Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lunchware for Teachers

Happy June!! Is anyone else jumping for joy today? Here in Buffalo our schools are still in session so we are deriving motivation anything. Literally anything.

Today is part three of our lunch series: Double Dose your Lunch Break. You can check out our previous posts below…

Today we’re focusing on something we love. If you follow us on Instagram you may have an idea of what we mean. We LOVE cute lunchware. Lunch boxes, tumblers, travel coffee mugs, lunch containers. If it’s cute and has to do with food, we love it and probably own something like it. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite lunchware and included some tips that help us feel more energized during the day.

By now you’ve seen one of our favorite lunches, Uncrustables. We wanted to highlight the lunch bag in the bag. It’s a Vera Bradley, an all-around teacher favorite brand! These lunch bags are sturdy, washable, big enough to hold a family buffet, and of course, look adorable on our arm as we walk down the hallway 😊

In April we attended the Flock TPT Conference and we were able to get our hands on these adorable thermal travel mugs! Mornings can be chaotic, especially in school, and these mugs remind us of a fun weekend with some creative and talented TPT authors. We’ve found that when we use our Ninja coffee machine, we end up saving more on our weekly trips to Tim Hortons. Sure, we invest a little upfront, but that investment has proven to be delicious and beneficial!

One of our (many) New Year’s resolutions was to drink more water and we’ve found that fun, adorable, and practical water tumblers have really helped increase our water intake. The water bottle above is a favorite of ours because it includes glitter! If you can’t tell from our logo, the Double Dose ladies have an extreme love for glitter. Just not when it’s on our classroom floor! With us heading into warmer months, grab yourself a cute water bottle or tumbler to prevent dehydration, headaches, and possibly additional irritability 😊
Our last teacher lunchware is this nifty lunch container. We found this at Home Goods and have been on the hunt for more. It collapses into a super thin container but then extends into a durable meal prep container.

We love the separated compartments for the food groups we attempt to hit each day. The underside of the lid even has a detachable (and attachable) fork and the top side of the lid has a spot for dipping sauces. It’s completely microwave and dishwasher safe-hallelujah- and clearly stores easily. If you don’t have a collapsible lunch container, it’s time to roam the aisles of Home Goods and treat yourself!
Thanks for catching up with us and join us in one more week for our last installment of our lunch series!

{To stay organized in the classroom, check out these Interactive classroom resources for the busy teacher}

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Double Dose your Lunch Break: Lunch Ideas for the Anti-Pinterest Teacher

Happy Friday! This week we’re highlighting our second installment of our blogging series: Double Dose Your Lunch Break. A couple weeks ago we showed you some easy and simple ideas to meal prep your lunches. We love meal prepping but with our families, sometimes it’s just so difficult to fit this in.
That’s why today, we’re bringing you lunch ideas for the anti-Pinterest teacher! We’ve all felt the stress of having an “Instagram worthy” classroom. You know the ones that are perfectly organized, every book is placed in it’s proper bin, and the classroom dΓ©cor is out of this world.
Well it turns out, the so called “teacher life” isn’t as glamorous as those Instagram posts. And that’s completely okay! Now we may be biased, but educators have one of the most important jobs in the world. So if your bulletin board hasn’t been updated in a while or if your classroom library is a disaster, this blog post is for you. We’ve been there and if you haven’t yet, you’ll experience it at some point!
Meal prepping for the anti-Pinterest teacher is a piece of cake! Sometimes we even plan to be anti-Pinterest in regards to lunches just to ease up our evenings before school. One of our favorite easy lunches in a Smucker’s Uncrustable pb&j.
Call us 8 year olds.
These Uncrustables are so easy to throw in your lunch bag as you head out the door. A quick look at their nutrition facts shows they’re not actually too bad for you!

With 10 grams of protein and 330 calories, we don’t mind sacrificing nutrition for ease when it comes to these sandwiches. We usually keep a box in the freezer and throw one of these sandwiches in our lunch on our way out the door. Add a banana or an orange and you have yourself a halfway decent lunch!

By the time lunch rolls around, your sandwich is thawed and ready to eat!

Other anti-Pinterest lunch favorites of ours include:

-DiGiorno individual pizza
-Leftover dinner from last night
-Leftover dinner from two nights ago 😊
-Oatmeal 2 Go cups
-Yogurt and granola
-Soup cups

There are plenty of options when it comes to anti-Pinterest teacher lunches. You might even see a not-so-Instagram-worthy picture of our lunch in the future 😊 Whether you have the time to meal prep or not, never stress over having the picture perfect classroom or lunch.

In two weeks look for our blog post about making the most of your lunch break. We’ll be highlighting some of our favorite tips and tricks to quickly recharge for the afternoon in school. 

{To stay organized in the classroom, check out these Interactive classroom resources for the busy teacher}

Monday, May 8, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week!

As a new principal coming in mid-year, I have made it a goal of mine to help improve the culture and climate of the building right from the get-go….and what better way to start than to be there for the teachers, supporting them and acknowledging that they are truly the “glue” of our building!! I am so excited to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with my new staff, and do a little something extra to show them how much they are appreciated.

These ideas spread some cheer, but don’t break the bank. They are perfect if you have many staff members to accommodate and need to do something cost-effective. I suggest going to a wholesale store like Sam’s Club or BJ’s to stock up on what you need, and get the best price at the same time.

Food Trucks: Food trucks are a “thing” in our area, so we got 3 of them to come on different days during lunchtime. I didn’t pay for any of the lunches, however people were eager to take advantage and try something new on their lunch break. So much fun! J

Day 1: “I Donut What I Would Do Without You!”
To start the morning off, I delivered each classroom a box of donut holes. Everyone enjoyed a small breakfast treat to start the week off right! 

Day 2: “Just Popping by to Say Thank You”
A bag of popcorn was delivered on Tuesday! By this point, people started to catch on to the little goodies that were coming, and said they were looking forward to see what was next. Many staff members enjoyed popcorn on their lunch breaks too!

Day 3: Coupon Day!!
This may have been the favorite treat of all—and even better, it was the most cost effective! I gave coupons for each staff member to leave 30 minutes early on any day that they choose, and they can also wear jeans one day as well. They loved these little “perks”, and were so appreciative!
Day 4: Candy Recognition
I found cute tags to print out and attach to different types of candy, and the staff enjoyed picking what kind they wanted out of a basket. Check out the adorable tags here made by Crazy Little Projects and you will be sure to find something for everyone!!
Day 5: Flowers
An individual plant was a great way to end the week for everyone. It’s always nice to spread some cheer through flowers, and it really brightened everyone’s day! Look around for a local flower wholesaler, and you may be able to buy them in bulk. I said that my order was for teachers, and ended up getting a discount!

Are you interested in any of the labels that I used? Grab them here in our Teachers Pay Teachers store for 20% off today, and put together your own goodies for Teacher Appreciation Week! 

Use the hashtag #THANKYOU17 for even more savings---that includes all of our Mega Pocketbook Units as well! 

Friday, April 28, 2017

5 Quick Tips to help you get Organized Now!

We can't believe that it's already May next week, and that means we're in the home stretch to finish out the school year!! It's important to stay on top of those to-do lists now more than ever to help May and June run as smoothly as possible. Check out our favorite tips and ways to help keep you on track in the classroom and at home!

1.       Keep a planner. The Double Dose teachers cannot live without their matching planners! We write everything from meeting dates, lesson plans, and future ideas for resources, and everything in between. Pull out your flair pens and color coordinate as much as you can too!


 2.   Amp up your to-do list! I have so much going on in trying to juggle work, Teachers Pay Teachers, grad school assignments and things to do around my house…and most days I just.can’t.even. handle it all. I like to always have a visual list going, and section it off into the 4 areas of my life that I am trying to manage. It’s right next to my desk for easy access, and the dry erase board makes it easy to add or change as things come up.

  3.   Stay organized with file folders! My file folders are the perfect home accessory to tie up all the loose ends and paper clutter that I have laying around my office at both home and in school. Check out these adorable file folders from Oriental Trading---and the best part is is that they come in so many different fun patterns and colors!

    4.    Another recent obsession of ours: our Apple Watches. They are perfect for texting each other on the go, getting reminders for our upcoming appointments, finding directions, and even for sending animated emojiis (who knew it could do that?). Check out 22 new ways to use your new Apple Watch that you may not have known about!

  5. Lastly, get organized the night before for the next morning! This is something that we find very important. Mornings go so much smoother when you have spent a few minutes the night before picking out your clothes and laying them out! We also like to meal prep our lunches to make the weekdays smoother. You might remember last we wrote about teacher meal preps here. When we just do not have the energy for it--one of the Double Dose teachers swears by throwing a high protein Uncrustable sandwich in a lunch bag and calling it a day. Let's face it-sometimes getting organized the night before can seem extremely daunting after a holy grail of a Teacher Tired day! 

  We hope you have found these quick tips that you can easily implement today helpful to get you through the last few weeks of the school year! 

{To stay organized in the classroom, check out these Interactive classroom resources for the busy teacher}