Pretty Desk Accessories

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I’m organizing my office right now, and I suspect I’ll be done around September. The task is daunting. In an effort to distract errr motivate me, I’ve been shopping around for some new desk accessories. Feminine is the new black these days, and I’m all for it! I thought I’d share some of my purchases and some inspiration offices I’ve seen around the web. tape dispenser | candle | cover | phone … [Read more...]

Flashback Friday {Back to School}

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Happy Friday! As “that time of year” approaches us, I thought I’d share some back to school ideas that I've used around our home. Their needs are changing as they get older, but these have been some of the most popular for my kids. Art Tray DIY First-Aid Kit Homework Box (A MUST!) Lunch Drawer And notes to stay in touch with them! You’ll find plenty more under “organization” in my project … [Read more...]

Someone Stop Me

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The last several days have been an absolute whirlwind for me, so I thought I should check in to let you know I'm still around! Last weekend, I flew down to Nashville to spend time with my Haven team. Did I want to travel on my two days off? No. Are these girls worth it? Yup!  I'm almost embarrassed to even show you the pictures I took over the weekend. They are completely random, and they're all … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Recipes {Link Party!}

My ONE marital fault (ahem) is that I don’t cook. Well…I don’t cook good food often. So I’m trying to work on that. I tend to have great ideas about how I’m going to cook more and what I’m going to cook and how great my cooking is going to be—I just need to actually do those things.  I’m pretty sure this thing is my ticket. I praise and bow down to all you working women who can come home … [Read more...]

Lunch Notes {Lunch Drawer}

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Three dreaded words—back to school.  We are officially back at it, and I’d be lying if I said I was happy about it. I love my kids being home in the summer! As a working mom, there is inevitable guilt, so I’ve tried for years to come up with different ways to stay connected to my kids while they’re at school/I’m at work. When they were little, I had mailboxes in their rooms to leave notes for … [Read more...]

Truncate Tribulation

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Let me say this first. I’m not a fan of feeds or blogs that are truncated. I’ve been blogging for years, and I’ve always fought the “truncate train” that blows through every once in a while. However, some standards among blogging have changed since I started blogging, and many of my posts are being stolen. Basically, my hand is being forced. Beginning on Wednesday, my feed will be … [Read more...]

When It Rains, It Pours

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I promise I’ll be back in the game next week. I’m pretty sure! It’s been a rough week at the JaG house. Can’t seem to catch a break around here, ya know? :) Tomorrow I will be attending the funeral of my 18-year old student. She was 7 days away from finishing high school and was one of the brightest highlights of my career. It’s heartbreaking. And just to make things worse, I had not … [Read more...]

Changes and Appreciation

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You may have noticed that I have decided to let go of Show and Share Day. My apologies. It wasn’t intended initially, but I started to enjoy that I didn’t have to worry about doing it on Thursday night. I didn’t feel like I was able to do the participants justice, and it was getting to be more work than I needed. SaS Day required the most work on the weekends, and that’s the only time I … [Read more...]

DIY Pallet Wall {Part 2}

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Okey Dokey. So we left off with a pile of wood. So now what? Paint the wall. I knew there would be a lot of imperfections in the wood, and there might be some gaps here and there. I just mixed up some paint I had on hand to be a dark enough tone so people wouldn’t notice the khaki color in the seams. Alrighty! It’s time for installation. We chose to start from the top because we didn’t want it … [Read more...]

Man Down

Apparently, being around 650 students every day has landed me in a cesspool of germs. Sorry, but an illness in the form of a Mack truck has hit me, and I’m out. Be back soon. … [Read more...]

Organized Cleaning

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Is there such a thing? Well, that’s my goal. Alice comes tomorrow, and I wanted to make the process as smooth as possible. That--combined with my obsession with cleaning products and organization--meant that I went out and bought her all new supplies.  Having them all together really serves two purposes. It keeps all the supplies together so she’s not scrambling around the house looking … [Read more...]

I Hired an Alice

Part 1: I’ve been threatening it for years. “I work full-time!” “I earn the money.” “I shouldn’t have to work this hard!” source What finally broke me? I made a list. Wanna see part of it? Let’s say you do. Work full-time Raise a family Write a blog Help develop a national conference (Holla! Haven!) Go back to college I’ll spare you #7-33 Did you see it? #4…. … [Read more...]

Eureka! I Love This Thing.

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At the risk of sounding like an infomercial over here, I had to share about my fun (totally worth it) toy. I have what my husband calls an obsession with reading reviews of products. Believe me, he loves that I do it. He just doesn’t get it. He also doesn’t get my obsession with cleaning our floors. It’s as if it’s my life’s goal to find the perfect cleaning system for what this guy … [Read more...]

Have You Seen It?

The resolutions are in full effect are JaG’s house, and it looks like blogging material has eluded me.  Yes, everyone, the time has come. I seem to have lost my mojo. Apparently, filling 2 hours an evening with workouts and going to bed an hour or two early has left me with very little time for blogging material. What am I to do?! I looked up “juggling mom” on the internet this … [Read more...]

Oh yeah. Resolutions.

1. Lose 50 pounds. The key to attaining this goal is to not be particular about how I lose the 50. How much does a right foot and two pinkies weigh? 2. Go to bed earlier than midnight. Or start sleeping in until 10:00 every morning and get fired from my job. Not sure which direction I’ll go on this one just yet. 3. Cut Justin Bieber’s hair. I have no plan of attack at the moment, but I think … [Read more...]