Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Travel Tuesday: We're not warm


Where in the world are the Wentworths? Guess our location and choose a product from my store to be 60% off

5:30pm to 6:30am. That is when we decided it would be a great time to begin our summer journey. Triple shot frappuccinos. Dance parties. A sleepy wifey. A studly husband. A hybrid Camry. After a 13 hour drive, we finally landed in our first destination of Chicago. After a day well spent with the in-laws, we headed off to our next destination - still in America. We got up, with snacks galore from Momma Wentworth, and headed out to....
You guess. 

This bridge is famous. It is called a lift bridge. It is one of very few in the world. It is located in our current destination. We love it here. 

Comment below with the following:
a) Where the Wentworth's are currently spending some time
b) the product from my store you wish to be 60% off

The options are limitless! First amazing teacher to comment below gets to choose the product to be on sale this Thursday! 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Travel Tuesday: We Went(worth) Where?


What is better than a sale? A sale that you get to CHOOSE. Who cares if a can of pickled herring is 60% off? I want a jar of almond butter and organic apples to be 60% off. 

My store, Wentworth Wisdom, doesn't sell almond butter or apples. However, there may be things of interest to you.

Travis and I are starting our ~60 day journey this summer on Friday. We are leaving home around 5pm and driving...somewhere... We know where we are headed. Do you? Here's a hint.

Comment below with the following:
a) Where the Wentworth's first stop on summer vacation will be.
b) the product from my store you wish to be 60% off

The options are limitless! First amazing teacher to comment below gets to choose the product to be on sale this Thursday! 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Motivational Monday: Keep On

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Am I here to talk about how much work my biceps need? No. In fact, I would rather enjoy avoiding that subject entirely. 

My biceps may be pretty weak, but my products on Teachers Pay Teachers are still going strong. 
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Okay, I'm done with the cheesy bicep jokes. 

Here are 4 ways to stay motivated until summer.

1. Stay Positive. Teachers are so incredibly busy this time of year. We want to cram in as many lessons as possible in order to prepare those young brains for a summer off of school. We have to try to keep kids entertained in a classroom when the 75 and sunny weather seems much more appealing (to us as to them). And we have to fight the lies that we didn't do enough this year. HERE is where I'm going to stop you. Give yourself three minutes. Close your eyes. Ponder all of the moments this year when a student had a breakthrough, two kids went from table mates to best friends, one of your students restored your faith in humanity. I promise you that you are making a difference. Battle the lies of your mind telling you that you didn't do enough. You did.

2. Stay Strong. Summer is so close. Even though you have made an incredible impact thus far doesn't mean that there still isn't time to push even further. You have 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks left. Think of all the times someone changed your life in such a short period of time. It's possible AND probable. Keep going strong. 

3. Stay Organized. It's so easy to let the papers pile up on your desk. To rush home and sip some iced tea with your hubby on the porch. Trust me, you're not alone. Research has shown that a cluttered environment yields a cluttered brain. In other words, your brain will respond to its environment. Keep things organized. This small act will help you stay calm and enjoy these last few weeks. 
4. Start Fresh. It is SO easy to push the snooze button until the absolute last minute. Don't hear this as a condemnation - I do that, too. The way we start our mornings is powerful. A rushed and frazzled morning typically leads to a rushed and frazzled day. What is your "thing"? What gets you motivated? Reading a chapter in the bible. Playing a pump-up playlist. A classical playlist. Brushing your hair for 7 extra minutes. Whatever it may be, give that to yourself each morning. Shake off the "bad" from yesterday. Accept today as a new day, a day for you to conquer. 

BONUS. Mojitos. I'm not trying to promote alcohol. But you can't drink a mojito in the classroom. You can, however, drink a mojito by the pool or on the beach.

Thank you for reading. Comment below how you are staying motivated until summer! 

Monica Wentworth

Friday, May 15, 2015

Food Fridays: Donut edition

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Apart from selling products on teacher's pay teachers, I'm a HUGE foodie. Food. Food. Food. 

Fridays are date nights. That was established before we got married. We are actively taking a stance on letting the "romance leave our relationship." We are never going to stop dating, even though we're married. Dating may look a little different than dinner and a movie. But, it's our time. Time to focus on each other, enjoy each other's smiles, and stuff our faces.

Okay, I'm going to be honest, 90% of it is about eating great food and paying very little for it. I'll tell a little story. Today, on our day off (ish), we went to this little bakery called Suarez Bakery. They had a free pastry promotion on YELP. Anyway, Travis and I don't go small when it comes to cheat days. (We eat primarily paleo but tend to cheat here and there, especially when donuts are involved) So, we wind up at this cute little bakery with a Texas Donut bigger than our faces. And we are the whole thing. No joke.

As Travis says, "Donuts are serious business."

Also today, we found this AMAZING olive oil store. Pour Olive. A store of artisan oils and vinegars. We walked in randomly after a failed attempt in dress shopping. The worker, Cory, tended to our confused faces and quickly convinced us of the store's mastery. We "threw back" lime fused olive oil mixed with black cherry vinaigrette. Goodness, that was delish. On the paleo diet, using lemon and olive oil on a salad is so incredibly boring - I cannot wait to use their products for salads, marinades, and apparently "ice cream!" The combinations here are endless and "your creations are only limited to your creativity," says Cory. Brilliant. I would have bought the whole store if I wasn't leaving the country in two weeks. We will definitely be back.

Needless to say, a workout is necessary.

Comment below your go-to favorite CHEAT DAY foods!

Monica Wentworth

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Whacky Wednesday: On Thursday

Sorry for the late post here! Yesterday was a "whacky Wednesday" outside of the blogging world as well.

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I'm having a sale, soon. Check it out by clicking this image.

Where was I?

Oh yes, stolen car.

I could write an entire book on this story. You don't have time to read a book. Here is what the back of the book would say:

1. Super thankful we had insurance. We would have been out $10k without the coverage we had on the car. Even though you're 20, newly married, and a generally decent person - Nationwide doesn't care. They don't want to give you money. Nationwide was not on our side. (Our rental car was pretty amazing, though)

2. Some people. Know what I mean? Three dudes drove off with my car. Smoked everything under the sun. Spilled hot cheetos. Played Lil' Wayne mixed CDs. Used my retainer case as an ashtray. Stole wedding presents: Ninja blender kit, crockpot, waffle mix (not the waffle iron though). Got in a high speed chase. Smashed into a giant brick residential sign. Two got tackled by the cops. One got caught via canine chase. Presumably, they are in jail for who knows how many charges. 

3. Got the car back. Had to pay $89 to retrieve my STOLEN car from the towing yard. My car looked like this. 

4. We got a new car. Now, we tell the story of the time 3 guys stole our car. 

People are crazy. Lock your doors. Hide your things. 

More importantly, trust in your significance in this life. Crazy things may happen to you - that's life. When something you weren't expecting happens and you ask "why me?" I want to retort with "Why not you?" You, my friends, are powerful people. You are capable of handling anything that may come your way. When you make it through something hard, which you will because I believe in you, you automatically become a witness of encouragement for everyone else going through hardship. Embrace your membership in the stolen-car-club. 

I often forget to remember my significance in this life. If you have any tips on remembering this, please comment below. I would love to hear some advice from amazing people in this world. 

Monica Wentworth

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Travel Tuesdays

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I haven't left the country yet. Still, Tuesdays are dedicated to travel. and sales. For you, Travel Tuesdays may be known as cheapie Tuesdays. Steal Tuesdays. I-can't-believe-I-just-got-that-deal Tuesdays. Either way, Tuesdays are something to watch here on Wentworth Wisdom.

For the next 60 days, Trav and I will be standing in a different country (most-likely) every Tuesday. I will be giving a few hints and pictures. From my store Wentworth Wisdom, I will be holding a sale on one item each Thursday. Whoever guesses the correct country first, gets to choose the product that will be put on sale. 60% off to be exact. 1% for every day that we will be gone.

To guess: 
~Comment on this blog.
~Comment on my instagram post.
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~E-mail me @ wentworthwisdom@gmail.com

What to say in your comment:
~The country you think Travis and I are located
~The product you want to be put on sale

If you just want to guess and don't really care about a product being put on sale, stay tuned. I might be doing a Starbucks gift card for the correct guesser (because everyone deserves a latte on me).

Thanks for reading everyone!

Monica Wentworth 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Motivation Monday: Just Go

Go. Two letters. One word. Carrying more power than any other word in the English dictionary.
Mondays suck. Let's face it. Regardless of the profession, Mondays defeat 87% of the population. The other 13%? My bet is they are just better liars than the rest of us. What is it, though, that wouldn't make a Monday suck? Getting up at 6am to splurge on a venti carmel latte with your husband? Packing your bags and venturing to a country you have always dreamed of going? Calling your kids in sick to school, taking the day off and building the giganticist blanket fort known to man? I don't know or actually care what would make your Monday suck less, that part is irrelevant. You know. Now,

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Whacky Wednesday: Episode 1

Hello again!

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So, on Wednesdays, we talk about whacky things here on Wentworth Wisdom Adventures. Each Wednesday, I think I'm going to tell a story about something whacky that has happened to Trav and me throughout our 4 months of marriage.

Episode 1: Dude, where's my car?

*Travis and I moved to Charlotte, NC from Iowa on January 16. We drove our two cars across the country.*

January 18, 2015

We wake up after a *good* night's sleep on our air mattress, get ready, and head to the car to go to church. (We moved to Charlotte to be a part of Elevation Church) Note: The parking garage at our apartment complex requires a parking sticker that is quite the opposite of sticky. We walk to where the car should have been, and no teal Camry is to be found. After a lap around the garage, 7 eye rolls and 3 annoyed sighs, we head out to take Trav's car to church. We assumed that our car was towed. Well, Trav's car was completely disheveled, but....absolutely nothing was missing. Not the $300 headphones. Not the "free 52 meals from Chik-fil-a" card. Not the $20 bill. Nothing.  We thought it curious, and deemed it as a blessing.

Fast forward about 3 hours.
*In the leasing office talking to the manager*
Trav: Our car was towed, how do we get that back?
Manager: I'm so sorry guys, let me call the towing guys and see if I can get the retrieval fee waived for y'all.
Trav: Amazing, thank you.
*manager on phone*
Manager: So, you're saying you didn't tow any cars last night.
*Trav and I stare at each other with bug-eyes*
Manager: calls 911
*Cops arrive*

So we reported my car to be stolen and Trav's car to be broken in to. All on the second day of living in Charlotte.

Check in next Wednesday to hear more about our crazy-town adventures.

Life is insane and unpredictable. We can react to situations as if they are unfair and harmful to us, like I have many times. Or, we can laugh them off and tell the stories on the internet in order to bring a smile to people we will most likely never even meet.

Happy Whacky Wednesday.

Oh, I'm having a sale in my store today! (woop woop!) Check it out HERE!

Monica Wentworth

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I suppose I'll give blogging a go

Hello all! 

My name is Monica Wentworth and this is my first attempt at dabbling in the blogging world, so bear with me. I'm going to give you all a little blurb about myself now. 

I'm twenty one years old. I live in Charlotte, NC with my lovely husband, Travis Wentworth. I graduated college at the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Family Services. I have a huge passion for helping people to help themselves. I believe oh-so-strongly that people are capable of immeasurably more than they give themselves credit for. My mission in life is to empower people, preferably starting at a young age, to do just that - believe in themselves. I am currently working towards that goal by creating innovative educational content for Teachers Pay Teachers. I invite you all to check out my store. I also invite you to simply just follow this blog for the sake of a small giggle here and an ounce of motivation there.

So that's me. Here's a picture of my husband and me. We love donuts almost as much as we love people. Ft. Your Mom's Donuts

So this is the beginning of my blogging career. Is it a career? Maybe this is the beginning of my blogging adventure. Yes, we will call this an adventure. On this adventure you can expect: lesson plan ideas, classroom fun activities, teacher motivation, random encouragement, some of the crazy adventures Trav and I have experienced, and some cool pictures from all over Europe.

Yes, I just said Europe. I will be blogging and working from Europe this summer. Please join us for the ride! 

Thanks for visiting:)

Monica Wentworth