May 2022 Goals

I know that it is the middle of May – May 18th to be exact. I still think it is important that I review my goals from April and put my goals for May out into the universe, so here we are. May hit me like a truck. We started with tech week and a very big adjustment for our cast and crew – one of our male leads was removed from the show and replaced with another actor on Monday of tech week. This meant we were scrambling to make sure he had the costumes he needed, as well as putting finishing touches to the rest of the costumes from the show. Throw in a broken zipper that needed replaced, finishing some custom-made pieces, and replacing a couple of shattered buttons and you had a recipe for crazy. Opening night and the second performance were wonderful, and we were looking forward to the rest of the show weekend.

Saturday morning, we got the news that the last 2 shows were being postponed, then we got the news that it was COVID related. My daughter tested and ended up as one of the positives – we never would have known because her case was very minor, thank goodness. The show has been rescheduled and we are gearing up for a successful conclusion this weekend. Everything seemed to be going smoothly again!

Then, Monday, I was hit with a horribly sore throat and no voice. That began my quarantine period which I spent mostly sleeping and watching a little bit of YouTube – I find bullet journaling and bento box videos really calming to watch. What was supposed to be a busy but wonderful week that included a visit from my parents, a theatre showcase, Prom, and a choir concert was suddenly very open. I did watch a few trainings. I drove my daughter to her mani/pedi and brow waxing appointments. I did her prom hair, but did not get to go to pictures. It was a very disappointing week.

This week, however, has started off really well. I do not have my voice or energy fully back, but I am out of quarantine (still masking) and able to work. I am attending a few fun things, including a networking event tonight and Wicked tomorrow night, and I am looking very forward to being a costume mom again on Friday.

Looking at my goals for April, I am actually really pleasantly surprised that I accomplished more than I thought. Here is my list and my review:

  • At least one: Adventure Date, Create Date, and Family Game Night – we did an Adventure and a Create date, but no Family Game Night. It was a really busy month.
  • Use SEO to edit current Outschool classes and update listings for summer- I have not looked into SEO, but I did update my listings for summer.
  • Add 10 new products to my TpT store – this should bring me to 50 – I made it to 50 products at the last possible second. But I did it!!
  • Create 6 blog posts, 25 Instagram posts, 25 Facebook posts, and 30 Pinterest pins – My stats were: 3 blog posts, 18 Instagram posts, 16 Facebook posts, and no Pinterest pins. I have a bunch of products and classes I need to get up on Pinterest.
  • Update TpT Play-Doh products to Modeling Dough products and work on Previews – I did not work on this at all.
  • Write 3 new Outschool classes including one escape room type class and finish summer schedule – I finished my summer schedule, but I did not write any new classes.
  • Make dinner 3 times a week – I did not do this – my average was probably 1.5x a week.
  • Walk 3 times a week – I actually did 9 walks in April, so that is over 2 per week.
  • Go on 6 hikes – I went on 3 hikes in April.
  • Log food and workouts in My Fitness Pal – I did not do this at all.

I felt that I hadn’t done well with goals, so I am pleasantly surprised to be sitting at about a 6 out of 10 this month. While I always want to hit my goals completely, I also always set bigger goals than I think I can complete. It’s the best way to push myself to accomplish more.

As we head into summer, I am trying to leave time in my schedule (and goals) to rest and relax. I am still pretty fatigued, so I am taking that into account for this month. Also, there are less than 2 weeks left in May, so I am going to try to set some smaller goals here and see how it goes.

  • Add 10 products to my TpT store.
  • Write 1 flex class and 1 escape room style class for Outschool.
  • Make 5 blog posts, 15 Instagram posts, 15 Facebook posts, and 20 Pinterest pins.
  • Update Play-Doh listings on TpT to reflect copyright laws.
  • An Adventure Date, Create Date, and Family Game Night.
  • Pay quarterly estimates.
  • Reserve tours and tickets for while we are in Seattle in July.
  • Make dinner at home 12 times.
  • Walk 4 times (energy depending).
  • Hike 2 times (energy depending).

Looking at this list, the thing I can see myself struggling with the most is making 12 dinners – any quick and easy recipes you can recommend? I have a few we haven’t had for a while, but I feel like I am in a rut as far as coming up with fun things to eat. If only we didn’t have to have dinner every. single. night…. Lol!

I hope you have a wonderful May – or what is left of it. Let me know below what goals you are working on this month so we can cheer each other on. 🙂

April 2022 Goals

April is here! I apologize that I am operating on a bit of a delay this month. My parents celebrated their 50th anniversary April 1st, so we had traveling and celebrating to do. On the way home from their house on Sunday, I became very ill. So, I am just now able to get back to “normal,” whatever that may be.

March was an exciting month in our family – our youngest turned 17 and we went on her first 4 college visits. It’s an exciting and anxious time, but we are trying to help our kiddo to focus on the opportunities and not the expectations. I think that sometimes we can all use a reminder to do that… Which brings me to my March Goals reflection.

  • At least one: Adventure Date, Create Date, and Family Game Night – We did this and once again had a great time. I need to schedule the next few months this week.
  • Use SEO to edit current Outschool classes to increase enrollment – I did update all of my flex classes with this, and I have 3 enrollments that have happened since, so I am happy. Need to keep going with other classes.
  • Add 10 new products to my Teachers Pay Teachers StoreDone – I actually added 12.
  • Create 6 blog posts, 25 Instagram posts, 25 Facebook posts, and 30 Pinterest pins – This is a mixed bag. I did 4 blog posts, 19 Instagram posts, 18 Facebook posts, and 1 Pinterest pin. Overall, there was progress here, but goals were not met.
  • Make dinner 4 times a week – I did not do this. I averaged 2 times a week all month.
  • Go on 6 hikes – I went on 4 hikes. I am not caught up to where I should be, but I didn’t get further behind, so this was a win.
  • Walk 3 times a week and lift weights 2 times a week – I ended up with a sinus infection for the first half of the month, so this did not happen. I am hopeful that the rest of April will be better for fitness goals.
  • Log food and workouts on My Fitness Pal – This fell by the wayside as well. I am getting back to logging this morning now that I can handle actually eating.
  • Work on photography and previews for my TpT products – This needs to move to April – I did not work on it.
  • Write 4 new Outschool language classes including one escape room type class – I wrote and taught one new language class this month, Miss Autumn’s Language Adventures – Follow Directions With Modeling Dough, and I did brainstorm 3 other language classes, but I did not end up writing them this month.

I am going to give myself about 3.5 out of 10 this month. It is okay, you are always supposed to set goals that are a little scary and a little bigger than you think you can hit. I made progress on a lot of them, so I am going to just keep working on being a better version of myself. To that end, my goals for this month are as follows:

  • At least one: Adventure Date, Create Date, and Family Game Night.
  • Use SEO to edit current Outschool classes and update listings for summer.
  • Add 10 new products to my TpT store – this should bring me to 50!
  • Create 6 blog posts, 25 Instagram posts, 25 Facebook posts, and 30 Pinterest pins.
  • Update TpT Play-Doh products to Modeling Dough products and work on Previews.
  • Write 3 new Outschool classes including one escape room type class and finish summer schedule.
  • Make dinner 3 times a week.
  • Walk 3 times a week.
  • Go on 6 hikes.
  • Log food and workouts in My Fitness Pal.

There are a lot of repeats this month – the things I am working on are important, so I need to move them forward if I don’t get them accomplished. I am hopeful I will get to try some new goals next month. What goals do you have for this month? Let me know in the comments so we can hold each other accountable! 🙂

March 2022 Goals

I am usually a big fan of February – it is my birthday month and all – but this year it has been troublesome in many ways, so I am not sad to see it go. I am all about moving on to March this year – bring it on! Before I can really go forward, though, I need to look back an assess how I really did in February. So, here is my recap of my February goals:

  • At least one: Adventure Date, Create Date, and Family Game Night – this is one of the few that I did, in fact, accomplish. And we had a great time!
  • Use SEO to edit current Outschool classes to increase enrollment – I started this and have edited my flex classes. I have gotten one enrollment since doing it. I clearly need to do some more with my other classes, so I am going to extend this one to March.
  • Add 10 new products to my Teachers Pay Teachers Storebecause I was so on it last month, I did hit 30 products this month, so this is a yes if you look at where I wanted my shop to be.
  • Create 6 blog posts, Instagram posts, Facebook posts, and Pinterest pins – I had 4 blog posts, but then I had 9 Instagram posts, 11 Facebook posts, and 50 Pinterest pins. So I’m going to say yes for this one. As you can see above, I also started a calendar for my posts, although I completely ignored it for the most part after putting it together.
  • Make dinner 4 times a week – I am going to be completely honest. Last month was rough. If I had to guess, I would say I made dinner 2 times a week on average. This is a no.
  • Go on 4 hikes – The weather really didn’t cooperate – between rain and ice we lost this month for hiking.
  • Walk 3 times a week and lift weights 2 times a week – I think I did at least 1 walk each week. Not great progress here.
  • Log food and workouts on My Fitness Pal – I was on a really great roll for logging and then we hit the second week of this month and things got rough. I am starting again today.
  • Work on photography and previews for my TpT products – I did not get to organize a space for this project, so it is moving to March.
  • Write 2 new Outschool classes including one escape room type class – I did not write any new classes, but I did write an escape room for my Vocabulary and R Sound Awareness Classes. So I am going with 50% on this one.

I am actually pleasantly surprised as I look through this list. February felt out of my control for a lot of reasons, but I still managed to accomplish some good stuff. March is going to involve the first few college visits for my Charlotte – I am in denial that we are at this stage, but she will be 17 this month! There are definitely quite a few things I am looking forward to – and some things I am not. Both of my grandmothers had colon cancer, so I get my first colonoscopy this year. Over Spring Break – yay what fun! But, I firmly believe that preventative testing is super important, so I am doing my part. Other goals for March include:

  • At least one: Adventure Date, Create Date, and Family Game Night.
  • Use SEO to edit current Outschool classes to increase enrollment.
  • Add 10 new products to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
  • Create 6 blog posts, 25 Instagram posts, 25 Facebook posts, and 30 Pinterest pins.
  • Make dinner 4 times a week.
  • Go on 6 hikes.
  • Walk 3 times a week and lift weights 2 times a week.
  • Log food and workouts on My Fitness Pal.
  • Work on photography and previews for my TpT products.
  • Write 4 new Outschool language classes including one escape room type class.

I am sure that you have noticed that this list is eerily similar to last month’s list – there are a few little tweaks. Some of that is just consistent goals, some of that is things I didn’t do last month, some of that is stubbornly wanting to get it caught up this month. LOL.

How did you do on your February goals? What goals do you have for March? Let me know in the comments so we can cheer each other on. 🙂

February 2022 Goals

It is inexplicably the first of February – how did we get here so fast? It doesn’t seem possible, but here we are. Anyway, it is time to recap my January 2022 goals and look at what I want to accomplish for this month. I am actually really pleasantly surprised by what I was able to accomplish last month – not all of my goals, but lots of solid progress.

  • At least one: Adventure Date, Create Date, and Family Game Night – Yes! We did all of this!
  • Write a 1:1 Phonics class on Outschool – Yup, in fact, I also made this 1:1 Confident Speakers class and this Scavenger Hunt Show-and-Tell class.
  • Add 10 new products to my Teachers Pay Teachers StoreAnother yes! In fact, I added 15! which brings me up to 25 products.
  • Create 6 blog posts, Instagram posts, Facebook posts, and Pinterest pins – I did 5 blog posts, but I also did 24 Instagram posts, 27 Facebook posts, and 17 Pinterest pins. I’m going to count this as accomplished.
  • Make dinner 4 times a week – I did this 3/4 weeks – we had a pretty major family emergency when my daughter totaled her car this month (she is doing okay, no worries), so I am also pleased with this.
  • Go on 4 hikes – Only made it out 3 times, but with the family emergency, it just wasn’t a priority.
  • Walk at least 3 times a week – I logged 15 walks, so I am going to count this as done.
  • Log food and workouts on My Fitness Pal – I logged everyday starting January 3rd and I am down 4.8 pounds so far.
  • Record videos for Crafty Phonics – Letter R Club flex classI did this and I feel very proud of them – just waiting on some learners for that class now.
  • Use my planner as a journal every morning and evening – I love my Rocketbook Panda Planner and I did use it everyday!

It feels really good to have done so well in so many areas. I am really looking forward to seeing how this month goes since it will be pretty busy. I hope that I have now put systems in place to keep things going in the right direction even when I have more going on. For this month, I have a lot of the same goals, but some variations.

  • At least one: Adventure Date, Create Date, and Family Game Night.
  • Use SEO to edit current Outschool classes to increase enrollment.
  • Add 10 new products to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
  • Create 6 blog posts, Instagram posts, Facebook posts, and Pinterest pins.
  • Make dinner 4 times a week.
  • Go on 4 hikes.
  • Walk 3 times a week and lift weights 2 times a week.
  • Log food and workouts on My Fitness Pal.
  • Work on photography and previews for my TpT products.
  • Write 2 new Outschool classes including one escape room type class.

I am feeling really excited to start working on some new things this month. I have a lot to learn about SEO, product photography, and escape rooms, but I am really looking forward to learning new things. If you would like to be kept in the loop about my new products and classes, please sign up for my email list here:

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Do you have goals for February 2022? Share them in the comments so we can cheer each other on! We can do this!

Winter Wonderland Game – How to Make a Seasonal Candyland Board

I don’t know about you, but I love to play board games. You may recall all of our family game nights and trips to game cafes – there’s just something about eating yummy snacks and moving tiny figures around a board. When I started teaching on Outschool, I knew that I wanted to share games with my students, but it took me a while to figure out how that was going to work. I am happy to say that I seem to have cracked part of the code, and I’m here today to share one of my very favorites with you.

I have played many a game of Candyland, so I knew that I wanted to make a game that would play similar but online. Once I got my Canva subscription (which you should run to your computer and do right now if you do any type of designing), I realized I had everything I needed to create a fun game board, spinner, and cards. I am here today to walk you through creating the same type of game – but it doesn’t have to be winter. It could be candy and monster themed for Halloween. It could be a fun spring trip through different flowers. The only limit here is your imagination. Whatever version you are going to make, you will follow a few basic steps.

Step 1: You need to create a fun background for your game board. It should have different terrains and elevations for visual appeal and optimal game play. I chose a winter wonderland with an icy bridge, chilly waterfall, mountains, trees, and some hills.

Step 2: You need to decide where you are going to make the start and where your end goal will be. On this board, I chose to start by the waterfall and then inserted an Ice Palace in the distance to welcome players to the end of the game.

Step 3: It is now time to create a winding path from your starting point to your end goal. I chose to use blue hexagons because they gave me chilly vibes and they meant the path could naturally twist and still interlock.

Step 4: This is my favorite step. This is the part where you get to make 6-7 creative checkpoint areas. These will be the areas of the board that you put on the cards that players will draw throughout the game. They will either be thrilled to skip ahead of everyone else or crushed to have to retrace their steps by moving back. I love to give these spaces personality and really play up how fun they might be to the kids – Don’t eat too many marshmallows in the fort! Be careful, they might be throwing snowballs up ahead! Don’t worry, the Yeti looks scary, but he’s really a big softie. 🙂

Step 5: You have created your areas, now you need to add some sort of marking to the actual spaces that people will go to when they draw those cards. I like to be sure there are 5-7 spaces between the special spaces, but you can make them as close or far apart as you like.

Step 6: Now is the time to make really fun names for all of your special areas. If my students are working on specific sounds, I will try to put them in all of the areas. If I have a mixed group or we are just working on language, I don’t stack sounds as much. This is another really fun step – I love making up names!

Step 7: The last step is also a naming step – you need to name your game. The name here was obvious before I even made the board, but please feel free to be as creative as you can with your name.

That’s it! You have a finished game board! Now you just need a spinner (make a circle like the one below and use a pencil and paperclip to spin) and some special cards (black and white versions are easiest on your printer).

Of course, if you don’t want to reinvent the horse, and if you would like some really nice words lists for L, R, S, and TH sounds, I have already done all of the work and you could just buy this resource in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. It can be found under Winter Wonderland Game with R, L, S, and TH Target Words. I have a few other winter and arctic animal themed games coming really soon and a free SZ Snowman Guess Who Game available as well. I hope you will check it out and click the heart to follow me so you don’t miss any of my new products. You could also join my email list if you want to be the first to know all of my news.

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What was your favorite board game as a kid? What about now? Leave me a note in the comments if you found this helpful or if you have a suggestion for another game I should try to make. I have some others coming soon, but I am always looking for new ideas. Have a winter wonderful day! 🙂

And So It Begins – January 2022 Goals

The beginning of the year always feels so exciting. A fresh new start – like a field of new snow without footprints where we can blaze a new trail. Endless possibilities. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? And also completely terrifying! How do I know I am choosing to focus on the “right” things? What if I choose the wrong goals and I don’t meet them? It can be almost crippling.

This year, I had the privilege of working through a goal setting course by Becca Davis. It was so great because it made me look back before looking forward. I had to process what I thought and felt about last year before looking ahead to the future. It was such a simple thing, but honestly, not something I had ever thought to do before. It really made a BIG difference in how I looked at setting goals for this year. Seriously, I would 100% recommend the course if you are interested in making goals that will actually get you to the life you want to be living. You can see a sneak peek of the course materials below.

I also joined an awesome social selling membership that will include a lot of training and support this year, and I have enjoyed the goal setting things we have done over there, too. An Outschool Facebook group I am a part of is also doing some awesome trainings and reading some great books this year. I am seriously so excited for all the possibilities.

So, what does this all mean for the Blog? It means there will be a monthly goal post where I tell you the goals I have for the coming month and also recap how the previous month went. Being that this is the first goal setting post, I obviously won’t have anything to recap. I can tell you that I met exactly 1 of the many, many goals I tried to make last January. So, there’s nowhere to go but up this year. 🙂

For January 2022 (wow – first time I’ve typed that. It’s so weird!), my goals are:

  • At least one: Adventure Date, Create Date, and Family Game Night.
  • Write a 1:1 Phonics class on Outschool.
  • Add 10 new products to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
  • Create 6 blog posts, Instagram posts, Facebook posts, and Pinterest pins.
  • Make dinner 4 times a week.
  • Go on 4 hikes.
  • Walk at least 3 times a week.
  • Log food and workouts on My Fitness Pal.
  • Record videos for Crafty Phonics – Letter R Club flex class.
  • Use my planner as a journal every morning and evening – I love my Rocketbook Panda Planner!

Do you make goals? Do you do it by year? Quarter? Month? What are you working towards this month? Let’s cheer each other on – if you plan it, you can achieve it! Let’s go! 🙂

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