Atomic Habits By: James Clear New York Times Best Seller How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It’s all about the baby steps. I just finished Atomic Habits and the information seems obvious and like every other book I’ve read about success. Start small. If you want something you have to... Continue Reading →
Why Can’t You Achieve Your Goals?
5 Reasons You are Struggling Cover of the New York Times Best Seller A Book Review I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What it Was By: Barbara Sher with Barbara Smith Why don’t we do the things if we really want them? Here’s the book in a nutshell. You probably went through some... Continue Reading →
6 Points from What Great Teachers Do Differently
What Great Teachers Do Differently 14 Things that Matter Most Copyright 2004 Todd Whitaker Many common sense ideas Great for new teachers or reminders for veteran teachers 1. It’s People Not Programs No program is better than an effective teacher. Being a teacher is about relationships. Presentation is key. Must have credibility, relationships, and excitement... Continue Reading →
No More Reading for Junk Book Review
Review: This book is clear and to the point, but it did not give me additional insight on how to motivate students to read. The ideas in the book sound good in theory but aren’t necessarily relevant in the classroom. Or many teachers are already doing this type of teaching in their classrooms. Unfortunately, many... Continue Reading →
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I went through a messy divorce, which was by far the hardest part of my life, even worse than losing my dad, yet I had moved on, remarried, and finally found happiness. However, my ex-husband remained a thorn in my side. Every move I made, he managed to complicate. He... Continue Reading →
You can’t be a mom
As I walk to my seat in my freshman Intro to English class, I feel this guy looking at me. I glance his way, and he is just smiling and kind of trying to make eye contact. I can tell that he is thinking of something to say. This should feel exciting. It is college.... Continue Reading →
Must Read! Untamed
I am intimidated to even write a review of this book because I know I cannot do it justice. To be honest, I didn’t even know who Glennon Doyle was, but I follow Reese Witherspoon on Instagram, and she had it on her book club page. I saw the book at the library, so I... Continue Reading →
Remote Learning Tips
As parents, I think we can all agree that remote learning is rough on a family. Parents have jobs, kids are home alone, we need to find childcare for younger ones, and life just keeps going, even though the world is in a state of chaos. Here are some tips that I would give to... Continue Reading →
The Last Days of Elf… Phew!
Ok! So I have to be honest. I have not committed to all of my ideas one hundred percent. I got a little lazy on a few of the nights. I promised 24 days of Elf, so here is the final round. Day 15 Lazy Day...Elf hid in the mini tree with a reindeer. You... Continue Reading →
Elf on the shelf Week 2
Well, planning ahead with our Elf has made my life much easier. I normally am so over it at this point, and want Elf to make his way back to the North Pole, but I am actually enjoying it this year! I can't believe I said that! Honestly, I have slacked off a little on... Continue Reading →
Elf on The Shelf Week one
Hopefully you saw day one in the previous post. Here are some ideas to get you through the first week with your Elf. I try to mix the better ideas with the ones that are less work to keep it balanced. Day 2 Popsicle Sticks Clothes Pin Markers A Naughty Nice Chart for the week.... Continue Reading →
24 Elf on the Shelf Ideas
I bet almost every mom right now is thinking about the arrival of the family Elf. It's kind of exciting at first, and as moms, we have the best intentions of doing the Pinterest worthy Elf ideas, then after about a week of The Elf, we are counting down to the day Elf will make... Continue Reading →
Mom and Teacher During Covid-19 Pandemic
When you are a mom, you have to show up. A mom can’t look at her 7-year-old and say, “I can’t today.” She can't tell her teenage son, "I can't help you with your homework tonight." A teacher can’t walk into the classroom and tell her students, “I’m having a hard time with everything, I... Continue Reading →
Colorado in the summer
Summit County Colorado July Family of 5 Kids 20,14, 6 $3000.00 Budget We ventured out west to end our summer break, and we thought that Summit County in Colorado would be a good choice for a family trip during the pandemic with a lot of social distancing options in the great outdoors. The most economical... Continue Reading →
As I have tried to grapple with the rage in our world, and how people are supposed to help, it comes back to educating our children. I teach in a predominately white school corporation, but I still give my students materials that focus on issues we are facing in the world and the world that... Continue Reading →
Who Are Your People?
Do you feel accepted and liked? Geez, that’s a tough question! I don’t know, sometimes? I guess it depends on who I am around. I have some awesome people in my life who include me in their plans, and I hope that means they like me. I am so grateful for that, considering that I... Continue Reading →
It’s Not Personal
“The way people treat you is usually about them not you.” In “Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies,” Schuster writes, “I knew I couldn’t control how other people treated me, but I could decide what I would accept” (216). This quote resided with me because, while I feel comfortable having acquaintances, I find myself struggling with... Continue Reading →
Are You Putting Yourself Last?
Now that you have started journaling and are working on creating habits that help you understand more about yourself, set an intention to do something nice for yourself every day. Make YOU a priority. Don’t put yourself on the back burner. It is so easy to fall into that place where you commit to doing... Continue Reading →
Is Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies Worth the Read?
I saw the cover of this book on Instagram, and thought a book with F*cking in the title would surely be something I needed to read. I would categorize Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies as a self-help book, but in the form of stories and experiences from Schuster’s life. This book was easy to read, […]
Week One Quarantine
My emotions are a paradox. I have this deep sense of gratitude and sadness at the same time. My days have changed tremendously in the past week. I went from a routine of teaching middle school kids about Language Arts and looking forward to spring break to homeschooling an 8th grader and a kindergartener, while making... Continue Reading →
Dad’s Chicken Soup with Kluskis
It's that time of year where everyone wants to make a change. We want to eat better, exercise, achieve our goals, and so on. We have been running on pure chaos since the holidays started, and now we are trying to get back into a groove. I like to start slow with getting myself together.... Continue Reading →