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Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are enjoying your week so far. I sure am loving this whole summer thing. I feel so free of school work (except one class) and love having more time to spend with sweet friends.

Speaking of sweet friends, I had so much fun last week having an ice cream date with my bestie Lauren! 

How cute are all these pom-poms and tassels? I am clearly in love with them. Before our ice cream date, I literally bought 4 pairs of statement earrings and a lot of things with pom-poms. Now that it is summer, I just want to shop all the time! I am loving all the trends and cute clothes, shoes, and accessories I am seeing everywhere. Someone hide my wallet!!


I just love when you happen to be driving with a friend and find the COOLEST wall mural! There are little bits of magic all over Florida, and I LOVE it!


We had only a little fun! haha ;)


These Target dollar spot sunglasses looked so ridiculous on, but I couldn't help getting them! Best 3$ I have ever spent! LOL

Similar Shirt // Shorts //

I LOVE the trends right now surrounding fun colorful clutches for summer. I love all things pompoms and tassels so bring it on. Here are some of my favorite finds, and none of them are too expensive!

https://www.reddressboutique.com/collections/clutches/products/requesting-the-tropics-tan-clutchhttps://www.francescas.com/product/rainbow-pom-pom-straw-clutch.do
https://shopmmrr.com/collections/womens/products/mud-pie-color-pop-jute-casehttps://shopmmrr.com/collections/womens/products/spring-pom-pom-clutch

I hope y'all have a sweet (haha) rest of your week! Talk to you on Friday!

xoxo
Happy Monday everyone! This has been a busy week with both school and work but it was also a really fun weekend celebrating my sweet momma. I just love her!

Even though not having much of a summer stinks, it helps when you like the classes you are taking. I am currently taking a class that is all about how to incorporate literature, health, and the arts into lessons in elementary schools and it is really interesting. I love classes where I learn information I will definitely keep for when I am teaching. Have I mentioned that I love what I am studying? Special Ed is the bees knees y'all. So as of right now, summer classes are okay. It will be a different story when I start Biology here in a few weeks. :(  So there is a little summer class update. Are you taking summer classes? Do you like them?

How cute is this outfit? I am known to shop at the same two boutiques for my clothes always, but I noticed my wardrobe pieces were starting to favor one another and I was wanted a few outfits that are just simple but wardrobe staples. Low and behold, as I am grazing through the mall, LOFT had a big sign that read "40% off entire order"!! So I went a little crazy. I repeat, entire order. These pieces are such high quality, I would pay full price for them!

Blouse // Shorts 

I hope y'all have a great start to your week! I will talk to you again on Wednesday!

xoxo
Happy Friday! Oh how I love these posts! I am checking in with y'all today to share some of my recent favorite random things!! If you ever do a similar post, please let me know, I love reading them.

One // Bluetooth Microphone
If you are ready to take your home alone karaoke parties to a whole new level, you NEED this microphone. My family and friends have had so much fun with this microphone and isn't it so cute? You can use it solely as a speaker as well when you don't feel like jamming! I also can not wait to use this in my classroom!


Two // Foam Roller
Y'all, this is the best thing ever. It hurts REAL good folks. My parents got it for me to roll out my joints and muscles after a long run because I would always complain about feeling tight, but I kid you not, they request me to roll their joints out each night. This is a handheld foam roller that you can use on yourself and others. There are also these kind which are to be used on the floor. If you are EVER sore after a workout, this is a must for you.


Three // Ink Joy and Flair Pens
Don't judge. I will pay good money for the right pens. If you are in college, a teacher, or write a lot, you need Ink Joy pens and Flair pens from Papermate. They're amazing and make not taking WAY more fun!


Four // Bookables
A lot of you have asked where I get my book recommendations so I thought I would share my favorite lady with you. I follow her on her YouTube channel and on her Goodreads. It takes a long time to figure out if someone is into the same kind of books as you and whether or not you can trust their oppinions and she always it's it spot on. I will read anything she recommends.


Five // Lakeshore Library Bins
These bins from Lakeshore are going to be so cute in my classroom library. I love the bright colors and they are so sturdy. Not to mention, the price really isn't too bad for such a high quality product.


Six // Kane Brown
I love this guys voice and his songs are so good. My faaaaav is "Found You". SO good!


Seven // Blogger Shout Out!
I have decided that each week I am going to shout out a blogger who I love to follow! This week I am shouting out Mary Margaret from Simply Darling Blog! Not only does she have the cutest style and best fashion finds, but is always so positive and sweet! Give her a follow y'all!  


Well now you know what I have been loving recently. What have you been diggin' this week? I would love to know! Talk to you on Monday babes, enjoy your weekend.

xoxo
It's Wednesday everyone, which means we are half way through this crazy week! At least it is crazy for me. This Sunday is Mother's Day and I can't wait to celebrate my Momma and the sweet lady who raised her. 

I will be honest and say I sometimes fret about not being a good mother one day, because the women in my family have set the bar so freakin' high. I will always live close so they can help me! :)

I thought it would be fun to share five things that my momma has taught me in life, even though there are far more!
1. You can love your family, and like your family.

We are family people around here. My mom has never felt the need to "get away" or go for a "girls weekend" because she genuinely likes us, not just loves us. She has always been a great friend to those she meets, but prefers to spend time with us, even though she sees us all the time. She has taught me that life is WAY more fun and enjoyable when you like your family and invest in relationships beyond what you are obligated to do as a family member. She's my BESTIE!


2. Don't take anything too seriously.

Oh my word. My mom is a laugher. I don't know if that is an actual word but it describes my mom to a tee. She laughs about everything with the most contagious laugh. She has taught me to never stay in a bad mood. Obviously my mom and I have butted heads before, but never for more than like 2 seconds, before she starts making fun of me and dying laughing. I would always be so mad, because I couldn't help from laughing too. Whenever someone in my family is having a bad day or is in a foul mood, she somehow finds a way to brighten our day and make us giggle!


3. A relationship with God is built day by day.

One thing that I don't think I noticed that I really admired about my mom is that she is so consistent with her daily devotions. She has one chair she sits in every morning, and opens the same binder of prayer requests before working her way through the Bible. She is flat-out dedicated to that relationship, and it shows through her relationships with others.

4. A little work on the front end, makes life so much easier in the long run.

This is a loaded statement that applies to almost everything my mom does. When it came to disciplining us as kids, she never gave in to our begging just to make us shut up for the five seconds in the grocery store. Were we screaming, getting stared at and on her nerves? Yes. But she would stick it out, and would tell you that not letting us get that candy or balloon when crying that one time, made us behave so much better the rest of the trips to the grocery store. Do you get where I am going? 
This also applies to organizing and cleaning. I still haven't quite caught on to her whole clean freak nature, as much as I wish I could, but I admire it. It isn't that she can't enjoy her day or let people make a mess, it's just that it has to be cleaned up and organized before she hits the pillow at night. Sometimes I think she is crazy, because I go to bed every night with my room a wreck, but the difference is, is that I wake up to a mess while she wakes up to a fresh start.
Are you catching my drift? My mom is a hard worker and (like me), loves to have a plan. But I think that having our lives organized, has made living it so much more enjoyable.
I love having a mom who works hard on the little things, so that in the big picture, we can have fun without any stress. 


5. You can never be too matchy-matcy, and leggings are NEVER pants

I always tell my mother that "I would be nothing without her" but I don't really refer to it when talking about my personality, friends, life, etc.. Nope. I say that, in reference to my style.. LOL! I am 19 years-old and I still ask my mom to come with me each time I go clothes shopping. She is a preppy lady with classy southern style, and I would be nothing without her! :) haha!


So there you have it. I don't know why, but I feel like crying. I just love my mom so stinkin' much and hope you squeeze your momma a little extra this coming Sunday! I will talk to you on Friday!

xoxo
Happy Monday everyone. I had such a wonderful weekend, but Monday came to quickly. I am back to work and summer classes have begun. Back to the grind y'all. Time to make those dreams happen!
I did enjoy my Saturday however having girl talk at the beach. I just wish I could have skipped the sunburn. Whoops! Hopefully it will turn to tan and stop hurting so bad very soon. I did get to try out what is now my new favorite swim suit though.
I have never though to order any type of clothes from Amazon, but this suit was a hit. It was cheap, came quick with Prime shipping, and is nice quality. I always like ordering fun and different swimsuits than what you would normally find in Target and this one is so fun! I love the giant ruffle on one shoulder!
How cool is our giant pink flamingo float? I am in love with her!!
Have a great start to the week y'all. Talk to you soon!

   

xoxo
Hi y'all! I hope you're having a fantastic day so far. Today we are talking about my favorite thing.. BOOKS! I love book recap posts, so if you have a favorite blogger or YouTuber to follow for recommendations, let me know.

I didn't get to read as many books as I would have liked this month, because of the semester coming to an end and finals but I am hoping that even with a few summer classes, I will be able to up my reading game a little more these upcoming months. I just loooove sitting out by the pool with a good book. #yesma'am


The Nightingale by: Kristen Hannah 
This is my favorite book I have ever read. Yeah dude, I went there. This isn't a small or quick read, but it is beautiful. This book is about two sisters living in war-torn France during World War II and how their completely different lives unfold. This book made me laugh, cry, feel nauseous (we're getting to that) pretty much recommend this to every living soul I encountered the week I read it. I will throw a warning out there that some parts feel a little gory, but nothing rated R by any means. It is just very descriptive at times. EVERYONE of you NEEDS to read this novel. I applaud you Kristen Hannah.

Rate: 5 Stars (plus 100)!!



Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
I was not completely fair to this book. I will be honest and say that after reading something like the Nightingale, I wasn't expecting much. I picked a book that had a storyline similar to other okay-ish books I have read before and gave it a shot. WOW was I proved wrong. I loved this book too y'all! I can't even explain the story line, so I will include the proper description below.

"Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. "A place" he said, "where learning is a game."
Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.
True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder."

I will warn you and say that this book is only the first of a trilogy that Maureen Johnson is writing so be prepared; there is a MAJOR cliff hanger for an ending. #UGH

Rate: 5 Stars!



Lilac Girls by: Martha Hall Kelly
 This book is so good, but so similar to Nightingale I couldn't help but compare the two. This one just fell a tad bit short. This is a story told during World War II from three women's perspectives who are each in a different stage of life and country. One woman's perspective I thought was completely useless and could have been left out. Where as I felt on of the woman's perspectives was SO interesting and raw, and could have been written about more. Overall, it is a good book and you will learn a ton about the concentration camps and WWII through it, but I would recommend the Nightingale first.

Rate: 3.5 Stars


The Wish I Wished Last Night by: Shelley Pierce
I was so excited to receive this book written by a family friend and it was so cute. This is definitely made for younger readers but shares a great message about God's love and faithfulness. If you have a late elementary, or middle school age child who is struggling with problems with friends or family, I would highly recommend this book!


Well there you have four awesome book recommendations. Now that my semester is over and I am taking a smaller load of classes this summer, I can't wait to share all of the great books I will be reading. What books have you read and loved this month? Let me know! Talk to you soon.

xoxo
Happy Thursday everyone! As the month of April, which is Autism Awareness Month, comes to an end (whaaaat??), I thought it would be fitting to share my 7 favorite picture books on the subject. Even though April is coming to an end, it is always a great idea to share with your kids/ class about what autism is and how we should treat people who seem different than us.

As a special education major, I notice a lot of kids in general ed classes who don't know how to approach kids with autism, or don't know why they are acting that way. Picture books are a great way to introduce the conversation and shift this dynamic.

I love this book and how it shows that anyone can have a friend like Simon, who has autism. The images are really cute and touch on the characteristics of autism and how it's okay to be different. Kate Gaynor has written some other great books about other exceptionalities including dyslexia, hearing difficulties, etc.. If you are a teacher or parent, you need her books!


This is a really sweet and short rhymind story about a grandmother explaining what autism is, to her autistic grandson. This is a book that I feel is great for all kinds of students to read or hear, including those with autism. It is simple, sweet, and rhymes which is always a bonus for me!



This is a book similar to the first one I mentioned. I don't think you could ever have enough books promoting positive relationships with other kids who have autism so this book is a win for me!


This is a sweet book on not necessarily autism but disability as a whole. This is a great way to show your kids that you shouldn't assume something about someone just because they have a disability. LOVE!


Julia Cook is one of my favorite children's book authors. Her books are great for special education and has great life skills books. This one however is about Autism and does a great job at shifting the attitude toward autism and kids that are different. Instead of viewing their differences as negative, it views them as gifts, and I love that! Julia Cook is great!!


All My Stripes by: Shaina Rudolph 
This one has to be one of my personal favorites. This is the sweetest story about a Zebra with autism and how he feels that his "autism stripe" is the only stripe anyone ever sees. This is great to show kids that autism isn't the only thing that defines them.


Where Oliver Fits by: Cale Atkinson 
This is a sweet book about a puzzle piece that tries it's hardest to fit in everywhere it goes but it just can't find where it fits. This is not a story necessarily about autism specifically but I think it is a great book to share with students who might feel really different or like they don't fit in.


There you have seven great books you NEED in your home or classroom. I would love to hear more about your favorite books for your class! Have a great weekend!

xoxo
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