One Piece, Several Ways – Part Three

I love the versatility of a neutral cardigan. Who doesn’t? It adds an extra layer of warmth, coordinates with almost anything, and makes that sleeveless top more appropriate for the workplace. My beige cardigan from Target (similar here and very similar here) is great because it has a unique shape and three-quarter length sleeves.beigecardi1









One cardigan I didn’t expect to be so versatile is my mint green cardigan also from Target (similar here for you petite folks and somewhat similar here and here). When I first purchased it, I had a specific look in mind, but I’m so glad I found a few other ways to wear it, because it’s so comfy, and I also really love the shape.










Sorry my old pictures are so bad! And shout-out to my girl, Megan, for being in a couple of these pictures with me! Thanks for reading!

One Piece, Several Ways – Part Two

I decided to wear my pink blazer from Target today (similar here, very similar here), and as I put it on, I thought, “Man I wear this thing a lot. This would probably make a good subject for my next ‘One Piece, Several Ways’ post.” So, here it is. Again, let me apologize for the awfulness that is some of these pictures.










Happy Monday and thanks for reading!

One Piece, Several Ways – Part One

My friends tell me I have too many clothes because I rarely wear the same outfit twice. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a lot of clothes, but that’s because I’m a thrifty shopper. But I’m sure it appears that I have more clothes than I actually do, because I wear the same pieces over and over again but styled differently. So this is the first of a few “One Piece, Several Ways” posts. Some of these pictures are awful, and for that, I apologize.

I found this polka dot blouse at a garage sale last summer. I’m pretty sure I paid $1.50 for it. Maybe $2.00. (similar here)









This green blouse is from JCPenney. (similar here)







This striped dress is also from JCPenney. (similar here)







Finally, this checked shirt is from Torrid.





Thank you for reading!

Summer Wedding Crafting

Between the school year ending and our wedding quickly approaching, I’ve been BUSY, so I’ve slacked on posting, but I’m back!

Our wedding is less than a month away, and I’ve been doing some serious crafting. Modge Podge and I have become best friends. I’ve cut, stamped, twisted, and glued until my fingers went numb. But I’ve loved every minute of it, and I’m so glad our wedding decor will be done by us instead of paid professionals.

After we return from our honeymoon, I’ll post all my DIY how-tos. For now, just a sneak peek of my crafting chaos:






Thanks for reading!

Planting Seeds In K Cups: An Ongoing Experiment – Part One

063I saw this post from Buzzfeed and felt validated in trying this experiment.

DSCN0117I saved my own used K cups and asked my co-workers to save theirs over the course of a couple months. Then I gathered all of them, numbered them, and made a spreadsheet to keep track of the different types of coffee.

DSCN0119I used only Heinz Tomato Seeds for this particular part of the experiment.

Then I ripped the foil off all the cups and dumped the coffee grounds into a plastic container. I had to be careful not to save any coffee grounds that contained mold.

DSCN0518I decided to use 3 different types of soil mixes for the tomato seeds: 1) Miracle Gro Gardening Soil, 2) coffee grounds 3) a combination of gardening soil and coffee grounds. The spreadsheet really came in handy here.

DSCN0520 DSCN0521Hopefully, I’ll have some seedlings by the end of this week. I’ll keep you posted.


My Garden Isn’t Dead

garden1Yes, it looks dead now, but in just a few short weeks, this place will be teeming with new, green life.

garden2 garden3 garden4 garden5 garden6I am so excited for my gardening plans this year. The weather has been warm in KC for the last few days, so I’ve been thinking about all the fun things I’m going to attempt to grow, including tomatoes, corn, jalapenos, pumpkins, watermelon, and cantaloupe. But what I’m most excited about is planting seeds in K cups.

garden18K cups are terrible for the environment, so I’m excited to reuse them at least once. I’m still figuring out the logistics of what seeds will go in which coffee/soil combinations, but I’ll have it figured out soon. Check back to read updates on my K cup experiment.

Until then, I’ll continue spending time in my undead garden.

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I Bought A Camera And Took Some Practice Photos At The Zoo

I went to The Kansas City Zoo this morning. I live just a few blocks away, so I go there often when the weather is warm. And it just so happens that the weather is warm today, AND my new camera was delivered yesterday. So I took it out to practice with some of the settings. This is probably going to sound amateur (which I am), but I can’t get over how great the zoom is on this thing. Anyway, here are my favorite pictures from the morning:

zoo1zoo2 zoo3zoo5 zoo6zoo7 zoo8zoo9 zoo10 zoo11 zoo12And, just for good measure, here are a couple pictures of Boomer:

boomer1 boomer2Happy Sunday!

20 Things About Me

I was tagged by the lovely Allison on Instagram (follow her here) to share 20 things you may or may not know about me. She composed a blog post for hers, and now I’m stealing her idea. Also, I’m new to the world of blogging, so I thought this was a good way for new readers to get to know me.

1. I’m getting married this July to an amazing, intelligent, hilarious man. He keeps me grounded and helps me stay sane (most days).


2. We have a super cute Boston Terrier named Boomer.

183. I’ve been teaching English Language Arts to 9th- and 10th- graders for five years, and I love it. My job is challenging, but it’s also rewarding. Every day is different, and this job isn’t for everyone, but I love love love what I do.

4. I started participating in style challenges on Instagram about 6 months ago, because I needed to get out of my roll-out-of-bed-and-throw-on-a-dress rut. Now when I get dressed in the morning, I feel confident in my clothes. I dress better to feel better. Check out some of my style posts here, here, and here. And while we’re at it, feel free to follow me on Instagram here.

5. I garden. My grandpa gardened. My dad gardened. I am following in their footsteps. I like trying something new every year, and this year I’m planning to experiment with planting seeds in used K cups.

6. Pizza is my favorite food. I would eat pizza every day if the fiance would let me.

7. My second favorite food is ice cream. Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite flavor.

8. I’m an off-again, on-again crafter. Most of my recent crafting has been for my upcoming wedding, including putting together brooch bouquets for my bridesmaids.

9. I’m obsessed with timepieces, including this awesome necklace I bought from eBay a few months ago.

style710. I have small feet. I wear a size 6. Sometimes I can fit into a 5 1/2.

11. I’m obsessed with Kansas City. I like to visit other places, but I don’t want to live anywhere else.

12. I visit the Kansas City Zoo a lot.

13. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.

14. For my spring break, I, along with 9 other chaperones, will be accompanying 80 teenagers on a college tour around Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington DC area. Check back in a couple weeks for posts about that.

15. I have one older brother named Justin.


16. I love teaching and being in the classroom every day, but I’m hoping to eventually become a librarian.

17. I worked at a library in my hometown for 7 years, and it was a great job.

18. I co-sponsor PHAAST (Park Hill African American Scholars of Tomorrow) at the school where I teach. We focus a lot on college, but the best part is when we give the students a controversial topic to discuss (Ferguson, the ‘N’ word, Black vs. African American, etc.), and I get to just listen to them sort out their feelings about these topics with each other.

19. I’m addicted to Starbucks.

20. My dream car is a Buick Enclave.

Thanks for reading!