Flavors, fashion, and fun will help working moms save time and money so you can spend more time with your family and enjoy more of your favorite things.
Welcome to Flavors, Fashion, and Fun!  I’m Tara, a third grade teacher and mom of two.  I know how busy and stressful life can get when you’re trying to balance work and family.  I’ve found some ways to save time and money so I can spend more precious moments with my family and spoil myself every once in a while.

Are you a working mom, too?  Do you feel the pressure to do it all for everyone else and have little time left for yourself?  Then, I hope you’ll stick around.  Explore the different categories to find out how you can save some time and relax to enjoy more of life’s pleasures.

Time-Saving Tips

Do you find yourself scrambling to get dinner on the table after a long day at work?  You’re exhausted, but you have a family to feed.  This is how I felt for years!  Many nights I was too tired to cook, and we ended up getting take-out.  I felt guilty for not feeding my family healthy foods.  Plus, we were spending a lot of extra money by eating out all the time.  That’s when I started meal planning.  I prepare all the meals for the week over the weekend.  Then, all I have to do is throw the dish in the oven after a long day of teaching.  Check out the “Time-Saving Tips” tab to see some of my meal plans and to find other ways to save time.

 

Money-Saving Tips

The other problem I ran into after having children was the amount of money I was spending.  I took a year off from teaching when my youngest was born.  Diapers, formula, and baby clothing are expensive!  Add in all the restaurants and the occasional treat for myself, and my savings were disappearing rapidly.  I started using coupons and store ads to plan my shopping trips, and I saved over $2,000 on groceries alone last year.  Check out the “Money-Saving Tips” tab to learn how I’ve saved so much, and download the first three chapters of my e-book Supermarket Savings for free!

 

Flavors and Fashion

Once you start using these time and money-saving tips, you’ll be able to treat yourself to something special.  My favorite ways to spoil myself are with food and clothing.  Many of the extra hours I save are spent in the kitchen trying new recipes.  In the “Flavors” tab, you will find some of my favorite recipes and information about Cooking and Learning in the Kitchen, my newest project.  Each lesson includes a kid-friendly recipe and three learning activities for ages 3-12.  Download one for free, and spend time with your kids in the kitchen.  You can check out the “Fashion” tab to find out how I shop from home with Stitch Fix and Trunk Club.  If you love clothing, you will love these services!

 

Fun

Finally, in the “Fun” tab, you will find ways to have fun with your family.  In “Travel Fun,” you will find tips for planning your next vacation.  You will discover ideas for kids’ birthday parties in the “Party Planning Fun” section.

If you happen to be a teacher, you’ll find some fun ideas to use in your classroom in the “Teaching Fun” section.  You can also follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store to get updates on my newest products.

 

Don’t Miss Any Flavors, Fashion, and Fun!

My hope is that exploring Flavors, Fashion, and Fun will help you learn some ways to save time and money.  That way you will have more time for things you want to do and to explore the things you love.

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Food

How many times do you get home from work exhausted and have no idea what’s for dinner?  That was happening to me way too often.  I would get home from school and stare into the refrigerator trying to figure out what to make.  By the time I chose something, I had two children hanging on me begging me to play.  I knew I had to do something to solve this problem so I started preparing make-ahead meals.  I prepare all of food we need for the week when I get home from the grocery store on Sunday.  This makes it so fast and easy to put a yummy dinner on the table after a long school day.  I also love spending time in the kitchen with my kids and whipping up new recipes.  In the “Food” tab, you can find links to some make-ahead meal ideas and some yummy treats.

Fashion

Picking out new clothes at the store used to be one of my favorite things to do.  Since having children, I don’t have time to sneak away without them.  Taking them with me isn’t an option because I spend more time chasing them around the store than looking at clothing.  I was always leaving empty-handed, and my wardrobe was suffering.  Then, I saw an ad for Stitch Fix as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed.  It sounded too good to be true.  A personal stylist would pick out clothes for me and send them to my house.  I signed up right away and loved it!  Then, I found out about Trunk Club, which is Nordstrom’s version of Stitch Fix.  Now I get new styles delivered to my door several times a year.  You can check out the new items I’m adding to my wardrobe in the “Fashion” tab.

 

Party and Vacation Planning

I’m a planner.  Specifically, I love planning parties and vacations.  Researching and reading about other people’s ideas is really fun for me.  Then, I plan my events down to the minute.  I like to know exactly what is happening and when it is happening.  You can read about some of my carefully planned adventures in the “Party Planning Fun” and “Travel Fun” tabs.

Teaching

Teaching is my biggest passion.  I have been teaching third grade for 11 years.  My husband is a fifth grade teacher so education is a huge part of our lives.  I love getting ideas from other teachers and sharing my ideas with them.  That was actually my first inspiration for starting this blog.  My principal challenged me to expand beyond just our school community.  She suggested that I use social media to connect with teachers from around the world.  Other than reading my Facebook feed, I’ve never been terribly interested in social media.  However, I really did enjoy looking at blog posts from other educators.  I figured creating this blog would be a good place to start.  Now I’m slowly learning how to use Facebook and Pinterest.  You can follow me there to get updates on my newest posts.  Also check out the “Teaching Fun” tab to see what’s happening in my classroom and to learn about my newest products on Teachers Pay Teachers.

 

I hope you will join me to enjoy lots of Flavors, Fashion, and Fun!