App of the Day: Fitbit

My first day with my Fitbit Flex was also the day we moved… So basically my Fitbit thinks I’m way fitter than I would be on an average day. But I’m okay with that :)

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(Those 5.85 miles were basically all going up and down our staircase with furniture… Thanks, mega-calves.)

I am SUCH a fan of this device!! (Note: you must purchase a Fitbit device for the app to be of any use to you.) I synced my Fitbit Flex up via Bluetooth to my iPhone and BOOM! Instant step and mileage counts, record of your active minutes, AND a count of how many calories you’ve burned (bye bye, Map My Run).

Also, you can log exercise that you do throughout the day and add in meals to keep up with calorie intake (bye bye, My Fitness Pal).

Plus, (as if it didn’t do enough while you were awake) it tracks your sleep and lets you know how many restless minutes of sleep you had (bye bye, Sleep Time).

Basically this one little device sends all of your wellness data to one app, so you can declutter your iPhone of the zillion wellness apps you have and get it all in one easy to navigate dashboard!! Helloooooo, Fitbit!

P.S. Special thanks to Ooma and Grandaddy who are the real Fitbit pros… Couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Remember that time we moved in a day…

… yeah, my calves do too.

So the wonderfully decorated apartment I blogged about 3 days ago? We moved out the next day. Haha! Life is funny, and sometimes the Lord has a funny way of showing you when and where to go. Also, He is really good at showing His grace through imperfect times, and our new place is even better than we imagined. (Thanks, mom, for always believing that and reminding me all along that it would be.)

The decision wasn’t easy. Obviously in the heat of law school and GAA it wasn’t our first choice to relocate. But circumstances led us to a crossroads, and through many prayers and debates and even a few tears we knew what we had to do… Make a move. For safety. For peace of mind. For the chance to make this place our home.

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Not too shabby for a day’s work. (Sidenote: I didn’t totally hate recreating/ redecorating a space with so much character. Keeping those home decorator dreams alive!)

The best news is that we are now in a great neighborhood! I can’t wait to run through the cherry blossoms in the spring! Plus, we have the best landlords (who I hope to befriend), we STILL have a brick wall (hallelujah!!), and to make things even better we now have AWESOME skylights that let in infinite amounts of natural light. Better. Than. Imagined.

All in all, me and my calves are thankful for a new place to call home. Now for the housewarming party… :)

#7 – Decorate a home to my liking

Home Tour Time!!!!

I’ll be real, “home” is a complicated word right now. Will & I feel at home with each other. We are adjusting to making a new city our home. And we physically have moved into a new space and made it feel like our home (or at least for the most part). But “home” is a place or state or whatever where things are always changing. Ebbing and flowing. And that’s good but also intimidating.

I could just tell you that we magically moved in and *POOF* we had a cute apartment, but that would be lying and undermining the months, I repeat… months! of planning that went into the details that now make our loft apartment feel like home. And even still I’m sure we could “improve” our home… but we will call those improvements “growing into” our home.

So here’s the tour (it won’t take long haha):

The restroom… We’re talking minimalist here. Frames & shelf that I DIYed (fo free) by adding a little paint and patience. A vanity set from Target that I’ve been eyeballing since our wedding… Yes, I envied a soap pump for an entire year before doing anything about it. And our cutesy-yet-(slighty)-gender-neutral shower curtain and ruffled bath mats from Kohls. The Lauren Conrad brand really is a fabulous thing.

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The bedroom… I give all credit to Will for our fabulous rug from Urban Outfitters (which you can’t be in my photo but you can see at the link :)). Not only was it a great deal but it matches our accent pillow that we already had perfectly AND adds a pop of color to our neutral bedding without being over the top. And then, since our bedroom is so tiny, all we needed was a few photos/ knick-knacks in collage form on the walls and a partition between the hallway and the room made by an IKEA Kallax shelving unit. We love the way that the Kallax is functional (holds our t-shirts in bottom row), practical (gives our bedroom a little privacy), and stylish (displays our favorite odds-and-ends… like our globe and baby bulldog). Plus, we have a GREAT closet.

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The kitchen… Let’s just say that Whirlpool appliances are the bomb. A tiny kitchen with granite and stainless steel is the kind of kitchen I love. We have pennant lights over our bar, plenty of room to prep and serve, and an unhindered view of the living room (because really they’re one in the same). Also, with a modern kitchen we made a simple, cheap, yet classic upgrade to all white dishes from IKEA. Best decision ever. We stinking love our plain-jane dishes.

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The living room… Our living room has multiple functions: entertainment room and Will’s office. We utilized a hodge-podge of furniture, which actually worked somehow, and didn’t have to purchase anything except for another Kallax from IKEA to use as our entertainment center and Will’s desk, which we got off of Craigslist for $10. Obviously it’s small. But we prefer the term “cozy”.

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And that’s it. It was the easiest space to decorate because you didn’t have to add much to make it feel put together. Plus, we just de-cluttered in a big way when we moved, so it’s nice to have a place for everything out in the open and know that drawers and cabinets aren’t holding random junk. It was our attempt at minimalist living and I think we succeeded :)

What’s your favorite part of your home? I’d have to say of all the spaces in ours I love the living room most. Bright, comfy, and great for entertaining (even if it is smaller than my freshman-year dorm room). I am truly thankful to have experienced this space!

Our Anniversary Trip (yes, from July…)

This weekend is the last weekend in September. I don’t understand.

It seems like just yesterday it was summer and we were vacationing and then immediately moving and then starting school(s) and now… we’re just living the life, I suppose. But with all that said, “living the life” has left only a little time to reflect on the greatness of the summer. And since it is the first official day of FALL (PTL for PSL!), I’ll dedicate this Take-Me-Back Tuesday post to Charleston, SC and the beautiful first anniversary trip it gifted us with.

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So how to document Charleston? Naturally, I feel like it has to be through food… because we ate our way through the Holy City. Here are some of our suggestion’s of Charleston’s finest dining spots (be warned… this is a lengthy post because there’s just that much to rave about):

First stop: The Macaroon Boutique. We arrived, put down our things, took off on a walk down King Street and got about 3 steps before I saw this precious shop. I had to have one… in every color :) Will didn’t join in my excitement for the macaroons (said it was a “girl thing”), but I happily enjoyed snack #1 of the trip as we got to know the city.

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Dinner our first evening was spectacular at The Hominy Grill. However, we were not hungry enough for the feast put before us. Next time I’ll fast for a few days and then go to Hominy and chow. down. For real. Also, our southern cookin’ dinner was incredible (including the boiled peanut appetizer), but I’d also reeeeeeally like to try Hominy’s brunch. I’ve only heard praises. So Hominy… reason #1 to go back to Charleston as soon as possible.

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The next morning, I’m still pretty sure I was full from the meal the evening before… but we ate a huge brunch anyway at Caviar & Bananas. We blamed it on the day-long bike ride around the city we were about to embark on, but let’s be honest, we just wanted brunch. My eggs, parmesan potatoes and biscuit were divine. And Will’s biscuit? Bigger than his face. So delish.

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Then the bike riding ensued and we biked all. over. that. city! Like probably 100 miles… Okay, I’m an exaggerator. But it was a lot. And the perfect way to end a day-long bike ride around the most gorgeous city is to eat the most tasty of pops. King of Pops Charleston, you were a little taste of home. And the fresh peach is by far my favorite flavor so I was quite pleased.

Once we got cleaned up and rested a bit, we took off to dinner at Hom. We didn’t participate in the ping pong tournament, but we did devour their specialty burgers and perfectly seasoned fries. Nom nom at Hom. And then post-dinner, of course we needed dessert (it was vacation… dessert for every meal!!) Even though we had been to Jeni’s in the ATL, something about going to Jeni’s in Charleston made it feel like a brand new experience. Maybe because they had JUST opened or maybe because I tried something new. Who knows! All I know is that I went home very full that night…

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… and then awoke to EAT MORE! Not possible… I know. But just wait! On the morning of our anniversary, Will not only surprised me with our wedding video (which I didn’t know existed nor did I ever dream of seeing… *sob*) but he also took me to get a Lavender Latte from Black Tap Coffee because he remembered that I had mentioned one time a million years ago that my favorite blogger loved Lavender Lattes from Black Tap… Is he not perfect? We sipped on our coffees as we traveled out to Mount Pleasant to go on our paddleboarding adventure!

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Post-paddleboarding we were finally hungry again for the first time all trip. Haha. I guess that’s what some serious physical activity will do for you! It was pouring and we were starving and really really wanted tacos, so we headed in the direction that we thought a taco shop might be in. We totally lucked out because we came across Scratch Taco Boutique and seriously had the best tacos of our lives. I still dream about that buffalo chicken taco (and yes, I couldn’t resist the buffalo chicken). Also, the street number was 713… which was also the date… which was also our wedding anniversary. So we super liked Scratch.

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On our way to anniversary dinner, Will and I recapped the entire year of wedded bliss, which was the best part of the entire trip in my opinion. Then we had a cheese tray at Husk (next time we will also eat everything else they have on the menu… reason #2 to go back ASAP) followed by a “snack supper” of fried okra, peel-and-eat shrimp, and oysters at The Ordinary. Both of these restaurants blew us away with their atmosphere and simple-yet-impressive menus. Next time around, we will give them both the full attention they deserve in full-meal form. But man oh man… everything we had was perfection. And then we followed dinner with dessert at The MacIntosh. Never will I look at buttermilk pie the same.

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Our final day in Charleston we tried to think of every possible excuse to stay for a few more days. But finally we decided we had to part, but with a promise to visit again soon. We spent our morning at Kudu with coffee and a chocolate croissant (and felt really cool sitting just outside the Garden and Gun headquarters). Then after one last stroll through what is now a favorite vacation spot of ours, we had lunch by the water at Fleet Landing.

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I can’t pick just one place as my favorite (obviously), but the overall culture and style of Charleston was right up our alley… and it’s clear that we would never go hungry there. Here’s to you, Charleston. May we see you soon :)

Now that I’m a real teacher…

… I have a real Teachers Pay Teachers account!!

I feel really official.

Today alone I sold 10 products!!! By the way, did you know if was Constitution Day?? I did. And my kiddos were the most festive of kiddos at school. We even wore (well… attempted to wear) hats all day to show our patriotism!! And because I’m a forward-thinking gal, I made an activity for us to do and posted it on TPT. Apparently between 7am and 1pm today there were 10 teachers out there that were told that it was Constitution Day, and I’m SO glad that my little activity came to the rescue :)

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I wish I could show you the little smiley faces that wore these hats!

OH! And I also finally posted my Word Wall today.

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Successful day living the #teacherlife.

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