Denim Shirt on a Windy Day.

There’s nothing like a little wind to remind you that winter is right around the corner! These photos were tough, but fun, to take! This shirt is absolutely my GO-TO shirt! It is cozy, versatile, appropriate for any season! It looks great in spring with white jeans or the summer over a cute tank with lace shorts. And now, it carries right into fall and winter as a stand alone or under a cozy knit sweater! This shirt is a closet must-have if I have ever seen one! šŸ™‚

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Pants and black jeans are from The Loft. Shoes are from Marshalls. The photos are taken by my loving husband in Shullsburg, Wi.

 

Cheetah Print and Corn Stalks.

Ahh… The refreshing crisp smell of fall! I just can’t seem to take enough pictures to make this time of year last long enough! The natural world is so beautiful and refreshing- the colors, the sights, the smells! This fall, soft neutral pants are SO IN! I got these lovely taupe pants from Ann Taylor and couldn’t be happier about the purchase- comfy, fall friendly, and awesome with cheetah prints! I also adore how the shirt splits in the back- AND– it is made of the softest stuff ever!!!

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Sweater and pants are from Ann Taylor, shoes from Old Navy, watch from buckle. Pictures are taken by my hubby in Shullsburg, Wi.

My Fur Child.

Sometimes I feel bad that I am gone so much and not able to spend as much time with my puppy as I wish I could. My husband would tell you that he feels bad about it too. But as far as I know, most people would find me psychologically insane if I were to quit my job to become a stay-at-home-dog-mom… my secret dream job! šŸ˜‰ So this post is just about him- my furĀ child!

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Visit to Family Farm.

Life has a way of making time fly by when you are busy doing things you love, and crawl when you have a distaste for your surroundings. Lately, life has been flying. It was just finally last week when my husband and I made it back to visit his family on their farm in Shullsburg, Wi. The farm has been owned by his grandfather and his father for many years and is particularly special because each time we go back, we find nothing but the love and warmth that comes from laughing with family. This is one of the most BEAUTIFUL times of year to go back and visit because the animals are lively, the corn stalks are a beautiful golden brown, the autumn air is crisp, and that makes cozying up with our loved ones even more fun!

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Fall Fest and the First of the Cold Weather.

Last weekend was the annual fall fest in Ashippun, Wisconsin. When this was going on last year, my husband and I were just getting settled in our first home and didn’t get around to making an appearance. This year, when we started seeing signs posted all over the quaint downtown (if it’s even big enough to be called that), we knew we HAD to go! We got our first drastic dose of cold and wet, but even a little rain couldn’t keep us away this year! Our first community event! We even met a local farmer who showed us how all of the vintage machinery works. So neat I had to share!

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Teacher Ramblings.

Every year, a fresh batch of bright eyed learners wake up early in the morning on the first day of school in September. After a long summer, mom and dad are ready to see them go back. And after much planning, teachers are ready to carry out their long reflected upon schemes. Every year, it takes the teachers a few weeks to get everyone’s names down. It’s easy in all of this excitement to forget that there are students among this crowd that are not excited to be there.
When I was in school, I was the girl that most people would consider to be the “teacher’s pet”. I don’t think it would be uncommon for teachers to find that they wereĀ this student. Teachers love this student and wish that their room was filled with clones of this student. But the truth is that I worked my tail off for my grades, and I was willing to do anything to show a teacher that I was willing to go above and beyond. Now that I am grown, I am still this person. It is an inherent part of my being. It is a force within me that drives this incessant need to please. Instead of aiming to please my teacher, I now aim to please my employer.
However, now that I am an adult, I realize the part that I was missing. In school, I wanted to know exactly what I needed to do to exceed expectations. As I stated before, I still do this; I can’t change that about myself. However, I have realized one very important thing in my adult life. Doing something to exceed expectations, or even to get it done, is very, very different than doing something for the sake of learning. And it is so easy to forget this.
Now that I am no longer in school as a student, I find myself looking for ways to learn. I long for information and new knowledge. Not necessarily in formal ways, but in any way I can find. Whether it is something I am interested in or not, I am hungry for new learning. This is something I wish I would have known growing up, and it is something that I wish I could wrap up in a neat little package andĀ gift to each of the students that are before me each morning. Maybe it took experience and the completionĀ of my formal education for me to truly appreciate the idea of learning, or maybe not.
As teachers, there are always those students that keep you up at night because you know they don’t have that spark; they don’t wake up each day ready to learn; they don’t yearn for more knowledge; they want to learn something only if they feel it is something they are immediately interested in. They want to learn something only if there is an incentive. If only they knew that the incentive is the learning itself. And it all boils down to this one thought; I don’t wake up in the morning to collect homework or grade tests. I wake up because I want kids to want to learn.

Fall Tweed Blazer.

As fall rolls in, so does the need for tweed! This blazer is sooo amazing- you can wear almost ANYTHING under it! It is cozy, chic, and dressy enough to wear to work or out with friends! The perfect weight to take you wherever the fall breeze might take you! And the zipper black jeans are an absolute MUST! Ahh! šŸ™‚

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Blazer by H and M. Shoes from Old Navy. Black Jeans from The Loft. L’Amore Tee from H and M. Necklace from Etsy. Pictures taken by my loving husband!

 

Ode to the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Fall has officially fallen! The leaves are turning and there is NOTHING I crave more this time of year than a cozy cup of pumpkin spice AMAZINGNESS (yes, I made up a word for the sake of doing the pumpkin spice latte justice!). I think it’s safe to say that the “honeymoon” period of the school year is over and the true colors are shining brightly! As a teacher, this can take a toll on the sanity of your life from Monday to Friday. My husband and I decided it was time to spend some quality time just enjoying each others’ company, reading a book, and having some long needed bonding time. Where better to make this happen than starbucks with a pumpkin spice latte in hand!

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Photos taken by my loving husband, as always! Nummy Pumpkin Spice Latte credit goes to Starbucks! That awesome watch that has a map on it is from etsy!