Wednesday, April 22, 2015


I drive almost two hours a day to work and back. It used to be just under one, and then they started doing terrible construction by the point of the mountain. So I have become an avid podcast listener. This American Life is always my go to, but when I finish that, I move on to others. Occasionally I listen to a podcast called Happier. I wrote a post a while back about the "under a minute" rule and how it changed my life and my marriage, haha. 

Anyway, today I was listening to it and it was talking about a few interesting things, one was sleep and how many studies say that adults need 7 hours a night. The podcast lady was saying that she wrote a book about this and had to do extensive research into if this was a myth or not, she found out it wasn't. Seven hours, folks. A lot of people in the world, she said and i've personally noticed, say that they have "trained" themselves to function on five hours, or less. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. They did a huge study with a bunch of people who believe this and they were severely impaired compared to those who got the required hours of sleep. Also, fun fact, there are significantly less car accidents on daylight savings time because people get an extra hour of sleep. Crazy!

I can attest that sleep is so important. I was depressed for like two years of my life and then I discovered that by going to bed an hour and a half earlier, I was a significantly happier person. I'm a huge believer in sleep. It's literally my #1 priority. Ask Mark, he actually hates how much I prioritize sleep. I have never pulled an all nighter since student teaching to plan a lesson because I have learned it is just not worth it. Also, thank goodness for first period prep. 
If you are someone that has "trained" themselves to function on less than seven hours *cough cough dad cough cough* I have a message for you: You are NOT the exception, you are the rule. Go to bed earlier, get happier. 

Another interesting thing they said was that she surveyed all these different people and asked them what is something they do that makes them happier? Over 75% of them said making their bed. So that's my goal this week, make the bed every day and see how I feel. Try it with me! Also I really recommend the under a minute rule I linked to at the very beginning. Game changer, i'm telling you.

A few of my other favorite podcasts are: This American Life, Serial, Radio from Hell, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stuff You Should Know and Ted Radio Hour.
Also I really want to start a podcast. Because why not. Currently hiring a co-star.
Alright, over & out

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Friday, April 10, 2015


I have been on Spring Break this week and it's gone painfully fast. Tomorrow is the last day and honestly i'm kind of heartbroken about the whole thing.  Especially because this week I did a whole lot of nothin. I spent a whole day cleaning our old house, it was terrible. Anyway, I really needed something fun to do so I posted on a blog friends IRL page and I was like "yoooo I need friends plz" and the faithful Emily responded as well as a new friend Mindy! We started out at 180 Tacos in Provo for lunch which is always a favorite of mine. Then we hunted down some cool walls in Provo. We ended at the bakery next to Guru's. Mindy and I both got cheesecake and Emily got a chocolate croissant. It was so delicious!

Yeah, I learned pretty early on that i'm not the fashion blogger type. Mindy was there to coach me through it! I've gotten a lot of questions about my shirt--I saw it on Pinterest HERE and then I decided to DIY Screen Print one myself! I kind of messed up but you can't see it at all in these pictures so I call that a success! :) 
I stole this from Emily's blog because it's so cute and not even a FAKE laugh, a real one!!

Yummy cheesecake!

Thanks for a fun day, ladies!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

goodbye to my favorite doctor

Today marks my fourth week soda free (minus a little sprite I drank when I was sick) which is actually and pathetically one of the biggest accomplishments in my life so far. If I had to describe myself in a few words, dr. pepper would definitely be in there. However I have gone the 21 days that it takes to break a habit and then some. Why? Why. Still asking myself this. There wasn't really a rhyme or reason for it.
Quiiiiite a while ago I read this post on Brielle's blog. When I first read it, it didn't strike me as the usual "quit soda!" post. I dunno, I have read a lot of them in the past and this one just struck me as different. It seemed like her suggestions were doable, sincere and would actually work. However ,I felt like I was SO stressed from student teaching and teaching for the first time, I felt like I needed soda. Which I now see was a crutch, but I realllly needed that crutch. That said, Brielle's post was always in the back of my mind.

So flash back to almost a month ago. I had been sleeping terribly for weeks. I would wake up in the middle of the night a billion times worried about my kids, a lesson plan, a bunch of stuff. I was starting to get really frustrated. I was so tired almost all of the time, so I would drink more dr. pepper. 

One day Mark drank some soda right when he got home from work and then couldn't sleep that night. I was like "Well, it's because you had soda! Duh!" Then I realized that maybe this was why I wasn't sleeping very good. So I thought I would do an experiment for a few days. Totally go off soda and see how I slept.

I didn't sleep any better. Stress is stress, I still wake up in the middle of the night. I get the same headache about 3:30. I don't feel any different.

Except that I do! Not physically, mentally. I went two days without soda. Then I was like "what if I went one more day" and then one more day became two, became four. When I would get the craving for soda, I drank half my water bottle and I usually wouldn't want soda anymore. When I reallllly craved soda, which I did in a really hardcore way for most of the second week, I would drink sugar free lemonade or something that wasn't water but had no sugar or caffeine. 

After the first week, I felt weirdly empowered. I realized that most of the time when I drank dr. pepper it was because A. it came with a meal or B. I got a soda whenever I did something. For example I usually got a soda on Saturday's when I run errands
The amount of time I got a soda because I actually wanted to taste it was slim to none, even though I really do love how it tastes. It just became SUCH a habit and I didn't even acknowledge before. 

So I feel like a freaking rockstar, for no reason at all. I feel like i'm actually in charge of myself, my cravings, my body. Though I don't physically feel any better really*, I just feel like I could kick any bad habit! It's super empowering and refreshing. 

Today I thought about getting one. I know that I could have one and not be addicted, just as a treat. However I feel like, what's the point now? I've come so far I might as well not go there. 

Any suggestions for healthy drinks that aren't water? Sometimes you just need something a lil different, ya know?

* For the past year I have been getting tiny sharp pains in my left chest area. They will come and leave me breathless for a few seconds. I actually had an EKG for them today and my heart is normal, so it's not that. However when I stopped drinking soda the little chest pains stopped! The doctor has no idea why this happened, she said it doesn't make sense but to "keep on keeping on" so I will do that! :)*
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

the demise of Jean Ralphio

Man, I miss blogging. I feel so stupid saying that but hey, it's the truth. 

Let me start out by saying last week might have been the worst week of my life? Decision pending on that one, but it started with me getting some sort of stomach bug on Monday that would NOT leave me all week long. I was also just totally exhausted all week, it was all I could do to stay awake. So I took the day off Monday, Tuesday I felt super terrible but I had so many things to do that I just had to buck up. However I was almost two hours late for work because there was a huge crash on the freeway by my house. Thankful for my co-workers who take my classes when i'm like "AHHHHHH." Then Wednesday I was late due to traffic AGAIN and then Thursday I got some sort of stuffy nose sore throat type of flu, on top of my stomach flu. Ahhhh. But, back to Wednesday. 
  Wednesday we decided that we were going to move that day. We basically decided this in a split second and we had literally nothing packed. Now me, i'm a good mover. I have moved so many times I know how to be organized and make it painless for everyone involved. So deciding we were going to move in a matter of hours, that was nuts. Chaos insued. However, we did it! We moved! 

Before, we were living in a tiny tiny little cottage house. 

It was so cute, I loved it. However there were some serious flaws like...carpet in the kitchen and no a/c or dishwasher. Most of all, it was just pretty small in the areas we are in the most (kitchen, living room, office, etc.) so we decided it was time to make the switch. We found a beyond gorgeous basement apartment. 

Here's an unflattering picture of Mark!
The kitchen in this thing is bonkers, it's huge. Literally half of the apartment is the kitchen. We don't even know what to do with ourselves. We love it.

Anyway, with the move, I broke my dear deer Jean Ralphio. However I wasn't too sad about it. 

About a year ago, I went to the DI right when they first opened to get some vases for our wedding. Have you ever seen the DI when it first opens? It's sincerely insane. It's like Black Friday. Anyway they open the door and everyone runs in. I thought about going to the outdoor area first just to look around but then I convinced myself to stay the course and get what I came here for. About five minutes later I see a guy coming out of the outdoor place with one of THESE. I was absolutely furious at myself. I had wanted one for so long and this random guy got there first. So I was mourning about my loss and I went to Hobby Lobby and found Jean Ralphio. It was kind of like a rebound, I didn't super love him but I just wanted something taxidermied so I committed. When he broke I wasn't too upset, but I just didn't know what I could replace him with.

Yesterday I spent the majority of the day trying to find another Jean Ralphio with no success. So then I decided that I was going to try to get a gallery wall done without him. After a few hours of moving things around I think I was successful! I actually like my little wall a lot better without him! 

Mark has his own gallery wall too. It's just tons of movie and music posters all over the place. Basically our office looks like a bachelor pad with a little me in the corner. But he deserves it, so I let it stand. 

We're so happy to be in our new place, so happy to be done with the stomach flu and i'm SO SO SO happy that's it is spring break and I get a week off!

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