Give A Teacher Office Supplies, And She’s Yours Forever

You know what the favorite teacher in your life needs right this very minute? Tequila shots. But, since it’s the middle of the week, and he or she probably still has kids to educate, let’s try to think of something just as useful. For me, office supplies give the same buzz as liquor without the problematic legal and moral issues. Office supplies help you organize the chaos of six classes’ worth of papers and 127 important memos. And when they are stylish, they make you smile and have a positive attitude even when the football boys come to your class reeking of Axe and sweat.

With that in mind, I present to you two fabulous products to give the teachers you adore:

Galison File Tote – Henry Road – $20.00


Teachers carry papers home to grade (or marinate overnight so as to be better by morning when they are hurriedly graded as the clock ticks down to the start of first period). Some teachers do this fun trick where they carry papers everywhere so they can grade whenever they have a spare minute. The trick comes in finding reasons not to grade. And of course, teachers need to carry papers to be prepared for meetings and conferences. This file folder? Perfect for all occasions.  The handle is easy to grip without being owie (fancy English teacher word). It has eight pockets and labels. As I carried this down the hall at the school where I tutor, I got appreciative oohs and ahhs from all my friends. They all said they would use this. (It comes in other patterns as well.)

Super Bonus Tip: If you are looking for a sweet way to make this personal for your children’s teacher, slip a handwritten note inside thanking him or her for all the hard work this year. Even better? Have your child write the note or draw a picture.

Wall Pops Vinyl Applique Whiteboard – Diamond – $20.00

file_42_28Some teachers have the gift of creativity; some do not. Some of us ‘artfully’ tilt every picture we staple to the wall so no one notices straight lines are so damn hard to make. This lovely gift gets rid of the pain and suffering created when a non-crafty teacher like myself tries to make a cute bulletin board with a border. (Why, yes, I have stapled my own finger in this process.) With this, you just peel and stick. I could probably still make that hard, but I’m pretty special. It’s also a great place to jot down daily notes to yourself or the students. The final piece of genius about this cute whiteboard is that it will stick to concrete which is what the walls are made of in many schools. I would use this on my door to list what books or assignments are needed in class. (This also comes in other designs.)

Super Bonus Tip: Give this as a gift by sneaking in and adhering it to the teacher’s door. Have your child or the whole class sign it.

It is already May. (I know; I was surprised too.) You are wasting valuable time just sitting there not ordering these for the teachers you love. Scoot! 

The lovelies at Office Candy sent me these items for review purposes. No other compensation was provided or needed because I love free office supplies more than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (hint hint). All opinions and terrible jokes are my own.

I’m Giving Kids A Shot At Learning To Love Books

I know my kids have been born with more than just a leg-up on success; they have nothing holding them back. They come from a home that values education and kindness and family. Not one day in their short lives has been spent worrying about food availability or secure shelter. They have a trusted pediatrician who has been with them since the day they were born, and that means they have received life-saving vaccines and medicines so that my main job as their mother is to nurture them.

“Vaccines make life possible. Without them, children are vulnerable to deadly and disabling diseases like measles, pneumonia, diarrhea and polio.


Unfortunately, around the world, one in five children still lack access to the life-saving immunizations that help keep children in the U.S. healthy. In fact, one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could be prevented with a vaccine. By expanding access to vaccines, we can prevent 1.5 million child deaths each year.”


That’s why I’m joining Shot@Life to celebrate their first birthday and World Immunization Week (April 24-30). Today my contribution is to bring you the story of one of Shot@Life’s Champions. Her name is Elizabeth Atalay, and she writes over at She has seen more than 50 countries and is now an advocate for mothers and children all over the world.

Here is why she chose to support Shot@Life:

Shot@Life raises awareness and cultivates advocates to help get life-saving vaccines to those who need them the most. Shot@Life also raises funds to work with partners such as GAVI and USAID to help provide those vaccines globally to give all children a shot at a healthy life. It was natural as a mother that when I began blogging about social good and global issues on documama, my focus was on maternal and child health. When I learned the statistics about how many lives could be saved with access to vaccines, I felt compelled to get involved. Friends Jennifer Burden, founder of World Moms Blog, and Nicole Melancon of Third Eye Mom had become some of the first Shot@Life Champions, and they told me about the Shot@Life Summit. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to reach out and do something that could have real impact in the lives of mothers and children around the world.


I wish for all children to have a shot at giggling wildly!

I wish for all children to have a shot at giggling wildly!


Once you become a mother, you gain a real empathy for other mothers and children. We all love our children above all else. We understand the magnitude of what it would mean to lose a child due to a preventable disease like diarrhea. Once other mothers know that children are dying from preventable diseases, and they can actually do something to help, I would think they would want to. So, in my mind, the biggest hurdle is awareness. So many mothers just don’t realize that they can have an impact and save the lives of babies and children without even donating money. Just by giving their voice and letting congress know they care, they can help.

Listen, I know you’re busy with your own kids/jobs/houses/stress, and though the thought of babies dying from something treatable like measles makes you sad, it’s hard to commit yourself to yet another to-do. But this is more than that. And it’s easier than running the school bake sale. You can write letters. You can voice your support on all your social media platforms. Get your high school children interested. Spread the word to your favorite health professionals. Please, let’s do what we can to give all kids, not just ones born in prosperous areas, a Shot@Life and a shot at doing something great like learning to love books.

Ready to get started? Learn how you can help Shot@Life. Would you like to donate money? Elizabeth has started a page for her fundraising efforts; please stop by.

For Addye: Musical Marriage Advice

This weekend my friend A’Driane is getting married. When I heard the news, I was instantly happy for her even though I’ve never met her beloved, Bert. Okay, I’ve never met her in person either. But I know her. I adore her. I admire her. I respect her. A’Driane and Bert work at their relationship. They are meaningful in their actions toward each other. They take care of each other. I predict a lifetime of love and laughter. Even though I know these two crazy kids already know a lot about love and how to stay knee-deep in it, I still want to offer some wisdom on the topic. And in my experience, the best love advice comes from country music, specifically 80’s country.

Islands In The Stream-Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

If you go by Pandora’s rotation, 80’s country begins and ends with this song. And who can argue?

“Baby when I met you there was peace unknown.

I set out to get you with a fine tooth comb.

I was soft inside; there was something going on.”

When you’ve found the right person, your soul is calm and you finely comb your hair? And your insides got something going on. Yep. That’s love baby.

When You Say Nothing At All-Keith Whitley

Not to get all mushy, but this song makes me think of my husband. Thank God he doesn’t read my blog, or he’d be embarrassed I told you that.

“The smile on your face let’s me know that you need me.

There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me.

A touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall.

Yeah, you say it best when you say nothing at all.”

Trust in what you know about your spouse and how they express their love. Also, never underestimate the power of The Look. No, not the sexy times one, the Dude, Seriously? one.

Forever And Ever, Amen-Randy Travis

Lots of love songs make promises, but this one seals it with an “Amen.” A promise that’s a prayer is what marriage means to me.

“Oh, baby! I’m gonna love you forever, forever and ever, Amen!

As long as old men sit n’ talk about the weather, as long as old women sit n’ talk about old men

If you wonder how long I’ll be faithful, I’ll be happy to tell you again.

I’m gonna love you forever and ever, forever and ever, Amen!”

Now that’s a promise! Forever and ever. The end. The only problem is I can’t hear this song without picturing Randy’s mug shot.


Meet In the Middle-Diamond Rio

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: marriage requires compromise. When I’m feeling like I’m at an impasse with Michael over something, I ask myself, “Do you want to spend time with him being angry or being happy?” And then I answer myself because I have lots of voices in my head.

“I’d start walking your way.
You’d start walking mine.
We’d meet in the middle
‘Neath that old Georgia pine.
We’d gain a lot of ground
‘Cause we’d both give a little.
And their ain’t no road too long
When you meet in the middle.”

If all else fails, take a long walk and get your priorities in line. Make sure you have your cell phone so you can call for a ride home when you realize you’ve crossed state lines.

Close Enough To Perfect-Alabama

Bert, this song’s for you. I mean, it’s for you to live up to. This is how you should treat my girl.

“She kisses me each morning,
And smiles her sleepy smile
And she don’t have to say it;
I can see it in her eyes.
Don’t you worry about my woman
Or what you think she ought to be,
‘Cause she’s close enough to perfect for me.

Well sometimes she gets down and starts to cry,
But then again a lady has a right.
She’s everything I ever wanted; she’s all I’ll ever need.
She’s close enough to perfect for me.”

Did you know Alabama released an album every year in the 80’s? I have no idea what that has to do with marriage, but I’m sure you can think of some way to apply it.

So, turn up the volume and dance a little Texas two-step my friends! Here’s to marriage and to A’Driane and Bert!