sellers" from our most successful teacher sellers,  I've also come to the conclusion that using clip art of kids faces might be a good idea.  Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions!  Thanks in advance for your feedback.



Some other recent product makeovers:

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Best Snow Day Announcement Ever

Was waiting for a snow day announcement via text or email, when I saw this post on my facebook page.

I have never been more proud to work for Germantown Municipal Schools.  Starring in this video are Mr. Ruiz (Assistant Principal at HMS), Mrs. Woody (Assistant Principal at HMS) and Mr. Manuel (Superintendent of Germantown Municipal Schools).

Now I suppose I will get my Pinterest suit on (pajamas) and enjoy another snow day.

Teen Advice

I recently stumbled upon an amazing motivational speaker for teens.   His message is so real and on point. Josh Shipp has been called the "Dr. Phil for Teens" and "The Teen Whisperer." I would compare him to Kid President in some ways.  He has an empowering message for tweens and teens today. One of his major premises about life is that it's not all bad or all good. It's somewhere in between. Check out this video from YouTube. This is one of my favorite messages from him.

As a parent of a teenager and a school counselor of teens, I feel a lot of pressure to reach out to these kids and speak "their language."  Josh has really figured out how to relate to them in a way that parents and counselors cannot.  I am thankful to be able to share his message with my own children and the kiddos at my school.  Thanks for making my job just a little easier Mr. Shipp!

I see girl drama on a regular basis in my profession.  I created a "Friend or Frenemy" bundle with activities to help girls distinguish between true friends and frenemies.  (see samples below)