Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer's Guilty Pleasures!

Linking up today with the ladies of The Blended Blog to share Summer's Guilty Pleasures.  Who doesn't indulge and splurge a bit in the summer.  For me, the summertime brings freedom and possibility.  With being off all summer, I'm basically free to do as I please.  And by the time the middle of August hits, I am snapped back to reality and realize, that yes, this summer I spent too much, ate too much and drank too much...and I NEED to get back to work to help pay for it all!!
Here are some of my favorite summer guilty pleasures.

Definitely spending way too much time in the sun {and loving it}!!
If it's sunny, my butts in a lounge chair!  My moto, "Everybody looks better with a tan!"

Putting off just about everything house related!
Laundry and cleaning can wait til a rainy day!

Which brings me to my next one...binge watching tv series.
This one is a little hard to do during the school year!  But on a rainy day in summer, I basically feel no guilt if I watch 10 consecutive episodes of an entire series. Or over four days while on vacation...because you don't have hulu at home! #thehandmaidstale

Guilty Pleasure Show: Married at First Sight
I don't really watch much tv in the summer other than the binging I mentioned above, but this summer I got back into Married at First Sight. I watched it once awhile ago and after none of the couples stayed together, I was over it.  But then I saw that it was relaunching on Lifetime this summer and watched.  The show totally stresses me the F out, but I really liked this summer's season.  All three couples remained together in the end and particularly enjoyed Anthony and Ashley's story. I need an Anthony in my life!!
People Magazine Online

This summer I discovered the joy of audiobooks.  And while I'd never say reading was a guilty pleasure, I think listening to books on audio just might be.  While I'm sitting in the sun I can listen.  And sometimes I'll keep listening and listening because I just need to finish this chapter!!  I can't even count the number of audiobooks I've read this summer!  And have yet to do a blog book review because there's so many.  I read paperbacks and ebooks all summer long too, but audiobooks I think are definitely a guilty pleasure!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
I have to add the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as guilty pleasure.  It's definitely something I look forward to in the summer! And I shop with abandon.  Thank the good Lord for free shipping and free returns!!  By the time it's over though, I can't say I'm not a little bit happy!!  By now all my returns have been shipped, I've scored a few things with my rewards, and am all set for Fall to arrive.

How much fun!!  What are you guilty pleasures in the summer?  Head over to The Blended Blog and link 'em up {here}!  Have a great Monday ya'll!  I headed out for a day in the sun!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My "Skater" Look!?!?

 Wednesday already!?!?  Great for those in the working world, not great for teachers like me who are wishing summer would please stay!!

Today calls for a fun look! I'm calling my skater look! LOL

We have this new taco place in town (you might have seen it on my instagram page!)  that has a very California vibe and for some reason, on their TV's they always have skater videos on.  Ya know, like skateboarders doing tricks and flips.  At first I thought it was weird, but now when I'm there I find myself watching them.  The last time I was there, I wore this outfit and for some reason I think it's skater-y!

Love, love love the split back on this top!!  

Skater-ish?  What do you think??  Let me know in the comments below!!  

What are you wearing today!?  Whatever it is I hope it makes you feel fabulous!  

Link up your fashion posts with the girls and I at The Blended Blog today below...

Monday, August 7, 2017

TBB Asks....August!

August ALREADY!!  YUCK!!  I am so not ready for the craziness that is Back to School to begin! Good thing I have today's blog post to keep me in summer mode!!

We had so much fun last month with this post, we've decided to do it on the regular!  TBB Asks!  Today's questions are all summer themed!  Grab our graphic answer the questions on you blog or on insta and link up with us!  Read on to get to know more about me and my summer faves!!

1. Pool, Lake or Ocean?:  I love the water so I wouldn't refuse any of these!  But I'm more of a pool girls for sure!

2.  Camping, cottage or hotel?  HOTEL!!  Most definitely!!

3.  Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Plain ol' chocolate!

4.  Hmmm...this ones hard!!  LOL...I wear PJ's but I don't sleep in them!  I wear them before bed or when I wake up in the morning to lounge in.  Typically, I'll sleep in a tank and boyshort undies. TMI?!?  I once blogged about it and have never been able to live it down...head here for a laugh!!

5.  Fave summer beverage?  An ice cold beer is always a good go-to on a hot summer day!!

6.   Hot or Cold?  Hot....I HATE the cold!!

7.  Sandals with heels or flats?  I'm a flats girl!

8.  Shorts or skirts? Shorts, shorts, and more shorts.  Other than than I'll throw on a dress!

9.  Sun or Shade?  This answer is no surprise to anyone!  I'm this group's resident Summer Girl!!

10.  Water, tea or soda?  Definitely water!  But a nice iced tea is yummy too!  I hardly ever drink soda!  Unless it's clear like Sprite...and it has Stoli Raz in it!  LOL

11.  Favorite Summer fruit or vegetable- Corn on the cob!  Even though I hate how it gets stuck in my teeth!

12.  Sunrise or sunset....can't choose- both are beautiful!  But  I've of course seen more sunsets than sunrises!

13.  Bike ride or Walk?  I walk everywhere!  It has been years and years and years since I've been on a bicycle.  I probably have to relearn how to ride one!

14. Winery or Brewery?  Both and I'm lucky enough to live in close proximity to lots of both!!

15.  Garden or no garden?  No garden...I don't have much space here for a garden but even if I did, I wouldn't have a garden...that's work!

16.  Big Summer Concert or Music in the Park?  Concerts are kind of my thing!!

17.  Fave cookout food? Other than burgers (the answer to question 23!)  I'd say it's my sister's corn salad.  She brings it to all our summer barbecues!  Find the recipe here!

18.  Dining indoors or on the patio!  I'm ok with both.  If I have the opportunity to eat outside on the water I take it!  But if I was just home, I'd say stay in!!

19.  Favorite Summer Destination- The Outer Banks in North Carolina!  My family has been vacatioing there since I was 8 years old!

20.  Theme Park or Carnival?  Theme park!  But carnivals make me think of zeppolis, which I love!

21.  Drinks blended or on the rocks!  Both!

22. Popsicle flavor: Lemon!

23. Burgers or Dogs?  Definitely burgers...cheeseburgers!

So fun!  The perfect way to kickoff a Monday!  Hope it's a great one!
What are your summer faves?  Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Surprise! It's Christmas in July

It's always so much fun when the ladies of The Blended Blog do gift exchanges!!  This summer Whitney spearheaded our Christmas in July exchange.  We always use Elfster for our picks and it's a lot of fun anticipating who I'll get each time.  Today we're sharing the gifts we received from our Secret Santa!  I was super excited when I received my gift from Sheila who blogs over at Making the Most of Everyday!  She's one of the few TBB ladies I have yet to meet in person, but with her gift, it's clear she knows me regardless!!

Sheila sent my a fun summer cover-up, fabulous sun hat and some sunscreen so I stay safe.  I laughed when I opened the package because just a few days before I commented on how much I always loved seeing Sheila in her sun hat, and wished I had one too!! Now I do!  Sheila said she was waiting on pins and needles for me to get my package because she had already sent me the hat before I commented in her blog!

There's even a hood and POCKETS!!  Love it!!  

I've worn this cover up at least a half dozen times already!  

Thanks so much Sheila for helping me do this summer thing...and doing it fashionably at that!!  

Head on over to Shaunacey's blog now to see what I sent her!  Fingers Crossed she liked it!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New summer favorite!

This top's from Canada, Eh!

Love, love, love this white top!  It's on heavy repeat!  I bought it back in May on my trip to Toronto with the ladies of The Blended Blog.  When we shopped, I picked things up from stores we don't have here in the States.  This one's from R.W. and Co.  It's so super cute, and I get so many compliments every single  time I wear it!!

 Love the lace sleeves and even the back detailing is cute...wish I had a pic!

I paired it here with my orange go-to's from JCrew Factory {similar here}, but it looks great with any color really, prints, etc...I'd even do white on white!

Now that I'm looking at it, I realized why I paired it with orange...maybe to match the glasses?!?  I've have been reaching for the color orange so much this I think I know why!!  LOL

What are you wearing that you just love this week?  Let me know in the comments below!  And link up your style posts with us over at The Blended Blog!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday: What's on My Phone!

It's been forever since I've hopped on board with Andrea at Momfessionals for her Show and Tell Tuesday Link-ups!  But I thought today was a fun one so I'm back.  Today we're sharing what's' on our phones!

Some of my most used apps are the social media ones.  I am totally that person that checks Facebook and Instagram a thousand times a day.  Instagram is hands down my favorite.  And I am a pinner...but I can go for weeks without pinning anything on Pinterest, then spend an hour early on a Saturday morning pinning a hundred random things!

And since I've just (re)discovered SnapChat for serious this summer...

I've been using SnapChat more than Bitmoji lately, but that still a favorite!

I really like using the Rhonna Apps...Rhonna Designs and
Rhonna Magic, especially for blogging.  I can text over pics and photos, add to photos and create banners...right from my phone.

Here's an example:

Some apps make my life easier when going from my phone and computer and vice versa, between home and school.  My school and I are big fans of google, so I have google apps downloaded.  Dropbox also makes file sharing super easy as well.  I don't have a printer at home, so I can drop files in there at home at night or on the fly and print them at school.

Another app I am always using that many people probably don't, is the Follett Destiny App.  It makes my life as a teacher-librarian so easy.  I can quickly check in and check out books for the students, and they love it as well.

I like to consider myself a reader.  During the summer I can read more for pleasure.  Most of the time I like reading books...real books but sometimes I'll download a free or cheap e-book to the kindle app or an audiobook to my library's overdrive app.  I have been reading audiobooks like a madwoman this summer!

My phone's home screen...because I don't like scrolling/swiping, I group the apps!  I can easily find everything in one place!  

Probably my most used app is the calculator!

Other Apps I Love:
Shutterfly for all my photos
Hello Fresh makes ordering my meals (or skipping weeks) a breeze
I order my groceries online through Stop and Shop's Peapod.  This app is a life saver.  If I think of something I need, right at that moment I can drop it in my cart.
Ebates: If you're not using'd be a great idea. It gives you cash back on purchases.  And  because I shop a's a total win for me.  My cash back total is over a thousand dollars!

What are some apps on your phone that you just love?  I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!  Have a great Tuesday!  And if you're looking for something yummy, don't forget to head over to The Blended Blog to see what's cooking on Tasty Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer's for Showing Off My Shoulders

Happy Wednesday Friends

The SUMMER is FLYING by!!  Boo!  
Some days I've done nothing, and other days I've gotten dressed up and gone out with friends!  Today's tops are perfect for these increasingly hot days and give me a chance to show off my shoulders...with some fun details, too!

I got this top at a local shop, Say More Boutique,  that is quickly becoming a fave!  I like the blushy/peachy color, cold shoulder style, and ruffle deets!!  I've worn this with white jeans and jean shorts too!

This next top I found on a whim (and on sale) at Macy's.  I like the gingham for summer and cute bow detail...that needs to be tied.

Last but not least, an off the shoulder....I thought I'd try the trend!

This is a Gray Monroe top.  It's no longer available but there are so many more cute things!  And so much is on sale!  Shop now here!

Are you showing off your shoulders this summer??  I'd love to hear about it in the comments!  Have a wonderful day!  Stay cool and look fashionable!  And link up with me and the rest of The Blended Blog to show us what you're wearing BELOW!  No blog?  No Problem!  Show us your looks on social Media!  #TheBlendedBlogStyle #tbbstyle

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Favorites

Some weeks I don't share my favorites because not every week is the best!!  That was the case last week!  I did however, pop up to share my favorite things among the interwebs last week, which you can find here!  It's always fun to spend a Friday over at TBB!  After reading this post head to The Blended Blog to find out what Sarah loved this week and link up with us!!

This week was a pretty typical summer week but I still managed to find a few favorites along the way!

With the exception of today, the week turned out pretty beautiful.  So me being me, that means I spent lots of time out in the sun and with my books!  I have been reading like a madwoman!  And I am so excited about it!  Books in print, Ebooks, audiobooks, you name it, I've read it.  I'm am currently reading my 6th book of the month!  I've visited my library three times already too....
These are some of the books I've read, and some I still have to read.  Hello, Sunshine just came out on Tuesday, and I'm the first one to get it out of the library!  WOO HOO!!

Another favorite of the week was my blog photoshoot with my bestie.  On Saturday, she came over and we had a fun time.  Check out the first pictures and my post here!

I tried something new on the blog this week!  I saw three things on Andrea's blog on Monday so I tried it on Thursday.  Which is kinda funny because I myself did three things on Thursday.  My busiest day of the week!  Check out my Three Things here.

Happy Mail.  I was excited to receive these prints that I ordered on Jane this week. I got two. I  have one framed so far and I really like the way it came out...even if it took me 20 minutes to get it right in the damn frame!  Another frame is on it's way to me for the other one.

How could I let the week pass without mentioning the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  It started yesterday and since I was up at 4a.m., I figured why not shop?
 I  placed three orders! I read many of the blogs with bloggers' favorites, only using that as a guide...some picks are too steep for my wallet. I think I did a good job on my own.  I am shopping on a budget, so I try to scope out deals that are under $50.  I'll splurge on shoes and blardigans!  HA!   Check out Lisa's blog for some great affordable picks!! I'll be sharing what I bought and keep on the blog later this month.  Stay tuned!

What did you love this week??  Let me know in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!!

Linking up today with The Blended Blog for Friday Loves, Erika for Friday Favorites, Tif for H54F

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Three things...Thursday!!

I saw Andrea do this in her post on Monday and thought it'd be fun and so I'm trying it today!!  It's called three things and a bunch of bloggers to it too...I've adapted it to...ME!!

Three things I'd never give up

Three favorite vegetables
Sweet Potatoes
peppers (any color!)

Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end

One Tree Hill
Sex and the City
Blue Bloods 
(I know that's more than three!)  

Three places I want to visit inside the US
Indiana/Notre Dame
The Fly Over States 

Three places I want to visit outside the USIreland
Bora Bora

Three things I always have with me
Hair Tie

Three most recent calls were from / to
My Mom
My Mom
My Mom
(She's the ONLY ONE who calls me...I'm a total texter...I hate my phone voice!)

Three most often used makeup products


Three things that make me laugh
Jimmy Fallon
TV comedies

Three things that make me cry

Zillow Commercials

Three of my greatest blessings
A home of my own

That was so much fun...and really hard!  Join in on the fun, just copy and paste and add your own answers!!

Have a great Thursday!