Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites - Pineapple Edition

Happy Friday, friends!!!





Erika, Narci and I are all sharing our Friday Favorites and we'd love for you to join us!  Grab our graphic, link back to one (or all!) of us and link to your blog at the bottom of this post.  Easy!


I hosted a girls night last weekend and  got to use my FAVORITE stash of mismatchhy (I'm aware that's not a word... but go with it) dishes.  A couple of years ago I started picking up fun plates that I loved at Anthropologie and then it kind of turned into a tradition with the kids where Dave takes them to the store at Christmas and my birthday and they each pick a plate.  It lets them have the fun of picking something, but reins it in a bit ;)  And I have a fun collection of dessert plates!


I'm rarely really "dressed" in the summer... I'm typically either in pajamas or a pool coverup but I did get dressed earlier this week in a few of my FAVORITES!



And speaking of the shoes - they are BY FAR my FAVORITE pair of wedges EVER!!!  Please pardon my self timer picture attempts but LOOK HOW CUTE!!!


And y'all... they are RIDICULOUSLY comfy!  Like... teacher-comfy!  While I haven't worked a full day in them yet I'm 100% confident that I won't have to tear them off at the final bell and walk to my car barefoot (not that I've ever done that before - ahem).  If you're in the market for a really comfy pair of cute wedges I can't recommend these enough! (and they come in several other colors as well!)


I've talked a BUNCH about how the Volcano scent of candles by Capri Blu is my FAVORITE of all time... well... there's a GORGEOUS jarred candle on sale right now and I am so excited because these candles (especially in the gorgeous cut glass jar!) rarely go on sale.  I grabbed several for teacher gifts, Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, etc.  When I get pretty candle jars I like to wash them out when the candle is gone and use them for holding earrings, hair clips, etc. and almost can't wait until the candle is gone so I can use the jar.  SUCH A STEAL!


Some post-dinner golf course and pool time is our FAVORITE!!!



Imagine my surprise when this guy showed up in my kitchen earlier this week...


... Mason's imagination, creativity and SPUNK are some of my FAVORITE things about him.

Things at school are moving right along... the new high school should be ready the last week in July at which point they'll move those teachers into their new classrooms and then middle school will move into the old high school.  We went up one night this week to check out the room I'll be moving into and I AM SO FLIPPING EXCITED!!!  After 6 years in a portable I am so ready to be back in my FAVORITE room in the school (this was my classroom for my first 5 years of teaching!)

Even full of things waiting to be moved I love it :)


Y'all.  CABINETS!!! #bless


And my FAVORITE part is going to be moving back into the quad!  This is right outside of my classroom door.  YAY!  And yes... that's Mason and all of his beanie boos out there in the courtyard.


We hit up one of my FAVORITE places this week and the kids were loving the misting fans...


If you're from Texas the next graphic is about to become your new FAVORITE ;)


I picked up this pom pom cardi for Griffin and I think it's going to be a FAVORITE this Fall.  Look how sweet it looks with the new Matilda Jane!


This girl's pool hair is my FAVORITE!


The next FAVORITE might be my most random one EVER!  Luke's FAVORITE fruit is pineapple and fresh is always better than canned but I have never had good luck cutting them.  I saw this pineapple tool online (it's only $7!)  and was skeptical about how easy it was going to be and y'all... it's ridiculously easy.  All you do is cut the top off your pineapple (which isn't hard) and then put the tool on top.  You push down as you rotate the tool and look...



PERFECT RINGS!!!


You just pop the handle off and then slide the rings down to get them off.  It is seriously way too much fun.  



I'm sure I'm only like the 7500th person to mention the Nordstrom Sale today (SORRY!) but it's such a good time to stock up on athletic stuff I wanted to show you what I picked up for the boys in my life :)  (All the links are under the SHOP tab at the top of the page!)

Dave...


Luke...


Mason...

All my boys want to wear are athletic clothes and while I typically pick them up at TJ Maxx the prices at the sale are just as good so I stocked up on a few things.  The long sleeve dry-fit hoodies are SO CUTE and are going to be FAVORITES this Fall.  I went ahead and ordered them a couple pairs of the Nike joggers as well and I just ordered these North Face jackets that I think will be great for school.  The Patagonia zip-up I got for Dave came in too and it is AWESOME!!!  It's fleecy on the inside and he's going to love it!

I only grabbed a couple of things for myself (bras, leggings, pjs) and these pajama pants were my FAVORITE purchase ;)  They are ridiculously soft and comfy and so cute!  


(I sized up to a medium and they fit great... I think they run pretty true to size but I like my pjs loose)

I've talked about Dressie Jessie before (her pjs are the cutest!) and she sent Griffin this precious dress and we are loving it!!!  I think it may be the perfect dress for meet the teacher in a few weeks! (how is that even possible?!?!)  I'm a sucker for seersucker and the sweet little monogram is absolutely darling.


Those little hands!!!

She's currently doing pre-orders for the cutest Fall pajamas EVER and the fact that you can get them for baby dolls as well is my FAVORITE!  You can check out her site HERE for ordering info!

Last, my FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE from the week is this song by Caleb and Kelsey...



I bought it on iTunes and it has been on a steady repeat at my house from morning until night.  Oceans and You Make Me Brave were two of Manda's FAVORITE songs and this version combined them and had me completely choked up multiple times.  When I put together the video for her service they were the first two songs we picked and I can't listen to either of these songs without thinking of her.  Hearing the songs mixed together in such a beautiful way had me missing my friend so much as all I wanted to do was have her listen to it and talk about how awesome it was. 

Also, this week marked two years since Ashleigh passed away and I spent a good amount of time thinking about what a large impact she made on me in a short amount of time, reading through our text conversations and going back through her blog reading her posts.  Her unwavering faith and determination to share that with others even in the hardest of circumstances is something that I feel incredibly blessed to have witnessed firsthand.

 The post that her husband wrote about celebrating their 8th wedding anniversary is one of the most touching things I've ever read and if you have a minute this weekend you should read it HERE.  

Happy Friday, friends!

PS - This post contained affiliate links, which means that if you clicked on a link and made a purchase I may receive a commission.  THANK YOU for supporting my blog!  Also, a big THANK YOU to Dressie Jessie for Griffin's adorable seersucker dress - We LOVE it!

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  1. You had me at pineapple, I'm off to grab that tool! I am envious of all that great storage space in your classroom, wow! Your school looks beautiful.

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    1. Isn't it crazy?!?! I was a total skeptic but am crazy about how awesome the little tool is! And YAY for storage!!!

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  2. That pineapple cutter!!!! A game changer for sure. I need that in my life!

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    1. I didn't believe it was going to work as well as it did and was blown away by how easy it was to use! You're going to love it :)

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  3. I love that song thanks for sharing! And it looks like you got some great stuff for everyone from the sale!

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    1. You're so welcome! And yes... lots of basics for sure!

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  4. Love those wedges and all your picks from the sale! My son is the same way!

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    1. Girl! The wedges are even comfier than they are cute!

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  5. We have all the heart eyes for Dressie Jessie! You can't go wrong with any of their clothes!! And seer sucker and monogrammong will always be in style. :)

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    1. Yes! Her pieces are ones that I typically tuck away in Griffin's "keep" box :)

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  6. Wow, that anniversary blog post has me crying this morning!

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    1. Right?!?! Such an incredible example of devotion.

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  7. Thanks to you I was in tears listening to that song last night. It's beautiful.

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  8. Love your blog! I have to order the pineapple cork screwy thing. I get so scared of buying pineapples whole but that will allow me to! Also the Nordstrom Sale every year, I stock up on things like Uggs and Patagonia/North face for the kiddo's! I live in Boston so we need that stuff! That Patagonia better sweater you got is the best!

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    1. ME too!!! I always hated buying them because I felt like I was a hot mess trying to cut them. Oooooh - Boston! I'm officially jealous :) Hope you found some great things for your family during the sale!

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  9. I waited to check out the Nordstrom sale because I didn't want to get my hopes up with sell outs!!! Love your seeet blog! Xoxo Erin

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  10. I've had those OTBT wedges for 2 years now and I can vouch as a teacher they never hurt my feet! I teach in them ALL the time!!! They are seriously the BEST! And I love that you can wear them with literally anything!!! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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    1. This makes me so happy!!! I ALMOST can't wait to go back so I can wear them. ALMOST :)

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  11. How exciting to be moving into a classroom again...with cabinets. I did the same thing last year and I was SO excited to have storage space, counters and cabinets. It's the simple things.

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    1. YES! I made my "math trailer" work but am so excited to be back in a room where kids can't touch the ceiling :) hahaha

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  12. I am ordering that pineapple tool ASAP! We love fresh pineapple but it's a lot of work getting that thing ready to eat. LOL! I bet the girls you teach just LOVE your shoes! Sounds silly but one of the things I remember about my 6th grade teacher from all those years ago is her shoes (she wore Yo-yo's - does anyone remember those? I think they tried to make a comeback but I'm not sure how that went). The things you remember!

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    1. EXACTLY!!! I never really knew how to cut it properly and this makes is so easy! Can't wait to hear what you think :) I love that you remember that about your 6th grade teacher! I had a teacher in 7th grade who made her own dresses and always wore them with colorful tights and clogs. I ADORED her!!!

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  13. Those plates at the party last weekend were SO CUTE!!! Your whole house is so cute. I can't believe we didn't take any other pictures though! And I am so excited to see your classroom all decorated with the stuff you showed me!!! It's going to look amazing!!

    That Inspired Chick

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    1. Right?!?! How did we not take a group pic?!?! And that big navy wall (that used to be white) was where all of those signs were going to go.... but they don't pop against the navy so I'm having to rethink things - I'm excited to get it all put together!

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  14. Oh my goodness, I love seeing Griffin in a monogram. I'm all about a sweet seersucker dress and a monogram. Capri Blue candles are my fav too and the glass jars are lovely. Those wedges actually look uber comfy! Happy Friday!

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    1. Nothing says summer like seersucker and a monogram, right? :) Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Lisa!

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  15. I absolutely love your blog! You inspire me to be a better mom, friend and person.
    Also, I have that pineapple cutter and it's THE BEST!

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    1. Oh my goodness! Seriously the nicest thing ever! I so appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment, Katie!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  16. Next time you get a whole pineapple, you should save the top to grow a pineapple plant (google the instructions). It's kind of cool to watch the plant grow. It takes about 2 years for it to grow a pineapple, but it's SO COOL when it happens!

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    1. Oh my goodness! My kids would love that!!! Thanks so much for the tip ;)

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  17. Ok I NEED that pineapple tool! :) Exciting about your new classroom. That storage will be so nice!

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    1. You totally do!!! And yesssss for the counter!

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  18. Mason's silliness is the best!
    And I always buy my pajamas a size larger too!

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  19. The blog post by Ashleigh's husband isn't showing up for me??

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    1. If you click on the link you'll need to go back a few posts

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  20. Obsessed with those wedges AND those jammies!! I have to get Millie Jo & her bitty baby some! 😍

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    1. YES! G has the Christmas jams from last year and Easter ones and she loves when she and her baby match!

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  21. I'm ALL IN with the wedges & the pineapple too! We've been grilling a ton of pineapple lately, so this would be so handy!!! I've been in vacation so off the grid...but LOVE the new look on he blog!

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    1. That would be PERFECT for grilled pineapple! I kind of forgot about grilling pineapple and need to do that ASAP! And thank you for the sweet words about the new look :)

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  22. Those plates are too cute and I need that pineapple thingy!

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  23. I just prayed for Ashleigh's husband and boys a couple of days ago. Isn't it interesting how she happened to come to my mind right at the anniversary of her passing? I prayed so much for her family and I continue to pray for Manda's family too. Do you have any way of contacting Ashleigh's husband to see how they are doing now?

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  24. I love love LOVE your blog. You are such a breath of fresh air, always! Just a little request- I've noticed you reading a lot this summer and would really like to hear your opinions of all the books you have read. I'm always looking for new ones to read! Thanks in advance girly!

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  25. You could make some seriously awesome festive and tropical pool drinks and use the left over pineapple "shell" as the cup for the drink!! How Fun!

    --Sarah

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  26. I can't believe it's been two years since the adorable pink skirt friendship. So much hope in these posts through the sadness. I'm so into the Nordstrom sale my mailman comes in for tea after delivery. I love every single thing I've ordered. Happy dog days of summer. I'll share my preschool room when it's done and you show off that beautiful new math room.

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  27. As a 6th grade math teacher, I can wholeheartedly say the OTBT wedges are ah-mazing!! **insert ALL the praise hands** I have the Bushnell and Rexburg's! And just an FYI - you can usually get them on Amazon for $30-$50 dollars cheaper!

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