img_0454

Fall Fashion

I know, I know…it’s hard to think about fall and pulling your sweaters out of the closet when it’s still 95 degrees outside. But, I know fall is coming soon (crossing fingers). So, I decided to compile a few of my favorite fall pieces for you to check out. My all-time favorite place to shop for basics  would definitely be H&M, but I’ve linked a couple of other great stores, as well.  I like H&M because they are affordable and I feel like their stuff fits me well. I’m okay splurging on things I know will last a long time (like boots or jeans), but with my line of work, I don’t want to spend a fortune on clothes when they might get smeared with glue or things that come out of faces. So, check out a few of my recent favorites & happy fall shopping! :)

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-2-33-21-pm

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Continue reading

img_5303

Tips for first time homeowners

I learned firsthand this summer how stressful a move can be, especially a local move to your first home. Add to that an international trip, some unexpected home damages to handle and the start of a school year…and you’re looking at a very stressful few months. But, I found a few things helpful as we were prepping to buy, packing and unpacking. Here they are! Ps. door mat in cover photo is from Target.

1. When friends or family offer to help, let them. Our family and friends offered to paint, drive furniture, move us, pack our stuff and unpack our stuff. I felt weird about accepting so much help, but then I realized that’s kind of a pride thing. In truth, they made our move happen. My aunt unpacked my kitchen, my father-in-law painted our house & our friends moved all our stuff. I was left feeling so grateful and inspired to help others in their time of need. Continue reading

img_5462

Living Room Inspiration

Since purchasing our home, it’s been a whirlwind of moving boxes, furniture, slight annoyances, repair men and visitors. We’re trying to get adjusting to owning a home, but it’s sometimes a lot to wrap your head around. We are finally ending this busy streak we’ve had going for about 4 months and I’m really excited to refocus our life a bit. More about that in a future post. 😉 But for now, I’m working on decorating (one of my favorite things to do) my living room. Here I’m sharing my living room inspiration and a few of my favorite resources for things like hanging artwork and paint colors we love. Happy decorating!

screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-3-34-19-pm

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Continue reading

IMG_4835

DIY: Ocean Classroom Crafts

As promised from my Ocean Classroom post, here are my DIY tutorials on how to make some of the decorations in my classroom. They’re all super easy and low cost projects that I really enjoyed working on.

Hanging Jellyfish:

IMG_4818

All you need for this jellyfish craft is a bag of Styrofoam paper plates (super cheap at Wal-Mart), some craft paint, foam brushes and then you can get to work. I chose a few different colors and paint the inside and outside of the bowls.

Continue reading

IMG_4780

Updated 2016 Bucket List

Last year around this time, I made a bucket list of places I’d like to see. Since then, I’ve checked off a few places and added a few more places. That’s the thing about traveling, the more places you go, they more places you find that you want to add to your list. 😉

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

IMG_2251

Continue reading

IMG_5144

An Ocean Themed Classroom

Back to school time is always busy for everyone involved, but my school year started a little crazier than usual. School was delayed by a week due to some water issues (I know, those seem to follow me around) and just getting school started in general is always just kinda nuts. However, I was really craving a routine and being back at school, just because our summer was so crazy. I’m so grateful to work in a place with supportive administration, teachers and sweet kids. I think teachers get that “first day of school jitter” thing just as badly as kids do. I definitely do! I was so anxious to meet this group of four years old’s and I’m really excited about the year ahead.

IMG_5278

This is probably my favorite bulletin board ever. I found this octopus idea on pinterest. I made these paper plate fish with my aunt, green streamers as seaweed and die cut paint swatches to make a few extra fish. I’ll show you how to make these cool decoration in my next teacher post.

Continue reading

IMG_4199

Part 1: Budapest with BudaBEST!

I’ve said this before, and I’ll probably say it a thousand times over, but I really think one of the most educational things you can do is travel. It opens your eyes to new ways of doing things and helps you see yourself a little more clearly. And if you can travel with an open mind, you might even find ways to love people you just met and be reminded that despite all the bad happening in this world, God has so much goodness for us.

This guy will always be my favorite travel buddy :)

This guy will always be my favorite travel buddy :)

Continue reading

Blue Ridge, GA

Summertime lately!

It’s been a busy summer, which is why I haven’t written in a while. We bought a house, didn’t have internet for a month (thanks Comcast), went to Hungary on a mission trip and now we’re back dealing with the challenges of home ownership. Somewhere in between all of that, we went to Blue Ridge with family and had a couple of local adventures. We’ve also had a lot of water damage. We had to move out of our apartment early because pipes kept breaking upstairs. So, we had to move into our new home a month early and less than a week before we left for Hungary. After we got back from Hungary, we had some water damage in our new house. Thankfully, things seem to be getting sorted out and I’m looking forward to the beginning of the school year.

Continue reading

IMG_3705

A Friendscation in our city

It’s become a tradition to have our friends Ashley and Nathan stay with us for New Year’s and a weekend in the summer. For this “Friendscation,” we ate our favorite pizza, worked on adult things (like home loan paperwork, grad school papers & PA school applications), explored Ponce City market, walked the greenway and watched movies. Also, I had a baby shower to go to for another sweet friend. Side note, we have SO many baby friends being born this year. I’m quite happy to say I’m excited we are leaving the “wedding season” stage of life and heading into the “baby shower” stage. :)

IMG_3708 Continue reading