Sunday, November 29, 2015

Engagement Pictures

We have our perfect engagement pictures back!!! Our photographer did such a good job and she is a blast to work with! Check her out at  She's amazing!! I can't wait for her to photograph our wedding!

There are so many that I like! It's going to be SO hard to choose which ones to put in our house. Maybe I will have all of them! Ha!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Crochet Love

Well hello everyone!!!!!! It's been a crazy two months!!!! I feel like everything exciting that could happen, did!!! It's been busy, but so exciting and so fun!!!

First of all, I'm in love with all tops that have crochet details!!!! Just like this one!! I also wore one for Colin and I's engagement pictures, which is one thing that has happened in the past two months. I will post them as soon as I get to see them!!! I can hardly wait!!! Can you believe the weather this past week? It was in the 70s in Ohio, which is crazy for this time of year. It was so beautiful and nice!

Heather Gray Crochet Detail Top from TJ Maxx similar to this for $17.90.
Turquoise Tassle Necklace from Meijer similar to this for $13.60.
Black Pants from TJ Maxx similar to these for $19.90.
White Flats from Payless for $5!!!!!

Here is what has been going on the past couple of months!!!

 My soon-to-be sister in law got married!!!! She was stunning!!!!

The first wedding we were able to be in together. Next time we walk down the aisle it will be our wedding!!!!! 

 Celebrated my best friend and her baby girl at her baby shower!!! Can't wait to meet sweet Lily!!!
Reunited with my best friends at Angie's baby shower! :)

I was a Ninja Turtle in a tutu for Halloween!!! I actually made my tutu using tulle and ribbon! So simple!!!

We bought a house!!!!! We haven't officially moved in yet because we are fixing things up and painting a lot! It's so fun and exhausting, but we know it will be worth it!!

We added a new member to our little family!!! His name is Cooper and he's the sweetest thing!!!

Now you are updated on my life and what has been going on!!! I told you I've been SUPER busy!!! 
Ready or not, here the holidays come!!! Ha!!!

So many exciting things happening! I LOVE my crazy and exhausting life right now!!!!
Have a wonderful week everyone!!! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Scallop Skirt

Colin and I have been dog sitting for some of our sweet friends this week. They have a Doberman and a Black Lab Mix. They are just the sweetest things. Colin and I are such dog people, so we absolutely love it. I know we will get a dog when we have a big yard for one!

It's only a 3-day week for the students this week because of our county Fair! My family and I always go on Friday to eat all of the yummy foods and watch my cousin Emily do freestyle with her horse Reno. I love the fair!!! I always look forward to eating a caramel apple!! YUM! My favorite!

Pink top from KMart similar to this for $20.99.
Lilly Pulitzer Scallop Sailboat Skirt from Instagram Shop you can find it here for $39.97.
Brown Flats from Payless for $10.99-$19.99.

Have a great rest of the week!!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

First Day of School!!!

I was so excited to be back at school!!! I couldn't wait to meet my new first graders!! I know it's going to be a GREAT year! I saw this every year, but I love the first day of school and I couldn't wait to wear this dress I picked out for it! Funny story about this dress....I was at a wedding this summer and saw a girl wearing this exact dress and I absolutely loved it and wanted it so bad!!! I love red!! One day I was at JCPenny and saw the dress and was soooooo excited! I bought it right away and knew I would be wearing it on the first day of school! This dress even has pockets!!! Bear matched my outfit, so he wanted to be in the picture too!!!

Dress from JC Penny for $29.99.
Black Necklace from Gabe's similar to this for $8.99.
Black Bow Flats from JustFab similar to these for $16.99.

One of the crafts we worked on! What a First Grader Needs to Be Successful: My students came up with crayons, pencils, listen, try your best, be respectful, and be a leader.

Nikki's Bachelorette Weekend!!

The very last weekend of summer was SO much fun!!!!! I got to travel to Hocking Hills to celebrate the bride to be!!! It was a weekend full of fun memories and a lot of laughs! On Friday night we played games and hung out in the hot tub. Saturday during the day we went Cabrewing (it was my first time). It was so hot, but so fun! We would just float down the river and we ate a picnic lunch. Saturday night we went to the Hocking Hills Winery to have dinner, cake, and listen to live music. It was a perfect weekend!

What I wore to the Winery:

 Navy Top from TJ Maxx similar to this for $9.90.
Layered Necklace from Meijer similar to this for $4.59.
Cream Pleated Skirt from TJ Maxx similar to this for $17.90.
Tory Burch Belt from TJ Maxx for $20!
Brown Flats from Payless for $10-$16.99.

 The bride-to-be and I!!

Before Cabrewing! "Nikki's Last Fling Before the Ring!"

It was so much fun!!!!
I can't wait to be reunited with these fun ladies at her wedding!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer Vacation

Oh Hello,

I'm just over here enjoying my summer vacation!!! We only have two weeks left until school, so I decided I needed to get you all caught up on what I've been doing this summer. It's been a busy summer filled with traveling, nannying, and wedding planning!! I have loved every minute of it, but I'm so excited for school to start back up again. :)

First, I said YES to the dress!!!!!!!!!!!
My mom and I drove down to Cincinnati, Ohio where they have an entire road filled with bridal boutiques. They call it "Bridal Row". I had already looked up the stores online, so I knew which ones I really wanted to go to. We only had to go to one because I found the dress of my dreams!!!  We went to Wendy's Bridal and I picked out 6 dresses to try on, but I knew in my head the one that was my favorite. The bridal consultant said it was her favorite too. She helped me put that one on first and I felt like it was even more than I could have ever imagined for my wedding dress. I came out of the dressing room grinning from ear to ear to where my mom was sitting. I stood up on the pedestal and the bridal consultant "jacked me up" (Yes, I love the show Say Yes to the Dress!). As soon as she put the veil on me my mom started tearing up and my jaw hit the floor. We both knew I didn't need to try on any more dresses.
 White floral necklace from Amazon for $18.99.
Navy Eyelet top from TJ Maxx similar to this for $29.98.
Red Skinny Jeans from StitchFix similar to these for $44.97.
Brown Flats from Payless similar to these for $16.99.
Navy and White Striped bag from Kohl's similar to this for $24.90.

After I said YES to the dress!!!!

Then, I went on vacation with Colin's family to the Outer Banks. They go every summer, but this was my first time going with them and I had never been to the Outer Banks! We had an absolute blast and it was perfect weather every single day!!!

Neon Coral Dress is from Gabe's
Ombre Turquoise necklace is from Kohl's
Gold Sandals from TJ Maxx

We celebrated my beautiful cousin Emily's high school graduation!!!!! She's off to college to be a Vet! She will do amazing things!!

Necklace, top, and skirt are all from K-Mart!!!!!! 

Next, I went to Texas to visit my dad and my brothers for a few days. It's always so much fun visiting and catching up with them. My step-mom took me to the spa for an afternoon of pampering. It was awesome! I got a massage, manicure, pedicure, and my hair styled. :)

Then, I spent the 4th of July at the lake with my family and Colin. We watched the fireworks on the boat. So fun!!

I also, asked all of my bridesmaids and matron of honor to be in our wedding. They all said YES!!!! I'm so excited for them to be a part of Colin and I's special day!!! This is how I asked them.....

The totes are from Hobby Lobby and they each have their initial on them. I also attached little tags that I wrote on with a gold pen. :)

Last night, Colin and I attended one of his friend from college's wedding. It was beautiful. I feel like I look at weddings with a whole different perspective now that I'm actually planning one. It was so fun to really look at all the details.

Necklace from Amazon
Dress from StitchFix

The next two weeks will be filled with getting my classroom ready for school!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!!!!! I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer. It has gone too fast this year!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Last Day of School!

On the last week of school we had so many fun things and it was only a three day week because of Memorial Day. On Tuesday we went on a field trip to a local park to learn about animal habitats. We had a picnic lunch, played on the playground, and headed back to school. On Wednesday we had Field Day. They did so many fun activities and they were so exhausted when they got back to the classroom. Some of my students asked if we could take a nap haha!!! I put in a movie for the afternoon. On the last day of school, we made 2nd Grader crowns, celebrated summer birthdays with lots of yummy treats, and we had game day! All of the students brought in board games or puzzles to play with everyone. It was so fun!!!

My last day of school outfit:

Sleeveless Aztec Maxi from Jane similar to this for $35.
Pendant Necklace from Gabe's similar to this for $5.90.
White Nine West Crossbody purse from TJ Maxx

A fun picnic basket writing craftivity we did this month. On the best picnic ever, I would....

It's officially summer!!!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Engagement Story!

Memorial Day Weekend was a weekend I will never forget!!!!!!! I got engaged!!!!!!!! I can't believe it!!!! I will share with you how it all went down.....everyone was so sneaky!

Colin told me he was going up to his family's lake on Friday and that he would come to my family's lake house for the day on Sunday. I left after school to go to my parents house, so we could all go to the lake together. Colin text'd me earlier saying he was on his way to his lake. When we got there, we picked up nan, my aunt, and my uncle to go to the local Fish Fry dinner (lake tradition on Friday nights). We ate and then when we left my uncle wanted to check out a part of the lake he hasn't seen in awhile. I was like oh man I wanted to go back to the house to play with all of the dogs. Oh well, so we went to this part of the lake that my uncle used to fish in and my mom would have picnics there when they were kids. It was starting to get cold outside, so as we are standing there looking around and listening to their stories I was like FREEZING. Ha! We finally got back in the car and drove back to the lake house. When we got there, my mom asked me to help her carry the bags in. Of course I said yes, and we walked in the house and up the stairs to the room we were staying in. When we got up there, the lights were off and I saw something dark on the floor....immediately I freaked out and thought one of the dogs had gone #2 on the carpet. My mom turned on the lights and it was rose petals leading all the way to our door. I looked at my mom and she looked at me and said GO. I opened the door to our room and candles were everywhere, rose petals everywhere, our song was playing, and there was a pink note on the bed. As I was reading it and crying, I knew I was getting engaged at that moment. At the bottom of the note it read "Please come out back." I walked down the stairs and realized all of the blinds were closed over all of the windows toward the lake. This was like a dream. I opened the sliding door and there was a white "red carpet" with rose petals leading off the deck and I look down the yard towards the dock and millions of candles and rose petals lined a path all the way to the dock. On the dock there were more roses and candles and a pink "red carpet" leading to the boat wear Colin stood waiting for me looking all handsome in a pink shirt. I couldn't walk down that path fast enough as I'm sniffing back the tears. I walked out onto the dock, I stepped onto the boat. and Colin got down on one knee and proposed. It was the best moment of my life!!!! My family came out clapping and hugging us and the neighbors were clapping. My step dad took pictures of the entire thing. My whole family was in on everything and they did such a good job keeping it from me. We celebrated the whole night and drank champagne. It was so special.

Afterwards my family was telling me how Colin was hiding in the closet and his car was in the back garage when we came to pick them up for dinner. They made us go to that special part of the lake for so long, making me freeze because they had to stall (Colin was still setting everything up). There were so many clues, but the last thing in my head would be that I would get engaged that night. Ha!!! It was perfect!!!!! I loved having my family there to celebrate with us!

 Chevron top from Jane app similar to this for $13.21.
Yellow Bib Necklace from Amazon similar to this for $4.18.
Skinny Jeans from Forever 21 similar to these for $7.90.
Brown Flats from Payless similar to these for $24.99.

 My sparkly and gorgeous ring!

I can't wait to marry this sweet man of mine!!!!!!!