Module 4 Task 1

During the group time, the teacher is walking around and stopping at each group. He asks questions to the group about explaining their thought process. He brings other questions to front about their calculations and encourages the students to work together to solve the problems. He also serves to clarify information about the initial question. The teacher ultimately guided the students in their understanding of the problems by being available to bounce ideas off of and also to question their own thought process.

After the group time the teacher leads the discussion without judgement. He listens to each group’s finding and scribes them on the board. He asks for clarification if the answers from the group are too vague. He is able to guide the students in their thinking to solve the problem without coming out and saying , “Yes this is right” or “No this is wrong”.

I saw the students were able to use calculators in their group efforts. This was a good idea so they could focus on the task and not the number crunching. I think in a classroom today it could have been taken further by using a computer program to visualize the box together and apart.


Baby planning

I have yet to tell anyone in my family, other than our parents, that the Hubs and I are planning on starting a family any time soon. I really would like for it to be a surprise. My mother is the oldest daughter and I am the oldest grandchild, which will make our child the first great grandchild. At Thanksgiving I couldn’t help but look around and wonder what the dynamics will be like with a new baby around here in a few years. The youngest child now is 5 years old and the second oldest is 21 years old (big gap huh? and I’m the oldest with an additional 6 years on the 21 year old) As I thought about it I became more excited for this whole process to begin. (Can’t we just go ahead and start?!?!?) But the gentle voice of the Hubs in my head reminds me, “It’s not long to wait.” This is true and in that time I can begin planning and preparing the way for baby.

The only problem is that there isn’t that much out there about preparing for baby. I wonder if this is because everyone is not married to the most wonderful and most planning Mr. Hubs. Before he even said yes to starting in the late spring of 2014 he wanted to chat and research how much everything would be and have a plan for child care (gosh its so expensive!) I read things that say “go to the doctor and get a check up” other things say start taking prenatal vitamins. I want a comprehensive list of everything I need to do and when. (I like list) Maybe like one of those you get when you get engaged and begin planning a wedding. So here goes my attempt of what I’ve done so far and maybe it’ll help someone else out there like me.

The Making of Baby

Preparing for The Making
4-6 months

*Budget: Start thinking about budget. How will you pay for everything you’ll need for before and after baby is born? (ie. hand-me-downs, coupons, gifts, saving money) Set a monthly budget for how much you will spend in your efforts to stockpile for baby. Think about a nursery budget to design your heart out within reason.

*Sleeping plans: Plan for where baby will be sleeping your home. Will there be a nursery? Are you adding a crib to your bedroom? Where will you be with baby most of the time?

*Health: Do you have illnesses that run in your family or maybe in your partner’s? Go to the doctor and talk to them about any health concerns you have now. Go to the dentist too! You won’t be able to have some things done while pregnant and your hormones will make you more susceptible to decay. Here’s more info about that from

*Nutrition: Nutrition and exercise are always important, but might change or add something to your routine right now to help out later. There are a million articles about what foods are best to eat that make you more fertile but I have grown fond of’s article.

*Dream: No really, dream big. Make a pinterest board (they even have secret boards if you want to keep it a surprise) of everything you love and like. Be inspired and dream. Then, decide what is most important out of all that wonderful dreaminess.

Mama’s Vegetable Beef Stew


I am so excited about the upcoming holiday this week, Halloween! I haven’t had the urge to do any nail art recently but my excitement about Halloween has inspired me again. These are my nails to celebrate! So this is our first Halloween in our house. I’ve heard rumors that we get a lot of kids for trick-or-treating. I’m looking forward to this. Mostly because I will get to see how it feels to be apart of a holiday that is built around kids.

I am ready for my first child and am ready to start trying! We have decided to start trying in about 6 months. That will give us both time to start taking vitamins and making better choices for our health. I’ve already made some dietary changes as well as some changes in my activity levels. Walking and yoga have become a couple of things that I enjoy doing. Listening to music or talking to a friend have made the walking less tedious and more enjoyable. I have long since had an appreciation for yoga and the benefits of it on the body, now I just incorporate it into my daily routine. I have a night time yoga routine that has caused me to sleep so hard I don’t want to wake up in the mornings, yet when I do finally wake up I am refreshed and relaxed. That is a great advance from the position I was in just a few weeks ago.

With the cool air coming in I made one of my favorite things in this world, vegetable beef stew. My mother makes the absolute best but I took a go at it and was fairly successful, it tasted very similar to hers. (not quite as good mom 😉 ) Now before I post the recipe I want to state that I grabbed things that I had available in my pantry and you are encouraged to do the same. Being a stockpile couponer like myself is very helpful when the mood strikes for something like this.


Mama’s Vegetable Beef Stew

Cook time: at least 45 minutes – 8 hours
Prep time: 5 minutes… how fast can you open your canned veggies?
Serves: 6-8 people
Calories: 433 calories for 2 cups of soup
1.5 lbs of stew beef
2 cans of tomato soup (i used condensed cause that’s what was in my cabinet)
1 can whole corn kernels
1 can green beans
1 can sweet peas
1 – 1 1/2 cups of carrots (I had fresh so that’s what i used. feel free to use canned.)
1 tbsp of parsley
1 tbsp of onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
1. Brown off the stew beef  in a big stock pot. Cook until the meat is not gushing blood anymore and all sides are brown (about 10 mins). Remember that the whole purpose is to have tender beef so were just pre-cooking it here.
2. I drain about half of the fat off and leave the rest because I have high cholesterol and love to have a little meat juice in mine. Feel free to drain it off completely.
3. Add the meat back, with all other ingredients. Stir together and bring to a soft boil. Turn down to about medium low (you want it to be simmering) and put a lid on it.
4. Cook for as long as possible. (I let mine simmer for about 4 1/2 hours this time and stirred every 30-45 minutes.) While you are waiting for it to cook feel free to check in with friends on facebook and to catch up on pinterest. Don’t worry about the laundry, crying children, or mandatory errands. This is your time to cook so while it simmers away, do something for yourself so that you may simmer in your own awesomeness.
5. I made cornbread to serve with mine. (you can find that recipe on the side of the cornmeal bag 🙂 ) My husband went back for seconds, I had it for lunch the next day. I still have plenty for a whole 4 more meals.

If for some reason your family does not suck up all the goodness within a few days, freeze it! When those deep winter days come and all you want is a great cup of homemade soup, go directly to your freezer and thaw! The great thing about making this stew is that it is never the same twice, especially if you are using your pantry as the ingredients. Another fantastic thing about this, the leftovers get better and better because its been partying while in the fridge.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Feel the Burn

level 5

Ok its been one week since the beginning of my journey. I have been keeping up with my journey on Noom Coach and recommend downloading it. I reached level 5 and was so excited (I love games and being able to level up). This week has been pretty interesting. I have learned so far that:

*I think I am younger than what I am

*Encouragement can come from unexpected places

*Exercise videos on youtube should be pre-watched so that you don’t just stop and say “yeah no body can move like that in real life”

*Motivation and attitude are everything

I’ve tried my best to keep up my motivation and have a positive attitude. I have done a little better on my food choices this week and hope to continue. I realized that I have a tendency to not think about vegetables when it comes to meals, especially lunch time. So I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate them better for my health. I am pleased to announce that I have lost 2 lbs this week. But even though I had a small victory this week I did have a weak moment and ate the rest of the cookie dough in the fridge, which was like 1/4 of the tube. It was fantastic.

I started this whole beginning hiit training thing and got to day 3. I was trying to do too much after not exercising for about 10 months, therefore I had weak wobbly legs for 3 days straight. I worked through the first 2 days but just rested and stretched the last day. Now my legs are back to normal and I am feeling less than inspired to go work out again. I just spent about 2 hours reading pregnancy articles and setting up a new pinterest board for nursery ideas. So i should really have more motivation….

The days that I was most successful with exercising were days that I had already planned out, as an appointment with myself. With this in mind I am going to make a weekly workout plan so I can hopefully keep it up! So Sunday, Monday. Wednesday, and Friday I will be walking for at least 30 minutes. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday I will be doing yoga for 20 minutes and a core workout. Other than that I going to stick with simple for right now. I need to get into a new schedule of life before completely rocking my world. So when this episode of Pretty Little Liars goes off, I’m off to go for a walk. Hopefully I can report another 2 lbs next week!

(encouragement and suggestions or advice is welcomed!)

Lose a person to gain a person

It’s been a while since I posted. I had a whole season of middle school volleyball with some goofy children. Now the season is over and I could almost say the same for this phase of my life. In just a few weeks it will mark one year of marriage to my husband. We’ve been together for 5 and a half years in all. We’ve decided that we are ready to start a family. We have had many discussions about what type of family and when but it has never seemed closer or more real than now.

I grew up knowing that I was here for two reasons to love others and to be a mom. More than anything it’s all I’ve ever wanted. I’ve been teaching for many years and most recently in a elementary/middle school which has led me closer to my career of teaching, but I still have a void. So as I begin to finish my bachelor degree in education I will also begin the life changing steps to become a mother.

I have a few things that I want to work on before we start trying for a child. One of them is my health. I am overweight and pre diabetic. I don’t want to have the same health concerns that I do now, while pregnant or with children. So my husband and I decided to implement our own little plan for getting healthier. Lose a person to gain a person. (Thanks for the title hubs!) I estimated the average person weighs about 150lbs. (Wikipedia says in America it is 164.7) Therefore if we both lose 75 we will have lost 1 person’s weight and would be more prepared to make a person. I am very excited about this plan we have devised. Now my husband and I both have decided to walk 3 days a week together, eat better portions and make better food choices. We are both different in our approach to exercise. He wants to be able to do it and enjoy something he likes. Yesterday we walked around the local shopping center and then went in the stores on our way back around. We spent about 20 minutes walking and then got to reward ourselves with a little shopping. This is my husband’s idea of what is most motivating.

I on the other hand like a competition. I like to see I can go further or faster or do more reps than the last time. I myself was an athlete when I was younger. I played AAU basketball for several years as well as rec league ball and school ball (sometimes all at the same time). In that time, I also played volleyball and was a trainer for the football team. I know what it takes to be an athlete and have stamina. I also know you have to continually push your self to be better than the day before. I know I have to continually reward myself with something I want and keep track of my efforts. For myself I am doing my own regiment outside of walking with my husband. I am going to put a $1 in a jar every time I lose a pound. I also intend on doing a variety of exercise so to get my body ready to carry a child. (I’ve heard that having good core muscles are important) I was playing around on my phone last night and came across an app that I like pretty good so far called Noom Coach. It keeps up with my food, exercise, and steps per day. I started late last night and found that it gave me options for reminding me to log my food. It also levels you up per activities that you complete. Also it gives you advice on picking out meals, exercising, and healthy choices. It automatically adjusted my calorie intake when I exercised yesterday. So far today it has given me information about finding time for yourself that does not including sitting in front of the tv. It also gave me information about what makes a great workout. Lastly, it gave me information about how I don’t have to go hungry to lose weight.

This is a great journey for me to embark on and I want to have the best for me and my children. I hope to bring you some entertainment and great deals as I go. What do you think? Any advice from already parents or others on a weight loss journey?

Nails of the week 9/8

nails  This week’s nails were inspired by one of my pins on pinterest. I used Sally Hansen “First Kiss”, SinfulColors “Black on Black”, Revlon “Spirit”, and Nicole OPI “Top Coat Plus”. Every one of the colors that I used I got on clearance this summer at Rite Aid. They had a great sale going when you spend $30 in nail polish and supplies you got $10 back. I bought about 15 polishes, most of them brand new and really only spent $20 with the $10 reward.

Recently I’ve started following some great nail artist on Instagram and have gotten some great ideas and tutorials from them. Here are some of them that I highly recommend! Go follow and follow me while you’re there!






This weekend has been wonderful in both weather and time spent. I had a good little while to spend with my husband. We work opposite schedules and his weekend off is the only time I get to spend with him anymore. He is an avid movie collector so we took some time on Saturday to watch a couple of movies. Django Unchained and Epic were on the menu. Django Unchained was pretty good in my opinion. Unfortunately, I fell asleep during Epic. I was exhausted, so it had nothing to do with the movie. I love crawling up on the couch with our dogs and watching movies. Its one of the great cheap dates that we have. Since he is such a big movie guy, we always have the newest movies to watch. He does a fantastic job on his vlog on youtube. He gives updates throughout the week on the cheapest deals on movies.

September’s Monthly Menu

September meal plans

At the Becoming Conference a few weeks ago I had been given an idea by the Freezer Fairy to make a monthly meal plan. I’ve been really slack these past few years on making meal plans and shopping list. Its ended up costing me several trips to the store, several trips to the local fast food place, and spending way more than my budget. I know how to properly put up a menu, make a shopping list, and stick to it. So when I heard this idea of a monthly menu I figured I’d try it. So last month I planned out, by week, our meals. It was a wonderful thing to come home and know I’m making xyz for dinner. I thought it would bug me because my whims may change but I loved not having to think about anything. I also loved not having to answer that dreaded question What’s for dinner? So I sat down this and wrote out a menu for the whole month of September.

My husband and I decided that we were going to eat chicken and fish mostly. Its cheaper and its healthier. So after Labor Day (we had to cook out on Labor Day) we are not going to eat any red meat, as much as possible. I remember back when I was a child we went through a time where we were eating chicken every night, literally. My mother got very creative with the ways that she made it but I often got tired of chicken. I’m hoping that by mixing in fish (I adore all things fish) and pizza I won’t tire from chicken. Everything gets better in practice so I should be fairly good at cooking chicken in different ways by the end of this month. Now, I am not a great chef by any means. I have a few good meals I can make and only a couple of family recipes. So I enlisted the help of Pinterest for meal ideas. So each week there is a new meal to try from pinterest. I’ll give you guys an update each week with how those turn out.