Budget Spring Porch Decor Refresh

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Spring Porch Decor Under $50

Once March hits, it’s basically spring, right? Well at least we’re wishing for it here in the Midwest. Today I’m sharing some spring porch decor items that will bring a little spring vibe to your outdoor spaces. This year I’m drawn to bold black-and-white items with fun splashes of yellow. Oh, and get this: all of the items you see here with the exception of the bench are under $50! Each of the items is linked below.

Collection of spring porch decor items from Amazon most under $50 for budget style

Gingham Buffalo Check Pillow Covers

Weather Resistant Outdoor Sconce Wall Light

Weather Resistant Outdoor Sconce Wall Light in Black
Shop this light HERE

Indoor-Outdoor LED Candle Lantern Set

Indoor Outdoor LED Candle Lantern Set of 2
Shop this lantern set HERE

Wood Welcome Sign (Vertical, 42″)

Rustic Wood Welcome Sign, 42" vertical
Shop this sign HERE

Wood Wall Welcome Sign

Wood wall hanging WELCOME sign
Shop this hanging welcome sign HERE

Live Meyer Lemon Tree (8″ Pot)

Live Meyer Lemon Tree in 8 inch pot
Shop this lemon tree HERE

Hello Wall Sign

hello wall hanging sign
Shop this Hello sign HERE

Lemon Door Wreath

Lemon Wreath for door
Shop this lemon wreath HERE

White Lattice Pattern Square Planter Box

White lattice pattern square planter box
Shop this planter box HERE

Door Number Decals

Door number sticker decals
Shop these door decals HERE

Wood Planter Box Set

Wood cube planter box set
Shop this wood cube planter box set (with zinc liners!) HERE

Artificial Daffodil Flowers Set

Shop this set of artificial flowers HERE (perfect for popping into pots anywhere indoors or out!)

Outdoor Garden Bench

Outdoor garden bench
Shop this outdoor bench HERE

Gingham Buffalo Check Rug

Gingham Buffalo Check Rug
Shop this gingham buffalo check rug HERE

Black Cape Cod Planter Box

Black Cape Cod planter box
Shop this Cape Cod planter box HERE

Striped Reversible Outdoor Polypropylene Rug

Striped indoor outdoor reversible polypropylene rug black and white
Shop this striped indoor-outdoor rug HERE

Do you ever use artificial plants in your decor? I prefer real plants, but every once in a while I’ll pop an artificial one in when I want some quick color or when it’s a difficult type of plant to maintain. Real daffodils are gorgeous, but around here they don’t start blooming until April, so I’ll sometimes go fake if I want to start sprucing up my porch before it fully warms up. I love the bright, cheerful yellow they bring to a space. What colors are you excited about incorporating into your home decor this spring?

Want more affordable spring (or summer?!) decor ideas? Check out these past posts.

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KIND Teacher Snacks and Lunches + Self Care

KIND teacher snacks and lunches and self-care Everyday Teacher Style

The Teacher Self-Care Dilemma

If you’re a teacher, or anyone else who does not have time for breaks throughout the day (hello, stay-at-home mom!), it’s easy to get run down. For many years I would pack what I call a “walking” lunch, which is a lunch you can eat while walking to and from the bathroom, and nothing else. Due to the active nature of the job, my stomach would be growling both during the morning and in the afternoon. Nobody likes feeling “hangry,” and as a teacher it’s especially important to be able to keep your cool. I just figured that was one of the list of negative aspects of the job, along with not being able to go to the bathroom. Over the past few years, I’ve discovered I was wrong about not being able to grab a quick snack during the school day! Today I’m sharing how I achieved a little more balance through simple self-care via snacking. This post is in partnership with KIND snacks, which have been a tasty part of my teacher snacking lineup for the past several years. Oh, and check below for a special coupon code!

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Everyday Teacher Style KIND protein bar for a snack

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Several years ago I started working out 6 days a week, drinking lots more water, and attempting to eat 6 smaller meals a day (read this post to find out why). While the results of these lifestyle changes have been transformational (read about that here and here), it has also made it harder to get through the school day. I used to go all day without using the restroom, but increasing my water intake means I can’t do that anymore.

Eating 6 meals a day is NOT easy when you you’re a teacher with no time to use the restroom, let alone eat something outside of lunch. Even with a “30-minute” lunchtime, the first and last 5-10 minutes of the lunch period are taken up with students coming and going and talking with you. The middle 10-15 minutes requires a trip to the restroom (last chance until 3:30!), and the closest one is halfway across the building from my classroom. Thus, the “walking lunch”: something I can eat with my hands while walking. As part of the whole 6 small meals a day thing, I need a snack mid-morning and another during the afternoon. As a teacher, I don’t like the idea of eating with a class of students in the room, and there isn’t enough time between classes to eat something due to getting things ready for the next class or talking with students. What’s a teacher to do?

Everyday Teacher Style eating KIND protein bars for a snack while in the classroom

Teacher Snacks

In the past I tried bringing apples and peanut butter, trail mixes, and cheese sticks for teacher snacks, and these were okay because I could eat them while walking during my prep period, but they were often messy and didn’t always fill me up.

Over the last few years, I’ve found that I really need easy-to-eat “walking” teacher snacks with a good mix of protein and carbs (and taste). I’ve tried tons of protein bars, but they’re either too sweet, too chewy, too processed, or they don’t have the mix of protein and carbs that I’m looking for. Then I found KIND snacks!

I’ll admit I didn’t try the KIND protein bars at first because they were a little more expensive than some of the “cheap” protein bars and snacks I had tried. But once I tried them, I realized that not only are they really tasty, but they have the ability to keep me FULL for a few hours afterward, unlike so many others. I think it’s the fact that they have a more natural mix of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Whatever it is, I have time to down a KIND Protein Bar, or at even just half of one if pressed, on the way to the restroom during my prep period in the morning, and that keeps my hunger at bay until lunchtime.

Everyday Teacher Style eating KIND protein granola with yogurt for lunch while in the classroom

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Teacher Lunches

As mentioned, I always eat a “walking” lunch. I’d love to be able to sit and leisurely enjoy a midday meal, but as a teacher, we all know that’s not going to happen. Well, unless it’s the weekend. When kids aren’t in the room, that’s work time, and I’d rather work as hard as I can while at school so I can be 100% HOME in the evenings, not grading or planning for the next school day. Keeping school at school and home at home is one of the best things I’ve tried to do over the years. It’s not always possible, but I’ve found it is absolutely necessary in order to avoid burnout and stick with teaching for the long haul.

One of my current favorite walking lunches is overnight oats made with coconut milk, a scoop of protein powder, chia seeds, cinnamon, and sometimes a little matcha green tea powder. I bring it in a shaker type container and drink it like a thick shake. My other favorite lunch is Greek yogurt with KIND dark chocolate or peanut butter protein granola. There are so many yummy combos: cherry-vanilla yogurt with chocolate granola, honey yogurt with peanut butter granola, coconut yogurt with chocolate granola, etc. Just yesterday I had a tub of vanilla Greek yogurt with both KIND chocolate AND peanut butter healthy grains protein granola mixed in. Delicious! You get the idea. I toss a tub of Greek yogurt and a little Ziploc baggie of granola into my lunch box with an ice pack, and I can dump the granola into the yogurt and eat it with a spoon as I’m heading down the hall. You know, to the bathroom. LOL.

Everyday Teacher Style desk lunch with KIND chocolate protein granola

Self Care and KINDness

Teaching is mentally and physically exhausting enough without also being hungry and uncomfortable. Even if you feel like you have no time, there are ways you can squeeze in good, healthy food in the form of “walking” teacher snacks and lunches. But on top of that, you need to make time to exercise, drink water, and take care of your family, friends, and home life. If you don’t, you won’t have a very long career in teaching.

Here are 5 ways you can be kind to yourself:

  • Rest when you need to: naps, “mental health” day off, stay home when sick.
  • Make your health a priority: sleep, water, exercise, healthy food. Even if you’re walking when you eat it.
  • Be efficient: streamline, delegate, simplify whenever possible.
  • Say no: protect your family and evening time, and you do NOT need to be on every committee.
  • Be grateful: Think about the things you’re grateful for (faith, family, friends) and focus on those things. Treat each day as a special gift: because it is.

If you’re a stressed out teacher like I sometimes am, check out these other posts on the topic:

What are some ways that you practice self-care as a teacher (or anyone with a super-busy, stressful lifestyle)?

KIND Snacks Promo Code

And just for you, my friends, I’ve got a special discount code!

Take 15% off a single purchase with code TEACHERSTYLE15 at KINDsnacks.com 2/15-3/31/20.

Enjoy! Be KIND to yourself and snack on.

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teacher lunch with KIND chocolate protein granola and Greek yogurt