Monday, August 3, 2015

Quickie Post: Site-Wide TPT Sale!

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A little late to the party but EVERYTHING in the store is 20% off! Plus, when you enter the code BTS15 at check out, you receive an additional discount that brings your total savings to 28% off the original price. Check it out now and stock up from your favorite sellers!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Easy Like Sunday Morning #25

Hey Friends!

This song is intoxicating and lovely. Another home-run for The Head and the Heart.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer Reading List for Teachers

Hi all,

I've linked up with Lucky to Be in First for her new linky: Summer Reading List for Teachers. My list is for anyone who may have a bit more time during the summer (like a teacher!). I don't have summer's off, but summer just tends to be more laid-back. If you are anything like me, then you spend your days off outside on your patio or at the beach, AKA perfect reading time! Check out my two lists below for ideas of what I want to read this summer, and what I think you should read this summer. Enjoy :)

I can't wait to read...
Room by Emma Donoghue
Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son (the rest of The Giver Quartet) by Lois Lowry
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon

You should totally read...
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Seders
The Giver by Lois Lowry

There you have it! I hope I gave you some ideas for books to add to your summer reading list. Click the image below to head over to Lucky to Be in First to join this fun linky!

Lucky to Be in First

What's on your summer reading list? Comment below and make sure to link up to share!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

10 Things Tuesday: Songs That Have Changed My Life

Hi Loves,

Okay, so the blog title may be a bit dramatic, but essentially this list is the top 10 songs that immediately made me stop what I was doing, seep into the beauty of the music and lyrics, and continue to send me in trance when they are played. They are not all "happy" songs, nor are they all "inspirational" songs. There may appear to be no rhyme or reason to this list, except that they all make me stfu and listen. That's a big accomplishment!

Without further ado, here are the top 10 songs that have changed my life (in no particular order)...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Easy Like Sunday Morning #24

This song is heartbreaking and beautiful. I love Dolly's voice and the pain that resonates through these lyrics. The White Stripes cover of this song is wonderful too!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day Gifts for the New Mom

Good morning loves,

Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, and for those of us who are of a certain age, we have friends who are starting to make babies. A close friend of mine recently gave birth and this will be her first Mother's Day as the guest of honor! So this post is devoted to all the (simple and inexpensive) things you can give the new mommies in your life

1. Food
Who doesn't love getting food? Especially if you are a woman who just gave birth! Bake some homemade cookies or cook an easy, but thoughtful freezer meal for those nights when she and her S.O. are too tired to cook. I've made a few of the recipes found on my Freezer Meals Pinterest board.

Follow Rachael Wallace's board freezer meals! on Pinterest.

2. Jewelry
You can make or buy her some simple jewelry to celebrate her being a mother. Etsy has some great jewelry to get some ideas! I'm completely obsessed with the Mama Bear necklace!

source: Rebekah Gough

source: Etsy
source: Etsy

3. Home Decor
With all the hustle and bustle of having a new baby, there is little to no time to spruce up the house. Consider purchasing or making decorations for the home, particular as it is now Spring! Perhaps you can pick up a springtime wreath to don her front door, buy beautiful picture frames for all those pictures of the new baby, or create funky and personalized wall art. 

4. Flowers
Duh. Buy (or pick if you have your own flower garden) a colorful bouquet of flowers and arrange in vase. Consider things like favorite flowers, color-scheme, and vase style to match her home for future use. 

source: Homey Oh My!

I however will not buy my friend flowers, as she's allergic to everything. Instead, I will invest in some...

5. Plants.
Now I don't mean buying her a high-maintenance plant (I'm looking at you Zebra Plant). Resist the urge to buy her a beautiful plant that requires strict a water schedule and specific temperature and sunlight requirements. This will only overwhelm the new mom (unless she is an experienced or passionate gardener) and the plant will likely die much too soon. Instead, consider buying her low-maintenance house plants such as aloe, snake plant, jade, succulents, or air plants. You could also purchase or grow an herb garden for her! I'd love this as a gift (hint hint).

source: LollyJane

source: eighteen25

6. Spa-Items.
source: Lil' Luna

7. Spa Day!
If you can swing it, and mom has the time, splurge on a spa day for your favorite new mom. It can be as elaborate as a day full of massages, facials, and mani/pedi, or as simple as getting time to get a hair cut and nails done. Make sure you offer to watch the new bundle of joy too!

8. Gift Cards
Think about what mom wants - is it gift cards to things she wouldn't normally want to spend the money on, such as her favorite clothing store or a fancy dinner out, or something more practical, such as a gift card to the grocery store or CVS. It's not super fancy, but can be equally as thoughtful (and useful!) as other gifts. Consider giving a gift card with a more personal gift from this list!

9. Gift in Jars/Baskets.
This is a fun, personal gift that goes a long way! Consider what the new mommy enjoys and curate a gift basket around that central theme. It could be a spa gift basket, an arts and crafts basket, a coffee and cookies jar, or whatever! Check out the images below for more ideas, or click here for a whole list of ideas from Lil' Luna!

source: A Night Owl

source: Evermine Blog

10. Dinner on You (Free Babysitting Included)
This one's a fave! Depending on how old the bundle of joy is, the mom may be eager to get out of the house! Offer a gift certificate to her and her significant other's favorite place (or a place you think they'd enjoy) and offer to watch your favorite new baby. 

As a new mom, would you like these gifts? What do you like to gift for Mother's Day? Share below!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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