Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sweet Summertime Recap: Week 9

Hey Hey Hey!
Week 9 of Summer Vacation is here and gone.
Check out my week away below...

Thursday, July 20

I started my morning out strong with a super hot and sweaty 4 mile run.
I came home and immediately hopped in the shower.

I spent my morning watching some Hallmark Christmas

and making another freezer meal- baked ziti.

Friday, July 21

On Friday it was another humid one.
I did a workout video in the basement and then showered and biked to my parents to do some work in the garden.
I was drenched in sweat. Just so humid out!
I came home and ate a salad and spent an hour at the pool trying to read a new book suggested by one of my co-workers.

I'm not a fantasy person and have been struggling getting through the pages.
The pool helps me to focus.
I get to enjoy some sunshine or on this day just humid weather and clouds.

I came home and did some blogging and planning for the new school year. 

Saturday, July 22

On Saturday I traveled.
Since I was very young I've visited my aunt and uncle nearly every year.
The only year I missed was last year because it was so busy with the wedding, honeymoon and other vacations.

We first stopped at the outlet mall, which was so fun!
 1. It was raining so bad that we were going 30 on the highway and could barely see the road.
Getting out of crazy summer weather was nice.

2. The bargains were great!!

I love a Pottery Barn outlet!

JCrew had awesome deals!
I even found dress pants that fit!
Dress pants and I typically don't mix!

We arrived in time to head to a family cookout and enjoyed the night catching up with our relatives.

Sunday, July 23

My aunt is one special lady. 
She knows what you like and don't like and has it waiting for you when you arrive.
Here are the "good" peaches awaiting me in the basement. 
She wanted to keep them separated from the others that weren't so great.

It was off and on raining in the morning, but I found a dry time to get in a morning walk before we headed back to Tennessee.
We don't have trails where I live and I love trails/wide sidewalks for walking/running!

As soon as I was back we hit the read and I traveled back to Tennessee with my relatives.

Monday, July 24

Sunday night we got a terrible storm. 
I woke up to tons of fog.

Monday we enjoyed some grocery shopping, lunch at Einstein's and the pool.

I looked for some bulletin board ideas.
I know I've been asking for a lot of help with the classroom lately, but which of the following ideas do you like for the beginning of the year?

I have a HUGE in the hallway to makeover.
Option 1
Kids take a selfie of themselves and their favorite book.

Option 2
Book Suggestion Outline

It was so big I had to take 2 screenshots.

Option 3
All about Growth Mindsets!

I did a pool with my co-workers, so I know which one they chose, but I'm interested to see what you all think.
Remember, I teach 8th grade language arts.
It's really hard to find intriguing bulletin board ideas for them!

Tuesday, July 25

Tuesday started off with a kick butt workout.
It was only 2 miles, but it was mostly hills.
I was sweating like I've never sweated before. I ended the run running up this huge incline of a hill.
Then, I got to enjoy the ride down the other side.
My legs, chest, head, arms, etc. were dripping wet!
I'm not sure I ever sweated so much!

It was another great day to enjoy swimming and laying out.
Here's my latest read.
It's a super easy and interesting read!
Thanks Emily for suggesting it!

Wednesday, July 26

We went to the Knoxville Zoo!

First, I started my day with a cinnamon and sugar bagel from Einstein's!
This is what I nearly ate every morning in college.
I haven't had one since those days 6 years ago!

It was a fun way to break up the day and get out before it got too hot.

Here I am with my sweet little cousins!
Can you see the beads I'm wearing?!
They handed them out when they picked me up.
They're from Mardi Gras, but I sported them all day at the zoo!

So, there's a quick little recap for you!
I'm sure we will be enjoying some walks, sunshine and the pool again today!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: End of July

These days keep flying by!
I feel like I just wrote What's Up Wednesday for June and now it's already the end of the July! 

At the end of each month MelShay and Sheaffer share 
What's Up Wednesday!!!
We answer a series of questions and one extra one special to that month.
This month we're answering...

What's your favorite thing about summer?

What we're eating this week:

This week I'm enjoying some family time away from home. 
My aunt and I are always cooking/baking away in the kitchen. 
I'm not sure what we'll be making, but I know it will be yummy!

In addition, we will head out on the town for some yummy southern food. 

Since I don't have any images of what exactly it'll be, I'll share what Alex and I have been eating throughout the month. 

Hamloaf, zucchini and twice baked potatoes

Homemade stromboli

Zucchini Cupcakes

What I'm reminiscing about:

I'm really missing our trips to Myrtle Beach.
As a kid we didn't go every year, but it was a HUGE treat to go to the beach.

I would save up any money I had earned and take it to buy souvenirs like large seashells.
I looked forward to this trip for months and would save my money all year to be able to have some to buy some "nice" things from the souvenir shops.

I love staying oceanfront, so we can see the ocean even if we're not down on it.

 Love the sunrises and sunsets

Mom and I would enjoy early morning and late evening walks

We even got to experience some shark sightings!

So much fun!

What I'm loving:

I'm enjoying the heck out of late nights and late mornings.
I'm talking staying up after 9 pm and getting up after 4 am.
School is going to be here soon, and I just can't take these days for granted!

What we've been up to:

This should be titled what Alex has been up to. 
Alex made us corn hole boards last summer, and we just got around to making them pretty. 
Here they are almost finished...

I've been doing a lot of reading, swimming, cleaning, cooking and working out/running.


What I'm dreading:

I don't know that I'm dreading much other than getting used to my 4 am alarm!

What I'm working on:

Lesson plans!
I have SO many tabs open on both my laptop and our regular computer.
So many things to get ready for the new year!

I'm currently looking for a bulletin board idea that revolves around themed read alouds.
I'm using the theme of Overcoming Hardship/Adversity, but I'm looking for a neat way to display all of our literature circles and class read aloud titles on one bulletin board throughout the whole year.
There's research behind doing read alouds and reading books in the classroom that all have one main theme.
One idea for teachers to do in the classroom was to make a bulletin board with that theme.
Usually I have at least a starting idea, but I'm totally drawing a blank here. 

What I'm excited about:

Enjoying the end of summer and getting back into a routine!
As much as I love summer; I love a routine!
My 4 am alarm won't be loved for the first couple of weeks but by mid September I will be back in the groove!

What I'm watching/reading:

Come back next Monday for my June and July Book Review.

I could bore you by telling you about the three books about the teenage brain that I just read, but I'll forgo that and give you a sneak peak about the books I've been reading over the summer.

Here's the first order of books I received from the library.

What I'm listening to:

In the morning I hear a lot of these. 
I love listening to Doves; they're a great way to wake up.

I'm also loving Kelsea Ballerini's new single Legends.

What I'm wearing:

About any day of the week you can catch me in something like this...

Another day at the pool!

What I'm doing this weekend:

Well I'm currently visiting relatives, so we will enjoy our last days before we head home!

What I'm looking forward to next month:


What else is new:

In a couple weeks I'm going to a multi-day conference for my new little side business!
I'm so excited yet so nervous!
Plus it's the last 3 days before school starts.
I'd love to spend those days by the pool, but when an opportunity knocks you have to take advantage!

What's your favorite thing about summer?:

Any teacher would shout "NO SCHOOL!"
While I love having tons of freedom and not going to work, I really really love the pool!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Show and Tell: Best Apps

Hey ladies!
It's Show and Tell Tuesday!

Andrea from Momfessionals has a linkup two Tuesday's a month. 

Today's topic is your most helpful/best apps on your phone. 

If you're interested in linking up later on or want to see what the topics were so far this year, check out the graphic below. 

So, I will definitely admit that I'm not the best with apps. 
I'm always behind on the trends, and I tend to use my phone for very limited purposes. 
I'm sure there's a ton more things I could do with, but I just don't. 
So, here are the few apps I use regularly. 
At the end you definitely need to tell me your favorite app or what you think I would benefit from using. 


Each morning I use the regular Bible app to look up scriptures that go with that day's devotion. 
It's super easy to scroll through the books of the Bible and find the right chapter and verse.

Weather Channel

I love to be up-to-date on the weather. 
I'm constantly looking at the Weather Channel app, but I'm not sure it's that accurate anymore. 
I feel that it calls for large amounts of snow or rain and then we never end up getting it. 
What weather apps do you guys use?

Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog allows you to take a picture of your receipts and answer a few questions before submitting it. 
Receipt Hog then gives you so many spins to spin a slot machine to win prizes, coins or more spins. 
I haven't won big, but I know someone who won $100 using this app.


I'm a fanatic about the Notes app. 
I use it to keep track of our grocery list, ideas for school, Friday Favorites, dinner menus, monthly goals, books to read, to-do lists, etc. 
My list could go on and on. 

Apple Music

I recently started using Apple Music, and I love that you can download songs to your phone and don't have to use your data to play them. 
In addition, I really like Apple Radio. 
I think you can have as many stations as you want, and you can SKIP songs as MUCH as you want!
Apple Music beats Pandora in my book!

Tiny Calendar

I used to use the Tiny Calendar on my iPad, and then when I got an iPhone I continued to use it. 
It has my school calendar and regular life calendar on it; however, I don't use it that much anymore.

So those are the few apps that I use regularly, but I know there are so many more.
Tell me what apps I should be using.
I'm a teacher, runner, baker lover and wife.
What apps would someone like that use?