Posts Tagged by back to school
|August 21, 2015||Filled under Cakes|
The first day of school is always a crazy time. When I considered sending cupcakes on the first day, my “mommy-sense” emphatically told me not to on so many levels. Most important, it really is just too chaotic to add one more thing to the day. We want to make a good impression, not establish ourselves as “that mom.” Next, with all new classmates, nobody knows yet about allergies, dyes, gluten, dairy, whatever. Again, don’t want to be the mom that sends half the class to the nurse on the first day…or the first week…or at all, right?
On the other hand, the first day of school is a celebration! Basically, it’s a great excuse to have cake…sweet, adorable cupcakes. Brighten the day of your small people and tuck one of these cuties into their lunchbox. Or maybe you could welcome them home with a special plateful of Back to School cupcakes!
Start with a basic cupcake recipe. Make your favorite flavor, whether from scratch or from a boxed mix. (It’s totally ok!) I used a Vanilla Cupcake recipe for mine. Here it is:
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup cold milk
Yields 12 regular or 24 mini cupcakes.
Back to School Apple Cupcakes
Cooled cupcakes you’ve pre-made
Filling (if desired)
Green jelly candy or green fruit snacks
I filled my Apple Cupcakes with pudding! You don’t have to, but I had some pudding cups in the fridge, so I tossed them in a bag, scooped out the center of my cupcakes and filled them with the pudding. (I did the same thing for the other cupcakes, but used Nutella!)
The rest is very simple. Make (or buy) some red or green icing – the recipe for Basic Frosting is here:
2 egg whites
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
Next, pipe a mound of frosting on top of each cupcake. Add a pretzel stick for the stem and a slice of green jelly candy makes the leaf. Whether regular sized or minis, these are so cute!
Back to School Chalkboard Cupcakes
Cooled cupcakes you’ve pre-made
Filling (if desired) – I used Nutella for these
Chocolate covered graham cookies
Alpha Bits cereal
I scooped out the centers and filled the Chalkboard Cupcakes with Nutella! Not necessary, but I am of the belief that Nutella makes everything taste better. You could also use caramel, chocolate or butterscotch ice cream topping. A fresh strawberry stuffed in the middle of this cupcake (after it cools) is yummy, too!
Using store-bought or homemade chocolate frosting, pipe a pretty good amount on top of each cupcake.
Prepare the chalkboards by gathering the letters you’d like to use from the box of Alpha Bits cereal. I used “ABC”, “XYZ” and found my name “Tracy”. It’s a little challenging, but what a good job for the kids! Using a little bit of icing or melted chocolate chips, glue the letters to the graham cookies to make little chalkboards. Once they’re cooled, push them into the icing on each cupcake.
Although I haven’t tried this yet, I think that putting the cereal letters directly onto a cupcake with flat-topped icing would be just as cute.
Welcome back to school! Hope you and your kids all have a fabulous year!
|August 14, 2015||Filled under Reviews/Giveaways|
My daughter is returning to college on Monday with an apartment full of things to keep her connected and help her write her thesis. She’s an architect and creates very large files on her AutoCAD program. These are irreplaceable if lost or corrupt and its critical that she has the tools not only to protect them, but to quickly transfer them from the desktop computer in her apartment to her laptop to the printer at the school. We have purchased storage devices in all shapes and sizes, but after an unfortunate malfunction with a different brand, we’re SanDisk fans now…
Her extensive international research for her thesis required a high-capacity, high-quality storage card for those precious photos. She can’t just hop back over to London or Barcelona if something happens to her originals. (Well, technically she could, but not on my dime again…and she doesn’t have enough dimes for that!) For digital imaging, SanDisk products, from professional-grade camera memory to point-and-shoot SD cards to microSD cards, deliver industry-leading performance and reliability. SanDisk SD cards are also designed to meet the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices—because your stories span generations and your memory solutions should too.
Add a SanDisk microSD™ card to your smartphone or tablet, and you can carry more of the media and apps you love. Thin and light computing devices, tablets, and smartphones demand the compact form factors of SanDisk microSD cards.
Capture more fast action, and you can record more 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video, as well as expect transfer speeds up to 60MB/s in action cameras, tablets and smart phones. Mobile devices help you share stories every day, no matter where you go. Make sure their performance can keep up. SanDisk microSD™ cards give your smartphone or tablet a more responsive camera function and smoother media playback. Whether you want more storage for your phone or a card that makes it easy to shoot high resolution video on the go, you can choose the way you want to add fast, reliable data storage with capacity options from 4GB to 200GB.
Use this SanDisk card for digital cameras and get 10x the speed of other cards and transfer speed of 80 MB/s.
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- Dual USB for ANDROID devices allows for easy transfer between Android™ device and computers and frees up space for photos, videos, music and more.
I want my daughter’s time during her last year of grad school to be as worry free as possible and it helps knowing that we can depend on Best Buy for memory cards to support safe storage for all of her devices. Visit the site to learn what card is right for you and get great prices to boot!
|July 31, 2015||Filled under Crafting and DIY|
Yeah, don’t ask me where the summer has gone. All I know is that the kids in our district go back to school on Monday!
I remember the excitement that surrounded the first day of school when I was growing up. New clothes, new shoes, brand new crayons – and an apple for our teacher. All the kids walked or rode bikes to school when I was a kid, and it was common to see a row of little red wagons lined up against the back wall in classrooms on the first day. We had so many school supplies to bring in, it was just easier to use a wagon to carry them. All that cuteness ended in junior high, when we’d only use a backpack and a paper grocery sack. In high school, we could only be bothered to carry a Trapper Keeper, a comb, Bonne Bell lip gloss and a Seventeen magazine.
These days, not only do kids have to bring in a mountain of new school supplies, but we always like to show our excitement and appreciation (sympathy?) with a little token for the teacher. Sort of like “here’s my kid and I know what you have coming this year, so here’s a bunch of chocolate right up front, too. Good luck.” *salute*
Well, if you’d like to do something extra special, I’ve gathered a list of more than 30 adorable and simple Back to School Teacher Gifts that they’ll truly love and remember!
Teacher Survival Kit
Cup with Drink Mixes
From Jade Mingmei Designs
Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Quickbread In A Bottle
Honey Brown Sugar Scrub
Back to School Emergency Kit
From The 36th Avenue
Personalized Glass Etched Gift
From Make It and Love It
From East Coast Mommy
Root Beer Float Kit
From I Heart Naptime
If You Give a Teacher a Cookie…
From 30 Handmade Days
Paint Dipped Kitchen Utensils
From Cleverly Simple
First Day of School Survival Kit
From East Coast Mommy
Gardener’s Hand Scrub
From One Good Thing
Apple Pretzel Bites
From Two Sisters Crafting
From Cathie Filian
Caramel Apple Dip
From Event Trender
School Supply Cake
From The Butlers
Mod Podge Hangers
From Long Live DIY
Mason Jar Pencil Holder
From Mason Jar Love
Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub
From Caramel Potatoes
Box Of Sunshine
From Happy Money Saver
Manicure and Lantern Mason Jar
From Tidbits and Twine
Spa In A Jar
From The Gunny Sack
Terra Cotta Apple
From Seven Thirty Three
Personalized Coffee Mugs
From A Beautiful Mess
Back to School DIY Jars
From Mixing Bowl Kids
Vintage Ball Jar Pencil Cup
From Skip to My Lou
My most sincere thanks to all of the bloggers who have shared their creativity with all of us! Be sure to visit their sites – I know you’ll love them as much as I do!
Do you have any cute teacher gift ideas?
|July 28, 2015||Filled under Video World|
I’ve worked for our local school system for nine years now; my husband for six. I’ve seen thousands of children come through, including my own. I’ve witnessed a very high-needs district achieve at the same and higher levels as other school systems in the state. Why do these students defy the norm?
And for all that, you might wonder, what do teachers make?
|August 8, 2014||Filled under Going Green|
My daughter has been driving a bus for the college she attends for a few years now. I can’t even begin to tell you about the stories she shares about bike riders on campus who don’t know the rules of the road and risk being injured, or worse, every time they bike to class. They fail to remember that they are a part of traffic, not to mention more difficult to see.
Many college students rely on a bicycle as their main form of transportation. Some are banned from bringing a car to campus, and some can’t afford to own, insure and park a car. Some choose to bike because it is a quick and convenient way to get around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. Students come to college from communities that may or may not have had good bicycle safety education programs. Many student bicyclists are returning to cycling after a few years of driving the family car.
At minimum, bicyclists should know to:
- Ride on the right side of the road.
- Ride with lights at night.
- Wear a helmet.
- Ride predictably.
Drivers, however, also have a responsibility to help keep bicyclists safe:
- Acknowledge that cyclists have the right to ride on the road.
- Give room and slow down when passing cyclists.
- Check for cyclists before opening doors.
- Check for bikes before turning left or right or backing up.
Bike use is on the rise — the number of trips made by bicycle more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009 and many major cities are responding with bike-friendly communities. Hopping on a two-wheeler is great for you, the environment, and your wallet. But before you strap on your helmet, make sure you know the rules of the road, the proper gear to stay safe, and how to navigate the bike lane stress free.
Note from Nest Full of New: While it may not be a law for adults to wear a bike helmet, I always recommend wearing one anyway. It’s just too easy to fall while riding a bike and you gotta protect your coconut.
Just do it!
|July 15, 2014||Filled under Giveaways, Reviews/Giveaways|
Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes!
At Mom Powered Media, we believe in and support education and want to help our network readers and their families reach their education goals. To help do just that, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa Gift Card and an HP 14″ Chromebook PC. There will also be 20 second place winners to take home Back To School Prize Packages.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get Back To School ready…tech-style!
Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers to helped bring you this amazing sweepstakes:
One grand prize winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC!
Open your sleek, next-generation HP Pavilion 14-Q020NR 14″ Chromebook PC to get online, fast. You can access your favorite websites and Google Chrome apps on the 14-inch diagonal HD display in seconds.
HP 14″ Chromebook PC features:
- Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor 1.40GHz
- 2GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory
- 16GB solid state drive
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
- Intel HD GMA Graphics
- SD memory card reader
- 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Acer converter port
- 3-cell lithium polymer battery for up to 8.5 hours run time
- 2.76 lbs, 0.8″ x 11.3″ x 8″
- Genuine Google Chrome OS Software
Twenty additional winners will also receive a Back To School Prize Package.
Giveaway ends August 15th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
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|July 14, 2014||Filled under Giveaways, Reviews/Giveaways|
Awesome Blogger Opportunity!
(not yet a live giveaway)
What’s Your Ride BTS Ride Event
Organized by: Mom Powered Media
Grand Prize: BMS TBX EFI Touring Scooter
Event dates: 8/4 – 9/4
Giveaway is open to Continental US Residents.
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