Last Week's OOTDs

Blazer: TJ Maxx
Tank Tops: Forever 21
Trouser Jeans: Banana Republic
Sandals: Steve Madden
Jewelry: Ruby Red

Tee:Rue 21
Skirt: Old Navy
Sandals: Nine West
Scarf: Walmart

Blouse: Forever 21
Cropped Pants: Calvin Klein
Sandals: Palms
Jewelry: Belk & Walmart

Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch
Cropped Pants: American Eagle
Sandals: Palms
Jewelry: Boutique & Walmart

Tank Tops: Forever 21
Capris: American Eagle
Sandals: Target
Necklace: Body Shop

Blouse: Marshalls
Cropped Pants: American Eagle
Sandals: Palms
Jewelry:Target & Walmart


{Recipes}: Stromboli

I saw several recipes floating around Pinterest for your own homemade stromboli's so I decided to try my hand at my own. Guess what? It's a hit! On top of that.. it's super quick, easy, & inexpensive! So here goes!

What You Need
- One small jar of Classico's Classic Pizza Sauce
- Small bag of Pepperoni
- A small bag of Kraft Italian Cheese
- One tube of Pizza Dough

- Roll out your pizza dough onto a pizza sheet with foil
- Spread out a small amount of pizza sauce onto the dough

- Layer the pepperoni

- Sprinkle several handfuls of cheese

-Fold over the crust
- Pop it in the oven on 375 for about 25 minutes

- Take it out and enjoy (:


This Makes me Smile

I know you ladies have seen this picture circulating around the internet but I just have to share it again. No matter how many times I see it, it brings a huge grin to my face. It's seriously one of the cutest things ever! I could just pick up that monkey and squeeze him. He's so precious!

Happy Tuesday y'all!


More Outfits!!

I'm back with this week's outfits ladies!

Dress:  Rue 21
Sandals: Palms

White T: Rue 21
Navy Cropped Pants: Calvin Klein
Shoes: Toms
Scarf: Rue 21

Dress: Ross
Sandals: Palms

Black T: Papaya
Coral Tank:Belk
Capris: Cato
Shoes: Toms
Scarf: Rue 21

Top: Abercrombie and Fitch
Shorts: American Eagle
Sandals: Palms

Tank: Walmart
Capris: Cato
Sandals: Rainbows
Necklace: Rue 21

One- Shoulder Maxi Dress: Rue 21
Sandals: Target


Happy Birthday Mom!

me, Mom, my sister in April 2011

Today is my mom's birthday! 
Now off to celebrate!



Teacher Survival Kit

My best friend in the entire wide world is fixing to start her first year as a 2nd grade teacher in High Point, NC. I am beyond excited for her and I know she is going to touch so many lives within her classroom. She's going to be an absolutely phenomenal teacher. Unlike me, she has the patience of Job and the demeanor of Mother Teresa. In other words, she's perfect for the job (: 

Alyson and I in April 2011

As a surprise, I decided to put together a teacher survival kit for her. In it I included everything that I used in my classroom during my first year. 

In it I had:
A small clipboard, a journal, binder clips, paper clips, glue sticks, white out, a giant eraser, markers, colored pencils, post it notes, to do notes, thank you cards, index cards, page markers, labels, ziploc bags, thumbtacks..

hand sanitizer, sticky notes, masking tape, packing table, headache relief tablets (seriously...they get used once a week!), clorox wipes, kleenex, rubber bands, Life Savers mints, & Starbursts.

 Before I put it in the bin, I laid everything out....

After reorganizing it 3 times, Voila! It's finished (:

PS...She loved it (:


Back with some OOTD's

Well I headed back to work this week so that means I have some OOTD's to share with you ladies (:

(Educator's Conference)
Top:Rue 21
Capris: American Eagle
Sandals: Palms

(Educator's Conference)
Shirt: Ross
Cropped Pants: Marshalls
Sandals: Steve Madden

(Work Day)
Shirt: Papaya
Jeans: American Eagle
Sandals: Palms
Jewelry: Belks

(Work Day)
Top: Roxy
Shoes:  Toms

(Open House!)
Dress: Guess
Sandals: Madison Studio

(Work Day)
Shirt: A store in Gettysburg (obviously!)
Shorts: Ross

Tanks: Forever 21
Shorts: American Eagle
Sandals: Rainbows


I'm Farming & I Grow It

Today was my first "official" day back to school. I say official because I've spent the last few weeks at school trying to get a head start on the school year and I am pretty excited to say I've gotten a HUGE start! My classroom is done, curriculum maps are completed for the WHOLE school year, and I've already got my first week of plans complete. Go me! But of course, there was a reason why I was so anxious to get a head start on my year. The reason being that today and tomorrow, I have to spend my first two workdays sitting in conference after conference for my school district. At first I wasn't excited but I've learned so many new things that I can not wait to implement in my classroom. I'll share some of them later when I can wrap my head around all of them and how specifically I am going to use them.

Well I'm off to another class. But before I go I just had to share this video that was shown in a class that I took today. It had me laughing (:


Tax Free Weekend!

As many of you ladies have noticed, when I got out of school in May, my blogging became pretty sporadic. My weekend recaps, weekend bargains, and OOTD posts came to an abrupt halt. The reason for that is pretty simple. The fact of the matter is that I have done nothing but rest and relax all summer and frankly, I've loved every minute of it! My weekends were spent laying around on the couch with the hubby and my outfits consisted of nothing but t-shirts and athletic shorts. So I really didn't have anything exciting for you guys to read or look at. However, that's about to all end because tomorrow marks my first official day back to school. So I figure I might as well start back with my series of posts. So tonight I'm going to start back with my weekend bargain series. After all this past weekend was "Tax-Free Weekend" so it really couldn't be any better of a time! (:

Over the weekend, I found lots of cute goodies for work!

Cognac colored flats! (Target for $14.99)
Navy & Gold Bracelets (Target for $6.00)

3/4 sleeve silk blouses! (Marshalls for $12.99 each)

Denim trouser pants (Target for $16.08)
Red cropped pants (Marshalls for $19.99)

Guess dress (Marshalls for $15.00)

What did you ladies end up finding this weekend?!


Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Justin Peoples

Last night, I headed to Autumn Creek Vineyards in Mayodan, NC to watch my cousin Ashley marry her husband Justin for the second time this year! Sound funny? Let me explain because it's quite simple. Ashley and Justin were engaged earlier this year and set their wedding date for August 2nd. However, with Justin being in the Marines, they chose to get married sooner in order for all of their paperwork to be processed (apparently the military takes a while to do that kind of thing..lol). Their first wedding only included their immediate family and they wore regular clothes. The wedding that took place yesterday included all of their closest friends and family and it had all the works of a traditional wedding. It turned out absolutely beautiful and I couldn't be happier for the two of them (:

Justin waiting for his bride.

Gary giving Ashley away.

Exchanging their vows.

First dance.

I loved all of the little details!
The program.

Loved this sign! It was perfect for our families.

Where they were married.


Justin's son carried this sign down the aisle before Ashley came in! How cute is that?!

Oh and did I mention the hubby had to work and missed the wedding? Because he did so I took Brittni and she served as my better half for the evening!


{Recipes}: Bacon Ranch Slowcooker Chicken

Several months ago, I found this recipe for bacon ranch slowcooker chicken on Pinterest. I've been debating making it for a while and a few nights ago I decided to give in. As always I adapted the recipe somewhat for our family's needs and in the end, it was worth it!  It tasted just as good as it looks in the following picture (:

Bacon Ranch Slowcooker Chicken
(serves 4)

What You Need:
- 24 oz. Chicken Tenderloins
- 3 or 4 pieces of cooked bacon broken into small pieces
- 1 tsp of Garlic Powder
- 1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
- 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup (10.75 oz)
- 8 oz.. of Sour Cream
- Rice or Pasta 
- Ground Black Pepper

1. Grease the bottom of your slowcooker
2. Place raw chicken tenderloins in the slowcooker..spreading them out
3. Combine the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, garlic powder, ranch dressing mix, and bacon.
4. Pour mixture on top of chicken
5. Cook for 3 1/2 hours on high

When finished...
Add ground pepper per your taste then serve on top of pasta or rice. 

*I served the chicken on top of ziti pasta.But as the hubs and I were eating this delicious meal, I had the bright idea to try this next time on a bed of rice instead of pasta noodles. The sauce is absolutely delicious and I can't imagine how yummy it would be on top of some white rice! Ahh my mouth waters while thinking about it!!!(:

Let me know how you like it!


A Little Beach Photography

I've always loved pictures of families standing on the beach wearing khakis and white. So while we were at the beach last week, I decided to snap a few for the family. Overall, I was pretty excited about how they turned out! Here's some of my favorites!

Emily, Daniel, & Baby Sam

Brooke & Bryan

The Boys

The Girls

The Hubs & I
(thanks to Brookie!)