Archive | January 2018

Mileage Programs

Hey hey hey! I am ecstatic today, because we booked our next trip to Seattle for March! One of my brothers is getting married at the beautiful Seattle aquarium! He and his fiancรฉ are going to make such handsome grooms! It will be a fabulous weekend!

One of the coolest parts of this trip is that my round trip flight was about $100! My brother, the same one who is getting married, signed me up for the Alaska Airlines mileage plan years ago, and I had enough miles to get an almost free flight! This trip is now well under budget because of those miles! I signed Ben up as well, so we will each earn mileage points every time we go on a trip!

If you travel frequently or want to start, I highly recommend a mileage plan, whether it is through your favorite airline’s free plan or a credit card with mile rewards. I am partial to Alaska! Their flights are always pleasant, the points stack up quickly, and many of the flights are nonstop! We just have the free plan, but we are considering the credit card down the road for even more payback! Go sign up and start earning on your next trip! It is well worth it!

Have sweet dreams of travel!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Awkward Times

Hello!! So, I was having a conversation with my “teacher BFF” (shoutout to Mandi!!) about awkward conversations with 7th graders! If you teach 7th grade, or have ever known a 7th grader, you know that it is a super awkward part of life! Puberty just makes things weird. The awkwardness is actually something I love, otherwise I’d teach something else! I totally “get” that age group, but there are still times when it is tempting to titter at some of their weird conversations. Whenever I feel the urge to laugh, all I have to do is think of this:

Meet 7th grade Shelby! She wore outfits of literally all pink sometimes, she wore way too much lip gloss, and she signed her school papers as Eponine. Yep, the oh-so-angsty Les Mis character. I guess I identified with her after the most popular guy in our grade asked me to the dance as a joke the year before. I was definitely “on my own.” Yeah, as you can see, I was super cool! NOT!

So if you ever feel like making fun of a middle schooler, just think back to that awkward middle school version of yourself and remember that this strange time is a rite of passage. Those kiddos are pretty awesome, even when they forget their deodorant or make “that’s what she said” jokes TO THEIR TEACHER. (Yep, someone tried it on me). Affirm those crazy heads, and let them know they are loved while providing firm boundaries. One day, they will grow into productive members of society just like we did!

Thanks for reading! Give a middle schooler a high five!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

First Musical Rehearsal!

Good evening!! I am so excited, because we had our first rehearsal for the school musical! We are doing Mulan Jr. and I am in charge of the choreography! This is so exciting for me, because I am able to be a teacher while still being active in the arts! I loved doing musicals when I was a kids and a teenager, and now I get to help give that experience to others! It’s a wonderful feeling!

The kids are super talented, and I am working with two amazing ladies to put on a fabulous production! The next couple months will be crazy busy, but I know the end result will be worth the long hours with teenage theatre people! ๐Ÿ˜›

If you work at a school, or at any place with opportunities for extra involvement, I encourage you to step up and be a part of something like that. As long as you keep a good work/life balance (something I still struggle with), it is rewarding to join an organization or volunteer for an activity. Getting involved with theatre and dance at school is a way I can do that (along with leadership team, social committee, and a separate dance team)! Push yourself and get involved!!

I am excited to update you on the awesome stuff that goes on during the musical! Talk to you soon!!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Vintage Fabulous

Hello and happy Sunday Funday! I hope yours was filled with joy and relaxation! Mine was pretty fabulous, mostly because I wore a bunch of authentic vintage pieces to church today!

The outfit itself is current, but the hat, earrings, and clutch are vintage pieces, all from my adoptive Mom!! She is close to 80, and has kept many of her pieces over the years. She is now downsizing, and she passed down several items to me, for which I am most grateful!

The hat is ’60s, we believe, and in great condition! You are supposed to put a pin on the long part, so the hat can have many different looks! The pin I’m wearing today matches my earrings. My mom got the set at a home party for jewelry in the ’60s, and it has held up beautifully! They are great statement pieces! Plus, the pearl in the middle means that I can match it with my pearl necklaces, as I did today!

The clutch is real eel skin, and it’s from the ’80s! I never knew this, but eel skin handbags and wallets were an ultimate status symbol back then. They were expensive and sleek, so all the “it girls” had them! I guess my mom was pretty cool! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was worth the money, because it is still in great condition 35 years later! I love the smooth elegance!

I am so thankful to have some true vintage pieces in my wardrobe! Some people would probably want to sell some of the items she gave me, but I think they are both stylish and sentimental. My goal is to take care of them so that my future daughter can have them next! Stay tuned for more awesome pieces from Mom’s wardrobe!

Do you have family items like that? What are they? Let me know, and thanks for reading!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

On Honesty

Hey, y’all!! So I have been happily married for almost 3 wonderful years (anniversary on the 16th)! It has been amazing, and one of the best things about married life is that I have nothing to do with today’s dating game. I was the master of terrible dates for a long time before finding the love of my life! I had forgotten how awful all of that was until I recently heard and saw things from my single friends. Today’s events in particular have given me inspiration to talk about the importance of honesty while navigating the casual dating world.

To keep it respectful, I will not divulge the situation. I will just tell y’all what I think. What I am seeing lately is people’s unwillingness to be open and honest with what they want in a relationship, or rather a situationship. I get that people want to date around and not put labels on things, but they need to communicate that to potential partners! So many people are telling their dates that they only want to talk to them and that they see a future, but they actually want to bippity boppity boo with a variety of people. All this does is create false hope followed by heartbreak. I have been consoling someone tonight because of a guy’s choice to tell her one thing and then do another right before her eyes. I just don’t get it. Why can’t people just tell the truth?

No matter what you want from dating, there will be someone out there who shares your desires and needs, but finding those people requires honest communication. Whether you want to talk to multiple people at once, date to marry, court like the Duggars, or do any other unconventional stuff that has become cool to do, just tell the person/people you are dating! If they are down with that, they will let you know. If they aren’t, then y’all can move on and save yourself a lot of pointless drama. I understand that those conversations are awkward, but they are necessary.

I told you before that I’m in a happy marriage. You know how I got there? Ben straight up told me he wanted to date exclusively, we started going to church together, and then he let me know he wanted to move toward marriage! It was awesome, because we were transparent the whole time! The payoff has been unbelievable. We are obviously very traditional, and I’m not naive enough to think that everyone’s story should look like ours. I’m just pointing out the positive communication!

Okay, that was a long rant! Bottom line: Just be honest, both in dating and in other aspects of life. You keep your integrity and your life becomes so much easier!

Thanks for reading! Have a great night!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Get To Know You Tag

Hello there!! I was thinking about what to write all day, and then I got tagged for “get to know you!” Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Here is some stuff about me. To all my lovely followers: YOU HAVE BEEN TAGGED!! I want to see yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. ย Are you named after anyone?
    Yep! First name: Shelby from Steel Magnolias! Middle name: Elizabeth, a family name. ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. When was the last time you cried?
    Last week.
  3. Do you have kids?
    Does this cutie count? 15232073_10211730454515991_1775713306975978767_nThen yes! One 4 year old son named Bounce!
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
    Absolutely!
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
    Eh? Sometimes, but it’s not a large part of my personality.
  6. Whatโ€™s the first thing you notice about people?
    Their smiles!
  7. What is your eye color?
    Blue/gray.
  8. Scary movie or happy endings?
    HAPPY ENDINGS!! Fairy tales and rom coms are my jam!
  9. Favorite smells?
    Pumpkin spice (laugh all you want), fresh cookies, Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua, and apple pie! Wow, lots of desserts…
  10. Whatโ€™s the furthest youโ€™ve ever been from home?
    Europe!
  11. Do you have any special talents?
    YES. I can touch my tongue to my nose AND do the belly wave. Not trying to brag, but I can even do both at the same time! #madskillz
  12. Where were you born?
    Sarasota, Florida!
  13. What are your hobbies?
    Dancing, eating, shopping, reading, blogging (duh), fashion, and anything dealing with coffee.
  14. Do you have any pets?
    See my kids answer! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  15. Do you have any siblings?
    Yep! 3 brothers and a sister, plus the in-laws! Only one is my actual sibling by birth. The rest were cousins who became siblings when we were adopted by our aunt and uncle!
  16. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    Oh gosh, I am already grown up! After my PhD, I want to stay in education, but either go the administration track or the professor and eventually dean track. I know God will lead me in the right direction when I finish that doctorate! #drrose
  17. How tall are you?
    Not tall enough to reach my top cabinets! 5’3!
  18. How many countries have you visited?
    4: Mexico, Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg
  19. What was your favorite/worst subject in High School?
    My favorite was English, and my worst was science.
  20. What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Perfume?
    My favorite drink is definitely a Starbucks latte! I like to vary the flavors! My favorite animal is a sweet, cuddly dog! My favorite perfume is Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua, with Polo’s #1 (the blue one) coming in a close second!
  21. What would you (or have you) name your children?
    My first son will be Killian James Rose, possibly spelled Cillian, the traditional Irish way. And we may do Benjamin as the middle name instead, because it’s tradition on his side to give the first born son the father’s first name as their middle name. But we like James too! We’re still debating those things! My first daughter will be Annabelle Elizabeth Rose. All the women on my mom’s side have Elizabeth as the middle name! Then my second son will be William Benjamin Rose or William James Rose. Whichever one we don’t do for Killian! That’s all we have so far!
  22. What Sports do you play/Have you played?
    I ran track in high school, but besides that, my sport has always been dance! I started dancing at age 4, and now I run the dance team at our middle school!
  23. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?
    I am not really a YouTube person as of right now, but there are bloggers who vlog that I follow. Carly the Prepster, formerly The College Prepster, is my absolute favorite! She has stayed true to herself and her brand for years, and we love a lot of the same things! Our hometowns are also like 45 minutes apart! Another one I like is TT Bret, a cosplayer with tons of Harry Potter stuff! #nerdalert
  24. Favorite memory from childhood?
    Definitely all of the cool opportunities that dance provided me. One takes the cake, though. When I was 10, our ballet company put on a ballet dealing with Iran. They invited the Shahbanou of Iran to come and watch it. I knew nothing about Iran, but 10 year old me felt entitled to meet royalty, because I was, like, totally going to be a royal one day. Duh. So meeting her was a really cool part of my childhood! She was super sweet!
  25. How would you describe your fashion sense?
    It’s preppy for sure, especially during spring and summer when I can wear my array of polos and Lilly dresses! I also have a super vintage flair, though! I like to add some ’50s sparkle to my outfits! It’s fabulous, yet modest!
  26. What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?)
    iPhone 7!
  27. Tell us one of your bad habits!
    I accidentally adopt other people’s speech patterns when I talk to them, and I have to be careful that it doesn’t seem like I’m making fun of anyone! It’s funny, because if I live in a new place long enough, their accent starts to come out! When I lived in Washington state for 3 years, I first got teased for sounding too southern, but when I got to Oklahoma, they straight up thought I was a northerner because I had started saying “bayg” instead of bag! I got rid of it pretty quick after being back where I belong, in the good ol’ south! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for reading and getting to know me better! Don’t forget to do yours!! Y’all have a great Friday night!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Jewelry Organizer

Okay, this is embarrassing, but I have never been very good at organizing my jewelry. It usually ends up tangled in a box unless it’s fine jewelry, Kendra Scott, or Rustic Cuff. I tried a pocket organizer in college for a while, but then I got obsessed with statement necklaces and they didn’t fit, so back to the box I went! I was tired of not giving love to my less delicate jewelry, so I just started using a super cute jewelry organizer! It serves two purposes:

1. To keep my jewelry organized and untangled, duh!

2. To remind me that I have some super awesome pieces that aren’t pearls or Kendra! (But let’s be real, I’m still going to wear those the most!)

I got mine for around $12 at Kirkland’s, so cute ones are super affordable! Mine is packed pretty tight and I’m still working on the aesthetics, but here it is!

I just love the little pineapple and the pink and gold together! Obsessed!! This will hopefully encourage me to stay organized and branch out more! It’s also a fun way to show off some of my more costume-y jewelry right there on my dresser! My more delicate jewelry is, of course, individually packaged and in a safe place! ๐Ÿ˜Š

How do y’all organize your jewelry? Do you have any cute organizers to recommend? Let me know!

Talk to you tomorrow!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

Desk Makeover

Good evening, y’all! Tomorrow is back to work and I’m PUMPED!!! I went to my classroom today and added to my desk to make it a little more exciting! It is by no means a crazy awesome desk, but little things make my work space a bit more fun!

I got a really awesome handmade name plate from my mother-in-law for Christmas, so I put it dead center!

That plus the new sparkly ribbon makes the desk just a bit more fun from the new year! I always like to do a little something extra to combat that post-holiday letdown! Coming in during break is worth it, because you can set up a fun new vibe by just doing a couple tiny things! I set up my math stations activity and dance team stuff as well, just so I can roll in feeling prepared and ready to go! Totally worth the hour spent at work on the last day of break!

How many of you teachers/students are going back soon? Let me know how you like to get back into the groove!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

My Before Pics!

As someone who grew up dancing, I always thought about my body and my weight. As with so many dancers, it became a bit unhealthy, and was one of the contributing factors in my decision not to dance professionally. That being said, I have enjoyed my life greatly since only dancing for fun, and part of that was indulging in pretty much anything I felt like eating. That’s not healthy either, so one of my goals this year is to work on my fitness in a positive way and eat more healthy things every day, while still having occasional treats!

Every time I have made fitness/eating goals in the past, they have been based on weight, size, and restriction. I would make a goal to lose exactly 10 pounds, or to go back to a size 2. These types of goals may work for a lot of people, but for me, they diminished the self-love that I know I’m worth (and so are y’all)! So this year is different! My only fitness goal is to find a consistent routine that feels good and works for me. My food goal is to plan delicious and nutritious meals, and to just add more fruits and vegetables to replace some of those McNuggets and pastries! No weight goal, no size goal, no crazy restrictions. All of that will fall into place if I am giving my body some love! That being said, I will be taking pictures to track the changes this creates in my body. Here are my before pics! Yes, I know you can’t see my stomach. Y’all, I don’t even own a bikini. Not happening! ๐Ÿ˜›

Though I am tempted to criticize what I see here today and beat myself up over all the times I skipped the gym and ate something naughty, I’m choosing to love my body throughout the journey! If you are struggling, remember that God (or whatever you may believe in) made all of us beautiful in different ways! We can always improve ourselves, but we should improve with self-love in EVERY stage, and not just the end result. Easier said than done, I know! ๐Ÿ˜‚

How do you feel about fitness goals? Do you have any for the new year? Also, advice on what has worked for you is so welcome! I’d love some comments!! Thanks for reading!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

The Bravery to Fail

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had a safe and fun New Years Eve! I know I did! We had two fun parties to attend, and I was definitely the most dressed up! (As always!)

The dress is Lilly and the shoes are Kate Spade, but the accessories are all vintage hand-me-downs from Mom!

As we celebrated, I thought about what my theme for the new year will be! I already selected some things I wanted to do this year, but I love the idea of having a focus all year.

While I am a pretty bold person already, there is always this underlying perfectionism and self-doubt. I was the kid who cried over a B+ in school. I feel that while I am successful in life, I can do so much more if I am brave enough to fail. Putting myself out of my comfort zone means that I may stumble before I rise to the top. However, that is the only way to grow. 2018 will be a year of growth for me as I push myself and rise to the next-level version of me! Stay tuned for some awesome things!

What is your theme for the new year? Let me know!!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€