Treat Yourself Tuesday: Free for All [at TJ Maxx]


The best treat: sleeping in on Sunday. But when that fails…

Juice Crafters, which is ridiculously expensive but so good. This is raw spicy mango smoothie.

All of this from TJ Maxx for my Foodie Pen Pal, my friends, and some for myself. Check out the awesome glasses that double as a bottle opener – I also made it into a keychain.

These snarky cards from Quirk Books will be perfect for Valentine’s Day and every day.

Ticket to Backstage Key‘s Girls Night In

What’s the ultimate treat?

Do you shop at TJ Maxx?

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Stop Bringing Work Home


I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night – Baron woke up and wouldn’t stop barking – but thankfully, I slept so much on Sunday.

I finally got up at 5:30 to workout, drink coffee, and eat breakfast before getting to work at 7am and staying there till 5pm. I made a commitment to catch up and stay at work till I was completely ready for tomorrow. There’s nothing like being 100% ready, or at least 95% ready. I decided then that I would no longer bring work home unless I have to.

It’s not that my job is hard. It isn’t easy either but it’s not quite dull and it’s a good challenge. I more often than not enjoy work and the hilarious stories I get to tell about work. I just don’t want to burn out. 

I know tons of people who started teaching and stopped and I’ve read numerous articles about teacher burnout.

I’ve been in this biz for 8 years, and while I’ve never been full-time teacher before now, I have worked as a long-term sub with all the tasks and half the pay and as a full-time assistant. I almost quit education as a preschool assistant!

I’m glad I never quit. I love teaching and besides this side hustle of blogging, there’s nothing else I would want to do in a 9-to-5 kind of job. My friends and family could never get me to stop talking about my “kids,” some of whom are getting their master’s degrees, nurses, or even photographing for ESPN! 

I put so much of my heart into teaching that there are days I come home and fall asleep before 7pm, or shed tears because I felt like a failure or when my students did something so fantastic. So for longevity sake, I’ve decided to take a step back and realize that I am doing enough.

Like with everything else in life, this is not a competition and more is not always better.

So instead of taking work home with me, I spent an hour walking around the neighborhood in search of my missing package. I’ve given up and think someone stole the dozen plastic dogs and mini magnets. :/ Guess that craft project will have to wait.

Then read blogs. A couple of my favorites:

Then read books.

Then watch TV shows with a hot Boulder guyOh yes, Boulder hippie/hipster guy with beard.

And tomorrow, I will make ice cream! YEP, I treated myself! Hopefully this doesn’t get lost…

Oh, and thanks to my history family (Conor) for treating me to this sweater… without either of us remembering.

And to Christy for treating me to this magnet from London.

Do you bring work home?

What’s your day like after work?

A Perfect Pair [of ASICS] for Cross-Training

I’ve never known the power of good sneakers until a few years ago. I bought whatever looked good or was on sale.

As I got more active, my feet started hurting. I’m ashamed to admit that it got to the point where I started to develop bunions. Gross.

I finally started researching shoes, buying some cross-training shoes instead of picking up running shoes… since I don’t run. Sadly, the cross-training shoes were also unsightly.

At Blend, I asked about 10 girls about their gorgeous ASICS, except all of them were running shoes. I had a pair of casual ASICS a long time ago that I coveted.

I was ecstatic to receive a pair of the ASICS GEL-Fit Sanas. I picked black and gray instead of my usual crazy colors.

Once I put them on… woah!

I couldn’t stop wearing them. They weighed NOTHING, felt like I had no shoes on and since I got black, they worked with my regular clothes!

The ASICS GEL-Fit Sanas provides support that going barefoot doesn’t.


Cleaning. Look at that face. Mind you, I’m still sick.


Dropping down.

For fun, squatting with my dog.

Through an entire workout and for these photos, my arches felt 100%. I can’t wait to try them with circuits – I have a feeling these would hold up in anything from Zumba to [the small amounts of] sprinting running.

Have you ever suffered any foot pain?

How do you take care of your feet?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of ASICS.

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