2017 - Rachel Teodoro

Why I'm Sending Extra School Supplies This Year

I've been there. I remember wondering why my kid needed 36 sharpened Ticonderoga pencils {yes...a specific brand of pencils...and the most expensive ones at that!} and 24 glue sticks. I may have even complained a little. Why can one kid not use a single glue stick throughout the year? Why does my son need so many pencils? Why does my daughter need to share supplies? Can't they learn responsibility with their own things? I know I'm not the only parent who rolled their eyes when they saw the length and specificity of the school supply list they received.

I'm lucky though. I have the money to purchase school supplies for my kids and I'm thankful that even during what I felt like were my martyrdom years of purchasing all the supplies on those lists, that I did just that. I've grown in my understanding of why teachers ask for more supplies than one child needs and I'm happy to provide. Do you have any idea how long a pencil or a glue stick lasts in a classroom? Does it annoy you that the school supplies you purchased for your child are being shared? 

Several years ago when college expenses were looming I decided to look into getting a job. There was a shortage of substitutes in our area and I decided to give that a go. I always wanted to be a teacher, how hard could it be? I learned a lot during my stint in the classroom and I want to share some thoughts.

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Giving Our Kids Roots and Wings-Parenting in the College Years

It was probably easier having a few busy weeks leading up to the final departure. It was a long summer that went by in a blink. Early this morning, our oldest son packed up a car and headed back to college for his sophomore year. He adapted last year to being far from home, made some great new friends and managed to keep himself alive without the watchful eye of his parents. I spent some time this morning reflecting on his departure as the roots that connect us get thinner and thinner. Sort of how I reflected last year when I wrote this after saying goodbye to him. 

This is the same boy who wouldn't separate from me as a toddler. Nursery workers would call us to get a screaming snotty kid who would work himself up so much that he was gasping for breath. He would instantly calm down as soon as I held him and he would scream and cling to me if I even came close to the vicinity of a drop off area. 

He would sit outside of my shower door playing with trains and would circle them around as I would dry my hair. In those moments I never thought he would go upstairs without me let alone hop in a car and drive 2500 miles away.

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I kept thinking and reflecting after he drove away about the saying that goes something like this: 

 "The best thing parents can do for their children is give them roots and wings."

We've worked hard at preparing the soil and getting those roots to grow deep and strong but we also worked hard at giving him wings to fly. 

Giving our Kids Roots and Wings-Parenting in the College Years


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DIY Leather Glasses Case Plus Shopping With Kids for Glasses

Thank you JCPenney Optical for sponsoring this post. Visit your local JCPenney Optical to find your perfect frames!

I got glasses in third grade. The frames were brown and kind of leopard spotted and my mom let me pick out a decal to put on the lens. I selected a lion because, well....I'm not sure why. My eyes continued to get worse and every few years I would have to replace my glasses. Picking out the frames was so hard! I remember that much. I didn't love the selection 30+ years ago and quite honestly, when you can't really see and everything is blurry, even your reflection in the mirror, it's hard to make your best choice. In junior high I picked out what I thought was a pretty awesome pair of glasses with wire frames. What no one told me was that those frames were actually boys frames. Seriously. In junior high. Why did no one tell me? Actually, people did tell me, just too late... after I already bought them and there was no replacing them because hundreds of dollars later that's why.

So I get it. Shopping for glasses is hard.

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Wearing glasses as a kid sets you apart at a time when you really don't want to be set apart. However, not seeing isn't a better option! So picking out and making a statement with your frames is something we can help our kids roll with. There are so many great options now and I've got a great deal for you so you can find affordable frames and lenses just in time for back to school. I also have a great DIY tutorial so you and your child can protect your glasses with a fun leather case you can make together. Come check it out!



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Back To School Treats and Printables for New School Year Success PLUS Create Link Inspire Party And a Giveaway

I'm in denial that school is starting soon, but I continue to go through the motions as we prepare. I'm hoping that if I look at back-to-school treats and printables long enough that I will start getting excited for the new school year to start. Maybe you are the same way. So here's hoping we can dig our heads out of the sand and get ready for the new school year!

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How to Save Money on Back-to-School Outfits

This post was written by me on behalf of JCPenney in partnership with Activate. All opinions are 100% my own.

Back-to-school clothes shopping was always one of my favorite summer traditions when I was a kid. My mom would give us a set budget to shop and we could buy whatever we wanted. I have always been a budget shopper, so I always liked to see how far I could make my money go when shopping, even when I was in elementary school! I wanted to get the most outfits and the most new pieces that I could with the money that I had. My kids have learned through the years to do the same thing so it's fun to see what they end up selecting and how they do it. Back-to-school shopping is even more important to them now that they are older. This year my youngest is in junior high, my middle daughter will be a sophomore in high school and my oldest will be a sophomore in college. Clothes matter to them! They want the latest trends and styles and I want quality at a great value. I've got some tips on how to save money on back-to-school outfits and can't wait to share them with you.

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photo by nickl.media
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Basic Car Maintenance for Teen Drivers

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mobil 1 at Walmart. All opinions are 100% my own.

It doesn't seem like it was that long ago I was being handed the keys to my parent's car for the first time. I loved having the freedom and ability to go where ever I wanted. But there is more to driving than just having a license and a set of wheels. I know, because now I'm on the other side. Our oldest son has been driving for a few years and now my 15-year-old daughter has her learner's permit and has just completed drivers ed. If you have a child who has recently gone through driver's ed., then you also know that those hours of training officially make them the best driver ever and it instantly gives them permission to point out all of your mistakes when you are in the car together.

I remember shortly after I got my license, my tire popped. I was forever grateful that my dad had taught me how to change a tire when I was in my learning phase so that I was prepared. We are doing the same thing with our kids and making sure that they have basic car maintenance skills that will give them the knowledge that they need for a lifetime. While some tasks should be left to the pros, teens can at least know the basics so that they are aware of what to look for and be responsible car drivers.

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Lessons Learned from a Kitchen Remodel

I think that it's so important that we learn from other people. I want to hear from other people's experiences and take their advice and use what I need in many situations of my life, but I think that it can be most helpful when we tackle any kind of improvement project, self improvement or otherwise. While these lessons learned from a custom kitchen remodel may not make you into a better person, they may save your sanity and offer you some good tips to getting the best results if you are tackling a large remodeling project.

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Kitchen Remodel Makeover Reveal

There aren't many shared spaces in a home that have more time spent in them than the kitchen. As a family that eats together nearly every night and shares most meals I know how much time I personally spend in the kitchen. It's so important to have a functional space to use. When you take on a kitchen remodel you have the opportunity to create a space that fits your families needs and reflects your lifestyle. Dea and Christian Rust have spent the past few years rehabbing a historic mansion in small town Indiana {scroll to the end of the post to see more of the rooms they have transformed} and they have just completed their kitchen remodel, one of the largest projects they have tackled to date. Read on to see why they get to do it all over again, after living with it completed for only two weeks.


But before that, come check out the beautiful transformation they have made in their home. I know that yesterday, I shared a little sneak peek into the remodel and shared some of the demo.

Let's take a glimpse again and see what the kitchen looked like before. Remember this home was built before electricity had even been invented! Kitchens were functional and utilitarian spaces not created to be entertaining hubs of the home the way they have evolved.
The light and bright space is exactly what this couple was hoping for.



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Kitchen Remodel in the Fixer Upper Historic Mansion

I am beyond excited to share with you this drool worthy kitchen remodel. If you are new here, we've been following along with Dea and Christian Rust, a young couple that is rehabbing a historic mansion in my old hometown. They just tackled the kitchen and it looks amazing. We are going to be taking a look at it all week, but today, I wanted to give you some of the before pictures so you understand what you are looking at when I show you the big reveal. Dea also has some great tips and advice if you are considering a kitchen remodel in the near future.


The home was built in 1860, when kitchens and modern conveniences we appreciate today weren't something that were part of a home. In the span of more than a hundred years, this home has seen many updates. Some making more sense than others. You can't have an after without a before, so here's a little shot at how far this kitchen has come and what a beautiful space this couple has created together. Why not come see more!

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Desserts You Should Try Today PLUS Create Link Inspire Party

I am a big dessert lover. Ice cream is my weakness but my taste buds are equal supporters of chocolate too. I'm like a three year old when it comes to cake...I prefer the icing to the cake itself. This week, I rounded up dessert recipes you should try. I know I'm going to! Come check them out!
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DIY Painted Fabric Bench

I see some pretty bad looking pieces at garage sales. It's funny how some fabric can take you back to a certain time period. Pastel florals? Yep, definitely the late 80's and early 90's. It's taken some training, but I have been doing my best to try to see past the current state of a furniture piece and think about what it really could look like with a coat of paint or a nice sanding job. Usually it doesn't take more than a little TLC, and while I have been able to look at some solid wood pieces and think all they needed was a coat of paint, I haven't tried it yet with any upholstered pieces. That is...until now!


I picked up this solid floral bench for just a few bucks. My daughter had been looking for some similar benches to put at the end of her bed {a bed she made with her grandpa last summer-you can find the tutorial here}, with no luck in our budget. When I spotted this one, I thought I would give it a try.


It was so easy and I love the after! You can still see the subtle hint of the pattern through the paint, but it's not the obnoxious floral pattern that every shoulder-padded vest was made out of in the 90's. Come check out how I did it!


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Beach Activities for Kids

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, InStyle®, and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine. 
 
I was standing in line at my local grocery store prepping for a beach picnic with my family, and I smiled. I heard a mama behind me with little ones anxious to get home and another getting restless in a cart. I remember those days well. It wasn't that long ago that I was loading groceries onto a conveyor belt with a kid screaming under my arm and another begging for candy in the check-out line. I smiled because those days are a distant memory and I can look back like a warrior that survived that phase and now I get to enjoy the sweet spot that our family is in. I picked up the PEOPLE magazine I was eyeing and decided to add it to my beach shopping. I used to look longingly at the moms in their beach chairs devouring a book or a magazine and wonder when it would be my turn to enjoy the giggles of the kids playing in the water as an observer, not as a necessary participant.
Don't get me wrong, the kids aren't at the age that they want to just sit and lounge in a chair and enjoy the sound of the waves. They still need activities that will keep them busy. So, I have a few activities that are kid-tested that will give you some time to sit back and enjoy flipping through a magazine.



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Fixer Upper Season 5 Sneak Peek PLUS DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Ideas AND Create Link Inspire Party

Last week, I opened my inbox and smiled. It was a sly little smile. Sort of validating. You know why? Almost exactly a year ago {September of 2016 to be exact!}, I wrote a post called "Could This Be the Next Fixer Upper on Season 4?" I had just dropped my son off at school in Waco, Texas and was driving around the area. I had heard that Chip and Joanna Gaines had just purchased a 100 year old home known as The Bradshaw Estate. I found the address, set my GPS and stumbled upon this gem set back from a fairly busy road a few miles away from Magnolia Market and downtown Waco. 

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There was a dumpster and a trailer parked in the long driveway giving me every indication that someone was working on the home. I happened to tweet about it with one of the producers on HGTV Fixer Upper about how my guess is that this was the next home on season 4 yet to be aired. He commented back that I had an "interesting theory." 

Fast forward a nearly a year and my theory wasn't too far off. Maybe I'm more of a Fixer Upper Prophetess. 

That e-mail in my inbox? Well, it was an e-mail from Magnolia informing all of their e-mail subscribers that they have a new home for rent in the Waco area. The Bradshaw Estate is now being called Hillcrest Estate, for the street it resides on. 

The exterior got a little bit of an update, though not much of one, but what has really changed is the inside of the home. I've got some first looks with some before and after images you can see before this home airs on season 5 of HGTV Fixer Upper. 
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Stop Losing Your Stuff!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pixie. All opinions are 100% my own.

Alki is a beautiful stretch of beach with a long paved sidewalk perfect for viewing the beautiful skyline of Seattle while taking in the bay and on one sunny day a friend told me that she took a group of older kids {OK, maybe you aren't considered a kid in your 20's...whatever} to rent bikes and enjoy the afternoon. One of the out-of-town kids drove up in a car that was borrowed from a host family and several kids hopped on a double Surrey to enjoy the ride and the beautiful summer day we were having. Everyone enjoyed the day together until the girl with the borrowed car realized that she had lost the car keys. The group fanned out to search and couples walked frantically trying to retrace their steps to find the lost keys to no avail. It's one thing to lose something that is yours, but quite another to lose something of someone else's. The rest of the day's plans took a turn and the group separated once again, this time sending a few people on an hour's drive to get the spare set of keys while the others stayed back to watch the car just in case the key finder thought they won the car lottery that day! 

I tell you this story, because we've all been there. We've all misplaced something or tossed things aside frantically searching for something we knew we just had moments ago. I just read a study that said that Americans spend 2.5 days a year looking for lost items. But what if I told you you could get some of that time back? 

photo credit Wheel Fun Rentals
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DIY Potting Bench

Sometimes {OK, a lot of times!} I buy things at garage sales just because they are a good deal. I don't always know what I'm going to do with them, but the deal is too good to pass up. Sometimes something will sit around for a bit before it comes into it's own. Kind of like this DIY potting bench. I bought these two pieces during different seasons. I actually purchased the planter box last summer and it sat on the side of my house. The bench was a recent purchase from this summer at least, and after putting the two pieces together, painting them to make them cohesive and then spending some time looking at them, they finally came into their own. I think they work well together and have created the perfect DIY potting bench. Which is perfect, because I spend a lot of time out in the garden during the summer and it's nice to have a place where everything is together. Plus, it kind of looks amazing don't you think? I'm sharing how I made this DIY potting bench today and helping you think out of the box so you can make your own too.

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DIY Spray Painted Coffee Tumblers

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

I've got two things that will sum up my summer so far...iced coffee and a good book. I simply cannot get enough. Last summer, I found some double walled tumblers at my local Walmart and I am obsessed with spray painting them and adding vinyl. Not only do I love personalizing them, I love that they keep cold things cold {like my current favorite, Folgers Simply Gourmet Natural Caramel coffee} and hot things hot. Plus, you can pick up all the supplies you need to make them, including all four great flavors {chocolate, caramel, vanilla and cinnamon} of Folgers new Simply Gourmet coffee while shopping at Walmart. I get compliments all the time on my spray painted coffee tumblers and people are always amazed when I tell them that I made them. Don't miss out, I'm going to show you how you can make your own!

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The Best Summer Treats PLUS Create Link Inspire Party!

We have settled into the summer living around here. Late nights and late mornings, snuggles and reading in the hammock are some of our favorite past times. We have scheduled next to nothing and love it. I'm ignoring all the back to school items in the stores and soaking in every drop of of sunshine and time with my family that I can and I hope you are too! 

Which is why I have summer on my mind. I'm sharing some of the best summer treats that were linked up at the Create, Link, Inspire party last week and think you are going to love them as much as I do! Just look how awesome and delicious they look! Come check them out!
It's time to party!

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7 Timeless Kitchen Design Trends

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears Home Services. All opinions are 100% my own.

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It's true don't you think? We have many private rooms in our home, but few are shared and used by the whole family on a regular basis the way that the kitchen is. It doesn't matter that each of our kids has their own rooms with desks, they do their homework on the kitchen table. We eat together, cook together, play games together and enjoy each other in our kitchen. It's probably the one room of the home that I spend the most time in.



When I was 22, we bought our first house. We brought home kid number two and kid number three in that home and enjoyed our space until we were bursting at the seams. We had a lot to learn as first time home buyers, but we also made some pretty good choices too. 

One of the updates that we made was probably the smartest thing we could have done. 
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10 Wedding Gifts Couples Really Use

My husband and I just celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. I remember wandering the aisles of a few department stores, having never lived on my own, trying to think of household items we might need. We were in college, so we were having to take into consideration that the majority of our guests were poor college students. We were very practical for the most part {not registering for expensive china or entertaining pieces but sticking to things we thought we would use daily}, and while perusing the wedding registry of a few young 20 somethings recently, I was wondering what gifts would be practical gifts couples really use. You know, the kind of gifts that a couple might not have on their registry, but instead realize after they unwrapped it that this was the best gift they got. So I did what any adult does and I took to Facebook to ask my friends. Many of them have been married for decades and most remembered their favorite gifts from their wedding. I thought I would put the list together for you to use just in case you print off a registry for a wedding and start shaking your head thinking that those young whippersnappers have no clue! It may just give you a good starting point to reference if you are registering for wedding gifts for your upcoming wedding or give you ideas if you are looking for a much-appreciated gift for a young couple.

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Taking Time for You Doesn't Mean You're Doing It Wrong


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Activia Probiotic Yogurt. All opinions are 100% mine.

You're doing it wrong. Why is it that those four words play on a loop inside my head? As a kid I could hear those words spoken when I was trying to fit in and as a mom I hear them any time I second guess the decisions that I'm making. I usually feel this way when I put myself first. For years, this was really hard for me as a young mom. I put so many people’s needs before my own that I was used to pushing my needs further and further down. We've heard it said that as moms, we need to remember the mantra that is spoken on the airplane; the one that says to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others. Through the years I have learned that it's true that in order for me to truly mother well, I need to take care of myself first. It's something that I wish I had learned sooner.

It's not easy to come to that realization when we see that society doesn't cut moms a lot of slack. We are bombarded with images of the perfect mom and surrounded by reminders from our friends of their perfect families on social media. But what we are seeing is just a glimpse not reality.



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Favorite Summer Recipes Plus Create Link Inspire Party

Summer is in full swing and I am loving everything about it! The long days, the warm sun, the sleeping in! I'm also loving all the get togethers and time spent with friends. Usually because that means yummy food shared together. Which is why I put together some of my favorite summer recipes that are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Come check them out!

I tried some of the recipes from last week's link party and they have become family favorites already. I'm also sharing a few others. So come join the party!



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What's In My Beach Bag

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hyland’s Earache Drops.  The uses for Hyland’s products are based on traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

I grew up land-locked. If I wanted to go to a beach we had to drive for hours to dip our toes in the sand. Seventeen years ago, we moved to the west coast. The novelty of the beach has not worn off on me. I try to spend as much time as possible there and if the weather report mentions any temperature over 70 degrees, you better believe that I'm thinking about making a beach day out of it! I've gotten to be pretty good at packing a beach bag. I'm sharing some of my beach bag essentials today. I think I've become quite the expert after all my years of practice! You may just find some things you never thought to add to your bag before.

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Create a Reading Nook for Kids Using What You Have

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Activate.
I have read to my kids since they were young in an attempt to create life-long readers. It's getting harder and harder now that books have to compete with hand-held screens but I'm doing my best to try! Summer is the perfect time to encourage reading since study after study has shown that children who don't read over the summer decline or stagnate in their reading abilities. You don't want all that hard work during the school year to be undone during those dog days of summer now do you? So I'm sharing how I created a reading nook in my home that is encouraging my kids to pick up a good book and curl up for the afternoon. There is nothing fancy about it and I'm showing you how!
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Summer BBQ Recipes Plus Must Haves on Amazon Prime Day

You know how there are some things that we wonder how we ever lived without them before they were invented. Computers, smart phones and Amazon Prime are a few of the things on my list. Lucky for you, the next 30 hours are filled with Prime Day sales we can all take part in. What's Prime Day you ask? It's deals for those Amazon Prime members that are said to be even better than Black Friday deals. What the what?!!!

And you know what? You don't even have to leave your house!  Shop in your skivvies! 

You aren't a Prime member? No worries! You can start a free 30 day Prime trial . I tried out Prime a few times before we finally became members. You can too. Set a reminder on your phone to cancel it after 30 days and you can reevaluate. I do love the free 2 day shipping though and the videos are fun too.

I've been searching the deals and making lists of everything I have my eyes on for Prime Day this year. 



These are all things I love, own, or want to buy and everything I would recommend to a girlfriend if they asked. I even made notes on every single item. You can find my Amazon Prime Day Deals list by clicking on this link or by clicking on the image below

Not everything will be on a Prime Day deal, but I made my list and I've got my fingers crossed. The price will drop if it is, so I'll be watching! You can add the items to your own wish list too and then check the list often to see if the price drops on any of the items you are watching.

You all know how much I like to read. Well...I'm tempted by this 40% off audible subscription.
I'm kind of a fan of podcasts and spend a lot of time in my car listening, so I may like the whole book on tape thing. What do you think? Have any of you tried it?



What's tempting you today?

Phew! All that Prime Day excitement and I almost forgot to get to the party!



Each week, the party will open at 6:30 pm PST on Monday. I'll share my top picks from the party the following week.

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Emily from Life Sew Savory  - Katie from The Crafty Blog Stalker - Rachel from Rachel Teodoro - Kara from Happy Go Lucky

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We pin all our featured to the Create Link Inspire Board so make sure you are following along.



Summer BBQ Recipes

I love a good BBQ during the summer and these six great recipes stuck out to me. They were linked up last week at the Create Link Inspire party, where I get all kinds of great inspiration week after week. I'm sure you will find a recipe that you love from this list. Or maybe you will want to try them all before summer is over!

Herb Grilled Pork Lettuce Wraps from Living La Vida Holoka
Feta and Bacon Burger from Simply Darrling
Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad from Food Faith Fitness
Grilled Mexican Street Corn from Giggles Galore
Grilled Pizza Margherita from Cooking with Curls
Grilled Peaches with Honey from Cooking on the Front Burner

I've also got a recipe for an avocado bacon burger you might want to try too!

Summer also means garage sale season. If you are having a garage sale this summer, you might love these free printable signs I made just for you! You can even watch the segment I did on New Day Northwest where I talked about making the most money when you have a garage sale.

Every summer for the past few years, my teenage son has been following my tips {all outlined in my book} and has been making thousands of dollars every summer shopping garage sales. You can find those same tips in my new EBook The Ultimate Garage Sale Handbook.







Now what's stopping you? Happy shopping!

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How to Know When to Make Exterior Energy Efficient Home Improvements

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sears Home Services. All opinions are 100% my own.
I love to save money. I cut coupons, shop sales, and delay making purchases to save a few bucks. Heck, I even pick up pennies off the sidewalk because I know the value of a dollar. As Ben Franklin said "A penny saved, is a penny earned." You all probably know how much I love garage sales {I even wrote a book about it!}, I know that I can buy a treasure for just a few quarters. There are some exterior energy-efficient home improvements {roofing, siding, and windows} that you can make that will increase not only your home savings but up your comfort level too. Not to mention, some of these changes will provide you with a huge return on investment when you go to sell. That's money in your pocket! So how do you know when you need to make these investments and what should you do? I'm sharing what I know so that you can make the best decision for you and your family.
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FREE Garage Sale Printables

It's my favorite season of all. Nope, not football or hunting season, but garage sale season. The garage sales are in full swing every weekend in my neighborhood and as they say one man's trash is another mans' treasure and I'm going treasure hunting nearly every weekend! I have been shopping garage sales for more than 30 years and it's one of my favorite things about summer. Summer is also a great time to host your own sale and get rid of those things in your home you no longer need. 

Today, I'm actually sharing my tips on how to have a successful garage sale on New Day Northwest in Seattle. If you found me because you watched the show, welcome! You can find me on social media too @msrachelteodoro.


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Avocado Bacon Burger

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUBBA Burger for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Summer is here and there is no other food that I can think of that screams backyard BBQ like a good juicy burger. Whether you are a vegetarian, a vegan or a meat lover, I've got the perfect recipe for a burger you are going to come back to time and time again this summer and it's got a secret ingredient. You won't believe it when I tell you, but I promise you, it's going to take your summer grilling to a whole new level! 




My kids loved playing with building blocks when they were younger. They would stack the blocks as high as they could and see who could make the tallest tower. My engineer husband used to tell them, the foundation matters. You need to have a strong foundation to hold everything in place.


I have got to say, that advice is good for so many different areas of my life, but would you believe that it pertains to food too?


We eat a lot of hamburgers at our house because it's a meal every single person in our family likes. Moms, you get me right? It's good to have some meals in your back pocket that you know you can get through without complaining.


Well...after serving these burgers the other night to my family, they all declared that they were the best burger they had ever had. Hands down.


Want to know the secret? The foundation. 

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Free Summer Printables that Will Inspire you to Create Plus Create Link Inspire Party

Welcome to another week of the create, link, inspire link party. I hope you find inspiration here every week and that you check back often for ideas. I'm always impressed with what gets linked up and I always add a handful of crafts, DIY's and recipes to my to do list.  

This week I'm sharing some of the projects that stuck out to me that were fun projects I would want to make this week. Sometimes we need those projects that inspire us right now to create don't you think?


It's time to party!


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Pineapple Banana Smoothie

My kids love smoothies. I love that I can get all kinds of fruits into them in a yummy tasting drink and they seem none the wiser. Smoothies are perfect anytime. They are a great refreshing drink when the weather starts getting warmer or a healthy side or breakfast. This is an easy smoothie to make and you can feel good about serving it to your family. 
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