Category Archives: Favorites

Travel Roundup Part II

Spring is in full bloom—finally! Each time I look out the window I marvel at the transformation. A few weeks ago, the trees stood brown and bare. The blooming bulbs with their vibrant colors served as the only signal that … Continue reading

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Travel Roundup: England, Part I

If you follow me on social media, you know that Brad and I traveled to the United Kingdom the last two weeks of February. For me, and I imagine many of you, part of the fun of traveling is the … Continue reading

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Late-Fall Shorts

Adjusting to an Empty Nest Anna left for her year abroad on September 3rd. Nothing quite prepares you as a parent for leaving your youngest at the airport, knowing she will be across the Atlantic for the next year. As … Continue reading

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Some Favorite Family Read-Alouds

Hi friends! Head over to my friend Jessica Snell’s blog to read a piece I wrote about some favorite family read-alouds. I think you’ll enjoy checking out her blog, and hopefully you will find a new title or two to … Continue reading

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Keeping a Commonplace Book

The beauty of the commonplace book is that it makes the act of reading and writing inseparable. Reading inspires writing which inspires more reading. -ReadLearnWrite.com Occasionally I like to write about topics that connect my worlds–my life as an educator with … Continue reading

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Always Orange 2015 Christmas Gift List

This type of post is a first for me. I love reading the gift lists others write, but I get nervous whenever I have to compile a list of favorites, especially when it includes books. How to narrow the choices? … Continue reading

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Fall Shorts

Today marks the first day of autumn. For this season-loving girl, the promise of sweater-wearing days, orange-colored soups, baked-apple desserts, and spice-scented candles fills me with happiness. To celebrate this day, Anna and I went to Starbucks and enjoyed warm … Continue reading

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