Be That Match

10 of the best ways to motivate middle and high school students

All teachers have had those students who can learn but simply choose not to. We’ve witnessed wasted beautiful minds, nonchalance of talent, and the refusal of effort. ​It is absolutely maddening; those students have the ability, but for whatever reason, their fire hasn’t been ignited. As educators, we long to be that incendiary match, but it’s much easier […]

Why Every Husband & Father Should See Pixar’s Inside Out

Fantastic family movie, especially for those who struggle with emotions!

Pixar’s animated movie Inside Out made my husband a better father. Truth!

Smells Like Childhood

Neutrogena Sunblock Matching Quiz

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.   The simple things are what I remember most about my childhood. Running around barefoot outside, invincible to bee stings and splinters. Joining the other […]

They Serve Bagels In Heaven

What an inspirational interview with author of They Serve Bagels In Heaven!

They Serve Bagels In Heaven is a fantastic romance that radiates inspiration from its pages. As crazy as it may sound, I felt a sense of calm after finishing this book; my apprehensions about death were allayed through one couple’s love for each other.

Loving the Mom in Me

What do your underwear say about YOU?!

One woman’s life story as told by her underwear. If these panties could talk…

Chip and Joanna, Call Me!

Before and After with Air Stone

We used Air Stone in the kitchen and are in love with the finished product!

Gimme Some of the Grape!

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Safe medicine storage is a MUST with little kids running around. Here are 5 tips to properly store your meds!

Small Favors

Small Favors

I’m late a lot. Running behind schedule, rushing out the door late. I like to blame my children, but it’s mostly my fault. Or my husband’s. He does dumb stuff when we should be leaving the house. When I was in labor with our son, my better half took the dogs for a long run at […]

Because You Love To See Them Smile

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Ocean City, Maryland. That was my family’s summer vacation destination when I was little. We would pack up the car with bags and boxes until there was barely any room left for people, then my brother and I would sprawl out in the backseat on the make-shift bed our Mom had fashioned with a few […]

We’re Broken

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Before my husband’s last day of school, he sent me an email with the subject line: “Wanna go?” I opened the message to find an invite to Harrisburg to participate in the Campaign Fair Education Funding Rally on June 23rd. His superintendent had invited everyone to attend the event because “this is a critical issue […]

Advice From An Educator: High School Isn’t Real

Tips for High School Grads

High school graduates have their whole lives in front of them to go where they want, choose their own path. As long as that path leads them to a baseball game, they’ll learn everything they need to know in order to succeed along their chosen path.

Hear Me Out!

Fair Funding for PA!

As parents, we always want the best for our children; we pray for their health and happiness, and try our best to raise them to become contributing members of society. And hey, if they can eventually buy Mama a beach house, BONUS! It takes hard work, steadfast determination, and a pinch of grace, and except […]

Does This Confidence Make My Butt Look Big?

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The fam and I made our annual trek to the beach last week, and the weather, unlike last year’s chilly and windy BS, was glorious. The kids had a blast splashing in the surf, digging to China, and eating snacks covered in sand. The grown-ups enjoyed a few too many adult beverages and laughed until our […]

Things They Don’t Tell You When Your Kid Is Sick

10 Things I Wish I Had Known About Sick Kids

“The only thing she’s got going for her is her looks!” I joke because that’s my public coping mechanism. Privately, I worry and get angry and lash out. I’m no picnic to live with right now, lemme tell ya. Better yet, let my husband tell ya… From an oral aversion that makes eating next to impossible, to […]

Check Yo’self Before You Wreck Yo’self. Or Get Sunburn.

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This here blog has given me so many fantastic opportunities, and aside from meeting some of my favorite people in the world, the best part about writing has been the chance to use my teacher voice and edumacate the peoples, which is why I am SO! excited to announce my new partnership with the lovely people at Know Your […]

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a WAHM

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The year was 2009. I had given birth to my blue-eyed baby boy and was contemplating returning to the classroom full-time. The thought of leaving my little angel (and of having to shower before 6am) was daunting, so during an early morning feeding, I Googled “teach from home” and was surprised that there was actually […]

Is Your Student a Good Candidate for Online Learning?

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Cyber school, or online learning, has the potential to provide a solid education to students who wouldn’t otherwise receive one. I’ve had students enrolled in my virtual classroom for reasons ranging from medical issues to a crazy busy schedule of training to become a professional ballerina! Sure, there are some students who opt for cyber school […]

Bitches, Lesbians, Teen Mothers: The Inspiration Behind Some of Pittsburgh’s Listen To Your Mother Stories

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July 29, 2006 July 26, 2009 May 9, 2011 April 14, 2014 May 8, 2015 Those are the dates that changed my life, the way I define myself as a woman. I will forever remember those days as the ones that challenged me to open my heart in ways I never had before. My wedding day […]

Hands

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The second I held my son in 2009, my heart was permanently relocated from my chest and stitched to my sleeve, out in the open and vulnerable. This is not unique to me; all mothers will tell you the same thing: when we give birth to the incredible little humans we’ve created and carried for months, it’s […]

This One Time I Took Stuff Without Paying For It…

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I was in seventh grade. Maybe eighth. I was having a hard time “finding myself” as I watched those around me submerge, never to be seen again, in the various social cliques of middle school. Preps? Brains? Jocks? Bad Girls? I owned an argyle sweater, had a 4.0 GPA, played softball, and had a smart mouth. Where […]