Happy Birthday, Blog! :)

Congrats to the winners of the Cuppacocoa shirt giveaway: Wendy H., Hazell P., Dakota N., Irma O., Michelle P., and Sydney A.! I’m HONORED that you would wear my shirt. Even if it is to sleep ....more

Cuppacocoa’s American Apparel T-Shirt Giveaway

This Saturday is Cuppacocoa’s ONE YEAR BLOGGY BIRTHDAY!!!! Wooooooo!! I wanted to do something cool to celebrate ....more

Activities to Do with a Toddler

Not gonna lie. This one’s for me. I currently have about 50 tabs open on fun activities to do with babies/toddlers between 14-16 months, and wanted to summarize them for myself and my husband ....more

A Love Letter


How to Save Time (and Keep Students Engaged) with Popsicle Sticks

I used popsicle sticks in my classroom all the time. I used them during math, during social studies, during reading– you name it. If there were a large number of students, I had a use for popsicle sticks....more

Stop Grading Papers (and Let the Kids Do it!)

I think it’s good to have kids correct their own homework as much as possible. When they correct their own homework, they get immediate feedback on their mistakes (or lack thereof). They also have an opportunity to immediately ask how a problem they got wrong is done correctly ....more

The Secret Game

Parents: It’s your son’s birthday party. On the invitation, you wrote that the party would go from 12:00-3:00pm. It’s 2:00pm, and you’ve already gone through all the activities you had planned ....more

The Heart of the Matter

A few months ago, I led a teacher training on how to use a new behavior system in Sunday school at my church. I outlined how the system of consequences would work, with the consequences progressing from a simple verbal warning all the way to stepping outside for some time out. Then one of the […] ...more

Guess My Number

Parents and teachers, this one’s for you. If you are regularly around kids, you know there are frequently pockets of time when you need to keep them occupied. Whether it’s the last few minutes at the end of a school day or you’re waiting at a restaurant, resist pulling out technology to quell their boredom […] ...more

Pork Tonkatsu Recipe

Pork tonkatsu! (Plating and photo creds to Chris C.) Last week, I bought about a million pounds of sliced pork tenderloin from Costco. On top of the usual Costco bulk discount, there was a “manager’s special” which brought the price down an additional ~20%! ...more