Thursday, February 18, 2016

SuperBowl Party Recap

I realized that I never shared with you my SuperBowl party! Don't worry, it wasn't anything spectacular, but it was fun none the less! My parents did a lot of the cooking, and they did a great job as they usually do!

We were all rooting for Devner, and were so happy when they won! We love us some Peyton Manning. (I was rooting for the Patrtiots when they played them, but when the Broncos won, it was all Peyton!)

We had my grandparents out and had some BBQ pulled pork, potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. So we represented Carolina as well. ;)

My mom made cream filled cupcakes (She made me some without cream filling, because I don't like cream filled cupcakes.) with the icing being blue and orange. She's so creative and I can't stand it.

To church that Sunday, I wore my orange and blue sweater and had many people asking me if I was rooting for Denver. Yes, yes I was. I can get behind a theme to dress for!

That was my SuperBowl party! I guess we will have to see what next year brings!

What type of parties do you entertain for? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Show & Tell: Favorite Pinterest Pins

What did we do before Pinterest? I think we actually hung things up on a bulletin board!! I'm like everyone else and is obsessed. There isn't a better way to keep track of recipes, quotes, home things etc in one area than Pinterest. I'm linking up with Andrea today to share with you my favorite pins!

I have 16 boards. So I figured I would give you a favorite pin from each of my boards! You can follow all of my boards here!

When I go to Duke again, this is what I will wear to walk around campus!: My Style:

I LOVE this outfit! It screams Duke, and the touch of leopard makes it even better! I need to find a blue blazer like this, and those awesome grey pants!

Pick up a letter at Hobby Lobby or craft store; paint it your color; add house numbers!: For the Home:

I think this is so cute! Plus, it is cheap, and would look great on a house or apartment!

Favorite Places and Spaces:

Bora Bora-YES PLEASE!! Must go here one day!:  Bora Bora is on my bucket list. I'd love to go there and to just relax and look at that beautiful water. I would definitely want to stay in an over water bungalow to look at the fish!
This would be accurate at my house!:

Things I Love:

You will find a lot of animal pictures on this board! Animals just make you happy!

Teaching Ideas:

Rewards for students during CST testing:  Unfortunately testing is all to common today. I think these small treats are a great reminder to students that as long as they try their best that is all that matters.

Sports Love:

Duke Basketball Tshirt Cameron Indoor Stadium address by AspieTees, $19.99  I NEED TO OWN THIS!!!:  It should be no surprise that Duke dominates this board. LOL! Can we talk about this shirt though?! I mean, it is the truth!


There are way to many favorites to count. You can look through them here!

Future Wedding:

Love this idea!:  I definitely want a photo like this with my wedding rings. Also on this board you will find a lot of wedding dresses and rose gold engagement rings!


Candy cane sugar scrub...oh ya everyones getting these for xmas!:  I couldn't believe how many sugar scrubs I had pinned until I looked at this board. Looks like I had better get busy!

Words to Live By:

Prayer:  I have so needed this prayer. This board has so many inspirational quotes on it. I just need to print some of them out and read them

Man Candy:

Just do yourself a favor and go look. Lots of athletes and singers. Hey, whatever works right?!


OMG!:  I mean can you even stand it?! This board will find cute announcements, Elf on the Shelf ideas, and a whole host of other topics.


Military phonetic alphabet @Thomas Marban Marban Marban Haight's Outdoor Superstore:  Welcome to my brain. There is so much randomness on this board. Why did I pin this? I thought it was cool, and useful, and something random I could fill my brain with. Check this board out for more randomness!

Fave Movies, TV, Music:

Check this one out!

Mandii's Muse Blog Posts:

I have a whole section of my blog posts on here (which I horribly need to update!)

Clean Eating and Fitness:

This one is always being added too! They are here!

Congratulations, you made it through this horribly long post! I can't wait to read your favorite pins!

P.S. Could you tell I was starting to be "over" all the pins around Favorite Movies and such? Lol!

Thanks again, Andrea!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Weekend Recap

Can I get a shout for four day weekends? Unfortunately, my week last week was crazy and I ended up having the flu. I suffered through it Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday I just couldn't do it and called off work. It wasn't the stomach virus that has been going around, but it was the achy fevering/chilling, headache flu. Both of my parent's had it, so I was bound to get it. Yuck!

By Thursday I was feeling better and went to the nursing home with my Grandma to play for the residents. My other two grandparents are in there and they were so thrilled to enjoy the music! (I made sure to stay away from them just in case I was still contagious!) After, my parents and I went to Pizza Hut for dinner, and then spent an hour at the mall.

Friday, my cousin came out to give me the lowdown on her wedding! I'm a bridesmaid, and wanted to get a feel for what she wanted for her shower, etc. Girlfriend got it covered! She seriously rocks and has almost everything planned!

Saturday I got a few things ready for the week ahead. Nothing like prepping so you don't have to do it on your last day off! My aunt, grandma, mom and I all went and got our nails done and went out to lunch! Great girls afternoon! I went and bought myself a new lipstick, because that was my Valentine to myself. #IknowwhatIlike

Sunday was church and writing these posts for the week. I also made some smoothies for next week and prepped some lunches. I also picked my outfits out. I listened to The Carpenters Love Songs CD, and re-realized how much I freaking love Karen and Richard.

Today you will find me relaxing and probably being a grump because I have to go back to work tomorrow. Haha!

How was your weekend? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Favorites

Ladies and Gents, can I get an amen for 4 day weekends?! I mean who doesn't love a four day weekend? I know my fellow teachers do! I'm linking up with Andrea today to share with you my Friday Favorites!

I got my DIY message board ready for Valentine's Day. I'm not a huge V-Day fan (#singlegal), but I've learned to embrace the holiday. 1 Corinthians 13 is my absolute favorite Bible verse on love, so it was only appropriate to put on the board.

This little thing is so darn handy I can't stand it. It was perfect for my after work snack of iced coffee, and white cheddar popcorn. There was no spillage, and I didn't have to have both of my hands tied up with a drink and snack. Definitely a favorite!

My parent's and I went to $5 burger night at a local restaurant. I don't know if the food was especially good, or we were just starving but it was out of this world!

I had to laugh at my mom and I's conversation about Grease Live. I thought it was very good, and Julianne Hough was amazing as Sandy. I had to laugh when Beauty School Dropout didn't come on where it should have. I loved it even more when Boyz II Men sang it!

So these were just a few of my favorites of the week! I can't wait to read about yours! Leave me a comment and let me know your favorites!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

What I Gave Up for Lent

Lent was yesterday, did you know that? Alright, so I'm not Catholic. However, I do give something up for Lent every year.  I usually give up pop, but I don't really drink it that much any more. This year I am going a little different route.

This year, I am giving up sweets. I do have a sweet tooth, and just about every weekend my grandma makes something sweet. Now, perhaps I do bend the rules a little bit. To me, a frappe is not a sweet. It is a beverage. Also, I do not count muffins as sweets, they are breakfast foods. Do you agree with me on these?

Another thing I am giving up for Lent is second helpings. Listen, when I am done with my plate of food 95% of the time I will go back for seconds. Not because I am hungry, but because the food was good. That only adds extra calories, extra weight, and I end up full and sick to my stomach. NO MORE! I hope that after Lent is over I can continue this habit and say that I lost some weight in the process.

I usually struggle the first week, then I'm good to go. I will let you know how I did at the end of Lent!

What are you giving up for Lent? Leave me a comment, I'd love to know!

P.S. Is it me or is Lent actually 46 days this year? Math is not my strong subject, so there is a good possibility that I counted wrong. Haha!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WIWW: My Go-To Outfit

Um, it has been MONTHS since I have done a WIWW post! I wanted to share with you my go to outfit. I usually pick out my outfits for the week on Saturday and have them all steamed and hanging ready to be worn. It helps tremendously, and saves so much time in the mornings.

There was a time last week where I did not want to wear one of the outfits I picked out. On that particular day, I didn't feel like getting super dressy for work, and I wanted to be comfortable. So I picked out my go to outfit.

Mandii Fun Fact: I normally detest mixing black and browns together. However, this outfit negates that.

A leopard scarf is always classy, and I jump at any opportunity to wear leopard. It's a neutral. I paired this scarf with dressy skinny black pants. I had a white tank underneath my chambray/jean top that I got at Wal-Mart for $3.00! I wore my Mark Fisher boots that I got from the QVC Outlet a few years ago.

I kept my jewelry simple with my Isaac Mizrahi leather band watch, Origami Owl rose gold CORE bracelet, and Bronzo Italia hoops.

I was put together and comfortable, and I got to keep my original outfit for another day!

Do you have a go to outfit? Leave me a comment and tell me what it is!

*I'm linking up with the Pleated Poppy today!

Monday, February 8, 2016

What I've Been Up To

Oh, hey! Can I be honest for a minute? I've kinda of lacked inspiration on this blog. I initially started to do beauty reviews, but I mostly use the same products from day to day. Plus, there are SO MANY beauty blogs out there that rehash the same things. So I hope to turn this more into a lifestyle blog and throw a mix of everything in it! I hope to gain some inspiration and get this blog on track and consistent. So, bear with me until that happens. To those of you who have stuck with me, thank you!

Anyway, let's talk about what I've been up to lately. I have been subbing almost every day, so nights are spent getting ready for the next day, and weekends are prepped for the upcoming week. Quite the exciting life I lead right?! Although being a homebody at heart it is nice to just stay home.

I have been cooking a lot recently, so I made Andrea's Faux Quiche in muffin tins so I can grab a quick breakfast in the morning. #notamorningperson. I added sausage, potatoes and scallions to this batch. They turned out pretty good, and I'm anxious to try a savory version for dinner one night.

My church was having a dinner after service to fellowship with some missionaries who spoke on Sunday. The Pastor made meatballs to turn into meatball sandwiches, and I decided to make a pasta salad as a side dish. There was a lot of good food!

I've also been busy doing my taxes. Listen, I think my blood pressure was raised 15 points during that process. I have everything all filled out, and I am just waiting on a 1099 form to plug in and send it off. The form won't make a difference anyway, but I don't want to send it in without the form. Does that make sense? Basically, I just want to see if I am getting anymore money back. LOL!

So this has been my life lately! What have you been up to? I'd love to know! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Let's Talk: How to Win My Heart

Thanks Andrea for this awesome series and link up! Today's topic is a nice one to lead us into Valentine's Day!

I'm not a complicated person. Like everyone, I have my quirks, but I'd like to think that I'm not a hard person to please. So, to my future boyfriend, fiancee, husband, here are a few ways to win my heart.

First of all, the man who wins my heart must be a Christian. This is priority number one. My guy must also love my family. Believe me, they will let you know if they don't like you. I trust their judgement 100%. Truthfully, they know me better than I know myself. He must also love kids, and want some of his own. When I see a guy who is good with kids, I basically do the heart eye emoji. #truth

My future guy will also enjoy sports. I think he would be pretty surprised with how much his girl knows about athletes and the game. We can spend time together watching sports at home or going to the games! My love language is quality time, so it is not unusual for me to just want to stay home in the peace and quiet. I'd also love to spend time with him grocery shopping, eating out, or just going for a drive.

I am a lover of little surprises like flowers, a book I've been wanting, or any other small token. Plus, it doesn't even have to be bought. I'm good if he would just run the sweeper since I loathe that task.

As a single gal, these are only a few of the tips I can give my future guy. I'm not an extravagant person, so anything you would do for me I would be happy with. Trust me.

What is the way to your heart? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Random Odds and Ends

I was looking through photos on my computer, and realized that there were some that I never shared with you!

My cousin makes and sells handmade jewelry, so my aunt had a party to showcase her work. My mom, grandma, aunt, and I all went, and had a great time! On the way home however, we got stuck in the Liberty Tunnel for 20 minutes! Us girls had fun chatting in the car during the stoppage.

For Christmas, Cashew got stuffed Rudolph and Clarice toys. He loves them! Clarice is definitely his favorite, so I couldn't resist doing a little photo editing. ;)

Do you think that I have enough lip balm? My mom got me all of these for Christmas. I NEVER go through lip balm, but before all of these were bought for me, I had already gone through 3 of these! That never happens!!! I posted a review of this lip balm a long time ago, and you can find it here!

What kinds of odds and ends do you have? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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