You all know my love for Amazon knows no limit, and food is no exception. I’ve had so many college girls reach out to me asking if I could do a post on dorm snacks… More
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 Tbsp canned pumpkin
- 2 Tbsp sugar free maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon will work too!)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- a squirt of liquid stevia if you like it super sweet!
Blend in your blender/nutribullet and enjoy! You’ll have to give this a good shake each morning before you use it but it’s good up to a week stored in your refrigerator!
- 3, 10 oz cans chicken breast (can use any shredded chicken; rotisserie, crock pot, etc)
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 Tbsp chives
- 1 Tbsp dill
- 1 Tbsp dill pickle juice
- 1/2 cup light mayo
- 1/4 cup fat free greek yogurt (optional, sub light mayo if you don’t use this!)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 small apple, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
Mix everything in a large bowl & enjoy! Easiest recipe ever!
Macros for 1/5th of the recipe or 200 grams
5g carbs, 10g fat, 25g protein
There are SO many of you heading out to Scottsdale this next year! Regardless of whether it be for pleasure, a bachelor/bachelorette party, wedding, etc., there are TONS of things to do and amazing places to eat and drink!
Below is a PDF I quickly put together based on the suggestions you guys gave me, as well as places we went while we were there in May! I hope this serves as a helpful overview of places to eat and drink, as well as a couple things to do, for those of you traveling there soon!
Every time Taylor and I travel, I get questions about “how to travel on budget” or “how to save money on travel”. I am not claiming to be an expert on this topic in any way, these are just a couple of things we’ve learned along the way the past couple of years!
First and foremost: In addition to budgeting for travel throughout the year, I have also talked about the fact that Taylor and I decided about two years ago, that we would no longer buy gifts for each other for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, etc. Instead of gifts, we set aside money for travel. This is the number one way we’ve been able to travel more frequently. We were spending so much money on material things that meant nothing to us in comparison to the memories we make, and fun we have traveling together. So if traveling is a priority to you, start doing this!
I realized that may not be applicable to all 18,000 of you, so in addition to that tip, here are a couple others:
Realize that not every trip has to be full blown vacation; set realistic expectations
- Smaller trips can be just as fun as bigger trips, and obviously these are the most cost effective. If you’re just starting out, or really trying to travel on a budget, start small! Not every trip can realistically be a week in Paris. Plan long weekend trips, trips within driving distance, etc. Keep your expectations low if you’re really not wanting to spend a lot of money.
Go somewhere where you can stay with family or friends!
- This is a pretty obvious tip, but it helps save a ton of money on the cost of a hotel or Airbnb. We just stayed with family in San Francisco and it saved us well over $1,000 on an hotel. Some of these locations may not be bucket list spots, but time away is time away, and it may end up being somewhere you love! Taylor lived in the tiny, tiny town of Auburn, NY a couple of years ago and I went to visit him as our “trip”. It is now my favorite trip to date, and trust me when I say, it would’ve never been on my list otherwise! Trips are what you make them.
- Airbnbs are so much cheaper than hotels almost anywhere you’re trying to go. If you’ve never looked into it, I highly recommend it. If you’re really adventurous, you can rent “a room” instead of renting a whole house/apartment. This is the most budget savvy way to stay anywhere!
Travel with friends
- Traveling with friends is not only a fun option, but it helps cut costs on hotels/Airbnbs, Ubers, etc.
Use Hopper & Google Flights
- When I first start brainstorming a trip, I set a time frame, and I put the dates into my Hopper app. If you’ve never used Hopper before, you select your travel dates and Hopper will alert you when your flight is the cheapest it’s going to be/when you should buy your ticket. I also put the dates into Google Flights so that I get emails when the prices go up/down. This helps save a ton of money on airfare! I can attest to the fact that they both actually work, I will never book flights without checking either of these first!
Flexible travel dates
- If you can be flexible with your dates, you will find that certain “off” days of the week are much cheaper as far as flights are concerned! We just traveled Thursday to Monday and it was $150 cheaper than Thursday to Sunday, so be flexible and you’ll save money! Traveling during the “off season” of wherever you’re going is also a great way to save.
Look into purchasing separate flight tickets
- I’ve only done this a handful of times and it takes a little research, but if you can save money, it’s worth the extra time! When you’re searching for flights, search one way flights instead of roundtrip flights. You may end up having to purchase two separate tickets, and flying two separate airlines but sometimes it’s cheaper than booking round trip with one airline!
- Groupon is one of my best kept secrets! Groupon has tons of amazing deals on hotels, attractions, tours etc. You can search by your destination city and you’ll find tons of things to do/places to stay wherever you’re going! That’s where I found our winery tour for Napa and it was 50% of the cost anywhere else I found it online.
- This also seems pretty obvious but a lot of people still rent cars when they travel. Unless you can book a car with points, or some other way that makes it super cost efficient, Uber is the way to go. Also, if Uber pool is in your area, that’s an even cheaper way to get around!
Ditch the checked bags
- Another obvious tip, but when you’re traveling for a long weekend, (unless you’re flying Southwest) it’s worth it to squeeze your stuff into a carry on! At $50+ round trip, that’s a meal for two you could be paying for instead of a bag!
Pick one meal to splurge on
- This is a tip we use ALL the time. On vacation, it’s easy, and sometimes the most convenient to go out for breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner, but you can easily spend $100+ per person doing this every day. Money on food adds up more quickly than anything else. When we travel, we pick one meal a day to “splurge on”, typically it’s dinner. Whatever we decide to splurge on, we do something quick/cheap for the other two meals!
Yelp is your BFF
- Yelp is key when planning cost effective meals; I use it 24/7! Not only do you find the best/highest rated restaurants, it helps you budget too! Each restaurant is categorized as $, $$, or $$$, that way you can decide which restaurants are going to be your “splurge” of the day, and which ones are going to provide more budget friendly options.
Capitalize during Happy Hour
- Part of the fun of vacation, for us at least, is finding fun places to get a good drink. We love a good cocktail or beer on draft, but when you pay full price, drinks can easily add up quickly, especially in big cities (the average cocktail in SF was $14)! Happy hour specials are a great way to save money on food drinks! You can find plenty of travel bloggers on Pinterest who blog about the best happy hours in whatever city you’re traveling to, as well as you can again use Yelp, by searching “happy hours”!
Use Trip Advisor to find cheap/free attractions/entertainment
- Trip advisor is a great resource for finding low cost entertainment options. All of trip advisors activities are ranked by popularity, but they also show how much each costs. This makes it easy to find highly rated/fun things to do!
- If you’re staying in an Airbnb, or somewhere where you’ll have access to a kitchen of some kind, grocery shopping is SUCH a great option to keep things cost effective. Typically if we’re somewhere where we can buy groceries, we buy things for breakfasts, snacks, and sometimes even quick options for lunch! Eggs, yogurts, toast, sandwich items, protein bars, etc., are all quick and easy options that cost a fraction of what brunch/lunch typically costs in a tourist-y area!
Those are all my tips and tricks for now, but I’ll be sure to add if/when I think of more! I hope you enjoyed! Let me know, were any of these new to you, or are you already a budget friendly traveler? What are your best tips and tricks?!
These crops are life changing. They’re similar to the Lulu Fast and Free’s and you can’t freaking tell a bit of difference. I sized down one! This top is my favorite of everything. I love the tie back and it’s so lightweight and breathable for summer! True to size.
This mesh top is another favorite. It comes in a bunch of colors and I’ll definitely be ordering more! The perfect basic. True to size. These crops are the align dupes! They’re buttery soft and make you feel like you’re working out in pajamas. I own 3 colors! Wearing one size down.
Wearing the same mesh top as in the previous photo, just different shorts! I’m not 100% on board with the biker short trend just yet, but these are a happy medium! Short enough, but cover the booty. Same buttery soft material as the align dupe crops! True to size.
This top was one of the first dupe purchases I made a couple of months ago and I’m still in love with it. It’s light and airy and I love that the top half is mesh. It’s flowy and goes with every single thing you could ever pair it with! True to size.
Same mesh top as in the previous photos, different shorts. These are GREAT shorts. They have spandex shorts underneath that have sticky pads on them so they don’t ride up at all, which is usually my pet peeve. They’re long enough while still being super cute and flattering! There’s also some laser cut detailing on the hem which I love. True to size.
I’ll be wearing this crop as a sports bra because I’m not a huge crop top kinda girl, but if you are, you’d love it! It’s padded, very supportive, and has such cute mesh detailing on the back! True to size.
If you love the cool racerback tanks from Lulu, this is their identical twin. The material is the exact same, the fit is the same, I LOVE it. Perfect for any kind of workout and it’s extremely comfortable. Size down TWO sizes in this. It’s so, so long.
This is the dupe for the Power Y tank from Lulu. It’s identical so if you like those, you’d love these too! For only having spaghetti straps, I was so impressed with how secure I felt in this. It has a built in bra which I usually hate, but I didn’t mind this one at all! It’s so feminine and cute and would be great for any low impact workout. True to size.
I can’t rave about these sports bras enough. They’re phenomenal. Out of all 6 bras I ordered, I only kept these! They’re extremely soft but so supportive! I’m a 34D and I feel very secure. Fit true to size.
- 1 and 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 and spray your muffin tin with nonstick spray.
- Place the shredded zucchini in a paper towel and squeeze out the excess liquid, then set aside for later.
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips together until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla together until completely combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and lightly whisk until combined. Then fold in the zucchini.
- Fill each muffin well 3/4 of the way full with batter.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes and enjoy!
My Starbucks preferences change just as quickly as the seasons do. I’m all about the pumpkin spice in the fall, I’m a peppermint fiend in the winter, and then I’m ready for alllll the cold stuff during the warmer months!
These are all super macro friendly if that’s something you’re into! They’re all 10 carbs or less and very low in sugar! Some of them do have sugar free syrups so just be aware if that’s something you stay away from.
I’ve tried to do a better job of sharing my favorites with you in my Instagram posts, but sometimes it’s nice to have a post to refer back to, so I’ve compiled my top three faves for you here!
Sweet Cream Cinnamon Cold Brew
- What to say: “grande sweet cream cold brew w/ sugar free cinnamon syrup”
Iced Almond Milk Cinnamon Machiatto (@TheMacroBarista!)
- What to say: “grande iced almond milk machiatto w/ sugar free cinnamon syrup and light caramel drizzle”
Iced Salted Caramel Mocha
- What to say: “tall unsweet cold brew w/ 1 pump of toffee nut + 1 pump of sugar free mocha”
- I also add a little half & half, and if you like super sweet, add a stevia packet!
Iced Chai Tea Latte
- What to say: “grande iced chai tea w/ almond milk + 2 packets of stevia”
Passion Tango Herbal Iced Tea (@LillieLovesMacros)
- What to say: “grande passion tango herbal iced tea with 2 pumps sugar free vanilla, no sugar or water”
I’ve been working on this blog post for quite some time now, but I really wanted to make sure it was thorough and well thought out before I hit the “publish” button. I care so much about all of my followers, but I hold my “teacher followers” so close to my heart, so I wanted to really take my time with this one!
Two things I want to say before I start in on this post. One, if you are a teacher, THANK YOU for doing what you do, you will never ever be thanked enough, ever. In my humble opinion, being a teacher is one of the hardest professions as well as one of the most underappreciated, so if you haven’t been told today, thank you!
Two, I want to preface by saying I probably know less than 10% about everything there is to know about teaching, and I am definitely not better than any of the people reading this right now! So don’t take this as the end all, be all, right way to do things! But I totally understand wanting to read about someone else’s techniques and tactics, so I hope I can be helpful to you in that way.
- What do you teach?
- I teach Kindergarten!
- How long have you been teaching?
- I am in my fourth year of teaching.
- Where do you teach?
- I teach in Leawood, Kansas.
- How did you end up at your school?
- The jobs were few and far between after I graduated college. I also went through an excruciating process of getting my Arkansas teaching license transferred to Kansas before the new school year began so it narrowed my options a little bit. I just applied online anywhere and everywhere I could and hoped for the best! I took my first offer (I was panicked at the time) and have been at the same school ever since!
- How long did you student teach and in what grades?
- I student taught for an entire year, and taught entirely on my own in each of those classrooms for a combined four weeks. Every college does student teaching differently, but I truly think my student teaching program is what made me the teacher I am today. It was extremely thorough, and I could not have felt any more prepared than I did when I graduated.
- 9 weeks in 2nd grade
- 18 weeks in 3rd grade
- 9 weeks in 1st grade
- What’s your advice to a first year teacher?
- You’re going to get it right 5% of the time. You’re going to question whether your kids are learning every minute of every day (at least I did). You’re going to be so tired, and you will want to quit at times. You will cry, a lot. It’s all normal! Always remember to keep pushing and give them your all every single day. Your kids are always learning, whether you know it or not. In the end, you’ll get through it and you’ll realize how quickly it went by and how truly successful you were, even if you didn’t know it at the time!
- What’s your advice to someone student teaching?
- Be prepared to not land your dream job right out of college. You might, but chances are, you won’t and that is totally okay! I was discouraged when I first started because it wasn’t where I had always imagined myself teaching, but looking back, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about it. I’m still here and I love it!
- Experience every single thing you can. Go to staff meetings, professional development days, committee meetings, parent/teacher conferences, do all of the things outside the normal realm of teaching. All of those aspects make up your job just as equally as teaching does, so it’s important that you get a feel for those things too. Teaching is made up of so many aspects outside the walls of the classroom so it’s good to get a feel for those things before hand!
- References are everything. Invite your principal to come watch you teach. It’s scary, but that is the ONE person that your future employer will want to talk to when they’re considering you for a job. It will make the world of difference if they’ve seen you in action and are able to convey your teaching style, skill level, abilities, etc. to someone wanting to hire you.
- What are your favorite shoes and jeans to wear to work?
- Shoes linked here – this brand is phenomenal and pretty much the only brand I wear to school. They match everything and they’re like walking on clouds.
- Jeans linked here! I wear these every single day. I own 7 pairs and that is no exaggeration.
- Where do you shop for most of your teacher clothes?
- H&M, Old Navy, and Marshalls. My clothes get glue, paint, dirt, mud, boogers, and worse, on them on the daily. I try to be realistic/not spend a lot of money on my teacher clothes because most of them don’t last more than a year.
- How to you keep close connections with your student’s parents?
- Email them. I choose 4 students per week to email a “happy gram” to their parents. They each get one once a month, they take me less than two minutes to write, and it means the world to both the parent and the student. I have gotten more positive feedback from this than you could ever imagine.
- Keep them updated through email/a monthly newsletter; make them feel involved without it requiring effort on their part.
- How long do you see yourself teaching?
- This is hard and I’m really not sure I can answer that! There are a lot of things I see in my future that aren’t teaching; blogging, being a stay at home mom, etc. But on the same token, my job fulfills me more than anything, so giving it up seems so unrealistic right now. I’m taking it as it comes! We’ll see what happens.
- How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
- It’s just something I knew! I don’t know how to describe it. Ever since I was little I have known teaching is what I was meant to do. I also did a program in high school that allowed me to student teach my senior year, so I got a taste of what I was getting into even before declaring my major in college. Obviously student teaching in the end is what truly solidified things for me and assured me that I was on the right path.
- What guided reading program do you use?
- How do you run your literacy centers?
- We do Daily 5! There’s a great book that I read years ago that helped me implement Daily 5 linked here.
- I also occasionally create phonics centers just based on what I can find on Teachers Pay Teachers and work them in when I can.
- How do you balance being a teacher, blogger, girlfriend, etc?
- I DON’T. I don’t ever want anyone to feel like I have it all together because I don’t. I spend some mornings/nights/weekends not doing enough for school and then my week is a disaster, I’m unprepared, and I’m a complete mess. But there are also times that I’m so consumed with doing things for school and I’m not giving enough of myself in other aspects of my life. I aim to obviously be somewhere in the middle, but it doesn’t always happen. It’s okay! If I have learned one the the past few years that I’ve been teaching, it is to give myself grace in all aspects of my life.
- My best advice: get to school early. My day starts off so much better when I’m prepared in the morning, and I absolutely hate staying late at school, so mornings are just what work for me. Anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, spend that time cranking out as much as you can, and you’d be surprised at how much less you have to do at night/on the weekend. This also frees up my evenings for workouts, errands, dinner, time with Taylor, blogging, etc.
- When I do have to work outside of the weekday mornings, I try to minimize it if possible. My favorite thing to do is go to my local library, set the timer on my phone for an hour, and work with no distractions until the hour is up. I’m always amazed at what I can get done in that time frame.
- How do you avoid burnout?
- This is another hard one to answer. I think the biggest thing people struggle with, is balance. Work to live, don’t live to work. That has always been my motto and I really try to keep that in mind. My job means SO much to me and I’m thankful to love what I do, but it’s not my entire life. The minute you start giving up your personal life or neglecting your passions outside teaching, is the minute you become burned out.
- Don’t recreate the wheel if you don’t have to. Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers are both LIFELINES for me. I’m willing to pay $1 for something as opposed to spending two hours of my own time trying to recreate the same thing that won’t be half as good. Be resourceful, there are tools out there for a reason.
- Other than that, assess your burnout. What’s making you feel burned out? The grade your teaching? Your team of teachers? The content? After you feel like you have a grip on what’s causing it, figure out where you can make changes.
- DON’T FEEL GUILTY! If your heart isn’t in teaching anymore or the passion you once had for it is gone, be honest with yourself and move on if needed! You can’t pour from an empty cup, and to be honest, you’re doing your students a disservice by being their teacher if your heart isn’t in it anymore. They deserve more, and you deserve to be happy too!
- What behavior management system do you use?
- I use a clip chart! Love it or hate it, it works for me. Do what works best for you! My kids also have sticker charts. At the end of the day if they’re on pink or purple they earn one sticker. Once their chart is full they get to pick from a treasure box.
- How do you avoid the work room snacks?
- I make sure to pack plenty of snacks to have with me throughout the day, so typically it doesn’t bother me to have sweet treats and snacks around! But if I’m in there and see something delicious, I decide if it’s something I truly want, or if I just want it because it’s sitting there. If I really want it, I’ll eat it, if I don’t, I don’t.
- Do you pack your lunch every day?
- Yes I do! I eat the same snacks and lunches all throughout the week. It makes meal prep a breeze and as long as I change up my meal and snacks each week, I don’t mind it!
I think I answered almost every single thing, but if you have questions, please feel free to DM me! I’m always happy to answer teacher questions if you have them!
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So many of you are heading to Charleston in the next couple of months and asked for all the feedback I had gotten when I asked for recommendations! I compiled a list of the most highly recommended restaurants and bars and put them in a PDF that’s easy to screenshot and share if needed!
I’m positive there are some great places that were left off of this list, but anything that made it was recommended by 20+ people, so these are the best of the best! I hope you enjoy!
Places we went/loved!
Sea Biscuit Cafe: AMAZING breakfast on Isle of Palms. Even if you’re not staying on IOP, this is worth the drive. It’s a hole in the wall/local favorite and the food is to die for! I had the pancakes and the veggie omelet and both were phenomenal.
Taco Boy: This is a great place for a casual lunch or dinner. Everything on the menu is extremely affordable compared to a lot of other Charleston options. I had the roasted cauliflower taco as well as the grilled chicken taco and absolutely loved both! The margaritas are also a must.
SNOB (Slightly North of Broad): SNOB was by far the most recommended restaurant in all of Charleston and among all of you! It’s pretty pricey, but if you’re looking for a nice, sit down dinner, it’s a great option. The menu is mostly seafood, so if you’re not into that, I wouldn’t recommend it. But if seafood is your thing, it’s fabulous! You will not get in without a reservation so definitely make one on Open Table if you plan to visit!
Gin Joint: Gin Joint is an awesome little cocktail bar in the heart of Charleston with an extensive hand crafted cocktail menu. If you can’t find something you love on the menu, or you’d rather have the bartender come up with something for you, there’s a section of their menu where you can pick three adjectives (ie: sour, sweet, sassy) and the bartender will come up with something original made just for you!
Henry’s: Henry’s is a three story bar that’s perfect for late night drinks/dancing. The rooftop is split into two different patios that connect to a whiskey bar. There’s a nightclub called NV connected to the patios as well. Henry’s drinks are fairly cheap and it’s a fun place for a group/bachelor/bachelorette party!
Republic: Republic is a bar and lounge on King Street. They offer bottle service and are considered more of an upscale bar in Charleston. Highly recommend for a big group on a weekend!
Bay Street Biergarten: This place is the cutest place to drink beer and hang outside on the patio! They have games, brews/cocktails, and the best appetizers we had the whole trip. We actually went to BSB twice during our time in Charleston. It’s casual, and would be perfect for happy hour or to kill time during the early evening/afternoon. Inside they have booths with taps at the tables so you an pour your own beer!
- 1.5-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 1 cup dill pickle juice
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup almond flour (coconut flour would work too)
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- In a large Ziplock bag, combine the chicken, pickle juice, and almond milk. Make sure the chicken is coated and marinate in the fridge for one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, powdered sugar, salt, paprika, and garlic powder.
- Toss the chicken chunks in the almond flour mixture. Shake off excess mixture and place each nugget on the cookie sheet.
- Spray the nuggets with cooking spray; this keeps all the crumbs intact!
- Bake until the chicken nuggets are cooked through and the breading is golden, about 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
- These could just as easily be air fried! About 5 mins on each side!
- 1/2 cup light mayo
- 1 tsp mustard
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp barbecue sauce
Recipe from Six Sisters Stuff!
These babies were inspired by @ErinLivesWhole, the queen of all things healthy baking! When I saw her make these, I knew I had to try them immediately. I followed her recipe, I just replaced oat flour with vanilla protein powder and they turned out amazing!
p maple syrup
sprinkles for rolling
- Melt together cashew butter, maple syrup, and almond extract.
- Whisk in vanilla protein powder and salt.
- Let mixture cool in refrigerator for an hour.
- Use a cookie dough scoop to evenly portion 8 scoops of mixture, then use your hands to roll into balls.
- Roll in sprinkles, and enjoy!
Macros per ball (makes 8)
9c, 8f, 6p
I love hard boiled eggs, but I won’t lie, they’re a pain in the you know what. I use my instant pot occasionally which is a lifesaver, but sometimes the set up/tear down/clean up just isn’t worth a couple of hard boiled eggs. Alas, I’ve come across the most magical solution: baked eggs.
This takes a total of 30 minutes, start to finish, and is quite possibly the easiest ever way to hard boil an egg. The best part? NO SHELL. AT ALL. Here’s what you need!
- 1 dozen eggs
- seasoning of choice (I use Everything But The Bagel from TJ’s)
- Preheat oven to 350
- Crack an egg into each well of a greased muffin tin and season with desired seasonings.
- Bake for 20 minutes!
That’s it! They should slide right out and are ready to be stored in the fridge until you need them! An ever better life hack is this silicon muffin tin I use. The eggs come out perfectly with no mess, and it’s dishwasher safe!