Friday, March 17, 2017

Free Saint Partick's Day Printable


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In our house, it's all about the green! I love to hang on to every second of any holiday, so I typically spread Saint Patties into a weekend event. This year is no exxception! Thanks to Flash Bash, we'll be toasting at happy hour with these sweet champagne sippers and starting the morning right with this delish Vegan Irish Coffee! And don't forget the Saint Patties Print (above)!! It's perfect for adding to your bar cart or a sweet touch framed in your entryway.  I'd love to know how you celebrate! Share in the comments below :)

 
Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tsp. Brown sugar
  • Hot coffee
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk (Thai Kitchen works well)
  • ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
Directions:
  • Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 8 hours)
  • Chill a glass bowl in the fridge 10 minutes before removing coconut milk from fridge
  • Remove the can from the fridge and try not to wiggle it much prior to opening
  • Open the can. Scrape out the thickened cream and leave the coconut water behind (You can use it in a smoothie later!)
  • Place your thickened cream in your chilled glass bowl and beat with a whisk for 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the bowl, until your whipped cream is smooth.
  • Brew your coffee and set aside
  • In your coffee mug, stir together brown sugar and irish whiskey until blended
  • Pour coffee over the sugar and whiskey and then slowly pour in fresh whipped cream. (At the risk of sounding ridiculous, take a Boomerang video of the pouring process - trust us, it's pretty.) 
  • Enjoy!

Ingredients: 
  • 1 bottle of champagne 
  • 1 small seedless cucumber, sliced 
  • 4 oz. sweetened lime juice OR fresh lime juice 
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, sliced  
  • 4 oz warm water 
  • Mint leaves and cucumber slices for garnish 
Directions: 
  • Rinse and slice the cucumber and place it in a medium-sized bowl.  
  • To julienne the mint leaves, rinse and dry the leaves, then stack them on top of each other. Starting from a short end, tightly roll the leaves into a round shape. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the leaves and add them to the bowl with the cucumber. 
  • Muddle the cucumber, lime juice, water, and mint leaves. Place in fridge to cool up to 12 hours. Tip - for a crisp and tart drink, sub the sweetened lime juice with fresh-squeezed lime juice. 
  • When ready to serve, add an ounce of the muddled mint mixture to the bottom of the glass. Top off with champagne. 
  • Garnish with fresh mint and cucumber.
You can find both recipes and MORE, via the Flash Bash blog!
Cheers!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weekly Inspiration :: Cheers!

When your birthday week is the same week as Saint Patrick's Day, and it's your 30th, AND you're in the Bahamas celebrating with your family... you do a lot of Cheers-ing! I hope your week is full of cheers (and green!) Stop by my other love to see what drinks we'll be mixing up this week!
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Why Use Essential Oils?

If you're like me, you see Essential Oils everywhere but don't want to spend the money or don't know enough about them to make the plunge. Well, I'm here to say - do it! I finally made the leap and I haven't looked back.

What are essential oils? Basically, the best way to think of it is when you see a rosemary plant (or any plant) you take the leaves and rub them between your fingers. That smell you get? That is the essential oil of the plant. 

Why use them? Well, you know how lavender is calming or how sucking on a peppermint can help your memory? Well take those ideas and. put them in oil form. There's an oil to help you conquer everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) and it's a great way to improve parts of your life that you didn't even know were lacking. You can diffuse the oils in a diffuser, rub them on your body with a carrier oil (like coconut oil), or spray them with a spray bottle. The choice is yours! 

I LOVE using oils in my diffuser. For example, I'll throw some Citronella in there whenever I don't want to slather on bug spray. My family and I are heading down to the Bahamas next week and you can bet I'll be packing my diffuser and diffusing Citronella every night while we sleep. (Shoo mosquitos!)

Essential Oils are great for helping you transition into a greener and healthier life. They are perfect for boosting that immune system, helping you breathe, or clearing out stinky smells in your home. I even add a drop of lemon or a drop of peppermint to my water, depending on how I'm feeling that day. Some oils are great at killing bacteria, some help wake you up, some help calm you down, and some ease your symptoms when you're not feeling well (hello ginger oil when I'm nauseous)! Whenever I feel a certain way, I'll just quickly google (or text my friend) to discover what oils will help me most. 

Where to start? Ready to check them out? Leave your e-mail in the comments below or e-mail me at AppleSlices4th@gmail.com. Also, be sure to stop by our Oily Teachers Facebook Group to learn more and see how other teachers are implementing oils in their classroom. I'm here to help you, so please let me know what questions you have, what you want to know about oils, or anything else you're curious about! I truly believe that these guys are powerful, and I want to share them with you! 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

It Always Seems Impossible Weekly Inspiration

So true... I am a procrastinator to the max! But I've been trying really hard to stay on top of things lately. It always seems overwhelming, but if I just focus on finishing the task, it's over before I realize it!! Hope this weekly motivation helps you have a GREAT week :)
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Weekly Inspiration // You've Got This \\


Just sitting over here ready for Spring! I'm so excited to get back to sharing my Weekly Inspiration iPhone backgrounds with y'all! Snag this one to stay motivated this week and stop by the blog every Sunday for a new background!

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Treasure Hunt Math Game


As a teacher I was always on the hunt for the BEST math games! Math games are just the perfect way to practice the basic skills. And those basic skills are IMPORTANT. Treasure Hunt is one of my favorites because it's simple, cheap, and is so easy to differentiate. Watch the video for a quick "how to"!

The game featured in the video is all about practicing multiples of 1's, 2's, 3's, and 4's, but other games in my store work with higher multiples. (And there's more to come!!) This game increases fluency and comfort with multiples and makes multiplication and division so much easier!