Monday, July 28, 2014

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I'm so glad that I'm not a young student in school anymore.  And that I will not return to school with my new backpack and a cool Trapper Keeper.  I would love to be young again, but I wouldn't want to go through school again.

But after this summer, I mostly am glad that I will not go back to school as a student and be asked to write the "What I did this summer" paper.  Surely all students have been asked to write about this topic on returning to school, right?

Well, this summer I am glad that I will not be asked to write about what I did this summer because I would feel pretty shameful having to admit that I spent a large portion of my summer curled up with my iPad watching Netflix.  But wait....I am NOT ashamed.  My job of teaching junior high students is stressful and I deserve some down time right?

However, I have spent approximately 7,480 minutes watching One Tree Hill.  And I loved every stinking minute of it!

Sure, I did other things this summer.....traveled to several states for my daughter's softball tournaments.  Took her to many softball and volleyball practices and camps.  And then did my best to get a few things done around the house. 

But I sure did waste many hours with Nathan & Hailey and the rest of the gang from Tree Hill. :)

What will I watch next???

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It Hurts My Eyes!

The sight that every teacher does NOT want to see at Wal-Mart.......
#pleasenobacktoschoolyet   #hurtsmyeyes

I was innocently strolling through Wal-Mart.  Headed for the shampoo aisle.  Then I saw it.  Back to School displays.  NOT what I wanted to see so soon. 


I love my job but I have to admit, I love my summers with my family more! 

I think this says it all.......

Monday, July 14, 2014

Colorado Vacation

I just returned from an 8 day Colorado vacation!

Wow....such a beautiful place and I hope to get to go back someday! 

I call it a vacation but it was actually for a softball tournament.  But we did get to squeeze in some fun and sight seeing thank goodness! 

We flew into Denver and rented a car then drove on to Loveland, CO where we stayed for the week.  Tired after our early morning flight, we had a quick dinner and drove to Lake Loveland and took a stroll around the lake.  With the mountain view in the background, I got excited for the views to come!

The next day was our only full day with no softball and we headed to Mount Estes and did a little souvenir shopping then headed up the mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I've never been up a mountain before....not even a small one.  And I have to admit I wimped out just before we got to the top.  I was clutching the door handle for dear life because THERE ARE NO RAILS!  You're just driving along at close to 12,000 feet elevation, on curvy roads with the wind blowing like crazy and you look over the side and NOTHING.  So, yes, I wimped out and demanded my husband to turn around and get me off. that. mountain. now.  But before I wimped out, I saw some beautiful sights.


On the way we stopped and ate at Smokin' Dave's BBQ.  It was amazing!  Hands down, best BBQ I've eaten!

The next few days were spent watching my baby do her thing playing softball. 

And stressing about my baby riding in the team van all over Colorado to different ball parks.  Am I normal that her riding in a van, with her coach driving (who I trust), stressed me out so much? 

On our way to one of the parks we took a little side trip to Lookout Mountain.  It was pretty, but nothing compared to Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains National Park.  We did happen upon a mule deer on our way up.  The first wildlife we had seen so far in Colorado!

We had some time to kill before we needed to be at the ball park so we drove through Golden, CO.  Wish we would have had time to explore!

On Thursday, we were able to go back to Estes Park and Rockey Mountain National Park again.  And this time my youngest daughter/softball player got to join us along with her team mates!  And I made it all the way up this time!  I might have taken some anti-anxiety medicine this time.  Just maybe. 



But it sure was so worth it because we saw all kinds of wildlife!  I was like a little kid seeing these animals out in the wild.  Loved it!  And the snow!!  In July!! Amazing!



Friday, July 4, 2014

Goodwill Haul

I finally hit up our local Goodwill store.  I've been kind of scared to try it out since the only other Goodwill I've ever been to made me feel like I needed to take a shower and scrub with a Brillo pad when I left.  Not to mention that everything was way over priced.  Ugly pictures were marked $25.00!  What?!?  That Goodwill was in Mississippi and I don't know what their deal was.  But our local one was MUCH better!  I will be going back!

Here's part of what I walked out with for $12 big ones.......
I picked up all of the little containers to use in my daughter's bathroom to try to help organize her makeup.  They were from 50¢ to $3!  Here they are holding her makeup, make up brushes, and other items that she refused to put away in her bathroom drawers.

Here is a before and after....
 (The "Before" is actually an after as well.  I did have to put tidy everything up because my darling daughter just throws everything everywhere!)

I know it is not a huge's still a work in progress. :)  I will be going back to Goodwill looking for a couple more containers.  The good news is that my daughter is acutally putting her makeup and brushes back in these containers.  Whereas before she just threw everything on the tray.  Since I've made it "pretty," she is trying to keep it neat!  HUGE accomplishment for her!!!  I am a firm believer that if you make it look pretty, you will take a little more time to keep it neat.  There may be hope for her after all!
Back to my Goodwill finds....
I also picked up three frames that I plan on using in a gallery wall in my daughter's bedroom.  I'm slowly collecting frames and can't wait to get started.  I obviously will not be including the swams or the cheetah.  As cute as they are.  I really was happy to find the octogon frame to give the gallery wall a little more interest. 
And from the first picture, the silver bucket found a home on our covered porch that I am slowing trying to decorate.
I had the boxwood piece already and it fit perfectly in the silver bucket.  Love it!
I'm glad I finally gave Goodwill another chance...and I can't wait to go back!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jewelry Organizer

This was a life changing project for my daughter and me!  That sounds somewhat dramatic but it is so true.  Let me just say that she is not the neatest person.  To be honest-she is a complete SLOB.  Bless her heart. 


One other thing about my darling daughter, she loves her jewelry.  Which makes it easy to buy those little stocking stuffers, small Easter and Valentine's Day presents.  Just get her a pretty little bracelet or earrings and she's a happy camper. 


Her necklaces used to be kept inside her closest door hanging on Command hooks.  Every time she opened and closed the door (in reality-everytime I closed the door and she would open it-because she would just leave it wide open at all times.) the necklaces would swing back and forth and get tangled into a knotted mess.  Guess who was the necklace detangler? They would also get knocked off into the floor until they met the match of my vacuum cleaner.


The main problem though was not the tangling, dropping onto the floor mess it made but the fact that she would not put the necklaces back on the hook because "it took to long to find it the next time."  With not enough room for many hooks on her closet door (because we couldn't cover up the Edward Cullen poster) there were too many necklaces on each hook.  So necklaces could be found anywhere-on her nightstand, in her nightstand, on her bed, hanging on doorknobs, hanging on dresser drawer get the idea. 


I ran across this frame with a sheet metal insert at TJ Maxx for around $50 one day and snagged it immediately.  I then purchased every package of magnetic hooks my Wal-Mart had.  Then wiped them out again when they restocked.  Framed sheet metal + magnetic hooks=necklace sanity.


The magnetics hooks are great since they allow her to adjust for necklace length as needed.  She can move them around as she gets new necklaces and gets rid of ones she no longer wears.  She also hangs her sunglass in the summer.  You could hange bracelets on these hooks as well-she keeps her bracelets in an organizer on the top of her dresser. 


This has been the best necklace storage ever!  She actually puts them back on the hooks!  It's a miracle!  It really has been a lifesaver a necklace saver.  And it looks pretty as a bonus! Win-win. 


I couldn't find the magnetic hooks I purchased on Wal-Mart's website, but here are some that come in a pack of 4 four around $3.00.

I plan to make my youngest daughter a smaller version.  (She is not a jewelry-a-holic like my older girl so a small one with suffice.)  I plan to use an existing frame and add the sheet metal myself.  Unless I run across one that would work without spending too much. 


She has been using this for about a year now and it's still looking good.  No more necklaces sucked up by the vacuum cleaner and I don't have to bite my tounge when I find a necklace in the washing machine after I have washed her sheets.  It's the little things people.  :)