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March 2020

0 In Budget/ Education/ Lifestyle

Why the Gamma2 Vittles Vault Outback Should be Part of Your Next Shopping List

In a time when the economy is unstable and shopping trips are limited; conscious shopping takes priority. Saving money with the Gamma2 Vittles Vault Outback!

In order to be completely transparent, The post is sponsored by Gamma2 Vittles Vault but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The Vittles Vault Outback was added to my shopping list for a few reasons:

1. Stores the entire 40 pound of dog food in a sealed convenient storage bin.

2. Can be stored inside the house, in the garage or even outdoors.

3. Prevents the smell of dog food outside the container.

4. Is stackable and comes with a scoop.

5. Keeps the food fresh and is BPA Free

6. The Gamma2 Vittles Outback Container can be flipped up or down depending on your needs. It can fit in a regular sized cabinet.

The Gamma2 Vittles Vault Outback Container is a lifesaver. After getting a large bag of dog food; I dump the food into the container and spin on the lid. The scoop holds 1.5 cups. The Vault Outback can be stacked for food, snacks or different food for different dogs. There are different sizes and different shapes depending on your needs. It is reusable and no unwrapping a dog food bag daily. The food stays fresh, no waste, and no pests can get in so no wasted food. Feeding is easy – just grab the scoop and put in Coco’s bowl and we are off and running. Mealtime is a lot more organized and convenient.

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Tales of Coronavirus in Ohio From the Lens of an Educator and a Physician

Everyday I find myself glued to Governor Dewine’s Daily Press Conference. This is the new normal. Dr. Amy Acton and Governor Dewine and Lt. Governor Husted have become regulars in my life….

Today 867 Confirmed Cases and 15 Deaths.

A little about us: B is critical care physician in Central Ohio and I am a K-12 Educator. I am a blogger and social influencer; B does not really love social media; so I limit B’s exposure on social media per his request.

Last week one of B’s colleagues was exposed to Coronavirus. At the time it was one of the first cases in Ohio. For me, it hit like 9/11 and reminded me of a scene out of Outbreak. For two weeks, we have watched Washington State and New York get hit hard, but for it to happen here..made it real quickly..

B works critical care and always sees the sickest of patients. I am used to consistent stories about those who pull through and the sad days when nothing more can be done. The relationships of medical personnel with patients and their families creates bonds and emotionally I know it takes a toll….

After B’s friend got the call that he was exposed to the virus- That day, our lives changed. The way we interact, the way we use the house, and the way we co-exist. For a couple days, I was still working and consistently thinking…when will B be exposed; when will the test come back with a patient of his…will he be ready? Will he have notice? Will he get it anyway?

I stopped working at the office Tuesday and B continues to be on the front line. Watching the news today in New York – CNN – refrigerator truck was taking the bodies out of the hospital…to store them and New Orleans had 18 deaths. Today, we surpassed Italy with the most CoVID-19 cases and deadliest single day in the US with 237 – this will continue to rise. Announcements of more medical personnel deaths out of Italy cause some concern…


Our new normal. Scrubs in the garage, immediate shower upon entry, hand washing and cleaning all surfaces, 6 feet distance, different areas of the fridge, freezer, and different bathrooms and shower. Even down to seeing the dogs, B has limited interaction to keep them safe as well.

My day begins with a temperature check. No symptoms. Good. ✅ My new normal is getting up at regular time; cleaning for 45 minutes, showering, then logging online and getting started with my own work, lunch break, quick text to B to see how he is doing and words of positivity, and throw in some laundry, work google hangout, phone calls, and conclude the work day with some research.

B gets up and goes through his routine. Checks his temperature ✅ Knowing that the resources are running scarce; it is scary. Every night, B is reading articles on Scarce Resources and Public Health and working to solve potential problems before it explodes here.

There are thousands of people serving the healthcare systems and this story is no different than others.

I wonder, how long before they go without gloves, masks, shields, and gowns? How long before the vents are all taken? Where is the best place to go? When should you seek medical help; the balance of going too soon or too late….

Nightly, B talks about the potential cases and confirmed cases and the overwhelmed system as it is. While there are areas of limiting PPE – such as moving the ventilator and IVs out of the room and into the hallway, limiting specialists who enter the rooms, and figuring out possible ventilator options and mask covers. Changes within the healthcare system such as elective surgeries cancelled and surgeons actively taking on physician roles are becoming commonplace.

B selflessly works as a servant and he has already told me, I won’t quit. I will not leave patients without care. We watch the news in Italy and he talks with colleagues around the country and I know- he is at risk. B grew up in New York and his sister is outside the city; we pray nightly for her and I know some nurses, doctors, staff, respiratory therapists, admission staff; will become infected. They may die and are still willing to push forward. They are the 2020 version of firefighters – literally going into an inferno hoping to save as many as possible knowing any day could take them as well.

Vague promises about testing and ventilators – still not readily available for use are critical concerns.

Our governor, Mike Dewine; Lt Governor, Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton are leaders and have our utmost respect and believe they are really doing everything in their power to “flatten the curve” – learning from New York and tragedies in Italy is humbling. Two places that I love dearly and pray for them nightly. I think back to when my dad was sick with the flu and passed away. We had daily visits and my mom lived at the hospital hoping he would get better…my heart breaks for families who cannot visit their sick loved ones and cannot spend final days saying goodbye. Weddings, funerals, birthdays, and life as we know it; has changed and will not be the same. Grief and the process of loss without answers only makes the anxiety worse for the sick and for the families of the sick.

I hope Ohians, Americans, and people of the world – stay home and do as needed to get back to our lives.

I sat watching Dr. Phil talking with the girl who licked the toilet seat on a plane to show Coronavirus is fake – and I was appalled and saddened by the sheer disrespect and disregard for human life. When asked about staying home and making good choices – she flat out said – it was not her problem and oh well if you get sick. I personally believe that we are all in this together and we all need to think others. Millenials are the key to this virus stopping; more than ever need to stay home- self quarantine and do their part so Life can resume quickly and we can all go back to the aspects we all enjoy.

As I reflect on the last week, I miss going to restaurants, miss seeing my family and miss doing what I want. While those things are important to me, I am thankful and blessed to be able to talk with them by phone and facetime; talk with colleagues through google hangouts.

B just came in and has 3 confirmed patients – more testing going on; having to prioritize those who get the tests and B let me know that hospitals will be getting a 6 hour test that will speed up the testing process. B also shared that Dyson made a ventilator today so that is good news…so some positive news coming in today…

Life is not comfortable…life is not convenient…stay home…flatten the curve…❤️

When I asked B what people can do to help:

1. Stay Home

2. Stay Home

3. Donate unused N95 masks and gloves.

Stay tuned for more on Life with Coronavirus in Ohio.

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0 In Education/ Family/ Lifestyle

130+ Websites and Resources to Help Your Child While They Are Home: CoVID-19

Online Resources

ABCMOUSE.com free with code SCHOOL7771

Albert: online practice and assessment for core topics and AP programs 6-12 

Actively Learn: provides thousands of engaging texts, videos, and simulations across ELA, Science, and Social Studies – critical thinking 

Banzai: financial education program that helps students learn the value of money. Real-life scenarios 3rd grade -12th grade 

Boddle– Grades 1 to 6 Math

Book Creator : easy to use tool that helps you create fun and engaging online books 

Brain Pop Free online games kids can play at home 

Buncee: platform gives teachers the ability to create online lessons

CK-12: collection of online learning tools that cover all topics: reading, activities, videos, free online textbooks 

Century: artificial intelligence tailors the learning experience- identify’s gaps

Character Strong: k-12 social-emotional learning and character development 

Classcraft: track goals and motivate in digital environment 

Classhook: offers quality media clips on every conceivable topic

Classroom Champions Health, Safety, and Curriculum Information 

Chem Matters: Demystifying Everyday Chemistry (Middle, High School)

CommonLit: offers literary and non-fiction reading passages for grades 3-12. 

Conover Academy: life skills academy

CreositySpace providing lessons from our Contagion Crushers, Water Watchers, and Conscientious Chemists units at no cost to help support teachers, parents, and guardians to keep all kids engaged in science

Curriki teacher-vetted, open-resource lesson plans and materials

Deck Toys: helps teachers create and share online lessons using their easy tools

DeltaMath: immediate feedback middle school math- AP calculus 

Discovery online textbooks, multimedia and professional development 

EdHelper.com Free printables in Math and ELA 

EdModo: communicate with students, share documents and assignments, and provi

Education Perfect: online learning experiences. 

Elementari.io Writing Code and creating interactive stories using professional illustrations and sounds 

Everfi:  Financial Education, Social Emotional, Health and Well-being, Career readiness

ExploreLearning Gizmos, Reflex, Science4Us are used in classrooms everywhere. 

Fabulinga teaches Spanish through interactive stories on mobile phones and tablets – free while schools are closed 

Everydae: SAT Prep 

Freckle by Renaissance: Reach all your students at their own level. Math, ELA, SS, and Science 

Free Math App: requires students to show their work on math problems

Gale: Curriculum aligned resources to support online learning from PreK- undergraduate

GameSalad: Teaches STEM and STEAM with a game design focus (6th grade and up) Coding 

Gamilab: turn learning into a game where you create online quizzes and learning experiences. 

Genially: making remote working and learning easier

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: learning activities, lessons, downloadables, and videos

HippoCampus: 7,000 videos in 13 subject areas to share with your students 

iCivics: civic education curriculum with resources 

Infercabulary: web-based, research-backed, vocabulary

Izzit: watch a video, teacher guide for discussion, take a quiz 

Jeopardy Labs is game based similar to the television format. 

Kami: PDF and document annotation app for schools

Kialo: argument mapping and debate site, logical discussion and facilitates thoughtful collaboration

Kids Discover Online: Library of Science, Social Studies 

Kognity: traditional textbooks into interactive online experiences with videos, animations, and automatically corrected assessments

Kahoot is one of the best game based online teaching tools. Create multiple choice questions and students can have up to 4 answer choices.

Khan Academy is a free, video-based online teaching tool that categorizes videos based on learning objectives. Click on Daily Schedules for ages 4-18 to keep learning

Kuder Galaxy and Kuder Navigator: award-winning career awareness, exploration, and planning systems K-12

LabXchange: lab simulations, videos, assessments, building your own learning journey 

Legends of Learning: 2,000 3rd through 8th grade games and simulations correlated to state standards

Listenwise: learning to be a better listener. Using Podcasts and comprehension questions and quizzes 

Mangahigh: game based math that covers Algebra, Geometry, Statistics

MAD-Learn: mobile app development 

Mystery Science Engage Students, achieve learning outcomes, and easy for teachers to use. Short mini-lessons that include an activity 

Nearpod: prepared interactive lessons for all grade levels

Newsela: Authentic Content – 10 new texts published daily 

NoREDInk builds stronger writers

PenPalSchools collaborative learning community – penpals

Popfizz Computer Science: platform for grades 6-12 

PBS Kids – Fun Games 

Pitsco Hands-on, minds-on learning: STEMinspiration 

Prodigy: Game-based learning in math for kids 1st through eighth grade

Printables – Months of the Year, Sequencing, Missing Vowels, Holidays, Mazes

Purple Mash: Elementary Math, Spelling, and Writing 

Red Nose Day: Grades 2-5 building empathy 

Rozzy: engaging lesson plans and other resources for science, social studies, math and STEM K-8 

Seneca: neuroscience and AI to help students- free and board exam specific courses 

Scholastic Learn at Home by Grade Band  

Stay in the Know Science for Ages K-5. Fun activities to try and talk about

Seterra: offers online geography quizzes. 

Shmoop: study guides and test prep 

Slido for Education: virtual classroom integrates powerpoint and zoom

SMART Learning Suite virtual classroom platform 

Studies Weekly Online: includes student edition, Teacher Edition, lesson plans, and is focused on Social Studies and Science 

Sumdog Home Learning: Math, Spelling and Grammar 

Study Jams is for elementary students (200 interactive math and science videos)

Sutori: collaborative instructional and presentation tool for the classroom 

TCI: science and social studies curriculum 

Twig Education: Science for elementary and high school 

Tyto Online: solve authentic science problems as they learn, using a video game

Virtual Field Trips – K-8 social studies, life science, geography, and ancient civilization curriculum content

Vocabbett: SAT or ACT vocabulary Prep 

Vooks streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe animated read-aloud storybooks, trusted by teachers and enjoyed millions of children

VidCode: computer science and online coding – JavaScript, web programming and design

Xtra Math: math facts 

Reading Activities:

Achieve3000 comprehensive suite of digital solutions that significantly accelerate literacy and deepen learning across areas 

ReadTheory: vast library of reading comprehension

ReadWorks: free K-12 articles

Storyline Online – Celebrities Reading Different Books on YouTube

Squiggle Park – Reading skills ages 3 -8 Plus

Dreamscape – Reading Comprehension ages 8-15+

Pebblego – curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Articles, Ready-made activities, and literacy supports. 

Reading IQ: Library in Your Pocket: 7,000 Books for Reading at All Levels ages 2-12

Zinc Learning Labs: online close reading, leveled authentic texts, quizzes, and gamified vocabulary grades 6-12


Studycat: learning foreign language 

Voces Digital: audio, video, writing, and speaking exercises 


Jenny Rainey on YouTube

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Glogster: Make your own Multimedia Posters with 3D 

Davis: engaging studio lessons and advocacy and classroom resources


Learning to Type Teaches you to type

iCompute Teaches elementary-aged kids the computer skills they need. 

Typesy: Learning to type quickly and in the correct way 

Music Activities:

QuaverMusic PreK to 8

MusicFirst online learning management system for teaching music all age levels 

SmartdsMusic: keep music students practicing at home with this online music classroom

Social Emotional:

Social Emotional eLearning

Popsugar Fitness

Social Emotional Skills 


Virtual Field Trips:

San Diego Zoo

Live Cam (Baboon, Penguin, Panda Cam, Polar, Ape, Koala, Giraffe, Owl, Elephant, Tiger, Condor

Monterey Bay Aquarium 

Live Cam (Aviary, Coral Reef, Jelly Cam, Kelp, Moon Jelly, Open Sea, Penguin, Shark, Sea Otter

Houston Zoo 

Houston Zoo Webcams (Giraffe, Gorilla, Elephant, Leafcutter Ants, Rhinos, Chimp Window Cam

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium (Piranha, Underwater, Jellyfish, Beluga Whales) 

Columbus Zoo 

Cincinnati Zoo- Facebook live daily at 3 PM EST with an activity to accompany! 

Yellowstone National Park

    Mud Volcano

    Mammoth Hot Springs

    Tour Yellowstone

US Space and Rocket Museum Saturn 5 Rocket Video 


Polar Bears Broadcast and Chat

Boeing and Discovery Education – Aerospace Innovation – Johnson Space Center in Houston. 


Boston Museum Virtual Tour – 3 floors 

British Museum, London Virtual Tour 

Guggenheim Museum, New York – Google Street View 

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC – 2 online exhibits 

Musee d’Orsay, Paris – Walkthrough the gallery 

Pergamon Museum, Berlin – Gate of Babylon and Pergamon Altar 

Van Gogh, Amsterdam – works of Van Gogh

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles – drawings and paintings

Uffizi Gallery, Florence – art collection of the de’Medicis

MASP, Sao Paulo – clear perspex frames make it seem like the art is midair

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City – Mayan Civilization

Television / Netflix TV 

30 Educational Netflix Shows:

Facebook @frandewine

Imagination Library Free Book Each Month under 5 Years Old

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0 In Education/ Family/ Lifestyle

CoVID-19 Tips

Hopefully you are out of office right now and are social distancing yourself as much as possible.
Enjoying a bit of social distancing here ❤️
A couple of tips during CoVID-19
🧼 Wash your hands frequently
🤚Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
😷Avoid close contact with people who are sick
👩‍💻Put distance between yourself and other people around you
🧽 Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
🏡 Stay home if you are sick + get medical care if necessary
🍊 Have a supply of food staples and household supplies
💊 Make sure you have a 30 day supply of prescription medications and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, cough and cold medicines, stomach remedies, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins
⛽️ Fill your car with gas
🏥 Help family and friends get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it
☎️ Call 1-833-4-Ask-ODH will answer any CoVID-19 questions
🚙 Drive thru CoVID-19 testing will be at Ohio State University soon .
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0 In Education/ Lifestyle

CoVID-19 Kid’s Home School Schedule

So….unexpected teaching for many parents out there….after this break…many of you will believe teachers are not paid enough 💜 Anyway, with all the changes students are experiencing, consistency is really helpful.

Here is a simple daily schedule to post at home to keep student’s on track daily.

Good luck and me know if it helped you!

– Heidi