I honestly can not believe that 2020 is coming to an end. Oddly enough, this year has felt like both the shortest and longest year ever. If we weren’t celebrating at home, this would be my outfit. I will most likely hold onto this dress for a future Valentine’s Day celebration. Personally, we will be ringing in the new in our pajamas with some scrumptious food and our favorite pack of sparkling seltzers. I am actually looking forward to a relaxing celebration. Yesterday, I created a New Year’s Eve themed cheeseboard to help provide some fun “staying-in” inspiration.
For this New Year’s Eve cheeseboard, most cheeseboard food items were purchased from Trader Joe’s. I snapped a picture of my cart so that you can see my shopping list and what I purchased. I used sugar cookie mix and alphabet/number cookie cutters to create the letters. It was beyond delicious and it was super simple to make. I even sprinkled edible star glitter on some of the cheeses to give the board a more “New Year’s Eve” feel. I will definitely be making more holiday themed cheeseboards in the future.
I hope you have a blessed New Year’s Eve celebration. If you decide to celebrate with a yummy cheeseboard, I hope you enjoy 🙂
First one, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.
I’m not going to sugar coat it, this year sucked. With how many times that I have cried this year, I am pretty sure that I officially own stock in Kleenex Tissues. Despite the crazy and unique year that we all had, it is important to take a pause and think about the growth that we went through this year. Even though this year was challenging, we still made a heck of a lot of growth. I think we can all walk away from 2020 having more knowledge about who we are and a newfound resiliency.
“If it is challenging you, testing you, and pushing you . . . it’s helping you become more of who you’re meant to be.” – Mandy Hale
Let’s not be greedy. There is enough toilet paper for everyone 🙂
Even when life is hard, it still goes on.
Wine and cheese do qualify as dinner.
Don’t wait to call someone. Pick up the phone. You never want to regret not making that phone call.
Quarantine birthdays can still be special.
A year can feel both equally short and equally long at the same time. I’m not quite sure how that is possible, but alas 2020!
Even if you are not going anywhere that day, still get ready in the morning.
We are all uniquely talented in our own way. Friends, I watched videos on how to make bread, tutorials on hair braiding, and I saw Small Businesses take off. That is pretty freakin’ cool if you think about it.
Humans are resilient.
Grace, empathy, and understanding goes a long way.
We aren’t all passionate about the same thing, and it’s a good thing that we aren’t. Our passions are what make us unique!
That our jobs can change in an instant. Who would have thought that back in March I would still be teaching from a computer.
Being grateful for the small things, like to-go Margaritas or Office re-runs.
Authenticity wins every time!
Take a leap of faith. There will never be a right time for anything. If you’re thinking about it, just do it.
That putting up your Christmas tree in October is a great way to spark some joy.
It’s okay to slow down and breathe.
Long walks are good for the soul.
Find contentment with what you have. My husband and I both were privileged enough to stay employed during this year. There were a few temporary pay-cuts here and there, but nevertheless . . . we are grateful.
That Psalm 16:8 will forever ring truth: I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Cheers to a blessed 2021. I am so grateful for you, and I am praying for the year ahead.
A couple months back, I wrote a post about LoveShackFancy Looks for Less. It was a complete hit . I think we can all agree that LoveShackFancy makes adorable pieces, but the price point is a little beyond what some of us can spend. Personally, I have LoveShackFancy taste, but I’m definitely rocking the teacher salary budget.
I scoured the internet to find some more pieces that are LoveShackFancy-like, but are at a more affordable price point. I hope you enjoy the cute pieces I found!
This week, I took a quick break from Teacher Outfit Tuesday to bring you a teacher gift themed gift guide. As you know, my daytime vocation is an elementary school teacher. I thought I should put my knowledge to the test and formulate a gift guide of items that any teacher would enjoy. I hope you find this helpful, since picking out a teacher gift can be tricky!
Last week I shared my family’s favorite Broccoli Casserole recipe on Instagram! You all went NUTS over it. I even had a couple people who made it the next day. I decided it needed a permanent place on my blog. We make this casserole three times a year: Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We always look forward to it, and I even got my husband’s family hooked on it.
Broccoli Casserole Recipe
one pound of mild cheddar cheese
2 cans of cream of celery
12 oz bag of broccoli
1 1/2 tsp of oregano
16 oz of “Best Foods” Mayo
4 oz of panko break crumbs
half a stick of butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Steam broccoli and drain: I always buy the broccoli you can steam in the bag it comes in (Quick & Easy!)
Combine cheese, eggs, cream of celery, oregano, mayo, and steam broccoli into a larger bowl.
Today’s theme is comfy and cozy! First, let me talk about this loungewear look.
2020 is the year we mastered loungewear. I don’t think any of us will leave it behind either. Comfy loungewear is here to stay. I have been loving finding loungewear that is still cute and stylish. This $30-ish black crewneck sweater is super comfy, but with an adorable rhinestone detail. It also comes in two other colors: a creamy white/beige and gray.
Now let’s get on to the gift guide. Comfy finds are some of my favorite! Below are a ton of cozy finds for a homebody–which we have all turned into during 2020.
For one, it is the perfect fall teaching outfit. This dress has been a staple in my wardrobe this fall. Quite frankly, I am a sucker for anything that closely resembles a shade of rust or burnt orange. If rust orange isn’t your color, it also comes in a darling magenta shade.Most importantly, the feminine bow detail takes this dress to the next level.
This look wouldn’t only be perfect for the classroom, but it would also double as a cute and comfortable Thanksgiving Feast outfit. The flowy fit of the fabric would be great for hiding a casserole-made food baby. If it is a little chilly where you are at, just throw on a pair of black tights and black booties and you would be good to go.
Last weekend, we went on a weekend getaway to Solvang, CA. I had not been to Solvang in a little under two decades, but I remembered loving my trip to Solvang even when I was about eight years old. I wanted to compile a list of all of the yummy and delicious places that we went. Every single place we went was amazing at following the 2020 COVID guidelines. If we weren’t sitting down at a restaurant of winery, masks were present.
The Mirabelle Inn is an adorable boutique hotel right outside the main downtown area. We were able to walk to the downtown shops in a few minutes. It also has a super cute restaurant that served food at night. We did not eat at the restaurant, but it is definitely on my list for the next time we visit.
Breakfast at Succulent Cafe: This place was amazing! I ordered the Bourbon Vanilla French Toast (10 out of 10!) My husband ordered “The Succulent Biscuit”. After seeing the amazing biscuit his meal came with, I also ordered one. Yum!
Winery #1 Shoestring Winery: We went to two wineries on our trip. This one was very relaxed and it was super cute. We did not have a reservation, but we had no problem finding a table. If you go around the back of the barn, you will also find THE CUTEST goats.
Winery #2 Pence Vineyard: This winery was a little up the way in Buellton, CA. For this location, you need a reservation. There were dozens of little tables set up throughout the property for socially distanced wine tasting. For our reservation, we also ordered the individually packaged cheese boards. I was in heaven!
Candy Shop Visit at Swedish Candy Factory: My husband is Swedish, so we made sure to visit this adorable little shop. We picked up a ton of Polkagris, which are delicious Swedish hard taffy. We’ve been eating them all week.
Dinner at Leonardo’s: This restaurant was the talk of the town. Every time we asked a local about recommendations, this place was always mentioned. You wouldn’t expect much from this restaurant just by looking at a picture of the location, but do not let the strip mall location deter you from going. The Italian food we ordered was delicious! I ordered spaghetti and my husband ordered pizza. Both menu items were super yummy.
Breakfast Paula’s Pancake House: Warning! If you are going to go here, go early! The wait can get very long. Paula’s has a traditional diner feel, with a Danish twist. I ordered the Danish Pancakes with strawberries. My husband ordered his Danish Pancakes with cinnamon apples. We had to be rolled out of this place with how full we were after our meal.
Visiting the Ostriches at Ostrichland: I love animals, so this was definitely a highlight of our trip. At this unique farm, you get to feed 100+ emus and ostriches. After visiting this place, I can now check “Feed an ostrich” off my bucket list.
Yummy Treats called Abebleskivers: If you leave Solvang without getting an Abeleskiver, you failed! This is what the town is known for. The place that we got ours does not have a website, but it was located in the main downtown area. In fact, you can find these Danish pancake balls all over town. The ones that we ordered came with raspeberry jam and powdered sugar. Yum!
If you are planning a trip to Solvang, CA, I hope you enjoy these amazing recommendations! We are definitely planning a trip up to Solvang again for in the near future.
This sweater has been dominating everyone’s fall wardrobe. It is THAT GOOD. It is comprised of a cozy knit material that is beyond soft and cozy. It also comes in twenty-five different colors. Yes, you read that correctly, twenty-five! I am definitely planning on snagging a couple more colors to add to my fall and winter wardrobe.
Thankfully, we finally had some cooler fall-like weather this weekend. I was able to finally throw on a cozy cardigan while sipping a warm cup of coffee. Woot woot! It was pure bliss. I hope you are enjoying some cozy weather, too!