Category: Life and Times in our House

Learning Colors- Our Colorful Moments


Over the Rainbow

Learning about colors is quintessential to early-education learners.  Since both of my kids were born I read books to them and answered their growing amounts of questions as they’ve grown through the years.  Now at 4 & 5 we make time to play outside, paint, create, and discover the world around us.


Craft Fun with Goldfish Colors

Who doesn’t like to play with their food?  My little girl created a rainbow out of the new Goldfish Colors and matched the one on the cinder-block wall that we drew with sidewalk chalk. I love that the Goldfish crackers are whole grain and baked with 100% real cheddar cheese.  Em just loves the fact that they are different colors.


After-school Snack & Craft Time

My sweet kindergartner asked how the Goldfish crackers now had colors… and I was able to describe the different food and juices used to color each of them.


Whole Grain Goldfish Baked Crackers

Red: The red Goldfish crackers are colored using a mix of red beet juice concentrate and paprika extracted from sweet red peppers.

Green: The green Goldfish crackers color comes from watermelon & Huito juice concentrates mixed with extracted Turmeric.

Yellow: The yellow Goldfish crackers color comes from extracted Turmeric.

Blue: Our subtle blue crackers come from Huito (derived from South American fruit) and Watermelon juice concentrates.

We had to Google Huito as both of us had never heard of that before and VOILA, I was able to answer another of the hundreds of questions I get asked by my sweet kiddos.


Quality Time Outside

Craft Time:

Figuring Out Primary Colors

Items Needed:

Rectangular Baking Dish

1-2 cups of milk

Red Food Dye

Yellow Food Dye

Green Food Dye


Science Behind the Experiment?  How primary colors are mixed to form new colors.

Well the milk will be the base for the color.  So as you pour in the milk to coat the bottom of the dish (make sure there is at least a centimeter covering the dish) you can discuss how that is the white background for the color experiment.  Now drop in three drops of red in one corner, three drops of yellow in one corner, and three drops of green in one corner.  Now from your position you should have them describe the colors in the tray.  The colors should not be mixing at this time.

Now your children can be instructed to gently blow on the colors moving the color dyes slowly closer together.  Make sure the tray is not touched, nor their mouths get too close to the milk (they should not consume this).  As the colors gently mix you can discuss how blue, purple, and orange are made.

A visual helps active learners with concepts and getting them involved in their own learning with an experiment?  Makes the information that much easier to understand.


Goldfish Colors Baked Crackers

Now you can join the fun and help VOTE for the next Goldfish color.  Simply CLICK HERE >>> Vote for Color and you will help decide!



What color are you going to vote for?  I voted for blue!

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A Whole New Year- I am the Captain of my Soul

Be KIND. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. 💙
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You never really know a person’s story. There are so many pieces to my story, my life. I try to project positivity because the world is hard enough. Hope that I can teach the next few generations that being a bystander in life is giving their implicit approval. Speak up, Show up, and NEVER give up.


The past year has proven to be a journey unto itself. Moved out to the country. Made moves to be able to work my dream job- cough cough- hard work pays off.  Let myself move on.  I gave myself some much needed grace.  I know that I deserve happiness.  I am bigger than my circumstances.  I am stronger than my circumstances.

Small Bucket List?

AP Seminar Certification

Teach US History


Style the Farmhouse

Family Trips

Now back to 2017.

So far I was able to get certified to teach AP Seminar, a spectacular new approach to teaching that is changing lives.  I am teaching over 100 kind souls US History.  I coached HS Varsity Track.  Now I am the Head Coach of the Varsity Boy’s Soccer Team. My Farmhouse?  Feels like home. Family trips were made to San Diego this summer and I relished in the sound of kids laughing, sand in my toes (and ear if we’re honest).


2017? 2017 has been one of the hardest years emotionally.

But through the pain, there grew tremendous opportunities, and pure joy.

Invictus Poem



Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
Years ago I memorized this poem.  The power of words knows no bounds. Sometimes, just sometimes, you need to say the words until you believe them yourself. OVER and OVER.
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.
What words helped you in your time of need? Would love to hear from you!

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High School Coach & Nutrition on the Run


The second quarter of the school year has just ended and this High School Coach is ready for a break!  As a busy mother of two, AP Teacher, and Varsity Boy’s Soccer Coach my schedule is constantly in flux.  Making sure that everyone has everything they need in the classroom, at home, and on the field is taxing.  Check out how I have made sure I don’t crash during the 15 hour days I put in with teaching and then coaching.

Mom Soccer Coach- on the go

High School Varsity Soccer Coach

Every morning at 5AM I throw breakfast, lunch, and snacks into my teacher cooler and head out the door with coffee in hand.  My car smells like the Soccer Field and the coffee in my hands helps just a bit… but good lord.  With all of the brain power, mom power, and coaching power flowing throughout the day I can get pretty burned out.  To stop the mid-day slump I grab one of the Dannon®Oikos® Nonfat from my cooler I keep in my classroom.

Grab Nutrition On The Run

Dannon®Oikos® Nonfat

The Dannon®Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt Drinks come in packs of four and I am loving the Vanilla Flavor.  There are 10g of Protein per 7 fl oz and Zero Added Sugar!  I love that it is easy to grab on my weekly trip to Walmart.  The four packs are easy to grab and store in my fridge.

High School Soccer Coach- Grab Nutrition On The Run

Dannon® Light & Fit® Nonfat Yogurt

I wanted to try the other new option this week before practice.  The quarter was coming to an end (I teach at a Year-Round-Schedule School) grades were due, students were antsy, and the heat just won’t quit here in the Valley of the Sun.  So I relished in the Strawberry Dannon® Light & Fit® Nonfat Yogurt before coaching a field full of soccer players.  Energy levels were maintained and I finished the week strong.


Coach-Grab Nutrition On The Run

 High School Varsity Coach

Check out this fabulous offer from ibotta!  Click HERE —-> ibotta Offer for Dannon Yogurt Drinks

I love being able to not hit that mid-day slump!  There is just no time for down time!

Oikos- Grab Nutrition On The Run

Keeping my Energy Levels High

How do you keep your energy levels high?!?

Would love to hear from you!

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Back to School 2017

Back to School in the Valley of the Sun!  Tomorrow will end the first week of school for us out here in Phoenix.  Love my classes, seeing my old students, and watching my little ones regale their day at school.  As you prepare to go back to school this year you should take note of the products you use every day and make note of the Box Tops for Education.

Every little bit helps!

Reynolds Kitchens™ and Hefty proudly support the Box Tops for Education initiative which helps schools like mine raise money for supplies, technology and more. Find Box Tops on most Reynolds Kitchens™ products like Parchment Paper, Oven Bags, Slow Cooker Liners and Bakeware Pans. You can also find Box Tops on Hefty Trash Bags, Hefty Foam Plates and Hefty Cups—all things I need to make life easier during the busy school year!


Back to School 2017

Box Tops for Education has greatly benefited schools in our area. Whether it is the need to purchase books, computers, playground equipment for anything in between. Box Tops for Education has been helping schools across the nation since 1996.

Parchment Paper

Hefty Trash Bags

Back to School Treats

Don’t forget to choose wisely when shopping for Back to School.  Choose products that help teachers and students right in your very neighborhood.  As a teacher and parent I KNOW it matters.  Every little bit helps.



Now through August 29 you can enter here to be one of 50 daily instant winners and enter to win the grand prize of $1,000 worth of Box Tops for your school! A total of five schools will be chosen for the grand prize and you can enter once a day until 8/29 so bookmark the site and visit often.

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How do you save for Back to School?

Do you participate in Box Tops for Education?

Would love to hear from you!

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Future Smart Event- Mass Mutual & Phoenix Suns

I was asked to join The MassMutual Foundation, Phoenix Suns executives, and other local community and business leaders for breakfast and networking. Where there was a detailed presentation on the importance of financial wellness, including strategies for holding on to the MVPs in your organization, with a panel discussion afterward moderated by Hill Harper.

Phoenix Suns- Mass Mutual Event

The MassMutual Foundation

Following the breakfast, we were invited courtside to attend the FutureSmartSM Challenge, a
collaboration with MassMutual, Junior Achievement of Arizona and the Suns. Hill Harper ran around and thoroughly engaged with over 3,000 middle school students, inspiring them to think about their future financial success and the importance of savings, career choices and going to college.


Phoenix Sun’s

Loved that the Phoenix Sun’s even after flying back from a game at 2AM came to represent and rally the youth of Phoenix, empowering them to make smart, educated choices.


Phoenix Suns Mass Mutual Media

The media present were asked personal questions about their financial literacy.  My questions were listed below.

Interview Questions:

  • What financial advice would you give to yourself five years ago?
  • What is the biggest financial lesson you’ve learned in life to date?
  • How much research do you do when you’re going to buy something

After the interview with Hill Harper we did a group cheer… or attempted a group cheer… and you can view that on Instagram- HERE.

If you want to know how loud I laugh in real life? Just click the link.  Sorry family for slightly embarrassing you with my cackle…

Phoenix Suns Mass Mutual Future Smart Event

As a teacher, I know how important finacial literacy is.  I love the The MassMutual Foundation is placing leaders within middle schools to teach classes about finances that are so often overlooked.  Schools are able to sign-up for the program, the teachers do not need to plan the lessons, as qualified city leaders come in and teach each lesson.  The culmination of the program is earning the right to attend the event with MassMutual and Hill Harper.

The kids were enthralled with his presentation. Hill had everyone cheering and openly discussing financial education…. these were middle schoolers that were empowered with information that will greatly, positiviely, effect their financial decisions in the future.  The MassMutual Foundation provides programs throughout the country.  I was proud to be apart of such a wonderful event that had education at the forefront.

Check out their site for more information- HERE.


When did you learn about personal finances?  In school?  On the hard knock streets of real life?

Would love to hear from you!


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MassMutual sponsored this post. As always all opinions are always 100% my own.

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