Saying goodbye to Faith-Family-Frailty of Mind

My life this year has been about simplifying, and slowing down. I’m learning to take time to enjoy the moment.

I have struggled with my blog for almost a year now. It has felt too chaotic, too random.

I have decided that I will streamline my blog as I have begun to streamline my life. My new blog “Slow Down and Live”  will focus on my faith and family and learning to live in the present, enjoying both to the fullest.

I will be creating a separate blog themed only for teaching so that neither are cluttered with unrelated stuff.

I hope you join me in this change.  I will eventually be deleting this blog completely.

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


Year Long Dinosaur Unit

Year Long Dinosaur Unit

Teacher Tuesday



This year I am decorating my classroom in Dinosaurs.  One day a week (Fridays) we will be exploring one topic or Dinosaur.  This will last for the whole year.

Below I will share with you my Lesson Schedule, Dinosaur Journal Templates, Journal Answer Key as well as the activity and art craft that will go along with our study of fossils.


Dinosaur Journal

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Dinosaur Journal Map (not included in Journal Doc)


Dinosaur Friday Schedule and Journal Worksheet Key


Dinosaur Map (Graphic Organizer) Completed


This will take you the the teachers pay teachers free download (where I found it)


To help with all we’re learning I also created documents labels and found photos of each dinosaur that can be printed out on card stock, laminated and displayed.

Dinosaur Photos

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Lesson Labels

(click photo to access labels)

I hope you enjoy these.  I know it seems like a lot for Kindergarten but spaced out over the year I do think it will be enjoyable for the students and they will learn some about Dinosaurs.

I’m curious as to what you think and what changes you would make or activities you might add (I haven’t planned many activities related to the subject).

Comment and Let me know!




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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Teacher Corner


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Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Before I begin and share a recipe that is easily my daughter’s new favorite (it’s a cookie!), I want to apologize for being absent from posting.

I recently joined Thirty-One Gifts as an Independent Sales Consultant and have put much of my attention there. I am sorry to my faithful readers that I have not been keeping up with things here.

That being said, let me tell you a story.

Last week my daughter turned 5 years old.


At her party a dear friend of our brought us some Zucchini and Yellow Squash from their garden.   Now I love foods with Zucchini in them but I’m not a fan of zucchini itself.  I feel it has no flavor.  That, however, is the great thing about zucchini, it can become just about anything.

I got online and looked up some recipes and this is one of the recipes I settled on making.



Most people don’t look at Bananas and Zucchini and think


But when I saw the recipe online I thought, “that sounds yummy”.


You can find the recipe at  Inside BrewCrew Life 

The recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.  It’s fun when your pile of cookies looks like this:



These are kid approved.  Yes, my daughter eats most veggies with broccoli being her favorite. But she actually likes these better than regular chocolate chip cookies.  I know, she told me so.


If you try out this cookie recipe, let me know if it was as much a hit for your family as it was mine!





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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


Walking the Cemetery (Wordless Wednesday)

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Photography


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Updated Math Wall

Teacher Tuesday


I posted previously about having walls that worked in the classroom.  Making them interactive rather than just pretty.

This was what my math wall looked like….




I decided this year to redo it so that everything was uniform and yet still held the same idea.  I have uploaded my files to Google Drive and I am going to share them for free.

My inspiration for these changes came from various sources on Pinterest. Here they are….




I took a few ideas from each of these and made my own special to what we will be working on in our classroom.

Math Wall 1 (School day count, place value and add)

(use number cared with this)

Math Wall 2 (Labels for subjects)

(plan on getting two decks of Trends 0-100 # Flashcards with number on one side word on the other)

10 Square (to go with “looks like”)

Piggy Bank

Clock Recorder

And this is the clock I plan on making to use with my classroom.




What else would you add to your math wall to make it the best it could be?


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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Teacher Corner


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Baked Cheesy Tomatoes

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This recipe is incredible easy and can be altered to catered to preferences.  I’ll even include some of my changes I have made over the many times I have made this dish.


2 Tomatoes

4 Slices of bread (I have also used two slices of Italian bread broken in half)

Shredded Parmesan Cheese




Cooking Oil



1.) Slice Tomatoes and lay them out on a baking sheet




2.) Sprinkle on salt, pepper, oregano (to taste), add cheese (as much or little as you want) and drizzle with oil (I often leave this off)

  • I substituted Parmesan cheese with Mozzarella cheese
  • I have also used Italian seasoning instead of oregano (i think I like this better)




3.) Bake at 425 degree Farenheit for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted somewhat like this….





4.) Toast bread and add tomatoes to bread.  A piece of Italian bread can hold one tomato per half (so you may need 4 slices of bread to have toast for each slice of baked tomato).  Regular bread can hold two slices of tomato per slice of toast.

In the end you have something like this….




It’s healthy, it’s tasty and I would encourage any of you to try it.

If you do please come back and share your variation with me.  I’d love to try some new versions of this basic dish.

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Recipes


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Being a Good Friend After Becoming a Mother

Surprise Sunday


It’s no secret, I am a mom.  These are my children….


park fun


They keep my life interesting. I spent most of my evening returning MY tennis shoes back to where they belong because my son feels the need to bring them from the doorway to the dining room and place them on the dining room table.  My daughter was a little more subdued and spent the night coloring (she loves art).

What I am realizing is that I am a horrible friend. I feel guilty having to share my attention between my friends and my children and so often I shy away from gatherings where that is needed.  That normally means if I have my children (ie. they are not home with their father or off with their grandparents) I tend to neglect my friends.

Sometimes I have gatherings at my house and my friends come, and I don’t feel as guilty because this is where my kids live and they should here.  But that isn’t fair to my friends either.

I know I need that adult interaction, but, as my husband tells me, I’m not good about asking for help.  I get it stuck in my head that is is my responsibility,  and I suck it up and I try to take care of it.  I feel guilty even asking my in laws (my kid’s grandparents) to babysit because they’re my kids, they’ve all ready raised their kids and shouldn’t have to take care of mine.

They offer a lot, and I normally take them up on the offer.  I don’t have a problem accepting help, It’s just hard for me to ask for it.  I always feel like i’m shirking my responsibilities when I do.

Isn’t it lazy to ask someone else to do something that I can do?

But how much longer can I do it myself? How much longer can I take on the world before I crash and burn?

How do I balance work, being a wife,being a mother, taking care of the house, having time for myself and still being the friend i should be for my friends?

I have some wonderful friends who are very understanding.  They were supportive of me when i was a single mother, they celebrated with me when I got married and added another child to my family, and it feels like sometimes the best I can do is give them a facebook shout out.

That’s not a good friend.  I miss making connections with people.  Being online keeps people in contact but not connected.

I know I have lost friends after becoming a mother.

Some could not handle that my life was different.  That I wasn’t free to go out at nine when they called at eight.

Some, we just drifted apart. They began a family of their own, or moved away, or they put the same energy into advancing their careers as I have put into caring for my family.  That is the nature of life.  Not all friendships last forever.

But the friends I still have are special, and I feel like I am neglecting them.  I hate that feeling.  But I don’t want to neglect my family either and I know I can’t do it all.  So what gives?


Hey moms!  

How do  you balance all of this?  

How do you make time to still be a good friend while still being a good mother?

Am I the only one who struggles with this?  

Leave me a comment and give me some advice!


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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Parenthood


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