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Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

This week, both Tyler and I wanted to challenge our cooking skills by going vegetarian. When we went to the store and bought our meal ingredients, I really had the intention of making vegetable soup when I realized I was getting ingredients for Minestrone soup for our first meal. With new soups, I usually like …

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Expository Writing Made Easy

Four years ago in mid-February, I was pulled into a meeting with another teacher and a plan was laid out for all of us to switch grade levels. One teacher in 7th grade was no longer available in the classroom,  it was now our job to fill in the gaps, and I was going to …

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Whole30 Journal: Part 1

Well guys, I am ten days into Whole30, and I wanted to update y’all as I trecked through the weeks. For those of you who don’t know what Whole30 is, check it out here and become enthralled by the restrictions. Whole30, while it has a lot of benefits, is meant to be an elimination diet. …

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Healthy(ish) Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you are like me, you have loads of ripened, old bananas chilling in your kitchen (because who can eat that many bananas?!) In college, I fought this scenario with making banana bread, really really unhealthy, buttery, carb-loaded banana bread, and dang- was it good. As I began my health journey, I continued to make …

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The Start of the School Year Through Title 1 Eyes

Monday morning, I woke up giddy.  Professional development was starting and that meant the structure of my day was decided for me. Even though I adore my summer, I have always loved the start of the school year- a fresh beginning, another chance to grow.   I made my coffee, ate my breakfast, and made my …

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The Grieving Teacher

Introduction: Raquel Mendoza Todayś post is my first guest post written by one of my very best friendś, Raquel Mendoza. Raquel teaches 5th grade in Austin and graduated with honors from the University of Texas Austin. Just recently, she lost someone very close to her, her uncle. He battled cancer for several years, and just …

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June Life Update

As July makes way, so does a lot more free time for this gal. June came in fast and furious, starting with my wisdom teeth surgery that led to disaster (Maybe I am being dramatic, but it was nowhere near fun) and ended with a trip to see my friends and family in Austin. Check …

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Summertime on a Budget

About two years ago, my husband and I ventured to the Dallas area for his schooling at UT Southwestern. We were down to one income, and the struggle was real when it came to inclusive fun that didn’t break the bank during summer time. I had to be very creative about how I entertained myself …

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Quick and Easy Chicken and Veggie Foil Bake

At this time of year, I am constantly looking for fast, easy recipes that are also healthy and prepare a lot of food. The prep time for this meal was easily ten minutes, and it provided food for six portions! The chicken can easily be marinated if you want it to be more flavorful, and …

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