Back(pack) to school

Today is the first day of school! I put some finishing touches on my classroom yesterday, folded laundry, made food for the week, and packed everything up in preparation for today. Even as a teacher, the jitters still come in full force and create such a mix of emotions. I’m so sad for summer to come to a close but I’m so, so thankful for new beginnings in the school year!

The last few years I have used whatever bag I had on hand to carry my school things to and fro, but this year I felt a little more legit when Urban Southern sent me this backpack. (This probably aided in my excitement for the school year–no joke!) It’s the little things in life that are practical yet classic that make every day life more fun. The backpack stores my laptop, markers, pens, phone, papers, binder, etc. I love the size of it and I’m sure my shoulders will thank me, even by the end of the week, for not putting so much weight on just one side. 😉

If the first day of school is going to start mid-August this year, here’s to pumpkin everything, flannel, and a lot of coffee to get the year started on the right foot! (And a cute new bag thrown in the mix to make it more exciting!)

Use code spring15 for 15% any purchase! Yes, any purchase! 😉 



Friday Favorites + giveaway!

Well…I had my last glimpse of summer this week. I could cry but I’ll keep it together. (I wish I was kidding). We have a rehearsal dinner, wedding, and travel in the works this weekend and then I’ll finalize some school things on Monday before my big 5th graders arrive on Tuesday! Phew!


We had sneak-a-peak last night at school and I got to see some of my students! I love those nights! 🙂

Two.In case you missed my post here or on InstagramHouse of Belonging was generous enough to offer 15% off any order over $100 or more. Use code: spring15. 🙂

Three.My Orange Fluffy smoothie is the perfect taste to the end of summer. 🙂 Plus it includes these, which you know I love!


You know what? School doesn’t start until Tuesday, so I’m praising God for a four day weekend!


Here’s the deal. A LOT of you clicked and commented on this USB diffuser. So naturally, I thought one lucky winner should get one! Right?! You know the drill. Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win one in any color of your choice!

The giveaway will last one week and I will announce the winner Monday, August 28th! Good luck and happy Friday everyone! xo

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Guilty Pleasures

At first I was completely stumped at what some of my guilty pleasures in life are. There were a few that stuck out but then I had writer’s block. Once I started though, the list kept growing…here’s a sneak peek into some of my guilty pleasures. I can’t say I’m completely proud of some of them but my friends and family all agreed when I asked them. 😉

The Kardashians. So addicting. Talenti. I could eat the entire thing in one sitting. Chocolate chip cookies. Who doesn’t love them? But seriously, once I start I can’t stop. Scandal. This used to be a huge guilty pleasure. But when I had to remind myself that Fitzgerald isn’t our actual president, I knew it had gone too far. Hallmark movies. But not just Christmas. I love them year round. The Golden Girls. It’s hilarious. McGriddles. I rarely ever eat fast food, let alone McDonalds. BUT when I do, a McGriddle tastes so good. Rap music. I don’t know what it is. Peppermint mocha creamer. (This used to be my BIGGEST guilty pleasure). Wearing socks to bed. Everyone judges but that’s the only way I’m warm. 🙂 


Now you know all my secrets. 😉 Happy Tuesday! xo

Friday Favorites

This week was BUSY! Busy, busy, busy! Between errands, school prep, and trying to set my alarm much earlier…I cannot believe it is the last full week of summer!

BUT, it’s Friday and we have a date night planned and a fun weekend ahead! All is well in life. 🙂


On Tuesday we had family friends over who we don’t see the often. We caught up, ate pizza, and played some games. Who remembers the game Taboo?! I have not played it in FOREVER and we all were dying laughing! So much fun! 🙂


Eric is on our church softball team (which I think I mentioned before?!) and they have made it to the championship this year! It is such a fun group of people and I loved watching their final games this week! 🙂


I debated about mentioning this but I couldn’t help it. A few months ago I bought this USB diffuser to use in the car, since I have a long commute during the school year. In my mind, I mainly thought that is where I would use it. Until..I brought it to school with me this week. I put it in my computer as I was doing work and loved the scent. 🙂 I plugged away on my laptop as it diffused right there and I was in love! Also, aren’t the colors so cute? 😉

Four.We added one of my favorite salsas on some tacos this week! Yum!

Five.I think we have watched one, if not two, episodes every night this week! Such a fun show! The accents get me every time!

Happy Friday! xoxo


Back-to-school this year feels much different than previous ones. This is the first summer I have not worked in over 10 years. WHAAAAT?! I know. Crazy. I was able to check a lot of things off our to-do list and feel truly relaxed and energized. Of course gearing for back-to-school is never an easy task though from a teacher’s perspective in the Spring household. It takes adjusting, early bedtimes, and A LOT of prep in all areas of life each and every start to the school year.I do love the start of a new school year though where everything is nice and tidy and new beginnings are able to bloom. To get me started on the right foot, I’ve listed some of my favorite things that help me get back in the mood for school from the classroom, to meal planning, and some fashion thrown in there! You can click on the pictures and it will take you right to the link. 🙂

I’m really trying to savor this phase of life since I know teaching is only for a season. So here we go…


I went with a popcorn theme in my classroom. I did something somewhat similar my first year of teaching but embraced it a little more this year. These are some fun things I added! Also, who doesn’t love these?! I think I’ve used them most of the summer also! 😉 And to all the teacher friends out there: Has anyone done (or are doing) the hybrid method at your school?! I’m piloting it for the first time this year and could use any and all tips!

Also, I’m old school in the sense that apples always remind me of teachers. That being said, I have this on my door when you enter my classroom. 🙂 You can click on the picture. How cute?!



I try to stick to a few crockpot meals a week as I’m getting back into the swing of a different schedule. That’s a must. 🙂 (So is coffee!) I love to have all these products on hand in my pantry for quick smoothies in the morning. Maca powder helps provides hormone balance, boosts the immune system, and increases energy. It was helpful over the summer but will be completely necessary once school starts back up! You can also check out some of my other fun breakfast ideas, here! I also have a lot of my smoothies in my drinks section, here!


Last but not least, some teaching outfits that I seem to gravitate towards. 🙂 Our dress code is pretty casual but it’s always fun to update my wardrobe this time of year!

Happy Wednesday friends!