Monthly Archives: August 2017

How to pass the VIPKID interview

In December 2016, I quit my job as a brick and mortar teacher. We were moving states and honestly, the pressures of being a full time working mom had me walking a fine line between success and insanity. Mid-move, I stumbled upon the link for VIPKID in a facebook group for moms and something about it caught my interest.vipkidA fast week later, I had clicked on the link, signed up for information, interviewed, and been hired as an independent contractor to work as an English teacher for this Beijing based company. I had a massive fear it was all a scam, but 6 months in, I’m working 15-20 hours a week and staying home with my kiddos. Average pay is about $20 an hour, so while it does not substitute my full time salary, I have chosen to only work part time to still gave time with my family.

No Chinese knowledge is necessary, as this is a full immersion program. The program relies heavily on your use of TPR (total physical response) and the use of props. The process seems unbelievable overwhelming at first, but its just because the teaching style is unlike what us brick and mortar teachers are used to.

Key elements to keep in mind…
1. Limit incidental language– this means, VIPKID will provide you with target sentences. Use these. Don’t get carried away with long directions, just stick to the target sentences and model them in action.

For example, if you want the student to pick an answer, show them.

Say “Elephant” “Tiger.”  while circling the corresponding image.
Circle tiger while saying “t-t-t-t-tiger”. This shows the students you are looking for the word with the initial sound of “t”. Then ask. “Circle the picture that starts with t-t-t”

2. Encourage the student to speak. If they don’t answer your questions, no worries….you ask, then answer, and have them repeat. It is acceptable to give the student the answer, because repetition is the key to success when learning a new language. We want to model correct pronunciation and have them practice.

3.Correct their mistakes and encourage the use of complete sentences via modeling.
T: What is this?van
S: van (pronounced w-a-n)
T: v-v-v-van
S: van
T: This is a van
S: This is a van.

VIPKID offers multiple ideas for reward systems. Be sure to use it consistently and to provide physical praise (smiles, thumbs up, high fives). It is intimidating to speak a new language in front of strangers, reassure them that they are doing great!thumbs ups

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I get a small compensation, if you use my link and are hired to teach, so let me know if there is anyway I can help you with the process :

Surviving off of caffeine

I’ve always been a working mom up until recently. This move to Atlanta inspired us to grab life by the horns and make it exactly what we want. Afterall, we only get to live once, right?



I traded in my full time job (and salary) for a part time gig (or 2 or 3). I spend my mornings and some evenings when the kids are in bed teaching kids in China English with VIPKID school. You know the place. You’ve seen the ad on facebook. I have to be honest, at first I thought this company was a scam and figured I was donating my hours to the good people of China, but it has turned out to be a dream come true. Flexible hours, competitive pay, and I get to work from home and have the ability to devote my best self to my kids. If you’re a teacher looking for extra cash, a summer job, or maybe to take a break from the classroom, check this company out. I’m happy to help answer any questions you may have about the interview process or why VIPKID is a good fit for you. (

I spend the rest of my day writing articles about Life in Atlanta with Kids for, focusing on rebuilding my family photography business here in the Newnan/Sharpsburg/Peachtree City area, and of course the best part-giving my best self to my family.

These busy days must start with coffee! My personal favorite is sipping a hot latte while the kids eat breakfast and we make plans for the day. #fueledbycoffee
If I’m in a rush (or looking to be healthier), I keep cold brew on hand and mix 1 cup coffee, 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, ice, and 1/2 frozen banana in the blender and sip this protein, nutrient rich drink while on the go. High in protein, iron, and other important nutrients, this keeps me full and the extra caffeine gives me the buzz I need to get things done. Plus lets be honest, those lattes (loaded with whole milk and sugar) aren’t always so kind to my 30 something body.


Now, working from home, sometimes I need to get out of my own house. For those days, Atlanta is the mecca for funky shops and restaurants and I love trying all the places around town. Coffee sipping and people watching- YES PLEASE! Check out a few of my favorite coffee shops in Atlanta for when you’ve got the kids in tow. These places are all designed for the convenience of your morning cup and the comfort of your crazy kids ❤



Keeping cool this summer

With summer’s scorching heat, my husband and I have both been hitting a wall when it comes to working or playing outside. This summer mocktail is such a refreshing treat!


We’re trying to make this house a home and keep the kids engaged outside with all the fun that Atlanta has to offer, but goooooooodness…..this heat is enough to knock anyone on their bootay. This watermelon lime concoction has become our summer go-to to beat the heat and stay hydrated and even the kids like it.

1-2 cups watermelon
juice from 1/2-1 lime
mint leaves
Toss in the blender and enjoy!

Don’t feel like taking out the blender? Try one of my favorites, Hydrate, from the beachbody performance line. Just add water and shake!


Tastes like orange gatorade, is similar in price, but contains natural ingredients you can feel good about. For comparison, Beachbody Hydrate has a few more items on the nutrition label than the Gatorade Organic. At just 10 grams of sugar, Hydrate is significantly lower than gatorade. The sodium and potassium counts are the same and in addition to beet sugar and dextrose it contains the stevia leaf extract as well as natural mandarin orange flavor as a sweetener. Magnesium(an electrolyte) & Quercitin are two (natural) key ingredients that improve hydrawtion, improve endurance, and decrease exercise induced muscle fatigue.

Beachbody Hydrate is far superior to the vast majority of commercial sports drinks with  a lot less sugar and the added the benefits of magnesium and quercetin. Check it out $34.95 for 40 servings means less than $1 a serving!



Vegetable Fried Rice

In addition to being  full of vegetables, this dish is one of my favorites because it can be made from leftovers and it cooks up in about 20 minutes.

  • rice
  • riced cauliflower
  • vegetables of your choicing (peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, squash, zucchini, broccoli, green onions, etc)
  • soy sauce (be sure its gluten free)
  • 2 eggs

Gather assortment of veggies of your choice (I used bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, squash, and green onion). Chop and salute in EVOO for about 15 minutes.

Saute vegetables

Add cooked rice and a bag of “riced cauliflower”.

Scramble egg in “rice valley”

Make a valley in the middle, scramble 1-2 eggs. Stir everything together while splashing in some soy sauce. When I feel like adding meat, I sometimes sauce the veggies with bacon for added flavor.

Fried rice