WOW 4•22 | finding a schedule again

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i’m settling into a kind of routine lately with my workouts.  i used to always use a regular schedule.  but then i started trying all different things and that kind of got pushed to the wayside.

but i’ve been working on my fitness blender better booty program* for going on three weeks.  it is three days a week.  i’ve decided to fill in the other days with other types of workouts.  it seems to be working for now, especially since my wrist is still giving me trouble every day.  i’m just trying to work around it.   but i like what i’m doing and the schedule.  it looks something like this…

sunday – rest day or walk/run

monday – lower body workout (HIIT and/or strength)*

tuesday – upper body strength and a walk/run

wednesday – lower body workout*

thursday – kickboxing, yoga/pilates, or stretching on a rough week

friday – rest day

saturday – lower body workout*

i love this stretching workout when i need it.  it’s long enough to really stretch everything out well.  it’s relaxing but still challenging.



eating | more and different seasonal veggies

drinking | peach sleepytime tea

practicing | handwriting to make mine better in my planner and journal

mastering | jump squat intervals

learning | about counting my macros

trying | a bee venom mask?  i liked it but it was strange.

playing | trivia crack.  i can’t stop.

finishing | my lesson plans and grading before the weekend

reading | “man’s search for meaning” by viktor frankl & “the longest ride” by nicholas sparks

browsing | through instagram for inspiration

watching | “rita” on netflix and “american crime” on abc

remembering | that the road to health is a long and rocky one

enjoying | my walks outside in the sunshine

feeling | not many feelings.  it’s a problem.

hoping | for some stability at school.  there are a lot of changes coming.

wearing | neutrals with pops of blues.  i’m trying out the capsule wardrobe thing.  it’ll take me some time to figure it all out, but i’m working toward it.

cooking | new and healthy recipes

working | on the balance between sticking up for myself/keeping my mouth shut.

traveling | to abilene in june for my sister’s bday

needing | some self control on the weekends  :)

wanting | a new car even though i don’t need one and just paid mine off

looking forward to | summertime!

4•17 | high five for friday!

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tonight, i get to see one of my favorite texas country artists, william clark green.  i’ve missed him the past couple of times he’s been to town, but i’m excited to finally see him perform in person.


my workouts and food have both been on point this week.  i’ve been getting closer and closer to hitting my macros each day.  i’m still learning… but it’s encouraging to stay on track and make progress.



i think my march birchbox is the most beautiful yet!  the box itself was so pretty!  i’ve tried the bee venom mask.  it was strange…warm and cool at the same time.  but i liked the effect while it was on and after i washed it off.  i also added the illuminator to my foundation this week.  it’s kind of runny, but it has a nice finish.  i’m excited to try out the rest of the items because they’re geared more toward summertime.


i got my last evaluation this week.  i won’t get the results until later, but it went pretty well.  some of my friends and i stayed for a baseball game on tuesday, but the other team was late so the game started late.  we didn’t stay for long, but i did get this picture of us.  AND there’s only 29 days of school left for the year!  yea!


on tuesday, i got my credit card number stolen and someone racked up about $1500.  i was frantic after getting an automated message from my bank about it.  luckily, i called the right number and got a hold of someone right away and they took care of it.  it was kind of scary, but i’m so grateful that it ended up being a pretty painless process.

other recent posts:

teaching tip 55. hang on until the end

erin condren life planner | update and concerns

Workout Wednesday – you have the power 


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WOW 4•15 | you have the power

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every week, i have a long talk with a friend at work.  we waste like an hour of our time but it’s fine.  it’s time well spent.  we always both end up giving each other a pep talk.  mine’s usually has something to do with me not being aggressive enough in some way.  he always says “be a bitch…in a good way.”  his pep talk usually ends up with me giving him a lecture about women.

he’s completely honest with me and sometimes he’s even hard on me.  he pushes me to do things i don’t want to do and he’s probably the only person in my life who treats me like that.  i would probably cry if someone else would say the things he says to me but for some reason, it works with him.

this week, he told me – you’ve forgotten something.  you’ve forgotten that you have the power.  you have the control.  use it.  don’t complain if you don’t use it.  you are powerful.

fear is a liar

it made me think because i forgot that i do have the power.  i have the power to change my body.  i can’t keep trying things and giving up.  i have to be consistent and stick to my goals even when it’s hard, even when i feel powerless over the process.  i recently starting logging all of my food with my fitness pal.  it really helps me stay on track.  i’ve also been paying more attention to my macros.  i’m new to it, but i’m really interested to see what it does for me.  i’m working out four to six days a week and really pushing it. things are happening.  i’m not sure what things, but things.

i also have the power to change my relationships.  i tend to be too passive.  it’s something that i’m definitely working on.   i have the power to spend my days doing worthwhile things.  i have the power to choose my future.  i have the power to change everything. i just have to take the steps to do it no matter how small they are.

erin condren life planner | update & concerns

my 2015 EC Life Planner
i’ve had my planner for a few months now.  it was love at first site, but i took me several weeks to work out exactly how i wanted to use it.


i’m still making some tweaks here and there.  but here’s how i’m currently using it:

monthly pages – this is my “rough draft” for my weekly pages.  i don’t decorate these pages much.  i do use the stickers that come with the planner on these pages.  i keep track of birthdays, meetings, events, etc.

weekly pages – this is where i spend most of my time.  i love decorating the pages, but i still use them to plan.  i have lots of lists.  it’s helping me stay on track with my cleaning and meal prep along with all of my school reminders.


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notes pages – i’ve made pages for tracking my savings plan and weight loss.  i made a page specifically for notes about my migraines.  i also using a few pages for favorite quotes.

ongoing concerns:

  • the coil will not be big enough by the end of the year.  although i don’t use anything bulky, i can already tell that my pages are somewhat rippled and thicker due to washi tape, stickers, and every day use.  i wish the coil was just a bit bigger to accommodate these types of changes over the year.  i haven’t even been able to use my coil clips because i can’t spare the space.
  • i thought when i bought it, i would love all of the different colors.  now that i’ve had a few months with it, i think i would rather have a more plain or subtle color scheme.  i end up cover up the things i don’t like with washi so it doesn’t really matter that much.  but i wish the planner was more neutral.  i would love a gray scheme.
  • i wish the “morning”, “day”, and “night” labels were blank.  i cover them with washi each week.  if they were blank, i wouldn’t do that.  i know some people make it work with the labels, but i just can’t.  i don’t need those categories.  what would be even better?  blank labels AND a full column instead of boxes.
  • the interchangeable covers are a problem. the top and bottom parts come apart. the lamination just can’t withstand the planner opening and closing several times a day. i know it’s not just me because i see people talk about it on facebook groups. i’ve had this issue with two covers already.

despite these minor issues, i still love my planner.  i literally use it every day.  it doesn’t go with me places except for school.  when i’m at home, it’s open so that i can see everything.  it’s become something that i treasure and that gives me a sense of organization, comfort, and direction.

i’m very curious to see what erin condren decides to change for the new planner.  it comes out in june.  i keep seeing hints on Facebook and instagram that they’re going to offer a more neutral palette.  i would LOVE that change.  i’m also hoping for some of the changes from the survey the company put out a few weeks ago.  if they do make some changes, i will gladly use some of my credits toward a new planner instead of waiting until the end of the year.

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.)

teaching tip 55. hang on until the end.

teaching tips from {a tattooed teacher in texas}

i’ve started counting down the days.  every teacher does no matter how long they’ve been at it.  the closer to the end of the year, the harder it is to do a good job.  it’s natural to get a little apathetic.  but you have to fight it and finish strong. 

here’s some tips to help you hang on until the end:

1.  go with the flow – things are going to come up.  it’s a crazy time.  try to roll with the punches.

2.  don’t stop teaching – the worst thing to do is to give up, show movies, and hand out coloring pages.  not only will the admin look down on it, but your kids will go INSANE.    they still need the structure even though the pressure is off.

3.  balance fun with learning – there will be times when you just need to relax for a little bit and enjoy spending time with your kids.

4.  avoid negativity – teachers will want to bitch and complain about the students’ behavior, drama around the school, and anything else they can think of.  sometimes you need to join in, but if you get sucked into it every time, it will bring you down.  gravitate toward positivity especially at the end of the year.

5.  stick to your own rules – this goes with #2.  you’ve established expectations.  just because it’s the end of the year doesn’t mean you can throw them out the window.  yes, you can ease up a bit, but don’t let it get away from you.

6.  this is the time for projects – projects are a great way to finish up some state standards you haven’t got to.  plus, it keeps them busy long term, which means less planning for you.

7.  take it outside – if you can fit it into your plans and want to, go outside!  you want to get out there and soak up the sunshine just as much as they do.

8.  clean out your classroom – this is a great time to do some spring cleaning.  clean out anything that is not necessary.  i do this every year.  it’s therapeutic and sometimes you find things that you forgot about!

9.  reflect on the year – look back on your lesson plans throughout the year.  add notes for what worked well and what needs to be changed.  jot down any ideas of future activities.

10.  make a list of things you want to change the next year – this can include ideas about classroom management, organization and decorations, and lesson planning.

11.  start planning for the next year – get a jump start in the spring and summer on the next year.  it will make less work for later and take some of the stress off of the new year.


4•10 | high five for friday!

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sorry for the radio silence.  i haven’t gone a week without blogging in forever.  but i was sick with strep.  and it was a boring couple of days.  but i’m back!  besides a little lingering cold, i’m good to go.


today was the end of the fifth six weeks at school.  there are only 34 school days left.  the senioritis has officially kicked in with my 12th graders.  it’s a struggle, but we’re going to make it.  well, i am.  a few of them may not make it out alive.


i started a new fitness blender program.  this one is a four week program called booty bootcamp.  there are only three workouts a week, but that’s perfect because i can pick what i do on the other days.  i need some structure right now with those three mandatory workouts, but the sunshine is calling me and i must get out there.


this wednesday was rex manning day.  if you’re an “empire records” fan, you know exactly what i’m talking about. i wrote a post last year about my love for that movie.  i’m even thinking of incorporating it into my economics class this semester (with some careful editing).

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this saturday is national pet day!  so in honor of that, here’s some of my favorite pics of my kitties.

luca the fat cat

my luca bear.

my sweet liberty.  she pretty much hates everyone in the world but me.

my sweet liberty. she pretty much hates everyone in the world but me.

other recent posts:

march favorites

Workout Wednesday – ways to stay motivated

peek inside my planner – march 2015



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peek inside my planner | march 2015

my 2015 EC Life Planner

so here they are, my march pages:

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this is one of my favorite weeks so far.

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i’m realizing that i want a little more simplicity.  this is a total work in progress.  so i’m going to eliminate the band of washi on the bottom and see how that goes.

*i’ve blurred some things for confidentiality reasons.

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 4•1 | ways to stay motivated

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i’m struggling with motivation lately.  i’m not losing an lbs.  and it’s been three months to the dot since i have really focused on the task at hand.  i know i’m making other gains, but this stupid little thing is frustrating me so much.  that number should reflect at least some of the hard work i’m putting into being healthy.

i’m taking my measurements this weekend to see if there’s something happening that i’m not seeing on the scale.  if i don’t see anything happening in another month, i think i might go to the doctor and get checked out.  i have been messed up anyway due to a change in my birth control starting in december so that may have something to do with it.  but anyway…

you have a choice 

i decided to make a list of things to keep me motivated through this difficult time.  these are things that i’ve done in the past and/or want to do to stay motivated:

  • focus on wellness not weight loss.  (hello, taylor! you hearing this?)
  • set reasonable goals
  • limit but don’t eliminate
  • weigh when you want to, wait if needed
  • acknowledge your accomplishments! – i know i’ve gained muscle
  • use an accountability partner
  • start over whenever you need to
  • document your progress and reflect on the positives and negatives
  • use social media, blogs, youtube, and instagram for inspiration
  • schedule your workout – i write mine down each day/week
  • use music!
  • take baby steps not leaps
  • mix up your workouts and routines
  • stay away from triggers – there’s a specific tex mex fast food place called taco villa in my area.  i seriously cannot resist it so i can’t drive past it.  i have to go a different way.  it’s so good, y’all.  (if you pass one, stop and get a combination burrito with the red sauce.  you’re welcome.)
  • create a vision board
  • do whatever works for you.  don’t worry about what other people are doing and don’t take advice when you don’t want or need it.
  • plan your treat meals ahead
  • avoid crash diets/quick fixes/trendy diets – it’ll only do more damage than good in the end.

march 2015 favorites.

monthly favorites

{favorite beauty items}  

burts bees lip balm in coconut and pear – i like the scent over the other new scents.

jergens BB hand perfecting cream (what drew me to it was that it has SPF!)

garnier moisture rescue refresh gel cream – it’s getting warmer and this gel absorbs quickly and is very light feeling.  there’s no greasiness.

{favorite eats}

prime rib dinner at OHMS in Amarillo


stuffed peppers

sweet potato and green bean salad with maple-mustard dressing

{favorite books}

the girl on the train by paula hawkins – this is a great mystery.  it’s told from several perspectives and keeps you guessing.

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

{favorite new music, tv shows, movies}

southern charm – i’m aware that this bravo show is straight up trash.  i don’t care.  it’s addicting.

the royals – this new show on E! is great!  the creator also was a producer on one tree hill so i knew i would like it.  again, trashy.  but i’m not gonna give it up.

rita – this netflix show is from denmark so it has subtitles.  but it’s so funny and sweet i don’t even care.

{favorite words}



colorful you

{my own favorite posts}

the stars at night are big and bright

peek inside my planner – february 2015

stitch fix 4 and advice for first timers

Workout Wednesday – well, spring break is over…

{favorite posts from other bloggers}

make way for the new by gonzales with an s (tori gonzales)

transitioning from shopping to not shopping by un-fancy

the modern dating game: three ways it makes me crazed by the single woman

am i obsessed with losing weight?  by summer tomato

why 20% of people will never like you by donald miller from storyline

what do to when you gain weight by eating bird food

{most memorable moments – the good and bad}

whew! about 40 days of school left for the year!

becoming debt free!

started saving for a down payment on a house – to buy next year


spring cleaning like a mad woman

the gorgeous weather!  70s/80s all day e’ry day (this won’t last long…)


going out to the canyon for the first time in months

having a great spring break


that meal at OHMS


past monthly faves:

february 2015

january 2015

december 2014

november 2014

october 2014

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

stitch fix review

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.