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Maggie Hensler

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Maggie Hensler is a wife, mother and high school teacher living in Iowa. Besides keeping busy with her two boys, teaching and coaching the speech and debate team, Maggie enjoys couponing as a hobby and as a way to stretch dollars to allow her family to still enjoy the finer things in life on a teacher's salary!

Black Friday and Before: 2020 Edition

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I am one of those crazy people who loves going Black Friday shopping, and sadly, this will not be one of those years with the rising Covid-19 cases. Fortunately, the stores know that many...

2020 Alternative Halloween Fun

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This year Halloween falls at the perfect time: it is on a Saturday, and there will also be a full moon that rarely happens on Halloween to make the night extra spooky. Of course,...

2020: A School Year Like Never Before

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this school year both as a teacher, as a wife of another teacher, and as a mom. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to say...
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A Day in the Life of a Teacher During Shutdown

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These days, a day in the life of a teacher is far different than a normal routine.  My husband and I are teachers, and when the shut-down started, so had Spring break. This was...

Food Assistance in the Quad Cities during Covid-19 Pandemic

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With the announcement of schools closing across the country, one of the biggest concerns, especially of educators like myself, is how will some of these kids eat? A lot of students rely on free...

My Family of Four is Fantastic

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When my husband and I were dating, he told me he wanted six kids. He had names picked out for each of them, and oh yeah, it would include a set of twins. I’ll...

Black Friday (and more!) Guide 2019

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I am one of those crazy people who loves Black Friday shopping. Unfortunately, that means I do go out on Thanksgiving, but it’s now just part of my Thanksgiving tradition that I go shopping...

TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

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Cheating in school is nothing new. I’m sure many of us can recall a time when we heard about some kids cheating in school (not any of us, of course) and maybe they got...

KEEPING YOUR SANITY ON FAMILY ROAD TRIPS

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Kids and teachers everywhere are cheering that it’s finally summer vacation! While at the same time, parents are trying to figure out how to keep their kids busy all summer. As both teachers and...

COMPARING MEAL-KIT DELIVERY: WHICH IS BEST?

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Our nights are busy. So are our days. And our weekends. Basically, we’re just always busy. About a year ago, we were eating out a lot, which of course means also spending a lot...

GIVE EXPERIENCES, NOT STUFF: QUAD CITY STYLE

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Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, if you still aren’t quite sure what to get the kids in your life, and you’re tired of just accumulating more stuff after Christmas, perhaps you...

2018 BLACK FRIDAY GUIDE

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I love Black Friday shopping. It’s my favorite shopping time of the year to stock up on some of the things that I have run out of or to update items. In the last...