Why I’m Transitioning Back to a Paper Planner

paper planner

As many of you know, we’re expecting our little bundle of joy this December! Well, let me tell you…pregnancy brain is a thing. I used to be such a judgey wench about pregnant people…especially when I was in my teens and 20s and spent my time going to the gym, spending money on coffee & cigarettes, and lived on fast food. Did I mention I was much thinner while doing all of that?  Anywho, I thought a lot of symptoms like pregnancy brain and emotional uprisings were just women being annoying and whiny. Now that I’m older and, well, pregnant, I can assure you pregnancy brain is real. And my tech-driven method of planning with a new family on the way was not going to work. I’ve always loved a paper planner for planning my lessons, but my personal life was always on my phone…until I forgot to set alerts that is. First, a bill went unpaid, then I missed a meeting with a friend by 2 hours, and finally I said enough.

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I went down the Erin Condren road and loved the planner itself, but needed something that was easy to tote around. Then, I thought about a Passions Planner that one of my students had (and it was pretty B.A.), but still the size was hindering me. While walking to my summer teaching gig, I found the most adorable fox staring back at me. How could I leave him there alone? So, why the change you ask? Let me explain!

  • Studies have shown when you write something down, you remember it!
  • No need to set an alert, that’s already done for you by jotting down your plans. 
  • Dependability. There have been times that my iCal and my Macbook did not sync up, resulting in double booking myself which is completely humiliating!
  • I need a ritual. Checking my planner allows me to have that ritual and reflect on the week ahead. This article talks about the importance of building in writing time. 
  • Fresh starts. My new planner has a week at a glance rather than an entire month which can sometimes overwhelm me. 
  • When you have multiple people to plan for, iCal doesn’t cover it. I have myself, Keith, Myles, and a future little gremlin. Enough said. 

I’ll still use my iCal for on the go things if I don’t have my planner with me. But, I’m going back to basics starting in August. How do you keep it all together?

Pacifica Beauty 7-Free Nail Color Review

Pacifica Beauty 7-Free Nail Color

Flipflop’s are my jam! Honestly, I’d probably just go barefoot if I could. Maybe I’m just a foot lover, or maybe I just like a good pedicure and an excuse to show off my piglets. Either way, my current summer obsession is Pacifica Beauty 7-Free Nail Color in amazing beach ready shades. 

Pacifica Beauty 7-Free Nail Color

The newest shades come in Stardust Memories, Superfox, and Midnight Rambler. Normally, I’m not one to try blues and brights, but these looked like so much fun. Plus Pacifica Beauty 7-Free Nail Color means that toxic chemicals found in regular nail polish are eliminated. Now that I’m pregnant, I’m trying to go easy on the “extra” chemicals in my life. So, if I can find a good polish that doesn’t have all of those nasty toxins, I’m down! 

This polish went on super smooth. The brush is a little wider so allow for easier coverage. The polish also dries quickly and without any annoying bubbles or dents. Pacifica Beauty 7-Free Nail Color comes in some amazing colors that range from sultry to earthy. Not to mention, all of Pacifica Beauty 7-Free Nail Color options are 100% vegan and cruelty free. 

My final go-to for a nail color is how long it lasts on my nails, especially my hands! Pedicures last for decades, but normally my nails look like a hot mess after three or four days. Ever have a toxin free, animal friendly polish last over a week? Now you will! For only $9.00 a bottle, Pacifica Beauty 7-Free Nail Color is budget friendly too. Which color would you like to try? 

Editor’s note: The products mentioned in this post were provided to me by a representative of the company. I have not been compensated in any way, and all aforementioned opinions are honest and my own.

Myles wants you to know…


That the Curls.nu family is expanding come December! I am so excited to finally share this news with the blogosphere. As I keep reading the same blogs that I started reading when I was in high school, so many of us are starting families, epic business endeavors, and doing so many other amazing things! Guess we’re all growing up now, huh? We are registered as Babies R Us and I’m basically Pinteresting my future child’s life (though let’s be real…the Pinterest extraordinaire is Keith in this family). I’ll keep you posted on all of the exciting happenings & of course, all of the dirty hippy products we’ll be using on our little butterfly. <3


How Teachers Feel As of Memorial Day Explained by .gifs

I’ve been a real big slacker lately because of work. I’ll admit it. Between setting goals for next year, grading short stories, and generally trying to keep my sanity I have had a PILE of products to talk about, but the energy has not been there. Real talk. Teachers don’t stop working when the last bell rings. I know I don’t have to say that more than once. But, summer is here…almost. Memorial Day has always been the unofficial start of summer for most teachers. Here’s how I’m feeling as of right now…and probably up until their graduation when I ugly cry because I’ll miss them. 

After lunch all hell breaks loose. At this point in the year I’m like, can we just not get hurt?

I also let them police themselves. Sorry, I’m not stressin’ at this point in the year. Luckily, I have at least one rational person in each class who can discipline as well as I can. 

Another assembly? But…I have things for them to READ! And stuff for them to WRITE!

Sometimes I just yell incomprehensible nonsense at them. They’ve accepted it’s that time of the year.

But despite all of that, I’ll be doing THIS come June 10 when they move on to the world of high school. 

Just stay tuned! I’ve got some amazing vegan nail polish and cruelty free summer essentials headed your way! 

Pacifica Super Kale Haircare


By now you guys know that I’m a Pacifica and Ulta fan to the max! So, when I found out about Pacifica Super Kale Shampoo and Conditioner, I knew I had to dish. I’m a Kale girl all the way. I love putting it raw in salads, smoothies, and sautéing it up in recipes. So when I saw that it could be used to keep my hair shiny and happy? YAS! Shower time! Pacifica Super Kale also comes with one of my FAVORITE new products, Hairvana which is a leave-in detangler and conditioner. With my thick curly hair, I need something to keep my locks under wraps for the day. Ready? Kale on!

The Pacifica Super Kale Shampoo  claims: 

Pacifica’s Super Kale Juiced-Up Shampoo gives your hair a boost of volume and a deep purifying clean. Nourishing kale and super fruits come together in this innovative formula designed to help protect your hair from damage and pollution. Everyday pollutants can ruin your hair’s color, health and style (and then there goes your day). Say goodbye to bad hair days forever and hello to super healthy looking hair!

When I used this shampoo, the lather was amazing and the scent was fresh, light, and clean. I loved how my hair felt truly detoxed after using it. I used this shampoo every third day to avoid drying out my curls and I had great results. Light, no-weight volume and a fresh shiny look. Pacifica Super Kale Shampoo also helped detangle as I washed, which is not something you find often in a shampoo. I loved how my hair felt throughout the shower and afterwards. With its Kale and fruit blend, this is amazing for after a tough workout!

I followed up with the Pacifica Super Kale Conditioner which offers similar claims to the shampoo. I loved the conditioner, but found I needed to add some extra and let it sit for a few minutes and finger comb. This is not something that I blame the product for, but just something that most curly girls have to do on the daily. Like the shampoo, the conditioner was light and effective. But the real stunner for me was Hairvana! Product crush time!

Pacifica Hairvana Leave-On Detangling Conditioner is like heaven for your hair. This innovative detangling cream helps support flexibility, strent, balance and a healthy shine. It aids in calming flyaways and frizz without buildup. And best of all, it makes combing a breeze. Great for damaged hair, long hair, curly hair or any one in need of a little extra love.

Hairvana is hands down my favorite product in the Pacifica Hair line! I used about a dime-dized dollop of Hairvana and combed gently and then simply styled as usual. My ringlets were shiny and defined. Not to mention frizz free! I also like that this product is one of the few curly haired products that does not REEK of coconut. Kudos Pacifica! It’s fresh and clean and doesn’t mess with my other products. 

Pacifica has grown so much as a company since I started using their candles (whoa!) years ago! What will they come up with next?  Keep calm and Kale on, Pacifica!

Editor’s note: The products mentioned in this post were provided to me by a representative of the company. I have not been compensated in any way, and all aforementioned opinions are honest and my own.

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