Thursday, April 25, 2019
Hello and happy Thursday! You may want to get a cup of coffee for this marathon blog post!
I started reading blogs maybe 8 years ago? I used to love magazines and I think the blog kind of replaced magazines as my guilty pleasure. But, is it so guilty? I have derived so much joy from my blog reading – I have gained friendships, learned new recipes, gotten amazing product recommendations that have made me happier, and the list goes on
One of my first blogs to read was called Everyday Fashion (I think) and the blogger wore very normal things I would wear but cut her head off for anonymity. She sadly no longer blogs. Then I found Jill GG’s Everyday Style and really liked her outfits.
Soon after, Pinterest Told Me To which is now Sheaffer Told Me To became a staple. I first turned to blogs because of my love of fashion. I also really liked trying to put together non-frumpy teacher outfits and outfits on the cheap so I was drawn to some teacher fashion blogs and some penny pincher fashion blogs. As I was reading and looking at photos I thought I could never do what they were doing. But, it continued nagging at me to start a blog and finally in 2018 I decided just to jump on in! Here is my first blog post! I didn’t even have very many of my own photos.
I kind of want my blog to stay the way it is – very simple, without social media buttons, without tabs and indices – just very simple. Because, I want this to continue to be a fun hobby. If I get too complicated I think it will feel like work. But, on the other hand, it would be nice to have a search bar, categories, a recipe tab, etc. Maybe this summer I will add that. I also don’t know how I feel about representing products. I want to stay real and transparent and I have seen the evolution of some of the blogs I read become only about paid promotions. They are about to be marked off of my favorite blogs to read list. I respect their right to go that route, but I also hope they respect my right to not read them anymore.
Some of the bloggers I read take hours to put together one blog post. I don’t think I want that and I definitely can’t spend the time right now to do that. Also, my favorite blogs to read are also very simple blogs like my own. I’m hoping to put together a list of my favorites very soon!
The title of my blog – Coffee and Cocktails at the Casa – came from my love of coffee – especially enjoyed on my patio, and my love of creating fun cocktails for my friends and family. I’m not a big drinker, but I like to have something special a couple of times a month. And, finally the word “casa” came from my profession of Spanish teacher and my love of staying home and feeling comfortable in your home.
I realize my title can’t and doesn’t encompass everything I talk about.
My topics include:
fashion finds, outfits, recipes, product recommendations, restaurants, activities that I participate in and more.
I try to follow a routine/schedule and my blog is up at 4:00 a.m. everyday for those early birds out there. I complete each blog post the day before and I’m not actually up at 4:00 a.m. FYI!
Monday – Hello Monday which is a weekend recap and I link up with other bloggers
Tuesday – Tuesday Tips – a tip of some sort
Wednesday – What I Wore Wednesday
Thursday – Thursday Thoughts – sometimes I get deep and sometimes I am shallow like my “Shop with Me” posts
Friday – Friday Favorites and I link up with other bloggers
I think by having this “schedule” it helps me come up with ideas. I do wonder when I will run out of things to say – people that know me IRL may be laughing at this.
In my non-blogging life:
I have been married for almost 19 years – to the same man 🙂 – with 16 year old identical twin boys who are juniors. I don’t talk much about them here because I want to respect their privacy and that’s also why I don’t use their names. The three of them are not much on being on the internet or social media. So, if you wonder why I don’t include many photos of them, that is why. I have a sweet 6 year old chocolate lab named Ernie. I do use his name because he likes the attention! Lol!
I teach high school Spanish at the same school where my boys go. I have been a teacher there for 19 years but with my two schools before this one, this is my 25th year teaching high school Spanish. I currently teach Advanced Spanish III, IV, and AP. I also don’t talk a lot about school because I didn’t want this to be a teacher blog – not that there is anything wrong with that. If I were going to do a teacher blog, I would start a separate one. I absolutely love my job but I have learned to have a work/home life balance. If you want to read about my typical day teaching I recently did a post here.
I love fashion and bargain hunting, consignment shopping, reality t.v., Bravo, Netflix, reading, cooking, decorating, entertaining, walking in nature, being on and around water, laughing with family and friends, going to events and festivals, trying new restaurants, and much more.
Back to the blog:
I am in no way an expert on anything I write about and that was my biggest fear – that people would think I thought I was special and that I had all of the answers. I most definitely do not, but I have learned a few things that work for me and my life. I am a big believer in “you do you”. I hope that I don’t come off as preachy through my Tuesday Tips posts. Some people say that the blog is obsolete and that the vlog or the podcast is the new blog. I don’t think that the blog is obsolete, though.
If you have stuck with me this long – thank you! I am having so much fun interacting with readers and you make this fun for me! I only told my family and a few friends about my blog until recently. Now, I have announced it on my personal social media, so it’s out there. Some of my family and closest friends don’t read my blog and aren’t very supportive and that’s o.k.(but some are) and I have gotten support from wonderful ladies I have met through the blogging community and readers from all over the world. The internet is a funny thing – it has the power to connect us to people we would have never known before. It definitely makes it feel like a smaller world. I have not gotten a single negative comment yet, either, so I think the people who read my blog must be very kind.
What would you like me to talk about? What would you like to see more of on the blog? Would you ever start a blog?
Thank you for helping me to enjoy this hobby so much! You’re the best!