Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Florals for Fall

As excited as I am for a day off on Labor Day I am NOT ready to give up white jeans just yet. They make an outfit look so crisp and fresh with minimal effort, talk about ideal. I've been thankful to have two pairs this summer especially since I've been wearing them nonstop. As a rule follower I know that soon I'll have to give them a rest but for now I'm embracing them and wearing white nonstop (you may have noticed that in my Step Into My Week post) to make up for the season coming to an end.

One of my recent favorite ways to wear white jeans is with a darker color top. This was a find during Tuckernuck's sale and with a number of cute details it's just as cute up close as from a stint. While I'm not positive how it would look with dark wash denim (is there such thing as too much navy?) I love the style so much I am sure I will come up with a solution for wearing this year long. I think my mom's mouth will immediately fall open when she sees this since when I was younger I refused to wear small florals. What can I say, I paid attention to prints at a young age. There was something about the embroidered aspect of the small florals on this blouse that made it more and more intriguing . Combined with the peplum hem and details around the v-neck it was a no brainer to add to my cart considering it's only $35 and looks much more expensive. While I am usually someone who likes my shirts to be a bit longer to cover my hips I love the way this top sits a bit shorter. Paired with my everyday jewelry and tan sandals this has been the best shirt to have on hand when heading to teach. 






top // jeans // sandals // watch // bracelets ( 1 & 2 ) // rose gold bracelet 

What's your take on wearing white jeans after Labor Day, do you follow the rule? I've shared some cute pieces below from Tuckernuck that would look cute with white jeans or would be the perfect way to transition into fall whatever your take on the controversy is! 



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Step Into My Week

A little bit different sharing my Step Into My Week post on a Tuesday but I didn't want to skip it for the week just due to the excitement of the Lilly Pulitzer Sale. I wish I could say that this post was going to be filled with exciting events but with our first week of school this past week I spent long hours in my classroom with very little socializing with people not in fourth grade. 

Monday we had a meeting in the morning and had to be out of the school at noon due to the Solar Eclipse. Holy cow was that cool. Despite a stressful morning coming back to my classroom with everything rearranged due to the installation of my projector I managed to make it home to watch the eclipse with friends before the last minute stress of the students coming the following day. Greenville was quite the hotspot for the Eclipse and although I was paranoid about making sure to use my glasses properly it was such a cool thing to experience. 

Tuesday was our first day with the students and I was surprised that I wasn't that nervous. My kids were so sweet and brought some prizes for me and we spent most of the day reviewing routines and procedures which was a bit exhausting. When I finally left school my throat hurt and my feet were sore but it has gotten better since then fortunately. As I was preparing for the first day I realized how little we were taught about classroom management and doing it by ourself but so far I feel pretty good about how I've taught my students our classroom rules and hopefully they will continue to be receptive. Before I left school there was an announcement on the school speaker stating that I had a surprise waiting in the office for me and I walked in to find a vase of flowers from my parents and brother which was so sweet! 


Wednesday and Thursday were a lot of the same with procedures and getting to know the students and overall I have a pretty good bunch. I know there will be a couple that may be a little bit more challenging than others but that is to be expected with a group full of very social personalities. I've been staying at school pretty late and getting there very early which makes it taxing but helps me to feel better prepared for the following days. Fortunately I remembered to to take pictures of the outfits I've worn which many of you have requested. On Thursday I was able to leave school early enough to make it to Furman's Young Alumni Day Celebration at a local brewery. It was very odd going to a Furman event and not knowing or recognizing everyone but it was fun to catch up with some of our friends who are still in the area. 




top (similar) // skirt // sandals // watch

Yay for a casual Friday. I think our administration was as ready for one as the teachers were.

This weekend I really didn't do much of anything except prepare for the week ahead. As lame and boring as that sounds hopefully it will help me feel ready for my first full week. I am excited to really begin teaching the students since I feel comfortable doing that and will start to feel like we have a better routine going. Friday night Sophia (one of my roommates from the past two years) came over after not seeing each other for a while and we were able to catch up with one another which was great! On Saturday, I finally slept in past 5:15 and was able to do some work in the morning before going to my first cycling class that afternoon with Ellison. Cycle Bar and the Scout Guide teamed up for a free ride so we took advantage of that for a good sweat session. While that's not my normal way to get cardio I definitely could see myself going back to other free classes they offer in the future. 


Last week's posts:

I hope your week is off to a great start! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Finds + $100 Giftcard Giveaway Added Entries

Happy Monday y'all! And if you don't feel that way about Monday just yet you surely will soon with the  Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale beginning today. If you haven't seen my post from Friday full of tips for shopping the Lilly Pulitzer Sale be sure to check that out while waiting for the sale to start.  The After Party Sale is one I look forward to all summer but unfortunately I won't be able to shop it online until this afternoon. For whatever reason I am pretty sure Greenville County School District more than likely blocks shopping on  Lilly Pulitzer's site while on their wifi. shocking I'm sure but I'm going to have to be patient and shop the sale once I finish teaching for the day. While I am definitely jealous of all of you who are able to shop the sale online (hopefully in bed with a cup of coffee in hand) however that makes me even more thankful at the ability to shop the sale in person at Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores for this year's sale. I was able to go to one of my local favorites, The Pink Bee, and try on a number of pieces featured in the sale and even purchase the ones I found that I couldn't live without. 

I'm sharing some of the Lilly I've worn and loved from this past season since it may be included in the sale. I am also sharing some of my favorite pieces that I tried on at  my local Lilly Store that is included in their sale and will also likely be online. So, make sure you're waiting in Lilly's virtual line  and get ready to see a preview of all of my favorites. I'm also doing my best to include the sizes of the items in case that helps any of you. For reference, I'm usually a 27 in jeans, consistently a 2 in J.Crew bottoms (aside from skirts those are usually a 0), and I like dresses a bit longer for teaching so I usually will get a small or medium depending on the length. 

If you have any other questions about the After Party Sale be sure to see the  FAQ page Lilly made here and you can see  my tips in this post. Also for any of you looking for my Step Into My Week post that usually goes live on Monday that will be up tomorrow for you! 

This is one of the most effortless and comfortable outfits for summer and is a much cuter alternative to running shorts and a t-shirt. I wear this off the shoulder top all the time and it also comes in pink and navy if you find yourself with too many white shirts in your closet. The loose fit of these shorts and the ruffle detail around the edges make them easy to look cute and beat the heat in the summer. I'm wearing the shorts in size 2 and the top in a size small. 



This is not something I would say that I would typically gravitate toward but the ladies at Pink Sorbet, the Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store in Columbia encouraged me to give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved how the skirt was high waisted enough to leave a minimal gap between the top and the skirt while still emphasizing the scalloped hem of the top. The only thing that is a bit tricky about this set is that you can't mix and match the sizes of the top and the bottom. I wore this set in a size 0. 



This is probably my favorite Lilly Pulitzer item from this past spring. The brightness of this print with the peplum hem on this dress made it the cutest combination. If this one goes on sale I can't encourage a purchase enough. The halter-esque top ties with tassels in the back and there is a tiny key hole cut out in the front. I found that this dress runs a bit big so instead of a small I went with an XS in this dress. 



I originally tried on this modern shift as an option for graduation but didn't want the fun print to be overshadowed by a boring black robe. This dress is a more flattering and form fitting shift dress and the tassel detail in the middle accentuates your smallest point while making the print a little less overwhelming. I also wore this in a size small. 



Had I not worn white to my high school graduation this would have been my graduation dress. The eyelet layover is so well done and I couldn't love the tassel bottom one bit more. The dress is a bit more youthful than some other Lilly dresses with a small cut out area at the waist that is well balanced by the eyelet on the rest of the dress. I am wearing a 2 in this dress but could have also worn a 0. 



Dressing Room Diaries
Sorry the lighting is a bit off in some of these but I guess that's the beauty of taking iPhone photos in a dressing room. I'm including the price of the items as they were listed at Pink Bee however I would suspect some variety in pricing on Lilly's site. 

Size: Small // Originally $128.00 Sale $49.00


Size: Medium but definitely needed a small or extra small // Originally $138.00 Sale $54.00


Size: Extra Small // Originally $48.00 Sale Unlisted


Size: Small // Originally $138.00 Sale $59.00


Size: Extra Small // Originally $168.00 Sale $59.00


Size: Small // Originally $168.00 Sale $69.00


Size: 2 would want a 4 // Originally $64.00 Sale $29.00


Size: Medium would need small // Originally $58.00 Sale $34.00


Also, don't forget about the  fun giveaway I posted about on my  Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Tips post! I am also giving y'all an additional way to enter by finding the photo below on my instagram feed and tagging two friends (non celebrity accounts) on it to help share the news! You can comment more than once as long as you are tagging different friends. You  must enter the giveaway here in the original post first though for you instagram comments to be bonuses! The giveaway will close August 30th at midnight so make sure you enter before that! 
I hope this post made you even more excited to shop that sale and that sharing the sizing helped you to figure out which size you may want to try. In case some of the pieces sell out on Lilly's site before you can checkout I am including the names and phone numbers of the two Lilly stores I shop at so that they can help you to find the piece you're looking for at their store!

The Pink Bee | Greenville, SC | sales@pinkbeeonline.com | 864-271-4332

Pink Sorbet | Columbia, SC | pinksorbetcolumbia@gmail.com | 803-251-2525

Happy shopping and be sure to share what you got with me in the comments below! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale & GIVEAWAY

Maybe after the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale y'all are exhausted with the talk of a good sale but I just couldn't let this one pass by without mention. If you've been following along for a while then you may remember just how much I look forward to the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. And, I recently discovered that the sale will be kicking off Monday August 28th at 8am EST! The sale will last until August 30th so shopping time will be limited further encouraging you to bring you A-game. Since you'll need your A-game I'm going to be serve as your coach and go through all the plays and strategies you need to know to come out with some of your favorites.

Lilly Pulitzer rarely puts items on sale online aside from their two big sales of the year! These sales are highly anticipated by Lilly lovers and happen in January and August. During these sales tons of items from past seasons or promotions are marked down significantly so it's a great time to stock up! In the winter especially, I feel like the sale is a great time to buy items suitable for spring break and summer! And this year there is an added component to the sale, in store shopping! So, if you live near a Lilly Pulitzer store or Lilly Pulitzer signature store there will be pre-sale parties starting SUNDAY at 3:00! You'll be able to preview merchandise, try it on, and even buy it right then and there before the sale opens online. 
Now that you're excited for Monday's  sale (by now I hope your alarm is set) I thought I'd share some tips to help ensure it's as successful for you as possible. Having shopped the sale since high school I've had some experience with how it goes although some changes have been made over the year. 



1. Create an account and update your information before the sale starts. 
If you're even considering shopping the sale this is not a suggestion but almost a requirement. Being logged into your account and having updated information before the sale begins will allow you to check out right away hopefully helping you snag more items you're dying to have. If you don't already have an account you can  create one here and you can  log in here.

2. Get to the  site before the sale begins.
I constantly like being early to things and this sale is no different. While the sale doesn't officially begin until 8 am EST getting there early will hopefully help you to be one of the first people in line. 

3. If there's something you love be sure to buy it right away. Items in your cart are not reserved. 
I can not stress this enough. If you find that one item you hoped would be included in the sale and it's in your size don't waste your time seeing what else you can get. GO AHEAD AND CHECK OUT! While it would be nice for items in your cart to be reserved it's likely that Lilly lovers wouldn't leave their computers all day since they'd be scrolling through the sale pages to make sure they don't miss anything. 

4. Once in the virtual line do not refresh your page.
This is just like elementary school in that you can't skip anything and if you get out of line you'll be hanging in the back. Once you've made it into the virtual line definitely don't refresh. I do like opening multiple tabs to shop this sale. Most of the time my browser looks a bit like this:

5. Have favorites in mind and have an idea of your size.
Knowing what you want or if there is a realm in which your closet is lacking will help you to avoid going too overboard during the sale. Additionally, make sure you're buying things in your size unless you love an item enough to go to the trouble of getting it altered. 

6. If the site crashes try shopping from the  Lilly Pulitzer app or head to your local store.
Because of how many people shop this sale it's not uncommon for the site to crash. If that's the case be patient but also consider trying to shop from the Lilly Pulitzer app. It is definitely easier to shop from the website but if all else fails the app is a good option to have.

7. Be Polite
If the site does crash be polite. The Lilly team wants the sale to go as smooth as possible so harassing them with disappointed tweets isn't helpful. It's just a sale and should be fun!


For more information about the sale  Lilly Pulitzer has a whole  FAQ page that is also helpful! And remember that shipping is free during the sale so checking out more than once is encouraged and won't cost you any extra money. 


One of my personal favorite parts of the  After Party Sale each year is hosting a fun giveaway for y'all! This year I came up with some really cute items that any Lilly lover would surely love! I've tried to make entering the giveaway as easy as possible and hope that the items would be useful now and well into the months when you finally get to wear your sale items.

Here's what is included:
$100 Lilly Pulitzer Gift Card & Bauble Bar's Pink Ombre Tassel Earrings (how perfect would these look with Lilly Pulitzer pieces!?)

Hopefully that made you even more excited to enter! Here's how:

1. Go to Lilly Pulitzer's  website and tell me your favorite print from this season you'd want to receive (see the possibilities  here). 
2. Follow me on instagram (@prepinyourstep).
3. Leave one comment on this blog post informing me of which recent print is your favorite, your instagram name, AND your email address (I'll be emailing the giveaway winner directly when the giveaway closes on the 30th so be sure to put an email address you check regularly so that we can be in contact).

*If you want to feel free to like my  Facebook page as well since I am hoping to use it more this coming year! 

Giveaway closes on August 30th at midnight. 

I so wish that you could all win, but hopefully you'll score some steals from the  sale! I can't wait to read through your comments to see which print is your favorite and be sure to check back here on Sunday and Monday to talk sizing, favorite items, and then shop the sale!  Hope y'all have the best Friday. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

How To Balance It All

The title of this out may be a little bit deceiving as the simple answer to this question I get asked frequently (and also tend to ask myself frequently) in short is that I don't. If you want the honest truth, this post was supposed to go live last Friday but instead didn't because it wasn't finished. What went up on Friday then? Nothing. Case and point. The misconception is that I am able to balance all of the things I have committed myself to when in reality something is always taking the back burner. Prioritization is a wonderful thing but it usually means that something is moving to the bottom of the list and a lot of times I'm so exhausted when it comes to tackle that project that I leave it undone. 


I'm always flattered when friends or classmates tell me that I seem to really have it together or they don't know how I'm able to do everything I do. Grit is an interesting thing and some days I feel like I have too much of it and others too little. This week I really feel like there is no way to balance everything. It's the first week of school and not only am I trying to learn my new routine and find out how to balance teaching with blogging and maintaining a healthy lifestyle but I am also responsible for getting 26 fourth graders into a routine. This morning (because yep, I am writing this post the night before it goes live after telling myself I'd have all my posts for the week ready over the weekend and that didn't happen) I walked out of my apartment without once thinking of eating breakfast. I am really not one to forget food so when I drove away from my apartment in my car without my typical waffle with peanut butter in hand all I could do was shake my head (and make sure my headlights were on since it was 6:15 in the morning after all). My breakfast problem was solved but with a long to do list and finally looking at my watch this afternoon to see it was 6:00 pm breakfast was the least of my concern. One thing I think everyone needs to remember is that we all have a lot on our plate but learning to balance different aspects is the best thing we can do to help things run smoothly. Over time I know that I'll become better adjusted to my new schedule but will face different challenges so it is important for me to think about some specific things I can do to better balance things. You wouldn't leave Chickfila without one of their sauces so why not try to pile it high on on an unsteady tray of nuggets? In this case the sauces may be work, school, relationship, or passion related and since we all have these different aspects to balance I've come up with 4 different things that I do when attempting to juggle one too many things on an already full plate. 

Prioritize
Since I know that I am not going to be able to get everything done every day I have learned to prioritize things. Right now, teaching is my priority, followed by grad school, and then comes my blog (let's not start categorizing working out, a social life, and sleep because y'all may start to judge me on that order). Even though my blog comes last I am still motivated to get to it as frequently as I can because I've learned to prioritize tasks that fall into the other categories. If you're not really sure how to prioritize what you have going on I'd suggest you right down the different things that seem to be puling you in different directions and think about your responsibilities with each. Those in which you have the most responsibilities are the ones you should start prioritizing since it is likely other people are counting on you. 

Work Ahead
This is one thing that I didn't do well this summer. Not having class till 9 in the morning allowed me so much uninterrupted time in the morning to work on my post for the day. I'd wake up around 5:15 write it and then start my day. In the past I haven't had that luxury so that is a habit that needs to be kicked to the curb stat. Working ahead in whatever way makes sense for what you are trying to balance will hopefully make you feel less stressed from being pulled in a number of directions. When you're not as stressed you are able to focus more on the task at hand hopefully allowing you to do your job better. My goal for this semester at least is to have most of my blog posts for the week ready and scheduled on Sunday's so that I can focus on sharing them with other people throughout the week. Will that always be a reality? Nope but when it is I know I will be grateful.

Know Your Limits 
I've come to realize when I am overly stressed and when it may be best to take a step back. But knowing when to do that and actually doing it are two different things. If you asked my friends they would tell you that I stink at relaxing. I am a chronic multitasker and get so much satisfaction from getting things done well. Don't ever ask me to watch a movie with you while not doing something else simultaneously unless you want me falling asleep almost instantly (Nell, can you vouch?). It's important for you to realize when you may be stretching yourself too thin and even more important to do something about it. When you reach that point walking away may be the best thing you can do. Whether that means calling it quits for the night or going to workout to relieve some stress will be your call but it's so important to think about how you're functioning and whether or not you're at your breaking point in order to work towards a healthy balance.  

Be Efficient
One thing that I may love more than productivity is efficiency. I am a bit of a perfectionist so this doesn't always come naturally to me, but when it does I feel ready to tackle everything all at once. the best thing you can do to be efficient includes taking advantage of small pockets of time you may have  while also eliminating any distractions. By taking full advantage of a set amount of time you'll likely feel satisfied to have gotten something done which may encourage you to keep going. 

Since I am still trying to learn a balance of my own I would love to hear any suggestions you may have on this topic! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Novels With Nell - Tuesdays with Morrie

So, the unthinkable happened. I finally started reading a book that Nell recommended in her Novel's with Nell post. I'm not sure she ever saw the day coming but I sure hope that y'all are quicker to take her judgement since she knows what she is talking about. I'm only about 50 pages into the book she suggested but it's pretty good so far. Being friends with Nell has its perks too since before I came back to Greenville after seeing her at the beginning of this month she pilled books that she's recommended to y'all in my arms for me to borrow and read. Today's book suggestion is one she stacked up and made sure made it into my car and sounds very intriguing.


by Mitch Albom

This is my favorite book I’ve had to read as a school assignment. I took a Physiology of Aging class last fall, and my professor wanted the class to mean more than just learning about physiological changes that accompany aging. We discussed the way aging is viewed in American society compared to others, and even wrote our own obituaries. I know that sounds really morbid but the point of the exercise was to seriously think about what we want to accomplish in life- professionally, personally, what legacy do we want to leave. And of course, we read Tuesdays with Morrie.



I had never heard of this book before that class. It’s a true story. I don’t want to give away too many details but essentially, Mitch reconnects with an old professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, in the last few months of Morrie’s life. They meet once a week for what Morrie calls his last class, teaching on the Meaning of Life. They discuss what’s really important at the end of the day and what gives life meaning. The story is very touching (brought me to tears a few times), and I’m glad my professor assigned it. When we had our class discussion, I could tell my classmates found it just as meaningful as I did. Both my parents read it after I told them about it and said they really enjoyed it. It’s not a thick book so it can be a fast read, but it’s one that will stick with you.

“Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.


It’s been ten years since Mitch Albom first shared the wisdom of Morrie Schwartz with the world. Now–twelve million copies later–in a new afterword, Mitch Albom reflects again on the meaning of Morrie’s life lessons and the gentle, irrevocable impact of their Tuesday sessions all those years ago. . .”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back to School Blues

The day has finally come...It is my first day of school as a fourth grade teacher. I'm not sure when it will hit me but come the bell ringing at 7:45 by the time you're reading this the reality will have likely struck. If I were overly enthusiastic I could quote Nemo from Finding Nemo and start running in and out of my bedroom (the closest thing I have to an anemone) squealing "First day of School! Fist day of School!" but I don't think my roommates would appreciate that very much. 

To "celebrate" the first day, I thought it would be fun to share an outfit look that I would wear for anything from teaching to eating dinner on the weekends, it's that versatile. After sharing my love of Tuckernuck in this post we can skip over my obsession of the store and instead jump straight to this precious top that I ordered almost immediately after I saw it. I've said it before but the statement comes with a slight correction now... I originally said that my closet is coming to be filled with only blue and white but now with my apartment bedroom and classroom boasting that color scheme it's only a matter of time before it encompasses me (I was going to make a reference to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory here with Violet turning violet but with one movie quote already I thought it could be too much, thoughts?). Had this shirt come in different colors I'd like to think I would have branched out and tried something other than blue but the Carolina hue to this blue added to it's simple yet sophisticated silhouette. The material of this top is really light weight which is crucial when I'm getting dressed for school in the morning since I'd rather not be sweating to death at our noon-time recess! And as I'm sure you've noticed from other outfit posts, I love a good peplum hem and the slight bell sleeves of the top are equally as intriguing. Some might say my style choices are predictable although I'll claim that I like the classics. I am appreciative that I read the reviews on this top prior to purchasing since it definitely runs on the smaller side making me thankful to have ordered a medium! Paired with white jeans now and dark denim later in the season, I know this is a blouse that I'll be wearing on repeat! 







top // jeans // shoes // watch // bracelets ( 1 & 2 ) // rose gold bracelet 

I hope that any of y'all starting school in the next week or so are feeling prepared and confident! I know I have a lot to learn about managing my own classroom but a cute outfit can help to kick some of that uncertainty aside. Best of luck! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Step Into My Week

Where did the weekend go? Hopefully I am not the only one who feels like it came and went in the blink of an eye. At least I've got a cup of coffee and barricade of pillows with me to start this early Monday morning. I am going to claim that the weekend felt shorter due to a late session of Meet the Teacher but we will get to that! Also, I apologize that this Step Into My Week is so teaching and classroom heavy. It is definitely not my intention to turn Prep In Your Step into a teaching blog but right now it's what I have going on in my life which is reflected through the happenings and photos in this post. 

Tuesday began my first official work week as a teacher. Fortunately I only had meetings that day and was able to work on setting up my classroom the rest of the week. Even as a first year teacher without THAT much stuff I can't even begin to tell you how much of a process this is. While there are still more things I'd like for my classroom I pretty much finished it up this past week. My mentor from Furman came and helped me on Monday and that was such a game changer. She built two bookshelves and cut out so many sheets of laminated things which saved me a ton of time. I am hoping to do a classroom tour on Friday where I'll go into detail about different areas but even at that point I don't think it will feel fully finished. 



The one classroom set up thing that I kept putting off was my hall display. I am on a new wing of our school in a brand new classroom so I have been forbidden to use hot glue (which is a huge deal since other stuff doesn't stick nearly as well). While it looks more appealing to not be surrounded by cinder blocks I also didn't have a pre-existing line to make sure that the papers in my hall display were straight. Since these stay up all year I wanted to do it right so that I only had to do it once. Since I am teaching 4th grade I didn't see a need for an over the top display and finally got it set up to my liking to match the schools construction theme. 


If you're a teacher and were unaware of the fact that Dollar Tree ships then all I have to say is you're welcome. As I mentioned I still have some items needed for my classroom but I finally felt like it was looking more complete when my Dollar Tree online order came in with my storage containers for each students' supplies and for our library came in. I found this set of 36 blue and white storage containers for $36 in true Dollar Tree fashion and am so pleased considering I have friends who splurged on theirs which I wasn't comfortable with doing. I labeled them on Friday morning with some of the labels I made and was so glad to have them in place before Meet the Teacher. 


So many of y'all have been asking me to share my outfits daily and I didn't get much of a response of whether or not you want to see those outfits in a Step Into My Week post or in a separate post on Sundays. I only captured one of my outfits this week since I didn't have to look nice every day but will definitely do my best to share what I've been wearing with you. 

top // jeans // sandals // watch  

And, as I mentioned, Friday was Meet the Teacher! This was probably the highlight of my week since I finally got to put names with faces for the kiddos I'll be teaching this year. I am thrilled to have such an eager group of fourth graders (definitely thought they would tell me no when I asked if they were excited to come back to school but shockingly they didn't) and generous and receptive parents. My volunteer forms were filled out within the first of our two sessions and none of the parents seemed too concerned that this was going to be my first year teaching, a fear I had had.  One of the best parts of being at the same school I student taught at is the fact that the students in the class last year kept stopping by to give me a hug and say hello which felt so welcoming. Yesterday I even opened my work email to find a letter from one of the students in my class this year that was an all about her page modeled on the one I sent home to parents and students about myself.


I finally left school around 7:00 on Friday night (second round of meet the teacher was from 5:00-6:30) and headed straight to meet one of my roommates for dinner. Saturday was spent being semi productive with various school things (my to-do list feels never ending) and laundry and was finished with dinner with friends. Yesterday, I ran errands, tackled a lot of scheduling and transportation documents for my classroom, and was even able to shoot a number of blog pictures between working out and making all of my snacks, lunches, and dinners for the week. I'm finding it pretty essential to work ahead on the weekends which makes the productivity less of a chore and more of a necessity. Today we have a half day work day before the kids come for the first day of school tomorrow! I hope you all have your Eclipse glasses ready and are looking forward to that cool event! 

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