9.17.2014

Fall Favorites

Happy Hump Day readers!

Did you see Monday's WEAR: NOW AND LATER post?  Turns out it was experiencing some technical difficulties, and only showing my collages with no text or photographs.  After lots of playing around last night, I was able to resolve the issue.  This was a really fun post to put together so be sure to check it out now, in its entirety!

With the start of fall just one week away, I thought it was the perfect time to share some current fall faves!  The weather is starting to cool down here and I am ready!

1. BOOTS
If you've been reading a while, you know boots are a fashion staple of mine.  I just ordered this over-the-knee pair and am giddy for their arrival tomorrow!


Broke out my Fryes for the first time yesterday and it felt so good!


2. FOLIAGE

I'd venture to say that fall leaves are even prettier than spring blooms.


And for teacher friends, my favorite leaf activity is reader's theater with the following poem: 

"Dancing Leaves"
Red leaves and yellow leaves,
Orange leaves and brown,
Leaves are dancing everywhere,
Happily dancing down!

We make leaf puppets in each color and the students record themselves acting out the poem on iPads!

3. PUMPKIN EVERYTHING
Pumpkins on the mantle.
Last year I spray painted pumpkins gold for the mantle, might have to try polka dots this year!

Pumpkins in my belly.
I love pumpkin lasagna and can't wait to try this recipe!

And pumpkins at a party!
Read about the pumpkin carving party I hosted last year here.

4. FALL HOLIDAYS
Halloween

Sorry, y'all, I just couldn't resist!

I really want to order a bunch of these and throw a Halloween bash!

Thanksgiving

I am thankful for eCards!

Gobble, gobble!

My Birthday
('cause that's a holiday, right!?)
The big 2-6 is right around the corner!

Are you excited about fall?

What are your fall favorites?

Have a great day!

9.16.2014

Wear: NOW and LATER

Happy Monday readers!

Can you believe that we are now halfway through September!?  Time has been flying, but I am happy about it, because I am really looking forward to fall!  October is my favorite month of the year and I will be happy when it is here!

Today I am SO excited to share a recent shopping find with you:  Boohoo!

I first discovered this UK Fashion Site, through following Shop Dandy on Instagram.  So many of her adorable dresses are from there, that I had to check it out for myself.  Over Labor Day weekend, they were having a great sale and I was able to score FOUR dresses for under $100....TOTAL, y'all! (Meaning each dress was under $30!)  I bought pieces that could be worn now and into the fall and winter months and am excited to share some Wear Now and Later looks with you!

The first dress I am sharing is the Talia Paisley Shift Dress.  I loved the bright blue and bold print of this dress online and the quality in person did not disappoint.  I will, say, however, that it runs on the short side.  I am only 5'3 and it was a shorter dress on me.  I do think it would make an adorable tunic, however, for taller ladies!  I also will mention that I sized up to a UK 10 (US Size 6) for this dress, compared to my normal US Size 2/4!


Wear: NOW

and

LATER

The second dress I am sharing is the Beth Animal Print Smock Dress.  This has become an instant favorite and I'm actually wearing it now for the third day in a row!  I couldn't take it off all weekend and also knew it would be the perfect teaching dress!  I also sized up in this dress to a UK 10 (US Size 6).  The length on this is much better and it hits just at the top of my knee, and is also slightly longer in the back.


Wear: NOW

and

LATER
(it also looked super cute paired with dark purple tights!)

and

with HUNTER WELLIES on rainy days!

You can see the other two dresses I bought below.  Those were more true to size, UK 8 (US Size 4), so when ordering from Boohoo, I would say order your normal size in flowy or loose fitting dresses, and size up in more fitted or short dresses!



Have you ever heard of Boohoo?

What are your favorite places to shop for inexpensive pieces?

To shop the looks I posted and even more Boohoo dresses I am loving (all under $40), click through the widgets below!



Have a great day!

9.11.2014

Cookie Dough Rice Krispie Treats

Happy Thursday readers!

Wow...I think this week is n e v e r going to end!  It has dragged on and I am beyond exhausted.

My cold is on the mend, but still not completely gone and I haven't quite been able to get it together this week.  I feel like I have been spread so thin lately and am ready for the beginning of school craziness to settle down.

Last night, however, Bryce was out of town and I had the night to myself.  It did wonders.  I had a hair appointment right after school (where my sweet hair dresser gave my hair some extra glam curls to make me feel better!), followed by barre, and then a free evening.  I decided to use my free evening to make a new favorite recipe I've been craving: Cookie Dough Rice Krispie treats.  I blasted Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off", among other tunes, and had a dance party-baking sesh!  By the end of the night I had forgotten how exhausted I was and the fact that I had a cold.  It really was, just what the doctor ordered!

I gave you a teaser on Instagram last night, while I was in the process of making them:


Cookie dough is pretty much one of my all time favorite things and rice krispie treats are another favorite. Put them together and you've got heaven on earth.

The recipe was found in this book that I received as a birthday present last year.  You will see my slightly modified version below.


INGREDIENTS:
For the cookie dough:
1/3 c softened unsalted butter
1/4 c granulated sugar
1/2 c light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk or cream (I use cream)
1 and 1/4 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
For the rice krispie treats:
2 tbs softened unsalted butter
12 oz marshmallows 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
7 cups crisp rice cereal
chocolate syrup

DIRECTIONS:
For the cookie dough:
-Beat together butter and sugars with electric mixer on medium speed, 2-3 min.
-Add vanilla and milk and mix in by hand with a spoon.
-Mix in flour and salt and beat on low speed until incorporated.
-Stir in chips.
For the rice krispie treats:
-Grease a 13x9 in baking dish with butter or cooking spray (I also like to spray my rubber spatula with cooking spray, as it will make stirring easier).
-Melt butter and marshmallows in large saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted.
-Remove from heat, add vanilla and chocolate syrup (I use just enough to make it a medium brown color)
-Fold in cereal, gently stirring until completely coated
For the heavenly treats:
-Press half of the rice krispie mixture into baking dish.
-Spread cookie dough on top.
-Top with remaining rice krispie mixture.
-Enjoy!


If you're like me, you won't have any self control with these heavenly treats, so you'll have to find a way to get rid of them before eating the whole dish.  I decided that I would take them to school and share with some of my fave fellow teachers.  It's been a long week and I'm hoping these treats will provide a much needed pick-me-up for us!


And finally, I can't resist this eCard:

Confession: I may or may not have had to pare the rice krispie recipe down and made it in a 9x9 pan, because I had eaten so much of the dough before putting it together!

Are you a fan of cookie dough?

What are your favorite desserts?

Have a great day!

9.08.2014

Sick Day Essentials

Happy Monday readers!

Good weekend?

Mine was okay...we had lots of fun activities planned, but unfortunately the kindergarten germs got me already! A cold came on Friday night.  We had plans both Friday night and Saturday, which didn't allow me the time to rest I needed. That being said, the cold really took away from the fun of the weekend and put me on the couch pretty much all day yesterday.

I modeled and gave lessons on both hand washing and nose blowing last week, but clearly the kids still need a little practice...


Those of you that have taught before, know taking a sick day is really tough.  When the fact that it is just the 5th day of kindergarten is added to the equation, taking the day is pretty much impossible, so I'm toughing it out. Here's what I'd really like to be doing though:

I'd like to be curled up on the couch wearing this:


and these:


Curled up under this:


Spending my time reading this:


and watching this:


And finally, drinking some Vitamin C-filled, get well smoothie from this:


What are your sick day essentials?

How do you stay healthy during cold and flu season?

Have a great day!

9.04.2014

Back to School Playlist

Happy Thursday friends!

Man!  I am EXHAUSTED!

The first week of school is kicking my butt and I've been pretty much brain dead every night.

The mornings aren't much better:  Being at school by 7:15 is no fun.

I have, however, come up with a fun playlist for my car rides in the  morning in an effort to pump me up for the day and I thought I would share it!


And for your listening pleasure:
















What have you been listening to lately?

What do you do to help get pumped up?

Have a great day!