End of the Year: A Reflection and Book List

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I cannot believe I am in my last week of my second year of teaching. In some ways this year has gone by so fast, and in others it has dragged on. I guess that’s the way it is in my profession. This year has been SO different from my first year of teaching. I have faced more challenges while still developing more as the person¬†I want to be as a teacher. With that being said, I have come up with a list of goals for next year (patience being one of them). These goals will help shape myself further into the teacher that I want to be (and the teacher i’d want my children to have). Those goals are for another post. ūüôā

But, wow! What a year! Needless to say, I am soaking in these last few days with my students. A few of my kiddos will be moving on to kindergarten, but most of them will just be moving up to Pre-K 4 at my school (yep, I teach a bunch of rambunctious 3 year olds!). I am so very ready for summer, but I know I will feel a bit of sadness seeing my student leave (3 and 4 year olds grow up SO much over the summer). I know these kids of mine will look much older 3 months down the road. I look forward to seeing them in the halls in the Fall.

This year started out pretty tough. I (among a few other teachers at my school) had to move classrooms. Then shortly after the year began, I had to up and leave my students for a few days as my grandmother passed away. That was very difficult seeing as the year had just begun. I am so thankful for all the people that surround me at my job. My coworkers have not only helped my students, but they have helped me in countless ways!

Although this year has been rough in some ways, I know that teaching is the profession for me and the school I am at is the place I want to teach!

Here are a few pics from this year.

Oh, the memories!

For this post, I have compiled a list of books that I enjoy reading to my students and some that I have available on my classroom bookshelf at the end of the year. The books on my bookshelf rotate by each unit, as I certainly do not want my kiddos to get bored of the books available (or be overwhelmed by a billion books like last year).

I love the little library in my classroom. I used to have a different book shelf that was more challenging to organize. I like having the books displayed for the students. It’s also easy for the children to put the books back (although many have fallen behind the shelf).

On to the books…

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses– Kids love Pete the Cat. I read Pete the Cat year-round, but this version is perfect to lead the kids into summer. I mean, sunglasses? Can’t get too much more “summery” than that. A bonus is that this book has a great message for the students! Pete thinks his glasses are magical because they help him see things in a better (happier) perspective, but he learns that in reality, he does not need the glasses to see the good in things. I read this book to my students last week. It may be a good book to read on the last week next year…and i’ll give the kids sunglasses to go with it! *Now for me to NOT forget this idea by next year*

AqualiciousРI have not read this book to my students. It is part of the Pinkalicious series. Unfortunately, I did not read any books from that series this year, but I will add Pinkalicious next year (into one of the weeks leading up to valentines day). I read Pinkalicious and Emeraldalicious to a class when I was a substitute teacher a couple years ago (it was in the plans left by the teacher), and they loved it! I just know that I will be incorporating these books into my teaching next year, including Aqualicious at the end of the year. This is actually the first time I have seen this exact book, but look how fun the illustrations are (I love the ocean). And anything ocean related is great for leading into summertime!

Oh, the Places You Will Go- You’d be lying if you told me you have never heard of this classic Seuss book. It is a great send-off for students moving on. I read this book last year on the last day of school (most of my students were 5 by then) and I won’t lie, It went right over their heads. I felt like I was reading it more for myself than for them. Seeing as my students are even younger this year, I opted out of reading it aloud. This book is still a good one¬†to display. The illustrations are great and kids will enjoy flipping through the pages.

Puddle Pug– All I have to say about this is: I like pugs. A lot. I put all of my pug related books out on the shelf at the end of the year. I could put them out for display during the animal unit, however I have SO many animal related books, and would never want my pug books to be hidden in the back behind zoo, farm and ocean animal books. Never. *I have more pug books where that came from!*

Picture Atlas and My First Big Book of Why– Unit 11 is all about exploration. I obviously don’t read these books out loud to my class, but I do have them out on the shelf. It is interesting to sit with a student as they flip through the Atlas. The kids will say the funniest things (seeing as they are very new to learning about maps).

Off to KindergartenР This book, and many others with similar titles are on my shelf for obvious reasons. It is the end of the year, and some of the students are headed to kinder! I read this book out loud last year, since all of my students were going to kinder. I just have it on the shelf this year seeing as the majority of my kiddos are moving to Pre K 4.

Where the Wild Things Are– As mentioned above, we are currently finishing up our unit about explorations. This is probably one of the ultimate children’s stories (among others) about exploration.

There you have it, some great end of the year books. I must add, I am by no means a very experienced teacher. I am just finishing my second year and have a lot to learn, therefore I am not claiming to be a super pro teacher. I just love what I do. ūüôā

Red, White & Blue

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day. It is always great to have an extra day off, but do not forget why we are given this long weekend. I am thankful for those who have sacrificed their lives for us.

To get ready for this day, I dug in my closet and found some red, white and blue. No need to go shopping when you most likely have all the colors on hand. Today I am showing off two patriotic looks.

The first outfit is obviously much more toned-down in the patriotic department. I simply¬†paired some white jeans with a blue top I found hanging in my closet. The¬†top¬†is from the online shop, Shein. I’ve mentioned this website before. It is very hit or miss, so ALWAYS check the reviews! I love this top, however it wrinkles very easily.

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My pants will be worn all Summer long, I just know it!

I couldn’t possibly be ready for a Memorial Day event without some red. I wore¬†this necklace.

 

My second look is much more colorful!

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This dress is from Dillard’s. It is a wonderful staple in my closet as I have worn it countless¬†times (even at work)! I purchased it back in the Fall, but any denim dress would look great with some red shoes and white earrings. ūüėČ

My booties are vintage. I find so many great shoes at consignment shop and vintage stores!

And of course I wore my white H&M earrings. I posted a link to them in this post.

 

Thanks for checking in! Tomorrow I will be posting my first teaching blog post! It will be a reflection on my 2nd year of teaching as well as a list of some books I like to read to my class at the end of the year.

What I Wore [to work] Wednesday

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My first official “What I Wore to Work Wednesday” post! Also, my second to last of the year, as summer is almost upon us. Only 7 more days until vacation!

For these posts, I will document outfits that I wore to work (just like the title states!). Most of the images will be mirror selfies. My weeks are super busy, and I do not have time to document my clothing with fancy photos. I hope these do the job just fine.

On to the outfits…

Monday

A little gold/pink/and navy for a Monday. I am lucky enough to work at a school that allows us to wear jeans. If ya know me, you know i’m not just going to wear jeans and a t-shirt (most of the time). I have to spice it up a bit!

For this outfit, I stuck with 3 colors that look well together. The pink shirt is the perfect pop of color with the navy/gold cardigan (I have had that cardigan for over 7 years, and have yet to part with it). Lastly, I added a statement tassel necklace and my gold Toms to complete the look.

Shop this look:

The tassel necklace was purchased from Charming Charlie’s. It was on sale for $6.50. I cannot find it on the store website but¬†here¬†are more tassel necklaces from CC’s. I also love¬†this¬†option from The Purple Peridot (or if pink is your color,¬†this¬†pink tassel necklace)!

The gold TOMS are sold out, but check out their website for tons of other options.

Pink shirt is from Target. This shirt is always sold at Target, but the colors change by season.

Tuesday

Well, darn! The pictures are blurry, but you get the idea.

Pink pants, fruit shirt, nude shoes and a wild pair of earrings! I just love the colors in this look.

Shop this look

Earrings are from H&M

Similar pants here. The brand of my pants is Stylus. I have seen the exact pair I am wearing in the store recently, but for some reason they do not have the same color online.

fruit shirt from Shein.com

The flats are out of stock, but a similar (and more fun) pair can be found here.

*Side note*

It can be difficult to wear statement earrings as a teacher of pre-k aged children. I don’t wear as many big earrings in the beginning of the year. It is always good to get a feel of my students before bringing in the big stuff. My class this year loves my big jewelry. They may touch the jewelry every once in a while (which I don’t mind…if there is no pulling). The large¬†pieces of jewelry are also surprisingly soothing for the little guys. These tassels are soft, so my kiddos like to mess with them (which I only allow when it is not a distraction to learning). I NEVER wear hoops, because those are just calling out “PULL ME”!

Wednesday

womp womp. I was not feeling very good on Wednesday and ended up taking a half day. Therefore it was a work shirt, jeans and gray toms kind of day. Woohoo!

Thanks for reading! Next week will be my last What I Wore to Work Wednesday post of the school year.

A Little Romantic/ A Little Boho

Today I am sharing another outfit that I would not wear at work. Tune in tomorrow to see what I DO wear at work. ūüôā

I couldn’t¬†go on with¬†this post without including a photo with one of my favorite guys!

Now back to the original programming…

I found this dress at¬†Francescas. Francescas has easily become one of my favorite¬†shopping spots. You can find this clothing store all over North Texas, yet it still gives off¬†that small-town boutique feel. I couldn’t find the same dress on their website, but similar ones can be found¬†here¬†and¬†here.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I am a fan of the off-the-shoulder look. This dress also looks nice¬†with the sleeves covering the shoulder (how i’d wear it if I were going to some type of ¬†work event).

Another part of this outfit I am obsessed with are the earrings. I wear these earrings ALL of the time (yes, also at work)! I got these at Bauble Bar. Although sold out there, you can find almost the exact same thing at this online shop.

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Yes, more tassels in my closet.

Speaking of tassels, my strappy, caged wedges are from Nordstrom Rack. You can find them online here.

IKEA RASKOG Utility Cart. Part 1

If you have ever been into IKEA, chances are you have seen the RÅSKOG Utility Cart. If you have seen the RÅSKOG Utility Cart, chances are you had to have it. I sure did.  I mean, this cart is amazing. I have seen it in many friends homes and finally decided to get one two for my home. Not only is this cart functional in a variety of ways, but it is also a great piece of home decor.

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I decided to find 10 functional ways that you can use the RÅSKOG Utility Cart in your home. For todays post, I will share my first 5 uses. Therefore I formally name this post IKEA RÅSKOG Utility Cart. Part 1.

1. Library Cart

This cart has a great amount of room. It is a great space to hold your books.¬†You could store any kind of book; children’s books, chapter books, cook books, albums, and the list goes on. I would have loved to have this cart when I was still a student. It would’ve been a fantastic storage space for all of my text books!

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This thing held almost half of the books on my book shelf!

2. Garden Cart

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I am very new to this gardening adventure, hence my very little¬†amount of gardening tools. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

3. Jewelry Cart

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I feel that it is always a challenge to find that right place to store my accessories. As I’ve said¬†many times, this cart has a ton of space. Just put all of your jewelry in it. I mixed up adding jewelry cases and loose jewelry around the cart. Not only is it functional, but it sure is bright and happy!

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Speaking of accessories…

4. Purse Cart

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Throw all of your purses and bags in this thing, and call it a day! I stored some of my bigger bags on top. The middle and lower section held 10 little bags all together (and as you an see, there is more space).

You can even hang totes on the side.

Last on the list for today, and my FAVORITE is…

5. Craft Cart

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I am an avid crafter. This cart holds a TON of my supplies. It even allows me to roll my supplies to any room that I want to work in. Another plus, is that the sides are magnetic, so you can use those neat magnetized storage containers to maximize the space.

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So there you have it.

My first 5 ways to use the R√ÖSKOG Utility Cart in your home.

You can find it here.

This cart also comes in black and cream.

My favorite Summer Shorts

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Today I am sharing my absolute favorite pair of shorts. They are comfy and colorful. More importantly, they are scalloped! I feel like these shorts pair wonderfuly with a simple white tee. The shorts are so bright, they speak for themselves.

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I mean, look at that color! Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE pink. Especially the brighter shades.

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Also, you cannot look at this outfit without your eyes wandering¬†to that clutch. Those pom-poms and that basket weave is perfection. 2 things that are clearly “in” this season.

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This clutch is also pug friendly! (I am a pug mama…you will see more of my fur guys for sure!)

With any outfit, I love to add a statement piece of jewelry. If you want bright colors, you cannot go wrong with Kendra Scott. I love her earrings. (Love: I feel like I use that word A LOT!) This pair I designed at the Kendra Scott Color Bar. Kendra makes adding pops of color easy peasy.

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Pink, scallops, pom-poms. Just a few of my favorite things!

Shop my look:

Scalloped Shorts : They no longer come in pink, but red and navy are great colors for the patriotic holidays coming up!

I purchased my clutch at Francesca’s recently, however I cannot find it on the website.¬†This¬†is a fun basket-weaved clutch.

Earrings : Or design your own pair with your favorite colors.

I purchased my sandals last year but you can find a similar pair here and here. I am also LOVING these white wedges!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a restful Sunday Funday.

Watermelons!

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My official first blog post!  This momentous occasion is marked with images that are not the best quality. I introduce blogger life lesson #1- Cell phones are NOT to be relied on for great blog photos.

(*Cough cough*, I am a newbie, and have ZERO shame in sharing my journey with you, even if that includes blogging fails)

Today I am sharing my love for WATERMELONS! I feel this post is perfect as Summertime is fast approaching. Who doesn’t love to eat some watermelon in the summer? I had been coveting this watermelon purse for quite some time, when I finally decided to take the online plunge and purchase it in April. It is definitely a must-have for my closet as I have been using it ALL the time. Not only is it amazingly cute, it is also extremely functional. This bag¬†has a lot of space to hold items. Click the link below to see more details and to¬†purchase.¬†

Watermelon Purse

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Oh, and these earrings. I die. I fell in LOVE with them in a teeny tiny consignment shop in Austin this spring. I was going to buy them, but decided I should probably save that $12.00 in my bank for when I really needed it (but $12.00?? C’mon now, that’s worth it!!). I immediately regretted my decision on my drive home. I was so close to calling my sister (who lives in ATX) to pick them up for me, but I didn’t. In a shocking and happy twist, my sister remembered how much I loved them and sent them to me on my birthday. I may have cried when I opened up that package. Not only because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the earrings, but also because of the sentiment behind it. I couldn’t believe she remembered them. Well anywho, here I am now, wearing them all of the time. They are extremely lightweight as they are made of a light basket weave material (just like¬†the purse above). Unfortunately since these were at a consignment shop, I cannot link directly to them,

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Lastly,¬†this dress¬†is another must-have for summer. Light weight, off the shoulder? What more could I ask for? This is the perfect dress for a date with my fianc√© or a night on the¬†town. As a teacher, I don’t often get to show off my shoulders. When I get the chance, I let those babies out and let them shine! Shoulders are sexy, ladies. Let them be seen (when you are not working with a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds)!

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Have a fabulous day, and eat some watermelon for me!

The First Hurrah!

Well, here we go, the first hurrah!  After much thought and consideration, I have officially decided to jump into the blogging world. This is something I have wanted to do for a VERY long time. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to dress up and have fun. This is MY creative outlet for MY style. I do not use the word fashion, as this blog will cover more than that. I will share not only what I wear, but also any other random tips or tricks that I might have up my sleeve.

To begin this blogging experience, I will share some past photos of myself doing something that I do often. Taking selfies in the mirror. I like to document what I wear. For a long time, I was embarrassed by this. Why should I be embarrassed? Us women (and everyone for that matter) should not feel shame in liking what we wear or loving what we see in the mirror.

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A little exciting tidbit for you: My full length mirror is placed right infront of the toilet. Ah, that was not planned, but until it is moved please enjoy the view of the ba√Īo in all of my mirror photos taken at home!