Jul 22, 2015

Exciting News!

I'm excited to announce the new and improved layout for this little blog of mine!
Not only did this blog get a much needed makeover but something new (like a new blog) was brewing on the other side. 

As you might already know or don't know, I graduated in May with a Bachelors in Education and I'm getting ready (in a few days) to begin my teacher journey! Butterflies, jitters, nerves all of that good stuff has definitely made a presence. 

I want to share my journey, ideas, and resources of a new teacher, but I didn't want for all of that to take over this sacred spot. I want this blog to be all about lifestyle and not all about teacher stuff. Anyhow, I have created a new teacher blog, so if any of you are teachers or simply just interested in reading please do so!!

Without further do I present to you my new sacred teacher spot.....

Happy Wednesday!

Jul 18, 2015

Because I'm Happy...

something like staying up all night to revamp a blog said no one ever!!!

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do


this blog of mine is getting a little update... :)

Happy Saturday!!

May 29, 2015

Summer Wishlist

This is what I'm currently crushing on for the summer!

I love wedge sandals for spring and summer, I found these and I'm in love! I'm basically in love with my moodboard!
What are you currently crushing on for Summer??

Happy Friday!

May 28, 2015

Happy 5 Year Wedding Anniversary!

Dear Husband,

Today we celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary! I should be looking for a traditional 5 year anniversary gift, something like wood or silverware, instead I'll write this letter to you because I know a letter would be a better gift anyway!

Can you believe we have been married for 5 years? I can still remember the day we met, the day we decided to marry, the day we said yes, and the day we moved like if it were yesterday. It's crazy to think that in these 5 years we have learned so much from each other; we have learned to smile, laugh, cry, be upset, and hold hands together. We continue to become one, always holding hands and seeing eye to eye in every aspect of our lives. In my eyes our marriage is perfect because we make it perfect just for you and I (plus the furry children). I just want you to know that you're my whole life, my whole world, my love, my everything. Being your life partner keeps getting better, I can't wait for our future and all the amazing things coming our way.

There is so much I can write about how perfect you are to me and how thankful I am for having you in my life. I can fill page after page but instead I would rather show you and tell you all that every day till we grow old. 

                                                                                               Your lovely wife :)

P.S. Cheers to 5 years and many more of bringing out the best of each other :)
I love you <3

May 25, 2015

Newest member of our family

My 30 before 30 list includes adopting a new furry child and I have crossed that out! We are now the proud parents of two four-legged furry children! 

Here's a little more about the little one:
Name: Zoey
Sex: Female
Breed: Rate Terrier/Chihuahua Mix
Color: Tri-colored (white, black, brown)
Birthday: November 25, 2014
Adoption Date: January 19, 2015

The Mr. and I wanted another furry child and the time came. When we saw her picture she was so cute, well all puppies are cute, but she was just adorable. We adopted her and brought her home. I'll go into more detail, in another post, about how our home environment has changed (for the better) and how Riley (our other furry child) has adjusted. For now here she is!

January 19, 2015
2 months

January 19, 2015

January 20, 2015

January 28, 2015

February 7, 2015

February 19, 2015
3 months

March 6, 2015

March 19, 2015
4 months

April 6, 2015

April 19, 2015
5 months

May 14, 2015

May 19, 2015
5 months

May 23, 2015

Have a great day!

May 22, 2015

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph: Part II

Part II:

Our first few months living in Phoenix were hard because we were trying to adjust to a new life, away from our family, new state, new city, no friends, no jobs, bills to pay, and our first semester at ASU and not to mention getting used to living a married life. Getting adjusted to living with Marc and being married was the easiest part of all. I had known Marc for about seven years before we got married, so it was an easy transition.

When I said we would transfer to ASU I forgot to mention that we would also have to pay out of state tuition. Choosing to study out of state can get expensive, shocking expensive. The expenses complicated things a bit more. We decided that in order to not rack up loan after loan, we both had to work and we would have to only take 2 or 3 classes per semester until we would be able to become in state students. Oh, and transferring class credits to another state also complicated things because some of my classes did not transfer which meant I would have to retake them. Two years later, after taking a few credits here and there, I became an official Arizona resident and that meant I wouldn't have to pay ridiculous amounts of money for my education. What was supposed to be a two year transfer plan, became more of a five year plan. Life didn't prepare me for the last two years but I survived and made it.

I would describe the last two years a whirlwind of emotions, struggles, and satisfactions. My upper division classes included a rigorous schedule of internships and one whole year of student teaching. During my journey I enjoyed learning about different strategies and how to make a difference in the classroom, but most importantly I learned how to deal with stressful situations, well I’m still learning how to deal with them. There were so many times when I just wanted to throw everything down the drain and forget about everything. I wanted the easy way out but I knew that my struggles had a purpose. I was tired of being in school for so long and it seemed as if I was never going to see that light at the end of the tunnel. After every rock and boulder, as it seemed, that life decided to put in my path, I learned a lot about myself and sitting here I can say that I don’t regret anything that I have experienced. I like to say that things happen for a reason. I matured in so many ways that maybe if I wouldn't have experienced the last ten years of my life, I might still be stuck in my “comfort zone.”

I am now a Class of 2015 graduate and finally earned my BA in Elementary Education (Bilingual Education/English as a Second Language). I have earned my spot in the Dean’s list for the past two years and I have also earned my spot in the magna cum laude list. It brings me to tears just to think that all my hard work, frustrations, dedication and happy times (because there were happy times too) are finally coming to a happy ending. My struggles of course were not lived alone I have so many people to thank for never giving up on me and my dream. My biggest supporter has been Marc, my hubby, he has held my hand and never even for a split second did he think to let go. I’ll be forever thankful for having him in my life. My other cheerleaders have been my parents, sister, and brother. My parents always believed that I could reach my goals and even after ten long years, they stuck through it all. They never had a doubt that I would make it and I hope that I have made them proud even if it took this long. My sister and brother have been role models in my life and I thank them for showing me that you can always reach your goals all it takes is dedication and determination. My in-laws also stood by the sidelines cheering Marc and I along the way, and I thank them for never giving up. My dearest friend, Melanie, was also my biggest supporter because she had lived my struggles the previous year, so she understood every tear, struggle, frustration and happy times. I know that she will continue to support me as I will continue to support her. My thank you list is long and to every single person who never gave up on my dream, I say thank you.

What does my future look like you might ask, well let me tell you. I have reached my long awaited dream and I will be graduating with my BA but the most exciting part of all is that I will be a teacher, I will have my own classroom. I will be starting the next chapter of my life, this upcoming fall, teaching first graders. I have been employed by a wonderful district, awesome school, and I know that a great first grade team is waiting with open arms. I’m overjoyed to think that I get to teach little creative minds that will become the future of our country and I can’t lie I’m also excited to decorate a warm and cozy classroom!

What I take away is to never let go, never get discouraged even if it takes ten long years to reach a goal. Dreams come true and some take longer than others but it can be done. I learned to move on and not to dwell on the past. Life will lay rocks and boulders along the way but I just have to keep moving along and never give up. The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph!

I end this post with one of my favorite quotes that kept me going,
“Never quit. If you stumble get back up. What happened yesterday no longer matters. Today’s another day so get back on track and move closer to your dreams and goals. You can do it.”

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph: Part I

Sometimes you just have to laugh all your worries out, I laugh just to think of my long road to success!

Thank you for reading and if this is a story you can relate to, I would love to read all about it!
By the way get ready for a little more teacher posts on this side of the cyber world!

Have a great day!

May 20, 2015

End of the year teacher gift inspiration

Need a little end of the year teacher gift inspiration...

I'll share this sweet gift one of my students gave me when I finished my student teaching.
Isn't this just the most creative, simple, beautiful, and meaningful gift? It's going to look great on my new teacher desk :)

It was made using a round clear vase 
(I have seen these at the Dollar Tree or any dollar store),
Hot glued crayons, indoor plant this one is called "Topiaries Mini Ivy"(perfect for a classroom), tulle, and chalkboard tag.

Hope this gave you a little inspiration!!
Have a great day :)

May 19, 2015

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph!

(FYI) I'm back for a bit!
I feel the most comfortable expressing my thoughts when I write or type. Sometimes expressing myself on this blog helps me deal with jumbled thoughts. So what am I trying to get at here... my 10 year long story :) 

Part I:

If you asked me what I wanted to do after high school, I would have answered, “I’m going to be a teacher, do 2 years at our local Jr. College, and then transfer to fulfill the last 2 years at the closest university campus to earn my BA.” Yes, that was my plan, my four year plan.  Most of my friends did fulfill the expectations, except I didn't plan for what was to come, and here is my story.

After I graduated high school, I began following my plan, I enrolled at the local Jr. College and began my studies. While I was attending Jr. College, I was also living at home with little to no financial responsibilities. Yes, I had household duties and all that jazz but the combination of having no financial responsibilities and normal household duties meant “living in my comfort zone.”

Four years later, I was still living in my comfort zone. Remember when I said that I would have received my BA in four years, well instead I was serving and making good money, or at least I thought, oh and I was still attending the local Jr. College. During this time I began to see high school friends graduating and receiving their BA and I began to look at my life. I hate comparing myself to others but it was hard not to. I knew what I wanted but it was unclear how I would get there. When I was finally ready to transfer to a nearby university the news came in regarding California state budget cuts that affected a lot of students getting ready to enter universities. I was one of those students affected. My name sat on a waiting list and I had no clue when I would be accepted. By this time I had already wasted precious time and I needed to find a way to finish my undergrad studies. My boyfriend, at the time, was also going through the same dilemma and we both found ourselves left with our names on a waiting list.

One day, waiting for my brother outside his high school, Marc (my boyfriend at the time) and I sat in his car and we began talking about our future. We were both frustrated because we felt as if we were tied down and we were ready for the next step. That same day, in the car waiting for my brother, our lives would change forever. We began talking about transferring to a different state. That had never crossed my mind but it sounded interesting. At this point we needed to do what was best for us and so we decided to look into the closest out of state university, this is how Arizona came into play. I wanted to be a teacher and when I found that Arizona State University (ASU) had a teachers college and it had great reviews, I was sold and Marc and I applied. When we received that letter in the mail stating that we had both been accepted, there was no turning back, we would move to Phoenix and finally earn our BA. Marc and I got married and made the move, we knew it wouldn’t be easy, but at this point we had to undertake anything coming our way.

The second part was the hardest yet, we knew it would be hard but life really kicked it us in our behinds when two years after the move we were still trying to finish school.

Come back to read my struggles and triumphs! 

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph: Part II