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Old Navy Women’s Best Tees!

April 1, 2013

As part of of my participation on Crowdtap (which you should totally join because hey, free stuff!), I got to sample Old Navy’s tees for women. And by sample, I mean take home two for free, and give two to a friend! My post-baby belly is decidedly… rounder and lumpier than my pre-baby belly, so I was in desperate need of some tops to fit my new shape. I fell in LOVE with their vintage tees – soft, heathered, in current colors (I got grey and lavender stripes, Sarah bought coral and grey), with just enough room to be forgiving and comfy. I will be wearing these with everything this summer.

Shirts for us! Cause we're stylish. And pretty.

Shirts for us! Cause we’re stylish. And pretty, even when we (I) do weird things with our (my) neck.

I think Old Navy was the winner here though, because between the two of us, we may have come for free tees, but we left with the whole store. I love their skinny boyfriend khakis. We aren’t allowed to wear jeans to teach (BOO), but these are a perfect balance – they come in all the fun colors that denim is in right now, the silhouette is skinny and on-trend, but they still qualify as work pants. And I can wear them all summer too (40 school days left!)

This shopping is in addition to buying everything they have online in size 9-12 and 12-18 months for my daughter to wear this summer. I am OBSESSED with rompers for babies. Old Navy, just take my whole bank account, hmmm?


The Simple Things

July 22, 2011

The Simple Things

I love Jesslyn’s encouragement to appreciate the simple things each week. Since it’s my birthday today, I’ve had an extra special lot to be grateful for.

  • My new kitten, Emily, and the sweet husband who adopted her with me.
  • Susan, who took me out for lemon curd crepes, mimosas, and thrift store shopping today.
  • My momma, who helped us upgrade to the couch of our dreams (delivered today, how perfect!)
  • Sarah, who helped me take Emily to the vet for her first checkup, got my butt to the gym, and made these sailors knot bracelets with me!


  • All my friends, family and former students who took time to send me some love today. What more could a girl ask for?

Meet Emily

July 22, 2011


This sweet girl came home from the shelter with us on Tuesday! Can you believe another family adopted and returned this bundle of cuddle? She hadn’t been back at the shelter for more than an hour when we arrived. We originally had wanted a tiny kitten, but she was so warm and friendly, we knew she was the one for us. I have had and known plenty of kitties in my life, and she is the snuggliest I’ve ever known. The first night we had her, we were lying down watching a movie, and she pushed herself under my blanket and slept curled against my chest.


She loves Matt, and this is huge for him. He wasn’t raised with cats because his mom hates them, and the cat I had when we started dating was terrified of him because he’s so big. He’s never met a cat that liked him right away, but Emily can’t get enough of him! He’s pretty sweet with her.


We were a little worried at first – we fell for her before we knew she was returned by her last family for not using the litter box. I think they must have had lots of other cats that she didn’t get along with, but she has been perfect since we brought her home. As we got ready for bed the first night, Matt turned to me and said, “I still don’t like cats. I just like our cat. And there’s no other woman in the world that I would have adopted one for.” Love him, love my Emily, and love especially that the adore each other.

Fill in the Blank Friday

July 15, 2011

Link up with Lauren!

1. I am a (morning, evening, middle of the day person) evening by choice, morning by habit. During the summer, I sleep late, stay up late, and get the most done after 8pm, but during the school year I’m in bed early, and get the most done by waking up crazy early – I have been known to grade papers at 4 in the morning.

2. My favorite Pandora stations are The Head & The Heart, RENT… everything else is a mash up of lots of songs/artists.

3. 3 of my “must-have” songs for a road trip playlist are

4. My favorite pattern is  tattersall , but polka dots are a close second.

5. My favorite perfume is Shenandoah by Terri Michele, and VS Sexy Little Things Noir

6. Rules are so so so hard for me to break. I have always been a rule follower, through and through. In middle school, all my friends jaywalked across a busy street to get to a donut shop. I stalked down a block to the crosswalk, by myself, full of tears and righteous indignation.

7. My most overused phrase or punctuation is “lovely”… and ellipses.

wee bit wednesday

July 13, 2011

{one} what’s the #1 most played song on your iPod (or whatever you use)?
If I actually sort by Most Played – Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa. It’s a GREAT gym song, and I’ve been working out this summer!

{two} what’s your favorite type of exercise?
Dance – but if you’re out of school and not dancing at a professional level, classes in LA are really intimidating! So I haven’t done that in forever. I like cycling too.

{three} what’s your least favorite mode of transportation?
It doesn’t even exist anymore, but the Skyway that used to take you across Disneyland is probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I was about 10, and there were teenage boys jumping in the one next to us (my mom yelled at them because she’s my heroine.) I thought I was going to die. I know that’s a stretch for a mode of transportation, but I like pretty much everything else I’ve tried.

{four} if you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?
I’ll steal Leigh Ashley’s answer and say, “Now. I like being 28.” But I really hope my answer to this is always “now”, it means I’m enjoying my life!

{five} when you have 30 minutes of free time, what do you use it to do?
During the school year? Nap! During the summer, read anything I can get my hands on.

{six} what do you miss the most about being a kid?How open the future seemed. I love my life, my marriage, and my career, but part of the fun of being a kid was imagining that your future could hold anything. Now it feels like life is too short to do everything I’d want to do!

{seven} when was the last time you were nervous?
A few weeks ago, going to a party with a bunch of people I don’t know. Matt is totally energized by that kind of thing, but I am a twisted ball of nerves until we arrive – and it’s worse if we’re running late (which we were, of course!)

{eight} what was the first thing you bought with your own money when you were young?I raised the most money in our school’s bike-a-thon when I was 6, and the prize was $100. I bought an original Nintendo, and played lots of Tetris.

{nine} what is your favorite month of the year?
July! Our anniversary, my birthday, no school/work ever, days by the pool, 4th of July… doesn’t get much better for me.

{ten} what are 3 songs from the soundtrack of your life?
High school – Kiss Me, Sixpence None the Richer
College – The Warmth, Incubus
Adulthood – I’m Yours, Jason Mraz

Go link up and share your answers!

First official Monday of summer!

July 12, 2011

Oh, what a lovely day yesterday was. Because of how summer school fell, this is my first full week with no work, and having a Monday off with no work in site felt ssoooooo good. A day like that needs documentation (mostly for myself when it’s mid-November and I’m wondering when I’ll ever have a day with no papers to grade!)

  • Wore my new TOMS outside for the first time.
TOMS Navy Bimini Women's Stitchouts

SO glad I ordered these when I did - got the last seven and a half!

  • Neighborhood Starbucks handled the most annoying order ever (grande decaf soy caramel light frappuccino) with ease. Seriously, I was kind of embarrassed to order it.
  • My friend S picked me up, and we went to her awesome stylist for haircuts. Best part: the stylist actually believed me when I told her my hair is naturally spiral curly, and gave me a cut that will work both curly and straight. Second best part: Someone else blowdrying my hair for me. Ah, the luxury. If I were ever to come into a ridiculous sum of money, I would pay someone to wash and dry my hair for me every day.

    My eyes look like they're looking different places - I didn't even know I could do that!

  • Spent an hour or so making my kitchen sparkly clean, then messed it all up making my favorite vegetarian meal to date. I could eat Mongolian BBQ for every meal, and this tasted just like it. It took maybe 20 minutes, and that’s just because I’m a slow carrot peeler. I tried to take a picture for this post, but it was too ugly and I would rather eat dinner than style it.
    Soba Noodles with Vegetables PDF
    Soba Noodles with Vegetables EVERNOTE
  • Worked out with S, channeling myself 20 years ago by wearing leggings and scrunch socks because that’s what was clean. I looked pretty awesome.
Today, my very best friend from high school is in town; I’m having lunch and a beach day with her, her husband, and their two adorable kids. I’ve never even met her daughter who is around 18 months – definitely overdue for a visit!
Brittany Michelle Senior Year Fall Rally 1

Me and Brittany, September 1999

Summer = …

July 11, 2011

… eating outside with good friends.

At Ladyface Ale Companie, so called because it's fabulous patio overlooks Ladyface Mountain. GO, if you're local, and order one of everything. Especially the french onion soup, and the mac and cheese and... everything.