Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper

At work the other day, I was talking to my old manager who was struggling to think of great gifts for his grown up daughter who loves the outdoors. I’m dedicating this post to him. As someone who is not super outdoorsy, I struggled to think of any ideas on the spot but know a lot of people, especially as people shift away from everything technological and crave a closer relationship to nature, would be interested in. Creating this list almost makes me want to go camping! Almost…

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper list

Leave a comment for anything this newbie camper left off the list. What are some of your favorite tools when enjoying the great outdoors? Good luck shopping! For those last minute shoppers, I included the direct affiliate link to purchase each of these items on Amazon Prime for next day delivery. Until Amazon works out their drone situation, Prime is still the next best shipping option.

Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill

  • From Coleman, 36-inch collapsible propane grill for use at home or on the road
  • With 285 square inches cooking space, grill features porcelain-coated cast-iron grates for durability and cleaning ease
  • Meats cook over 2 10,000 BTU straight burners; requires separate purchase of a 16.4-ounce disposable propane cylinder
  • Additional features include towing handle, wheels, and detachable side tables; assembly required
  • The collapsed grill measures 36 by 22 by 13 inches with a shipping weight of 60 pounds; limited 5-year warranty

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Camelbak Classic 70 oz Hydration Pack

  • Nylon
  • Essentials pocket big enough for multitool or wallet
  • Stash pocket
  • Reflectivity accents for safety
  • Elastic cord system holds shed layers
  • Hydration Capacity: 70 ounces or 2 liters


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Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

  • Double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours
  • Premium grade 18/8 Stainless Steel BPA free Sports Bottle
  • High quality colorful powder-coated matte finish exterior that never sweats
  • A great way to give back Hydro Flask donates 5% back to a charity of your choice
  • The Lifetime Warranty makes Hydro Flasks the best water bottles

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Better Houseware Collapsible Tea Kettle

  • Silicone and stainless steel
  • 5-cup, 40-ounce capacity
  • For use on gas and electric stove tops
  • Collapses for storage
  • Expands for use/collapses for storage

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Gerber 30-000419 Steady Tripod Multi-Tool

  • Twelve components
  • Tripod functionally with camera and cell phone mount
  • Fine and serrated blade
  • Stand for your iPhone!
  • Micro flat. Square cross and medium flat screwdrivers
  • Bottle opener, needle nose pliers and wire cutters

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Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

  • The Sawyer Mini is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
  • High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand, weighs 2 ounces and filters up to 100,000 gallons (30 times more than comparable filters)
  • Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
  • Removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa
  • Sawyer’s certified 0.1 micron absolute filter removes bacteria and protozoa at a higher rate than accepted EPA guidelines

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AeroBed PakMat with Hand Pump

  • Hand pump included no batteries needed
  • 100-Percent phthalate-free, and puncture-resistant
  • Channel construction to keep you off the ground
  • Bed stores inside pump for compact storage
  • Measures 78-inch by 26-inch by 5-inch high when inflated

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Nite Ize Buglit LED Task Light

  • Available with a high visibility White LED
  • Fully bendable legs can be bent wrapped or twisted allowing the BugLit to sit stand stay or shine wherever you need it.
  • Gear Tie Technology – Tough rubber shell provides excellent grip anywhere but won’t scratch or mark
  • Be seen be safe
  • Innovation and fun all in one

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To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set in Avocado

Beautiful Bamboo Fork, Knife, Spoon and Chopstick Set Included Avocado Carrying Case Carrying Case

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Pass the Pigs

At the end of a long day hiking you might want to relax around the fireplace and play a game of “Pass the Pigs”!

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Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Light

  • Magnetic closure allows you to clip the Mini Hozuki anywhere or hang it from any stainless steel surface or hook to mini Hozuki lights together
  • Choose from 3 bright settings (low, medium, or high) so you can illuminate your whole campsite or just your tent
  • Runs on 3 AAA batteries (included) provides up to 70 hrs of operation on low and 40 hrs on high
  • Silicone rubber lantern shade diffuses light and withstands regular use while camping and traveling


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Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock

  • Breathable woven nylon microfiber for superior strength and wear resistance
  • High-quality aluminum wire gate carabineers and strength-tested nautical-grade line
  • Stuffs into attached compression sack, about the size of a softball

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Helinox Chair One Camp Chair

Featuring the same aluminum pole technology used by DAC in their Helinox trekking poles and tent poles, this camp chair is light, strong and comfortable.

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FREE Back to School Printables

For all of those crafty parents that love to go all out on back to school parties, breakfast messages, and other sweet surprises to hype up the new school year, this is the post for you! Here are back to school printables that I have found that are adorbs and FREE! Don’t spend time searching, while you could be spending extra time with your child (or cutting out these printables once they go to sleep with a nice glass of vino…)  Dedicated to my friends Kara and Casey who always go over the top  and give me something to craft towards! <3

For each printable, the hyperlink has the site name (with a direct link to the specific post…) and you can click on images for direct link to download.

Adorable signs for the first day of preschool through the first day of your life! Link to each year at the bottom of their post.

FREE Back to School Printables - first day of school printables from preschool through high school!
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Nice long PDF of fantastic printables! Book tags, labels, notes, circle punches galore!

FREE back to school printables - labels, notes, numbers, signs, circles
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And more

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And the banner

FREE back to school printables - Back to School printable banner
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FREE back to school printables - days of the week labels for clothes organization
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FREE back to school printables - morning routine and getting ready printable signs for girls
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FREE back to school printables - morning routine and getting ready printable signs for boys
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Click on the link for a full size image of each grade.

FREE back to school printables - first day of school printable sign for each grade
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TONS of printables!

FREE back to school printables - free printables include binder cover, grade for pictures, all about me card to fill out, calendar
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FREE back to school printables - labels for school lunches and notes

Lots of cute “This Belongs to:” tags.

FREE back to school printables - free book labels this belongs to me

Download a nice zip file of these super cute letters!

FREE back to school printables - zipfile of printable letters

Lots of cute backpack labels and monograms.

FREE back to school printables - free printable backpack labels

FREE back to school printables - apples, letters, and #1 teacher printables

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Download adorable back to school chalkboard banner!

FREE Back to School Printables - free printable chalkboard back to school banner

Adorable water bottle labels!

FREE Back to School Printables - free printable water bottle labels

FREE Back to School Printables - envelope labels

FREE Back to School Printables - envelope labels

FREE Back to School Printables - how i'm feeling and conversation starter templates

FREE Back to School Printables - fill out information at the start of school year

2011 Back to School Coupons

Looking for some back to school coupons? Below are almost 50 coupons at various clothing and office retailers to help meeting all your back to school clothing needs while staying within your budget!! Let me know if you’d like to see coupons from particular stores in the future, this is a list of stores that I found currently offering discounts.

*Click on the store image to be taken directly to the offer page or coupon.

Notice that some coupons expire soon and some don’t expire until the end of the year! 😀

Retailer Discount Coupon Code Expiration
15% off + Free shipping on $50 SCHOOL 08/08/11
$20 Off $80 purchase 20SCHOOL 08/07/11
$10 off $50 | $15 off $75 | $20 off $100 Purchases KIDSBTSPrintable Coupon 08/06/11
$10 off coupons Printable Coupon 09/25/11
$10 off $50 Kids School Uniform Purchase 12DOCKERS10Printable Coupon 09/17/11
Free Amazon Prime for college students for one year Online Offer
25% off Your Entire Purchase 10071 08/07/11
Free Shipping on Any Order (No Minimum) FREESHIP711 08/08/11
20% off purchase 29756561 08/07/11
15% Off Any Order 79361031 09/01/11
20% off purchase 39456721
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30% Off Any Order FRIENDSFB 08/07/11
30% Off Any Order FRIENDSFB 08/07/11
20% Off Entire Order AUGUST20 08/31/11
20% off $100, 25% off $150, 30% off $200 BRNEW 08/07/11
15% off entire purchase ENTXB24 12/31/11
40% off entire purchase AUGFLASH11 08/09/11
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$15 off $30, $30 off $100, $60 off $200 or $90 off $300 1605 08/07/11
25% Off Entire Purchase (Regular Priced Items) 124864343Printable Coupon 08/25/11
15% off $89 LKS1TCB3 10/29/11
$10 off $60 EXTRA60 10/15/11
30% off entire purchase 30OFF 08/07/11
25% Off Your Entire Purchase 30180 08/06/11
20% off $60+ HTA20AUG 09/02/11
10% off purchase DBGAFF10 01/26/12
20% off entire purchase CCAUG62 08/09/11
Various Michaels coupons Printable 09/30/11
$25 off $75+ purchase 1290 10/31/11
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$25 off Your Purchase of $100 or more SASV815 09/05/11
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Stores Offering Crafts and Activities for Kids this Summer | 2010

There are tons of FREE and discounted things for your kids to do this summer! Take advantage and don’t pay retail! 🙂 This blog post consists of all the fun activities we do during the week and on the weekends! Most of the programs we participated in last year. Also make sure to check out my blog post about 2010 Summer Reading Programs for Kids (to learn how to get free books, t-shirts, and gift certificates to reward your children for reading over the summer!) Some of the activities were mentioned in my blog post, 6 Kid Activities for the 6th Day of the Week!

Bass Pro Shop

I hope you have one nearby, they offer great activities over the summer (and throughout the year!) They will be offering FREE/Fun activities and make your own crafts! EVERYTHING is FREE! Activities include crafts, shooting galleries, casting ponds, family workshops, making s’mores, photo opportunities (FUN!!), shooting range, merit badge workshops, and more!

Bass Pro Shop Family Summer Camp Activities and Crafts

When: June 5 – July 11

Time/Day of the Week(s): Tues/Thur (at noon) OR Sat/Sun (at noon) { Schedule }

Cost: FREE

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics

Make sure you check out my recent blog post about these quality activities that occur every other week! Your child will enjoy getting the free Lowe’s apron, goggles, and hammering away at the wood craft of the week!

Lowe's Wood Craft

When: Indefinitely, not just for the summer!

Time/Day of the Week(s): Every other Saturday, next event is 6/12/2010, after that is 6/26/2010 – starts at 10am and supplies go FAST! { Schedule }

Cost: FREE!!

Home Depot’s Kids Workshops

Another fun, FREE activity, Home Depot activities are very similar to Lowe’s. Really quality crafts! Have made a wooden airplane, treasure box, pirate ship, and more!

Home Depot Wood-working craft

When: Indefinitely, not just a summer thing!

Time/Day of the Week(s): First Saturday of EVERY month, starts at 9am – get there EARLY! { Schedule }

Cost: FREE!!

Lakeshore Learning Store

Another really quality craft activity, this one is fun and can kill a couple hours! After making the craft, walk around the store and play with all the displays set out on Saturday for kids to experiment with. A fully stocked kitchen, put on a puppet show, go fish, and much more!

Also, on special holidays they sometimes offer multiple crafts! Great gifts for grandparents! They also encourage parents to participate if you’re feeling particularly crafty.

Lakeshore Learning Store crafts and activities for kids

When: Indefinitely, not just summer!

Time/Day of the Week(s): Every Saturday from 11-3pm…try to not just show up at 2:45pm when they’re trying to clean up. The San Antonio location brings out supplies as long as there are kids which I’ve always appreciated. { Schedule }

Cost: FREE!!

Target Arts + Cultures

Target is supporting the Arts by offering over 2,200 FREE and reduced-price events sponsored by Target! Click on the link to find events near you!

Pottery Barn Kids Book Club

When: Indefinitely, not just for the summer

Time/Day of the Week(s): Tuesdays at 11am-1130am { Schedule }

Cost: FREE, after 5 visits get a FREE gift!

First Annual Lemonade Day in San Antonio, TX

Last summer, while visiting my sister in Houston, I vividly remember reading a front-page story that made me so excited!  It was about Lemonade Day, sponsored by (P4L), a program the entire city of Houston supports that encourages kids to become young entrepreneurs, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, by teaching the fundamentals of business and financial planning.

Lemonade Day is a citywide program designed to teach children how to start, own and operate their own lemonade business.2010 lemonade day san antonio prepared 4 life organization

My daughter, imaginative and resourceful, has always wanted her own lemonade stand.  This program not only gives kids (many from high-risk neighborhoods) the opportunity to have a stand of their own, but empowers them with important planning information to maximize their potential for success.

It provides an opportunity for families, businesses, faith-based community organizations and schools to come together for a common purpose – to train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a free, fun, engaging, experiential activity.

Prepared 4 Life Lemonade Day San Antonio, TX

When:  May 2, 2010 | First Sunday in May

Background Information

Originally started in Houston by Michael Holthouse (the founder of P4L) a master entrepreneur himself.  After creating a company that surpassed the $100 million mark, 6 years after starting it from scratch (Paranet),  Holthouse created:

He created the Holthouse Foundation for Kids to help at-risk children acquire the skills and habits they need to become successful adults…He and his wife, Lisa, later founded Prepared 4 Life, a non-profit organization that started by offering after-school programs for at-risk middle-school children in Houston.

He got the idea from his daughter who woke up early in the morning, excited to start her own lemonade stand.  Together they put together a business plan taking into consideration marketing, location, and paying back her investors and from the ashes Lemonade Day was born:

The ideas was to give kids an engaging workbook that would guide them through the process of setting up a stand.  An adult member would help walk each child through the process, but would be asked to leave most of the problem-solving to the kids…It would teach young kids the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurial startups: setting goals, planning for success, securing a loan, choosing locations, procuring supplies, making their product, and turning a profit.

San Antonio TX Lemonade Day's Backpack Pickup Locations
Every Lemonade Day participant picks up a bag at a local station that includes a workbook for the kids and another one for the parents.

Although the kids are allowed to keep all of their profits, their encouraged to not only pay back their investors, they also are encouraged to donate a portion of their profits to a charity of their choice.

Exponential Success Over the Past 3 Years

Lemonade Day 2007
Lemonade Day 2007 - 2600 Participants
Lemonade Day 2008
Lemonade Day 2008 - 11,232 Participants
Lemonade Day 2009
Lemonade Day 2009 - 27,389 Participants

Lemonade Day San Antonio

Check out San Antonio’s local website:

Contact information (local & national):

*I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sara from the CE group who is San Antonio’s project manager for this HUGE undertaking!  By using the link above you can also contact her for more information on sponsoring, volunteering, etc.

**Local Restaurants – our volunteers will need refreshments!  Join the movement by donating meals/snacks for volunteers, your location could become a Lemonade Day backpack pickup location!

Sign Up Here!

I’ll be updating with more information as I get it as well!

– 2010 Lemonade Day | Informational Video –

– 3rd Annual Lemonade Day | Houston, TX –

Listen to why all the kids LOVED Lemonade Day in Houston, TX last year!

I Love Lemonade Day from Geekette Bits on Vimeo.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie | Laura Numeroff

I got home from work and needed to relax so I decided to see what my tweeps were talking about on Twitter. I was going through the tweets when I saw one from @JoshGroban asking:

If I’m not familiar with the series, should I begin with If You Give A Mouse A Cookie or If You Give A Moose A Muffin?

And so of course, anyone familiar with Laura Numeroff‘s beloved books, illustrated by Felicia Bond, which started in 1985, would know that you have to start with “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. So I tweeted back to @JoshGroban (just to let him know, along with his many other followers) and decided to write a blog post about what a great children’s book series it is…

If You Give a… Book Series

After deciding to write about it, I realized that it would be great to include information about the author so I googled “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and found a link to the publishers website for each book at Harper Collins (link to If You Give… series).  Of course I knew that I couldn’t write a blog post without looking at each of the following books:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Includes a link to an audio excerpt, the critic’s corner, and a link to the books’ official website:

Help Pig find her way to a pile of pancakes with this printable activity…when you’re done with that, help Pig look for hidden words with this activity.

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

This cool Cat comes with a complete activity kit filled with many different printables, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake stickers, and a coloring sheet.

More information from the publisher about If You Give a Pig a Party

And if you decide to throw a pig a party, you might want to have printable activities to pass out to your guests:

  • Pick the Correct Pig sheet
  • Pig Party Event Kit filled with activities and suggestions.

More information from the publisher about If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

More information from the publisher about If You Take a Mouse to School

Online Games

Once I made sure I had read all of the books, I wanted to see the If You Give… books official website.

You can play a matching game that starts off more easily with Mouse’s Little Matching Game but you can work yourself up to a bigger challenge with Pig or Moose.

After matching, you can play more education games, Mouse’s Counting Game, Pig’s Letter Game, and Moose’s Shape Game.

If you’re like me and the Cat with the Cupcake rocks your world the most, you might want to play the If You Give a Cat a Cupcake Game in order to win a very special recipe!

Teacher Resources

And if your getting you child ready for school, you’re going to want to check out this interview with the author and book activity which is not only fun but a great way to get your kids excited about school.

And if you want to get your child excited for school, you might want to help their teacher discover these incredible fun resources like this classroom activity guide for teachers which includes fun lesson plans for many different school subjects. And if you’re already doing a lesson plan on the books, you might want specific worksheets like this specifically for If You Give a Cat a Cupcake book.

And if you have already spent all of this time writing a blog post, you’re going to want to see what’s been happening on Twitter. And if you check your tweeps’ tweets, you might get the idea for another blog post.

Fun, Educational Resources for 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

If you’re looking for game schedules, freebies, athletes that tweet, and other details about this year’s Winter Games, check out my other blog post, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  As I was writing that post I ran into incredible education resources and fun stuff for kids…I wanted to keep it separate and figure out which was worth investigating.

This post is dedicated to the educational opportunities for teachers and kids being offered online!  I have found links to online games, printable worksheets and coloring pages, and also information that I definitely didn’t expect to find preschool aged children through the 12th grade!  Emotionally connect your family and students to the 21st Winter Olympics with these resources!

Meeting the 2010 Olympic Mascots

2010 Olympic Mascots
From left to right, meet snowboarding Miga, Quatchi who loves playing hockey, and Sumi.

***Find out when you can meet them LIVE!


Meaning Behind Choice

Quatchi the SasquatchQuatchi the Sasquatch The sea bear is inspired by the legends of the Pacific Northwest First Nations, tales of orca whales that transform into bears when they arrive on land.The Kermode bear is a rare white or cream-coloured sub-species of the black bear that is unique to the central West Coast of British Columbia.
Sumi the Animal SpiritSumi the Animal Spirit Transformation is a common theme in the art and legend of West Coast First Nations. Transformation represents the connection and kinship between the human, animal and spirit world.The bear often represents strength and friendship. And the thunderbird — which creates thunder by flapping its wings — is one of the most powerful of the supernatural creatures.
Miga the Young Sea BearMiga the young sea bear The sasquatch is a popular figure in local native legends of the Pacific West Coast.The sasquatch reminds us of the mystery and wonder that exist in the natural world, igniting our imagination about the possibility of undiscovered creatures in the great Canadian wilderness.

Online 2010 Olympic Games & Activities for Kids



Miga Moves Mascot Rockband, match the letters V/B/N/M in time to falling starfish!Difficulty:  MediumThis one takes some keyboard coordination…older kids (and adults) will really enjoy!
Soaring SumiVancouver winter Olympic online games: Soaring Sumi Keep Sumi flying across Canada by hitting the spacebar to move up!  Fly up or down to avoid obstacles and hit health points!Difficulty:  EasyEasier than most games, simple hit spacebar without worrying about other keys/mouse.
Shootout ShutoutVancouver winter Olympic online games: shootout shutout Face off against Miga and Sumi in some fast-paced one-on-one hockey!Difficulty:  HardThis game takes the MOST coordination, not only do you have to use LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to move back and forth as the goalie, you also have to use the 1-3 number keys that correspond with colored pucks.  Definitely for older kids.
Operation RecycleVancouver winter Olympic online games: operation recycle Help Miga, Quatchi, and Sumi with their neighborhood recycling program!Difficulty:  Easy/MediumAlthough it does not require a lot of coordination it does require some thought.  Complete rounds by successfully finishing 5 levels.  Includes a little physics, test your trajectory skills by holding the mouse button down and dragging to aim towards target!

*My 6 year old daugher enjoyed this game the most!

Which Mascot Are You LikeVancouver winter Olympic online games: which mascot are you like Take this quiz to see which mascot you’re most like…your child’s first personality test…next stop Meyer-Briggs! 🙂

Other Fun Activities:

Send E-cardssend 2010 winter olympics ecards Select 1 of 4 mascot scenes, decorate VERY easily, add verbage, and send to family and friends!
Crafts and Color Printables2010 winter olympics crafts and color printables Download and print craft activities (make 3-d mascots!!) and get printable coloring sheets
Download Desktops & Wallpapersdownload 2010 winter olympics desktops and wallpapers Download (for Windows only…) an interactive desktop to decorate with stickers, information about the ceremony, add an Olympics countdown, and much more…Download static Wallpapers for those that desires less interactivity.  🙂

Paralympic Games

Sumi is officially the mascot of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Game…check out this printable passport activity book to track his and your journeys!  After printing out those, print out this printable coloring sheet to color your own Sumi!

Featured Programs

Check out these fun facts about the Paralympic Winter Games (pdf).  Although Paralympic School Week in School has already passed officially (November 2-6, 2009) you can still support the Paralympic Games any time.  Resources for educators found on the official games website here.  Here’s the link to the “Guide for Educators” to celebrating in your skills with informative details, activities, and other helpful stuff.

Educational Resources

The Canadian Olympic School program seeks to inspire young students through Olympian stories, activities, projects, activities and more and offers:

  • Teacher Resources for educators with printable PDFs, videos, pictures, and more!
  • Student Lounge geared towards school aged kids
  • Playground for Younger Kids means you don’t have to be in school to catch the spirit with additional games, puzzles, and contests.
  • Library section to answer all your kids’ questions

School-Aged Kids: Additionally there are these printable Olympic Games Project Packs pdf.  Includes additional resources for teachers or your kids:

Passing the Torch Activities:



Math & Science Grades 4-7Discover the math and science behind the Olympic Torch and the Olympic Torch Relay Route.
Social Studies Grades K-3, 4-7, and 8-10Learn more about your community and Canadian heritage through Olympic Torch Relay themed lesson plans.
Language Arts Grades 1-7 and 8-10Explore how the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will bring Canadians together in the spirit of peace, unity and friendship.
Physical Activity Grades 1-7 and 8-10Get your students active in the spirit of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

Make Your Own Peace

This is a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about practicing peaceful behaviors and making peace in their home and communities.  Starting on February 4, 2010, check out “Sharing the Dream” webcasts inspired by the Olympic Truce and led by children.

DoW: Best Deals of the Week

***Educators – Check out my post on how teaching professionals (current and retired) can save during Borders Educator Appreciation Week (Sept. 29 – Oct. 7)!!

Check out these deals of the week!  Something for everyone – teachers, coaches, kids, food, everything!

Almost 20 coupons this week, in alphabetical order:

Banana Republic: 20% OFF + Free shipping on orders of $75 or more – Coupon code: BRSAVE20

Barnes & Noble: Get $5 gift card and $10 gift card from Barnes & Noble – Reply must be postmarked no later than 10/7/09.

Bath & Body Works: 10% off Entire purchase – Coupon code: 1032

bebe: Take 15% OFF $100 exp. 10/4.

Boston Market: Two FREE Kid’s Meals at w/ family meal purchase.

Build-A-Bear Workshop: $5 off $10 or more purchase – Coupon code: 94425, Exp: 09/28/09.

Champs: Take $5 off $25, $10 off $50, or $15 off $75 – Coupon code: CPCH9SYA, CPCH9SYC, CPCH9SYE respectively. Exp: 10/31/09!

dELiAs: – $10 off $25 – Coupon code: DXJ, Exp: 11/30/09.

Dicks Sporting Goods: Are you a coach coupons $10 off $25-or 20% off any 6 or more identical items, exp. 1/31/2010.

Einstein Bros Bagels: 25% Off exp. 9/29.

Home Depot: – $10 Off a $100 – Coupon code: SAVECJU29, Exp: 09/30/09.

Kate Spade: Sale Up to 75% Off + Extra 25% Off Handbags + Free Shipping – Coupon code: GLAMBAG, Exp: 10/18/09.

KIRKLAND’S: 20% off Single item 9/09-10/14.

Oriental Trading Company: 20% Off Any Item – Coupon code: HE1052223, Exp: 10/15/09.

The Children’s Place: Fall Sale, Take an Additional 25% OFF + Stack with 15% OFF – Coupon code: V4989, Exp: 09/26/09.

The Limited: Take $20 OFF $60 or $30 OFF $100 – Coupon code: 830, Exp: 10/04/09.

Toys R US: Over $370 in Savings w/Coupons at Toys R Us – savings start 5pm – 9pm at your local store and valid on Sept 23rd only.

WoW: Borders crossing Educational Borders

NOTE:  Educator Appreciation Week

Twice a year, teaching and retired educators and instructors will get 30% off including everything (even the Seattle’s Best Coffee!) for professional OR personal use.

    9/29/2009 thru 10/7/2009 – Tell a teacher and make a difference in their classroom!  During this time, 10/10 at 6pm at Borders locations will be a Where the Wild Things Are rumpus!  Come for activities, crafts, and other giveaways, this Friday!

Website of the Week (WoW): BORDERS Teaching Zone

Quick Bit: I was very impressed with Borders Book Store’s thoughtful, one stop shop for back to school teachers (preschool through high school, librarians, and homeschool educators.) Check out their list of why to join
with information about fundraising for your school, getting required reading lists out there, to events your students can enjoy throughout the year.

They also offer different media teaching resources online with suggested books, online videos from other educators. I’ll do a longer post high lighting other awesome offers from Borders online…I really wanted to spread the word on opportunities that educators may not have known about. Please let your child’s teacher know about this incredible savings opportunity.


  • 25% off Classroom Discount Card – save 25% off list prices of books and CDs, 10% off
    DVDs, sign up, in-store with proof of teacher card, not just once but EVERY purchase!
  • Educator Appreciation Week
    – twice a year, teaching and retired educators and instructors will get 30% off including everything (even the Seattle’s Best Coffee!) for professional OR personal use.
  • FREE E-cards
    – send one to a fellow co-worker or a teacher that’s made a difference in your life! Parents, sit down with your children and send one to your child’s teacher…start the school year off right! No gift could be more meaningful or encouraging!
  • 20% off Toy Coupon
    – look at age appropriate gift and classroom toys, use their coupon!
  • Used Textbooks
    – search through Borders Used Books catalog to save up to 90%!




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Gimmie a N-I-S-D…

Northside school district (NISD) offers Adult and Community a diverse range of classes including the following categories:

  • Profit & IT – computers, business solutions, minding money
  • The Arts – dance, fine arts, jewelry making, make-it-yourself, music, languages
  • Mind & Body – Body/Mind/Health, defensive driving, leisure, personal growth, study skills, etc.
  • Fun & Play – kid summer camps, animals, clowning, D-I-Y, home/garden, sports, travel, etc.
  • Online Computers – basics, networking, programming, web design, etc.
  • Online Mind-Body – accounting, cert preps,
  • Online Personal Interest – everything under the sun…

I have enjoyed taking several different classes through NISD including a sushi class, advanced French class, a first-time homebuyers  session, and a financial planning class for women.  Although my daughter will be out of town during the week they’re offering this awesome class  – Robotics using Legos – I contacted the coordinators and they graciously setup another class for a different time (the response was QUICK!)

Some classes I haven’t tried yet but want to include:

Get the FREE course catalog by mail if you don’t already – if you do stop throwing it away and check out the awesome offers!

Have a workshop in mind?  Teach it!  They’re always looking!

Some other cool links on the NISD website:

  • Raise Your Hand Texas – “a non-profit, bi-partisan advocacy organization made up of business and community leaders, parents, taxpayers and concerned citizens, all with a single focus: supporting the more than 4.5 million students in the Texas public education system.” Support them on Facebook too!
  • Volunteers/Mentors – everything you need to know and fill out in order to volunteer in the NISD. (Parents – fill this out before you try to help out in the classroom – go to your child’s school prepared!) Opportunities for parents and friends in the community – be a positive role-model for a child today!
  • NISD Weekly Newsletter – find out where your taxes are going and how NISD is contributing to the community! (Signup for e-mail or txt alerts here – get alerted with emergency notices, academic notices, and event reminders!)
  • NISD News – NISD details making the news…voting, information about new schools and the school boards…anything and everything else you wanted to know about the Northside school district.
  • Facility Rentals – Hosting an event like an HOA meeting? Rent the neighborhood school in the evening instead of inviting strangers into your home…
  • Reunion Announcements – did you graduate from a NISD high school? Have a reunion coming up?
  • School Menus – if you can’t remember what’s for lunch check out this site.