I am a Teacher with a Blog

A few weeks ago I participated in a fun link up with Meg O and Stephanie where I shared a typical day in my life. I am a teacher, so clearly that involved teaching. I tossed my phone to a student and told her to take a picture (no big, it took .5 seconds and we moved on). The caption of the picture was a funny little conversation two students had about why she was taking the picture:
Me: Take my picture when the alarm goes off. 
Student 1: Ok! 
Student 2: Why are you not asking why? 
Student 1: It's for her blog... duh. 

That conversation sparked some questions in the comments about being a teacher and having a blog and the fact my kids know I have a blog.

Yes, my students know I have a blog. And I am ok with it.
Bottom line my kids are old enough to work google (like scary good at google). I think of it a lot like when I would search for my christmas presents as a kid. The anticipation and questions that surrounded the search was a whole lot more fun than actually knowing what my presents were. If I take the questions and the search aspect out of it they really don't care any more. It is NOT a daily conversation, but when it comes up (however that may be) I am honest. I believe in being open and setting an example for them I would want set for my own future children.

I keep things around here very tame, as you well know, so if they do poke around they aren't going to find anything they don't already know (except maybe a fashion or beauty tip, which honestly didn't we all need in the 8th grade--shout out white cream eyeshadow!). When interest gets high I tend to put my instagram on private for a little while and keep at it, because I am a real person who happens to be a teacher...with a blog.

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Kendra Scott Lobe Wonder

I feel like I am constantly behind the trend curve. I am convinced that it is because I wasn't allowed to read Seventeen Magazine until I was 14... yes, I will blame it on that. Now with that said when I discovered the Kendra Scott Lobe Wonders I didn't shout their praises from the mountain tops because I thought everyone knew and this was just another product that I was late to the party on. I was wrong. EVERYONE I mentioned them too had no idea what I was talking about! I even did a myriad of google searches for other blogs talking about the Lobe Wonders. Nadda. So let me introduce you. Lobe Wonders, meet stylish people of the internet, stylish people of the internet meet Lobe Wonders. 
Lobe wonders are simply a reenforced sticker that is placed on the back of your ear lobe to support heavy earrings. It is as simple as that (and one of those inventions you kick yourself in the butt for not thinking of first and going on Shark Tank and teaming up with Barbra Corkrin and making a million trillion dollars!). I was in so much ear lobe pain by the middle of the day wearing practically anything other than studs that this little sticker has revolutionized my thought process on wearing heavy earrings and probably having to visit a plastic surgeon to get my ear lobe stitched up (a la Kate) later on in life.

Get your Lobe Wonders HERE. (It will be the best $9 you've ever spent. PROMISE!)

Kendra Scott has no idea who I am. I just really love this product and legitimately think it will save your ear lobes from plastic surgeons later in life (we wanna save our plastic surgeon cards for bigger things, pun intended, right?)!

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Project Pinterest Board: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

Project Pinterest Board is a mission to cook through my entire Pinterest Board read more about the project HERE.

In full disclosure these cookies were one of the first Pinterest recipes I tried. I made them for a school pot luck at my first school in East Texas, and if you know anything about East Texas (or really Texas in general) you know that a pot luck is a BIG DEAL. I can safely say that all of these chocolaty-peanut-buttery-salty goodness was gobbled up at the aforementioned pot luck (which is basically like being accepted by the local tribe). I can also safely assure you that they were also all gone when I made them to take to Kaitlyn's house for a Super Bowl party! So if the chocolate, peanut butter and salt combo didn't make you run out and buy you a bag of Reese's peanut butter chips then the two very picky crowds that served them to HAS to.

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature**
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces
  • Pretzel Salt or Sea Salt
  • **I tend to like to substitute butter flavored crisco for real butter in cookie recipes (were all about health over here) if you are going for a softer cookie I would recommend subbing crisco in.  
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). On low speed, slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more streaks of flour. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and pretzels. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out well rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough and sprinkle with pretzel salt. Leave about 2 inches between each ball. Bake for 10 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing.

Original Recipe found HERE 

Taste Testers: 
Kaitlyn/Andrè: Blogger @ Put a Bow on it 
Ansley: Andrè's friend/ Fellow Seahawks Fan 
Ryan: Andrè chef friend. 

Kaitlyn: 5 
She liked the addition of extra sea salt as a finishing note and thought there was a good ratio of chocolate chips to pretzels. 
Andrè: 4.7 
He suggested that the pretzel pieces be broken into smaller pieces. 
Jenni/Seth: 5/4.6
Jenni thought that there was a perfect ratio of salty and sweet and Seth approved but felt they should be more "melty". 
Ansley: 4.2 
After a long deliberation (and several cookies later) he finally decided he enjoyed the chewy consistency with the hint of crunch. 
Ryan: 4.3 
Solid. And I am a chef.  
(Reese was there but for some reason didn't give me his feed back, unless you count calling me at 6am to see if there were any left for him to take for lunch the next day)

My Thoughts
Rating: 4.9
Although it appears that the Super Bowl party crowd were tough critics I assure you all the cookies were gone sooooo i'll let the empty plate speak for its self. I am not a huge sweets person so I love these cookies for their nod to the saltier parts of life! 

Follow me though cooking through my Pinterest board HERE!
Review other Project Pinterest Board recipes HERE 

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You Can't Have a Bad Day Wearing Red Shoes

I once heard that "you can't have a bad day wearing red shoes". 
I'm going to test that theory today because today is a bad day. 
Today Reese moves to a new state to start a new job and we start long distance all over again
There are a million questions and uncertainties but we do know that the Lord has a plan and we are going to rest in that... and red shoes (and probably coffee) to get us through this next stage of life. 

Jeans// j. crew toothpick 
Stack// Fossil, Shine Project: Threads
Shoes// Calvin Klein via Marshalls 

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5 Bucket List Items I didn't Know I Had

Am I breaking all the rules by adding things to my bucket list after I have done them? Can I claim some sub conscience bucket list rule or are Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman going to pop out from behind the bushes and punch me? Well while whether I can do that or not is still up in the air and there are no signs of Jack (he's probably at a Lakers game) or Morgan (he's probably off using that sexy voice to make people obey his every command) let's look at my list. I present to you the "Things that Weren't on my Bucket List Until After I did Them" list.

1. See a Musical on Broadway 
I was totally content with off Broadway for many years. I mean how different could it be? Answer, A LOT. In 2010 my mom and I took a mother/daughter trip to New York and through a family friend we got to see Mary Poppins the Musical and get some major special treatment (ie why I am holding THE Mary Poppins bag!). It was truly magical and I will now be asking the Broadway to forgive my year of egregious "it's all the same" attitude I held for years.

2. Riding in the Back of a Cop Car
(I hate to break it to you but it's not what you think)
I was rear ended last March in the direct middle of one of the busiest highways in Houston... at rush hour. Yes, I was THAT girl. Anyway LONG LONG story short my car was about 300 yards away from the accident site, so instead of walking back to my car the nice Police Officer offered to give me a lift back to my car. When he opened the front passenger door (what a gentleman) I sheepishly asked if I could ride in the back, when in Rome, right?  

This little accidental bucket list item does not have a picture accompanying it because, although I did try to take a selfie in the middle of the ordeal, sometimes you've got to give up the social media moment for not looking like a complete idiot. 

3. See the President Speak
(I would have added the picture of me at this event, but I look atrocious and was in need of fashion advice in the worse way)
A few years ago I got the opportunity though a leadership organization (and the website randomizer.org) to hear President Obama speak at Texas A&M. Politics aside, I didn't realize what a great honor it was to actually SEE with my two eyes a sitting president speak. The event was in every was a candidate for a late addition to the Bucket List.   

4. Get Published on the BuzzFeed Home Page 

I saw on Helene's blog and heard from Kaitlyn awhile back about how people not blessed enough to work among the grumpy cats and clever GIFs could submit articles to BuzzFeed. I decided that my post from last Friday might be a good candidate for a BuzzFeed post. I posted it not expecting for anything to happen. Wellll then it was chosen to be placed on the community page, then it had 1k views, then 10k, then 50k, then it was all of a sudden chosen to be on the BuzzFeed home page. So now 203k views and being named a top 20 contributor I am retroactively adding "Have a BuzzFeed Article go semi Viral" to my Bucket List. 

Wanna read it? Go HERE
(ps you don't have to)

5. Learn to Snowboarding
I am on the far left. 
Athletically inclined I am not. Naturally, there is nothing sports related on any Bucket list that begins with Meg and ends with -olz'. I unintentionally learned how to snowboard (aka I was too poor to afford the trip AND the snowboard lessons) in college and found out I actually really enjoy it and am not half bad at it. So i'm jumping in my time machine and adding "Learn to Snowboard" and then subsequently adding "Learn to Ski" on my "real" Bucket List. 

There ya have it 5 late additions to the ever growing Bucket List!

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Two Valentines Date Looks with Carrie Ann Boutique

Valentines day dates—you fall into one of two camps either the “Stay at Home Date” and the “Dress Up Date” .

Both are great, for the past 3 Valentines Day, subsequently the only 3 valentines days I have ever had a boyfriend, I have done both. There are upsides and downsides to both. This valentines day I (and 6 other super fabulous bloggers) teamed up with CarrieAnn, an upscale boutique in Houston, to bring you two outfits from her new spring collection that highlight the upsides of style for both types of valentines dates.
Karli @ Fashion Billie, Miranda @ Shop & Twirl, Val & Nikki @ Style to Envy
The Stay at Home Date:
Reese and I love to cook, so one of our options is to stay in with a great bottle of wine and dry aged steaks. Because we stay home and cook often it is easy to just to throw on a pair of jeans, but if Valentines day isn’t an excuse to class up your typical stay at home night then I don’t know what it. For this date option I decided on comfy glam. I paired these textured tights with a Twinkle by Wenlan top and booties (because wearing shoes in the house always makes you feel more put together right?). I love the cut and surprise design of this top; it can add just the right amount of spice to a night in with your man!
Top: Twinkle by Wenlan c/o Carrie Ann
Leggings: Textured Tuxedo c/o Carrie Ann
Booties: Langford Market 

Dress up Date:

With Valentines Day being on a Friday this year the incentive for a dress up date are high (as well is the incentive to have a second glass of wine at dinner). For me a dress up date means a dress, heels and something sparkly, plain and simple. I love this Alice& Trixie dress’s classic shape and fun take on pattern! It meets all my requirements for the perfect dress up date option!

Dress: Alice & Trixie c/o Carrie Ann
Earrings: Kendra Scott 
Heels: Steve Madden 

Go take a look around CarrieAnn’s Boutique! What would you love to wear to celebrate the day of love with your love! The best part is that on Februaury 13th & 14th EVERYTHING in the store and online is 20% off. Hop to! 
Karli @ Fashion Billie, Miranda @ Shop & Twirl, Val & Nikki @ Style to Envy
Happy Valentines Day... Love your favorite bloggers and Carrie Ann

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