HelloFresh – The Good, The Bad, The Tasty

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Each year, my husband and his dad take a mancation to Colorado.  My husband is a picky eater, and even though I love him dearly, I love when he goes on this trip because I get to try new recipes.  Leading up to this trip, I saw 123986 advertisements for HelloFresh.  So, during the Mancation of 2016, I ordered my first HelloFresh box!  Here’s the good, the bad, and the tasty!  Read more

A Busy Mom’s Honest Take On HelloFresh

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As I mentioned in my last article, cooking fresh and wholesome meals has not come easy during this pregnancy. Besides feeling exhausted and unmotivated, my cravings have been stranger and more sporadic than ever.

However, when my Facebook began blowing up with promotions for subscription meal plans, I became intrigued… by paying the subscription cost and having food actually delivered to me (versus having to get out and grocery shop with a busy toddler), would I be more motivated to cook?

Ready for the answer? Read on as I discuss my family’s experience with HelloFresh and whether or not I would recommend it to other families.

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Protect Yourself From Scams

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Scene #1: You pick up the ringing phone, answering an unfamiliar number. The caller explains you are going to be issued a grant of $3,000 but you have to verify your bank information first.

Scene #2: The unknown number brings a formal but pushy voice proclaiming you owe $550 to the government and asking for your credit card or bank information, while threatening a slew of horrible events, should you fail to comply.

Scene #3: A suspicious e-mail makes it’s way to your inbox, claiming to be updating you on a suspicious charge to your bank account, and requesting you to click the enclosed link.

Are these scams? Probably so. Thanks to technology, sending and receiving information has become incredibly easy. Unfortunately, that means you need to be consciously protecting yourself from scams. It is not exceedingly difficult to keep yourself safe. Read on for some basic tips concerning your phone and your e-mail.

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Domestic Violence: Technology is Helping and Hurting

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Recently, my community was rocked by a horrible incident of domestic violence.  One of my students went home to find that her step-father shot and killed her mother, and then he shot and killed himself. The news was and is absolutely catastrophic. The local news interviewed neighbors, and they spoke of well-known discord in the family.

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Technology is Bad for Note Taking!

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I’m not sure where I was last April when this NPR article aired, but I know that I was in the kitchen last week when I saw it pop up on a friend’s Facebook page. I saw the comment from my friend’s page, first: “Taking notes with technology doesn’t work!” I rolled my eyes and then looked at the article’s title, “Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away.” Last, I saw that it was produced by NPR.

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The Homework Debate – One Teacher’s Opinion

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The homework debate is a tale as old as time.  If you have been on social media lately, you have likely seen a note penned by a second grade teacher in Texas that has restarted the homework debate.  As a high school teacher, I am a little torn on the topic, but thought I would share a little bit of educational theory and opinion as it relates to the homework debate.  

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For The Love Of Your E-reader: Where To Find The Deals On E-books

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I don’t know about you, but I read on my Kindle e-reader almost every day, and there is nothing I love more than a good deal from Amazon on an e-book! With books being so darn expensive, even in e-book form, finding a deal is essential to fill my obsession of reading. If I ever win the lottery, I’m going to buy every single Terry Pratchett and Philipa Gregory book ever published. (I know, 2 completely different genres. What can I say, I love fantasy and historical fiction equally) But until then, I have a few go to websites that tell me which books are free or hugely discounted for the day.

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The Time I Tried My Hand at Viral Video Recipes

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If you have been on Facebook anytime in the last year, you probably noticed your newsfeed flooded with videos of delicious and simple looking meals, desserts, and drinks… If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here is an example:

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Back to School Tech: What You Need & What You Can Skip

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With school starting up again it is the perfect time to assess your student’s technology use. Modern conveniences have been creeping into our daily lives for over a century now. Often we do not take the time to stop and consider new options, we just jump on board and follow the crowd. And more often than not, that is totally fine. For example, why would you live without a refrigerator, or an oven? Maybe you could make an argument to skip the microwave, but you would be hard-pressed to make it believable with so many people using them with no ill effects for so long. With this same mindset, we have embraced computers, televisions, and cell phones. And these can be tremendous assets to our life and work. But I want to encourage you to make sure they are working FOR you — or more specifically, as my focus here, they are working for your children. My motto, don’t be a slave to technology; turn your own brain on first.

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Flipped Learning

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Confession: I have a hard time controlling my eyes. They roll when I am bored, angry, tired, and sometimes even when I am happy. All those memes about controlling your face? They are directed my way. My most recent eye roll of exasperation occurred last week at my sixth-grade daughter’s Back to School Night. Her math teacher said, “We are a flipped classroom.”

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