Hangover Cures for Degenerates

So, not that I'm condoning overindulging in the hard stuff, but it happens. Especially after a night of binge drinking, like on New Year's Eve.

Below are my tips for managing that wretched hangover (not that I've ever had one...😅)

1. Hydrate

Drink to drink. By that I mean, pair each of your alcoholic beverages with a water.

2. Eat Your Macros

Drinking on an empty stomach means you're begging hangover. Make sure to fill your belly with deliciousness before you head out (preferably with some protein, carbs, and fats to help slow down how fast your blood alcohol level goes up).
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My (Last-Minute) Christmas List

Happy Winter Solstice! 

Are you counting down yet? Only 4 more days until Christmas, and I feel like I just found out it's December. I have done very minimal shopping and have absolutely zero motivation to go out and do more. I guess it's all part of the experience.

Due to my lack of desire to join the mobs at the mall, I've decided that, with four days left, it's about time I start my online shopping. Thankfully, I have Amazon Prime, so it makes it as painless (and inexpensive) as possible. So, in a weird, unhelpful turn of events, I've decided to share what I want for Christmas this year, many of which are available on Amazon Prime (hint, hint, Husband...). Who knows? Maybe my wishlist will inspire you for the people in your life!

Plain Cap

My husband doesn't get it, and frankly, neither do I, but I've been eyeing a plain suede cap for a while now. It just looks so chic and cool girls wear them, so now I want one.
This one is available on Amazon Prime


French Press

Again, cool girl status seems attainable with a french press. Also, I'll save money and not have to walk down the block every time I begin detoxing from caffeine.
Also available on Amazon Prime!
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TBT: New Year's Resolutions

Happy Thursday Y'all!

Hope your week has been going well. Just two more days til the weekend!

Many of you are probably still in school, so I hope this post finds you well. This is Throwback Post, from January of this year. I wanted to repost it BEFORE New Year's to give you enough time to think about this post before school let's out for the winter break (for us in the Northern Hemisphere), in case you wanted to incorporate some of the ideas into your lessons, but especially to give you some time to think about what goals YOU want to accomplish come the new year...

Enjoy!

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Original Post: 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.

Get Healthy!

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!

Save Money!

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.

Be Professional!

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"

Blog More!

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.

Have Fun!

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 list 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.

What are your resolutions/goals for the upcoming year? Comment below!





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Quickie Post: New Year's Resolution Pack

Happy Caturday,

Just dropping in to update you all on my revision to the New Year's Resolution Mini-Lesson Pack, which has been updated for 2017. Other small grammatical edits have been made as well, so if you've already purchased the pack, you can re-download the updated version. If you haven't purchases it yet, click here to get your very own (for a measly $2.00). It's perfect for grades K-5 and can be added to any lesson on making goals, resolutions, and the like.


Additionally, I have a similar product (though not New Year's themed) for the older crowd. My Goal Setting for Young People is incredibly popular (my best seller for 2 years now!) It's still my favorite product I've created and is JAM-PACKED with goal setting worksheets, tips, strategies, etc. The focus is on making SMART goals for sustaining lasting change. It's great for older students (think: middle school and high school), as well as young adults in other settings (think: higher functioning individuals receiving adult services in a job-placement program or day facility). 



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Quickie Post: Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) Sale!


So um, wow. It's the end of November. I've been missing, per usual. Just got back from Hawaii (yes, really), and just realized it's already the Cyber Monday sale on TPT! I've set up my store to have everything 20% off, and with the additional savings from TPT, you will receive 28% off your purchases! Sweet!

Click the image below to head to my TPT store and save a whopping 28%! Don't forget to include the promo code at check out: CYBER2016



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Back to School Madness: A Guide to Stay Sane

Hello Lovelies!

Even though I'm not in the school setting anymore, September always reminds me of new beginnings, similar to New Years. It's the perfect time to reset and refresh all those stale routines you've grown to hate. I understand that many of you are back to school already (BEFORE SEPTEMBER?!) but these tips are helpful nonetheless. Below are some self-help tips to help you stay sane during this chaotic time, whether you are a teacher, a parent, or a *fill-in-the-blank* looking to employ some self-help strategies.


Get a Routine Down

Chances are, your routine is a little stale, or non-existent (read: Vacation Mode). It's time set your routine now, to make your life easier. The quicker you determine a routine that works for you and your family, the easier life will be!

Exercise

Everyone's favorite pastime (not). Whether you run 5 miles a morning, or practice some post-dinner yoga, exercise should be a non-negotiable. The benefits of exercise are innumerable, but my anecdotal take is that, it just makes me feel good. When I feel good, I stress less, sleep better, and am able to handle more. Check out this post for ways to fit exercise into your already busy life.

Book a Massage

Not always feasible, but the idea here is to pamper yourself. My favorite way to do this is to book a message (often for cheap on Groupon, or with Back-to-School specials at various massage studios. Other ways to de-stress: get a mani/pedi, get a facial, or spend an hour one evening (preferably when no one is around to bother you) giving yourself the ultimate spa treatment.

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#WCW: New Playlist


Happy Hump Day!

I created a new playlist that I'm completely obsessed with and have appropriately titled #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday, duh). I should disclose this is an EXPLICIT playlist, thus, it is NSFW and NSFTEO (not safe for the easily offended). #sorrynotsorry

Check it out!


Any #WCW songs you'd add? Let me know below! I'm always looking for new music to listen to!


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Got FOMO? Try GOMO!

Hey all! Hope your summer is going as swell as mine! Are you feeling like you're missing out on all the excitement? FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) to the max? Well stop.



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Isn't it time to squash FOMO in lieu of something a bit more fun and meaningful? I've teamed up with some folks over at Eventbrite to promote an even better acronym than FOMO: GOMO! What's GOMO? I'm glad you asked...

Going Out More Often, or GOMO, is...well, exactly that. It's time to stop harboring feelings of being left out while scrolling through Instagram and Snapchat and start getting ourselves out and doing more! How do you get started? Check out my plans for GOMO below.


How do I plan to GOMO?

Concerts!

One of my most FAVORITE summer activities is attending outdoor concerts. Free or not, I love looking forward to jamming out to awesome music in the summer heat. This summer, I'm looking forward to checking out some artists at the Lowell Music Series.

Beach!

Like every weekend. My fave place in the world.

Festivals!

So many to choose from here in Boston. Like music festivals, food festivals like this and this, and one that's a mix of everything.

Outdoor Dining!

Usually, The Husband and I spend our date nights (Saturdays) dining outside in the summer. We like to head to coastal towns, like Newburyport, Rockport, or Portsmouth, NH and find little local restaurants to try. Each weekend is an adventure!

Museum!

I love museums, but I feel like we never go anymore. We live just north enough that Boston feel out of reach for a weeknight at the museum. However, with this event coming up, I'm putting in my calendar and we are making it happen!

So far, this is how I've been GOMO!

Amazing trip to Mexico!






Amazing trip to Martha's Vineyard!





Beach trips!



Dog Adventures!





My 30th Birthday!



So far, my GOMO experiences have been incredible and I'm so lucky to have the chance to do these amazing things. I'm looking forward to continuing in the spirit of GOMO all summer long (and then some!)

If you'd like to create an event in your area, check out this online RSVP page from Eventbrite. You can also check out your local Eventbrite page to find some awesome events in your area! Eventbrite supports ticket sales, discounted options for non-profits, and loads more!



Help us end FOMO once and for all by sharing your plans for GOMO!




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Quickie Post: TPT Back to School Sale!

Back to School already?! Where does the time go?! Well, in any evident, you can save mad money on the resources you would normally buy for your classroom with the Back to School Sale on TPT!
Head over to TPT, shop as you normally would, and make sure you put in the code BestYear to ensure you get a mega discount!


Check out my products, where you will get a total of 28% off anything in my store!

Enjoy the last few sweet days of summer!


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Keep the Learning Going All Summer Long!

Happy Friday!

I realize this may be a little too late for some of you folks (WHAT?! Some of you are already back to school? That's baffling to me). But for others who still have another 6 weeks to go, I've teamed up with my friends over at Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 24 to bring you another infographic! Check out these great educational tips to keep your kids active minds engaged all summer long. 


Don't forget to pin the image above to reference and share with others! 

What are your thoughts? Do you have unique ways to make learning fun? Leave a comment below!


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Easy Like Sunday Morning: Mother's Day Playlist

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!





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May Goals

Greetings Lovelies,

The first week of May is nearly over, and I've finally developed my goals for the month. Late start, but I'm motivated to check those goals off!

What are your goals this month?


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Quickie Post: Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Morning all,

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 :)

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The Anti-Valentine's Day Playlist

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, (formerly) aptly titled "There's a Reason You Hate Valentine's Day" or "The Anti-Valentine's Day"


You're welcome.



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Quickie Post: TPT Sale!

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...

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Celebrate Dr. King

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!


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Resolution Inspiration

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.


Get Healthy!

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!

Save Money!

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.

Be Professional!

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"

Blog More!

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.

Have Fun!

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.

What are your resolutions/goals for the upcoming year? Comment below!



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The Busy Bee's Guide to Staying Hydrated

Do you feel sluggish? Is your skin dry or sallow? Are you dehydrated and thirsty by days end? You need to increase your water intake! Don't feel like you have enough time in the day to keep chugging the beverage? Don't fret - I've got some tips to help you.

Some tips for upping your H20 intake:
  • First Thing’s First. Have a glass first thing in the morning! There you go. One down.
  • Meal Planning. Plan to drink a glass of water at each meal. Opt for water instead of grabbing your usual soda or juice.
  • Reuse and Refill. Keep (and refill!) a reusable water bottle with you at all times. If you have water within arm’s reach, you will be more likely to drink it!
  • Mix It Up. Don’t limit yourself to plain water, especially if you already struggle to drink enough of it. Spice it up by adding some edible flavors, such as cucumber, lemon, or mint. There are some water bottles made specifically for these delicious infusions. Click here for a list of yummy water recipes.
  • Eat Your Water. When all else fails, eat it! Incorporate foods with high-water content, such as watermelon, tomatoes, or cucumbers which all contain over 90% water per volume!
  • Get Some Bubbly. If cutting out the carbonated soda is a challenge, consider swapping out your regular soda with some sparkling water. It’s refreshing and hydrating without all the calories.
  • Pencil It In. There are a few ways you can use these reminders to get yourself drinking more water. You can plan to drink a glass of water at specified times throughout the day. For example, you can plan to have a glass of water at the beginning of each class you are teaching, or every hour on the hour. What every schedule you choose, make sure you can keep to it. Another idea is to have your fitness tracker or phone send you a reminder. My FitBit is scheduled to vibrate throughout the day to remind me to drink some water. It’s a simple, non-intrusive way to stick with you plan.
  • Track It. You can track your intake on your phone using a several different apps. Make a goal and track your progress each day. You can also simply add some checks in your daily planner, a post-it note, or fun little visual you keep in your purse. It doesn’t need to be fancy, it just needs to work.\

Just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean you don’t have time for some hydration. Use these tips and see the benefits!


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Happy New Years!

Happy New Years friends! I hope you had a wonderful NYE last night and aren't feeling to too badly today. I'm not - I've been sick the past 2 weeks and The Husband and I didn't feel much like partying. After the required Chinese Food (NYE tradition, ya know) and a scorpion bowl, we came home to watch the ball drop in the comfort of our fleece pajamas and down comforter. It was perfect.

In preparation for the New Year, I've joined the fun with Farley's Currently. I haven't done one of these in several months, but with the New Year brings changes, beginnings, and motivation, so I've decided to join in on the fun once again.


listening. Do you stream Spotify on your computer? If not, why not? It's free and amazing. I also pay for a subscription so I can listen to it on the go (in my car, at the gym, etc.) and it's my primary method for streaming music. One of my favorite things about Spotify is it's playlists. You can make your own (I have many times), listen to other user's playlists (and follow them), and listen to Spotify-made ones too. My favorite Spotify-generated playlist is the weekly one that is curated just for me, based on my last weeks' most listened to songs. They take what I'd been listening to and make a playlist based on those preferences. It's almost always on point (except when I accidentally click play on a country album on repeat while I'm away from my computer, and then my playlist is littered with country music. Puke). Regardless, Spotify rocks (no pun intended)

loving. The  Husband works most Saturdays and has a rotating day off during the week. So, unless he's off on a Saturday (every 6 weeks), we really only have Sunday together. Enter: Mid-week Holiday! When he get a holiday off, I usually do too, so today is our day together. Not that we do much on these precious days off, other than sleep in, go to the gym (see below) and snuggle on the couch watching TV, but it's being together that counts :)

thinking. I really enjoy making and sticking with New Year's Resolutions. Something about making a promise to change or complete something you've wanted to do,and hold yourself accountable, is so liberating to me. It makes me feel in control. I've written posts about this in the past, so if you want to read up on tips to stick with yours this year, check em out!

wanting. Being sick makes me sore. Not like flu-symptom sore, just like I-haven't-been moving-my-body-a-lot-and-I'm-starting-to-feel-stiff sore. I could use a good, deep-tissue rub down. However, massages are no fun when you are face down, dripping snot through the head pillow (sorry for the image), so before I head to the spa, I'd like for this cold to go away.

needing. As I mentioned above, our days off together are usually spent heading to the gym at some point. We do this separately on days we are working, but generally go the time the other one will be there, so we are usually working out together. Today however, I was moving just a bit too slow, and The Husband took off without me. I'm wrapped like a burrito in my knit baby blanket, trying to work up the energy to go (not because I'm too sick, but because I'm too lazy).

one little word. Health. Physical health. Mental health. Emotional health. Health.
*to come up with your own OLW for the new year, check out this post from The Chalkboard Magazine.

Before I bid you adieu, I want to remind you of two products you could use in your classroom when you head back to school next week! The first is my New Year's Resolution Mini-Lesson Pack, which has been updated for 2016. It's good for grades K-5 and can be added to any lesson on making goals, resolutions, and the like.


Need something for the older grades? I loved using this product with older students and young adults. The focus is on making SMART goals for sustaining lasting change. It does not have a New Years focus, but can easily be used to focus on making goals for the new year. My Goal Setting for Young People is my #1 best seller right now and has a 4 star rating. It's definitely my favorite product I've created so far :)

I wish you all a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year!


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