Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I Won!

Thank you to all the people who wished me good luck for my teacher of the year interview.  I'm really proud to say that I won!  I am officially the Teacher of the Year for my school. :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013


I've been really busy lately and with good reason: I was nominated for teacher of the year!  On Tuesday, I have an interview with a panel of teachers, administrators, and parents and the interview will determine which of us four nominees will be the official teacher of the year!  So I've been practicing my responses and trying to pick out an outfit that I feel confident in and that displays my professional awesomeness.  So I won't be writing a lot today, as I still have lots to do!

I found these outfit photos on my phone.  I forgot I took them and I'm pretty sure they are from way back before Thanksgiving.  Oh well!  Better late than never!

Outfit 1:
- burnt olive sweater from Kohl's
- dark wash bootcut jeans from Loft Outlet
- necklace from Payless Shoes
- brown knot flats from Rack Room Shoes

Outfit 2:
- black V-neck tee from Target
- white 3/4 cardigan from Target
- teal shirred scarf from Vanity Fair Outlet
- camel straight leg chinos from Walmart
- black bow flats from Bass Outlet

Outfit 3:
- oatmeal sweater from Kohl's
- olive cargo vest from J.C. Penney
- leopard scarf from Walmart
- black jeggings from Walmart
- these boots from Payless

I will warn you now: I returned these boots because they were so uncomfortable.  I went up 1/2 size already and they still rubbed against my heels the entire day until it was rubbed raw, even after using my beloved Band-Aid Friction Block Stick and wearing socks.  Too bad, because they were so cute and fabulous but as a diabetic, I can't wear shoes that might give me blisters.  On the hunt again for the perfect pair of boots.

Saturday, November 30, 2013


I just wanted to take a minute to update anyone who was wondering where I've been.  The week before Thanksgiving, I was at technology training three days out of five for work that week and then we finally got our iPads on Thursday!  It made for a busy but exciting week.  We're hoping the students in our classes will be able to get their iPads before Christmas but we're waiting for the drop-proof cases to come in before the kiddos get their hands on them.

Then Monday the 25th was my oral surgery that I talked about here.  It went fine but I was pretty tired and hocked up on pain pills.  Tuesday I was sick as a dog from not eating and taking all sorts of medication so I finally had to force some food down my throat so I would stop getting sick.  Basically, I spent Monday through Thursday snuggled up in a ball on my couch sleeping with my cats.  By Thursday, I was starting to feel okay and actually ate a (soft) Thanksgiving meal with some friends of ours.  Yesterday I was feeling pretty much back to normal so hubby and I went out and did some Christmas shopping and started decorating for the holidays!  I'm feeling fine now but just busy.  Thanks to the people who were concerned!  I should have some fun posts for you in the next few days.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Braces Timeline

Adult braces update: Also known as the story that never ends...

March 17, 2011 I had my braces put on.

April 2011 Had surgery to remove my wisdom teeth and to remove my two baby canine, or eye teeth, and bond chains to begin moving the adult teeth into place.

April 2012 My left canine was completely in place and that half of my smile looked perfect.  Also, I got the bottom braces on finally and began straightening them out.

October/November 2012 Found out that the right canine was not moving at all.  Had a titanium screw implanted into the roof of my mouth to try to move it into place using more force at a different angle.

March 2013 Just about at the two year anniversary of my braces, I found out that the screw was not working either and that tooth would have to be surgically removed.

July 2013 I went to the oral surgeon for a consultation and decided to have the surgery, then close the gap with the braces.

September 2013 Insurance denied my surgery claim, stating that not all of the paperwork was submitted.  Uh huh.  Resubmit the paperwork and wait some more.  >:(

November 2013 Insurance finally approved my claim and I will have the surgery next Monday, November 25th!

Can I just say how thrilled I am to finally feel like there is a light at the end of this tunnel?  I have felt so insecure for the past two and a half years over having these giant gaps in my smile and I am so excited that I feel like I am finally getting closer to a resolution.  The left side of my smile still looks great but the right side... is a hot mess.  I can't wait to get moving on that side too!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Haircut & Avatar

A couple of weeks ago I got my haircut and never got around to posting pictures of my new do.  But I only have one decent picture to share so I figured I'd make it a dual post and also share some other fun.  For the website I set up for my class, it was recommended that we make an avatar as our photo so whenever the students see that photo, they know it was something posted by the teacher.  So I used this website to make a fun cartoon avatar and I used my haircut photo as the inspiration.  It's like a little cartoon Barbie of me!  :D

This is actually not what I intended for my hair to look like when I went in for a trim, but I ended up liking it.  The layers are much shorter than what I wanted, but I think it makes my hair more interesting that way.  I'll probably start letting them grow out when I get my hair cut next time, but for now it's fun and different.  The bad part is the way they fall right now makes me fight my hair to lay nicely.  Too much work for this lazy girl!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Two Outfits

Last week was really busy so I'm thrilled to say I was off today and spent the whole lay lounging around the house being lazy.  It feels so good to relax!  It was such a busy week that I only had the foresight to snap pictures two days.  I don't even remember what two days it was, LOL!

Outfit 1:
- gray cardigan from Target
- pink patterned infinity scarf from Bealls Outlet
- black straight leg chinos from Walmart
- pink faux suede flats from Body Central

Outfit 2:
- white scoop neck tee from Target
- cadet blue sequin cardigan from Target
- white scarf, gift from a student
- camel straight leg chino pants from Walmart
- black bow flats from Bass Outlet

On Thursday of last week, I got to go to one of our first of several iPad trainings.  The teachers on my team are all going to become 1:1 iPad classrooms before Christmas of this year.  That means all of the teachers and their students will have an iPad!  I love technology and having the chance to do something new with the kids is really exciting.  It's been a little extra work for me trying to get the website up and running where everything will be pushed out to the kids but I've had a blast doing it!  We're just about ready to go so now all we need is for the iPads to come!  It will be a lot of fun and in the long run it should end up being less work for us teachers.  No more spending hours every week waiting in line to make copies!

Sunday, November 3, 2013


I am so happy it's November!  Bring on the turkey, Thanksgiving, and then the holiday season.  Also, I'm looking forward to some days off in November since my last day off was Labor Day.

- white 3/4 dress shirt from Kohl's
- leopard scarf from Walmart
- burnt olive straight leg chinos from Walmart
- brown knot flats from Rack Room Shoes

Yup, this is another pair of these straight leg chinos!  So comfortable and go with everything!

- fuchsia ribbed sweater from Target
- blue patterned scarf from Bealls Outlet
- black straight leg chinos from Walmart
- black bow flats from Bass Outlet

No, it was not cold this day here in Florida.  I actually was at a training all day Tuesday and every time I have a training at this location, I know to bundle up because the air conditioning is freezing.  It was over 80 degrees this day but I ended up wearing this the whole time, with my jacket and a blanket.  Yea, it's that bad.  Also, these pants are actually black but blogger has an issue where it changes the color of some photos.  I'm just too lazy to fix it.

- mint plaid camp shirt from Kohl's
- cobalt teardrop necklace from Bealls Outlet
- navy straight leg chinos from Walmart
- mint flats from Vanity Fair Outlet

I had originally planned on wearing a skirt this day but I was so not feeling it when I got dressed.  I was too lazy to shave my legs or wiggle into nylons at five AM so I threw this outfit together at the last minute and I like the way it turned out.

- green plaid shirt, American Eagle brand thrifted from Goodwill
- black straight leg chinos from Walmart
- black bow flats
(In 2nd Photo)
- lab coat from Uniform Outlet
- stethoscope from Walgreens

This day was Halloween and my team all decided to dress like doctors.  I bought a stethoscope and wore the labcoat I already own for some of our more messy science labs.  I had a few other fun accessories that I taped and stapled to my lab coat later (a fake bloody eye and bloody ear, a fake syringe, name tag and doctor symbol) but I didn't have time to take another picture.  Yes, these are the same pants I wore Tuesday.  I didn't get a chance to hem the ones I planned to wear this day.  Oh well.

On Friday, I just wore jeans and my school polo shirt.  Not really worth sharing.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Birthday Haul

Since August, I have been desperately looking for some chino pants.  I like the texture of chinos much better than trousers.  They're thicker and therefore more flattering on my tush and thighs.  Also, in my opinion, they are more versatile because they are dressy enough for work but still casual enough to wear on the weekends too.  I was super excited when I found petite size straight leg chinos at Walmart for under $15 in a variety of colors.  I'm sure they won't last me for years and years but I'm thrilled.  I first bought the black and navy and went back the next week for olive and camel.

And after stocking up on pants, I decided I should stock up on accessories.  Several weeks ago, I ordered a leopard print scarf on Amazon for $2.99.  I should have known that was a bad idea.  When I got it in the mail, it didn't even look like the picture and it had holes in it like runs in nylons.  See below.  Also, it was way too big and bulky on my small frame.

Ever since then, I've known I wanted to replace this scarf.  I finally found a great replacement for a great price.  Once again, Walmart had this scarf at my local store for less than $4.  And it's thin and small enough for me to wear in Florida.
And once I got on a roll with scarves, I couldn't stop!  I found this great pink patterned infinity scarf at Bealls Outlet.  I love that it incorporates so many colors.  It makes it easy to pair with other pieces.

And the last scarf I picked up was this great blue patterned one, again from Bealls Outlet and again incorporating lots of colors.  I used to love scarves when I lived in Pennsylvania but had difficulty wearing them in the warmer climate of Florida, until I discovered thin, chiffon like scarves.  Now I'm totally hooked again!

And last, but not least, I found this great cobalt necklace at Bealls Outlet as well.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


This post is coming a little late but Friday was my 30th birthday and I've been busy celebrating.  :)  It was another busy week but I had a great birthday Friday and lots of fun Saturday, checking out the local flea market with hubby.  It was nice to get out and enjoy some cooler weather here in Florida!

- white button down camp shirt from Walmart
- cadet blue sequin cardigan from Target
- moss pencil skirt from Kohl's
- brown belt from Bealls Outlet
- L'eggs sheer nylons from Walgreens
- brown knot flats from Rack Room Shoes

Every color I wear with my olive colored skirt or pants just looks great and this blue is no different!  Olive is becoming my favorite pseudo neutral.

- pink patterned infinity scarf from Bealls Outlet
- chambray shirt from Kohl's
- black straight leg chinos from Walmart
- sky blue flats from Rue21

These straight leg chinos are my new favorite work pants.  Over the last few weeks, I've bought several pairs of these pants from Walmart in different colors.  I love them!  The are really comfortable and I love that the straight leg is flattering on me without overwhelming my petite frame like wide leg trousers sometimes can.  I seriously want them in every color and for under $15, I might just buy all of them!

- maroon button down shirt from Goodwill (NY&Co brand)
- black pencil skirt from Target
- faux pearl necklace from Body Central Outlet
- leopard stretch belt from
- black opaque tights
- black bow belts from Bass Outlet

This was one of my tutoring days after work.  By the time I get home from work these days, there isn't enough light to take decent photos.  That's why most of my pictures this week are from in my classroom closet.  Plus that whole being busy thing.

- white and navy striped shirt from Banana Republic Outlet
- camel cardigan from Target
- faux pearl and chain necklace from Body Central Outlet
- navy straight leg chinos from Walmart
- red bow flats from Bass Outlet

Another pair of those straight leg chinos from Walmart.  I just have to go on about these again.  I love that they are dressy enough for work but still casual enough for weekends.  I wore my black pair on Saturday with a sweater, scarf, and flats to go to the flea market.  I also bought them in camel and olive.  Next time I'm at Walmart, I plan on rounding out my collection with the grey color and khaki.
- Bazinga T-shirt from
- white longsleeve tee from Loft Outlet
- dark wash bootcut jeans from Loft Outlet
- black bow flats from Bass Outlet

Friday was wear red to support drug free kids at my school so my team and I decided to sport our Bazinga shirts.  Although I had to work on my birthday, afterwards hubby and I went to Red Lobster for dinner and did a little shopping.  In addition to more pairs of straight leg chinos, I picked up a few other items.  I'll post a birthday haul later this week with all the stuff I declared as birthday presents to myself.  ;)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pretty Shoes

A few weeks ago, some girlfriends and I did a bit of window shopping.  I always love looking at the pretty shoes but I really just don't need any more shoes right now.  At least not until I find the perfect pair of cognac boots I've been looking for.  But I found some pretty shoes that I was drooling over and thought were worth sharing.  All of these beauties are from Rack Room Shoes.

When I tried these pink peep toe wedges on, they were actually way more comfortable than I thought they would be!  If I had any need for a pair of Barbie shoes in my life, I would totally buy these girls.  But alas, I don't.

These cognac boots are super cute but it's just still too hot for boots here in Florida.  I might have to check back in November and see if they are on clearance or sale by then, since I need a replacement for my favorite cognac boots that I wore out last year.

I absolutely love these faux suede taupe flats.  I seriously wanted these babies for work, but again, I just don't need them.  But if they happen to still be there when I buy those boots, maybe they could be my BOGO pair.

And if you aren't a fan of flats, these are really similar in a wedge heel.  These pretties would go with everything!  So cute.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

May I Have A Break?

May I have a break from life?  I feel like I need one right now.  Being an adult is seriously exhausting.  I don't even really want to recount everything I did this week because it's too tiring to even think about so here's the quick summary: work, tutoring after work, parent conferences, meetings, trainings, doctor's appointments, grocery shopping, washing dishes, washing clothes, making lunches, grocery shopping...  It never ends, does it?  Anyone else feel like they need a break from being a responsible adult?

This week at work, we could wear jeans every day if we donated a certain amount to the American Cancer Association in honor of breast cancer awareness month.  Done!  One less thing to think about.  And because I'm still not at all rested even though it's the end of the weekend, I'm simply too lazy today to write about every outfit.  Let's be honest... people come for the pictures more than the writing.  ;)

And I was too lazy and too busy on Friday to take pictures but I basically wore the exact same outfit as this but with different shoes.  Use your imagination, okay?  Thanks.  :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Jacket Hunt + Saturday Outfit

My birthday is coming up in a few weeks and my husband has been asking what I want.  I really had no idea until last week.  Last week there were several days that were chilly, wet, and rainy.  The only coat I have with a hood is my winter peacoat, which it's still way too hot for here in Florida.  As a matter of fact, most of the year it's too hot for an actual coat here.  Last year, I had decided that I wanted a hooded jacket that was light enough to wear in the spring and fall but was something I would still want to wear.  By the time I had figured this out, it was past season and all the bathing suits were out instead.  In Florida, this happens around January or February, just as things are really getting cold and everyone is beginning to think of Spring Break plans.  So I decided this year I would make a hooded jacket my birthday wish present.

After falling in love with my utility vests, I knew I would love a cargo/military style jacket.  My requirements were very specific:
- had to have a hood (because if it's cold enough to need a jacket or coat here, it's probably raining)
- had to have some sort of waist definition, either a belt, drawstring, elastic, or something similar to keep my feminine shape
- I wanted army green, but was willing to go for another neutral tone if the fit was good
- had to fit well in the length of the torso
- had to fit well in the width of the torso

Remember that I'm only four feet eleven inches tall, I really thought it would take me weeks and tons of stores to find exactly what I wanted.  So this weekend hubby and I set off to shop.

First, I looked online and found several options at Papaya so I checked there first.  I tried on this one.

I tried it on in a small and it was still way too long, wide, and generally big.  It looked like I was playing dress up in mommy's coat.  Not a good look for a super petite woman.

I tried on another one at Papaya (not shown online) and the top fit okay but the bottom was way too big and the extra volume was doing a weird over exaggerated A-line thing.  I asked hubby his opinion and he agreed that the fit wasn't good and encouraged me to keep shopping until I found exactly what I wanted.  What a good hubby, considering he drove me to all these stores!  Next, we headed off to Kohl's.

I saw the two coats below but neither one had a hood so I didn't even bother to try them on.
Finally, I asked hubby to take me to the mall.  It's far away from our house but we were already more than halfway there.  He obliged and at the first store I went in at the mall, I hit the jackpot!  This jacket isn't available on their website, so I included my own picture.

This jacket was exactly what I wanted and it was calling my name!  I actually found it when looking in the petites section.  It was just eyeing me across the aisle in the junior's department.  I went running over and saw that they still had my size.  It was hooded, had a drawstring waist, cargo pockets, and fit perfectly with the exception of the too long sleeves, which was an easy fix by just rolling them up.  It was originally $46 and I didn't even care about the price because it was so perfect.  But when I got it up to the register, it was on sale.  Then the cashier gave me an extra 15% off coupon so the total ended up being $21.24!  I am thrilled and in my opinion, hubby did a great job of "buying" me a present.  After all, he probably drove me 100 miles that day and spent over three hours patiently waiting as I shopped.  He's a keeper!

And just because I wanted to show you how great this jacket looks, here's what I wore to a friend's house on Saturday.  Even though it was a warm day, her house is always cold to me so I bundled up in my plaid shirt, jeans, and new jacket!

And I'm totally happy that I found what I wanted because today was cool and rainy all day but I was warm and dry in my awesome new coat!

Monday, October 14, 2013


I feel like I keep saying this over and over but last week was another super busy week!  I feel like I just went and went like the Energizer bunny this past week and didn't slow down until Sunday.  And sadly, I know this week coming will be more of the same.

This day I had to go get bloodwork done before work.  I still got there on time, but that's an hour later than I would normally arrive.  It threw me off for the entire rest of the day.  I'm a creature of habit and I hate it when my schedule is disrupted.

- pink plaid button down from Kohl's
- olive cropped pants from J.C. Penney
- brown knot flats from Rack Room Shoes

This day was the only day out of the week that I didn't have a conference or meeting scheduled so I decided to use one of my jeans coupons.  (At my school, if you do extra things for the school without getting paid for it, you can earn a jeans coupon.  I have tons!)  Since I have so many (probably at least a dozen) and I never use them, I decided it was time to start cashing in now that the weather is cooling down slightly.  I was glad I did because this day turned out to be chilly and rainy.

- green plaid button down thrifted from Goodwill, Aeropostale brand
- dark wash bootcut jeans from Loft Outlet
- honey bow flats from Bass Outlet

It was still rainy on Wednesday morning so I threw  on this cardigan at the last minute, since I don't have a fall/spring weight jacket.  I was glad I did because I ended up wearing it all day.  This was the coolest day since winter.  I don't think it even got into the eighties this day.  Total fall weather for Florida.

- white 3/4 length dress shirt from Kohl's
- gray cardigan from Target
- black trousers from Bealls Outlet
- red necklace from Bealls Outlet
- red bow flats from Bass Outlet

This outfit looked so much better in my head than it did in reality but by the time I was dressed, it was too late to change.  This scarf was just too big and fluffy to wear with a collared blazer.  Noted for next time.  At least it was finally cool enough for tights.

- scarf from
- little black dress from Banana Republic Outlet
- khaki blazer thrifted from Goodwill, Talbot's brand
- black tights
- black bow flats from Bass Outlet

Today the high school that my students will attend had their annual homecoming parade.  The parade passes by our school so we all go outside and watch the parade.  It's a fun day.  So all of the teachers and kids were asked to wear royal blue and white, the high school's colors.  I had actually put both this cardigan and this button down shirt into the Goodwill bag but I hadn't made the trip to drop if off yet.  I don't have anything else royal blue so I popped them both in the dryer to remove the wrinkles and they got to make one last appearance.  I might actually keep the cardigan, at least until I find something else in royal blue to replace it but the white shirt has already been washed and placed back in the Goodwill bag.  It just does not fit me right at all and is extremely uncomfortable because of it.  It's too long, too wide, and even the armpits don't fit right.  I bought it at Walmart for just a few bucks and it's not petite size so on my short little four foot eleven frame, it's just all sorts of wrong.  I actually like the cardigan a lot but it has this lace detailing along the edge and there's a little hole in the lace.  My hair covered it in these pictures but I'm on the lookout for a replacement now.

- white button down shirt from Walmart
- royal blue cardigan from Target
- brown bead necklace from Walmart
- medium wash bootcut jeans from Loft Outlet
- brown belt from Bealls Outlet
- brown knot flats from Rack Room Shoes