It’s My First Vlog & It’s So Awkward!

One of my goals in 2015 is to vlog at least three times weekly. I think this will be a fun new way for us to interact & connect. With this being my first filming, it’s pretty clear how nervous & awkward I am, but that’s okay! I’m going to keep it real & share my not so perfect moments, too. I kept in the bloopers & my ultra-nervous necklace-whip. I’m just calling this a success since I didn’t puke everywhere. Also calling it a success because Evelyn napped through the entire thing, which is a huge improvement from my last attempt when she literally yanked my tripod down.

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I’m hoping I’ll get better at this over time because I really want to share more & interact more via this really fun outlet. Some videos I have planned for the future: a walkthrough & first thoughts on Emily Ley planner, husband does my makeup, how to transfer an Erin Condren planner into a Kikki K notebook, & loads more. But I need to hear from you. I want to know your thoughts on what you’d like to see in the future.

You can watch my first vlog via the video below, but I’d really love it if you could visit my YouTube page & subscribe to my channel there. That will help me gauge whether or not this is something I should continue or just abandon altogether. Hint: I’m hoping you want me to keep doing this! So definitely click subscribe!

Do you have a favorite vlogger? Mine is definitely Kristina from Pretty Shiny Sparkly, but I am always looking for additional vloggers to follow. I’d also love for you to tell me what sort of things you’d like to see in future videos. I’m open to pretty much anything! Shoot me some ideas in the comments below.

McCafé Gift, A Thoughtful Holiday Gift for Teacher!

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With 2014 being Collin & Aiden’s first year of school, I’ve been having loads of fun getting creative with teacher gift ideas. In their class, they have three main teachers along with several assistants that join the class periodically; so when I bring a gift before winter break, I need to make sure it’s something they all can enjoy or divvy up amongst each other. Since coffee is the universal language for love…I mean, it totally is, right? What better gift to give a group of teachers, who care for over 15-20 children aged four-five, than the gift of premium bags & pods of McCafé coffee? Teachers, am I right?!

Now available at Walmart, with eight flavors to choose from, McCafé products wrapped up in a neat little basket is the perfect gift for a group of teachers or staff. McCafé is made with 100% Arabica beans harvested from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world. While purchasing for our teachers, I also grabbed one in Hazelnut for us to try at home. Oh, if only you could have inhaled the spicy sweet scent of that rich java as it brewed into our mugs.

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For a more personal touch, I purchased a few inexpensive coffee mugs & wrote each teacher’s name on one. Then, I allowed my boys to add their own art to each cup. If you do this, make sure you use pens or markers specified for glass. Sharpies will not work & end up washing away within a few uses. My boys loved creating these mugs for their teachers & put so much care into their art.

Once our mugs were completed, we added McCafé coffee bags & displayed their work on a festively decorated red tray. That’s all it took for us to create this thoughtful gift for our boys’ teachers. In fact, as you read this, we will be delivering them to the teachers in their classroom.

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Be sure to stop by your local Walmart between 12/18 – 12/21 to check out the McCafé demos & even sample some! Also, if you’re looking for more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! If you’re looking for new dinner ideas or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!

Do you have additional teacher gift ideas? How do you keep it simple, yet thoughtful with holiday gifts for teachers? Share with me in the comments below.

Encourage Your Child to Help With Chores, A Free Chore Chart Printable + Check Out My New Spray Mop!

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My son & step-son are both around the age that we want to start implementing a chore chart. I believe that a family should work together to keep a clean home & want to encourage a sense of responsibility in both of our boys at an early age. It can’t be all on Mom (me!), even though I do love my new spray mop with a fierce fondness. #CollectiveBias

I created a printable for the boys that I thought I’d share with all of you. I printed one for each of them, placed them in a sheet protector (you could also laminate them!), & hung them on their bedroom door for easy reference each day. For now, they love crossing items off in their checkbox each day. I don’t know how long the novelty will last, but I’m hopeful. To download your copy of the chore chart, just click the image below & then right click to save it to your documents. This is best printed on a normal 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

I have my own set of chores, which I’ve shared with you all before. You can find my own version of a chore chart for household managers (read: Moms, ha!) here. Recently, our mop went to the big place in the sky where all good mops go to die. Since I was in the market for a new one while shopping at Walmart the other day, I thought I’d try the new O-Cedar ProMist. It’s similar to the disposable ones you see on the market, but since I try to be as environmentally friendly as I can, I loved the reusable features of the O-Cedar. #CleanForTheHolidays

I love how this mop makes a quick tidy up easy. Simply fill the attached sprayer with cleaning solution & water, spray, & mop your floors. Perfect for when you’re in a pinch or even just every day use for your Mommy chore chart. Makes for more time to fa la la la laaaaa!

What’s your favorite floor cleaning tool? Share your cleaning tips. advice, & favorite tools with me in the comments below.