Lunch Box Cuteness


Nemo   |   Whales   |   Star Wars
Hearts   |   Hedgehog   |   Polka Dot
Butterfly   |   Robot   |   Giraffe

How cute are these lunch boxes?? There are so many adorable options to choose from and they are all under $20! I don't have kiddos but if I did that Hedgehog lunch box would be my first choice. So cute!

New School Year Essentials



Teacher friends, this post is for you! It's the start of the school year so that means new clothes and some other essentials. If you have to go back to work, why not have on a cute outfit and some other fun items?? In teacher terms, fun is what I call new pens and a lunch box haha. I just get excited when I get new school supplies! :) And a planner is like my ultimate exciting item!

These pens are so essential for grading and editing papers. I LOVE them! Plus the fun colors make them that much better.

I found this planner on Etsy and I'm obsessed! I love my Erin Condren planner but I'm really sick of buying stickers for it. I know, I know... I've gone on and on about planner stickers but when you spend $20 for a pack that essentially gets you through one, maybe two weeks, that's kind of crazy. Without the stickers, it's just not as functional and it's a little too big. I'm not giving up on it yet but I'm really contemplating this adorable planner. What do you guys think??

If you've read any of my blog posts then you probably know that I LOVE Old Navy. I always find good things there for a great price. My latest find are their pixie chino pants. They end right at your ankle, which is super flattering. Plus they are super comfortable and have a stretch to them. I bought these maroon (they look red in the picture but they're aren't) pair this past week and I'm going to order the navy and maybe another color. These just make dressing for school so easy and I can wear them with boots when it gets colder. Win win!  I also love these gingham crops and this dress.

If you don't have a jean jacket, you need one asap. I've had many over the years but my favorite is a light jean wash that I got from Old Navy several years ago. It has a little bit of stretch, which is nice. I hate things that are too constricting. They just go with EVERYTHING! I wear it with dress pants, black jeans, dresses, skirts, etc.

I have used the same ratty lunch box for two years now lol. I have a hard time finding one that is big enough and will hold several tupperware containers. I usually bring my breakfast, lunch, and a snack to school. I require a lot of space in a lunch bag! I found this cute one online and I wish it was in stores when I bought this one. I like my new bag but the one pictured is even cuter!

I drink a ton of water at school, so a good water bottle is pretty key. I'm such a weirdo about my water and want it to be SUPER cold. My hydroflask does the trick and I'm in love. I've heard these Yeti tumblers are awesome too! I love that they come with a straw because I feel like I drink so much more water with a straw. Does anyone else feel that way??

I hope everyone has a great first week back at school!


Weekend Recap {Date Night & Babies}


Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know we did! Mark came home on Friday so we had a date night. It was nice to be able to spend some alone time together! We started the night off at Coasterra. We've been there for a drink or appetizers but never for dinner. The food was super yummy! Next, we went to Balboa park and walked around. There was live music and tons of food trucks. Such a beautiful night! We ended up going to the Museum of Man because they had a night exhibit. We were only there for less than an hour but it was pretty neat.


Balboa Park


Next, we went to the Wine Pub for dessert. Yummy!!



Saturday morning was spent working out, running errands, and cleaning the house. We had some friends over to watch the fight. It ended up being a smaller group than we thought so we watched the Olympics instead and chowed down on sloppy joes, macaroni and cheese, and fruit. The sloppy joes reminded me of home :) We had a blast playing with little Emma. I wish I would have gotten some pictures, oh well! The night was super relaxing and fun.



Sunday morning was spent at church and then hanging out with Sara and her sweet boys. They brought us lunch and hung out at the house for a little :)





We ended the night with grilled chicken, roasted broccoli, and fruit for dinner and getting ready for the rest of the week. I also FINALLY made some progress on my book for our book club. I had a goal to read at least 100 pages today. Whew! We are reading Devil in a White City and it's just been slooow so far.

I'm ready to tackle this week! :) Have a great Monday!

Five on Friday {Hallelujah for the Weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone! This was my first week back at work and it's been rough joining the real world again lol. Who likes setting an alarm?? Not this lady, but it's been a good week. I love where I work and I'm so glad to see everyone again. I am very excited about the weekend though and also excited that Mark comes home today! YAY! :)

1- True Friends


This statement has become more and more true each year. I am so grateful to have the friendships in my life and I know they are true, deep connections. These people listen to me cry and share my heart about the same things over and over and always make me feel like that's totally fine. Just feeling very blessed this week! 

2- New Rug

ignore the ugly fan, it's crazy hot today!

Rug

I am in LOVE with this rug. We originally got it for the spare bedroom/ office but it's too big. I think it looks pretty good in the living room though. The pictures are making it look super dark, it's actually much lighter. I can't wait to get some end tables and finish this living room. 

3- Fall Decor

I'm obsessed with the crushed velvet pumpkin!

I can't wait to put this owl by my front door. Adorable!

You guys I did it... I bought fall decor in August. That's terrible, it's not fall yet! I couldn't help myself though. These pumpkins are so stinking cute and they were 40% off and I had an extra 20% off coupon. Score! Head to Joann's to find them. 

4- Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas


I'm in love with these enchiladas. I've made them so many times and they are always a hit. I got the recipe from Natasha's blog. Check it out here

5- Traveller Love

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I am loving this album. My hubby has been obsessed for awhile so I downloaded it too. So good!! Also, is anyone else in love with Thomas Rhett and his wife?? My goodness, they are the cutest! 



Delirium Trilogy


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I've been on a serious reading kick.... between books and The Good Wife, I've been busy haha. I flew through the Delirium Trilogy and LOVED the books. I usually resist reading the young adult action genre because I always think they aren't my "thing."  It's when I finally pick them up that I realize I LOVE these kind of books lol.  I wanted to share a glimpse of all the books in the series but if I do, I would be giving everything away. Let's just start with the first book.

In the series opener, Delirium, we learn about this "new" United States where love has become a thing of the past and is considered a very dangerous disease. People must get cured right after their 18th birthday to ensure the safety and continuation of society. The problem with the "cure" is that people aren't the same after the procedure and good results aren't always guaranteed.

Meet the main character, Lena Holloway. She's a 17-year old girl living with her aunt and uncle after the death of her mother. She is anxiously awaiting her cure appointment so she isn't threatened with the awful alternative, the disease. Lena knows the terrible side-effects of those who are not cured, and it has terrified her since she was little.

Throughout the book, Lena is tempted to go against her goody-toe-shoe ways to try and stop her best friend from her reckless acts of sneaking out and listening to forbidden music.  Lena knows they just need to make it a few shorts months until their cure and they will be fine. Why is her friend pushing the boundaries now?? Also, there's a boy, Alex, that seems to pry this new risky side out of Lena, not without some serious resistance though.

The book becomes much more complicated when surprise surprise, the government doesn't seem to just be protecting the citizens. It seems they are being sheltered and then beaten into submission when they cross the line. Lena is shocked to realize the truth but soon encounters another betrayal in Alex. Will she follow her heart or keep on her straight and narrow path?? Read the book to find out :)