Low-Carb Foods That Won’t Break the Bank

Low-Carb Foods That Won’t Break the Bank

Keto is the new cool, but few people know variations have been around for a long time. Low-carb diets benefit everyone from diabetics to epileptic children. And--they help you lose weight. I ate keto for well over a year to test it out for migraines. But, not only was...

Free Ranch Dressing Forever

Free Ranch Dressing Forever

If you read my post on making countertop yogurt, you can make this dressing for next to nothing. It's much better than the stuff you buy in the stores. "Real" ranch is made with mayo, buttermilk, and sour cream. Since you can make two out of the three with leftover...

Supply List 101: Guide for Parents & Teachers to Avoid Going Insane

Supply List 101: Guide for Parents & Teachers to Avoid Going Insane

It's Back-to-School supply shopping time! I finally read the Back to School list for my 7th grader. I ignored it at first because I still have the last bin of stuff from my teacher hoarding days--enough notebooks for Declan to get a Ph.D. I'm glad I finally read his...

“Help! I can’t stop spending!” These 5 baby steps will help…

“Help! I can’t stop spending!” These 5 baby steps will help…

The teacher spending struggle is real. Since we've gone turkey with the No-Spend Summer Challenge, that's the number one thing I hear. "I can't." We must defeat the "I can'ts" with this challenge. But, not everyone can go cold turkey. You'd never let a student say "I...

5 Ways to Avoid Hoarding for School

5 Ways to Avoid Hoarding for School

Are you buying or hoarding? Teachers often say we're buying when we're not "buying" so much as "hoarding."  Teacher spending is an affliction, but some of us sprint right over that line into hoarding. Here's how to tell if you're in danger of being on a Discovery...

Challenge: Resisting Target’s Back to School Sales

Challenge: Resisting Target’s Back to School Sales

You can--and must--resist the Target back-to-school sale. It's July 1 as I write this. I walk into Target with one mission: dish towels. Mine are clean, but stained with god-knows-what and tons of holes but who cares because they still work, right? Teacher towels....

How to Spot Common Coffee Offenders & Stop Them in Their Tracks

How to Spot Common Coffee Offenders & Stop Them in Their Tracks

Life's too short for bad coffee. And break room coffee is bad coffee. Schools have some of the biggest coffee offenders around. Here are a few of the biggest and what you can do about it. The Pot Finisher This is that person who polishes off the pot but never bothers...