3 Things That Have CHANGED MY LIFE

 

 

 

Sorry to yell at you all in that title, there, but I’m just really, really excited about these things! Truly!

 

So, listen. There are a whole lot of things I use on the regular that bring me great joy and that make my life better– from the way I prepare coffee [...]

We’ve All Had That “Oh, Crud” Moment: When Sick Gets Real

CONTEST HAS ENDED: Congratulations to our winner, Brandy!

 

 

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and 20th Century Fox. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

 

Last Spring, my sweet G. climbed off the bus and I took one took at her stormy looking face and asked, “Honey, what’s [...]

Shopping with JL (& an Update)

 

 

 

Well, hi there!

 

Did you think I’d fallen off the face of the planet? I’ll be honest– I’ve felt that way a bit lately. So many times, I’d start to write a post or go to pen a Facebook update and then, well, it felt like it’d been so long that [...]

6 Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Considering Being a Substitute Teacher

 

 

 

This is my third (!) year as a substitute teacher now. Obviously, I love it. It’s turned out to be a truly wonderful fit for me and for my family. The reasons for that go beyond the very obvious “it works with my schedule” (though that’s obviously a big perk.)

 

Still, [...]

(How to Make) All-Purpose Healing Salve

 

 

 

No matter what all the pumpkin spice addicts try to tell me, I know there’s just about a full MONTH of summer left. Hooray! I love the lingering light of summer and really never want it to end.

 

With summer, however, come a lot of minor skin irritations. From too much [...]

When Sick Gets Real

 

 

 

One thing I’ve learned from my experience with the app “TimeHop” is that I do not enjoy reliving episodes involving sick children. As a result, you will find no pathetic shots of sickly children documented on social media from our last run-in with the flu. I know I’m not going to want [...]

Bruised and Scratched

 

 

 

“I have a bruise here, Mrs. S. See? On my leg?”

 

“Good,” I replied.

 

And they all just laughed.

 

 

They’re used to me, that second grade class. If you put it together, I’ve taught them 15% of their second grade year. That’s a pretty sizable chunk!

 

Frequently [...]

Being an Ally in an “Us vs. Them” World

 

 

One day last Spring, I substitute taught in kindergarten. The class was, let’s say, energetic and, let’s be honest, I was fairly unseasoned in the world of kindergarten at that point. Nonetheless, I did my best and most of them followed suit. A couple children struggled to cooperate and I asked them to [...]

Marital Goals for 2016

 

 

My Personal Goals for 2016 got eaten up into the abyss of the interwebz, and, honestly, I haven’t been able to bear the thought of rewriting and typing the whole thing with my still-hurt hand. But that doesn’t mean I can’t write! I’ve decided to move on to my Marital Goals post because, [...]

Goals for 2016: Financial

 

 

 

A few days ago, I shared my 2016 Family Goals with you all. They were fun!!! Today’s topic is not quite as fun, but it’s definitely important.

 

My husband and I are very finance-minded people who like to set goals and allocate funds accordingly. We already have meetings or check-ins periodically [...]

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