Sunday, 12 February 2017


As an occasional teacher (substitute teacher) and a supply staff for the YMCA I often have a different schedule every week. In order to keep track of where I am each day, whether it was a full day, two-thirds day, or half a day, and whether I worked for the school board or the YMCA I use a planner. My planner is a planner which I cannot find for the life of me online but I purchased it at Chapters in August.

I start my week by writing any pre-booked days I already have as well as any appointments for the week. I then add stickers for any blog posts or photos I want to publish or take. Here is a picture of this coming week that I have listed. As you can see, I am still waiting to be booked for Thursday and Friday and I have plans to take photos on Saturday and publish a blog post for next Sunday.

The planner stickers that I purchased were from an Etsy Shop called Love Your Planners. I liked that they shipped quickly and the size of their stickers. Here is a picture of all the stickers that I have purchased from them:

So that is how I plan weekly for a job that is very unpredictable. Let me know of any planners that you recommend in the comments below because I probably won't repurchase the one I have.

Xo. Tara Berries

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Teaching Physical Education to School-Age Students

Since graduating from teacher's college in 2013 I have had many experiences teaching physical education both in a traditional school setting as well as in after school programs. I have my CATCH training which means I learned how to create games in which children are actively participating throughout the whole game. I worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Durham as well as the YMCA of Greater Toronto where I ran programs for school-age children to promote physical activity. Not only did I have my students up and moving for at least 45 minutes of the program time but they began to enjoy it as well.

Now I am an occasional teacher for a school board and I am frequently asked to do Daily Physical Activity with the students either in the classroom or outside. I also have to cover Phys. Ed. class for a variety of grades from Kindergarten to Grade 8. While I can run a game off the top of my head with various equipment and in a variety of settings (classroom, gym, outside etc...) I know not everyone has had the experience I have had. So if you are in need of a resource that gives you a list of warm-up activities, cooperative activities, tag games, and cool down activities, I created a resource for you!

Just click here to download the free Primary Physical Education Activities document from my Teachers Pay Teachers site. It would be great if you could review the product as well and let me know what you think of it. This is the first product I have created for Teachers Pay Teachers and I would appreciate your feedback. 

Thank-you so much for check it out. If you are a teacher, ECE, EA, or CYW let me know in the comments which games you have played with the children you work with.

Don't forget to be awesome,
Tara Berries

Monday, 23 January 2017


Recently, a friend of mine started selling a product called LipSense by the company Senegence and she added me to her Facebook group. I saw the videos she posted of ladies putting on a liquid lip colour and topping it off with a gloss and showing that the colour stayed. They would smudge their lips with their hands or take a drink and the colour would stay put. 

I have very thin and cracked lips and most of the time my makeup routine does not include lip colours because they never stayed on. So I was very interested in LipSense products. I ordered from my friend two LipSense colours: Mulled Wine and Apple Cider. I also purchased a LipSense Glossy Gloss which you need as a top coat to keep the colour on your lips all day long. The product is a steep purchase ($30 CAD per lip colour and $25 per lip gloss) so I thought I would share with you my thoughts on whether LipSense is really worth the price.

Things I liked about LipSense:
The colours are pigmented
The product does not dry out my lips because Glossy Gloss moisturizes my lips.
LipSense stays on my lips all day! I just reapply the Glossy Gloss every 4 hours or so and the colour stays on all day.
I can eat and drink without worrying my lip colour will come off.
Things I didn't like about LipSense:
The price for the liquid lip colour is expensive.
You have to buy both the colour and a glossy gloss which makes the cost even more.
You have to use an oil (I use coconut oil) or an oil-based makeup remover or their own Ooops! Remover to get it off. A simple makeup wipe does not do the trick.
Overall I am happy with the product. When I want colour on my lips I know it is worth it to put on the LipSense as it will last all day and give me great colour. While I don't sell the product I will definitely purchase more LipSense from my friend. If you liked this post be sure to like it and follow me on Bloglovin'! Let me know in the comments below what your favourite lip product is and why! 

Xo. Tara Berries

Tuesday, 17 January 2017


January is the worst time for anyone's skin as the cold, dry weather really takes a toll on one's face. Unfortunately, regardless of the current month, I always suffer from dry and sensitive skin. I have to be so careful with the products I choose for my skin as it could dry it out even worse than before I used the product. I have finally found a skin care routine that takes away my dry skin but I have to continue with it or my skin goes back to being dry very quickly.

Step 1:
Moisturize in the morning before putting on my makeup! 
We all have been in the situation where we hit the snooze button one too many times and we have to hazardly put our makeup on in a flash. It might seem logical to skip the moisturizing part of our routine as no one sees it on our faces but if I skip this step my makeup will start to clump as my skin becomes too dry to absorb it. I received the  Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Creme 1.7oz in a gift set for Christmas and I love that it is extremely moisturizing but not overly thick, it doesn't make my skin look oily, and it smells delicious. 

Step 2:
Take my makeup off every night.
Sometimes, on a late Saturday night I would come home and brush my teeth and climb into bed without taking my makeup off. The next morning I would have mascara all over my pillow case but that isn't the only thing I would have to take care of the next day. I would have the worst dry skin on my face because I didn't take my makeup off or finish my skin care routine. Now no matter how late it is that I get home, I always use a makeup wipe to remove most of my makeup and then quickly cleanse my face. I have the Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes 7 Count (Pack of 6)which I find very convenient to take with me when staying at a friend's house and they get the job done for taking my makeup off.

Step 3: 
Exfoliate and cleanse my face.
Since I have such dry skin I only exfoliate my face once a week and I use 
St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish and Blackhead Control Scrub, Apricot, 6 Ounce which I have used since I was a teenager. St. Ives Apricot Scrub smells great and exfoliates my skin so that I can have a fresh base to work with the for the rest of the week. I cleanse my face every night to get rid of any leftover makeup after using the wipes and to just give my face a good last clean before heading to bed. The cleanser I have been using is First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser (5 oz) and it has lasted me almost a year. I love the consistency and simplicity of this cleanser and that there isn't a strong smell to it. This cleanser adds moisture to my face instead of stripping it of any moisture it has which some strong cleansers do to my skin.

Step 4: 
End each night with Coconut Oil.
The night seems to be the worst time for my skin because when I wake up I find my skin is the dryest. I sleep with a humidifier and I sip on water throughout the night when I wake up thirsty but still my skin is dry. I read up on all the uses of coconut oil and I purchased a huge container at Costco. I just put a little bit of it all over my face and let it moisturize my skin while I sleep and I have to say, out of all of the steps I have described, this is the most important step for me. I love coconut oil and I find putting it on at night doesn't bother me because I don't care if my skin looks oily while I am sleeping. By the next morning my skin is already softer and is ready for a little bit of moisturizer to handle the rest of the day.

So there you have it, my complicated skin care routine! If you have dry and sensitive skin please let me know some of your advice! If you have a favourite skincare product that you think I should try, let me know in the comments below.

Xo. Tara Berries