Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July (if you celebrate it)!  We are enjoying Breckenridge, Colorado today and man, do I love it here as you know.  This town and community is just too much fun and so outdoorsy (as are most things Colorado).

Yesterday, my family and I volunteered at the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race check-in.  We are wearing our new, stylish F50 t-shirts below.  It was so fun to see Miss O be so confident and chatting away with total strangers about the race and gear.  That gal is growing up for sure.

This photo below is looking back on Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Mr. UpCyclist took this on his run with Jedi this morning.  Isn't it gorgeous here?!  Pinch me.

And, because this photo of Jedi is one of my new favorites, here is Jedi testing out the Fourth of July parade route at 7am today.  He gives it two paws up!  I love Jedi's smile.
Have a super holiday and wherever you are, get outside, enjoy your loved ones, and keep making the world a better place.

xo from Breckenridge,

Celebrate Those Teachers and Amazon, say what?!

It's almost the end of the academic year and time to celebrate those teachers who are awesome (or those teachers who could use more awesome in their repertoire).  Ha!

Go to Hello, Strategies and use the code:  MYTEACHERSROCK2017 to get 25% off of all products sitewide.  Why not shower your favorite teachers with thank you gifts they can use with their current and future students - like our Question Cards, Wooden Nickels or our ebook?

And....Jackie and I are totally psyched to announce.....our ebook is now available in softback/paperback on Amazon!

Get your copy of Hello, Teaching Strategies on Amazon (and while you are there, be sure to review the book once you purchase it).

Yay for awesome teachers and another great academic year!


Graduation Subway Art 2017

Hi y'all -

It's that time of year again when we start thinking ahead to all those graduations in May and June.

Thanks to a reminder from Elizabeth, here is the 2017 version of ....drum roll, please....Upcycled Education's graduation subway art!

To save and use, right click on the image below and choose "save as."  Or visit this link here to retrieve a copy of the image.

Enjoy and Happy Graduation to all those amazing graduates in your life!


Words in the Running for 2017

While I wait for my 2017 word to magically appear - you can read more about my word for 2017 here - I thought I'd share the list of word contenders and one more ski photo, because why not?  Plus, this angle - with the sky totally in the background - is so cool as is my lovely, ski bunny partner.

Jen and Miss O ski

I am down to this list of words and a few phrases....

  • Now - as in "be in the present moment"
  • Prosperity - which is a strange word for me, yet there is something I like about it.  I think it is the "thriving" part of the definition of prosperity that speaks to me
  • Go - This word might be too active for me, yet I like that it's slightly fiery to me and I might get some cool projects done.
  • Minimize - As in minimize the noise, wasted time, junk in my life, self-sabotaging thoughts.  I'm so done with those thoughts.
  • Intuition - Love this one!  I'm a big believer in my wise, inner voice.  And, if I were to listen to my wise, inner voice more?!  Oh my!  
  • Flow - This one is about living my values, listening to my intuition, being in alignment; I like flow. This is a good word for me.
  • Momentai - which is a Cantonese phrase that means "no problem."  I was told by a fabulous former student, C, that it bears the meaning of "assuring the listening to stay calm."  I love that - assuring the listening to stay calm.  It reminds me a bit of minimize.

And....believe it or not, this phrase keeps coming back to me as my word (phrase) for 2017:

Leave it all on the dance floor.

I'll give my intuition a few more days to figure this out and then, I'll be ready to embrace what word or phrase appears to serve me for 2017.

Have you figured out your word for 2017?  Share it below or on your favorite social media outlet.


Happy 2017!

Lara Family Skis in Breck 2016-17

Good bye to a fantastic 2016 and Hello to 2017!  I am soooo excited for what's ahead!

All the best to you and your dreams - Let's do this!

With love from Breckenridge,