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My Top 13 February Favorites

I love sharing my favorite discoveries or long-time loves on Instagram, so I thought I would share my February Favorites with you too! This month has flown by and has been filled with negative temperatures, work events, and preparation for my new brand and website! I can’t wait to share it with you! As we wrap up this month, here are the things I’m currently loving! Click any of the links to get these items yourself (some of them are affiliate links, which means I make a small commission off of your purchase, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra!). And make sure to share what you’re loving in the comments!

What are your February favorites? Keep reading for the details on my favorite things this month!

Lifestyle February Favorites

In 2019, my word for the year was CULTIVATE. So, when I found this book collection from Jonathon & Melissa Helser and the Cageless Birds, I was pumped! It’s designed to help you connect with and build your relationship with the Holy Spirit. There are a lot of journal prompts, Scriptures, and beautiful art pieces (writing, poetry, drawings, photographs), and it speaks to my soul every time I open the book!

Well, as it does, life got away from me, and I didn’t continue with the rest of the books in the collection. As I started 2021, I was reminded of them and jumped back in with the second volume called The Clarity Winter Brings. It is perfect, not just for the time of year but also for the season of life I’m currently in. I believe God brings things to the surface when we need them most, and this definitely happened with this book. It’s what my heart and soul needed. You can find the whole Cultivate set here. It’s not your regular devotional, and I love it so much!

I’ve heard great things about these Micron pens for years, but I just finally got myself a pack this year. I’ve loved it for taking sermon notes and writing in my journal! It’s thick enough to be super versatile but not as thick as a marker or brush pen. Highly recommended!


I am chronically indecisive when it comes to purchasing anything over $40. So, I’ve been putting off getting some wireless earbuds since they’ve come out. Mainly because I have some over-the-ear wireless headphones that still work well. But when I started working out at my gym when other people were also exercising, those headphones didn’t work as well (not to mention my ears got sweaty! haha!). I finally decided to try this pair of wireless earbuds from Amazon. They aren’t AirPods, but they also aren’t the cheapest of the bunch. They’ve worked well so far, and I love popping them in as I walk out the door and listening to my audiobooks before I start my workout.

I wasn’t going to include this in my February favorites roundup because I’m not finished with it, but I just had to! I started listening to Jen Hatmaker’s newest book Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire this week, and I am obsessed with it! I was quite literally crying this morning as I listened to Chapter 3 - I’m not a super emotional person, so you know it has to be good. Must must must read!! Jen reads the audiobook, which just makes it even better! I look forward to working out because I get to listen to the audiobook on my walk to and from the gym each morning. 

One of my FAVORITE people to follow and connect with on Instagram is Jess Golz @teachergolz. I’ve been following her for years, and I love love love her realness, hand-lettering (#golz!), beauty & plant recommendations, and just her whole aesthetic! She also lives in the Midwest, so I feel like we need to meet IRL. She has a small business where she sells stickers, sticky notes, banners, and more with her art on them. She recently started selling “Bevvie Hugs,” and as soon as she announced when they were going to launch, I set three alarms on my phone so I wouldn’t miss out. I was able to purchase this set, and I’m in love! Her stunning art is screen printed on them, and they come in this pack of three sizes. I love the black with blues and purples, and they just make me so stinking happy! So go follow Jess so you can get your hands on these the next time she launches them!

Beauty February Favorites

My skin gets SO DRY, especially in winter. I’ve been keeping this Weleda cream at my desk and use it multiple times a day to keep my hands moisturized. It’s been a lifesaver, especially when we’re washing hands more. The scent is unique, but I like it a lot, and it feels like a dream! I will be repurchasing after I run out!

Last year around this time (helloooo midwest winter), I experienced some skin problems on my face because my skin was super dry, but I couldn’t find something that worked to help it. Someone recommended Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and I went all-in with Kiehl’s. I got a little gift set with the ultra facial cream, avocado eye cream, and this serum, and my skin was so very happy! I’ve been using all three for most of the year, and my skin is clear, bright, and nourished. If I had to choose just one, I would have to choose the Midnight Recovery Concentrate serum. I use it every night before bed, and it is magical! Well worth the price tag.

Now, let’s talk hair. I am blessed to have A LOT of hair - it’s one of my favorite things about my body. However, styling takes forever and a day! So I usually have to choose either curling it or blowdrying it, and I love my hair curled, so I go with that. I’ve been experimenting with different leave-in conditioners and products to help my hair look its best, even when it’s air-dried. I’m so pleased with this Odele air dry styler! My hair feels soft and ready to go after using it instead of how it usually feels (dry and tangled) if I don’t use anything on it when I get out of the shower.

Speaking of shower products, I finally got one of these scalp scrubbers, and they are worth the hype! I looove having my hair played with and getting it washed at the salon, and this scrubber is the next best thing. I apply my shampoo to my hair, and then I use this scrubber to work it in and scrub my scalp. It helps get rid of any build-up, and it feels so good!

I tried the viral Sky High mascara this month too, and I am OBSESSED. My lashes have never looked this good! I always go with waterproof mascara because my eyes are sensitive and get watery sometimes. With this mascara, my lashes are lengthened and voluminous. I’ve already purchased a back-up, just in case it somehow gets discontinued!

Home February Favorites

I have taken a page from Jess Golz’s book (she’s the one who inspired me to share monthly favorites, too), and I am choosing my favorite houseplant of the month to share with you! This month, it is my golden pothos, Ruthie! Gahhh, she’s a beauty! I purchased her from Ikea last Fall. Her growth started slow, but she’s finally vining and is growing like a weed! I just started propagating her too. She hangs in this beautiful macrame planter next to my desk, and I love how she brings life to the space.

I purchased this desk riser this month because I wanted to stand and work throughout the day now that I’m working from home. It was perfect timing because work was heavy this month! I love that I can easily switch from sitting to standing with the pull of a lever. I also appreciate that it raises my screen just a bit even when I’m sitting, making for better posture and less back & neck strain.

As I said, it was a busy work month! Whenever I know that stress will be added to my life for a season, I try to take away some stress. I knew going into the month that I wanted to order some sort of meal service, so I didn’t have to worry about grocery shopping and cooking. I had heard A LOT about Eat to Evolve on Instagram, and I thought that I’d give it a try. I’ve NEVER loved a meal service more than I love Evolve! The food is SO fresh (it’s cooked over the weekend and shipped out on Monday) and really good for you. They cater to a host of diets and food needs (gluten-free, paleo, keto, Whole30, etc.). 

In fact, as I write this post, I’m chowing down on some grilled chicken and green beans with roasted garlic ranch. It’s one of my favorite meals! I also am obsessed with the Taco Bowl, New Orleans Chicken and Shrimp, and Carne Asada. I 100% recommend that you give it a try, especially during this busy season of teaching, parent-teacher conferences, and state testing (eww!). You can get 15% off your first order by using the code GYPSYTEACHER at checkout or clicking here

Sending you a giant coffee cheers for reading all the way through this post! Let me know if you have any of these same favorites or what you’re loving right now! March is gonna be a great month, and I can’t wait for you to see what’s all in store! Here’s something I’m FOREVER loving: classroom community! If it’s a struggle for you right now, download my free Classroom Community Planner to get tips and an action plan. Don't forget to start with the heart!

10 Unique Boho Teacher Gift Ideas for Christmas

Are you on the hunt for some unique teacher gift ideas for Christmas or the holiday season? Well, my friend, you’ve come to the right place! I love finding fun and beautiful gifts to make your gifting and wishlisting even easier! I would say that I have a bohemian style, which has become more popular this year. Rainbows, macrame, and effortless greenery and florals make this style, and my heart soar! If you have a boho teacher in your life or you love this style as much as I do, let’s find you some beautiful boho teacher Christmas gift ideas!

Boho Teacher Gift Guide: Unique Christmas Gifts for Teachers 

Beautiful Gift Ideas for Teacher on Christmas to Make Her Swoon

These foolproof Christmas gift ideas for a teacher will give her all the heart eyes! We are always on the hunt for a bag that we can use to carry our teacher things to and from school that is both stylish and functional. I love this canvas backpack because it will hold up to the daily teacher life, and it has beautiful boho features like the detail down the middle and straps!

I am forever looking for hair ties during recess or those days where I need to pull my hair into a messy bun. Especially on the days when I want to look cute and do my hair, but then end up sweating because of all the things on my to-do list as a teacher. You feel me? These scrunchies have a romantic velvet feel with the blush and mauve color, so they’re not only helpful for holding your hair out of your face, but they also look so cute on your wrist and in your hair! These are great Christmas gift ideas for teacher friends.

I don’t think that it is possible to have too many cute travel mugs, do you?! Somehow, I always end up with a desk FULL of beverages by the end of the day/week. Coffee, water, my breakfast smoothie, and usually something else during the day! Travel mugs are useful, which makes them one o the best teacher gift ideas for Christmas. This Steel Mill & Co Insulated Thermal Mug is gorgeous with the woodland florals and greenery design. It’ll keep your teacher fuel cold or hot (depending on what you prefer), and it’ll match your boho teacher vibe!

Snag one of these Christmas gift ideas for a teacher and make her day!

Home and Classroom Decor Christmas Gift Ideas for a Teacher

I recently moved into a new apartment and have loved finding cute bohemian elements to add to my decor! These decor pieces are good teacher gift ideas for Christmas because your teacher friend can use them in her home or classroom! The first one is this Moroccan leather floor pouf. Isn’t it just stunning?! I love the warm tones in the leather and white details. This would be a fun flexible seating spot in your classroom or make a cute floor pillow for your living room.

I got this pack of battery-operated remote-controlled fairy lights, and I am in LOVE! You can bend the wire however you’d like and wrap it around things in your home or classroom. There are several settings, and I love being able to turn them on with the touch of a button! This four-pack will give the teacher in your life easy ways to make her classroom or home feel cozy and magical any time of year.

This next teacher Christmas gift idea is something unique and beautiful! I absolutely love this stunning macrame wall hanging! It looks like it was handmade, and it will bring such a cozy touch to any space with the texture and cream color. I love when our classrooms look like home, and this macrame tapestry will do the trick! I’ve been macrame-obsessed this year, and if you’re a boho teacher, you probably have been too.

Candles are always good Christmas gift ideas for your child’s teacher! I love this Fir Firewood candle from Anthropologie because it sets the mood and lifts my spirits even in the cold, long winter months. Not to mention, the design is stunning and will look beautiful set out on your coffee table or in your home!

Best teacher gift ideas for Christmas - Cozy Boho Decor!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Teacher Coworkers: Casual Friday Style!

Does your school let you wear teacher tees on Friday? It’s such a fun way to end the week, and it feels like we’re able to let loose a bit! I found some fun boho teacher Christmas gift ideas, easy enough to purchase and send to your favorite teacher or teacher coworker! It all started with this Boho Rainbow Teacher Tee. If you can’t tell, I’m feeling the olive green vibes right now and loving it! These tees are so cute, and a teacher creates them. This is a great way to look cute and shop small!

And, let’s pair it with this beautiful kimono for a boho flair! Kimonos are my jam - I love that they are flouncy and feminine but comfortable to wear and keep me covered. This boho duster kimono will go great with that tee shirt but can also be worn with so many other outfits! I love the mix of patterns and beautiful golden color. This is one of my favorite Christmas gift ideas for teacher wife!

And look how cute these boho rainbow keychains are! Hello, inexpensive teacher gift ideas for Christmas that will make your teacher smile! Wear them on your lanyard as part of your casual Friday teacher style, or add them to your keychain, backpack, or teacher pen pouch. They would also make great Christmas gift ideas for teacher friends!

I hope these teacher Christmas gift ideas help you purchase something special for the amazing teachers in your life! If you are a teacher who loves the boho style, make sure to share this blog post, so your loved ones have some gift ideas for you and pin it for years to come! Some of the links included are affiliate links, which means that I make a small commission for your purchase without charging you more money. It’s a little way to spread Christmas cheer this holiday season! Here’s a look at all of the Christmas gift ideas for teachers again with links below!

12 Digital Classroom Management Rewards Your Students Want!

Whether you’re teaching virtually, in the classroom, or a hybrid of the two, you’re probably working on a digital classroom management plan! It’s such a KEY part of building a foundation for your class (especially when you mesh it with classroom community), and I want to make sure you have everything you need in place to be successful. 


The ultimate goal is for our students to be intrinsically motivated, but let’s be honest. That doesn’t always happen. ESPECIALLY at the start of the year (not to mention where quarantine, social-distancing, and technology are involved). What can we give as digital classroom management rewards that won’t cost us much and pique our students’ interests?

I’ve formulated a list of twelve rewards to work with any of the digital classroom management tools you choose to incorporate into your system. You can choose which of these free digital classroom management rewards would interest your students! I like to use classroom cash as my classroom management system, so I’ll be assigning these rewards dollar amounts for students to cash in on!

1. Pajama Pass

My students LOVE pajama day, so I thought this would be a fantastic digital classroom management reward for individual students or the whole class! You could also call it “Class in your Comfies,” if you don’t want to limit to pajamas. 

2. Teacher Helper or Tech Assistant for Digital Classroom Management

Kids LOVE being the assistant or helper, and I don’t know about you, but I can use all of the help I can get! You can give them the “Tech Assistant” badge, and whenever is having technology trouble, they can contact the tech assistant before you! That’s a win-win classroom management incentive if I ever saw one!


3. Video Call Lunch Bunch

If you have your lunchtime open, this would be SUCH a great way to build relationships with your students while rewarding them for remarkable classroom behavior! You can have them choose two friends, and the four of you can get on Google Meet or Zoom together. You can eat lunch and chat together!

P.S. - I 100% recommend putting your students in small groups of 4-5 and inviting each group to a first-week-of-school lunch bunch with you to get to know each other! Relationships, first and always!

4. Personalized Screen Wallpaper

If you’re crafty on PowerPoint, Google Slides, or the Procreate app, you could create a personalized laptop or iPad screen wallpaper for students! You could ask them for a list of their favorites and make them super special! I love anything we can do to show our love for our students in creative ways. The wallpaper would also keep them reminded of staying on task while online, which will help your digital classroom management.

5. Virtual Field Trip Chooser

I love virtual field trips, and so does my class! How fun would it be for our students to choose which virtual field trips we go on? Choosing the trips would increase their buy-in and let them learn about what interests them. I’m all about incorporating my students’ interests into my classroom management!

6. Morning Meeting Leader to Combine Digital Classroom Management and Classroom Community

Morning Meeting is my class’s favorite part of the day, and once we get to know each other and get into the routine, I gradually release responsibility to my students to lead. They LOVE being in charge and leading our class meetings, so this is a MUST as a reward starting in November. 

These Morning Meeting slides make having student leaders a piece of cake because everything is planned and ready for them! They just need to read the directions and lead the class in the greeting, share, activity, and message of the day! The growing bundle has been a lifesaver for virtual learning too.


7. Digital Puzzle Pack

You can make some digital puzzles in Seesaw or Google Slides and send them to the students! I’m thinking of word searches, crossword puzzles, sudoku, word scrambles, mazes, etc. These digital classroom management rewards are great because they work the students’ brains, and once you have some made, you can send them to students as needed. 

8. Show and Tell

Show and Tell is not just for the primary students! Even your upper elementary students love sharing about what they love! My students love showing and telling about their pets, toys, siblings, books, bedrooms, and more. Show and Tell is a tremendous digital classroom management reward, and it builds classroom community as students get to learn more about each other!


9. Personalized Sign in their Yard

I don’t know a kid who wouldn’t like to wake up one morning and see a bright, personalized sign in their yard! Here are some sayings you could use:

“An Awesome Fourth Grader Lives Here!”

“Honk to tell (Student Name) that s/he is amazing!”

“(Student Name) is part of the (Class Name) Family, and we think s/he is pretty great!”

10. Read-Alouds are Always a Good Choice!

The student who gets this reward can either read a picture book aloud to the class on Zoom or Google Meet, or s/he can pick the next book that you read to the class! The book that you read to the class can be a picture book or a novel, whichever you choose. My students LOVE our novel read aloud time after lunch every day, so that’s what I would have the student choose!

11. Rainbow Pass

I was thinking about how much my students love to write and do their work with different colored pens and markers - I have a coupon called Rainbow Writing, where they get a special container of colored pens to write with for a day! You could do this digitally by allowing them to choose the color the words they’re typing are! I usually don’t allow them to change the font color from black because... #timesuck. But, it would be a fun reward for your digital classroom management system!


12. Chalk Obstacle Course

This one will take a bit more work on your end, but it could be harder to receive as a reward, so you don’t have to do it as often! I loved seeing all of the creative chalk obstacle courses people created during the quarantine. So how fun would it be to make them for your students and their families on their driveways?! As a student, that alone would make me want to exceed your expectations so I could earn that incentive!

Yay for rewards that hardly cost you anything but make your digital classroom management system a success! Let’s make this year the best year yet and encourage our students to make wise choices, exceed expectations, and enjoy the little things! Planning your classroom management incentives and rewards is so worth it!


If you’re looking for more help when it comes to classroom community, check out my free Classroom Community Planner! It’ll help you plan for every part of building a tight-knit culture and community in your classroom. It’s transformed my class, and I’m here to help you make yours better too!