How to Beat the Winter Blues

 Everyone I’ve talked to lately is in a funk. I’ve felt it myself: for the past week, I’ve woken up anxious. It only lasts for a few minutes, but after the second day, I was concerned. Usually, I’m pretty perceptive about how I’m feeling and why I’m feeling it, but in this case, I had no explanation. It was just one of those ‘bad day’ feeling kind of situations. The winter is always the hardest season to get through. I remember in college, praying to make it to spring emotionally intact. My suitemates and I would get stir crazy, stuck…

Winter Beach Walk

If it’s above freezing, you’ll find me outside most days. I would much rather bundle up and suffer from a chilled nose than be stuck inside the house. Basically, I’ve been living in my duffle coat. My best friend’s mom has taken to calling it a “sleeping bag” and she’s not wrong. It is perfect for staying warm on a winter beach walk. Sure, the trees aren’t as pretty and the scenery is a little bleak, but I find that the ocean is a quick cure to any dreary day. Sachuest Point Nature and Wildlife Refuge is one of my…

Caitlin’s Confections: Banana Mini Loaves

We didn’t have school this week. 7’000 people in Newport, Rhode Island were without heat because there was low pressure in the natural gas lines. Basically, a lot of people were really upset. I, however, felt incredibly lucky that (1) we have oil at our house and (2) my mom and I work for the same school district. When we first got the news that we had Tuesday off, I said to her right away, I’m going to come over to the house and bake. My mom is the queen of banana bread. She made it all the time when…

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If there’s anything that’s going to get you through the winter, it’s a great playlist. Mellow, moody, and warm with vocals and harmonies you can feel all the way down in your toes. I know that I need something I can put on for a walk on those rare sunny days or an afternoon bundled up at a coffee shop.  This post’s playlist is a collection of strong female vocalists, plucky guitar melodies, and painfully honest revelations in lyrics that read like poetry. I find that folk music suites almost any and all occasions (my sister and I have, in…

#FYTP: A Day in the Life of a Teacher

This post is part of a new series on the blog called #FYTP or more specifically, #FirstYearTeacherProblems. I’ll be recounting various elements of my first year of teaching in hopes that someone out there finds them entertaining or relatable. My alarm goes off at 5:55 and I blink my way out of a stress dream where I’m an hour late to school and I can’t find my shoes. Cold water jolts me awake because waiting for the faucet to run hot takes too long. Brush my teeth, twist up my hair, and put on makeup to match an outfit stolen…

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  • Today’s to-do list: stay inside and catch up on My Favorite Murder✌🏻 #ssdgm
  • When you realize tomorrow is Friday and the Pats play on Sunday🙌🏻 I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the weekend
  • Single digit temperatures forecasted.. no problem. Leaving my kiddos with a sub for a day of PD.. terrifying. Stay warm friends, we’re halfway through the week✌🏻
  • A winter playlist, a banana bread recipe, and a little more on the blog this week. Check out the link in my bio while enjoying your Sunday coffee☺️
  • We’ve got another cold morning in Newport today and over 7,000 residents are going without heat. There are many warming shelters open across town, but if you need help or a warm place to go- reach out! In the meantime, I’m counting blessings and  baking banana bread

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How to Survive a New England Winter

Somedays, New England winters really are the worst. Waking up to ten degree temperatures and a frosted windshield is never fun, but the lack of snow in January really emphasizes my winter blues. That being said, we persist. We did choose to live here, after all. There are certain rules I think all New Englanders follow come January. There are certain tricks of the trade for surviving the three long months that follow the holiday season. Whether you spend your days bundled up inside or embracing the cold, it’s easy to agree that the more you embrace the unpredictability of…

DIY Holiday Wreath

The other day, a friend of mine brought me a wedding centerpiece from a wedding she catered. She used to do this in college- we would wake up in the morning and our dorm would be full of flowers, and why not? Most of them get through out afterwards anyway! So, my friend delivered the flowers and stated “now you can mess around and make new arrangements.” She knows me well. I pulled the flowers and created small bouquets, but the amount of leftover greenery was crazy. So, looking at all the branches spread across me counter, I decided I…

LAUGH- YOU’LL FEEL BETTER

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