Five on Friday

We made it! I’m SO thankful that it’s finally Friday.

Here are five details from the week!

one. I was a little congested at the beginning of the week so I revved up my oil diffuser to see if it would help. I did a blend of two drops each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils.

I put the diffuser close to me as I was cooking dinner and then later as I was either watching tv or on my computer, and I really think it helped! I’m definitely going to keep that blend in mind when cold season really hits!

two. Tonight, we have our “redo” Joe Nichols concert. If you remember me talking about the first concert we went to with him last month, he was so messed up that he couldn’t even sing clearly. He could hardly stand up, and he cut the concert an hour short. We had a blast at the concert though even if the singing made us cringe. Good friends make it worth it!


Anyways, he’s back tonight for a free concert to “make it up to his fans” and “show them how it’s really supposed to be done.” Anything has to be better than how he was before. I’m excited for another fun night out with good friends! 🙂

three. One of the best feelings to me is having presents wrapped under a decorated tree.


I just have one more person on my list to buy a gift for, and I’m finally feeling like I’m caught up!


four. My parents got us a quarter of beef for our second anniversary, and they came down Thursday night to deliver it to us! (Hello yummy meals in our future! Thanks mom and dad! 🙂 ).

We went out to dinner at Umi’s (We’re all obsessed with that place in my family!), and it was such a treat to get to see my parents during the week: a much more exciting Thursday night than the usual!

five. My students have been a new level of crazy this week, so I’m glad we’re in the home stretch to get to winter break! We just started our Tuck Everlasting project in my Language Arts classes, which is the Trial of Mae Tuck. Students are assigned jobs of being judge, lawyers, witnesses, or jury members, and they have to use the book (textual evidence) to prepare their trial work over the next couple of days. Our trial will be on Tuesday in class to determine the verdict. My students last year loved this, so fingers crossed that all goes smoothly again this year!

Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Question of the Day: Do you enjoy wrapping presents?

live for holiday gift wrapping! Love it!




Five on Friday

Happy Friday!

Man, working a full week after Thanksgiving Break was exhausting. 😉

Here are five highlights and tidbits from my week. It’s a little short because this girl is still trying to catch up (coming off of a holiday plus finishing up projects and a novel unit in my classes = craziness!).

Sidenote: Woohoo for having a post every weekday this week! That hasn’t happened in awhile (and don’t expect it to happen often 😉 ).

one. If you’re like me and still need to finish up Christmas shopping, check out my Women’s Gift Guide and Men’s Gift Guide. I rounded up some of my favorite things and some new products that look enticing too!

two. I tried this new Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole one day for dinner this week, and it was a hit. I’m always looking for new ways to use sweet potatoes (my favorite!) and this one didn’t disappoint. Yum! Any other breakfast for dinner fans out there?

three. Speaking of food, Travis and I always do our own mini-Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts every year, and we’ve got our turkey defrosting in the fridge to make on Saturday. I’m also going to try Skinnytaste’s slow cooker stuffing recipe and a sweet potato dish. I like dragging the holidays out as much as possible! 🙂

four. My mom sent one of these little guys back with me after Thanksgiving Break, and I’ve left in my car as an air freshener. Oh. My. Goodness. It smells amazing, and it makes me a little more excited to get my car to drive to work in the mornings. 😉 Such a cheap way to get that holiday scent that lasts!

five. Well, my brain is fried so I’m going to end today’s post with something that will make everyone smile: a IG (Italian Greyhound) picture. The cutest!!


Have a great weekend, everyone!

Question of the Day: Are you a breakfast for dinner (brinner) fan?


Five on Friday

Today is an extra exciting Friday because Travis and I took the day off to goof and celebrate our anniversary. I’m calling mine a mental health day. 😉

Year 2 in the books!

We are just planning to go to Topeka and do some shopping (for Christmas gifts mainly…and a little for us. 🙂 ).

Here are five happenings from this week.

one. We celebrated our anniversary Tuesday night with my favorite thing ever: rewatching our wedding video. 😉 We had fun laughing at it and seeing how nervous we looked.


Right when Travis had gotten home on Tuesday, he asked me to walk on his back because it had been killing him (Hello, old man!). November 14th looked a lot different this year than two years ago. 😉


two. My black thumb is striking again. Help! We got this plant (crispy wave fern, I believe) after Travis’s grandpa passed away. I’ve been reading about it, and everything online says it likes low light, humidity, and should be easy to take care of.

It’s only been a couple weeks, and this guy is struggling. It’s drooping hardcore. We repotted it with potting soil, and I’ve been spraying the leaves of it almost every night so that it gets the “humidity” factor. It’s still looking droopy and brown though.


Someone with a green thumb, give me some advice. How do I revive this thing? I am the queen of killing plants, and I don’t want another one to go off the deep end under my watch.

three. The bed is finally done- stained, coated with poly, and back in the basement. Even without decorations in our basement bedroom, it is already looking so much better just having the furniture a darker stain color. We were seriously slacking this week so hopefully this weekend we will start the last round (mirror, vanity piece, etc.) I’ll share more pictures soon once that room is a little better decorated. 🙂

four. This has been me everyday this week waking up for work. I need to go to bed earlier, but it’s so hard to do. Looking forward to sleeping in this weekend (even if it’s only until 7 a.m.!)

five. If you missed out on my Middle School Mayhem post this week, be sure to check it out here. It was a good one, full of extra funny sayings from my students.

Have a wonderful Friday!

Question of the Day: People with green thumbs- I’m being serious. Any advice on what my fern needs to be nursed back to health?


Five on Friday

Hellllllllo, Friday! 🙂

I’ve been a day ahead all. week. long. so this felt like a long one. Only one a half weeks now until Thanksgiving Break though! Woohoo!

I have a picture to go with each of my Friday randoms, which never happens. It’s almost like I have my act together this week or something?!

one. So, remember how we went to the Joe Nichols concert last weekend, and he was terrible because he was so drunk?


Well, Emily texted us Monday that she got an email saying everyone who came to the concert would get a full refund and that Joe will be back in early December for a free concert for those who went last weekend. The email said “let me show you how it’s supposed to be done.” I’m guessing he doesn’t remember a thing from the one on Saturday. 😉 We all want to go again just to compare and see how he really is sober. He can’t be any worse!

two. We’re almost finished staining the bed frame of my college furniture set, and it’s been a beast of a task (but still fun to do!). Travis is ready to get his side of the garage back, which has been taken over by furniture for the last few weeks, so that’s been our motivation to get it done quickly. Now, it’s just onto staining the mirror that goes on the desk. It may be the smallest piece, but we’re both dreading it the most with all of its edges and curves.

Since our basement bedroom is now looking a little more chic, I decided to finally replace our old desk chair (aka Travis’s chair from the fraternity, which looks like it’s been through a fight).

I ordered an Eames style chair from Amazon Prime, got it two days later, and am loving how clean and simple it looks with the desk. I even impressed myself putting it together on my own. 😉


three. One of Travis’s fraternity brothers snapchatted us earlier this week with quite the “find.” He had been looking at K-State’s website and caught a picture of Travis from intramural softball. Too funny!

Recognize anyone? 🙂

four. With no pets or kids, if you think we’re hard up for entertainment at our house then, …’re probably right. 🙂 Last night’s entertainment was watching Travis make a dental night guard so he doesn’t grind his teeth anymore. His dentist told him it would cost $350 so he did what any smart man would do,…..and ordered a $20 kit from Amazon Prime. 🙂


He just loved that I was taking this picture too. Lucky for me, however, he was a little preoccupied and couldn’t tell me to stop at this moment. 🙂

five. My decorating itch is in full force, and the last “untouched” room is my office upstairs (aka the second guest bedroom upstairs). It has a mismatch of everything in it right now, and I’m dying to make it a little cuter and more put together.

I really want a simple white dresser (like this one) to go along one wall with a gallery wall above it, and I will keep my desk on the other wall with a chair in the corner. (Sorry mom. No bambinos. I just legitimately want a dresser to organize and serve as a focal point. 🙂 )

I’ve been Pinterest scouting like it’s my job, and the two images below are some of my “inspirations.”

Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest


That’s it for me on this Friday! My lesson at school today is a full hour of doing RACE writing with my kids (aka I know I’m going to be exhausted tonight. 🙂 ).

Have a good day!

Question of the Day: What’s on your Christmas List this year?


Five on Friday

Hallelujah for being Friday, am I right?!

One big positive of my work week is that our school finally turned on the heat! My room has been super toasty (almost too warm at times), but I’m not complaining! I no longer have to wear three layers just to stay warm during the day!

Here are five tidbits from the week.

one. We finished with one of the pieces of furniture we are redoing! The dresser is officially done- stripped, re-stained, and coated in poly. We moved it back inside to the basement bedroom, and just seeing it looking darker and fresher is giving me enough motivation to keep going. We are almost done with the desk/vanity and hope to have it finished by Sunday, and then all that is left is the bed frame and the mirror of the vanity (We’ve been putting that one off for good reason. It looks like a beast to tackle!).

Hoorah for progress! Maybe one day our basement bedroom won’t be known as the ugly cave after all!

two. We are going to a Joe Nichols concert this weekend with friends, and I don’t think I’ve been to a concert since high school when Travis got me Shinedown tickets for my birthday.

I’m not a huge concert fan, but I’m looking forward to a fun night out with friends! Bring on the wine!

three. I have another round of clothes from Thred Up on its way to me! I’m not sure if all of them are going to be keepers, but for the price, I decided to try a lot of things! I can’t stress enough how much I love that site! Name brands in great condition for such low prices!

four. Travis and I finished one of our homemade Christmas gifts ideas as a trial run, and I’m obsessed. It’s simple, chic,….and you know it, sophisticated looking. 😉 Now I’m getting a little carried away and want to make all of our Christmas gifts. I probably won’t, but it’s been fun to put on our touch on things!

My next project to try is making a homemade wooden sign with lettering. I experimented the other night using a paint pen method on a piece of scrap wood, but the letters look too glossy to me.  Any crafty people have some advice? How do I make the letters on the sign not look so shiny?

five. This is a random one, but I’m dubbing it as a #TeacherWin this week. Our school has adopted a form of writing that we teach called RACE writing. It’s an acronym for: Restate the question, Answer the question, Cite textual evidence, and Explain your evidence.

In sixth grade, our goal is just introducing students to this form of writing and practicing a lot.

On Thursday, we covered the “C” or cite textual evidence part, and students amazed me with how they did. First, they had to match up character names with their descriptions from our novel, “Tuck Everlasting.” Then, they had to search through the book and find a quote that showed that description in action and write it on a sticky note.


For example, for main character Mae Tuck, her description talked about her being a kind and gentle person. Students found a quote about her comforting a young girl, Winnie, to show this and then placed their sticky note on a poster page for that character.


Today, we will go through the quotes picked from all of my classes and talk about strong versus weak evidence.

They always groan when we have a RACE practice day….yet those are the days they are most engaged and trying, so I’m thinking they don’t hate it that much.

Sometimes I want to pull my hair out from teaching, and other days I can’t stop smiling. I needed a “winning” day so thank goodness I finally got one!

Other random tidbits.

  • This is on my list to try soon. I’ve tried several new recipes for banana muffins recently and need another way to use up the old brown bananas in my freezer. Can’t go wrong with Skinnytaste!
  • You can never go wrong with a good pumpkin spice joke either. 🙂

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Have a good weekend!

Question of the Day: Calling all crafty people- what are your favorite DIY projects? Also, does anyone have tips for me about the wooden sign dilemma? (I’ve been using a sharpie paint pen, but is there a better one that doesn’t look so shiny?)



Five on Friday

Brr, I think the cold is here to stay! While I act annoyed about it, I actually kind of love the cold. (I think it’s because I always have an excuse to be curled up with a blanket on the couch 🙂 ).

Here are five highlights from the week!

one. Who knew that I’d find a new love this week?

Staining furniture.

I’m surprised I love it, but I do!

I have been wanting to redo my college furniture set for awhile now, and after having guests stay at our house more often this fall, I’ve finally been motivated to get to work.

We started with the dresser on Sunday. While stripping the old stain off makes me want to cry and drown my sorrows in wine, staining is like a job from heaven.

The dresser, stripped and ready to be stained.

In the past, Travis has stripped some of our furniture and re-stained it, but I always assumed it was hard and that I would mess it up so I steered clear.

However, after I tried it this week, I realized that something about staining is so relaxing to me. It’s like painting’s laid back and fun relative. We had a system going with this. Every night after work, I would do a coat of stain and Travis would come around and do the wiping/buffing after it had sat a little.

Good thing I like it because we’ve got a bed frame and large vanity/desk yet to do!

two. My coworker, Erin, is pregnant, and she wanted to do a picture announcement to send to all of the middle school staff members. (We’re kind of isolated down in sixth grade hall, and it can be weeks before we see teachers in other halls).

A couple years ago, when my coworker, Katie, was expecting, we did a picture line up and sent an email saying, “Guess who is pregnant.”

Erin (on the far left) wanted to do something similar. We threw in a couple outliers (Adam and Jill) just for fun. 🙂

Congrats, Erin!


three. In my language arts classes, we started our “Tuck Everlasting” novel unit this week. I always feel like the first unit of the year (grammar and short stories) goes forever, and it’s a breath of fresh air to start a book with the kids.

We talked about the idea of eternal life and if it would be a good thing or a bad thing to live forever. The kids’ answers made me laugh, and they seem intrigued by the book. Let’s hope that holds through and they learn to settle down (I mean, we’re only into the 11th week of school..sigh.).

four. Travis’s Durango has been in the shop for past couple of weeks, and he has been using one of his company’s cars while he waits for his to be fixed. On Wednesday night, the company car was being used so he had to get a ride home. Then, I had to drop him at the gas station the next morning while he waited for a coworker to take him to work (He felt so classy about that- not!). I joked with him that he just wanted a little extra time with me in the morning. Ha!

But seriously, having one car is no joke. It’s tough, and I know he’s more than ready to have his own vehicle back. Let’s hope that thing doesn’t have any more issues for a long time.

five. Thursday, after school, I had to have a moment. It was one of those days where I just wanted to yell at every every kid because “How hard is it to just sit down and be quiet?!” I got done teaching 7th hour (my last hour of the day and also the hour that makes me drink), and I just sat until the 3:45 p.m. bell.


I had plenty of stuff I should have been doing, but I needed some calmness after the craziness of the day.

How is it that teaching makes me feel so bipolar? One day I feel like I’m on top of the world and the next, I wonder why anyone would pick this profession. It’s humbling, that’s for sure.

Hope your weekend is full of calm moments! 🙂 Have a good day!

Question of the Day: What is one thing you enjoy about your job?



Friday Favorites

Is it just me or do you too have an extra pep in your step on Fridays? Fridays in the fall especially make me want to do a happy dance!

one. We are headed back home this weekend to see our families and get in some harvest time (hopefully the ground isn’t too wet from all of this rain!). Travis and I both really miss being in the country and we are long overdue for a “country fix.” Brown County Kansas is one of my favorite places!

two. Amen to this.


three. Last weekend, we loaded up on new fall scents for our wax warmers. Travis is as candle obsessed as I am (maybe more) and our whole house smells like a pumpkin/apple cider party. We also finally got pumpkins, and a fall sign hunt on our front door. Ahh! It’s the little things. 🙂


four. Our school had spirit week this week, and Tuesday was Twin Day. My coworker Erin and I decided to be twins, but when we were planning our similar outfits we had some struggles (I have lots of stripes; she has lots of polka dots. We couldn’t find anything close for awhile 😉 ). We eventually decided that a black shirt with a scarf and jeans would be the easy route. 🙂


I love teaching with Erin. Unfortunately, she and her husband are getting moved in March to Alaska because of her husband’s job. I’m in denial with the fact that she’s leaving. Sixth grade team isn’t going to be complete. 😦 Who else am I going to vent with everyday before school, during plan, between classes ….and after school. 😉 She keeps me sane!!

five. This is pretty humbling: a good reminder of how fortunate we are.

Question of the Day: What is one thing you are looking forward to this weekend?