A Rejuvenating Body Scrub

I am so glad spring is here. I was over the cold weather before it even began, so I am thrilled it is finally warming up (now, if it could just stay that way)! This is a time of rejuvenation and renewal, and I thought it would be a good idea to start prepping for the spring clothes. And not to paint an ugly picture here, but my legs have been a little ashy from the winter weather. So, I decided to mix together a body scrub to soften my legs. I have wanted to create my own natural body scrub for a while and finally did it. This recipe came from Lea Michele’s book, Brunette Ambition, and it is super easy. All you need is two scoops of Epsom salt and five tablespoons of olive oil. You mix the ingredients in a bowl until it is the right consistency. The salt will soak up some of the oil, and actually I put in an extra scoop. To apply, make sure you run warm water over your legs, then in a circular motion, rub it across them. I shaved my legs after I exfoliated. You do not need to exfoliate after a shave or it will cause your legs to burn. Once I finished, my legs felt so soft! I definitely recommend it. She also mentions that Whole Foods carries some pre-made natural body scrubs. Next time I’m there, I’m definitely checking them out!

You can check out some other scrub recipes here, here, and here.

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What are some scrubs you have tried? I’d love to hear!

~Jess

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The Bunny and the Egg

Teaching grammar has always been so fun to me! I always get excited when I get to first introduce what part of grammar we are going to be learning. I enjoyed it when I was in school as well. I still remember The Shurley Method and how we learned to label every part of speech in a sentence! Who else remembers The Shurley Method?? I still use tidbits from it to help my students with grammar. Although grammar is very interesting and comes easy to me, it is not always the same for my students. I am always looking and trying different techniques to help them grasp the grammar content we are learning.

This past week we were learning prepositions and prepositional phrases! I had heard another teacher mention using the “bunny and the log” technique for a hands-on approach. Whatever the bunny (fake, of course) can do to the log is most likely a preposition. For example: the bunny can jump over the log, under the log, on top of the log, across the log, etc. Those are all prepositional phrases and they begin with prepositions. The “log” could be empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls. Since I didn’t have enough time to come up with 26 toilet or paper towel rolls, I had to improvise and it turned out really cute! Since it’s almost Easter, Dollar General (or any other store) is loaded down with bunny rabbits and of course Easter eggs. I found some really cute, colorful bunnies and eggs!

IMG_1019My students just loved getting to explore and find out everything their bunny can do to their egg!

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After that, the students created a story about their bunny and their egg and added prepositional phrases! I loved hearing the awesome stories my students came up with! We all agreed that prepositional phrases add sooo much detail to your sentences!

Teachers, what are some strategies that you have used to teach prepositions?!

Happy teaching!

~Ashley

March Favorites

Jess’s Favorites

For fun, here are some of my favorite songs right now:

One Direction-Night Changes (Don’t judge me, they are charming and their music is catchy.)

Sia-Chandelier (I know this isn’t new, but I love it.)

Madewell Leather Pouch Wallet

I have had a Vera Bradley coin pouch forever and it was on its last thread. I used it to store all of my cards and money. Sure it got a little cramped inside and was way heavier and bigger than it should have been, but I liked that everything I needed was in that one pouch, and I could pull it out of my purse with ease. Yes, you can easily pull out a checkbook-size wallet with the same ease and grace without having all of your belongings cramped into one space, but for some reason, I like the small pouch… however ill-guided it maybe. Therefore, without further rambling, I give you the Madewell leather pouch wallet. I bought it a few weeks ago at the store and love it. I must confess I have been coveting their leather transport tote for some time now, but I figured I would start small and work my way up. Allow me a quick anecdote regarding the purchase of this item. Did you know you could also have these leather goods monogrammed? Every southern girls dream. And how does every southern girl get their names monogrammed onto their desired item? By the first, last, then middle initial system, right?! Not at Madewell. Since the monogrammed letters are all the same size, you arrange it first, middle, and then last initial (something to keep in mind if you order…you’re welcome). I made the mistake of writing it down in the first, last, middle sequence, then had to quickly re-write it, as I was a novice to this new form of initial writing but didn’t want to appear incompetent (I had it pointed out to me that how I originally wrote it was the “southern” way). Anyways, I can fit all of my necessary cards and cash with ease into this pouch. It is a little bit bigger than the Vera Bradley pouch, but I appreciate the extra room. Furthermore, I find it to be a pretty stylish piece to add to my purse! Right now, you can buy the pouch for $25 and monogramming is an extra $10. It took about two weeks to ship to my home from the store, but shipping was free.

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Kate Spade Bow Ring

As I have pointed out before, I do not wear much in terms of accessories. However, there is one ring that I have found that I do wear quite a bit. I discovered this piece about two Christmases ago, and my dad actually bought it for me (so nice). This Kate Spade ring is cute, dainty, and has my favorite decorative piece on it… the bow. There are actually a few different styles of this bow ring, but I opted for the gold, jeweled bow and I could not be happier! It goes with everything and has the right amount of flash. However, I am sad to report that I cannot find it anymore on the Kate Spade website. It ran about $48. I did find a few bow rings on Amazon that you can view here. Kate Spade also has a few cute rings that you can view here and here.

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Crosley Turntable and Taylor Swift Record

I have wanted a record player for a longtime now. I understand we all live in year 2015 and music can be played on our phones, but I just like the simplicity and timelessness of the record player. Plus, it’s fun rummaging around in music and bookstores for vinyls. I also received the turntable for Christmas a year ago and it was magical. We had so much fun listening to it. The record player has built-in speakers, a headphone jack, and its portable.  My sweet sister bought me my latest record a few weeks ago, which was (drum roll) Taylor Swift! I am really on the T-Swift bandwagon right now. She’s killing it. Anyways, the record player can be bought at various prices depending on where you buy it and the type you buy. Here is a cute turntable for $79. This floral record player is so awesome, but it is a little more expensive. Furthermore, records can also be bought at varying prices as well. The Taylor Swift vinyl was $24.

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Here are some of my favorite vinyls. From top left clockwise: Permanent Vacation/Aerosmith, Escape/Journey, Born in the U.S.A./Bruce Springsteen, Rumours/Fleetwood Mac, Bigger Than Both of Us/Hall and Oats, Heart/Heart, The Breakfast Club/Various Artist

What are some of your favorites of the month?

~Jess

Ashley’s Favorites

Like Jess, I am also digging Sia. Her song “Breathe Me” always plays on my Pandora Station and I love it!

Dan Auerbach-When the Night Comes (I fell in love with this song as soon as I heard it play on Friday Night Lights during the episode when Tim Riggins goes to jail. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.)

Lucky Brand Hoop Earrings

My first favorite is an oldie but goodie. I am still obsessed with my Lucky Brand Hoop Cross Earrings. One of my best friends and her mom gave me a pair of these one summer and I am still wearing them most every day. It probably seems like I only own one pair of earrings, but they just go with everything! Confession: I actually lost one cross earring one time and could not find it to save my life. So, naturally, I ordered another pair. Turns out it was all meant to be, because I was able to give my other lonely cross to my mom, who had also misplaced one of hers.

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Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

I love Urban Decay products, especially this one. Seriously, this spray has changed my life. I rarely have time to check my make up or hair (or even use the bathroom for that matter) at school due to our busy/crazy schedule. I’m sure most teachers understand. Before using this spray, when I finally looked at myself in a mirror at the end of the school day, I felt like it looked as if I didn’t even have any makeup on! It just magically drained off my face. Now after using this spray for well over a year, I don’t have to worry about my makeup smudging off or my face being oily. No touch-ups needed! My makeup stays put all day and it’s one less thing I have to worry about during my school day! There are a few to choose from, but I got the “oil-controlled” spray after talking with the makeup consultant at Sephora. Tips: Hold spray about 8-10 inches away from your face. Apply before foundation and after. Spray across the face in an “X” shape and then in a “T” shape. The cost is $30 and it is well worth it. I have had mine for over a year now and I still have a good bit left. It is a MUST buy!

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Happy Friday!

~Ashley

Throwback Thursday: Bruce Springsteen

There is so much love for this Bruce Springsteen song! I may have secret dance moves to it in my head. No shame.

I especially loved it during the season two finale of The Mindy Project. Danny was running to catch Mindy at the Empire State Building. So cute, so charming. I couldn’t find a clip of it, but I did find a preview of the episode. Enjoy.

~Jess