Monday, February 28, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

(1) Week two of my weight-loss goal is going much better.  We've already been to the gym twice, whereas last week I only made it there once.  A also joined and surprisingly seems to enjoy it more than I do.  All I need to do is get a scale to update my progress.


(2) This week is our MME testing (standardized testing) so we have two full days (Mon., Fri.), two half days (Wed., Thurs.) and tomorrow I have no coverage so I have a whole office day to do as I wish.  Grading, planning and finishing up my grad school application.  Should be a good day.

I'm gonna give all my secrets away

Peanutbutter and Fairytales.

Rather Picturesque

Simply Hue

Happy Monday!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Etsy Love

I love Etsy.  I love crafts and all things handmade and envy those that are creative enough to create the gorgeous things I see on Etsy.  I've bought quite a few different things and would love to showcase all of my favorite shops! 

Click here to see her shop! 

SLUGS are bootliners for Hunter and other Wellie type boots.  I have black ones for my pink Hunters and I love them.  The ladies also sew unique buttons on the sides of each sock for a cute touch.  They are also nearly half the price of Wellie socks!!

Karleigh Jae leather books:
I have this journal and I LOVE it!!! 

I love journaling, like blogging, and this one is gorgeous and a great size to fit into my purse!

Click here to see her lovely shop!

I bought one that said 'believe' for Christmas and it was adorable above our doorway.  I highly recommend her signs if you like to decorate by theme.  :)

Click here to visit her shop. 

PinkysPetGear  Collars:
This is the collar that my cat wears, it is super cute and the only one he has kept on!

This shop uses a lot of designer fabrics for their collars (cat or dog) including Lilly Pulitzer!

Click here to see her shop!

These are all shops I have bought items from that I love!  I haven't been paid anything to review them but I love to share shops that are great.  

What shops do you love?


Lilly Giveaway!!

If you're a fan of Lilly, Canadian Prep is doing a great giveaway!

 If you're the winner of her fabulous giveaway she will paint the Lilly pattern of your choice for you.

Click here for more details!

Fill in the blank Friday

1.   I am currently obsessed with  Hunter boots.  I know I've posted quite a bit about this but Michigan is wet and/or snowy a good portion of the year.  They are cute and functional.  I have the pink pair in tall and a short black pair I won on Ebay.  

2.  Today I am happy  because I got to pick up Oliver from the vet (he was getting neutered, poor guy) and I missed him yesterday.

3.  The age I am is  24 and the age I feel is  varying.  I feel older when I'm at work but I get told often I look a lot younger than I am.   I'm not sure if that is good or not...

4.  My favorite place is  in the world is to be traveling through Italy.  Summer 2012 can't get here fast enough!

5.  Something I have been procrastinating on is my grad school application.  In my defense it has 8 steps including rewriting my resume to fit the outline and a 3 page statement of why I want to go to grad school.  Sadly 'to renew my certificate' is not an option.  Not that I don't want to go to grad school ever...but I'm not really feeling like taking classes after just finishing my student teaching a year ago.

6.  The last thing I purchased was  a much needed manicure.  I'm not sure which color I'm liking better, Lincoln Park After Dark or My Private Jet, thoughts?
Lincoln Park After Dark, my current color.


My Private Jet

7.  The thing I love most about my home is  my living room soon.  We repainted and as soon as I rearrange the furniture a bit it should be great!
Have a Great Weekend!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!


I'm loving that I won a contest today!  I never win anything and after buying Red Wings tickets for tomorrows game through a promotion for teachers I won the chance to sit in the Penalty Box during warm-ups and meet some of the players.  I'm super excited!

 I'm loving that my living room is done being painted and the hallways should be done tomorrow.  It looks great, pics coming soon!
I'm loving the bathing suits at Target.  I just bought a super cute one for Miami next month!   It can be worn strapless and I bought some cute black bottoms to go with it.

Happy Wednesday!!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Beauty Review

I am a beauty and clothes junkie.  I love all things girly, sparkly and pink.  Here are some of my favorite items.

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus: I love the Big Sexy Hair brand.  This volumizing spray mousse is great for ladies with fine hair or hair that could use more body.  I love to let me hair air dry as much as possible and this mousse gives me amazing body even without blow drying it.

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo: I always thought dry shampoo was for those that don't wash their hair every day.  Unfortunately I have to wash my hair daily because it is so fine.  This dry shampoo combined with the above-mentioned mousse make for some amazing body in my hair.  I highly recommend this shampoo, I've been using it for years.  (It also comes in an aersol form if you prefer.  I personally like the powder.)

Smashbox Cream Eyeliner in Caviar: I love Smashbox products.  This eyeliner is great with the Smashbox eyeliner brush, so much easier to put on than pencils.  I'm also a huge fan of Smashbox eyeshadows and bronzers for summer.  The Panorama eyeshadow trio is great and so is the fusion soft lights in baked starburst (bronzer).

I'll post some more next week.  Let me know what products you love!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Oh Monday...

(1) I was unpleasantly surprised about the over a foot of snow we got last night.  There was much less hype about this snow storm than "Snowpocalypse 2011".  Unfortunately because I have this week off I don't get a snow day either.  Nothing is quite as satisfying as getting a day off that you weren't expecting.

(2) On a happy note my dad we are beginning to paint the living room, hallway and entryway this week.  I will post some before/after pics when the project is over.  

(3) I have my whole week  off planned out.  Painting, lesson planning, grading, Dr.'s appt, chiro appt, hair appt, Red Wings game.  I'm excited to get done (or get to do) all of the things that fall to the way side when "life happens".  

(4) I found my actual camera, to finish uploading pics for my 2010 recap, I'm also determined to take more actual pictures, to work on my albums/ scrapbooks this summer.  There are so many events that I take only crappy cell phone pics of.

Happy Monday!!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Love. Don't Love.

What a lovely sunny 37 degree day in Michigan.  (Only a hint of sarcasm.  I really do love the sun!)  And Less than a month until sunny Miami!

(1) A and I decided to go to the pawn shop from 'Hardcore Pawn' today (a reality show on Tru TV).    It was a lot of fun.  I haven't been to many pawn stores but it was cool to see some of the people from the show (Les and Rich were there if you watch). 

(2) I talked myself out of going to the gym today.  It is so easy to do now that I don't have anyone to go with.  I need to meet someone who goes to Planet Fitness around here.  I'm not a very good self-motivator.  I've been reading some running blogs for inspiration.  If someone can run 10 miles certainly I can work out for an hour 4 days a week right?  
Don't Love.

(3) We did get in some shopping that I've been hoping to do.  A always teases me that I want to go shopping as soon as I get my check, but it was just a coincidence this week.  I did find some awesome deals though.  I love Aerie's underwear and scored some super cheap.  I also bought a pair of VS Pink sweatpants for $21.  I am starting to feel too old to be perusing the PINK side of VS  (at my old age of 24...) but their sweatpants are ridiculously comfortable.  For anyone else that likes them as well VS has come out with a new line called "Supermodel" that is tailored to a somewhat older (20s+) age range, although it isn't up on their website yet.

(4) When some plans fell through with friends we decided to stay in for the night.  While I enjoy hanging out with friends I was a little excited to grab my MSU fleece blanket, A's new macbook (such a nice computer!) to read some blogs and watch some HGTV.  And go to bed before midnight, I'm starting to feel old.
Love (?)

(5) I'm saving the best for last!  I have all of next week off!  Oh how I love you Mid-Winter break.  I could tell that my coworkers and myself needed this break.  Last week was torture.  I am looking forward to a week filled of appointments, cleaning, remodeling and organizing!  
Love (x 2)


This is kind of the idea I have in mind for our bedroom.  I love the grey, purple, white and black together, it looks so clean and relaxing.  I bought an armoir from IKEA in the fall that is a lovely distressed white color, which was my inspiration for the color scheme.  I'm thinking a light grey on the walls, purple bedding and white furniture.  

Gislev rug from Ikea.  I loved this rug, and it was only $19.99!

We're in the middle of a mini-remodel.  Look for some before/after pics in the coming months.  Our kitchen is already done (thanks to my lovely father who is a wonderful painter!) and we will be tackling the living room next week.  

Have a Wonderful weekend.  


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

(1) Only two more days until Mid-winter break!!  A whole week off,  followed by three 4-day weeks and then  A and I are off to Miami for my friend's wedding.  

(2) It is 51 degrees outside!!  Two weeks ago was Snowpocalypse 2011 and it is gorgeous and sunny today, Michigan truly has the oddest weather

like this one morning

and this in the afternoon.  Oh Michigan.

(3) Two great stories of the day:  (a) Student shows up to first block high as a kite.  Tells her first hour teacher she smoked 6 or 7 blunts and proceeds to burst into song.  Sings all the way to the principals office where she starts giving everyone in the office nicknames.  When EMS arrives she asks them if they are in the army and runs and hops up on the cot and attempts to take her clothes off.  Since the ambulance was at the front of the building they wheeled the singing girl through the whole building.  Needless to say she will be suspended 45 days, what a great story.
(b) As I was merging on to I-75 a beat up old Cavalier gives the middle finger to a blue Impala, the Impala immediately turns on its lights, its an unmarked police car.  Best commute home ever.

(4) They have taken off my white board and are prepping to install my Smartboard over break!!!!!  I am super excited.

Two more days....