Thursday, June 27, 2013

Short Lived Pedicure


About two weeks ago I painted my toe nails.  I wasn't really crazy about how it turned out so this will be a short lived  pedicure (I've actually already repainted them) but the base color is pretty so I'm sharing it anyway.  The red shade is two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Caribbean Coral.  It's a hard color to find, but I like a challenge.  It's quite a nice shade of red with a bit of an orange twist but I wouldn't call it coral.  Over top of that I stamped Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Silver Sweep using the flower design from Bundle Monster plate BM12.  I think the stamp covered too much of the base color on the smaller toes and I'm not crazy about the silver with the red.  Oh well, not every one is a winner!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Packing Light: Planning Using GCOGH

As I mentioned in my first Packing Light post, it took me several years to figure out that packing light can be a lot easier and more practical than packing everything you might ever need ever just in case maybe you need it that one time.  LOL  It becomes exhausting hauling around a luggage bag that is bigger than you are, along with six smaller bags.

We've actually decided for financial reasons not to take a trip right now but I still wanted to share with you strategies for packing light, since so many people are traveling at this time of year.



The next step was picking out a few key wardrobe pieces that I could mix and match to make different outfits.  I used the Go Chic Or Go Home website to help me do this.  I added the tag "Packing" to each of the pieces in the photo above so I could sort through them faster and create outfits.  After I picked out my key pieces, I used GCOGH's Create tab to make as many ensembles as I could using the pieces.  That allowed me to see which tops and bottoms were the most versatile and which ones could only be worn in a few different ways.  Then I removed the ones that weren't giving me a lot of bang for my buck and swapped them out for different pieces.  I ended up with basic pieces that could easily be mixed and matched.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Empties

I don't know how long I've had these empties but for some reason it occurred to me that it was time to clean out my basket and share them.  Most of them are tried and true products that I love and swear by so I marked those items with an asterisk (*).

Hair Products:
*1. Tresemme Tre Two Hairspray - My absolute favorite hair spray.  This hair spray can hold my style through Florida's hottest, most humid days.
*2. Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Shampoo - Great for days when my hair is dirty or needs a little extra volume.  This dry shampoo adds texture to my fine hair.
*3. Suave Keratin Leave In Conditioner - I feel like this helps keep my hair from getting damaged and keeps it soft.
*4. John Frieda Straight Fixation - Again, this product gives me heat protection and helps keep my hair straighter when the thermometer and hygrometer rise.

Skincare Items:
1. Victoria's Secret Amber Romance Body Splash
*2. Equate Beauty Lotion for Sensitive Skin SPF 15 - Gentle enough for my sensitive skin and gives me a little SPF without feeling greasy.
3. Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel - Not moisturizing enough and awfully expensive for as crummy as it was.
4. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Boost Body Wash Sample
*5. Top Care Makeup Remover Wipes - I get these for $2.59 at my local Winn Dixie grocery store.  I think that's a great price, considering some of the other brand name wipes can be more than twice as expensive and I find the brand names can sometimes irritate my eyes while these don't.

Makeup:
*1. two Physician's Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation - Love this stuff!  My go to foundation but it's hard to find.  I have a stockpile of this stuff because it's great!  Matte and high coverage without looking too phony.
*2. Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio in Nude Eyes - Longlasting, sweat and smudge proof eyeliners in the perfect shades.  Don't worry though, I bought a new set!
3. Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Boost Mascara Waterproof - Not a big fan.  It's supposed to be waterproof but it is brittle and therefore leaves tons of fallout pieces that then smudge and never come off.  Awful.  Dried up before I ever finished it and I definitely do not recommend it.
4. NYC Show Time Volumizing Wateroroof Mascara - Mediocre waterproof mascara.  Not awful but not great.
5. Wet N Wild Mega Protein Mascara - I liked the formula of this mascara.  It didn't leave fallout that smudged but I wasn't a fan at all of the brush.  I tried Wet N Wild's Mega Plump Mascara after this tube and I love that stuff.  It's replaced my beloved Wet N Wild Clinical Mascara, which I can't seem to find anymore.
*6. Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara - Another tried and true product.  I actually used all of this up and now I've replaced it with Wet N Wild Mega Plump Waterproof Mascara.  Since I'm loving that formula in the regular version, I thought I'd give the waterproof a try.  I haven't used it yet though.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Packing Light: Figuring It Out

In just a few short days I'll be on my way to Pittsburgh for some much needed family time.  Normally, I'm notorious for over packing.  I'm known to bring enough clothes and supplies to last a month for a one week vacation.  I've vowed not to do that this trip.  We usually make about two week long trips each year to visit family and I've learned a few things through trial and error.

#1: I don't need to bring a ton of makeup.  We're there to visit family so when my mom calls at 8:30 and asks if we can meet her and my dad for breakfast at 9:00, it doesn't leave a lot of time for makeup.  So I'm just bringing the basics.

#2: The chances of me needed a "fancy dress" or dress clothes is pretty unlikely.  And if I do, then it's a great excuse to go shopping!  However, hanging out with family means I need casual clothes that are comfortable and that I feel good in.  And being rushed everywhere I go means I need to be able to pick out outfits quickly and be on my way.  This means I'll stick to casual, comfortable pieces that I feel comfortable in.  In order to maximize the number of outfits I can make with a limited number of pieces, I'll bring mostly neutral items and a few accessories that will turn the pieces into an outfit.  I'm sticking to bright pink for an accent color and everything else is pretty neutral so that the pieces can mix and match... because you never know when you might end up staying longer than you planned when you're staying with family.

#3: Just like my chances of needing a cocktail dress are slim to none, so are my chances of needed to curl my hair into a fancy hairdo.  So rather than bring all my crazy hair tools, I'll only bring my straightener.  I almost always straighten my hair anyway and if I really find that I need to curl it, I can use my straightener to do so.  However, I will add that I plan to bring my full size blow dryer.  While it takes up more space than my travel blow dryer, it dries my hair twice as fast and time is of the essence when you're only in town for a few days.

#4: While I might want to look my best the second I arrive in town, I have to be realistic.  The car ride takes about thirteen hours, if there's no traffic or slow downs... which there always is.  So I need to wear something that is comfortable, cute, and warm enough for the air conditioning in the car.  I'm probably going to sleep for most of the ride because it's so boring so I'll be wearing my glasses and very little makeup because nothing is as unattractive as a pile of smeared greasy mascara.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Little Shopping

This week has been pretty slow at our house.  Lots of trolling around on Pinterest and what I called being happily bored.  One of the things we like to do when we are bored is to do some window shopping... which always turns into us buying things.  I did pretty well this week, just picking up one thing for my classroom and a few items of clothing that are filling some gaps in my wardrobe.

I noticed a while back that I was really in need of plain black and white tops.  Black and white are great because they go with everything.  You can wear them with just jeans and a few accessories and you have an outfit.  Or you can pair them with any colored or patterned skirt.  I did a good job a few months ago of finding plain white tops but I was struggling to find black.  This week I went on  a mission to fill my black shirt gap.  Mission accomplished!

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I found this Croft and Barrow Paisley Burnout Button Tab shirt at Kohl's on sale.  I absolutely love shirts with roll tab sleeves.  It makes them more versatile because you can wear the sleeves unrolled when it's cooler out and roll them up when the weather heats up.  And this one has a fun subtle paisley print that's fun without being loud.

This black boatneck T-shirt is from Marshall's.  It was exactly what I was looking for.  It's a fitted T-shirt that has some fun details in the white piping and buttons around the collar.  I love that while this shirt is fitted, it isn't skin tight.  The neckline is high and the length of the sleeves and shirt make me feel like it's still a little relaxed.  I plan to take both of these black shirts with me to Pittsburgh next week.  (FYI, I'm currently working on a pretty elaborate post on how I have used the Go Chic or Go Home Website to help me plan what to pack for our week long trip.)

The whole reason we went to Marshall's was because of this pin.  What a cute way to store clickers and other classroom supplies!  I'm hoping to use mine to store my student response remotes.  I'm not sure if it will be big enough for my remotes.  If not, I'm sure I can find tons of other ways to use this cute double sided jewelry organizer.  It has sixthy-six pockets, thirty-three on each side.  For only $9.99, I'm willing to risk it.  If they don't fit, it might just have to stay at my house.


And last of all, I bought this pretty blue necklace at Charlotte Russe.  I wanted something to match the blue flip flops I bought here.  The necklace isn't a perfect match but I still like it anyway and it was only $6.00 so I'll keep it anyway.  It looks great with the black shirts I bought!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Finally Pinterested

This is how I used to store my winter boots.


How sad.  I've been waiting quite some time to make something I saw here on Pinterest happen.  You use inexpensive pool noodles to store your boots upright.  When I first pinned this idea, it was winter and even though I live in Florida, pool noodles weren't exactly "in season".  When I was at Dollar General earlier this week, I finally remembered that I wanted to do that so I picked up two skinny pool noodles for $1 each.

Isabella posing with my noodles!
I put one full noodle in a boot and used regular craft scissors to cut it to size.  Repeat with next boot.  And I had enough of that first noodle to do three boots.  With two total noodles, I would have had enough to do three pairs of boots.  I only own two pairs right now since I can't wear them most of the year but I'm keeping the extras just in case!


My boots are finally Pinterested and now they stand up nice and straight on their own!  They'll stay in better condition and they also take up less space.  Hooray for Pinterest!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Busy Days


The past two days have been pretty busy ones for me, even though I'm on summer vacation.  Yesterday I was feeling really domestic and I ended up cleaning the entire downstairs.  Judge if you will, but I rarely ever mop my floors.  I usually just spot clean with Clorox wipes but once a year (always in the summer) I get in there and really scrub them and yesterday ended up being that day.  After I did a bunch of cleaning, I decided to make another skirt.  The yellow one I made earlier this week ended up being too small so I bought another yard of fabric and tried again because I just loved that fabric too much to give up!  This one turned out perfectly.  So cleaning and sewing pretty much took up most of my day yesterday.

Then today was a day of errands and getting stuff done.  I've been trying to get an appointment set up for my oral surgery I discussed in this post since March.  There has been some miscommunication with the surgeon's office and basically I've had a hard time getting things scheduled due to my own busy end of the school year so I finally made the effort today to make the phone calls to the dentist's office and the surgeon's office to get everything set up for my consultation in July.  If all goes well, I should be having the surgery towards the end of July.  Not a big deal but finally taken care of!

Which meant that we could now figure out when we can make the trip to Pittsburgh this summer to visit family.  We decided to leave during the middle of next week, in between all of our summer doctor's appointments.  Time to start packing!

After all of that, it was still only 9:30 in the morning!  LOL And I had a doctor's appointment at the hospital today to go to but luckily that was a quick visit to tell me I'm doing great and keep it up!

When I got home, I realized that I desperately needed a haircut, especially if I was going to go see family next week.  I haven't had it cut since March and it was looking a bit scraggly.  The last blog post where I had a picture of my hair down was this one.  I'm pretty sure I haven't worn it down since then.  It's just getting so long and I'm so lazy, especially in the summer.  My hair stylist and I discussed cutting it a little shorter than last time might be a good idea for summer.  By August my hair will be the length I got it cut last time and then I can decide if I want to let it get a bit longer or keep it short.  I kind of like shorter (read: shoulder length) hair on me.  I get really annoyed with my hair when it's long.  With all the layers she cut in, it has more volume and body now and I like that.


Finally, when I got home from my haircut, Brian and I decided we both needed to do a bit of clothing shopping for our trip.  We grabbed dinner at Tijuana Flats because I had a gift card with some money still on it and then we went over to Kohl's, which is next door.  I didn't find what I was looking for but he picked up a few casual shirts to wear.

So busy but great days for me this week!  I've felt really productive and now I'm thinking tomorrow I might tackle my next project: sorting through my closet again!  It won't be as big of a task as it was back in January but there are still some clothes I never went through back then.  And now that I've had my new wardrobe for a few months, I have a pretty good idea of what I want to keep and what I'm fine with donating that I might not have a few months ago.  Now I just have to get motivated to gather up every piece of clothing I own again and sorting.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Farmer's Market Bust

If you've been reading my blog the past few days, you probably know how excited I was for my trip to the Farmer's Market with Brian today.  It always seems to happen to me this way... the trip to the Farmer's Market was a bust but in the end things turned out okay.  Story of my life.

It all started yesterday.  Brian and I were planning to use some leftover hamburger meat from the night before in our lunches.  A few hours later, Brian started feeling really nauseous.  That's when he realized he ate the leftover hamburger meat from last week and I ate the stuff from the night before.  Not good.  You know you need to clean out your refrigerator when...

He had some mild food poisoning symptoms yesterday a few hours after he ate that.  Afterward, he seemed to be okay.  Then this morning I made us a smoothies before we headed out.  As I was finishing getting ready, I heard him getting sick again.  I tried to talk him into staying home and waiting until next week to go to the Farmer's Market but he didn't want to disappoint me since he knew I was so excited.  By the time I was ready he swore he was feeling better and we headed to the Farmer's Market, which is about twenty-five minutes away from our house.  About halfway there, we had to pull over because he was getting sick again.  We have the most romantic dates, I tell you.

So needless to say, by the time we finally got to the Farmer's Market, Brian was really not feeling up to fighting the crowd in the eighty degree heat.  We made our way through the booths pretty quickly but we ended up getting there later than we hoped and a lot of the produce stands were gone by then.  I think we were there for maybe ten minutes before Brian just got too hot and we left.

By the time we were almost home, Brian was feeling well enough to make a stop at a local produce store that we discovered last week, Currie's Brothers Market.  We love this store because the customer service is great and the produce is fresh and somehow less expensive than grocery stores.  So at least our produce shopping wasn't a bust!  Look at all that spinach!  Smoothie city!


From the produce store, we bought three bags of spinach, one head of leaf lettuce, green bell peppers, cubanelle peppers, pink lady apples, champagne mangoes, yellow squash, zucchinis, and ripe bananas.  Just to throw it out there... I know that's a lot of spinach.  LOL  We eat about a bag a day, either on sandwiches, in salads, or in smoothies.  This produce store sells bags of spinach that are twice the size of the grocery store for a dollar less.  Good bargain!  Also, I purposely bought these bananas overly ripe.  I cut them up and froze them for smoothies and I like them better in smoothies when they are a little brown because they taste sweeter.  The squash isn't pictured because I forgot about it until after I took this picture.  Just trust that it is lovely like all the rest of this produce!


And finally, this is what I wore for our adventures today.  This is the skirt and hat I blogged about earlier this week, now seen in action!  I think I'm going to be getting a lot of use out of the hat this summer. 


Friday, June 14, 2013

Skirts & What's Under Them


First thing: What's under my skirts
I forgot to share something yesterday in my haul post.  I also purchased two pairs of bike shorts at Body Central.  They were $4.90 and I wear them exclusively under my skirts if I am not wearing tights.  I already have two pairs of these kinds of shorts that are knee length but those ones are just a little too long for some of my skirts so I needed some pairs that were a little shorter.  The pairs above come to about fingertip length on me.  They are just enough to prevent the chub rub of my thighs rubbing together in skirts.  The fabric is thin and really comfortable.  I definitely recommend them for under skirts.



Second thing: Summer skirts
It was hot yesterday (high of 95*F here) and I was glad for my favorite casual summer skirt. I made this skirt myself a few months ago.  I love the fun fabric and it is really easy to pair with a simple tee and flip flops for a cute and casual summer outfit.  I apologize for the crummy quality of my selfie photo but I wanted a quick documentation of an easy outfit I threw together yesterday to do a bit of shopping in the heat.  One of the things I bought while I was out and about yesterday were two fun summery fabrics from Hobby Lobby.  I love the skirt above so much that I wanted to make a few more really fun ones too.  Unfortunately, I calculated the yellow fabric wrong and it turned out too small so I'll have to pick up more fabric and try again.  The pink one turned out perfectly though!  I plan to wear it and my new hat to the Farmer's Market tomorrow!



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Accessory Shopping

Sorry I've been missing in action the past couple of days but I had a workshop for my job about an hour away from my house, which made for long days in the first place.  Then yesterday after the workshop, I went out shopping with a friend and got home after eight.  But I had a blast!  I didn't buy all of this yesterday, but I've been doing a bit of shopping over the last week and figured it would all work together as one post.

Like most ladies, one of my favorite things to shop for are accessories!  There's little to no trying on and one item can totally change the feel of an outfit.  I've been on the hunt for a few accessories lately, including a bright colored purse, a summer hat, and some fun sandals.  Here's what I ended up with.

The first thing I bought was a bright orange bag from Vanity Fair Outlet.  I needed a bag that was large and had at least one separate pocket on the outside for my phone.  However, the strap is way longer than what I wanted so I may try to find something to replace it with that is shorter.

Next, I went on the hunt for some fun sandals or flip flops.  I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted but I knew I wanted something in a fun color.  I found these bright pink flip flops for $6.99 at Rue 21 and they were having a buy one pair get the second for $1.00 sale so I decided to go for the blue as well.  They are definitely not the sort of thing that will last more than this season but they will be super fun for one summer at least.



And lastly, I was looking for a perfect summer hat.  I have been looking for a fedora for a few years now.  I often have a hard time finding hats that fit me because I have an unusually small head.  No, seriously.  I guess because I'm such a small adult at under five feet tall, that about eighty percent of hats I try on actually cover my eyes.  It's kind of embarrassing but I was determined over the last few weeks to find a fedora that I could throw on in the morning on days when I don't feel like washing or styling my hair in the summer.  After trying on probably about thirty different hats, I finally found two that fit at least decently.

The first one I found was on clearance at Body Central Outlet.  To be honest, I mostly bought it because it was on clearance and I wanted a low cost one to try out the shape and see if I felt stupid in it.  Turned out I liked it!  This one is white with a bright pink paisley band and was only about $6.99.


And here's a picture of me trying this snazzy fedora on!  I like it but I was feeling a little too 1920s Panamanian gangster.  I was really looking for something that was straw colored and very lightweight.  I've been obsessed with these ones I found on Pinterest.  One|Two|Three|Four


So finally I found pretty much exactly what I wanted... straw colored fedora with a black band and with an added bow in the back for cuteness!  This hat was $9.99 at Charlotte Russe.


And again, here it is on me!


I am so excited to wear my hat this weekend!  The hubs and I are planning on going to our local Farmer's Market on Saturday but if you want to get the good stuff, you have to get there by 8:30 when they open.  So I'll be up and ready pretty early on Saturday which means minimal makeup and no fussing with my hair.

Monday, June 10, 2013

A New Vest


I absolutely love my purple vest.  It's so easy to just throw it on with a shirt and jeans and look put together.  It's becoming a casual/weekend wardrobe staple for me, as I probably wear it at least once a week.  It's easy to wear with shorts, capris, jeans, and even the right skirt or dress.  I decided after wearing this same vest over a dozen times that maybe it was time to get a new vest in a neutral color.

I had already tried on this one, this one, and this one.  I looked at this one, this one and this one.  There was some flaw in every one.  Either it didn't cinch at the waist and I ended up losing my shape or it just wasn't the right length.  Each of those six had some deal breaking flaw to me.  Finally, I decided on the one below.

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I purchased this one from the junior's department of JCPenney.  I loved the color and the way it fit, especially the cinching at the waist.  This vest was originally $40 but I got it on sale for $24.99.  The only thing I didn't like was the fake jewels at the lapel.  To me, it just made the vest look too young for me and a little tacky.  But after inspecting the jewels, I saw that they were attached with some thread that could easily be cut and also hot glue.  A quick search on my smart phone assured me that it was possible to remove the hot glue fairly easily.  Since the fit and shape was so much better than any other vest I looked at, I decided to get it.

I think the after is pretty good, although I still see some spots of hot glue.  I've tried freezing it off, melting it off with a hot iron, and removing it with isopropyl alchohol.  I still personally think it looks better than the jewels but I'm going to see if there are any other ways to remove hot glue.  If all else fails, I could always put on some decorations that are more age appropriate for me, like this or this.  Or just wear my hair down and it will probably cover it!  :-P


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Green Smoothies


Since my husband was diagnosed with gastroparesis back in November, we've started slowly changing our diet to try to help him digest more easily and not be so sick.  Small changes were not making much difference, until April when I decided that maybe it was time to start eating healthier - more fresh fruits and veggies and less processed food.  It has taken some time to adjust but we are now both fully committed to eating healthier.  The funny thing is that we both love it now!  And 95% of the time, he has no symptoms from the gastroparesis.  The other five percent is usually caused by us pigging out on junk food.  No one's perfect, right?

One of our favorite new things are smoothies!  Apparently the "Green Smoothie" trend has been around for awhile now and we're just late to the party.  They are called Green Smoothies because the base is usually a leafy green like spinach, that generally causes most of the smoothies to turn green in color.  I love baby spinach in salads and generally in a smoothie, you don't taste the spinach at all.

I make these smoothies at home in my blender and we usually have one for breakfast, although lately it's turned in to one for breakfast and maybe one for dessert or for a snack.  They are seriously so good that we crave them!

There are all different flavors and ways to make smoothies but my favorite so far has been a variation of the brown one in the collage above.  It's actually raspberry coconut and the combination of the red raspberries and the green spinach make it look brown.  You can find the recipe here.  Just FYI though, I altered the recipe just slightly to my tastes but the idea is the same.  In general, I tend to not really follow a recipe.  I just throw some stuff in the blender until it's smooth.  Then I'll taste it and add a little Splenda or more liquid or whatever I need to make it perfect.  Below I've included my basic "recipe" for all my smoothies.


Besides raspberry coconut, some of my favorites are pina colada (spinach, coconut water, pineapple, coconut shavings) and chocolate shake (spinach, dark chocolate almond milk, banana, nutella).  Would you ever try a green smoothie?  If you're addicted like me, I'd love to hear some of your favorites too!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bittersweet & Summer Goals

My classroom, all shut down for the summer.
Bittersweet
Thursday was officially the last day of the school year for this teacher.  I always find that last day to be a little bittersweet.  I look forward to sleeping in past five in the morning and having less of a set schedule and more free time.  But at the same time, I love my job.  I enjoy being in my classroom, spending time with the kids, and I work with great people who are super fun to be around.  Looking at my packed up, empty classroom makes me a little sad.  I won't be allowed back until after the last week of June, when it will be deep cleaned.  Until then, I'm relinquished to home.


Cricut-made decorations for my data bulletin board next year!
Summer Goals
In my time off, besides attending several teacher workshops sprinkled throughout my summer, I plan on spending lots of time with my Cricut!  There are so many cute things I want to make for my classroom!  I actually already started making things and I can't wait to hang them up and see how they look when they are in their proper place.

I also plan on working on revamping and improving my lesson plans to align with the Common Core State Standards as my county shifts toward them.  I definitely need to make some new anchor charts that align with some new things I'll be teaching.

I'm looking forward to reading as many as possible of the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards (SSYRA) books for grades 3-5.  I like to have ideas for books to recommend that my students read.  My school bought each teacher in grades 3-5 a set of these books so I brought them home to read.  I love to read and these are quick and easy books for me.

And of course, I plan to spend some time off just relaxing and doing whatever I feel like that day!  Paint my nails, do some shopping, have lunch with friends and all the other things I never feel like I have time to do during the school year.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The End is Near


Of my school year, that is!  Today was our last full day with students.  Tomorrow we have a half day with students and a luncheon afterwards and Thursday is a teacher planning day.  Where did the time go??  This has been a great year for me and I am already really enthusiastic about next year.  I have a few classes I have to take this summer but other than that, I plan on spending my time making some cute arts and crafts for my classroom and brushing up my lesson plans.  This is what I wore for our very last awards ceremony for this group of fifth graders.  I'll really miss them!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Weekend Shopping 2

As I mentioned on Friday, I had some more shopping to do over the weekend.  I have a little haul of mixed items to share.  The first item is beauty related.  I picked up this Eye Serum at Dollar General for $5.75.  I've used this one before and it is amazing for the price.  It's as good as or better than a comparable generic brand that I buy at Target for around $15.



The next item is a fun and bright purse that I purchased at Rue21 on clearance for $7.  I like that it's a great teal color for summer and has lots of pockets but it's a cross body bag, which I'm not a fan of in general.  Also, it's a little too big for my tiny four foot eleven frame.  It will last temporarily until I find a more suitable replacement.  I really just wanted something cheap to last until I have more time to really shop around for more of an investment bag.  Something that will last more than a few weeks would be great right about now.  I start summer break on Thursday so then I will have more time to really shop until I find something I really like.



And finally, I picked up a few basic containers at Big Lots to use as organizers in my classroom closet.  I was really hoping to find some of these or these at Big Lots.  The first link listed were the ones I really wanted and my Big Lots didn't have them.  Sad!  The second link was available but they were just too flimsy for what I need them to do.  What I did find was a few clear shoe boxes for $1.00 each.  And for the larger items I need to store, I bought three 18 quart sink tubs.  (You can place them in your sink to wash dishes in.)  They are nice and strong and were only $2.50 each.  I'm not a fan of the black but I figured either I wouldn't notice once they were in the closet and full or if I did notice, black would be easy to decorate with fun duct tape like this or maybe even with scrapbook paper.  Either way, they will serve the purpose for which I need them, whether they are pretty or not.


After all that shopping, we went to see Star Trek Into Darkness at the IMAX in 3D.  As a nerd, I thought it was an awesome movie!  I definitely want to see it again!