Holy guacamole, Friday is here!
The week is over, and I’ve got 70 third graders to meet tonight. I’m pumped to see their adorable little faces, but part of it is a little nerve-wracking for us teachers, too. So many names, y’all…That's what name games are for, right?
My goal this weekend is to dedicate Saturday to finishing some things in around my classroom but have Sunday be 100% school-free. Sunday can be for meal-prep, chores around the house, and some quality time with Will. I'll need to wear myself out so I can get in some good sleep Sunday night, too. With each passing school year, it gets easier and easier to sleep the night before the first day of school.
What are you up to this weekend? Maybe school has already started for ya and you are recovering from the first week. Trust me, next weekend=me+couch.
1. Live These Words
Part of my morning routine is to have coffee with Jesus. As I take my first sips of coffee, I journal my praises, requests, and concerns for the day and week. I do a quick devotional and scripture reading, and I’ve got to get out the door to school. Monday through Friday, this process is about ten minutes. During the summer or on weekends, I like to extend this time. This book, y’all, is awesome. It takes one verb a day and explores how we can embody that word through a Christian mindset. With 40 words, I worked through it over the summer, and I loved the format it. Plus, the author is a fellow Furman alum, which is cool beans. If you’re looking for a great supplement to your devotional time, I highly recommend this book!
2. Coconut Aminos
Soy sauce, I love your salty bite. I just don’t love that you are made of soy. Soy is one of the most highly genetically modified food, plus it’s highly estrogenic (meaning, it encourages cell growth, including cancer cells). With breast, ovarian, and skin cancer in my family, I try to avoid soy. But what is sushi without it? Coconut aminos, my friends, is my new best friend. Made from coconut sap, this is a fantastic substitute for soy sauce if you’re weary of soy.
3. Roasted Okra
It’s no secret that this Tennessean-turned Texan loves her some okra. Pickled, fried, and swimming in gumbo, I can’t get enough of it! Another way to enjoy this summertime staple is roasting. Roasting any veggie brings out its natural sweetness and brings a fabulous chip-like crunch. Roasting asparagus (with a sprinkling of Parmesan) is how I got the hubs to eat it. If you haven’t tried roasting your okra, it couldn’t be easier! You need a 400-degree oven, a pound or two of de-stemmed okra, a drizzle of coconut oil or duck fat, salt and peppa, and 20ish minutes. Go get snackin.
4. The Wonder Years on Netflix
This 90s kid loved her some Nick at Nite, where I started watching the Wonder Years. I had such a girl crush on Wendy, yet I always wanted her to end up with Kevin. This classic coming of age story is one I feel like everyone can relate to- the awkwardness of middle school, the first crushes, the painful interactions between tween boys and girls. Plus, it's just good-op-fashioned family television. I just love it.
5. Workout Jams
As Missy would say, getcha freak on, peeps.
Pep Rally by Missy Elliot
Closer by Chainsmokers
Outside by Calvin Harris Featuring Ellie Goulding
Alrighty mis amigos, I'm off to enjoy the calm before the storm. What are you up to this weekend? I think we're going to be rained out here, so a visit to the glamorous Movie, Bowl, and Grille will probably be in order. The question is how many students do I run into while there? Who knows, but I average three-five per visit.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
Come on, let's live a little!