Week in Review

Well, it’s official – I’m a high school teacher and I survived my first week of school! What a crazy change from elementary and middle school. It’s been a fun week, but I’m oh so glad it’s the weekend. I need sleep!

Here are a few highlights:

– Jack has taken to asking to sit in our laps during breakfast and dinner. It’s probably not something we should allow but it’s so sweet that we usually just roll with it. I’m sure we’ll regret that decision eventually but when he shouts out “Me! Sit!” you just can’t say no.

– I fell asleep on the couch watching Survivor at 8:00 after our first day of school. Exhausted!

– Jackson is currently obsessed with some superhero figurines he has. There are two Batman toys, one Green Lantern, and one construction man Little People toy. He calls them all “Bat” and most nights lately they’ve had to sit on his windowsill all night long to watch over him – if we forget one of them, he lets us hear about it!

– Corey and I each ended up having to take a day off this week because Jackson got sick on Thursday morning. It wasn’t great to take off the first week of school but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy spending a day cuddling with my baby!

– We went out for dinner and karaoke with some friends on Friday for a birthday – it was so much fun and it felt great to have a date night together! Also, how did I not know private karaoke rooms were a thing? So awesome!

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And a few favorites from around the web…

This article was fascinating. Definitely not something I necessarily agree 100% with, but there’s plenty to think about in there!

This is incredible…but I can’t imagine it tastes very good!

– I loved reading about this mom’s take on natural “boy” instincts in toddlers. We definitely take the same approach as her!

– What a fantastic take on the “terrible twos”.

What I Love About Being Back at Work

Last week was our first week back at work (boo!) and this is our first week of school (ack!). I’m so bummed that summer is over, but this is the time of year where I really like to remind myself about all of the things I DO like about being back at work. Because it’s not all bad!

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1. I’m so much more productive/organized. When I’m on a schedule and back in my normal routine, I tend to be better about cleaning in the evenings, getting stuff done around the house, and just generally not being lazy. It feels good to be on top of things again and not letting myself be too terribly lazy.

2. I love being challenged. I’m definitely the type to want to push myself and flex my brain, and the challenges that pop up on the regular at work are a great way to get me thinking and keep myself mentally active. Summer is my favorite time of year, and I totally get burned out on how mentally taxing my job can be towards the end of the year, but when the year is fresh and new it feels so good to challenge myself again!

3. Jackson adores daycare. I hate being away from him all day, but it makes him so happy to go see his friends at school and he absolutely loves his teacher. He always gets so excited when I tell him it’s time to go to school, and it warms my heart to know that he’s so happy all day when I have to be away from him.

4. Fall is amazing. There’s just something about the fall season that makes me so incredibly happy. Changing leaves, pumpkins everywhere, cooler weather, and football just make me happy. I have boots in my capsule wardrobe which means I’m going to be WEARING boots soon which makes me a very happy girl!

5. Did I mention football? I LOVE FOOTBALL SEASON. That’s really all that needs to be said here.

6. I’m eternally a nerd and will always be excited about fresh school supplies, the “back to school” section of the grocery store, and all that comes along with the newness of a school year.

7. I love my job. It’s hard to remember this sometimes when I’m mourning the loss of spending all of my days with Jackson, but I truly do adore my job and I’m excited to be diving back into it.

School starts on Tuesday and while most of me is a little terrified to dive back in (I always am!), overall I’m excited to get going and see what this new school year brings!

What are your favorite things about your job?

Week in Review

I survived, y’all! It was our first week back at work/daycare and all of us got through the week with minimal stress. A few highlights:

– Jackson has jumped back into daycare totally seamlessly and seems thrilled to be back. Absolutely zero tears at drop-off (even the first day!) and he’s been happy basically all day every day. He’s also actually NAPPED at daycare, which is epic because he’s napping outside of a crib for the first time in his life (they use nap mats).

– It feels better than I thought it would to be back at work and back in the swing of things. I still miss summer, of course, but it feels good to flex my brain and push myself a little bit again (I can already tell it’s going to be a hectic year!).

– Jackson’s daycare teacher has been sending at least 2-3 photos of him every day. It’s awesome to see his face throughout the day and it totally makes my day. I’m hoping she keeps it up!

– I’ve been doing yoga all week (I’m doing the 30 days of yoga challenge from Yoga with Adriene) and I’m loving it! It’s not nearly as intense of a workout as I usually like to do, but I’m already seeing a huge difference in my posture throughout the day, and am finding myself more focused and attentive in general. It’s been amazing!

– At one of our professional developments this week we did a bunch of “minute to win it” games. One of them was to stack three golf balls and have them stay for at least 3 seconds, and I was the only one in our group of 16 who managed to do it (and I think I was one of maybe three people on our whole campus)! Can this go on my resume?

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A few of my favorites…

Rosé lemonade? Yes, please!

– I adore Mindy Kalig and can’t wait to read her new book – here’s a fantastic excerpt.

– I’m seriously considering doing this in our kitchen. I just need to decide on a color! I’m thinking black.

– Another book I’m really interested in reading is this one.

– Oh, and this one. Her first book is quite literally changing my life. I adore it.

Week in Review

You guys – my summer is officially over. Corey and I head back to work on Monday – we have a week of training/inservice with no students and then school starts next Tuesday. I have the weekend and then my freedom is gone! Boo!

Here are a few highlights from our last week of summer:

– Unpacking from vacation is always awful but it gets exponentially worse when you have a toddler. I seriously think I did seven loads of laundry in the first few days after we got back!

– Poor Jack had not one but two doctor’s appointments – one for a vaccination and one to do a final check-up with the ENT for his ears (which, thankfully, have been clear all summer!). I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s done with ear infections for good!

– We had one last summer adventure – we headed to the botanical gardens and had lunch at our favorite food truck park downtown. We’ve been wanting to make that trip all summer and I’m so glad we did…although we said next time we go we want it to be spring so it’s not a million degrees outside!

– I’m spending today in my pajamas to fully embrace the laziness of my last real day of summer. I’ll be working my butt off all day cleaning and prepping for next week, but I refuse to get dressed for it!

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A few of my favorite links…

– These Nutella s’mores pop tarts look ridiculous.

– I can’t get over how realistic this faux marble treatment looks!

– The backsplash in this kitchen? I’m swooning!

How to get shit done.

– This is quite possibly the most ridiculous (and hilarious) Instagram account I follow. NSFW-ish.

This post on marriage was so inspiring to me this week.

Our Latest Trader Joes Haul

You guys, I have a confession. I’m addicted to Trader Joe’s. I can’t believe we had one for almost an entire year before I went to check it out, and now I can’t keep myself away.

I’ve become mildly obsessed with reading up on what other people like to buy at TJ’s, and I’m constantly looking for new ideas on what to check out. I figured it’d be fun to share what we bought on our last Trader Joe’s visit, and hopefully solicit some ideas from you on what we should buy next time!

Here we go!

Vegetable Medley: Just your basic pre-prepped veggies, perfect for popping in the oven and roasting. These aren’t anything special but are more affordable that the pre-prepped vegetables at our local grocery store, so I was excited to snatch them up!

– Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: This is the best hummus I’ve ever had. I love the flavor, the texture, and everything about it. Corey even agreed it was the best store-bought hummus he’s tasted!

– Pomegranate Seeds: I got these for Jack to try out, and he’s not a huge fan. Corey and I both enjoy pomegranate seeds though, so they got eaten. These weren’t as good as others I’ve had though, so I probably wouldn’t buy them again.

Organic Grapes, Frozen Peas, and Cherry Tomatoes: Just your run of the mill produce. The tomatoes were particularly tasty!

– Sweet Basil Pesto Chicken Sausage: This stuff is delicious! We cooked it to give Jackson for lunches throughout the week, and couldn’t resist stealing some from him every time we made his lunch. I’ll definitely be getting this again!

– Porchetta Italiana: Holy cow, this meat is good. We ate it with some cheese and bread that we got (see below) and agreed we’ll be buying this very regularly.

– Black Forest Ham & Oven Roasted Turkey Breast: Just got this for sandwich meat. Don’t think it’s any better than the lunch meat at the deli at our grocery store (though it is cheaper) and I’m picky about my lunch meat, so we’ll probably stick with that for now.

– Lobster Ravioli: We cooked this with some shrimp and the cherry tomatoes, along with a butter/wine sauce and it was ridiculous. So good. I could eat it every night.

– Frozen Shrimp: It’s frozen shrimp, nothing special, but very well-priced so we’ll buy it again!

– Frozen Pork Shu Mai: I’ll admit, I was slightly disappointed by these but Corey was a fan. They were a bit bland and I’m probably spoiled by the amazing fresh potstickers our local grocery store sells. I don’t think we’ll get these again.

– Frozen Orange Chicken: I kept hearing how good this was, and we aren’t typically the type to keep pre-packaged meals on hand, but we decided to give it a shot and were pleasantly surprised! We’ve also tried the frozen lasagna and it was great too! I think we may try to start keeping some of these meals on hand for busy nights when we don’t have time to cook…it didn’t really taste like a frozen meal at all!

Toscano Cheese with Black Pepper: Oh man, this stuff was a winner. It tastes like parmesan with a texture more like Gouda and it was so, so, so good. I think we’re going to start doing weekly chef’s boards for dinner because it’s our current favorite way to eat, and this cheese will be making a regular appearance!

– Flowers: I can’t go to Trader Joe’s without buying a bouquet of $3.99 flowers! These are gorgeous and I’m always shocked at how long they last!

Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups: I don’t think I even need to tell you that these are amazing. They are. Amazing. Wonderful. Delicious. Must have them all the time.

– Organic Applesauce: Jackson is applesauce obsessed, so we always have it on hand. I’m not a fan so I haven’t tried this, but it smells a billion times better than the stuff we normally buy, so I’ll probably keep purchasing it from here!

– Chocolate Chips: I haven’t used these yet because we already had some cookie dough in our fridge when we bought this and I haven’t had a desire to make cookies again yet, but I’ve loved all of the TJ’s chocolate products I’ve tried, so I have faith these will be a winner too. They were almost half the price of the chocolate chips I usually buy, so fingers crossed that they’re delicious!

– Multigrain Demi-Baguette: We popped this in the oven to toast it up and ate it with the cheese and meat from above – the flavor combination was perfect and I can’t stop thinking about that meal. I want it over and over and over!

– Buttermilk Bread: You guys, this stuff needs to be in my house at all times. I am in love. Corey isn’t as big of a fan as me because he doesn’t like dense sandwich bread but I could eat this every day and never get tired of it. So fluffy, so flavorful, so YUMMY!

– Rose: I’m on a big rose kick right now and have been snatching it up every chance I get. This one was great – a bit cheaper than what I normally spend on wine, so that was great, and it tastes fantastic to boot!

– Olive Oil: You guys, I’m appalled at how much more affordable their olive oil is than the stuff we normally buy. I don’t think I’ll ever buy it from anywhere else again – perfection!

– Fruit Leather: Jackson is obsessed with these – he loves them as a special treat, so I have to grab a handful every time we go!

– Inner Peas: Corey is addicted to these! I like them, but actually prefer the brand I normally get at the grocery store – they’re flavored (the sun-dried tomato flavor is my favorite!), and these really just made me crave those!

– Granola Bars: These are good! I like to have this sort of bar on hand for a quick breakfast on mornings where I don’t have time to do more, and this was perfect for that purpose. It’s tasty, not too much sugar, and it kept me full until lunch time – can’t complain!

– Kale Chips: Nope. Not a fan. I love kale, but something about these was just off – definitely won’t be buying them again.

– Pita Chips: These were great with the hummus! I liked that they were a bit thinner than the pita chips I usually buy.

Whew. That was our latest haul from a couple of weeks back – we’re running low on everything, so I have a feeling we’ll be making another trip soon…any suggestions on what we should try this time?