10 More Things

Last May I filled you in on some fun facts you may not know about me. If you’ve been following along for the past year or so, you most likely learned some new things along the way. For example, I no longer use peppermint mocha creamer in my coffee. 😉 You also may have learned that I’ve been a little busier in my kitchen than the previous year! If this is your first time reading my blog or if you have been reading since day one, here are 10 more facts for you! xo

  1. In our senior year of High School we voted on class superlatives and I was voted, “Best Hair.” 
  2. Over the last few months I have taken some pictures for Marian Parsons over at Miss Mustard Seed. I adore her blog and was so honored to be able to help her out.
  3. I’ll also be helping her out at Luckett’s this spring! If you are in that area, be sure to come check out her stand! You can find more info on her blog.
  4. I’m a perfectionist in a lot of ways and a “type A” personality all the way.
  5. One of my favorite go-to meals is a burger and red wine. So random, I know.
  6. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I might not have blonde haired children. It’s okay though, they’ll have a great Dad. You win some, you lose some. 😉
  7. One of my favorite memories from last summer was walking to an ice cream shop near our home. I’m way too excited about it reopening and also realizing that I should think about two workouts a day since my excitement is this high. 😉
  8. I’m not a huge fan of documentaries but I have really been into food ones lately.
  9. I’m in the process of writing an eBook for you. Keep an eye out for it!
  10. Since Eric and I have started dating (not even four years ago), we have been to over 20 weddings and have four coming up this year!

Happy second day of my last name. 😉

Work + Home

The lovely, “B” word. Balance. 😉 Between work and home, and everything in between, how do you find balance in your life? I’m not even close to having it figured out but I’ve also grown a lot in this area over the years. It’s a constant give and take and something I work at daily. But here’s what helps me and hopefully can help you in one way or another. 🙂

I have a planner and use it pretty often. Eric and I also use Google Calendar so we know what each other’s schedule is. I use both for work, home, etc. I like to be organized and I contribute a lot of it to having things planned out.

When I’m at work, I work and I try to not bring work home. I have my lesson plans laid out each week and try to use my time at school wisely. I also get to school about an hour and a half before the kids arrive. Mornings are my time. 🙂

You can find some of my favorite school things, here!

I plan out our meals for the week. I hate stopping at the grocery store more than I absolutely have to. I like taking one trip a week and that’s it. I list all the ingredients I need for that week’s meals and try not to stray too far from it.

In the evenings, Eric and I try to be intentional about eat dinner together, going for a walk, or doing something where our technology is put away and we are able to focus on us.

At the end of each day, we try to pick up as much as possibly. I like to wake up to a somewhat clean house so I don’t feel behind before the day even begins! You can read some of my organizing tips and tricks, here! A few things that have helped a lot in this area are this ottoman and these crates. SO many of you purchased the ottoman and I hope you are loving it!

What are some of your tips?!



Friday Favorites

 This week was so strange, but in such a good way. 😉 We had meetings on Monday, school was closed Tuesday and Wednesday because of snow, and I was at a conference Thursday. Therefore, today is the first day I’ll see my students and then it’s the weekend!

One.I ordered this sweater and love it! It’s so cozy and fits perfect!

Two.You know how we were on the search for an accent chair? We found one this one via the Magnolia Line!

Three.1. Farmers Market Sign 2. Plant 3. Spring Tea Towel 4. Dried Lavender 5. Antique Galvanized Double Bucket 6. White Pitcher 7. Preserved Eucalyptus Branches

Spring decor ladies and gents. Make it happen. 😉 Shop your heart out with all of these cute finds!


My Green Smoothie for St. Patrick’s Day!


I bought these bottles the other day to make some room spray…and now I can’t stop spraying it!  I used 15 drops of purification essential oil and filled the rest with water. So simple and fresh!

Happy St. Patricks Day and weekend! Stay warm! 🙂

Spring Decor

Here we are in March and decor is always a dilemma post-holidays. This year I was determined to lighten up our space even more with some greens and a few spring touches. Although it has been snowing all day, I’ve been slowly adding some spring pieces to our home and I am loving every little detail! xo

  • 1. Farmers Market Sign: Spring is the beginning of all things fresh and new. I love this sign and have a similar one that says, “Strawberries” that I found at a flea market in New York. I thought this would be a cute touch in any kitchen or entryway.
  • 2. Plant: I picked this exact plant up at IKEA and I am in love with it! The only problem is that we don’t have one super close and I didn’t want to pay for shipping for such a small purchase. (Am I the only one who hates that?!) Therefore, Amazon Prime to the rescue! 🙂
  • 3. Spring Tea Towel: It’s just the cutest!
  • 4. Dried Lavender: This would look gorgeous in any room of the house in the white pitcher or the galvanized bucket.
  • 5. Antique Galvanized Double Bucket: I have one almost identical to this one that we got for our wedding. It’s the perfect touch and it’s extremely functional.
  • 6. White Pitcher: I talked all about these on my Friday Favorites the other week and love a good white pitcher!
  • 7. Preserved Eucalyptus Branches: I want this in every room. It’s the perfect detail for spring decor.

Stay warm friends!

Chocolate Chai Tea Time

On days when I’m craving something warm and toasty, rather than cool and refreshing (like this), and the wind is howling creating a “real feel” in the teen temps, a Chocolate Chai Tea latte is in order. Adding a dash on cocoa powder to the original chai latte produces an entirely different cup of cozy all together. It’s sweet and balanced all in one. Plus, you can add a shot of espresso for an extra boost of energy, which is preferred these days. Although it changes the flavor a little, it’s delicious nonetheless. Both are preferred to be sipped under a pile of blankets or by a crackling fire with your favorite movie playing in the background–optional of course, but recommended. 😉


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 bags chai tea
  • 2 tsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • shot of espresso (optional)
  • whipped cream for topping (optional)

 What to do: 

Boil water in a teapot. Steep both tea bags in water. In a small saucepan, combine milk and cocoa powder and stir on medium high heat. Once it is thoroughly mixed, remove tea bags from water and pour milk and cocoa mixture into mug. Add shot of espresso if desired and stir. Whipped topping if desired. 🙂