Happy Mother's Day! I've curated a list of sweet, cute, hardcore, and memorable songs to honor your mother (or yourself). Not to be played with young children, or for the faint of heart (not the explicit notice on a few songs). This list is for the fun, laid-back, doesn't-take-life-too-seriously mom. Enjoy!
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
It's been a while - I've been super busy between work and home life. But in the interim, I've put my TPT store on sale for the Teacher Appreciation Sale going on today and tomorrow! To be transported to my store, click the banner below. Don't forget to use the code CELEBRATE to get 28% off your entire purchase!
Happy shopping :)
Sunday, February 14, 2016
I'm not even anti-Valentine's Day. I'm pretty apathetic about it, actually. But I know there's good reason to deny this Day of Love, so I've made a playlist for all of you Emo Kids out there, aptly titled "There's a Reason You Hate Valentine's Day." You're welcome.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Just dropping in to update everyone in the sitewide Start Your Year Inspired sale. If you use the code START16, you'll get an additional 10% off all sale items (which includes EVERYTHING in my store). Check out my products here and stock up on your faves throughout the site today! It might be the perfect time to nab those wish list items...
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
As I type this, I'm simultaneously drafting a list for what I need while I'm in San Francisco this long weekend. For me, this weekend has been on the horizon for a while, as it is the extended weekend I will be visiting my mom. However, it's also the weekend in which we celebrate the late, great Martin Luther King, Jr. When I was in the classroom, we learned this influential leader with my kiddos, regardless of their age, through books, discussions, videos and hands-on activities.
MLK Day celebrates the life and legacy of the inspirational, compassionate leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. We commemorate the timeless values he taught us through his non-violent examples and protests. On this day, remember and honor the life and contributions of one of America's greatest Civil Rights leaders.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday was signed into law by President Reagan in January 1983. Celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, MLK Day is a time when the nation pauses to remember and celebrate Dr. King, his life and work, and honor his legacy and contributions to humankind.
For more inspiration from Dr. King himself, check out this terrific infographic from Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 24. This graphic includes influential quotes from Dr. King to help inspire your "day on, not day off"
Happy Dr. King Day!
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
So by now you've figured out my love for making goals and sticking to them. I've posted a few times about ways to stick with your resolutions (or goals) and have created a couple products related to resolutions and making SMART goals.
Okay, okay. You've read these posts and understand how and why to make and stick with your goals for the upcoming year. But maybe you don't know what your resolution(s) should be. Maybe you have something vague in mind, like "get healthy" but can't determine a concrete place to start. Look no further! This post is to help you determine the perfect resolution(s) for you!
I've split up the ideas based on categories. You may even look for a different goal in each category, like I did here, if it strikes your fancy.
This category relates to anything in regards to your physical health, such as weight loss, exercising, clean eating, hydration, etc.
- Walk _____ steps a day (many people start with 10,000)
- Drink _____ glasses/ounces of water a day - check out my latest Busy Bee post for ways to increase your water intake.
- Do yoga one day per week (this is great if you are trying to increase your flexibility and yoga practice. Once this is mastered and you want to increase it, do so!)
- Exercise 3 times per week for 30 minutes each
- Lose 10 pounds in 3 months -this is an example. Tailor this to your goals, but make sure it's reasonable.
- Quit Smoking. I don't know a lot about smoking cessation, but check this out for some tips to meet your goals!
- Cook at home 3 nights per week (to me this is cray easy, but that's because I a'int got no money for take out, and like cooking. But whatever you need to work on man...)
- Jog ____ miles per week/month/year. I find it easier to make smaller goals, such as "Jog 100 miles by January 31st" or "Jog 30 miles by my birthday". Once I reach my goal, I set a new one. For example, if I ran 100 miles by January 31st, I might then set a goal for 50 miles by Valentine's Day, and so forth. If jogging isn't in the cards for you, then allow walking to take its place. I allow any cardio exercise to count, based on these rules below from Tone It Up.
- Wear sunscreen every. single. day.
- Incorporate fruits and veggies at EVERY meal -this is one of my personal resolutions this year!
- Try one new work out each week - check out my #runteacherrun page for some workouts!
All things related to saving and making money.
- Bring your lunch 3 days per week
- Make coffee at home
- Save _____ per month (enter a reasonable dollar amount here, based on the next idea)
- Create a budget
- Keep track of your finances - many people swear by Mint
- Save money toward buying a house - this may obviously take longer than just one year, but by starting the process of determining your budget will make the process much easier. Check out this post to give you an idea of where to start.
- Make more money this year - not always an easy feat, but check out this list of resources for some great ideas! I added TPT to my resume a few years back and it's been a great supplement to our annual income. Additionally, I work as a consultant on the side based on my profession (BCBA)
- Consolidate your loans - or at least research it to find out if it's right for you.
- Start a savings plan
- Learn to live below your means -sound scary? It's actually quite reasonable, and responsible! Check out this post for some tips.
Live in the Moment!
Mindfulness (my fave), mental wellness, stress relief.
- Turn off all electronics one hour before bed 4 nights per week (gotta start somewhere, right?)
- Get more sleep - to make this SMART, add smaller, manageable benchmarks, such as "go to bed 30 minutes earlier" and once that is accomplished, change it to "go to bed 45 minutes earlier". Alternatively, consider tracking your sleep (I use my Fit Bit). Check out this post for some ideas for getting better sleep.
- Be a Morning Person
- Create a cleaning chart for your home - incorporate kids and spouses. Cleaning throughout the week leads to less stress on weekend and cleaner home all around!
- Meditate ___ minutes per day - start at 5 minutes a day. Increase as needed/desired. Need help getting started? Check out my Beginner's Guide to Meditation for busy folks and my post on Meditation 101.
Work-related goals for the professional
- Be more productive -I'll admit, this isn't very SMART, but I don't know what you do for a living to make this a SMART goal. To help make this goal SMART, focus more on the steps you are going to take, based on your overall goal as it relates to your professional situation. For example, for me I might choose "work on behavior support plan for client in the first 2 hours of the work day" or "check emails 3 times daily".
- Procrastinate less - again, not SMART, but you can figure it out.
- Find more professional resources - check out my Pinterest page on all things "professional" and "work-related"
Blogging related resolutions to keep you accountable
- Grow your blog - there are tons for resources for growing your blog. Check this one out for Twitter. This one for a list of new blog post ideas. Or this one and this one for making money while growing your blog. Score!
- Learn how to write a great blog post - check out this resource for some tips.
- Learn how to pair fonts for eye-catching images - like here, or here.
- Learn about any gadgets you have - for example, your MacBook or Canon.
- Learn effective photography tips for bloggers - say for, creating and animated gif, using photo editing apps, and general photography tips.
Use these resolutions for adding leisure or "just for fun" goals in your life. Think: reading, vacations, hobbies, etc.
- Read 1 new book a month (make this attainable for you!)
- Take an adult education class of your choice (think knitting, a language course, or cooking class)
- Teach yourself a new skill (YouTube has great resources for this - I taught myself to crochet using this method)
- Join a sports team for leisure. There are lots of organizations geared toward adult sports or social groups. My favorite Boston-based ones are BSSC, Hub Sports, and Social Boston Sports. Check out your local YMCA for some leagues as well!
- Learn how to change a tire by _____ (enter date)
- Plan one weekend day trip per month -this is the perfect resolution for those of you new to your area, or even those who have lived in their town for years! It's an opportunity to get out and explore!
- Complete 2 DIY projects of your choosing a month- Check out your own Pinterest page (or mine) for inspiration!
Now even though this last of resolutions is HUGE, it is by no means complete. This is meant to serve as inspiration for you as you develop the best goals for you. Hopefully, I have done that for you.