During my student teaching experience, I found that the one thing I really wanted to get my students to do was to want to read on their own for enjoyment. That was a hefty goal, I soon realized. I figured the only way I could even expose them to the wonders of books was to incorporate as many excerpts and as many samples from as many books as I could during my lessons. I read to them The Fault in Our Stars, The 5th Wave, Pride and Prejudice, Love that Dog, Divergent, Les Miserables and so on. Before I knew it, I had students in line to borrow different books from my little personal library. I had students coming in after powering through a book in two nights and . . .
In my post about D and I becoming debt free, I mentioned how I got serious about meal planning and grocery shopping, which helped us cut our grocery bill in half. Before my obsession with meal planning started, I would pick a few things out that I might want to make before going to the store, but I basically just walk into Winco and make up our dinners as I shopped. This resulted in two issues: One: I would end up buying food for about 15 different potential meals and never remember later in the week what I was planning on making and Two: I would buy so much produce and we would never eat it all before it went bad. We were wasting so much money and the amount of food . . .
One of my favorite things about cool fall weather and the transition from hot, dry days to blustery, crisp days is being able to make soup for dinner. I LOVE soups and stews and if I had it my way, I would eat soup three-four times a week. Dustin isn't as big of a soup fanatic as I am, but is a good sport when I announce to him that I'm making soup AGAIN for dinner. Anyway, I wanted to stray away from traditional chicken noodle soup and try something new. I found this recipe on pinterest and immediately knew I had to try it. First of all, I make a killer lasagna (not to toot my own horn, but it's awesome). Second of all, I love my killer lasagna, but it can be time . . .
I have been contemplating whether or not to write about this because it's personal and slightly embarrassing. D and I have been working on this goal since before we got married and it's been a long time coming. We learned a lot about money, finances and sacrifices while going through this process and maybe some of the tips we picked up might help someone else someday down the line. I have never been good with money. For almost my whole college career, I lived pay check to pay check. I never saved money and I used my credit cards a LOT and just paid the minimum every month and left a hefty balance on them (yes, multiple). When I got my knee replaced a few years . . .
Rosie has been causing all kinds of trouble lately. She ripped the arm and ear off her new monkey toy that we brought her home from our Boston trip. She decided to roll in a big fat fresh turd about 40 minutes before I had to go to work. It was smeared all over her shoulder, collar and ear and I had to throw her in the tub super fast because she REEKED.Rosie's most recent adventure happened on Wednesday morning. We had gotten up, went for our routine morning walk with D around the nature parks so that Rosie could look at the ducks and came home so that D could get ready for school. I decided I was going to be super productive that morning and packed Rosie up in the . . .