Rachel DeAngelis

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I am a Florida girl who has lived all over the map (including overseas in China!), but for the past few years I've been putting down roots in Knoxville, Tennessee. Besides being the mother of the cutest two little boys in the world (it's true...check Guinness), I am also a wife, cat-whisperer, and high-school English teacher. You can read about all of my latest shenanigans on my blog.

Celebrating Chinese New Year With Your Family

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Almost ten years ago, two crazy kids decided to sell off a bunch of their belongings and move to China to live and work there for a year. Most people thought we were crazy....
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Concord Christian School: Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence

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I believe we can all agree that 2020 was a tough year for education. A global pandemic, nationwide school closures, quarantine, and virtual learning were not on anyone’s radar last January. As frustrated families...

Three Quick and Easy Recipes for Moms Who Hate Cooking

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Do you enjoy baking your own bread from scratch? Whipping up a roux on the fly? Are your friends always complimenting your culinary prowess at potluck parties? If so, then congratulations! (But this post is...
An Homage to Homemade Halloween Costumes

An Homage to Homemade Halloween Costumes

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I have a September birthday, but I often wish that I had been born just one month later. In my opinion, October is the most magical month of the year. Mother Nature dresses in...

He’s My Little Firecracker

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You are loud and sassy. You're not afraid to take risks or make a scene. You have a lot of BIG emotions, and you wear your heart on your sleeve. You dance every time you hear music,...

A Teacher’s Goodbye Letter to Her Seniors

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Our last day of English class together was a blur. I was full of anxiety. I was collecting essays from upwards of 50 students, and thinking about how my spring break was going to...

As It Turns Out, My Kids Are Couch Potatoes

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The sun is shining down brilliantly through the clouds. There is a slight, comfortable breeze making the leaves rustle and whisper in the trees. There is the distant familiar sound of dogs barking and...

If You Ever Get the Opportunity to Host an Exchange Student, DO IT!

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When the school where I work sent an email plea asking for "host families" for a group of middle-school-aged Chinese students coming to visit our campus, I felt nervous and hesitant. What will the student...

Not MY Female Role Model

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I love living in an era in which women have been empowered to take charge and speak up. Our gender, as a whole, is no longer being silenced or pushed into a corner. I am...
New Year, New Entryway

New Year, New Entryway

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It's the season of making resolutions, and this year, I'm resolving to make my house feel more like my home. We moved in last spring, and I've got a to-do list a mile long...

Raising My Mini-Me

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Not too long ago, I caught my five-year-old trying to rip up his All-About-Me poster due as a kindergarten assignment the following day. We had worked really hard on it together. Why would he...

Confessions of a Sugar Addict

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My name is Rachel, and I have a problem. I can eat entire sleeves of Oreos at a time. I often take it upon myself to single-handedly finish off the leftover birthday cake at work.  I have...