My First Podcast!

For one of my assignments in LSSL 5370, I had to create a super short podcast over a leader in the librarian world. I was able to actually choose one I really love and that ended up being Judy Freeman. I discovered Judy last year while teaching third grade. My friend/colleague and I absolutely LOVE reading. We are always exploring new books for read alouds whole class, and for just plain enjoyment. Once we read the description for Freeman’s conference, we knew it would be a good fit.

Upon arriving and hearing how fun and witty Mrs. Freeman was, we were instantly hooked. It was more than a good fit, it was the perfect Cinderella fit! This year we just couldn’t wait to go back. I even moved up to teach 4th grade writing…but we all know that reading and writing go hand-in-hand, so I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass me up.

One of my now favorite books came from her workshop last year and that one was Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. I will definitely do a review over this book. Let’s just say that by the end of the book, I had three boys in tears who pictured themselves as the characters and myself as Ms. Bixby. We all so loved this book! Talk about having empathy! Wow!

Anyways, back to Judy Freeman- she is a published author of books used by teachers to help them with read alouds or with reader’s theatre, and she had reviewed hundreds of books and read thousands upon thousands of books. She is widely known in the children’s literature world and has served on many book award committees. Her website, gives loads more info than my blog post or my podcast, but check it out and let me know how I did! I was super nervous, even though it’s less than three minutes long! So cut me some slack! ❤

Click here to listen to my first podcast!


Immunity Rollers

In the Hargrove household we have been trying to stay on top of things during this flu season! We have made sure to wash our hands thoroughly and throughout the day, we strip off our school and work clothes upon getting home and putting them straight into the washer, we’ve been wiping everything down with Thieves Cleaner daily and making sure we use our oils daily.

Part of that oily ritual is our Immunity Rollers.

Immunity Rollers

Now…I know there is practically nothing that will keep up from contracting the flu, BUT we can do everything possible to hold it off and hopefully keep it from getting too severe. (Wishful thinking maybe, but worth a shot!)

I thought I might share my recipe for our Immunity Rollers. I create on for Race since he’s a child and one for Brock and myself. It’s super simple and smells great! We have been putting it on our feet at night, along with our sleepy time oils, and on our hands throughout the day. This does not take the place of washing your hands! It’s just a great way to boost your immune system which we could all use a little help with!

Here is my recipe for a child’s roller (double for adult):

  • 4 drops of Frankincense
  • 6 drops of Thieves
  • 4 drops of Peppermint
  • 3 drops of Lemon
  • 3 drops of Oregano
  • 4 drops of Purification
  • 1 15ml glass roller bottle (Amazon has them)
  • Coconut oil

Drop each oil into a roller bottle and top with carrier oil. Voila! Smells terrific and will hopefully help keep your immune system up and going! I personally use Young Living oils and would be glad to help if you have any questions!

Comment with any questions! I’d be happy to help!

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia is one of my top favorite books of all time. While teaching third grade, I would read this book every year with my students. It quickly became a favorite to many of them as well. Below is a quick summary in my words of what the book is about.


A fifth-grade country boy named Jess begins the school year wanting to be the fastest kid in his grade. However, he is out ran by a new girl named Leslie. Even as he tries not to like her, they become best friends. She is everything he thinks he’s not: smart, sophisticated, artistic, rich and blessed with good parents. Jess and Leslie build an imaginary stronghold that only they know about and once tragedy strikes, he realizes just how much hope Leslie broughthim.

This book has so many themes and evokes such emotion from the reader. A child, even from a young age such as 8 or 9, can truly identify with the way Jess feels throughout the book and so many know what it’s like to have a special friend who is different from you in every way, but is still your best bud. Books can teach children empathy and this specific book is full of scenes that do just that.

Click on the image to visit the author’s Amazon page to find more books written by Paterson.

Paterson, Katherine (1972). Bridge to Terabithia. New York, NY: Crown.


New. Novel.

So I am just like the other billions of people out there who get uncomfortable with change. The start of something new is difficult and we usually let our fear and anxiety take over and hold us captive in the present. BUT what fun is that?! I don’t want to be stuck in the now for forever! Just like the rest of you, I must get my head in the game and talk myself into WHY change is good.

Being a novice at something is not a favorite of mine (I’m sure no one really likes it), but we all have to begin somewhere. I am officially a novice at being a grad student. Sure, I’ve gone to college, but that was like a decade ago! And things have changed since then! Plus, I’m taking my classes online which is another scary thing to add to my list! The bright side is- I’m a teacher, so school is my jam! And I’m super techie so I’ve got that going for me with this online school thing. There is always good to be found in every situation; you just have to search for it.

I have taught for 8 years now. It would have been 9, but I took a year off to stay at home with my son. I absolutely LOVE being in the classroom. My students are my why. They drive me to be a teacher who pushes, who loves, who cares and who wants to see them be abundantly successful. I tell my students constantly that we are life long learners, so I decided to put myself out there and be a product of what I say. I am officially in graduate school to get my master’s in Library Science. I would soooo be a great school librarian (just ask my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Martin!) I am excited about this new journey, but just like everyone else who begins something new, I am nervous and a little scared at what’s to come. Life can be crazy and difficult to manage at times as it is, and here I go adding more to my plate. How will I manage it all, you might ask?  I made myself make ONE single new year’s resolution and that was to say NO more often. I have a bad habit of taking on lots of projects and doing lots of favors, but I need to force myself to say no so I can focus and get things done that are most important to me and my family. With that being said, I am now off to have dinner and get ready for another Monday with my fourth graders. Make it count this week! Stay positive my friends! ❤


My student ID photo (hehe)