Happy November everyone and welcome to Anne In Residence's monthly link-up!



I'm reading the new Olive Kitteridge book:


I'm a fan of author Elizabeth Strout's book, and I especially enjoyed the first Olive book as well as the accompanying mini-series.  Are you an Olive fan?


Tomorrow I'm planning on making chicken francaise which is chicken in a lemon and broth sauce.  I always buy the Purdue thin sliced chicken breast vs. pounding my own chicken. 

More longterm, I'm getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner which is my favorite meal of the year!


We have a beautiful and new book room at school that has amazing guided reading books from Scholastic.  I've been trying to choose interesting chapter groups for the kids to read during Intervention Block.  Their favorite so far is:



Last week, I got my first crown due to a broken tooth.  I was feeling relieved after the old filling was gone only to realize that the dentist had to drill a ridge around the perimeter at the bottom of the tooth so that the crown had a place to attach to the existing tooth.  The whole process took two hours (as of now, it appears I do not need a root canal ~ I can't even imagine that!).  In about a month, the permanent crown will be installed. 

I also learned that dentistry changed in the late 1980's to a more preventative approach vs. the "old" way of drilling out a lot of the tooth and putting in a BIG silver filling.  Eventually, all that drilling along with the filling weakens the tooth leading to weak and broken teeth.  


I follow so many blogs and Instagram accounts!  One of my favorites is Audrey of Putting Me Together.  She is so down to earth and has practical fashion advice!   I'm always on the lookout for different ways to wear my clothes ~ it's fun to get new ideas!

Here I am dressed as the book character, Olivia, along with one of my students.   

As always, thank you for visiting today!  I hope you're having a nice November so far!


Awesome October & Friday Favorites!!

Happy October and welcome to autumn!  I've been seriously missing my blog so thank you for checking in today after a long absence!

Today I'm linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika Narci and Andrea!


My son, Andrew, got married!

On September 14th, my son, Andrew, got married to his longtime girlfriend/fiancee, Angelika!

Focus Board Complete!

After years of trying to make a "fancy" focus board, I ended up handwriting and velcroing the subject areas and learning goals right onto the wall.  Check out the finished product:

Komodo Dragon at the Bronx Zoo!

If you go to the Komodo dragon's natural habitat in Indonesia, you can pay upwards of $500 to see them OR you can go to the Bronx Zoo!  Check out this Komodo dragon on exhibit there:


We bought the All Access Tickets and enjoyed the Butterfly Garden, the Congo Gorilla Forest, the Asian Monorail and Dinosaur Safari.  It was an amazing day and adventure!  It's a definite Best Zoo!

Mealworm Metamorphosis

Here's an example of the exciting world of third grade!  We have mealworms that we observe to see how they grown and change.  This year we even got a beetle:

I've also learned that the mealworms prefer the carrots from the school cafeteria vs. the apples. 

If you're intrigued by mealworms, click here to learn more!  You can even buy 100 0f them at Petco for $3.49! 
On that exciting note, I'm off for my nightly shower.  As always, thank you so much for visiting the blog!  Have a wonderful weekend!


September has arrived!

Welcome to September!  I hear people say that summer is over after Labor Day.  I say that it's still summer because I want to enjoy every last day of warm weather and blue skies.  Plus, now that it's officially September, it's time to link up with Anne from Anne in Residence for:



I made this most adorable sign for my classroom:

I fell in love with this safari friends themed poster at Lakeshore Learning.  Of course, there are matching products, but I limited myself to this poster ~ it took a lot of self-control...


I love these style challenges, and I'm going to try to participate this month since it's back to school and back to reality.  These challenges encourage me to take risks with how I wear my clothes. 



I don't think I'll ever see enough rainbows!  The other night we had unsettled weather when the sun just magically popped out so briefly, and an amazing double rainbow appeared.  I stood outside in the rain and gazed at it until it disappeared.


Once a month I receive a Hello Fresh box.  Every box contains a different type of taco meal.  I LOVE tacos now!  I never really ate them before, but I'm happy to eat and make this versatile dish!

I LOVE these chicken fiesta tacos!



I save too much of everything!  I just spent so much time purging my teaching materials and papers.  I don't want to save so much!  What about you?  Do you save things, forget about them, find them a year later, and wonder why you saved them in the first place?  It's a bad habit that I need to break.  In addition, it would be helpful if I file my papers after I use them.  
As we all enter the Back to School season: 

this September and into the fall!  Thank you for visiting the blog today!


Fantastic Friday Favorites!

Alas, summer Fridays are coming and going faster every week.  That's why I'm happy to link up with
Erika Narci and Andrea for:

Colorful York Beach 

Last week I went on a day trip to visit a friend in York Beach, Maine.  We went to Short Sands Beach and enjoyed a lovely day.  Check out the beautiful beach umbrellas:

The Battle of the Pool Water

I have an above ground pool that I use every day to do my water aerobics.  Well, the pool turned green, and it was taking forever to clear.  When I could finally see the bottom of the pool, I learned there was yellow algae which is quite difficult to eliminate.  Consequently, I have to get my water tested every day and modify the chemicals,...Amazingly, the yellow algae eater came through, and my pool is almost back to normal!

Club Getaway

A few weeks ago, my family and I spent the (hottest and most humid) weekend (of the entire summer) at Club Getaway in scenic Kent, Connecticut.  We went on an adults only weekend, but they have other themed options as well. 
According to their web site:
Flick the switch and find what you’ve been missing from a weekend getaway. When you come to our adult summer camp, it’s like an escape for your inner child. Leave the city behind and arrive to a place where the only schedule you follow is one where adventure is planned after breakfast, and evening parties are definitely on the agenda.

My favorite parts were taking a drumming exercise class; kayaking; zip lining and spending time in the lake to cool off.  In addition, the food was delicious and plentiful ~ similar to a cruise while camping (at least, what I imagine a cruise to be!).

Sand Castles

At Revere Beach (the first public beach in America), there is an annual sand sculpture competition.  We went on Saturday while the sculptors were putting on their finishing touches:

Have you ever seen such amazing sand sculptures or gone on a "glamping" vacation like this?  I would LOVE to hear about it!  Please leave a comment!

Thank you for visiting the blog!  Please visit again soon!


Awesome August ~ Please Slow Down!

Hello there!  Summer flies by faster than any other time of the year!  I'm excited to link up with Anne from Anne in Residence today for her monthly link-up:



I ordered this pretty dress (it's now on sale, too!) that I LOVE at TJ Maxx.com, and I'm wearing it to the rehearsal dinner for my son's wedding. 


In addition,  I found another dress (also at TJ Maxx.com but is no longer available) that I'll be wearing to the wedding:


J. Renee Womens Davet Pewter 8.5 M (B)Rather than my favorite slippers, I'll be wearing these sandals purchased on Amazon to the wedding:


 I've been watching Bonus Family on Netflix.


This fun three-season show is a modern day "Brady Bunch" that takes place in Sweden.  There are subtitles so I might even be learning a word or two in Swedish.  Plus, it's the perfect combination of comedy and drama!  Have you heard of this show or checked it out?

I'm always looking for recommendations ~ if you have any!


I got a Hello Fresh Box this week and made these amazing Chicken and Pineapple quesadillas:



We have an above ground swimming pool in the backyard, and I LOVE going in my pool.  This year my pool just recovered from being green only to find out that there is yellow algae.  Consequently, I have been brushing and vacuuming the pool while getting the water tested daily at the hardware store.  I'm wondering when I'll get clear pool water!


Now that is actually August, summer is flying by even faster, and before I know it, I'll be back at school.  Consequently, I am savoring every day of my precious summer vacation!

Thank you for visiting the blog and checking in!  I hope you're enjoying every last day of summer!


Currently ~ Just July & the Summer Is Heating Up!

Happy July everyone!  Welcome to another edition of Currently ~ hosted by Anne of Anne in Residence!



I just finished this great book:  The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:


My husband and I both read and enjoyed this book.  The main character, Lale, finds love.  While tattooing numbers on Gita in a concentration camp, he falls in love instantly and never loses hope that they will have a life together.  This books is based on the author's real life interviews with Lale.  Although the book contains details of the concentration camp horrors, in the end, it is a story of love, hope and survival.

Right now, I'm reading Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid:


The setting of this story is during the 1970's in Los Angeles.  The plot centers on a fictional band:  The Six who is later joined by Daisy Jones.  The story is told in snippets by different characters.  I thought the book was based on a real band because it seems so realistic.  If you like music and/or the 1970's, this book is worth checking out!


Summer vacation = total enjoyment!  I spend my mornings going spinning followed by cleaning and doing organizational projects.  In the afternoon, I go in my pool and do water aerobics.  Then I read and watch Big, Little, Lies or Tales from a City while eating an Italian ice.    I LOVE the pace of summer life!


I am finding that TJ Maxx and Marshall's are excellent at selling merchandise.  I picked up 24 pumpkin spice coffee pods while waiting to check out last weekend.  Of course, they're only good until the end of August, but no one has to twist my arm to drink pumpkin spice coffee either!


I am still saving Box Tops for my school.  I never win the classroom contest, but I save them all!


I accidentally forgot to cancel Hello Fresh so we're enjoying meals from them for two weeks in a row.  

I love the Bulgoggi sauce.  I can only find it online, but I bet I could get some at H-Mart.

I'm off to vacuum my pool so it's all clean for tomorrow!  Happy 4th of July!

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