Truth be told, this isn’t just for SLPs. These shortcuts hold true for many of us who are busy trying to get it all done, while  maintaining a certain level of health, fitness and organization. slide1

Here are a few of the ways I take some short cuts during the course of the week.

First of all, I prep my lunch for the week, the whole week. If I am going to take the time to make a salad, why not portion out for 5 days instead of 1 day at a time. I love using mason jars.  Yes, salads are fine in glass for the week! I also eat a lot of soup in the winter. It keeps for the week and you can heat and eat right out of the mason jar.


That alarm goes off sooner than I would like most mornings. Is it just me or does every single minute in bed count? I’m like most, I probably hit that snooze button more than I should. morning-1092771_1920

That being said, I do get up and go to the gym at least 4 mornings per week during the school week. So, I may or may not sleep in my gym clothes. They are comfortable enough for sleep, so why not? Sometimes when I don’t,  I find myself with my shirt on inside out when I get to the gym. All the more reason to wear the gym clothes to bed!


Take the time to take inventory at the beginning of the month of  all your seasonal books, crafts,  games and materials. It may not feel like a short cut, but trust me, it will save you time in the long run. How many times have you scrambled to plan and stumbled upon some materials you forgot you had? If you take the time at the beginning of the month, you will find less time planning during the week.

Keep a supply of No Prep materials for those unexpected times. We all have great intentions for cooking and crafting but sometimes the day gets away from us and we just need some go to no prep materials to get us through. If you are interested in my No Prep Articulation worksheets for Valentines Day, you can find those here. If you, like me just experienced a blizzard and would like to add to your FREE  No Prep, Low Prep Materials, you can find my Winter Actions freebie here.

Another shortcut most of us is looking for is dinner. Here is one of my favorite short cut dinners…sauteed shrimp. It’s quick, healthy and delicious, if I do say so myself. It’s good hot, or cold then next day for lunch. You can keep shrimp on hand in the freezer and it defrosts in water in no time. All you need is shrimp, garlic (only the real deal please), crushed red pepper, olive oil and a lemon. Pair it with sauteed spinach, and rice, or toss it over pasta and serve with salad.  So many options!

(You can use any size shrimp and any amount.This is not a recipe. The measurements really don’t matter. It’s subject to taste.


Heat a skillet on medium low. Add olive oil. Let it heat for a minute then add garlic (I use a clove or 2 per half a pound of shrimp) and crushed red pepper. I like spicy so I’m a bit heavy handed. If you don’t  like spicy, still use it, just maybe a 1/4 tsp per half pound of shrimp. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to garlic and pepper oil. Cook until shrimp is curled and pink.If you have some parsley around, throw it on top but it certainly doesn’t need it.  Top with grated lemon zest. This is done in all of 10 minutes!

I’d love to hear some of your favorite shortcuts!



TpT Cyber Monday Sale

cyber-linkyAnyone else having a hard time thinking about work after spending an indulgent weekend with family and friends?! Tomorrow morning will come soon enough, so it’s time to start thinking about what I’ve got planned for my groups.  Thankfully, I have been busy making  some new holiday products that my students are so excited to be use! Since it’s the TpT Cyber Monday sale,  it’s a good time to start purchasing some of those items on my Wish List.  To see what some of my blogger friends will by buying tomorrow, be sure to follow the linky back to Short and Sweet Speech.

Here are some of my favorite products for this time of year!

Hot off the press, this Rudolph inspired open target game is going to be one of my go-to games for my mixed therapy groups. I’ll be able to target multiple skills while students try to be the winner who ends up with the red nose on his/her reindeer.


My students love interactive, repetitive readers. The interactive nature helps to promote visual attention which is very effective with my ASD students. These books help to develop vocabulary and early literacy skills, in a fun and engaging nature. I also like to use related activities and games to reinforce the same vocabulary and concepts. I’ll be using my Gingerbread, Gingerbread Book and related activities in the next few weeks.


With so many young articulation students, who are not established readers, I will be using my No Prep Articulation Worksheets – Christmas Themed, which are picture supported. These print and go worksheets cover over 14 sounds including blends and vocalic /r/. There are 63 worksheets in all.


My students love the books and posters from Monae’s Speech House.The pictures are so bright and engaging and they are perfect for targeting vocabulary and concepts.  I’m not sure I will be able to pick just one book, but I’m leaning towards the book “Hey Santa, Hey Santa, That’s Not Your Hat”.


I’m not sure about your students, but mine love when I break out the play dough! I think these gingerbread themed play dough mats for articulation are a must from Small Talk SLP.


I’m also planning on grabbing these winter themed interactive books by Communication Window. I can not have enough interactive books! Also included in this bundle are some sentence flip books, which are perfect for my caseload!


Happy Shopping during this Cyber Sale! Don’t forget to leave feedback on your purchases. You will earn credits that can be used towards future purchases!

Happy Holidays!