Awkward and Awesome [2/5/16]

You’ve been warned: the part of my brain that thinks about being a teacher was behind most of this post. 😉 If you haven’t read any of Morgan’s posts yet, you must go to her blog! Her Awkward and Awesome posts are hilarious and she is the one who gave me the idea, after all. Happy Friday!


-Being assigned a project in night class on Monday night…being told to work independently or work with a group…and being that weird girl who goes and lays on the pillows in the corner of the library to work alone. #sorrynotsorry #idomyownwork

-My bed broke while I was laying in it. That was fun. It was me and my mom and my two dogs, but still! That thing should hold some weight haha! I was in Pittsburgh last week because we had 23432980 snow days here in DC, so at least it’s not the bed I sleep in every night but…books had to hold me up. The wood rail was starting to split because it was missing a screw. Apparently, the furniture people put it together with 7 of its 8 screws five years ago when we moved and I got new furniture…and we found out that fun fact when I COLLAPSED last weekend. #slightlydramatic #butreally Props to my uncle and his toolbox for coming to fix it on Sunday morning! My mom, my brother, and I all had NO luck trying to be handy. Hence the books. 😉

-When the brother who doesn’t mind taking pictures with you suddenly gets too cool at his volleyball tournament. BRO, I BOUGHT YOU A BREAKFAST BURRITO. YOU OWE ME A SMILE! I look terrible anyway, so it wasn’t a total loss. 😉IMG_4823

-Getting to work on Tuesday and crying 20 minutes after I arrived to my mentor because I have so little time, so much to do. Anyone remember the Mary Kate and Ashley show with that theme song?!

-A student asked if I was a Democrat or a Republican. I told him I vote for the person who makes the best choices, because I’m obviously not going to put my political views on the table for a 7 year old. He told me he’s a Democrat, his parents are Republicans, and I’m not allowed to vote for Donald Trump because he will kick people out of our country. #outofthemouthsofbabes

-That moment when you feel like your mother. My mom really likes containers. She’s a teacher and she has approximately 27 cups for pens, pencils, and markers on her desk. We also have lots of containers in our house for all the random objects like mail, dog toys, magazines, papers in the office…you know, all that normal stuff. But can you blame the woman? HomeGoods and The Container Store make buying cute little boxes a breeze. Long story short, my students finished the container of animal crackers that I had in my classroom for snack and instead of tossing the plastic container, I put it in the closet for future use. Then I got home and saw these baskets on top of the trash can…and I almost took them. They’re kind of pretty, aren’t they? I could use them for stuff, right?! After the crazy thoughts occurred, I walked inside and left the baskets behind. 😉


-“Your pet’s #2 is our #1!” A real company here in northern Virginia. Moving on…




-This is happiness.IMG_4957

-My mom’s homemade soup for lunch every day this week AND I still have enough to last me through the weekend. #hallelujah

-A teacher workday today to catch up on all the things I cried about. 😉 But honestly, praise the Lord for 8 hours to get organized all day long today. #gradingisfun #saidnoteacherever

-This conversation:
Me: “So if you have a capital letter at the beginning of this sentence, what do you need at the end?”
Student: *thinks of a period* “Oh, lawl.”
Me: “What did you say?”
Student: “Lawl, Miss McGraw. Like LOL.”

-7 year olds don’t know what the pound key is, or what a number sign is for that matter. I abbreviated the word “number” the other day when I was writing on the easel and put this –> # instead. They wanted to know why I wrote a hashtag. Sigh. There is also a handshake these days called Hashtag. They take their pointer finger and middle finger together and like swipe the other person’s same two fingers?!?! It’s weird. They say, “Hashtag, yeah hashtag.” I guess their four fingers together MAKE the hashtag?! I have no idea. I’m old. Apparently.

-$160 running shoes on sale for $90 because they were an online return. Which I totally don’t understand why that means the price is so much less BUT I LOVE IT. They had a size 10 in the store and they fit, but I prefer an 11 to run in and luckily they had some in the warehouse which they shipped to me FOR FREE! So awesome.

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-You can’t deny Colby’s cuteness.IMG_4809

-Traffic might be a nightmare to and from grad school since I moved, but I do love that place. #derpimaterp




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What’s In My Bag [Day 15]

  Tuesday, September 15: What’s in your bag? Pick up your purse and peruse its contents, then share with us!

Now that school has started, my purse from Monday to Friday is my bag for work. I just add my wallet, my keys, and my phone to the bag with everything I need for work and I am all set to go! I shared what’s in my REAL bag in a post earlier this summer. Read all about my purse here!


I can’t decide if today was the best day to share with you or not. 😉 Usually I bring my work laptop and charger home with me, but I realized this weekend that if I am truly doing work at home, I am doing it on my personal laptop and emailing it to my work account. So the bag was much lighter this morning haha! But now it looks like there isn’t much in there!


I have sooo many Vera Bradley bags and those are the ones that I always use for my work bag. They are big, they have a ton of pockets, and the material is able to be washed, which I love because I am a germaphobe and I wash everything that touches my students. Hahaha

This particular bag was a free gift at Sally’s Beauty! My mom and I went into our local store so she could buy a new curling iron and when we were checking out, the cashier informed us we were going to get a free gift. I immediately knew I wanted this bag! The ironic part is that as we were walking into the store, I saw this bag in the window and told my mom how much I liked it. Little did I know it would be mine;)


Lanyard + ID + key: I can’t go anywhere without these three things! My ID is required for walking around the building, there is a fob on the back that opens doors when my class and I are outside, and the key opens my classroom door!
Gatorade MiO: Mango Peach! Sometimes you just need a little flavor in your water.
Headphones: For heading to the gym or out for a run after work. My ears are open all day listening to the little munchkins;)
Post-It notes + pen + highlighter: Necessities! I love these pens here!
Pumpkin Flax Kashi bar: I don’t usually buy Kashi bars for a snack, but this one was free in the teacher’s lounge and the flavor sounded good. I’ll report back with my taste test!
Headband: Because some days my hair just needs to be out of my face.
Hand sanitizer: I spend my days with 23 7-year-olds. Enough said.
Coffee cup: One cup in the morning and one cup on my break at 1:50! Bless the Keurig in the teacher’s lounge.
Chevron plan book: I wasn’t sure how I would keep lesson plans before the year started and I found this book in the Target dollar section. I have written a few reminders in it, but for the most part, my plans are in an online lesson book where my colleagues and I can send each other resources! It is much more efficient. 🙂
Chevron notebook: I’m a new teacher. I know nothing. Therefore, I write down all the things.
Conscious Classroom Management book: A speaker came to new teacher induction and this is his book. My school places a big focus on procedures and routines in the classroom and this book gives you ideas that are effective without being boring!
Erin Condren planner: The happiest thing I ever did buy. It has my life in it, from workouts to grocery lists to homework for grad school to what I need to print absolutely 100% tomorrow morning before children enter the room. Hahaha

Remind me to add lipstick to this bag! I have so many colors but I always fall in love with one at a time and then I only want to use that one. Ask me where my current favorite is. I have no idea! I need to find it or get another favorite because lipstick just makes you look put together. 🙂

What’s in YOUR bag?!

3 Checks Off The Summer List + Other Exciting News

Goooooooood morning!


Link up with Andrea, Narci, and Erika and talk favorites with us! Happy Friday 🙂

Favorite moment:


This sunset that I captured on Sunday night. I did absolutely nothing on Sunday except everything I wanted to do and it was much needed after a busy week! So to look out the window and see this…the little things are the big things, am I right?

Favorite purchase:


You need these Old Navy PJ shorts. You’re welcome for the selfie of me in my pajamas;) I got the “Key Largo” and “Lavender” color and I might just have to go back and buy the black because they are so comfy! Plus they’re on sale and an extra 15% off. Find them HERE. 🙂

Favorite life event:


I am officially a second grade teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. This is my classroom. 🙂 It’s HUGE (and also being packed up by the teacher moving out of the room…don’t mind the mess;)! I am almost done with classes for my Master’s degree so it was just the right time to start applying for jobs. The application process is time consuming, the interview process is nerve wracking, but the job offer…it’s worth it. Sometimes you just have a feeling when you walk into a place or you talk to certain people…and I have talked to a few different people in the last few weeks, but on Monday, I finally found MY people. I’ve known that I wanted to be a teacher for a long time so I’m excited to start teaching the kiddos this fall. 🙂

Favorite person to run with:


Meet Kristen. We’re both Pittsburgh girls (we went to Duquesne together) and now we both live in DC! She also teaches in Fairfax County so that’s fun:) Our favorite thing to do on Friday night is go to new fitness classes and new studios. I’m not joking. For probably two months this winter, my mom would text me on Friday night and say, “Where are you and Kristen working out tonight?” Ha! Now that she’s on summer break we have all the time in the world to do fun things and we tried out some new running groups this week! Monday night, we went to Lululemon’s free running club in Clarendon. Running down the hill to Georgetown felt amazing…running up the hill back to the store, not so much. Hence our beautiful faces;) Wednesday night, we did a bit of a trail run with my friends from church. Then, Friday morning, we finally tried a November Project workout! I can’t wait to go back to that one!

Favorite new dessert:


So I met Kristen’s friends at Lululemon’s running club and they wanted to get Pinkberry after our run.
2. It was an early birthday celebration for someone, so that was fun. 🙂
3. I’ve never been to Pinkberry and now I can’t stop thinking about it. Friends, this is not your average frozen yogurt. It tastes so much better than everything I’ve tried before!
4. This has nothing to do with this picture but I slyly took a photo of my food the other day and my friend said, “Is that a picture for your blog?” And here I thought I was being so sneaky and smooth… #bloggerproblems

There were many new adventures this week…keep up with my summer bucket list here!

So tell me…what are some of your favorites this week?!