Lazy Girl Overnight Oats

Last year I became obsessed with the Pinterest phenomenon, overnight oats. Basically, it’s delicious, cold oatmeal made from steel cut oats and various healthy things like flax seeds and chia.

Being the lazy person that I am (and always too poor to spend money on fancy foods), I made my own version of overnight oats. It’s cheap, easy, and delicious.

What I use:

  • 1 packet of instant oatmeal
  • 2 scoops of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Splash of fat free milk
  • Handful of dried cranberries

All you gotta do is put it in a mug and mix it up. Sometimes I use chocolate chips instead of cranberries and I’ll use different flavors of instant oatmeal.

The beauty of my version is that you don’t even have to leave it over night. Put it in the fridge for an hour and you are good to go!

Tell me about your Lazy Girl Recipes!

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February 12th. I love it.

Look at that friends! I’m writing this on time!

First up this week, softball practice. I love it. This was our first full week of practice and we didn’t even have a full team to practice with until Thursday (basketball and soccer are just finishing up) and I’m having so much fun! I love being back around softball, catching for my pitchers (but since I’m a coach I get to sit on the coveted bucket now) and telling tales of my days on the field. Our first game is in a week! Wish us luck!

I love it.

Next up, playing with babies. I love it. This week, I finished up most of my work early so I took some time on Thursday to go hang out with the babies on campus. Our school has babies that are two months old and up so you can imagine the squishy faces and fuzzy heads that I got to snuggle up with. It was a good thing I went to help too. Six babies with two people are all well and good until 3 of them start crying! I’ll gladly take one!

I love it.

Finally, bonding with my cats. I love it. Last week I would have told you that after a month and a half of fighting fleas in my house, they were gone. When Bud was here, no sign of them. All week? No sign of them. Fast forward to today and it’s like Yogi rolled around in them! This called for a major project so I washed all of the blankets (again), gave Maisy a flea bath (tried Yogi and he was not having it), vacuumed the carpet (and my bed and my couch) 3 times, and then locked myself in my closet with both cats while I flea fogged the house. That’s right, 3 hours in my closet with my cats watching movies and Face-timing. I’m hoping that now the fleas are gone because I’m not sure what else I could do at this point. But, I got some snuggles so it’s not all bad.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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On Confidence.

In August, I started teaching.

Even though my degree is technically in education, I had no classroom experience prior to this year, but I was given an amazing opportunity so I took it.

I spent a good part  of the summer hoping that my students would like me. I always held my teachers in such high regard; I wanted to be like them.

Those first few weeks really tested me. Not only did I have to learn 98 new students names and faces, but I had to assert myself as a teacher. I was bound and determined for my kids to respect me, but I wanted to have fun, too.

I teach Physical Education in a school that didn’t have much structure until I was brought in and tasked with creating a curriculum (with a ton of help from my sister). The students weren’t used to having tasks they had to perform and rules they needed to follow.

As most teachers expect, I made a few enemies right away.

Until recently, I’d just been grinning and baring it. The comments from the students (only a few, not all of them) were getting to me and making me feel like a terrible teacher. Was I going about this the wrong way? I know I have no formal training, but I thought I’d been fair and equitable.

A few weeks ago, a student talked back to me for the millionth time and all though I held it together long enough for class to end and me to get back to my office, I completely lost it. The tears flowed and I couldn’t calm myself down.

I felt terrible about myself.

With that awful day behind me (the student talking back was not the first bad thing to happen that day), I took the weekend to refocus.

I am new to teaching.

I have students that love my class.

I can’t please everyone.

My peers respect what I’m doing and often complement me for it.

When I went back and thought about the last 6 months, I realized that I have made an impact. I’ve seen kids become much more confident in my class because to me, everyone is an athlete and I treat them as such.

With that philosophy, I hope that in my classroom, everyone can be who they are. We make no judgements on athletic abilities. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you see someone struggling, make an effort to help them out. Everyone is an integral part of the team.

During my class, I am completely myself. I play the music from my iPod which is mostly Disney songs. I wear my superhero sweatshirts and I go all out for the spirit days we have (especially Pajama Day because that’s my favorite).

I hope that by doing this, I’m making myself more approachable which results in more confident students.

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February 5th. I love it.

I really need to put an alarm on my phone again so I don’t forget to write on Sundays!

First up this week, showing Bud where I work. I love it. He came into town on Thursday night and I dragged him to work with me. He watched me teach and got a tour of the new building on campus. My 7th grade class approves of him, so that’s all I need right?

I love it.

Next up, visiting the penguins. I love it. Bud and I haven’t been to the aquarium in a while and we knew that our little penguin friend, Peewee, missed us. We spent some time with him and looked at all of the other fishes and the sea turtle! 

I love it.

Finally, Super Bowl traditions. I love it. Every year, Bud and I make homemade nachos. This year was no exception. Of course, we always make too much and then we regret it, but it’s worth it. Our dessert was King Cake (and it was breakfast and lunch too).

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.