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Circus Themed 1st Birthday Party

Spring is upon us which is the time of year that I associate with birthdays. All of my siblings and I have March, April and May birthdays and the tradition continues in my own family now. I struggled with choosing a theme for my son's first birthday because let's be honest- first birthday parties are more for the moms and dads! Babies don't really care what color their paper plates are. I perused Pinterest for months leading up to the party, and eventually stumbled upon the Fisher-Price circus themed party decorations. I loved the bright colors and the adorable animals.

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It was easy to find matching tableware, straws and napkins at Party City and Target. The snacks were easy- I stocked up on kettle corn from BJ's and found the popcorn tubs at Dollar Tree.

Upper Elementary Classroom Tour

So here's the deal. I finally had a minute in my classroom without students to take photos for an updated classroom tour. Running out the door every day is the truest form of the #workingmomstruggle. Gone are the days where I could stay late to take photos for my blog.

We're on winter break here in WNY and I went in to school today to pick up a few things. Of course, I brought my little with me (you'll see baby feet make a cameo appearance later in the post). As I started to prepare this post, I realized the content was far too much for one post! Over the next few weeks, I'll be taking on each area of my classroom and describing them in detail. For today, here is a look at my new home in the upper elementary world. Enjoy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I'm not going to be obnoxious and tell you these cookies are scrumptious and to die for, because they're not. They are a spin off of a 21 Day Fix cookie recipe and they are an easy recipe to whip up when you're trying to diet make it past four days on a diet. This week we had takeout pretty much every single night, as life would have it. By Friday night I was in desperate need of a detox. Since Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow this week and we have six more weeks of winter, I figured

Southwest Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls

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Hey working mamas and busy teachers! One of the easiest ways for me to stay sane is to prep all of my lunches on Sunday night. It also keeps me from eating fundraiser candy bars for lunch (or this time of year- Girl Scout cookies!)

This week I threw together these easy, healthy and inexpensive quinoa bowls. You can top them with your favorite southwest style ranch dressing or add the fixings you'd add to tacos. In the interest of time this week, I only added green salsa as my topping/dressing. All of the ingredients can be cooked on Sunday and will still be fresh and delicious on Friday!


  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1.5 cups of dry quinoa
  1. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Spread them on a baking sheet and cook at 350 for 20 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, rinse the quinoa and cook. I cook my quinoa like pasta, I watch until it seems done and then I drain the excess water. For better taste, use chicken or vegetable broth or bouillon in the water. My days of trying to cook it perfectly are over!
  3. Drain the black beans from the can.
  4. Assemble bowls! 
  • Optional toppings: corn, sliced black olives, avocado, sour cream, salsa

Turkey Cut-Outs

Have you caught the holiday baking bug yet? I always start itching to bake for the holidays once Halloween is over. Today I'm sharing my cut-out cookie and cookie icing recipe, along with a cookie cutter hack! Do these turkeys look familiar? It's because they are made out of my shamrock cookie cutter! 
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