Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com A Lifestyle and Design Blog Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:26:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 One Room Challenge: Week 3 http://www.justagirlblog.com/one-room-challenge-week-3/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/one-room-challenge-week-3/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:26:55 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11101 Soooo here’s a little explanation for you. I started this room in the spring–as in the SPRING One Room Challenge. Unfortunately, my mom had a massive heart attack, and I had to abandon things for a while. Good news? My mom’s doing much better (yay!), and her health is steadily improving. Bad news? My home […]

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Soooo here’s a little explanation for you. I started this room in the spring–as in the SPRING One Room Challenge. Unfortunately, my mom had a massive heart attack, and I had to abandon things for a while.

Good news? My mom’s doing much better (yay!), and her health is steadily improving.

Bad news? My home office still sits there. Unfinished.

One Room Challenge Logo

What better way than joining the One Room Challenge again to help me get it done? If you’d like to check out why I chose to redo the home office and what the home office plan is going to be, you can check out those links.

Here’s the before…

white home office

And here’s a sneak peek of the after…

I’m not actually trying to be secretive here. I have so much crap piled up in this room, that it would burn your eyes if I showed you the rest of the floor. I’ve been building up my stockpile of items for months to fill up these shelves. And they are all over the place.

In other news, I am starting to pick out some of the finishing touches. I know I want something modern and something pretty flush. 8-foot ceilings don’t give me a lot of leeway when it comes to size. So here are the finalists…

semi-flush lighting

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Hmmmm…wonder which one I chose! Week 4 will have some more definitive updates for you. See you then!

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Fall Porch with Mums http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-porch-2/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-porch-2/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:45:31 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11086 Clever title, eh? Don’t judge. I’m a little rusty at this whole blogging thing. I have so many things to tell you! Backyard remodeled, bathroom refinished–the list is endless. Not really. But it is long. (That’s what she said.) How ’bout that back porch, eh? Clearly, I went with a purple theme this year. It’s […]

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Clever title, eh? Don’t judge. I’m a little rusty at this whole blogging thing. I have so many things to tell you! Backyard remodeled, bathroom refinished–the list is endless. Not really. But it is long. (That’s what she said.)

How ’bout that back porch, eh?

mums on porch

Clearly, I went with a purple theme this year. It’s a seemingly odd color choice for me since I hate the color purple. I know. I have issues.

fall back porch

So how’d I do it? I bought a bunch of mums. 🙂 And then accenting kale, greens, and pumpkins to fill in all the gaps. Not complex, by any means, but you definitely need enough to make the impact.

purple mums

I didn’t even replant them. I kept them in their store containers and tried to hide the bases as much as possible. 25% clever; 75% lazy. Story of my life.

And a final close-up. For good measure.

fall porch mums

 

 

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Halloween Bat Print http://www.justagirlblog.com/halloween-bat-print/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/halloween-bat-print/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2018 01:51:43 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11074 Here’s the kind of blogger I am. I made this project THREE years ago. I just realized I never posted it. Please send help. Halloween Bat Print I’m sharing one of my favorite and easiest Halloween projects yet. Seriously, the lack of pictures should support that. I recently visited The Graphics Fairy and got lost in all […]

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Here’s the kind of blogger I am. I made this project THREE years ago. I just realized I never posted it. Please send help.

Halloween Bat Print

I’m sharing one of my favorite and easiest Halloween projects yet. Seriously, the lack of pictures should support that. I recently visited The Graphics Fairy and got lost in all the awesome graphics she offers! I spotted this bat print and knew it had to be mine. I printed out a large picture (20×24) of it from Sam’s club for $8.00.
I went to Lowes and had them cut a few pieces of trim down to size, making sure it hung off the picture edges a couple of inches in order to hang it. You can attach the wood pieces together with the poster stickers like I did, or I found that hot glue works well too. I wrapped some jute/twine around the top two pieces and hung it. Done.
Since I already had the twine and stain, this cost a total of $10.00 and took just a few minutes to assemble (not including stain drying time). It needs to flatten out a bit since the poster was rolled, but it looks pretty darn cool. I love it when I can make a project at little cost and little time!
I’m off to find more projects I spent a bunch of time on and just never did anything with.
Signed,
Rookie Blogger (who’s been blogging for over 1o years)

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A Teacher’s Guide to Back to School Supplies http://www.justagirlblog.com/a-teachers-guide-to-back-to-school-supplies/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 01:59:14 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11061 Welp. It’s here. I start back to school this week, and the kids start next week. Here’s my face right now. If you know anything about me, you know I love my job. With a passion. But I don’t love getting up at 6:00 in the morning. And I don’t like teenagers. #themsjustjokes High School […]

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Welp. It’s here. I start back to school this week, and the kids start next week. Here’s my face right now.

girl crying in classroom

If you know anything about me, you know I love my job. With a passion. But I don’t love getting up at 6:00 in the morning. And I don’t like teenagers. #themsjustjokes

High School Help

But here’s the thing. if you search the ol’ internets, Pinterest, Facebook groups, etc. you are bound to get allll kinds of help when it comes to elementary years. “How to choose the right teacher”, “How to help your student at home”, “How you can find the right supply lists for your student”…and on and on and on. And on.

So I’m going to devote this week to your high school student. To you–the high school mom and/or dad. So much support is lost in those secondary years, ya know? Parents don’t know how to help their kids, and kids are struggling with how much to ask for help. They want their independence, but they’re still so intimidated by reaching out for support. It’s a shame, really.

back to school scrabble letters

Essential Back to School Supplies

I’m keeping it light today. The thing about the high school classroom is that there is so much variation. One teacher wants a very specific computerized graphing calculator; another wants nothing but a stick of glue for their class (what class is that and how do I teach it?) How do you know??

I’ll keep the list rather general. In other words, what should every student have in high school–regardless of what classes he/she has. What are some things you should purchase before the first day of school…those types of things.

desk pencil

Pencils

Duh…sort of. It seems like a basic concept, but you’d be surprised how many kids still write in PINK pens (are you trying to make me go blind??). Wanna know which pencils kids love?

  1. Mechanical Pencils. I would recommend buying about 57,200 of these. Maybe more. They WILL lose them, and/or every classmate within a 3-mile radius will ask if they have one. The 57K should last him/her until December. Ish.
  2. Ticonderoga Graphite Pencils. This seems a little high maintenance to me, but they do work really well. They’re pricier than others, so if your kid can hang onto them, it’s worth the investment.
  3. Polymer Erasers. Nothing works as well on mechanical pencils like these. I buy them and keep them on hand for kids. We all recommend. 😉

Highlighters

For the love of all that is good. Please get your kids highlighters for back to school. Please make them have them with them at all times. The thing about high school is we are constantly teaching about evidence, details, research, support–in all subjects.

  1. Chisel Highlighters. Let’s be clear. Most of what we read after elementary school is pretty small print. Those big, fat highlighters really don’t narrow down information as well. Definitely go with the smaller, pen-like highlighter.
  2. Retractable Highlighters. Wanna go a step up? Choose retractable so they won’t lose the caps. And so they’re drive their teachers into early retirement because they just can’t stop pushing the button.
  3. Pen Highlighter Combo. “All the cool kids are doing it” award goes to the pen and highlighter in one. It’s not necessary, but it does cut down on too many utensils out at one time when researching.

Binders

So many classes require a binder. It’s our goal as teachers to get your kids as prepared as possible for the workforce, and organization is the key.

  1. 3-ring Binders. Not much to say here except make sure you don’t skimp out and get the cheapest ones. They just won’t hold up, and you’ll spend more money. Secondly, be sure to buy multiple colors. They will always bring the wrong binder to class if it’s not quickly color coded for them.
  2. Tab Dividers. You don’t need anything excessive here. 5-8 tabs in a package is fine. And you can get them super cheap if you need a bunch of them!

school supplies

Pencil Pouches

When I went to high school, the one thing that could guarantee you getting beat up was to carry a pencil pouch. Times sure have changed, eh? 😐

  1. This pencil pouch tends to be pretty popular with most kids right now. However, it has to be carried separately and runs a little smaller.
  2. This pencil pouch is great because it fits right into their binder. They can carry it separately if needed.
  3. Also…some girls just bring makeup bags if the pencil pouches aren’t cute enough for them. Ain’t that the truth, girls? Plus, makeup bags have a better liner in case something leaks.

Honorable Mentions

I know I said this would be the essentials list, but there are some things that will serve uselful to your student if he/she has them.

  1. Brown paper bags are pretty much the thing for high school lunches. Some girls bring cute bags, but kids just want to dispose. These paper bags are nice because they fit enough food to eat after school if they need a snack too!
  2. Black or blue pen. This is a personal preference. It’s always nice to have a pen in case it’s needed.
  3. Notebooks–nothing bulky–single subject. I didn’t place these in the list above simply because most teachers provide paper. I actually prefer students to use my paper so they are all uniform when I’m grading. However, it’s good to have a couple at school just in case.

So there you have it! A comprehensive list of back-to-school essentials from a high school teacher! FYI, backpacks could really be a whole other post. There’s just so much personal preference, so happy shopping with that one. 🙂

 

 

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Best of Charleston: The Sights http://www.justagirlblog.com/best-of-charleston-the-sights/ Sun, 05 Aug 2018 16:35:37 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11034 It’s still Best of Charleston week! Let’s see. I talked about the gardens of Charleston. And then the doors of Charleston. How about the views of Charleston? Because really, if I categorized everything to see into a separate post, this could get to be a little much. And then you’d stop reading my blog. All […]

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It’s still Best of Charleston week! Let’s see. I talked about the gardens of Charleston. And then the doors of Charleston. How about the views of Charleston? Because really, if I categorized everything to see into a separate post, this could get to be a little much. And then you’d stop reading my blog. All seven of you.

Things to see in Charleston

Horse-drawn carriages. Duh.

Charleston horse drawn carriage ride
The historical buildings. Another duh. Compared to the rest of the world, America doesn’t have a huge history. Charleston is one of those few places that you feel that connection to our past. Take it all in.

Charleston courthouse

Charleston sightseeing

The water in Charleston

You’ll certainly find many forms of it. Whether it be in fountains, shorelines, or beaches, you won’t miss out. I’m a water girl. I’m at peace when I’m around it. But don’t let my bias get in the way. You’ll love it!

Pineapple fountain in Charleston

Sunset in Charleston the beaches of Charleston

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Best of Charleston: Doors http://www.justagirlblog.com/best-of-charleston-2/ Sat, 04 Aug 2018 19:09:57 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=11024 Continuing the theme of all things Charleston over here, I’m showing off some of their incredibly charming doors! I’ve had a bit of an obsession with doors for years, so this was a no-brainer. Charleston Doors You’re going to sense a theme in the next few pictures. The colors of Charleston are fabuloso, and the […]

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Continuing the theme of all things Charleston over here, I’m showing off some of their incredibly charming doors! I’ve had a bit of an obsession with doors for years, so this was a no-brainer.

Charleston Doors

You’re going to sense a theme in the next few pictures. The colors of Charleston are fabuloso, and the pink is perfection! It’s one of those things I feel like I would be too scared to do in my home, and then I drool over it in others. #adayinmylife

Iconic white house with pink door in Charleston

Hint: This isn’t a door. I don’t care.

pink house with black shutters

Brick Homes of Charleston

Another obsession (there are worse things, ya know?) is brick. Brick homes, brick porches…love ’em all!

Brick house and porch in Charleston

brick home in CharlestonTraditional Charleston home with flag

And let’s be honest…if it’s not brick, I’m totally fine with black and white. Like, everywhere.

black and white entry

And really. What house isn’t beautiful with this girl standing out front? #mombrag

Charleston front door

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Best of Charleston: Gardens http://www.justagirlblog.com/best-of-charleston/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 03:07:42 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10980 It’s Charleston week, y’all! We’re talkin’ window boxes, doors, and restaurants of one of the most charming cities I’ve ever visited. Charleston Window Boxes Well really. A week of Charleston has to start here. Don’t you think? I think. Charleston Gardens Technically speaking, I couldn’t really get into all the gardens. But the ones I […]

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It’s Charleston week, y’all! We’re talkin’ window boxes, doors, and restaurants of one of the most charming cities I’ve ever visited.

Charleston Window Boxes

Well really. A week of Charleston has to start here. Don’t you think? I think.

lush window boxes in Charleston

The colors of Charleston

Window Boxes of Charleston

Charming homes of Charleston

The best views in Charleston Visit Charleston for the window boxes Window boxes of Charleston

Charleston Gardens

Technically speaking, I couldn’t really get into all the gardens. But the ones I did see knocked my socks off. All the signs demanding me to do things were so charming! It helps when you read them in a southern accent.

favorite gardens of Charleston

Never have I ever been so pleased to be told to stay away.

Charleston house sign

The best views in Charleston

Greenery around garage in Charleston

Charleston scenery

This is definitely one of those topics that needs to be broken up through the week.

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It All Started with a New Table http://www.justagirlblog.com/it-all-started-with-a-new-table/ Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:53:47 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10964 I have a dining room that I don’t use. There. I said it. The first step is admitting it, right? So I’ve been contemplating what to do with said room for quite some time. And then…I found this table at HomeGoods. It spoke to me. In a sweet voice. It was on clearance. Whaaaa? Nothing […]

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I have a dining room that I don’t use. There. I said it. The first step is admitting it, right? So I’ve been contemplating what to do with said room for quite some time. And then…I found this table at HomeGoods.

  1. It spoke to me. In a sweet voice.
  2. It was on clearance. Whaaaa?

Nothing makes my heart flutter like some curvy legs (On a table, people. Keep it family friendly here.) and a great price tag.

Are you asking yourself, “What does this mean? Why show us this table? Why are you so complicated, Chris?!” It means that I’m turning this dining room into something else.

This beautiful little console table gave me the inspiration I needed to jumpstart this transition. I’ll be back with my plans–cause I’m not done with them yet–and we’ll see if you agree with me. Orrrr if you end up never coming back to this blog again. We’ll see.

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Haven Mentors 2018 http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-mentors-2018/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 03:38:20 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10957 Hello! I’m alive! If you’ve been checking in on social media, you know I’m planning a graduation party for my son THIS Saturday. I may or may not be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. No big deal. So the girls and I are working SO HARD making this the greatest HAVEN ever for […]

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Hello! I’m alive! If you’ve been checking in on social media, you know I’m planning a graduation party for my son THIS Saturday. I may or may not be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. No big deal.

So the girls and I are working SO HARD making this the greatest HAVEN ever for you! Of course, one of our favorite traditions has become our mentor program and doing this little blog hop to introduce them to you! “That’s so fun, Chris!” I know.

Take a moment and check out those lovely mentors! Am I right? We take our time to really choose bloggers who we feel are solid contributors to the blogging community. I’d say we did well, eh?

Monday

Rhoda of Southern Hospitality | Sheila of Maison de Cinq | Liz of Liz Marie Blog | Aniko of A Place of my Taste

Tuesday

Chris of Just a Girl | Haneen of Haneen’s Haven | Ashley of The Handmade Home

Wednesday

Traci of Beneath my Heart | Erin of Erin Spain

Thursday

Laura at Duke Manor Farm | Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick | Stacey at Not Just a Housewife

Friday

Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl | Diane of In My Own Style | Beth at Home Stories A to Z | Lauren at Bless’er House | Katie at Bower Power

If you don’t know me, Hi. I’m Chris! I’m one of the founders of Haven, and this is my house! My HAVEN.

All the mentors are answering some fun questions in their posts, so I’ll answer them too. Because I want to feel cool.

What is your best advice for a blogger?

Oh man. Let me begin with chapter 1…just kidding. I’m going to tell you my top three because after 10 years of blogging, even I have to remind myself of them!

  1. Stay consistent, but don’t be hard on yourself when you’re not.
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others–even when you reeeaaally want to.
  3. You do you. Overwhelmed by social media? Afraid your analytics isn’t up to par. Don’t fret. There are bigger things to worry about. Ya know?

What is your best advice for a new Haven Maven?

Gosh. Do whatever you need to do to have fun. Let your guard down, talk to people you don’t know, stay up later because the conference only lasts for so long, and take lots and lots of notes. Go to as many classes as you can and ask questions!

Who are you most excited to see/meet at Haven this year?

Two people:

  1. All Haven attendees (yes, they count as one). Haven is like Christmas for us planners. We finally get to see it all coming together and seeing YOU have a good time. It’s seriously a high like no other.
  2. My best girls. I talk to them every day; I see them once a year. We’re changing that at some point, but I can’t WAIT to hug them!

Sarah Thrifty Decor Chick | ME! | Beth Home Stories A to Z

Hopefully, you’ve come over here from Aniko at Place of My Taste. If not, go say hi to her! And theeennn go to my friend Haneen at Haneen’s Haven! She makes me giggle. 🙂

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Mexico: What I Wore http://www.justagirlblog.com/mexico-what-i-wore/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:02:36 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10911 Mexico Rule #1: Do NOT overpack. Your wardrobe will be comprised of mostly swimsuits and cover-ups. Mexico Rule #2: Immediately regret that you didn’t abide by rule #1. But…here’s what I did wear. Sundresses This green maxi dress was by far my favorite. Hands down the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn. So much so […]

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Mexico Rule #1: Do NOT overpack. Your wardrobe will be comprised of mostly swimsuits and cover-ups.

Mexico Rule #2: Immediately regret that you didn’t abide by rule #1.

But…here’s what I did wear.

Sundresses

This green maxi dress was by far my favorite. Hands down the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn. So much so that I plan on buying more in other colors! For reference, I am 5’9″, and this came all the way to the ground for me. #thankyoubabyjesus

Another favorite is this palm beach dress. I was worried that it would be see through, but it has a liner. Yay! It is SO comfortable!

I purchased a Large, and it was too big for me. Just an FYI when ordering.

And because I’m obsessed with maxis, this blue maxi dress is another favorite. It has pockets. Winner!

Cover-ups

Outside of actual clothes, I wore a lottttt of poolside wear. I received so many compliments on this cover-up! Again, I ordered a large, and it was too big. Bummer. I love it so much, I think I’ll just buy a second one in my size. 

I found a similar cover up at Marshall’s, so this isn’t exactly it. Cute though! And you can see that I have a similar cover up in blue that I actually found at WalMart (no link). I love this so much that I’ll probably buy a second one of it too! 

Swimsuits

This Jantzen tankini was so nice. Mine is a beautiful wine color. Both flattering and comfortable! However, it did leave a complicated tan line. 🙂 

The rest of my suits were from Target. I went with tankini mix and match, so it was an easy way to freshen up the look each day. AND very comfortable! {Click on the pic below to go to the site.}

Hats

And finally what I wore for pure survival. The Mexican sun does not let up (yay!), so you really need some extra protection if you spend the day out there. I don’t have links for them, but I found these at Target, WalMart, and Kohls respectively.

Sorry–IG pic. Didn’t have an original!

Whew! That’s a lotta clothes right there, eh? If nothing else, take my advice–don’t over pack. Remember rule #1. 🙂

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