The return of Fashion Friday

I let Fashion Friday slip and slide all the way down the summer black hole. But now that I’m back to work full-time, it has resurfaced. The soaring temps + lack of functioning windows (or a/c for that matter) left me searching through my closet for clothes that would keep me cool, yet would still be teacher-appropriate. Tuesday

Dress: Max Studio, Wedges: Clarks (similar)


Dress: Ann Taylor Loft, Cardi: Nordstrom Rack, Shoes: Dansko (I finally broke down and bought some comfort shoes. Not the cutest, but oh, so comfortable!)


Denim bermudas: Ann Taylor Loft, Ruffle shirt: Banana Republic, Wedges: Clarks. Sidenote: look how sad Rilo is that I’m not spending all day with her 😦

I have to say, Clarks and Danskos are perfect teaching shoes. I had my doubts, but I’m glad I purchased both pairs. This week has included some rather long days, and even longer nights. Comfortable shoes are a must! (I explained this to my kiddos during my I-PICK lesson, they agreed 🙂 )

I’m easing back into my old routines of picking out my outfit and hanging it the night before, packing my breakfast and lunch, and making multiple days meals at once. I wasn’t able to fully organize my first week back, but I’m hoping to be completely back in my normal routine next week. This weekend I plan to make a few freezer meals/drinks I’ve been storing in my pinterest account:

Pumpkin Spice Latte on a budget


Homemade egg Mcmuffins

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals!

Also check out Megan’s Slowcooker Butternut Squash, Zucchini, and Sausage Stew!

No bake granola bars

What have you been pinning, or have you pined after, lately?

My pre-assessment for 2011.

In the educational world we talk a lot about assessing. You can assess for knowledge, for growth and for skills learned. You can pre-assess, to determine where the student is before you start a new unit. You can formatively assess, little check-ins along the way. And you can post-assess, or find out what they learned.



After a post-assessment of 2010 I can tell you I have a lot to learn. I am going to rewind, slow down and re-teach myself how to be healthy.

I kind of consider myself to be a lospert (losing expert). I’m definitely not a maintaining expert, or I wouldn’t be going on this journey for the 4th time. Yep, 4th time.

During my Freshman year I went a little crazy and gained the Freshman 15 in just one semester. The second semester I lost it all, and 5 more.

I slowly let quite a few pounds come back, and the summer between my Junior and Senior year of college I lost 25 pounds.

Then after I graduated I lost the 5 that crept back on, plus a total of 13 more.

So now here I am, trying again to lose the weight. (The aforementioned 21 pounds.)

I attribute my lospert status to knowing how to diet well. I know which foods to avoid, which to stock my pantry with, and how to exercise. But what I don’t know is how to just be healthy all the time.

So my first goal for 2011 is to clean up my eating. Meaning 80% of the time my food consumption should come from natural foods, not processed boxes. How do I pre-assess this? Take stock of my pantry and fridge.



Yes, those would be crackers falling out of the pantry…

A mess! A total mess!

To formatively assess I will check in with myfitnesspal food log once a week. (The blog will help with this too, although I don’t think I’ll have time to post everything I eat).

And my post-assessment will come at the end of 2011. Hopefully I will be able to stick to the 80% rule.

 I spent 3 1/2 hours cleaning and organizing my pantry, cupboard and fridge. Holy moly!

I am pretty pleased with what I accomplished, even if it doesn’t look like much. I’m working with a small 1942 kitchen here people.



top shelf: treats

2nd from top: dry goods/bulk items (lentils, dry soup mix, kodiak cake mix, spaghetti noodles and the like)

3rd from top: oils & vinegars

 4th from top: canned goods & condiments

5th from top: snackies (chips – hubs & libbs, almonds, and animal treats too)

Bottom: bulk items too big to fit on other shelves, cereal (the Lucky Charms are NOT mine!), and other breakfast items (Bob’s hot cereal, oatmeal and mix-ins).


Top: baking supplies

Middle: Coffee& grinder, cooking sprays and spices too tall to fit on the bottom shelf.

Bottom: Grilling rubs, butter dish and spices (alphabetically organized)

The fridge was a whole ‘nother story.

Packed the the brim! Our fridge is only 25.5 cubic feet 😦

Which means we can only buy certain sized containers of items, making Costco a whole lot less fun, and we often put things where they don’t belong. (Like pizza dough in the veggie drawer [droor, drore, drawer? What a funny looking word])

I took everything out. We have WAY too many condiments.


Who needs 2 almost full containers of ketchup? Us, obviously.

And 4 different kinds of mustard? Don’t worry, we’ve got your burger covered.

7 different kinds of hot sauce? Well, you never know what kind of mood you’ll be in.

And clearly, clearly, we need 3 different containers of caesar dressing.

I don’t have an after picture of the fridge, because, sadly, it looks an awful lot like the before picture. There just isn’t much you can do with 25.5 cubic feet. But, at least it is clean and I threw away all expired items and combined as many doubles as I could 🙂

Now I have no desire to take down the tree…anyone want to do that for me? I’ll pay you in Jello and pudding!

Other goals for 2011:

1. Sign up to run a 5K.

2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day!

3. Allot 20% of our income to savings.

What are your goals/resolutions for the New Year?