Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bridal Shower Favor

It's been almost two years since we got married, and I was rummaging through some pictures and realized that I never shared my cute and simple bridal shower favor. 

My aunt completely surprised me with everything for my bridal shower. 
She knows I like surprises, so she insisted on the complete shower being a surprise. 
I did not lift a finger until I walked in the door and was completely blown off my feet. 
The day was more than I could ever imagine and looked so so beautiful!

Live flower arrangements, chargers, table runners, fruit displays, my favorite food and so much more!

This cute little cup had what appeared to be grass, flowers that doubled as flower seeds and a little bag with a nail file, lotion and cuticle oil.

 This was the perfect little favor.

 It really spoke Beth and had my favorite color-pink in the bag and ribbon tied on. 
I'm not nearly as creative as my aunt. 
Her skills are unbelievable, but I love how much thought and work she put into my shower!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Bubble Up Pizza

Today I'm sharing a quick and easy meal. 

Bubble Up Pizza

This is one of Alex's favorite childhood meals. 

It's quick and easy and tastes like a little homemade pizza. 

You Need
2 Packages of Biscuits
Pizza Sauce
Pepperoni (Cut up)
Sausage (Browned)
Shredded Cheese

1. Tear up the biscuits and put them in the bottom of a clay pan or deep pan.

2. Add your toppings. 
I added pepperoni to my side and Alex added pepperoni and sausage to his side.

3. Add some sauce and mix the ingredients together.

4. Add your favorite cheese.
 Mix together

 5. Bake for about 50 minutes

6. Enjoy!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Favorites: No More Classes, Some Fun Necklaces, Retired NFL Player

Hey Ladies!
Happy Happy, Friday!
I'm so glad to be back in the blog world!

As always, I'm linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea
We're sharing our favorites from the week.
Grab their graphic and linkup with your favorites from the week, too.

No More Classes

I disappeared off of blog land for a little over a month. 
Life just got so busy. 
I love love love my job, but it is SO time consuming. 
On top of being gone from home for about 10 hours each day, I have grading and planning to do at night. 
Then, add in a little side business and four graduate classes, and I refuse to give up working out or running, so that leaves not much time left. 

I'm happy to report that my four classes are now OVER!
I submitted the last one earlier this week, and I am DONE!
I've said this before, but I really mean it this time. 
I'm taking a break from graduate classes and other education courses for a long time. 
I've dabbled in most of the latest and greatest buzz word topics, so I need time to try things out myself and experiment in the classroom before I get any new ideas!

James Harrison Retires, Again!

I wasn't expecting this kind of news when my dad said "Did you get my email?"
It had been a busy day at work with an after school meeting, so I actually hadn't checked my email all day. 
He proceeded to say Harrison retired, and I'm sure my jaw nearly hit the floor. 
Of course I said "No way" "You're lying" "That's a joke"

Harrison has retired for good. 

If I had to pick a favorite NFL player, hands down, it would be him!
I love his determination, dedication and intensity!
What I didn't love was his choice to play for the Patriots, so that stint is over, and I'm glad about that!
I am a bit sad that I never got to see him play in person. 
I surprised my dad and brother with Deebo sweatshirts and Steelers tickets inside the pocket for Christmas. 
If you're a Steelers' follower, then you know that the Steelers released Harrison a couple days before Christmas. 
I'm not going to say they ruined my Christmas, but I was slightly devastated that the present I worked on for months was now useless. 

Even though we didn't get to see Harrison, I will always applaud him and hope for the best for this Ohio boy!

Fun Necklaces

I ordered some fun necklaces last week. 
They came in this week, but I haven't had a chance to try them out. 
More on that next week.

State Testing is OVER for LA

This would have been a favorite from last week, but we are DONE with our state testing for language arts!
I'm so proud of how hard my students worked. 
It's not easy or fun, but they gave it their all. 

I can't believe we only have 5 weeks of school left, but the stress of the testing is aside and we are working on some fun books and activities now!

New Bookshelves

I walked in the door yesterday morning about losing it all. 
I had stopped at Walmart and got some containers to organize some of my literature circle books. 
It was snowing-yes, you heard that right- snowing in April in Ohio!

I was about 5 minutes later that normal, so the janitor was standing out by the front doors. 
I thought she must be done with her office cleaning, but then she offered to follow me and open my classroom door. 
I really thought she was just being nice because I looked like everything might fall out of my hands at any minute. 

When she opened the door, she said there was a surprise...

(I wish you could see my new shelves, but my computer isn't recognizing my phone, so I guess I will save them for next week, too.)

Look at those new bookshelves that the head maintenance man made for me!
I'd been looking at shelving for the ledge beneath my window, but they all were so expensive. 
One of my co-workers did a little secret work for me, and now I have these beautiful new shelves!
I might just end up being a Black Bear forever!
They take such good care of me!

It's Friday.
We aren't predicted to have anymore snow. 
It's predicted to be 60 all next week. 
We're having a taco luncheon for lunch. 
How much better can the day get?!
Have a great one!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Talk: Hangers

Hey ladies!
I took an unexpected blog break.
Life was getting super busy and something had to fall off my plate, so without even knowing it the blog fell by the wayside.
I'm back today and was so excited to see that it was Tuesday Talk because I need your help!

The third Tuesday of every month Ashley and Erika do a little Tuesday Talk. 

You can blog about anything that's on your mind!

Today hangers are on my mind.
Every time I go to hang up clothes in our basement I remember how much I love and hate hangers!

If my closet was big enough I would hang every single piece of clothing.
Every little thing would have it's place, and I could simply gaze around my closet and pick out what I wanted.
Unfortunately, I'm not living that life right now.
Actually my closet is smaller now that I'm 27 than it was when I was 7.
What's wrong with that scenario?!
I hope one day that scenario will change, but for now I'm stuck with it.

 At the same time that I wish everything was hanging on hangers, I cannot stand how intertwined those things get.

Just looking at that basket of hangers has me breathing deep!
I cannot stand tangled hangers!
You go to grab one and it won't even come out.

So I need ideas.
Right now I have some stacked in an organization bin.
I used to hang them on our indoor close line, but there are too many hangers and they weigh down the line.
How do you guys keep hangers?
What will help me keep my sanity and be able to easily grab one hanger at a time?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

February Book Review

Happy Middle of the Week and Book Review Day!

Last month I only read two books. 
I got stuck in a rut, and then life as a teacher got super busy, so I didn't have much time to read. 
I will say that the two books I did read were phenomenal. 

Flight #116 is Down

I was looking for a book that would be part of my spring literature circles and wasn't sure what to grab.
One of my co-workers suggested Flight #116 is Down.
I quickly ordered it from the library and sat down to read it.
This book is a really easy read.
Heidi lives in the Dove House.
She's surrounded by fancy decorations, a caretaker and parents who are always on the go.
Another round of trips leaves Heidi alone with her care taker when she hears an overpowering sound. She then realizes that a plane has crashed on their property.
Heidi puts the ball in motion when she goes to the aid of the badly hurt.
This book encapsulates a story of not only trying to help all of the passengers survive but in befriending the help and maybe making lifelong friends.
This was a great book, but it wasn't as high of a level that I was wishing for my literature circles, so I decided to go with option #2.
I'm currently finishing option #2, so I hope to report back on it during my March Book Review.


I ordered Refugee a few months ago and hadn't had the chance to read it.
A lot of the boys in my classes had been passing it around, so I was interested in seeing what all it was about.
Three different stories are told in this book from three different time periods.
Josef is trying to escape the Nazi's in Germany during the 1930's.
Isabel is trying to escape Cuba in the 90's and Mahmoud is trying to escape the Syrian war in 2015. All three of these children are with their families trying to escape to a new country and create a new and better life.
Each time that they think they've found the answer, another obstacle pops up.
There's only so much time before they will be captured or returned to their homeland.
Will their escape efforts work or will they return and have to start all over again?
I loved that each chapter gave just enough information to make you wonder what was going to happen next.
As soon as you were onto the plot line, the chapter ended and another story began.
This really kept me intrigued and wanting to read more.

That's all for today. 
Hopefully, next month I will have more books to report back with!

Monday, March 5, 2018

March Goals

Hey, hey!
February seemed to fly by.
Each day brought something new and time consuming.
I didn't have much time for blogging, so that went to the wayside.

I've had a bit of time to catch up, so I'm back with my March goals!
I'm so glad that it's March.
The grass is starting to green up and it's staying lighter outside longer.
I'm so excited for warmer weather and sunnier days!

Before jumping into my March goals, I want to share an update on my January goals.

1. Clean Closets/Bathoom Cabinets

2. Register for Master's Classes

3. Book Summer Vacations

I'm glad to share that all of my January goals have been completed.
We had a wintry January, so I had a lot of time at home!
The house has been cleaned from top to bottom including inside and outside of cabinets.
It's time consuming, but now that the sun is shining I'm glad I'm not confined to spring cleaning the house.
I registered for my final four master's classes and have finished one already.
We booked our summer vacations, and I have one more vacation to make a decision on this month.

So here we go March...

1. Complete Read Aloud Class

Last month I finished my first Master's class of four.
Teaching Literacy Across the Curriculum was my first class.
If you aren't a language arts teacher but are interested in learning how to integrate reading and writing in your classroom, this would be a great class.
Since I am an ELA teacher, I knew most of the information, but it was a good refresher course to get me back in the student mode.

This month I'm looking to finish a class on Read Alouds.
I'm hoping to report back at the beginning of April on it.

2. Complete Teacher Health Class

I have high hopes to complete two classes this month. 
My second class is on keeping sane while being a teacher. 
It's so easy to get consumed with teaching. 
As I'm typing this I have spent hours and hours on grading and planning this weekend. 
It's currently Sunday, and I'm trying to hurry up and get our meals made for the week, so that I can go plan some more. 
While I love my job, it's time consuming and can get you down. 
I'm excited to see what this class has to offer.

3. Make Alaskan Cruise Decision

My mom and I may be making our first trek to Alaska this summer. 
We've been trying to decide on which cruise we want to take. 
I had it narrowed down and thought I had a winner, but then I realized I was looking at a cruise that departed in 2019 not 2018. 
I'm hoping we will make a decision very soon!

All of my goals for this month are very research oriented.
I'm hoping for lots of time at home reading and writing and to get these goals under my belt come April.
Happy March!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Surprise Valentine's Gifts-MVMT Watches!

I'm a bit late sharing Alex and I's surprise Valentine's Day gifts to one another. 

The funny thing about this is that Alex asked me a week or two before Valentine's Day when it even was. 
For some strange reason he thought it was the day after he was asking me, but no no it was actually two weeks away on February 14-the same day it always has been!
Guys are so goofy sometimes. 

So, I got him set straight on what day Valentine's Day was, and then completely forgot about it. 
We don't typically do anything for it, and I had conferences that week, so I knew it would be a busy hectic week. 
I planned to bake a cake for us and just hang low with dinner at home. 

Surprisingly enough, Alex mentioned something about these watches a couple of days before V-Day. 
I thought he was joking when he said he saw them on TV, and that he actually liked and wanted them. 
He proceeded to tell me that they had matching couples watches and wanted to know if I wanted to get them for Valentine's Day. 
Wearing the same exact watch as my husband didn't seem to be quite my thing, but what I found out and saw was that the watches weren't identical; they just kind have went together. 

We rarely both like the same thing, but we both decided on the black watches. 
I was over the moon that Alex actually thought of getting each other something. 
We put in our order and waited for their arrival. 

How cute are their boxes?!

Alex's watch

Both of our watches... 
See, they just go together. 
They aren't matchy matchy but complement one another!

We haven't had a chance to wear them yet, but they're super cute, and I hope they hold up just as well!