Wednesday, September 21, 2016

classroom pictures 2016-2017

Last year I had these Kid President quotes in frames....and they fell down on the second day of school and I never put them back up. So this year they went up sans frames. 

It's crazy how much my classroom has already changed in a month's time.  I have a permanent chromebook cart, moved all absent work to online and don't need turn in baskets anymore since everything is done on my chrome books.
Setting up a classroom is seriously so expensive. It was about $150 this year to get everything set up, which is pretty nuts considering I had a lot of this stuff last year.  Luckily I have some legislative money that will help offset, even just a tiny bit. 
School is starting to feel normal. My routines are set, I know my kids names and everything is kind of settled in! 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

a little less than we bargained for

A few weeks ago, I found this KSL deal. It was advertising something called the "Electric Maze" with this picture attached...

I thought, wow. This is basically like the next big thing in Utah and i'm going to get in on the ground floor. I only got in on the Tree of Life and the Midway Ice Castles after they were trendy. This, I said, will be my shining instagram moment. What a time to be alive.

So we invited some friends. We were driving to the event when we started to get nervous about the future of our instagram famous status. We began to think of "worst case scenarios" like EDM music playing constantly. We weren't prepared for what was to come.

We got out of the car and the parking lot was on a hill overlooking the Electric Maze. We stood there and saw the reality of our situation for the first time. This is the only thing that came to mind.

Indeed, we were struck by how dark everything was. We thought maybe they just hadn't started yet. So we all go to the check in table, which was very hard to find in the dark. We found out quickly we could have shown them any screen, Pokemon Go, Instagram, Google Docs, and told them it was a ticket and they would have let us in. We were honest, of course, but there is always that poor college student in me who looks for a way to bamboozle myself in.
So then we joined in a clump of people who had no clue what was going on. And we waited. and waited. and waited.
Then a voice came over the speaker "technical issues, sorry for the delay, we apologize and to show how sorry we are, we are going to stamp all of your wrists bands so you can come back tomorrow


(this is where I want him to say free)


I thought this was ridiculous seeing as we only paid $6 to come the first time. However, I hadn't even gone into the maze yet so I had no idea how ridiculous this was.

Okay, we wait a little more and finally they let us in.
There is no way I will be able to put into words the disappointment and ridiculousness that was this maze, especially after having the high hopes of the main photo. This is a picture of what it looked like in actuality...

Except it had electrical problems, so there were none of the lights pictured. By the way, this is the eighth picture on their website. So maybe they were "trying" to be "honest"

So after we got to the end of the maze which was a really sad dance party with no lights and some weird Dads dancing, we just started laughing so hard. It wasn't even the fact that there were no lights, it was just no maze! It was just a pathway with one instance where you could have maybe gotten lost. However, you could see through the white tarps that were on the chain link fences so, you actually couldn't have gotten lost. There was also just weird things, like a stack of pallets with fog going around it and a lady standing there with a bucket of pennies asking people to make a wish. Then there was this big heart that they were asking people to write  on it with sharpies. It was just the most odd experience of my life.

So after we left we reverse googled the image and yeah, they had purchased the stock photo from somewhere in Japan.

 I actually think this is super dishonest and so I emailed both KSL Deals and Electric Maze to ask for a refund, as I think everyone who attended should. I just kept thinking about the people who spent a ton on this (regularly $12 a ticket) to come to this based off the picture and it was just such a flop! I don't often write negative reviews, but I could have had a cool instagram picture from this event and all I had was this one...


So Electric Maze, 0/10. 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

teacher style with ThredUp

Hi you guys!
It's late Sunday night and i'm just getting ready to go back to school for the week. It's gonna be busy one with my class, meetings and Parent Teacher Conference. So I have to get my head in the game! 
Alright, let's get down to business. I don't know if you guys know this, but i'm kind of a big deal. I don't mean to brag, but I got the "best dressed teacher award" last year at my school. So yeah, I can't really educate them worth a darn, but I can sure dress well. 
I decided to put together a little teacher outfit post with the help of ThredUp. ThredUp is a secondhand clothing website where you can buy clothes but also sell them back. I have been a fan of ThredUp for a long time (see my posts about it here and here) and they help me when building my professional wardrobe on a teacher's salary. Luckily, as a teacher, I can run the range of casual to really dressy and it's all good. 

This first outfit is a more casual outfit. This was the first time I have put tights on this year and I actually really missed them! Sometimes it's just better to cover up my pasty legs. I got the skirt from ThredUp. It's a Gap skirt and had the tags from Gap still on when it came!

Next up is the look I am going to wear for Parent Teacher Conference. This polka dot top is really cool, it is made out of that scuba material so it's definately interesting. I know I will wear it a lot because it can be dressed up like in this picture, or down with some colorful jeans. 

Lastly is my favorite type of outfit which is in between casual and dressy. This pink boyfriend blazer is really comfortable. I wear these stretchy black skinny jeans from American Eagle a few times a week just because they feel like leggings but look dressed up.

Necklace PMDJewelry Shop

ThredUp has been my go to for a while now, and I know you'll love them too, They not only have brands like Old Navy, Gap, ASOS, H&M, but they have brands like Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer, Cabi, Lululemon, Free People, Hanna Andersson and BCBGMAXAZRIA. So whatever your style is, there is something for you on ThredUp.
I want you to try ThredUp, so here is $10! Just sign up here and you will get at $10 credit to start filling your wardrobe.
Thanks to ThredUp for sponsoring this post! 
Have a good week!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

shop away the stress

Heyyyyy guyssss. 
So, oops, I haven't posted in forever and the last post I did was super emo and vague. Sorry bout that...
But let's get real. The last month has been absolutely horrendous and I think i'm finally coming out the other side. More on that later.
A way that I have learned to manage my stress is shopping. Some might call it unhealthy but a little something something here and there has been a good outlet for me. Plus for every one thing I buy I toss two things in my closet, so that helps me to not feel overwhelmed with clutter.
So I stopped by Chelsea's Boutique today after school. It's right on Center Street in Provo, so there is a ton of stuff to do down there. I would recommend shopping at Chelsea's Boutique, getting dinner at either Pho Plus or Station 22, and then dessert at Rockwell Ice Cream. 

 Fun and cute necklace display! I was particularly in love with their jewelry and shoe selection.

Is this wall not the best thing in the world?

Ready to try on some stuff!

Did I force an employee to take my picture? You betcha.


Hey, not pregnant! This dress would be really flattering on someone skinny. :) 

 The boutique had a lot of cute stuff but mostly only went to a size large, so I left with some real cute shoes that you will be seeing again.
If you want to go to Chelsea's Boutique, they are having their grand opening in Provo this weekend. There will be live music and gift card drawings. Check out the details on Chelsea's Boutique Facebook  page here.  
Thanks to Chelsea's Boutique for sponsoring this post! 

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