7 Amazon Items for the Best Bulletin Board Ever

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For when you want that bomb bulletin board, but you don't want to leave the house: 

1. Corrugated Black Border I love old school bordette for adding texture without being too busy.
2. Fadeless Bulletin Board Paper Fadeless bulletin board paper is totally worth the cost. It can last you the whole year instead of ripping as soon as a student so much as glances at it.
3. Burlap Banner
4. Woodgrain Background Paper This woodgrain paper is actually a photo backdrop, but it's big enough for a bulletin board!
5. Teal Paper Fans
6. Mini Clothespins I love mini clothespins for banners and easily changing out student work.
Gold Paper Fans Gold is festive while still going with everything.

You can find out more tips for setting up your bulletin board here: 5 Ways to Set Your Bulletin Board Up for Success.

Once you've got your bulletin board set up, you can make sure you always have a fresh + display ready to go with my Monthly Bulletin Board Bundle.



It includes a seasonal and meaningful activity for each month of the year suitable for grades K-8, plus three bonus kits! Each kit includes a craftivity option, as well as a no prep version. Find it here

5 Ways to Set Your Bulletin Board Up For Success

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1. Use a long-lasting background. It's tempting to just use whatever butcher paper you can scrounge up in the teacher's lounge, but you'll ultimately save yourself time and maybe even money if you use fadeless paper or fabric. If you go the fabric route, it can even last for years! 

2. Use neutral colors. I'm not saying your board has to be beige, but pick a background and borders that won't need to be changed seasonally or because they clash with your displays. One year I used a solid mint fabric, which looked great with every display I had up throughout the year. I also think black is a great choice for borders!
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3. Don't mix patterns. I might be in the minority on this, but I think multiple patterns on one bulletin board is overkill. If you're going to do a patterned background (I like using a woodgrain pattern), choose a solid border. If you're using a patterned border, go with a solid background. Sure, you want your board to be bright and attractive, but you don't want it to overwhelm student work. 
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4. Over-staple. Kids are going to touch your bulletin board when they walk by it-- it's unavoidable. So go ahead and staple, staple, staple those borders. You can even get really crazy and laminate your borders first, though I've never taken it that far.

5. Try corrugated borders. I used to think these were too old school, but now I love them! They're often a bit sturdier than the flat kind and they're so cheap! They also look great layered and add some texture without being too over the top. 
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If you follow these tips, you can leave the basics of your bulletin board the same ALL YEAR!

Just change out the student work monthly and you're set! You can even grab my Monthly Bulletin Board Bundle so you have a fresh + fun activity ready to go each month. 
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It includes a seasonal and meaningful activity for each month of the year suitable for grades K-8, plus three bonus kits! Each kit includes a craftivity option, as well as a no prep version. Check it out here!

July Teacher Care Crate Unboxing



Find out exactly what comes in the July Teacher Care Crate in my unboxing video, and read on for even more details!

Happy Essential Oil Roller This blend of orange, lavender, ylang ylang, and coconut oils is the perfect summer scent. Use any time you need a little mood boost! {Retail Value: $12}

Seed Bombs Each crate includes a pouch with four beautiful seed bombs from Plantables and Paper. Plant indoors or outdoors for a burst of wildflowers and a reminder to keep growing! {Retail Value: $6}

Yoga Card Becca of The Teacher's Passport designed this yoga and meditation card-- perfect for relaxing over the summer or during the school year! {Retail Value: $2}

Knotted Headband This stretchy headband is great for keeping your hair back during the summer heat, or for rocking with a messy bun during the school year. {Retail Value: $10}

Succulent Earrings These darling earrings are handmade (by me!) with stainless steel, nickel-free posts. They also go great with the headband! {Retail Value: $12}

Lavender Mint Lip Balm This handmade lip balm from With Love By KM will keep your lips smooth and has a refreshing scent. {Retail Value: $5}

Recharge Candle Guideless Candles created this rose-scented candle just for Teacher Care Crate! {Retail Value: $5}

Moscow Mule Mixer Just mix soda water (I used Lacroix!) and vodka with this cocktail mixer from Minute Mixology to make a delicious Moscow Mule. {Retail Value: $1} 

With a retail value of over $50, this month's Teacher Care Crate is the perfect way to continue your #selfcaresummer, as well as a great deal! 

Subscribe at teachercarecrate.com by 7/14 to receive this special Flower Child themed Teacher Care Crate!

9 Amazon Items For Your Pineapple Classroom


Whether you're going for a full on pineapple theme or just want a few tropical touches, there are some cute classroom finds on Amazon!
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1. Golden Pineapple Banner I love this banner for a bulletin board or whiteboard.
2. Pineapple Squishie This would be great for a cool down corner!
3. Pineapple Lanyard Wearing your classroom key and ID is a little more fun when you have a pink pineapple lanyard!
4. Pineapple Mat A welcome mat makes your classroom extra homey. 
5. Pineapple Wall Hanging This tapestry would be perfect for covering up any unsightly areas of your classroom walls.
6. Pineapple Pen Holder How fun is this pencil holder for your desk!?
7. Pineapple Lamps These pretty lamps would add a gentle glow to your library area.
8. Pineapple Pens These would be great for a VIP student desk or even parent sign-in at conferences.
9. Pineapple Pillow So cute for a library area or cool down corner!

Complete the look with my Pineapple Classroom Decor Pack!

3 Ways to Help Children at the Border


As teachers, we are used to loving and taking care of children other than our own. Regardless of your views on immigration or who you voted for, tearing children away from their families because their parents are seeking a better life for them is unnecessary, cruel, and wrong. 

1. Start by calling and writing your congress people TODAY to let them know you want them to support the Keep Families Together Act. If you have any Republican representatives or senators, this is particularly important, as no Republicans currently support the bill. You can use Resistbot to easily write your reps right from you phone. You can use 5 Calls to call your reps by just pressing a button.

2. After you contact your reps, SHARE this information. We want reps to be so overwhelmed with calls and letters that they feel compelled to act. You're welcome to share this blog post, or my Facebook post with the same information.

3. Then, if you're in a position to do so, donate to an organization helping the children at the border. Personally, I donated to Together Rising, an organization providing advocates and legal representation to children at the border. 

Let's do this, teacher-friends!

June Teacher Care Crate Unboxing

Want to know exactly what comes in the June Teacher Care Crate? Watch my quick unboxing video and find even more details, including retail value, below. Just be sure to subscribe by June 14 to get the crate shown here! 



Sweet Summer Tote Bag The Hipster Art Teacher, known for her hand lettered clipboards, applied her gorgeous hand lettering and illustration style to design this fun summer tote! It's perfect for wherever your summer errands take you, whether it's the library, beach, or grocery store. {Retail Value: $16}

Summer Bucket List Print Use this list to make the most of your summer! It features 17 suggestions for summer activities, plus two blank spaces for you to fill in your own summer bucket list items. {Retail Value: $8}

Citrus Mojito Soap This refreshing, handmade soap from Voss Botanicals has the perfect summery scent. {Retail Value: $6}

Tropical Tattoos The June Teacher Care Crate includes a full page of tropical tattoos from Ducky Street Tattoos! Pineapples, monstera leaves, and flamingos will look great as you head to a summer festival or just the pool! They're easily applied with water and can be washed off whenever you wish. If you avoid washing the area, your tattoos can last 2-3 days. {Retail Value: $3}

Teacher on Break Koozie Jamie from Little Miss and Company made the adorable mint koozies in this month's crate! They're perfect for keeping your LaCroix (or can of wine!) cool. {Retail Value: $5}

Shower Steamer Place your handmade shower steamer from Blue Oak Farm in the corner of your shower outside the direct stream of water for a spa-like aromatherapy experience that will last several showers. {Retail Value: $3}

Pique Tea Crystals Pour these mint green tea crystals in hot or cold water for instant tea without dealing with a tea bag. {Retail Value: $1}

Kick off your summer of self care with the June Teacher Care Crate

5 Easy & Affordable End of the Year Student Gifts


Each of these gifts can be picked up on your next Target run, and they all cost a dollar or less!
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1. Fun Erasers Sounds boring, but the Target Dollar Spot has sooo many cute options! I saw ice cream, dinosaurs, fish, and fruit the last time I was there. Tape them onto a coordinating card from my End of the Year Gift Tags Bundle with washi tape and you're set! 


2. Sunglasses These are a classic, but the kids still always get a kick out of them. You can find some quirky pairs at the Dollar Spot or you can buy them in bulk from Amazon here. Don't forget to attach a Sunglasses End of the Year Gift Tag!


3. Pencils Make sure your students are equipped to do their summer packet with a flashy pencil! The Dollar Spot has sharks, pineapples, flamingos, and more right now. All of the tags in my Gift Tags Bundle come with a circular pencil version. Just punch a hole at the top and bottom and slide the pencil through! You can also easily add your name since the tags are editable.


4. Light Necklaces These cute light up necklaces from Target are fun to wear and fun to use! The kids could even use the light to track words as they're reading. The ice cream necklaces go perfectly with my Ice Cream Gift Tags!


5. Goldfish Pair a snack-sized bag of goldfish with a punny Fish Gift Tag for an affordable gift. 


All the tags in my End of the Year Gift Tags Bundle come in three styles (large rectangle, small rectangle, and circle) with two different phrases. I've also included black and white versions in case you prefer to print on brightly colored paper.

Happy gifting, teacher-friends!

May Teacher Care Crate Unboxing

It's time to show you what comes in this month's Teacher Care Crate, my self care subscription box for teachers! Watch the unboxing video to see all the items, and read the descriptions below to find out more details, as well as each item's retail value.



Green Tea Sugar Scrub This scrub from Serenity Bath Shop is created with a blend of sugar, coconut oil, and green tea that's perfect for exfoliation. {Retail Value: $5.95}

Art Print One of my favorite teacher instagrammers, Rachel Frescino from Learning With Mrs. Fresh, designed this month's gorgeous art print. Each print is 5" x 7" and is professionally printed. {Retail Value: $8}

Dream Notes Each crate includes a pack of these dreamy circular sticky notes, either in teal or purple. Perfect for dressing up your planner or just leaving yourself a note! {Retail Value: $5.59}

Celestial Hair Ties Handmade by me, these pretty hair ties look as good on your wrist as on your hair. {Retail Value: $4}

Jade Roller You may have seen these pretty rollers on instagram! Gently roll the jade over your clean face (the larger side for your cheeks, jaw, and forehead, the smaller for under your eyes and around your mouth) to soothe your skin. You can also use your roller after applying a moisturizer or serum to help the product absorb. Store your jade roller in the fridge to make it even more refreshing! {Retail Value: $25}

Turmeric Latte This powdered version of "golden milk" is a mix of sweet and savory spices from Golden Root. It provides natural energy without caffeine, and is also known to reduce inflammation. {Retail Value: $1.65}

Breathe Decal Handmade by teacher-maker Jaime Hipwell of Little Miss and Company, this decal can be applied to a laptop phone, or basically any smooth surface! {Retail Value: $5}

Instructions are included with your decal, but you can check out Jaime's video directions as well:




With a retail value of $55, this month's Teacher Care Crate is the highest value crate yet! More importantly, it's full of items to make your day-to-day life more positive and peaceful. Commit to taking care of yourself first by subscribing to Teacher Care Crate, starting at $27.99/month with free shipping.

Using Study.com in the Classroom



This collaboration is brought to you by Study.com and is based on my unbiased experience using the site.

A coworker of mine once commented that it feels like we're now in a "post-curriculum" phase of education. Gone are the days when you'd be given a set of textbooks and a teacher's guide for every subject. And honestly, that's probably for the best. I have lots of dull memories of elementary school taking turns reading aloud from a textbook. But in many schools, including the schools I've worked at, nothing has replaced those curriculums. We're left as teachers to both teach and create lesson plans from nothing. We might have standards or mandates to guide us, but that can make things even more difficult! While there are tons of wonderful resources on Teachers Pay Teachers, it's great to have some other resources at your disposal as well.

Enter Study.com. This site has hundreds of courses designed for classroom use, ranging from Pre-K to post-graduate! Each lesson within a course has an article and a quiz, and many include videos as well. There are sooo many courses and lessons available on Study.com, so I want to zoom in a little bit and show how you could use a given course and lesson.



Science and Social Studies are so important, but they often fall to the wayside to the oft-tested and tracked Reading and Math. I know my co-teacher and I last year were always frantically trying to figure out what and how to teach each week! 

Instead of having to search for resources each week, you could use a course from Study.com, like Biology for Kids. This course has 360 lessons, far more than you'd ever need in one school year! If you have access to technology, you can actually have the students read the articles, watch the videos, and take the quizzes all on their chromebook/tablet/etc. And then from your teacher dashboard, you can track their progress and see their grades, all without any paper or prepping involved! However, you can also use the resources provided without any student technology. You can print the articles and quizzes, and show the videos using your projector. 


Here's a quick video to see how another teacher uses Study.com in her classroom:



In addition to classroom resources, Study.com also offers study resources for teachers! You can study and take practice tests for the Praxis, TExESFTCEand more to help you earn, maintain, or expand on your teacher certifications.

You can try out Study.com for free with their 5-day trial period. Let me know what you think!

3 Super Cute End of the Year Teacher Gifts


I get such a kick out of giving my coworkers gifts at the end of the school year. As a special education teacher, I work closely with many different co-teachers and clinicians, so it's nice to show how much I appreciate them. Here are some of my favorite ideas!

1. Chocolate + Champagne Pineapples. These take a serious amount of hot gluing, but the effect is SO awesome! Get the full instructions here.


2. Moscow Mule Kit. These are considerably less work than the champagne pineapples, but are still super cute! If you have a bigger budget, you could even package these in copper cups instead of jars. You can find the full details here.


3. Teacher Care Crate. For those extra special teacher friends, a Teacher Care Crate is the perfect gift! Help them kick off the summer with some much-needed self care. You can make it a one-time thing, or really spoil them with a three month subscription! 



While you're planning for the end of the year, try incorporating these meaningful classroom activities to end your school year strong!

3 Meaningful End of the Year Classroom Activities



The last few weeks of school can feel interminably long-- or maybe they're speeding by! Either way, you can make the most of your time by filling your days with meaningful activities up until the very end. Here are a few of my favorite ideas!

1. Reflect on the year with a growth mindset. While we often focus on growth mindset at the beginning of the year, it can also be a great tool at the end of the year. Prompt students to reflect on what goals they reached this year, as well as goals they have yet to reach. How did they achieve them? How did they deal with obstacles? My End of the Year Growth Mindset Reflection Journal pairs reflection with zen coloring pages-- perfect for students to complete independently when you need to work on end of the year tasks.


2. Focus on the positive. While you and your students alike may be counting down the days, you can still focus on what made this year great! These cute pineapples encourage students to think about what made their year "sweet," and they also make an easy end of the year bulletin board!


3. Build students up. Have each student take a turn standing in front of the whiteboard while other students write compliments all around them. Take a picture so the student can keep their compliments forever. You can do this all in one day or do a student a day leading up to the end of the year.



Enjoy your last few weeks with your students and have a wonderful summer!


April Teacher Care Crate Unboxing

Want to find out exactly what comes in the April Teacher Care Crate? Watch my unboxing video and find out even more details below, including the retail value of each item.



Plant Pins Each crate will include two enamel plant pins-- perfect for rocking on a jean jacket, cardigan, or tote bag. {Retail Value: $9}

Zen Teacher Essential Oil Roller This 5 oz. essential oil roller from The Aloha Teacher is a
 blend of spruce, ho wood, frankincense, blue tansy, blue chamomile, osmanthus, and lavender oils— all known for their calming qualities. {Retail Value: $10}

Art Print This month's peaceful print was designed by Kristin Edwards of Live Well And Grateful and Teacher Therapy. It reads "Deep breaths are like little love notes to your body" and measures 5 x 7. {Retail Value: $8}

Planner Stickers I designed these fun self care stickers to help you prioritize your wellbeing. With reminders like, "drink water," "deep breaths," and "self care isn't selfish," they make the perfect addition to your teacher planner or bullet journal! Don't have a paper planner? Use them in a notebook or put them on a sticky note as a reminder to keep on your desk. {Retail Value: $4}


Patterned Socks Based on your shoe size, you'll receive either adorable creature socks (size 8 or smaller), peaceful plant lady socks (size 8.5-10), or an alternate item if you have shoe size larger than 10. {Retail Value: $6}


Recipe Card Cole Yaverbaum of Cookbookish created this tasty and healthy recipe for No Bake Chocolate Nut Butter Energy Bites. {Retail Value: $1}


Matcha Tea Have you ever tried matcha? It's an all-natural source of caffeine without the jitters or the crash made from green tea. It's also packed with antioxidants and is dairy free. Each crate includes an instant matcha pack from Panatea-- just mix with cold or hot water! 
{Retail Value: $2}

With a total retail value of $40 and free shipping, this month's Teacher Care Crate is a great value. 


Ready to starting taking care of yourself first? Subscribe to Teacher Care Crate here



5 Tips for Anxious Protestors


I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I have Panic Attack Disorder. I also care deeply about social justice issues. So what to do about attending crowded protests in downtown Chicago? Crowds, driving downtown, parking downtown, public transit, noise, and uncertainty are all triggers for panic attacks for me. Thus, I typically avoid those things. But part of living with an anxiety disorder is deciding what you can avoid and what is too important to miss. For me, marching for Black Lives Matter, for women's rights, and against gun violence are all worth it. I completely understand and respect if your anxiety is too severe to protest, but I wanted to share a few things that have worked for me:

1. Go with friends. Having a buddy makes a huge difference. If you can, meet up with them before you even get to the protest. If you can't, see number 2.

2. Have a plan. Part of what can make protests so anxiety-inducing is the uncertainty. Plan out your day as much as possible. If you can't meet up with your friend beforehand, set a time and place close to the protest location, but not too close (to avoid mega crowds). A Starbucks two blocks south of the usual protest location in downtown Chicago is now my meeting place go-to. I can get there early and calm down if I need to. Because cell phone reception might go out due to the large crowds (this happened to me at the Women's March in 2016), set the time and place the night before. You could even set a time limit-- for example, if the other person doesn't show up within 20 minutes and you can't reach them, you'll march separately. Did I mention I have an anxiety disorder??

3. Take public transit. I hate driving, I hate parking, and I hate public transit. Usually I just try to avoid leaving the house (mostly kidding), but one has to choose between necessary evils for the sake of justice! Even though public transit can be crowded and noisy on protest days, I find it's easier to deal with than trying to drive and park. Any downtown area is already hard to park in, and then with additional crowds and street closings due to protests, it can be just about impossible. 

4. Bring a charger. With all the texting, GPSing, and picture taking, your phone could easily die, contributing to your anxiety. Bring a portable battery charger if you can, or at least a plug-in charger. You can always stop in a coffee shop for 15 minutes to plug in your phone if you need to.

5. Take your meds. I know this tip won't apply to everyone, but if you have anxiety meds, for goodness sakes, take them! I have a medication that I take as-needed for panic attacks, but for some reason I am always hesitant to take it. Taking it BEFORE the protest instead of waiting until I'm having a panic attack during the march or on the train has been a game-changer. 

How do you deal with anxiety when protesting? I'd love to hear your tips!


March Teacher Care Crate Unboxing

Wondering what comes in the March Teacher Care Crate? Watch my unboxing video and check out descriptions of each item below!



Teacher Care Coloring Book: This adorable pocket-sized coloring book was designed by Alexa Contreras of Bilingual Scrapbook. It features teacher favorites like donuts, cacti, and unicorns! {Retail Value: $6}

Copper Fairy Lights: These pretty lights are battery operated (batteries included) and add a cozy glow to your home or classroom. {Retail Value: $6}

Tassel Bracelet: Inspired by yogic mala necklaces, this handmade bracelet can be used for meditation (use the beads to count affirmations or deep breaths), or just as a pretty accessory. {Retail Value: $15}

Art Print: This month's professionally printed 5 x 7 art print was designed by Ashley Tiburzi of The Artsy Apple. {Retail Value: $8}

Pink Clay Mask: This mask from True Beauty Organics contains Rose Kaolin Clay, Fuller's Earth Clay, Bentonite Clay, and Goat Milk Powder. It's suitable for all skin types and will leave your skin glowing. {Retail Value: $2.75}

Chocolate: This month's crate comes with two organic chocolate treats-- Equal Exchange 55% Dark Chocolate and ChocXO Milk Chocolate. {Retail Value: $1.25}

The March Teacher Care Crate has a retail value of $39-- you pay $29.99 with a month to month plan, or you can save by prepaying for three crates at a rate of $27.99/month.

If you're ready to start taking care of yourself first, head over to www.teachercarecrate.com!



3 Actions to Take Against Gun Violence


Yesterday, yet another mass shooting occurred in an American school. This time, 17 people died. As teachers, we can't help but think, what if it had been my school? My students? Me?  I think we are all frustrated by the meaningless "thoughts and prayers" that are delivered after every mass shooting. Here are three concrete things you can do to help end gun violence.

1. Don't vote for politicians who receive NRA funding. You can look up your representatives by state or name here to find out how much NRA money they've received. As long as politicians are relying on the NRA for funding, they're not to vote for anything that limits access to guns. Take your vote elsewhere.

2. Support organizations working to end gun violence. Consider Everytown, an organization that "seeks to improve our understanding of the causes of gun violence and the means to reduce it – by conducting groundbreaking original research, developing evidence-based policies, and communicating this knowledge in the courts and the court of public opinion."

3. Contact your representatives. Let your representative know that you want them to support measures to end gun violence. One of the easiest ways to do this is to text RESIST to 50409. You'll get a series of texts that will walk you through sending a letter to your representatives. Here's an example:



ANYONE can do these three things, and the last two you can do right now. If you're looking to do more, join the Facebook group Educators Against Gun Violence.

7 Puzzles for Teacher Self Care

If you follow me on Instagram, you know one of my favorite self care activities is puzzling. People are always asking me about it, so I thought I'd share how I got into it, as well as a few of my favorite puzzles.

What can I say? One day you're a normal 20-something, and the next you're spending all your free time completing puzzles while listening to audiobooks. 

What actually happened was that my therapist assigned me the task of doing "nothing" twice a week, which seemed impossible to my pre-self care self. Around that time, I visited my in-laws in their retirement community in Arizona and helped complete a jigsaw puzzle. I got surprisingly sucked into it-- finally, I was doing my "nothing" homework!

After that, I always had a 1,000 piece puzzle going on my dining room table. It's the perfect de-stressing activity when you get home from school. Pop on an audiobook and just work on putting those puzzle pieces together. 
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I've done a lot more puzzles than this (seriously, 1 every three weeks or so for the last year and a half), but these are my favorites. I hate anything vaguely Thomas Kinkade-y, and honestly, the longer it takes the better. All of these are 1,000 pieces and can be purchased on Amazon. All links are affiliate links.

1. Avian Friends The grid makes this one pretty simple to complete, but there's a few challenging bits with similar patterns on the different birds.

2. Lady with a Fan (by Gustav Klimt) I complete The Kiss puzzle first, and I enjoyed it so much that I did another Klimt! This one is quite a bit easier, but still challenging. I also think the lady looks a bit like me!

3. Birducopia (by Charley Harper) The big blocks of color make this puzzle an easy one, but I enjoyed the unusual elongated shape of the puzzle and of course Charley Harper's signature style.

4. Succulents I love house plants, so this was a fun one! I normally don't like photo puzzles as much, but all the different plant textures and shades of green make it a fun challenge. 

5. The Kiss (by Gustav Klimt) This is probably the hardest puzzle I've completed! But I really enjoyed getting to know the intricacies of the painting and the patterns within it. Just be prepared for a bit of a long haul with the big brown patches on the sides! Also, pairs well with The Golden Compass trilogy audiobooks, in case you were wondering!

6. Twelve Sunflowers (by Vincent Van Gogh) This is one of my favorite paintings and one of my favorite puzzles as well! When you first start, it seems impossible because it's all gold and pale blue. But as you work through the pieces you notice all the different shades and it's actually quite fun to put together.

7. Your World When I look at a puzzle I instantly remember what audiobook I listened to as I completed it. In this case, it was Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Kind of a weird pairing I suppose, haha. Anyway, this is a pretty easy puzzle but a lot of fun to put together because of all the quirky animals. 

If you're looking for a monthly reminder to practice self care, check out my self care subscription box for teachers, Teacher Care Crate.

February Teacher Care Crate Unboxing



Wondering what you'll receive in this month's Teacher Care Crate? Watch the video above and read the description below to find out exactly what comes in February's crate! Subscribe at teachercarecrate.com by February 14 to receive this box!

Deep Detox Bath Soak: This soak is equal parts Himalayan Salt, Dead Sea Salt, and dried rose petals. Pour into a warm bath for detoxification and relaxation. {Retail Value: $5}

Organic Tinted Lip Balm: The lip balm included in February's crate is handmade by Serenity and Blossom. I love tinted lip balm for school because you don't have to worry about reapplying as you do with lipstick. {Retail Value: $3} 

Affirmation Pencils: I'm obsessed with these pencils designed by Becca of The Teacher's Passport! Each box includes three different color pencils with beautiful affirmations created by  Becca. {Retail Value: $3}

Quartz Pendant: Did you know quartz is believed to increase positivity, patience, and perseverance? It's the perfect stone for teachers! I'm so excited about these pendants-- I'm already wearing mine all the time! {Retail Value: $18}

Art Print: This month's professionally printed 5 x 7 print was designed by Jess of Ink Chicago. {Retail Value: $8}

Chocolate: The chocolate was a big hit in January, so I wanted to include a little treat this month as well. Each box includes an organic OCHO coconut chocolate. {Retail Value: $.75}

Take time for YOU this February with Teacher Care Crate



Teacher Care Crate: Your Questions Answered!


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I recently launched Teacher Care Crate, a self care subscription box for teachers! Here are the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions:

1. What comes in a crate?
Each month will be different, but will contain 5+ high quality items to promote teacher self care. For example, January's crate contained a homemade lavender bath bomb, an art print, a mini air plant, a handmade beaded mantra bracelet, organic dagoba chocolate, and stress relief tea. Each box will contain at least one handmade item, and often more! I always make an effort to keep the contents natural and/or organic when possible. 

2. When will I get my Teacher Care Crate?
I ship the crates between the 15th and 17th of each month. If you order before the 14th of the current month, you will receive your next first between the 17th and 22nd of the current month. If you order AFTER the 14th of the current month, you will receive your first crate between the 17th and 22nd of the following month.

3. Can I buy just one Teacher Care Crate?
Short answer: yes. Long answer: The platform I use, Cratejoy, is set up for subscriptions. So, to get one crate, go ahead and sign up for a subscription, opting to just pay for one month. Then just make sure you cancel before the auto-renew date on the 25th of each month. 

4. Is the Teacher Care Crate a good value?
Short answer: yes. Long answer: You are never going to receive a box that is worth less than what you paid for it. Often, by working with sources and making products myself, the items in the box are worth significantly more than the subscription cost. For example, the retail value of the February crate is $37. That being said, this box is meant to promote teacher self care, so my focus is providing high quality, relaxing items rather than bargain basement prices.



5. Is the "Be Gentle" print still available?
I'm so happy you all loved the "Be Gentle" print that went out in January's box! I'm happy to send a digital download for free to any current subscribers. Just email me at thedesignerteacher@gmail.com letting me know you'd like one! 

6. Can I contribute to Teacher Care Crate?
I am always looks for high quality items and designs for future crates. I especially love including teacher-makers! Email me at thedesignerteacher@gmail.com so we can discuss!

Please let me know in the comments if you have any other questions! You can sign up for your first Teacher Care Crate here.

You can also follow Teacher Care Crate on Instagram and Facebook for daily self care inspiration.

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