Welcome! Pull up a comfy chair (and maybe a glass of wine if you taught today) and stop and stay a while! My goal for this blog is to share ideas that will hopefully help enrich your classroom, and to put it simply- just help make your life easier. I’ve got nothing against hard work, but the phrase “work smarter not harder” rings true when our plates are very full as teachers, wives, girlfriends, moms, chauffeurs, what have you.

Here are a few of the things I’m most happy to have on my own plate:

1. My 2 daughters, Madeline (age 3) and Emma (age 1). Just when I think I don’t have any energy left after a day of teaching, I get to see those favorite faces of mine and it’s an instant boost. Along with my husband Jeff, they’re everything to me!

There’s Maddie on the left and Emma on the right ♥

And here’s the four of us. I was going to choose one of those Christmas card-worthy family photos of us at a park or the beach, but instead opted for this one from Halloween. I just can’t help myself with the family costumes- especially before our girls grow up to be too cool for us.

2. Second thing I’m blessed to have on my plate- my second grade class. I’ve been teaching second grade for 12 years! The thought of changing grade levels pops in my head from time to time (like the moment when a kid is tattling on his friend for tattling on him). But it really is my favorite age and I just feel it’s where I’m supposed to be.

3. My Teachers Pay Teachers store. I’ve been creating all sorts of things for my classroom for years, and am just now showing up to the TPT party. Shameless advertising in 3, 2, 1… {Click here or the “Shop” tab to visit my store}

I’ll also let you in on a little secret. When I was thinking of what to name my blog and TPT store, I asked myself…what’s something that all teachers like? First thing that popped in my head: summer vacation (coffee, finished report cards, and kids also came to mind…those are in no particular order, by the way). Summer vacation, though, made me think of teaching as being “life between summers.”

But here’s the little secret… I don’t even actually have a summer vacation! What?!?! Isn’t that the reason one of the reasons why we chose this profession?

I should say that I don’t have one in the traditional sense. My school is year-round, so I am “off track” (on break/vacation) for a month after every 3 months of school. But “Life Between Off Track Months” didn’t have the same ring to it, so there you have it.

Thank you so much for visiting! Enjoy taking a look around!