August 2017

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What we’re eating this week:My Lemon Butter Salmon and Winter Couscous Salad!

 What I’m reminiscing about:

Eric and I started dating in the fall, so I have been thinking back to that time a lot lately. 🙂 

What I’m loving:Alright, so I completely dove headfirst into podcasts. Eric listens to them on his commute and talks about them a lot. But my old car didn’t have bluetooth. (I know?) But I now spend my 45 minute commute listening my heart out to a ton of different podcasts and not wanting the drive to end. I’m obsessed.

I’ve been listening to anything from Shauna Niequist’s podcast to essential oil podcasts, to Jenna Kutcher. I’m loving them all. What other podcasts am I missing?!

What we’ve been up to:

Getting back into the school groove!

What I’m dreading:

I like fall. I really do. But I am a baby when it comes to cold weather. As in, anything less than 70 degrees makes me a little grumpy. So there’s that. 

What I’m working on:

Braiding my hair more. Random, I know. 😉 

What I’m excited about:Although I’m not a fan of the cold, I’m also really excited about pumpkin everything. It’s warm and cozy and who doesn’t love that?!

You can check out my pumpkin bread, pumpkin smoothie, pumpkin pecan bars, pumpkin fluff, and pumpkin spice latte!

What I’m watching/reading:The last few weeks before school started, I loved watching Ellen in the afternoon. You can always count on her for a good laugh.
This book talks about how how language is the most powerful teaching tool in the classroom. I think it also can apply to every area of life and how our language can cultivate community wherever we are. You can buy it here.

What I’m listening to:

Silence (which I’m soaking up when it comes 😉 ) and podcasts.

What I’m wearing:I’ve talked about this dress before and I’m going to talk about it again. I bought it in navy in June and wore it in Italy, around the house, out to dinner, and so on. Yesterday it was super dreary all day and I wanted something extra comfortable to wear to school. I threw this dress on, paired with this and earrings similar to these. Done!

What I’m doing this weekend:

Sleeping in. Catching my breath. Celebrating my Mom’s birthday.

AND…my best friend from Germany text me saying her and her husband will be coming home! So excited! 

What I’m looking forward to next month:Our hometown fair!

What else is new:

My daily routine has changed quite a bit from summer!

Bonus Question: What are my favorite back-to-school lunch ideas/tips?!

Prep is key! As a teacher, I love a good soup since we have a microwave at school, but I also have some absolute favs that I’ll list below!

My Favorite Chicken Salad

Potato, Sausage and Leek Soup

Veggie Detox Bowl

Winter Couscous Salad

30 Minute Chili


Lemon Lara Bars 

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

Key Lime Pie Bars

Energy Bites

Homemade Granola

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The Best Day Ever

My best day ever would be…
…starting early, snuggled up in a blanket, sipping some coffee near the beach with friends and family. Then, I would order Eggs Blackstone at the Blue Pig Restaurant… …then I would walk all around Cape May and park it on the beach with a sunny sky…

…and take a nap on the beach……I would somehow transport us to il Santo Bevitore in Florence for dinner (and in the process have someone do my hair and make-up;) )… …starting with appetizers and bread, then the main course, and dessert (all paired with wine of course!)……and end the day with a walk on the beach. 🙂THAT is what my perfect day would include!

(and now I kind of want to make that happen somehow) 😉

Guilty Pleasures


My Phone

Best Recipes


Home Tour


Memory Lane

Top Five 

My Loves 

Steal and Splurge



Happy Monday friends! We had the best weekend working around the house, and being outside! It was gooooorgeous! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead! 🙂

But most importantly, I promised one lucky winner a USB diffuser. You can go here to see if you won! 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!


The first week of school is in the books and let me tell you…God completely blessed this entire week! It was SO MUCH FUN! I loved getting to know the kids, the new setup of my room, and I even kind of liked being back in a routine. 🙂 That was definitely a favorite of my week!

Two.Last weekend, we had a blast celebrating one of my closest friends, Ashley getting married! Everything from the weather to the flowers and everything in between was stunning! She gave us this necklace as one of the bridesmaids gifts to wear in the wedding. So cute, right?! But one of the best parts about it was I can wear it outside of the wedding too! I love when that happens! 🙂 I’m eyeing these up too…

Also, it was SO fun to be reunited with some of my study abroad (Recap: One, two, three, and four) friends. It felt like no time had passed since I saw them and I loved every second of it! 🙂

Three.You all know I love Lily and Val. (Here and here!) She is just the sweetest! Another gift Ashley gave us were these adorable little zipped pouch from her!

Four.My new backpack is a favorite! I take it to school everyday and love it! Use code: spring15 for 15% off any order friends! xo

Five.This makes my mouth water just thinking about it! I love, love, love, LOVE my pumpkin bread recipe! (Pssttt..It’s healthy too!)


Today is the LAST day for your chance to enter to win a USB diffuser! It essentially does the same thing as a full size diffuser that you can add essential oils to, but it goes right into a USB to use on the go! You can enter the giveaway, here!

Have the best day! xo

Back(pack) to school

Today is the first day of school! I put some finishing touches on my classroom yesterday, folded laundry, made food for the week, and packed everything up in preparation for today. Even as a teacher, the jitters still come in full force and create such a mix of emotions. I’m so sad for summer to come to a close but I’m so, so thankful for new beginnings in the school year!

The last few years I have used whatever bag I had on hand to carry my school things to and fro, but this year I felt a little more legit when Urban Southern sent me this backpack. (This probably aided in my excitement for the school year–no joke!) It’s the little things in life that are practical yet classic that make every day life more fun. The backpack stores my laptop, markers, pens, phone, papers, binder, etc. I love the size of it and I’m sure my shoulders will thank me, even by the end of the week, for not putting so much weight on just one side. 😉

If the first day of school is going to start mid-August this year, here’s to pumpkin everything, flannel, and a lot of coffee to get the year started on the right foot! (And a cute new bag thrown in the mix to make it more exciting!)

Use code spring15 for 15% any purchase! Yes, any purchase! 😉