Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My First Day of Student Teaching!!!

I made it through my first day half day of student teaching! I was so nervous and excited last night that I could barely sleep! After not falling asleep until 11:30 last night, I woke up this morning at 5am ready to get started with my day! Here's my first day of student teaching outfit.

 Cardigan - JC Penney's
Blouse - Macy's
Pants - New York and Co. 
Booties - DSW (brand: BOC)
Not Seen in Picture:
Watch - Fossil
Pave Earrings - Express
 Leaf Ring - Pandora

I must say, it looks like I have an outgoing group of students I will be working with this semester, although they were probably extra hyper and excited because they were getting out of school early due to the snowI have four 9th grade algebra 1 classes I will eventually be teaching and I will be team teaching two AP calculus classes with my co-op.  The room has a Smartboard, Smart responders, and a document camera that I am so excited to integrate into my lessons!

My co-op is also super helpful! She's already making me feel comfortable in the classroom, and she is so passionate about what she does.  You can definitely tell she is all about helping her students succeed.  I've got to say though.... trying to learn over 100 names... definitely going to be a tough challenge!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Skincare #2014BloggerChallenge

For those of you who don't know, the 2014 Blogger Challenge is hosted by Gaby at Another Girly Blog and entails writing two posts month.  Each post's topic is given by Gaby and can be about anything!  This posts topic is all about skincare.  The products you use, things you do, home remedies, etc.  So today I'm going to be talking about my skincare routine.  My routine is very short... almost non-existent, but it works for me.  I don't use a ton of products and I don't use any fancy products either! I can buy everything I need at CVS or basically any grocery store.

So here are the products I use: 

Here's my routine:
Everyday I wash my face in the shower with the Clean and Clear acne scrub.  After my shower I always put CeraVe lotion on my face to make sure it's not too dry and it doesn't start peeling.  I know some people say you shouldn't use a scrub everyday because it an be really harsh on your skin, but I love the exfoliating feeling.  Plus, by putting the lotion on after my shower my skin never ends up too dry.

If I start to see a pimple forming I'll put the Clean and Clear acne spot treatment on it and it usually clears right up within a day or two.  I'll usually apply this once or twice a day.

On days when I'm working, student teaching, subbing, or going out I'll use the Tarte foundation powder on my face to help give myself an even complexion and a nice base for my makeup.  If I just have class, spend the day running errands, or plan on staying at home I usually try to not wear any make-up except for some eyeliner and mascara.  I find that this powder is light and doesn't feel like its clogging up my pores so I really like it!

Finally, I thought I'd throw this in... I always suffer from chapped lips in the winter and it is the worst! I use medicated chapstick right before I go to bed and when I wake up my lips are no longer chapped.  I also use chapstick and Baby Lips Dr. Rescue throughout the day when I feel like my lips are getting a little chapped.     

What are your skincare routines?  Any great products you've found?

If you're part of the 2014 Blogger Challenge feel free to leave your blog post link in the comments and I'll make sure to check out your post!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Workouts to Get Fit in the New Year

As one of my many New Years Resolutions, getting fit and living a healthy lifestyle is near the top of the list.  Since I know so many others also have this same resolution, I thought I'd share with you some workouts that I've seen (mostly on other blogs) that I want to try.

First off, I just want to say that Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers is probably my go to when it comes to workout ideas... and healthy recipes too!  She has so many great ideas for workouts and recipes and she posts them daily so there is always something new to look out for!  There are also countless other blogs that also have some great workouts as well!

My workout routine tends to go a little something like this... I warm up on the treadmill or elliptical for 10-15 minutes, then most days I do some strength training.  Afterwards I usually do some cardio (usually anywhere from 25-45 minutes) or abs and call it a day.  I want to try and get out of my comfort zone a little this year and try new and different exercises and workouts.  Here is a compilation of some workouts I want to try to help with my new year's resolution to get fit!

Tabata Workouts


Treadmill / Elliptical Workouts

What are you doing to help you get fit and stay healthy in the new year?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pinterest Perfect Student Teaching

So I will finally be starting my student teaching on the 21st and I am so excited! I have already met my co-op and talked about the classes I will be teaching, 9th grade algebra 1B and AP Calculus.  I have been pulling together a bunch of resources and ideas from pinterest for my student teaching and for when I get my own teaching job.  Granted, my teaching career will probably never be pinterest perfect, but if it were... it would look something like this!

Obviously I'd wake up early enough to have a nice healthy breakfast and have time to shower and get ready for work in the morning.  I'd always dress perfectly and have the most stylish outfits.

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I'd be incredibly organized! So much so that I'd have an entire teacher binder that held all my lesson plans, grades, student info, basically just my entire teaching life in one binder! And not only would it hold everything, but it would still be neat, organized, color coded, and pretty like this one and the one below!

Not only would I have an awesome, hold everything, teacher binder, but I'd also have a fun, and totally DIY, lesson plan book to organize and hold all my lessons plans for all of my classes.

I'd have a super easy and efficient way to store and organize paperwork.  I'd always know where everything was, and I'd always have a place for all the paperwork that came into my room.

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Clearly all my paperwork would be organized on my super neat, and nicely decorated, desk.

 I'd have a weekly calendar on my board so I could write the weeks homework and assignments for all my students to see.

I'd always have an updated teacher website as well as a weekly or monthly newsletter that would go out to parents so they could be up to date with what their children where learning.  It would not only be informative but also look pretty. 

And I'd also have a great way for students to get assignments they missed if they were absent, as well as a great system for keeping track of assignments not turned in on time.

And finally,  I'd have creative, fun, and hands-on assignments and activities planned everyday, as well as fun review games for students to play before tests and quizzes.

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Oh, and I'd be able to do all of this while still having time to go to the gym, make homemade, healthy dinners every night, see my friends, and have all my lessons planned out ahead of time!

Clearly my life is not Pinterest perfect! I may not always wear the best outfits, have the most creative lessons, or be the most organized, but it certainly would be nice, and I certainly do try hard to do all of these things as best as I can! 

With student teaching just around the corner, these are just some of the idea's I may want to implement in my classroom while student teaching, or once I have a real job.  Clearly I may not be able to do all of this all the time, but hopefully I can incorporate a lot of these ideas into my classroom!

If you're a teacher, what are some ideas you've incorporated into your classroom? 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Wardrobe Essentials Part 4: Jackets & Accesories

Well this is the last post of my Wardrobe Essentials Series.  If you missed parts one, two, or three, the links will be at the bottom of this post! I'm so looking forward to adding some of the pieces from this series to my wardrobe.  This last post contains some jackets and accessories I think could be fundamental pieces of your wardrobe. 

Besides keeping you warm, jackets can be a great way to style your outfit.  You jacket can say a lot about the look your going for.  Denim jackets are great for the fall and also for a nice casual look.  A leather jacket can add a little flare to your outfit, and a nice peacoat goes great with a classier outfit. 

Accessories also adds a little spice to your outfits.  From handbags to jewelry to accent belts and scarves, they all can help you create the specific look your going for.

Handbags:  Handbags are great for carrying everything you need to bring with you when you leave the house!  I personally love totes because I can fit so much in them! I usually keep my laptop on me, plus a planner or notebook, pens & pencils, my phone, and my make-up bag all in my purse.  Needless to say I need a big purse! However when I go out at night with friends I tend to like a smaller bag or clutch, and when I'm shopping I always have a crossbody bag with me so I'm hands free for shopping. 

     Jewelry: I have been trying to get more and more into jewelry.  I do really like wearing it, I just never seem to buy any!  I'm looking forward to finding a few statement necklaces and some cute bangles and bracelets to add to my collection.  I think jewelry is a fun way to add color or to compliment an outfit! Here are some pieces that I have my eye on! 




      Other Jewelry

      Other Accessories: Belts and scarves are also a fun way to add color or a pattern to an otherwise simple outfit.  I love pairing patterned scarves with a simple white t-shirt or a fun colored belt over a black dress.

      What are some essentials pieces in your wardrobe?

      Here are the links for the full series:

        Wednesday, January 8, 2014

        Midweek Confessions

        Now that the holidays are over I'm attempting to get back to a normal routine.  You know the one where I don't stay up until 1 every night, sleep in until 10 or 11 every morning, and where I actually make it to the gym a few times a week.  Well... lets just say its a very slow transition I'm making at the moment! Anyways... I haven't done any midweek confessions in a while so I figured now that the holidays are over it might be a good time to start them up again.  Plus I have plenty to share at the moment.

        So speaking of this slow transition I'm having...

        one. I have this philosophy of mine where if I sleep in until 10 or anytime later I feel like my day is wasted! Literally I feel like so much of my day is gone because I've slept in so late.  Well... lets just say I've had a lot of wasted days recently.  Sleeping in until 11 have become the norm for me and I am not happy about it! Granted I allowed it after I finished my finals last semester before the holidays because well i deserved it! It was a recovery period for me.  Then I allowed it throughout the holidays because why not? It was a time to relax, plus with all the holiday parties and event I don't think I went to bed most nights until 2 or later.  But now I've got to kick my butt into gear and get moving! Especially since I'm trying to substitute teach during my time off from school.  lets see how I feel when that 5:30 AM alarm alarm goes off...

        two. Again my laziness has gotten the best of me! I think I have done maybe 4 loads of laundry since I've been home and they are all piled in a laundry basket waiting to be folding.  At this point I feel like I'm going to need to iron everything I own because of all the wrinkles!

        three.  I have become obsessed with the show prison break.  I've been watching it on Netflix and I cannot get enough of it!  On the days when I could go to bed early and actually get a good night sleep I end up staying up to watch 1 or 2 episodes of that damn show!

        four.  My room has seen better days... beside the just pile of unfolded, clean laundry in my room, I also have clothes I've worn thrown everywhere at the moment.  I've been traveling a lot... not far, just visiting friends and going on overnight trips but it has certainly taken a toll on my room! Clothes everywhere, papers everywhere! It's killing me! It's definitely time to clean, organize, and purge! 

        five.  random... but I ate wayyyy to much dip and drank wayy to much sangria than I should have last night! oh well... #yolo  But seriously... I was celebrating a friends birthday and we must have had at least 5 different dips there, pizza, two huge jugs of sangria, cookies, and cupcakes!  It was all delicious though!  But hey, on a positive note... I've been going to the gym recently!

        And there you go! I could probably go on but that's all I can remember off the top of my head at the moment!

        Is everyone else getting back into their normal routines? Are you having as much trouble doing so as I am?

        Do you have any midweek confessions you'd like to share?

        Monday, January 6, 2014

        10 Favorite Things About the New Year

        Today I will be linking up with Brianna from Endlessly Beloved.  I found her blog a few weeks ago and loved it from the moment I saw it!  She is just the sweetest! Each month she has a 10 favorite things link-up and this month it's 10 favorite things about the New Year!
        Endlessly BeLoved

        1. A Fresh Start - The New Year is like a fresh start! You can really decide what you want to do and who you want to be and start the year off with a clean slate.

        2. Motivation - For whatever the reason, New Years seems to motivate a lot of people... Probably because they think of it as a fresh start, clean slate, new beginning, etc. I'm no exception, New Years always motivates me to start working on all the things I want to improve on my life. Since motivation is key to staying on track with your resolutions, I always have quotes and pictures on my phone, computer, and around my room to remind me of my end goal.

        3. New Resolutions - I love making New Years Resolutions for myself.  They are great and give me  something to focus on throughout the year!  I also set short term goals for each resolution so I don't get distracted or stray from my goals.
        4. Reflecting Back to the Past Year - 2013 was a great year! Looking back and at it and reminding myself of everything I've accomplished, all the fun I've had, all the new experiences, and even some of the bad things that have happened is great!  It makes me reflect, and learn from my past.  There are certainly things I will never do again, there are definitely lessons I've learned through hardship, but there is also a lot I can't wait to do again, and a lot I'm thankful to have experienced!    

        5. New Outlook - A new year gives me a new outlook on life, a more positive outlook (because I tend to have high expectations for the year to come) After reflecting back on the past year I can say that I have learned a lot and I have changed a great deal, maybe not on the outside, maybe not so much that people in my life can see, but on the inside where I can see it.
        6. New Experiences and Opportunities - With a new year comes 365 days of new experiences and opportunities.  You never know what tomorrow will bring, and this year I want to take advantage of as many opportunities as I can and try to experience as much as possible! 

        7. Beginning Student Teaching and Graduating - A new year in generally marks the start of new classes at school, however this new year marks the beginning of my student teaching experience! Last semester I finished up all of my classes at college and now student teaching is the only thing left.  After this semester of student teaching I will be graduating in May and am so excited! Hopefully I'll get a job too and that will just be icing on the cake!
        8. Opening Up A New Chapter - A new year is like opening up a new chapter in a book.  You can write what you want, and make the year what you want to make it.    

        9. New Years Eve - New Year's Eve is just such a fun night of celebrations!  Whether I'm celebrating New Years out at a party, or relaxing at home with close friends and family it's a great time!
        10. Another Birthday - A new year means another birthday for me! and it's only 5 months (May 27th) away now!  This year I'm going to be 22!

        Saturday, January 4, 2014

        Wardrobe Essentials Part 3: Dresses & Shoes

        So its time for Part 3 of my Wardrobe Essentials posts.  If you missed parts one or two, the links will be at the bottom of this post! Today I want to share with you some dresses and shoes I think you should have in your closet! 


        Wear to Work Dresses:  I think you should have a few dresses that can be worn in the classroom, office, wherever it is that you work.  As a soon to be teacher, I don't foresee myself wearing dresses everyday however there are days when they may be necessary such as important meetings, conferences, etc.  Work dresses should be conservative and classy, yet still comfortable to wear.  Sleeveless ones should probably be layered under something such as a blazer or cardigan.  Here's my full post of Wardrobe Essentials for Work .  I thought about including these dresses in that post but opted not to... don't ask why, I just did.

        Daytime Casual Dresses:  Cute dresses for the daytime are a fun way to add a girly and feminine touch to your outfit.  They can be worn alone or layered under sweaters, cardigans, or blazers.  Sweaters dresses are also great during the winter because they are cute but still keep you warm!

        Evening Dresses:  Every once in a while I like to go out and have a good time!  Evening dresses are great for a night out on the town, a girls night out, or for a date night.  They can be fun, flirty, or sexy depending on the occasion.

        Little Black Dress: Every women should own one! They can be a lifesaver when you make last minute plans or need a quick outfit for a special occasion.


        Ballet Flats:  As a teacher these are my go to shoes! They are definitely a comfy and cute alternative to heels.

        Heels:  Heels are a must whether it be for work, interviews, or going out at night.  Classic black or nude heels are great, but heels can also add a pop of color to an outfit.  You can even add a fun print with heels!

        Boots: I just love boots,! Any and all kinds, I don't discriminate! They are my go to shoe for the fall and for colder months when sandals and flip flops just wont do!

        Boots: Dean Boots  //  Suede Boots  //  Field Boots

        Other:  This is basically where I put all the other shoes that I wear.  Sandals, flip flops, wedges, and boat shoes in the warmer moths, moccasins and work/snow boots for the colder months and rain boot for when it rains... obvi.


        Have I missed anything? What else do you think is an essential piece for your wardrobe? 

        Here are the links to the rest of the series!
        Part 1: For Work
        Part 2: Casual Wear
        Part 3: Dresses & Shoes
        Part 4: Jackets & Accessories 

        Friday, January 3, 2014

        Favorites of the Week

        Lip Gloss & Lunges

        Today I'm linking up with Emily at Beauty and the Greek and Kylie at Lipgloss & Lunges to bring you some of my favorite things of the week! Definitely go check out both of their bogs!  I've been having a lot of favorite things recently so it was hard to narrow them all down so this post didn't go on forever!!!  I finally got it down to eight things and here they are.

        Pandora Light as a Feather Ring buy it here
        I got this ring for Christmas and I don't think I've taken it off at all! Its very versatile, it can be worn with everyday outfits, but it also has enough sparkle to wear out at night!

        Baby Lips Dr. Rescue 
        My lips get so chapped when its cold out! This stuff has seriously been helping me out a lot! I usually put this on throughout the day and my lips stay chapped free! I also recommend just regular medicated chapstick if your lips get really bad!  I put that on at night before bed and when I wake up my lips are nice and soft. 
        Sweaters buy it here
        With all the cold weather right now i am loving cozy and warm sweaters! They are my go to outfit choice at the moment!  Here are some of my favorite sweaters for work and for everyday where.
        The Fault in Our Starts by John Green
        I just started reading this book and I must say I can't wait to finish it!  My sister has been on me to read this book (I'm not a big reader) and I'm so glad I decided to start it!  I've heard so many great reviews! 

        Infinity Scarves splurge here
        Back to this cold weather! these scarves definitely keep my warm while still looking cute!  This one from j.crew is cashmere and definitely a splurge, but you can find these scarves almost anywhere now! 

        French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
        It's just delicious and I look forward to putting it in my coffee everyday! 

        Starbucks Drinks, Specifically their Caramel Brulee Latte 
        I got a total of $50 in Starbucks gift cards this Christmas! Clearly people know I just love my Starbucks! This holiday latte has always been a favorite of mine! But then again, I basically love anything that is caramel.

        Fossil Chain Link Bracelet Watch buy it here
        This is another piece of jewelry I haven't been taking off much! I love that it's both functional and cute! 

        Previous Favorites of the Week Posts 

        What are some of your favorite things this week? 

        Thursday, January 2, 2014

        New Years Inspiration #2014BloggerChallenge

        I decided to participate in Gaby's 2014 Blogger Challenge over at her blog.  The first post is New Year's Inspiration! When I saw this topic I was thrilled because I was already putting together a few motivational quotes and pictures for myself and now I'm going to share them with you! With so many people making so many different New Year's resolutions, its hard to find one quote to encompass them all, so instead I found a few favorites of mine that pertain to multiple areas of life!

        First off, I just want to start this post off by saying that I think New Years resolutions are a great idea, however, they can be very difficult to stick with for an entire year!  Want to know my little tip to help you keep up with these resolutions all year?  Make short term goals for each resolution.  Make a short term goal each month or every few months.  These goals should aim to get you closer to completing your New Years resolutions and every couple of months can change to reflect the progress you have made! Here's my New Years resolutions and my short term goals for the next few months.  I can't wait to see all that I can accomplish this year! I can already tell its going to be a big year for me and my family! My parents are hitting some milestones in their ages and marriage (25 years and going strong), and both my sister and I will be graduating, my sister from high school and I from college.  This will be a year of celebrations and joy for my family and I cannot wait to see where we will be next year!

        This quote truly shows the value in making short term goals.  A long term resolution is great to have but it seems hard to stay focused on them when you have a whole year to make it happen.  It's easy to put it off and say I'll work on it tomorrow or I still have plenty of time, but time goes by so fast and before you know it the year is gone and your resolution remains not met!

        I always find that the first few weeks are the easiest, you're motivated, you're excited, you're ready for a new year and a new you! But then what happens? life... your job, school, and your social life all get in the way.  You get tired, you get busy, I get it! I'm right there with you.  I've made all the excuses and I've stopped working towards my new years resolutions before.  The only problem is when the next year comes I still have the same resolutions that I never bothered to work towards last year! Its a vicious cycle, but this year it's ending for me!  Bad days, even bad weeks happen, they are inevitable but they don't have to kill your progress.  If you have a bad day, or week, or if you lose sight of your goals, don't give up! Pick yourself back up and start again!

        Inspiration can be a powerful motivator.  Without inspiration comes excuses, and a lack of motivation to continue.  Inspiration can be anything, a quote, picture, family member, whatever it is that makes you want to be better! Find what inspires you and motivates you and post it in your office, your bedroom, write it down in your phone I don't care! But put it there so it can be a daily reminder and motivator of all you want to accomplish this year.  

        I think one of the most important things to remember is this quote above.  You do not have to be great to start!  Some people are too scared to start things because they are afraid of being made fun of or not being good at it.  But you will never get better and you will never know your potential if you don't start and give it a try! Great people are not great because they sat around too scared or worried about what others thought.  They went out and did what they wanted to do!

        I also love the quote above because I literally think about this every year! No matter what you do, time always passes, whether your working towards your resolutions or not.  Who cares how long it takes you, what matters is that you're working towards a better you! Don't think to yourself you can't accomplish your resolution because it will take to long! The time will pass anyways and you'll still be at the same spot if you don't start working towards it! So don't wait until tomorrow, or next week, start now!

        It's also good to remember the accomplishments you have made in the past! don't forget about all you have accomplished before this year, and certainly don't put yourself down by thinking about what you have failed to do.  Take pride in your accomplishments, past and present.  Celebrate the accomplishment of mini goals working up to your big new years resolutions (remember those short term goals... accomplishing them is a cause for celebration!)  They can help motivate you to continue towards your new years resolutions.  Also, have faith in yourself that you can, and will, accomplish your resolutions.

        I hope some of these quotes provide you not only with the inspiration and motivation you need to get started on your new years resolutions, but also inspiration and motivation to help you continue with them throughout the entire year! I have faith in all of you that you can accomplish as much as you want to accomplish this year, so lets make this year a good one!

        What are some of your New Years resolutions?

        How do you stay motivated throughout the year to stick to your resolutions?

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