I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Here is how ours went down...



My cousin recently posted about her favorite things and I thought I would do the same! Not only did I enjoy seeing her favorite (we have several in common) but I also want to record what my favorite things are and look back on it some day. (My favorite things change with time/age and I'm sure yours do too!)

Hunter Boots 
I really wanted these boots but I also was worried that they would be an impulse buy. Luckily my cousin found these on sale at Costco while I was in Texas in October. I knew they would be great for rainy days and then snowy days too. I was worried that I wasn't going to get my money's worth but recently we got a TON of rain. The last that I read was 10 inches and that was before the rain had stopped. The boots have definitely come in handy!

We haven't had a nice blender in a while but I knew that when it came down to buying one that I would want to get a really good one. I watched so many videos comparing cheaper blenders to high end blenders. I knew I would be disappointed if I didn't upgrade to a good one. I've made shakes daily and they turn out perfectly. 

Mrs. Meyers Products
My favorite cleaning products are by Mrs. Meyers. My favorite kitchen cleaner scent is Honeysuckle. I also really like Basil and Lavender and tend to get those scents in hand soaps. 

Thirty One Backpack
It looks like you can't get these backpacks anymore but it is my absolute favorite! I have my monogram embroidered on it in turquoise (my fave color). I feel like thirty one products are great quality for a decent price! It has all the perfect pockets-for my favorite water bottle (Contigo) and for my favorite planner pens (Flairs)!

Erin Condren Deluxe Notebook
I feel like Erin Condren isn't as popular as many other great planners have emerged BUT I've tried a few others and I've found something that works for me. I actually only like to have the month view but I always need tons of sections for meeting notes, etc. I introduce the deluxe notebook. Not like the life planner, it's more simple actually but the cost is high because I get the large size and add the monthly calendar which jacks the price up. So worth it in my opinion.

Plexus ProBio
I love taking a probiotic! I feel so much better now that I am taking them regularly. I did a cost and quality comparison with probiotics that you can purchase at Walmart and the Plexus probiotic won by a long shot. I haven't been sick since I've started taking them. (Which is pretty amazing since I'm a teacher!)

Project Life App
Scrapbooking used to be one of my favorite hobbies but has quickly been pushed to the side as I juggle being a wife, mom, teacher, and photographer. However, I found this app to be VERY easy and enjoyable. I can make layouts with pictures that are on my phone (because I usually don't have my big camera with me) in roughly 5 minutes. I've started printed them and putting them in a book and the kids LOVE to look at our memories. Check out the website for more information.

Nike Free 5.0
I got my first pair of these a couple years ago and really loved them. This past January I got fitted for a nice pair of running shoes from a local running store. (The customer service was FAB!) I ended up purchasing a pair of adidas shoes but just never loved them like I loved my Nike's. I recently purchased my second pair that look like these below. Love!

Well that's it for now! What are some of your favorite things? Please share them!



Every year this day comes and goes. My preparation for this day usually revolves around my job as a teacher sprinkled with a little focus on my own children. However, my heart is always full as I watch my baby boy move through his elementary school years.

 I never want to forget his cute gap-toothed smile and how his career choice changes every year. In Kindergarten he wanted to be a Ninja Turtle when he grew up, I'd say he has matured a little. :)
I feel like the too cool for mom stage has already started, isn't it too soon?! 
I love that I am now teaching second grade because I get to see him multiple times through out the day. I was worried at first, that maybe he would rely on me being there too much. That during recess he would hang by me the whole time. That he would come to my room in the middle of the day just because he missed me. Boy was I wrong. He runs and plays and I don't ever see him at recess. He never stops by my room until the end of the day. I think I was underestimating him a little, but I couldn't be more proud of him! 

He is so excited because his Kindergarten teacher is now his second grade teacher! When she moved up she was able to get her whole group of Kindergarten students, kind of like looping but she skipped a year. She got married in May and has a new last name. Tryp was so worried about calling her Miss Hamilton but I think all of her class has accepted her new name quite well.   
Second grade is off to a great start for the both of us!