Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIWW Gray Dress & Beach Day

Linking up for another week of What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy!  The weather has been beautiful here in Maine so I whipped out my totes filled with summer clothes and threw on one of my favorite go-to dresses to meet my ladies for lunch:

The dress is from GAP outlet, silver metallic wedges are from Famous Footwear, necklace is from Kohls, and the beautiful teal bag is a gift from my mom!  The company is called Namaste but she purchased it at a trade show in California a few years back so I don't think you can purchase it anymore. Let's hope the weather is warm enough to keep wearing this number all summer long!

Over Memorial Day weekend I went to the ocean for the first time this season...yay! The cover up tunic is from Old Navy a few years back.  It has really pretty silver embroidery at the neckline and sleeves. Sunglasses are also from Old Navy.  It was a little chilly at first but then the sun came out and it was spectacular!

Monday, May 28, 2012

For the Birds

One of my goals in tackling the outside of my house is to make it 'nature friendly', so when I came across a DIY plan for a bird feeder I immediately pinned it!  One of my kind students agreed to make the feeder for me in his industrial arts class...yay!!

He built it and prepared it to be finished and I gave it a coat of gray and white spray paint that I had on hand.  The plan calls for suction cups to be secured on the back.  I found a pack of 4 for $2 at WalMart, drilled pilot holes, used Liquid Nails, then secured each suction cup with a screw.

I hung the feeder on the back of my sliding glass door.  To allow the screen door to open wide enough to pass through, I secured it all the way over to one side.

Now, to sit and wait for the birds...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


It has been a couple months since I've linked up to The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday so I thought it was long overdue!  No, I haven't been going to school naked...just super, super busy, too busy in fact to take pictures!

I LOVE this outfit...went daring with a bold color combo of purple and mustard/lime green! In the pictures the sweater looks more yellow but in person its more on the lime side...

Both the sweater and the skirt are from GAP outlet (bought them this past weekend).  I accessorized with a gold necklace from Banana Republic outlet and metallic gold Tommy Hilfiger wedges from Marshalls. I didn't use the gold clutch at school but rather just added it for the pictures!  It's also from GAP outlet, I believe.

I'm 'scooching' down weirdly in this photo because I was attempting to get a close-up of my necklace...epic fail! I do like how my new wireless remote control (can be seen in my hand) allows me to capture images of myself without the camera in my hand, though!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bridesmaid Duties

Before I get in to the details of this post, I want to share that last weekend was the prom and, after months of planning, all went splendidly!  I had planned on taking copious amounts of pictures but as I went to replace the batteries in my external flash, I realized I had left my actual camera battery (freshly and fully charged I might add) at home!  Thus, I will have to wait until I get the candids back from the photographer before I write a post with details.  Let one picture suffice for now...

My co-advisor and I in all our glory!  I designed and printed out several fun photo booth style props for the students to use in their pictures, but not before we tried them out!

Okay, on to the post!  My friend Tori is getting married next summer and has asked me to be one of her bridesmaids!  Yay! We've already checked off a couple items from her wedding planning 'to do' list...

The wedding dress has been found (note, picture below is NOT of the actual dress):

The bridesmaids' dresses have been purchased:
Tori chose the Blakely dress in silk taffeta from JCrew.  The color is 'dark pacific' and is a really pretty shade of navy blue.   Instead of purchasing the dresses from JCrew, we found ours on Ebay for half the price!

The wedding flowers have been decided upon:

A few months ago Tori and I went to a workshop to learn how to 'build our own bouquets and centerpieces'.  We learned some practical tips and she will be saving money buy purchasing the flowers directly from a wholesaler instead of paying retail.  While she made a mock up of her bouquet, I made a colorful centerpiece to take with me to work! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Some Thoughts on Teacher Appreciation Week

Ah yes, it's that time of year...Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11th 2012)!  I can honestly say that as a high school teacher, I usually don't even know it is T.A.W. because, for some reason or another, we don't get 'appreciated' as much as our dear elementary school colleagues.  It is probably a combination of the fact that high school students have multiple teachers (which translates to more people to 'appreciate') and are filled with teenage angst (which means they actually loathe the evil trolls who make their lives miserable by assigning endless amounts of homework)!

But, I can assure you, we high school teachers work just as hard and put in just as much effort as teachers of other grade levels and it is nice to be appreciated, too.  I will give props to our student council who usually throw us a nice staff appreciation lunch before the school year ends, making our faces light up like kids in a candy store!

One thought to note...appreciation is NOT about gifts and 'things' is as simple as a nice hand-written note that says 'thank you' or even just a verbal 'hey, Miss Rush, thanks for making learning fun'. These sentiments go a long way and mean SO MUCH! On that note, I've compiled a list of ways in which you can appreciate your teachers, starting with a simple thank you note!

Last year I printed cards and had my students write notes to their other teachers.  It made me feel good knowing my colleagues were being appreciated!  This year I designed a card that you can print, too!

Some other fun ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week include...

Etched Glass Pencil Holder

 'You're the highlight of my day'

'We need s'more teachers like you!'

'Thanks for quenching my thirst for knowledge!'

Fun poem with candy bars

 Yummy caramel apple dip!

Personalized Bookplates
Colored Pencil Vase

Ha ha ha...I kid!

All of the sources and descriptions for the images above can be found via my Pinterest board.
HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK to all my fellow comrades out there!