The Boy in the Striped PajamasThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book we read in our book club quite some time ago that I never reviewed.

It was sad, thought-provoking, somewhat confusing at times, but overall, a pretty good book.

I think it is important to note that the target audience for this read is adolescents, which makes the fact that it was somewhat simple and predictable a lot more forgivable!

As a former educator, I think this book is well-suited to teach values and good citizenship surrounding things such as hate, prejudice, racism, and truly any sort of judgment or mistreatment on others based on superficial things, or things out of the control of others.

I’ve heard their is a movie, and am not sure that I’d want to see it, but it could be a good way to get the message to younger kids in a quicker time!

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Top two pictures are from the morning workout - sunrise PiYo on the Beach with @chalenejohnson. Some highlights (at least for me) were the core section, which was to Elton John, during which she literally said “do this on beat - respect Elton John!” when we did down dog and I saw a bunch of Palm trees, and when she told us our toes should be facing the ocean, and the ocean was right there! The afternoon workout was a cardio workout from the #21dayfix program by @autumncalabrese which is going to be AWESOME! It launches in February of 2014, and I’m seriously excited for it! I feel so blessed to be here and involved in such great things, but I at the same time can’t wait to put all the learning that took place between the two workouts into practice and help as many people as I can achieve their goals and have healthy, fulfilling lives! #beachbody #leadership #fitness #fitfam #workout #ocean #piyo #pilates #yoga #palmtrees #lagunabeach #california #retreat #vacation #education #helpingothers #chalenejohnson #goals #blessed #sweat #cardio  (at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa)

Top two pictures are from the morning workout - sunrise PiYo on the Beach with @chalenejohnson. Some highlights (at least for me) were the core section, which was to Elton John, during which she literally said “do this on beat - respect Elton John!” when we did down dog and I saw a bunch of Palm trees, and when she told us our toes should be facing the ocean, and the ocean was right there! The afternoon workout was a cardio workout from the #21dayfix program by @autumncalabrese which is going to be AWESOME! It launches in February of 2014, and I’m seriously excited for it! I feel so blessed to be here and involved in such great things, but I at the same time can’t wait to put all the learning that took place between the two workouts into practice and help as many people as I can achieve their goals and have healthy, fulfilling lives! #beachbody #leadership #fitness #fitfam #workout #ocean #piyo #pilates #yoga #palmtrees #lagunabeach #california #retreat #vacation #education #helpingothers #chalenejohnson #goals #blessed #sweat #cardio (at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa)

New Year, New Commitment to Blogging

Happy 2013, four days late!  

This year, I can’t even count my new year’s resolutions.  There are so many!  However, I don’t see myself as being one of the 92% that doesn’t stick to them (yes, that is an actual figure, or so I’m told!).  Some of them may fade in and out (I am not great at getting >7hrs of sleep per night, I haven’t been stretching as much as I hoped, and I definitely didn’t maintain my “stay polished in public” rule when I went to Pancake House this morning and wore purple, green, and red all at the same time), but I plan on making more of a conscious effort this year every day to make myself a better person…  So while my list of areas of improvement is long, and every item on it might not get attention daily, I will continue to always strive toward better!  One of the things on the list is to blog more - not just have an instagram feed in several places, so here I am!

Last night, Tommy and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary.  It was wonderful!  We went to Mr. B’s Steakhouse, which was amazing, and then went and had a drink and some chocolate-covered strawberries at Blu, which overlooks Milwaukee and is GORGEOUS.  It’s funny, because there were two servers attending to us at Mr. B’s, and when Tommy and I went to pancake house (with him in his work clothes and me in my sloppy clown attire) we ended up seated directly next to the two servers from Mr. B’s last night!  It was hilarious, and kind of awkward when I heard them talking to each other about using their tip money from the night before to pay the bill today.  Had we known, we could’ve just said “Hey, we’ll just buy you brunch tomorrow!” 

I think it’s a sign that Tommy and I eat out together entirely too much, but that will change come Monday.  Monday is when I start my next Beachbody challenge group (message me if you’re interested) as well as when Tommy, some friends, and I start the 21-Day Primal Blueprint challenge.  We both have experience following the primal diet plan (him more strictly than I), but not as strictly as we will be starting Monday, and not with the other lifestyle aspects of Primal living as much.  I already downloaded f.lux to my computer, so it was fun to watch it change as I worked on it this afternoon!  

I am finishing up reading the China Study…  It’s a book about how harmful consuming an overabundance of animal protein is.  Between that and eating primally, I am starting to feel really guilty about the huge nutrition project that I did with all of my students my last year of teaching.  I told them to have six servings of the grain group per day.  WHAT?!  I am sure that following the food guide pyramid is still still better than what they ate before, but I still feel responsible for being tricked by the USDA’s food guide pyramid.  Yikes.  I am trying to think of a way to make up for it, perhaps as a way to finish my Master’s degree.  If you have ideas, let me know!

Well, I have a few more things on my “to-do” list before I head off to do the Primal Fitness Assessment and then down to the Chicago area for Super Saturday tomorrow - SO PUMPED!  I will write another personal blog in the next few days!  

xoxo,

Mandie

 P.S.  What do you have going on this weekend?

P.P.S.  Do you have any ideas for how I can right my nutrition instruction wrongs to get my Master’s degree in 2013?

My mom has always made this point…  That I should have just committed a crime so that my education and all other related expenses would be handled by taxpayers!
xoxo,
Mandie
world-shaker:

xnikkiheart:

Sad but this is so true.

A superintendent or principal in Michigan had actually written the Governor’s office requesting that his school be turned into a prison so his students could get the funding they needed.

My mom has always made this point…  That I should have just committed a crime so that my education and all other related expenses would be handled by taxpayers!

xoxo,

Mandie

world-shaker:

xnikkiheart:

Sad but this is so true.

A superintendent or principal in Michigan had actually written the Governor’s office requesting that his school be turned into a prison so his students could get the funding they needed.

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Diabetes isn’t funny, but this poster is.  I would have considered hanging this bad boy in my classroom if I was still teaching!
xoxo,
Mandie

Diabetes isn’t funny, but this poster is.  I would have considered hanging this bad boy in my classroom if I was still teaching!

xoxo,

Mandie

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Sweet move, Walker.
xoxo,
Mandie

Sweet move, Walker.

xoxo,

Mandie

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Announcement: I’ve resigned as an educator.

It is with mixed emotions, but predominantly relief and excitement, that I am announcing that last year was my last year teaching children, at least for a while.

There are a couple reasons for my decision…

The first is that it was an EXTREMELY stressful job.  Those still teaching, I admire you, and appreciate you.  I will never stop supporting educationally-based politics that ACTUALLY MAKE SENSE, and I plan to volunteer in classrooms and with children for a very long time. I am sure that I made the job more stressful on myself by not being the best at classroom management…  I gave the kids too much freedom, and then had to deal with them being all over the place as a consequence.  For some reason, being consistently strict was hugely challenging to me.  My stress caused/perpetuated physical problems, like giant knots in my back that I had to get injections in, and that a physical therapist noticed were worse three days after Spring break than during Spring break.  

The second reason is that modeling and makeup are really taking off for me, and I think it’s time to pursue that dream.  I still plan to finish my Master’s Degree (I should finish this Spring), and to potentially teach again, but more than likely, it will be at the university level.

It’s scary, and exciting, but mostly exciting.

There are definitely some things that I am going to miss (and if any students are reading this, I’m talking to you!

I am going to need the support and encouragement from my family and friends, because this industry can definitely be brutal.

Thanks for reading!  I’d love to know what you think!

xoxo,

Mandie

If I was a Chemistry teacher & cell phones weren’t against the rules in our school, I would TOTALLY put up a big poster like this in my room!
xoxo,
Mandie
world-shaker:

QR Code Periodic Table with Symbols
Each element is a QR code that, when scanned, takes you to a video about that element. Amazing!
Oh, AND it’s available for download as a HUGE image (that you could probably print out and hang in your classroom).
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If I was a Chemistry teacher & cell phones weren’t against the rules in our school, I would TOTALLY put up a big poster like this in my room!

xoxo,

Mandie

world-shaker:

QR Code Periodic Table with Symbols

Each element is a QR code that, when scanned, takes you to a video about that element. Amazing!

Oh, AND it’s available for download as a HUGE image (that you could probably print out and hang in your classroom).

(by Periodic Videos)

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This is a post from the nutrition tumblr I made to showcase my students’ work.
It explains how to calculate how many pounds of sugar you consume yearly by drinking soda!
I thought it was pretty crazy!
xoxo,
Mandie
mslnutrition:

During Ms. Cieszki’s second visit she showed us how to figure out how many pounds of sugar you consume in one year by drinking soda!  Here she is with a student who weighs about 75 pounds but calculated that he eats about 52 pounds of sugar each year!
1.  Start with the # of 12oz cans of soda you drink per week.
2.  Multiply it by the number of teaspoons of sugar in a can (which is nine).
3.  Multiply that product by the number of weeks in a year (52).
4.  Divide that number by 56 to find the number of pounds of sugar you consume in a year!

This is a post from the nutrition tumblr I made to showcase my students’ work.

It explains how to calculate how many pounds of sugar you consume yearly by drinking soda!

I thought it was pretty crazy!

xoxo,

Mandie

mslnutrition:

During Ms. Cieszki’s second visit she showed us how to figure out how many pounds of sugar you consume in one year by drinking soda!  Here she is with a student who weighs about 75 pounds but calculated that he eats about 52 pounds of sugar each year!

1.  Start with the # of 12oz cans of soda you drink per week.

2.  Multiply it by the number of teaspoons of sugar in a can (which is nine).

3.  Multiply that product by the number of weeks in a year (52).

4.  Divide that number by 56 to find the number of pounds of sugar you consume in a year!

Check it out!

I made a blog to showcase a project my students did.  It documents every step of the way.

Please check it out!  

Tumblr users - it would be cool if you “followed” it.  There aren’t going to be any more posts, but I’d love to be able to show my students that they have shared their info with a lot of people.  

The link is here:  http://www.tumblr.com/mslnutrition 

Let me know what you think, please!

xoxo,

Mandie