getting ready for AVID Summer Institute 2016

if you're off to AVID Summer Institute, check out the blog 
post I wrote with the fabulous Jonathan Petrick.  
We've got some tips for you and your team...

I met Melodee as a participant at last year’s AVID Summer Institute (SI), and immediately, we began sharing ideas. We talked about our first SI experience of feeling overwhelmed, but energized, and began brainstorming our list of ‘musts’ that would remind us and support others who will be attending AVID Summer Institute 2016.

AVID SI is like the Olympics of professional development for educators—it’s quite an experience. It’s also a time to reflect and plan as we work with colleagues to guide our students toward college and career readiness.

If you are one of the almost 40,000 educators attending one of the 12 AVID Summer Institutes around the country, you’ll want to take note of the advice that follows. As they say in the AVID world, “There’s always something to learn,” so veterans and newbies…listen up! Melodee has some great advice for you.
click HERE to continue reading...



paleo jalapeno cornbread

this paleo jalapeno cornbread is yummy! 
check out The Wicked Spatula 
for the recipe HERE 
we paired it with THIS Lemon Rosemary Chicken recipe,
some veggies, and iced herbal tea- what a yummy spring dinner! 


pallet sign

a few years ago I made this sign for the kids' bathroom...
the kids are growing up and moving away to college 
so with just a few littles at home I decided to update the bathroom a bit....

so first, here's what I did with the sign....a little chalkboard paint, and whalla...
ok, so I originally tried to paint the pallet boards white, 
but the original "splish splash" kept popping through....so chalkboard paint it was....
and a battery powered light string from Kirkland to brighten up the hallway area

and the bathroom, 
ah-thanks Target for such cute decor....
this wall hanging is just as darling as some I've picked up 
by handmade artists on Etsy....  
I found this stag head on Amazon, but 
(towels from, ya guessed it, Target)

the shower curtain was an Anthro knock off I made a few years ago
(it took a just few hours to stitch up) and it has held up 
so well! I throw it in the washer with some 
oxy-clean and it stays super bright-white.... 


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chalkboard lettering

it's been many years that chalk paint has been applied 
to walls, old pictures, frames, etc... around our house... 

I don't think the trend is ending any time soon- 

click HERE to read about their book "The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering" 
and find it online at Barnes and Noble  (out of stock at Amazon right now) 


cacti in the bathroom

a little greenery in the bathroom looks so nice- 
lately I've had bad luck with ferns 
(which usually do well with the moistness of a bathroom)

soooo- time to try cactus in the bathroom~

this guy was in near the tub and just didn't do well with the humidity :( 
any suggestions on greenery that does well in your bathroom area? 


oh target

ok, I officially have a problem- it happens when I head to Target...
went in for milk and left with milk and sandals

you can find them online HERE 
(oh, and the basket happens to be from Target as well)


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paleo macaroons

my sister brought me some delish paleo macaroons...
and they taste like the real deal! 
if you are on a paleo diet or just looking for a healthy "cookie" recipe
look no further.....try this one HERE 


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