Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pure Barre & Productivity

It is 9:30 am. I am on holiday break. Guess what time I got up?? 5:15 am!! Yep I decided that today I am going to be very productive.

First I took a 6am class at Pure Barre in Okemos. Holy Moly I am still shaking from this workout!! Pure Barre is a 1 hour class that uses exercises used by dancers to help tone and lift your muscles. My roommate takes this class often and recommend it. I will definitely be going back!! 

I ran a few errands and by the time I got home I was starving! I quickly whipped up this whole wheat English muffin, egg, cheese, and Canadian bacon sandwich. It's filling without feeling like I have a brick in my stomach.

I am a list maker. I make lists for everything. While I was eating I came up with my lists for the day! Hopefully I can get everything done... I already have 2 items checked off my list :)

1) What is your typical wake up time?
     * During the week mine is 5:30, when I am on break it is between 7:30 and 8.

2) What is your favorite workout?
     * I've never been one for workout classes because I always feel embarrassed but Pure Barre totally changed that! I could do this workout 3-4 times a week :)

3) How do you make sure you're productive?
     * Lists are definitely my thing, I love checking off everything!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Is It Sunday Already?!

Guess what?! I'm officially on holiday break! A few words to describe my elation are Yippee! Whoo hoo!! Boom Chaka Chaka!! Yep you can say I'm completely ecstatic to be done with my master's classes and teaching for 2 whole weeks.

My break was kicked off by celebrating Christmas with my step-brother and sister-in-law. It was filled with lots of wine, presents and a super cute outfit that I put together for $10!

My Saturday was filled with my 2nd family. I babysit them all the time, have gone to Washington D.C with them to celebrate birthdays and anniversary, have seen the kids grow up and now the oldest son has a girlfriend!!

I did Paige's hair straight, mani and pedi... total "sisters" night!

The Kids decided to hijack my phone... this is what I found as my background! How cute!

My Sunday morning was filled with the usual: teach Sunday School. But then I got to go to my Grandma's in Dearborn Heights! We had her side of the family Christmas Party. It's always fun to have all of us get together. We went to All American Pizza, the pizza wasn't so good but the salad bar was amazing! Look at this beauty I made!

 When I got home I was hungry but didn't want something really heavy. After going through the pantry I found a can of Campbell's Select Southwestern Corn Chowder, bread, and sliced cheese. Thus I had soup and grilled cheese!! I added cheez-its to my soup too!!

I still can't believe that it's Sunday but I'm so excited to spend this week finishing Christmas Shopping, babysit, and relax!!


1) What do you love about family get togethers?
     * My Grandma's side of the family is huge ( she has 9 sisters and 1 brother!) so it's always fun to    see a bunch of us all at once.

2) What's your favorite quick and easy dinner?
     * Soup and grilled cheese is always a go-to for me. I added in black beans tonight and it was delish!

3) How are you going to enjoy your holiday break?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

All Out Of Sorts

 I am usually a positive, upbeat, happy person but lately I've been unraveling like this zebra. My body is feeling it and hating me. I am in a mental slump. I've been feeling it in my body for awhile. I'm feeling sluggish, tired, and blah. I've been working out daily but it just isn't helping.

I'm going through a lot of personal issues going on in my head. I'm feeling disappointed about everything I do and can't see the positive. I'm reading into other's emotions and taking them too personal.

Lately I've been really feeling that every day is like high school all over again. I was (and still am) the girl who loves to make everyone happy and puts myself last. I always tried to be involved but was often the one that became invisible. I'm feeling that way again and hate it. I'm in my 20s and shouldn't feel this way. I've tried to not "try" anymore and just have a bad day but then I get told that I am being rude. I just can't win.

Ok now that I've ranted I'm going to make a change. I was inspired by Paige over at Running Around Normal Post on negativity. She mentioned this book and how it helped so I downloaded it today and will be listening to it.

I've also made a list of people who are always there for me to rant to and I know will always support me. I am also listening to podcasts of sermons from Radiant Church and reading my bible more. I know that God is always there for me to turn to.

Hopefully all this will work, along with school and work being done this week! If you have any other suggestions please let me know :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

3 Ts: Thanksgiving, Turkey, and Tired!!!

Umm where did my Thanksgiving break go?! I feel like it was just Wednesday! I'm not quite ready to go back to work, school, etc. but only 18 days and I am on Christmas break! I loved this weekend though and cherished every moment. 
It was filled with lots of yummy breakfasts
A HUGE turkey stuffed to the brim with stuffing

Lots and lots of this delicious drink

And of course the best cheesy Christmas movies :)

These two couldn't hang with us party animals though... out like a light by 8 pm!!


How was your Thanksgiving?

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
- I watch Elf at least 50 times between Thanksgiving and Christmas... but I really enjoy the Lifetime movies as well.

How early do you fall asleep on breaks?
- My average bedtime was 9 pm... Hanging with the parents doesn't lead to a late night ;)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sickity McSick Sick

It happened to me. Yep I got sick. 

I HATE being sick because I only get sick maybe 2-3 times a year but when it happens I get really, really sick. On Monday I was FORCED to stay home on Tuesday. I think I needed it though because I slept like this little guy

Watched tons of episodes of this show. I'm LOVING Sara  Bareilles as a judge. She is so funny!!! Right now Penatonix is my favorite and I'm very ready for Afro Blue to be OFF!!!

I Stumbled a ton... found so many great blogs :)

And of course I pinned. According to my Mom it's all I do :)

Thankfully I'm mentally feeling a lot better and ready to celebrate the holiday with my family :)


1) What do you like to do when you're sick?

2) Who is your favorite on the Sing-Off?

3) Are you addicted to Pinterest? If so let's become friends!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Hey Everyone!! It's Wednesday and I'm linking up with the beautiful Jamie @ This Kind Of Love for What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Here are a few of my current loves

I'm Loving

My Keurig. This little beauty has gotten me through so many early mornings and late nights since I received it for my birthday in August.

I'm Loving 

the Chai Tea Latte, Blueberry, and Vanilla Caramel Cream flavors

I'm Loving

My Pinterest! Here are a few gift ideas for family/friends/ and students


I'm Loving

The idea of me searching for fun, new, teaching ideas

And my First Official Teacher Picture!! P.S. why couldn't I take photos like this growing up?!

My Pinterest finds for Inspiration

And last but certainly not least
I'm Loving
My Momma, she is my best friend and has been a pillar of strength for me with this stressful year.

Link up and tell me What You're Loving Wednesday <3

Sunday, November 13, 2011

3 Random Questions... Please Help!!

Well it's Sunday night again, I know this night comes every week but I still dread it every time. I had this big long post about how difficult my past week has been but I decided to save that for a later date, a date where I'm a bit more peppy and feeling like myself. To help ease my mind I've decided to ask all my bloggy friends for help. Please pass this on to someone if you know they can help!

So here are my questions in no important order:

1) I love linking to different blogs when I see/ use their fantastic ideas; How can I tell if someone has linked to my blog?

2) Beginning in January I will start looking for teaching jobs. Right now I'm really looking at North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia. Anyone have any other ideas? Do you currently work/live/teach in any of these states and have thoughts?

3) I am absolutely loving my Iphone 4 but I need help finding good, fun, cheap (preferably free) apps!! Give em' to me!

As stated before please pass on this post if you know someone who might be able to help answer 1 or all of these questions.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Want to Get To Know Me? Read This Blog!

 I saw Jamie @ This Kind Of Love do these fun questions so I thought I would link up with her and play!
If I could live anywhere in the US...
I'm currently looking to move so this is a relevant question! At the end of this year I need to start finding a teaching job. I would love to go down south.
Charlotte NC
Raleigh NC

If I could meet one celebrity...I would love to meet Zooey Deschanel
She seems so nice!
And Stylish!

If I had to choose between a house cleaner and a personal chef...
I would have to choose a house cleaner because I like to cook and my vaccume just broke :(... can this person also do my organizing?

If I were to have more children...
I currently don't have children but if I did I would want them to be like these wonderful, funny kiddos.

If money were not an object...
I would want to share some with my family, church, and start a scholarship for students and schools to have technology in the classroom. I would pay off my student loans and put the rest in savings for the future.

If I could have any talent in the world...
I would want to dance like Melanie Moore from SYTYCD. Watch this video and you'll see how amazing she is!

P.S. She won SYTYCD Season 8 :)

If you met me in real life...

You would see that I always have a smile on my face

And am incredibly goofy! (This was a grape eating contest and I won!)

If I could go on a trip right now...
I want to go to Atlantis so bad! It looks so beautiful!
Plus MK & A went there for a movie and I've wanted to go ever since I saw it
Link up and do this fun post!! Hope you all have a great Saturday :)