Posted in Life, Preschool Adventures

Scavenger Hunt Adventures

Now that summer vacation has arrived, there is so much time to help preschoolers have adventures and explore the nature around them! One of the best and most fun ways to achieve this is to have them engage in a Scavenger Hunt.

I don’t have any children of my own, but I do have nieces and nephews who I love with all of my heart.  I like to provide them with memories they will hold onto forever.  Lately I made up a simple scavenger hunt that could be done by my nieces and nephews from ages 1-20 years, and that I could join in on of course!

Henry and Will at Garden

My nephews tested the scavenger hunt out when I provided them with the list, a marker, and a paper bag to collect items in. They had a great time searching around our garden land and were able to find almost everything on their own! It was just another day in the Adventures of Auntie LaLa!

Click here for a PDF of my Nature Scavenger Hunt  and feel free to print it off and use it for your own adventures!


Posted in Life, Preschool Adventures

Summer Vacation!

Yesterday was the last day of the school year for this preschool teacher! I celebrated by enjoying an ice cold beer and Lindt Salted Caramel Chocolate (courtesy of the amazing assistant teacher I have been working with lately).  This school year has been a particularly crazy one for me.  My life has changed drastically since  I started the school year as a student teacher and grad student.  I feel overwhelmed yet blessed when I think of all that has happened.

My biggest excitement is that I have become a preschool teacher! I absolutely love my job and already can’t wait to get into my new classroom for next year! That being said, I will be adding a new section to this blog, dedicated to classroom adventures, early childhood activities, and hands on learning.

Stay tuned for my next post on an easy recipe for Sidewalk Chalk Paint! We tried it out for our Messy Art Day and the preschoolers loved it!

Happy Summer Vacation!

Millie is ready for Summer Vacation!
Posted in Preschool Adventures

Thank You Teachers!

teacher pic

After years of hard work, ups and downs, stress, and wonderful memories… my dream of becoming a teacher is finally coming true.  On my road to becoming a teacher, I had so many amazing teachers who showed me that teaching is so much more than running a classroom.  It is having passion and heart for each and every student.  For believing in making a difference and being a positive role model.  I have had so many teachers show me this.

Thank you to all of the teachers I have had and have worked with.  You all have taught me how we can make a difference in each child’s life.  You have all taught me that each child deserves to be loved and given an education.  Each child deserves to be shown the world.  Remember teachers, you make a world of a difference! You are the ones who help to create the leaders of our world, the CEO’s, the small business owners, the athletes, the actors, and the future educators.

Thank you teachers, I am so proud to be joining you!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Posted in Recipes

Sunshine on a Gloomy Day

Yesterday was a beautiful and abnormally warm February day here in Southern Minnesota.  It made me anxious for spring and the sunshine.  Of course this morning, a front moved in, bringing dark clouds and sleet.  The gloomy skies started giving me a gloomy mood, so it was time to bring a little sunshine back.

My Hawaiian Chicken Pasta Salad hits the spot when you’re yearning for a fresh tasting meal! This salad is filled with a citrus taste and a hint of garlic and curry! Give the recipe below a try and bring in the sunshine!

Pasta salad pic
Sunshine in a bowl!


1 Cooked Chicken Breast

1 (8 oz.) Can Pineapple, save juice for the dressing **You can always use more pineapple if you’d like!

1 (11 oz.) Can Mandarin Oranges (Juices drained)

3 Cups Cooked Elbow Pasta

Dressing Ingredients:

1 Cup Mayonnaise

¼ Tsp Curry Powder

¼ Tsp Garlic Powder

Juice from the 8 oz. can of Pineapple


  1. Dice or Shred the cooked chicken breast.
  2. Mix the chicken, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and pasta.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, curry powder, garlic powder, and juice from the can of pineapple.
  4. Whisk the dressing until all ingredients are combined smoothly.
  5. Stir the dressing in with the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Chill until served and enjoy!
Posted in Life

Strength…Determination…Courage…We are Women

     Today’s post is for all women out there.  I have found myself grasping for inspiration these days.  Hoping that words of wisdom from others will heal this broken heart.  I’m still looking for the magic cure, but in my search I have found that there are all forms of broken hearts.  If you are feeling lonely, defeated, betrayed, or hopeless for any reason, you are not alone. But also remember you have every right to feel this way! Just because others are broken hearted, doesn’t mean you need to suck it up, it’s alright to feel the hurt, because from the hurt we grow.  

     Whatever you feel remember that We Are Women. We are made of more than just sugar and spice.  God gave us Strength, Determination, and Courage.  It is inside of us, we do not need to look to others for it.  So through the loneliness, defeat, betrayal, and hopelessness, remember that You, yes You reading this very post, have Strength…You have Determination… and You have Courage to get through this crazy, beautiful life.

Posted in Life, Uncategorized

A Blizzard, a Podcast, and a Cup of Coffee

Winter here in Minnesota would be a disappointment without a good blizzard.  I know there are many who beg to differ, but today I found joy in the sounds of the wind and snow, and the silence closed roads offered.  Anyone who knows my family knows that we are weather lovers.  My mom is known as a weather guru by her friends and co-workers and has the uncanny ability to be spot on with her weather forecasts! She knew this blizzard would not disappoint us!

I enjoyed the snowy afternoon by going to our town bar and grill for lunch (they graciously stayed open for those of us wanting to get out), and then trudged back home in the snow to curl up with a cup of coffee and listen to my favorite podcast The Black Tapes produced by Pacific Northwest Stories.  If you haven’t jumped on the podcast band wagon, I encourage you to start by listening to this podcast.  Especially if you’re a fan of X-Files, thrillers, mysteries, or anything that keeps you on the edge of your seat! I hadn’t listened to any podcasts until November when my oldest brother introduced me to The Black Tapes, I was instantly hooked. I curled up in my bedroom with a cup of coffee, the snow falling outside my big window, and pressed the play button to instantly be soaked into the mysterious ere that comes with this podcast.

book and snow
Single/Independent Women, check out this book by Mandy Hale for some great inspiration and laughs!

Happy Snow Day!

Other Podcasts I Love!



The Message



The Black Tapes