The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag!

No offense but if you don’t love Harry Potter…we can’t be friends. I mean I’m kidding…kind of.

I’m totally killing but I will silently judge you as I make HP references and you have no idea what I’m saying. Sorry Not Sorry.

I did not create this Ultimate Harry Potter Tag please click the link to see the original post because it was fabulous!

GENERAL QUESTIONS

1.) Which Harry Potter book is your favorite? 

My favorite would have to be book four which is The Goblet of Fire.

2.) Which Harry Potter book is your least favorite?

The Half-Blood Prince. There was nothing really wrong with this book, I just liked it the least because Dumbledore dies which I’m still recovering from…

3.) Which Harry Potter film is your favorite?

The Goblet of Fire.

4.) Which Harry Potter film is your least favourite?

The Half-Blood Prince. I mean seriously….Dumbledore…why just why!

5.) Which Harry Potter quote is your favourite?

“To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us protection forever” – Dumbledore. I don’t know what it is about this quote but it has always stuck out to me.

 

CHARACTERS

6.) Which Weasley is your favourite?

Ron. He is an amazing friend to Harry. He’s loyal and just overall great. And him and Hermione are adorbs!

7.) Which female character is your favourite?

This is totally a cliché answer but Hermione. I just really connected with her right away on every single level. Like if HP were real life (I mean it is right?!?) I would be Hermione.

8.) Which villain is your favourite?

Draco Malfoy. As a villain his character development and growth is spectacular and so drastic. Draco is the perfect rival for Harry throughout their school years who ultimately ends up choosing the side of good, which I love so much!

9.) Which male character is your favorite?

Rubeus Hagrid. I don’t know what it is about him but he is just amazing.

10.) Favorite Hogwarts Professor?

I think that I would have to say Professor Minerva McGonagall. I think she’s my favorite for a few reasons. She’s head of the Gryffindor house (fellow Gryffindor over here!) and she fair but she’s also strict.

 

WOULD YOU RATHER?

11.) Wash Snape’s hair or spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Hmmm….that’s a tough one. I think I would rather wash Snape’s hair. I know most people don’t like Snape, but I actually like him as a character.

12.) Duel against an elated Bellatrix or an angry Molly?

Well, Molly kills Bellatrix so I definitely wouldn’t go up against her! (good answer so I’m just going to leave it and agree because I do 110%)

13.) Travel to Hogwarts via Hogwarts Express or Flying Car?

Hogwarts Express. Why in the world would you take a flying car when you can be with friends on the Hogwarts Express?!?!

14.) Kiss Voldemort or give Umbridge a Bubble Bath?

I would 100% kiss Voldemort before I ever went near Umbridge…sorry!

15.) Ride a Hippogriff or ride a Firebolt?

Hippogriff, because how often do you get to have that majestic experience!

 

BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION

16.) Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs. the books?

Voldemort. He was so much scarier in the books. In the films, he is almost laughable and not as terrifying as I would have expected and pictured. Think about it…remember the scene where he hugs Draco awkwardly?? The Voldemort that we read about…that we grew up knowing…would have never done such a thing!

17.) Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?

The movies will never compare to the books. I loved watching this magical work of writing be transformed to life on screen but…no I just can’t.

18.) Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Richard Harris hands down. Michael Gambon was so aggressive and intense which was not how Dumbledore was described in the books. RH did a much better job portraying the authentic, soft and quirky Headmaster. RIP… (well said…again I will leave this as is)

19.) Your top thing (person or event) which was not included in the movies that annoyed you the most.

Most people say the absence of Peeves but that never bothered me. In The Philosopher’s Stone, Hermione has to solve Professor Snape’s Potion Puzzle under the trapdoor before they can move forward. I absolutely loved that part and was really disappointed when it wasn’t included in the film adaptation. Does anybody else agree? —> YES!!! This is exactly what I was thinking and I am so glad I am not the only one!

20.) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter films, which would it be?

The Half-Blood Prince because it was my least favorite.

 

HOGWARTS

21.) Which Hogwarts House was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Gryffindor all the way.

22.) Which Hogwarts House were you actually sorted into on Pottermore (or any other online-sorting quiz)?

Gryffindor!

23.) Which class would be your favorite?

Potions. I love science stuff!

24.) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Accio. It would make me a lot lazier but life much simpler.

25.) Which character at Hogwarts would you instantly become best friends with?

Hmmm…if I weren’t her, Hermione. Were so much alike!

 

MISCELLANEOUS

26.) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which one would it be?

The Invisibility Cloak. I have no interest in the Elder Wand and the Resurrection Stone would cause all sorts of issues, though would be interesting….I just want to stay away from that. Honestly sometimes it would just be nice to be a fly on the wall…like literally invisible to the world. Yes please.

27.) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

If I had to pick….there are a few things that really killed me (Dobby dies, Dumbledore dies…sorry for the spoiler for those of you living under a rock), but the one that hits home the most is the death of Sirus Black. Harry needed and deserved a stable father figure in his life and it was taken away from him.

28.) Favorite Marauder?

Moony!

29.) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Dumbledore…Dobby…Sirus….

30.) Hallows or Horcruxes?

Hallows. Less threat of death attached to those…

31.) Which parts of the books/films made you cry?

All of the major deaths always have my sobbing uncontrollably (cue ugly cry)

32.) What would your Patronus be?

Owl for sure!

33.) If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be?

Emma Watson who plays Hermione because she’s such an amazing woman and she’s beautiful and I aspire to be everything that she is!

34.) Have you played any of the video games?

I have not yet!

35.) If you were on the Quidditch Team, which position would you play?

I think I would be the seeker! I feel like I could be pretty good at that!

36.) Were you happy with the ending?

Yes, it was a wonderful close to a wonderful series.

37.) How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

Harry Potter means everything to me. I remember reading the first book and falling madly in love. I have the complete hardback set and so many other books to go along with them. I just love everything HP!

38.) Do you think you could ride on a broom?

After a few tries I’m sure I would get the hang of it!

39.) What would you do if you had the Marauder’s Map?

If I was at Hogwarts, I would explore all the hidden passages! I love exploring new places!

40.) What spell would you make up and what would it do?

This one is tricky! I feel like there are so many useful things that could be made into spells! I’m terribly at coming up with names for things so something that will do the chores I don’t want to do (laundry…dishes…ya know all the adulating things!) Hey….adultus! The spell that does all the things an adult should do but doesn’t want to!

 

If you love HP please fill this out and PLEASE tag me or leave the link below! I would love to see your answers!

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Enough Is Enough.

Happy Monday Friends. I had a different post planned for today but in light of recent events, I had to make a change in my posting schedule and get this off my chest and just share with you some things that you can do.

 

In case you didn’t already know, on Wednesday afternoon as most of us were winding down from a fun filled day of Valentine’s Day celebrations, nothing but love and kindness (or if you’re like me and you work in a private Catholic school you probably celebrated the day before and had been at Church that morning as Wednesday was also Ash Wednesday); students, teachers and staff were fighting for their lives in a mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

17 people woke up Wednesday morning, got dressed, ate their breakfast, maybe drank some coffee. 17 people went about their morning routine, went to school/work. Parents dropped off their kids. Teachers and staff said goodbye and I love you to their loved ones at home. Not knowing that they could potentially not make it home that night. 17 people didn’t make it home that night. 17 families lost a loved one. A whole community has been changed forever. A whole school has been completely shaken, terrified. They will never forget the things that they had to do, the things that they heard, the things that they saw. Their lives have been changed and they will never be the same. Why? Because a teenager was able to have access to an Automatic Rifle (an AR-15 to be exact) and was able to take it to the school and open fire on them, after pulling the fire alarm in order to attract more people into the hallways so that he could intentionally kill more.

If you’ve been keeping up with the news then this is nothing new to you. Sadly, this is nothing new to any of us. School shootings have unfortunately become too common in today’s world, and in order to change that WE need to stand up and make changes. We need to use our voices, otherwise things are never going to change. More teachers and more students are going to become victims of an awful tragedy, and I don’t know about any of you but as an educator….I prefer not to have to go through that. I don’t want to have to shield my students from bullets. I don’t want to have to worry if my colleague down the hall has all of his/her students safe.

Every time I hear about this on the news (which is all too often anymore), I think to myself “What would I do in this situation?”. But see the problem with that question is…on any given day I could be in a different classroom. I teach computer two days a week, the other days I’m usually in one or two rooms…but sometimes I get asked to sub, which means I’m in a different room. Luckily for me I know the school I work in like the back of my hand, because I went there. But that means that I have to have several different plans in my head. Which is fine…but the thing about it is, I shouldn’t have to. No teacher should have to think “what can I do to keep my kids safe?” or “what can I use to hold my door shut while I get my kids out or hidden?”. But the reality of it is…right now we do. We have to take active shooter trainings. We have to do all of these things because our government wants to make it easy for anyone to have access to a gun.

Now don’t get my wrong, I am all for the second amendment. I do not mind someone having their CC. I do not mind people owning guns to hunt. But there should be stricter rules and laws with this. More training, more knowledge, more background checks, your mental stability should be checked every so many months. I am not saying that every school shooting is directly associated with mental instability but often times those are the words we hear. Could it be part of it? Yes. But the main problem is that it was easy for that person (mentally stable or not) to access a gun. THAT is where change needs to be made.

I could honestly go on and on, as I’m sure many of you could too. As educators, parents and just citizens of this country no one wants to hear that a school filled with innocent children is in any sort of danger. Let alone the danger of an active shooter.

What I don’t understand in particular about this school shooting is that there were signs. The FBI was notified that this shooter had made a comment on a YouTube video saying that he was “going to become a professional school shooter”. Now it has been said that the FBI tried to trace the comment back to a source and couldn’t. Fine. But his user name was literally his name…Nikolas Cruz. His Instagram…was FILLED with guns and other things that should have been noted as questionable and should have raised awareness which could have potentially made this less deadly. Now before the comments are flooded with attacks I know you cannot predict when things like this are going to happen. But you can have better precautionary measures in place. The school did have police officers on sight…but 17 innocent people still died…people are still in the hospital, some still in critical condition.

There are some things that we can do in order to prepare in the unlikely event that an incident does occur. We can talk to our kids and our students about violence, we can teach the all of the procedures and the things that they are supposed to do. But most of all we can pray to God that in that moment (if it ever happens) that we act accordingly, because you never know how you are really going to act. For most of us, adrenaline will kick in, we will go into full protection mode, all while on the inside feeling nothing but panic and wanting to cry and scream. But we’re staying strong for our students.

Unfortunately we have normalized gun killings to the point that we must reassure the world that if and when (although I was told in our active shooter training this summer that it is not a matter of if it’s a matter of when) an active shooter comes into a school that we have plans in place to keep those inside safe. That to me is sad. But if you think about it…most school shootings are by someone who knows the school so if they know the school that means they probably know the protocol for lockdowns…which does the school no good.

I read a post on Facebook called A letter from a furious teacher (click to go to the article) and I couldn’t agree more with some of the things that she said.

“No where in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from fun-fire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn’t have signed it. I love my job, I love my students.”

She goes on to talk about how she herself is a mother and a wife. Though I am neither of those things right now…I would like to be someday. But right now I am a daughter and a girlfriend…and I still worry about the same things she stressed. Going home safe to my family. But also making sure my kiddos would get home to theirs.

“I chose to be a teacher knowing that on most days I would not be able to use the bathroom until 4 pm. I chose teaching knowing that I would be grading papers all weekend and working far beyond the hours of my contract. I chose to teach even though it meant that I would miss every awards assembly and field trip that my daughters asked my to attend. I even signed up to sit in a counselor’s office with a teenager on my lap, holding her as she sobbed through an anxiety attack. I signed up to as a child if they were considering committing suicide and then relaying this terrifying information to a parent. It seems like a lot to agree to, but I truly knew what I was getting into.”

Nowhere in our contracts does it ask us to shield our students as our classrooms and schools are sprayed with bullets from an AR-15 or any other weapon for that matter. However she made a good point when she said…

“At the end of my teaching contract, it says that I will perform ‘any other duties to be assigned’. I do not interpret these words as ‘bleeding to death on the floor of my classroom’.”

Honestly, no teacher would…no teacher should. But I can tell you that if it came down to it we would all be that teacher that was deemed a hero because we risked our life and ultimately lost it because someone tried to hurt our students. However, I am with the surviving students of that High School in Parkland, Florida. I am 100% done with the school shootings. I want this to be the last one (though I don’t think this one should have ever happened…2none of them should have ever happened).

So I have list of things that you can do to help. Ways that you can help us as educators take action.

 

1. Register to vote

This is probably the most important thing. If you are not registered to vote and you can register, please do so ASAP. I don’t care if you never vote for a president or anything else, but in order to make a change on election day we need your vote. So please register to vote and encourage others that you know are not registered to vote to do the same.

 

2. Text “ACT” to 644-33

What this does is shows that you are interested in joining the fight against gun violence. It will prompt you to then reply with your Zip Code and you will then be given a website which will show you events in your area that you can attend.

 

3. Download the 5 Calls App

This will give you the numbers to contact your local government officials. What you then do is call and talk to them or leave a message. If you are nervous about talking to them (I know I would be) then what you can do is read directly from the script that they give you. It takes about 1 minute per call, 5 minutes of your day. Please do this.

 

4. Text “RESIST” to 504-09

This allows you to turn your text message into a letter to your representative. Honestly this takes 2 minutes of your time. Not sure what to say? Just speak from your heart or do a little research and I’m sure you can find the right words.

 

5. Teach and Show Kindness and Love.

This is probably the most important one. As educators each and every day we do our best to show our kiddos that we love and support them. We do our best to teach them to be kind to their classmates and to be kind to other in general. But I am not going to lie, there are some days where I myself snap. There are days where I think to myself that a certain kid (or multiple kids) are getting on my nerves. But what I am going to try to do more and be better at is taking a step back. I do not know 100% what these kids home lives are like. I might have an idea. I might hear rumors about it. But I am not there. Even if they have a good home life they might have had a rough morning…we have all been there. It is not fair to me to lash out at them without knowing.

This quote resonates with me now more than ever…

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As educators I think that we need to remember this now more than ever. The students that we see as behavior problems are the ones that are really crying out for help. The little one that yelled at you because you asked him to sit down…might not have had breakfast that morning. The eighth grader that is giving you lip because you asked him to tuck in his shirt, might have gotten yelled at for not getting his little siblings ready for school on time. Our students these days have more responsibilities than we did as kids and I think that we sometimes forget that. So when we add more to their plate than they already have and we lash out at them…we wonder why we get lashed out at as well. Or we wonder why they zone out and don’t listen.

Sometimes what we need to do is sit back and think before we act. If we can show our kiddos kindness and love even when they aren’t showing it to us, then I bet that we can work to make the world a better place.

 

Do you know of other ways that I didn’t mention above that people can help end the violence? Please let me know in the comments below so that I can share it with other people. Enough Is Enough. I’m ready for change and I know that other people are too.

 

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26/80 Done…Phase 1 is Done!

Hello friends and Happy FriYAY! I hope that the week has treated you well and that today treats you even better! The weekend is upon us and that means it’s time to relax and recharge!

Anyways, I wanted to come to you today with my Phase 1 results from the 80 Day obsession program that I have been doing! I wasn’t going to share pictures until the end…but pictures speak louder than words sometimes so I’m going to share with you my before (Day 0) pictures and my end of phase 1 (day 26) pictures. I will also share my numbers with you; weight and measurements.

Before I do share my photos I just want to say that it makes me very nervous to share pictures like this. It takes me 100% out of my comfort zone but you can’t succeed if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. So please, be kind. No negativity or negative comments will be tolerated (not that I’ve ever had that but I felt the need to say that for my own piece of mind).

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Valentine’s Day Tag

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I saw this tag on TheGeekyFashionista  (who saw it on ElleandBlair.Com) and thought I would give it a try! Feel free to fill it out yourself and post your answers in the comments (or if you have your own blog, post it there, I would love to see your answers!)

1. What is your favorite Valentines Day treat? I would have to say that my favorite Valentine’s Day treat is Godiva chocolates, I especially love their chocolate covered strawberries!

2. Sweethearts or chocolate covered strawberries?
Chocolate covered strawberries!

3. What was your favorite Valentines day memory?
Hmmm I would have to say that my favorite Valentine’s Day memory (so far) is just having the fun Valentine’s Day parties at school. I always loved decorating my box (I always went all out!).

4. What movie would you rather watch on Valentine’s Day: Pretty Woman or You’ve Got Mail?
Pretty Woman! Julia Roberts is by far my favorite actress and I just love Pretty Woman. I don’t think that I have ever seen You’ve Got Mail.

5. What celeb would you not mind having as your Valentine?
Ian Somerhalder, but tbh I’m going to be supper sappy and say that I have the best Valentine there is already because I have the best boyfriend in the world.

6. What would you do on your perfect Valentine’s date?
Again I’m going to be super sappy, as long as I get to spend it with my boyfriend, it is the perfect date. I don’t need an expensive gift or an expensive dinner or anything like that. I just want to spend time with him and I’m happy.

7. Red or pink lips on Valentines Day? It would depend on the outfit, but I typically wear red.

8. What is your ideal Valentine’s Day date outfit? Probably a little black dress and some cute wedges, maybe a red/maroon colored sweater.

9. Homemade or store-bought gifts?
It honestly doesn’t matter.

10. Would you wear your hair up or hair down for a date night?
Hair down, although it would probably end up anyways because I can only stand my hair down for so long.

 

Alex

Okay now I want to do the sappy Valentine’s Day I love my boyfriend and appreciate him very much thing. So if you don’t want to read this part I understand!

I have known this amazing guy since we were in kindergarten (so approximately 20 years), however he only recently came back into my life. I hadn’t heard from him since we graduated high school back in 2010 and this summer (back in July) I got a random message from him on Facebook, and let me tell you I am so glad that he sent that message, and even more glad that I replied.

We went on our first date and several others and it just felt, natural.

On October 14th, we made it official and it has been 3 months of nothing but great adventures! I can honestly say that I am the happiest I have ever been in my entire life and I owe it to this guy. He treats me like a queen, he never fails to tell me how much he loves me or how much I mean to him. He is always willing to be flexible with plans and he can take me and my craziness! He’s just an overall amazing guy and I wouldn’t change what we have for the word. I love him so much and couldn’t be more grateful to have him in my life and I can’t wait to see what adventures the future has for us. It’s just us against the world!

Okay I’m done being sappy!

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Oops I Did it Again….

Now I know you’re probably thinking “didn’t you JUST completely re-do your room over the summer” and the answer to that is yes, yes I did. BUT hear me out! The way I arranged the room gives me (and my kiddos) more space to move around and I added new decorations too! So I thought that I would share that with all of you!

 

Before you see the new photos here’s a look at what it looked like before. Actually you know what, I lied, let’s take it ALL the way back and look at what it looked like at the end of last year!

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This is what I was working with all of last year. Honestly I wish I had a picture of what it looked like before I set the tables up this way. They were all around the room so some of them were facing the walls and then some of them were in the center of the room in rows. It just drove me insane! So I set them up like this, and though it was better my desk was at the front of the room and I couldn’t see what the kids were doing and honestly it was a pain in the neck to walk through the room and I felt like I had no freedom to make it my own. So for the year I worked with what I had and I did some planning and at the end of the year asked home and school if they would help me out and buy me some tables….

Well….I got them!

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I absolutely love them and I am so grateful to the home and school board for making this room look amazing and giving out students the opportunity to learn in an up-to-date environment! But let me tell you, it took my dad and I almost a whole day to get this setup like this because I couldn’t figure out how to fit all of these tables (36 computers, 4 computers per table, 1 very small classroom…in case you can’t tell I’m in one half…yes I said one half, of a modular but we make it work!)

So after a few months I started to realize that there wasn’t a lot of room still and that I could be utilizing the space better than I was. So we had a teacher work day recently and I decided that it was time to move things around yet again, and let me tell you it is even better than the picture you see above!

 

classroom updated

I mean seriously look at how open that makes the room! Really all I did was take apart the groups of tables (except 2 of them) and placed single half tables up against the wall around the room in 5 different spots, then in the center of the room is where I placed the two groups of tables.

I love this setup so much and I don’t think that I will be changing it for a while. However, I did add a few things to my room that I am loving and so excited that I finally got to get them up! My goal was to have them done sooner but…life happens, right?

headphones

Okay this first station is only partly new. Each year my school is given a donation from our local Kiwanis Club and this year my principal asked me if there was anything that we needed for the computer lab. Honestly at first I almost said no, but then he mentioned headphones (in this case ear buds) for each of our students. Now granted last year we did purchase a new set of headphones and though they are nice (I still have them for testing and for my kinders and preschoolers), some of them were falling apart and some of them stopped working all together. So of course I said yes and I am so glad that I did! (I think I’m going to do another post later on about how I organized the headphones and the labels that I made for all of my buckets so stay tuned for that!)

The sign on the top shelf says “Live Love Laugh” my mom made it for me! It’s an apple chalk board piece (we used these for my college graduation party as center pieces). The one on the second shelf says “Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder” and I got it from Target in the dollar spot (I believe it was $3).

Okay moving on because I could really ramble about all of this!

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Please ignore the “Christmas Tree”…in my defense I took off all of the Christmas decorations and since it has snow on it I thought that it would be a cute winter decoration and there’s still snow on the ground so….don’t judge okay? Also, don’t pay attention to the messy first shelf…I’m still working on cleaning things out and organizing. (Of course by the time I do that I’ll probably be out of here and in my own classroom…in case you didn’t know my degree is AYA 7-12 Life Science). But that’s besides the point! The letter board is of course from Target…(I believe this was also $3…someone please correct me if I’m wrong!). Anyways, I love it so much and have been using it as a way to display a “Quote of the Week”…if you follow my on Instagram (if you’re not…what are you doing with your life??) you know I love my quotes! And the Scentsy warmer was a gift from a friend for graduation (can you tell that I love the “Live Love Laugh” quote? I told you I love my quotes!).

Moving right along!

 

 

calendar-organization.jpgThis area used to be just my “catch all” and my paper storage for the printer, but since I recently moved my printer away from this (though my printer paper is still on it…I just haven’t moved it yet) I decided that I would use it for something else. Now these bins used to be used to hold the giant headphones that all of the students used. I had 36 bins, one bin for each computer. However, since we received the new earbuds I had all of these left over bins. I knew that I had wanted to better organize my calendar stuff because it was all in one box and honestly it was a hot mess and I hated it. I was planning on purchasing a hanging organizer or something like that for it, but then I saw all of these bins laying around and thought to myself that I could definitely use them for my calendar pieces! (Again I will be doing another blog post on how I organized these and how I created the labels that you see on the front and maybe what is in each bin…though some bins are more full than others…I’m still working on that!).

CalendarSorry for the glare! I tried to fix it and though I feel I’m pretty savvy with technology…editing photos is not one of my strong points. To be completely honest I’m not 100% sure why I’m including this because I just got some major inspiration from a teacher on IG…and of course now I can’t find it and can’t give her credit…so angry at myself for not writing it down! When I find it I PROMISE I will edit this post and let y’all know who it is! (Again all of the information about my calendar will be included in another post so please keep an eye out!)

Now it’s time for my FAVORITE addition to my room!

The Tech Word Wall!!!! Eeek!

Word Wall

All of the words and the “ABC” letters came from a bundle on TpT from Brittany Washburn (if you’re not following her….what are you doing?…click her name and it will take you directly to her TpT store and the product that I used). I am a huge fan of Brittany and love all of her stuff! When I found her by accident a few years ago (as I was stressing out because technology is not what I went to school for…my degree is in science…) I was so thankful because she gave me some great insight and ideas on what to do with my kiddos! Oh and she has helped me make my room more engaging! Now granted it is February and I’m just getting this up…but better late than never right??? I love it and I know once the kiddos see it done they will love it too!

 

Well friends, that is my classroom update! I will try not to do another one of these for a while! It takes a lot to move all that stuff around! (A huge shoutout to my dad for helping me…again…I’m so glad he retired!!) What do you think? I know it’s difficult to see in pictures but let me know in the comments below!

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Meal Prep Like A Boss!

Hey friends! Happy Friday!!

Let’s talk about every health and fitness enthusiast least favorite thing to do….meal prep!! I know, I even dread it sometimes, but now that I’ve been doing it consistently there are some tips and tricks that I have found that work for me and I want to share them with all of you!

 

1. Plan Ahead

Okay now you probably just read that and thought…meal prepping IS planning ahead…so what are you talking about? Just hear me out okay!

Write it out. For me I’m a visual person so in order for me to be successful with meal prepping I need to know what I want to meal prep and for what days. So I write out menus for the week so I know what I need to get at the grocery. This will make your life easier I promise. Some people can go with a list of things they need and come back and just make a menu from that…not ya girl here. I am a planner and a list maker so I need to have it in my mind ahead of time otherwise it’s a one way ticket on the hot mess express! And nobody wants that!

 

2. Prep for a few days at a time

Now some people can prep for an entire week and be set, you do you boo! BUT, ya girl over here is not about that “same meal for five days straight” life, ya girl needs options! So what I usually do is I prep my veggies and fruit for the entire week (those things I can handle the same thing for 5 days). Then I make my lunches and dinners (breakfast is a shake so I don’t prep those!) for the first 3 days of the week on Sunday night and have those ready to go. Then on Wednesday night I will prep for Thursday and Friday. I know it seems like a lot but that’s what works for me so that’s what I do!

 

3. Do it as soon as you get home from the store

I know life is crazy and busy but think about it for a minute. When you get home from the grocery store you have to put it all away…just to get it out again later? Why not just prep it all then?

If you don’t have time to do it all at least try to do the quick stuff (fruits and veggies). Wash them, cut them (if necessary), measure them out and place them in baggies. Pop them in the fridge and you’re ready to go!

 

4. Don’t stress about it!

This is one thing that it took me forever to not do! Sometimes I still stress about it, but hey we’re all human right?? Play around with the process, find what works best for you and your household and stick to it! No one is going to be a pro at meal prepping the first time they do it. It takes time, but I promise once you find your groove it is well worth it!

 

BONUS ADVICE!

Here are some of the things that I normally prep on a weekly basis!

Veggies – carrots and celery. I usually alternate them one day I’ll have carrots and one day I’ll have celery. Usually I pack some peanut butter to dip them in. When they’re good I also add cucumbers into the mix. I love to cut them up and put some pepper on them and maybe a little bit of some type of dressing.

Fruit – apples, oranges, strawberries and blackberries are my go-to fruits!

Protein – chicken is usually my go to. You can cook it so many different ways. I usually prep a bunch of it and then I’ll make chicken salad, BBQ chicken or sometimes I’ll mix it in with other things to make certain dishes (like chicken stir fry). I also use lean ground beef or turkey and of course can make a bunch of different things with it!

Carbs – usually rice, specifically brown rice. Sometimes I’ll bake a sweet potato but not too often. I have to be in the mood for those.

 

Do you meal prep? What are some of your favorite things to prep for the week? Let me know!

 

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Catch 22

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This novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces b-25 bombardier. Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th Squadron is based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy. The novel looks into the experiences of Yoassarian and the other airmen in the camp, who attempt to maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service requirements so that they may return home.

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Like many of the other classics that I have talked about on my blog, it’s been a while since I’ve read this but I remember it being a good read.

I can’t say I loved it but I also can’t say that I didn’t like it either. The writing was brilliant, the characters are so unique and it is just overall a very engaging and memorable story that will leave you with that wonder and awe feeling.

I can say for certain that this was probably one of the most anti-war books that I have probably ever read. There is no doubt in my mind either that it is probably one of the….most interesting (for lack of better words), novels written about the US Air Force in WW II today. I don’t want to give anything away for anyone that might want to read this in the future (if you haven’t already read it that is). But this wildly original, brilliantly written, brutally gruesome novel will suck you in…or at least it sucked me in all those years ago.

I will warn you though, do not come to this book seeking logic or sanity in war, neither of those things have a connection or a place in Catch-22…or in real life if you think about it. However, Catch-22 is realistic in its powerful accounts of bombing missions. Men screaming, men dying, planes crashing. But don’t get me wrong it also has its fantasy side.

Catch – 22 has a way of giving off a comedic/ tragedy vibe. The book oscillates between the absurdly humorous and grieving tragedy.

Have you ever heard someone say “It’s a Catch-22” and thought…what?? Well let me try to break it down for you. In the novel, the hero who has flown 50 different missions, and has been driven half-mad by his will to live…wants out. However, he is thwarted by the Catch-22 clause which states:

“Pilots do not have to fly if they are certified as insane, but that being driven mad by fear is fundamentally rational.”

Or as it’s described in the novel: “Pilots do not have to fly if they are certified as insane, but being driven mad by fear is fundamentally rational. Or one would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to.” So basically…no one can get off the ride. It’ like a merry-go-round that just won’t stop.

If you pay enough attention you can catch the gleeful repetition. Words and phrases are continuously paired up so that nothing an reside in meaning something. Everything, instead is mocked by it’s own echo. This continuous throughout the novel, leading up to the inevitable plunge into emptiness at the end of this novel.

Have you read Catch-22? What did you think of it???

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A Week of Outfits

Hey friends!!

So today I thought that I would do something a little different and do a week of teacher outfits!

Monday:

The top and bottoms for this outfit are both from Kohl’s. I got them last spring so I’m not so sure that you can still find them.

Boots are from Zulily (if you’ve never shopped zulily you should it’s amazing!)

Tuesday:

Black pants are leather in the front and regular pant material in the back. I believe they are from Target. The sweater is honestly so old I don’t remember where I got it. And the White top was a Christmas gift. I wore this with the black flats which are from Target.

Wednesday:

One of my favorites! A shift dress (with pockets!) Both the dress and boots are from Zulily.

Thursday:

I told y’all this was one of my favorite outfits. I bought it in purple too! Same shift dress just a different color and same black boots!

Friday:

Usually on Fridays I wear jeans and a T-shirt or a nice shirt depending on what we have going on. And of course I have seemed to have lost my Friday OOTD pictures. So my apologies!

What do your outfits look like throughout the week? I would love to know!!

Homemade Bean Burger Recipe!

Hey friends!

 

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared a recipe with you so I thought I would share this one!

My mom and I made homemade bean burgers the other day and they were so good!

 

Ingredients

1 egg
2 cans of Black beans
1 cup of bread crumbs
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 of a chopped red onion
1/2 cup of corn
salt and pepper (to taste)
Cheese (to top if desired)

Directions

Mix all of the above ingredients into a bowl
Form them into patties
Cook (on stove top) for 4 minutes on each side
Add cheese if desired

Bean burgr

This is what the finished product looked like and let me tell you it was delicious! I put pepper jack cheese and homemade jalapeño cream cheese on top of mine (I like it spicy!). Honestly I felt that was what made it so tasty! Though it was good without all of that (I had a plain one for lunch the next day!). These will definitely become a staple in my meal plan!

Have you ever made a homemade bean burger? What recipe did you use? If not give this one a try and tell me what you think!!

 

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Book Blogger Hop


Book Blogger Hop

 

Hello there blog friends!! Welcome to my second Book Blogger Hop! I am super excited and I hope that you are too!

This amazing Book Blogger Hop is hosted by the amazing Billy from Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and I am very excited to be hopping on this fun train!!

But anyways a little bit about this Book Blogger Hop. Here’s what happens. There’s a question selected for each week that we can answer for you guys and if you click the link at the top of this post you can find links to even more book bloggers who have answered the same question. It’s pretty cool! So I figured every once in a while I would add an extra post in and share with you a Book Blogger Hop! So here’s my first one!

This weeks question is from Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

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Here my friends is my answer! This one is going to be a short one but hey it’s something right!!

I actually haven’t gone back and changed anything on any of my posts (YET!) I’ve had it on my to-do list to go back and change the Featured Image on my posts so that they all match. I also don’t have one for some of them…not sure how that happened. But I want my blog to have a very uniform look so I want for all of my “Book” related posts to have the same featured image and the same goes for all of my other categories!

In terms of content, I have never gone back and changed anything! I probably never will unless it’s a grammatical error, or something like that!

 

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