Substitute Teacher Printable

When I graduated college with my teaching certificate, so did about a billion other people. Our state was severely over saturated with teachers looking for jobs. A few jobs I applied for, I was one of 3000 that applied for that one particular job. If I wanted a teaching job, I needed to move somewhere like Arizona or Texas. Both of those states were looking for teachers, and my teaching certificate from Michigan was valid in both of those states. However, I was married and my husband had a job here. Moving across the country was not an option. So I did what a lot of newly graduated teachers did…I became a substitute teacher!

To be honest, I loved substitute teaching. I’ve often thought about doing it again. My favorite, believe it or not, was lower elementary and middle school. I know…it probably seems strange that I like the really little kids and the tween/teenagers. Those ages were always just so much fun! I did a long term substitute teacher position in a 6th and 7th grade English class and that was a lot of fun. Listening to their viewpoints on the books they were assigned to read was something I really enjoyed! However, there were those times that I absolutely DREADED my sub job and couldn’t wait until that last bell rang.

Substitute Teacher Printable

One of the things I didn’t enjoy doing, as much, was writing the note to the teacher about the day. I always felt like I didn’t know what to say. Having a form to fill out would have been much easier, plus teachers are busy in the morning. They don’t have time to sit and read a long letter. Having something simple and to the point to read is better. That’s why I put together this free substitute teacher printable!

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Print Your FREE Substitute Teacher Printable HERE

So, just print one of these free substitute teacher printables off before each sub job and quickly fill it out at the end of the day! Makes your job easier and give the classroom teacher all the information they want in a very to the point way!


Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Bread Bowl

My absolute favorite time of year is quickly approaching…FALL! Living in Michigan, fall is a really beautiful season. With the leaves changing, the crisp and cool air, and the many trips to the cider mill…you really can’t beat it! If you have the opportunity to travel to Northern Michigan during this time of year, then you must! There is truly nothing like it! While I love wearing flip flops, and I will wear them as long as I possibly can, I love wearing jeans and hoodie sweatshirts. Besides the leaves changing, wearing sweatshirts and the apple cider, another thing I love about fall is soup!! My goal this year is to fill the freezer in our basement with soup to last me all fall and winter! One I will be making quite a bit is this Broccoli Cheddar soup in a bread bowl!

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Bread Bowl


  • 6 TBS Unsalted Butter
  • 1 small White Onion, chopped
  • 1/4 C Flour
  • 2 C Heavy Cream
  • 3 C Chicken Broth
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 4 7-inch Sourdough Bread Boules (round loaves)
  • 1 bag Frozen Broccoli
  • 1 C Matchstick Cut Carrots
  • 2 1/2 C Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onions until translucent (about 5 minutes).
  2. Whisk in the flour, cooking until the color becomes golden, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of heavy cream, if necessary, to keep the flour from burning (about 3 to 4 minutes).
  3. Slowly pour the heavy cream into the flour mixture while whisking constantly. Stir the chicken stock into the heavy cream mixture. Bring this to a simmer, continuing to cook until the mixture has thickened (about 20 minutes).
  4. Add carrots; simmer until they are tender (about 10 minutes).
  5. Add the frozen broccoli and continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Stir the cheddar cheese into the vegetable mixture until the cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bread Bowls:

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut a circle into the top of each loaf, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Remove the bread top, then hollow out the middle with a fork or your fingers, leaving a thick bread shell.
  2. Scoop some of the broccoli cheddar soup into each bread bowl. Serve as is or top with additional grated cheese.

broccoli cheddar soup

Looks good, doesn’t it?!? If you have to eat gluten free, like I do, you can make this soup gluten free by simply using your favorite gluten free flour in place of the wheat flour. Personally, I really like this gluten free flour mixbroccoli cheddar soup. Everything I’ve ever made with it has turned out so good. And that’s a really good price!

If you like this broccoli cheddar soup recipe, then you will definitely like these:

What’s your favorite part of the fall season?

Upgrade Your Daily Routine

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School is about to start for these kids (thank goodness!!) and that means making a complete change to my daily routine. An upgrade, if you will. It’s goodbye to sleeping in and staying up late. With one child going into 7th grade and another going into 4th, I will be up at 6 a.m. every single day for the next 180 days. Yes, I’m crying a little bit inside. Shoot, who am I kidding, I’m crying on the outside! But, nonetheless, a change is needed. You see, since a little bit before January, I’ve lost almost 70 lbs. I want to continue that momentum and reach my goal weight this school year. The only way I can do that is by upgrading my daily routine in a big way!

Losing weight is never easy. I’ve tried, in the past, to lose weight and I was never successful. This time around, however, I’ve realized that it takes a little more than just eating right and exercising. Changing my mindset was huge in losing weight this time. I started a 5 Minute Journal where I focus on the positives for the day. That one little thing has really helped me be in a better mood, as well as, it helps me to not dwell on the negative, which is something I used to do quite often. Besides using the 5 Minute Journal, I’ve also begun incorporating my Wellness Tracker (download the FREE printable below). By utilizing the Wellness Tracker, it allows me to set daily goals, as well as, track my food for the day and my gym activity. If I don’t make it to a gym, I write in other ways I’ve gotten exercise that day. Did I do a lot of walking? Of did I do an exercise video at home? Regardless of what I did, I wrote it down.


Download your FREE Wellness Tracker HERE!

There are many ways you can utilize this free Wellness Tracker printable. You can print one each day and fill it out each day. This way you can keep track of what you’ve done and see what works and what doesn’t. Another way is to print one, laminate it and use a dry erase marker and just reuse it. I prefer the print one each day option, but do whatever works best for you!

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I don’t know about you, but when I put my contacts in, I like knowing they are clean! Taking care of my eyesight is one of my top priorities!

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Camping Tips for Newbies

A couple weeks ago, my husband took our daughter camping, just the two of them! Bella was no interested in going to the daddy/daughter dance at her school this past school year. Instead, she made a deal with her dad to take her camping, just the two of them. This was totally OK with Zack and I. We are NOT campers! Being the great daddy that he is, he was very excited to take her camping and make it a fun trip that the two of them would remember forever and want to repeat every summer! However, we’ve never really camped before. So I’ve put together some great camping tips for newbies! You will want to keep reading. Especially at the end. I have a free camping meal planning printable for you!

camping tips for newbies

Camping Tips for Newbies

First and foremost, if you do not know what you need to take with you, Google is your friend! We did a Google search for “tent camping” and it immediately pulled up a list from the REI website with a checklist of items you need with you. Now, mind you, that list is VERY thorough and some things are definitely things you would not need, but you will be able to figure that out…it’s pretty obvious! A few items I want to point out that you need to take with you, besides the obvious things like a tent, sleeping bags, food, bug spray, etc are:

  • Tick Removercamping tips for newbies – This was one of the first things I purchased for their camping trip. I also made sure to remind Mr. DGoddess to check her over daily!
  • INFLATABLE LOUNGERcamping tips for newbies – Sounds silly, but my husband said EVERYONE had them and raved about them. Personally, I’d probably camp if I could sleep in one of these! No joke! They are on a super sale right now…
  • Coleman Quad(TM) LED Lanterncamping tips for newbies – This is the lantern they bought and took with them. The nice thing about it is that you can take one of the lights off and use it by itself for trips to the bathroom in the dark, etc.
  • First-Aid Kit – Seems rather obvious, but Mr. DGoddess would not have brought one had I not put one together for him and they needed it the day Bella cut her finger with the fish hook.

One thing Bella and her dad took with them was The Itch Therminator. I was really excited to try this. Bella seems to be a magnet for mosquitoes and when she gets bit, they swell up really big. One thing I always have her do is take a spoon, run it under really hot water and press it on to the mosquito bite. It helps take the itchiness away. However, you know as well as I do, you don’t always have access to hot water when you get bit buy mosquitoes. The Itch Therminator is your solution!


The Itch Therminator fits in any first-aid kit and it is definitely something you want to have on hand. When you get bit or stung, simply press the end of The Itch Therminator on the bite and press the button. As you are holding the button down, The Itch Therminator will heat up and neutralize the itchiness! As you can imagine, Bella got bit many times on their camping trip and she was very thankful to have this nifty tool in the first-aid kit!

Besides having all the things I mentioned above, you also want to plan out your food. I put together this free meal planning printable for you to make it easier to keep track of what you need and buy at the grocery store!

camping tips for newbies

Download your FREE Camping Meal Planner HERE

So…I told you the items I felt were important to make sure you took with you camping, whether you are a newbie or a camping pro. What items do you never leave at home when you go camping??

Lifestyle Changes – A Mom’s Journey

About a month before my 35th birthday, something happened. I was sitting here writing, like I do most days, and it hit me. I was turning 35 soon. Not too many years later, I will be hitting 40. While getting older has never ever bothered me (the white hairs I randomly get on my head and in my eyebrows–what’s up with that–are definitely something I could do without), the idea of getting older and not making the necessary changes I need to make to lose all this excess weight, is something that has bothered me. Lifestyle changes were definitely needed in my life.

lifestyle changes

Here I am, five years ago, at my heaviest weight I’ve ever been…250 lbs. I hate even typing that number, but it’s true. I started my weight loss journey at 250 lbs. I knew I had to make some changes and make them quick. Not only was a severely overweight, but I had tested Type 2 Diabetic. I made some changes, lost some weight, and managed to no longer test in the diabetic range. However, my weight started creeping back up and I knew it was only a matter of time before I became Diabetic again. I was not about to let that happen.

Serious Lifestyle Changes Needed!

Fast forward to just about my 35th birthday…a friend of mine had been talking a lot about the Keto diet. I saw her transformation, but was really scared to take the plunge. You see, with the Keto diet, you eat high fat, moderate protein and very low carb. While I know that a very low carb diet works well for me, I was terrified to eat fat! I mean, it’s drilled into our heads over and over again, “low-fat, low-fat, low-fat”. However, I decided to jump in and give it a try. What I didn’t understand at the beginning was that with the Keto diet, you are essentially training your body to use fat as an energy source, instead of carbs. This is huge to understand. You see, since you are not constantly eating fat all day long, your body needs to have energy somehow, so it begins burning your fat stores. It truly is as great as it sounds!

I’ve been doing this diet since January 23rd of this year and I am currently 0.4 lbs away from losing 70 lbs. I look and feel amazing! A little bit of that weight loss is from before starting Keto. See the transformation for yourself…

lifestyle changes

Yes…I did just use a Snapchat selfie…no judging! It was just my most recent picture of myself and, well, what can I say…I just love the gold butterflies in my hair! Despite the fact that it is a Snapchat selfie, you can see how my face has transformed. I still have some weight to lose, but I’ll get there!

While making lifestyle changes has been the key to my success, there are a few areas of my body that, no matter how much I lose, they don’t change. Those areas would be my saddlebags. I absolutely hate that word, but it’s true. I have them and I hate them. I made a comment to my husband that the only way I would be able to get rid of them is with liposuction. As I was looking around online, I came across an ad for Light Rx Face & Body for Laser Liposuction. I was instantly intrigued! One of the biggest things I noticed was that it required absolutely zero recovery time! That was huge for me. With a husband that travels for work, having something that required recovery time was kind of out of the question.

About Laser Liposuction

This painless procedure utilizes low level lasers that target the fat in a particular area and breaks down the stored triglycerides in the fat cells into free fatty acids and glycerol. The fat content is then transported to various tissues, ready to be burned off during post-treatment exercise. Basically, the laser liposuction is a process that mimics the body’s natural process of releasing stored fat to be used as energy.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?!? I totally thought so! Currently I am partnering with LightRx Face & Body and I am in the process of completing ten complimentary Laser Liposuction treatments and eight Venus Legacy treatments. The Venus Legacy treatments help to get the fat content moving out of my lymphatic system faster, as well as, it helps to tighten the skin area being treated!

I am extremely excited about this phase in my life. Not only are my lifestyle changes working for me, but, with the help of LightRx Face & Body, I am able to work on those stubborn areas of my body, as well! I am only just starting my treatments with LightRx Face & Body, but I will be sure to update in a couple months about my treatments and how they went!