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Unpacking

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already tired from the week. We have Curriculum Night at school this evening, so it will be a long day but hey, coffee, right?! 😉Nars Lip Pencil/ Lip Gloss/ Hand LotionVaselineWalletBlistex/ Nars Lip Pencil

Most days you will find me toting around this bag or this one. I love them equally for different reasons whether it’s the leather, the size, or shape. One is much bigger, than the other but at the end of the day, I still bring along the same essentials for every day in both bags.

Remember this post? Yeah, not much has changed. 😉 The only main switch up is that a super sweet student got me this wallet last year and I have been using it ever since. I also use something somewhat similar to this to hold some make-up. (You can find my favorite make-up here). I like to keep encouraging notes from Eric or friends because I definitely need some encouragement from time to time. 🙂


Happy Tuesday friends!

Healthy Banana Bread

I’ll keep this short and sweet today. Remember my healthy pumpkin bread recipe from the other week? This bread contains the same basic ingredients, remains healthy with every bite, is still served best with a side of milk or coffee, and only requires swapping out a few ingredients. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 and can be served as breakfast or a snack for the entire family. What more could you want? 😉


Ingredients:

  • 3 very ripe medium-sized bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large-sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir together and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl combine all wet ingredients and whisk. Add to dry ingredients and whisk together. Grease pan (I used butter) and pour batter into a loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.


 

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

Snacks:

Lemon Lara Bars 

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

Key Lime Pie Bars

Energy Bites

Homemade Granola

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!

One.

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!)

Six.

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


Healthy Pumpkin Bread

I know, I know…It’s still August and I’m already posting a recipe with pumpkin. BUT…like I said yesterday, if school is going to start early, I’m diving head first into pumpkin everything! 🙂 I also wanted to share this recipe for everyone to be able to pin it make it once fall actually rolls around! 😉

I debated about adding the word, “healthy” to this recipe because I really try to make most of my recipes with clean and healthy ingredients. But it felt completely necessary because this recipe contains so many beneficial and healthy ingredients that I just couldn’t resist. It’s oh so flavorful and basically creates a fall party in your mouth. See for yourself. 😉 

Some of my fall favorites pictured: Pumpkin Spice Candle/The Year of Cozy Book



 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice


What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large-sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir together and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl combine all wet ingredients and whisk. Add to dry ingredients and whisk together. Grease pan (I used butter) and pour batter into a loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.

Best served with milk or coffee. 😉