Author: Sarah Bernhardson

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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Things I am Purging from my Closet

via GIPHY Judging from the barrage of coupons, ads, and email alerts that have flooded my home this past week, it’s becoming clear that school is around the corner. My kids may not want to face it, but at some point in the next month, they will need to resume wearing regular clothing. Shoes, socks, clean shirts…it will all come back into their daily life. This past weekend we had our annual “Trying On Of All The Clothes”, an activity that, in case you weren’t aware, seven and five year old boys do not enjoy. It became apparent that my older son has exactly one (1) pair of pants that fit him and maybe three decent long sleeved shirts. Since I was cleaning out closets anyway, I decided to pull everything out of mine for the first time in ages and assess what I have as well. BIG MISTAKE. I made some deep cuts. Since having children, my own wardrobe has been severely neglected. My closest and dresser ostensibly look packed. Upon closer inspection, however, I found the following categories: *Pre-baby clothing that still doesn’t fit (8 years later) *Postpartum clothing that I have kept “just in case” *Half of Target’s women’s department, in various stages of life, ranging from new and fun to pilled and sad *Clearance purchases I bought because they were great deals and never (or rarely) wore...

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