Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Everyone! I am so ready for this weekend. We're dropping the kids off to their grandparents and heading off to Pittsburgh! It's going to be a GROWN UP weekend - which rarely happens - and I just can't wait. First though, I need to get everyone packed, which is definitely not a favorite.

Moving on to something that is a favorite though... I am obsessed with my new monogram necklace from It is exactly what I'd been looking for & I get compliments on it all of the time. I also love how it stacks so easily with all of my other necklaces, because I just love the layered necklace trend!

And here I am wearing it so you can see how big it is! I really wanted a chunky one, so I picked the XL & it's perfect. It makes a statement, but never feels bulky. 

Another favorite from the week is this Happy Camper Sweatshirt. I got mine on major sale at Nordstrom over my break & have been wearing it non-stop. So comfy! I will definitely be wearing it on our road trip :)

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My favorite event of the week was hands down attending Ella's Kindergarten Orientation last night! She is going to graduate in 2030! So far away, but suddenly she's growing up way too fast. It's going to be a very exciting year for Ella & we can't wait to start! 

This week we also went out to dinner with our favorite person - Wolfy! We met up for some Moe's & drowned our sorrows over salsa. We're still sad that our team isn't competing at States this weekend, but we're slowly moving on. Ella, Moe's, and queso all help. 

Ok, and a little guilty pleasure... I just LOVE Disney Emoji Blitz. It's so addicting. I've been playing for months & I finally decided to own up to my secret love. Try it if you dare :) 

And last favorite of the week - it was Dr. Seuss' Birthday yesterday! Ella has so loved all of the rhyming & nonsense in her classroom all week long. It's my favorite to hear her come home so happy about school each day. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

50 Questions to Ask & Answer

One of my favorite bloggers - Samantha - posted these the other day & I decided to play along! Feel free to answer a few questions in the comments :) I love getting to know my readers! 

1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called? My full name is Brianne, so my nickname is actually Bri. My parents are really the only ones who call me by my full name anymore. 
2. What books on your shelf are begging to be read? I have a few Colleen Hoover books on hold at the library that I can't wait to read. It's just been a crazy month & I've barely got any reading done. So... I'll have to skip my February book review & move on to March! 
3. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like? My doodling is very limited. When I sidewalk chalk though, I'm pretty limited to sunshines, hearts, flowers, and maybe a house. 
4. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? This is rarely a problem, I'm a sleeper. But if it is, I usually play or read on my phone. 
5. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it? I wouldn't even last a day. I am such a social, on - the - go person. Even on my sickest days, I end up leaving the house for something. I just can't. 
6. Do you save old greeting cards and letters? Throw them away? Most I throw away, but I have some really special ones that I saved - like the first Valentine's Day card Eric ever gave me & some special birthday cards from loved ones. I also have a folder of e-mails that mean something to me. 
7. Who is the biggest pack rat you know? My mother in law! She has every single thing my husband ever drew in her basement, as well as every outfit my sister in laws ever wore! 
8. When making an entrance into a party, do you make your presence known? Do you slip in and look for someone you know? Do you sneak in quietly and find a safe spot to roost? 
9. What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be? I'd have to say my strongest is hearing. If I had to give one up, it'd be taste. Maybe that would help me lose a little weight... 
10. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror? I have no clue. There aren't any mirrors in my classroom, so not many I guess. We only have two at our house too... so I would guess mainly just when I'm getting ready. 
11. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child? I believed that all of Canada was basically like Antartica. Because it's north of New York obviously. Nevermind that it is only an hour drive for us. I was convinced it was a frozen wasteland populated by eskimos. 
12. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up? Iced Tea from Dunkin' Donuts - yes, I can brew tea at home but it's so much better from DD
13. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know? I work with an amazing teacher that is always doing the sweetest things for our staff. She leaves candy in the office, buys a big carafe of coffee from time to time, and even bought everyone a poinsettia at Christmas. 
14. How often do you read the newspaper? Which paper? Which sections? Super rarely. I get my news online. I only buy it if I'm featured in it for something... 
15. Which animals scare you most? Why? Anything that swarms or hunts in a pack. I hate the feeling of being ganged up on. 
16. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on? Avoid. It only adds stress to my life, so I avoid it. I'm always saying to Eric, "How will doing that/saying that help resolve this situation?" It's so bad that I will even change the channel during The Bachelorette because the conflict makes me that uncomfortable. 
17. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savored? I had a parent write me a note about how much I've meant to their daughter as a coach, and it really made my day. I put a lot of time into cheer, time away from my own family, so knowing that it means something to others is nice. 
18. What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will? My scatterbrainedness - not a word, but you know what I mean. I wish I had it more together, but it's just not who I am. I'm sure my husband wishes that I'd change too :) 
19. Are you a creature of habit? Explain. Not really, even in the summer when I'm off I don't follow the same routine each day. I am always up for a change in pace. 
20. Are you high maintenance? Explain. Not at all. I am absolutely horrible at keeping up my appearance. I admire people who are impeccably groomed, I am not one of you. Part of it is a time issue & the other part is a money issue. I'd love to get my hair colored every 4 weeks, but we can't afford it, nor do I have the time to make that appointment. Someday... 
21. When was the last time you really pushed yourself to your physical limits? I'm embarassed that it was so long ago, but I'd have to say it was when I ran my half-marathon three years ago. 
22. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends? Why? Lots of acquaintances. I run with a whole lot of circles, so while I do have close friends, I also just know A LOT of people & can hang with them too. 
23. Are you more inclined to “build your own empire” or unleash the potential of others? Build my own. 
24. What’s a strange occurrence you’ve experienced but have never (or rarely) shared with anyone? As a special education teacher, I work with a lot of behaviorally challenged kids. Seeing a positive change in them is always awe inspiring & hard to explain to others. It's one of those things that you have to live through every day to fully understand, but it's always wonderful to experience. 
26. What’s something that amazes you? My daughters - and the fact that they exist because of me & my husband. 
27. Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why? Shoot straight, just rip off the band-aid. 
28. Where’s your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest? Hmmm.... we rarely have out of town guests. We have an amazing brunch at The Winfield though, and I am always down to take anyone there. 
29. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Lawnwork. 
30. Do you have a catchphrase? A catchphrase, no. I do have a mantra though - "It is what it is." 
31. What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them? I try to keep my beliefs about politics to myself. I am not outspoken about them at all. Therefore, I tend to ignore the posts of others who are outspoken. Again, I hate conflict. 
32. How and where do you prefer to study? I don't really ever have to study anymore, but I was always a library girl in college. 
33. What position do you sleep in? I'm a total stomach sleeper. I missed it so much when I was pregnant. 
34. What’s your all-time favorite town or city? Why? Orlando. I really wish I'd done a Disney internship because I just love the city & all there is to do there. Plus... the weather!
35. What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new? 
36. How has your birth order/characteristics of siblings affected you? I am the oldest - and a total control freak as a result. On the positive side, I think it has made me a leader. 
37. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be? I would remove financial limitations :) 
38. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be? It would be with my college friends. We drifted after graduation because I got married & had Ella right away. They're all still single & living it up, so while we are cordial when we see each other, it will never be the way it once was. 
39. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? In 3rd grade, I wanted to change my name to DJ because of Full House. Not so much now... I think I'd go with Andi or Charli - I love boys names for girls. 
40. Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not? As a coach - yes. I know kids will be kids & I just don't want to know everything they do once they leave my gym. As a parent, no. I want to know EVERYTHING. 
41. What do you consider unforgivable? Murder. 
42. Have you forgiven yourself for past personal failures? Why or why not? Yes. You can't hold on to things forever. You have to move through it. 
43. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize? Extremely hard. I expect people to acknowledge their wrong doings. Even if it isn't "I'm sorry," I expect an "I know you don't agree with my choice, but I hope we can move on." 
44. Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for? Not that I can think of...
45. To what extent do you trust people? Explain. I'm pretty skeptical these days. 
46. In what area of your life are you immature? My eating habits. Chicken fingers & mac for life! 
47. What was the best news you ever received? Eric was in college 3 hours away from me for his freshman year, and it was awful. So for my birthday that year, he put his acceptance letter to the SUNY college next to mine in my birthday card. Being able to live together for the next two years, really cemented our bond & I don't know if we'd still be together today if I hadn't gotten that news. 
48. How difficult is it for you to be honest, even when your words may be hurtful or unpopular? Ugh... I hate situations like this because - I hate conflict. This seems to be a recurring theme in these questions for me. 
49. When did you immediately click with someone you just met? Why? What was the long term result? Conversely, are you close with anyone now that you really disliked at first? Jackquelyn, is one of my best friends, and I had no idea what to think of her when she first started working at my school. She is SO loud & SO outspoken - she truly has no filter. But she's my bestie because once you through the bluster, you realize that she has a heart of gold. 
50. When do you find yourself singing? While I'm teaching. Sometimes things just pop in to my head... the kids have grown used to it. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Break 2017 - Park 2

Our last day in Virginia was Tuesday, and since my mom was back to work, we kind of just puttered around their small town. We did some browsing on their Main Street, then hit up Chili's for some lunch. Ella was very excited to show off her new Beauty & the Beast shirt to everyone :) 

We played outside a little bit more, then Gramps made everyone a delicious dinner! After dinner, I went downstairs to do some cardio & Ella wanted to join me. She laid down in her teepee, watched some Elena, and next thing I knew, she was out cold. This was great - except we were in the basement & I needed to carry her up to bed on the second floor! 

We were up & on the road to New York by 6:45 on Wednesday morning. I'm so glad we got an early start because we had to make a lot more stops on the way home than on the way there. Our first stop was at Cracker Barrel for a real breakfast & even though it took an hour, it was worth it! I just love me some Cracker Barrel! We made it to Grammy Nancy's house by 2:30, then played there for an hour or so, then hit the road for the final stretch back to Rochester to see Daddy! 

We started with an early practice Thursday morning, did a few errands, grabbed lunch & found a park to play in! It was the last day of projected nice weather, so we made the most of it! Spring jackets in February is unheard of in NY, so you really have to embrace it! 

We stopped for some ice cream at Sonic, then came home for naps. After Ella woke up, we tackled some clearance crafts! She is SO into these little projects lately :) 

The rest of Thursday was spent at the playground in the sunshine! Unfortunately, we woke up to a monsoon on Friday morning. So, we went off to what would be our last practice of the season. 

After practice, we met up with Aunt Britt & Maddy to eat some lunch and go to the mall. We had GapCash to spend & wanted to do something despite the rain - so it was the perfect option! 

Saturday was all about Sectionals. Sadly, we did not win. It was a heartbreaking day, because they've had an absolutely amazing season. I didn't want them to finish it out this way, but I was proud of them for pushing through. 

We ended up taking 4th, which is really an honor considering there were many teams without falls that didn't place at all. The coaches went out to eat our feelings afterwards & of course, we're just crazy enough to be planning our comeback for next year. 

On Sunday, we laid low all day. Eric & I took turns going to the gym, then my sister's family came over for some Sunday sauce. It was the perfect low key ending to our break. And just like that... I'm back to work, out of season for cheer, and already counting down the days until Spring Break rolls around! 

Monday, February 27, 2017

February Break Recap 2017 - Part 1

This winter break has been one for the books! I'm talking I fell asleep on the couch at 7:45 last night, just because it's been so darn busy & fun! So even though I should probably be prepping lessons right now, I just had to share our adventures with you all :) 

As soon as my students got on the bus last Friday, I hopped in the minivan with Ella! We scooped up Livy & then drove about an hour to pick up Grammy Nancy (Eric's mom) who accompanied us on our trip. I cannot say how enormously helpful it was to have Nancy with me on this trip! She really is like another mother to me (I've dated Eric since I was 17) and we're very close, plus she's one of the most helpful people I know. So... we hit the road, stopping at Sheetz for a quick road trip dinner, then we powered straight through to my parents house in Virginia! It's about an 8 hour trip, so we arrived just before midnight. The girls were awesome on the way down - sleeping most of the way - and I was grateful to have Nancy keeping me awake after a long week at school. 

Saturday morning we woke up & it was gorgeous in Virigina! Actually, it was gorgeous our entire trip! Sunny & 70 in February is something I can get used to. We hit the road to Fredericksburg & did a bunch of errands with my mom. Both girls were very excited to be wearing their new spring jackets & I was even wearing sandals!! 

We ate lunch at Chick-fil-a, my absolute favorite, and we basically cleaned out the entire Cat & Jack section at Target. Seriously, their kids line is so cheap & so adorable! I will be sharing some of our favorite finds later in the week because they are precious - and over that weekend they were 25% off! We came home that afternoon & I got to go walking with my mom outside while the girls played. I think everyone was asleep by 8 though because of the fresh air & our late night the night before! 

The next day, we were up & at em to head to the park! It was the most beautiful of all the days & we had a blast playing outside! 

I spent a large chunk of my afternoon sitting outside in the sunshine and it was glorious! Ella was loving it too,... until I made her put on sunscreen. After naps, we headed off to another park to play some more. This time my dad was with us, which is Ella's favorite, so she was in heaven. 

So while Sunday was probably Ella's favorite day of the trip, Monday was my favorite! I had everyone bathed & set to head out bright and early so that we could hit Tysons Corner Center as soon as it opened! 

Tysons is one of my favorite malls because it has so many of our favorite stores that we just don't have in Rochester - The Disney Store, American Girl, and Nordstrom! 

Ella did some shopping for her Bitty Baby & picked out a new outfit for her :) She probably could have picked out at least 10 outfits, but she ended up settling on some cute little kitty pajamas. I think it was the slippers that sold her. 

After American Girl we did a whole lot of shopping, followed by lunch at Shake Shack, and then more shopping! We were VERY fortunate that the girls both took awesome naps that afternoon & we were able to shop in peace for a few hours. I ended up finding some great stuff from Nordstrom's sale & surprisingly enough, bought some really cute stuff from Forever 21's clearance that literally totaled less than $10! At the end of the day... Ella was happy, but ready to head back to Grammy's. 

And even though I intended to write this all in one post, it's getting WAY too long, so I'll be back tomorrow with the rest of our break! Happy Monday everyone! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Favorites

I am writing on a huge high this morning! My favorite favorite favorite of this week was last night when we took back our County Championship!! 

Last night was cut throat. The competition just keeps getting tougher & tougher, but these girls were AMAZING! I was so impressed by their performance. I can't wait to see them perform again on Saturday, and then at Sectionals when we take back our brick! Ahh... I'm still buzzing this morning because I'm so proud of them. Tonight is Senior Night, so I'm sure that I'll be a blubbering mess watching my babies cheer their last game. 

Onto my other favorites of the week... Ella's afternoon sitter - Emilie - sent me this Snap on Wednesday of their little coffee date after school. She said the first thing out of Ella's mouth was - "Can we go to Tim Horton's?" and Emilie just couldn't say no to that face! 

On Monday night, Ella started her Tumble Tots class! She was so excited. She decided to wear an outfit just like the cheerleaders do to practice. She looks SO big in this picture. I couldn't help but feel proud as I was watching her. She listened to directions, stood in line patiently, and worked really hard whenever it was her turn. Love my Ella! 

And bedtime has been another favorite this week. Seriously, I'm just so tired! I always feel this way going into Winter Break though, so I'm not shocked. I'm certainly ready for a week off though. Only 7 days to go & I'll be off to Virginia! 

And my last but not least - I got to spend some time with Madigan this week! I adore my niece & just love cuddling her! She's wearing a onesie that I bought her - perfect for Valentine's Day & her coffee drinking mama :) 

Have a Happy Friday Everyone! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Book Review - January 2017

I'm excited to share these books with you because January has been a VERY good reading month for me! I absolutely loved all three of these books - even though they're all quite different from one another. Two were from new to me authors, and one is a book that I've been dying to get my hands on for almost a year. I had such a good time putting this together that I've already made a trip to the library to pick up books for February! 

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale was probably one of the best books I've ever read. I started it after school one rainy afternoon when I didn't have practice & ended up until 12:30 because I just couldn't put it down. I had to find out what happened. The main character, Aimee, has to bury her fiance on what should've been her wedding day. As if that's not tragic enough, a lady approaches her in the parking lot after the funeral telling her that he's still alive. While she knows that it's completely farfetched, it plants a seed of doubt in Aimee's mind that fuels her quest - both for answers and to rebuild her own life - over the next two years. The book reminded me of a cross between Big Little Lies & What Alice Forgot - two of my favorite books, so if you loved those, I'm confident that you'll love this too! And if you don't want to take my word for it, know that I stumbled upon it because it was one of Amazon's Best Books of 2016 :)

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The next book I read this month was also suspenseful, but is definitely a mystery and not a romance. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith centers around the delivery of a severed leg... so yeah, no romance. If you don't know, Robert Galbraith is actually J.K. Rowling's pen name for the Cormoran Strike series. I have read both of the other books - Cuckoo's Calling & The Silkworm - and enjoyed them both, so I was really looking forward to this book. It is LONG - like 500 pages - and there's a lot of information to digest, but the mystery that unfolds is worth it! 

Silver Girl: A Novel by [Hilderbrand, Elin]

The last book I read this month was Silver Girl by Elin Hildebrand. This is the first Hildebrand book that I've read, but I know so many people who adore her novels. I have to say - I'm with them! Silver Girl is about two women - Merideth and Connie - who are both trying to rebuild their lives after catastrophic events. It's set on the adorable island of Nantucket, and I have to say, I'm already planning a little trip to visit just because it sounds so picturesque! 

If you've read any of these books & have thoughts to share - please do! Any suggestions for next month, let me know! I have a whole week off & know that I'll spend a good portion of it snuggled under a blanket while the girls play - so give me all you got! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What's Up Wednesday - January 2017


What We're Eating This Week...

I have zero pictures of the food I've eaten lately, just know it hasn't been healthy. #resolutionsoutthewindow  In fact, Eric made the most delicious wings in our skillet the other night. I have no idea how many I ate, and it's probably better that way. Last night, I ordered pizza. Tonight, we may eat chicken nuggets. #thetruthaintprettypeople 

What I'm Reminiscing About...

This time of year always has me reminiscing about my past teams & all that they accomplished. I just love when our alumni visit us & seeing those girls turn into successful adults is one of the best parts of my job! 

What We've Been Up To...

Between our insane schedules and sickness, we've managed to have a whole lot of fun lately! We visited the Strong Museum of Play - which is one of our favorite winter activities! Olivia is old enough to fully enjoy it now, so it was a lot of fun to see them both running around & exploring. 

Ella also had her Snowflake Tortilla Celebration at school & loved that her daddy could attend! I thought it was so cute that they cute the store bought tortillas into snowflakes, then warmed them & sprinkled powdered sugar on them! Such a cute idea! 

What I'm Dreading...

We still have a full month or more of full fledged winter around here. It hasn't been too bad thus far, but I just have a feeling that some serious snow may be in my future. 

What I'm Working On...

I've been working on a lot of fun collaborations for the blog that I'm really excited to share with you! I'm also starting a trial of The Daily Burn, which I'm excited/nervous about. My sister has been doing it & really likes it, so hopefully I will too. Between the weather & very little free time, I need something that I can do at home after the kids go to bed. Hopefully it'll whip me into shape! 

What I'm Reading...

I'm doing my full January Book Review tomorrow, but I just finished Career of Evil by Robert Gailbrath (who is really JK Rowling) and have a lot to say about it! 

What I'm Watching...

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Scandal is back! That is what I've been most excited about. But Quantico is back & is now right after The Bachelor, so those both make me happy too! Early January was super slow for TV viewing, so I'm happy to have some options again. 

What I'm Wearing...

It's winter in New York, so I've been wearing a lot of boots & cardigans. My classroom is extremely unpredictable too, so I dress in layers every day. #beprepared 

What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Another competition for me this weekend. The girls will be with Eric's mom for the weekend. They're going to see Peter Pan & Ella is very excited about it. Eric will be out of town at Winterfest with his friends too. So it'll just be me & Charlie for the weekend. I'm having dinner with one of my best friends Friday night too, so I can't wait for that! 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...

Winter Break! T-minus 16 days until I'm on the road to Virginia with the girls to see Grammy & Gramps! There is A LOT going on between now & then now... 3 more cheer competitions, a benefit I'm helping serve at, Valentine's Day, a field trip, and multiple gymnastics classes. It's in sight though! 

Bonus Question: Who is Your Favorite Bachelor? 

So this was a hard question for me, because I tend to LOVE people when they're on a season as a contestant, but then they usually disappoint me when they become the actual Bachelor/Bachelorette.  For instance, I really liked Chris Soules when he was on Andi's season, but then thought he was a little too hokey when he was on his own season. I can tell you one thing though, hands down, my favorite Bachelorette is Jillian Harris. I adore her & read her blog daily.  

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday - How We Save

Today we are talking about what we save on & what we splurge on. I'm sure if you talk to my husband, he'll tell you that I'm much better at splurging than at saving, but I'm trying. A few things that I'm currently doing to save money...

  • I use a lot of rewards programs, particularly for things that I buy often. For instance, I get at least 2 free drinks a month with my Dunkin Donuts app. It's something that I buy anyways, so I just use my app instead of swiping my card each time. Since the price of iced tea is different locations - it can vary as much as $1.07 in one place versus $2.91 in another! -  I save up my free drinks for when I know I'll be in a place where it costs more! 
  • Like the rest of the world, we do a lot of our shopping at Target and there are tons of ways to save there! First, I always use the Cartwheel app. With their scan feature, I take a picture of the barcode on each item and check to see if it is on sale. These offers stack on top of other coupons and in store offers, so they're awesome. For instance, I just bought a box of diapers that were on sale, plus 25% off with a coupon, plus had another 5% off in the Cartwheel app. The box that is normal $28.99 cost me $17.75! And if you have a RedCard, you can save another 5% on every. single. purchase. I used to have the RedCard that was a credit card, but I now use the debit version, which comes right out of our checking account. It's the exact same as using my bank card, but I get 5% off, which is awesome! 
  • I use Ebates whenever I shop online! I have the Chrome Extension installed so that whenever I even open a website like Gap or Nordstrom, it pops up & asks if I want to activate cashback. It's usually only 1% or 2%, but that adds up quick!  If you aren't signed up, trust me, you need to! 
Now... moving onto what we splurge on! You can basically categorize our splurges into two categories - electronics. 
  • Eric & I love Apple products, and look at them as an investment. We know they're more expensive going in, but we've always had such excellent customer service it's totally justified. All our our computers, tablets, phones, & watches are Apple. Worth every penny. 
  • As far as vacations go, we splurged big this past year & went to Disney! My parents paid for a big chunk of this trip, but that didn't make it cheap. We really had to save to cover airfare, food, and souvenirs for the kids. We are already saving to go back to Disney though because it's so worth it! 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Favorites

Praise the Lord it's Friday! Between a stomach bug and a last minute observation at work, this week was a bit much for me. We have no where to go this weekend, so I'm looking forward to relaxing with the kids & reading a book at home while Eric watches football all weekend :) 

First favorite of the week? Having Monday off! My mother-in-law Nancy & my two sister-in-laws came up for the day and we had the best time! We went to Moe's & met Eric for lunch, then did some bargain shopping together. My girls just LOVE their aunts & were over the moon that they got to spend the day with them. I must say, it was nice to have extra hands on deck to help while we shopped too! 

My next favorite is a total epic fail from last weekend. Every time I think about it, I laugh. Here's the background - for every competition, the coaches buy each team a themed gift. It's nothing fancy, just something small to motivate them. So last weekend's theme was "Knock Their Socks Off" and Nicole (the coach who took over my JV team for the winter season) was in charge of buying the socks. We texted back & forth on Friday as I cut out the tags to tie on each pair for the girls. She was SO excited that she found Minion socks. She texted me a picture & I thought they were cute too, so we went with it. We passed them out as normal to the girls on the bus Saturday morning & Nicole insisted that they wear them for good luck. Well.... fast forward to our performance & I'll just say that it did not go as planned. We still took second, but things that never go wrong, went haywire. As I was riding the bus home with the Varsity team, I got this text from Nicole... 

She had bought them socks that said DANGER! MISHAP! FAILURE! What kind of coach does that?! We were all dying laughing because she obviously had no idea & those words actually sum up our day pretty perfectly. Next weekend - no socks. 

Love Me Now

Next favorite is John Legend's new song - Love Me Now. I cannot get enough of this song. The beat. His voice. The soul. The passion in the lyrics. I'm obsessed. I've been listening on repeat & find myself humming it all day. 

Happy Weekend Friends! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Commitment... or Lack Thereof

I'm at a stage in my life right now where I'm really struggling with commitment. I want to do so many things, but staying consistent & committed is my downfall. It isn't that I lose interest, or that I purposely back out of things, it's that something else always seems to come up that derails my plans, my goals. 

I was thinking about this as I was logging my food this morning. Something I only seem to be able to manage doing 3 or 4 days a week versus the 7 that I used to. I thought, "If only I were more committed to this. The weight would be coming off. I'd feel better." It's the same conversation I keep having with myself about exercise. "If only you were more consistent with your workouts, you'd be in such good shape." It's the same conversation I have about coaching, blogging, reading my devotional, creating materials for TPT. The lists goes on & on. I have the desire to do so many things, but lack the time to do them well. 

All those little conversations throughout the day, all those little, "if only I were...."'s have started to weigh on me. I don't feel like I'm good enough at anything right now. I feel stretched too thin on a daily basis. If I want to be a good teacher, I have to miss Ella's field trip. If I want to be a good mom, I need to cancel cheer practice for dance class. If I want to be a good coach, I need to be at the gym 15 hours a week & drag my kids with me. If I want to eat healthy dinners, I need to leave the gym at a reasonable hour. At what point do I say enough is enough? What do I let go of? I'm not sure I'll ever have an answer. I struggle with prioritizing the many things I love. No matter what I choose to leave behind, I'm afraid I'll be left with a hole in my life.

I'm not really sure where I'm going with this. It just needed to come out. In the meantime, I'm just going to keep breathing. Keep reminding myself that I am enough. 

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