Words to live by 04

My oh my it’s been a long time since I’ve updated here!  I’ve really missed blogging so here’s to a new post today because who can’t use some positive and inspirational quotes?

hard times






be kind


just do it



Made my Monday

Today was the first day of the 2014-2015 school year and the start of my 11th year teaching. I can’t believe it’s been that long already!

While I’m sad the fun of summer is over I’m excited for a new school year. A new chance to try to make a difference in the lives of the students I’ll teach (and see!) this school year.

This year our school has a new principal, as our previous one retired. I loved her dearly and miss her presence around the school but I’m also really excited with our new leader. He’s very different (in a good way!) and is really looking to get the students and teachers excited about the school year. This morning, as I was struggling with technology that I didn’t make sure work worked last week (what was I thinking?!), I noticed this note written on my board


Cool, huh? He went through all of the classrooms and left a note to the teachers. I’m not sure if they all said the same thing or not, but I think it’s awesome that he took time out of his (very) busy day to appreciate the work we put into getting ready for our students.

And because we always take first day of school pics, here are this years batch.




Clearly Harper didn’t want to pose this year. #3goingon13

Words to live by 03

Today was, as a friend called it, pre-pre planning for me at school.  The administration opened up the building so teachers could come back to set up their rooms while the new teachers to our school were learning “the way” our school runs.  I think “the way” training is brilliant, if you ask me.  It’s about all of the things you want to know about your new job without having to ask – because our ILC (instructional literacy coach) is amazing and has thought of everything anyone would want to know.

Anyway, being completely Type A, you know I was there and got right to work setting up my classroom.  I’m happy to report that almost everything is ready to go, decorations wise, after 4.5 hours of work.  I think it really helped that I didn’t switch themes this year (going with a navy, yellow, and teal color scheme that I absolutely love helps!), kept the bulletin board paper and boarder up over the summer (those things take like 20 minutes each to decorate!), and then saved and organized the posters/words that go on the bulletin boards so I could pull out the little baggie and staple my heart away.  It also really helped that I got there early enough that I had the hallway completely to myself so I could work without chatting with my teacher friends, many of which I haven’t seen since June when school ended and our conferences were over, AND I forgot my computer at home so I didn’t have anything to distract me.

All of that to tell you that tonight, after working almost a full day (but nothing compared to a REAL school day) I’m exhausted!  The first three weeks (including pre-planning) are always challenging and this year looks like it will be the same.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve had the last two-ish months off or if there are seriously just so many things to do at the beginning of the school year (or maybe a little of both) but it’s rough, guys.  Carl and I need to be on our game with meal prep, packing bags, sleep and everything to make this work, especially since we don’t want healthy eating or fitness to slide.

Here are some words to live by for the week – I hope you enjoy them. 🙂






{can’t find the source, if you made or posted this please let me know so I can give you credit!}



and my favorite this week,

Love everything



How was your day today?  Are you gearing up for anything new|exciting|different?

Want to see more Wednesday words to live by?  Check out my other posts here:

Words to live by 02

Words to live by


I know I need to blog about the last week and few days of our Paleo Challenge, some workout updates and the results of our Ninja v. food processor test.  They are coming!


Anything else you want to read about?  Ask in the comments and I’ll do a blog post to answer them!

Words to live by 02

I think I’m deeming Wednesday my official “Words to live by” day.  There are some awesome inspirational things floating around facebook, instagram, and pinterest so why not post a few here?

You are worthy


Something to be thankful




And a favorite quote that I have as a magnet in my classroom



What is one of your favorite quotes?

Lately in photos

This afternoon I stumbled upon my new favorite website, The Eighty Twenty.  Just check out this excerpt from their “about” section:

The Eighty Twenty is an online magazine and community, built by and for women who lean toward the Paleo lifestyle. This site is for those who crave balance in all things. For the woman who knows what makes her feel better: more sweat, less complaining, more vegetables, less sugar, more fat, less grains, more books, less television, more fresh air, less desk jobs; the same woman who knows sometimes you just have to work late, skip the gym, eat the cookie, drink the second glass, sleep in, binge on Netflix, splurge on mascara.

The Eighty Twenty Rule has taken on new meaning over the years since the Paleo/Primal lifestyle hit the scene. For some, it means 80% clean, 20% not. For others, it means that 80 percent of your outcomes come from 20 percent of your inputs. For us, it means: make your own rules and make them count.

How could anyone {especially a woman!} not love it?  I really love that they are going to be kicking off a “reset” {same as a Whole30} on August 1st and they have meal suggestions and a grocery list all ready to go!  We will still be on our own 30 Day Paleo Challenge, but this will be great for continuing our Paleo lifestyle once the craziness of school starting and “real life” begins.

Long story long, they inspired me with their Lately in Photos and I thought I would do this for the month of July since it’s almost over {can you believe it?!}.

Feeding Fish Playing with Grammy 1000 rep challenge Pool with Family  Birthday Burpees  Carl at CrossFit Reading New Dishwasher  First Rx Workout Brazilian Blow Out

1. Harper feeding the fish at The Dolphin with Carl and Pa
2. Harper playing with Grammy
3. Amy and me after finishing the 1000 rep challenge at her gym {brutal!  I don’t know how she does this every month!}
4. Fun swimming!
5. Birthday burpees: 34+1 for good luck
6. Carl’s back at CrossFit
7. Family reading time after dinner
8. We finally got a new dishwasher
9. My first Rx WOD
10. My hair after my Brazilian Blowout

What does your life look like lately?

Paleo challenge: week 3

Paleo Challenge

Three weeks in and one more to go!  This is it!  We are in the home stretch!  

How was week 3?

I know I said that week 2 was challenging, but I think that week 3 was even more so.  For me, I think it was because I had some lovely hormonal things going on (TMI: sorry!) which totally had me craving chocolate and all things sweet.  We did do a better job of eating veggies, which was good!

In general we struggle with staying Paleo on the weekends (probably because we are out and about and it’s so hard to not just grab something while we are out) and that was in full force this week.  While we were at the outlet mall we were a little hungry and had we not been doing the challenge we totally would have gotten a pretzel or some fro-yo.  Not a good thing for my tummy or our bank account!

Did we have any “cheat” meals or desserts?

We didn’t have a “cheat” meal, but we definitely had some cheat desserts.  We had some people over for dinner on Friday night and Carl made paleo cookies, paleo bread, and we ate some cake that our friend Katie brought over.  We did also indulge in some veggie chips and fruit from The Fresh Market today although the fruit chips were actually too sweet for me to eat.  My palate has definitely become more sensitive to sugar the past three weeks.

How are we feeling? 

Continuing to feel good.  There is something to be said for eating a meal that is beautiful and feeling completely satisfied afterwards.  I feel that way so much more after eating a healthy, Paleo meal than something that I may be craving at the time – which usually leaves me feeling bloated and gross.  Now if I can just remember that in the moment. 😉  

My skin (and even Carl’s!) is continuing to look good and I didn’t even break out like I usually do during my period (again, sorry TMI).

How’s CrossFit going?

This week brought three more workouts for me and two for Carl.  I was able to do my first Rx workout this week!

First Rx

First Rx2

You know it was a good workout when everyone is on the floor afterwards!

Notable, amazing food we’ve eaten

Week three brought some really great new recipes and things that we repeated because they were so good including,

Goals for week 4 

  • Make three CrossFit classes
  • Eat less nuts/bars and more veggies for snacks
  • Skip the “cheat” meal
  • Get 8 hours of sleep a night – meaning go to sleep earlier!

Yep, same goals as week 3, but they are good ones so I’m going to stick with them.  

Secret to Change

What are you building new?

You can read about week 1 and week 2 of our Paleo challenge if you want more recipes or to get caught up with how it has been going.

Words to live by

Start where you are

It’s not about the end result – it’s about the journey.  I needed this reminder and thought someone out there may, too.

Do you have a favorite quote?  What are words that you live by?