Author: Sarah Bernhardson

The holiday panicking has officially begun.

I realized the other day that this week, it will officially become mid-October. How did that happen?! I only vaguely remember the month of September even occurring. October is my favorite month of the whole year, so I certainly want to enjoy it, but a small, nagging voice in my head is telling me that the holidays aren’t far off. I love getting ready for Thanksgiving, but the weeks after until Christmas arrives seriously stress me out. This year, being my first year back in a very full-time teaching gig (where, by the way, I have 485 students…) I want to be...

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The commercial that is driving me nuts

If you’ve been in front of any sort of media in the past month or so, you’ve probably come across one of these celebrity-cameo ads for Box Tops for Education: Now, I have no problem with the Box Tops program itself. If a private company chooses to donate to our schools– great! That’s wonderful of them to do that. What bothers me every single time, as a public school teacher and as a mom of two public school children, is the idea that without us parents and teachers jumping though the crazy hoops of clipping labels off our weekly recycling pile (and buying only certain brands that sport said labels– but that’s a whole different post for another day), we are accepting that our schools wouldn’t have essentials– like keyboards– without this private help. Keyboards! These labels aren’t being shown to fund things like special event guest speakers…or field trips that support the curriculum…they’re being shown as funding the supplies that we literally cannot teach without. So I suppose my point is this: Find out what your school is using funds from programs like Box Tops for Education for. If it really is going toward essentials, as these ads state, put your energy and your voice as a citizen toward changing that fact…in between clipping those tiny labels. And if it’s going toward fantastic “extras” that are enhancing your child’s education, then...

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Shameless Fall Post: My favorite pumpkin bread recipe!

I make no apologies for my love of fall in New England. Us fall fans take some flack, especially at this time of year when the maple trees are *just* beginning to turn but the temperatures still often scream “summer hasn’t left yet!”, but I say bring it on! I couldn’t resist stocking up on some canned pumpkin this past week, and wanted to share one of my favorite fall traditions: my health-ish pumpkin bread. I love this recipe, which is a hybrid of at least three recipes I’ve tried, because it uses the whole can of pumpkin. I’ve never understood the recipes that call for just part of the can…what do you do with the extra?! This one uses extra pumpkin in place of some of the oil and sugar, yet remains so delicious. Enjoy, and have fun ringing in the most wonderful time of the year! Healthy-ish Pumpkin Spice Bread yield: one loaf 1 can of pureed pumpkin 2 eggs 2 cups of whole wheat flour 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup of sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. cloves 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. baking soda 1 cup of chopped pecans, optional Preheat oven to 325 f. Grease a loaf pan, bottom and sides. Mix pumpkin, oil, and eggs together in a large bowl. Add sugar and spices; mix thoroughly. Mix baking soda together with...

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Another “Yes Day” full of fun

Awhile back, inspired by both blogger Elise and this book, I decided to try a spontaneous “Yes Day” here and there with my boys. I was nervous at first to see what their requests would be, but overall, they’ve been really reasonable and pretty darn adorable. Past Yes Days have included cupcakes for breakfast, a trip to the trampoline park, and inexplicably, a visit to Ikea! A Yes Day was something we hadn’t done yet this summer, so I saved it for my last day of summer vacation before I headed back to school. My Yes Day rules are as follows: *Both kids either have to agree on what we do OR agree to split up the day (so they each get to pick some activities) *The boys don’t find out it’s Yes Day until they wake up– no premeditated crazy plans! *Everyone needs to remain kind and respectful all day to keep Yes Day going So, this past week at breakfast, I announced that it was Yes Day. I was prepared for craziness– requests for candy, ice cream sundaes, trips to the toy store– but the boys were really calm and methodical about their plans. After much hashing out, they arrived at the following itinerary: Beach trip for some crabbing and fishing, packed lunch on the boardwalk, browsing the fish at the pet store, ice cream, and playtime...

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Bring it on, Fall!

Today, while shopping at Target, I came across something that signals fall’s impending arrival more than any colorful leaf out there: parents who are done. I’m sure you’ve seen them, heck, maybe you are them (I was just this morning!). I love my children more than anything, and we’ve had a great summer, but it’s time for structure to return and school to resume. I’m a teacher, and I go back to school next week, so this is our last full week together. My children have been home with me 24/7– no camps, no summer programming– and I think even they feel...

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