Find Out Friday #3 (on Saturday)

This week’s Find Out Friday is all about how much of a procrastinator I am! Just kidding…..

I had such a long week at school (first week teaching ever) and had SUCH a day yesterday that I totally forgot to come update y’all. 

So for this week’s Find Out Friday, let’s talk about my favorite Netflix binges! 

Currently I’m on season 8 of One Tree Hill and just found out they’re taking it off of Netflix on October 1! So I have a month to finish the last two seasons…. wish me luck. It’s a good drama, though it got a little dull in season 7…. it’s picking back up though!

Some of the other things I’ve binge watched and highly recommend are: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, Friends from College, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. All are SO GOOD. 

And let’s talk about How I Met Your Mother. This is some of the most brilliant writing I have ever seen. The show writers are somehow able to intertwine these story lines over 9 seasons. There are things they talk about in season one that you hear again in season 6 and certain things that appear all throughout the show. It’s incredible. And the humor is spot on. If you haven’t watched it, go now! 

That’s it! Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see in a blog post this week! ❤️

❤️Cae

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Find Out Friday #2! 

Hey y’all. I know I’ve been MIA this week but I can’t tell you how anxious I am for my first year of teaching to start on Monday! 

This week has been full of meetings, organizing, and planning. So blogging and Instagram has taken a back seat… I know, it was kind of silly of me to start this whole thing so close to the start of my new job. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. 

So what fun thing can we find out about Caelyn today?!?

Well, I’m a sorority woman, is that interesting enough?

I knew going into college that I wanted to join a sorority and I have to say it was one of the best things I’ve ever done! I joined the same sorority my mom was in at the same school she went to, so my mom is actually my sister! 

Recruitment was pretty intense, I’ll do a post on that soon… 

I was kind of your stereotypical sorority girl in college (and still halfway am…) simply because I loved my chapter and sisters so much. I was an officer and on the exec board, I wore letters all the time, I eagerly attended all of our events and posted cutesy #sororitygirl pics on Instagram almost every day. 

My sorority is easily one of the things I miss the most about college. I have so much FOMO when I see my younger sisters’ posts on Snapchat and Instagram… but I know I’m onto bigger and better things. 🙂

If you are going to college and are thinking about joining a sorority, I definitely recommend it! It’s not for everyone I realize, but it was the BEST thing for me! 

Off to a double-date dinner and a movie! 

❤ Cae

Find Out Friday 

So I want to start a series called “Find Out Friday” in which I talk about something about myself each Friday. This way you can find out new things about me every week! 

Today I want to talk about my career. 

It’s a big thing on my mind because I’ve only just officially begun!

I am a brand new middle school choir director here in Central Texas! I’ve been a musician my whole life… I sang in choirs, played French horn for 12 years, played in band and orchestra, did plenty of musical theatre…. and then decided to pursue a music ed degree in college! 

First of all, these school districts down here are GINORMOUS! My district has 4 high schools, 11 middle schools, and 32 (I think) elementary schools. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And it’s only the 27th largest district in Texas! 
So anyway, my school will have about 750 students, which is a good number. My choir program will have somewhere between 130 and 150 students in it which is great! 

We’re in the middle of 2.5 weeks of meetings and preparations and our students come in about 10 days! 

Working with children has always been my passion, and music is a venue to reach them that also happens to be a wonderful hobby of mine. My music teachers all impacted me in some way (some negatively, most positively…) and my family has always had strong involvement in music. My mom taught music for a while and my brother is a choir director also! 

I don’t think I’m the best solo singer, myself. Hence why you will never see a video of me singing on social media…. but I love teaching others how to use music to change themselves and the world. I think music can be such a powerful tool to reach others around you. You can learn so much about a person from the music they listen to. 

So in about a week I get to start my journey of educating young people using that powerful tool. And I cannot wait. 

I’m nervous and anxious, don’t get me wrong. But I can only imagine the impact I may be able to have on even ONE student some day, and the excitement I have for that day is UNREAL. 

I hope this was a nice, quick little insight into my life! Stay tuned next week for a discussion of my favorite food! 

Jk that’s quick enough… it’s donuts. Not sure what I’ll talk about next week. 

Have a great weekend!

<3Cae

The Calabasas Farmers Market

So last weekend I was in Southern California for one of my husband’s best friends’ wedding! We spent about 6 days on “vacation” there before I started work! 

My husband grew up there, so we stayed with his parents and got to visit his grandfather’s beautiful home on a hill (mountain). He has tons of avocado trees, orange trees, grapefruit trees… you get the picture. 

Another person I got to see while I was there was my dear friend and sister Robyn! We went to school together in Ohio, but she grew up just about 30 minutes away from my husband’s hometown! It’s so great to be able to see her even though we are not in school anymore! 

Anyway, while John was getting ready for the wedding Saturday morning with the guys, Robyn invited me on her Saturday morning mother/daughter tradition the the Farmers Market in Calabasas! 

Y’ALL. This market is no joke. I literally got my lunch for free with all the free samples they have! There’s like a quarter mile of booths leading up to a giant area of food stands and juice stands and everything else you can think of. It was incredible! They have the most beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables and some amazing “real food” too. 


A huge shoutout to Robyn for taking me (and also snapping pretty much all of these pictures for me…) ! 

If you ever get the chance to go to this Farmers Market, take it. You won’t regret it. 

In case you’re curious, my dress is from the clearance rack at American Eagle like 5 years ago, my hat is my mother-in-law’s, my shoes were $5 at Target, and my crossbody purse is from Thirty-One! 

Have a great Sunday everyone!

❤ Cae

The 7 Easiest and Cheapest Little Things You Can Do to Be a Little Healthier

As most of you probably know, I am not the healthiest person alive. I firmly believe that life is way too short to not eat cheese or donuts. I struggle greatly with staying active and I snack like it’s my job. (If snacking was a job, I’d be the boss lady.)

That being said, I have gotten the hang of a few things over the years that have helped me feel a little bit better about my bad habits. These are easy, small, and basically free things that can help you feel healthier (and even more environmentally conscious)!

  1. Stop drinking soda. I grew up loving soda. It was a treat at my house until it wasn’t anymore and we just drank it all the time. I would drink a can or two at home, then go get Taco Bell with a Dr. Pepper to drink. I once gave up soda for Lent and lasted past Easter, but then one day I was craving it so I gave in and that was the end of that… I’ve done that quite a few times since but recently have been soda free for almost a year (I think, I’m not actually counting…) I had a can of gingerale a few weeks ago when I was feeling yucky, and I had a sip of Dr. Pepper the other day at In n Out, but I didn’t like it! So now I feel like I’ve made it to the other side!
  2. Switch to nut milk. I started drinking almond milk in college and haven’t gone back. I don’t actually drink milk anyway, just use it for cereal, smoothies, etc. But since I switched, I use almond, coconut, or cashew milk for cereal, smoothies, baking, oatmeal, and even mac n cheese! You literally cannot taste a difference, except for with cereal/straight drinking it. The texture of coconut and almond milk is more like skim, but cashew milk is thicker! This is a great way to cut back on calories and sugar and to do something nice for the environment (watch Cowspiracy on Netflix.)
  3. Take the stairs. I don’t like elevators, so that helps… But I don’t remember the last time I took an elevator that wasn’t up 7 floors to my hotel room. It’s just not necessary. Get some extra steps in. Just do it.
  4. Park at the end of the parking lot. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Princess Parking when it’s there, but sometimes I make myself park farther away from the entrance to Target so I can feel better about myself before spending way too much money in the dollar section…
  5. Pack your lunch the night before. I haven’t had to pack my lunch all summer, but I’m about to start again for school! I always pack so I don’t spend money and I don’t go out to get junk I don’t need… Packing the night before keeps you from packing junk you might be craving that day! Just pack your salad, fruit, crackers, etc. and skip the cookies and chips.
  6. Drink your coffee black. This makes life SO MUCH EASIER. I started drinking my coffee black in high school when my beautiful mother would make my coffee with either too much or too little creamer every day. Finally I just told her not to put in any and I sucked it up. Less money spent at Starbucks, no money spent on Coffeemate, fewer calories, and much less time! (I do need my flat white at Starbucks sometimes though… Trust.)
  7. (obviously) DRINK MORE WATER. I’ve been pretty bad at this this summer, but I almost ALWAYS have a water bottle on me. Buy a cute bottle and keep it with you always. (Don’t use plastic recyclable bottles. They’re horrible for the environment. Do your part.) And if you order water at restaurants, you save soooo much money!

I’m not perfect at following all of these, of course. But I’m pretty proud of my progress with them, and I just think they’re stupid easy changes to make. Let me know if you already do any of these or if you try them out!

<3Cae

San Antonio

So I just got back from the Texas Choral Directors Association Conference in San Antonio! It was my first time attending considering it’s the summer before my first year of teaching, and it was a phenomenal experience! I didn’t actually know I was going until 2 days before (long story) but I’m so glad I got to go!

The first day was pretty long as I spent all day in a clinic specifically for new teachers called New Teacher Academy. They basically put all of the new band, choir, and orchestra directors in a room and had a variety of speakers come and talk to us about a variety of things. Oh, did I mention it started at 8:30 am and I live 3 hours away so I had to leave my house at 5. 🙂 But it was a really great workshop because they talked about things that they don’t teach you in college: how to set up your finances, legal issues teachers may deal with, etc. Plus they fed us lunch, so that was nice.

The rest of my weekend was spent attending other sessions specific to middle school choir teachers and spending a rather large budget that is running out in about a month… Let me tell you I have NEVER had so much trouble spending money (especially someone else’s money) before. But I really didn’t have time to prepare or look through my classroom to see what I needed! Thankfully I got to know some really awesome new coworkers who know the ropes and were able to help me out.

My hotel was about a half mile from the convention center but right down the River Walk, so I got to spend a little time each morning by myself just walking and taking in the beautiful scenery. Seriously, y’all, this place is gorgeous.

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I can’t wait to go down some day without any obligations and just spend time on the river. There’s also some really good food down there, namely Mexican food. That’s the best thing about Texas is there’s Mexican food EVERYWHERE and homegirl loves her some tacos…

So this weekend was just a great time to make new friends, get to know my coworkers, and really fill my brain (and journal) with some awesome ideas for my classroom! Now I have lots to organize and set up, and that’s where I plan to be spending the rest of my summer…

If any teachers out there have some tips for a first year middle school choir director, hit me up!

<3Cae

Fitness Stuff

When it comes to working out seriously I’m pretty new. My first glimpse into the world of strength training was the summer after my freshman year of college when I decided to attend a tri-weekly bootcamp at 5:30 am. I think that’s when I started becoming a morning person… I lost 10 pounds that summer!

I did that every summer when I was home from college, and in between I would workout maybe 5 times a semester at the gym at school. I really wish I would’ve taken more advantage of the “free” gym membership then.

Well now I’m married, living as an “adult”, and have a gym membership at a real gym. I’ve been going pretty regularly since January… The longest I went was probably 2 weeks without going… And I also do a lot of outdoor running in my neighborhood. So this is the longest period of time I’ve worked out on a pretty regular basis. I don’t workout necessarily to lose weight, I do it more to feel productive and feel better about myself. Though I’m also hoping for a flatter stomach…

Below are some of the things I’ve learned since January:

  1. Some days are going to be easier than others. There are days I can run 2 miles with no issues, and there are days I can’t even make it down my street without stopping to walk. It can be frustrating, but I just remind myself to listen to my body. It’s important to push yourself to get the most out of a workout, but there is such a thing as pushing yourself TOO far.
  2. It’s so much easier to just do it first thing in the morning. Now, I say this while I’m not working and basically have nothing else to do in the mornings, so my tune may change in about a month or so… But I also really enjoyed my early mornings at boot camp! I would wake up at 5 with my workout clothes all set and ready to go, come home right after, freshen up and get ready to be at my summer camp job by 8! It worked out really well for me and gave my days the boost they sometimes needed. Plus then it’s out of the way and you don’t have to worry about your workout the rest of the day!
  3. You must stay hydrated.  I don’t think I need to explain this one. DRINK WATER. 
  4. You don’t look as stupid as you think you do. I get nervous to lift weights in the gym because I don’t want to have poor form and have people judging me. But quite honestly the people in the gym are all more worried about themselves than they are about me. I just have to keep reminding myself of that.
  5. It’s best to have a workout buddy and/or accountability partner. I have both! My husband is really good about encouraging me to go to the gym or to go running with or without him. He praises me when I go and have a good workout and he pulls me along with him when he goes to the gym. I also have a neighbor friend who will take me along on runs sometimes! She’s much better at running than I am so I let her lead and sometimes I fall behind, but that’s okay. I find that having someone to workout with gives me more motivation to have a better workout because they’re watching!
  6. The real results come from the kitchen. I have learned this, but have yet to grasp it and put it into practice. I love sweets and cheese and ice cream and all things bad for you… I’ll update y’all on this one as time goes by…

So none of these were super profound, but these things have all helped me be more motivated and more consistent while working out. I hope something here helped you!

❤ Cae

Wired and Motivated at 9pm

Have you ever had those days where you’ve just accomplished so much and can’t stop? It’s almost 9:00 and I feel like I could go all night!

Today I did the dishes, cleaned the guest bathroom, wrote 3 blog posts, mowed the lawn, won like 10 games of solitaire, plowed through about 5 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy…. Oh and I worked on setting some goals and creating ideas for my business!

Now don’t get too excited: I’m a direct sales consultant, not an entrepreneur. 😉 I sell for a company called Thirty-One Gifts. We sell totes, purses, jewelry, organizational items, wallets, accessories, etc. There are tons of fun colors, prints and products to choose from and the best part is it can all be personalized!

I’m not saying this to market the products to you really. I’m going to stop there. But I have seriously enjoyed being a consultant for the past 4 months! I’ve had to totally step out of my comfort zone and be a sort of sales woman (that’s my dad’s thing, not mine…), I’ve met some awesome people, I’ve made a little extra money, AND I’ve gotten a ton of free stuff! Who doesn’t love free stuff!?

Anyway I’m only bringing this up because I’m really proud of myself for starting this and for doing really well in my first 4 months… And tonight there was a training session on Facebook that just gave me so many awesome ideas and advice and I am PUMPED! I’m going to start doing some fundraisers with it too so I can give back in my new community. Giving back is a huge part of Thirty-One’s mission and it’s also a huge part of who I am and who I strive to be.

Well anyway, I just had a really awesome day and I feel like I could pull an all-nighter writing posts and coming up with ideas! Maybe it was the fact that I had NO junk food today at all except 2 glasses of wine… Filling your body with the nutrients it needs can be really impactful!

I’m off to watch another episode or two of Grey’s and then probably back here to write!

Ciao!

❤ Cae

Selfie in the Mirror with my iPhone #1

I posted this look on Instagram as an everyday, casual, sit around the house or run errands type of look. The pieces aren’t from Nordstrom or J Crew, and they’re not even new. Actually, they’re quite old. But they’re my staples!

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Okay so the shoes are brand new. I got them from Target last week on one of those “need to get out of the house” trips at 9 pm. They were on clearance for $5 so like I had to get them. They’re the slide-on kind, which are nice because tying shoes is overrated and takes way too much effort.

The bralette is from Victoria’s Secret and I got that a few months ago…

Now, these shorts are my absolute FAVORITE, which you could probably tell if you could see the stretch tears on them… But I’ve had them since spring of my senior year of high school (4.5 years ago) and I remember that because I got them in Downtown Disney at a store that is apparently a sister-store to Wet Seal. (I could not tell you the name of the store if I tried.) Anyway, they are the most comfortable denim shorts I’ve ever owned and they fit so well, even through 4 years of college… (No wonder there are stretch tears….) They’re also just the perfect length, so they’re on rotation all summer every summer. I’ll cry when I have to toss them.

And the shirt. Honestly I’m not sure when I got this shirt but it was probably like 11th grade. Sometimes I like to bring out my inner-80’s music lover and Pat Benatar is my absolute FAVORITE. I found this top at TJ Maxx in my 80’s loving prime (because of a guy, obviously…) and just HAD to have it.

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So there’s that. My style has changed quite a bit since high school, but I’ve kept a lot of staples that I love. I have a huge closet full of clothes but tend to stick to what I know I like, and this outfit is proof of that!

The plan for today (and yes I am actually wearing this outfit as I type…) is to chillax with Meredith Grey and the rest of the Grey-Sloan Hospital crew, mow the lawn (in a different oufit), and cook dinner for my hubby because I love doing it!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Cae

What This Blog is About

So if we’re going to be honest, I am not sure what exactly I want this blog to entail. All I know is that I’m obsessed with reading other peoples’ blogs and I would like to tap into my creative side to create my own.

The blogs I read pretty much cover the gamut of topics: fitness, fashion, home decor, food, wellness, and my favorite… mommy blogs. 😉

Herein lies my issue: I am not a fitness guru, in fact I only recently got a gym membership and have started working out a few times a week… I am not terribly fashionable, though I would be more so if I had the funds to support it… my house is a conglomeration of pieces from Rooms To Go, Wayfair, Target, and Hobby Lobby that I thought looked cute in the store, not pay attention to what actually goes together… I love junk food and apparently no one likes to read about that anymore… and I’m not a mother. Yet.

So here I am setting out with my limited knowledge of wellness that I’ve received from other blogs, and a few cute pieces of clothing that I will take pictures of in a mirror with my iPhone or using my Nikon D3400 on a tripod in my backyard.

The blog name is also pretty undecided right now, so whatever it is at this moment, don’t get used to it.

At the very least, I know I want this blog to be real and relatable. The one thing I don’t like about reading some blogs is that I can almost never afford what they’re showing me! The clothes and make up I own are most likely from Target or the drugstore, and I’m okay with that. Plus then I hope people will actually be able to relate to my posts! Also when it comes to fitness, if I do post about it, I’m a total amateur, so try not to take anything I say too seriously 😉

If you’ve gotten to the end of this one, thank you. Feel free to leave a comment with suggestions on what I can write about!

❤ Cae