Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites: Sevin, Accessory Concierge, Yeti

Hey ladies!
Happy Friday!
The days all blur together for me now, but it's another Friday Favorites!
As always, I'm linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea
We're sharing our favorites from the week.
Grab their graphic and linkup with your favorites from the week, too.


We've been having an earwig problem. 
Last fall we got some trees cut down and trimmed back to allow more sun around the house. 
At that time I'd noticed a few earwigs around damp things like the garden hose. 

This summer has been WAY worse. 
The earwigs have destroyed some of my plants. 
I finally caught on and realized that the tearing look of my petunias was from them. 

I would pick up pots on our front porch and have earwigs running out of them. 
They had even killed numerous plants within one hanging basket. I kept wondering why the plants were slowly dying. One at a time I would pull out a plant after it would die off.
Out back we had two beautiful hanging baskets sitting in pots and they were nearly destroyed. 

Now I've been sprinkling Sevin dust in the bottom of the baskets/containers that we set the hanging baskets in. 
This has worked wonders!
The earwigs are dying in the dust before they get to the plants. 

There's also Sevin spray I've been spraying on the plants themselves. 
We've tried to hand more plants than set on the ground. 

Do you guys have any earwig remedies?
They really are starting to freak me out. 

Accessory Concierge

My cute purchases from Accessory Concierge's 4th of July sale!

409 Stone and Steel

I've been struggling with keeping our granite counter tops non-streaky. 
I saw Shay had suggest this product, but I couldn't find it anywhere- Target, Walmart, etc.

We were just strolling down an aisle at Lowe's when I spotted it. 
I had to have it, and it works so well!
No more streaks!

Spray whatever area you want to clean and wipe up with a dry paper towel!

Yeti Rambler

Alex got boots for work the other day. 
He called to tell me that he found a pair and that he saw the Yeti bottle that I mentioned liking previously.
He asked me some more questions about it, and I really had no idea what the answers were, so I really paid no attention to it and went about my day.
That evening when I came home from the auction I went to this was waiting for me.

Alex is terrible at surprises, and I in no way expected for him to buy it for me. 

We aren't typically Yeti people because they're a bit pricey and you can actually buy nearly the same thing in an off brand and it works just as well. 
One of my students did their choice project on this last year and tested a bunch of cups/thermoses. 
It was so neat to hear his results. 
Yeti isn't always the winner!

I'm excited to take this to school. 
We don't have air conditioning, so August and September are brutal. 
I like to fill up my cup when I drink  all of the water that I put in in the morning, but I can't bare the time running down to the lounge- 4 doors down to grab a bottle of water out of the refrigerator. 
To save time I will just go without drinking anything. 
Now, I can have this in my room ready to fill my cup up!

Posts From the Week

On Monday I shared a little Get to Know Me post with 3 Things. 
You can find out more about me in that post by clicking here

On Tuesday I linked up with Ashley and Erika to talk Freezer Meals. 
If you have ideas or want some ideas, click here

Yesterday I shared what I did during my 8th week of summer. 

I have a fun and busy weekend ahead; enjoy yours too!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sweet Summertime Recap: Week 8

Welcome back for Week 8 of my summertime vacay!
I've reached the point where I'm just bored. 
I don't really know that I've ever been bored in life before. 
I always had classes to take, cleaning to do, projects to work on, etc.

My summer classes are over. 
I've already started planning for the new year and have been reading books for literature circles all summer.
I've cleaned nearly every square inch of our house numerous times except for under our huge sectional, which I just can't get under. 
Our house is pretty well renovated.
I need to do some posts on our before and afters of each room. 
So that leaves me with pretty much nothing to do but eat, sleep, workout and go to the pool!

Here's what week 8 had in store for me... lots and lots of baking/cooking.

Friday, July 14

On Friday it was finally not raining. 
I was up early and went for a 4 mile run. 

I spent the rest of the morning doing a lot of baking/cooking.
First, I finished the icing on these zucchini cupcakes. 
I swear I could eat the whole batch in one sitting.

Then, I made my first freezer meal. 
The night before Alex and I picked out three recipes that we'd thought we might like. 
We went to the store and bought the ingredients, and I did meal #1 on this day. 

Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

In the afternoon I went to our local JCPenney. 
Do you guys have JCPenney? I'm not sure how wide their area is.
They are going out of business and the week before had some things marked down. 
On this day all men's ties were $5.99 or below. 
Alex LOVES dressing up. 
Can you catch my sarcasm?!
I couldn't pass up these bargains!!

I came home in time to make some semi-homemade Stromboli for dinner.

Saturday, July 15

Saturday was a bit cooler than normal. 
No rain but too cool for the pool. 

We went to look at new mowers since our riding mower decided to break the night before.
Then we stopped at a local market where we had gift cards to get some meat and homemade soup.

When we got home I cleaned windows, and we trimmed up the grape arbor and found we have more rhubarb to be cut.

I spent the afternoon looking for ideas for the new school year.

One idea on Pinterest was a Literary Term of the Week.
I'm thinking of having a lit term for each week. 
Students will have to use time outside of class to use that term correctly in a sentences or paragraph by writing it on a colored index card (each core would have a different color) and post it on the bulletin board. 

Do you guys know what silent ball is?
As it suggests the room is silent and students stand in a circle. They toss a ball around and have to catch it while also implementing other rules such as stand on one foot or hop up and down. 
If you don't catch the ball, you're out!
My kids LOVE this game!
We rarely played it in class, and at the end of every year I give out a survey and students said they wished we played silent ball more and there could even be a task attached to it. 
They said if I attached work to it they would be more likely to do the work just to play this little game. 
So, I'm thinking the class, at the end of the week, with the most correct usages of the literary term will win 10 minutes of silent ball. 

My predicament is do I allow only one submission per student or do I allow students to submit (staple on the bulletin board) as many examples/usages of that lit term?
I don't want to deter my gifted kids by only allowing them one submission but at the same time I don't want them to have an advantage (because all of them are in one class) over the other classes.
What do I do?

Sunday, July 16

Sunday was a family and friends day.
We had lunch at my grandma's and helped her do some yard work.
Then we came home quick enough to get ready again to head to dinner with friends.
It was a fun yet long day.

We had ham loaf and scalloped potatoes (two of my grandma's specialties!)
She's a rock star and cooks for all of our families basically every Sunday.
It averages from 4-11 people.
She has tons of foods prepared like it's nothing!

For dinner we had Mexican!
Then we stopped at a local ice cream shop, and I got some banana pudding ice cream!

Monday, July 17

Monday morning I was on it.
I got in a good workout, and then made zucchini cupcakes and lasagna.
One to eat and one to freeze.

Tuesday, July 18

Tuesday was another pool day, but before that I got in 4 summer miles.
I spent some time working on school work and cleaning up a bit.
We had dinner at Alex's grandma's as one of his cousins was in from out of town.
Alex chose my favorite pizza place with my favorite salad and dressing.
Props to having a coupon that made our meal even cheaper!

Wednesday, July 19

It's been super hot and foggy in the mornings. 
I was up by 7 and decided to do a little baking before weeding and watering flowers.
I made another batch of zucchini cupcakes and baked and shredded some chicken. 

Then, I headed down to do a workout video. 
It was getting a bit later, so I opted for a 15 minute video opposed to a 30 one. 
I got in my workout and went outside to do my weeding and watering. 
I was back inside in time for Live with Kelly!
She's definitely my summertime must. 
I love watching the first 15 minutes of her show. 
Do any of you watch?
What do you think of Ryan as co-host?
I loved Michael Strahan, but Ryan isn't bad!

I was able to do some dishes and grab a shower before heading to the pool. 
I finished another book that's a potential for one of my literature circles. 
Then, I stopped by the library to drop that book off and pick up some more. 

Wednesday afternoon/evening was spent getting a lot of things in order around the house and planning some more things for school. 
I love these lazy but productive days!

So Week 8 is down, and I only have 3 weeks left! 
Where did summer go?!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday Talk: Freezer Meals

I'm joining in on a new link up today. 
The third Tuesday of every month Ashley and Erika do a little Tuesday Talk. 

You can blog about whatever you're interested in talking about. 

Today Freezer Meals are on my mind. 

This summer I've had a ton of time on my hands. 
Usually I'm taking all kinds of summer classes and last summer I was moving my stuff to our home together. 
This summer I'm taking two classes, but they are very relaxed and that's all I have. 
Every single day is Groundhog Day for me. 
I do the same handful of things each and every day. 

While I do love it on one hand and know I will miss it when school starts again, I want to make sure that I'm capitalizing on these days. 
Lately I've been thinking all about how I can make meal planning easier. 

I've been frying and freezing ground beef and taco meat.

Last week I made three pounds of hamloaf and divvied it up into dishes to freeze.

Then, I made corned beef sandwiches.
It makes a lot, so we had some to eat and some to freeze.

I got bored and ambitious and tried out one freezer recipe from Pinterest.
Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

I'm contemplating making some lasagna and baked ziti to freeze this week, but what other freezer meals do you guys make?

I need a lot of help on this!
I don't even care if it's not a whole meal. 
I feel like I should be making a ton of meals and freezing them, and then when school starts and I have unexpected meetings after school I can grab something out of the freezer and not have a ton of time and prep into making a yummy dinner. 

Please, please, please leave all of your ideas!
If you have blog posts, please leave links to them!
I know Pinterest has a ton that I could scour, but I'd love to hear your tried and true advice first!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Three Things: Get to know me MORE!

Recently I've been seeing a lot of people posting questions about themselves. I really liked this "3 Things" post that Emily and Sarah did, so I borrowed from them. 
Today, you will get to know a bit more about me!

Three things I'd never give up

  1. Exercise
  2. Reading
  3. Drinking water

Three favorite vegetables

  1. Cucumber
  2. Corn
  3. Lima Beans

Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end

  1. None. 
  2. (Yes I'm that lame and can't think of any show that I've ever watched all the way through. I'm a fan of Fixer Upper and Grey's Anatomy, but when it comes to watching TV verse doing something else or going to bed, I pick the latter two choices!) 

Three places I want to visit inside the U.S.

  1. Chicago
  2. Boston
  3. Waco (Chip and Jo are the cutest!)

Three places I want to visit outside the U.S.

  1. France
  2. Turks and Caicos (Any and all islands are on my list!)
  3. Italy

Three things I always have with me

  1. Hair tie
  2. Writing utensil
  3. Snack ( They used to think I was hypogylcemic- I would black out if I didn't eat every few hours. Thankfully most of it has subsided, but I still always have a snack with me.)

Three things that are always in my car

  1. Hair Tie
  2. Hand Sanitizer ( I can't stand germs!)
  3. Library Card

Three most recent calls to/from

  1. Dad
  2. Alex
  3. Co-worker

Three most often used makeup products

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Mascara
  3. Gold Eye Dust

Three things that make me laugh

  1. Alex's singing
  2. My students
  3. People who think they can run our country better than the president. I'm not political but wow it amazes me the hatred we have these days.

Three things that make me cry

  1. Death
  2. Illness
  3. Sentimental Items

If you made it to the end, hooray!
Thanks for stopping by to learn a little more about me!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sweet Summertime Recap: Week 7

Happy Friday!
I'm forgoing Friday Favorites in order to catch up on my 7th Week of Summer!
It's the dog days of summer, and I'm trying to enjoy every single second because school is just around the corner.
I was in Walmart earlier in the week, and I even saw school supplies!

Thursday, July 6

On this morning I got up early, went for a run and got ready to hit up some stores. 

I really despise Walmart, especially the one closest to us, so I like to go very early. 
I make a list of exactly what I need, and run in and out. 

After Walmart I went to find corn hole bean bags at a flea market in the Amish country. 
Upon getting the bean bags I went to the local market where they sell cheap meats and cheeses and all kinds of other goods. 
It's basically an Amish grocery store. 

After that I decided to stop at a well-known Amish bakery for some donuts. 
I've always seen these ones-they're HUGE!
But I hadn't ever tried them before. 

They are so big!

I made it home by 11 and spent the afternoon doing some schoolwork and cleaning. 
Alex sent me this cool box while he was working. 
A Blessing Box. 
You can take anything that you might be in need of. 
How neat is that?!

Friday, July 7

Friday was a rainy one. 
I woke up and saw that it was sunny, so I headed outside to do some yard work when it started thundering and then raining. 

I came inside to enjoy a new Pop Sugar Fitness fully body workout only for it to get sunny before it rained again. 

All day it was on and off raining. 

That evening we headed out to go bowling with some friends. 

Saturday, July 8

Saturday was an enjoyable day at home. 
I did some deeper cleaning of washing and ironing curtains and cleaning under beds. 

I spent the early evening watching these cute fawns at my parents. 

Then, I worked on blog posts and ideas. 
It, again, rained off and on, so it was a good day inside.

Sunday, July 9

Sunday was a much cooler day. 
I finished another module in my class-The Teenage Brain and finished this book Prisoner B-3087.

Alex was basically away all day, so I had a lot of time. 
I did some rearranging and redecorating.

Monday, July 10

Rain, rain and more rain on this Monday. 

I finished the last module in my Teenage Brain class and then watched the trees and sky from this spot.

We have a huge hanging basket on the front porch. 
It's so large that when it's been watered I can't even lift it, and you can't set it on the ground because it will break off stems. 
Well, it got eerily dark and Alex was asleep on the couch, so I thought I would grab the plant. 
By the time I got to the front door it was SO so so windy. 
I opened the door to find a guy down the street peddling his bike past with his daughter in the pull behind. 

The weather was insane, and I just froze up. 
The people live just a few houses down, but I didn't know if I should holler for them to come in our house- the weather was SO bad. 

I didn't holler for them but grabbed the plant and ran to our back porch. 
I was trying to hang the plant on a hook on the back porch when I could hear a tree limb break and thunder crack, along with some lightning to scare me out of my wits (#Ihatestorms!)
I screamed. 
I could NOT see the limb and thought at any minute that it would land on the roof and then on my head. 
Alex came running out wondering what I was doing. 
I couldn't even put into words about the limb, and then there it was crashing to the ground. 

It's kind have hard to see but there are two huge limbs slightly in our neighbor's garden and on the ground. 
Luckily it missed the house and the electric lines. 

That evening we spent at a little get together at my grandma's for my uncles's birthday. 

Tuesday, July 11

Tuesday morning I was up early with yet another storm. 
It has been raining and storming so much lately. 
I did one short Popsugar Fitness video before getting ready to head to school. 

We had negotiations and needed to vote on them. 
They're still cleaning and putting in new flooring on my side of the building, so I didn't get to go in my classroom. 
I hit up Walmart and headed to my parents to grab a few things. 

I love all of our plants at my parents. 
A lot of them are HUGE!
I can remember planting them as little tiny ones and they've grown and grown over the years!

I cut some stems and took them with me!

It rained yet again, so I spent some time reading a new book- Everything, Everything
Every summer the other 8th grade language arts teachers and I choose a book to read.
We divvy up the pages and set dates to read them by. 
You don't have to read them by then, but at least we have common stopping points, where we then blog about what we've read on Schoology. 

I like to order my books through inter-library loan if I'm unsure if it would be a good fit for my classroom. 
I ordered this book like a month ago and it still hadn't come, so I bought it instead. 

This was my book choice, and I was a bit behind on the readings, so I was glad to grab it on my Walmart run and get a chance to read. 

Wednesday, July 12

It has rained yet again!
I did another Popsugar Fitness video because when I walked outside to run it was thundering and raining. 

After my video I wrote my final paper for The Teenage Brain. 
I wrapped up the morning by making hamloaf. 
Some to eat and some to freeze.

The rain only lasted for the morning hours, and then it was bright and sunny.
I did what any sane person would do in the summer and headed to the pool. 

I read my book club pick and enjoyed the sunshine!!

I got back home and threw dinner in the oven because I wanted to have it ready for Alex as soon as he got home. 

The timer was going off when he called to say he would be working late, so I ate alone.

Then I got to enjoy some time outside weeding and deadheading flowers from all of the rain. 

After that I finished my new book-Everything, Everything.
Thursday, July 13

I woke up to surprise RAIN!
No running again today, so I did another Popsugar Fitness video and did some laundry.
I cleaned a little and then finished my final paper.

I'm stoked to be done with summer classes for my last few weeks of summer!
I will be even more excited when I find out my grade because this class was HARD!

This afternoon I went to a little produce auction.
They had gorgeous flowers, hay and produce for sale.
The flower auction started at 1:45 and ended around 3:15.
Lots and lots of flowers!
I was able to buy 2 large containers for cone flowers for $6 combined.

I made corned beef sandwiches for dinner and froze some for another day.

Then, I made zucchini cupcakes; although, the frosting wasn't done yet.

The weather forecast is rain and more rain for the next day.
So, I will expect I get in a lot of reading time, and I've been slowly working on lesson plans for the beginning of the year.
Here's to hoping you have a great end to the week!