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This post has been sponsored by Borden. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  When I think of milk, the first thing that comes to mind is a milkshake.  As a child, I remember sitting at the counter of a local ice cream parlor and being thrilled when my parents let me order a banana milkshake.  […]

Milkshake Making with Borden Dairy Milk

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This post was sponsored by Cincinnati Premium Outlets. All experiences and opinions shared are my own. Is there anything that signifies the end of summer more than back to school shopping? Especially after you pull out last fall’s wardrobe only to realize that all of your children have grown several inches in the past year […]

Back to School Ready with Cincinnati Premium Outlets

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In November 2017, I had a prophylactic double-mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I was 34-years-old. I made this decision after discovering I carried a mutation to the NBN gene. The NBN gene is responsible for the production of nibrin whose job is to repair damaged DNA. The NBN gene is also associated with an increased risk for developing breast […]

Pregnant After a Mastectomy

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When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins and Unplugged by Steven Antony make great additions to bookshelves in the classroom and at home. Both books tell the stories of what happens when the main character loses access to power – meaning no access to their beloved electronic devices. These stories are great for teaching kids […]

Teaching kids about limiting screen time through picture books

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Today, I’m sharing FIVE of my favorite bat-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core […]

Five Favorite Bat Picture Books + Activities

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Who else is embracing October with big, wide, loving arms?! This girl is! Dear Mother Nature is still all summer and sunshine, but I know there will be a day all too soon where I long for days in the 80s, so I’m just going to roll with it – tank tops and all. Here are […]

Favorite Five | Edition No. 4

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Several years ago, Brandon and I were at a local antique mall and happened upon an old, wooden box, stuffed with recipes that dated back into the early 1970s. There were those lovingly typed onto recipes cards, some written in scrolling cursive onto looseleaf, while others were neatly trimmed out of the newspaper or shared […]

Roman Apple Cake

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I have long been a fan of highlighters. They’re fun and florescent and I always appreciate the chiseled tip for writing with. Weird? Something tells me my teacher friends totally understand what I’m talking about. My students always appreciate a good highlighter, too, and well, any writing tool that isn’t a pencil or crayon. It’s like […]

Highlight-a-Letter Activities

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I am loving this season of transition from summer to fall.  September is the space in the year where you can settle into the swing of the school year before the holiday craziness descends in mid-October and doesn’t let up until the first of January.  I am here to fully embrace any opportunity to slip into leggings […]

FAVORITE FIVE | EDITION NO. 1

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Starting the FASTer Way to Fat Loss? Check out these five tips for FASTer Way to Fat Loss Success! I’m in the middle of my second round of Faster Way to Fat Loss, so I wanted to share some tips that help make this lifestyle as successful as possible for me! If you’re not familiar with […]

Five Tips for Faster Way to Fat Loss Success

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