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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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Planning Our Wedding, Part 3

Slowly but surely… it’s all coming along! We had a lot of fun with this round of tasks. Taking our engagements photos was great (and cold!) and I’m so excited for the NH based honeymoon we’ve booked. Plus, things are coming along with our venue which is making me feel better. Starting to work on a seating chart was a huge step forward. One thing I want to share if any future or current brides-to-be…
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Wedding Dresses I Love (But Didn’t Buy)

A week after we officially started wedding planning, I found my dream dress. I had seen it online and once I tried it on in person, I knew it was the one. It was perfect. It checked all the boxes. I didn’t realize how many different things needed to be considered when picking a wedding dress. Sure, there are styles and fabrics you might like more than others, but if those don’t match your theme…
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Planning Our Wedding, Part 2

I’m not going to lie.. wedding planning is tough. Right now, I’m struggling primarily with timing. How early is too early? What needs to be done now? What can wait? September still feels like a lifetime away and I’ll have a bit more free time right before then due to summer break, but there’s still an urgency now. Furthermore, Ryan and I are caught up in a lot of “should do” and “it’s tradition” in…
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Planning Our Wedding, Part 1

Ohhhh boy, are we about to have some fun. As my best friend’s mom put it, I’ve been training for this my entire life! In all seriousness though, I know planning a wedding is not going be an easy feat. We’ve made it a week so far and due to an (unfortunate) quarantine requirement, I was out of school for four days. A blessing in disguise, as it would turn out! The ten tasks I…
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PUPdate: 8 Weeks Old

We adopted a land shark. Really though, Cody is in his puppy-biting-everything phase. I have the scars on my hands to prove it. Treats were a massive savior this week. I gave treats for everything and low and behold, Cody can sit now! He also “comes” about 65% of the time. That’s progress! Potty training is Cody’s strong suit. In two weeks, he has had only a handful of accidents and he actually goes to…
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PUPdate: 7 Weeks Old

We brought home our little nugget at 7 weeks old and for all the preparation we did, we still weren’t ready. It’s definitely one of those situations where someone can tell you something a million times but you never really understand until you’re in it. Our first week with Cody was nuts, to say the least. It was great to have a long weekend to launch our puppy-parent-ship. However, it was anything but restful. Having…
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Decorating Your Front Steps For Fall

There is something so very “New England” about front steps filled with mums and pumpkins. The pops of color catch your eye and compliment the changing leaves in the area. A warm September definitely brought an extended summer feeling, but now that it’s October, everything “fall” is fair game. Today I’m sharing how I decorated our front porch steps for fall, in case you were looking or a little inspiration! Shop Local… While I’m a…
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PUPdate: The First Night

I’m typing this as Cody naps. Man, oh man, do puppies sleep a lot. Otherwise it’s poop, play, and snuggle. Kind of a reasonable lifestyle if you ask me! Yesterday we picked up Cody in Hardwick, Vermont. We said thank you to our lovely breeder Harold and drove the hour to Ryan’s parent’s place in Chelsea. Cody showed a bit of distress in the car, but the moment we arrived, he was full of joy…
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The End of the School Year Paradox

Picture this: there are five weeks left of school on the calendar. You’re scheduling things like field day, running records, end of the year spelling inventories, math fact fluency checks, and virtual field trips. Everyone is telling you to be discreet with your students. Don’t mention the end of the year- yet. However, when you look at their faces, you see a mix of panic and excitement setting in. Their tiny minds are on overload.…
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4 Ways To Bring Less Work Home With You

As educators, we know that most days, the school day extends long past the 6-7 hours our students are in the classroom. Work comes home with us on nights and weekends. However, this year in particular, it is important to reserve downtime for things that do not involve school. Taking less work home at the end of the day is hugely important. For me, home has to be home. The moment I walk through our…
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4 Strategies to Work Smarter, Not Harder In the Classroom

We just finished up April break here in New Hampshire and we are entering the final stretch. As my kiddos would say- dun, dun, duuuuuun! Looking at the calendar is frightening. There’s so little time left and so much to do. At this point in the year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed in the chaos of it all. That being said, I’m coming back to some tried and true strategies that I find help me…
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How to Bounce Back From Rejection

Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and years to come 🙂 So, you did it. You went into the interview and gave your all. Maybe you feel really good or maybe you feel kind of meh. Either way, give yourself some credit for the time…
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Delivering an Engaging Sample Lesson

Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and years to come 🙂 I’ve found that delivering a sample lesson is a 50/50 ask when interviewing. Sometimes there’s an initial interview and then the school responds with a request for a sample lesson. Sometimes, depending on when…
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The Art of the Zoom Interview

Zoom has taken over the world. Classes, weddings, cocktail parties, interviews- truly, what’s next? Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and years to come 🙂 I don’t believe Zoom interviews for teachers were common until the Covid-19 pandemic, but even so, I can see them…
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Sample Interview Questions (And How To Actually Answer Them)

Your resume is complete, the interview is scheduled, but… now what? Time to nail down how to answer those tricky little interview questions we all know we’re going to be asked. Pedagogy? No problem. Differentiation? You’ve got this. Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and…

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Caitlin Carmellini is a 5th year teacher and an educational leadership masters student who believes in promoting teacher leadership, establishing positive school climate and culture, promoting work-life balance, and supporting teacher experiences in the classroom.

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