Kalgoorlie, WA

We made it to Kalgoorlie, WA, but it sure was an interesting 6 hour drive from Perth.  Rain?  Apparently, a little out of the ordinary for this region.  Upon the first few days here we spent most of our time driving around Kalgoorlie, checking out the area and viewing places to stay.  Hopefully we'll find a place and be all moved in soon.  (Hotspotting my mobile is sucking up my data and I want my internet back!)

It was my birthday a few days ago and I was one lucky girl to receive a Go Pro Hero 3+!!  (I've been wanting one badly since we went on holiday to New Zealand.)  I have a fish eye adapter for my Canon DSLR, but that can get quite big carrying around and I'm too nervous to take that adventuring.  I love the wide angle lens, I was able to get a shot of the entire Super Pit!   Hopefully we get some new adventures on our plate and put this Go Pro to work!

Friday Inspiration: Foodie Blogs

As I've been waiting to move and start relief teaching, I've been home a lot during the day.  With all that time I've been keen to cook up some new dishes for lunch/dinner.  I'm not a cook, but I find I'm pretty good when I follow recipes that appeal to me.  Normally I would just search on Pinterest and pin my favorites to my boards (food, vegetarian, healthy, baking).  However, I've been finding myself reading foodie blogs regularly.

Here's a list of my Favorite Foodie Blogs:

1.  Damn Delicious is by far my most favorite foodie blog because it appeals to my cooking style the most.  Normally, when I'm working and busy throughout the day, I don't like to spend hours upon hours cooking.  (I'm just a lazy cook like that.)  These recipes are usually quick and simple, easy to follow.  It's amazing how the blogger was just a regular cook in the house, no formal training, just started off with a simple blog of organizing recipes into a full-time job.

2. Love & Lemons is a new one I have discovered.  For about 5-6 years I was a pescetarian, which meant I didn't eat meat besides seafood.  This was due to having stomach and indigestion issues.  One summer, while working at a summer camp, I decided to just eat from the salad bar and having tuna on my salads for protein.  I found myself feeling better and having no stomach issues, plus losing 12 pounds.  I kept up with it until recently, but I had to switch back.  This site mainly focuses on veggie dishes!

3. I am a Food Blog is a nice, clean blog with some interesting recipes. I love them because they're inspired by her favorite restaurant meals and what she has in her kitchen.  I enjoy this because I don't really plan my meals ahead of time and I usually try to figure out something based on what I'm craving or what I have available. Plus, she wrote a book!  And check out that spam recipe!  If you live or grew up in Hawaii like me, you've got a soft spot for spam.  (I know, I know, I don't try to think about it. Spam Musubit anyone?)

4. Minimalist Baker is a blog just for me!  It's goal is to provide recipes with 10 ingredients or less and about 30 minutes time!  This is great for cooks like me, beginners, or if you have a time crunch and need something quick.  (No more microwave meals people.) They also have a store that provides an cookbook, e-course in food photography, and more! I also love how they organized their recipes.

5. Tone It Up - Recipes, this is a bit of a cheat because it's not really a foodie blog.  ToneItUp.com is mainly a fitness blog of Karena & Katrina, but they've also incorporated recipes.  I love their recipes because they focus on healthy recipes that help with weight loss or maintaining your weight.  They provide recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner, but ALSO for cocktail drinks!  You can see the transformations from the community and see they definitely help to keep you looking and feeling healthy.

BONUS: The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle is a bonus because it doesn't focus on recipes for meals, but more about baking! Seriously, check out how she makes the cookies look so yummy and fun!  There was a time when I loved to experiment with baking, and I still enjoy it.  She has great basic tutorials and recipes to get the perfect sugar cookie or icing to help you make these.  (Her site even inspired me to take up a cake decorating class with my friend.)

What are your favorite Foodie Blogs?


List Item #61 - Get a Teaching Job

My very own first classroom with a "shining star" theme, I'm all about the fish now!

My class/home for several years in 3rd grade, Fishing for Knowledge!

As a child there would two things I'd always pretend to be, a pediatric doctor or a teacher.  Eventually I found myself setting up my stuffed animals, or conning my little brother, to play teacher.  I would make math worksheets and grade their work with red pen and stickers. I've gotten a few "Perfect Attendance" acknowledgements over the years and honestly enjoyed going to school.

When it was time for me to extend my education I went into nursing for the first two semester, then I realized I'm not good with science on that level, and very queasy when it came to blood.  I was not passionate about my learning at that time and went into nursing because it was what my mother wanted me to do.  Then one semester I decided, after a talk with a friend, to just try an Intro to Education course (and a few more education pre-requisites) to see if I would like it.

I ended up truly enjoying myself and feeling amazingly passionate about my education at this stage.  Even after an argument with my mom I went through with changing my major to Elementary Education, and she soon saw how determined and focused I was and eventually supported me.  All the courses were fun, engaging, and a true learning experience.  I never breezed through any of my education courses because I truly wanted to learn as much as I could.

Let's be honest, the MOST experience and knowledge you'll gain is from being in the classroom.  I had the best internship and a wonderful supervising teacher who encouraged me to do what I felt was right for the classroom and pushed me to do better than I thought I could.  I was nervous in the beginning of my internship, but I quickly felt completely comfortable leading the class.  She ensured me at how natural and passionate I was and that I should be confident in what I do.

After graduation I spent 2-3 years between substitute teaching, being a nanny/tutor for a family, and working at a summer camp.  Finally, I was hired as a temporary teacher to take over a maternity leave for two consecutive terms (half a school year).  This got my foot in the door into being hired through the county.  Then my supervising teacher got me an interview at my internship school for the next year, and I was hired as a 2nd grade teacher.  (I definitely feel like she got me hired because I felt so nervous during the interview and thought I bombed it.)

I spend the next 4 years teacher 2nd grade for a year and then moving to 3rd grade.  I was nervous about teaching 3rd grade in Florida because it was the start of standardized testing for students. This was where I was meant to be though.  I felt I could connect with the students at that age and create engaging lessons that properly challenged each individual.

Teaching is something I honestly feel is my true calling in life.  I have other hobbies and obsessions that often came and went, but my teaching passion has never went away and only grew stronger over the years.  I thought the pressure of standardize testing from the county and state level, but I always kept my spirits up and just focused on the students and their needs.

When our school celebrated Dr. Seuss Day, I'm in the blue wig in the back (center).

We decided to have a Character Themed Day with fun end of the year activities.

I volunteered to be in the dunk tank during our school's Fall Festival, my student dunking me.

Sometimes tests can be right and funny, love the way kids think sometimes!

Our winter themed bulletin, we did a unit on penguins.

My first class' pledge during Drug Free Week.


Relocated Stephanie Moves Again!

I've been living in Perth, WA for 4 months now and it's been real.  It's not that much different than my life back in Florida, with some minor changes.  I'm close to the beach and the winter has been cold, but mild cold compared to most places.  Very similar to my winters in FL.  I'm getting used to driving around the city and it really isn't that much larger (land driving wise) than Orlando.  I may not have as much as my daily shops, but I know where to go to get what I want now.  However, now it seems I shouldn't get too comfortable where I'm at and utilize my minimal Perth beach days while I can.

In just a few short weeks we're moving to Kalgoorlie, WA.  In comparison, Perth has a population of nearly 2 million and Kalgoorlie has a bit over 30, 000.  (Orlando has something like 2.1 million.)  I've mainly lived in bigger cities with the things I need at nearly any time I want. (Hello, 24 hr Walmart!)  This is going to be a bit of a change for me!  I'm going to have to get used to a small town lifestyle.  I'm hopeful that it'll be a good change for us, something new to experience.  I'm also very hopeful that I'll get some relief teaching work while I'm out there.  (Fingers crossed because I've been really missing being in the classroom.)