Saturday, November 30, 2013

6 Ways to Stay Organized

I try very hard to be organized in my daily life.  I have found that being organized seriously allows me to find things so much easier, and I spend so much less time scrambling around looking for the things I need.  I tend to feel more stressed out when I am not organized.  Throughout my four years of college I have become a lot better at getting and staying organized.  Now I am no where near perfect, but here are just some of the ways I keep myself organized. 

1. I try to live by the motto "There is a place for everything... and everything belongs in its place."  Everything I own has a place where it should be stored.  No matter how big or small, used or unused, each item has a place where it is supposed to be.  This helps me find things quickly when I need them, and it also ensures I don't end up with a bunch of miscellaneous items laying around on my night stand or desk without any place for them to go.  The harder part of this is actually the second part for me.  Its easy enough to have a place for all of my belongings to be put away, whats hard is making sure all these items are constantly put away!

2. Make your bed daily.  There really is something nice about a nicely made bed.  For me, living in a rented house with 3 other girls, The only real space of my own is my room.  Its really nice coming home from classes and walking into a room with a nicely made bed.  In my opinion, making your bed makes your room feel more put together and clean.

3. Set up a command center.  I have set up a corner of my desk to be my command center.  This is where I keep a large calendar on my wall, my planner, and a running to do list.  At the end of the day I sit down with my planner and calendar and make sure both are up to date. My planner comes with me everywhere, but its also nice to look at a nice large calendar to see what is coming up in the near future as well.  In addition to updating my calendars, I also cross off any items I've accomplished from my to do list as well as add any new items that need to be taken care of.  I usually also try to keep a list of things I need to buy such as groceries or school supplies etc.  Anytime I run out of something or remember I need to get something it gets added to the list immediately.  Then before I leave to go shopping I just check my list and I have everything written down that I need to buy. 

4. Place items in clear glass jars.  This makes it easier to see what you have and what you need.  There have been numerous times when I have bought something I thought I needed to go home and realize I already had it all along it was just hidden.  Or even better, I completely forget I have something because its stuffed in the back of a draw somewhere so I never end up using it and it just takes up space.  Clear jars allow you to see what you have so your more likely to use it and it also ensures you don't buy things you already have!

5. use cake stands, hooks, small trays, cute plates, anything really to organize your accessories.  Hang belts and scarves on cute hooks.  place bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and ring in small trays, cute plates and bowls, or make a DIY jewelry holder using a cake stand.  Small items such as jewelry have a tendency to end up on my nightstand, my desk, just everywhere.  This makes it a lot easier to keep track of all these little items and its a cute way to put all your accessories on display.

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6. take 10-20 minutes every night to straighten up and get ready for the next day.   I am not perfect, I get lazy and I end up throwing clothes and bags on my desk chair, my jewelry ends up on my nightstand instead of in my jewelry holder, and on more than one occasion my shoes end up all over the floor.  My days are hectic and I'm always amazed at how unorganized my room can get in just one day!  That's why every night before I go to bed (no matter how tired I may be) I take a few minutes to straighten my room up.  I put all my clothes, shoes, etc. away,  I pack my school bag for the following day, and I check my calendar, planner, and to do list.

All of these things have been really helpful in helping keep me organized.  Hopefully some of these tips can help you stay organized too!

Do you have any other tips and tricks you use to stay organized?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Favorites of the Week :)

1.  Thanksgiving leftovers! I love making a turkey sandwich the day after thanksgiving and throwing a little bit of everything on it  it tastes delicious!

2.  Tabata training.  Tabata is a form of high intensity interval training.  Basically its 20 second high intensity intervals of cardio or strength exercises followed by a 10 second rest.  Here's some examples of the different things you can do for the 20 seconds of high intensity training


3. Starbucks Holiday drinks.  My favorite is the caramel brulee latte.... soo delicious! This is definitely a super sweet drink, so it works well as an afternoon pick me up when I'm feeling a little run down.  Plus running to Starbucks is a  its a nice way to take a break from work. 

4. Scarves, they're a great way to keep you nice and cozy now that its getting cold.  Here are some cute ones I've found!

5. These pencils! They are going on my Christmas list! I would have already bought them myself but they're already sold out! If anyone knows of something similar to these please let me know!!! I just love these!

What are some of your favorite things this week?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays (along with just about every other holiday). My family always goes to my parents house for Thanksgiving, except for this year it seems like no one is coming.  Unfortunately this year my family seems to be splitting up where they are all going.  My parents, sister, and I along with my grandma will all be at my parents house for Thanksgiving as usual, but my uncle and cousin on my moms side is spending Thanksgiving with his girlfriends family and my aunt (my dad's sister), uncle, and cousins on my dad's side are going to celebrate Thanksgiving with my uncles family (the other half of their family).  Unfortunately I don't have a very large family and with so many of them not coming to Thanksgiving this year it's going to be pretty small.  I am a little disappointed I won't get to celebrate with my entire family, but Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of thanks, not disappointments.  So instead of getting upset about the lack of family coming, I'd much rather be thankful for all the wonderful things in my life.

Here how we set up our table this year.  I did the best I could with what we had in the house. lol
I loved the little pine cones with the little card that read "feeling especially thankful for...".  I had everyone write something they were thankful for this year and we shared what we wrote during dinner.  Dinner was absolutely delicious! We had so much food! I'll definitely be having leftovers for the few days.  We also found the best recipe for our turkey this year and it's definitely going to be our go to recipe from now on.  It was so moist and tasted wonderful!

Thanksgiving as a day to really reflect on all the great things life has blessed us with and be thankful for them.  Its easy for life to get away from us, and its easy to spend more time focusing on the negative in life rather than all the wonderful things! So today is truly a great day to bring you back to everything wonderful and special going on in your life.  This year I have so much to be thankful for!

I'm thankful for my family. I have been truly blessed with a loving, caring, and supportive family.  My parents are always there to offer me advice, guidance, support, and love.  My sister is my best friend.  I know she has my back and always wishes the best for me.  My whole family has been with me through all of my ups and downs, and I can always count on them to cheer me up when I've had a rough day.

Here's me and my sister before dinner.  Sorry for the bad iphone photo quality!

I'm thankful for my friends. I truly have some amazing friendships! I'm so blessed to have such a close best friend from high school who I still keep in touch with! Although we went to separate colleges we still keep in contact and when summer and winter break come around It's like we were never separated.  She has truly been with me through everything and I can't thank her enough for all she's done for me! I've also met such great friends in college who I know I will keep in touch with outside of college. 

I'm thankful for the opportunities I have had.  I realize that I am very fortunate and I have opportunities that many others do not get, and for that I am very thankful. 

I'm thankful for my education.  I am so fortunate to be able to go to college and get a degree that will allow me to work in the field I love.

I'm thankful for my health, and the good health of my family and friends.

What are you thankful for this year?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MidWeek Confessions 

Alright.. lets see what I've got this week to confess this week... 

1) I have done absolutely no work for any of my classes since last Wednesday.  It has officially been an entire week since I have done anything productive related to school.  I really believe it was because two weeks ago I had 3 big papers and two exams all in a span of like a week.  So basically for that week I was working my butt off! Now that all of that is over, the only things I have left for my classes are my finals which don't start until December 11th.  Needless to say, I've been a little lazy.  Hopefully over the weekend I'll be able to catch up on a few things!

2) I babysat last night and put both of the girls into bed at 8:30 and I actually wanted to go to bed too! I was so tired, and I did actually close my eyes for a half an hour after they went to bed.  Oops!

3) I need to confess ahead of time about the amount of food I will be eating tomorrow! I love thanksgiving and all the food that comes along with it!

4) I usually make it to the gym 3-4 times a week usually, however this week I gone once yet.  Probably the worst week to not go considering Thanksgiving is tomorrow, but Ill get back on track tomorrow morning.

I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow! Don't stuff yourself too much!

What are some midweek confessions you have this week?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Who Says the Education Profession isn't Rewarding?!

     I've heard that being a teacher is one of the most rewarding professions a person can get into, and let me tell you, I 100% agree!  Although I do not have an actual teaching position yet (because I'm still in college), I still have had multiple experiences in the classroom from my practicums, volunteering, and subbing in multiple school districts. Here are just a few of my experiences.

     I work at an after school care program in an urban elementary school.  Although I'm a secondary education major, I managed to get myself involved in the pre-k through 1st grade group.  Now let me tell you something, these kids are hard work! They all have so much energy and unfortunately, in the after school program we make them do their homework first because some of the children don't get the chance to complete it at home.  However, if you were 5 would you want to spend all day in school and then go into an after school program just to sit back in a desk to do more work?! I know I wouldn't! Anyways, there is one student in my group, now a first grader, who has so much built up energy, among other things, that he is nearly impossible to control! Many of the other college students who volunteer ignore him as long as he is not causing any harm to himself or others, but I've tried to make it a point to talk to him and see if I can help him with homework, or go for a walk with him in the hallway to help him calm down.  Now finally, after two semesters of this, something clicked.  I came in on Monday and he was so well behaved and happy.  He was listening to me and doing what I asked him to do without a fight! He did not try to disrupt the class, and he actually offered to make me a bracelet (to which I obviously said yes to!)  It was such a nice feeling to have him be respectful to me; he really brightened my day.  He even offered to help me during a game!

     Another great experience happened during my junior practicum, in an 8th grade algebra class.  When I first came into the class I was greeted and accepted by all the students except for one.  During my first few days there, this student would not look at me, say hello, or answer a question when I called on him.  I later found out from my cooperating teacher about some family problems going on at home with this student, and it was clear that these problems were severely hurting his ability to concentrate and socialize with other students.  I made it a point to say hello to this student everyday in the hopes that he would eventually warm up to me.  Finally, after about half of the semester had gone by I got a hello back from him, which was great! I continued to ask him if he needed help during individual work time but he never responded.  However, by the end of my junior practicum this student was answering questions when I asked him to (he even raised his hand a few times voluntarily), he asked for help when he needed it, and I was even able to have a few short conversations with him.  I was so glad that this student warmed up to me because as a teacher, I feel that my job includes making student feel welcomed in my classroom and to ensure that they feel safe to open up.

Teacher Quote of the Week

For all you teachers out there, have you ever had a really rewarding experience? Tell me about it!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Morning People... I need your help!

I'm really trying to become more of a morning person.  Once I've gotten myself up and out of bed I'm really happy to be up early, its just the initial shock of waking up before the sun rises that I'm really not a fan of.  I also tend to go to bed a little on the later side so going to bed after midnight and then trying to wake up at 6 or earlier usually isn't very productive.  In fact, on days when I try to do that I just end up being cranky and having a really bad headache! However, last semester when I had my junior practicum (junior year student teaching) I was up at 5:30 every morning and I swear even though I spent my mornings in a middle school teaching, I was 10 times more productive with the rest of my day! I feel like I'm sort of stuck in the middle of being a morning person and not.  I generally wake up between 7-9 every day and I always feel that my day is wasted if I stay in bed past 10.  I know when I start student teaching next semester I'll be waking up really early and hopefully that can help me transition into being a morning person, and hopefully by the time I start teaching I'll definitely be a morning person.

My problem is never that I'm grouchy or lazy (well.. that's debatable sometimes) in the morning, I am just literally always too tired to drag myself out of bed.  I realize I have to go to bed earlier and I am trying.  I know that's my biggest problem.  Hopefully I can start seriously working on that when winter break comes around because honestly, that's not going to happen when I have four finals coming up!

So my question to you morning people is...
Do you have any tips for someone trying to become a morning person?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Funday

I had such a great day today!! I went out to brunch with my housemate Abby and my really good friend Annie who graduated last year and has been super busy with her new teaching job.  I was so glad to see Annie and to just spend some time with two of my really good friends!  We went into New Hope and although it was FREEZING out it was still sunny and ended up being a nice day!
We went to the Logann Inn and ate at their restaurant called Nikólas. It was delicious!! I got a Peach Bellini and some french toast and it was all soo yummy! To top it all off, since it was so cold outside the woman who sat us brought us to a table right next to a fireplace! Needless to say I was warm and cozy the whole time! The restaurant was really nicely decorated, the entire staff was very friendly, and the service and food were great!

After brunch we walked around for a little bit and looked through a few of the shops.  It was so cold so we didn't last long, however, we all decided that we needed to come back when it was a little bit warmer because all of the shops were so cute and we all saw so many things we liked! I was even able to buy a few Christmas presents while I was there! By the end of our walk through the town we were so frozen that we stopped inside a Starbucks to get some hot coffee :)  I was so happy to have my caramel brulee latte it was delicious! It was exactly what I needed to come back and start catching up on all the work I've put off this weekend!

What did you do this weekend that was fun or exciting?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Favorites of the Week

Here's something I am going to try to keep up with :)
Every week or so I'll be posting some of my favorite things relating to fashion, teaching, beauty products, media, basically whatever is on my mind.  

1) Nike Training App - This app is pretty great.  A friend introduced it to me and I've actually used it on more than one occasion. Basically, you set up an account and then you pick a type of workout, and then a level.  The workouts are anywhere from 30-45 minutes.  Its a great app when you don't feel like planning out your workout.

2) Fall Sweaters - I am on a sweater kick! I love how comfy, cozy and warm sweaters are!
Here are some of my favorites!

3) Boots - I love boots! As soon as fall and winter come around basically I'm always wearing them.  This year I have my eyes set on a new pair of black boots like these

5) Pentatonix -These five are absolutely incredible! Just watch this video.  

6) Hot Apple Cider - mmmm... soo delicious! It has been my go to afternoon drink for the past week :)

and on a more serious note... (for the teachers)

7) this video of Diane Ravitch, an educational reformer.  This talk is a bit long but I thought it was soo worth it! She really explains everything that's been going on in education right now and how its affecting education.  You can watch the video here.

What are some of your favorite things this week?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Midweek Confessions :)

My first ever midweek confessions!  Please enjoy my hot mess moments!!!

- I made cookies with my mom on Sunday night and in addition to eating about a third of the batter... i also ate (that same night) 6 COOKIES!!!!  I am ridiculous!

- I bought 2 new pairs of jeans at least two weeks ago.  Both are dark wash jeans so I wanted to wash them before wearing them so the dye doesn't come off on my clothes.. or my skin.  After a full two weeks I still haven't managed to wash them!!! (I have done wash, I just haven't done a separate load for these jeans) Clearly I'm being a little lazy.
(** Update: I wore one of the jeans without washing them and when I took them off my thighs were blue.   Guess I should have waited to wash them after all! **)

- I forgot my lab booklet for my physics lab and instead of writing down the tables and what not on a separate piece of paper to copy into my lab manual later... I let my partner do the lab ALL ON HIS OWN while I sat there and played candy crush for an HOUR!!!  I think i need some help!

- Speaking of candy crush... I'm on level 161... seriously.. I need help!!!

- And finally, I think I have been to Starbucks too much recently because today when I walked into the store, the guy working knew exactly what I wanted before I even ordered!  Definitely time to switch up my coffee... and maybe where I get it from too. lol

Do you have any confessions?  If so, please share! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Wrist is FINALLY healed!!

It's been a long and annoying journey, but my wrist has finally completely healed!

Let me start with some background:  Being the clumsy person I am, last May I fell off of a stage, that's right a stage, like a 4 foot tall stage! Granted there was no railing or anything around it so I can't entirely blame myself (Ha yes I can!!) Anyways, the day after the fall my hand swelled up big time! I spent the entire day icing it and resting and by the end of the day the pain had somewhat subsided... sort of.  I spent the next few days resting it and not doing too much physical activity involving my wrist.  Unfortunately for me though, I'm a server and carrying trays is a big part of serving.  Of course the hand that I attempted to catch my fall with was my left hand, and of course I'm left handed and hold trays with my LEFT hand.  Anyways, I served for a MONTH AND A HALF with this bum wrist thinking I must have seriously sprained it when I fell.  I finally decided to go to the doctors when a month and a half had gone by and the pain was still there every time I picked up a tray, and even when I wrote anything down at that point.  I got some x-rays and what do you know... I broke my wrist! I had a scaphoid fracture which is a little bone in your wrist sort of right below your thumb.  And on top of it all, I was leaving for vacation in New Hampshire 3 days later!

    Unlucky for me, my doctor insisted I get a cast to keep the fracture from getting any worse! Awful! That was the first time I have ever had to wear a cast and I hope it is the last time! That thing is itchy, especially when it gets wet, and its hot and just not a fun thing to deal with! Here's a nice glimpse of mine, pretty right.. ha!

     Even though I spent my week in New Hampshire with a cast on I still had a blast! I made the best of the situation and I'm so glad I still went despite not wanting to go because of the cast.  New Hampshire is so beautiful and peaceful.  It was such a relaxing trip, I mean look at these views!

     Once I got back from New Hampshire it was back to the doctors for even more bad news! Because I waited so long to get my wrist checked out, the bone in my wrist had actually shifted apart! Just my luck right!  because of this, I needed surgery.  I had to get a screw put into the bone to push the two pieces back together and hold them together.  So surgery was scheduled.  Here's the screw they put into my wrist :)

    After surgery, the cast went back on for a month and a half ughhh! Finally, in early October, I got the cast removed, but the road to recovery was not complete.  The bone was not fully solid so I had to wear a brace for another month and a half! But that was much better! I could take it off to shower, and it gave me a little more freedom with my wrist.

    Today I can finally say that I have come to the end of my road to recovery! The doctor has cleared me to go back to serving, and I no longer need to wear a brace! I already have about 90% of the motion back in my wrist and I could not be happier!

Have you ever broken a bone or needed surgery? If so how was your recovery?

Monday, November 18, 2013

My Inspirations for Blogging

     Although these bloggers may very well never see this post, I still think they deserve so much credit for what they have accomplished! Their blogs are amazing and are the main reason I decided to start a blog myself! All five of these blogs are so different and provide me with so much inspiration for what this blog can one day turn into!

1) The College Prepster - I check her blog daily, sometimes multiple times a day! She blogs about fashion, life, and inspiration, and I love every single one of her posts! and she just got the most adorable puppy I think I have ever seen!

2) E myself and I - I just die laughing when I read some of her blog posts! She blogs about teaching and parenting (she has such a precious little boy).  I love her teaching posts, I always find them helpful because frankly I'm new and I can use all the advice and help I can get! I'm also a huge fan of her midweek confessions! They always make me chuckle a little, and these confessions may possibly be something I want to try on my blog (but I'll probably have wayyy too many confessions then I'd care to admit to)!

3) PB Fingers - This blog I just recently found and absolutely love!  She has great food ideas and recipes and also great workouts and advice! Her blog is filled with such fun stuff to read about that I could (and have) spent hours on there getting food ideas, fitness tips, and reading about her exciting experiences.  She also has such an awesome dog, named Sadie (i dont know if you see a pattern here, I LOVE dog)!

4) Eat. Write. Teach - Another teacher with a ton (and I mean a ton of GREAT teaching advice).  When I found her blog I was blown away! I think I spent, not even lying, like 5 hours going through all her posts!  For any new teachers out there read this post, a letter to first year teachers.  Not only does she have great advice to give about teaching but she also has a ton of freebies!

5) I Heart Organizing - Last, but certainly not least, this blog has so many great ideas for decorating and organizing your home! I'm constantly checking out her blog for inspiration on how to decorate and organize my house up at school.  She has advice for just about everything you could want to help you organize your home!

Seriously, these blogs are so amazing!  You should go check them out right now! They all have something completely different to offer and all the women seem so nice and friendly!

(If any of the bloggers I mentioned above do not want to be mentioned in this post please let me know and I will fix it immediately)

What blogs do you guys love and follow regularly? I would love to check them out! 


Introducing Myself to the Blogging World

Hello Everyone!!!

     This is something I have been thinking about for a while now and I have finally found the time (and mostly courage) to finally create this blog! I first came across blogs through Pinterest (figures...) and I fell in love with a few blogs that I now follow regularly.

     Let me start by telling you a little about myself.  I am currently a senior in college studying to be a middle school or high school Math teacher.  I love math and am so passionate about making math fun for students (because lets be honest, when you hear math the last thing most people think is fun).  I start student teaching next semester and I could not be more excited! In addition to my love of math and teaching, I also try to be a very active and healthy person.  I do enjoy going to the gym, although I need to make a bit of a better effort in that aspect of my life! I must say, when I am eating clean and working out regularly I feel amazing! Unfortunately college life doesn't make it all that easy.  Late night study sessions just aren't the same without pizza, those late nights are followed by early morning Starbucks trips to get my caffeine fix (and sometimes mid-afternoon trips as well) to make it through the day, and the social events on the weekends only add to the problem!  But overall I have loved my college career so far! I have met some of my best friends and had some of the most amazing memories from the past 4 years.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little sad that it will be coming to an end this May.

     I've decided to start this blog as an outlet and a way to share my experiences with everyone and anyone who wants to read about them.  I'm hoping this blog will be my little piece of this huge blogging world and will be where I share my passions with the world! My hopes are that this blog will be a little bit about everything that makes me well... me! 

Thank you all for stopping by

If you are a fellow blogger, what made you start blogging? and what advice or tips can you share with me?
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