A Return From the Depths of Illness

Oprah saying that everyone gets the flu.

It’s been entirely too long since I’ve posted anything. I took a break over the holidays to enjoy time with my family, and then got a string of illnesses. It’s been three weeks, and I’m on the tail-end of the flu. My whole family got the shot, but we all got Type A anyway. I don’t remember the last time I felt this sick.

I just woke up from a nap, my husband and daughter are napping, and I’m able to sit upright, so I wanted to let you know that I’m still around. Thanks for being patient.

Digital Citizenship for Grown-Ups: The Secret Sister Gift Exchange is an Illegal Pyramid Scheme

Volume 1 of the Digital Citizenship for Grown-Up series explains how the Secret Sister gift exchange on Facebook is an illegal pyramid scheme

The holidays are just around the corner, and my Facebook feed is blowing up yet again with invites to participate in the Secret Sister Gift Exchange.

In case you’re not familiar with this yearly phenomenon, the gist is that you buy a $10 gift for one person and can potentially receive up to 36 gifts from your “Secret Sisters” that are also participating.

Sounds too good to be true right? That’s because it is. According to this article from the Better Business Bureau, the gift exchange is considered a pyramid scheme/gambling and is, therefore, illegal.

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Getting Organized with a Bullet Journal

Learn how you can get your life organized with a Bullet Journal

As a mom, an educator, and a wife, I have a lot of things to keep track of. I did a pretty good job over the years, but I never felt like I had a concrete way of keeping up with it all. Everything was always spread around between different calendars, sticky notes, and apps, so it was hard to remember where everything was.

A friend at work showed me her bullet journal a few years ago, and I was really intrigued by the idea of it, so I started doing some research. Now, I’m completely hooked.

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Create Gorgeous Graphics With Canva

Canva is a phenomenal, FREE tool for creating graphics, posters, letters, and flyers for your classroom.

Whether it’s anchor charts, lesson plans, flyers, or newsletters home, teachers are always creating. It’s easy to pull up a document and type something up, but it doesn’t necessarily look pretty or polished. I’ve seen teachers go to TPT to buy anchor charts because they look prettier than what they can make (even though the content is the same), because they want their classroom to look cute.

Save your money. With Canva, you’ll be churning out gorgeous content in no time. Heck, you could probably even sell it on TPT!

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Are Your Passwords Secure?

We need to talk about your passwords.

We’ve all been there. You’re having to sign up for yet another account, and you’re out of password ideas. So you use THAT password. Your favorite password. The password you use for everything.

No big deal, right? There’s too many to keep track of, and this one’s easy to remember.


Maybe you did come up with a new one, so you wrote it down on that piece of paper you keep by your computer.

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