Saturday, December 29, 2018

Chocolate Gingerbread Rollout #cookies #recipe

We're not done with celebrations. We have New Years Eve, and New Years Day to celebrate!

I decided to make Chocolate Gingerbread Rollout Cookies to celebrate! 

They are super easy to make!

Start out by setting out 2 sticks of unsalted butter and 1 egg. They need to be room temperature.

Use a mixer to combine the 2 sticks of unsalted butter, 1 egg, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Add In:

  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons of melted Chocolate Chips
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
Keep mixing until everything is mixed together throughly.


Cover the dough, and put it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Roll Them Out:

Flour a clean surface, roll out flat with a standard roller. I followed up with using a decorative roller.

One thing I like about this dough, is that it can be reworked, and reworked. It doesn't loose anything. You know how some doughs get brittle as they keep getting worked? This one didn't seem to.

Cut Out the Cookies:

I chose to use a star and a snowflake. I didn't want my cookies to be too Christmas(y), and more winter(y).

Spray a pan with cooking spray.

Bake in an oven set to 350 degrees, for 12 minutes. I do 6 minutes on the top rack, and 6 minutes on the bottom.

To Pipe or Not to Pipe?

I had left over frosting, but after asking my family if they needed to be piped they said, "No. They are freaking good as they are!"

If you choose to pipe them, wait until the cookies are cool of course.

They are the perfect combination of ginger and chocolate!

Piczzle #puzzle Review

I've reviewed a Piczzle Picture Puzzle a few times before. They did an excellent job with all our puzzles!

All the Puzzles have been from Christmas postcards we've sent, so I'm thinking when the boys get older they can take them to do with their own kids, or I can leave them here for the grandkids - if we have some.

Easy to Work With: 

Piczzle was super easy to work with, and order. The shipping was so fast! We got it in less than a week.

My only problem was working around Christmas activities to get the puzzle done, which was not Piczzle's fault.

The Box:

It came in a fairly small box. I loved that because so many boxes for games and puzzles are so big!

I do think it would be great if they would have a vertical orientation for their box, as well as a horizontal one. The image quality on the box wasn't as good as the one on the puzzle.

300 Pieces: 

It didn't seem like a lot of pieces. I've done 1,000 piece puzzles before. It's a fairly small puzzle, so it did take some brain power! We all took turns doing it.

Mica started, I followed, Isaak bounced in between because he was sick, and Travis finished it off. I couldn't believe how much Travis worked on it. He usually isn't a puzzle guy. I always did them with the kids. He looked like he was having fun though.


If you order a puzzle from Piczzle have patterns and color if possible. I had us wearing black and grey in the photo. When we were getting to Isaak's shirt, so many pieces seemed like they fit when they weren't a match. It would have helped to have him wearing a stripped shirt, or something we could go by.  


I do like the finished result! It's certainly a keepsake! 

Even though Isaak was sick, he enjoyed watching the puzzle process!  


It's a large sized puzzle (11"x17") with 300 pieces.


Their prices are really great! You can make your own picture puzzles. This one is worth $27.95. I think that's a great price for something custom.
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All the puzzle pieces were there. I always worry about one being missing.

Overall I'm really happy with the puzzle. It was everything I hoped it would be. Piczzle really does a great job with their picture into puzzles.

Order a Piczzle Puzzle!   

Order a custom cardboard puzzle from Piczzle. You will not be disappointed! Like Piczzle Picture Puzzle on Facebook and Piczzle Photo on YouTube.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free with Piczzle. All opinions are my own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. Isaak got a gigantic keyboard, a sweet new bigger screened Kindle Fire and more for Christmas. I got the biggest reaction when he opened his Under Armor Boxer Briefs. I think he thought that when he put on his undies he'd look much like the man on the package. Ha! Skinny boy needs to work on those muscles. He actually popped up, and changed into his undies right then and there. No shame.

  2. I watched a documentary last night on a snowstorm that happened in 1949. Boy was that horrible! Livestock and people froze because it happened so fast, and the wind was so bad! They didn't have equipment to predict the storm, or to take care of the snow. It was horrible!

    It snowed here. One of my friends said, "The weather man said we were just going to get a dusting." Well compared to the 1949 snowstorm it was a dusting! It was lightening and snowing at the same time.

  3. My sister never believed my green pepper relish tray trick. She specifically told me not to put green peppers on a relish tray, so I made one where that's all I put on it. She said, "I know you're messing with me. Get the real one out here."

    I ended up making tasty fajitas with all those peppers the next day. Take that!

  4. I have 2 of my classes fully prepared for. I mean everything done! I'm just having a hard time getting into the last one.

  5. We've been trying to work with the boys on math. Just to bump them up with things they weren't getting. Mica needs to get the meaning of - show your work! Isaak gets all emotional about things he doesn't get.

    Isaak got all good grades except for Social Studies. Imagine that...his core teacher teaches that. He got a C. That's the first for him. I woke up one morning at 5, couldn't go back to sleep, and emailed his teacher asking for the name, edition and chapter of their book. I ordered it on Amazon. It's Mica's favorite subject. I'm going to try to read the book with Mica by acting it out. Sometimes I do think if we didn't work, homeschooling would suit us well. I feel like we're doing a lot of teaching at home. Anyhow I had a teacher when I was Isaak's age that acted out Social Studies. I love it! Sometimes I think different kids need to be taught differently. Isaak's a visual learner like I am.

#godseyes #ojodedios Made With Toothpicks

My mom had a cousin that passed away suddenly a few years back. Since she was married, didn't have any kids, had a brother that lived miles away, and a father in his 80s we went through her things.

She made doll clothes, so she had some creative things in her apparent. I walked off with a few dolls, a lot of beads, some embroidery floss and other random things.

I've been on a mission to use up a drawer full of embroidery floss.

It started with me decorating this stocking for Travis' work:

I'm not sure that I love how it turned out. The stocking was so small. I didn't really plan anything. I just went with it. 

I did however enjoy making the tiny God's Eyes also known as Ojo de Dios with toothpicks. 

I went on to make more God's Eyes also known as Ojo de Dios with toothpicks! One for everyone's packages + all my relatives that are older and didn't get a package. 

They are ornaments, or could be put on the fridge too. 

I took note of everyone's favorite color(s) before making them.

My favorite color is red/orange. I didn't have that color, but I did have red. Travis likes teal. I made a few of these for our tree.

My nephew that likes green, and the red was just an extra one.

Even though Emerson (my nephew with Trisomy 18) doesn't speak, he communicates. He shakes his head no and yes, likes to watch football, whines when he is uncomfortable or has to go to the bathroom, and gravitates to orange and blue.

My sister Terra likes fall colors. This is about as fall(y) as I could get with the floss colors I have. I like this one though!

I have some crazy family members that like pink. I'm not a big fan, but they are. My other sister said, "Pink and Grey", so the middle one is hers.

Another extra, or maybe I gave this one away too. I don't remember.

I wish I would have thought to do this earlier. Travis' parents would have enjoyed a few I think. They like homemade things. They live in Arizona, so doing it the night before Christmas Eve Day wouldn't have gotten them shipped there. Ha! 

The biggest frustrations: I got superglue on my fingers so many times, The toothpicks not staying glued, and the floss getting all tangled up.

Do you like homemade gifts? 

My favorite gift is that Isaak made us a snow globe all on his own. I'll have to photograph it! I'm horrible with photographing things at Christmas time! It's dark when we open up presents both times. It hasn't exactly been sunny out. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

I Hope You All Had a Wonderful Christmas!

Isaak had his holiday shows on Friday of last week. He was in a lot, so he was a big part of it. I'll post a picture or two later. We went to see him in the morning, and they presented again in the afternoon.

I took the day off to get a few last minute things, and wrap Santa gifts. It worked out well.

Before Isaak went to school he was a tad bit warm, but had no fever. I knew he worked his ass singing and violin playing self off for the day, and didn't want to miss it. Plus Isaak had this thing about missing school anyhow. He wants a perfect record. Since he didn't have a fever we decided to send him. We did call school, and had him skip safety patrol in the morning. It allowed him to sleep in a bit, and not be in the cold.

We went to pick him up at the end of the afternoon performance, he was crying, had a fever, didn't have his instrument picked up, and just stood up on stage for all the performance without participating. I told him to have the school call us if he got sicker. He didn't.

After we found his violin and music stand he came home.

He was sick all weekend. Finally on Christmas Eve Day he was better. We called the doctor's office a few times because he had a cold for 2 weeks prior to the fever bug. They were so swamped on Friday and Saturday that they couldn't see him. My mom was worried about him getting the Polio like virus called: Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). My mom had Polio 2 years before the vaccine came out. She's probably really tuned into the virus because they've been talking about it a lot on the news.

Go to find out many kids got sent home with a fever that Friday at school. He still has a lingering cough, but is fine. I did get slightly freaked out when he went on about how much his legs hurt. He was limping around.

We were able to have a good Christmas! Everyone got cool things. I picked Travis up some stuff after Christmas because he looked disappointed. Hey he'll like what I got! What's something that you got for Christmas?  

Our Weatherman Bill

Meet Bill - I've talked about him before, but it's been awhile. You may have forgotten. My friend Mark swears I have a crush on him because I talk about Bill every once in awhile. He's been our weather man here, since I was a kid.

I like our weather man Bill Randby. He says the word, "Spectacular" way too much. A radio guy sent him a letter about it. When he does an afternoon weather report on facebook I try to jump on to say, "It's Spectacular out there Bill!" He reads the comments live, so I chuckle every time.

I always thought he looked like an old claymation character from a churchy show when I was a kid. I finally broke down, and searched for this image below...

The show is pretty disturbing. It's very indoctrinating. If you like to tell your kids how to think, and be this may be the show for your family. There's a few old shows on YouTube. The show is called Davey and Goliath. It's certainly not for my kids, but my Mom must of thought it was perfect for me. I still love her, so if you let your kids watch it, I'll still like you. I have to admit I was cracking up, with my mouth wide open when I watched an episode recently.

Friday, December 21, 2018

It's the Little Things That Make Me Laugh Sometimes

  1. We told Mica to brush his teeth in the kitchen because Isaak was in the bathroom. We only have 1 bathroom.

    Mica said, "I can't use that sink water. It's not filtered. Gross!"

    He thought this whole time that the bathroom has filtered water!

    Then he attempted to put his toothbrush under the filtered water spout on the refrigerator. It's a good thing I stopped him. Boy that would be a mess!

    How is it this kid is so smart, yet so not smart at the same time? Even Isaak was shaking his head.

  2. Travis went to cut his hair. The blade he was using wasn't working out the way he planned. So he buzzed it.

    The problem is that he has one white spot in the front of his hair, so he looks very bald right there, or like he really messed up with the trimmers.

  3. At work someone gave this odd creepy clown for the White Elephant Gift. No worries there was a $20 Target GC it was holding. The winner didn't want the clown, so I stuck it on a student's desk that loves hates clowns.

  4. My older sister can be a bit of a control freak at times. I'm surprised I haven't gotten in any fights with her in the last year.

    We were running through the list of things to bring to the Christmas Eve Feast. They want Travis to bring a soup, and me to make a veggie tray.

    My sister, "Don't put any green peppers on there. No one eats them. We could practically have a veggie tray that's nothing, but carrots and celery."

    My other sister, "Throw olives on there. My boys like those."

    I was complaining to Travis about how picky they were being, and said, "I never even put green peppers on a veggie tray. I like red, yellow, and orange peppers." He said, "Make a veggie tray that's only green peppers. Have the real veggie tray in the car."

    So...I'm making a prank veggie tray with only green peppers and olives just because I'm an asshole a prankster. LOL

  5. At work a co-worker said she wouldn't eat hummus because it rhymes with pumice. For my White Elephant gift I gave a pumice stone, hummus and lots of pita crackers.

    I don't think the hummus got eaten. It's a shame because hummus is good! 
Tell me something that has made you laugh lately. 

Random Tid Bits

  1. It took me 30 minutes to clean 1 dry eraser board in my first year classroom. I called to leave boss man a message, "Hello! :) I think it may be time to change out the dry eraser boards. It's taken me way to long to clean it. It still looks stained."

    He called back, "Mr. G (coworker) says it's too much work to switch them out. He wants to see if we can coat them, or do something else to them. He'll be the one that has to replace them."

    Me feeling like an ass, "Ok, but they've been there since I started in 2001. I think they are ready to retire." I felt like saying, I think I may be ready to retire right along with them. Not really ha! I sometimes feel like I get people more responsibility when I don't mean to. I'm just trying to get things done.

  2. Recycling has been way too hard at my work. Seriously! They act like I'm cutting off their limbs to get them to recycle. One sweet lady takes care of the cans and bottles. I take care of the paper. I was combining the paper boxes - each classroom has one under their printer table.

    I'm supposed to do it on my own time. There are times where I try and sneak to combine them. Today was one of those days. Really I was just cleaning up all three rooms: Grades off the walls, brooms, cleaners and rags all put away.

    Boss Man came out when I was doing it. He didn't seem annoyed that I was combining the boxes. He did seem a little like his pants were on a little too tight when he found out I was taking the student's grades off the walls, to toss them out. He said, "These should be shredded!" I said, "Oh I can do that if you'd like, but to be honest everyone has always thrown them out, since I started here in 2001. The student's names, and social security numbers are not on them. It's just a Student I.D. number that means nothing to anyone, but the students."

    He said, "Really?!" I said, "Really." He said, "Well I'll talk to the Director to see what she thinks." I said, "Go ahead. She tosses her grades out too. Let me know what you both decide." Truth be told, even his wife tosses grades away.

  3. The Education Director wants our spring syllabi by January. I'm trying to get them done. My co-worker got his turned in in October. He hasn't gotten his proof-read and back yet. I'm not sure what I should think of that.

  4. The Education Director said, "Did you do attendance for the last week of classes?" I think we're one of the only colleges that takes attendance - possibly! The students check in and out with a hand punch. All I can think of is gross - germs! I'll just take my own attendance thank you! They insist it needs to be done. The last week of classes everyone leaves after their test, which throws the punch way off. I don't even see the point. I did it anyhow.

  5. Travis wanted me to apply to a $250 Grant. I really wish there were examples of written grants proposals and artist statements online. Maybe there is, but I can't find them. I can find sites that talk about them, but not specific examples. I'm not saying I want to copy them. Just read them, and come up with my own. That's how I roll. I look, see draw, and totally change it into my own. I do that with writing as well. Do you roll by example? 

    I was lacking on sleep all last week. I was worried about Isaak. This week I feel like I'm getting Isaak's cold, so my thinking/writing wasn't working that day at all. It never happened. Possibly it happened, but I never submitted it. That made me so pissed. I was annoyed because Travis said, "It's so easy! I'll help you write it." Then he watched Spiderman Homecoming with the boys. It didn't just stop there. They watched all the special features. Any superhero movie is loud, then quiet, then loud again. Here I was trying to write. I wanted to scream.

Monday, December 17, 2018


Last weekend the boys went sled riding. I watched.

They kept saying, "Come on Mom! Join us." Sometimes I feel old. Oh I can be silly, but that day I was feeling old and PMSy. Possibly more information than you wanted to know, but it is what it is. I never hide it at home. I'm very blunt.

My favorite stills from that day:


Mica lugging his sled up the hill

Isaak coming down the fill

We had to test the sleds out. We went to a thrift store, and got the L.L. Bean sleds for $11! That's super cheap! Some of their sleds are close to $200!

The hill was perfect! No fence or street at the bottom.



Sunday, December 16, 2018

Our Meeting With the Principal and Teacher Went Really Good!

I didn't want to leave my readers the meeting with Isaak's Principal and teacher went really good!

We didn’t go in attacking anyone. I was afraid I would cry, and didn't. It was great we had everything written down, so we didn't forget things.

We do know Isaak has filled his own plate too full. Two things in particular are towards the end of his school day: Chorus and Student Council. Student Council doesn't happen all the time. But they have meetings, and rotate with taking care of recyclables. When those things happen Isaak has to hurry to go to Safety Patrol. Then he can't get back in his classroom to get his homework. He sometimes misses the end of the day announcements. He may drop one. He’s a people pleaser, so that might be hard.

He tanked a test, so we talked about that. He’s usually great with math, but word problems get him. He’s to practice online. The teacher is going to be more informative on when tests will happen. Right now we only know the day before. If he doesn’t have his math book with him, then we can’t help him. He didn’t know what deposit or withdrawal meant, so vocabulary talk before tests. Other kids struggled with that too.

It turns out because Isaak’s a people pleaser, he does too much homework. She’ll give him every other problem, and he does all of them. He thinks he’s being ultra good by doing that.

I talked to the teacher about delivery. Like instead of saying, “You have 14 pages of fun work to do by next week, or you don’t get to watch movies with the rest of the class.” Say, “You have to do 2 pages a day out of this packet, for a week.”

The Principal will be meeting with him to talk to him about his thoughts. He knows who Isaak is, but has never really had to get to KNOW him because he's a good student that pretty much stays out of trouble. The Principal wants to get to know Isaak more.

We have a follow up meeting in January.

I do think the teacher is hanging onto busy work too much. She loves these sheets that has a big scrambled up long word, and the kids have to make shorter words out of the letters. Then there's another side that has synonyms on it. I suggested to keep doing them, but also having reading with questions that go with a book of of their choice. I don’t know that, that will happen.

I guess they are having more recess time, but Isaak didn’t think so.

The Principal thinks Isaak is too tuned into others emotions, which their are some bad apples in the class. He’s also full of empathy, so that will be hard to overcome.

I made it clear that this is our first year with problems. It’s not 1 person’s fault, but we have to work with one another to figure out why he’s struggling.

The view of it seems that he filled his own plate too full, and for some reason hasn't connected well with this teacher.

One thing is great: Isaak's teacher has gotten him to work faster. That's always been a struggle. He's just a slow poke. His teacher last year tried using a timer, and that sort of worked. His big eyes kept glancing at the timer. She shows the class a photo on a screen, puts it up for a certain period of time, turns it off, and makes them write down all they can about the photo. It's cut his test taking time down a lot! He still tests well. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. Work has been slamming me hard!

    We're wrapping up the fall semester, which is enough really with tests, grading, photographing artwork and so on.

    They decided they need me to teach different days next semester. A schedule that will be harder on me. Since all the days changed, so did my classes...deadlines, dates, breaks and so on. Something did go my way. I get an assistant to help out in one of my classes because they stuck me in a crazy schedule. The Education Director needs the syllabi soon to proof. That's a lot of work!

    They also want me to have a professional development something-er-rather. Back in May I did a facebook blueprint class to get facebook blueprint certified. It was a lot of work. Get won't count because they consider that to be for 2017-2018 school year, instead of 2018-2019 school year. I did it all at the end of May, after spring classes were over. I opened up all the certifications I got, Photoshopped July dates on them, and hope they'll take them. They'll never know the difference. But they may not take them because it was shady I sent them the first time with May dates. I'm not usually shady, but damn it it's one month off. I did a ton of work for those things!

    Then I got an email that they want me to talk about Squarespace and Wordpress for our Inservice, while the students are on break. I want to yell loudly.

  2.  This is Thursday morning that I'm writing this. Last night Travis decided to email the Principal at the elementary school to have a sit down meeting with Isaak's teacher. We've both just had it! It went from Isaak being one of the only boys she could trust to Isaak being one of the problem children. Is it because he's a talker, or is it because we've gotten involved over her head? He's never been seen as a problem child ever! I've never had so many issues with a teacher before. We have a meeting Friday late in the day.

    Isaak cries because he doesn't understand his homework content wise. When he tells her he doesn't understand she explains it exactly how she explained it before. She talks down to him. He didn't get it the first time, so he needs it explained in a different way. Then she tells the class to have one group read a chapter, another group read a different chapter to help with the chapter questions. Well they ran out of time to answer the questions. Then Isaak didn't know which chapter questions he had to answer. I helped him do both, and taught him how to scan or skim read. Then it was less daunting to him.

    She gives a lot of busy work. Example: They got a packet of crossword puzzles, word puzzles, math puzzles and so on. Before next week he has to get 14 pages done all the way. If they don't they have to sit to do homework instead of watch movies with their peers during the holiday performance. One word puzzle I couldn't figure out: hijklmno, I looked it up to find the answer was H2O. There was another odd one on that page. Then on the crossword puzzle there was, Another name for winter, after trying many things that wouldn't fit I looked it up and found it was Solstice. A 5th grader wouldn't know that! Those are just 2 examples. There were more! Isaak sees it as I have 14 pages of homework! It's not due until next week. When we broke it down it was 2 pages a day. That's not that bad, but that's also not how he absorbs the assignment.

    If you are familiar with Jane Elliot's Blue Eye and Brown Eye Experiment that's what this teacher does. Only Jane Elliot put one group of kids against another to show how unfair it is. This teacher does it because she has favorites. Isaak now labels himself as not one of the good kids when he's never been labeled this way. He's a boy full of empathy, and she's crushing him. I was holding it together, but finally broke down crying.

    My concerns about the lack of recess they are having is still there, but now it's bigger than that. Our whole family is feeling it. We all pitch in to help Isaak with his homework. Yes Mica and I helped assist him with some of that busy work like word finds, while he cried over math homework he had.

    One of Isaak's good friend had a birthday party last week. Get this Isaak wasn't invited. Hummm I wonder why? We've had their whole family over different times. They have a son in Mica's grade. Her Dad said, "So you coming to the party this weekend Isaak?" Isaak said, "I wasn't invited." It was like putting salt in the wound. I can't help, but to think, is it this teacher that put her against him? At first I thought it was just that she only invited girls, but that's not the case. I told Travis to feed them with kindness, and invite them to our Dance Party for New Years Eve. So...he did.
  3. Isaak's basketball team was going to break up. They stuck with it. I do wish the coach would put more emphasis on layups, and making simple shots. Instead he's all about scrimmage. The boys are just all over the place.

  4. I saw this meme about adding random strangers to your holiday card to get relatives talking. I really want to do this! I especially want to add an Asian kid, a Mexican kid, and an African American kid. Diversity in my card. It sure would get people talking!

    What's a crazy idea that you've had lately?
  5. Mica was top notch last year for his Science Fair Project. I think he thinks he is again. Travis started looking at all he's done, and was annoyed big time. All week along with Isaak's homework we've been working with Mica on his Science Fair Project that's due next week.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WW: Holiday Card #homealone {Linky}

This year I sat on doing our holiday postcard a little too long. So much of me wanted to say bah humbug to the card. It could be that the boys are growing up, and are harder to make cute, maybe it's the fact that I just feel overwhelmed with things, or possibly it's that Isaak's having a crappy school year. He does so good in school, but has a difficult teacher, his basketball team fell apart, and one of his best friends didn't invite him to her birthday party. I just want something to go in his favor! I just wasn't feeling it this year.

Instead of a postcard (due to time) we did a holiday doctored photo. Our theme was Home Alone. Once I started working on it, I got into it. Isaak was so excited that he was the star of the card! Isaak played Macaulay Culkin. He loved being the star of the photo. That made me smile. He didn't get left at home, while we were on vacation. He did however get left at school when Mica was supposed to pick him up. Thankfully they do have a place called Kids Club he could go. He does cook us breakfast by himself on some Saturdays, and in my mind he kicks some butt!

The rest of us were robbers. While I realize there are only two robbers in the real movie, our photo has three. It was so easy to have Mica make that face. He does it in many photos when I ask him to smile. This time I wanted the crazy face. Travis was happy to wear his stocking cap that he has on most of the time. I did get the, "Mom why are you wearing jewelry? A robber wouldn't look nice!" Maybe I stole the jewelry.

I tweaked the Home Alone Logo, so the photo place wouldn't give me grief about printing it. The original has a line under it, a line breaking up the roof on the house, is never a cream color, and has a different font.

I added a infogrphic style letter. Basically it includes things we've done, or like. It was nice to not be confined to a tiny postcard space. While it doesn't go to a song, or rhyme it's still fun.

Do you make a holiday card? Are there times where you just don't feel like doing everything you usually do?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

#Hapree 48 Mechanical Pencil Set Review

This time of year I'm always on the look out for little gifts.

Mica came up to me today to say, "Mom I need to go shopping today to get a gift for a classmate. We're doing Secret Santa gifts."

Then there's the gifts for teachers, stocking stuffers, Elf of the Shelf brings little things, and gifts for coworkers.

Mica's secret friend had on her list of wants: School Supplies.

We're getting Isaak's teacher school supplies as well.

It's great that #Hapree has a 48 Mechanical Pencil Set. I can give one set to Mica's secret friend, and the other set to Isaak's teacher. Both gifts will be paired up with other things.

We got Mica's secret friend some chapstick, hand sanitizer, gum, a box of little colored pencils, pens, and a bag that had a {K} on it - for her name to put it all in. Everything was fairly inexpensive. It will be great to add some pencils in there as well.

About Hapree Mechanical Pencils:

The pencils have a fun ruler down the side. Each pencil lead is 0.7 mm medium point, has an eraser with a clip if you are a person that clips them to a font pocket. I'm more of a stick the pencil in my ear, and forget about it kind of person.

The colors:

  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Yellow 
  • Teal 


Both sets came with extra leads.

Where to Get Hapree Pencils:

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What's a little gift have you gotten this year?

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