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.

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...

We’re Far from the Shallow Now

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This summer I enrolled you in swim lessons. I did this despite the fact that you are terrified of the water and climb up my shoulder like a cat when I carry you into...

A Grandmother’s Legacy

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If you had asked me when I was a child to define what a "grandmother" is, I would have given you all of the stereotypical attributes. I would have described a little old lady...

Moving with Children is Just as Stressful as You Think it Will Be

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So you've decided to buy a new home? Congratulations! Fair warning, though: moving to a new house with children in tow is just as stressful as you think it will be. Just go ahead...

Throw the SIMPLE Birthday Party

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Hi, my name is Rachel and I am a Pinterest addict. I am guilty of spending hours upon hours scrolling and pinning projects that I have no real intention of ever completing (even though...

My Car is Dirtier than Yours

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When I turned sixteen, my parents bought me a brand new Volkswagen Jetta and I was so proud of it. I washed it every single weekend -- a full detail, including scrubbing the tires,...