Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hello Fresh Review #1

My friend sent me a great Hello Fresh discount code that I could not resist so I put in an order for a weekly box from Hello Fresh. I figured, at the very least, that I would get some creative new meal ideas for the week and take a little work off of the weekly grocery shopping and meal prep.

I loved Hello Fresh right away because it has a variety of options, including gluten-free and vegetarian. I am not vegetarian but I am gluten free due to my autoimmune disease and I know that it can be hard to find these types of plans with options for vegetarian and gluten-free homes.

I chose 4 of their gluten-free options for the week. I want to share my first meal experience today. I cooked the Pork Al Mojo that was a mix of sweet and zesty beans and rice. I LOVED it. It tasted SO healthy and was quick and easy to cook, completing it in about 30 minutes. That's what I need!


Each box comes with a recipe card that has a picture of the meal on the front and the list of ingredients along the bottom.

On the back, you can see the list of instructions. They're all really easy. 

Here's my ingredients all prepped and ready for my pan! How simple is this?!

In progress and the final product. Overall, I was happy with this gluten-free option. You definitely feel like you're eating healthy but it takes so much of the work off of your plate that it makes eating healthy quick, easy and breaks you out of any food prep rut you're in.

Want to get $40 off of Hello Fresh for a week (I'll get $20 too when you sign up). Head on over here to get started!

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Inspiration Central

In case you haven't seen some of my recent posts, I've been really digging in and cranking out some fun graphic design projects. I've found a lot of creative enjoyment with this hobby. It takes a lot less concentration and thought than designing curriculum but still gives me a sense of satisfaction when I complete a project and enjoyment in the creative process.

Sometimes, I can't quite seem to put my finger on what I want to create but I know that I can't wait to put a new design out there. When this happens, I love visiting for inspiration. I found the most gorgeous bundle on their site today. Here's the bundle cover image from their site.

Click the image to be taken to the bundle on 

After flipping through the images, I had so many ideas for shirts, cards, home decor, etc. that could be created off of this theme. I love everything beachy and everything boho so this was a match made in heaven for my design work.

What I love even more is that the bundles on this site are very affordable. You can get loads of graphics and fonts for under $20 a pop. That means that I can quickly recoup my expenses when I put out new designs. The bundle above is only $18!

Most of my designs are created using fonts and graphics from this site. I recently created a baby shower invitation and had so many files in my Google Drive to pull out exactly what I needed to create the perfect invite for the mom-to-be. Check out the invitation below.

I picked up the fonts used on this invitation at The Hungry JPEG as well. They have an awesome selection of individual fonts and font bundles. I love picking out new script fonts. Although, I really should consider picking out a lot more sans serif fonts to balance out these scrawling beauties. 

Some other items that I've designed using their bundles are up in my Etsy store. Here's a shirt that I created using a variety of products. 

To design this shirt, I used the Islander font available on their site and combined it with an apple graphic that came in a huge graphics bundle. I then layered the apple with a watercolor design from another bundle to create the watercolor apple on the shirt. I loved playing with fonts and colors to create the perfect shirt to represent teachers everywhere. 

Overall, designing has been a really fun process and I wanted to share my creative inspiration source with you guys so that you can find everything you need to start getting creative as well!


Thursday, December 21, 2017

UPDATED! 23 Boards to Choose From!!

I'm excited to announce that my homework choice boards have received an update! I'm one step closer to completing the set and prepping the editable version! There are now 23 boards which means that I only need to create 13 more to finish out the school year. 

Check it out now before the final version goes live and the price goes up!


Festive Winter Holiday Cookies


What you need:

Ready-made cake or cake mix packet. 
Icing sugar or frosting
White chocolate
Ready-made Christmas themed Icing toppers. 
(Here is a link to Gingerbread Men toppers)
Christmas themed sprinkles


1.To create the cake balls, you will need to prepare some cake mix. You can either use a ready-made cake mix or find use a recipe to create cake from scratch. 

2. Place the cooked cake into a bowl and mash it into breadcrumb size pieces. 


3. Next, add 4 tablespoons of frosting or add icing sugar until the cake balls are able to stick together. 


4. Roll out some balls of cake and place onto a plate. 

5. Melt the white chocolate and dip each cake ball into the chocolate ensuring full coverage.



6. Place the chocolate covered cake balls on a plate and decorate with sprinkles and or icing toppers. 

7. Be sure to place the toppers on the balls before the chocolate begins to set. 


8. Once you have made all the cake balls, place them into a fridge to speed up the setting process. 

9. Enjoy. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Winter Wonderland Sugar Cookies

Welcome to the greatest cookie link up out there! If you're attending a cookie exchange...or if you just love to bake're in the right place! 

After checking out the awesome snow sugar cookies below, head on over to all the other cookie recipes that are posted on the other blogs linked below in this great linkup hosted by Houseful of Nicholes.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz. white chocolate chips
Blue snowflake sprinkles

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder, set aside.     
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, mix. 
  • Slowly add dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing well with each addition. 
  • Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. 
  • Bake 9-10 minutes until cookies start to turn golden. 
  • Then, melt chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl at 30-second intervals. 
  • Once cookies have cooled, dip half of the cookie into the chocolate, and top with snowflake sprinkles for a fun Winter treat.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Instruct & Assess with Real World Topics!

You might have an entirely different picture in your mind when I say the words "BLACK FRIDAY." However, what comes to my mind the awesome Black Friday writing set that I created for my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I have personally used this in my classroom and in the classrooms of my fellow teachers and it is definitely a hit with students. Students are constantly hearing about Black Friday and they have PLENTY of opinions to share regarding the topic.

If you're looking for...

  • opportunities to cite evidence
  • reading for information
  • reading and using information in graphics
  • forming and defending an opinion
  • ready to go text sources on the topic
...then look no further because this resource contains all of the above!

This resource contains three sources to read and walks students through writing an opinion essay. You can use this to instruct or you can use this as an assessment to see where students strengths and weaknesses are as you head into the winter holidays. I have used this for both purposes and it is really fun to read the students' work afterward.

Here are a few photos of this resource in action!


You're going to love how easy this is to prep, instruct and use in your classroom!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Different Creative Outlet

I recently rediscovered my love for my Etsy store. I had cleaned it all out for a while because I felt like I didn't have a lot of time for it. However, I got back into the game this week and I am so happy to be working with design again.

I fell in love with the Adobe Suite last summer and really developed my skills in design. I set up shop and worked really hard to get established on Etsy. happened. We all know what that's like, right? 

Well, I'm back at it and the stress relief this outlet provides is well worth sticking with it! I am so happy to be creating again. This time, I'm putting a lot of focus into shirts and mugs rather than custom stationery and I am totally loving it! Check out some of my desings and my Etsy shop below!

Want something on a shirt? Post your suggestions in the comments!

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