Tuesday, December 24, 2013

13 in '13 Linky Party

I'm linking up with three of my favorites - Miss Kindergarten , A Teeny Tiny Teacher  and Dragonflies in First to share 13 of my favorites in 2013.

{Favorite Article of Clothing}

I was never a shopper.  Hated it, actually.  Since losing 50 lbs this year - I have taken to online shopping at Zulily, GroopDealz, Sassy Steals and Jane.  I might admit to a slight addiction!  

{Favorite Movie}

Without blinking - this is my favorite.  I just love this whole series.  What makes it more fun, is that my son is starting to read them so we can talk about them and will get to see the next movie together.  

{Favorite TV Series}

Seriously?  There is no possible way I can narrow this down to one, not even two.  Have you ever heard of NetFlix? HA!

I hardly even read {I sure hope my first graders don't read my blog!!!!} anymore, I'm so addicted to watching old shows on NetFlix!  Some of my faves:

Downton Abbey
Vampire Diaries
The Originals

And my current favorite...

{Favorite Restaurant}

You gotta remember I have kids. I don't do anything without them.  We don't do date nights.  We eat, breathe, and live our children...HA!  So, my restaurants consist of ones that serve mac & cheese or corn dogs!  Our current fave:

It's a local establishment.  Funny thing, it's right down the road from our house and we drive by it every day.  We've lived here for 11 years and this year was our first time going. Why? I don't know because it's the best Mexican food around!  

{Favorite New Thing You Tried}

This is easy - eating a little more organically, eating a little "cleaner", using glass containers rather than plastic, trying not to cook out of the box, etc.  It's been a fun challenge and we definitely are not perfect, but we're getting there!  Some of my favorites in this area...

WearEver Pure Living Cookware

{Favorite Gift}
I got this last week for my birthday. I've been wanting a Keurig for like, FOREVER!  Being the frugal teachers that we are, we just couldn't justify spending so much on coffee.  I decided to "kick" my Starbucks habit - I was going once a week {I still go once a month - no worries #nonfatnofoamchaitealatte} and go this route instead.  I am in awe and in love with this wonderful piece of mechanics.  Holy moly!

{Favorite Pin}

I'm not a big Pinner - but I do like the start of my clothes cuteness board...

...and food boards!

I actually make and LOVE this one!!!!!

Cold Overnight Steel Cut Oats

{Favorite Blog Post}

Is actually one of your favorites too!  
I think it encompasses who I am!!!!

{Best Accomplishment}

I have accomplished so many things that I'm really proud of 2013. The first one that comes to mind is how much I've worked out since May.  I am a walker/jogger = wogger.  I've been consistently eating right and exercising since May.  I have never felt better...and I mean that!!!!  I use my Instagram to share about it - so if you don't follow me over there...come on over!!! {crisscrossapplesaucein1stgrade}

{Favorite Picture}

This is everybody that matters to me the very most in the world.  My main men, and my doggy girl in one of our favorite places on earth {Northern Michigan}...

Mullett Lake

{Favorite Memory}

Too many to mention - of course, but our time Up North always gives us many, many memories.  Our trek around Mackinac Island was awesome!!!!

Arch Rock

{2014 Goal}

To be healthy, happy & balanced...

{One Little Word}


It's easy to get "caught up" in everything.  The craziness of our profession.  Running the kids from one event to the next.  Sometimes the 'ol ticker is beating at a frantic pace and I forget to breathe and enjoy these days God has given me.  So, I am going to work on being in the moment and finding my...


Merry, Merry & Happy, Happy!


  1. Thanks for joining our party!
    We have SO MUCH in common, it's not even funny!
    I would love to go up north . . . it looks absolutely beautiful!
    Merry Christmas, friend!

  2. I love your Netflix picks. Some of my favorites too! I can't wait for the new season of Downton Abbey to start. Have a wonderful 2014!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  3. I adore you Holly! I am so jealous of your 50 pound weight loss! I need to be a wogger too!

  4. Your favorite picture is so perfect. Great job walking and jogging! Funny how exercise makes us feel so much better : )

    ~Lucy Kids Math Teacher

  5. I have the same Keurig machine! I swear it is my new best friend!

    I love your blog!

    Mr. Gibbs' Colorful Circus

  6. OH... Ian Somerhalder! Love him!

    I absolutely ADORE your favorite picture!

    Congrats on the 50lbs! Such an accomplishment!!!

    Have you found a Keurig coffee on par with a Starbucks treat? They always leave me wishing for a better, non-bitter, cup of coffee.

    Thanks for linking up!!

  7. A huge congrats on your fitness program and weight loss!

    That oatmeal concoction looks good!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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