Lent Has Begun!

Happy Saturday, everyone!

We had a fun week of Valentine’s Day, but Hubs and I were a little more concerned with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. What are the odds of having to fast on a holiday, right? ๐Ÿ˜›

We did it, of course! I gave up sweets, while Hubby gave up both red meat (yes, not just on Fridays!) and Facebook. After an early morning Ash Wednesday service at St. Paul’s, we took advantage of the weekday morning downtown and got our one meal of the day at Hatch! If you are an OKC area person, you know that the wait there is absolutely ridiculous during brunch. Wednesdays at 7:45 am are a different story! We were seated right away, and boy oh boy, was it fabulous! We ordered some awesome fried potato nuggets (without the bacon) for an app!

Mmmmm!!! So good! Then we both had the salmon eggs Benedict, since other meat is a no-no on Ash Wednesday! It might have been the best Benedict of my life, and I’m a brunch regular! The eggs were perfectly poached, and the fried capers added a fun twist!

10/10 would recommend!! Go if you ever have a weekday morning off and enjoy it!

Hatch is also incredibly cute! Those colors!!!

So, our meal on Ash Wednesday is nowhere near as important as the meaning behind Lent. I think that the whole idea of sacrifice is beautiful, whether you are religious or not. No matter what you believe, I challenge you to do something sacrificial to benefit someone else. Whether that’s sacrificing your time to volunteer, sacrificing money for a worthy cause, or simply sacrificing your pride when you realize you are wrong, we can all do something selfless to help others. While I’m sacrificing my sweet tooth for a bit, I also strive to focus on service. I hope y’all join me and do the same!

Do you observe Lent?

Even if you don’t, what is your favorite way to serve others?

Let me know in the comments!!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

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Why Teachers Should Dress Up For Events

Hello! Long time no see! Life has been quite crazy lately. I’ll share more about that in other posts! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today I want to talk about events and dress up days during the school day. Schools have many fun activities for the kids, and they love dressing up and getting to have a special day at school! There is something that can make their day even more fun: when teachers join in on the festivities!

We as teachers are so flipping busy, and dressing up on themed days can seem like yet another inconvenience to interrupt our precious free time. I swear, though, it is worth it to see the kids get so pumped up when the teachers participate! Plus, it is fun for us to get into character!

Yesterday was poetry slam day at school, so the 7th grade English teachers dressed up as dark, tortured poets! We went for the Beatnik aesthetic! We invited the kids to do the same, and everyone had a great time!

My teacher friend Jackie and I look like we belong on the cover of some indie album! It was so much fun!

My makeup is as dark as my soul! The bow is ironic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So teachers, if you don’t usually do dress up days, try it out!! The kids will love you for it, and you will get a chance to have a little fun at work while still being professional! If you don’t have the items you need, friends’ closets and Goodwill work wonders!

What have been your favorite dress up days as a student or a teacher? Let me know!

๐Ÿ’•Shelby๐ŸŽ€

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€