Teacher Gift Ideas While Watching Tonight’s Hallmark Movie

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Tonight’s Hallmark movie is… It’s Christmas, Eve.  It’ about a school superintendent with a knack for turning around schools meets a single father who works as the head of the school’s bankrupt music department. As she rediscovers her passion for music, she works to save the dreams of the kids who love music.

Since this movie deals with a school setting, I can’t help but be reminded to start making my gift list for teachers. Now way back in the day I used to get all creative with my cupcakes and packaging.

But then my kids got older … Now don’t get me wrong… I still give Teacher Gifts but usually it comes in the form of gift card in an envelope with a holiday hand-sanitizer attached to it and a lil’ something else.  DSCN2181best-bus-driver-gift-idea

There are some cute labels here at Darling Doodles.

 

 

Now that I’m raising five boys (Yes five. …1 senior, 2 sophomores, and 2 eighth graders) I have to get a little creative with what I can do. Being a baker helps. I like to pair up a $10 gift card (to like a Starbucks or a fast food place where they can pick up breakfast or run out and get lunch) with a plate of goodies.

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And because I’ve most of my kids have some of the same teachers over the years, I’ve learned what they like. I have I also like to get to know kids’ teachers. I know for a fact there are at least 6 teachers that will receive a batch of my delicious chocolate chip pecan cookies, 3 will get a pan of lasagna, 4 will get a loaf of banana bread. For the teachers just getting a $10 gift card, I sometimes put the cards on top of a plate of homemade ugly sweater cookies. That’s always a fun thing to have your kids do over the weekend.

So you’re not a baker? That’s fine. There are lots of ways to show your teachers you care.

-Go to their web page at the school and pick up their wish-list supplies.

-Gift cards to the local grocery store.

-Volunteer your time in the classroom.

-Join PTO

-Join SAC

-Gift cards to the movies.

 

And if you really know your teachers and you’re not a baker…here’s a cute thing to do for the ones you know… but …. you must know them and only you have to give this to them when you guys head off for happy hour after school! Adult lunchable.jpg

Cute wine labels… again… just for the teachers you know.

DVR, Watch, or Pop Between the Shows?

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Sunday November 4th

Let the Christmas Movie Games Begin! I think all of these movies are going to have to be DVR’d…. Why? Tonight is Rick Grimes’ last episode on The Walking Dead. Real Housewives of Atlanta returns. Outlander starts back up and of course there’s Ray Donovan. Fortunately for these cable shows, they’ll re-air at another time… And since I’m off work tomorrow I’ll be able to catch up on EVERYTHING! Let the popcorn popping begin!

            7:00 pm            The Christmas Switch                            Up

            8:00 pm            Road to Christmas                                 Hallmark Channel

            9:00 pm           Marrying Father Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries         

Would you eat the Reindeer Popcorn? Do you prefer a Nachos Navidad ? Or a Christmas mix?

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UP’s version of A Christmas Switch 2018 kinda shares the title as a 2014 movie starring Robert Krause and Natasha Henstridge and the 2018 Netflix, The Christmas Switch,  movie that may or may not be changed. These are not to be confused with TV One’s 2016 The Christmas Swap  or Hallmark’s 2017 Switched for Christmas.

Hot Cocoa and Christmas Joy

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Today is November 3rd. Tonight’s movie is a book-to-TV. It reminds me of the cute gift idea with a spin on a classic, Hot Cocoa.,… don’t ask me why. There’s something about taking a classic idea (hot cocoa) and adding some simple ideas to make a decadent treat.

Here are a few cool recipes to follow. While you put these gifts together, you can watch tonight’s movie.

Hot cocoa with candy canes

White hot chocolate

Hot chocolate w/M&Ms 

Peanut Butter hot chocolate

On deck for the Christmas movie tonight is Christmas Joy, starring in the movie is Danielle Panabaker… aka Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost if you’re a Flash fan. Of course I’ll watch this movie. As an author… at least for me, it has/is always a dream to have a book of mine turned into a TV Movie. I have Lace, Sidney Sheldon’s series, If Tomorrow Comes , and a ton of Sandra Brown and Danielle Steel to thank.

Christmas Joy…..the book is written by Nancy Naigle.

(From Amazon)

A heartwarming Christmas story about family, friendship and finding love in unexpected places.

Joy Holbrook might be all work and no play, but that changes when her Aunt Ruby takes a fall that lands her in a rehabilitation center before the holidays. Joy takes a leave of absence from her job as a market researcher to run the family farm, even though the timing may hinder her chance at garnering the promotion of her dreams.

Ben Andrews isn’t your average accountant. He also happens to be the handiest man in Crystal Falls. He’s helped his elderly neighbor, Ruby Johnson, decorate for the annual Christmas Home Tour—and win—the last several years. He’s not about to let some drop-in niece break their winning streak.

Ruby seems overly concerned about Joy being able to handle Molly. Under the impression she’s referring Molly the bunny that is one of the menagerie of animals, Joy’s not worried at all until the next morning when a little girl named Molly shows up. For the sake of her aunt, Joy is forced to partner with Ben while Ruby is on the mend to help with preparation for the Christmas tour and, in the process finds her career-focused heart dreaming of a family.

Will the magic of Christmas help her to open her heart and find her everlasting joy?

 

From the IMDB Summary

She’s a corporate market researcher, gunning for a promotion within her firm. Just as her company’s CEO is taking notice, Joy finds out her Aunt Ruby has broken her ankle and will be undergoing surgery. Despite the less than opportune timing, Joy makes her way back home to Crystal Falls, NC to be with her Aunt. Stars seem to be aligned as Joy sees her former crush, Ben Andrews, while at the hospital. At first, Joy is focused solely on helping her Aunt heal; even taking over her position as chair of the local Cookie Crawl competition. Eventually, she begins to let Ben in and remembers there’s no place like home for the holidays. The pair work together on the Cookie Crawl to make the event a success.

 

Let’s see how #Hallmark makes this classic book into a visually cheerful TV movie.

Happy Gift Making & Merry Watching

XOXO

Your #ChristmasGeek, Carolyn

PS…. There are 51 days left until Christmas!

 

 

Hurricane Irma #HelpingHands

Under the wonderful leadership of Griffin Middle School’s coach, Coach Brett Stanley… some of the members of the Griffin Tigers’ football team were inspired to come out on Saturday (9/9/17) and help the community by bagging sand for Tallahassee residents at Dade Street Community Center. The amazing thing was it started off with just the football team.. and then folks who came to get bags…stayed to help shovel. It was an awesome sight to see.

My feelings are still a little hurt that the City of Tallahassee workers wouldn’t let me back up the truck or dump the dirt just because I 1-did not work for the city or 2-did not have some special licence or 3-they listened to the betrayal of my children who said I can’t even back up in our car that has a back-up camera. Ugh. Just kidding. These guys were great and manned the never-ending-sand bags.

 

 

 

Stay safe y’all!

#GriffinMiddleSchool #GoTigers #TeamWork #BeInspired#HurricaneIrma Griffin Middle Information Technology School

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Yes ladies and gentlemen…it is that time of year again. School is back in session for the Galaxy Boys. I love it. After a summer of staying up all night long..sleeping in late… not having a thing to do… they’re finally back on a schedule. Related imagewhich means I am back on a schedule. Sure.. this means PTO meetings…SAC meetings.. DAC and TAC meetings but   Image result for challenge accepted.  I thought I would be back on my schedule yesterday but alas.. no. The school I planned on sending my son to somehow didn’t have his paperwork. It was a special program for kids but it was set at a traditional school. I sent email after email.. follow up with followup stating in the subject line..”Are we set”… “Do you need anything else?” And each time the director assured me everything was okay. Well guess what?Image result for i was wrong

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I had two kids at one high school orientation across town, my son at this other orientation… both from 8-10 and then a middle school orientation from 10-12 where my husband and I are on the PTO and we spent the time outside in the hot sun trying to get people to join the PTO.  Which btw… trying to get parents to stop by our PTO table …. Image result for i don't see you I baked cookies just to get the parents with kids to stop by. (Don’t get me started on the one kid who helped himself to 6 cookies.. I mean he had so many cookies he couldn’t even hold them in his hands!) But as the parents walked by I reminded them the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is for 30 minutes once a month AND WE FEED YOU!!! Sigh.

But back to Friday.. and spending 2.5 hours at one school… by Monday.. the same lady in the office where I spent 2 hours looked at me yesterday and said.. “Oh.. the directors of that program don’t fail to tell parents that the child has to actually enroll.” DUDE!!!! YOU forgot to tell me this while I waited in your office and could have filled that information out and picked up that info on Friday! And she even remembered me sitting there on Friday and being there for so long. We pulled him out of the school… but did we really since he was never enrolled?  But whatever.. Now 3 of my high school boys will attend the same school and my 2 middle school boys… who couldn’t be more opposite… Are going to be in every single class together this year. All advanced classes. I had to remind them it’s because they’re so smart.

Well.. it’s time for me to finally get back to work. Until next time!!

 

 

 

Busted

How do you raise kids and teach them not to lie? If you did something wrong.. own up to it. Lying about it gets you in trouble even more. Case in point… we have a Netflix account (who doesn’t?). For ages 14+ I have the account password protected. Some how… someone has been watching shows 14+. I don’t have a problem with the show…. I have a problem with lying about how you were able to watch it. So I asked the oldest. He said it just pops on and he doesn’t have to enter a password. So I had him show me and guess what.. low and behold the password page pops up. And of course… this is a surprise to him because it’s never done that before.