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    Reflecting on 2020

    Reflecting on 2020 seems a little strange because it was such a strange year! January January was possibly the most normal month of the year. I worked in retail at Lilly Pulitzer and officially started my Master of Education program at UVA. I was also teaching 5th grade full time. February Another seemingly normal month. I was still working at Lilly and working on my Master’s degree. At this point, we were still teaching in person. Reflecting on 2020-March This is when the whole world turned upside down. March 13th, Virginia’s governor canceled in-person classes for two weeks. I’ve never been so thankful for my grad classes to be online…

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    Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’ve talked a little bit about my faith here. I am by no means a pastor, but I did want to share some thoughts with you. First, let’s consider the actual reason for our Christmas celebration. It’s not just to give each other presents, but remember this is the day of Jesus Christ’s birth! But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. New International Version Everyone is well aware of how 2020 has…

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    48 Hours in Charlottesville

    What to do if you only have 48 hours in Charlottesville? Great question! My hometown has a lot of great tourist attractions and things to do. I’ve previously shared some parts of the different neighborhoods of town here. However, I wanted to give you some more ideas because so many people do come for shorter visits. Visit Historic Charlottesville Oddly enough, most of the historic places are not in Charlottesville, but in surrounding counties! The Local Presidents’ Residences Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello | Monticello has recently changed their tour and have added in more information about slavery. Depending on when you go, there are hands-on activities to do. If you want…

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    I Tried a Pinterest Recipe

    A Pinterest Recipe…you see them all the time and think “I can do that!”. But, can you? Me being me, I would say I can’t. I’m not particularly good in the kitchen unless it involves pasta, the microwave, or baking. So, I did an attempt at a Pinterest recipe for cheesy garlic bread. Something I love to get at restaurants, but wouldn’t normally try to make on my own. As you know, I’ve done vlogs before. Everything from flood days to cleaning my classroom. I actually really like shooting vlogs. I’m not really one for taking pictures of my food, so I figured filming it would be the best way…

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    Planners

    It’s time to buy planners for 2021! If you know me, you know a new planner makes me one of the happiest people alive. I love starting each new month, color coding things out, etc. As a teacher, I see a lot of people love Erin Condren or The Happy Planner. I actually plan all digitally for school! However, I am a lover of the paper planner as far as my persona life and grad school go. I need things written down or I forget. I even have a hard time using Google Calendar. Yes, it’s a little embarrassing, but I love having a paper copy. Plus, I look back…

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    How To: Start the Home Buying Process

    It might just be time to start the home buying process! Hi y’all, I reached out to an Alpha Delta Pi sister and realtor, Sadie McGann, to answer a few questions I had. Unfortunately for me, she’s not available in my area of Virginia, but if you’re in the NOVA area, feel free to reach out to her! Now, small disclaimer, I started to work with a realtor this summer when my district decided to send elementary students back in person. Rent is super expensive in Charlottesville (more than a monthly mortgage, electricity, and water combined a lot of the time). Plus, with renting you don’t have anything to show…

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    Everything about Blogging

    My friends always want to know what blogging is really like. So, I thought I’d share it with you! Keeping Up with the Blog One of the those questions is how do I keep up with my blog? The answer is pretty simple-I don’t always keep up with it. It’s hard. I’m a teacher (job comes first), I’m in Junior League, I serve as President of my local ADPi Alumnae Chapter, and I’m in grad school at UVA. There are definitely things I use to help me out. Blogging Strategies Schedule things out. I work ahead when I can, so I take full advantage of the ability to preschedule things.…

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    Last Minute Gift Guides

    The last minute gift guides are here! Hi y’all, Just like you I’m not immune to shopping at the last minute for holiday gifts. I try and start my holiday shopping early; however, it never fails me that I will forget something. I love shopping, that is definitely no secret. What a lot of people don’t know is I actually love shopping for other people more than I like shopping for myself. I love giving gifts, and my two tops love languages are gift giving/gift receiving and acts of service. I normally hate gift guides; however, I always feel like a last minute gift guides are needed. Technology Last Minute…

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    December 101 in 1001 Update

    It’s time for the newest 101 in 1001 update! I have from May 15, 2020 to February 10, 2023 to finish! Career/Grad School Graduate with my M. Ed in Reading from UVA. Walk the Lawn at UVA. Take and pass the RVE for Reading Specialists. Maintain straight A’s in Grad School. Apply for recertification for my teaching license. Keep a recommendation list of books for my classroom. (Summer 2020) School email to inbox 0. Fill out the FAFSA for Grad School. (May 2020) Create writing plans for 2020-2021 school year. (June 2020) Organize my classroom. (August 2020) Implement a lesson I normally wouldn’t. Personal Create a list of 101 things. (May 2020) Get…

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    Recent Amazon Finds

    Hi y’all, I’ve been doing a lot of shopping on Amazon for things I can’t shop locally for. While I’ve been browsing I’ve been keeping a list of practice and not so practical items that I loved. Disclaimer: All links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I will most likely receive compensation. However, all opinions are my own. Y’all know I love to shop on Amazon. I literally buy everything from books to clothes and school supplies. Nightlight The hall light recently went out that lights between my room and the bathroom. I love these. They’re just the right amount of brightness,…