Monthly Archives: July 2016

Links To Love 7/31

Fun/Quizzes:

Where To Buy Lip Smacker’s Summer Barbecue Lip Balms In Time For That Burger BBQ– by Marlen Komar via Bustle

Which Famous Southern Belle Are You?  by Erin Brelsford via One Country

I got Lemon Breeland. This is probably all too accurate.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Fast Forward To The Last Four Words Of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life– by Rachel Paige via Hello Giggles

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Health/Body:

I’m Afraid My Daughter Will Think It’s “Normal” To Hate Her Body-by Marisa Svalstedt via Babble

Ellen Pompeo Just Dropped The Mic On Whether Or Not She Has An Eating Disorder– by Kimberly Truong via Refinery29

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Hypermetabolism In Anorexia Nervosa– by Tetyana via Science of Eating Disorders

New Favorite Buy:

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Y’all. You need these Hillshire Farm Turkey Lit’L Smokies in your life. I didn’t know what I was missing. I bought them on impulse yesterday while I was looking for hotdogs for M. Don’t anyone tell me if they are healthy or not because I seriously don’t care.

New Favorite Obsession:

Scandal. I’m having withdrawals. I started watching it on my parents’ Netflix account but I can’t use Netflix at my house. I’m currently very impatiently waiting for the rest of season 1 and season 2 to arrive in the mail. I’ve been majorly sucked into Shonda Rhimes’ shows.

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Whoever Said Orange Was The New Pink Was Seriously Disturbed.

Fun Things:

Take a Peek at These Awe-Inspiring Photos of Fireflies– by Tehrene Firman via Good Housekeeping

Just an FYI —> So THIS Is Why It Takes Awhile For A Mom’s Baby Bump To Go Away– by Karen Belz via HelloGiggles

I hope one day (emphasis on the one day) to have a baby of my own and I’m already constantly reminding myself of this.

11 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Legally Blonde’– by Lindsay Denninger via Bustle

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Health:

Why Your Ideal Weight Isn’t What You Think It Is– by S Life Magazine via PopSugar

“Ab Crack” Is The New “Thigh Gap” and It’s Just As Dangerous – by Sam Escobar via Good Housekeeping

Amanda Seyfried Talks To Elle UK About The Pressures To Stay Thin– by Chelsea White

Too Hot and Humid For a Run? Here’s How to Decide– by Dominique Astorino viai PopSugar

Well, I guess being in Texas I should never run.

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Saddle Up For New Adventures

Let’s hope this ‘P’ on the outside of my classroom door makes the students want to come in and learn from me. Personally, I think I’m fun and friendly.

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My Mom and I have been working so hard on getting this classroom ready for the upcoming school year. I’m so so super excited. I’m also very nervous. More nervous than I’ve ever been about anything! I think I’ve just got this huge fear of failure. I may be a bit of a perfectionist.

The school’s theme this year is ranch/western and for the student’s classroom jobs I decided to called them “Ranch Hand”. Is that not kind of adorable? I know, I know, I’m such a dorky teacher.

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My Mom found these cute little cowboy and cowgirl clipart characters to put of the board I called “Top Hand”. We thought it would be a cute way to display student’s work in the classroom.

Shout out to my Grandma for giving me the “Little Critter” characters. They make the library area look even cuter! I’m also pretty proud of the fact that I called the lunch options “Daily Chow”. My husband completely rolled his eyes when I told him. He thinks I’m a cheeseball. 20160721_110757

This word wall will be the death of me. SO. SO. Many. Dang. Words. Plus the tape we have been working with is the worst! Seriously. We even bought 2 other rolls to try out. Apparently, we are terrible at picking tape! However, the gingham pattern I picked for the word wall is cute. I guess I needed to find a silver lining somewhere! 20160721_111117

My desk is still an absolute mess but that’s because I’m not fully finished putting everything in it’s rightful place. However, I did get to put some pictures on my desk just to make the room feel a little bit more like my home…you know, since I’m going to spend so many hours in that room.

Basically, I’m just really excited and while I like to have my room decorated cute, friendly and inviting I do believe that it’s not about the decor. It’s about being organized, prepared and having an environment where student’s can excel at learning 🙂

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I’m about to go to my very first workshop/actual work function. This is about to become real, y’all.

Sometimes, I feel like it’s really easy for me to stress out and get major anxiety over starting work, balancing marriage and trying to fit in workouts. This past week I’ve been pretty on edge about it. Internally, I’ve pretty much been freaking the heck out about working out. I don’t know what the deal is. It’s still summer and I have time to do it. I don’t really know why, but I get to like 9:00 in the morning and I start to panic that my day is gone and I have no time to run or whatever. What’s my problem??? Pretty sure it’s 9:00 in the morning and there are at least 10 hours in the day. I have time! I don’t really know why my anxiety has been so built up and present this week but I’m trying my best to suppress it and make these negative feelings go away.

Links To Love 7/17

1st off! You just need to listen to this song because I just think you need it in your life. It’s cute. You may not share that opinion but I think it’s sweet.

Fun: 

The History of Scrunchies in Olympic Gymnastics Goes Back Further Than You Probably Think– – by Miki Hayes via Bustle

Y’all. I’m pretty much obsessed/fascinated with all things Olympic gymnastics and I have been ever since I was a kid. I remember dancing and twirling around my living room trying to do gymnastics. Emphasis on the trying part. I’m so excited to watch again this year!!

Misty Copeland Will Dance in Disney’s Nutcracker Movie– by Brinton Parker via PopSugar

It’s 3 of my favorite things: Disney, ballet and The Nutracker!

9 Facts About Coca-Cola’s History That’ll Make You Go “Whoa”– by Leonora Epstein via BuzzFeed

Seriously! Every single one had me saying “whoa”. Every. Single. One.

Health/Fitness:

Monday Refreshment– by Robyn via The Real Life RD

“Deep breath. It’s going to be okay.”

I needed to hear this on Thursday. And Friday. (Maybe all days EVER. But especially those.)

Why Kristen Bell Loves Her Post- Baby Weight– by Kimberly Truong via Refinery29

Best Line: “Who cares?” and “If you walk out of your house worried that people will judge you, you will feel judged.”

As if I didn’t already love her before.

What is Healthy Eating Really? – by Taylor via Balancing Workouts With
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You Have Two Kinds of Hunger– by Kylie via Yeah…Imma Eat That

It’s been a rough week y’all. I’ve been doing a lot of trying to find good articles to read to try to push me through to the next day. Thank goodness there are so many wonderful, helpful and insightful writers/bloggers out there 🙂

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Fun Things Friday 7/15

Wednesday and Thursday I got to go visit the bright lights and the big city! The big city of Dallas, that is. Back a few months ago, I became really intrigued by George W. and Laura Bush. Mainly Laura, but I was interested in both of them so I figured out that there was a museum and library in Dallas on the SMU campus that you could go and visit. Soooo…I made my mom go with me. It was the coolest thing!!! I’m so glad we went. Walking through some of the exhibits I was just taken aback and tried to soak it all in.

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Through George W. Bush’s presidency, I was just a child. I was in 2nd grade when 9/11 actually happened so I only kind of know what was happening at the time. Of course, over the years, I’ve since educated myself on the matter but it was interesting to be able to walk through the exhibit and watch some of the videos, speeches, and learn what the president was doing and saying during this time in the world. I was really excited to learn that when the attack occurred that President Bush was in a classroom reading to children.

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But I also got to see prettier/lighter aspects over the course of the presidency such as state or inaugural dinner gowns. They were all SO pretty!!! I can only imagine getting to wear one of these lovely dresses.

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After we visited the museum Wednesday we did some shopping around and then needed to find a Target. On our quest to find this…we stumbled upon THE strangest/fanciest McDonald’s I have ever seen in my life. Of course I needed to be ridiculous and take a picture.

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Finally, in other news, I’ve been working on my classroom and thought I’d share a few pictures as well.

All in all, it was a really fun 2 day trip. We went to North Park Center and the Dallas Galleria and both of those malls are just like nothing I have ever experienced. Even with all of the walking and crazy, out of this world drivers I’m so glad we got to get out and explore for a couple of days.

Life This Past Week

Fun:

You Have to See This Boy’s Lost Stuffed Animal “Travel the World”– by Eleanor Sheehan via PopSugar

No seriously, you HAVE to see this! Plus elephants are just THE cutest!

Health:

So, your clothes no longer fit you. Now what?-By Sarah Vance via sarahvance.com

Don’t skip the Spaghetti! -By Ree Hines via Today

I seriously made spaghetti this same night after reading this.

Hunger Is Not The Enemy– by Amanda via The Real Life Recovery Diary

I feel this way all the time. I feel like I’m not supposed to be or feel hungry. Like I’m supposed to be able to control that and suppress that feeling on my own. It’s okay to feel hungry and BE hungry.

Things I Did This Week:

  1. Helped a turtle across the highway. I turned my car all the way around to go aid this slow little fellow.20160706_084310
  2. Found some interesting things in my classroom. Old Disney records anyone? I also did a whole bunch of laminating….ugh and yay at the same time.20160701_121057
  3. Finally! I took my name plate and my mug my husband got me up to my classroom and set them on my desk 🙂 Not that I am done setting up in there quite yet.20160706_131915.jpg

 

Patriotic York Patties & Coke Zero Thoughts

Recovery is hard y’all. Getting to a “healthy” weight is hard. Hearing that “you look ‘healthy’ now” are very difficult words to swallow.

Today has been a pretty good/relaxing day. Happy 4th of July 🙂 I spent my day going for a run, doing some cleaning up, doing some odd cleaning jobs and working on my Christmas cross stitch (welcome to Christmas in July haha). I just finished making dinner (hamburgers/cheeseburgers I was trying to make the All-American meal) and I was sitting here drinking my Coke Zero and patriotic York patties and decided I would write I guess.

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I’ve been having a rough time lately. I don’t think anybody has really noticed but I haven’t exactly been trying to broadcast it either. I do find myself being able to eat dinner more often, however as long as I think it’s “good”, “safe”, “low calorie/low fat”. Nevertheless, I eat dinner more consistently. Lately though, I find myself with these thoughts of ‘I need to eat less tomorrow’, ‘maybe I should try skipping breakfast’ (HA. That one is super funny for me), ‘we need to work out harder’ (uh…I don’t know how I could go any harder. Crazy Ed!), or thoughts from that realm. They aren’t positive thoughts and they don’t bring goodness or happiness. They bring sorrow, fatigue, ache, rejection of myself, self-disappointment and fear. I don’t need this kind of negativity in my life!

Honestly, my life is going pretty darn well right now. I just got the keys to my very first classroom last week and I get to clean it out and decorate it and really make it my school home. That’s so exciting for me. I need exciting and happy things in my life; I don’t need to be bogged down by what the heck I’m eating for lunch and worrying about if it’s going to make my students, co-workers, family, friends or husband like me less!! I’d love to be able to blame the restriction mentality on the fact that I just got my room and I feel like I have literally no idea what I’m doing. Seriously. I went to 3 ½ years of school for this degree and I feel so unprepared…hahaha. I’m sure lots of people feel this way though. I’ve been reassured that everyone feels the nerves, anxiety and fear when they start a new job. I read this article today (it was slightly on the dirty-ish side but not really). Anyways, it was about body image in the bedroom. It was a lengthy article but it was also helpful in more than one way. It was talking about ways to make you feel better about yourself and being proud of yourself. The author also talked about how your partner doesn’t solely love you for your body. Your family and friends don’t love you solely for your body. I didn’t get my first teaching job because I eat a bunch of yogurt, fruit and “healthy” foods. The author said to turn the situation around and think about if your spouse, friends or family looked a little differently would it have any effect on how much you love and care about them? NO! Heck no! Reading that article today did help me in its own strange way. Here’s the link if you actually want to read it Body Image In The Bedroom by Sarah Vance.

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Right now, I’m trying so hard to not center my life around my freaking food and flipping workout schedule. Trying. So. Hard. There is really more to life than meal planning and doing the same workout routine right on schedule every day.

Basically, that’s what I’ve been thinking. Andddddd because I’m a dork and super-duper excited, here’s a picture of my classroom. Definitely the “before” shot!!!!!

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Oh! Also my Grandma started painting this “P” for me a few weeks ago when I was down there and she mailed it to me this week. She’s super sweet and this turned out so cute! Looking forward to finding a place in my new room to hang it.

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Link Love 7/3

I’ve been meaning to get around to writing an actual post this week but I just couldn’t make myself do it. It’s been a long week. I officially got my school keys for my new classroom and so I’ve been up in my room trying to sort and organize. I’ve also been trying to get ideas together so I can make the room come together. Then finally, I’ve been working on this new cross stitch pattern I recently got. I just feel like I’ve been a busy bee.

I’ll try to get around to it this week.

Interesting/Fun:

Every Wonder Why There’s an “R” in “Mrs.”? -by Lauren Piro via Good Housekeeping

11 Times ‘Disney’ Subplots Upstaged The Main Storylines In These Classic Animated Features-by Mary Grace Garis via Bustle

This article was great. As much as mice give me the creeps they are seriously one of the best parts of Cinderella (the best part being that dress!!!) Also the fairies in Sleeping Beauty may or may not be my favorite characters and as much as I love pink, Aurora’s dress was best in blue.

These 15 Outdated Lizzie McGuire Outfits Will Make You All Sorts of 00’s Nostalgic-by Lindsey Rose Black via Bustle

So. Much. Tie-Dyed.

Body Positive:

A Third of Us Would Rather See A Dentist Than Be Seen In a Bikini– by Sarah Jacoby via Bustle

Why This Celebrity Trainer Opened Up About Her Eating Disorder– by Sara Coughlin via Bustle

I just love her. I really miss being able to do her workout videos. Dang county living (we don’t have enough Internet for me to be able to stream it.)

Miss Teen USA to Eliminate Swimsuit Competition– by Maeve McDermott via USA Today

4th of July-

8 Things You Never Knew About the Fourth of July– by Megan Harney via Good House Keeping

This is from a year ago but it was still pretty neat.

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I’m also making these today for my brother to take to this 4th of July party type thing he’s going to. They look pretty yummy to me!

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars

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Two in the Kitchen’s Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars