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Back to School Teacher Style

During this back to school season I am partnering with Maurices to showcase 5 looks from their fall line.  When I first started teaching I had two different wardrobes: clothes I taught in and then clothes I would wear on the weekends and outside of the classroom.  I quickly realized that finding clothes that I could wear for any occasion (inside AND outside the classroom) that expressed my personal style was the more practical way to go.  I needed to find places to shop, like @maurices, that have comfortable AND stylish pieces that don’t break the bank.

First Day of School Look


I am excited to share with you the perfect dress for a BACK TO SCHOOL LOOK.  I always wear a dress the first day of school because I feel more dressy, it’s one piece and simple to style, and really comfortable!


Day to Night Look



Some Fridays there is the occasional happy hour with co-workers or a date night!  I found the perfect outfit that can transition from day to night! I think the biggest factor in making this casual outfit ready for an evening activity is the faux leather jacket...it instantly elevates the look, but I can still wear something like this to work or to play!  

Field Trip Look


When I go on a field trip my number one priority is comfort.  In the past there have been times where I looked a little TOO comfortable, so by pairing a couple stylish AND comfortable pieces I am able to look a little more put together. ;)  For me- jeans and a tee are a must, along with a lightweight

On the Go Look


Normally after a full day of teaching I run one errand on the way home.  There are the occasional days where multiple errands need to be run and I am darting all over the place before I finally make it home.  The simple choice in wearing black jeggins makes me feel a little more dressed up compared to wearing regular jeans. This way if I am meeting a friend for coffee, or swinging by a couple stores I can feel excited about my outfit even if I was teaching the 7 hours before!   

Parent Teacher Conferences Look


A full week of parent-teacher conferences are tiring, and by the 5th day of conferences I am drinking 5 cups of coffee before 5pm, lol!  One thing that makes the day feel more approachable is by having an outfit that I can wear all day long. I used to bring a second outfit  to change into after school, but I quickly realized that isn’t the most practical option. I look for something comfortable and classic that I can teach in all day and then still feel comfortable by the last conference of the day.  I always lean towards dresses because I can move comfortably, and throw a jacket on to complete the look… but keep in mind, I DO change into heels for conferences!



Back to School Teacher Memes

Guys.  Why is the first week month of teaching such a hot mess!?!?!  Hopefully these teacher memes can bring a smile to your face and lighten your load for just a few seconds!  Happy back to school season!


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The Wizzarding World of Harry Potter from a Teacher's Point of View

This summer I took a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood to visit the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter.  As a teacher, there is often the opportunity to read Harry Potter to/with your class.  If not, there is a GOOD chance that your students are reading Harry Potter independently.  I wanted to visit The Wizzarding World of Harry Potter to take photos to then share with my students!  I know we all have our imagination and the feature film to make this book series come to life, but I think there is something SO SPECIAL when a teacher can show the photos THEY TOOK to their class.


Upon entering the land through the archway, Hogsmeade bustles to life with the same vitality of a quaint local village: merchants hard at work, a train conductor welcoming new arrivals and my personal favorite... the constant Harry Potter music that is playing throughout the land.


There is something so magical wandering through the cobblestone streets gazing a the British-styled buildings with the snow-capped roofs!


Of course I had to pose with the conductor for a photo in front of the Hogwarts Express! 


Ok.  If you get the chance to visit the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter YOU MUST TRY the BUTTERBEER.  You guys, it is the sweetest and yummiest thing I have ever tasted!  It has a butterscotch undertone that is delicious.  


Something super special about The Wizzarding World of Harry Potter is there are 15 different interactive "magic wand experiences" in which you wander the land and can "cast spells!"  They sell replicas of each character's wand, in which you can purchase to practice cashing spells throughout the land!


Here are a list of the shops and restaurants that you can visit at The Wizzarding World of Harry Potter:
Three Broomsticks™ and Hog's Head 
Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.
Honeydukes™
Owl Post™
 Zonko’s™ Joke Shop
Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment
 Dervish and Banges™
 Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.

Each one of these shops or places to eat is overloaded with details to make the experience so special.


My favorite shop was Owl Post... you walk in and there are hundreds of packages stacked up in the rafters and dozens of mechanical owls moving their heads, ruffling their feathers and hooting! It was so magical! 



When walking near the end of Hogsmeade there is this moment when you turn the corner and catch a full and perfect view of Hogwarts Castle.  It is kind of breathtaking and such a special moment to see something so BIG and look so REAL.  I can't think of any other type of attraction where you can see something from a book in person that exceeds your expeditions.  




We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to The Wizzarding World of Harry Potter and I would recommend and encourage you teachers out there to visit if you can! I am excited to show these personal photos to my class the next time I read them Harry Potter or if  I see a student reading it independently, it will be so special to have my own story to tell!


Thank you, Universal Studios Hollywood, for having us!


And as a random PSA- take a picture of where you parked so it's in your camera roll and easy to find when you need to remember where you parked! 




Pumpkin Spice Gift Tags

Spread some pumpkin spice cheer around your school by using these FREE pumpkin spice gift tags to add to a small gift for your co-workers!


I found these scented candles that are in the shape of a coffee cup from the Target Dollar Spot ($3)!  They come in three different patterns and smell SO YUMMY.


I printed a little tag to accompany them to share with my co-workers during the fall!


Grab the link to the FREE pumpkin spice printables HERE.