4 Ways To Make The Most Of This 3 Day Weekend

1. Appreciate the Reason Behind the 3 Day Weekend
This weekend, most people have a 3 day weekend for Veterans Day. It's important to take a minute and appreciate why we have Friday off. In this case, its because its a way to say thank you to our veterans who have served in the military. 

2. Get Chores Done First!
This is crucial to having the best 3 day weekend possible. If you don't get chores done first then you are bound to have it weighing on you at some point throughout the weekend. I always start my weekend by cleaning our condo, doing laundry and going grocery shopping. It's so nice to get everything completed on my to do list right away. After I get the chores done, I know the rest of the weekend will be stress-free. 

Marine Corps Ball 2016

Well... That's a wrap! Saturday was my last time ever attending a Marine Corps Ball. If you aren't familiar with Marine traditions, each year the Marine Corps holds a ball in celebration of the day they became a branch of the military. This year was their 241st birthday. 

I have been to three different Marine Corps Ball. The first year, Tanner was stationed in Twentynine Palms for training so the ball was held in Palm Springs (about an hour away). It was held at a beautiful resort and we had a blast. I can't believe how young we were! 
2013 Marine Corps Ball
The second year, Tanner was stationed at Miramar so it was held in downtown San Diego at a fancy hotel. We had a room on one of the top floors in the hotel and had a beautiful view of the city. 
 2014 Marine Corps Ball 
Last year, we didn't attend the ball because Tanner had just gotten back from deployment so he was on his post-deployment leave. That brings us to.. this years ball. Tanner is still stationed at Miramar, and this time it was held at a resort in Carlsbad. One of my favorite parts about the Marine Corp Birthday Balls is that they are usually held at resorts and hotels and the venues offer discounted rooms for the military! I love getting to stay the night at the venues and not having to worry about driving back the night of the ball. 

6 Tips for Writing Substitute Teacher Lesson Plans

As most of you know, for just over a year I have been a substitute teacher. In this past year, I've seen many different versions of lesson plans written for substitutes. I thought it was finally time that I put together a list of tips for writing substitute lesson plans. Think about these things the next time you go to write a lesson plan for a substitute! 

6 Tips For Writing Substitute Teacher Plans:

November Goals

Happy November 1st! A new month means it's time for me to set some new goals. First, lets review my October goals:
1. Exercise 20 times this month.
I almost completed this one. ALMOST. I had 19 workouts this month... so darn close. This was a really tough goal for me. I’m used to working out only 4 days a week. With the goal of doing 20 times a month, it forced me to workout one day every weekend. It was a challenge and it’s a goal I’m going to set for myself for November as well.
2. Use MyFitnessPal
I used my fitness pal almost everyday in October. I’m proud of that because it helped me get my eating habits on track! This is something I will continue to work at.
3. Organize my photo album.
I just completed this this week! I put together my wedding photo album finally! I even organized my 2016 pictures and put them into a different album. However... I realized that I only printed pictures through April of this year... So I included this to my goal for November as well.

5 Fun Fall Activities: Friday Favorites

For this edition of Friday Favorites, I decided to change it up! Instead of giving the usual 5 things that I love about the week, I've listed 5 activities that I love to do in fall. Check it out!

[one] Going On Walks
I absolutely love going on walks. I try to go on them multiple times a week. In the summer time, going on walks is just miserable because it's so hot that I'm sweating before I even leave the neighborhood. It's much nicer in the fall when the weather is cooler and the air is cripser. I use the time on my walks to either talk to my husband (if I've managed to drag him along with me;)) or to have some alone-time to organize my thoughts. I always feel much more relaxed and even more energized when I get back from my walks. 

[two] Baking New Recipes 
Who wants to bake in the summertime? NO ONE. It's already so hot outside, and turning on the oven, even if you do have air conditioning, is just miserable. Fall is the perfect time of year to try out new recipes. This fall, my husband and I have already made pumpkin bars, apple pie and pumpkin bread. I plan to continue to bake new things for the remainder of this beautiful fall season. I have found some really great recipes that I can't wait to try! 

5 Shows on Netflix Worth Binge Watching

I have been obsessed with Netflix for quite some time. I have been thinking about doing this post for awhile now, and I finally decided that today was the day! I have watched quite a few shows on Netflix in the last few years. I compiled a list of my 5 favorite Netflix shows that are so good, they're worth binge watching. Here's my list: 

1. Friends
This is a classic show that I recommend for people of all ages. It's a 10 season long series about 6 friends going through life together. There’s Rachel, the spoiled girl used to getting what she wants and finally has to work for the first time in her life. Phoebe, the sweet but incredibly ditsy girl who plays terrible songs. Monica, the smart clean freak who has had to work hard for everything she has. Ross, the intelligent emotional paleontologist. Joey, the want to be actor who loves women. And finally, Chandler, the guy who has a job in a cubical and uses humor to make it through his dull career. These 6 friends spend each episode just trying to figure out how to survive their life. This show provides great comic relief and I began to feel attached to the characters almost immediately. It's a super easy show to get into. I was hooked from Episode 1. 

2. New Girl 
New Girl is a show that they're actually still filming. There's five seasons so far on Netflix and the 6th season is currently being aired every Tuesday on Fox. This show is absolutely hilarious. It's about an eccentric girl named Jess who moves in with three single boys. The episodes are super short but it's all about the trials and tribulations that this group of friends face such as getting new jobs, getting into relationships (sometimes with eachother!) and being unemployed. I guarantee you'll be hooked right away. 

Pumpkin Fever

This weekend we made great progress on my fall bucket list. In case you haven't been following along, you can see my fall bucket list at the bottom of this post. 

We woke up on Saturday and went to the closest corn maze that we could find. I'm sad to say that it was an epic fail. It was a super small corn maze and we found our way out in about 5 minutes.. I was pretty disappointed but we still managed to have a good time. 
Tanner pretending we're lost ;) 
The corn maze also had a little pumpkin patch but when we looked at the pumpkins, they were charging $20 each! Instead, we picked up two pumpkins from Walmart for $4 ;) We went home, turned on some Halloween music, and carved our pumpkins in our backyard. We really enjoyed spending time together and it was actually really relaxing. After picking up some battery powered tea lights at the dollar store our pumpkins were finished!