Oh How Pinteresting-- Popular Pins

Hey there! Here's to another great week of pins! These are some of my most-pinned pins. I love sharing on OHP Wednesday with you because once I go link up with Michelle, I check out the other awesome posts and find even more new pins! Oh! And The Vintage Apple got a fun makeover this week, so we have a new button!

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Dessert Heaven Made Easy (AKA 7 Layer Brownie Bars)

Summertime is known for get-togethers, whether it is a neighborhood block party, a family dinner, or a big shindig. I'm all for parties, but sometimes it gets a little tiring trying to cook or bake something to bring to EVERYTHING. Well, today's recipe is the perfect party dessert, because it a CLASSIC with a bit of a twist! It also is one of those that you probably have everything you need in your pantry. Isn't that nice?!
(Original Recipe VIA)

You will need:

1 Box Brownie Mix (I prefer the Betty Crocker Triple Chunk!)
1 1/2 sticks butter
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
White Choco Chips
Chopped Nuts (I used pecans)
Flaked Coconut
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk

 Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Melt butter in microwave.

Step 2: Dump the DRY brownie mix into the bottom of a 13x9 inch pan. Then dump in the melted butter.

Step 3: Mix until dry mixture is dissolved and there is a good consistency. It may be a bit oily, but that's ok. Then, press into the bottom of the pan, evening it out.

Step 4: Add the yumminess! I did not put specific amounts of the chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts because you can decide how much you want. I just sprinkle to my heart's content! Layer each item on top of the others: chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts.

Step 5: Drizzle the can of sweetened condensed milk evenly over top. Leave about a 1/4 inch from each side.

Step 6: Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the edges are bubbly.


Any go-to party foods that you use? Or do you bring something store-bought?
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Flavorfy with Dasani Drops!

I few weeks back I got an Influenster Vox Box all about Dasani Drops! I've been flavorfying my summer with them and now can't wait to share them with you!

In my very fun and colorful Vox Box, I got:
My information card
A bottle of Dasani water
2 flavors of Dasani Drops: Cherry Pomegranate and Pink Lemonade
2 coupons to share with friends!
I love Dasani bottled water. It tastes so good, compared to other bottled waters. So when Influenster offered the opportunity, I snatched it up! I have brought the drops EVERYWHERE this summer!
Out and about:

To work:

Matched my mani:

Made my own drink:

Here's the easy peasy way to Flavorfy your water!

YouTube Video

My favorite thing about Dasani Drops is how they can be taken anywhere and everywhere, to give a healthier (0 calories) and tastier drink!
I used to use the drink powders to make lemonade, or a drink to cool me down. But I didn't like that they powder was hard to completely dissolve in water. These drops just squirt into your water, and you're good to go!
I encourage you to give them a try! They come in six mouth-watering flavors: cherry pomegranate, pink lemonade, pineapple coconut, mixed berry, strawberry kiwi, and grape.
Remember those coupons I said I got at the beginning of my post? Well, leave me a comment below telling me if you've tried any of the different brands of drops out there, or the flavor of Dasani Drops you want to try! I'll choose two of you to send coupons to Monday night!
Dasani's Facebook Page
Dasani Drops on Twitter
Dasani Reviews


Calling all Teachers!!

This post is for all the awesome teacher bloggers out there!

Time is flying by, and I know the countdown is on for all of you to the first day of school! Between getting your classroom looking spectacular, prepping your lesson plans, and organizing materials, you have your hands FULL! Don't you wish you had an extra pair?! Well now you can!

I have yet to land a full time teaching job of my own yet, and will be subbing this year. This means I can be your extra set of hands! I'd love to work with you to make sure you have everything ready for when your students walk into your classroom. Basically, hire me as your personal virtual assistant! I can:
- proofread
- type up documents
-Cut out (You send lamination or card stock and I cut it out and send it back the next day).
- (Once school starts) grade papers you send me and send them back (and/or input into online gradebook)
- and whatever else you need or want!

Price will be negotiable once we start talking!
Okay, so maybe you don't need that much help, but what about back to school gifts for your students? I'd love to put together these little gifts for your students, matching your classroom theme!

What kid couldn't use a little hand sanitizer to keep the germies away?!
If you were to make a class set of these yourself, it would cost you about $60, not including the time you would spend putting them together. Work with me, and I can get your class set made and shipped to you in time for your first day of school for $55 (or your best offer)!

If you are interested in either of these proposals, please email me at allieelliottATyahooDOTcom. Thanks!

Catch Up, Birthday, and Guest

Whew! I feel like I've been playing catch up this week, and it's because I HAVE! I'm proud of myself that this post was written a few nights ago, when I pounded out 4 posts! WOOP! Other than playing blogger catch up, I've been playing reader catch up! On Sunday afternoon, I had OVER 4.000 unread blog posts to read in Bloglovin. No, I'm sorry, I haven't read every single one, but I have skimmed, highlighted ones that peaked my interest, and are bringing those numbers down daily.

I am SO excited because August is my birthday month! I'm hoping to plan some fun celebrations for my blog and shops for the month of August, so keep an eye out for some fun happenings! But I need some help in the birthday area. Do you collect any awesome birthday rewards on your day? Where from? I want to sign up for them so they are ready on my birthday! Leave me a comment below!

Okay, now for my real post today! I'm actually guest posting for Kristyn at Chits and Giggles today, as she is recovering from her vacation! So stop over and say HI, and read my post on one of my favorite summer vacations as a kid! It is truly a hidden gem in the US!

Alrighty, now head on over to her blog, but don't forget to leave me a comment of your favorite birthday rewards to get on your special day! Are any of you August birthdays too?!
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Oh, How Pinteresting...Dream Wedding Edition

No, this is not a "Hint Hint" saying I will be married anytime soon, as I do not have anyone who I am currently interested in or dating. BUT, I love weddings and wedding season, and have a whole entire pinterest board dedicated to when that special time comes! So here are just a few of my dream wedding pinspirations!

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Caprese Skewers

Today I'm sharing with you a delicious, EASY, fresh summer recipe that has gotten many rants and raves at the parties I bring these little bites of awesome to. I'm all for a recipe in the summer that requires no heat, since it is so hot outside. I also salivate at the thought of a Caprese Salad. What is Caprese, you ask? It is a salad made of rich, creamy mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and juicy tomato, basking in a balsamic vinegar and olive oil drizzle, finished with freshly cracked salt and pepper. Sounds AH-mazing, right? Well, my recipe today is basically a more fun, easier, and less messy version of the salad, because it's on a stick!

(I found this idea via Pinterest, but don't have a specific recipe I followed. I made it myself!)

You will need:
cherry or grape tomatoes
a roll of mozzarella cheese (found in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store)
fresh basil
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
salt and pepper

*NOTE: I did not give specific amounts of the ingredients, because it is based on taste and how many you are going to make. Use your best judgment after reading this tutorial!*

Step 1: Chop Chop!
Chop your mozzarella into chunks and your tomatoes in half. You may get the pre-sliced mozzarella and then just cut chunks from each slice, or you can get the roll whole, and determine the size of your chunks. Another idea for your cheese is to get the mozzarella pearls, for less prep time. Tear the basil into smaller leaves.
(Notice the Italian flag?! :) Also, by this time I have taste-tested a lot of tomatoes and mozzarella. Best part!!)

Step 2: Assemble
Start the assembly of your skewer by sticking on a piece of basil and sliding into the middle of the toothpick.
(Please ignore the chipping nail polish!)
Then, sandwich the basil with two mozzarella chunks on either side.
Finally, skewer on two halves of a tomato for the perfect bite!

Step 3: Drizzle and Marinate
Above is my picture before I add on all the goodness. Then, I just use my chef estimation to drizzle the balsamic vinegar, then the olive oil, over the skewers. Finish with the salt and pepper. Then pop in the fridge for a few hours! The longer the skewers marinate in the delicousness, the more flavorful they will be!

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy!

Do you have a family favorite recipe for summer? What has been on your "to make" list?
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Happies and Crappies

I haven't shared my happies and crappies with y'all for a WHILE, so that's what I'm up to today!
Scissors and a Whisk: Happies and Crappies Link Up
The vacation we took last weekend was so great- very relaxing down at a lake in Oklahoma, and what I needed!
I had some "me time" yesterday, and laid out at a park in town. I got some sun, and they had a kiddie splash pad that I could stay cool with!
My brother is on his mission's trip in Honduras and it sounds like he is having a phenomenal time!
I'm very much enjoying my small group and bible study each week. It uplifts me and makes me pursue God more!
I'm reading a book with my friend and having a book club about it, and I'm really enjoying the book. I can't wait to share it with you all when I'm done!

My laptop officially bit the dust this week, which made for an unhappy me. Now I will be using the family computer at home, or my iPhone, to post. Hopefully I can get something new soon, but I just don't have the funds to pocket it right now.
We were going to fly in my dad's little six-seated plane down to OK for our lake weekend, but when we got ALL of our things in, hopped in ourselves, and got all situated, my dad went to turn it on, and it wouldn't start. It needed a part that wouldn't be there until the next day, so we had to decide if we wanted to drive the 7 hour drive down there (the flight was only going to be 2 hours), or not go at all. So we drove, and it was fine, but flying would have been much easier.
My foot is still hurting after standing on it for long periods of time, which is both frustrating and paining. I'm praying for complete healing!

Alrighty, that's enough of that for the week! How's your week been? Link up and give us the deets!
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Guest Post: Classroom Cutouts

Hello lovelies! Today's special guests are new to the blogging world, but they have some of the cutest classroom ideas! They are Martha and Wendie from 2 Smart Wenches! Make sure you go say Hi once you've jotted down this wonderful tutorial!!
What an honor to be a guest here at The Gypsy Teacher and be able to share a little something with you.

Wendie and I are so excited about our classroom decor theme this year. We are still in the beginning stages but we really wanted to share a great and fun way to make your room look one of a kind. We started off really wanting to create something unique and bright. Wendie came up with a great idea of using bright, colorful tissue paper to make our own classroom bug cutouts. They're turning out to be the cutest bugs you have ever seen! :)

The process is easy enough.

First, decide on the theme of your classroom decor and the cutouts you want to create. Then, purchase some poster board to help give your cutouts a sturdy shape. Draw your picture and then cut it out.
Here are some of ours and they are roughly 12 inches long and 12 inches wide.

Then, cut out strips of tissue paper. There are no set dimensions and you can just tear and roll if you would like. I personally like the beads similar in size so I used my scissors to cut strips. The strips I use are 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.

This part can take awhile, so pace yourself. I did this sitting in front of the television watching Pretty Little Liars and House Hunters International. It made the task and time pass rather quickly. You will end up with lovely beads of tissue paper.

Once you think you have enough of the colors you need (believe me- these little beads go a long way), you can start gluing the beads down. Elmer's glue is the best for this and you will need a big bottle. Here is my bee in progress.

Now, here is the final product of the bee and ladybug.

I like that they can all look different. Wendie's look just as lovely, but with bigger beads.

We hope this is helpful and inspires you to create your own classroom cutouts.

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