Monday, September 14, 2015

All About Aldi...My Love Continues

This ones for you Mom! Ha!

On my weekly Aldi trip, I decided to share
what I normally buy and also highlight 
just how many quality, organic items they carry!

I want to preface this post to say:
- Aldi is not paying me, in any way, shape or form to write this...
but if you are with Aldi and want to talk about paying me, 
feel free to contact me, ha!

Okay, now to the good stuff...saving money AND
getting delicious, healthy foods!

I spent $89.33 while buying a whopping 41 items!
Yes, I said 41!!! 
If you do the math, that is roughly $2.18 per item!

Remember, this is WITH organic items!


Here is a photo of my receipt with
organics highlighted [and the total].
{I just realized I did not highlight the organic popcorn or Energy bars...oopsie.}



Okay, so for those [like me] who need to see the
foods to really appreciate this post...

 Baby spinach: $2.49
Bananas: $1.18
Pasta sauce: $1.89
Ketchup $1.69
Fat free milk: $2.95 
{Mr. Word thinks I am nuts for liking this, ha!}
Black beans: $0.79
Kidney beans: $0.79
Tomato paste: $0.59
Chickpeas: $0.79
Cane sugar: $2.89
Popcorn: $1.79
Energy bars: $4.69
+ {Comparable to Clif bars, a bit more expensive but you get 6 to a box}
TOTAL: $22.53!!!!

Other notable items that I am obsessed with:
- Roasted red pepper hummus - $1.99 

- Friendly farms Greek yogurt - $0.75

- Milk - ranges from $1.99-$2.69/gallon

- Avocados - On sale, $0.49, on the regular, $0.79

 Turkey meat: $3.29
{Free of nitrates, antibiotics, added hormones and animal by-products}
- Blue corn tortilla chips - $1.69
{Basically organic but a certain ingredient 
makes it unable to be labeled as such}
 - Casa Mamita Salsa - $1.69
{They have "fresher" salsas but I
love this one because it taste
I really could go on and on but I think
I will stop here....for now. :)

I would love to answer any questions you
might have or suggestions!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

One Pot Spaghetti, All Ingredients From Aldi

My mother likes to laugh at my love of Aldi.
I really do swear by that store!
They have the best foods when talking about
price and quality (A LOT of organic).

Anyways, I cooked spaghetti with "hidden" ingredients
for my husband who really doesn't enjoy healthy foods.

Materials needed:
- One pot
- One colander
- One paper plate
- Spatula

Food needed:
- 1 lb. ground beef - $5.24
- Chicken broth - $1.79*
Free range, organic and low sodium
I usually only use a little bit to make the noodles
not stick towards the end of the cooking process
- Angel hair pasta - $1.79*
Organic, you can use whatever kind you like
and as much as you'd like
- Tomato and basil sauce - $1.79*
Organic, whole jar
- Salt & pepper - 99 cents per grinder
- Sweet peppers - $1.99 per bag*
I only used 3, regular sized peppers
- Spinach leaves - $1.79* per bag
I used a handful, torn into smaller pieces

* Approx. prices...I threw away the receipt before blogging.

1. Begin boiling noodles.

2. Add spinach when noodles
are almost finished cooking.
3. Drain noodles and set aside.

4. Place meat in same pot you boiled noodles.

5. Brown the meat.

6. I did not drain my meat because there was next 
to no grease. If you need to drain, do so and then add in sauce.

7. Add in noodles and stir.

Mr. Bogart is the acting quality control officer.

Other pups wondering what the amazing smell is.

*Side tip*
I hate wasting sauce so I add my chicken broth
into the jar and shake to get the remaining out.


8. Add in broth and spices.

9. Enjoy!

Finished product on my fabulous paper china, ha!
As a previous post stated, I HATE DOING DISHES!

This is a staple dish in the Word household
and I hope you enjoy it as well!!

On a side note, I LOVE my Silhouette cutting machine.
I want to share a few items I have made recently.
If you like what you see, I would love for your to
visit my online store here!

Wedding gift for the Harry Potter lovers.

Match mate mugs for the Harry Potter fans!

Personalized, insulated tumblers

Personalized Yeti Rambler decals

Personalized pendants

Layered decals



Wine glasses.


Much more is in the above link if 
you are interested in my creations!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Blue Book That Changed My Career!

Hello all!
School has started back and while I will miss
the ability to stay up late and sleep even later,
I am excited to be back with my students!

This random little girl embodies my excitement.

Like last year, I am implementing Response to Intervention (RTI)
interventions (Click here for an explanation about R.T.I if you are interested)
on all of my kiddos to help boost their reading and math skills.

I love being able to pinpoint their needs and 
help in any and all ways possible.

With this being said...
I want to preface that I am in no way, shape or form being paid (I WISH)
to type the amazing things I am about to type.

Moving on...
I. COULD. NOT. LIVE. without the book below.
That might be a bit melodramatic, but...really...I couldn't!

Click the book to be taken to Jennifer Serravallo's website!

Here are a few shots of the inside and the back.

Please note all of the sticky notes.
There are SO many useful strategies/interventions
in here that it has truly made my job easier!
Thanks Jenn, ha!

My husband swears I am one of the only
people (he knows) who does this, but I like to look beyond the obvious
in photos. With that being said, there is a lot going on in this photo.
 Please note:
- UGA Thirsty Stone coaster (LOVE THOSE!)
I am not the biggest football fan but 
Mr. Word is a "rabid" (and I type that in the most loving way) UGA fan...
Example: I was counting down the days until summer break and he had already started counting down the days until college football...IN MAY!

- Keep Calm and Carry On mug I "borrowed" from my mother's kitchen cabiet
Sorry (Not sorry) Mom! :)

Anyways...back to the blog at hand..

Here is a peek inside the book. 

Keeping it real...
It was love at first sight when I saw these brightly colored pages,
chock full of anchor charts (visuals, period!) and endless resources. 
Here are a few close up shots with a bit of explanation.

Each chapter is an area focus.
Examples: Fluency, Comprehension, Yadda Yadda
Jennifer explicitly tells you:
- Reading levels (I wrote in the DRA level that corresponds)
- The genre/type of books to use with the strategy
- Specific skills it is focusing on

Each strategy is also broken down into:
- Strategy explanation:
This really gives a "short and sweet" explanation 
that is clear for any and all teachers trying to use this book effectively. 
- Teaching tips:
Exactly what it sounds like. Tips to help you teach the strategy.
- Lesson Language:
Pretty much a script that explains it, as basic as possible, to students. 
- Prompts:
Appropriate questions/probes to help the students search their
"schema toolbox" and connect!

The author smiling at you.
This book retails for approximately $45
and is WELL WORTH the money.

We are now in the 20th day of school and this is my face...
Just kidding kinda, 

One of the interventions I am having to implement is NOT in this
book but it is one we have all (as educators) have come to
know and love...if you do not know it, you might want to use it!

It is called "Somebody, Wanted, But, So" (S.W.A.B.S).
Read more about it here:

When students are reading, sometimes it is hard for them 
to organize their thoughts, so I made this handout to help them!

I have found it is great for all grade levels!

Click HERE to grab the graphic organizer
 at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Thank you for reading (if you got this far!)