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If I Were Going to Coachella and/or Burning Man

I haven’t been to a really great music festival in a long time. I’m old now. A crazy night to me is sitting on my couch staying up later than 10 p.m. to binge-watch Portlandia while eating 99% fat free popcorn. In a former life I was obsessed with the glam side of music festivals just as much as the music. But, I was a snob. Something where I might sweat, have to sit on the ground, or be close to strangers freaked me out. Now…fast forward to my late (late) 20s and going to Burning Man or Coachella would be my JAM! And because I’m older, wiser, and DGAF about what other people think anymore, I’d probably have a lot of fun. And, I’d wear some whacked out stuff. For now, I’ll settle for wearing my paisley pants in the classroom. But a girl can dream right? 

I am obsessed with anything comfy and flowy. If I were going to be out in the heat, I need something that isn’t going to make me hotter. Enter the palazzo pant in a funky paisley print. I wear these on the regular because they’re so fun and light. I can almost smell the Patchouli incense (oh, wait…that’s just me), and the same goes for anything with FRINGE. I’m loving the woven bags that I’m seeing everywhere this Spring. This cross body bag shown above makes toting my goods easy. You’re supposed to pack light at these things, right? Buh bye…tote bag! Next up…the American Flag short (because my husband thinks they’re tacky). I love how rompers look on other people, but I haven’t been brave enough to actually wear one yet myself. Maybe this summer is the summer I give it a whirl? And last but not least a loud accessory or piece like this backpack OR the sunflower shorts. I’m not one for mixing prints, but I might make an exception to the rule just this once. 

What are you loving for the summer? What pieces do you think I need to finally brighten up my funeral director wardrobe? I’m trying, people! Help me get colorful!

#GetOrganized: How I Isolate the Crazy

I am the chief organizer of the house. It’s always been that way and always shall it be. I’m fine with that because I have a lot of stuff to organize. I save things that others might find strange like cards, journals, and ticket stubs (hello scrapbooking), but once we bought our home a few years back we realized how much stuff we’ve accumulated over the years like decorations, furniture, and artwork. How do you keep it in all in check without losing your mind? Here’s how I make it work!

Everyday life and obligations: 

  • Plan, plan, plan. For my job, I still use a traditional paper planner for lessons and the like, but for my regular life? I’m all digital now. After going through planners of all kinds, I’ve streamlined with my iCal on my phone and laptop. It took some getting used to, but I’m loving how easy it is to add events and set alarms so I can remember what’s on tap for the day.
  • Make a list. I’m not completely done with paper and pen! I use a journal to make lists, reflect on the day, and make sure I know what’s where. For example, I collect Snowpinions (google that) and I make a list of all of the ones I have so I don’t receive duplicates as gifts. 
  • Have one central calendar. Ours is on the fridge whiteboard style. That way we all know what’s happening and when it’s happening. 

Why do we have so much stuff?

Storage bins to get organized
Image credit: Wayfair.com
  • Storage bins! I’m obsessed with the larger than life tupperware storage bins like these. They are cheap, easy to use, and they work for just about anything. We use these for all household decor for holidays and for books! If you’re storing in your basement these help keep valuables dry!
  • Statement pieces. I love a good reclaimed wood drawer set or vintage looking basket, too. These are great for storage that’s hidden in plain sight. 
  • Benches like any of these add some extra seating. We have a smaller house (beach life, ya’ll), so having storage that doubles as seating for company adds a nice, useful touch. 

Have you set your goals yet to help you #GetOrganized this year? What are you trying to do differently to isolate your crazy? For more inspiration check out Wayfair.com’s Storage Solutions!

Firmoo Eyeglasses: Seeing Clearly in 2016!

I’ve been wearing glasses for almost all of my life. Reading, writing, and teaching take a toll on my eyes. We use computers almost all day long! Like almost everyone in the world, I’m also busy. So, a while ago I got to work with Firmoo and was really impressed with their styles, prices, and ease of access! I like having a few different options for my eyeglasses depending on my mood. I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, and I really don’t want to wait around at my eye doctor’s office when I could be doing something better (eating tempeh, petting my dog, you get the idea). 

I chose these sweet black rimmed glasses from their Blogger Collection! They have so many styles, it’s really hard to narrow it down. Whether you’re funky, traditional, or just looking for something for outdoors (they have sunglasses, too), you’ll find something to complement your personal style. Check out Firmoo for the promos and deals first. You’ll grab a pair of specs for a great price and look fabulous, too. But don’t think that’s all there is! Firmoo updates their styles daily on their new arrivals page. When I first started shopping at Firmoo, buying my glasses online was very new to me. I’m progressive, but never thought I could be progressive when it came to eyewear. If you’re new to shopping online Firmoo is going to hook you up with a 15% off coupon for new customers

Overall, I’ve ordered from Firmoo twice now and really wouldn’t think of going back to the “old way” of ordering glasses! I love my new styles and colors and I can’t bring myself to overpay at the eye doctor for my frames anymore. Here’s to seeing clearly in 2016!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

Firmoo Glasses Giveaway!

Most of you guys know that I’m a glasses girl. I love my sunnies, but because I’m always working with my computer, or reading student work I also wear glasses regularly for my close work. I have my standard black and white framed glasses, but sometimes wearing the same old pair gets boring. I look at my glasses like an accessory; most of you lens lovers probably do, too! So, a while ago I got the chance to check out Firmoo.com and they hooked me up with some awesome Burgundy glasses that seriously spiced up my wardrobe. Now, Firmoo wants to give one of my lucky readers the hookup! The winner of this giveaway will score one pair of Firmoo glasses with free shipping to US from their collection for bloggers. Glasses include the frames, standard 1.50 index single vision lenses. Upgraded lenses and add-ons will be charged for an extra fee. 

Just follow the directions below, and make sure to complete the three REQUIRED entries below! Simply like the Firmoo FB page, Follow them on Twitter, and leave a comment about what style you’re loving! The collection for bloggers has style, quirk, and class wrapped into each frame with great prices and discounts. So, enter already and add some sass to your daily ensemble!

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May the odds be ever in your favor!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

Love List: Things I Want to Buy

It’s been a good long while since I’ve had a wishlist. I’m an adult after all, I just go buy whatever I want when I want it. I’m also the financial manager of the household (or CFO as I like to call myself), so sometimes putting things on hold is the realistic (read: mature) thing to do. Pay attention, Keith…our first anniversary as married folks is coming in a few months! πŸ˜›

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The list begins with this fancy pants Asobu Flavor Infusing water bottle. I’m the queen of cups and water bottles. I love buying new ones. And I use them…quarterly. I feel like this one is something I’d actually use.

It’s pretty, and I can put cut fruit in it…and I’m way too impatient to make a big pitcher of water and WAIT for it to infuse.  This one comes in cool colors, too and it’s glass which appeals to me. It just seems like more of an investment. 

The idea of infused water makes me feel healthier just thinking about it. Yes, I know I’m a marketing exec’s dream. Shut it. 

 

 

 

Do you feel more organized? I do!
Do you feel more organized? I do!

I think I’m just overly excited about paper and planners as a whole. Though the Erin Condren Life Planner was NOT for me, I do love the simplicity of Kate Spade’s agendas. Her overall design is awesome, but since my Erin Condren debacle, I just haven’t allowed myself a pricey planner. A planner is something you have to use every day, and if you hate the thing…you’re not going to use it. And, if you spent an exorbitant amount of money on the thing AND you hate it, you’re going to force yourself to like it. 

This layout features a weekly spread and I can see my WHOLE week across the pages which I need when it comes to teaching and making life plans. I also dig the black and white which is classy, stylish, and matches almost everything I wear. 

 

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These stupid lacy shorts that look like underwear. I don’t even know. I just want a pair because they look so damn comfortable. 

I mean…my middle schoolers wear shorts like this. So do people my age. So do women who are much older than I am. With that being said, I’m really lusting after a pair (in black), but I’m not so sure I would actually rock them in public. At home? At a family cookout? Sure. But on the boardwalk near my house…maybe, if I’m feeling daring. 

I’ve recently taken a liking to my legs (about two summers ago I started wearing shorts), and I’m not shy about showing them off. I just need to get more daring with my patterns and cuts. Maybe in August…

 

Too many things from Etsy (this avocado necklace for example), and almost every bonus pack from Michigan Antler Art, which I’ll admit is not really for me, but for Myles! 

What are you looking to buy? What do you think I should force Keith to buy for me? I kid. Kind of…

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