Happiness Project

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Fall is my absolute favorite season! For me, it’s more transitional than the new year resolutions we set in January. It’s a time to stop and inhale the crisp, Autumn air and renew my spirit. It’s a time filled with family, snuggles, and stories around the fire.

Fall reminds me that there is season for everything. And this season is for renewal and rejuvenation. I hope this Fall Bucket List finds you on a front porch enjoying the falling leaves and a warm cup of apple cider.


Fall Bucket List

Enjoy this free printable! What is your favorite fall tradition?



Giveaways, Happiness Project, Reviews

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In today’s society women and young ladies are bombarded with negative body images along with images of scantly clad women that most strive to recreate. Unfortunately, we often forget that fitness is not just to look great in the mirror, but it is a reflection of how we treat ourselves and our bodies as temples.

We should be nourishing our souls, minds, and bodies with positivism. Michelle at Faithful & Fit has developed a wonderful fitness system that supports one’s soul, mind, and body. Faithful & Fit is a membership based at home system that features uplifting and spiritual articles on a weekly basis.

Watch a detailed review HERE!


  • Weekly motivational e-mails featuring scripture and inspirational articles
  • Variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced workout videos
  • Weekly meal plans
  • Weekly grocery lists
  • Monthly challenges
  • Facebook support group

To celebrate this wonderful program that will support thousands of women and young ladies, I am hosting a giveaway for a FREE one year membership.*

And if you’re not lucky enough to win, then try a FREE 14-day trial.

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*Chic & Cluttered is not responsible for fulfilling this giveaway. Faithful & Fit will provide the prize.

I received a complimentary one year membership to Faithful & Fit in order to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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 With fall quickly approaching, what better time to win a $150 Target shopping trip to get all the necessities and a few special treats. Good luck!


Prize: $150 Target Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 10/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

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Is the Bible true?

Patterns of Evidence was originally released in 2015 and explores the credibility of the Bible with commentary by several Christian scholars.

The quality of the production was of the highest and offered a very intriguing perspective of several stories from the Bible. The documentary takes the audience on a 12- year journey, using animations, with well-known archaeologists: Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl.

While some may not agree with filmmaker Timothy Mahoney, Patterns of Evidence will intrigue viewers on both sides of the debate about the Bible’s credibility. There were some debatable and not covered in great detail opinions about the Exodus, but overall the documentary is a great addition to your wealth of information or a great school assignment for students to study various perspectives.

If you’re interested in purchasing or viewing the documentary, watch the following trailer or visit the website. For less than $3, you can watch it on Amazon or Vudu!


Recently, I have been working on improving my morning self-care routine that normally consists of me hitting snooze so many times that I throw on a little make-up and head out the door–late, of course! HSI sent me a professional flat iron so that I could review it. The HSI Professional 1″ Flat Iron has made it so easy to straighten or curl my hair each morning in less than 10 minutes.

The ceramic heat plates warm within seconds; you can adjust the temperature from 140-450 degrees Fahrenheit. The iron is so sleek that your hair, no matter how nappy, will not get snagged while straitening or curling.

If it couldn’t get any better, you will receive a curling glove and velvet storage bag–perfect when getting ready at the gym and needing to throw it into your bag still warm.

I only have one complaint–the temperature and on/off buttons are located between the two ceramic plates making it difficult to make adjustments while warm.

Check out this wonderful product with the link below!

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Freebies, Teacherisms

As we enter into July, I am approaching my 7th year of teaching. I began my career teaching English Language Arts and Reading, but after three years I made the switch to 7th Grade American History. When I began teaching history, I just knew that I was going to incorporate my love for ELA into my new classroom, as it was pertinent to meeting the new standards. One feature I brought from my ELA classroom was the Interactive Notebook system for organizing classroom notes and activities.

Interactive Notebooks (INB) allow students to create a personalized textbook. INBs can be used in just about every subject area.  As I begin planning for the upcoming year and throughout the year, I will be providing freebies that I have created to make my life easier in the classroom! Today, I am offering a basic table of contents that can be used for any class. If you’d like me to personalize the table of contents, send me an e-mail at chicandcluttered@gmail.com.

Here are some helpful hints when printing or copying pages for your INB:

  1. Print two pages on one sheet.
  2. Or copy/print at 80%

This ensures that the pages are the perfect fit for Interactive Notebooks!

Looking for other classroom inspiration, check out my Teacherisms page!

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Bath Bombs are all the craze right now, so I was super excited to try Cute & Young Bath Bombs with a discount.

Cute & Young did a fabulous job with the packaging of the 6 bath bombs. Each bath bomb comes individually wrapped and labeled. Each scent is described in an additional brochure.

Sweet Dreams 

Blend of Lavender, Chamomile, Sunflower & Sandalwood Oil, it produces a relaxing & calming effect, and helps in release of natural melatonin for better sleep.

Lush Life 

Blend of Black Pepper & Eucalyptus Oil offer warming & stimulating effect that invigorates your senses & prepares you for a wonderful evening

Get Lucky 

Blend of Sweet Orange Oil & Bergamot Oil

Don’t Worry 

Blend of Peppermint oil, Rosemary Oil & Juniper Oil

Feeling Good 

Let the blend of Palmarosa, Rose & Ylang Ylang Oil uplift your mood.

Fix You 

Blend of Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Rosemary & Eucalyptus Oil works like an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory agent, helps prevent infections & bacterial growth, and helps overcome depression

Unfortunately, all the bath bombs smell alike to me. All have an overpowering scent of Ylang Ylang, which is great for anxiety, but not necessarily what I want to smell every time I bathe. It could be that the bath bombs need to be separated to ensure the integrity of each scent.  But for a going price under $20 for 6 bath bombs, you can’t beat it!

They would make great gifts for Mother’s Day, birthdays, and Christmas!

Get them here amazon.com/gp/product/B01N5A39SM

Happy Shopping!



***I received this product using a discount to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

Reviews, Teacherisms

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I love music. I love all types of music–alternative, rock, country, Broadway showstoppers, the list goes on. I believe that music has the power to uplift and motivate the human spirit. I also use it to connect with my students on a more personal basis; if I know the latest and greatest hits, then it opens the avenue to deeper conversations about the history of songs and importance of monitoring what we watch and listen to. While teaching middle school American History can be challenging, it is also very rewarding when you make a difference in a child’s day or even better, future choices.

On the first day of school, I always greet my new kiddos with a bucket of candy and fun music. I want students to have a desire to come to school and own their education, so sometimes we have to let our hair down in the classroom.

I use two different types of music in my classroom. The first type is relaxing and used during tests. The kids have come to expect a nice, calm tune to be played during an exam. I always ask the students for their input on the volume. Sometimes they beg to have “music with words,” but during a test this is not recommended. Below are some great Pandora stations that play relaxing, test-taking music.

Spa Suite Radio

Instrumental Christmas Music

On the other hand, I like to make Fridays a special day in my class. We start the day with some upbeat music while the students complete their class starters. Of course, the music is turned off when we start class discussions, but as soon as we resume group work, I let the music continue. The following are some great Pandora stations. As always, monitor the lyrics.

Radio for Kids Radio

Tween Radio

Schoolhouse Rocks Radio

Family Road Trip Radio

This year I will be kicking it up a notch on Fridays with a LED Party Light! I will be using  my new Disco light for our fun music on Fridays, birthdays, and other occasions that deserve celebration. The light has a lifespan of more than 10,000 hours, so that’s a lot of partying! But my favorite feature is that it has the ability to sync to music and strobe following the beat. Remember to be sure no one in your class is sensitive to strobe lights.

How do you use music in your classroom?

***I was provided this product to provide an honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. Another words, I will receive a compensation if you make a purchase using my link.***

Crafts, How To's

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With the beginning of Lent, I like to begin preparation for the Easter season. I completed my first project last night! I was so excited that I tossed and turned to fall asleep; as most count sheep, I was counting the number of Easter eggs that needed to be decorated before the joyous Easter Sunday.

Many folks asked me where to find the materials to complete these sweet and simple plastic eggs! I am more than happy to spread the word!


Easter Bunny SVG– I bought the SVG from LTCreativeDesignson Etsy. The file is high quality for such a wonderful price, and I would definitely purchase from them again!

Jumbo Plastic Egg– I found these jumbo plastic eggs (7.75 inches) at a Dollar Tree about an hour away from my house, so I will definitely be ordering some from the website. You have to order an assorted pack of 4 eggs at a time.

Angel Crafts Vinyl– For this project I used my Angel Craft Vinyl. I ordered it on Amazon awhile back to have a cheaper option when practicing on personal crafts. Overall, the vinyl has been a great option–I love all the colors!

Cricut Explore– I have had my Cricut Explore for a couple of years. While I do want to upgrade, this machine does everything I need it to do.

Basic Cricut Tools– I do not own fancy-smancy crafting tools! I simply use this basic kit for all my crafting needs!

Helpful Hints

Checkout my video for a few helpful hints on using the file!




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