Earth Day Adventure

In case you missed it, yesterday was Earth Day. However, it’s not too late to celebrate, because there’s never a bad time to celebrate the Earth and all the beauty of our amazing planet. Typically, it’s a day to be conscious of the environment and to be supportive of the efforts to keep it protected. A lot of celebrations include making more of an effort to recycle, volunteering to clean up trash in our parks and other outdoor areas, and using less energy to conserve resources. Another great celebration is by participating in the “Earth Hour” where you turn off all non-essential lights for an entire hour.

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you know that I absolutely love nature and the environment, so I always like to be aware of my own influence on the planet. Naturally, that translates into me taking my love of the outdoors and hiking and combining it with a conscious effort to clean up a little trash on my favorite hiking trail by my house. And while I was out there picking up the littler, I decided to take some pictures to commemorate the day and also to celebrate the absolute stunning beauty of this spring! Here’s how my hike went:

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My Favorite Flowers

I’m inspired by the promise of brighter, warmer weather and I’m excited that the spring season is in full swing. Lately, despite the rain, I’ve been feeling a bit lighter and really looking forward to seeing nature start to come truly alive. We’re still in that stage where there is so much left to bloom and I’m excited for all of it.

Honestly, I don’t have all my flowers planted yet, but I do have a lot of plans and some ideas I’m really thrilled about, so I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and get some beauties in the ground! Be sure to stay tuned for that post because you know I’ll have lots of pictures. Today, after I had so much fun with my post about tips for beginning gardeners, I wanted to share a post about my favorite flowers. I love each of them for a variety of different reasons and I’m so happy to be able to share this love with you all.

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Recipes to Celebrate Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Did you know that April 12th is national Grilled Cheese Day? I didn’t until a few days ago and you know that I’m on board with it. My mama always makes the best grilled cheese. She uses plenty of butter and two slices of our favorite cheese and she toasts it all together in a pan. I spent all of my college career trying to replicate it only to realize that I’ll never be able to, because I’ll just never be able to make them as good as my mama. She’s too talented. Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating my own (and often asking my friends and family when we go out to restaurants “you wouldn’t be embarrassed if I just got a grilled cheese, would you?”)

As a sandwich lover, I think it’s awesome to get to celebrate something so fun and simple, which is exactly what I wanted to do today. I had an absolute blast sharing recipes for National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day a few days ago, so it was a no-brainer for me to write about this so we can have some more fun talking about food that reminds me of happy times and being young.

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Ways to Brighten up a Rainy Day

The rainy days have been so plentiful this year and while some rain is nice and refreshing, I’m getting tired of all the gray sadness. I’m ready for the day when these April showers go away and the May flowers come out to play. As someone who adores sunshine, having a lot of cloudy days can be very disheartening and even stressful for me, so I’m always looking for ways to brighten up these dark times.

That’s what inspired me to write this post on yet another rainy day. I wanted to share with you all some things that I like to do to make myself feel a little brighter and lighter when the weather is dreary. These are all things that are quick and easy, but they always bring a smile to my face when I’m starting to get down and out about the clouds.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month (with High Schoolers)

April is National Poetry Month and even if I weren’t an English teacher, I would still be so excited, simply because I love language and words and, to me, poetry is fantastic at celebrating the amazing complexities and intricacies of words. Honestly, poetry is probably the one area of English that I still feel like a complete novice whenever I’m teaching or discussing it, but that’s simply because it has so many facets and it can be so deep and powerful that I’m not sure anyone will ever have a completely perfect grasp on everything it has to offer.

Still, I love pretty much everything about this beautiful genre and sometimes I feel like my poetry unit is lacking since it usually gets saved to the end of the year so our most intense studies come within the poems we read as supplemental texts during other units. That’s why I get so excited for April, because it’s the perfect excuse to take a few minutes out of every class and appreciate poetry, which is exactly what I do. We ride the wave of March Madness (which I also really enjoy along with most of my students) and have our very own poetry tournament in celebration of this awesome month. And today I thought I’d share this years brackets with you to help spread some cheer and some poetry love!

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Teacher Approved Study Tips

We’re in the midst of testing season and my kiddos are stressed out beyond belief. The Juniors are planning for the ACT, SAT, and End of Course tests, the Freshmen are freaked out about their own state and school exams. Not to mention that next month we have finals (already!), so needless to say, I’ve been fielding questions left and right about how to pass a test. Most of them are along the lines of “Help! What do I do?”

Unfortunately, if you’re anything like me or my students, you’ve probably never been explicitly taught how to study. I remember getting to college and drowning in pages of notes and not knowing at all what to do with them besides read them over and over again. That’s why, last year I shared some of my favorite study tips that are guaranteed to help you ace exams. If you haven’t checked it out, that’s the list I give my students to help them out. But today, I wanted to go a step further and share even more tips to help you out and maybe relieve some of that stress.

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Beginning Flower Garden Tips

We’re officially to my favorite part of Spring: the part where we’re in the clear to start planting flowers! We’re over all the midnight frosts an, if you’re planting seeds, the next few weeks should be the point in the rainy season where it’s enough to be nourishing but not so much that everything gets flooded and your precious plants could get washed away. So it’s time to start getting our hands dirty and really beautifying with flowers everywhere!

That’s what brought about today’s post. I’m so excited to get outside with some dirt and shovels and start putting together flower beds and making my flower pots shine. I did a post like this last year, but this year I wanted to do another one, because I really enjoy planting flowers and I’d love to see if there’s any more help I can give others to build up the beauty of their homes and fall in love with such an amazing way to get into nature.

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