January Favorites

Hello all! We are back to share our January favorites with you. We hope everyone is having an awesome 2016 so far! Is it just us, or is January the lonnngest month ever? But hey, we made it through!

Ashley’s Favorites
My first fave I want to share with you that I am loving is Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo from Sephora. I have always been a big fan of dry shampoos due to my hair being very dry and naturally curly, therefore, I do not wash it every day. Let’s be honest, I might wash it once or twice a week. I’ve been doing this for years and my hair dresser is actually the one who encouraged me to start.

I usually start the week with a wash, dry, and then wand and straighten as needed. Now, as the days go on, this is where the dry shampoo comes in. My hair may have flattened when sleeping on it or when I go to the gym and it gets sweaty, (gross? nah, not too bad) so I start by spraying my roots and then move to my scalp. I can automatically see the volume in my hair once I’ve sprayed. I use my fingers or a pick to comb through my hair and then touch it up with my wand and straightener. I love the way it makes my hair look and the smell is wonderful. Just remember not to use too much, or it will give your hair a really weird texture. I have had my bottle since mid December actually and I am just now needing to purchase a new bottle.

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My other fave that is now a part of my daily food intake is a Kind Bar.  These things are the best! With the new year starting, and my wedding coming up in June, I really wanted to get back into exercising and eating right. A good friend of mine was telling me about Kind Bars and that she eats them as a snack during the day. She let me try one and they are delicious! Plus, they are Gluten free, Non GMO, Low Glycemic, 0g Trans Fat and very low in Sodium. They also have 7g of Protein.

I carry two with me to school. I eat one for my morning snack, which is in between breakfast and lunch. I will usually eat my other one in between lunch and dinner. I like to switch out my second one sometimes and eat fruit or almonds instead. As soon as I eat one, my hunger goes away and I feel satisfied until my next meal. My favorite kinds are Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter and Strawberry. I order mine from Amazon because they have them in boxes of 12. They are a tad bit pricey, but they are worth it in my opinion and they are a great addition to my diet. If you have Amazon Prime, you can get them with free shipping, or if you do the Subscribe and Save, you can get them a bit cheaper. These are a must try!

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Jess’s Favorites

I bought these scripture memory cards from Scarlet + Gold a couple of months ago, and was really anxious to dive into them. There are 52 in a pack and are for learning once a week. So, I was anxious because I was waiting to begin the first week of January. And I tell you, it has been a great start to 2016. I am loving it! It supplements my bible study so well! It is so important to learn scripture, and Scarlet + Gold has made it an easy and lovely experience. The cards have the chicest design and are divided into themes. I have the “A Redeemed Girl” pack (which, sadly, is sold out), and they just came out with a second pack called “My God Is.” These packs cost $32.

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In a recent trip to Birmingham, my sister and I went shopping, and ventured into the Kendra Scott store. After browsing, we decided to create our own rings at their color bar. It was so easy, and the rings are chic and great for everyday wear. You can choose your own ring style and gem color. It was very hard to decide, but I went with the Judy ring with the black gem. My sister went with the same style, but with the slate cat’e eye gem. The rings at the color bar are on sale now for $39.97 and are final sale.

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Looking forward to a great February!

~Ashley and Jess

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Weekend Reading

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In honor of fall football…

  1. If I had more creativity, time, and energy, I would attempt this chic Halloween costume.
  2. Reese Witherspoon’s new store look so idyllically Southern…can’t handle it.
  3. These pumpkin spice blondies Carly made makes my mouth water every time I look at them.
  4. I’m really excited to try a writer’s notebook with my students after watching this video from Musings from the Middle School!
  5. Love watching these two girls snapchats: Gal Meets Glam and Evelyn Henson.
  6. I’m so inspired by these ladies. Would love to have them at our school to speak to our girls!
  7. So excited to be going here for Christmas!
  8. I’m pretty sure I am going to have my eye on this eyeshadow palette for a long while

Hope everyone has a great weekend and happy Halloween!

~Jess

Birthday Gift Ideas

Well, I turned the big 2-8 this week. It was actually a pretty good day, especially for a Monday. My school had fall break last week, so it was nice to have a few days off, after a few work days, of course. My sweet students actually remembered it was my birthday after having a whole week off. A sweet parent brought in cupcakes for us to celebrate with as well. It was a good day!

Flowers from a sweet student 🙂


I wanted to share a few cute things I received as well as a few more awesome birthday gift ideas!

My sweet friend, Julie, who is also my Matron of honor, had this May Designs Wedding Diary made for me. I love it and am already putting it to good use!

My sweet fiance, Rob, gave me a dipped Yeti cup that I had been wanting! He also had my soon- to-be new initials put on it. The lady that designs them is awesome! Check her out here.

More birthday gift ideas:

Send beautiful flowers like these I received from my sweet Fiance.

What could be better than a gift card…. to J.Crew of course! I received a few myself as gifts this week 🙂

Adorable Dachshund “Happy Birthday’ card

Everyone needs a good To-Do List notepad. Especially when they are cute like this one.

Polka-dotted pot holders for the baking lover.

Monogram mug for the coffee lover.

This hat. Yes.

I’ve always loved this Saddle Leather Catchall for a man.

Nike Free tennis shoes for the lover of running and/or comfortable, cute tennis shoes.

Cook a birthday dinner, bake a birthday cake, send a sweet birthday text, phone call, birthday card, or e-card via email. I think just letting people know you are thinking about them on their special day (no matter how old they are) is a wonderful gift!

How do you like celebrating people on their birthday?

Happy Friday!

~Ashley

Weekend Reading

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Shoutout to our friend Julie who took the pic and completes our group!

Who is ready for the weekend?! We certainly are. We are loving this fall weather and are hoping it stays that way, although you never know with living in the South.

Catch up on some things we are loving this weekend. You MUST try some of these fab recipes!

  1. Best Taco Soup recipe ever!
  2. Love this super cute fall classroom freebie!
  3. Perfect fall pillow covers.
  4. Love this backpack and the pattern.
  5. Cute teacher shirts and accessories.
  6. Tasty Reese’s cake.
  7. Will definitely be making these..pumpkin pretzel bites.
  8. Some major trench envy here.
  9. Obsessed with this house plan.
  10. Gaining some fall outfit inspo from Brighton’s stripe and plaid combo.
  11. Love this article about the importance of an education for girls! #62MillionGirls
  12. The new dresses at Elizabeth’s Closet are so cute!

~Ashley and Jess

Weekend Reading

*T Swift always looks flawless*

Hello and happy Friday! We hope everyone is gearing up for a long Labor Day weekend! Here are some topics that have caught our eye lately. Enjoy!

  1. A neat accessory to help organize your kitchen cabinets.
  2. Kaboom! The best center game ever!
  3. Cutest party plates ever.
  4. Easy baked potatoes.
  5. Nighttime rituals of some of our favorite successful women!
  6. Cute pieces to add to your fall wardrobe.
  7. Loved Reese’s photoshoot for Southern Living.
  8. Taylor always knows the right thing to say.
  9. For the traveler…7 things to never touch on a plane!
  10. Your end-of-summer bucket list!
  11. Have you entered our giveaway for tickets to Vintage Pickin’ yet?!

What are everyone’s plans for Labor Day weekend?!

~Ashley and Jess