10 cool teachers lounge ideas from IKEA catalog 2018

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This is my first school year as PTA President and at the top of my list? Updating the teachers’ lounge. I already know what I’m in for having previously done an IKEA kids’ room makeover for the chiclet. So this time, armed with the 2018 IKEA catalog, I’m marking off my favorite ideas that would go great in a teachers’ lounge and adding to the wish list for an easy and budget-friendly makeover.

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10 cool teachers lounge ideas from IKEA catalog 2018

1. Unplug and recharge

It’s no secret that teachers rely heavily on their tech devices to run an efficient and fun classroom. Help them stay charged with this wireless charging station!
Buy: NORDMÄRKE Triple pad for wireless charging, white $69.99

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2. Somewhere to hang up their hats

It’s always nice to drop off your belongings somewhere before sitting down. Save previous counter and table space with a coat organizer.
Buy: KNIPPE Hat and coat stand $24.99

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3. A well-stocked kitchen

The simplest teachers lounge should be well-stocked with plates, cups and utensils. A basic design will make sure that your favorites are always in stock at IKEA (also, easy and affordable to replace).
Buy: VARDAGEN Plate $2.49/ea – POKAL Glasses $4.99/6pk –  ÄTBART Flatware set $19.99/20pcs

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4. Bring nature indoors

Sometimes teachers are so busy they don’t get much outdoor time. Bring nature indoors with real (and fake) plants on gorgeous simple stands. Choose a nice spot by a window for best access to sunlight.
Buy: FEJKA Plant $9.99CACTACEAE Potted plant $3.99SATSUMAS Plant stand $29.99

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5. Enough for everyone to share

Sometimes it’s nice to bring in some goodies to share with everyone. These plastic containers make that easy to by stacking easily on top and inside each other. They come in a variety of sizes – perfect whether you’re sharing a little, or a lot with the staff.
Buy: PRUTA Food container, set of 17 $5.99

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6. Community tables and enough seating for everyone

Make sure there’s enough room for everyone to sit at the lunch table with an extendable table that seats at least six. Get a few extra stools that stack easily on top of each other and make room for more as break times permit. A homey look will get everyone feeling like they’re having a lunch at home without having to do that drive home.
Buy: STORNÄS Extendable table $299MARIUS Stool $4.99

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7. Interchangeable decorations

Cute and simple makes this frame great for break rooms. Switch up the pictures with upcoming vacation spots, group photos, and notes. The hooks at the bottom of the frame holds the supply cabinet key!
Buy: MYRHEDEN Frame $14.99

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8. Open shelving for easy access

A few seconds makes a difference between enjoying a hot cup of coffee in the break room, or in the classroom. Make that easy on the teachers and staff with open shelving. Grab and go will have a whole new meaning!
Buy: EKBY JÄRPEN / EKBY VALTER Wall shelf $24.99

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9. Organized chaos

A cart like this holds everything from coffee bar extras to more plates, cups and utensils. The wheels make it so that you can move it around the break room as needed, or roll it down the halls and offer fresh coffee to all the teachers! It’s multi-purpose and looks great wherever it lands.
Buy: RÅSKOG Cart $28.99

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10. Light reading material

Sometimes teachers just have a few extra minutes to spare. Offer a selection of magazines in a no-fuss basket and give them a few minutes to get away from it all. The PTA can join in and bring in monthly magazines and puzzle books to keep it fresh.
Buy: BRANKIS Basket $9.99

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And there you have it, 10 easy and cool teachers lounge ideas that won’t break the bank and will make every break room functional too! This is a great project for the PTA to work together on because it’s something that they’ll enjoy every day. And we all know, happy teachers make for happy kids!!!

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How to make spicy Mexican hot dogs at home

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Bar-S.

One of the things I’ve loved most about our summer has been our never-ending summer backyard BBQ’s. It seems like every week we’re hosting our family for pool days followed by fun and easy barbecues. Because we usually have at least ten people over, we like to make foods that are easy to prepare, budget-friendly and, of course, touch on our cultura on some level. Last week, we created the perfect recipe for such an occasion – spicy Mexican hot dogs.

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I had my first Mexican hot dog at around age two, when I first visited my mom’s hometown of Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. There they served the most delicious hot dogs… all wrapped up in bacon and topped with beans. They were DELICIOUS!!! Of course, la familia has never been able to visit, so last weekend we decided to put a little twist on Sonoran hot dogs and make these spicy Mexican hot dogs instead. Let me just tell you, they were a huge hit with everyone!

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We put a few twists to the spicy Mexican style hot dogs by switching up a few ingredients. First, we started off with Bar-S hot dogs (#1 best selling brand in the United States!). We then got rid of the bacon and added in chorizo instead. This is what makes it spicy. The beans? We kept those, but switched them out for refried beans and used them as a spread. We kept the tomato, onion and jalapeños as toppings (though looking back, adding Mexican crema would have been a great touch too).

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We served this new recipe with some of our favorite Mexican sodas and called everyone to the table. They were SO easy to make, and a huge hit!

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Spicy Mexican Hot Dogs

Ingredients

  • Bar-S hot dogs (turkey or beef)
  • Hot dog buns
  • Cooked chorizo
  • Refried beans
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced onion
  • Diced jalapeños

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the grill. Slice each hot dog down the middle and fill with chorizo. Add to the grill.
  2. While the hot dogs are cooking, spread some refried beans on the hot dog buns.
  3. Hot dogs are done when hot dogs butterfly. Remove from grill and place in hot dog bun.
  4. Top with tomato, onion and jalapeños.

Optional: slightly drip Mexican crema over the hot dogs. If you have trouble adding the chorizo, butterly the hot dogs and grill them first. Then add chorizo after the hot dogs have been grilled.

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If you’re serving a large crowd, grill the hot dogs and place them in the buns. Your guests can then top them as they’d like with as many (or as little) toppings as they’d like.

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Of course… some of the littler guests may find that they prefer the hot dogs without any toppings… and without a bun too.

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I hope you get to make these spicy Mexican hot dogs at your next BBQ. Your familia will love them because they have that authentic Mexican flavor, and you’ll love them because they were so easy and fun to make!

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I found my new Kat Von D Lock It favorites

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Sephora inside JCPenney.

There are certain things I need as a mom of two chiclets, and one of those things is makeup that will last for the long haul (I’m talking about morning to night makeup). Kat Von D Lock It products  do just that. It takes me about 20 minutes in the morning to apply all of my makeup, and after that I don’t touch it until late at night when I wash it off. It’s the perfect go-to makeup because not only does it offer full coverage, but it also offers the convenience of not having to touch it up throughout the day. Best of all, I can pick it up at Sephora inside JCPenney!!! So while I’m picking up some back-to-school essentials for the chiclets, I can also pick up something for myself.

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Kat Von D Lock It Product Faves: Foundation, Concealer, Setting Powder

I have acne-prone skin with dark spots that beg for coverage. I found that Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation did just what I needed. Before applying the foundation, I applied the primer (two pumps) all over my face. The primer is super light-weight and I could feel my skin being hydrated as I applied the light base. It absorbed into the skin quickly, so I was able to move directly onto the foundation.

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I only used one pump of the foundation, and yes, that was enough. Using the foundation brush, I gently dotted and blended all over my face (paying extra attention to my trouble spots). I continued blending with a beauty blender sponge.

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After the foundation, I went on to my bestie… concealer. I absolutely adore Kat Von D Lock-it Créme Concealer because it goes on thick. It does a fabulous job of hiding dark circles. Once I blended that in, I followed it with something that I’ve never used before – white concealer. I had heard about being able to use white concealer as a highlighter, so that’s what I did. I do like to thin out my nose, so I applied a white stripe down the center of my nose. A little more on the forehead and on the cheeks and then I blended everything in. I couldn’t believe what a difference it made! All the white blended in perfectly.

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I finished off my makeup application with the finishing powder in translucent, using a brush. The finishing powder is by far a best buy because you don’t need to use much, so it’ll last you a long time.

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I’m so glad I had the opportunity to try out Kat Von D Lock-It products. By the look and feel of them, I can tell that they’ll become staples in my makeup box. The products do a fantastic job of going the distance by being long lasting and providing full coverage the entire day. They’re perfect for busy women who don’t want to (or forget to) reapply during the day.

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As you’re trying out these products, I would also recommend that you apply your eye makeup before your face makeup. That will eliminate the chances of any eye shadow or brow powder to set into foundation.

SHOP FULL KAT VON D LOCK-IT PRODUCT LINE: http://chtp.co/KVDLock-It.

Want to give Kat Von D products a try, but don’t quite know your shade? Visit the open and inviting Sephora inside JCPenney. They offer “Color IQ,” a free service that will match you to the perfect shade (just like Vanessa of De Su Mama did last week!). From there, just pick up your new favorite Kat Von D Lock-It Products and you’re good to go. Between JCPenney and Sephora inside JCPenney, you really have it all covered.

Cheers to me-time… and my Chardonnay Box

Earlier this week I talked about my lack of work life balance. Things haven’t changed (and if anything, there’s more work than life right now) – but things are looking up because I just partnered with a brand that is pretty much the best work life combination ever: Chardonnay Box.

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Get a Chardonnay Box using coupon code trynewchardonnay and get 10% off your first shipment of the 2 bottle option (valid through August 2017).

About Chardonnay Box

Chardonnay Box is a monthly wine club that ships 2 or 3 bottles of buttery, creamy chardonnay to customers in California, Idaho, New Mexico, Missouri and Washington DC. [Chardonnay Box’s] wine buyers travel around to tasting rooms each month to find the best creamy, buttery chardonnay for the monthly Chardonnay Box shipments. [They]  tend to work with midsize and boutique wineries who don’t distribute as widely so we introduce our customers to some great hard to find wines!

I don’t know about you… but Chars are my faves. They’re light, refreshing and they go with just about everything. Plus, I just love saying, “Char.” In 2016, Chardonnay Box’s CEO had the same thought and created this wine club for everyone who shares this flavor profile. He wanted a wine club that was specific to the wine that he knows and enjoys. Plus, he knows what he’s talking about so he includes tasting notes that are unique because they help the consumer understand what they’re drinking in an easy-to-read format.

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So how is this wine club perfect for Chardonnay lovers? Well each wine is sourced personally by the CEO, who is in the top five percent of wine experts in the world. He gathers the wines from several different wine regions and ships them right to your doorstep every first Wednesday of every month. It’s convenient, the wines are high-quality, and because the hand-selected chardonnays are personally tasted by the CEO, this curated convenience will have you looking forward to last minute barbecue invites because you’ll have a delicious bottle of wine ready to go. Or… you can be like me and keep them for yourself and those “me time” days. Every month will be a surprise as you open up your Chardonnay Box because you’ll never get the same wine twice – unless you ask for it.

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I decided that the Chardonnay Box is the perfect gift… to yourself. It’s almost like a monthly reminder to take some time for yourself and relax. For me, I tend to schedule those times for Sundays when I disconnect from social media and just hang out. Sometimes the Hubster will take the chiclets to get the car washed or out to the store to give me some truly alone time and I take full advantage by pouring myself a glass of char, flipping the TV on to watch my favorite movie (again), or I hang out and indulge in a juicy novel. By the time the chiclets and Hubster get back from wherever they’ve been, I feel better, more relaxed, and ready to include them in my lazy Sunday.

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Chardonnay Box will be celebrating its one year anniversary this October and we’re so ready to celebrate with them. Want to give Chardonnay Box a try? Use coupon code trynewchardonnay and get 10% off your first shipment of the 2 bottle option (valid through August 2017). And if you’re a Chardonnay lover too, leave a comment below so I know where all my Char lovers are at!

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes at Honda Center

We were invited to attend Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes at the Honda Center last night, and we had A BLAST!!! It was SO much fun to see all of our favorite Marvel characters on stage, doing stunts, with special effects, and a fun storyline.

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Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting this summer with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes.The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil.

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Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will be playing at Honda Center in Anaheim AND you can get up to 20% off select performances when you use code MOM20. Visit MarvelUniverseLIVE.com to get your tickets!

Earlier this week we were also invited to get a backstage first look to the show and the chiclets had a blast. They were able to try on some costume props, meet a few of the cast members and see some of their stunt moves (and they even learned a few of their own!). It was a great pre-cursor to the show.

WATCH: Marvel Universe LIVE! – Backstage First Look

About Marvel Universe LIVE!

Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardiansof the Galaxyjoin Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroeson a momentous crusade against the schemingNebula who teams upwith the conniving andloathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin.The incredible superhuman forcesof Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther,Hulkand Black Widowwill unitein clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sisterand brother against brother.

Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond. Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind.

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Get a Marvel Universe LIVE! pennant for only $6!

Ticket and Show Information

WHEN: Thursday, July 20- Sunday, July 23

  • Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 21 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 23 at 1:00 PM, & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Honda Center 

  • 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

TICKETS: 

  • Tickets start at $25 each
  • Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office
  • Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Special Discounts

Select performances offer up to a 20% discount. Simply type in the offer code MOM20 at checkout. It expires July 23, so take advantage and don’t miss out on this special offer!

For more information visit: https://www.marveluniverselive.com/

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