Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Work Wives

Do you ever have those people who you work with that become more like family?

Do you have co-workers who give you advice not just about work, but about life problems?

Do you ever give advice to your co-workers about similar issues?

Can you joke, laugh, and even cry with them?

If you answered yes to all these questions, it is quite possible you either have a work wife or are a work wife to someone.

Both are true for me. Let me tell you about my work wives......

1.) Sarah*

This girl is a wonderful teacher. She truly cares about each of her kids and wants them to succeed. You will most often find me in her room laughing and joking around. She keeps the atmosphere light and we share similar views on lots of things.

How she is my work wife:
-Tells me what to do...lol :-)
-Gives me advice about everything under the Sun
-Keeps me on track
-Gives me compliments

2.) Riley*

Wow! This teacher has everything going. She is always coming up with cute projects to sell on TpT, developing some cute and MEANINGFUL lessons, and making important connections with her students.

How she is my work wife:
-Always inspires me to be better
-Gives me advice
-Helps me stay organized
-Tells me that everything will get better

3.) Paula*

Paula and I go way back. I started my career with her and look forward to many more years to come. She has been teaching for a while, but is not afraid to buy new things for her students and use them in her classroom. She is my idol and I hope that I will be just like her.

How she is my work wife:
-Shares her experience and advice
-Drives me to be better
-Always makes me laugh

Besides being a work wife to Sarah and Riley, I have two other teachers at my school that I feel I am their work wives.

Greg* and Henry* both need some pushing from me. :-) Greg* has a couple women in his work life telling him what to do (Sarah is one). I feel that I help them in tough situations and sometimes I am just a listening ear when they need advice. I hope that I help them, but who knows. :-)

I have to say that work wives are the best because they help keep you on your toes.

So, now I want to know about your work wives. How many do you have? Are you are work wife? Leave some love in the comments..... :-)

*Names have been changed for privacy*

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fall Fun!

Every year I try to do different activities to keep things fresh for me and my kiddos.

This year I decided to read this book:


The kiddos loved it! I had them act out the different sounds. After the story I had them do a writing prompt about what they love about Fall. Then, we made scarecrows.

This is a picture from when they were "drying".

The finished project is lining the hallway, ready to greet the parents for Open House!
Stay classy my friends! :-)

Monday, August 10, 2015

My 3rd Stitch Fix

On Saturday, I received my 3rd Stitch Fix. I know I didn't post my 2nd Stitch Fix, but I did not like any of my items in that Fix. I didn't feel good in them and they just weren't my style.
This time around I got a new stylist. She did an amazing job! Hopefully I get to keep her! :-)
When I first opened this Fix, I was intrigued by some pieces and unsure of a few others.

Item #1: Papermoon Riley Graphic Print Cardigan ($38.00)
I love this cardigan. During the Fall season, I enjoy wearing oversized sweaters and cardigans. This one had a funky print on it, similar to some of the items I pinned on Pinterest. I can't wait till it gets cold enough to wear it.
Item #2: Market and Spruce Yuna Chevron Pointelle Knit Sweater ($68.00)
I wasn't too excited about this piece when I first pulled it out of the box. I didn't like that the chevron detailing was actually holey so that you could see right through it. However, when I paired it with my brown leggings, brown riding boots, and some matching accessories, I felt that it belonged with me. The sweater material is super soft. I am not a big fan of scratchy sweaters.
Item #3: Pixley Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt ($54.00)
I love Henleys!!! I used to wear them all the time in middle school/ high school. This one is super soft and stretchy. I paired it with gray dress pants, my sparkly bow flats, and purple jewelry. I see myself wearing this to work quite often.
-If you work with me pretend you didn't already see and compliment anyway. Lol. :-) 
Item #4: 41 Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse ($58.00)
When I saw the color of this shirt, I loved it! However, when I first put it on I didn't like the sleeves. They have a tulip (or what I would call a tulip) cut to them. So, I took it off and put it back in the box. Today, I put it on again, paired it with beige dress skinny pants, nude high heels, and matching jewelry and feel in love. I think it gives a classic elegant feel when worn this way. Although I probably will have to find something other than high heels to wear with it.
Item #5: Bay to Baubles Lavana Crystal and Bauble Necklace ($28.00)

When I first saw this necklace, I was wondering what I would wear with it. It has big clear gemstones in the center with orange and gold beads hanging down. After I raided my closet to find pieces that would go with this, I knew this piece was TOTALLY ME! I love anything sparkly and jewelry. This piece was BOTH!!! I also love how chunky of a piece it is.
The Breakdown:
Papermoon Riley Graphic Print Cardigan----Kept
Market and Spruce Yuna Chevron Pointelle Knit Sweater----Kept
Pixley Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt----Kept
41 Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse----Kept
Bay to Baubles Lavana Crystal and Bauble Necklace----Kept
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Weekly Summer Linky: Random Act of Kindness

I have been linking up with Monica from I Heart Grade 3 from the very beginning of my little blog.
This week her topic was:
A Random Act of Kindness I Have Given x 2:
My first random act of kindness was to a waitress at Ruby Tuesdays. My husband (than fiancé) and I were celebrating me getting my first real teaching job one Saturday a few summers ago.
Normally when we go to restaurants, we are a young couple and usually do not make connections with the server.
However, on this day a young girl about our age ended up being our server. Through the course of our meal we interacted with her. Of course my husband being the goofball that he is.

Eventually, we found out that she was trying to make her way through college working three jobs. (Now I know you might be thinking, Yeah right she was just trying to get some money out of you) Regardless we gave her a $100.00 tip for our $30-$40 lunch/dinner.
I wrote a note on our receipt telling her to keep her head up and smile because life will get easier. We put it in the payment sleeve (is that what you call it???) and left quietly.
As we were getting into our car, she came running across the parking lot to thank us! We didn't expect to be thanked but we know that we made her day better and brighter.
My second story:
My husband works as a pipeliner and there are times when he comes through the door covered from head to toe in mud.
So, instead of ruining my washer and dryer we take them to the Laundromat. 
After we are done and are getting ready to leave. I will go around to a couple washers and put in quarters for a free wash. No one has ever caught me doing this, but I would like to think that it makes someone's day better. Maybe they forgot their quarters at home, maybe they don't have enough money to do their clothes but I provided some relief. 


I can't wait to read about everyone else's random act of kindness stories.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Assess Me: Week 2

I am linking up again with Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher for another one of her "assessments". :-)
This one is gonna be fun!!!
Alright I may have to explain a few.....
1.) I live in jeans or shorts. I have I believe 3-5 skirts in my whole wardrobe. The only skirts I LOVE are maxi skirts.
2.) I have a collection of earrings, ranging from funky to classic.
3.) Conan is just hilarious. Enough said. :-)
4.) I love silver although the lady behind the jewelry counter said gold goes with my skin tone. :-/ Ugh the inner struggle.....
5.) Country born and raised and that's where I will always be. :-)
6.) I love doing my shopping online...QVC anyone? :-)
7.) Self-explanatory
8.) I have difficulty trusting a lot of people. If I am close to you and share my stories than you have earned my trust.
9.) I love going away on vacation, but I think I get more excited to be coming home. I could stay at home all the time. :-)
10.) I don't really like a lot of breakfasty type food. I used to eat leftovers from dinner for breakfast. Now I drink Shakeology and it curbs my hunger and gives me something to look forward to every morning.
11.) I am a coffee addict. I like the pumpkin spice latte around fall (should be soon). My favorite is the Iced Coffee you can buy at the grocery store in Mocha. If you haven't tried it and are an iced coffee lover you definitely should.
12.) Early bird all the way. In the summer time I get up at 5:30-6:00 and start my day off right by exercising. The only downfall is that I feel tired around 9:00.
13.) Done up. I love being put together and looking pretty. However, if you see me at Walmart on the weekend/after work I very rarely look fancy. :-)
14.) This one was tough. Mother Nature is beautiful and lightening is one of her splendors. As long as it stays far away and lets me admire it from a distance. :-)
15.) I love both equally although my flats are the only ones that love me back. :-)
16.) I love riding in the car. I have never been in an airplane and trains are cool. But I love just being able to hop in the car and go.
17.) I don't really like either show enough to pick. Now ask me about HGTV shows and I have a definite opinion. Love it or List It VS. Love it or List It Too. The original is always the best.
18.) Central Air. I do not like crowds that much and Central Park just seems like it would be crowded.....
Thank you Rachel for your awesome questions! Can't wait for the next one!! :-)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pinterest Pick 3: August Edition

I decided to link up with Inspired Owl's Corner and Pawsitively Teaching for their monthly Pinterest Link Up.

So here is my list of 3 things that I/You can use in the classroom.

Original Source Unknown

I love the Super Hero theme and this is a great way of managing behavior. It's a great idea! 

Original Source Here

These would be amazing to get/give. It contains little goodies sometimes with special meanings or items that the teacher would specifically like. I know I would love to receive one of these.

Original Source Here
The first day of school is always filled with anxiety, nerves, and excitement. I love having some type of fun activity for the students to do. These are some great ideas. My personal favorite is the jitter glitter. :-)

Monday, August 3, 2015


If you haven't heard yet, Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Back to School sale starting today and going to tomorrow.
All my items in my store are 10% off. Head on over: Teaching in Bows, Pearls, and Glitter TpT Store to check out and buy some of my items!
I am going to have a look to see what I can get for a great deal!
Happy shopping everyone!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Free T-Shirt

You get a free t-shirt! You get a free t-shirt! EVERYONE gets a free T-SHIRT!!!
Yes, I'm channeling my inner Oprah!
I came across this great company, A+ Images and they were doing a promotion. If you are a blogger, you can design a free blog t-shirt. I couldn't pass that up because even if I didn't like my design, I still got a free t-shirt out of the deal.

So, I went through the quick and easy process here A+ Images and in a few days I got my t-shirt. I could not be happier with the way it turned out.
I also have to say that since my button and header were small a nice lady, Elisha emailed me to ask some more questions so that she could get the image clearer.
I love my shirt sooooo much and can't wait to wear it!!!
There are so many options that A+ Images can do. Give them a try.
You can also follow them on: Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram

August Currently

Am I the only one wondering where the summer has gone?!?!? Holy moly!
It's AUGUST!!!
I only have a few more weeks until I will back in the swing of things. Does anyone else have that feeling that they forget how to teach over the summer?
I told my hubby last night that I love/hate his birthday. Love it because it is a day to celebrate the amazing man that has been brought into my life. Hate it because it reminds me that summer is almost over. :'-(
Today, I am linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade to show you what is currently going on in my little life.
Listening: There is nothing going on around me right now. It's kind of relaxing. Except for the buzzing of the air conditioners, that's really all I hear.
Loving: Everywhere you look there are back to school ads, sales, and displays. I love it!!! :-) I too am in the back to school mode.
Thinking: My closet has been driving me crazy this summer. I have too many clothes.....(I know I shouldn't complain) However, it is like an avalanche every time I go to open it. 
Wait! Don't go in there! Oh no!
Wanting: We (my fellow teachers and I) have not been able to get into our classroom because we are building a new school and it isn't ready yet. So, I have been anxiously awaiting an email to say that we are finally allowed in. I may check my email 5 billion trillion times a day.
Needing: The big Back to School sale is happening tomorrow and Tuesday (Aug. 3rd and 4th) over at Teachers Pay Teachers. I have a few items that I would like to get done before the sale. However, I don't know if this will happen or not.
Back to School RAK: I love this idea! I always give my teacher friends goodies around the holidays. I have never thought about giving gifts at the beginning of the year. I will most likely put together a small bag of goodies (either candy or cookies) with something else. I also plan on helping out some teachers at my school get their rooms ready.
This is what I am up to currently for the month of August. Can't wait to read what every one else is up to!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday!

First up, I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to my dear ole Dad! :-) I am a true Daddy's girl.
Since this is the last Wednesday of July (WHAT?!?!?), it's time for another Shay's What's Up Wednesday post.
What We're Eating This Week:
Two words: BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!! :-)
Other than that, tonight we will be having fried pork chops.
They're not the healthiest, but they do taste awesome! :-)
What I'm Reminiscing About:
Where did the summer go?!?!? It still seems like yesterday was the first day of summer break. Agh!!!
I'm also reminiscing about my 1st year wedding anniversary. It's crazy to think how a whole year goes by in the blink of an eye. I guess time flies when your having fun......
What I'm Loving:
I am loving all the stuff I picked up from the Target Dollar Spot! I stare at it everyday.
I can't wait till I can get in my classroom and get it set up. Yay for being in a new school! Boo for construction! :-)
I'm also loving having time to spend with my family. They are the funniest people I know and they help keep my sane and grounded. This summer has been a blessing because I have gotten to spend a lot of time with family members. :-)
What We've Been Up To:
This past weekend we went to one of my teacher friend's wedding. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I mean right off a wedding magazine cover.
The food was good. The bride was gorgeous. The music was pumping. What more could you ask for?

I also am on day 6 out of 21 in my progress of getting fit. That's not bad only 15 more days to go. I am seeing some improvement already. Hopefully it continues.
What I'm Dreading:
Unpacking all the boxes that will be in my classroom before getting to decorate. Thank goodness I will have some help.
At the beginning, while I was packing up my room I had a system. By the end, it became a "throw everything in one box and label random" kind of packing.
Anyone else do this???? :-)
What I'm Working On:
Grad school stuff. I am a type of person who likes to get a head start. So I have been reading, outlining, and answering questions on the books that I have to read for my courses. So far I am finding it very interesting. This book is all about personality traits and how it affects a person's leadership abilities.
I instantly fell in love with this book because it had me take 2 quizzes to figure out what type of leader I am. I LOVE quizzes. :-)
What I'm Excited About:
Oh my! So much! Where to begin....
1.) Hopefully getting into the new school soon
2.) Getting ready to start a new school year
3.) My new purse that I got in the mail today (QVC). Hubby, if your ready I promise I didn't spend that much on it. :-)
4.) The progress of my hubby's building that he is putting up
5.) Grad school starting in August
What I'm Watching/Reading:
Of course, right now I am semi-watching HGTV (Buying and Selling), love Drew and Jonathan.
I am reading my grad school book, Finding Your Leadership Style.
What I'm Listening To:
Currently, I am listening to Bad Blood by Taylor Swift. Yes, I'm a swify. Love my girl T-Swift. :-)
What I'm Wearing:
Usually, I can either be seen in shorts and a tank, exercise clothes, or my p.j.'s. On the rare occasion that I am running errands, I dress up a little more. :-)
What I'm Doing This Weekend:
This weekend, I have plans of spending some time with the hubby. He is having a guy come out to pour concrete for his building. I am hoping to get to put my handprint somewhere... :-)
What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:
1.) School (grad and my job) starting
2.) Hubby's birthday
3.) Hopefully planning a friend date
4.) Seeing more results from 21 Day Fix Extreme
What Else Is New:
Nothing too much. I think I covered everything and then some above.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Assess Me!

Thanks to Jill from Chevron and Centers who posted about a fun link-up to help everyone get to know the people behind the blogs, I found a little link-up from Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher.
You know I'm a sucker for blog link-ups.
This one is a get to know me.

Yes, I do talk to myself....a lot. (Doesn't everybody?!?!)
I am superstitious...I won't absolutely WON'T pick up a penny unless it is heads up, will not walk under ladders, and will never ever break a mirror. I am not that superstitious when it comes to black cats though, they are just to cute. :-)
I do crack my knuckles. I know some people think it's gross. I think it's a nervous habit.
I'm not really hungry. I just had a little baggies of veggie straws....:-)
My T.V. is usually on. Either on QVC, HGTV, or watching DVDs of Pretty Little Liars.
Unfortunately, I do not have my wisdom teeth. No extra wisdom for me. :-/ I had them taken out when I was in high school because of having braces. Let me tell ya, it was not the best thing in the world.
Showering?!?! Really?!?! I generally shower every day. :-)
I have never been to Disney...I know I know....
I do not wear glasses, but I already have the ones I want picked out in case I need them in the near future.
Yup, I still live in my hometown. Born here, raised here, and will die here. :-)
If you would like to join in on the fun, head on over to Rachel's blog.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five for Friday

I love linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday posts. My week has been pretty busy and it's looking like the weekend is too.

I went to Target this week and stopped by the Dollar Spot. Wow! Look at all the stuff I got!
My loot includes:
-bulletin board pendants
-4 packs of gel clings (yes I needed all 4)
-word strips and pocket chart
-8 packs of stickers (I will have stickers until I retire)
-dry erase labels (so cool)
-stamp pads
-wood sign
-2 packs of pencils
-and 3 packs of Dr. Seuss erasers
All the items were either $1 or $3!!!!
Now I just need to get into my school! :-/

On the same day that I went to Target, I walked by Shoe Dept. and saw that they were having a sale. SCORE!!! So, I went inside which was a bad idea totally awesome idea and found these babies for $20 each! Now, I am on the search for some really comfortable high heels/wedges.

I just love sparkly things......can't you tell?!?!?  :-)


I also decided to start 21 day Fix Extreme. At first, I was between 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme, but I decided that I love torture so why not try the Extreme. :-) The very first exercise opened my eyes. Boy was I sweating. I also decided to try Shakeology. If you would like to know more feel free to comment on this post with your email address or email me and I will answer your questions.
I will post with my progress as soon as I get deeper into the program (just got it on Monday), but I am already starting to feel stronger and more energized.

Also, while on my shopping trip, I stepped into Petco because I always like to treat my furry baby. I ended up buying a Star Wars Ewok. Rossco loves it!
(P.S. My hubby is a huge Star Wars fan too!)
((P.P.S. That's the only reason I knew what these were called, usually I just call them little teddy bears lol))

Isn't he so stinkin' cute! I also picked up some treats. You know the kind I'm talking about. The gourmet ones that are up front and they sell them for $4.99 a pound. These are the ones I picked up!
I can't get over how there are two that look like Oreo cookies and Chips Ahoy cookies. Crazy?!?! :-)

Going to the Chapel and we're gonna get married! No, not me! :-) One of my good friends, who is a 4th grade teacher, is getting married tomorrow!!! I can't wait to dance it up!!! :-) I love going to weddings and also can't wait to see my best friend, Chelsee!! :-)
Hope you have a great weekend and make a run to Target for me! :-)