Stephanie was born and raised in the Green Bay area. After meeting her husband Tom at UWSP while earning a degree in elementary education, they returned to the area to start their family and careers. Stephanie has been blessed with two outgoing and entertaining children - Landon and Ava. Teaching third grade keeps her plenty busy during the school year but she couldn’t imagine doing anything else! When she’s not at school, Stephanie loves to read, cook (and pretend to be a Masterchef), spend time in Door Co with family and craft/DIY. Her favorite thing in the world is to take her kids to free adventures all around town (or find a great deal while shopping her with her mom!) Literacy is a true passion of Stephanie’s which inspired her to also start her own business with Usborne Books & More!

One Thing to Practice This Summer…

But there is one skill that I’m guessing most are not practicing. It’s a skill that even parents who are diligent with keeping their students on track over the summer probably aren’t doing with their kids.

Have a Ball at the Packers Experience This Weekend!

You could spend a day there! We thought we'd buzz around for an hour and we barely skimmed the surface!  We did a few photo ops, watched the ESPN guys for a bit and tried out a few football activities they had set up. We didn't even set foot in the atrium of the north end of the stadium where tons more was set up!  We easily could have spent 5 hours there. So pack some waters and some snacks and make an afternoon of it! 

2 Must Read Family Books

So what are these two magical books that are so amazing?  Besides being the pick for Global Read Aloud (which usually means it's pretty darn good).  My students also vote on books after we finish them. This is the first book to ever get unanimous two thumbs up (highest rating).  They begged for the sequel and loved it as well. They are already begging for a movie to come out (I'm sure it will).

3 Easy, Healthy Zucchini Meals

It doesn’t have a strong flavor and can be shaped so many ways!  Today, I want to share how I used zucchini for ravioli, enchiladas and spaghetti.

My Journey With Keto

I decided that I was tired of making excuses and needed to make myself a priority this year. The whole “You can’t pour from an empty cup” thing and all. 

Please Don’t Let My Dying Words Be “Hurry Up, Mom’s Going to Be Late...

Most mornings, we all need to be out of the house by 7:15.  Many  mornings I am solo while my husband is already at work. That means I need to get 2 kids to 2 places and myself to work by 7:45. (serious kudos to parents who do this single handedly 5 days a week).  I feel like I’ve conquered a marathon by the time I pull into the parking lot at my work!

Overcome Your Parenting Fears

And there are MANY fears and worries that we have as parents! You are not alone! Here are some of the top worries that many parents have and how to best try to overcome them.

Intimidated By the Instant Pot? Me Too!

I consider myself a bonafide foodie. I love to try new recipes and new foods. I consider watching Top Chef or Masterchef the perfect night of TV. I LOVE to cook from scratch.  New gadgets? No problem… until the Instant Pot came along!
Let Me count the ways!

How Am I Failing These Days? Let Me Count the Ways…

This is a quick list of all the ways I have failed just in the last week or so!  I would be writing a book if I wanted to think about all the ways in the past year or more!  Maybe you said, "Yep, me too!" for some of these! So stop being so hard on yourself. 
Teach Kind

Teach Kind. Be Kind. World Kindness Day

We need to keep the conversation about kindness alive year-round, not just on today – World Kindness Day.  Kindness needs to stay at the forefront.