Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Why I Want to Be a Teacher and a Happy Birthday

This semester I'm taking a class called "Schools and Society". Our professor wants to make sure that we get a realistic picture of what teaching is, so he doesn't hold back on the difficulties teachers face, but as I sit in class, I find myself not really surprised by the stories he shares.

You see, growing up with a parent as a teacher allowed me to see the behind the scenes happenings that come with the job: the good, the bad and the ugly.  
One of many "first day of school" pictures.
I heard a small taste of the struggles that teachers go through every day: the troublesome students, difficult administration, and the other ridiculous things teachers put up with.

It also showed me that I was lucky. Not only did I have an awesome dad, but he was a great teacher as well.  I can't even tell you the amount of times I've been told from former students how much they loved his class.

I saw firsthand how much he cared for students. Not just by words, but by actions.

And though I knew there were bad teachers out there, I also knew that there were those, like my dad and many others, that were far from that. There were still those that fought for students, and did everything they could to help students succeed.

This is what inspires me to become a teacher.  And as I sit in my class and listen to the stories from my professor, yes I am scared.  I'm scared I won't be able to deal with these struggles.  But I'm also that much more motivated. I want so badly to help students, and I want to make a difference in students' lives.

I hope to one day be such a great teacher like my dad has been for so many students.

Happy birthday Dad! Love you!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Get to Know Me: 21 Questions Tag

I was tagged by Mattie for the 21 Question Tag, and I thought it would be a good way to introduce myself to all of you lovely readers a little more! Plus, I'm horrible at writing about myself, so this is perfect for me 😉

1. Are you named after anyone? Yes! I actually have 3 middle names, (Ruth Terese Ellen) and all of my names are after someone. My parents gave me (and all 3 of my brothers) multiple middle names because there was so many people they wanted to name us after.  My first name is Anne (though I've always gone by Annie) and it is my my grandma's (on my mom's side) middle name. Ruth and Terese were my great grandmas on my mom's side, and Ellen was my dad's mom's middle name. Whew, that wasn't hard to follow at all right?! 
2. When was the last time you cried? Oh jeez, I am such a crier, like I literally will tear up at the drop of a hat. Yesterday I cried watching this video (do yourself a favor and watch it, it's good) and also reading an article about Peyton Manning retiring. I'm not crazy I swear.
3. Do you have kids? Not yet! I want to, eventually, a while from now.
4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? I'd hope so! I can be a little ridiculous sometimes, but I'd like to think the pros outweigh the cons 😉
5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Way more than I should!
6. Will you ever bungee-jump? No freaking way! I saw this video once where the bungee cord got wrapped around a person's neck and ever since then there's no way I would do it. I don't really understand the point of it either; I'd much rather sky dive!
7. What’s your favorite cereal? I don't really like most cereal, but the one cereal I actually love is plain ol' cheerios! 
8. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Probably their smile.
9. What is your eye color? Blue
10. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings for sure.  I hate scary movies, and there's so much bad in the world, why would I want to watch movies that are bad too?!
11. Favorite smells? Anything cinnamon/apple/pumpkin, yummy food, and the smell when it rains.
12. Summer or winter? I'd say summer, but like 80-85° summer, not the 110° degree summer we get in Central CA. I'm sweating just thinking about it.
13. Computer or television? Computer! There's so much more you can do with it. Plus, you can always watch shows on the computer. Helllloooo Netflix.
14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? The East Coast. For someone that loves to travel it's not very far, but that's about to change this summer!
15. Do you have any special talents? Actually no, not that I can think of! haha
16. Where were you born? A small town in California.
17. What are your hobbies? Traveling, crafting, reading, hanging out with my cats, wandering the aisles of Target, and spending time with family.
18. Do you have any pets? Yes, Dany and Pounce.
19. Favorite movie? I really don't have an all time favorite, but I love For Love of the Game and Little Big League. I love baseball movies, Kevin Costner, and romantic comedies.
20. Do you have any siblings? I have 3 older brothers, Brad, Sam, & Wilson.
21. What do you want to be when you grow up? As of now, a high school math teacher, but that may change!

Thanks again for tagging me Mattie, and I tag CatSteph, and Samantha!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Miscellannieous Friday

Hello again! Here we are again with another Miscellannieous Friday. My blogging schedule has been off lately but I promise next week we'll be back to the regularly scheduled program.  And I'm actually really excited about the posts next week, so stay tuned! I'm also super excited because next week is my last week of school/work before Spring Break! Not that I'm going anywhere far, but going home to see your family when you miss them is totally awesome right?! Right ok. Anyways...

From Around the Web

5 Things I Want My Bestfriend At A Different College To Know

Really sweet read about having long distance best friends.  I went to different colleges than all of my best friends so I can totally relate to it!

Matt Damon Whips and Nae Naes

My obsession with Matt Damon is real, and this video is so hilarious.

More Than A Third Of Americans Don't Get Enough Sleep

I can totally understand this one! I'm a zombie if I don't get enough sleep and reading that the problem is this bad is pretty scary.

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Dies at Age 89

Sad news about such an amazing author. I've always wanted to read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and never have, but I plan to now.

What to keep an eye on this spring

I am SO EXCITED that baseball season is here.

Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?

My dad sent me this really interesting (short) TED talk on whether we should live for our resume or our eulogy a while ago and I totally forgot it until I was cleaning out my inbox the other day.  It's definitely a must watch.

Posts I'm Loving

Making the Best of Things, Right Now

I'm such a worrier and am always looking forward to the next thing, so this was a great reminder for me.


Morgan is one of my favorite bloggers, and this post is super helpful if you're house hunting!


This post is hilarious and oh so true! I actually heard myself say "the city" the other day and I was like who am I?!


Costco is my JAM and these tips are super helpful.


Coming from someone who cries about the most ridiculous things, I find this post from Samantha funny and so relatable.

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, February 29, 2016

What I've Learned From Blogging

I've only been blogging a couple months, but I feel like there is so much I have learned already! And even so, that's not even the tip of the iceberg.  There is so much more out there that I don't even have a clue about. I thought I'd share today the things that I've learned in my short couple months as a blogger.

What a flat lay is and basically how to master it

 The first time I heard the term flat, I was like what the what? What is that? So naturally I did what any blogger would do and I spent hours some time on Pinterest finding out what the heck a flat lay was and how to master it.

Always have your nails done

You never know when you're going to need to snap a picture of that delicious coffee, that yummy donut, your cute new mug, or whatever else it is that has to be displayed for Instagram.  You wouldn't want to be caught dead without a manicure for that, would you?!

You can make actual friends blogging 

I didn't think anyone would actually even read this little blog of mine, let alone actually make friends from it. Little did I know that there are some amazing ladies in blogland and I love talking to them and reading all their posts!

Having a friend with you at all times is nice

Who's going to take a picture of you in that cute outfit or in front of that totally cool wall you stumbled upon or hold that book just right so you can take the perfect picture of it? Having a friend that is patient is like having a personal blogging assistant with you almost all the time and they are pretty much obligated to help you,

Blogging takes a lot of work

Before I started my own blog, I'll be honest, I thought blogging was all sipping lattes at cute little coffee shops while you quickly write a perfectly worded post that everyone loves.  Little did I know there was editing, writing, promoting, and more.  And that's just to write the post! That doesn't include the million other things that writing a blog entails, but I won't name them here because you all know way too well what that is.

Your real life friends might not get it

When I told one of my friends that I had started a blog, her response was, "So do you just reblog things that other people post?" First of all, ouch, and second of all, this isn't Tumblr.  They'll come around, and they'll become your biggest fans! This was after Mattie and I had to explain what a blog is for about 20 minutes. (Love you Allie!)

In all seriousness, I'm so glad I made the decision to start this little blog.  Even when I'm frustrated with that setup I took a million pictures or the post that I can't get just right I think of all the wonderful people I've met already and am reminded of how great this community is.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Meet my Solidarity Sister: Cat from Kitty Kitty La La

Hello all you beautiful people! Today I'm here to introduce my Solidarity Sister, Cat.  What is a Solidarity Sister, you ask? It's an amazing program Susannah from Simple Moments Stick created to help bloggers connect.  This is my first month doing it and I loved it. You can read more about it here
I am so excited that I got paired with Cat, she is so awesome! We have so much in common and I really connected with her.

Without further ado, here is a little from her so you can get to know her:

Who is your biggest role model?
My biggest role model has always been (and always will be) my mom. She was always extremely generous and supportive. I always felt bad asking her to help me edit my papers that I usually put off writing until the night before they were due, but she always stayed up as late as I needed to help. She had a great sense of humor and always had a smile on her face. She worked so hard to provide us (my brothers and I) with thoughtful gifts. I always admired how independent and outgoing she was. She could talk to anybody (and she did whenever we went anywhere) and be so genuinely nice and interested. Plus she was always there for me to show support and listen to me vent whenever I needed someone. 

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging as a creative outlet. I had tried blogging in the past several times but was always unsuccessful, partly because I never felt like I had anything worth sharing and being read. I really like writing, and of course reading other blogs. I also love fashion and doing fun stuff with my hair, although I haven’t done any of those posts yet. But I thought a blog would be a great place to share my memories and look back and remember all the stuff I’ve done. 

What are three things you can’t live without?
I absolutely can’t live without my pets, or any pets. I love animals and can’t imagine what my life would be like without my babies (I’d probably have to vacuum a lot less). I also couldn’t live without my camera, whether it’s my cell phone camera or an actual camera, because I love taking a lot of pictures. Especially of my fur babies! I also probably couldn’t live without my laptop, it just makes it so convenient to keep in touch with family and I store all my pictures on it. I also do all my school&blog work from my laptop.

What is your favorite blog post you’ve written?
In a weird way, I think the memorial about my horse was probably one of my favorite posts I’ve written. I loved looking back at the pictures and remembering how much I loved her. We had a great competitive career together, and it was nice remembering all the ups and downs of competition, including trips to the hospital.
Another favorite post was my recap of my first duck hunting season with my boyfriend. It required a lot of early (and very cold) mornings, but it was so much fun. While I loved when the hunting was great, some of my favorite memories were when there were no ducks in the air and my boyfriend and I just goofed off and cast spells on each other #HarryPotterNerd #ImOkWithIt

What’s your favorite food?
My absolute hands down favorite food is pasta with butter and parmesan cheese. I grew up a really picky eater and I always had it, and now it’s my comfort food. It’s so easy to make when I’m too lazy to cook. Plus I just love it. Another favorite is Mexican food, I love Taco Tuesday (more like tacos any day) and a good burrito. 

Isn't she great? You can get to know her more here:

Have a good weekend everyone!

Monday, February 22, 2016

February Beauty Finds

Hello all and Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share with you some of my recents beauty product finds.  I am nowhere even in the realm of a beauty blogger so bear with me, but I just liked these products so I wanted to share them with you!

Lush Oatifix Mask - I'm already in love with Lush but I had never tried one of their masks.  After taking forever to decide I picked this one.  It's made for sensitive, dry or irritated skin so I thought it would be perfect for mine. Oh. My. Gosh. I love it.  First of all, it smells like Banana Bread and I just want to eat it.  But once I took it off, my skin felt so smooth. I will definitely repurchase this.
Rating: 5/5

Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo - My hair stylist back home recommended this after I asked her about purple shampoos because my hair has a naturally reddish tint that I don't love.  I've never tried any other purple shampoos but I love this one! I could see the difference after one wash and even more after two.  It works really well and it totally took that tint I didn't like away.  The one thing I don't love is all the chemicals (I try to use more natural stuff), but you can't always have that.
Rating: 4/5

Essie Mini  Neons Set - This is the 2015 neons set.  It's sold out in stores but I got it on Ebay brand new.  The colors are: Make Some Noise (electric blue), Coacha'bella (magenta), Vibrant Vibes (bright yellowish/greenish lime), and All Access Pass (Purple).  I have to start out by saving that these really shouldn't be considered neon.  The lime color is but the others are not.  That being said, I like the other three colors the best.  The blue is absolutely beautiful and the pink is a really pretty bright pink.  I didn't think I'd like the purple but I actually love it on.  This post shows what they look like on.  I was a little disappointed, not because they're not pretty colors (they are!) but because I was looking for neon colors and these were not.
Rating: 3/5

Orly Nail Bonder Nail Treatment and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat - I mentioned these in my At Home Manicure Post last week so I won't go into all the details but they're definite game changers.
Rating: 5/5

Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes - When we took our roadtrip across the country, these were a lifesaver! I carried them in my bag so that when we were in the car for hours at a time, I'd at least be able to wipe my face off and feel a little refreshed.  I recently rediscovered them and they've been such a lifesaver for those nights I'm too lazy to actually wash my face. 
Rating: 4.5/5

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - This is a dupe for the Beauty Blender.  I've never actually tried a Beauty Blender (I can't bring myself to drop that much on a sponge!) so I don't know how they compare, I have been loving this one.  I love how my makeup looks when I use it.  It gives a natural look and I can definitely tell the difference between when I use this or a brush.
Rating: 4.5/5

NYX Liquid Suede in Pink Lust - I'm totally new to Lipstick but I was really drawn to this color.  It's a bright hot pink and I love how it looks on.  It doesn't last all day and it's not waterproof like it claims to be but it's a beautiful color and it wears nicely.
Rating: 4/5

ChapStick Lip Moisturizer - I get the worst chapped lips, so I've tried a million different chapsticks.  I had never tried just the basic chapstick until I was in a pinch and my mom had an extra pack laying around.  I tried it and I really like it.  You still have to reapply, but really, what chapstick don't you have to reapply?
Rating: 4/5

So if you all try any of these, I hope you love them! And if you don't, well don't hate me ;)

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Miscellannieous Friday!

Welcome back to Miscellannieous Friday! I'm kinda liking this, so it may become a weekly thing.  This week went much much better than last though, thanks to a new schedule I gave myself for last weekend. Ew, schedule on a weekend, I know right? It totally helped me manage my time better and I didn't feel totally overwhelmed going into Monday.  And that schedule may or may not have included Sunday as "Relaxing Day".

So here are my favorite posts from this week:

Helene in Between's Worst Blogging Mistakes - As always, Helene has amazing posts and always offers great advice for blogging.  I loved reading this post about some mistakes she made, it was super helpful!

Amanda's Post on #FirstWorldProblems - Hilarious post on some daily struggles.

Samantha's Post on The Cost of a Puppy - Great post on the things you actually give up when you get a puppy.  Plus, I just can't resist pictures of her adorable puppy!

This DIY Adventure Board by Annie - It's totally cute and I've been looking for a way to do something like this so it will probably be on my walls in the near future!

How MacKensie Combats The Post Travel Blues - The Post Travel Blues are the struggle! It's always hard getting back on track, but MacKensie has some great ideas on how to get back into the swing of things.

Kate's Post on Why She Travels - I love to travel and She has great reasons why she does too.

New Home Confessions by Lexi - Great post on moving in to a new place, including the struggles and the fun stuff (like a new vacuum- I can totally relate to this haha)

My favorite links this week:
We tried out this recipe for Lemon Garlic Chicken and it is SO good! And it paired perfectly with these Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts.  I can't wait to make it again!

This ad recently put out against smoking.  Interesting take on things, and I'm a sucker for anything cat-related.

Adele is the best.  That is all.

I hope you all have a good weekend and Happy Friday!