Favorite Friday Finds

 

Oh hello, I’ve missed you!

I’ve been slacking a lot, but hear me out. We’re moving to Denver next week, my students at my school are acting like it’s Halloween, the day before winter break, and field day EVERY DAY. I literally fell asleep sitting up watching The British Bake Off (which I never fall asleep to).

I’ve been trying to get through to the end of the year!

Pray for me.

Anywhooo here are this week Favorite Friday Finds!

 

 

 

Kendra Scott is one of those brands I just love, I love her story and I love all of her products. I especially love lower amazon prices and free prime shipping! These are still a little pricy for jewlery but lower than you would find on her website! Poke around amazon to find some cheaper deals!

Kendra Scott Earrings

Kendra Scott Necklace

 

I hate spending a lot of money on sandals because I feel like I can never get them to last longer than one summer season so I’m always trying to find cheap sandals that I can wear with sundresses and shorts that I won’t mind throwing away at the end of a season or two!

These awesome sandals are only 12.99-14.99 depending on the color! They have pretty good reviews too.

Sandals

Another great deal if you’re looking for something less thick for only 10.99-13.99!

Strap Sandals

We all know that off the shoulder tops are in season right now, but most likely they won’t be in season 5 years from now. If you want to pick up a very highly reviewed one (that comes in a million colors, seriously check it out) then I found the perfect one for you!

Off the Shoulder Top!

If you’re looking for summer shorts, then look no further! Anthropologie has a ton of Level 99 shorts on sale, these come in a ton of colors and are linen!!! I love Level 99 clothing so much, I think they hold their shape and they are true to size!

Level 99 Shorts

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If you’re looking to pick up a new pair of Toms, I highly recommend checking out Amazon. In my opinion, Toms are a bit overpriced for what you get. Luckily Amazon has almost every color you could ever want, some sizes and color combinations as low as $19! I’ve never paid more than $35 for my Toms which I feel is a fair price. I do love them and wear them all the time!

Every color Toms ever

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And last but not least, the weirdest thing I found today while looking through Amazon. I was actually looking for some new popsicle molds when I came across a desktop sandbox. At first, I thought it was a joke but then I started to think about how nice it would be to make little shapes and tiny sand castles when I’m stressed out or after a student calls me a “mean old lady” <really happened folks>

Anyways this is totally pointless but fun and would make a great gag gift! Only $20!

Weird tiny sandbox you need in your life.

Well, everyone, it snowed today and I’m off to enjoy a chilly May Friday night and pack for our upcoming move!

Happy Weekend,

Sierra

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Is it summer yet? Weird things my students say

 

My Spider/Diabetes Problem

I have a spider problem in my classroom, they love to hang out in my cabinets and around the base boards of my room. One day I had a group of 2nd graders working near a “known spider area” and said, “boys and girls, let’s work somewhere else today because I found three spiders there yesterday.”

A second-grade boy said, “We better not get bit because we might get diabetes and no one wants diabetes, especially the spider type.”

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Le Sigh

This next one was probably only amusing to me. During one of my last classes of the day, which happens to be Kindergarten I sat down at the piano and starting singing a song when a very exasperated boy threw his body to the floor, put his hands in the air and yelled “WHY DO YOU ALWAYS SING MS. HAYDEN? EVERY DAY SINGING!! UGHHH” Then after the whole class just stared at him he said, “I am so tired.”

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Me too buddy me too.

Jacket problems or stealing my hair?

I have this bright green/lime jacket I wear all the times (because I’m ALWAYS cold) and a student looked at me up and down and then said: “I’m gonna make a jacket that looks like that but with my hair, you can add some of your own hair if you want.”

 

My legs are in a fight

Near the end of the year, I like to fill the days with fun active games so my students leave the school year with fun memories of music. One of those games is a relay singing game, at the end of the song the students have to race to the back of their team and roll the ball through their team’s legs (who are standing in a wide V). This alone leads to some interesting comments in first and second grade; “YOU NEED TO SPREAD YOUR LEGS” “IS THAT REALLY AS FAR AS YOU CAN SPREAD THEM? UGH”

I was showing the students how to stand and I said: “okay my legs are in a wide V like you’re about to do a jumping jack.”

A first-grade boy in the front row said (laughing) “haha your legs must be so mad at each other, you’re going to have to spread your legs forever Ms. Hayden.”

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A picture is worth a thousand words?

Last but my favorite so far, this isn’t a weird thing but one of the best pictures I’ve ever gotten from a student. I see one of my favorite kindergarten classes at the very end of the day for 40 minutes. Any other music teacher knows that kindergarten is not really ready to learn new material at the very end of the day. On top of it being the end of the day, it’s a harder class when it comes to being chatty and following directions. I truly love these kiddos so much, but sometimes (like last week) they push my patience.

I had this really fun parachute game planned, as well as a story and a rhythm lesson. The class was having a really hard time listening and wouldn’t stop talking, I even remember staring at the class while they were out of control thinking “well this isn’t going well.”

Anyways we had a rough day and we didn’t get to complete our lesson, I told their teacher at the end of class. The next day their writing activity was to write me apology letters for not listening.

This class deserves an award for the most creative drawing because I got multiple pictures of me playing the flute, purple cats, plenty of hearts and pictures of me singing.

My favorite one has to be this one below that depicted me very angry and a boy on his knees begging for forgiveness. When I saw him in the hall and told him that I loved his picture because it had so much detail, he got down on his knees to show me what he drew! It made my day.

By the way, I rarely get mad at my students and I’ve raised my voice probably 3 times since I started teaching so I LOVE this face he put on me.. and my hair is awesome.

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But seriously, pray for me and hope that I can get through the rest of the year with them.

Have you jumped over and checked out my Facebook page? You might be rewarded with many cat pictures if you do.

-Sierra

Favorite Friday Finds – Amazon Prime Edition

Happy Friday Everyone!

I almost didn’t make it this far, I got strep throat and have been on a continuous cycle of getting a little bit better and then becoming really sick at the end of each day.

I’m not sure how much my students like me right now either, it’s so hard to teach when you’re sick. Today I almost had to laugh at myself because I yelled (which I never do) at a first-grade class “THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN, DOESN’T ANYONE WANT TO HAVE FUN ANYMORE?”

Ahh my poor students.

At least I get to come home to this every day….

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Okay Sierra, stop focusing on your cats. This is my weekly edition of Favorite Friday Finds! I’m not sure how many of you ever shop for clothes on Amazon, but if you don’t now is the time to start! A lot of time when I get compliments on clothing and reply with “Thanks!! It was 6 dollars on Amazon!”

I get some weird looks!

I swear half my closet is from Amazon, you can get name brand items for much cheaper and can find pretty much anything you want. I always make sure to look through reviews and trust your gut, if it looks sketchy then it probably is. I’ve found a few neat Amazon finds this week and I’ll post pictures of me wearing them as I receive the items but without further ado, here are my favorite Amazon deals of the week for Friday Favorite Finds!

 

Renee C Cardigan

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Renee C is a trusted high-quality brand, these cardigans are sent out in many Stitch Fix boxes and usually cost around $78 but they’re only $19.99 with prime shipping (have I mentioned my LOVE for prime? I love you prime shipping). This cardigan is Bamboo so you know it’s going to be soft and it comes in several colors with excellent reviews!

Renee C Cardigan

This next one I debated for a while because it doesn’t have any reviews (I suppose once I get it I’ll start the amazon review chain). What I love about this dress is FIRST it has pockets, k sold, thanks a bunch, get in my closet. Also, it’s very pretty, comes in lots of colors and I’m planning on throwing a jean jacket on top and wearing it to teach in during the last month of school.

DRESS FULL OF POCKETS

This next Paper + Tee top comes very highly reviewed and is only $14.99!! I love the lace detail, I’ve had the blush color in my wishlist for several months! This top also comes in several pretty colors, I’m also crushing on the blue!

Paper + Tee Top

I am always looking for options to wear under cardigans or jackets that aren’t plain camisoles and this beautiful lace top fit the bill! It has excellent reviews and at $16.99 you can’t really beat the price! I’m still trying to decide what color to get, I’m stuck between the pink or the white one! The reviews suggest sizing down!

Lace Tank Top

Last clothing item is this cute baseball tee that comes in a zillion cute spring prints! I actually just wore mine the other day (I have a grey top with floral sleeves, picture to come).

Zillion Color Options Top

Alrighty, folks, that’s all I have for this Friday, I can’t wait to show you real “life” photos of my finds! Also, it just started snowing here and I just want the record to show that I really don’t appreciate the tease of warm weather with a nice fat snow storm at the end of April!

I guess I HAVE to go make hot chocolate.

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Happy weekend everyone! If anyone wants to buy me a new electric blanket (HINT HINT MASON) please do so, as all three of mine stopped working because I used them too much.

I’d love it if you stopped by my Facebook page for daily updates from me, Littlefoot, and Petrie!

-Sierra xoxo

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Favorite Friday Finds

Happy Friday/Saturday morning

I’ve been almost sick all week and yesterday I finally got actually sick. So I’ve been spending a lot of time cuddling with the cats and watching Doctor Who. This post is a couple of hours late, but I still wanted to share my finds of the week.

AnyWHOO here are my favorite find this week! Hope you enjoy!

First up are these amazing slip-on Converse, who else loves slip on shoes?!?

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They are less than $35 at Nordstrom in these super cute mint color, with free shipping!

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Mint Converse 

Next up is this Lush Tunic, well-loved by many bloggers! I’ve been waiting for this to be on sale again so I could snatch one.

Comes in several colors and less than $30!

Lush Tunic (Free Shipping!)

I posted about this Amazon shirt last week but just got it in the mail! It’s very spring and it was only 12.99! I think someone with a fuller chest could fill out the top part a bit better lol.

Comes in several colors, some prime shipping.

Criss-cross top

Next up is my Vince Camuto Sandals, usually $120. I found them on Amazon for $45, but the price depends on the color and size! Good luck 🙂

They’re super comfortable and don’t have a high heel (I’m 5″7 and don’t like being taller than the rest of the world)

Vince Camuto Beauties

For my last find of the day, I want to talk about food for a minute! You might already know this but my boyfriend Mason has type 1 diabetes and so we eat a mainly ketogenic diet. We don’t eat sugar or many carbs, but we do eat natural sugars like stevia and swerve to not go crazy and still have treats sometimes.

I have found a few blogs I absolutely LOVE, one I definitely recommend following is Maria Mind Body Health. She has a done extensive research and has wonderful recipes, I’ve even emailed her questions and she’s gotten back to me the same day.

My other favorite blog is All Day I Dream About Food! Carolyn is a genius in the kitchen, I’ve never made anything I don’t love. This weekend I’m trying out her Low Carb Keto Brownie Cheesecake for two. I’m always nervous to make a full cake or cheesecake because I know I’ll eat it all (I don’t have kids that can eat all the treats in the house). So in order to make her recipe, we got these little mini cheesecake pans that are too cute.

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Besides being adorable, I think they’ll be super practical for making desserts without feeling guilty for having leftovers we either don’t eat (or do eat). They come in a set of three (let’s be honest, I’ll probably make two cheesecakes) and are about $11 with tax.

Mini Cheesecake Pan

Pictures to come of cheesecake:)

I hope your weekend is full of rest and not being sick, I’m off to lay on the couch and play Zelda and nap all day!

Love to you all,

Sierra

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Sierra vs. Squirrels

Every once in a while I start to get the feeling that my cats are planning something ridiculous. A big escape, maybe a plan to open up all the wet food and feast all day, or a plan to suffocate me in my sleep.

You know what I mean

Usually, they get tired, fall asleep and forget what they had planned. They have yet to actually go through with a plan.

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Way too tired to go through with plan

Now, I’m convinced that the squirrels outside my apartment are plotting against me, seriously I have the worst luck with animals in this apartment complex.

When we first moved in I called Mason to tell him that a woodpecker (I named Phill) was trying to enter our bedroom. For some reason, Mason didn’t believe me until Phill had drilled a HOLE into our bedroom wall. It was so rude of Phill but he was very persistent, especially at 4 AM.

 

Picture of the hole (notice the sunshine shining right through the apartment?)

So Phill has moved on (bless him) but now the neighborhood squirrels are upset with me. See I’m convinced that the squirrels are mad that I took away their supply of tomatoes.

Every spring/summer I decide that I’m definitely a farmer and I can grow anything, and tomatoes are usually on the list.

What I didn’t account for when growing my tomato’s (and strawberries) was that the squirrels will come and do what I like to call a “taste test.”

They hop onto my patio pull off a tomato, taste it, and then say “oh.. I actually HATE tomatoes.” Then they drop the tomato and hop away. Only to come back 10 minutes later and repeat the process, always saying to themselves “oh yeah I don’t like tomatoes.”

So I’ve made a cage out of chicken wire to guard my precious fruits and since I did that the squirrels have gone crazy trying to get through the cage.

They have found out exactly where my head is when I sleep and they have started to dig holes INTO my roof. Seriously, they’re trying to come into my bedroom (it’s bringing back a lot of Phill memories).

Last night they woke us up and Mason and I moved to the spare bedroom, but that bed hurts my face (it’s really hard..) so I ended up on the couch.

Now it’s me against the squirrels. Yesterday I noticed that they bring nuts and crack them on the side of our apartment wall.

We have to sleep with ear plugs now, but I hate sleeping with ear plugs because they make my ears soggy.

(You definitely know what I mean)

So anywho this is what we’re dealing with this Easter week.

Just thought I’d share.

Please, someone, help me figure out how to make the squirrels happy..
Also, send me more earplugs.

Petrie ate mine.

…Help…
– Happy Easter everyone, may yours be squirrel-less and peaceful.

P.S. The cats HATE the squirrels the most

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-Sierra

Favorite Friday Finds

I’ve decided that my blog needs a little bit of direction and I wanted to start something that I could publish weekly.

By the way, have you liked my Facebook page to get updates from me and the cats? If not, go here >>>>>>>>>> Facebook Page!

Those that know me know that I am a huge bargain hunter, seriously I’ll be checking out and looking at my phone to see if I can find my item somewhere cheaper online! It’s bad.. but hey I’m a teacher and it saves me money which helps me raise my cats!

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They’re needy and have a lot of toys

So anyways I thought every Friday I would share my favorite steals, deals, and sales of the week! I’m usually looking for clothes, but I also love finding home decor and cookbooks are a weakness of mine (love a good cookbook with pictures)

So here are my favorite finds of the week!

Hope you enjoy

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Super cute floral top!

Some colors are Amazon Prime for only 13.99!

My FAVORITE Lucky Brand Sandals, some sizes on sale for as low as $55!

Lucky Brand cuties

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This perfect spring duster cardigan for under $20, very soft too!

Blush Cardigan

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The most colorful Kimono for 12.99 (this comes in tons of different prints)

Colorful Kimono

And finally my favorite book right now!

This little book of mindfulness has helped me through some challenging times. Sometimes I feel anxious or nervous and I don’t know why. This drives me crazy, if I’m nervous about something, I should at least know what I’m supposed to be feeling nervous about.

This book has several exercises that are helpful for any situation, I love it so much and it’s small enough to keep in my purse!

BEST LITTLE BOOK EVER

I hope you found some goodies today

I also hope you are able to find something this weekend that makes you as happy as my cat is while he scratches his face!

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Love,

Sierra

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Weird things my students say – before spring break edition.

So most of my teacher friends are on spring break right now, our spring break isn’t until the last week of March. If you’ve ever been in a school near a break, you can almost feel it in the students. They’re very worked up, tired and honestly don’t know what they want.

Yesterday I walked past the girls bathroom and saw a kindergarten boy just sitting on the floor having a chat with the girls while they used the bathroom. I said “dude.. this is the girls bathroom, where are you supposed to be?” He just stared at me like I haven’t been his music teacher ALL YEAR LONG and said, “what are you doing here?”

So here is my edition of “Weird things my students say when we should really be on spring break already and they might be going crazy.”

Enjoy

 

When you honestly don’t have any reply

 

I’m in the middle of giving directions and a 2nd grade raises his hand and says –

“I have a crush on everyone in this room, but mainly I have a crush on myself.”

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When you never have to worry about honesty

I’m literally in the middle of singing a song and I take a breath for the next verse and a first grader raises his hand and says.

“What’s wrong with your hair today? Did you brush it?”

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By the way, the answer is no.. I have curly hair and I don’t brush it when it’s dry. So sue me.

 

Can you fit in my suitcase?

A first grader looks at me and says “think you could fit in my suitcase?”

I just stare at him.

He says “I wanna bring you to Florida for Spring Break, you can stay with us.”

Hmm.. I don’t know what to say, but I think it’s gonna be a haaard pass from Ms. Hayden.

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Hand Chewing

I looked over at a first grader who almost had his entire hand in his mouth and said “alrighty, lets take our hand out of our mouth okay?”

He then looked at me and said “umm. I’m trying to suck off my wart.”

And then a few minutes later I heard “It’s almost gone!”

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Mr. Hayden?

2nd grader – “Ms. Hayden, where does Mr. Hayden work?

Me – “There is no Mr. Hayden, I’m not married and if I got married my name wouldn’t be Hayden anymore.”

2nd Grader obviously very confused – “Mr. Hayden doesn’t want to marry you?”

Me – “There is no Mr. Hayden sweetie, it’s just me.. Ms. Hayden.”

2nd Grader – “Maybe you should have kids so you won’t be so lonely?”

 

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Think I’ll make it out alive before spring break starts?

Pray for me.

-Sierra

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