Zucchini and Corn Salad with Feta

"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him ... the people who give you their food give you their heart."- Cesar Chavez ...more

25 Must-Read Picture Books

 "Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself."- George Bernard Shaw  I make no secret that I'm a book nerd....more

How to Have a "Yes Day"

  I planted ideas leading up to the day, "So, if on 'YES Day,' you ask for ice cream for breakfast, what would I have to say?"Yes!"If on 'YES Day,' you want to swim all day at the pool, what would I say?"Yes!...more

Why I Love a Day on the Farm

“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” – John Muir ...more

Three Teacher Tools I Use at Home

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”- Albert Camus, The Stranger...more

Date Idea: Trapeze Lesson

Two weekends ago, Stephen and I took a trapeze lesson.I had signed us up earlier this year - a $40 Groupon, so why not?Months passed, and we finally found ourselves at the the lake front starring at a steep ladder, a couple swinging bars, and a catching net.We laughed. What the hell are we doing? Yet we parked the car....more

Happy Fourth of July

 "For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?" Ralph Waldo Emerson Happy Fourth of July!...more

The One-Minute Behavior Modifier

 "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."-Marcel Proust  ...more

The Best Pretzels in Chicago

"Productivity is important but how can I be productive if I have this one little thing in my brain? That I cannot get out. And that one little thing is a soft pretzel. So I'm just going to have my soft pretzel, then I'll get to work, and I'll be super productive. Look out for me."-Michael Scott, The Office...more

The Trick to Understanding Children's Behavior

"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."– C.G. JungI cannot believe my oldest finishes first grade tomorrow (sniff)....more