Friday, June 27, 2014

Five For Friday {June 28th}

It has been sooooo long since I’ve linked up with a Five for Friday and it feels so good to be back at it!


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My goal this summer was to read…a lot.  My husband challenged me to read books that would help me grow, either personally or professionally.  He has become quite the reader.  Last year alone he read 75 books.  I have been so impressed with him and gladly accepted his challenge.  My wishlist on amazon continues to grow!  Right now I am reading Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller.

Book Study

I first read about it on Deanna Jump’s blog (click HERE to see the post) and I figured if it helped the #1 seller on TpT become better at her craft it could help me too!  I also found a great Book Study for it on the blog Teaching With Style (click HERE to check out the book study).  You can even do the book study for college credit, but you don’t have to.

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I am obsessed with the website Twice.  It’s this great site where you can sell your clothes (only certain higher end brands are accepted) and then buy gently worn (sometimes brand new with tags) clothes.  I have gotten a few dresses from the website this summer and I am in love.  Click the link below to check out the website and you get a $10 credit to shop with!  They make it super easy to sell your clothes to them, they pay for all of the shipping and if something you buy doesn’t work out you can send it back and they pay to ship the return as well!  Right now I am waiting on this cute dress to come in the mail!

Dress on Twice

It’s a Gap dress that was originally $80 and I got it for $12!

I’m telling you, it’s worth checking out.  Click HERE to check out their website.

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Okay, so if you choose to keep reading you have to promise that you won’t judge…..promise?  I turn 40 this summer.  My best friend since the age of 14 also turned 40 this year (before me)!  One day I happened to be scrolling through Instagram and I saw this post…….


(Yes, I follow Joey on Insta…remember you aren’t judging me!)

Anyways, I saw this pic so of course I took a screen shot and immediately sent it to my friend.  After all, the first concert we saw together was NKOTB and we go every time they come to town just to relive our childhood!  She texted back that she was in and that we should make it our 40th bday celebration.  And the best idea ever was born!  So, on July 10th we will make the couple hour drive to Vegas to spend a few days having girl time and screaming like teenagers.  Our husbands and children think we are nuts….they just don’t get it! 

 So, here is my question for all of you.  The concert is in Vegas.  Dress code?  I bought the cutest black strapless silk J. Crew dress (on Twice) of course.  Or, do I just go with jeans and a cute top.  We also splurged and bought tickets to the After Party, because you only turn 40 once, so there is a slight chance that I could run into one of the boys (yeah right!) and I need to be ready for a photo op!  So what is your vote for concert attire? 

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If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you have probably read that feeding our family is a difficult job sometimes.  We have food allergies and preferences galore.  My husband and  youngest have a gluten allergy.  My youngest is also allergic to peanuts.  My oldest decided 4 years ago that she is a vegetarian and she is also gluten free and dairy free.  I often feel stuck in a cooking rut.  I feel like I fix the same few meals over and over and over, because I know they are safe and everyone will eat them.  So, when my 15 year old said that she wanted to be in charge of dinner Tuesday night, I happily accepted!  She texted me a list of things she needed from the grocery store and when I got home from the shopping she told me to go relax, she wanted to do it all by herself! 

Here was the final result.  Creamy potato leek soup and green onion cakes.  It was delicious!  She found a great gluten free vegan website, click here to check it out!

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I saw this posted the other day and it was a great reminder that I need to stay focused on what truly matters.  When you are married to a fellow teacher, money can start to become a concern in the summer.  That summer check just doesn’t stretch as far as you need it to sometimes and you have to get creative. 

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It was a good reminder that money can’t buy the things that I really want my kids to have!

That’s my 5 for Friday for this week.  I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a fun way to celebrate a big birthday!! I would totally wear the dress! Like you said, "You only turn 40 once." Also, that is awesome that your kiddo was willing to prepare dinner! I must admit I rarely cook for my husband and myself.

    The Super Sparkly Teacher

  2. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures in Vegas in two weeks! When do you ladies get out there!? We leave on Saturday, but depending when you get there maybe we can do drinks Friday night?! I signed up to get a bag from Twice to sell some clothes. I looked through and found some things I may be interested in! I signed up for my first Stitch Fix box too, so I'll see how I like that, compared to this! Thanks for the inspiration to clean out my closet and find cute new clothes too!!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

  3. Teaching With Intention was one of my textbooks in one of my college literacy classes, with the most FABULOUS teacher I've ever had! It's awesome! SO SO cool about Vegas!! Have a BLAST and post pictures!! :o)
    Munchkins Inc.