Blog, Interrupted!

Blog, Interrupted!

You guys! Just when I was about to make my grand bloggin’ comeback after joining the amazing Peaceful Posse of bloggers, my 3yo got sick.  Like puking-in-the-middle-of -the-night kind of sick last Tuesday.  That’s how it started, anyway. I was supposed to work 13 hrs last Wednesday and again on Thursday, but staying home to take care of the kids was a bigger priority.  When you’re sick (at least when you were little), don’t you just want your mama? I actually have a very strong immune system and hadn’t been sick in over a year (thank you, Plexus!), but I also got hit with it and was down for the count for a few days.  It hit me as pure exhaustion, probably from getting roughly 26 hrs of sleep every week, week after week.  Oh, and said three-year-old sleeping with me and breathing in my face all night- getting coughed and sneezed on. I was so tired for a few days, I can’t remember when I have slept so much.  Like 12 hrs a day including naps.  And I never nap! It’s been years, no lie.  Oh, and I had a killer sore throat.  I thought it was strep but it turns out we all had Influenza B.  Tested and certified.  It wasn’t fun.    My poor babes had very high fever, deep chest congestion and body aches all over.  It makes you feel really helpless. Blogging was the furthest thing from my mind.  Forgive me?! lol. I did read threee books, however.  I’ll tell you about ’em in another post.

So enough about the sickness.  I need to give my blog a makeover.  In the past 12 years I have probably had 137 different banners and color schemes going on this blog.  The power of Photoshop is amazing, right? I like to keep things new and fresh.  Unfortunately, I no longer have Photoshop and lack of blogging over past couple of years has left me stuck with this same banner for waaaaaaaaay too long.  I need to do something about that, and pronto. Any ideas of how I can do a cool banner without Photoshop?? Help a sista out.  Thanks πŸ˜‰

Hopefully everyone is doing well!! Have a beautiful day

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A Movie of Our Florida Family Vacation 2017

A Movie of Our Florida Family Vacation 2017

I made this video a couple weeks ago and already forgot to post it here! We had a great time visiting my parents in Bonita Springs, (Halfway between Fort Myers and Naples on the Gulf Coast).  It is so beautiful there and we had nice weather for the five days we were there.

I shot all of these clips on my iPhone while we were out adventuring.  We took a harbor cruise down in Naples and saw dolphins and multi-million dollar homes, we went to the beach two different days, took the kids to the splash park, swam in the neighborhood pool and ate a lot of good food! Here is a video that highlights our trip.

Have I forgotten how to Blog?

Have I forgotten how to Blog?

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! The sun is shining brightly in my neck of the woods, how about you?

I’ve got a lot on my mind at the moment but I’m honestly pretty tired and I have a very long work-week ahead of me with back-to-back parent-teacher conferences after work the next two nights.  26 hrs in two days isn’t my cup of tea but lord, am I thankful for my job.  I won’t complain.  Budget cuts are looming and with such drastic cuts to education on top of expected shortfall, I’m going to be lucky to keep my position next year at this school I love.  I feel at peace right now that whatever is meant to be will happen.

I titled this post “Have I forgotten how to blog”…..  I’ve been at this whole blogging thing officially since 2005 and I had a personal website before this that I started in 2000.  I was great about posting here 4-5x/week for YEARS and then Facebook came along.  And then I had kids.  And lack of support to blog on the homefront.  I was asked to keep a password on this blog when I was pregnant with my first-born (4 years ago) and I lost all my readers.  The motivation to blog just wasn’t there anymore.  I’ve tried making a blog comeback from time to time but the hours in the day are tight with my day-job, my side business, and raising a 2 & 3yo.  I sleep no more than 5 hrs a night as is. I’m full of excuses! lol.  I don’t think I have forgotten how to blog…. I actually think of things to post about all the time, and compose status updates in my head throughout the day.  I post maybe 10% of them.  LOl.  Does anyone else do this?

This morning my bestie Kim invited me to get back on the blogging wagon with her and I happily accepted an invite to a new group on FB.  A community of women bloggers who support and encourage each other.  (hello ladies if any of you are new and checking in!).  I’m super excited about it and look forward to meeting new people and getting back into the groove with my blog posts.  We are keeping each other accountable! And no worries…. I will not be selling out to sponsors.  That crap is annoying.  You will, however, likely hear me sing the praises of essential oils and Plexus.  And post a ton of pics of my kids and our adventures.  And book reviews, etc.  I’d also love to get back into the Thoughts for Thursdays to get some interaction going.

So, here we go!! 

A Day Full of Surprises

A Day Full of Surprises

Fridays are tough days for a teacher to be out sick….. we are often short guest teachers to cover classes.  Today our district was short 60 substitutes.  Each school has to have a plan in place in case they don’t have someone to cover a classroom teacher.  When that happens at my school, I am often the one who gets called to fill in.  That being said, all day today I had the pleasure of covering the 4th grade class of a dear friend at work who has been really sick this week. I’ve known most of her students since kindergarten and have a good relationship with them. It was a fun day! We made Cubism portraits this afternoon (guess which is mine?!) and wrote poetry.

This poem titled “Ms Sauer” by one of the kids had me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ “sweet like a purple plum”( I mean I am kinda round and I wear purple a lot?! Lol) “kind like an angel but mean like a lion”? Wth?! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ They’ve got me. Lol. Kids

Later when Walking the kids out to the bus after a good day and there waiting to surprise me was a dear former student ( now 9th grade) that I have known since she was in kindergarten. She visits me a couple of times a year, but it is always a surprise when she will come.  I love her surprise visits so much!! We spent a long time catching up and reminiscing. These relationships make a difference and I always strive to be a teacher they look up to and remember πŸ™‚

Oh, and because it is St Patrick’s Day I need to share a pic of my littlest Leprechaun

Weekly Highlights ~ m3w3y17

Weekly Highlights ~ m3w3y17

Highlights from the week of March 10-16th, 2017:

  1. Free shipping all weekend with Plexus!
  2. Helping a couple more friends while growing customers
  3. Lunch date with an old friend from college
  4. Video chats with Bradie
  5. Team meetings
  6. Homemade dinners
  7. Birds chirping that spring is near!
  8. Online events
  9. Reaching out 
  10. Starting on the Weffriddles puzzles again after a ten-year hiatus
  11. Snapchat selfies
  12. Catching up with Denise
Weekly Highlights m3w2y17

Weekly Highlights m3w2y17

I skipped my highlights last week and I feel guilty about it!!

Highlights from the week of March 3-March 9, 2017

  1. Registering Bretton for Pre-K
  2. Having hope despite a bleak budget situation
  3. Pizza at Cossettas
  4. Selling the Lexus quickly
  5. Catching up with Noemy
  6. Helping yet another friend with Plexus
  7. Prime rib and scallops at home
  8. Getting my new schedule and groups finalized to start next Monday!
  9. Getting assessments and materials ready for new group
  10. Facetime nightly brainstorm sessions with Bradie
Sick of being Sick??

Sick of being Sick??

Cough, sniffle, achew, puuuuuke!!!

You’re sick again….. this has been a terrible season for sickness and you can’t afford to miss another day of work.  I hear you.  It’s no fun being sick or taking care of sick kids.  Who has the time for that? Not me!!

Fortunately, I have not been sick in over a year now.  I would like to point the finger to my probiotic for keeping my immune system in tip-top shape.

There have been a couple of times this winter when I started to feel it coming on.  You know what I did to combat it? Take a double-dose of my ProBio5 before bed and I’ve woken up the next day feeling normal again.  I’d probably be just fine with the normal dose but I’m not taking any chances so I’ve continued to take an increased dose every night. And Guess what? The crud just hasn’t been able to take hold of me! And I am an elementary teacher! Little kids are the germiest beings out there, are they not?! lol

If you’re sick of being sick or just plain ol’ want to avoid sickness altogether, you need to start taking a probiotic every single day.  Your kids and even your dog too!  Boosted immunity is just one benefit of a healthy gut, there are many other things a good probiotic will help you with as well.  I especially recommend taking it if you have to take an antibiotic for any reason it’ll help combat the ickiness associated with that.

As always, I am here to help! All you have to do is reach out…

#probio5 #beingsickisnofun #immunitybooster #health #plexus

Weekly Highlights m2w4y17

Weekly Highlights m2w4y17

What an AWESOME WEEK!!!!! I love vacation!! I’ll be posting the video and tons of pics of our trip very soon!

Highlights from the week of February 17-23rd, 2017:

  1. Spending time with my parents
  2. Shopping at Bealls
  3. Lunch at Ford’s Garage at Miromar Outlets
  4. Pizza night
  5. Naples Beach
  6. Harbor cruise in Naples
  7. Seeing multi-million $ homes on the waterfront
  8. Seeing dolphins
  9. Lunch at Bonefish Grill in Naples
  10. Rotisserie chicken
  11. Delnor Wiggins State Park
  12. My kids’ good behavior
  13. BBQ and swimming in the ocean at Bonita Beach
  14. Dinner date sans kids at The Fish House
  15. Lobster Bites & Grouper Reuben at The Fish House
  16. Pool at Paloma
  17. Chic-Fil-A
  18. Cruisin’ the coast from Bonita Beach into Fort Myers Beach
  19. Splash pad at Lakes Regional Park
  20. My Dad’s smoked ribs
  21. Downloaded movies on Netflix to watch on the airplane
  22. Discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1
  23. G/T Cohort with Dr Westberg
Weekly Highlights m2w3y17

Weekly Highlights m2w3y17

Highlights from the week of Feb 10-16, 2017:

  1. Happy Hour at Ol’ Mexico
  2. My amazing 40th birthday!!!
  3. Birthday greetings from friends and family, near and far
  4. A beautiful new purple Coach purse from my honey
  5. Romantic birthday dinner at Bonefish Grill
  6. Pomegranate Sage Martini
  7. Donuts at Bonefish Grill. OMG, best donuts I’ve ever had
  8. Birthday drinks with my girlfriends
  9. My first ride with Uber
  10. Phone call from my Gram & Gramp
  11. Brunch with Brian, Michelle and all the kids
  12. Really great NAAPID performance at school
  13. Valentine’s Day gyros at Dino’s
  14. Generous donations for Weeks 2 & 3 with Pennies for Patients
  15. Getting everything packed up and ready for our trip to Florida
  16. Finishing It Ends With Us
  17. Pizza at Angelos
  18. A decent flight to Fort Myers to see my parents!
  19. Reading Another Brooklyn in its entirety on the flight to FL
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not a big sucker for Valentine’s Day, but this year I decided to send out photo cards in lieu of the Holiday cards I never got around to ordering and sending a few months back.  I think it was a nice surprise for our friends and family to get happy mail in February! I might just make this our new tradition πŸ˜‰

Happy 40th birthday to my dearest Lanee Valentina! Love you girlie!!

This is 40!

This is 40!

OMG you guys!!!!!!! I am 40!!!!!! Here is me yesterday on my 40th Birthday!

It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend, but a fun one turning 40. I was in denial about being over the hill and I didn’t plan anything in advance but I’m good at impromptu plans πŸ˜‰

It started with happy hour at Ol’Mexico on Friday with some of my co-workers, then Saturday we had lunch at Taco House. I love tacos! Great start to a very nice birthday.

Lunch was followed by some shopping at Coach to get a beautiful new purse. Or two, because I couldn’t decide which of these beauties needed to come home with me πŸ˜‰

I talked to my mom and dad for a brief call followed by a surprise call from my Gram & Gramp.  I think this is the first time they’ve called me on my birthday so that was pretty special.  They are 88 & 91 years young now. lol
Later I had a wonderful meal (sans children) at Bonefish Grill in the West End.  We had bang-bang shrimp, calamari, steak and lobster, wine and pomegranate martinis, topped by the best donut dessert I’ve ever had in my life. I will dream about those fluffy pillows of pastry for years to come. Oh! And complimentary cheesecake to boot!

I was tired, stuffed out of my mind, and had a few cocktails under my belt but wasn’t ready to call it a night yet. I met up with my BFF Mary and her husband, and my dear friend Cassie for a couple of hours at a local dive bar (Doc’s Landing).  They were playing old school music, the same stuff they played back in the day when I was just a kid hitting the bar scene for the first time πŸ˜‰ 

Earlier today I met Brian, Michelle and the kids for brunch at Green Mill. Yum! 

Later this afternoon we went to Maplewood Mall to get a few things for our upcoming trip to Florida.  We took the kids on the carousel and walked around the mall.  It was a nice ending to a great birthday weekend.

I have to admit, 40 feels pretty good.  I’m looking forward to the next decade, I hear your 40’s are the best!

Weekly Highlights m2w2y17

Weekly Highlights m2w2y17

Happy Friday!! It seems like it has been a Looooooooooong week and I am ready for my birthday weekend!! Here are my highlights from February 3-9, 2017:

  1. Fresh cut and color.  Color wasn’t exactly what I wanted but it still looks nice and the cut feels great.  Still long, but more layers.
  2. Organizing the boys’ old baby clothes so I can get rid of them
  3. Getting started on my taxes
  4. Finishing my mid-year TD&E paperwork at work (a week before the deadline!)
  5. It Ends With Us
  6. Mushroom & Swiss burger and Alfredo wings  at DSpot
  7. Reminiscing with old friends on FB re: songs that remind people of ME
  8. Hearing from an old college friend
  9. Sending out photo Valentines instead of Christmas cards
  10. Response to my cute Valentines
  11. A very generous week 2nd of donations by the kids at school for Pennies for Patients
Weekly Highlights m2w1y17

Weekly Highlights m2w1y17

This week was decent however, I hurt my back and have had a rough go of it, physically.

Here are my weekly highlights from January 27-Feb 2, 2017:

  1. Pizza at Cossetta’s
  2. Taking boys to Mall of America
  3. Rides at Nickelodeon World
  4. Lobster bites at Long John Silver’s
  5. Another scenic drive along Mississippi River
  6. Having an old RX of muscle relaxers on-hand to help with my back
  7. Registering for the Plexus Convention in Las Vegas
  8. Family STEM Night at school
  9. Photo Booth with Props (with yours truly as the photographer)
  10. Making an appt to get my hair done, balayange-style
  11. Getting caught up with This Is Us
  12. Making it through “Winter” and “Spring” in GG: A Year in the Life
  13. Catching up with Noemy
  14. Starting the book Dark Matter

Bash & Dash on Blue’s Ride at MOA

Snowy Beach at Spring Lake (Mississippi River)

Weekly Highlights m1w3y17

Weekly Highlights m1w3y17

Highlights from the week of January 20- 26, 2017:

  1. Chicken-fried Steak
  2. Bashy got a haircut
  3. Bianca’s 10th birthday party
  4. Helping yet another friend with Plexus
  5. The boys got to spend time with Obachan
  6. Dance lesson with my colleagues at weekly staff meeting
  7. GT Cohort class with Dr Westberg
  8. Better behavior from Bretton
  9. STEP Testing winter window closes at work
  10. Finishing Gilmore Girls (original 7 seasons)
  11. Pennies for Patients kick-off
  12. Currently reading a YA book: As Brave As You
I Heart Gilmore Girls

I Heart Gilmore Girls

For many of my adult years I wasn’t a TV person, but then Netflix and Binge Watching came along! I like to stick with a series and watch it all the way from the beginning before moving on to the next.  Lucky me to be able to watch my shows all by myself every morning from about 5-6am.  I have been faithfully watching Gilmore Girls since Sept and I am now on the very last episode.  I don’t know if I would be able to bring myself to watch it if I didn’t know that the GG: Year In The Life was waiting for me!!! There is just something about the sweet and cute Rory and the sassy and witty Lorelai.  I love them!!!  Even if it is a teeny-bop type of show. I’m not alone, right? Where are my Gilmore Girls fans at?

Scenic Drive Along Spring Lake of the Mighty Mississippi

Scenic Drive Along Spring Lake of the Mighty Mississippi

Last weekend we set out on one of our impromptu scenic drives.  We don’t always have a destination in mind, we just drive and see where it leads us.  It’s great because the kids are accustomed to long periods of time in the car πŸ˜‰ Anyway, last Sunday we set out south along Hwy 52 and ended up in the Inver Grove Hghts area along the Mississippi.

I made a quick video with video clips taken that day. Pictures and descriptions to follow below.

Our first stop was the Swing Bridge.  It was quite icy on the trail but we made our way up to the lookout point.  Very cool! Can’t wait to come back and explore this spring!

We spotted this map showing additional parks along the trail.  A good reference for people unfamiliar with the area (like us!)

Our next stop was Spring Lake Islands Park Reserve.  There was a boat launch area where we could get close to the water.  Here is an aerial view of the islands….


We noticed the strangest thing while walking near the shore…. a dead deer carcass up in the tree! Not sure how to explain that but a woodpecker enjoyed poking his head up from somewhere within the belly of this thing.  Weird!

Schaar’s Bluff…….

We can’t wait to go back for hiking and a picnic when the weather turns warmer!

Weekly Highlights m1w3y17

Weekly Highlights m1w3y17

How has your week been? I’m going to be honest…. with the Inauguration of Trump today, I have been feeling an impending sense of doom.  I’ve also been dealing with several personal issues this week that have been bringing me down.  Its been one of those weeks that everything makes me want to cry. Somedays I wish I had the luxury of staying in bed all day.  Not to sleep (well…maybe!) but rather to just let go of all the emotions and sadness inside me.  Instead I get up early every day, put a smile on my face, round up all my positive thoughts and feelings and I push forward.  Its very important for me to focus on the good things and let go of the bad things….. these “Weekly Highlights” are my way of doing that.

With that being said, here is my list of highlights for the week of Jan 13- Jan 19, 2017:

  1. Home cooked meals
  2. Lunch at Smashburger
  3. Road trip to Spring Lake on the Mississippi
  4. Schaar’s Bluff 
  5. Spring Lake Islands Wildlife Management Area
  6. Rock Island Swing Bridge Pier
  7. Getting to check out the Ice Castles in Stillwater (before the big melt)
  8. Being rescued by a good samaritan after getting stuck in the snow down a lonely dirt road
  9. Impromptu visit from Bradie
  10. Updating my blog
  11. Seeking advice and thinking about a plan to help my son
  12. Feeling good physically (sickness still hasn’t touched me!)
  13. Finding new books suggestions (my ever-growing list!)
  14. Helping others get healthy
  15. Warmer weather
Fab Five Back Together

Fab Five Back Together

Mary had us girls and the kids over for a nice taco dinner this past Thursday night. Its been YEARS since the five us (Me, Kim, Mary, Lanee and Sonja) have all been together.  I’m not even exaggerating.  It might have been at my baby shower with Bretton? Anyway, it has been too long and I’ve missed these girls! We’ve been friends for 25+ years.

Thanks to Mary for initiating our reunion and hosting dinner.  Let’s do it again soon!

Weekly Highlights m1w2y17

Weekly Highlights m1w2y17


Highlights from the week of Jan 6-12:

  1. Plexus Super Saturday- extremely inspirational and motivational!
  2. Drink Pink team dinner at Jimmy’s Kitchen
  3. Finally getting my hearing checked with confirmation that I have some hearing loss
  4. Teaching algebra to 3rd graders with Hands-On Equations
  5. Chorizo Egg sandwich at Einsteins
  6. Updating blog via Facebook Posts
  7. Catching up with Leslie
  8. My first time to Oasis Cafe
  9. My first Chicken & Waffles Experience
  10. Having the iPad as a backup TV (for the kids) now that our big TV is broken 
  11. Yummy chicken fingers at Raising Cane’s
  12. Finishing my 1st book of the year… Playing Dead
  13. Taco Dinner with my BFFs at Mary’s


Storytelling: Men vs Women

Storytelling: Men vs Women

I was listening to my local morning show on the radio today about the difference between men vs women telling a story. Their opinion was that women give way too many unnecessary details instead of just getting to the point.

My friend Haley sums it up pretty well:

“Women are painters, set the scene, give the details and feelings. Men are pointers, nothing extra, straight to the point.”


Is this your reality? Are most men annoyed by this?