VIPKid Easy and Cheap Halloween Background

Hello ESL Teachers,

It is Halloween season and I love it. Everything gets all spooky and fun. I love telling my students about Halloween. They will show me their cute costumes and some even hide and pop out to scare me when I open my camera.

I love decorating my background. I usually look for simple and cheap ways with things I already have on hand or from the Dollar store.

I already had my map up. That is my usual background (I travel a lot so I keep it simple with a foldable map and sticky tack).

What I bought:

  • The fake web in a bag for $1
  • The Small Gel Pumpkin Clings for $1.54
  • The Tombstone Chalk Board for $1.

I used some thumb tacks that I had around the house to put it up on the wall. If you are worried about poking holes use command hooks. They stick up on the wall and can be removed when you are finished.

I used some chalk I had to write “Teacher Heather 👻” on the Tombstone Chalk Board.

This was my simple and cheap way to add a little spooky to my background. It’s nothing fancy but I am a minimalist. Comment your ideas of other cheap and easy backgrounds.

Teach on,

The VIPKid Yoga Teacher – Heather

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DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner

My mat gets dirty all the time. As it should because I use it regularly. It catches the dirt from my feet, sweat from my body, and of course cat and dog hair. I get down and dirty on my mat all the time. That is why I wanted to make my own cleaner. One that would disinfect and not leave a filmy residue. I am also a sucker for essential oils.

What you will need:

  • Funnel
  • Measuring cups (1/2 cup and 1/8 cup)
  • 8 FL oz spray bottle (got mine at walmart for around $1)
  • Distilled water
  • Witch Hazel
  • Tea Tree oil (this is to disinfect)
  • Essential oil of your choosing (optional, I used Lemongrass)

Before you get started make sure your spray bottle works properly. Test it out in the sink with tap water before starting your mix.

  1. Open the spray bottle and insert funnel
  2. Pour in 1/2 cup of Distilled water
  3. Pour in 1/8 cup of witch hazel
  4. Drip 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
  5. Drip 10 drops of the essential oil of your choosing.
  6. Screw the spray nozzle back onto the bottle and shake well. Walla!

Spray on mat and then wipe off with clean cloth. Let mat completely dry before you roll it up.


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Heather 😉

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How to Make an Eye Pillow

Eye pillows are perfect for relaxing and/or Shavasana. Shavasana is that part of yoga everyone loves at the end of class. You lay down on your mat and end your practice with a mix of relaxation and a meditation.


  • Fabric of your choice 9 in./8 in. (I used cotton fabric from Walmart I found on sale)
  • Needle and thread that matches your material
  • Fabric pins
  • Scissors
  • Rice (I used brown rice)
  • Essential Oils of your choice (I used Lavender and Cedar Wood)
  • Bowl, spoon, measuring cup (1 cup)and funnel.

Side Note: I used a sewing machine but you can hand-stitch this if you do not have a machine.

The picture above is a rough idea of what will happen. Yes, I drew it on my whiteboard. You will fold the fabric right sides together so that all you see is the wrong side of the fabric. Pin it in place so that it doesn’t move around when you sew.

Giving yourself 1/2 in. seam allowance, Starting sewing from the folded edge. NOTE: you will not sew all the way around. You will need to leave a gap so that you can turn it right side out. I recommend not putting the gap on a corner because you will have to hand sew the gap closed. In the picture above I show a dotted line this represents where you will sew.After you have finished turn it right side out.

Pore one cup of rice into a bowl. Drip 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil or oils. Stir with spoon. Put funnel into pillow and pour rice into the pillow. Hand-stitch the opening closed. I forgot to film myself doing it so I am including a youtube video of a tutorial.

You can use these at cooling packs by placing them in the freezer. They can also be used as heating pads. Just put it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.

Now you can have your own eye pillow you can take to yoga class or use on the couch to relax. Hope you found this helpful.


The VIPKid Yoga Teacher, Heather



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5 Reasons VIPKID Teachers Should Do Yoga

Are your muscles sore from sitting or standing at your desk for long periods of time? You are definitely not alone. I am a certified yoga instructor and I was using yoga to cure my aches and pains from sitting for long periods of time. I was mainly doing chair yoga in between classes and using those VIPKID “Preposition Yoga” slides to my full advantage. Here are 5 reason VIPKID teachers should do yoga.

1.We Need Movement

Sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time is hard on the body’s circulation. Your spine becomes compressed causing your nerves to be pinched. Not to mention gravity is pulling your 20 lb head towards the floor, causing your posture to go out of alignment. Yoga stretching and poses help correct your posture and relieve pressure. By creating stronger muscles so you can maintain a great posture for longer.

2. Better Sleep

I know that caught your attention. Struggling to get enough sleep is the number one issue I read about in the VIPKID community. Studies have indicated the people with a regular yoga practice fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

3. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Yoga is the practice of combining breath with movement. This helps you to improve your blood flow and intake of oxygen. When you are sitting and or standing and not taking full breathes your body goes into stress. Your body thinks it is in fight or flight. That is one of many reasons we feel exhausted from just being stationary.

4. Increases Focus

Yoga brings your attention within your body. Focusing on breath and your movements pushes all the distracting thoughts away. This calms your mind and body. You will become more present in your life. Yoga is healthy for your brain.

5. Yoga Makes You Happier

Have you ever noticed that yoga people seem happier? They don’t let too much bother them. Just one class of yoga can begin to reprogram your brain. Breathing makes you happier. Even your posture is related to your mood. The biochemical changes in your brain can have huge impacts on your mental and physical health.


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