I’m getting ready to assign Joan Didion’s essay “On Keeping a Notebook” to my Juniors this week, so of course, I had to reread it and reacquaint myself with it. Like I said, I’ve read it before, but somehow, this particular paragraph (10) resonated with me more this time around; perhaps, it speaks to where… Read More “I’m the Most Important Person in the Room”
“I feel like I have a new room,” said Tamia as we , she and I together, put away her clean clothes in the proper places. I said, “you do have a new room.” Do you like it? Her reply, three sweet words, “I love it.” When we moved into our house, I was newly… Read More Girl’s Bedroom Makeover
Summer is really the only time I get to spend any “uninterrupted by the demands of life” quality time with my kids. The Barrett Babes actually get loads of TLC from me, and I love filling up on the tons of hugs and kisses they give me and then make them take a nap, ha!… Read More Discovering Our Neighborhood
There are endless messages we send either with our words or our actions. One that I have been increasingly attuned to is the one that reminds me that I only have one life to live. Maybe it’s growing older that has me feeling this way or maybe it’s the realization that mortality is real,… Read More “Bloom Where You’re Planted”
True Story Last week I bought 53 items for less than $100 from Harris Teeter! How did I make that happen? By shopping on sale, using coupons, and using rebates. Let me start by saying, there is more than one way to make couponing work for you, I am just sharing my experience with you… Read More Tam Talks Coupons
Mother’s Day happens every year in May, and it never ceases to amaze me how many people still wait to the last minute to shop for the most important women in their lives. I’m speaking about myself as well. So if you, like me, are out there waiting until the last minute to get the… Read More Moms Need Consideration!
As soon as I logged on to FB this morning, the first post I read was one from one of my girlfriends stating how she was already epically failing at doing the day. My first thought was whoa, hold up! She’s the mother of two boys, a teacher, and a loving wife… how could she fail at… Read More Women Are BADASS!
For the better part of 2016, I have been in a reflective state, and since I have spent most of the year “in my feelings” (as my students would say), my blog while i was busy thinking suffered and so did I. Why? Because I didn’t get the chance to do what I love which is… Read More The Missing Piece…
As a teacher, it is my job to assess or grade my students’ work or their ability to perform a skill or meet a standard. However, very rarely do I take the time to assess my ability to perform in the various areas of my life. For instance, as a teacher, I am super reflective… Read More As a spouse, what grade do you deserve?