Hello 2020

The last time I sat down to write a blog post was in June of 2018. I honestly don’t know what happened to turn me away from a hobby that I truly loved for so long but I’m hoping 2020 is the return!

Since my last venture into blog land there have been a few exciting happenings:

  • I moved out of my adorable little apartment that I loved and decorated to perfection, and into a house with two wonderful roommates. Even though I loved my apartment and learned a lot about myself, I realized that I was pretty dang lonely. So when the opportunity
    to have a roommate again presented itself I jumped at the chance!
  • I got a new job at a school I am absolutely loving. I love it so much that I don’t even take days off from work anymore unless it’s because I’m taking a day for travel. This school gave me a fresh outlook on teaching and made me not hate going to work. I was super close to leaving the profession two years ago. In fact, I had applied to and made it to the in person interview to be be a United Flight attendant.
  • I went back to Europe! The destinations were London and Paris with three dear friends. We spent half our time in London and the other half in Paris. It was a great trip because we did things I had never done before in both cities. Including visiting Disneyland Paris!
  • Europe wasn’t my only travel destination the last two years though, I also went to New York, Oregon, Washington, California, Mexico, Florida (this I’m sure surprises no one, because well Disney), and Canada! All of which will have blog posts dedicated to them in the near future.
  • I went on the ELLEN SHOW!!!! By far the most exciting thing of the last two years. My roommate Julie got tickets and graciously asked me to come with her last September! I was in the audience when Demi Moore was the guest and got a little camera time right at the beginning of the show! Again a blog post will be dedicated to this, complete with all the ins and outs of the show behind the scenes!
  • My status as a single lady still hasn’t changed but according to a Facebook quiz I took at the beginning of year (because that’s super reliable, obviously) that should change before 2021. So here’s hoping.

So there ya go, just a few highlights to bring you up to date on my life. If you’ve continued to follow me on Instagram then you’ve gotten a better picture of what my life has been like the last two years. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of blogging this year because I miss it! It’s been fun to go back and read some of my old posts.

I’ve also made the switch to WordPress and I’m stilling learning the ins and outs. I’d really like a more attractive layout but apparently you have to have a business account to utilize pre-made ones, so I will be figuring out how to do all the changes to make it look more like me.

So lets hope this is the first of many posts to come. Like I said, I have lots planned, I just hope I can follow through and back into the swing!

Currently [April]

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, if there are two posts you can guarantee I’ll write every month it’s my book review post and a currently post.  And that’s exactly what I have lined up for you!

Reading…. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.  I’m really into her books right now.  There are two others written by her that are on my TBR that I really want to read.  Still Missing is intense to say the least.  I’ll be reviewing it in my April Reads post next month.  I am so excited for May 2nd though because the 3rd book in the Court of Thorns and Roses books by Sarah J. Maas is being released.  I have been anxiously awaiting book three since last year!

Watching….What I love about all the April shows coming back is that it means we are that much closer to summer!  I’m still watching all the Bravo I can get, Real Housewives of New York and of course Southern Charm.  Which I just found out that Cameron, my favorite on the show, is pregnant!! I have no idea why I’m so excited about this seeing as I don’t even know her, but I am.  Also the Amazing Race is back!  I think I’ve said this before, but that is the one show I would LOVE to be on one day.  I think it’s by far the best reality “game” show on TV.

Feeling….that I need an attitude adjustment.  At least when it comes to my job.  I’m becoming known as the “grumpy” teacher and that’s not me at all.  So I’ve decided to go into the rest of the school year (and next year since I know I’m gonna be teaching again) with a more positive attitude.  I’m going to try and remind myself why I went into teaching in the first first place and try and get back to enjoying it.  I don’t want to hate going to work everyday.  Does that look like the face of someone who’s known as grumpy?  Yeah I don’t think so either!

Looking forward to….the first week of June.  I’ll take taking a group of 8 students on a trip out to the East Coast.   I teach early American history, from colonization to the Civil War.  And the one this particular trip upcoming 8th graders taken to Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg and Philadelphia.  I’ve never been to any of those places so I am so excited.  We’re going with all the other junior highs in the school district so it should be pretty fun.  I will literally have the busiest two weeks, because I’ll be hone for about 48 hours and than I’m heading to Florida for the following week.  So excited though!

Excited about….the fact that I am 1 follower away from reaching 900 on Instagram.  Instagram is the platform I’ve been focusing on lately and I have a goal of reaching 1,000 before next March.  I’m really excited that all my hard work in growing that particular social media outlet is working! If you’re not following me on Instagram and you;d like to,  you can by clicking here!

Loving….this swimsuit and this swimsuit (that second one is currently sold out).  I bought two swimsuits for the cruise in June.  Let me just say, I’m not a swimsuit person.  I rarely buy them, so this was a pretty big deal.  Plus, I bought them online.  I’m not much of an online shopper so this was a big step for me.  I haven’t gotten them yet so I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival! I also found the prettiest maxi dresses at Target this week, thanks to Lauren from Lauren-Loves.  I haven’t take a picture of them yet, but I plan to wear one of them to work tomorrow so be sure to keep an eye on my Instagram story! I’m also loving this fun shirt from Francesca’s.  I need it! ūüôā

Thinking….that you should all head over to Sweet Tea and Hydrangeas and check out her post for today!  Mistle, the girl behind Sweet Tea and Hydrangeas, just started a new series: Blogger Bliss and she is featuring me today!  So go check out her post and look around for a bit.  She blogs about beauty, fashion, and few other fun things!  Plus she a fellow Texas blogger! Give her some love! ūüôā

The Weekend: Happy Easter

To say it’s been an interesting two weeks since my last life update post would be an understatement. ¬†
To make a very long and boring story short, last Saturday I woke up with a full body rash. ¬†When I saw full body I mean FULL BODY. ¬†It completely covered my face, neck, chest, hands, legs, stomach, back…..you get it. ¬†It was bad. ¬†It kept me home for five days, including three work days. ¬†The worst of the five was Sunday and by Thursday I was cleared up enough to go back to work. ¬†I saw two different doctors and it was decided that I must have had some type of viral axantham, which basically means a virus that manifests itself as a rash as opposed to a fever and aches. ¬†I guess I can be thankful that I didn’t feel bad but it still wasn’t the most pleasant of expierences. ¬† I literally looked like a leper from the 1800s. ¬†I would have scared little children for sure. ¬†Thankfully it’s pretty much gone from the majority of my body, save for the sides of my arms and my upper legs. ¬†I was told that it just has to go away so now it’s a waiting game to see when it’s going to completely disappear. ¬†
So now that that is documented, lets get onto to my Easter weekend! 


FRIDAY
Since it was a holiday weekend, that meant I had Friday off from work as well. ¬†As I mentioned I had missed work Monday to Wednesday so I didn’t have to worry about taking the entire week. ¬†Since my face had finally cleared up I knew the one thing I did not want to do was sit at home all day. ¬†So, I convinced Jenny and her hubby to explore a little bit of Houston that day. ¬†We ended up walking the trails at the Houston Arboretum for the afternoon. ¬†It was the perfect day to spend out doors. ¬†Warm, but with a cool breeze and some cloud cover. ¬†We brought along their three dogs, each of whom had a fabulous time. ¬†We worked up quite an appetite after wandering for a few hours so next we headed to Niko Nikos, a local Greek restaurant that has a couple of different locations around Houston. ¬†I’m not a huge fan of Greek food but it was tasty and hit the spot. ¬†If your a fan of Greek food, then you’ll definitely want to check it out. ¬†
SATURDAY
After a particularly active Friday, Saturday was particularly boring. ¬†A leisurely morning was followed by a trip to Trader Joes for some flowers and Target for a few necessities. ¬†While at Target I picked up all the things I needed to make Rice Krispie Treats for my contribution to Easter Sunday lunch. ¬†I’ve never made them myself and was pleasantly surprised at just how easy those tasty little treats are to make. ¬†Butter, mini marshmallows and Rice Krispies are literally all you need. ¬†But I went ahead and followed this recipe. ¬†I also added a few drops of pink and green food coloring to make them a little more festive. ¬†I wrapped up the night with a Lord of the Rings movie marathon. ¬†I know I’m the coolest person ever to all of you right now. ¬†
SUNDAY
Easter Sunday dawned bright and early. ¬†I didn’t attend an Easter service this year but I wish I would have. ¬†I headed over to my friend Whitney’s house for Easter lunch with my Rice Krispie Treats in tow. ¬†We had the best afternoon eating, visiting, and celebrating the reason for the day. ¬†After lunch, the adults hid Easter eggs around the apartment complex and then the kids had a blast finding all the eggs. ¬†I was on baby duty for my friend Arielle and loved every minute of it. ¬†Following the Easter Egg Hunt, Jenny and I headed to Barnes and Noble for a quick browse and then headed home for the rest of the evening. ¬†I wrapped up the evening with some tasty leftovers from lunch and the series finale of Girls. ¬†
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Overall I had a pretty great Easter weekend. ¬†I’m thankful that the rash is finally clearing up, I just wish it would hurry and clear up on my legs because short season is upon us. ¬†Anyway, I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter weekend! ¬†
Sidenote: There are exactly 5 more Mondays until summer vacation so I’m gonna use that thought to help me get through this Monday! ¬†
Linking up with Biana for Weekending! ūüôā

Currently [March]

The end of March is upon us. ¬†It’s been a great month but I’m excited for April! Lots of fun things are happening in April and plus, that means we’re one month closer to the end of school!! woo hoo!
Seeing as how it’s then end of them month, lets wrap things up with a good ol…..

Reading….I just finished the book Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. ¬†So good. ¬†I literally read it in two days. ¬†Started Tuesday and finished Wednesday. ¬†I’ll be going to my school library to grab book 2 tomorrow. ¬†I have so many books to read it’s not even funny. ¬†I just wish there was more time in the day so I could read more, watch my shows, and blog without feeling like I’m missing out on something.

Watching….All the shows right now. ¬†But my favorite is Big Little Lies. ¬†SO GOOD y’all. ¬†If you don’t have HBO, find a way to get it because you MUST watch. ¬†I’m also so excited for April because Southern Charm is coming back and I’m pretty sure I like that show more than all the Real Housewives franchises combined. ¬†And I just found out that Southern Charm: Savannah is coming to Bravo soon. ¬†Fingers crossed it’s as good as the original.

Looking forward to….This weekend! ¬†Jenny and I are planning a trip out to see the bluebonnets on Sunday! ¬†I loved taking pictures in them last year and this year we’re going to the bluebonnet capital of the world, Brenham and Chappel Hill, Texas. ¬†The bluebonnet fields are in fine form from what I can tell from Facebook and Instagram!

Wanting….a¬†fresh look for the blog. ¬†It’s been two years with this particular layout and I’m bored. ¬†I want something new.

Thinking about….The fact that we now have 44 days of school let. ¬†All I can think about is being on a beach with some of my¬†best girls,¬†soaking in the sun and sipping a fruity drink. ¬†We’ve made reservations to go to a place called Mr. Sanchos while we are in Cozumel and I am so excited for this to my view of the day.


Feeling….uncomfortable. ¬†SO yesterday I spent the afternoon in an urgent care getting some antibiotics prescribed because Sadie bite me. ¬†It was 100% my fault though and not her’s in the least. ¬†I was getting ready for work yesterday morning and thought I was stepping over her when really I was stepping right on her. ¬†She yelped and reacted. ¬†I didn’t even really think anything about it until my foot started throbbing about and hour and a half later. ¬†It started turning red and swelling just a tad so I went to see the school nurse. ¬†And she advised I go get it looked at because cat saliva is apparently full of bacteria and can be very infectious. ¬†So to the doctor I went, she cleaned it up and gave me the antibiotic. ¬†I think the reason for reaction is because the bite punctured my skin and went deeper than a playful bite. ¬†I really was more worried about Sadie then I was myself and still was when I got home. ¬†But she was just fine and I will be too! But it does hurt when I walk.

Loving….This shirt and this shirt from J.Crew Factory. ¬†I bought them on Monday. ¬†Hello summer/cruise wear! ¬†Oh and my new little gallery wall. ¬†I still haven’t posted a picture of it, see for Instagram stories and Snapchat but I will. ¬†It’s right about my desk and bring so much more personality to my living room! ¬†I’ll post a picture soon! ūüôā

Needing….to buy a scale, as in a weight scale. ¬†Ok so I’ve never owned a scale in my entire life. ¬†And right now I’m trying to lose a little bit of weight, because #swimsuit¬†season and I have no idea if what I’m doing is working because I can’t weight myself. ¬†Which is slightly annoying.

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So long March!  We had a great time together!  See ya next year!

Have a great Thursday friends, we’re one day closer to the weekend!!!!!

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The Weekend

What a weekend! ¬† It seriously feels like I was on the go nonstop and I didn’t hate it. ¬†After having a really laid back Spring Break, I was ready for an eventful weekend.

Lets recap shall we?

Friday kicked off with a surprise baby shower for a co-worker at school.  We coach together and she is having a little boy come May. Following the baby shower, I drove out to College Station to spend the night with my aunt and uncle. We watched a movie, had dinner and then went to bed!  

Saturday dawned bright and early.  I slept fantastic and had a leisurely morning with coffee and a muffins.  Then we jumped in the car and headed out to explore a little but of Texas.

We ended up in Independence, Texas (where Texas officially declared independence from Mexico, apparently they have a big celebration on March 2nd).  Our stop in Independence was the Antique Rose Emporium, which is basically just a little nursery where you can purchase different types of plants and flowers.  They have a huge space with adorable little walkways and paths all lined with sweet smelling florals.

I literally could have spent all day here, it was so peaceful and beautiful.  And the Texas weather was absolutely perfect!  There was also a little chapel on the grounds and you can rent out the space for weddings and other special events.  Which I feel like would be the perfect setting for a wedding I mean look at this place!

These roses smelled heavenly.  I stood there for at least 10 minutes inhaler their sweet scent and taking about a thousand pictures.

After our stroll through The Emporium, we headed back to College Station and had a tasty lunch at a popular burger place, Koppe Bridge Bar & Grill.  Then it was back to Houston.

Once I got back to Houston, I decided to do a little DIYing. ¬†My friend Jordan had posted that she was going to be making her own farmhouse inspired candle holders. ¬†I loved them so much I decided to make some for myself. ¬† So a trip to Home Depot and about $25 later I have these adorable new candle holders. ¬†Apparently the original ones can cost as much $200. ¬†But you can find the full tutorial for these little beauties over at Jordan’s blog, Former Kennedy.

As I was getting my DIY on, I watched Midnight in Paris and reminded myself just how much love that movie. ¬†I would love for what happens to Owen Wilson to happen to me. ¬†Plus I agree with my friend Jenny, who said that the film gives a great message in that every generation feels like the time period they’re living in is unfulfilling. ¬†And that previous generations “had it better”. ¬† But that we should appreciate that every generation feels like that! ¬†So enjoy the time period you’re living in to the fullest because the next era will think we had it better!

Sunday morning I was up bright and early again. ¬†I met some friends from work for brunch at Churasscos, a tasty South American inspired restaurant in Memorial City. ¬†It was so nice to spend some time with them outside of work. ¬†Plus we celebrated my birthday since I wasn’t in town on my actual birthday.

The later part of the day was spent at Lawless Spirits & Kitchen at a blogger workshop. ¬†This was my first workshop with the Houston Bloggers Union, a branch of The Blogger Union. ¬†I was so excited to attend this particular workshop because the focus was photography! ¬†The event was put on by two local Houston bloggers, Anastasia and Natalie from It’s not Hou it’s me. ¬†They put together a fantastic workshop with some amazing venders. ¬† We had a Q&A with two fantastic photographers, Maritere from Maritere Rice Photography and Kellan and Michelle from Cotton Weddings.

Following the Q&A we had the opportunity to practice out skills using some amazing props from some amazing venders around Houston. ¬†I got to chat with Michelle about using manual mode and she gave me some great tips and tricks. ¬†While there were all kinds of props and set ups we could have practiced with I found myself mostly drawn to the florals and pretty desserts. ¬†I’ve included some of my favorites from the session.

Mind you these are completely raw photos. ¬†I didn’t edited them at all. ¬†
To say I had a great time at the meet up would be an understatement.  I met some great fellow bloggers and actually learned something! Which is exactly what I was hoping to get out of the workshop!  I cannot wait until the next one! 
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The weekend was eventful, I feel like I need another one just to recover!  Anyone else think that Friday should just be a weekend rather than weekday?  Three day weekends all the time sound pretty great to me!
Have a great week friends!  Linking up with Biana for Weekending! 

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