Saturday, March 2, 2013

Spit Spot

I recently worked with Spit Spot, a parenting website that brings everyday and smart activities to parents. My three-year-old and I painted her name on a canvas. This sounds simple, but regular activities can be educational.

Indeed - I honestly did the activity in the picture with Za, and her finished project hangs in her room.

Read about the art project and see pictures on Spit Spot.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Breastfeeding and Parenting

This seemingly small task makes my nursing life easier, as does all of my husband’s help. Nursing is an important, but fractional part of our larger parenting work. I may do the actual, physical feeding, but their father provides indispensable support as I nurse....

Normalizing the process for the next generation — acting as a role model for a son — is important work. My husband has defended, physically helped, and mentally supported my breastfeeding. He does it all, not because he came to our parenting relationship as an outspoken breastfeeding advocate, but because we parent the best way we know how, and we do that together.

Read more of this guest post at Giving Birth With Confidence.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bridal Shower Invitations

I had the pleasure of throwing my best friend a bridal shower. For fun, I created personalized bridal shower invitations for the event.

My favorite part was incorporating the wedding's main color (purple) with a glimpse of the bridal grown to-be. I added the silver ribbon as a "sash" for the dress to add texture.

Ready for mailing.

The wedding's secondary color is a pink "that pops." I put the additional information on that color card stock and personalized recipe cards on a color that matches the couple's kitchen.  

Personalized invites add so much to a wedding or shower, and with the variety of printing options (and paper, and ribbon, and envelope choices...), why not order yours special for your momentous occasions?

Looking for personalized wedding or shower invitations in the Peoria, IL area? Please see my contact page. I would love to work with you!

Monday, September 26, 2011

More Work With Parent USA City

My relationship continues with Parent USA City. The site has a wealth of knowledge for parents. Writing for them allows me to connect these important areas (parents as a part of education) that I always write about at Switching Classrooms.



The Struggles With Returning to School While It Is Summer Outside gives ways to ease the return to school easier. Warm weather and recent memories of free hours of play can make the transition to the classroom difficult. The article covers ideas I developed to make the transition easier - some have worked with my kids.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Brainstorming My Life Away

I excel at brainstorming. I exercise my pre-writing skills daily. See?



I have three ideas on this one piece of paper. Off to the right side you can see where my pen ran out of ink. If you look a bit closer, you can see that I continued writing with the pen because I was penning an unstoppable idea. I eventually switched to a pencil I found but then continued writing so quickly that I did not stop to erase.

This part of the writing process is my favorite part of writing, with hitting 'submit' a close few blocks away. Organizing my thoughts, the promise of making a client happy, the hope of writing for a new audience.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Parent USA City

My newest writing adventure is over at Parent USA City. I am writing about organization again, because I am a dork and I find it interesting did my master's research on organizational habits of high school students. Before you say that high school students have no organizational habits, realize this: they do, they want some, but they don't always know how to organize well.

My article, For A Better High School Year, Organize Your Student During Summer Vacation, not only has a long title, but interesting tips. I really hope it helps parents and teachers.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Grammar Lessons

As teachers begin planning for the upcoming school year, grammar should be on the plan for every language arts course. Programs and easy-to-do formats are plentiful on the Internet, but going back to basics with Bloom's Taxonomy concerning grammar is a solid plan.



In "Teaching Grammar With Bloom's Taxonomy," I explore teaching grammar in research-proven steps. Grammar can be a difficult topic, but laying a strong foundation makes further lessons easier.

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