Letter to A First Year Teacher Before School Begins

To the first year teacher anxiously awaiting the start of school,

You’ve probably gotten more advice than you cared to receive and while it’s nice to know so many people are concerned about you, it can be overwhelming and sometimes even demeaning. At this point, everyone takes a weird sense of pride in telling you how terrible your first year you will be, how ineffective your teaching will be until you’ve had more experience, and how hard this career is.

And while it’s mostly true, take all that advice with a grain of salt. While we all will share many experiences, everyone’s journey is different. You are a unique individual and your adventure is yours to choose. So while everyone else is occupying your ears and filling your heart with a nerve-racking, I wanted to share some words of encouragement with you too.

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Spectacular Strawberry Nachos

There’s just something about combining two foods in a fun, creative way that makes cooking and experimenting so rewarding. It can only be made better when those two foods are two of your favorites, which is exactly what’s happening today!┬áIt sounds weird to combine nachos and strawberries, but really, it’s not at all as crazy as you might thinking. This is a fabulous dessert recipe that captures the integrity of such amazing, fresh fruits and gives them a playful twist that is inspired by the fun, classic novelty of nacho serving routines.

By now, everyone knows what a sweet tooth I have, but this recipe is one of those that’s just too good not to share. It’s incredibly easy to make and takes little to no time. It’s wonderful for a fun party, a night at home with the kids, or a simple after dinner snack just because you can! Plus, it’s so cute that it’s sure to make you smile. Continue reading

*The Month I Wrote a YA Novel-July 2019 Challenge

This month’s challenge was one I did back in November of last year (so no, you’re not seeing a double post). It was just so challenging and such a great experience that I wanted to try it again. Even though I felt so creatively tired when I finished last time, it was so fulfilling that I couldn’t wait to jump in again.

If you’ve never heard of it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s just what I mentioned: you take an entire month (traditionally November, but its popularity has caused it to take place several times a year) and write a novel. It must be at least 50,000 words (the average word count for published novels is actually closer to between 60,000 to 100,000 words) and it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s just a draft.

So this month, I decided to put my creative writing skills to the test again and take the challenge. And even though I went through things different this time, it was still quite the experience. Here’s what happened to me:

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Travel Journal- My Favorite Travels (So Far)

Warm weather always reminds me of travel and of course travel reminds me of adventure. I’ve been very blessed in my twenty something years to have been able to travel to quite a few places in the United States and explore this part of the world. Growing up, we spent a lot of time in Montana where my grandparents were, so of course a lot of our vacations were family oriented. However, I’ve always been lucky enough to see other places as well. New skies. New sunrises. Different sunsets. And it has been an absolute blast!

Earlier this year I shared a post about my travel bucket list and it was so much fun dreaming about all the amazing things I still want to see and do in my life, but today, I wanted to do the opposite. The weather is gorgeous outside, reminding me of all those amazing trips I’ve already taken, so I thought it would be fun to do a reverse travel bucket list and talk about some of my favorite out of state adventures. They’re in no particular order, because they were all so much fun and I could not be more blessed to have had these experiences, so let’s dive right in!

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Summer Reading Review #2

Summer is slipping away and soon the final chapter will be finished and we’ll be closing the book on the warmest months of 2019. It’s bittersweet, because I’m not ready to go back to work, but I am ready for football season and getting back on a little bit of a routine. Plus, I’ve actually gotten a decent amount of reading done this summer, which is always a good thing.

Back in May I posted my summer reading list with all the books I was hoping to read during my time off and I actually knocked out quite a few of them in June. It was so much fun to share that review as well. This month’s review has one more book from that list, which leaves me with just one more on my anticipated reads list and room for even more young adult reads, which I tackled a few of already. While this month wasn’t quite as exciting as last month’s I still did enjoy myself and I’m excited to share it with you, so let’s jump right in!

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Lazy Girl’s Guide to Looking Effortless

When it comes to style and fashion, I’m a little bit of a lazy girl. While I can appreciate the time and careful attention to detail it takes to be a beauty lover, I simply don’t have the time to spend tons of time on my hair, makeup, and outfits. My goals is to be up and done in less than thirty minutes with the entire process and I’m usually done in under twenty if I don’t get distracted.

Despite being a lazy girl when it comes to fashion, I love that effortless look. My biggest problem with it, however , is that it actually tends to take a lot of work to look so effortless. It’s such a classic, beautiful style that so many people want to achieve but don’t always have the time or energy to feel as though they’re pulling it off. I’ve been there too many times, which is why over the years I’ve compiled a simple list of easy ways to look effortless without all the work. Check it out:

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Summer Workout Circuit

As a runner, I’m a serious lover of a good, solid workout. Not only is it a great way to make those miles a little more manageable, but it’s also good to build strength and stay active. Plus, it just makes me feel amazing once I’ve finished pushing my body it’s limits and seeing all the amazing things I never thought I could do get done! It’s a great confidence boost and really helpful for physical and mental health. Plus, sometimes it gives me a good excuse to have an unhealthy snack and not feel bad.

A lot of people think all runners do is simply run. Surely high mileage is enough of a workout right? Well, not necessarily. In order to get better, stronger, and even faster, serious runners need a good workout circuit that keeps their entire body engaged and active. I switch up my circuits with my wants, needs, and sometimes even the seasons, which is why today I thought it would be fun to share my summer workout circuit with you.

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*The Best Red, White, and Blue Foods

I’m still basking in the fun of the Fourth and July It’s just such an exciting time for me, because I love celebrating my country and those who have served it. Plus, I love seeing the bright, beautiful fireworks and getting to have little gathering with my family. And of course, I absolutely love the food. Fourth of July is for barbecues which I obviously adore (so much so that I wrote an entire post about them that was really fun).

That feeling of happiness and good food is actually what inspired today’s post, because I’ve been in such a mood to spread some favorites and I’m always in the mood to talk about food, so today I thought it would be super festive and right in line with the season to talk about my favorite red white and blue foods. It just seems like an adorable, silly way to spread some smiles and talk about lighthearted goodness.

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How to Beat Workout Boredom

It’s inevitable that while everyone recognizes the benefits of staying active, most people who have any kind of workout regime will probably experience workout boredom. No matter how much you love the results of your routines, there will probably come a time when you find yourself lacking the motivation to get off the couch and workout. Even if you’ve spent time finding just the right exercises to fit your lifestyle, your wants, your needs, and your abilities, you’ve no doubt experienced this uncomfortable boredom in some form or fashion.

As an avid runner who actually enjoys working out just as much as I enjoy the results, I’ve found myself cycling through phases of serious highs and insane accomplishments and then darker moments where I just want to give everything up. Workout boredom is a serious issue that can ruin everything you’ve worked so hard for. It’s something that can take more people away from their wants and their goals, which is why today, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss ways to beat workout boredom.

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My Favorite Apps

There is no denying that we are lucky to live in a world rife with technology which can be both a blessing and a curse. For the longest time I refused to join the smartphone hype until I absolutely had to because of work and school. Then, once I started teaching, I realized that instead of rejecting technology, it’s much healthier and more helpful to simply learn to use it for good things. Don’t use it to distract yourself and miss out on life, but use it to enhance your experiences and your life.

Don’t get me wrong, these days I have a few apps that kill a lot of time I probably should give them, but I also try to use it in ways that are inspirational and even helpful at encouraging and assisting me in reaching my goals. That’s why, today, I thought it would be fun to share with you guys my favorite apps on my phone.

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