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Super Easy (& Beautiful) Ideas for Displaying a Quilt

Quilts are made to be enjoyed, but if you don't want to subject them to wear and tear—and frequent laundering—as bedding, hang them from the wall so …

Quilting

30 Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipes to Swoon Over

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your S.O. or your squad this year, you’re obviously going to <i>need</i> some sweet treats to celebrate the day. After you’ve found romantic Valentine’s day dinner recipes and cute pink cocktail recipes, it’s time to think about dessert. These Valentine’s …

Dessert

A Look Back: Video – “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write”

<b>Later this month, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Last August, I re-started a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look</b> …

My 8 best painting hacks

From ceilings to base trim and from siding to front doors – when it comes to painting, I’ve tackled it all. I’ve sprayed and rolled and brushed and …

DIY

8 Smart Ways to Teach Current Events in the Classroom in 2017

Current events are being curated and edited for student access in amazing ways all over the internet. This kid-focused curated material means you …

The 1 secret to keeping your relationship strong after having kids

Parenting can be hard on a relationship: Studies have long shown that marital satisfaction tends to go down and depression to go up after the birth of a first child. It seems parents might not even be in the clear once the kids leave the house, either. In recent years, although the overall divorce …

Parenting

An Angular Futuristic House in Georgia - Dwell

"It has energy and does not feel heavy or is static," says architect Staffan Svenson of Atlanta-based firm Dencity Design. Inside, Svenson divided the house into seven levels and introduced a vibrant color palette and rich material program at the residents' request. The resulting modern live/work …

Architecture

Build Your Own Workshop Stool With a Secret Compartment That Happens to Fit a Beer

A small stool for your workshop is handy enough as it is, but over on YouTube, Patrick Soriano decided to add in a secret compartment that just so …

19 Single-Serving *Cheat Day* Desserts That Won’t Mess Up the Rest of Your Week

It seems everyone can’t get enough of healthy eating advice. Every year there are crazy new hacks to try, like the weeklong chocolate cleanse or taco cleanse. For the more ambitious, there are longer challenges like Whole30 (a stricter version of Paleo, intended as a periodic restart). And then …

Dessert

Can o' Beer Cake

Believe it or not, the light bitterness of an American-style lager, like Budweiser, Coors or Miller High Life, transforms boxed cake mix into a …

FREE Google Classroom Writing Prompt!

FREE Google Classroom winter writing prompt! Students can either scan the QR code, or enter the bitly link. They will be prompted to create their own …

Google

Another Excellent Issue of ASCD Educational Leadership – This One is On Writing Instruction

The February issue of ASCD Educational Leadership is out, and it’s another good one. The them is Literacy in Every Classroom.<p>Quite a few articles are …

Teaching

10 Project Details That Show How to Make Stunning Storage Spaces

One of the hallmarks of architectural sensibility is a clean, clutter-free space – "a place for everything and everything in its place." Every …

This DIY Platform Bed Saves Space, Has Tons of Storage

Arranging a decent-sized bed and other furniture in a small living space can feel like Tetris on hard mode, but if you’re up for a weekend project, …

The Whole30 diet is called the 'worst', but it's changed my life for the better

Most of us can find things to disagree on. But one thing we usually agree on is that we want to feel better and have more energy. And one way to do that is to change how we eat.<p>That’s why I embraced the Whole30 program, an approach to eating that gets a lot of buzz, but doesn’t get a lot of love …

Skinny Jeans

10 Sites Teachers Really Love

10 Sites <i>Teachers</i>Really Love (Sorry Admins)<br>Though it’s the administrators’ job to steer the ship with regards to technology use in school, every …

Education Technology

Eyes Up on the Teacher!

Reading Time: 3 minutes.How do you keep students engaged with what you’re teaching? In today’s digital world, the question becomes even more …

Teaching

This Tiny Farmhouse on Wheels Makes 250 Square Feet Look Lavish

If the tiny home movement and <b>Fixer Upper</b> fandom had a lovechild, it would be this 250-square-foot mobile farmhouse, built by Handcrafted Movement founder Matt Impola. With more than a decade of construction experience, Matt's new venture focuses on creating one-of-a-kind pieces that celebrate …

Farmhouses

16 Education Podcasts to Check Out In 2017

Community<p>16 Education Podcasts to Check Out In 2017<p>By Jeffrey R. Young and Mary Jo Madda (Columnist)     Jan 11, 2017<p>Shutterstock / Rawpixel.com<p>It’s …

Education

The Barn

Resembling the classic farmstead outbuilding on the outside, The Barn uses a mix of rustic finishes and modern updates for a one-of-a-kind …

Gardening 101: Stipa Grasses

Stipa Grass, <i>Stipa</i>: “Feather Dusters”<p>Feather, needle, and spear. These grasses form the genus S<i>tipa</i> and they’re the ones you can count on to sway in …

The Easiest Oreo Microwave Mug Cake Ever!

Throw out what you know about baking. This Oreo mug cake is so simple, you don't need to be an expert baker to make this rich and chocolaty dessert. Plus, this recipe only requires five ingredients — four if you want to skip the extra calories in the whipped cream. Quick, easy, and sure to satisfy …

Dessert

15 Awesome DIY Ways to Organize Your Kids Rooms

When it comes to keeping your kids organized, the task can become nearly all consuming. Little kids (or kids of any age, really- we weren’t exactly …

For Teachers, It's Not Just What You Say, It's How You Say It

By Jane Meredith Adams<p>Denisia Wash, a kindergarten teacher in Berkeley, didn’t want to use a sugary voice when she talked to her 5-year-old students – they weren’t babies and that voice wasn’t actually effective, she said. But she didn’t want to use a sharp-edged voice either, the impatient tone …

Teaching

How to take down and store Christmas decorations without losing your mind

When it comes to holiday decorating, we happily pour some eggnog, crank up the Christmas tunes and turn it into a fun and festive event each year. But after all the the presents are unwrapped, the eggnog is swallowed and the out-of-town guests have gone back to their respective homes, we’re left …

Wreaths

Not to Be Missed: 12 Must-Read, Unputdownable 2016 Books for Moms

Another glorious reading year is coming to a wrap. While 2016 may have been challenging in many respects, thankfully it was a wonderful literary year …

Books

What Does a 'Modern Classroom' Look Like—and What Should Educators Leave Behind?

column | Community<p>What Does a 'Modern Classroom' Look Like—and What Should Educators Leave Behind?<p>By Mary Jo Madda (Columnist)     Dec 21, …

Boxed In – Clever Loft Beds And Space-Efficient Storage Units

Finding extra space in a home is hard enough even when you’re not living in a small apartment or studio. So what then? Things aren’t as grim after …

Academic Technology: Nine Apps for Educators

By: Dixie Somers. Technology can be a huge help in the classroom. These nine apps can help teachers increase student engagement and autonomy.The post …

Education Technology