Bittersweet

 

 

“23 days until summer!!!”

 

The sign is bright and bold and impossible to miss at the front of the bus. I watch the driver carefully wipe off the three and change it to a two with a vivid orange dry erase marker.

 

22 days.

 

That’s what stands between us and [...]

If the dress fits…

 

 

“Mike’s end-of-the-year work party is coming up, so I ordered a bunch of dresses from Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom’s, figuring I’d just have them delivered and return what I didn’t like. I think I got like a dozen of them. Mike may have raised a brow at the $2,500 charge (giggle), but [...]

Little Things Making a Big Difference

 

 

I’m having a fantastic day.

 

I really am! And this is in spite of the fact that today marks the end of Spring Break. And I had to get out the door at the crack of dawn* to drive A. to Advanced Orchestra. And I hardly got any sleep last night thanks [...]

For the Smell of It

 

 

So far, I’ve written a little about what got me interested in essential oils and also what mistakes I’ve made along the way. I apologize upfront for this series being so very spread out, but it truly is intentional– I don’t want to bore or overwhelm you, for one thing. For another, this [...]

Irish by Marriage

 

 

I’m German.

 

And Norwegian.

 

A bit of Czechoslovakian thrown in there, too.

 

 

 

I am not Irish.

 

Despite my fair skin.

 

Despite my green-blue eyes.

 

Despite my never-ending supply of green in my wardrobe.

 

But, hey!

 

I’m Irish by marriage!

 

So bring [...]

I love them, too.

 

 

I had the opportunity to sub for a first grade class for five days in a row so their teacher could go spend some time with her father whose health was failing.

 

I had a chance to read one-on-one with each and every one of them multiple times. I taught about measurement [...]

Beyond Pinterest-Perfect

 

 

Technically, I walked into the first grade classroom to provide reading and writing support for two specific students. Knowing that it was the day of all the Valentine’s Day parties, however, I didn’t really expect to be doing a lot of academic work. I was correct.

 

The room was FULL of extra [...]

Quirky Clothing Issues

 

 

I’m sitting here, snuggled under a zebra-striped furry fleecy blanket, riding out yet another snowstorm. We’ve only been to school one Monday since the New Year, I think… and that day was an accelerated early dismissal day! (<– Translation: we got out at noon.) Next Monday is President’s Day so, even if we [...]

Junk- and Clutter-Free Journal Favor

 

 

Got a party in your plans? Don’t give up on favors just because they’re traditionally pricey, junky, or cluttery. This fun, useful favor comes together with a small pricetag and won’t drive the parents of the party-goers nuts. Winning!

 

 

 

I’m aware that some people have strong feelings about party favors.

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What’s Your Christmas Soundtrack?

 

 

This time of year, I scroll through my social media feeds and get all twitchy and awkward feeling. You see, I’m just so TIRED of the same ol’ Santa debates and number of gift discussions and yes/no Christmas card hooplah and all that. It kind of rains on my parade, if I’m honest. [...]

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