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101 in 1001 Update

Hi y'all, Here's an update on my 101 in 1001!
I managed to accomplish a few things (about 20) since I last did a check-in in July.

Start: January 1, 2017 End: September 29, 2019


Professional: Finish my teaching program November 2017Student Teach August-November 2017Get my teaching license December 2017Get a teaching job/contract July 2018Pass my tests to become a teacher January 2017Attend a professional conferenceStart my master’s degreeLearn CPR 5.5.17Set up a virtual file for Word Study August 2017Copy some math handouts November 2017Update my resume November 2017Keep a journal during practicums  March-April 2017Keep a journal during student teaching August-November 2017Organize my own classroom August 2018Google Educator Certification August 2018 Personal: Save $5000 November 2018Get a puppyRead 32 books (1 for each month)-total complete: 32 November 2018Take a trip November 2017Attend my sorority’s 5th year anniversary celebration November 2017Unplug from technology for 24…

The Highs and Lows of Technology in Classrooms

Hi y'all,
I've been finishing up the first half of my first year of teaching! EEK. It's so hard to believe that I've worked so hard for something and have made such a big dream of mine come true!

Anyway, I wanted to talk about the highs and lows of technology.



I use technology almost (if not every single) day in my classroom. Technology can be super useful and create a unique learning experience that sticks with students. However, it can also quickly become the bane of a teacher's existence.

Some of the high's I've found with technology as a teacher:
1. Quick response/communication. I remember back to when I was in school and my mom had to leave teacher's voice mails! I don't even think I set up my voicemail at school. However, I check my email when I get to school, throughout the day, and at the end of the school day. After that, I don't check it anymore! However, there is also the Seesaw app, which is incredible! I love it so much! It allows m…

Top 5 Winter Must Haves

Hi y'all,
It's that time of the year! It's time for the holidays, which also means the start of cold weather here in Virginia. Now, I realize Virginia winter can be pretty mild compared to what the northeast sees, but far worse than what the more southern states see.



In order to survive, I have my 5 must have products.

1. Senegence LipSense LipBalm. I LOVE this stuff! Send me a message if you want some! This stuff is seriously incredible. I used to use chapstick all the time. Believe me when I say that this is way better. I use it maybe 3 times a day max, and my lips do not crack anymore. The one "downside" is that when you first apply it, your lips tend to peel. It does not last long and it's the LipSense makeup that is creating the silky smooth lips that you're looking for. Your lips would peel no matter what product you're using, I just notice it more with LipBalm (I think it's how fast it happens, which means your getting what you want faster!…

Your Guide to Gift Giving

Hi y'all,

Let me start by saying I'm not a fan of gift guides. I don't like seeing the same products over and over again. Plus, it seems to take the thought out of them. However, I was just texting one of my friends, and she said she would like to know what I would suggest for a friend.



Instead of doing a gift guide, I'm going to make suggestions about how to go about purchasing or finding gifts for your friend.

1. Think outside the box. First, think about what they like to do or something they love, and find something connected, but something people do not really think about. For example, I got a sign for my desk at school about a dog from one of my best friends. It is definitely something I wouldn't buy for myself, but perfect because it relates to me.

2. Buy something they wouldn't buy for themselves. I do not want a gift I can just go out and purchase. Last Christmas, I got a "puppy blanket", just like a baby blanket but for your pup. I loved it b…

Favorite Makeup Products

Hi Y'all,
I kept thinking about what I wanted this post to be about, and after trying two different ones, I finally found this idea: my favorite makeup products.
I'm so picky when it comes to makeup. My skin is sensitive in the fact if it doesn't like the product it will break out. I'm also allergic to beeswax, so I can't use certain products (like Burt's Bees).
A little bit over a year ago, one of my friends started selling Senegence cosmetics.
I fell in LOVE!
It's perfect if you're a teacher or just a busy gal in general.

They have a wide range of products, but are most known for their LipSense product. It's long lasting lip color. When I say long lasting, I mean anywhere from 4-18 hours! And, they're a great price point too. I've personally had LipSense last through an entire holiday meal and the rest of the day's festivities.


However, my favorite product is actually their lip balm. This Lipbalm can be use anytime, anywhere. It helps p…

Time Flies

Hi y'all,
It's been since August since I last posted...
Since August I...
-Started my full time teaching job.
-Started the application process for grad school (which I can't apply to until November of next year anyway).
-Started saving for a house.

My grad class ends at the start of December (just about a month away). In that time I only have about 5 more assignments left to do. Woo! It's also hard to believe that almost 2 quarters of school are up. The first quarter flew by and was so much fun! I hope to write a post very soon about a few of my favorite assessments my students did. One that I'm excited to try is next week.

However, as far as blogging goes, I plan to get a post in once a week right now. November is a super busy time! I have Mistletoe Market with Junior League, Parent Teacher Conferences, planning days for school.

What have y'all be up to?
Let me know!
xx,
Lindsey

Friday Five: August Goals

Hi y'all!

This week's post is going to look a little different. Instead of doing some favorites, I'm focusing on five goals for August.

1. Limited spending. As a new teacher, I don't get paid until the end of September so I'm in major need of budgeting.

2. Enjoy the start of my first school year. I'm really trying to think about the little memories and really participate in things.

3. Enjoy weekends. Since I have been working a majority of weekends for the past few years, I am really looking forward to enjoying weekends and doing things I want to do.

4. Wear different shoes. This is definitely different compared to the others, but I tend to wear the same pair of shoes every day and I have a closet floor full of shoes that need to be worn.

5. Do something with a friend. While I am super focused on school right now (teaching, not taking classes!) I am trying to remind myself I can spend time outside of the classroom, too. Luckily, I knew some of my co-workers, I …

Classic Never Goes Out of Style: Investment Jewelry

Hi y'all,

As you're reading this, I'm officially starting my new job and career!

Thinking about my new career, I thought about things I'll be wearing every day and I know these pieces of jewelry will definitely be it!


Pearl Earrings with Diamonds | Cable Classics Bracelet with Pearls and Diamonds, 5mm |  Tiffany and Co. Return to Tiffany Heart Tag Pendant
Now, before you start thinking, this girl spent a lot of money on jewelry. Guess again! I actually got my David Yurman bracelet from Ebay (highly recommend by the way). I got my David Yurman Earrings with my rewards from Nordstrom.
My Tiffany necklace was one that I purchased at full price (at $125 for high end jewelry, it was a good price) and I literally wear it daily. So worth it to me. I've had it since I finished my freshman year of college and it still looks brand new. 
Do you have any favorite investment pieces that you love? Have any that you have your eye on? Let me know!
xx, Lindsey

Lemonade Date

Hi y'all,

I know I only started this blog a week ago, but I definitely want this to be a life+style type of lifestyle blog. In order to do that, y'all get real life posts!

Therefore, occasionally you'll see a "Lemonade Date" post. I can't have caffeine, but lemonade is definitely my guilty pleasure.



My biggest life announcement is I accepted a position to teach 5th grade! I'm so excited to FINALLY be doing what I love. I start Wednesday with New Teacher Orientation! I student taught in 5th grade as well, so I feel more prepared than if I was teaching a grade I had never worked with. If y'all know any good teaching blogs for 5th grade, leave me a link!

On top of accepting a position for teaching, I quit my retail job. I won't go into too much detail, but it was time.

I have a few days of "Funployment" if you can even really call it that. I've been getting some last minute stuff for my classroom and packing things up to move from the f…

Friday Five

Hi y'all,
I'm so excited to introduce the first Friday Five!

Since I'm not planning on posting but three days a week, I don't want to only do weekly type posts. However, I do want to make sure y'all know what I'm loving every week. One goal of mine is to have 1 piece per brand. Its no secret I love certain brands; however, I want to make sure I'm sharing the love.


1.Day Designer by Blue Sky Planner | I made the mistake of not buying a new planner because I thought the academic planner would no longer be important to me. I was wrong. The academic planner is a necessity (especially as a teacher). I definitely plan on doing a post about how I organize my planner soon.

2. Amazon FireStick | I bought this during Prime Day because my room doesn't have an ethernet connection and prior to the FireStick that was the only way I was going to get Netflix/Amazon Prime on my tv (it would go through my Blu-Ray Player). I'm so glad I bought this and I've used e…

Nine Potential New Member Sorority Recruitment Tips

Hi y'all!

August is quickly approaching, which for many means its back to school time. For college students elsewhere, it also means recruitment season is here!

My school did a spring recruitment (aka January); however, many schools, especially in the south, do recruitment in August and September.

If you're going through recruitment, congratulations!

I went through recruitment in two different ways (both formal and the colonization process) and then on the sister side! I went through part of recruitment my freshman year spring, got sick and couldn't finish. However, it worked out for the best because I got to join Alpha Delta Pi through the colonization process in September of my sophomore year.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Each house is different at every school. Did you hear about sorority XYZ at ABC University? Get that stereotype right out of your head. Every single house is different because different girls make up the chapter. I have friends that would t…

101 in 1001 Update

Hi y’all, But here’s an updated 101 in 1001 for you… Start: January 1, 2017 End: September 29, 2019 Professional: Finish my teaching program November 2017Student Teach August-November 2017Get my teaching license December 2017Get a teaching job/contract July 2018Pass my tests to become a teacher January 2017Attend a professional conferenceStart my master’s degreeLearn CPR 5.5.17Set up a virtual file for Word Study August 2017Copy some math handouts November 2017Update my resume November 2017Keep a journal during practicums  March-April 2017Keep a journal during student teaching August-November 2017Organize my own classroomGoogle Educator Certification Personal: Save $5000Get a puppyRead 32 books (1 for each month)-total complete: 30Take a trip November 2017Attend my sorority’s 5th year anniversary celebration November 2017Unplug from technology for 24 hoursWorkout every day for 30 daysGo back to London/UKMove into my own apartmentSell some of my old Lilly clothes/clothes I don’t wearBuy…

Welcome!

Hey!

Well, I'm finally doing it: committing to blogging. Again. I'm super excited to be jumping back into the blogging world after a hiatus. I attempted to blog under some other names, but nothing felt right. So, I figured my own name would be the best way to keep a blog that I loved. 

I'm Lindsey. I'm a 20-something elementary school teacher with a passion for sharing things about life. I originally started blogging back at the end of my senior year of high school, and continued through college. Post grad life made it hard to balance everything (mainly because I was working full time and going to school again). However, I know that I'm going to need this blog.
As of right now, I have accepted my first full time "big girl job" in the field I'm passionate about. I'm teaching 5th grade this year, and I'm so excited! Along with my first teaching job, I'm also going to be working in retail part time and I'm taking one grad class. 

I'm stil…