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Pregnancy/Parenting Books

Today I’m sharing the books I’ve read and would recommend for anyone trying to get pregnant or expecting their first child. I’ve tried to be really selective about the maternity content I consume and how much I consume and I feel that these books have helped answer a lot of questions I’ve had. The authors’ perspectives, while varied, have given me plenty of food for thought and allowed me to loosely plan, with intention, how…
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10 Essentials When Adopting a Lab

Thinking of adopting a sweet little lab? They come highly recommended from us. Ever had someone sit on your feet while you wash dishes? Looking for a furry face to greet you at the bottom of the stairs every morning? (Yeah, yeah, our dog sleeps downstairs, isn’t allowed on the furniture, and doesn’t eat people food. He’s basically a prisoner at Alcatraz.) We love our little man. He’s added so much to our lives (even…
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5 Ways for Educators to Generate Energy

Here’s a quick take, knowing this is the time of the year when, as educators, our energy starts to drag. Try one of the following to generate energy and let me know your thoughts. Collaborate with peers. Working with others who are just as passionate as you is a great way to boost your excitement. Seek out professional development. It’s always beneficial to learn new things- pick something you’re really interested in! Connect with your…
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5 Podcasts Every Teacher Should Listen To

By the end of the day, I have such little energy left, picking up a book is pointless. Instead, I like to pop in my headphones and turn on a podcast while I walk the dog, make dinner, or put away the mountain of laundry that inevitably piles up during the week. Here are 5 podcasts every teacher should listen to: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown Whether you’re interested in leadership or not, Brene…
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5 Ways Administrators Can Build Trust

One theme that has emerged from every educational leadership course I’ve taken is that trust between administration and staff is paramount. Without trust, educators can’t perform at their best. Fear stifles creativity and risk. Brené Brown said, “Trust is earned in the smallest moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.” Here are 5 ways that school administrators…
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Our NH Wedding Reception

All photos taken by my incredibly talented father in-law, Jim Carmellini. Find him here! On Saturday, September 24th, Ryan and I had our wedding reception at Fulchino Vineyard in Hollis, New Hampshire. It was a beautiful fall evening full of love, laughter, and lots of dancing. Ryan and I really wanted our wedding reception to be a big party. Our goal was to spend quality time with our guests and to have a great time.…
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Thoughts on 26…

I don’t want to set this up as “I think 26 will be my best year yet” because for the past two years, every plan I’ve made has gone to *crap*. Perhaps it’s the fact that our Vermont wedding went off without a hitch or that I finally feel rested and recovered from the school year from *heck* or that it was loads easier to change my name than I anticipated- either way, I’m feeling…
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Our VT Wedding Ceremony

All photos taken by my incredibly talented father in-law, Jim Carmellini. Find him here! On August 6th, on the top of a hill in Chelsea, Vermont, Ryan and I got married. It was a beautiful, hot day with clear skies, lots of tears, and our very own rainbow. It’s crazy to think that all the planning over the last nine months has come to an end (on to our New Hampshire celebration!) but it came…
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Planning a Wedding? Here’s Where to Start

One of my best girlfriends got engaged and as we were excitedly chatting on the phone, I got to thinking: what advice can I give regarding wedding planning? We only started our wedding planning process back in January and I was definitely overwhelmed and scattered. Most days I still feel that way. A few things, however, helped me get into a rhythm and I know now that it certainly would have helped to take steps…
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Planning Our Wedding, Part 4

Confession- I’m create this post to keep myself organized. Will probably use it as an active “to do” list and add things here and there. Being a “type A” kind of person, this part of wedding planning is the hardest. It’s all the little things that need to get done at this point and it’s hard for me to do it bit by bit. August still seems like a lifetime away. I keep saying, it’s…

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