Dear E.,

It’s me, your Aunt Alyssa… Do you want to know a secret? I can’t keep it from you any longer because I’m bursting out the seams! And truthfully, I don’t really want it to be a secret. Okay, here it is… I love you SO much and I haven’t even met you yet. I’ve watched…… Continue reading Dear E.,

31 Reasons to Slice

1. It allows me to become more comfortable being uncomfortable. Putting yourself out there is hard! 2. Community of slicers 3. Gives me more reason to work with my amazing curriculum coach, @onathought 4. An outlet for creativity and self expression 5. I can do hard things 6. I pause more and am mindful about…… Continue reading 31 Reasons to Slice

You know about the Mona Lisa.. but do you know theMama Lisa?

Every Wednesday, I ask my students a “would you rather” question during morning meeting. Sometimes the questions are funny, sometimes they focus on a social- emotional concepts we’re working on, while others times they’re completely random. Today’s question was, “Would you rather be an art teacher or a P.E. teacher?” I knew this particular question…… Continue reading You know about the Mona Lisa.. but do you know theMama Lisa?


Hiding my emotions has become a sort of art. For what seems like a long time, I’ve had things, opportunities, or people ripped from me too quickly. Not having any sort of input in these matters hasn’t made it any easier. If you ask me what’s going on, I’d tell you I’m torn. “That’s what’s…… Continue reading Torn

Today I’m Celebrating…

Today I’m celebrating having extra time this morning to sip coffee on the couch with B before leaving for school. Today I’m celebrating a blooming friendship with a group of empowering women who listen, encourage, and push each other to be better. Today I’m celebrating a really exciting secret that could mean a big change…… Continue reading Today I’m Celebrating…

Stay Little, A

I was so excited to see my nephew today after two long weeks that felt like forever. I normally get to see him at least every Sunday for our weekly family dinner at B’s parent’s house. But since B and I have been sick, it’s been a little longer than usual. A brings me so…… Continue reading Stay Little, A

Seaweed Man

I am cozying up under my favorite pink plush blanket while watching the unwelcome March snow come down. Luckily it’s too warm to stick. Before that, I was taking Savi for a walk, wishing I had picked a more opportune time, as the snowflakes fell onto my glasses. I thought it was supposed to be…… Continue reading Seaweed Man

Nail Appointment or Therapy?

Getting your nails done isn’t supposed to feel like therapy. While your nail tech is hopefully a licensed individual, It’s doubtful that they are also a therapist or mental health professional. Though the act of getting your nails done can feel extremely therapeutic because self care is important, you unfortunately can’t bill your insurance and…… Continue reading Nail Appointment or Therapy?

Unfortunately, Fortunately: Bird poop edition

Unfortunately, I walked out of my house to the sight of bird poop all over my car after it sat in the driveway all last week. Fortunately, I got my car washed on Saturday, leaving it squeaky clean! Unfortunately, the birds apparently had other ideas after seeing the state of my car this morning. Fortunately,…… Continue reading Unfortunately, Fortunately: Bird poop edition