Friday, June 4, 2021

Linking up today with Andrea,etc. right here!

I finished my school year last Friday at 2:30! Jack and Mason started their college summer at the beginning of May so I felt that May dragged on and on for me. I am gathering my thoughts for a possible post on how the school year went. But, a part of me just wants to put it to bed.

This week was a short week with the Memorial Day holiday and it felt like it flew by. There is just something wonderful about a week day off and Tuesday was the first day like that for me. Your husband leaves for work and you are free! Just kidding, but you know what I mean! I had a list a mile long of things I had been putting off, so I was actually pretty productive this week.

Here are some of my favorites (and I have A LOT this week) and you will notice a theme here…a favorite summer color is YELLOW!

I was way too proud of myself for putting four flower flats in my turquoise pot and was so happy to come home one day from running an errand to see this butterfly enjoying them, too! The butterfly knew what was up with my color scheme!

I had been seeing beautiful ceramic plant stands but didn’t want to spend $100. I was thrilled when I found a metal $24.99 version at MIchael’s in yellow. Remember I am doing lemons on my deck. I would love to have the more substantial ceramic, but the benefit of this is that I can spray paint it if the paint chips or I can totally change color if I change my decor. Michael’s decor section has gotten really good – like Hobby Lobby competition level! Anyone checked it out?

I had had dip nails for the last two months and I just don’t want the commitment of getting it done every 3 weeks. I think something is wrong with me because I can hardly sit to have it taken off and put back on. Is anyone else like this? I had my white removed and just did a regular mani in yellow! I am thinking about trying Olive and June. Anyone tried it?

I don’t think I have ever shown you my bike. Tom gave this to me for a very early anniversary gift – maybe when we had been married for 5 years? I love my bike and it is yellow! I rode my bike to school at the beginning of the school year for a few years. I wheeled my bike into my classroom and kept it in the corner. I have been dusting it off and riding it this week.

I started following Lazy Genius after reading her book and I just discovered her podcast. She has some very practical and useful tips for moms starting their summer with kids at home. She has some good stuff for my stage in life, too!

I had more time to read this week! This is cute but it drags a bit. I think I say that about a lot of books?

So, you know how I love black lemonade Trulys? Buy the red box called “Punch”. Inside the box are four types – Tropical Punch, Fruit Punch, Citrus Punch, and Berry Punch. They are 100 calories each just like the black ones.

I don’t know which I like the best!

Now for a more serious favorite:

At our football stadium graduation a week ago, I found my brick! Our old football stadium was condemned a couple of years ago and we went a season without a stadium. Our new stadium has been in the works and is almost done. They offered commemorative bricks and I wanted something for posterity. I chose to put “Jack and Mason Class of 2020 & Sra. (Señora abbreviated because that is my teaching name). It is at the opening of the stadium in the first row of bricks. I felt so happy seeing it there for the first time on graduation morning. My school is very special to me and it was a huge part of my kids’ lives. They ran those halls in the summer and on non-student days from the time they could until they were actual students in high school.

It was also fun to see so many bricks of past students and teachers.

I love this that I saw on Instagram this week:

Isn’t that great? I am trying to work on that!

Did you hear Taco Bell took their Mexican Pizza off the menu? I have fond memories of this item because my bestie was a vegetarian and still is and would always order it with no meat. So, I tried it with her many years ago and loved it! I came across a low carb copycat version and it was really good! It is just refried beans between two low carb tortillas, (I heated the tortillas in a skillet), taco sauce, cheese, tomatoes, and green onions. This was my lunch one day this week!

We had lots of summer rain this week. One lazy morning I spent a few hours reading out on my covered patio. It was so relaxing!

One day I had a lunch planned with my friend Beth. It was raining and we couldn’t sit on their lovely patio, unfortunately…

But, the interior is also pretty.

Prosecco felt right. Yum!

I ordered the salmon and it was so good. We shared a brussel sprouts appetizer and Beth got Nashville hot chicken.

And, I had a coffee date with two students – one who graduated in 2020 and the other who is friends with her and is my current student (was my student last year and will be again next year).

We talked for over two hours and it was just so nice!

What were your favorites this week?

Happy summer Friday!


22 thoughts on “Friday Favorites – First Friday of Summer!

  1. I bought that exact yellow metal plant stand last weekend! I love it when Michael’s has those – I now have 3 – 2 red and now the yellow one. They are awesome! You had a fun week and I need to try those Truly flavors.
    Enjoy the weekend!

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      1. The red ones are several years old – one is from Michael’s and the other is from Kohl’s. The one from Kohl’s was on major clearance and the other one was super cheap at Michael’s. I have no idea why they are so pricey! Bums me out!


  2. Looks like you had a great first week of summer. Yay! Summer Amy! I love all the yellow, and you are right…Michaels does have some great stuff! I bought corona seltzer’s recently instead of my usual white claw. I want to try that fruit punch truly though!

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    1. I am sure you can relate to the “summer”
      version of yourself! I really liked the Corona last year until I found black truly! I did hear White Claw has pineapple which I think I would love.


  3. Hi Amy! I’m a relatively new reader and I love your blog! Have you seen the lemon themed kitchen things at Dollar Tree? I thought of you when I saw them lol. They had dinner and salad plates, stemless wine glasses, placemats, etc… I’m sure it won’t last a lifetime but kinda cute for the season!
    Have a great weekend! Jen

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much! No, I have not but I need to go there and I love Dollar Tree! You never know what next great thing you will find! I am ok with that for my summer stuff!
      Thank you for the tip!
      You too!


  4. Oh my goodness, I’ve been putting that yellow plant stand in my cart every time I go to Micheals and then I put it back before checking out. It is so cute!! I just recently tried Olive and June nail polish and I really like it! I don’t have the whole kit, but I use the polish and top coat. Being home on a weekday is spectacular. It almost feels like you are cheating. I’m going to check out that podcast. After 15 months of pandemic living, we could use a good routine reset this summer. We have 7 days of school left after today. So close, yet so far away. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Haha! Will you get the stand now?
      I really have so much polish! I don’t need to buy any but it’s so fun!
      Love a weekday at home!
      The last 7 days are the longest. I don’t know why. Enjoy your weekend! I hope you like the podcast!


  5. I love how you meet up with past and current students! My daughter is entering HS this upcoming year and will be taking Spanish (she took it in in MS too). I hope she finds and develops a long-lasting relationship with a teacher. I’m going to have to check out that stand from Michaels – it would be great to hold my morning coffee. It’s so hot in Texas right now and we’ve been getting a lot of rain so I have to go out early in the morning before the heat and humidity. Chat soon!


    1. Thank you Gaby! I love keeping in touch with former students and social media really helps. I hope she develops great relationships with many teachers! My boys want to go visit their teachers badly but couldn’t due to Covid. I am going to make sure they go when we set up for next year. One of the perks of me being a teacher at their high school, right? It is hard for freshmen, but tell her to stay after class, ask questions, send emails – let her teachers get to know her. She will get more out of the high school experience!
      I thought the stand was a great price! There are lots of colors and designs of the cut outs!
      OOOOH – Texas heat. I hate humidity so much!


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