preschool apple crafts

September 28, 2017

earlier this week was Johnny Appleseed day, so we celebrated by making our own hats, having an apple tasting, and painting with apples. throughout the week we made a few different apple crafts as well;coffee filter apples| all you need are some coffee filters, watercolor paint, some clothes pins, and some paper leaves. i just let my class choose which color apples they wanted to make, they painted the coffee filters then bunched them into a ball to make an apple. we added the clothes pin for the stem along with a leaf or two. super easy and core name craft| you’ll need paper, popsicle sticks, tacky glue, stems, half circles for the apple, and then some more leaves. i wrote each child’s name onto the popsicle sticks and used this as a center to help them recognize their name, and which order the letters go in. once they figured it out, we glued them onto a small pieces of white paper, then they glued on the apple parts, stem, and leaves. another super simple, but cute stamping| all you’ll need is paper, apples, paint, and plastic forks. this was their favorite craft for sure. i just cut the apples in half, put forks in the top so it was a little bit easier to grab, and then let them choose which color apple they wanted. so fun and totally easy, and because you could see the seeds, it was a great conversation starter about how apples grow!

whats in my target cart

September 19, 2017

fall decor just gets to me. i honestly think fall is the definition of me. or maybe i’m the definition of it. regardless, i am not ashamed of my obsession with the season. i was a fan of everything pumpkin before it was cool. anyways, i may or may not have gone a little overboard on my latest target trip. i just couldn’t help myself. it’s fine.

01| i’ve wanted this buffalo print for awhile, but i never could bring myself to get it.. until now.
02| i am too embarrassed to tell you how many antler related things i own, yet i purchased this deer head anyway. zero regrets.
03| HAVE YOU SMELT THIS SOAP!? once you do, you’ll understand.
04| is there such thing as too many pillows? no? didn’t think so either. chloe bought this one, and this one is mine.
05| i carried this vase around the store like it was my child.
06|i tried to find the skull online but it must be sold only in stores. BUT target has soooo many halloween stuff i literally had to force myself not to purchase. like this sign, these lights, this pumpkin, and this
07| we also bought this candle, this candle, and this garland. whoops.

sunday scriptures

September 17, 2017

as a teacher, especially one at a Christian school, i want to always make sure that my students and their parents see Jesus in me. i’m not always perfect, but i want to make sure that even on bad days, people still know i am a believer. some days i am better at this than others, it’s something i am constantly trying to improve. here are some verses that have encouraged me this week.

“God is within her, she will not fail” Psalm 46:5

“so whatever you eat or drink, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31

“her mouth speaks from which fills her heart” Luke 6:45

“cling to what is good” Romans 12:9

“those who look to Him are radiant” Psalm 34:4

where otis goes

September 12, 2017

i have been real into podcasts lately, they’re pretty much all i listen to these days. especially on long drives, they just seem to make the time go by a lot quicker. i’ve accumulated quite a bit of favorites, so i thought i’d share them with you.


the goal digger podcast with jenna kutcher

how i built this

the lively show

stuff you should know


the dirtbag diaries

zero to travel

outside podcast

sounds of the trail


off the vine with kaitlyn bristowe

munchin with mogals

ben & ashley i’s almost famous podcast

beautiful stories from anonymous people

my friends are having a baby!

September 11, 2017

three years ago Megan sent me a direct message on instagram asking me to text her.. we both worked for the same school district and she wanted to know if i’d carpool with her down to a meeting. that meeting was the very first time we hung out, we got yelled at for talking too much and had a lady lecture us about how eating regular m&m’s is less healthy than peanut m&m’s.. and then on the way home we GOT IN A CAR CRASH! talk about starting our friendship off with a bang. it was just a little fender bender, but we were stuck in the middle of the freeway for what felt like forever, thank goodness we had each other! over the three years we’ve been on so many adventures; jeep rides, photo shoots, girls nights, concerts, and so much more. it really feels like we’ve been friends forever. and now she and her husband are having a baby!!! meg asked if i would take their announcement photos a couple weekends ago and there was no way i was going to turn that down. i am just so excited for them! they are going to be such amazing parents and i can not wait to snuggle the little babe. 

welcome fall

September 1, 2017

we have finally made it to my favorite time of year!! i know it’s not technically the first day of fall, but i can’t wait any longer! maybe it’s just me, it feels like it took forever to get here this year. but at the same time 2017 has also flown by. i just hope this season lasts for as long as it can. i really thrive in the fall/winter time. if there’s a place i don’t know about that has autumn weather all year round, let me know, because i’m going to move there tomorrow. i am just so excited to wear jackets, jump in leaves, carve pumpkins, pick apples, dress up for halloween, burn fall scented candles. oh and target trips this time of year are just my absolute favorite.

bits + pieces

August 21, 2017

rodeo with my girls. also i apologize that i take SO many photos of my feet.. after a long week at worka coworker and i are forcing everyone to bring in pictures of themselves as preschoolers planting carrots, pumpkins, and broccoli chopped my hair, dyed it darker, & got a new phone case. basically i’m a whole new person got sent the cutest cutting board from cooks cutting boards what’s a road trip without snacks? had to try each flavor of course our favorite coffee shop. there i go with the feet shots again, i’m sorry..ish

sunday scriptures

August 20, 2017

“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

i’ve read into the wild before, but i just came across this quote again and it really stuck out to me. my goal is to live my life like this. i want to boldly do things that i’ve never thought of doing or have been scared to try.

“have i not commanded you? be strong and courageous. do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” joshua 1:9

“do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. do what it says.” james 1:22

“and he said to them, ‘go into the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation'” mark 16:15

lemon essential oil

August 13, 2017

lemon essential oil is one of my favorites, it has so many uses + it smells amazing!
the main thing i use it for is cleaning, i add some to my soap, put a few drops in my laundry, it’s great for removing sap + other sticky things off of any surface. Lemon is also very nourishing for your skin, I usually add a couple drops to my face-wash. if you have a diffuser i highly recommend you diffuse lemon in your home, it lifts your mood and can also prevent yourself from getting a cold, or help you get over one you’ve already caught. Lemon is a natural disinfectant, it is great for removing sticky things from surfaces, polishes wood and silver, and helps get rid of stains on clothing. I try and put a few drops in my water every morning which is great for your digestive system, kidneys, and just helps cleanse your body. if you are unsure of which oils to start out with, i would suggest lemon as one of the first ones to add to your collection! another great option would be to get the basic starter kit (lemon comes in the kit along with 10 other oils and a diffuser!). when purchasing a starter kit you could become a member of my team and receive 24% off the retail price of all the oils you buy in the future.