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DC Wonder Woman Run (Virtual)

Disclaimer: I received an entry to DC Wonder Woman Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Due to the pandemic, the DC Wonder Woman Run transitioned from live to virtual. Despite this, I had a …

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Here we go Covid-19

Today, at 2:30pm, I hugged my students goodbye and told them I would see them in one week/10 sleeps. At 5:00pm tonight, I learned that I will have to break that promise. Our Governor gave a press-conference to announce we had our first case of Covid-19 and schools will be closed until April 6th. A …

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A jar of elderberry and umcka syrup

What is Elderberry Syrup?

I made my own elderberry syrup today, including umcka! I have been using the store stuff for a while, and it’s quite effective with colds and flu. When a friend of mine had these make-your-own elderberry and umcka kits, I jumped at the chance to try them out and I loved the results. All I …

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Doctor Details

Once again, back at the doctor for another allergy-induced sinus infection. This one hit fast and hard and seemed to invade my lungs, too. And, since the apple-a-day didn’t keep the doctor away, the apple bowl is getting repurposed. This is the last week before spring break! I am ready for a week to heal …

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A glass cup with peppermint whiskey honey and lemon on a white tray with a bottle of whiskey and half cut lemon on a plate.

Hot Toddy for Cough Recipe

I feel almost silly calling this a recipe. However, one quick look at search trends revealed that many people are looking for ways to deal with all the coughing going on this winter. What is a Hot Toddy? A hot toddy is any hot drink with alcohol, sugar, and spices. A hot toddy is often …

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Running with Seasonal Allergies

Many runners suffer from seasonal allergies. When the weather begins to warm up, the spring trees and flowers are waiting to wreak havoc on your face. So what is a runner to do? Here are some tips for running with seasonal allergies. What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies? Itchy eyes Watery eyes Sneezing Periodic …

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In Like a Lion

What a great weekend! This is the first full week of March and that means a big birthday is coming up for me. With each new year added to my life, I often seem to get more introspective. I look back at the past year and look ahead at the new one beginning. I have …

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465 Challenge Group Final Results

Disclaimer: I received an entry to 465 Challenge as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! This was one of the best virtual races/run challenges. The premise was clear. Run, walk, bike, swim 53 miles between Jan …

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Wishing for Wednesday

I have so much going on lately with tons of reading, highlighting, and drafts for National Boards. Coffee is my constant. Day or night. Is it possible for some people to have some biological barrier to caffeine? I can drink it at 11pm and fall asleep with the cup in my hand. In fact, nothing …

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The State of The Blog 2020

As the title hints, this is all about my little corner of the interwebs. This post has noting to do with family, job, puppy, running, etc. I have tried to get all this put into words for the past couple of months and I keep getting stuck. That could also be a perfect metaphor for …

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2020 Word of the Year

Relentless adjectiveUS  /rɪˈlent·ləs/ continuing in a determined way without any interruption This is going to be a big year. I have made some big commitments to cross off by December 31st. Taking on all of these will require a big head change and major heart change. National Board Certified Teacher For some strange reason, in my 21st year of teaching, …

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465 Virtual Run Challenge

Disclaimer: I received race entry to 465 Virtual Challenge as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Once upon a time, at the age of 17, I boarded a tiny (to me) plane all by myself in …

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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Being a kindergarten teacher has its perks. One of them is making cinnamon applesauce ornaments every December. Many students in our school have limited experiences with holiday traditions such as baking or cooking. I like to spend an afternoon with my students making “gingerbread” men that they can put on their tree for years to …

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Magic Cookie Bars back again.

    Magic Cookie Bars are the cornerstone of my cooking traditions. Traditions run far and wide in my family. And some date back to my infant days such as Black Friday shopping, some came along when my sister did like the Christmas pajamas, and some are new this year like going to a concert …

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