Here's a list of all the posts from February:
See you in March!
Happy Sunday! This week went by pretty quickly, especially since I had Monday off from work. The weather was "bleh" all week until today, but I have hope for some more spring temperatures around the corner. Not to mention, next week is spring break for us! We have some traveling plans ahead that I'll have to tell you about in the coming weeks.
My Joy for this week is another date night that Daniel and I had on Friday night. We had dinner at Chick-fil-a and then went to the local "dollar theater" and saw Coco. The dollar theater is fantastic because it shows movies that are still fairly recent for super cheap. Our tickets were actually $2.16, but that sure beats any other theater prices around. We have to get creative to go out for cheap (perhaps a post on that soon!)
We really enjoyed Coco. It was fun and exciting - I laughed out loud a few times, actually! If you haven't seen it yet, I recommend it.
Today Daniel and I went to church and enjoyed a Sunday-school teaching on Mark and a sermon on what it means to die to ourselves, including what it means to hold ourselves accountable for the prejudices we have or allow. It was a timely message for Black History Month and for the Lenten season.
After church we came home and made lunch and then went to the park to enjoy the finally nice weather. We took a walk around a hiking trail and then set out a blanket and soaked up the sun for a little bit. I colored in my journal and read, and Daniel sprawled out and chilled. It was a really nice afternoon.
This coming week is "Dr. Seuss Week" at the school I work at, and then it's spring break! There are exciting things ahead in March.
What's your Joy for this week? I'd love to hear!
As you may have seen in my post Healthy Cookbook for Two: 10 Recipes to Try, my husband and I have been scouting out some healthier meal options to make throughout the week.
We also love finding recipes that are simple and can be made with ingredients we already have on hand.
Sunday night I decided to make some super easy turkey chili, inspired by both a recipe in the aforementioned book and a family recipe my Dad always makes. I considered what we had on hand and took some liberties.
Here’s a delicious, fast recipe for turkey chili that you can whip up any night of the week.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 - 15 minutes
Total time: Approximately 20 minutes
Note: When I made this, I did not have any onion, chili powder, or cumin, but I think they would be great additions to the dish.
It’s great served over rice and sprinkled with cheese, with crescent rolls or garlic bread on the side. I think it would also taste great with some beans added in!
This dish is so simple, filling, and delicious. We had leftovers that I will gladly eat for lunch tomorrow!
Any great chili recipes to share?
Happy Thursday! I can't wait until the spring weather finally arrives. Until then, I'll be thankful for the rain (even if it's too cold).
I have always been the crafty type, and I tend to go through bouts of obsession with different types of projects. When I was 7, I spent tons of time with my Grandma sewing tiny pillows and purses by hand. In late middle school I made wallets out of mailing envelopes, duct tape, stickers, and scraps of anything pretty. In college I pursued my love of painting and opened myEtsy shop.
While I have several artistic interests rattling around in my head at the moment (which you can read about here), I am currently really intrigued by the idea of bullet journaling. Maybe I’m a bit late jumping on this trendy bandwagon, but better late than never!
I don’t think I necessarily have a "bullet journal." My journal is really a bit of anything and everything and changes from day to day, but I think that’s part of the drive with bullet journaling - it can be whatever you need it to be for you!
Here are 9 Bullet Journal Layouts from Pinterest that have me especially inspired and interested in making this trend my own.
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You can tell I like pastels.
Have you given bullet journaling a try? What are some projects you’re currently creating?
P.S. You can check out other inspiring bullet journal layouts on my Pinterest here or below!
A few months ago I graduated from Howard Payne University (sting ‘em!) with a BA in Elementary Education. The last semester of the Elementary Education program involves clinical teaching (also known as student teaching) at a local school, so I had the privilege of learning and practicing in both a kindergarten and second grade classroom.
It was so much fun, and it really solidified my desire to be a teacher! I learned a lot from the experience.
So without further ado, I’d like to share some tips on how to make the most of student teaching.
This is a pretty obvious first step, but definitely necessary. In order to be prepared for student teaching, here are some things to consider doing.
I’m an introvert, so I know how daunting this step can sound if you aren’t exactly a social butterfly. However, stepping out of your comfort zone and being personable to the teachers, administrators, and students is important and worth it!
While you won’t have 100% of the responsibilities of an actual classroom teacher, I won’t lie - student teaching is not a light load. It will be so fun and so worth it, but it will also be tough. You’ll be busy and you’ll have a lot of responsibilities and run into a lot of circumstances that only practice and experience can prepare you for.
Student teaching is such an exciting experience! It’s tough at times, and emotional, and busy, and sometimes pretty exhausting, but it’s an invaluable opportunity to gear up for your career as a teacher.
Not going to lie, I cried a few times during my experience, but I also cried at the end of both of my assignments because I was going to miss the kids so much! Use this time to grow as an individual and as a professional. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about yourself.
Make the most of student teaching by being prepared, being social, and being willing to tackle all of the obstacles and joys that come your way.
You can do this!
(P.S. You can check out My Dream Teacher Wardrobe here!)
Happy Sunday! It's been another busy week, but I actually have tomorrow off (bad weather day) and Daniel and I have had lots of time to hang out and relax this weekend.
My Joy for this week would have to be the date night we had Friday night. If you read my post on Wednesday, you probably noticed that I mentioned we would be going to a concert as a late Valentine's celebration. Unfortunately, we didn't end up getting to go, BUT we still made a date by getting some ice cream at a super cute local place called Heritage Creamery and then playing some board games at home.
This weekend has been so nice, just hanging out, reading, and catching up on things. Today we're going to church and probably doing some more vegging.
What's your Joy on this Happy Sunday?
I'm so glad it's the weekend! The weather has been a tad warmer than usual, and I get a long weekend because the school I work at has a bad weather day on Monday.
Today my husband and I are enjoying hanging out, reading, catching up on rest, and getting a few things done that we put off earlier in the week. One of those things for me has been figuring out some new recipes for us to try.
A lot of our diet lately has consisted of crescent rolls (which are super versatile and cheap, but probably not the healthiest option in the world) and ground turkey. Needless to say, we've been getting kind of bored of the three or four dishes we have been cycling through, plus we want to try our best to pick healthy options.
(You can check out a super easy Crescent Roll Pot Pie recipe here!)
So today I made a cup of coffee, pulled out some sticky notes, and sat down with this Healthy Cookbook for Two to tab some recipes for us to try soon. We received it as a wedding gift from my aunt a couple of months ago, so I'm excited to finally give it a try!
Here are 10 healthy recipes for two that we thought sounded especially delicious and would work with our time/budget/tastes.
I'm pretty excited to give some of these healthy recipes a try! There are, of course, way more than ten delicious recipes in this book, but these were a few we chose that we hope to make in the near future.
We plan to likely substitute a few things here and there and maybe leave out a thing or two on some of these (shrimp is honestly more of a special occasion food for us). I'll be letting you know for sure if I cook up a homerun soon.
See any recipes that sound good? Have any to share? I'd love to hear from you!
If you tuned in to the blog last month, you may have seen that I was Currently Reading: Fiction, including Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. I’m still working on those reads!
Today I wanted to share what I’m currently watching or have watched recently.
On Monday my husband and I laid in bed and watched The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring via Netflix on our projector. Classic. It’s been a while since I’ve seen any of the LOTR films, so it was fun.
We also recently watched Mune, which was a very whimsical and beautiful animated film.
We’re currently actually looking for a new series to watch on Netflix. We have exhausted our favorites for now, which are The Office and Parks and Rec. We were obsessed with Travelers when we discovered it and were so sad when we finished it - Is there going to be another season??
We really haven’t found anything that we’ve liked since we finished Travelers. It was really just that good. We tried New Girl for a while and have kind of abandoned it, as well as The Magicians. I occasionally watch Dark Matter and I love Friends, but Daniel isn’t really into either of those.
Any suggestions for great Netflix shows we could watch? What are you currently watching?
Happy Thursday! It's almost Friday - you can do this.
Today I'm thankful for:
Additionally, I'm thankful for:
Hope your week is going smoothly! What are you thankful for today?
(P.S. You can find my original Thankful Thursday post here!)
Recent graduate + Wife
+ Kindergarten teacher
+ Coffee lover + Artist
I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.