Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's here, it's here, it's here!

Eeekk! State testing begins tomorrow! I am on the verge of flipping out, but I know I must collect myself and be confident for the kiddos. I am so proud of them for working so hard this far. I know they will rock this test! (Or at least they'd BETTER!) lol
This is exactly how I feel. Ughhh.

Here are a couple of "encouraging" bulletin boards/posters that I put up in my classroom. Since we have to cover up any and all informative posters, I thought I might as well make use of that blank space!

This one is all handmade/handwritten with no patterns. :) I'm proud!

I just kinda slapped this one up there to cover up a reading poster. Quirky, I know.

Have a great week!! :) 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

What I'm Excited About! (8)

It's the weekend, and you know what that means! It's time to get excited!

First of all, let me get two things out of the way that I am NOT excited about:
1. Next week is the state assessment! It is THE most important week of school - ever. It is also the scariest and most nerve racking, too! lol 
2. I wasn't able to do a High Five for Friday because I was soo busy. But, I was busy having fun, so that makes it alright, I guess. :)

Okay, on to some excitement! :)

  • We are taking the husband's grandmother out for her birthday today. She is the sweetest lady ever, and I'm so glad to have her in my life!
  • Afterwards, I am going to somewhere to buy TWO of these:
One like this for the bathroom and...
 a much nicer one for the bedroom since we don't have room for an acutal dresser.
(So sad that I had to leave most of my fancy-shmancy Cherry bedroom suit back at my parents' house!) WE. HAVE. NO. SPACE. HERE. 

  • The countdown is on for D.C.!!! In  9 days, I will be on my merry way! Woo Hoo :)
Have an  altogether lovely weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Yesterday, I had to wear a heart monitor again. Long story short: I've always had a weird heart condition, so it's just a check up thing. But anyways, I obviously could not take a real shower with that crazy contraption on, so my mom washed my hair for me in her pedestal sink.
After she washed it, I wrapped a towel around my head and drove home. Then, I brushed my hair (it was almost dry) and went to bed. When I woke up, my hair was ENORMOUS.
(Refer to my Reba post for an example of huge hair..haha)
So this morning I used my Instyler and basically fixed my hair like normal with my average amount of teasing and product. But let me tell you, my hair had such pretty volume and fullness all day. It never fell flat! Not once!
I even used my normal shampoo:
What do I think made the difference?
I think the key was washing my hair UPSIDE DOWN!
Tonight, I washed my hair and it definitely doesn't feel like it did last night. :(
So what do you think? Have you tried this before?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I am from the South. More importantly, I am from Tennessee  - the birthplace of country music. Like it or not, country music surrounds Tennesseans. My husband, for instance, hates country music, and I, on the other hand, can tolerate it. I might even go far enough to say I sometimes enjoy it - especially the older stuff, and there are always those certain songs that you have to belt out whenever you hear them on the radio.... orrrrrrrrrrrrrr in the dollar store.

"Fancy" by Reba is one of those songs. I just happen to know this song word for word and whenever it comes on, I am captivated and begin singing it involuntarily. When I say involuntarily, I mean it!

As we were quickly shopping for paper towels and Tide today, I hear this glorious song in the dollar store. And what happens? I sing. As I try to hold myself back (but cannot), Aaron hushes me. I make an honest effort to shush, but can't especially when it came to the "ya know, I mighta been born just plain white trash, but Fancy was'a my name!" part.

By this point, Aaron made a beeline for the cash register to get away from me. As I am singing, carrying paper towels, and running to catch up, I hear from the next aisle over, "SING IT, REBA!" from a dollar store worker! Bwahaha!

It was the funniest moment for me, yet the most humiliating for Aaron. We are just so different, but that's why I love him. He's serious, and I'm dorky. Balance. :)

Here's your one chance, Fancy don't let me down
duh duh dum da da.....

Monday, April 16, 2012

Operation Classroom Cuteness!

I am totally wanting to make my classroom prettier (and more organized) while I'm off this coming summer. My classroom has a pastel/chiffon yellow paint on the walls, and the rest of the furniture is bright red (including the cabinets)! It's cute, but it could use some modernizing!

I have a large two-door cabinet/closet thingy, a big four-drawer filing cabinet, and a small two-drawer filing cabinet that need some cuteness factored in! Look at this awesome idea!

Pinned Image

Um, that is wallpaper, folks! So cute!

This will be happening in my classroom ASAP.

Much Love!
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

For Today...

Be still and know

Sometimes it's just best to stand still.

Have a wonderful Sunday! :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Leibster Award!!!

Um, how cool is this?? The lovely Michelle from My Book of Love blog has nominated me for the Liebster Blog award! A neat thing about the award is that it requires the nominees to share 5 random facts about themselves! So here goes:

1. I still dress up for Halloween. In fact, this past year I was Cruella DeVil! :)
Nearly the whole costume came from Goodwill. hehe

2. I was a cheerleader all throughout middle school and high school. Now, I am a middle school cheer coach. :)
         That's me. Third one from the LEFT on the front row.

3. On my senior trip to NYC, I was on the Today show for .43263 seconds!  lol
4. In December of 2010, I came down with the strangest sickness called "the fifth disease." It's a an illness that only kids are supposed to get. Well, I was a sheltered child so I never caught it. But lo and behold, I caught it during my first year of teaching! In adults, the symptoms are much worse and even dangerous. For over two weeks I couldn't eat, walk, or even turn my neck. By Christmas, I was weak but trying to function normally. My family went to Dollywood for the Christmas celebration, and I had to ride a scooter!! Bahaha. Total learning experience.

5. I was a bridesmaid in four weddings during a span of 2 years.  :)

The Liebster Award
The Liebster Award is for up-and-coming bloggers (200 followers or less) that you think deserve recognition for their fabulous blogging abilities. Here's how this award words...
Each nominee should:
Choose five blogs to give the Liebster Award to.
Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
Post the award on your blog.
List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites.
Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
Share five random facts about yourself.

Here are my nominations:
Mireya @ Pearls and Such

Friday, April 13, 2012

High Five for Friday!

Aww man, it's Friday already? It has been a long time since I haven't wanted to see Friday roll back around, but I've been spring breakin' it! Sadly, I can't believe it's almost over!!! :(

I missed linking up with Lauren last week. Heck, I haven't blogged since forever ago, but like I said, it's spring break!! And, that's been my excuse for everything this week. I love it!

Okay, let's do this!

1. I recieved the Liebster Blog Award from the lovely Michelle from My Book of Love blog! I can't wait to do a follow up post and make my own nominations!! I am honored and flattered. Thanks, Michelle!

2. Well, I used a grill all by myself Thursday (and I only made one panic-stricken phone call to my husband in the process!). I was scared and intimidated, but I pulled it off! The food was okay, and I didn't burn down the house or singe my eyebrows off or anything!  :)
I love being Southern. :)

3. Revlon's Electric Pink nail polish! My new fave color for spring... and probably summer. It is so bright and cheerful, but it isn't too crazy and wild. Just what I've been looking for - and I've been looking everywhere.

4. See those jeans in the background in the pic above? Those are the American Eagle jeans I talked about in this post!! They came in last week and are everything I dreamed of.

AE Original Boot Jeans
5. Okay, it's time to go all teacher-ish and nerdy on the High Five list! This week is the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic! I'm pretty sure this like a once-in-a-lifetime ordeal! If you've read my About Me page, then you know I love history! I just can't help it. Anyways, I visited the Titanic Museum this past October. They were doing a cool thing for the 100 yr anniversary by letting each visitor drop a rose petal into a huge container that they will be taking out to the actual location of the sinking, and then they will release all those rose petals! How cool will it be that mine will be floating around out there?!?

Aaron and I in front of the museum.
It's actually built to look just like the ship on the outside!

Have an altogether lovely weekend!

Monday, April 9, 2012


Oops! I've been totally MIA over the past week! It's been one thing after another..busy, busy busy! 
Oh well! Who cares? Because.....

(and so is instagram for android!)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Recipe for Hump Day!

Well, I came home today to my husband and brother-in-law outside building a storage shed for the lawn mower and all of the other various tools/yard toys. And he says I have too many shoes!! Haaa.

Anyways, a couple of weeks ago I mentioned our new low-sodium diet in this post. I pinned a recipe for White Chicken Chili that looked amazing. Since I knew the boys would be starving, I decided to try it out...except I didn't even look at the recipe. I just started cooking and it turned out to be awesome! Every drop was eaten! (Thanks guys!)

Here's how I made it:
1 package of boneless, skinless chicken.. I used tenderloins.
1 onion
1 green pepper
1 can whole kernel sweet corn (no salt added)
1 can White Great Northern beans (low sodium)
1 can Rotel (mild)
About a half cup of water
About a half cup of chicken stock/broth
Cumin to taste   - I used quite a bit!
Paprika to taste - I used quite a bit!
Pinch of Garlic Powder
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Dash of dried cilantro
Salt substitute
Black Pepper

Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and the garlic. Cut up the chicken into bite sized pieces and cook it with the green pepper and onion, then begin adding the canned items/liquid ingredients. Keep tasting it and seasoning it everytime you add a new ingredient.

I also cut some corn torillas into triangles and baked them for about 8 minutes at 350. Or, you could eat the chili with warm flour tortillas. I am just proud of the low sodium content. I think the only ingredients that contained sodium would be the Rotel, stock, and beans.

Give it a try! I didn't get a pic because it was gone so fast!  :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday, Monday!

Well, it was a good day except my students seemed a little unreachable today! I don't know what the deal was, but they totally exhausted me. I did everything but stand on my head to get their attention. I guess I will try that tomorrow. :(

On a lighter note, Mother and I are leaving in a few minutes to search relentlessly for Easter dresses. I am more of a skirt-and-top kinda girl, so Easter dress shopping is a chore. Let's hope I come home with something cute, like this:

Ruffled Cutout Dress 
- with white shoes and gold accessories :)

Gathered Abstract Rose Dress 
- With nude shoes!

Who knows what I'll end up with!