Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy HUMP/BUMP Day!

Hey frugal followers!  This time of year has been so busy, busy, busy!  Well, let's be honest, I don't think there has ever been a time of year when Melissa and I aren't busy, but this year seems extreme!  Between weddings, babies, school and everyday life, I really don't know we get it all done!  On a positive note, we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel!  There are only 37 more days of school... whoop whoop!  That also means only 73 days until Melissa says "I DO" and 113 days until baby Maio's expected arrival!  And somewhere in there we have to squeeze in bridal showers, baby showers, a bachelorette party, and of course, beginning of summer festivities! (insert deep breath here)  So much to do... so little time - story of my life!  We'll be sure to share all of these exciting events with you as they happen!

NOW IN BABY NEWS... HAPPY BUMP DAY!  Here's a glimpse of the happenings in my day-to-day-soon-to-be mommy life!





How far along: 24 weeks (6 MONTHS!!!)

Baby's size: an ear of corn (just about 1.5 pounds)

Baby's progress: His sense of taste is maturing, along with other senses such as touch and hearing. The baby's lanugo (hair that covers his body) is growing darker and his fingernails are almost fully formed. 

Weight gain: about 12-13 pounds (gave or take... HA!)

Stretch Marks:  None yet!  I've been slapping on the cocoa butter every morning since I found out I was expecting!

Sleep:  Can't ever get enough, but that's just me!  Considering I was what most people would call "addicted" to caffeine prior to finding out there was a lil man in my belly... I think I've managed pretty well, cutting my intake down to one cup of half-caf a day.  I'm not gunna lie, it was pretty rough in the beginning... in fact, it was borderline brutal.  However, I'm going to give myself a little pat-on-the-back and go so far as to say that I think I've adjusted quite well. I haven't really had any trouble sleeping (duh, hardly any caffeine) although I have noticed that it's getting increasingly difficult to get comfy, but overall I'm hanging in there!

Gender: BOY!!! And couldn't be more excited about it!!! As of now, the top runner for a name is Tyler Matthew!!!  Not 100% decided but I'd say we're about 95% sure!

Movement: More and more each day!   It's a crazy, wonderful feeling!  A little kick here and a little punch there, sometimes several in a row!  Matt got to feel him for the first time the other day!  He thought that was really cool!  We've found that he is most active in the evening between 6 and 10 o'clock... he's obviously a night owl like his daddy because god knows momma's usually ready for bed around 8:30 haha

Best moment this week: Besides finding out that Ben and Jerry's ice cream was BOGO at Publix (yum-mee), I'd have to say the best moments are when I can feel him move.  It's reassuring to know that he's in there and he's doing just fine!

Looking forward to:  His arrival (obvi... but I have to wait 3 more months for that!)  Setting up the nursery... big ideas thanks to Pinterest, now it's just tying it all together!  And of course, the Ben and Jerry's ice cream that I will be consuming later this evening! haha

Food cravings:  I haven't really had any crazy food cravings and honestly, I kind of don't believe in all those wacky pregnancy stories like craving pickles and ice cream in the middle of the night.  (although if Ben and Jerry decide to make that as a flavor... I WILL try it! HA)  I'll be the first to admit that I've definitely had more of a sweet tooth lately, but I'm not sure if that counts as an actual "craving" or falls more along the lines of a "lack of self-control".  I've never been a big fan of chocolate (yeah, I know, I'm weird) but I can demolish some oatmeal raisin cookies, sour patch kids (now there's a blue one!) AND, as we are all well aware of, some Ben and Jerry's ice cream!  I also love me some pizza, but that was a weakness pre-pregnancy too!  Now I just have an extra piece and say it's for Tyler! HA

Weirdest food I ate this week: Fig Newtons!  I remember my mom buying these when I was a kid and thinking that they were the worst cookie EVER!  They also happened to be BOGO at Publix this week and I decided to give them another try, and let me just say, I was NOT disappointed!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada!  I honestly have not really had any queasy-ness or sickness to speak of.  In the very beginning I remember feeling queasy if I let myself go to long without a snack, but after I ate I was fine.  So far, everything has been nice and easy! (knock on wood)

Labor signs: nope! (thank god... it's too early for that nonsense!)

What I miss: 1. Wine!  I sooo miss having a glass of red wine after a long, stressful day at work, but I know I'll be able to enjoy my adult grape juice in just a few more short months (positive thinking people lol)!  2. My desire and motivation to workout!  I've been staying active and trying to walk as much as possible, but I miss my cardio workouts... well, let me clarify... I don't miss the workout part, I just miss that awesome feeling of when you're done sweating your a#! off and you realize the pain and torture is over until tomorrow! haha 3. My jeans!  It is so uncomfortable to fit into my jeans that I've just excepted the fact that I won't be needing them until next fall.  I still fit into them, they are just impossible to button!  I bought every color/size/style/brand belly band thingy and it's just not the same... I still can't seem to get over the fact that I'm walking around with my pants undone!  It's just weird!!!

Workouts:  Hardcore cardio workouts have come to a screeching halt.  The doctor said it's totally fine to workout as long as you don't over do it... this includes running, jumping jacks, and all that good stuff.  I was pretty good about staying on it when I wasn't showing, but now that it's obvi I'm prego I've resorted to walking for exercise!  I do about 4.5-5 miles about 4 times a week! Go me!   

Things that suck:
  1. Being the permanent DD until this little dude makes his debut!
  2. Breaking out like teenager again! Ugh... so frustrating!  The doctor said for 1/3 of people their acne gets better, 1/3 stays the same, and 1/3 gets worse... looks like I lost that game of roulette!
  3. Happy Hour!  I still enjoy going and hanging out with my lovely ladies, but lets be honest, happy hour is a little less "happy" without wine!  
  4. Having to pee... ALL THE TIME!!! 

Things that don't suck:
  1. Growing boobs!  In my opinion, this does NOT suck! 
  2. Thankfully Maxi dresses/skirts are very popular and in season right now! In my opinion, they make the BEST maternity clothes!  SO COMFORTABLE!
  3. Not feeling guilty when I binge on ice cream! 
  4. Knowing that I'm about to enter the 3rd (and final) trimester!  I don't know how people think that pregnancy is "fun"!  I mean, don't get me wrong, I am over-the-moon excited to welcome this little man into the world and I can't wait for Matt and I to enter this journey called "parenthood" together... but the whole 9 months of pregnancy thing is not what I'd describe as "fun".   I agree that it's the most amazing experience ever, but 9 months is a long time people! 
      
Melissa and I are starting our end-of-the-school-year countdown early this year!  We are soooo looking forward to all the big events coming up in our lives that we get to experience together!  It truly has been a year to remember!  Until next time frugal followers, talk to you soon!
  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

3 Month Countdown! 2 Freebies!

Hello there. Just coming out of hiding for a bit to say, "Happy Spring Break" to all of our fellow spring breakers. You know who you are! Brittany and I have *NEVER* been so ready for a break! This break is going to be filled with wedding planning though because today marks the 3 month countdown until the BIG day. Where has the time gone? We've had a long engagement, but these last few months have gone by way too fast and I'm finding myself getting more and more behind in planning process. Hopefully, I can use this little break to play catch up on everything non school related. Must.Not.Procrastinate.

Meeting with our wedding planner
and photographer! (Thanks Mom for the
finger in the photo).
Rob and I have been busy making some final decisions, which for me are VERY difficult. I may be the most indecisive person in the word. SERIOUSLY. I don't enjoy making decisions, AT ALL.

Here's a little recap:
Shopping for centerpieces 
Tux Fitting

Meeting with the Priest.
Filling out all the paperwork
at the St. Christopher's. 


They were all delicious!
Cake Tasting!



Also, we've been busy making packets to go along with our reading series! Here is not one, but TWO freebies for our fabulous followers! We have been such blogging slackers lately so we figured it would only be fair if we gave a little extra today!























Finally, some exciting news to share… my future sister-in-law, Leah started a blog!!! I have been encouraging her to start one because not only is she a wonderful writer but she also is a fitness guru with lots of great things to share. I just know her blog is going to reach a lot of people and I am already a huge fan. She's witty and real and I hope you enjoy reading her blog as much as I do! Please stop by and check it out.  I need to get her set up with a blog designer stat because the only thing lacking in her blog is a cute design!

The Misadventures Of An Undomestic Goddess

I promise, Leah will not disappoint!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

3 Million Strong!

Hi friends! It's WAY past my bedtime but I wanted to let everyone know that we will be participating in 3 Million Strong TPT Sale Linky Party! Everything in our store is 28% off when you use the code  TPT3 when at checkout. Yay! Despite my strong desire to avoid my computer and just relax, I managed to sit down and finish Unit 5 week 1. I wanted to make sure it was available for the big sale! I will make a freebie for it tomorrow! I'm too sleepy to be creative!

Also, major wedding planning has been happening on this side of town and I can't wait to share it with you! I took lots of pics with our vendors and look forward to sharing our journey with you!

Have a great night everyone!

P.S- We have a question for all of our faithful followers that use our packets in their classrooms… What would you like to see more of? Less of?? Any ideas and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! We want to make sure we're giving our followers exactly what they are looking for! Thanks in advance for the tips! :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hate Mondays… Love Freebies!

Since Monday's are never easy… here is a freebie for all of our fabulous followers!!!

Update: We are almost done with our unit 4 packets! We should be finishing up unit 4 week 5 tomorrow and we are hoping to post the Unit 4 bundle tomorrow as well! Thank you for your patience! Have a great week everyone!!!

Click on the cover page to download the freebie!








Friday, February 7, 2014

First comes love... then comes marriage... then comes...

You, guessed it... a baby in a baby carriage!  We are excited to announce our latest news, one of these frugal girls is expecting!!!  There are no brakes on this crazy train, as if planning two weddings this year wasn't enough, we have now added a baby shower to our to-do list!  I know... I know... you want me to cut to the chase and tell you which one of us is sporting the baby bump these days!   Drum roll, pleeeeease!  And the new mom-to-be is BRITTANY!  Matt and I found out our little family would be increasing by one this past Thanksgiving.  Shocked, excited, scared, overjoyed, overwhelmed... it's been a flood of emotions, but mostly excited!  We (meaning me) wanted to wait a little while to share our good news until we passed those really early stages of prenancy where anything can happen.  So I apologize for the delay, but we just entered week number 15 and everything is going great!!! I've had no morning sickness to report!  Overall just a little more tired than usual, but to be expected when you're building a little human!  It's absolutely crazy to think that the first trimester is already over, I'm 1/3 of the way there!

Oh but wait... there's more!  Yesterday Matt and I went to this adorable little place called Hello Little One... compliments of Melissa who got us a gift certificate for a gender reveal 3D/4D ultrasound.  The owner, Lucy, couldn't have been more accomodating and easy to work with.  She made the whole process relaxing and calming.  She was FABULOUS and the place was ADORABLE! Matt and I went in convinced we were having a girl.  Prior to our appointment, we read the chinese birth calendar along with a ton of other birth myths and all signs pointed to girl.  Not to mention, EVERYONE we know is having boys, so we just figured we were in for tiaras and tutus!!!  Our little one took a few minutes to cooperate, but it didn't take long to see that our little bundle was 100% B-O-Y!!!  We are sooooo excited!!! We both wanted a boy but would have been just as excited if it was a girl!  So now comes the fun part... SHOPPING!  This little guy is already stocked with several adorable GATOR onsies, gooooo GATORS!!!! Thanks Melissa!  Melissa and I will be on the hunt for frugal baby deals that we will be sure to share with our frugal followers!   We still haven't decided on a name, but let's be real, we have plenty of time!  I like more unique names while Matt favors classic boy names.  DECISIONS DECISIONS!!!  We would also love any advice from any frugal moms and/or dads out there seeing as though the world of babies is fairly new to us!  Are there any great steals and deals out there you think we should know about?!?  What are some things you wish someone would have told you before becoming a parent?!?         


That's the news for tonight frugal followers!  Nothing school related, but its always fun to share new happenings in our lives.  Melissa and I aren't following our normal Friday happy hour routine tonight, we were both exhausted from a busy week!  Nothing sounds better than pajamas and TV right now haha Hopefully we can get a few more things checked off the wedding to-do list this weekend while picking up some baby stuff along the way!  Enjoy your well deserved weekend everyone!!!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

How does one plan a frugal wedding?

Hello there! I have been having the hardest time planning my upcoming nuptials. I'm over the moon excited to marry my fiance' but I'm hating everything about the $$$$ dollar signs that come with the word "WEDDING." I have been joking with my friends that I'm going to tell all of our vendors that it's just a party and when they show up on our big day... I'll just say we decided to get married! That way they can't rip us off... right? Ughhh! This frugal girl just hates the thousands of dollars vendors up-charge for weddings. Because of this, I'm taking way too long to book things. We were really lucky to win a planner and a cake though so at least we're saving in that department! I also bought these pretty necklaces for my bridesmaids to wear for the wedding! LOVE jane.com!

They were only $12.99! What a steal! Plus, I love anything and everything personalized!


On another note, I finally finished Unit 4 Week 2 for our Wonders packets. I'm having the hardest time managing it all but I'm so thankful for all of the positive feedback we've been getting and it definitely gives me the motivation I need to keep making them.... even when I just want to relax in front of the television! In fact, that's exactly what I'm going to do right now! Have a wonderful night everyone! Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Finding a Balance!

Hi friends! Hope everyone is having a better day than we are. It's been a real doozy. Brittany said to me "I feel like I take one step forward and ten steps back." I know this isn't exactly her quote, but today it really should be. Do you ever have those kinda days in the classroom? When you think, "Wait?!?! I did teach this, right?" Yeah… that was today.

I absolutely hate days when you feel defeated! The kind of day when you're not sure if ANYTHING was accomplished. Ugh! We're just teaching so much… and so fast this year. I feel like I should time my "brain breaks" to be less than a minute because we just don't have the time to dance around. I try and remind myself that they are six-year-olds and they need to move but the pressure of what we need to cover is totally overwhelming!

The more intense the curriculum becomes the less time I have to really get to know my students. I've always taken that relationship very seriously. I know it makes me a better teacher. But this year we just don't have time to chat. I rarely get to ask my students questions and inquire about their interests. I want them to feel that they have a teacher that really cares, but we're more focused on balancing equations than balancing any type of relationship between home and school. The whole thing makes me sad. It also makes me wonder if there in something more I can do to fit it in. If you have the answers… please tell me your secrets! I do lunch bunch on Fridays and take in all the chat time I can during dismissal, but with 22 kiddos it's just not happening! It's nice to know that I'm not alone though. At least I know Brittany feels the same way… I bet a few of our fabulous followers understand, too!

Here's to another day! No back stepping tomorrow!

TOTALLY NEW TOPIC starts now…

After a not so cheerful little blog post I want to change the subject and the tone to something FABULOUS! Ever since Britt and I started reading blogs years ago, we have adored a fellow blogger called Pink Lou Lou. She's witty, fashionable and just plain adorable! What's not to love? She's not a teacher (everyone has a flaw) but she has many of our same interests, the most important one being SHOPPING!

Well PinkLouLou loves loves loves this website called Jane.com. Have you been to it? GET OFF THIS BLOG AND GO NOW!!! No… seriously, this blog will be here but the amazing deals on Jane.com will not. Don't delay because these items go fast. Fashionistas… I'm obsessed! The deals are A----MAY-----ZING!!! How did I know about this sooner??? I mean, think of all of the deals I've missed. You need to check it each day because there is new steals everyday for all ages!

Here are some of my new faves:
$6.99 Watch Blow Out!
$9.99 Chevron Watches
7 different painting stencil designs! $6.99
Not sure I can pull these off but I really want to try!!
Multi Print Leggings $10.99

Super soft microfiber kitchen towels $5.50
Chevron Scarves $10.99
I LOVE CHEVRON!!
We met, we married, we live sign $5.50


So go check it out! You won't regret it!!! These frugal girls are OBSESSED!!!



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