3•27 | high five for friday!

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i made the decision this week to buy a home!  …in about a year.  it’s taken me several years to get to the point that i’m comfortable with making that big of a purchase.  but it’s exciting!  and my type a personality is happy with the fact that i have some time to plan every. single. detail.  :)      (any advice on the process is encouraged!)

not really! it just made me laugh!


i got back on the workout train this week.  spring break was fun, but it was needed.  still no weight loss, but lots of strength gains.  i tried some new recipes this week too: italian chicken bake, asparagus spring salad, and sweet potato and green bean salad.  i recommend them all!


tis the season for state testing.  our counselor sent us this video to cheer us up after an extra boring (but thankfully short) end of course testing training.  this is so close to the truth.


i’m halfway through “the girl on the train” by paula hawkins and can barely put it down.  if you’re in the mood for a mystery, grab it!


i saw this gray dress on one of my favorite fashion blogger’s posts last week.  then she did two more posts on it, and i knew i had to have it.  it’s comfy and you can style it in a few different ways.  i wear a slip under it to smooth everything out because it is a little “slinky” and can cling to the wrong curves.  but i’m so glad i found it and at target! lord knows, i don’t need an excuse to go there.

other posts this week:

teaching tip 55. avoiding procrastination 

Workout Wednesday 3•25 – well, spring break is over…



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WOW 3•25 | well, spring break is over…

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the good news is that i was active for every day of spring break.  the bad news is that i cheated on my food.  a lot.

some of it i don’t even feel bad about.

no ragrets

exhibit A: this tasty prime rib dinner, which is quite possibly one of the best meals of my life.  you can bet your ass i had several glasses of delicious red wine along with it.  it’s heart healthy, right?  haha!

BUT, i am back at it strong and motivated.  my food is on point.  meal planning is key and helps me stay on track.  this week, i made some organic chicken with basil pesto and tomatoes, a green bean and sweet potato salad, and an asparagus and egg salad.  yum yum.  it’s becoming clear that i need very flavorful food to stay motivated to eat well.

with each workout this week, i’m also doing a walk/run.  some are more walk than run and some are longer, but that’s okay because i’m building back up.  thank goodness for the sunshine.  it spurs me to get out there and do it.  i’m looking forward to going to the canyon regularly on the weekends for hikes too.

teaching tip 55. avoid procrastination.

teaching tips from {a tattooed teacher in texas}

at this time of the year, it’s hard to stay focused and motivated.  you’re thinking ahead, but still have work to do.  with state testing coming up, it’s especially stressful.  so how do you avoid putting off the things you know you have to get done?

  • make a list – i keep my list in my planner, divided by each day.  mark off tasks when completed and add more as needed.  i like to use boxes to check off, strike-through arrows when tasks need to be moved, and highlighter to show importance.
  • prioritize your list – display your list somewhere you will see it constantly.  i keep my planner open on my teacher desk.  if a digital list works better, use that.  or maybe a big post-it with an on-going list by your laptop is best.
  • put in the effort into what you need to get done, especially the important stuff like communication and lesson planning.
  • break a job into smaller parts – do a few things in the morning before school, maybe one quick task at the beginning of lunch time, some during your conference period, and the rest in the afternoon.  if you stick yourself in your room after school until 6pm, you will be so burned out.
  • get it done early – if a task has a deadline, don’t wait.  get it done early.  for example, respond to an email as soon as possible so it’s fresh on your mind and you don’t forget about it. (i like to strive for an empty inbox, but i know that’s extreme.)
  • just do it! – sometimes it’s best to just get. it. done.  especially if it’s something that’s unpleasant, just do it and get it out of the way.
  • reward yourself – if you’ve done well and gotten everything done early and/or on time, give yourself a break.  take a few minutes to chat with a co-worker, hit up the teachers’ lounge for a snack, or read a personal book.

3•20 | high five for friday!

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i had some great workouts this week with all my free time.  the weather was a little iffy but i got out to the canyon.  it was chilly but beautiful.  i got in a four hour hike.  it left me exhausted, but it was worth the pain.


this month’s birchbox was amazing!!  i have had a chance to try out everything and i liked it all, especially the charcoal mask and facial oil.

i also got my fourth stitch fix this week!  click HERE for info on the box and my advice for people who want to try stitch fix.


this week was my spring break.  i decided for a staycation versus going out of town.  i got a surprisingly large amount of things done while still getting to relax.  mostly, i worked on my spring cleaning list.  i didn’t get everything done, but i made a huge dent in it.


i spent tuesday with my cousin’s little girl.  she always entertains me more than i do her.  first we went to the art museum.  there was an andy warhol collection and a cool exhibit on pop-up books.  then, we made some cookies (dyed green, of course) and made a living room fort.  then after a quick dance party, we joined her mom and went to see “cinderella”, which we all loved.


on sunday afternoon, i made some stuffed peppers for the week.  after cutting off the tops and cleaning out the peppers, i stuffed them with a mix of quinoa, organic black and pinto beans, grass-fed ground beef, rotel, and corn.  i covered them with foil and baked them at 375ºF for 25 minutes.  i pulled them out and topped them with a pinch of cheese and put them back in for 5 more minutes.  all week, i’ve been heating them up for my lunches and adding some guacamole.  easy-peasy.

other posts this week:

stitch fix 4 and advice for first timers


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stitch fix 4 & advice for first timers

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well…my fourth stitch fix was kind of a bust.  in my review of my third fix, i exclaimed how much i loved the whole box, which i did.  i’ll admit that i should have explained what i wanted for my fourth box better, but my pinterest board was full of spring/summer ideas.  i don’t think the stylist even looked at it.  i feel like i just ended up getting versions of the same items in my 3rd box, which is disappointing.

however, i kept a cute wrap shirt and amazing black pencil skirt.  both were extremely flattering, which is what drew me to them.  the pattern on the shirt was colorful but not over the top.  also, the colors are exactly what i like.  the skirt fits like a dream with rouching on the sides to disguise any bumps or imperfections.  i sent back an ill-fitting blouse, a crocheted cardigan that belongs in a grandma’s closet, and some boring earrings.  (you can see full pics of the clothes i kept and send back on the style guide.)

stitch fix advice for first timers:

  • take and give your measurements to the stylist in your note
  • if you don’t want items that need to be dry cleaned, include that info in your note or style profile.  (each box i’ve received has had dry clean items.  i despise taking things to the dry cleaner.)
  • change and really focus your style profile on what you want as you figure out what styles fit you best
  • make a pinterest board with images of items and outfits that you admire for the stylist to look at
  • try on everything twice and with items you already own
  • if you don’t love it, don’t buy it
  • if it doesn’t fit, don’t buy it (i made this mistake, thinking that i would eventually fit in to those amazing black jeans.  but you know what?  i haven’t had a chance to wear them yet and i’m reminded of that when i see them in my closet.)
  • really think about them before making a decision because most items are expensive
  • budget for your boxes so if you want to buy the entire box, it’s possible.

(HERE‘s my first experience and thoughts on the service, and HERE’s info about my second box.)

interested in getting your own stitch fix?  click HERE for more information on the service.

3•13 | high five for friday!

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by noon today…it will be spring break!  i for one could not be happier.  i don’t think i could have lasted another day without losing it.  there is a reason why schools have a spring break.  because it’s needed.


the weather was gorgeous this week!  i finally got to go on a few walks.  after the first one, i hurt a bit.  but i know it’ll get better and i’ll get my speed back.  it actually wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be.  my other workouts went well this week too and finished week 1 (again) of the 8 week program.  just gotta keep going.

it’s looking like we will have beautiful weather for spring break!


there’s a new show on netflix called “the unbreakable kimmy schmidt”.  it’s from tina fey, who i love.  this show is hilarious, but it is not for everyone.  if you hated “30 rock”, you won’t like this one.  and really, you have to get past the first two episodes before it gets great.  it’s just one of those shows that makes you feel good.  it’s charming.


i finished reading “the DUFF” this week.  i liked it but didn’t love it.  i’ve also been diving into “yes please” by amy poehler.  i love it so much.  i’m a little over halfway done.  her voice is so clear and funny and honest.  i love this line she  says in the book…


remember how i said i wasn’t going to buy any more stickers for my planner?  yeah, that didn’t happen.  not with a sale and previews on instagram.  they are adorable though.  i’ve already used some of them.

other posts this week:

teaching tip 54. enjoy the little moments

Workout Wednesday 3.11 – sometimes you need a rest

thursday’s thought


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WOW 3•11 | sometimes you need a rest

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i finished my first round of my 8 week fitness blender program last week.  and let me tell you…i was exhausted.  i had worked out for 5 days a week for an average of 45-60 minutes each day for eight weeks straight and two weeks before that.  i needed a little break.

but i didn’t want to do it.  taking more than two days off from my workouts is dangerous for me.  if i let myself relax too much then it’ll become a habit.  it can happen that fast for me.  it may seem dramatic, but it’s a scary thing.  i have certain goals and things that i want to achieve with my body.  they’re in my mind each day.

but sometimes it’s important to just admit that i need a break and accept it.  rest is vital.  it’s important to overall health.  especially at this point in the school year, i just needed it.  so i took three days and didn’t do anything physical.  i slept 10 hours a night and drank lots of water.

rest and self-care

i feel SO much better.  yes, it’s scary to walk away for a bit.  but as long as i get back there, it’s okay.  it’s not the end of the world.  in fact, it might just be better for me.

spring break is next week.  i’m planning some unconventional workouts as a little departure from the stuff i’ve been doing lately.  i think that’ll shake things up and make it more interesting.  i love HIIT and strength training, but i need to do some different things right now to keep it spicy.

teaching tip 54. enjoy the little moments.

teaching tips from {a tattooed teacher in texas}

the other day, i laughed out loud during the moment of silence in the announcements.

i couldn’t help it.

i always play music in my classroom.  depending on the day, i choose a certain station or playlist on my iPad.  on that specific day, i had chosen the bruno mars station because a kid had requested it.  i sat down at my desk to do attendance for the class because i had forgotten to do it earlier.  the kids were standing quietly, which was uncharacteristic.  (they hate silence and get super antsy during the moment of silence.)

when i looked up, i laughed.  they were all dancing by themselves to “uptown funk”.  when i giggled, they looked at each other and realized what was happening.  the rest of the announcements consisted of a quick dance party.

it’s those little moments that i love the most in teaching.  when a kid gets it and is proud of themselves.  when a slip of the tongue turns into an inside joke in one class period.  when a student sets a simple goal like making a B for the six weeks and achieves it.  when i sacrifice and make fun of myself to get them excited about a topic.

there’s going to be a lot of shitty times when you want to walk out the front door flipping the bird with both hands, especially in those first few years.   but it’s those moments of laughter and joy in between that will keep you going.

3•6 | high five for friday!

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there are only 8 more days until spring break starts.  i need the break too.  i’m about to go crazy.  the kids already have.  :)


alabama shakes played two new songs off their yet to be released album on saturday night live.  i was transfixed.  i loved their first album, but this…  it’s amazing.  i rewinded both songs and watched them over.  i can’t wait for the whole album.  it’s already on preorder.


i finished my 8 week program!  yea!  i feel fantastic.  well…i’m sore as hell, but i’ll take it.  i didn’t lose a pound in the whole experience, but i’ve lost some inches and gained some muscle so that’s something.  something important.

it's not swagger.  i'm just sore as shit from yesterday's workout.

i need this workout tank.


monday was texas independence day.  i sure do love my home state.


the season finale of downton abbey was this week.  holy crap.  i thought it was going to end sadly like last years, but this one was so sweet.  i had happy tears rolling down my cheeks.

other posts this week:

the stars at night are big and bright

february favorites

Workout Wednesday 3.4 – time to set another goal

february peek inside my planner



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peek inside my planner | february 2015

my 2015 EC Life Planner

i am still loving my life planner.  it’s fun to decorate, but i love being organized.  i’m very visual and like to see everything laid out for me very clearly.  a little color and cuteness doesn’t hurt either.  i feel like i’m in my groove now.  i use stickers for functionality and for fun.  i add a quote to each week and washi to the blank spots at the end of the week.

(i’ve blurred some of it for school confidentiality.)

so here they are, my february pages:

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february peek inside my planner with tattooedteacherintexas.com  #erincondrenlifeplanner #erincondren #lifeplanner

surprisingly, this was one of my favorite weeks. it’s super girly, which is not like me but it works.

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check out my erin condren referral link HERE if you’re interested in an EC life planner and want $10 off your first order. (the $10 off code will be sent in an email after you’ve registered that might go to your spam folder so check there if you don’t get it right away.)

WOW 3•4 | time to set another goal

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tomorrow, i will be finished with my 8 week program from fitness blender.  i am so excited to be done with it, not because it’s done but because i finished it.  i did the whole thing, including those two days i missed.  i’m looking forward to startIng it over because i know i’m going to do an even better job on round 2.  the first time was for getting a feel for everything, for building up my strength again, and for relearning how to fuel my body.  i had some positives and negatives.  i’m ready to try again.

the plan for the next 8 weeks:

  • cheat less on meals! – one day (3 meals) a week max
  • continue to track meals in my planner
  • continue to meal plan but do a better job!
  • journal any successes and struggles
  • continue to workout 4-6 times a week
  • push harder on HIIT intervals
  • continue to adapt for my wrist without making excuses
  • finish the 8 week program (again!)
  • as it gets warmer, get outside!

february 2015 favorites.

monthly favorites

{favorite beauty items}  

neutrogena skin enhancer – my skin gets dry in the winter and needs a break from foundation every now and then.  i like this bb cream a couple of times a week instead of foundation.

laura geller supercharged primer – i’m still loving this primer.  it makes my foundation go on smoothly.

loreal infallible pro-spray make-up extender – after i finished a bottle of my urban decay setting spray, i decided to try this one.  it does the job, and it’s about half the price too.

loreal brow stylist plumper – i haven’t used the tinted version yet.  i’m sticking with the transparent one for now.  i like it though so when i’m done with this one, i’ll switch to the tinted one.

loreal brow stylist designer – this pencil is great!  i especially like the spoolie on the end.  i use this before the plumper.

{favorite eats}

bang bang chicken – it’s spicy but so worth it.

key lime cheesecake from crush, a wine bar in Amarillo

{favorite books}

little big lies by liane moriarty – so good!!!  i didn’t guess the ending at all.  i read the last few chapters late one night because i couldn’t put it down.

yes, please by amy poehler – she’s hilarious.  period.

{favorite new music, tv shows, movies}

vikings on history channel – such a great show!  season three started this month.

fifty shades of grey – i had to put it on the list.  you can’t take it too seriously or you won’t get it.

vance joy – i found his music this past summer, but for some reason i cannot turn off his channel on pandora lately.  his music is so beautiful.

the slap – this new tv show is fascinating.  i don’t really like any of the characters, but that’s what makes it interesting.

{favorite words}



{my own favorite posts}

my spirit guides (aka my parents)

Erin Condren planner supplies

what i’ve learned being a teacher blogger

Workout Wednesday – don’t let perfect be the enemy of good

{favorite posts from other bloggers}

50 ways to stay motivated to lose weight by jessica smith – after reading this list, i started making one for myself (future blog post!)

the perfect mimosa by the pineapple cake

life is not a movie by the single woman

18 things i do when i get my hair done by the daily tay (so funny!)

{most memorable moments – the good and bad}

completing the fourth six weeks – ⅔ of the school year is finished!  i think i say it every year, but it has gone by SO fast!

getting through another valentine’s day alone…but with great friends!


sticking to my fitness blender 8 week program and being excited about finishing it.

meeting my parents and sister for the weekend and the important conversations that happened during that short time.


seeing a friend go through a tough situation that could honestly have happened to me a million times.  sometimes that’s all you need to be reminded of what is really important.

cooking a new recipe each week.  some have turned out better than others, but i haven’t hated anything.

this sweet little bowl made by a student.


my third #bitcheswhobrunch with my friend jessica.

having fun with my erin condren planner.



past monthly faves:

january 2015

december 2014

november 2014

october 2014

september 2014

the stars at night are big and bright

{clap, clap, clap, clap}


…deep in the heart of texas!


it’s no secret around here that i love my home state.  now i don’t know any different, but i can say with full certainty that texas is the best state.  so happy 179th birthday, texas!

while watching the history channel earlier in the year, i saw a preview for “texas rising”.  this new miniseries will chronicle the founding of texas.  it’s set to premiere memorial day.  it looks like a great series!

2•27 | high five for friday!

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i have four days left of my 8 week workout program.  i am so excited that i’m finishing it because i usually give up on longer programs.  i haven’t lost much weight, but there have been lots of non-scale victories along the way like gaining lots of strength, sleeping better, and making better food choices.

my little helper during after workout 


what is it about a haircut that is so transformative?  having someone scrub your head, comb through your hair, and literally chop pieces off of you.  i don’t know, but even a trim is amazing to me.


the school week started off with a late start, which usually results in a chaotic day.  and it was.  i had a student come in to finish some economics work after school.  he was getting everything wrong and after the day i’d had, i couldn’t stop laughing because he wasn’t anywhere close to knowing what he was doing.  (we have a good relationship so laughing at him didn’t hurt his feelings.  he understood.)  he eventually said, “i don’t know how to do this!”.  i said, “i know.  but if it makes you feel better, i just figured out this week that narwals are real animals and not mythical creatures.”  #truestory  we both laughed then and he replied, “that does make me feel better.”  i got him back on track, and after that, the rest of that week was surprisingly good.



last month, i joined the paper and glam book club on Facebook.  this month’s pick was “not that kind of girl”, which i read in the fall so i’ve skipped ahead to the march read – “yes, please”.  i’ve never been a part of a book club, and it’s kind of fun!  plus, i love paper and glam.  lisamarie’s passion, love of planners, and encouraging spirit is great.


it’s been snowy/cold all week here.  that’s uncharacteristic of my part of texas.  we’re more comfortable with blistering hot and windy.  maybe that’s what made me little grumpy and tired this week too.

other posts this week:

what i’ve learned being a teacher blogger

Workout Wednesday 2.25 – almost done!

thursday’s thought


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