Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites: The Summer Edition!!



It's been forever since I've posted on a Friday this summer.  I took a bit of a summer vacation from it I suppose!!  So today, I'm back with a round-up of a few of my favorite things from this summer!!

/ONE/
I was obsessed with the Olympics.  Actually the Gymnastics and the Swimming most!  I saw this on social media during the games and I laughed so hard!!  This is so true of me...sadly, I do this all the time!!


/TWO/
I can say without a doubt this has been the summer of prosecco!!  It's been my go-to drink!  Back in the spring I did a post on prosecco on The Blended Blog, and ever since then I've been enjoying it more and more.  It's just perfect for summer... light refreshing and bubbly!  I love adding a little splash of pomegranate to it too.  And the single bottles are perfect for a single girl like me!!



/THREE/
I've followed Jenny Collier's blog and insta for a while.  And was excited when she started her clothing store, Gray Monroe but had never purchased anything...until now!  I purchased this awesome cold shoulder top for the fall and picked up a few more fun tops at the summer sale!!  How fun is this tank?!?  I like that she offers free shipping and no tax!!  Perfect.  And I enjoy supporting small businesses.  Check out gray Monroe here!!  New arrivals for Fall are out now!  You won't be disappointed!!



/FOUR/
Here's a song to kick off your weekend!!  I've been loving this song...perfect for summer!!




/FIVE/
And just because I'm headed back to school next week...
  How cute is this!! I posted this to my Facebook yesterday...so true!!


Linking up today for Friday Favorites!
Linking up today with:
Erika and the girls for Friday Favorites
Tif and the girls for H54F

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday's Making a Comeback!



This time next week, I'll be enduring a back-to-school professional development day!!  The summer days of sleeping in, laying out and enjoying the occasional day drinking, will be a distant memory in no time.  Right now, that I'm dreading going back and wishing for summer forever, I thought I'd bring back a little #TBT post, to remind myself why I do all this in the first place!

Originally posted in June of 2015, my I am a Teacher post is one of my all time favorites!

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The school year is coming to an end. I'm not going to lie...I'm excited about this!! This year was was really rough for a variety of reasons, none of which I will go into! 
But that's teaching...some great years, some good years, and some not so good years! I won't say bad...because no year is ever truly bad. There are always those silver linings in a bad day! At least for me! I might be having THE WORST DAY EVER (usually those days are middle school related! HA!) and then all of a sudden, one student can turn it all around! Be it with a click of a mouse, getting on Google Chrome on their own! Or with a silly comment, kind word or just a compliment that that was the best story they've ever heard! Even those littles who show up at my door with a birthday cupcake will do the trick!! So everyday might not be a great one but at least I can smile about it.

And with the end of the school year, comes a whole new set of issues! End of year “business” needs to be attended to, and for me, report cards for the whole school have to be printed. And there is inevitably always something that goes wrong!

Last year around this time, I stumbled upon an awesome blog post at Scholastic.com by one of their top teacher bloggers, Brian Smith. He wrote a post, entitled I am a Teacher. It was so true and funny and talked about how sometimes teaching gets so crazy at this time of year, that it's really important to take the time to reflect on all the reasons we do this job! I commented on Brian's post (and have been following him ever since) and said I wanted to write a similar list on my own blog. Well a year later, Brian, here's my list!

Found this on Insta a few weeks ago!  
#truth

Before I was the Librarian and Tech teacher I was a classroom teacher for 10 years, so I'm combining the list to include all my 13 years in teaching!


I am a teacher...

I am a teacher because I love learning...and in teaching you learn something new everyday!

I love sharing my love of reading with the children...and according to one of my littles I "read books really good!"

Laminating things is my favorite.

New books in my library make me smile.

There is nothing like hearing a student say “Technology is my favorite class!”

And I love when they tell me that they went on my Library/Tech website AT HOME...ON THE WEEKEND!!

Three Words: School Supply Shopping!

I am a technology teacher...on any given Wednesday you might hear me say the words "mouse control" 87 times!

I am a teacher...

I've been called mom, dad, grandma and every other teacher's name...and am totally ok with it!

That Teacher Appreciation luncheon every year.

I enjoy days off as much as the kids do.

Completing a bulletin board is a huge accomplishment.

I am a teacher thanks to Mrs. Grosskurth, Miss Puileo, Miss McCartin...and the few who got it wrong, because thanks to them, I knew what NOT to do!!

I love dress down days (and PJ Day!), too!

I proudly rock my spirit wear beyond the four walls of the school building.  :)

I am a teacher because seeing a child's “A HA! Moment" is just awesome...and the fact that I might have had a little something to do with it, that's just icing on the cake!

Where else do you get to feel like a rockstar everyday?!?

I know Summer's Off are not totally Summer's Off...

I am a Catholic School teacher, I make very little money but I'm rich in other ways!

I am a teacher because I've never wanted to do anything else with my life!! 
When I was a little girl I used to play "school" for HOURS on the weekends and during the summer with my sisters and friends.  Thankfully these days though, I don't yell at my students and throw them across the room for their bad behavior like I allegedly did to my Cabbage Patch dolls!! Poor Humphrey Peter!! LOL

I realize that right now in our country, it's very difficult to be a teacher but every job has it's ups and downs!   I really can't see myself doing anything else.  Even though I joke about retiring, I'll be doing this and only this (if I'm lucky), for the next 30 years and beyond!!

But first....bring on SUMMER!!!!

Check out some of my plans for summer here and here!  What are yours?

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I hope everyone has a fantastic school year and a relaxing and fun Fall ahead!!


I'm linking up today with Vanessa and Penny for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  





Have a great day!
Katie

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hey It's OKAY Tuesday!

It's been awhile since I linked up with Airing My Dirty Laundry for her fun It's OKAY Tuesday posts. It's a post where I can air just about anything I'm thinking about and am ok with!  And seeing this quote recently reminded me of these posts!


So here goes....

HEY IT"S OKAY!....

- to have not gone food shopping or gotten a Peapod order since June 24th

- to have Pop Tarts for breakfast and dinner (see above...)

- to be summer slacking...BIG TIME


- to admit, that after 10 years of shows, this wasn't Kenny's best!  {I'll keep going back...every.single.time!}


- to be super excited to meet new friends and see old ones

- to be in a big ol' pile of denial! #summerforever!!!!

- to procrastinate!

- to leave clean dishes in the dishwasher and laundry in the dryer for a few days if it means that instead you're out having fun!

-to cry over the closing ceremonies of the Olympics...actually it was just Bob Costas' re-cap at the end!  HA!

- and maybe have shed a tear during that damn McDonald's/Time After Time commercial!!

- to go to Meetball three nights in row

- to already be craving Pumpkin Ale!!!



I love getting these things off my chest...it's very freeing!!  Have a great Tuesday!!  Let me know what you're ok with this week and link up your own post here!





Monday, August 22, 2016

I'm gonna blog all summer.....and other lies I tell myself!!


How is it already August 22nd?  This has to be the fastest summer in the history of summers!!


I had big plans for the blog this summer...and then summer happened and I didn't blog as much as I would have liked.

I also didn't read as much as I wanted to either.

 And still have to recap my trip to the Dominican Republic!


Some more things I didn't get to...
  • Painting my bedroom
  • Getting that physical
  • Cleaning out the guest room
  • Preparing for the upcoming school year....

EEEEEEEKKKKKKKK.....

I guess I was busy doing life!  And maybe a little bit of nothing all all!  Does laying out in the sun count as doing something? HA!


I've been enjoying the sunshine and time with family.
I've been eating and drinking lots and spending nights out with friends, both old and new.  I just love good people!  So when I have the opportunity to do things and spend time with them, I don't pass it up!

I've also spent the  summer rockin' out to good tunes and having dance parties!
And no summer is complete without a trip to see Kenny Chesney!! Saturday was the day and it was so much fun!!  I'll get to recapping soon!!  Check out last summer's concert here!


And not a day goes by that I don't laugh...life is pretty damn good friends!!

I know so many are already back to school and work....my summer officially, officially ends on August 31st, so I am going to make the most of my final days!!  I hope your summer's been a blast too!  Have a great week!!





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What I Wore...on Vacation!

I have yet to recap my trip to the Dominican Republic...but it's coming SOON!!  Today being Wednesday I thought I'd link up with my The Blended Blog friends for our Pick, Pair, Showcase Summer Fashion Series!

I had my friend Kerri take pictures of every outfit I wore every night because I knew I wanted to showcase them on the blog.  And I'm so glad she did, because it so helped me out when I had to put a claim in for my stolen belongings! HA!!

Of course being on vacation, I brought away some of my favorites with me!!  Some of these I've showcased on Insta since I've been home and playing along with TBB and #theblendedblogstyle!

So in no particular order...my vacation wardrobe!!








So sad I'll never see this outfit again!!  It was one of the things that was taken from my suitcase.  Surprisingly and luckily I suppose, I have the rest!!  Minus the belt above and any of the undergarmets I'm wearing....LOL


This was one of my pool day outfits!  I bought this fun tank for the trip (because where else am I gonna wear it!!)  and was so glad to see it was still in my suitcase!!


And a shout out to my photog Kerri, who may have laughed every time I wanted my picture taken for the blog, but then jumped on the bandwagon, obviously!!
  HA!  Thanks Ker!!

It was fun to get back into this fashion thing!!  Go link up your Wednesday Fashion Posts over at The Blended Blog too! Have a great day!!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Over at The Blended Blog today!


Happy Tuesday!  I'm over at The Blended Blog today sharing my 10 Years Forward predictions based on the book What Alice Forgot.  Have you read it?  What do you hope will become of your life ten years from now?


Check out my post here!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday Moments of Gratitude!!



Full disclosure here...I started writing this post last Monday!  But I took a  blog break!  I'm back at it today because it's something I love doing and it's something I'm grateful to have in my life!


It's been quite some time since I've linked up for a Monday Moments of Gratitude with my blogger buddy Shaunacey.  Quite simply, since I've been back from my vacation, I've been in a slump!  I had a great time on the trip, that was soured after I came home to find that half the contents of my suitcase had been stolen!

I realize the things that were taken are exactly that "THINGS"!  And that I am home safe and sound, I wasn't there the following day when I hurricane rolled through.  But I think I'm allowed to be a little angry and feel violated!  So after a week that found me hours on the telephone with the airlines, and sorting of the rest of my stuff, I'm back to blogging!!

Because even though some of my things are forever lost, there are so many things to be grateful for every single day!

A wonderful trip with my two very bests in the world. Will recap the trip soon!!


A family that I spend hours and hours laughing with...because I know not every family is as lucky as we are! Last Sunday my Mom and Dad celebrated their 45 wedding anniversary.  Their life together and the life they give all of us is certainly something to be grateful for!



Summer days and nights filled with good friends, good food, good music and tons of  fun!


And last but not least, changes and new things on the horizon as I get ready to begin a new school year!

And God Bless sisters with pools in this hideous heat!  Whew...when will it break!?!


I'm doing a lot of reflection today! Come on over to The Blended Blog tomorrow to read my 10 years forward post...eeeekkkk!!  Why is this so hard for me!!??



What does this week find you grateful for!? Let me know in the comments below!

May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short!