Monday, October 24, 2016

Debt and Coupons

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So I am consistently broke. I use to feel silly for hoarding so much stuff and for once in my life I am actually prepared to be living under income for a family of five. I am trying to keep a positive attitude and open mind when working through issues as they arise.

I am back to reading and research of Dave Ramsey's philosophy and whats in my best interest and how I can continue to conserve and spend money wisely. So if you are a coupon clipper like I am let me know if you come across any amazing deals, on the look out for winter coats for the girls and plan to invest in a jacket for myself for once.

Back to reading for me.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Currently October

It's October, and I think I am ready for Winter 2016. So I am going strong with the currently and I hope I can stay motivated. So here we go:

Listening: I am listening to a webinar from the Teaching Strategies Early Childhood Education channel on YouTube for a presentation on Friday for our professional development peer to peer training. We are building   toward Common Core competency so I am trying to figure out the best method to give pedagogy and why the Social/Emotional skills are relevant in what we do with our students. Good times, I know!
Loving: I love the moisture in the air. I love the damp air and enjoy walking outside in the wet roads and the reaction my children have when we find large earth worms and sweep through the dew. Love!
Thinking: What are my educational goals that are appropriate for cognitive goals and how can I incorporate the sensory strategies to support my students.
Wanting: Money, I am in need of money to help meet my teaching needs and personal expenses. I have taken on coupon clipping and to pre-plan meals and expenses as much as possible. I am interested in graduate school so I will clip where I can and begin reading my GRE manuals within the next few weeks.
Needing: Exercise, I have been ill for the past three weeks (sinus, flu, and cold/cough) and I need to work on supporting my immune health and plan to use the local terrain to start getting some body movement in each morning to help with syatic discomfort.
Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I love the simplicity and the divine message of truth prevailing and our ability to work through fear and discomfort.

“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

My goal for the season is to make the grand babe (34 months) a Halloween tutu for the Halloween weekend. We are seeing some great gains and also struggle with assertive independence which is a part of the terrain with her background. We will work with a few outside resources to build some skills and help with nutritional deficits she's still experiencing.

Halloween marshmallows and pumpkin sensory bins are on the docket for this week. I am trying to build up to fire prevention week in our area is going to be the plan for next week.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

September Currently

I am in the mood for a currently from Oh Boy It's Farley for September. My children are in school and the grand baby is attending child care for a full day which makes my life less stressful. Please read and add your own currently, follow the link from Oh Boy It's Farley.
Listening: I bought a Spotify subscription in April 2015 and have used it daily to meet my needs as a mom, teacher, and just  person who likes a variety of music lists. I enjoy the comfort of going from John Coltrane to Ella Jenkins, and stopping in with the Lumineers so my four year old can sing his favorite song on the way to school. 
Loving: A few things have happened since I created this six hours ago, so I realize that I am loving water. I am loving the spirit of #IndigenousRising and #SacredStoneCamp more than I love freebies and blogging. No Dakota Access Pipeline-Water NOT Oil, please continue to support, if you aren't comfortable donating then please take a few minutes to educate and share information with others. 
Thinking: I am thinking about my fall budget and what we need to get in order for winter of 2016. I work in a field that is nothing but scrubs and tennis shoes so I spice up the scrubs and socks to keep things interesting.
Wanting: I would love a pumpkin spice latte tonight, but I am still organizing my home and laundry.
Wanting: That latte and a really good evening of talking and laughing with adults. I have spent the past month emerged in child care of some sort and just need some time with adults that I don't work with.
Needing: I need a companion for all of the same reasons. I have not wanted anyone in my life and recently I realized that I am ready and need to move beyond the things that have kept me from reaching out. I have ended a long term relationship years ago and have been more than cordial and realize that I don't need to be responsible for keeping peace with someone who doesn't deserve that friendship.
Three Goals: I need to consistently follow up with professional contacts to see a variety of projects through, and plan our family meals for the entire week instead of three days out. I also want to complete folding and sorting clean laundry so I can see what I need to replace and mend before winter hits.