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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WILW

i'm linking up with Jamie over at This Kind of Love for What I'm Loving Wednesday!


1. i am loving that i get to go home for the day tomorrow to see my momma! i miss her like something crazy. and i get to see my brother this weekend!! 

2. i am loving chobani greek yogurt! seriously i eat that stuff everyday when i get home from teaching. my favorite flavor is the apple cinnamon. yummm!

3. i am loving the book that i'm reading right now.

4. i am loving my internship teacher. she has been such a blessing and exactly who i needed for my last semester. she is so inspiring and i am learning so much from her!

5. i'm loving this tshirt from southernly stated. it def made it's way onto my wish list.

and...

6. i am loving this bible verse. 

have a wonderful wednesday yall!


Monday, September 24, 2012

"so can i borrow five bucks?"

the dreaded question. well if you're me it's really, "can i borrow twenty bucks?" and then i get an eye roll from my parents.
but i've learned how to make my money stretch. it wasn't easy, and it still isn't. but i've made a few rule to live by and i want to share them with yall!



1. eating:
i try my hardest to use my food money at the grocery shore. and i always have a list. that way i won't get there and buy a whole bunch of stuff that i don't really need. and i always eat a little something before i walk into the store. i've made the mistake of going to kroger a few time on an empty stomach and thankfully stuck to my shopping list or else i would have bought the whole store.
when it comes to eating out i stick to one, maybe two times a week. and i always make my take out meals stretch into two meals. (plus that way i have a really yummy lunch the next day!)

2. gas:
i hate, absolutely hate spending money on gas. so i try to limit my driving to a minimum amount. well now it's tough because i'm teaching everyday but i make it work. it helps when i plan out my trips. if i have to make a grocery trip i try to make all my little errands on that day too. i also think about what side of town i need to go to. my town isn't that big but i feel like it's a waste of time and gas to be driving from one side to the other, just to go back. so planning exactly where i'm going when i have errands helps me to save my gas money.

3. coupons:
i am not above using coupons on anything and everything. now don't get me wrong, i'm not the crazy coupon lady, i just like a good deal. and saving a few dollars here and there really adds up. my favorite are coupons on eating out! who wouldn't want a great meal and a discounted price?!
and this new thing that my mom has become obsessed with is samples. she has samples of everything sent to the house. she's hasn't paid for contacts in like three months because she keeps trying these free samples. smart huh?!

4. sorority:
when it comes to paying for my sorority i am so blessed to have parents who help me out with my dues. but i do pay for all the "extra" stuff myself. (ex: date night, formals, tshirts, etc.) but i've learned that you don't HAVE to buy every tshirt and you don't HAVE to buy your little absolutely everything for big sis discovery. i've learned how to be really crafty with my sorority money. i don't get every tshirt, just the ones that i feel like i'll wear the most. when it comes to taking little i've become a crafting machine. i also feel like making crafts for you lil makes it more special than just buying everything. (but that's just me. yall may love buying everything but this girl ain't got that kind of green.)

5.books:
the place where i save the most money is buying books. my first semester i bought my books from the bookstore on campus. big mistake. while it was convenient that i had them the very same day, i found that i spent WAY more money than i needed to. and when i sold them back, i was disappointed to only get a fraction of what i bought them for back. i found this great website Campus Book Rentals. they are awesome. i found that i can rent my textbooks for a about 40% less than what i can buy from the bookstore. and guess what? i don't have to keep them! because let's be honest, i don't really need that biology book, or algebra book later in life. and at Campus Book Rentals you can even write or highlight in the book, if you need to keep them longer than your rental time, you can, and shipping back to the company is already paid for. they are also paired with an organization called Operation Smile. you can read more about Operation Smile here. so if you're looking for a great deal for textbooks check out Campus Book Rentals. you'll be happy that you're saving money, and happy for helping out a great cause at the same time!


Monday, September 17, 2012

scenes from my weekend

how was yall's weekend?!
mine was wonderful.. other than the major sinus headache i had saturday night. 
but anyway.
friday night we had our all chapter sisterhood retreat. we went to one of our alum's house. 
so much fun!!
it was a little cramped, but we made it work.

saturday i drove home for the rest of the weekend.
i paid a visit to one of my sister's workplace. parsons gift.


i finally purchased some items that i've had my eye on for a while now. 


peach state pride v-neck

cross bracelet

they have so much cute stuff there! i could have easily spent everything i had in the bank there. and the employees are so nice and friendly!
you can check out their website here or like their facebook page here 

later that night i made a dirt cake for my mom's sunday school class. she was teaching about the different types of dirt in the parable of the sower in matthew 13.

it tastes way better than it looks. 
the kids thought it was so cool that they were eating "dirt".

then sunday was my church's 40th anniversary. sorry, no pics from that. i know, boo me. 



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

where were you?

none of us will ever forget the event that happened on this day eleven years ago. personally, i can't believe its been that long since that day. i'm sure most of you, like me, will never forget exactly where you were when you heard the news. 
although i was only in 6th grade, every moment from that day will forever be in my memory. 
we will never forget what happened and will forever keep the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
thank you to all the brave men and women who risk their lives everyday to keep this country that we love free. 


-if God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31


Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday's Letters

YAY!! it's FINALLY friday. i thought this day would never get here.
i swear four day weeks are the hardest to teach.



dear Parking Services, why did you have to give me a ticket? i was having a perfectly good day and you messed with it. boo you!

dear My Sweet Loving 3rd Graders, i really do love yall a lot. but i don't like your germs. so please try to understand that i mean well when i ask you to wash your hands/use hand sanitizer at least 15-20 times a day.

dear Orientation, i'm going to miss you next summer. we had our last meeting together and it was bitter sweet. best summer job ever!

dear New Baby Xis, i'm so excited that you decided to join the best sisterhood! i can't wait to be your new member educator this semester. i'm so pumped to start our meeting so i can get to know all of yall better! tfj.

dear Dawgs, don't let me down tomorrow :)

have a wonderful weekend yall!!




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

oh, how pinteresting!

i'm linking up with michelle over at The Vintage Apple for oh how pinteresting wednesday!!



here's what i've been pinning recently :)






(i have puppy fever!)

big/lil tshirt idea? haha i think yes!

hope yall are having a wonderful wednesday :)


Saturday, September 1, 2012

i know, i know..

it's been too long since i've last posted so here a quick picture update of what's been going on for the past two weeks!

orientation banquet.
my team won color team of the year.
oh yeah blue crew!

recruitment!

em came to visit/help out

all the seniors




it was a lot of hard work and sleepless nights but it was all worth it in the end when we had these beautiful new baby xi's run to our house.

seriously, look how cute they are! i can't wait to start teaching them all about alpha xi delta :)


seniors


there's only a few pics of the decorations that we used for bid night.

the banner. our bid night tshirts look just like this on the back

the welcome sign, awkwardly under the exit sign. i just now realized what a weird placement that was.

yard signs

 it was so much fun and yes, maybe a little stressful planning bid night but it was so worth it in the end. everyone had such a good time and because i am an over-planner, we had enough food for the next two days!

some sisters and our xi man out on 8:01

it's the night after the bid night. all the sororities take their new girls out to meet the fraternities. i was really super lame and took this pic and went to bed shortly after. #StudentTeacherProblems (yes, i did just totally use a hash tag)

i mean how can you argue with that?!

(ps- thank you randi for the recruitment pics!)

football season started today too. thank goodness!! my dawgs won today and so did my school's team.
how 'bout them wolves!?!

i can't wait to finally start going to some games!
bring on fall!