Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dreary day

It just rained and rained and rained in North Carolina for what seemed like weeks. This picture was taken this past weekend when we braved Hurricane Joaquin to go visit my parents and my brother and his family (Thomas's cousins!). The drive really wasn't that bad. South Carolina was much harder hit, but it sure was dreary. You want to know what my kidlet likes? The outside. You want to know what I'm not that into? Being outside when it's raining. It makes for some conflict. Anyway, here we are in a brief respite from the rain. My boots and dress are thrifted. My hair is cut-off (very exciting), and my baby is adorable. Pictured behind me: An actual everyday pond and not the results of crazy rainfall.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Second-hand Sarah

There is a teacher at my school who has just really stunning style. "I think she shops at the stores I search for on eBay," I told my co-teacher. 

One such store? Anthropologie. It is such a rich lady's store. I've gone in and tried on clothes (with baby in tow even) at the actual bricks and mortar store, but I've never bought anything. I'm just too cheap. I just can't. Maybe for a really special occasion? But maybe not. I totally admire friends who buy pricey, but quality clothing sparingly and have that mythic "capsule wardrobe." Me? I spent too many years broke and thrifting like crazy. I am now addicted to second-hand and have unrealistic expectations about how much things should cost.

Maybe some day that will change, but maybe not. Pictured above: My new-to-me Anthropologie shirt bought through eBay. It is so so pretty. It is wearable art. It is my new boyfriend. I just can't with it. Love it. And I bought it for probably 1/3 of the original retail price. Treasure hunting at its best!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Loving it

Lately I've been loving...

1. Thomas's super adorable "Where the Wild Things Are" sweatshirt. (I'll eat you up, I love you so!)

2. Sugar and cinnamon rim on pumpkin beer. I want to shake the hand of the person who came up with this!

3. Days at the park.

4. Orchids. 

5. Hitting the cidery. It's like a brewery, but everything tastes like apples! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Stripes and stripes


If I claim polka dots always match polka dots, then should I also expect stripes to always go with stripes?

Sure. Why not. Stripes always go with stripes. Here's photo evidence. (Or not. Whatevs. This outfit is so comfy, I'm loving it no matter what. Soooooooo coooooomfortable.)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall list


It's here! It's fall! For real! My very favorite! I made a list. Because of the love I have for lists. (Pictured above: Thomas last fall looking chubby cheeked and fantastically chunky!)

I have actually done 100 percent of the things on this list before. I mean, should I mix it up and make a more challenging list? A list that's like "Run a half marathon" (and by that I mean "Walk/run/hobble a 5k) ? A list that requires me to climb every mountain, ford every stream? Nah. I'm tired, people. I have a 1-year-old. And I teach children. Oh the children. The children with all their energy. I'm just making a list to make sure I prioritize getting the good stuff in!

Fall list:

1. Walk in the woods
2. Go to a fall festival
3. Make stew
4. Visit the mountains
5. Go to a food truck rally
6. Dress Thomas up for Halloween
7. Visit a brewery, drink a seasonal (or several)
8. Carve a pumpkin
9. Drink a pumpkin spice latte (because I'm basic)
10. Take Thomas to a farm

Happy fall, y'all!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Animal Farm

You know that moment when you learn the book "Animal Farm" isn't just about animals, but is actually about the Russian Revolution? Yeah. I love that moment. You don't forget that moment. 

I did a book group last year with the highest of my high fifth-grade students, and, man, they dug in. They were so engaged in it, and they made really amazing connections. My big regret is I didn't have enough time at the end, so we sort of sped through it before summer vacation arrived. But: I'm totally going to teach it again! Literacy is the best, and I am the nerdy teacher who wears book shirts. (Proud of it, too!)

This pig? He is not to be trifled with. (Shirt bought on eBay, but originally from Out of Print.)

I combined my bookish tee with sneakers and a flippy skirt. I wore this to take Thomas to the Charlotte Nature Museum. In this outfit, we hung out with butterflies, pointed at an alligator, played with animal puppets and attempted (and failed) to listen to a read aloud. (Seriously. Thomas just stood up and walked out of the room all like "Nope. There are toys out there. I am going to the toys. I don't need to listen to this lady read about owls. Sorry not sorry.")

How cute is this happy nugget? Love those smiles! (Sidenote: I have decided not to get his hair cut yet. I just can't. Can't do it. Won't do it. Realize all the other boys in his class have had their hair cut. Don't care. Okay, do care, but not enough. Am fine with having a hippy child. We'll cut it some day. Not right not. Not gonna do it. Not gonna do it.)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Mom style

I feel like I am such a mom in this photo. I look happy, but tired. There are nugget clothes on the floor and a little nugget playing in the bath in the corner of the photo. Motherhood, man, it's the best.

I also feel like this is an awesome, accidental outfit. It's something I just threw together for mom-ing, but it's fabulous! Pattern mixing: A thing I love. Mom-ing: A thing I love even more!