Hi! Welcome to Pencils and Pancakes. That’s me ^^, Andrea, the author behind the blog. Author. I’ve always wanted to say that. I love to write. I also love to eat, and cook, I’m a former teacher turned stay at home mom with a passion for healthy living and helping people improve their lives with safer skincare. So  that’s what you’ll find on this blog. I originally started this as a teaching blog to help people with easy, fun middle school English ideas. But my passion for food and health is a little greedy and decided to take over. I still share classroom ideas from time to time- so if that’s what you’re looking for please stay! Here’s more of what you can expect from P &P:



Though I’ve had some ups and downs I am thankful for where the pursuit of MY OWN idea of healthy has taken me. Researching and reading up on health and nutrition has lead me to a whole foods/Paleo way of living. Now hang on, don’t leave here because you think I’m this super strict robot Paleo perfectionist who never has any fun. I’m not. Paleo to me is just a word to explain to people the framework of how I eat. Think: Real food. Although I initially came upon it as a means of weight loss, I am learning to understand it’s about so much more. I eat to be my healthiest. And if that means having a piece of chocolate cake and a tall glass of IPA once in awhile to enjoy myself that’s what it means.
















I am passionate about knowing what I put in, and most recently, ON my body. My husband and I have dabbled in raising our own food and growing our own food to gain control of what goes into the food we eat. You can read more about my mission to get people on board with safer skincare here. 





































Other things I love: teaching my students about good food, farmer’s markets, Wegmans, sun butter, plantains, country music, my husband and my cat, Frank!

I recently became a parent in July 2016. It’s been an amazing and indescribable and sometimes difficult experience. It’s easily the most rewarding thing I have ever done. And it makes me more passionate to seek better options in the food we eat and the products we use. You can read more about my pregnancy and birth story here.

***Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, licensed nutritionist or fitness expert. The material on Pencils and Pancakes represents my own opinion and experiences, and in no way is meant to be a replacement for professional medical advice.

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15 thoughts on “About

  1. Emily

    Ohh, I’m so glad you commented on my blog! I was a middle school English teacher for two years (in Brooklyn) and I can’t wait to live vicariously through you! If you’re ever up North for the day we should grab coffee!

  2. Legally Balanced

    Hi Andrea! Thanks for your comment on my blog, I’m sorry it took me so long to respond! Law school is good but a challenge – unfortunately I gave up blogging completely during the first semester. I am hoping to get back into it soon. Your blog is very cute 🙂 take care!

  3. Alicia

    Hey Andrea! I came across your blog from Life a la Wife and couldn’t help but notice your blog name and feel instantly connected to it! I’m currently working on my masters in Elementary Education and completely understand your passion for teaching & pancakes too! 😉

  4. ellen

    I am also a middle school language arts teacher, but I am in Florida. I’m really excited to learn that you are teaching in WNY as I am moving there in 2014 and will be getting married and looking for a teaching job as well. I hope to get some hints about teaching in the WNY area.

  5. Shawna

    Just found your blog and look forward to checking out more. I’m also an English geek, former teacher, and passionate writer…not to mention fitness and health junkie. Nice to see another corner of the web world dedicated to such loves. 🙂

  6. Lisa

    I’m an educator and curriculum writer in Hillsborough County, Florida. We would love to use your video for our LDC Module curriculum – it was wonderful! Would you allow us to reference the video in a lesson?
    Please contact me at LisaF.Jones@sdhc.k12.fl.us

    Thank you!