Monday, May 30, 2016

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

I'm not the biggest clothing shopper in the world. I love looking at things, but rarely end up buying anything full price because I've been tricked by that too many times and then seen the same item online two months later for half price.

Maybe that's why I love online shopping so much?

I also love looking at everyone's posts about the Nordstrom sales. So for the first time (ever) I'm joining in!

I think it's a law that if something has Kate Spade on it that I automatically want it, and this purse is no different. The model name has the word 'Ryan' in it, which also makes me like it a little more.

None of my kitchenware is this color, it's all a cranberry red... but still. These are gorgeous.

I love this dress! It's so florally and fun and springy!

I haven't shopped too much yet, I'm telling ya, I can't commit to clothing! But I bet that I will, and I'll probably stop by and get a few things (maybe not these... but we'll see!) What're you shopping for? What're your faves? You have until the beginning of June! Which now that I think about it, isn't that far away...

Friday, May 27, 2016

Five on Fri-Yay!

I've decided to celebrate this five on Fri(yay!) by just rambling about five things that have been on my mind lately, which come to think of it is not much different than the other days of the week when I actually make myself blog, but hey- that's how it goes over here.

1. How in the world is it week nine?!

Like, I swear I just started this Ed program business like ten minutes ago and now it's over. Which is both a blessing and really sad to me. I just had a conversation with my roommate about how the second term of the Ed program is literally the worst term of college ever and the third term is the best of them all. Except for the whole 'having a job but not having a job' thing.

This really old picture of me basically sums up how I'm feeling about life. My hair's a mess, I feel like I'm twelve years old (for the record that's not how old this picture is) but somehow there's still smiles on this face of mine!

2. I really really want a puppy!

Currently I live in a house that doesn't allow pets, but I've seriously been considering asking my landlord if it's okay if I have a dog. I mean, he likes us, but I don't even have time to have a dog. Maybe I can convince my mom to get a dog. She likes dogs.

3. Adulting is really interesting

I've had to make so many decisions lately and it's ridiculous. I definitely realized throughout the last four years that eventually I would have to make lots of big decisions (like a future job...) But actually doing that is a whole different ball game.

I'm happy with the decisions I've made and super excited about getting a classroom and being able to transition this space into the lifestyle/classroom blog that I always imagined it would be. However, it's just really overwhelming right now.

Throwback to my first day of student teaching this year! So young. So so young.

4. God is good, all the time.

I don't even know what to say about this. This term was one of the most emotionally draining ones ever because of the extreme happy times and really stressful decision making times. I definitely feel like I've been so supported by God throughout all of this and I've survived through so many stressful situations throughout also doing this process and I'm just so blessed.

5. Countdowns!

If you've been here for thirty seconds you probably know that I like counting down to exciting things. So here's what I'm counting down to lately

Adulthood (which is my code word for graduation) is in 17 days!
Summer job starts in 47 days!
I start my inservice days for my future classroom in 89 days!

So many happy things! Yay!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What the Student Teacher Wore

I'm sure I've blogged about this before (but now I can't find the post, of course...) One of the hardest parts of student teaching for me was finding a way to dress professionally and still feel comfortable in the clothes that I wore. I didn't want to buy a whole new wardrobe, but I wanted to look nice of course.

Below are some general (cough... random) outfits that I wore while student teaching and some comments under each about things I think are essential to have in your closet.

A fun blazer (I got mine a few years ago from my mom, who originally got it from White House Black Market)
Fun tops (like this polka dot one I got from TJMaxx)
Colorful cardigans (check Old Navy, lady!)
Warm and fun scarves
Long layering necklaces (Tillys, Maurices, Target...)
A denim jacket
More fun scarves!
Black skinny jeans/nice black pants

And apparently lots of maroon/burgundy colored things... (I promise one of these is a shirt and one is a tee-shirt dress)

What are your must haves for student teaching/other work dress?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Classroom Inspiration

If you're still out there reading this blog you'll remember a little while back I posted that I got a job for next school year teaching a 1/2 blend. Since then I've been on Pinterest every waking moment of the day looking for future classroom inspiration.

Just thought I'd share some of the ideas I have for the upcoming year!

I'm digging (do people still say that?) this little welcome/mailbox station. I love how organized everything is. Rule #1 for my future classroom - organization, folks! If you start organized it has to stay that way, right? Right?

I love this math center. I really like that there's a bulletin board for posting images or anchor charts of what we'll be learning in math, and I love the storage for math manipulatives and centers activities.

Reading corners are my favorite thing to browse on Pinterest right now. I love how this one has storage, and the color scheme, and the windows, and the rug! So much love! I already have an idea for how to imitate this in my own classroom.

How cute is this idea for open house/ meet the teacher night? I'm so excited to try this with my kiddos! Can you imagine seeing all of those little hand drawn paper people? I'm dyingggg right now.

I've spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not I want to have a whole classroom theme (I'm down to a few different options, make sure to let me know which one you'd prefer below) and one of those themes is BEES. There are so so many cute ideas for bee themed classrooms. I love the polka dot rug and yellow pops of color with this one.

Displaying student work is something that's really important to me, and keeping with the bee theme- how cute is THIS?!

Possible Classroom Themes

Bees (Black/White with pops of yellow)
Black Polka Dots with Bright Accents
Chalkboard and Burlap


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Little Avocado

Linking up with Tell It To Me Tuesday and Tell Me a True Story

Just sitting here at the table with my roommate, Janell, who has a blog you should look at. We were having a discussion about future kid's names and then I started talking about Avocado Pesto Pasta (note, completely unrelated topics...) There was a super awesome recipe on a blog that now I can't find.

Anyway, Janell, however, decided I was talking about how I was going to name my future kid Avocado Pesto Pasta. Which is (quote me, please) the LITERAL worst baby name in the whole universe. (note, I apologize to anyone who is planning to name their future child Avocado...)

I just thought that was ridiculous and thought the world needed to hear that story. Speaking of stories, when little Avocado arrives I'll definitely read this book...

Monday, May 23, 2016

DIY Teacher Planner

I'm a fan of planners. (Fun fact, when I originally typed that sentence it said plan of fanners... long day I guess) I love looking at them in stores and have spent lots of time in the past finding the perfect planner to keep track of all of my stuff.
Ignore my beautiful sticky note there... but look at the PINEAPPLES!
Lesson planners are a little bit different though. While looking for a planner for the summer and next year I found many that looked beautiful but when I opened them just weren't what I was looking for or found a planner that had all of the things that I wanted but didn't look how I wanted it to (or was out of my budget...)

So, finally I decided to figure out  a way to just make the planner I wanted myself. I found this template on TeachersPayTeachers for $13 and the rest is history. Basically, it gave me a file of billions of beautiful covers, pages to put in, and lesson plan outlines. I especially loved the pages that showed students with alternate schedules or medical needs.

I spent an hour or so (it definitely could've taken less time but I was serious about this business) putting the pages in the order I wanted them and customizing everything and then uploaded it to Office Depot to be printed and bound. All in all I spent $30 on the thing, but compared to the other options I was looking at it serves every purpose I wanted it to for less money.

Also, I could've saved money if I'd printed the pages beforehand and just brought them in to Office Depot, but I don't have a printer at the moment, so, it didn't really make sense.

Overall, the pages are just beautiful and I'm so excited to start teaching this summer so I can write in all of them! It's gonna be great.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Classroom Obsessed

Since finding out that I have a teaching job, literally three days ago, I've been obsessed with planning every little detail about what the classroom will look like. And how I'll teach everything. I literally drew my room. 

And yesterday I bought an easel for $20 at a consignment sale and I'm SO pumped. 

Crazy? Probably. But it all started when I found this planner template. And guys, I'm obsessed. I've already picked the blue and gray pineapple cover and I've planned to have it bound at Staples to be super legit. 

Other cool things I've found include this beautiful book shelf 

I just can't get enough of it. Is it August yet? 😍

Saturday, May 14, 2016


I'm sorry for the caps, I know that makes it seem like I'm yelling. But maybe I am out of excitement! I got a teaching job for next year! And I'm so unbelievably excited!

Overall, it was a pretty great week! I went home for Mother's Day last weekend and spent some time with my family and then came back Sunday night to lesson plan for the week and prep for an interview I had on Monday.

Monday I went to teach at elementary school and left early for the interview. Siri got me lost, which was super fun and not at all stressful when I had to be there in ten minutes... I thought small town life made me immune to getting lost, it doesn't.

The interview went well and everyone was really nice! I went home that afternoon feeling pretty good about things and an hour later they called me with a job offer for a 1st and 2nd grade classroom. I had the week to think about it and make a decision, which obviously was the simplest and least stressful thing I've ever been asked to do (...not)

Tuesday we went to a concert (yay!) and ate the best pizza ever. I also realized I took zero pictures of the concert, so yay for me...

On Wednesday I asked if I could come observe and they said yes! So I went in and observed the current teacher on Thursday, met more of the staff, talked with the principal, asked a million questions, etc. By the time I left the school I'd accepted.

So, I HAVE A CLASSROOM for next year. Let the countdown to fall begin!!

Also, shoutout to my roommate Janell for always having the. best. gifts. So cute.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Graduation Cap

I graduate in 36 days (and I'm ridiculously excited!!)

Yesterday I finally finished my grad cap and I'm so proud of myself!
I bought sequins, teacher stickers, and more sequins (there were lots involved...) from the craft store and just hoped for the best and went for it.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, especially considering I put very little planning into it at all. Let's just hope all of the little rhinestones stay on there.... I might go redo them with some super glue in a few weeks if I'm feeling ambitious...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Another 'Lately'...

Janell, my roommate who I claim as the sole new blogger I've brought into the world, has been complaining about the lack of blogging I've been doing lately. Which is understandable. Anyway, here's a random assortment of pictures and things I've been up to lately.
I started a plant unit with my littles this week and they are SO excited. We're closely watching our little plants to see if they grow (and explaining why we don't have 5' tall sunflowers on day two... it's cute. 
Ignore my awkward hands, but I finally was brave enough to share my testimony on Tuesday. I've been asked many times, but have never done it. Anyway, I'll probably write about that sometime (like in ten years when I blog regularly again...) But, for now, it was really great and I recommend doing it. Even when you don't wanna. 
Had my second to last teacher meeting EVER. I can't wait to graduate and be done with this business. 
Scored super cute new boots at the boutique in town. And I want to wear them everywhere. 
I made a pie! And it was so flippin good!
And... then I made another one. :)