Can’t Find It? Create It!

Guest Post by Allison Alexander July 22, 2019

This is a guest post by a friend and colleague that told me about her experience with creating a planner of her own when she couldn’t find what she was looking for and was kind enough to share her process with me so that I could share with you! Happy reading…and creating!

Let me start by saying that I am terrible when it comes to lesson planning. I have a very hard time keeping up with a planner and a calendar. I tend to forget to look at it and it becomes another paper weight on my desk. However, I always want to improve myself and work on my weaknesses, so I decided that this year I would vow to keep up with a calendar and planner. I started searching for the ideal planner, but in my search discovered that it was either too expensive, or did not meet my needs. I found a majority of teacher planners were geared towards elementary school teachers and I am a high school teacher. This is when I decided to make a list of what I would want/need in a planner. I knew I needed to be realistic with myself as far as what I was most likely to keep up with. My list included a monthly calendar for an overview and important dates, a weekly calendar for the nitty gritty daily details, to-do lists, parent contact lists and meeting notes. I decided to use Microsoft Publisher to create my own planner. I wanted something I could decorate myself, as I find adult coloring very relaxing. With this in mind, I kept the design very simple, with outlined letters I could doodle in and a design I could color myself. I searched for a mandala coloring page in the image search feature and used that as the focal point of my cover page. (I made sure the image I selected did not violate any copyright rules.) made a first page with room for my contact information and my daily schedule.

Next I decided I needed a monthly calendar. I could have chosen a pre-made calendar, but I decided to do my own so I could control the amount of space I would have to write in. This is where I made an error that I did not discover until after I had the printed copy in hand. I did not make enough room for the last week of the month! So my best friend, Sondra, who requested a copy of the planner, came up with the BRILLIANT idea that we not work the last week of the month! We can’t work that week if it does not exist, right?  I wanted the calendar to span two pages, to make plenty of room to write. I purposely left off Saturday and Sunday made those columns reserved for notes.

I wanted my weekly calendars laid out similarly in a two-page spread.


Since I love to make check off lists, I decided to include a section of to-do lists.

I also wanted a convenient place to log parent contacts. I included a place for a date, student name, type of communication: email/phone/text, and reason for contact.

I made the last section of my planner for Meeting Notes.

Once I had the sections and pages that I wanted, I decided to have it professionally printed and bound. I have had experience with Staples copy and print services before, so that is where I went to explore.  They have a presentation and manuals section, so I went there and chose “Pro-Presentations and Manuals”. This gave me the option of having it coil bound and having a clear plastic cover. I also chose a cardstock back cover, but could have selected a vinyl back cover. I saved my Publisher document as a PDF file to upload it to the Staples website so I could set up the print job. I had the option of adding tabs to separate the sections. It was in setting up the tabs that I realized that I would need to add additional pages so that my two-page calendar spreads would print correctly.  I decided to search for more mandala coloring pages and added those in.

I had the option of what type of paper to use to print the pages. I ended up choosing 32lb cotton paper, so that the pages would be heavier than copy paper, but not as heavy as card stock. I paid extra for the nicer paper, (about a $10 difference in total cost) but I think it was definitely worth the extra money. The total cost of the planner was $33.10.

If you didn’t want to have it professionally printed, you could print it yourself and put it in a 3-ring binder, or Staples can bind it for you for a small fee. I am very pleased with the outcome!

Check out this video to see a flip-through of the completed product.

This video is posted with permission on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to go to the channel to like this video, as well as subcribe to my channel for more videos or to check out past videos!

Bio:

My name is Allison Alexander and I have been teaching math for 20 years in the Polk County Public School district. I have experience teaching all levels of math from 6th-12th grade. I became National Board certified in Adolescent/Young Adulthood Mathematics in 2006. I was also the math department chairperson for 6 years at Auburndale High School before moving on to a different school. I currently teach 10th-12th grade math at Winter Haven High School.

Have You Been to Eduporium Yet?

Guest Post July 18, 2019

Finding new and affordable educational technology tools that align with the concepts you’re trying to teach and the standards you’re required to follow can be tough. Especially as new technologies are released seemingly by the day with slight or significant variations from previous models, it can certainly be challenging for teachers and tech directors to keep up with what’s worth their while. Keeping this in mind, the experts at Eduporium stock all of today’s latest EdTech in one place – an easy-to-access online store where educators can learn about and purchase all of the STEM tools they need. Oh, and they also offer a discount on most of those items exclusively for educators!

What makes Eduporium unique is that they don’t simply scour other stores and place every single EdTech tool they find on their own store. Their experts are actually doing the research, searching for the most useful tech tools, testing them out themselves, and corresponding directly with those vendors to make sure it’s a worthwhile product for enhancing 21st century education. Once that determination has been made, they then negotiate the lowest price possible and get it on their store for educators to easily find it and save when they make their purchase. [

Eduporium is a reseller, but they specialize in offering those EdTech tools with the greatest potential and add to their own value in the education community by offering free consultation, personalized technology bundles, and an Educator Discount of as much as 20 percent on technology items that’s available to all classroom teachers, principals, librarians, tech specialists, and makerspace facilitators. Knowing the importance of hands-on learning, they work directly with educators from some of the country’s largest districts and recommend only the STEM tools they need.

The Eduporium store includes the classic EdTech tools for engaging students in deeper learning as well as those that have been just released. Having established working partnerships with many of today’s top EdTech vendors, like littleBits, Wonder Workshop, Ozobot, Sphero, and more, they’re able to get new products onto their store and into classrooms quickly. Among the kinds of STEM tools you can find on the Eduporium store are robotics, coding kits, 3D printers, drones, virtual reality systems, circuitry sets, engineering tools, and more!

Take the Ozobot robot, for example. It’s one of the most widely used STEM tools in elementary and middle school classrooms. This tiny robot can be used to teach students how to code using color codes that they can draw with markers on paper. It can also be paired with a computer or tablet and students can build their own programs on Ozobot’s online learning environment, OzoBlockly. As new updates and releases are announced for the Ozobot, such as Ozobot Classroom, Eduporium is always on top of informing their customers about the latest information.

If you’re looking for any other options from today’s top brands in STEM education, Eduporium is a great place to look. They sell the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop, for example, which are great for introducing elementary students to coding. Eduporium also has the Cue Robot from Wonder Workshop, which middle school students can use to learn text coding! In addition to the robotics tools, Eduporium also supplies coding and electronics kits, including all of the top kits from littleBits. These electronic LEGOs are great for teaching circuitry, perseverance, programming, and inventiveness! 

Not only does Eduporium offer educators an easy solution for all of their EdTech shopping, their advice and consultation help ensure that teachers don’t waste their time or money. To learn more about this company and to check out their extensive store with all different kinds of EdTech, click here!

This is a guest post. Andy Larmund at Eduporium reached out to see if I would share information about their company, products and services offered. After communicating back and forth and browsing their website, I was excited to share his information and I look forward to finding ways to work their products into my classroom this year, though! Note: This is not a paid promotion.

Summer Learning

Engaging Children in Summer Learning Is Easier Than You Think

Sonya Barnes July 11, 2019†

Spending some time reviewing skills on one of our many road trips

I know people on both sides of the fence of summer learning—those that think kids need a total break from learning and those that believe they must stay proficient or they will slide.  I’ve thought long and hard on this topic, even lost sleep, both as a parent and as a teacher.  Is summer learning necessary?  Shouldn’t they be allowed to enjoy their freedom and have unstructured time to play and live life? Is the learning loss as high as they say it is? Won’t they just pick it up when we review or start building on the skill when we get to it during the school year. It’s stressful and confusing and both parents and teachers worry about making the wrong choice about it.

Playing in a learning lab in the Children’s Museum we found in Baton Rouge, LA

For the longest time, I didn’t think it necessary, until I realized a few things from both research and personal observations and conversations.  First, summers aren’t spent the same way for everyone, or the way that many of us did because life is not the same as it was for many of us coming up.  We are busier, people don’t spend as much time in person together, not all families have time to do family things, and some kids don’t have to worry about helping with as much around the house as others do.  I concluded that, if schools are responsible for teaching things like health, drug and alcohol, and internet safety because they need more than what they are getting at home.  Kids today are learning academic skills in larger chunks and at faster rates because there is so much more to know and, in the opinion of some researchers, they are learning these things before they are developmentally ready to learn them. The way many kids and teens spend their summers these days is with little to no application of academic skills to maintain proficiency. A small percentage of kids in the area I live take any kind of summer vacation beyond a weekend away at the beach, if they are lucky.  When I thought about all these things and the struggles I saw during the first few weeks back, it made me realize there was a need.

I have two children that are thirteen years apart. My oldest did summer learning workbooks I found at learning stores and eventually online.  He hated it, but we made sure we found ones that required less than 30 minutes of his attention a day.  As he got older, he complained about going back and doing review work because it was so easy, and he didn’t get why other kids didn’t know what to do.  When he transitioned to high school, we no longer did them since they were only printed through 8th grade, and he noticed more of a lag when he returned.  At that point, he saw the value of them and how much they truly helped him over the years.  When our youngest was finishing his first year of school, our oldest told me to make sure we did summer learning with him to keep him current.  When a teenager tells you that there is value in it, you know that means something.

Our go to summer learning book is one I found on Amazon called Summer Bridge Learning and it is my favorite of all the ones we have looked at and tried over the years. It has two activities to do each day, working in practice on math, reading, spelling, grammar, science and social studies.  It also has fitness activities as well as projects and experiments to do. There is a progress chart and stickers to help them see their progress. Since the work is simply reviewing the prior year, there is very little struggle on the work and often only needs a bit of refresher on something he may have gotten wrong. We no longer need the stickers because he has learned  that the daily work must be done to earn technology time.  When motivation was a challenge, we may tie a weekly incentive of ice cream for doing the week of work and a play day or picnic at the park for finishing a section.  If you are interested in the summer bridge books, use this link to find the one for your child’s grade level, plus you’ll be helping me out by using my Amazon Affiliate program. Amazon Summer Learning Books

Our school sends home district assembled summer learning packets that have incentives tied to them when they return, and this is a great motivator for some to work on it, although I have heard some kids say they did it all at the beginning, the end or had an older sibling do it for them so that they can get the prize, which defeats the purpose.  I know these learning guides won’t be a good fit for all kids.  But they need something.

If completing summer workbooks or packets is not your idea of summer, let me share a few tips we have learned over the years to engage kids  with the core skills that can keep their brains active that may not even seem like they are learning or reviewing their skills.  The key thing is to ensure that kids are learning how skills work together and practicing retaining the knowledge gained.

Learning how to set up and break camp. He can just about do it without us now.
After helping set up the tent, he’s helping dad cook over the campfire
  • Weekly trips to the library are a cheap and easy way to solve many issues.  It is an outing, something new, lots to choose from for free, and many libraries have movie or activity days during the week to plan around.
  • Local movie theaters and bowling alleys often offer summer activities on a budget for families.
  • Children’s museums and interactive parks, playgrounds and theme parks are in many locations and could be closer than you think if you are near a major city. Here’s a link to find one https://findachildrensmuseum.org/
  • Completing puzzles, whether technology-based, book or box style, can be good.  Things like cross words, seek and finds, or Sudoku can help keep the brain active. 
  • Being responsible for planning and prepping a meal and a dessert each week can help with their reading, math and problem-solving skills, and they can learn a bit of meal planning and finance skills, as well. 
  • If your family takes a trip during the summer, have them measure and calculate distances or speeds between points based on the time it takes, find local activities to do there and the cost involved.  If you have more than one kid and they are older, making it a competition to see who can plan the best itinerary for the day and include food stops, and for the best price, could be a way to make it engaging.
  • Involving them in back to school shopping and calculating the costs and what their needs are can help, as well. 
  • If you have younger kids, they can make flash cards of words they struggle with in the books they read. 
  • If there is something they are good at, set up your phone or camera to record them making a tutorial video for how to do it and maybe you can share it with a friend or family member.
  • If they love movies or streaming services or playing on devices, have them calculate how much time they spend on it and track the “distance” on a map driving at a certain speed to see how far they could have traveled in that same amount of time. 
  • Hobbies are another great way to engage them. This could be playing sports, mechanical work or even geocaching, a favorite past time of ours.
  • Finally, I suggest having them take on additional chores and responsibilities, especially if they are older or are home all day. This shows the acknowledgement of their promotion and increased responsibility and will engage their brains in doing something that contributes to the family.
Geocaching with dad

I cannot tell you how important it is to find a way to keep their brains actively engaged to avoid that summer slump, slide, or whatever you want to call it.  Everyone is different and will have different levels of need over the summer, just like they do during the school year. The most important thing is to find what works the best, not what works the easiest.  It is hard to awaken them when they return to school, especially if they slept all day and did nothing but vegetate when they were awake.  On that note, start working on that routine of getting up early and going to bed at a reasonable hour a couple of weeks out.  This can also be a challenge and make more of an issue with behavior both at school and at home at the beginning due to being tired or hungry at non-traditional mealtimes. 

I’d love for you to comment below with your thoughts on the topic as well as other suggestions for keeping those brains engaged all summer.

Reflections on the Past – Tips for Continued Growth

Sonya Barnes   July 4, 2019

This journal was a gift from a student this year.
It reminds me of how important reflecting on our past is for our future.

“They get it!  They actually get it!  And they are starting to jump in and work and talk about their ideas and I haven’t even told them to!  Woohoo!”

“Awe, man, these kids are NOT connecting.  What is going on?!”

If you’ve been a teacher for more than five minutes, you have most likely experienced both ends of the spectrum, and everything in between.  Sometimes we are on our game when we plan and prepare, and sometimes we are not.  Sometimes are kids walk in ready to learn, and sometimes they do not. We have a life that can distract us from our primary job, and the same can happen to them.  When we face challenges in our personal life, it can affect how we do our jobs—its unavoidable.  But, if we make the effort to reflect on our practices, we won’t continue to make those mistakes the same way or as often.  Let me share with you some of the things I have learned to do over the years.

Making Notes on My Lesson Plans I keep my lesson plans handy on my daily clipboard while I am teaching.  I don’t normally script my plans, I bullet point them to make it easier to follow, but I may script a catch phrase or some key element that I need to be consistent when I teach this thing to several different classes.  Or I may script it to apply to a specific class to connect to an experience or conversation previously had in that class. Since they are right there on my podium, I use them to make notes in the spaces I leave myself.  I note concerns about a student’s focus or attendance, how the class received something, if I had to clarify or reteach or redirect, or if a student rephrased something or asked a great question I want to be sure to include in the future when I teach this lesson—even if it is next period.  I make edits and revisions on the plans and hang on to them.  At the top I log the standards and dates, so this helps me find them.  If time allows, I usually go back and edit the electronic copy of my lesson plan since I look them up and reuse them as a template when I can.  But, to be brutally honest, I rarely have time for that.

True Collaborative Planning If you are not coteaching or collaborating at some point in your school year, ask yourself why, especially in secondary learning. In elementary, with only one or two different teachers for their core subjects, kids learn things in thematic units that apply all the skills they learn into one main objective.  When they get to secondary classes, something happens and this stops.  In my school district, we use learning maps that are written in district offices by experienced educators that have refined their craft. But all too often in the classroom, we see that we may talk about weather in science at a totally different time that we read poetry about seasons. Or that we are reading about historical figures at a totally different time period being covered in social studies.  This is something to talk to your administration or district coaches/liaisons about changing, if possible.  This may be something you can have flexibility with—most schools are primarily worried that you cover all the standards, although you may have to keep them aligned with standards based on benchmark assessments that come up. But you may be able to do something as an end of quarter project to bring it all together.

Using Student Feedback Another thing I love to use to reflect on my teaching is surveys for my kids.  It is a great way to ask directly about what they liked and didn’t like and get raw feedback.  I have done this several ways from open discussion, to questions built into an assessment I gave at the end of the unit, or even a quick survey monkey survey linked into our online classroom.  I have done this at the end of each unit, and I have also done this at the end of the year.  There doesn’t seem to be a right way to do it, and I feel the only wrong way to do it is to not ask them at all. 

Peer Observations Brace yourselves, this next point may really push some of you beyond your comfort zone.  I do my best to get by and observe other teachers in practice for a few minutes whenever possible, and I have an open door for my own classroom for any teachers that want to come and observe me.  This has nothing to do with whether a teacher is perfect, but it has everything to do with diversifying our practices.  I was a non-education major when I came into the field and, other than my student experience, I had no idea what teaching should look like.  I relied on observing teachers to learn this skill. If your principal gives a shout out to a teacher for something their kids got caught doing well, ask that teacher to tell you about it and see if you can come and observe it in progress.  If you are struggling with an area, talk to others and find a confidant that can come and watch you for part of a class to tell you what they see for a few minutes.  Most of us get observations that contribute to our evaluations, so getting feedback from someone that we choose with no consequences to worry about can go a long way.

Reflecting on Scripted Programs with Leadership I also like to schedule time to discuss scripted programs our school follows for the subject areas I teach with my administration, after meeting with the department.  We talk about what we like, what works, what we have the flexibility to adjust and what feedback needs sent “up the chain” to change things that may not be working well.  This is where data becomes quite helpful, especially if trying to change practices.  Most of us have heard the expression “Insanity is doing the same thing over again but expecting different results” and can relate to it.  But how many of us keep teaching things the same way from a scripted curriculum because it is easier, even if we can see there is no measurable learning going on?  Hopefully that number is lower than I expect.  Many teachers don’t want to risk their jobs giving negative feedback about something, but don’t realize that, if it isn’t getting the expected results, they need to know it, especially if your job is on the line and student performance is tied to that.  They think they can’t afford the risk, but, really, they can’t afford not to take the risk, and nor can the students trying to learn in a non-conducive learning environment.

Keeping the Flow in our Workspace Finally, I like to look at the workflow in my classroom.  While I am big on procedures, routines and structure for movement and repetitive practices, I don’t like a rigid climate that will stifle creativity.  This makes for a challenge when I get students that are used to being told every little what and how to do something or had classes with little to no structure before for a variety of reasons. One of the major things I look at is how many disruptions happened in my class for non-academic things.  Bathroom breaks, water, seating, forgotten materials, discipline—these all happen, but do NOT have to disrupt learning.  I am also not big on having to change gears several times a day due to varying levels of classes that shift from period to period.  So, planning my day in a way that creates seamless transitions, free movement with responsibility or things I can prepare for in advance helps me spend more time at the door chatting with my kids than frantically resetting everything in my classroom or having to answer every little question.

Reflecting on what you teach and how you teach is essential for us to continue to grow and learn ourselves.  The world is constantly changing around us, especially in terms of the skills our students need to have for the world that awaits them.  You can’t change it all and if you reflect on everything, you may feel overwhelmed. If teaching or reflecting is new for you, start by choosing one subject or one area to reflect on and begin there.  And don’t be afraid to get together with friends and fellow teachers to talk things over.  You may be surprised at the solutions they have, or that just having a sounding board can help you brainstorm.  When you see the benefits of it, it could become a natural practice in your teaching repertoire.

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My First Airbnb Experience

Sonya Barnes                                                                                                              July 1, 2019

To say that I was nervous to try Airbnb was an understatement.  In my mind, it’s a fairly new concept, there’s so many caveats to what it could be like or include, and, let’s be honest, when you are allergic to everything like I am, the subjectivity of a stranger’s home, however inviting it is designed to be, can be unnerving.  But I have several friends that have tried them all over the world and, let’s face it, it is fantastic for the budget conscientious family, like we are.

My soon-to-be-eight-year-old is obsessed with science and animals and loves going to the zoo, which we are members of. So, when the monthly newsletter that included information about Summer Zoo Camps came out in the spring, I knew it would be a good fit for him. Since I am a teacher and off during the summer, I don’t normally put him in summer programs, we just go and do a lot of experiences, especially since we travel to visit family and new sights so often.  We live about an hour from the zoo, so I thought we’d stay locally to save me the interstate commute back and forth and to have a place nearby with something to do, other than go to the zoo or the tons of other touristy things that I have done before. I’m not a shopper, so even with the plethora of malls and outlet stores nearby, it held little appeal as a way to spend my day.  Plus, my husband has his own business that allows him to work anywhere, so this would give him a new area of clients to work while we were here.  Originally, we were going to bring the camper and stay at a campground, but we sold it a few months ago since we weren’t using it with the husband’s new business.  I looked at local hotels, but they were pricy when looking at a weeklong stay, and still added the expense of eating out—something we are not a fan of for budget and health reasons.  And then I remembered Airbnb as I was watching a friend post about an amazing trip she took to several locations and staying in Airbnb’s the entire trip.

I found a fantastic place right on the Hillsborough River and less than 10 minutes from the zoo with all that we’d need and for a great price (click here if you are looking for a place in the area and want to see this one). I looked at the reviews of both the hostess, or super hostess I should say, and the place and took a chance and booked it, opting to pay a bit more for the flexibility to cancel if need be.  They charge half up front and the other half a few days before your trip starts.  It included a cleaning fee and service charges, and the promise of being reviewed as a good renter for future bookings.  This particular place has 2 bedrooms, a garage with laundry (a must with zoo camp shirts that needed regular washing), sunroom, deck overlooking the river, as well as a dock and kayak for us to use.  The kitchen had all the dishes and appliances we needed and a nearby grocery store allowed us to stock up for the week for a great price.  The hostess was quick to respond to questions when we messaged and, when it got closer, sent us the codes and directions to the location, gave some last-minute information and answered any follow up questions.  Airbnb.com was fantastic in sending us emails with things to do in the area, which we didn’t need, but were nice to know since we day trip over this way often.

When we walked in the door, we were pleasantly surprised.  This was not a sparsely decorated hotel room with little personality.  This was a charming home that felt like my long-lost aunt had let me borrow while she was away for the summer or something.  It had comfortable furnishings, personal touches like night lights and books for all ages, as well as anything we could possibly need from linens to dish sponges and cleaning supplies, even spices and non-perishables that previous occupants had not needed and left to the community.  It was clean and cozy, and we timed our arrival as the cleaning service was wrapping up, so she even gave us a few tips on the area.  The beds were unbelievably comfortable—I am hoping our child does not expect a king size bed for his birthday now after getting pampered with one all week.

While our youngest was off at camp during the day, we spent our time working from home, visiting local stores and family, and enjoying a slower pace since we didn’t have to rush back and forth while trying to get our to do list done.  We were able to relax, be productive and eat lunch at our temporary home instead of adding another expense to our trip.  We were able to sleep in and avoid traffic, then pick him up and get back to enjoy a pleasant evening including a paddle down the river, tossing the football around in the yard, cooking a simple dinner over our little grill, and relaxing while reading and watching for animals on the river.  We have seen squirrels, birds, fish, turtles, gators and even a raccoon fishing on the shoreline.  One evening, as the sun was setting, I looked out and saw a dolphin silently traveling the river.  I sat out on the dock and was able to see it a few more times as the sun set and the bats came out to hunt above me.  It was a magical experience. We had hoped to spot a manatee before our departure, but no luck between the heat and summer storms. When the mosquitos chased us in as evening turned to night, we had room for to stretch out for reading, playing cards or board games, talking, or even watching T.V., which we didn’t do nearly as much as we would have in a hotel.  It was a very pleasant and relaxing experience.  My son is enjoyed zoo camp so much and we are all enjoyed the home so much–he had already asked after the first couple of days if we can do this again next summer.  Something I am certain we will do.  As for our thoughts on the Airbnb experience, well, we have a conference next month and, after checking hotel prices near the conference center, we booked another Airbnb place to stay a few minutes farther away, a condo with room for friends also attending and a kitchen to cook breakfast and dinner at.  I do believe this will be something we continue to use until we fulfill our dream of becoming full-time RV’ers and have our own place to take with us.  Who knows, if we don’t sell our house, maybe we will become hosts ourselves!

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A Woman on a Mission – the video, behind the scenes notes and what’s coming up!

Yesterday I posted my blog about my mission and vision for Addicted to Teaching and today the video went live. Check it out! I’d love if you’d subscribe to my channel and support me there, as well. I am working towards that goal of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of views so that I can become a YT creator and really and truly have this as a business. As I grow, I will have some things exclusively on YouTube, some things exclusively on here, and will have content on the same topic but with variety between the two platforms. So stay tuned in to both so you don’t miss anything!

Behind the scenes: In this video, I am still learning to use my new camcorder and I am still not sure I am happy with it. I am shopping for other camera bodies to record with, especially since my husband is also a photographer, so we may upgrade him to something newer that I can also use for my channel. I also used a new to me video editor for the first time as I had a need to move beyond the basics my old video editor was allowing me to do, so I feel like I am starting all over. Such is the learning process! Thank goodness for summer and the opportunity to learn new skills. I was also shooting on location at our first Airbnb while our youngest was at Zoo School for the week. I’ll have more on that experience in next week’s video!

Future projects I am working on: I am working on a logo for my brand as well as possibly a Patreon account for supporters. I also set up my Amazon affiliate account this week! I am slowly making progress on making this dream a reality. The office is nearly finished–I will wrap that up when we get back from Zoo School and will have that process posted soon, as well.

I think that’s everything for now.

Thanks for sticking with me!