DIY Teacher Gift

As you probably know by now because I can’t really seem to shut up about it to the days leading up to today – Jay started school today!! While I have a whole post about how I am feeling about that, today I wanted to share a very simple and easy DIY teacher gift. We took this to meet the teacher night last Thursday and she loved it! I basically combined two pins I saw on pinterest & added a list something extra. You can see each of the pins here and here.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Teacher Gift

I mean seriously how cute is that? & yes, it is as easy as it looks. You will need:
- A jar of some sort
- A hot glue gun + glue sticks
- 2 boxes of crayons
- 2 packs of pencils {I used two 10 packs}
- Mini post it notes

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Teacher Gift

Begin by gluing the first crayon on the jar and then glue the rest all the way around! Yes, so easy!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Teacher Gift

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Teacher Gift

I could have just dropped the post it notes in the jar but, I placed them in a little square!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Teacher Gift

Then, simply place the twenty pencils in the jar and wa-la you have a fun and totally usable teacher gift that your kids teacher is sure to love! A cute jar to set on her desk plus, pencils at her ready and of course post it notes for when she needs to jot something down!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Teacher Gift

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Teacher Gift

Did you a teacher gift at the beginning of the year? If so, did you share it? I would love to see it if you did!

I’m linking this up to: Life Inspired Link PartyThe 36th AvenueThrifty ThursdayWeekend wrap upCraft-o-maniacSundae Scoop & a night owl blog 

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Mini School – Chalk Letters

I saw this fun idea on Pinterest about a different type of way to teach your little ones how to write their letters and I knew I had to do this with Jay! He was so excited and did such a good Job! I was really proud of him and he did not want to stop tracing or “erasing” the letters until he was all the way to z!

He had this super cute look of concentration on his face and smiled every time he finished a letter. I was the perfect cheerleader and told him good Job the whole way! We will definitely be doing this with letters again and next time numbers too!
What do you think? Would you do this with your little one?

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Bullying can cause a world full of hurt

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Bullying can cause a world full of hurt

If there is one thing I am terrified of when it comes to Jay starting kindergarten this year. It’s bully’s. I know bullying has gotten so much worse since I was in school and it scares the living hell out of me that he might encounter it.
I remember in high school there was two girls who set out to make my life hell and it worked. I never talked about it and I dealt with it. I had a lot of friends so, even those these girls turned a few of my “friends” against me – I tried not to let it bother me. I remember logging onto AIM {remember that?} and if these girls were on you better believe they ran there mouth to me and tried to bring me down as far as they could. It scared me for life when it came to friends because, once upon a time these girls were my “friends”. They impacted my life more than they ever thought they did.
I’ve seen bullying happening right here in blogging and it disgusts me.
I had the chance to interview my mom – who was bullied very bad in school. I asked for y’alls help with answers on Twitter & Facebook and here is her answer to those questions…
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1. Where do you stand regarding forgiving the person/people who bullied you?
I would have to say that I have not forgiven any of the people who bullied me in school, since it was so many of them and it happened on a daily basis from the time I was half through middle school until I was out of of high school. Never a day went by that something wasn’t said to me or done to me.
2. What did you do about the bullying? (Tell anyone, kept it a secret, etc)
I of course told my parents and my siblings, a couple of my teachers, and a friend or two that I had, they all knew. I would come home crying at times, and I hated going to school.
3. How has it affected you as a person?
I carry it with me to this very day and I am 47. I do have some trust issue’s, some self confidence issue’s as a result of that not once have I ever looked in the mirror and thought I was pretty, and the thing is I was skinny in high school, kept up with the style etc. I prayed that my girls were pretty so that they never had to deal with what I did and they are, and they had all kinds of friends in school.
4. Can you describe how you felt during the bullying?
I wanted to run and hide when people would make fun of me, and it made it very difficult for me to come to school. I was afraid that is for sure. I never really made eye contact when I would walk in school to try and avoid anyone from saying anything to me. I prayed all the time that it would stop.
5. How do you feel around people now that you have been bullied?
I am Ok around people now that I am an adult. I certainly don’t get made fun of to my face, now people know that I have no problem speaking my mind at all.
6. Is there anything you wish you would have done different when the bullying was going on?
Yes, I wish I would have had the courage to speak up to those people, hold my head high and show them that it had no effect on me at all. Laugh at them when they were making fun of me, etc
What I want people, parents to realize is just how bad this affects a child. I was called names constantly every day I walked in that school, I was known as , Ms. Piggy, Pig nose etc. I remember one time I got off the school bus at the corner of my street, a girl got off with half the bus of course and proceeding to hit me, I turned to walk away and a boy wearing cowboy boots pointed ones kicked me right in my back. There was another girl who had her friends with her all the time and would shove my books out of my hands and all her friends would laugh at me, one day however she did it and something snapped and even though I was terrified on the inside I pushed her so hard she ate those lockers behind her, but she never bothered me again after that. But it didn’t stop the continuing name calling, pulling hair, etc that I went through and I do mean on a daily basis.
I only went to one dance in high school a homecoming dance, I never got to go to the prom, I never had a lot of friends at all, nor boyfriends for that matter. I mean really who wanted to be seen with me, boy wise. On the inside I was like , why why me, what have I done to these people to deserve this. I was and still am a really nice person, very easy to get along with etc. Very loyal to the few friends I do have. I always thought of others still do, even though this was going on. I prayed all the time that my girls never had to endure this kind of pain in school, that they got to enjoy those school years and have lots of friends, and they did..
But it is still in the back of my mind to this day. How people can live with themselves doing this to a child, teenager etc. I would love once to just know why a person does that, what kind of satisfaction did they all get out of making fun of me? Now as they are all adults and have kids of their own how they would feel knowing the effects this has on kids, what would they do now? I know when my daughter post this these people I went to school with will see this as some are on my facebook, and I am OK with that because they need to know, and it will either humble them or it won’t bother them at all, either way I felt I needed to tell my story.
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Bullying can cause a world full of hurt. Don’t be that person who bullies someone – it gets you no where and deeply scars a person.

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What I Wore

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Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore

I really don’t think I’m getting any better at being less awkward in front of the camera or getting any better at posing but whatever. I shared my summer style not too long ago and I figured it was time to share what that summer style actually looks like on me.
Shirt + Black bra cover up // Kohl’s – Necklace // Christmas gift – Shorts // Walmart I think.

I’m linking up with Lena for Passion for Fashion.

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What I Wore – Mint + White chevron maxi dress

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore - Mint + White chevron maxi dress

It is a beautiful thing when a dress can make me feel amazing. From the moment I got my Kiki La’Rue dress – I was in love. It is hands down the most comfortable and beautiful dress I own. I’m 5’6 and a lot of that is my legs so, finding a maxi dress that goes all the way down to my feet can be frustrating! Until I got this dress of course. It did just that. It made me feel so pretty and I got so many compliments on it.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore - Mint + White chevron maxi dress

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore - Mint + White chevron maxi dress

I wore this out on a date with my husband and I said to him, “I either look really pretty or my dress is see through” He laughed and told me it was most definitely because I looked good in my dress.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore - Mint + White chevron maxi dress

My niece even told me when we were dropping the kids off at my sister in laws house, “You look really pretty tonight Cassie and I really like your dress” She is 10 and melted my heart with that sweetness. Let’s also be honest I am in love with the color mint right now and the chevron design so, this dress was perfect for me!
I have found my go-to shop for maxi dresses that’s for sure!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // What I Wore - Mint + White chevron maxi dress

{Pretend you don’t see my arm fat or spots – I almost didn’t post this picture because of my spots but ya know what, it’s something I have to live with and I’m tired of being insecure about them}

What is your favorite item from Kiki La’Rue?!
I bought this dress and was in no way reimbursed for this review. I just had to share my new favorite dress with y’all!

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Sunday Pictures

Happy Sunday blog friends! I hope you are soaking up some fun family time! That’s how we roll on Sunday’s anyway since we are always so busy during the week, Sunday is definitely family day. :) It’s that time to share my Sunday pictures. Enjoy.

The valentines candy I bought the boys.


The beautiful roses hubby got me for valentines day.


I love my boys!


Chris giving Jessica kisses. :)


My cousin + her hubs smiling!

You can see the rest of their photo shoot on my new photography blog!


Please don’t stare

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Please don't stare

With BlissDom next month I figured it was time to write the post I don’t even want to write. I wrote about it once as a guest post but didn’t use many words and it was awhile back. I think it’s time I stepped out of my box, took a deep breath and went for it. I am going to be meeting tons of women next month & I’ve even talked to my mom & husband about my nerves about going. I can chalk it up to being shy, but that wouldn’t be the whole truth. That’s barely even a sliver of the truth. I am self conscious. & trust me when I say I wish it was simply because I have a pooch in my belly, my thighs are too big or (insert every other flaw here).

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Please don't stare

But my self consciousness comes from much more than your everyday average flaw. Since I was two years old, I have had urticaria pigmentosa aka spots. If you google that, one – you are of course going to see the worst of the worst and two – you will see it is very commonly in children. I don’t have it as bad as those googled pictures. But I have them bad. My body, except my face, is covered in tiny reddish brown spots. 

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Please don't stare
Shirt + Pants: Kohls

Spots that I probably wouldn’t care about if people weren’t so judgmental. If when I’m wearing shorts + a tank top, people didn’t stare like I’m some kind of freak. Because I’m not – these spots weren’t a choice, they were forced upon me. I didn’t want them, but I have them. To be quite honest I have never liked them and knowing other people secretly don’t like them – makes me hate them that much more.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Please don't stare
Shoes: Thrifted

But there are people who I am thankful for when it comes to my spots. My husband who could careless that I have them. My friend from high school who once said, “She wanted them because they were unique.” & yes even a friend in middle school who said, “I don’t like them, they are weird.” I could have squeezed her to death for saying that. You would think that would have wounded me further – but it’s not the honesty that bothers me, it’s the ones who don’t say anything. Who silently stare. Who do double takes.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Please don't stare

So, for the love of God when you see me at BlissDom – if you notice my spots. Please don’t stare at me. You will make me feel even more insecure & judged and self conscious. Instead, ask me about that, tell me you think they are neat, odd, different. Tell me you hate them. But please, don’t stare at me like I’m different than you.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Please don't stare
 

Side note: Unless I’m wearing shorts – which is not likely – or I’m wearing a tank top – again not likely, you won’t see the worst of them. But if you spend enough time with me you will notice them on my hands, feet & the underneath part of my arms and my neck if my makeup doesn’t cover them up.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Please don't stare

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Currently

I’m linking up with my sweet friend Elle @ Dig Deep Studio for her Currently linkup!

Currently Counting Down To: The days until BlissDom!
Currently Super Proud: That I organized 3 closets in our house today, created milk art with the boys, built a fort from them, did laundry, gave the boys a bath and read them 2 stories. Oh & I’m writing this blog post right now – I’m feeling pretty accomplished.


Currently Broadening: My photography.

Currently Concluding: That I need to go shopping something fierce.
Currently Reading: The search by Nora Roberts.
Currently Thinking: That the show Once Upon a Time has my attention so far.
Currently Jay’s Favorite Thing: Me playing games with him all hours of the day.

Currently Kage’s Favorite Thing: Being mean to Jay. I really wish I was kidding. He didn’t really have terrible twos but he is going through terrifying threes.

Currently Saving All My Pennies For: BlissDom of course!
Currently Wanting To Travel To: South Carolina to see my bestie.
Currently Wanting In My Cupboard: Organization.. it’s on my to-do list.
Currently Wanting To Learn: French.
Currently Drooling Over: Mmm surprisingly nothing.
Currently Confessing: That I watch too much TV.
Currently Listening To: The TV.
Currently Obsessed With: My IPhone, I don’t see how ever lived without one.
Currently 1st Place Comedic Genius: Kevin Hart.
Currently 2nd Place Comedic Genius: Dane Cook.
Currently Addicted To: Pinterest.
Currently Fantasizing About: Long summer days spent by the pool.
Currently Sad Because: Jay is turning 5 in two months, time is going too fast.
Currently My Motto: This life is meant to be lived.
Currently Dreaming Of: Shorts, flip flops, BBQ’s & having a tan.
Currently Needing To Update: Hmmm..not sure.
Currently Yearning For: A massage.
Currently Want To See In My Closet: Skinny jeans!
Currently Enjoying: Watching Once Upon A Time.
Currently Have A Girl Crush On: Jessica Alba, love her.
Currently Shopping: No where, boo!
Currently Discovered: That I have a back problem.
Currently Redecorating: The boys room.

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I am also Currently loving one of my solo featured sponsors this month.

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Why BlissDom better be worth it

First I want to just thank God for having it in his plans for me to attend BlissDom for the first time this year. I will elaborate more on why I think it was in his plans in another post. But for now these are my reasons why BlissDom better be worth it.

Hubs and I had an unspoken agreement that if I was going to attend blissdom I was going to have to find the way to pay for it. Now before you go on thinking what an a-hole, we don’t have the extra money for him to just hand it over and say, “have fun babe.” Because if we did, he would have. Okay back to my point. So once I found out this awesome lady was selling her early bird ticket I asked her if she could hold it for a week for me & this is how earning the money went down.


{What Skye said had me cracking up}


Blissdom better be worth it because…
On the road to earning this money I wound up crying. Big fat tears rolling down my cheeks over the sweetness of a very dear friend.

I had to pickup dog poop. Lots of dog poop. I’m afraid I’m scarred for life. We may never own a dog because of that.

I cleaned out my moms fridge. I’m always very afraid of my moms fridge – not because she has old items in there but because there is so much food & condiments in there! Imagine taking 50,000 things out of a fridge and wiping down the shelves and putting those 50,000 things back in neatly. Again, I may never look at bottles of ranch, hot sauce, etc the same again. ;) (love you momma!) side note: it’s really not 50,000 things just a lot!!

I organized some closets in a house and hurt my back. Literally the whole way home I was gritting my teeth because my lower back was throbbing.

Finding a roommate(s) is stressing me out.

So you see.. Going to blissdom has caused..
Scars for life
Tears (good tears)
Pain
& stress.

All in a weeks time.
Better be worth it.

Side note: yes these things really did happen. No, I am not really complaining, this post is suppose to be semi funny reminder to myself about how I earned money for my first blog conference. I know blissdom is going to be totally worth it!!