Tuesday, June 20, 2017

these are a few of my favorite things...

School's out! Which means I've been busy cleaning the classroom, my house, my wardrobe- everything! I'm in full-on clean all of the things mode! This is a great problem to have, but I'm slowly finding things to replace all of the things I'm clearing out- which is wonderful for my happiness, but terrible for my wallet... if ya know what I mean! ;)

At the end of the year I told my kiddos if they worked really hard in reading we'd have a reading beach party- and they met the goal! I can't post any of the fo' real party pictures because they all have littles in them- but here's one of me stoked with a beach ball!

My kiddos and staff were so sweet at the end of the year. Most of the things they gave me had pineapples on them- and I cannot complain one bit!!! The nugget who gave me this lovely said "It's a pineapple! Because you love pineapples!" and homegirl isn't wrong! One of the teacher's aides who spent a large part of the year in my class gave me the water bottle and doormat-which are both adding to the pineapple home decor at my house-which I'm sure my roommates love...

One of our roommates from last year moved out but couldn't take a lot of her furniture with her, so she left it at the house-which was fine with us- because we didn't have to get replacement furniture. Until this year, because she's getting married and needs it back. So, I've spent the last few weeks rounding up furniture- and having a blast doing it! So far I've scored this leather couch for $200, a solid table and chairs for $100, and these super cute (shocker-pineapple) string lights for $3. Killin 'the game, over here. 

Other faves? This dress from Old Navy (exact unavailable, similar here), 
these crochet Toms I scored for EIGHT dollars on Poshmark. They still had the tags on them, people. 

and this planner that I'm so excited to use next year. I've been stalking Me & My Big Ideas planners since last year and have wanted one for my teacher planner. When they announced the arrival of their teacher planners I jumped on the chance to have one and then Lord bless Michaels, because they had a planner sale. I got the box kit of my planner (retail $40) for $23. The day it was released. I still can't believe it. 

What are your favorite purchases lately? 

Monday, June 19, 2017

California 2017

We went to California in May, and it was an experience!! I tried to surprise Ry with this trip, but ended up having to tell him about it since it was during a busy time in the term for him. We flew out on a Friday night, but because of a delay didn't end up getting to LA until 1 in the morning or so. We'd planned to Uber to our hotel, but decided mid-flight we wanted to rent a car instead (which was an ordeal being under 25, and at 1am...) 

Since we'd be leaving Sunday afternoon we planned to squeeze the bulk of our 'to do list' into Saturday- which was awesome even in the rain. It figures that we would leave Oregon when it was warm and 80 degrees to go to California in the rain. That's just our luck. 


We spent a lot of time wandering around the sidewalks and looking at the stars- which was so fun! It was really cool to see so many names on the ground and we pointed out several of our faves throughout the morning. We spent the bulk of our time in Hollywood just doing this, we almost toured the Dolby theater but missed the tour start time and didn't feel like waiting for the next one. 

I snagged a drink at Starbucks and saw this quote in the window which I thought was cool, and then we moved on! 

 Beverly Hills
I was super excited to go to Beverly Hills and seek Rodeo Drive. My mom and I always talked about Rodeo drive being super ritzy when I was little, and I was so excited to go there. It was definitely worth it. We talked about how we should've dressed fancier to fit in, and how our nice and new Toyota rental looked like a beater compared to the several fancy cars we saw casually parked around. It was insane.

The hotel behind me in this picture is the hotel that Pretty Woman was filmed in! I was super stoked about that, and we actually went inside. There was a door man. That's probably not a huge deal, but I  had never seen one in real life. 

Santa Monica

Our last stop for the day was in Santa Monica, and we had a blast! We walked through tons of shops, went to Creams & Dreams, which is an ice cream shop where the ice cream is made using liquid nitrogen. I'd never heard of this before, but it was so good and awesome to watch! 

After a while we made our way to the beach (where people were selling fidget spinners... go figure... and rode the Ferris wheel. I loved the Ferris wheel, even though it was open, nine stories high, and windy. Would definitely go to Santa Monica again. 

Overall, it was a great trip and we walked a TON on Saturday. 

On Saturday night we logged on to check in to our flight, which was on-time and then looked up LAX's food options so we could plan where we'd grab lunch. On LAX's website we saw that our flight (which minutes before read on time) was actually cancelled. We (well, I...) panicked and scrambled to make a backup flight home... at 6am... but all was well. And we made it. :) 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hawaii 2017

We went to a Hawaii over spring break and I never even posted the pictures! Worst blogger ever. This year we went to Oahu again, and I swear every year I love it more and more. Just don't tell Ry that, because I don't think I could live there permanently...

The Dole Plantation is always one of my favorite places to visit. It's very touristy, but I'm a tourist so it's okay! There are pineapples everywhere (which is probably why I love it so much) and the pineapple ice cream is the best ice cream ever. This year was the first year I spotted the giant pineapple above, but I will probably have to visit it every time I go now. 

This year our hotel also offered poolside drinks made IN A PINEAPPLE. The smoothie in here was ten times better because of the cup. Fact. 

I'm not a big souvenir fan, but I always find cute things shopping in Hawaii that I never see at home. Probably just a coincidence, but oh whale! I snagged these lace accented shorts for $9 at a Ross in Waikiki and found this super adorable beach hat as well for $10 or so. I think those are the only things I bought the whole trip... other than coffee. ;) 

Another favorite of ours is the Diamond Head hike. The first time I did this hike was with Ry, and I got sunburnt! That part wasn't fun, but I really enjoyed it. So, the next year I brought my family too and my dad was super pumped that he made it to the top (including these awful stairs) just a few months after his stroke recovery. This year we went a third time, and it felt easier! So that's good for us! Especially considering this is probably the biggest workout Ive done... all year. Whoops..

There are so many awesome things to do in Hawaii. We ate at amazing restaurants, got acas bowls and coffee from everywhere, and just roamed shops and beaches for days. So so fun.

Have you been to Hawaii? What're your favorite things to do? Any favorites from other islands?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

friday coffee date

Overall, I would say that I'm a pretty busy person. I wake up early, teach all day, sometimes coach in the evenings, come home and cook dinner or work or whatever I have planned, sleep, and repeat. I think that it didn't really hit me how truly busy I've been this year until today. The first day that I'm sitting home alone by myself. Doing nothing.

Nothin' like a big ol' batch of nothing to prove how not-busy you are, yeah?

My mom says I should appreciate that I have an empty day and enjoy it. But, I don't think I can do that! I miss my people (who are off in California nannying, home for the summer with their families, or entertaining guests who've arrived for graduation...) and I'm sad I won't see some of my people for quite a while.

I also just miss this space! I realized today that it's been  three whole months since I've touched this blog, and I can't believe it! Time just flies by when you're busy.

I don' have a lot to say right now, but I wanted to shout out that I miss all of my blogging people, and I hope you're all well.


Monday, March 13, 2017

life goes on (& on, & on...)

This is going to be another hodgepodge post about life lately. I feel like I don't have any real 'content' to post out there in the web. So, if you're looking for deep meaningful posts about my life... I don't even know why you'd expect that. If you're looking for random pictures of food and a puppy, you've come to the right place!

I spent a good part of the weekend hanging out with my momma and Tuff the yorkiepoo. He got a haircut and then went on a walk in the (holy cow, where has it been this whole time!) sunshine. 

My parents were gone last weekend so when I went home to visit my brother made an awesome diner- pasta with chicken, mushroom cheese, broccoli, and garlic bread. He watches Gordon Ramsay videos. It pays off. 

I feel like my nail adventures are always hit or miss. I went to this place near where my parents live that had good reviews and was placed with a girl who had to have been brand new. My nails chipped worse than they ever have in life and were peeling terribly after 24 hours. I had them redone. I couldn't take it. Both colors are super pretty though. 

Do you ever see something that you didn't even know you wanted until you see it?! That's how I'm feeling lately about pineapple leggings. However, the only ones I can find are teal and pink- and I'm not a fan of the 'unrealistic' side of that. The ones on the right I love. But, they're from LuLaroe and impossible to find. So I'm sad. If you see anything  with a cute pineapple print, send it my way!

I made a spur of the moment berry crisp as a breakfast for the week and it was a great choice. 

Loft has had a great clearance sale going on lately, and I'm probably the biggest customer of that in the history of ever. This purple tank, and many other shirts they have right now, is a rayon/chiffon type fabric in the front and a cozy t-shirt fabric in the back. You can't tell looking at it, but I love it. 

Snagged this cute little necklace at Target. 

The kidlets and I are going to be planting seeds after spring break and I was SO jazzed to see this sign in the dollar spot. Up on the windowsill it went!

I joked when I got this that Ry must either love me a lot, or want me to run more. I'm actually wearing this jacket while I sit here and do nothing. Hehe. Tricked him!

I've been driving a sweet coworker home from work for a few weeks and as a thank you she got me THIS MUG. I've been in love with it for a while but couldn't bring myself to buy it, until I got it as a gift today! I've already used it. I already love it a million times more than ever. 

How was your week? 
Pineapple prints?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Life Lately

My kiddos bring the sweetest gifts. This flower was bigger than my hand and a little kiddo from my class brought it to me from her garden (and said she'd bring me more if I wanted them) Seriously one of the prettiest flowers I've ever seen. Does anyone know the name of this?!

I've decided it's just never going to stop snowing ever. This is the new normal. On a slightly more positive note, I'm so thankful for the people I work with and my administration. This week my principal called me (and everyone else on staff who had a long drive) to warn us about the road conditions and of an accident that had occurred due to ice. I love these people. 

Ry and I took some time this past weekend to browse around Salem, including going to Word of Mouth. We went shopping during our two hour wait for our table! Which was still so worth it. If I could eat cinnamon roll pancakes every day of my life, I'd be a happy lady. 

Mattie got me this pineapple necklace during our Valentines Day swap and I love it to bits! It's the only part of packing for Hawaii I've already planned and I've worn it so many times already. My kiddos love it :) 

I've been participating in healthy challenge groups for work, and I've actually started running semi-occasionally again! Getting sick threw a wrench in the routine, but yesterday I ran a mile and a half and didn't die, so there's that. 

How's life lately?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Things I Bought - February Edition!

I really tried not to buy impractical things this month, but I feel like every time I went to the store I fell in love with something! I have been resisting a few things probably not for long because I'm the worst at this.  I'll throw those down at the bottom if you wanna check em' out.

I tried on this sweater at Loft a few weeks ago. I had some time to kill before a dentist appointment, and Loft usually has some cute things on their sale rack, and I just love Loft. I saw this sweater for full price - $60 for a sweater. Nahhh. 

So, I accepted that I would not be getting the sweater. Despite loving it. UNTIL - Loft had a sale. And I got this sweater for $25. TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS. I about died. 

So now I own this sweater, and I love it. The front is cozy and soft and wonderful (the blush color is not as bright as it looks in the picture, it's more dusty) and the back is a 'chiffon' type fabric and has a zipper detail up top. I love it. I wanted to wear it twice this week, but I didn't. 

Loft  Mixed Media Sweater - now $32.99 with code: NEWNOW

Unfortunately, this shirt is now sold out - but if it wasn't I would've bought more in every color. You can't tell in this picture, but it has a light shimmer to it which makes it more than just a plain ol' t-shirt and the fabric is slightly thicker than usual cotton shirts I feel.

And it was $5.15. So, there's that. 

I'm always looking for a good leggings shirt and I feel like this could be one of those lucky times! I chose to get this color instead of the navy/white stripe because I can never match things with navy! Navy and jeans feels too redundant and navy with black pants feels like too dark of an outfit. It's a struggle I face, I tell ya. 

This lovely little nugget of a shirt was $8.49, the sale isn't as good as it was but it's still on sale! 

Loft Striped Dolman Tee - now $10.19 with code NEWNOW

I am a fan of pretty shell shirts. I have shirt similar to this one in hot pink, white and black polkadots, white and black stripes, teal, and navy. Obviously since burgundy/raspberry  are my favorite colors I had to get one in this color as well. The sale didn't hurt, either.

Loft - Piped Mixed Media Shell - $20.99 with code NEWNOW

There are some cute boutiques in the town where I live, and one of them is owned by the sweetest little lady! She very recently had to relocate her shop and yesterday I stopped by the new location for the first time to pick up some black leggings (they feel better than LuLaroe -which I still love, just being honest - and are way cheaper) While I was browsing and snagging my black leggings I found these lovely leggings. They have a dark navy background and usually I cannot do navy like I said above. But I had to have them. They have some really pretty colors in them and match almost perfectly with the Loft sweater I attached at the top. So excited to wear this. Probably in a week or so since I literally wore this sweater on Tuesday. 

Local Boutique Leggings - 2 @ $15 ea. = $30

Ry's house is always freezing and his roommate bought slippers, which got R talking about slipper as well to keep his feet from freezing off. We looked at several stores and could not  find any slippers at all. I snagged these on Amazon and they'll be delivered to his house sometime this weekend. 

I've never met anyone who wasn't a teacher/RA who had their own mini laminator, but I love mine and use it at least once a week. However, laminator sheets are ridiculously expensive for what they are. I found this pack of 200 on Amazon for $20.89, which is a pretty good deal. I bought them ten years ago and they aren't here yet, but still- the deal will be worth it! I hope. 

Total spent this month: $128 and change, plus shipping. Not too bad!
What did you buy this month? Favorite deal?