Saturday, February 25, 2017

Galentines Swap!

Apparently I'm super forgetful lately because on top of just feeling generally behind, I forgot to link up for Mattie's swap. This is even more ridiculous because Mattie was the person who sent me my swap gift. Like how does that even happen? I'm the worst. 

However, as expected Mattie's gifts were FAR from being the worst of course. I've been wanting more games for my classroom and a pineapple necklace forever, and now I have both! I haven't checked out the game with the kids yet but I plan to soon! The necklace was definitely something I wore a few times this week. It's so small and cute! 

She also sent me an Essie polish (LadyLike) Essie is my go to. I was super pumped about this because I'd just received a gel type top coat from my ipsy bag and wanted to try it out. Love. 

Mattie sent my gift using gift shipping, which is normally something I wouldn't mention (because who really cares about that small detail) But guys. Amazon must've made a mistake or something because not only did I receive like 57 gift notes from Mattie telling me that she was my swap partner, I also received a gift note from someone's grandma hoping they enjoyed the fairy figurine she was sending. 

So, random person, your grandma meant to send a note. Really. She did. 

Overall, a great swap! Even if I can remember to link up! :) 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Things I Actually Bought.. January Edition

I was looking back and realized I bought a lot of things I loved in January! Below are some of my faves, a quick review of each thing, and all that jazz.

I finally ordered my first thing from LuLaRoe and I'm so so excited about it. I feel like being an elementary teacher I have the freedom to wear some crazy things, and Christmas/Valentines Day leggings are my new fave deal! I, of course, opted toward a Burgundy color. I'm still at a loss for which color shirt would look best with these though. Black? Light pink? White? 

I bought this dress from Nordstrom Rack - $26.97 in white to wear during spring break, but I"m not sure how I feel about it yet. The back has a lace-up detail that is super cool, but I just really feel like white dresses are hard to wear, ya know? We'll see. I've also thought about wearing this with a cardigan and a necklace for Valentines Day... thoughts?

I have sandals similar to this except with some glitter, sad thing is I've worn them so much that for whatever reason this little metal deal has decided to poke out of the bottom. That's all fine and dandy, you can't see it, the rest of the shoe still looks great... until you walk and a rock gets stuck in the metal thing and you almost fall to the ground with twenty-nine first and second graders in tow... not that I would know or anything. 

Thus, I decided the old shoes had to go and I needed to get some new ones - in steps (haha, good joke there) these things. I found these at Nordstrom Rack - $34.97 and they're real leather. Even cooler! Also, as of right now - no metal thing to trip me up. Definite 'pro'.

Guys. This thing is my most favorite purchase of the whole entire year. I mean it. I love the idea of using exercise balls as seats for kids, they get to wiggle but still stay in one spot -it's a win win! BUT exercise balls roll all over the place all the time and don't stay in one spot. UNTIL - in steps this bad boy. Those weird little udder/rocketship/stand deals on the bottom keep this thing in one spot. That means when little Bobberton Jones (obvs. not a real student...) walks away from the wobble chair it stays where it was left. I only bought one (so far) from Amazon - $19.98 But I swear I'll get more. Maybe next year all of my chairs will just be these. Who knows!

I caught this cardigan from Target for like $10 on clearance, now it's even cheaper but literally zero of the colors are available anywhere except in store, which is too bad because I would've gone back to buy all of them. If by some miracle these are in a store near you, grab them all and run toward the cashier asap. They're long, comfy, and from Target. Could it get any better? Only complaint I have is that I'm usually a small and while the length is great in this, the arms are a little tight when you wear any shirt with some thickness itself. Next time I'd get a medium I think. Not that there will be a next time since they're disappearing... 

I don't know why this is $45 now because I ordered it a while back from Amazon for $20, and still haven't seen it... Anyways, I ordered this so that I could diffuse essential oils. I've been looking into it for a while, many people near me do so for various reasons, and I thought it would be something cool to look into. My mom advised me to get an 'ultrasonic' diffuser. I only slightly understand what that means, but figured that since this little thing wasn't too expensive that even if I hate it I won't be too sad. Maybe I'll update when it actually gets here from the North Pole or wherever it is. 
Update: It arrived! But I'm not sure if I just received the original or the replacement they were shipping me because mine was lost in the mail... oh whale.

A bunch of raincoats were donated to my classroom and I realized that we were already at max personal belongings capacity - some of my kiddos don't even have hooks to hang their own things because there literally isn't any room for hooks! So I bought this from Amazon for $20 or so and put it in the back room of my classroom. It's worked out great so far and was SO easy to install. Literally zero tools required and I did it by myself. 

What've you purchased this month?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


A few weeks back a sweet co-worker of mine started talking to me about these healthy challenge groups she does. I wasn't super excited about it in the beginning because helloooo this girl hasn't done anything physically active since 2012. But, somehow I signed up and was assigned to a team. It was a great choice!

Every day each person can receive five points, plus extra credit, for posting in the group about a workout, healthy choice, if you've reached your water intake for the day, something you love, and a meme. It's been super fun to hear about other people's choices/lives and really holds ya accountable! The team with the most points wins a prize, and of course Janell and I are on the same team.

I was doing really great with the first three days until I got hit with this nasty flu/cold/illnessthatjustplainstinksalot on Friday. It feels super strange to be posting about health while I'm currently in bed with the flu, but ya know- life is weird sometimes. Hopefully I'll be back at it again soon and can earn some points to win this thing!

Any fun workouts to suggest for 'post sickness'?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Spring Break Outfit Inspo

I swear, snow is in the weather forecast again but my mind is already on spring break. We booked our tickets to go to Hawaii again (which is still so weird since growing up we never took a vacation-except Disneyland once). I've been thinking about outfit ideas since we booked, which is something I haven't really thought about until a few days before, before.

Not so much the necklace (I'm a simple girl) but I love the pattern and colors of the shorts with the white. 

I swear, all of the cute floral/tropical print things have jumped ship. Don't stores know I need them now? In January? Not the summer like a normal person. 

I have a black cardigan romper (Seriously, cardigan...?) that I could dress up. I (bought) and wore it last year when we went, and with new shoes and a necklace it could be super cute. 

Love the colors and the cut. Just need to find it somewhere. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Teacher Outfits Lately - 1

I'm just finally getting into a routine and starting to feel put together again. When I was beginning teaching (ha, like it was so long ago...) I felt rushed every morning and like I wasn't really thinking about what I was wearing. When I was coaching was even worse since I had less time for every area of life, and choosing an outfit wasn't at the top of my to-do list. 

So now, it's a little better. I hope. 

I'm not a huge 'hand/wrist' accessorize, but when I do it's always this Citizen watch from my brother from last year, the ring my gram gave me when I turned sixteen, and either this wave ring or a 'fake diamond/pearl combo' ring I got from American Eagle like three years ago. My accessory game needs an upgrade...

Clothes though. For real.
Shirt - Loft - very old (similar style)
Scarf -  Nordstrom - not available (similar style)
Jeans - Loft (similar)
Boots - Born  - LOVE THESE

Shirt - UOI Boutique - not available
Scarf - gift from a long time ago
Jeans - Loft (similar)
Boots - Ugg 

Shirt - Old Navy (last year)
Scarf - local boutique
Jeans - (similar)
Boots - Sam Edelman