Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day in the Life of a Substitute Teacher

Some mornings I wake up and go to work. Some mornings, I don't. On Monday I could be at School A, and Tuesday, School B. One morning I can be in kindergarten, and the same afternoon 6th grade. I could have recess duty, or lunch duty. I am a substitute teacher.

For the past 3 years I have been substitute teaching. I have had numerous interviews for a full time job, but nothing has panned out yet. Throughout my years subbing, I have had countless experiences. I have been a learning support teacher, over saw an in school suspension (the worst!), and participated in evacuation, fire, and lockdown drills, and gave PSSA tests to 8th graders. I wanted to show you what my typical day could look like!

5:40am: Wake up time! (I shower the night before)
5:45 Wash my face, and begin applying my makeup
6:15 Begin curling my hair
6:30 Finish my hair and grab breakfast
7:40 Get dressed, make my bed and gather items for the day ahead
8:00 Leave for the school
8:15-8:20 arrive at school and get my placement

Depending on what my placement is, I could have multiple things happen. I could be in a classroom all day or I could float around in the morning, and be in a classroom in the afternoon. I could also be in one classroom in the morning, and a different classroom in the afternoon. I can also cover meetings and be in 6 different classrooms throughout the day.  (Yes, this has happened before!) 

Being a sub is hard work!

3:40pm: Walk kiddos to the buses
3:50 I turn in my badge and head on out the door.

I have learned to be prepared in my "teacher bag." I have a whistle and an umbrella, because the day you don't have those items, will be the day you NEED those items.

I rely on my fellow teachers a lot! Asking them how they complete lunch duty, or if I have any questions about the lesson plan, they are always willing to help.

For me as a sub, I try to focus on classroom management, and try to get as much done as I can. I would much rather spend 30 minutes laying down the law, then have students walk over me. That's just my thoughts though! Most teachers are very appreciative of the work substitute teachers do!

Are you a teacher? What do you like to see out of your subs? Any advice for getting full time employment? If you are a substitute teacher~let's swap ideas! Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Boo Boo Coverup Concealer Review

I'd like to dream that I have perfect blemish free skin and not have to use concealer. That's just what that is, a dream! I have begun to notice a need to use some concealer, for random blemishes, broken capillaries, and the dark circles under my eyes. I'll keep on dreaming!

Common skin blemishes, conceal acne, conceal tattoos
I have not used liquid foundation in years. I have always used powder. However, when I would use my powder foundation to cover up any blemishes I had, I didn't like how it looked. I received the Boo Boo Cover Up concealer in my Ipsy bag, I was excited to try it!

This concealer is a perfect match for my skin tone. I was so impressed that it was so spot on. The formula is not too thick, but it isn't runny either. Believe me, all you need is a little dab of concealer and blend it out. This concealer has not made me break out, or have any adverse effects on my skin.

I apply my regular powder foundation first. Then, I take a little dab of concealer, and blend it out with my fingers. Then I apply a small amount of my powder foundation on top to blend it in smoothly. Then, I just apply the rest of my makeup as usual.What I love most about this concealer, is that it doesn't look like I am wearing concealer. So I can have that perfect skin I dream about!

This retails for $20, and you can find it here!

Have you every tried this concealer? I'd love to hear what you thought about it! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Ipsy Bag

It is time for another "makeup mail call!" This time, I have goodies from Ipsy. Who doesn't love getting makeup in the mail?

This month, the theme was Street Style. They put some useful things in my bag this month that I can't wait to try!
Cailyn| Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss: If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know I go gaga over lip products. This gloss is a pretty cranberry color, and I absolutely CANNOT wait to wear it! I love a cranberry lip in the Fall/Winter seasons. 

Nourish Organic| Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser: I have not used a cream cleanser in ages, so I was excited to try this out. I tend to stay with gels, so I want to see how this cream one does, and how well it moisturizes my skin!

Mitchell and Peach| Luxury Hand Cream: Since I am getting over a cold, my hands are so dry from consistently washing them. I'm anxious to try this, out and see how it works for my dry hands!

Pacifica| Eyeliner: I have a color very similar to this, so this is going to go in my "give to a friend" basket.

Crown Brush| C476 Crease/Shadow Brush: This was one of the items I was very excited to see. I only use ELF brushes (love them!) but I think I will love this crease brush. The brush seems firm but still soft.

Overall, this month was pretty good! Both of my subscription services know that I love lip products, and they came through! As always, I will give reviews on the items once I have used them enough!

Don't forget to check out my Virtual Yard Sale!

What did you get in your Ipsy bag? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

Yay for full length mirrors in the faculty restroom!
I have a confession to make. I don't always get it right when it comes to wearing clothes. Sometimes I will wear a baggy top with baggy pants, or leggings with too short of a top. (disgraceful!) Please tell me that you have the same problems I do! However, on the occasion that I do get it right, I'm glad I have this blog to document that! Today's outfit happened to fall in the "right" category. Since it is Wednesday, I am linking up with the Pleated Poppy!

There was something about this peplum top from JC Penney that I loved, aside from the price. I loved the material, and how it hugged just the right places. My black capris were also from JC Penney, and I love how there is a slight flare at the leg. My jean jacket from Old Navy is one of my most worn, and loved items. Jean jackets go with everything! I wore my favorite flats from Payless. I have been fighting a cold, and I didn't want to wear my contacts, so I wore my glasses. My accessories were rose gold.

I can see this outfit being adapted for cooler weather with black dress pants. I also thought about pairing this with either a leopard scarf, or leopard shoes. Leopard is a neutral, people!!  ;)

This outfit was perfect for a day of teaching. I was professional looking, while still appropriate for the weather. It was a win win!

Leave me a comment and let me know your own outfit do's and don'ts!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September Birchbox

I have said this a number of times, but I LOVE getting mail. Whether it is a letter from my best friend, birthday cards, or my Birchbox, I always get excited when I see something in the mail that isn't a bill. Those aren't fun, let's face it!

This month was stellar, and they gave me products that I will definitely use, and can’t wait to try out! Like always, once I use these products enough, I will definitely give you my thoughts.  Here’s what was in my box this month!

Harvey Prince| Ageless Liquid Loofa: I am such a HUGE fan of Harvey Prince fragrances, that I am so excited to try this! It has a clean scent, and not overpowering at all!

Macadamia Professional| Healing Oil Spray: This is said to block UV rays, and be quick absorbing. I am excited to try this, because you know I love me some hair products!!

Mereadesso| All In One Moisturizer: This is an "anti-aging day/night cream, serum, eye cream, toner, and primer" in one. With all of that, it had better be good!!

Pixi| Shea Butter Lip Balm: I received the shade honey nectar. This feels moisturizing, and is tinted just enough to give me some sheen on my lips.

Temptu| S/B Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer: During the upcoming holiday season I can definitely see myself using this! This is a liquid shimmer that will give you an all over glow.

This was a nice treat!
The Birchbox find this month was from Chapstick! (Mandii likes it when she gets 2 lip products in her box!) Chapstick Hydration Lock Day and Night. This is a dual ended stick that has SPF 12 for the daytime and different types of "plant butters, antioxidants, and tamanu oil" to repair lips overnight.

Overall, this month was SPECTACULAR! If you haven't jumped on the Birchbox train yet, you can use my referral link to sign up!

What kinds of treats did you get in your Birchbox this month? I'd love to know! Go ahead, leave me a comment!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Even though Fall isn't here yet, the weather has been giving us a short glimpse as to what the upcoming autumn season will bring. I have wanted to make these muffins/cupcakes for a while now, especially because they are low calorie, aren't we all trying to lose weight? If you have these 4 ingredients, you can whip these up this afternoon!

I call these Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes.


1 box Spice cake mix
1 15oz can of pumpkin
½ C water
¾ C Cinnamon chips
In a medium sized bowl empty the cake mix, pumpkin, and water. Using a mixer, mix the ingredients until smooth. Gently fold in the cinnamon chips. (For kicks and giggles, I added a few dashes of cinnamon and vanilla to the batter!)

Line a muffin tin with baking cups. Using an ice cream scoop, fill wells 2/3 of the way full. Place in a 350 degree oven for 18-21 minutes. *All ovens vary: my oven cooks hotter, so I lowered the temp and cooked them for 18 minutes.

Depending on how you want to eat them, these can be muffins or cupcakes. If you want them to be breakfast muffins, you can either leave these plain, or make them with a streusel topping.  If you want these to be cupcakes, you can make an icing like I did!


Mix 8oz low fat cream cheese with 1 cup powdered sugar. Add in 1 tsp vanilla, a few sprinkles of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and a few dashes of milk. Mix with a mixer and frost. Delicious!

Friday, September 19, 2014

High Five for Friday!

I'm super excited that today is Friday! Lots of things are going on and I can't wait! I'm linking up with Lauren as always! Here is what I loved about this week!

1. My best friend from college is coming to visit me today! So excited! Shopping and dinner are our plans!

2. Don't forget to watch #FarmKings tonight!

3. My aunt and some of her friends and I are going to tour QVC again in November! I had a blast the last time we went!

4. In yoga, we worked on meditation and quieting our mind. I definitely needed this because my mind has been going a mile a minute lately!

5. It has been one year since my sweet girl Sunshine crossed the rainbow bridge. I miss her every day.

So what did you love about this week? Leave me a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I’m a firm believer in getting treats in the mail. My mom and I made this fudge to send to a 95 year old pillar of our church who lives in another state. I know that when she opens the package and sees this fudge made with love, she will be happy!

This is a homemade fudge recipe that has been passed down from my Grandma. She makes this fudge, and everyone fights over the last piece! Case and point, my whole family was together celebrating Christmas and we hosted a white elephant exchange. Her gift was the fudge, and it was traded back and forth until the lucky recipient finally got to take it home! (Luckily, they shared it with all of us!)  I want to share this recipe with you, so you can surprise those you love, or be the hit at your next white elephant exchange!

Here’s the recipe!

3 Cups sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 Tablespoon white Karo syrup
1 cup milk

Bring to a soft boil stage. (I HIGHLY recommend getting a candy thermometer. It tells you the correct temp that a soft boil stage is!)

When the fudge is boiling, place it in a sink of cold water and add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon butter and 1/4 cup peanut butter.

When bottom of pan is cold, beat added ingredients. When dull looking, pour into a buttered 9x13 pan. Let stand until hard.

I hope you enjoy this fudge as much as my family and I do! If you make it, PLEASE leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


If you saw my Fall Dreams post, you may remember this picture. ...i never thought of pairing the leopard print with stripes, but it's cute!

In my mind, I would never think about mixing stripes with leopard, but this works. (This statement, coming from the girl who doesn't like to mix black and brown together!) Surprisingly, I had all of the items in my closet, so I wanted to try this out on myself.

The day that I wore this outfit, it was rainy and chilly, but I didn’t want to pull out my jeans. I opted to wear my black capris with this outfit. I think I came pretty close to the photo, and I was quite pleased with how well I liked it. When the weather gets colder and I want to pair this look with jeans, I can. This would work well with black dress pants as well. Keep your accessories to a minimum since your scarf is your “statement” piece.

Top: Michael Kors


Leopard scarf: Amazon

Shoes: My Slippers! Ugh, will I ever take an outfit photo with real shoes on?!   ;)

As I usually do on Wednesday's, I am linking up with the Pleated Poppy!

Have you ever recreated an outfit from Pinterest? I'd love to see it! Leave me a comment and show me!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Coastal Scents Step One Eye Primer Review

I ordered this eye primer when I ordered my other items from Birchbox. I usually have terrible luck with eye primers, and go in trying them with my expectations already low. So I was anxious to see how well this one did considering it was under $10.

First of all, the packaging comes in a squeeze tube which I like. I can control how much I put on my lids. You get _oz, and you only need a small amount, so this will last quite a while.

This primer doesn't feel slick on my lids. Some primers feel so slick, you wonder if they are going to keep your shadows in place. Not this one, it was slightly tacky
so the shadows can stick to it.

I believe that this primer is tinted slightly. It appears that way coming out of the tube, and I do notice it neutralizing some of the discoloration I have on my lids.

I feel that this product works! I noticed that my shadow stayed on longer, and had less creasing than when I used other primers. (Keep in mind that I have oily lids and have not found a product to keep my shadow in place all day.) 

I would definitely repurchase this product. I like the price, and the effectiveness of the Step One Eye Primer.

You can purchase this product through Birchbox, or Coastal Scents!

Have you ever tried this product? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, September 12, 2014

High Five for Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!! It appears that Fall has arrived, at least temporarily! That makes me happy. I'm linking up with Lauren as I usually do!

1. Did anyone watch last weeks episode of #FarmKings? I mean, I was a puddle of mush after watching Elizabeth's wedding. There is a new episode on tonight! Watch with me!

2. I went out to dinner with my grandparents last night, and it was nice to get some soup!

3. I am down 21 pounds since I started my weight loss journey!! I am PUMPED! I still have more to go!

4. Blogs are all planned for next week, I just have to write and schedule them!

5. I watched Saving Mr. Banks recently, and I really enjoyed it! Tom Hanks does a fabulous job of being Walt Disney!

So what did you love about this week? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Stila In the Know Eyeshadow Palette Review

I have had an obsession with matte shadows ever since I ordered my Meet Matt(e) Nude palette from Birchbox last year. I love how they look on my eyes, I love how they stay, and I love how they blend. So when I saw this palette from Stila, featuring 10 all matte shadows, it immediately went in my cart on!

The In the Know palette came with 10 shadows, a Stila smudge stick in Halfmoon, and a lookbook with different styles to try out. I love the smudge stick, because it is definitely waterproof, and lasts all day! The lookbook is great because I like to see how other people put the colors together.

These shadows are a warm tone with rich browns, a firery orange, and warm rose tones. They all have a desert theme with the names.

Air: Off white in color

Wind: Nude-y beige

Desert: Peachy nude

Clay: Pink nude

Earth: Rick dark brown

Driftwood: Warm brown

Fire: Orange

Rain: Taupe

Smoke: Cool grey

Ebony: Matte black

These shadows blend beautifully, and I love that these are a bit warmer. I like that some of them are close to my skin tone because I tend to like a light lid with a darker crease. I also like that I can use this in conjunction with my Meet Matt(e) Nude palette.

I like matte shadows for every day use because it looks professional and put together. I save my metallics for nights out or special occasions. This palette is great for fall, and I absolutely cannot wait to use Fire! It seriously looks like the orange leaves in the Fall season.

You can buy this palette from Stila or Birchbox!

So have you tried this palette? Do you like matte eyeshadows? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


It is Wednesday and that means I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW! Here is one outfit I wore this week!

I have been wanting to wear this outfit for so long, mainly because I couldn't wait to wear these fun sneakers!

This is what I wore to yoga last night. Cute, fun and super simple.

Tank: No Boundaries-Wal-Mart
Capris: St. John's Bay- JC Penney
Shoes: Avia- Wal-Mart (on clearance!)

More outfits to come next week!

I'm sorry this is not the best photo, I took it with my phone, and blew it up so that is why it is a little blurry. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Easy Breezy Face Look

On a whim one day I decided to try this look. I wasn't having the best skin day and wanted to cover up when I was going out. (I usually go face makeup free when I'm not working.) I was pleasantly surprised how well this looked, and how fast it was! I've worn it several times after that day, and wanted to share it with you!

The Makeup:

DermaDoctor DD cream
Stainiac by The Balm
Shimmer bronzer by Model Co.
Mineral Veil by Bare Minerals

What I did was smooth the DD cream all over my face. I made sure to blend it in really well. The DermaDoctor's DD cream is self adjusting, so it adapts to your skin tone. Then I used my kabuki brush, and rubbed that all over my face. This still had some powder foundation on it, so this just continued to even out my face. I didn't even have to get out my powder foundation! Then, I grabbed a fluffy brush and put the shimmer bronzer on. I put it on in a "3" shape on the side of my face. Next, I applied the Stainiac to the apples of my cheeks, and blended that in. I love this because it is a stain, and lasted all day! Then I used the same fluffy brush I used to apply my bronzer, and applied a thin coating of mineral veil to set everything and make the finish flawless.

Honestly, this look took me less than 7 minutes. It lasted all day, I didn't get oily, and I felt great about my skin when I was having a less than perfect day.

Do you have an easy face look that you can apply? What products does it include? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Virtual Yard Sale

Every time I go past a yard sale, I always feel an urge to stop. My dad always stops and he has brought home treasures that we use to this day. So because you all can't come to my house and actually have a yard sale, I figured I would set one up right here on the blog! Just like a real yard sale, I will keep prices low!

Here's how it will work!

1. I  have a tab set up right by my contact info at the top of the page that says "Virtual Yard Sale."

2. I will post pictures of the items for sale along with the condition, size, and price of the item.

3. Buyer will pay a $5 shipping charge. (U.S. residents only please!) Payment will be conducted through PayPal!

4. If you want the item, email me at

5. Orders will be taken on first come/first serve, so if you want an item, email me fast!

All of these instructions will be on the Virtual Yard Sale tab. Check back every so often, because I will be placing new items there. When I do, I will let you know on twitter, in a blog post, or on the Mandii's Muse Facebook page!

What types of items are you excited to see on the Virtual Yard Sale page? I'd love to hear from you, leave me a comment!

P.S. Items are LIVE so go and check them out!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

High Five for Friday

Aren't you glad it is Friday? I am! So this week went fast, and I know next week will be the slowest week ever! It just is after two 4 day weeks. I'm linking up with Lauren as usual! Here is what I loved about this week!

1. First of all, it was a 4 day week, and that is always a good thing.

2. I've done some updates to my blog! You may notice the new "You may also like" section, and you can now follow my blog on Bloglovin'!

3. Since my other soap operas have went off air, I have been watching a lot of General Hospital. I really like it, and Ryan Carnes, the actor who plays Lucas tweeted me. Turns out, he went to Duke and was in the band. He just became my new favorite person! (I'm sorry that graphic is SO LARGE!)
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall Dreams Part 2

If you missed part 1 of my Fall Dreams you can click here! Today, I am going to be showing you some of the food that I am interested in making this coming season. I found most of these images on Pinterest, and you can follow my boards here!

Let's start with dessert shall we?

I highly suggest you check out Mix and Match Mama. I spotted these on there, and I hit save immediately. I am thinking I might make these for Thanksgiving dinner! (Especially since my dad's birthday falls on it this year!) 

Hot Caramel Apple Cider.        4 mug’s worth of apple cider 1 mug’s worth of caramel vodka 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/4 cup brown sugar

If I ever host a Harvest Party like I want to, I plan on making this drink! Warm apple cider, plus caramel vodka will make this taste like you bit into a caramel apple! (duh!) Plus, I think that I could definitely keep this warm in the crockpot!

Pinner Says:::: THE BEST Crockpot meal I've tried yet: Ingredients: 1 bag of frozen tortellini 1 small bag of fresh spinach 2 cans of italian style diced tomatoes 1 box or 4 cups or vegetable broth 1 block of cream cheese put all ingredients in crockpot, chunking up the cream cheese. Cook on low for 5-6 hrs.

I have wanted to try making this recipe ever since I pinned it. It looks so simple and delicious. Plus, it is made in the crockpot, so while you are picking apples and pumpkins, it is ready for you when come home. What can be better than that?

Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheddar Cheese Dip
Since college football has started, I know that I get the munchies during the game! So I think I am going to make these simple pretzels and cheese dip. Quick, easy, and definitely a crowd pleaser!

So here are just a few of my Fall recipes. Have you ever made any of these dishes? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you! What is your favorite thing about Fall?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Dreams

Now that Fall is officially here (okay, not "officially" but the PSL is out and that usually signals Fall!) I have been dreaming of cooler temps, high boots, and warm comforting food. I found these images on Pinterest. You can follow my boards here! Here are a few Fall items that I can't wait to recreate!

Fall Fashion: Long sleeve t-shirt under leather jacket with boots
 I love that I can recreate this look. Black jeans, black boots, a simple leather jacket, and I just need a dark burgundy shirt.

...i never thought of pairing the leopard print with stripes, but it's cute!
 I never would have thought to pair leopard with stripes, but I can say that I like this. I have these same pieces, so I am definitely trying it!

The Ultimate Guide to Short Wavy Hairstyles
I like both the cut and color of this hairstyle. 

deep auburn- I have never wanted to be blonde I luv my brunette and think red auburn is so hot!

I love this hair color! It is so pretty and is definitely something I would do to my hair!

Stay tuned for a second part detailing my Fall food wishlist! How do you change your look for Fall? Leave me a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, September 1, 2014

What's On: My Project List

Happy Labor Day! I am linking up with Andrea again! I love her "What's On" series! It is so unique, and these posts get me thinking, and hold me accountable! Today's post is all about projects!

In the very beginning of Summer, I completed a few projects that definitely needed done! I also rearranged my makeup area, but forgot to take pictures of that.  :( So this Fall, I definitely have a project list started!

First up, I really need to take a day and organize my clothes when I finally switch clothes for the seasons. Since I've lost weight, some things aren't fitting and I just need to take a day to try everything on and decide what is worth keeping.

Next, I need to start pre-making my breakfasts for the mornings I teach. I have a few recipes, I just need to take a half of a day and make them and stick 'em in the freezer.

Keeping with the organizing theme, my room needs decluttered. It is nothing major, just organizing some files, throwing things away that I don't need to keep. Simple things like that.

Lastly, I'd love to be done Christmas shopping by December 1. I am typically a "last minute" gal, and I end up getting frustrated, complaining about how much money I'm spending, and not being in the Christmas spirit at all.

Even though these aren't major projects, I know that once I complete them I will definitely feel better. (Especially about the shopping!)

So what do you have on your project list? I'd love to hear from you, leave me a comment and let me know!
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