26 February 2013

I am looking for ways to keep myself motivated. Here are the ideas I've come up with so far.

  1. Join an exercise group. Zumba, jazzercise, yoga... anything that can be a group class.
  2. Finding healthy foods.
  3. Staying on top of my school work. Grading? Try to get it done as it's handed in. (This is much harder than it sounds).
  4. Call/Skype a friend every couple of days.
  5. Look for ways to contribute to the community. I've contacted the local girl scouts and a few people in my home church to see if I can lead a GS Troop or a youth group.
  6. Make time to travel and see family. Create mini-outings. 
How do you keep yourself motivated to make an investment in your own life?

Happy Friday

15 February 2013

{It always hits me in the middle of winter that I really want to be at the beach.}

It's Friday and I think it's time for a few round ups. 

Do you have a signature piece?

These instagram photo cubes are very cute. You could set them around the office.

Sarah's Nine Days of Nice just ended yesterday, what would your goals be if you were being as nice as possible for the next nine days?

The things I would do to have this bathing suit

Thoughts from first graders on Valentine's Day.

Take a Seat, Make a Friend

14 February 2013

This inspirational video pretty much sums up how I feel about what life should be. Afterall, a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet!

Have a happy Thursday!

Sunny Skies

13 February 2013

We've been so lucky here in Maryland to have two whole afternoons of warm, sunny weather. It's incredible to realize what a difference seeing the sun makes in your day. It reminds me of our honeymoon to Charleston where everything seemed bathed in sunlight (that's Cypress Gardens in the above photo).

I've also taken to leaving a little later in the morning and now, due to a combination of the time and season, I can see the sun before I arrive at school. I feel great about my day when I see the sun coming up over the mountains. It's quite beautiful really.

{Sun rising over the mountains in Maryland.}

Reason to Smile: The sun is making a grand appearance and it brightens (hah!) my day.


12 February 2013

I love the days when I take a little time to find some inspiration on Pinterest. Do you utilize Pinterest as a creative outlet? Find me on Pinterest here.

From my "Quotes" board. 
From my "Dream Wardrobe" Board. I'm feeling a bit springy lately.

From my "For the Home" board, a perfect sunroom. I want to curl up and read a book just looking at this little slice of heaven.

This wreath, made by Ashley, is pinned on my DIY board. I'm hoping to make a similar version for Easter!

Finally, this Peach & Brie flatbread pizza is from my recipes board. Doesn't that make your mouth water?

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11 February 2013

I am (hopefully) getting over a cold that I've had for over a week now. The beginning of last week made me feel down in the dumps physically with coughs and my nose all blocked up. This weekend I decided to treat myself to a weekend at home, relaxing. I got a Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks, got a manicure, and actually found some Cadbury Mini Eggs at the store. I'm feeling pretty good!

What I'm Loving

07 February 2013

Here are my latest finds on Etsy that I'm daydreaming about. 

This quilt (pattern) from the For the Love of Joy shop. Maybe this summer I could learn how to make a quilt? I'm looking for a new hobby!

This coral-colored bead necklace from NestPrettyThingsShop fills me with thoughts of spring.

Scented, handmade, vegan lip balms for these wintry months from The Gnarly Whale shop on Etsy.

These cute polka-dotted cups are a nice touch of whimsy to elegance from Villarrealceramics

This iPhone 5 case from Jillian Audrey Designs with a quote from Lord of the Rings done in a feminine touch.

Finally, this minimalistic plant hanger from Pigeon Toe Ceramics promises days of reading with a mug of coffee near the window.

What are your favorite Etsy finds? Leave a link to your Etsy shop so I can check you out!


06 February 2013

This line from The Lumineers sums it up succinctly yes? 

Of all the joys in my day my husband is my number one.

"I belong with you.
You belong with me.
You're my sweetheart."

*On another note, anyone know how to find an image's original source? Found this image on Pinterest with no link? Thanks!

DC Air and Space

05 February 2013

On Saturday we visited the Air and Space Museum after strolling through the Hirshorn. The air and space is definitely more up my alley as it's filled with tons of science and hands on exhibits. I'd love to take my students there. I loved the "Explore the Universe" section and glancing quickly through the Apollo mission room. We watched a 3D video about space junk and looked at spacecraft and models of the eight planets. It was the highlight of the trip for me although we were all getting tired after walking around two museums. 

Have you been to DC? What was your favorite part of your trip?

DC Hirshorn Museum

04 February 2013

Noah's dad took the family to DC for a visit to the Hirshorn to see Ai Wei Wei's exhibit currently set up there. We had a good afternoon wandering around the different floors and exhibits. If you guys get a chance, check it out. Definitely nice local, adult activity. 

Daydreams: Camping

01 February 2013

Lately, as we've had bunches of snow and the daylight hours are every so slowly climbing back up, I've been daydreaming about hiking, camping, and kayaking. Summer just sounds glorious every day. So I'm sharing with you a few photos that stood out to me on Pinterest. What is your all time favorite summer activity? Playing with water balloons? Swimming? Camping? Sun bathing?





*I did the best I could with sources, not all are linked well on pinterest. Please forgive me!

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