Thursday, November 13, 2014

just thought I'd share a few good deals circulating the web today! Kate Spade is having 25% off, including sale, with code BEMERRY! i just ordered a few wine/champagne totes. i thought they'd be the perfect gift for a friend. throw in a bottle of bubbly or wine and you have the cutest little present!

Loft is also having 40% off EVERYTHING! all you have to do is sign up for their emails. this is the perfect dress for a holiday party!

enjoy :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favs

some things I'm lovin'...

yes, i already whipped out the bath and body works fall scented candles. it's not quite pumpkin season for me yet but this one hits the spot (smells a bit like apple, a bit like heaven)... hands down. i have combination oily/dry skin and this one isn't too thick, isn't too oily, and blends well. it has been my savior for two years now. i don't usually use it all summer (i just use pure aloe) but now that the days have been getting cooler, i am reminded of how much i love this!
anddddd... i usually don't eat sugary breakfast cereals but i decided to try a box of these as a treat at night while i'm cuddling up on the couch. they are perfect because they aren't too sweet and made with whole grains. i may or may not have eaten a whole box this week.
enjoy the weekend!
products: candle, cream

Friday, August 29, 2014

Easy Fruit Dip

this may be a little silly to make a whole post about but i threw it together the other day and i ate it right up! best thing is, it is SO easy! i'm the type or person who needs to eat right away when they're hungry. so if i can create a healthy snack fast, that's a plus!

Peanut butter Fruit Dip
(seriously, i can hardly call this a recipe)

-Individual plain non-fat Greek yogurt
-Tablespoon of all natural peanut butter (no salt added)
-Fruit of your choice for dipping

Step 1: Stir peanut butter into yogurt cup
Step 2: Dip fruit in, do a little dance, eat it ALL

Suggested fruits to pair with dip: pineapple, banana, berries, grapes
Told ya it was easy :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

being a teacher, I am blessed to have my job always changing. it changes year to year. it changes day to day. of course, you can sense the most drastic change from year to year. this will be my fifth year with my own classroom. i honestly can't believe it's been that long! this will be my second year teaching third grade and i couldn't be more excited. every year, the first week of school, i set classroom goals and rules with my students. sometimes as a class, sometimes as individuals, and sometimes both. i decided to set some "hopes and goals" for myself this year and for my celebration of 5 years of teaching.
*hope for happiness for my students in and outside the classroom
*hope to understand the special needs of each individual student
*hope to bring excitement into lessons
*hope that my students feel safe and healthy this year (less colds for me!)
*hope to take more risks with teaching strategies and previous lessons
*hope my students love not only being with their friends, but learning too
*hope to develop a trusting relationship with parents
*not have to buy more than one electric pencil sharpener!
*leave the classroom feeling fulfilled at the end of the day
*reflect more
*read more read-alouds
*pick my battles
*be more ambitious with writing curriculum
*don't leave my cardigans on the back of my chair (i took home FIVE leftover in june)
to all my teacher friends and parents- i HOPE you enjoy this year too!

Monday, August 18, 2014

What Makes a Friend?

okay- this picture is cool! the first was taken about 13 years ago, the second one taken this weekend. you can see we have traded in our pajamas for real clothes, put in the effort to actually style our hair, got a bit taller (okay- A BIT), and maybe the "blue house" was fixed up a bit. but, this picture means so much more. to me, this picture symbolizes true friendship. it can be hard getting older to stay close with friends. the inevitable gets in the way- lives get busier, careers are going full-force, families get started, etc. as i get older, i can fully understand what a friend is.

a friend is:
*someone who can make you laugh until you cry
*someone who understands your quirkiness
*someone you can text at 5am or 11pm
*someone who will listen when you're sad, say nothing, and still make you feels 100 times better
*someone you can eat a whole container of 5-layer Mexican dip, a large pizza, and fried mozzarella sticks with (and help you hide the evidence)
*someone who makes you feel your prettiest, even in sweats- and old navy pajamas
*someone who motivates you in life and your career, and most importantly...
*someone you are proud to stand next to

Monday, July 28, 2014

Iced Tea and a Memory Journal

monday means iced tea and crafting. i've finally mastered ice tea without it being too watery and decided i needed to stop slacking on my memory journal. a few years ago my apartment started getting cluttered with old cards, ticket stubs, maps, and papers that i wanted to keep forever, so i bought a huge blank sketch journal. i started gluing those precious memories in and recently, i haven't been so good about keeping up with the pages. today i have an unexpected day off. i grabbed that huge neglected stack, some glue, and poured myself a tall glass of iced tea. it's the little things!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bulletin Board Storage

most, if not all, teachers like to stay as organized as possible. we have endless amounts of supplies, paper, books, games, THINGS all over the classroom. clutter drives me crazy. everyone is always asking me how i keep my room so nice and neat. the secret is to have a place for everything (and try to keep it there!) and to not let kids touch anything (ha! kidding!). i'd like to share a system that i've been using for 3+ years now. it saves money and makes it much easier to find what you're looking for.

Bulletin Board Storage

You will need:
-different kinds of bulletin board border papers (in the long plastic packages)
-small sized adhesive hooks (i used Command brand)

1. Hang hooks behind a closet door (or classroom door!). Make sure you space them in a way that the borders won't hit the floor. It is okay if the borders overlap each other. Mine do, but it might be easier if they don't)
2. Hang up border packages when the hooks have sat for about 60 minutes (as directed by hook directions)
2. When you have a new package of borders, slice a slit on the back of the package (as seen below) so you can easily slide the borders in and out without removing the top paper tab that came on the border package. This way you can easily see what the borders are and that is how you hang the package each time

Closer look:

all done! happy organization :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cherry-banana Oatmeal Bowl

i've been on an oatmeal kick lately. since i've been running a lot more, i am trying to increase my carb intake. it's just too hard to run on a low-carb lifestyle. i like making my own oatmeal because i know exactly what's in it.

Cherry-banana Oatmeal Bowl
Recipe by: Miss Noggin Head

-1 cup prepared old fashioned oats
-handful dried cherries
-handful walnuts (i use organic nuts)
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 small banana sliced
-drop of vanilla extract or honey (optional)

1. Prepare your oats- if it is too dry, i like to add a splash of milk
2. Mix in cinnamon and stir (also your vanilla and honey if you want)
3. Lay sliced banana, cherries, and walnuts on top
4. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Meal Prep and a Recipe

i can't stress enough how important it is so plan our your meals for the days. especially if you are at work for long hours. luckily i cannot easily leave work to get fast food and the people i work with don't go out to lunch on lunch breaks. i usually like to make enough dinner to bring leftovers to lunch. lately, i've been bringing breakfast to work so that i stay more full until i get to eat a snack. anyways, here is just an example of my food from breakfast until after work (about 4PM).

  • On the right you see my protein smoothie breakfast
  • A taco salad made with leftover taco meat from the night before
  • Bag of blueberries to add to my plain (ick) greek yogurt
  • Bag of almonds
  • A sliced apples and almond butter
i remember many years ago not packing enough food or grabbing disgusting prepackaged meals/snacks at the convenience story on the way to work. if you don't pack enough healthy food, you will eat the nutterbutters in the break room.
now for a recipe. i like to make up concoctions while i'm in the shower or while im thinking on the treadmill at the gym. i hate chicken but i think of creative ways to spice it up because i know how good it is for you.
Cashew-Chicken Stir-Fry (Recipe by Me)
-pack of thin chicken strips
-garlic powder
-ginger powder
-low sodium, organic soy sauce
-whole cashews (unsalted)
-pack of frozen veggies (mine has broccoli, mushrooms, and onions)
1. Spray non-stick skillet so chicken doesn't stick. Sprinkle ginger and garlic powders on each side of the chicken. Brown chicken about 4-5 minutes on both sides, put on plate and cut up. Set aside
2. As chicken is cooking, heat up frozen veggies in another skillet sprayed with olive oil spray (i use it a lot so i get organic spray). This usually takes about 10 minutes on medium heat. Add some soy sauce half way through and stir. I try not to add a lot.
3. Chop up cashews either in a plastic bag and a mallet/hammer (lol) or chop up in food processor/magic bullet
4. When veggies are cooked, add chicken, cashews, and some more soy sauce to veggie skillet and stir
5. enjoy :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easy-Skinny Chicken Tostada

so it wasn't until after i declared this dish a "tostada" that i found out it is far from what a tostada really is. a tostada has a deep fried tortilla, and this does not. but it is a skinny version. it is really easy to make up your own mexican recipes. throw in some beans, salsa, cheese, whatever. and there you have it. you can't go wrong. i try to eat my healthiest during the week because i like to splurge on the weekends. i also like easy dinners. who wants to cook gourmet after a whole work day and an afternoon spent at the gym? not me. so here you have it...

Easy-Skinny Chicken Tostada

-1 package all natural/non-gmo thin chicken strips
-6 flour tortillas (you can use low carb, wheat, etc.)
-cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper (no real measurements)
-1- 1 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
-a few tablespoons light sour cream (i get the ones with the least ingredients)
-shredded lettuce or baby spinach
-half bag frozen corn

-preheat oven to 350 degrees
-spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
-place chicken tenders on the dish
-sprinkle chicken with as much as you would like of each of the spices (i like to put a lot! just don't use too much cayenne pepper because it's spicy)
-cook chicken for 16ish minutes or until fully cooked
-while you are cooking chicken, heat frozen corn on a skillet or microwave if you have one (i do not)
-take chicken out and cut into strips (i could cut 2-3 strips out of each tender), set aside
-sprinkle shredded cheese onto the tortillas
-rinse off grease from baking dish, place foil on dish, and place tortillas on it (i do 3 first, eat, then do the other 3)
-broil on high for 3 minutes with the oven door slightly cracked (watch it because you don't want it to turn burn or it will be too crunchy)
-place tortillas on your plate and top with chicken, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, corn
-enjoy :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

donuts and diner coffee

top of the morning to ya'll (i don't know why i said that?). and blogger, please stop capitalizing my i's! i plan on not using correct grammar and punctuation because a. my blog will look cooler and b. well, it will mask the fact that i don't know how to use correct punctuation and all teachers obviously know all things punctuation/grammar.

anyways, ever since my dexter obsession, I've (there it goes again) been craving donuts. real, donuts. not dunkin donut donuts. i had been finding it a little hard to track down great donut shops in boston (suggestions, please!). but a friend suggested twin donuts in allston. since i sleep no later than 8am on any given day, i decided it would be the perfect time to try it out. i got the "chocolate dip" and M got a "honey dip." i didn't try his but i can say mine was fabulous. first of all, it was huge. and only 75 cents (beat that, dunkin donuts! okay, actually i don't know the going rate of donuts anywhere, but it seemed reasonably priced). it was moist (ugh, that word), had just the right amount of glaze on it, and sort of had a hint of coconut. it was fresh and every other bite was delicately dipped in my coffee.

speaking of coffee. WHY does diner coffee taste so heavenly? it isn't too often anymore that i am drinking coffee out of a pot (hello, keurig). i usually find pot coffee from my parents and relatives to taste bitter, burnt, or just plain watery. but, diner coffee, man... is like prozac to my soul. there's also something about coffee that makes me want to slow down, take a look around, and appreciate the small details in my surroundings. it's like i'm sipping my coffee and i realize what a nice paint job my kitchen has, or how the lyrics to my current favorite song finally make sense. bottom line, if you need a quick pick me up, grab some diner coffee and a donut at twin donuts in allston. you, your taste buds, and your soul will thank me.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

pizza party and a run

it's sunday everyone! the least favorite of everyone's weekend days. at least for me. sundays mean laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, being a real human, etc. ah, oh well! tomorrow, we will go to work and count down the days 'til friday.

i have realized it's much easier to type using a real laptop instead of my iphone or ipad. haven't use this thing much since grad school. i sort of missed it! i must say, it's a little tricky to use a mac at work and then use a pc at home.

anyways, friday night i went to a friend's house for a make-your-own pizza party! it was a brilliant idea. i'm a big fan of themed parties/gatherings. the host provided sauce and cheese, i brought the dough, and everyone brought a favorite topping. we had varieties of cheeses, olives, meats, pears, different kinds of sauces, and a whole bunch of apps beforehand. oh, and wine. let's not forget the wine. it was so fun to actually make the pizzas. it was not a pretty sight, but the pizzas ended up tasting fabulous!

saturday morning M convinced me to go for an outside run. it was beautiful out and i wanted to try my new mizuno wave inspire 17s. i usually go for a stability shoe but i decided to try something different. and clearly, i just liked the way they looked. i felt like i was flying. highly recommended. we planned on a 2-miler but ended up running more than 4. i am so proud of myself. running outside is much different than running on a treadmill. at this rate, i should be okay by the heartbreak hill 10k. i've also decided stretching is probably not optional anymore. enjoy the week everyone :)


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

to blog or not to blog?

that is the question! for quite some time now, i have contemplated the idea of starting a blog. i'm an avid reader of all things blog. i read fashion blogs, lifestyle blogs, fitness blogs, blogs about blogs, and even mommy blogs (who knew?!). it's something a lot of people don't know about me, but it would be an understatement if i said i couldn't wait to get home at night, sit down on my citrus- green couch, ipad in hand, and click away at my little "blogs i love" folder. i get lost in them! they give me ideas- DIY projects easy enough to actually complete, healthy alternatives to my favorite comfort foods, they inspire me- inspire me to reach my goal weight, think twice about worldly issues, become a runner, become a photographer (which i hope to pick up someday soon!). i just love everything about them! anyone who enjoys reading blogs this much, must have one! i can think back to the livejournal days (oh, gosh!) and i would get lost in my posts, sometimes, multiple a day. i liked tweaking the fonts to have them look perfectly, adding pictures to my posts as to make sure they weren't boring, checking my comments, commenting on others. i like the informality of blogs. being a teacher,  i am certainly an advocate for proper grammar, but in the blogworld- anything goes!

what kind of blogger will i become? who knows? all i know is it's about time to publish post 1 :)

anyways- i wanted to show how cute my spring bulletin board came out. i get a lot of my monthly bulletin board ideas from old Mailbox Magazines. The Mailbox is such a classic teacher company. i like how they have many, many teacher resource books and also offer a magazine subscription. anyways, i love featuring poetry on my boards. poetry is always fun for students/other staff members to read. who wants to stand in a hallway and read a report or a five page biography anyways? plus, my students never fail to amaze me at their poetry writing skills! i decided to go the cinquain route since we have been doing some practice work with syllables. i added an extra challenge by telling the students they could not just list words, that the poem had to have phrases on each line, or the whole poem could be one sentence long. they loved the challenge and proved to be really good at it, too.

all you need is: one 8-inch black circle, one 8-inch red circle, one 3-inch black circle (for the head), two 3-inch long black pipe cleaners, and a few 1-inch black circles for the spots. if you google "____ inch circle template" you can find tons of printable ones. i traced these onto cardstock to use as a master tracer. then you can have the students trace and cut your own. if you're a perfectionist, like me, you will trace them and have students cut them out.

step 1: glue the two black circles together as the head and body
step 2: glue black dots onto red circle
step 3: draw a line with ruler on the back of red circle, cut down the line
step 4: glue both red halves on top of the body, leaving some black peeking out through the middle
step 5: glue (tacky glue works best) pipe cleaners for antennas

originally, you were supposed to put the poem inside the lady bug but it wasn't too much room. i opted for placing the work beside the bug. i also attached a short and simple paper about what a cinquain is. that way, the reader knows what they are looking at!

in other news- i have signed up for my FIRST 10k. sure, i only have two 5ks (where i actually ran) under my belt, but i am running at least 2-3 miles four-five times a week at the gym. i'm up for the challenge! everything about this 10k was perfect- the weather, it is right in front of my apartment, and you even get a finishers medal! so on june 7, you can catch me at the heartbreak hill running festival. run with me, cheer me on, or show up at the finish line with a cupcake and a bag of doritos.