Tuesday, December 31, 2013

13 in 13

Okay, I could not help myself!  What better way to celebrate the last day of 2013 than to post about my 13 favorites about the year?!  I am linking up with Dragonflies in First, Miss Kindergarten, and A Teeny Tiny Teacher to give you Thirteen in '13.  Oh, but before I begin, I should warn you all that I am the world's worst at making decisions, so I probably will have more than one favorite for multiple categories!

13. Favorite Article of Clothing 

I...love...clothes. and. shoes. and everything in between.  I do have to say that my newest favorite piece combines everything I love. JCrew, Chambray, dresses, tights, and boots.  I cannot wait to wear this little gem to school!  Obviously the picture leaves out the tights, but brown tights and boots pair with the dress nicely.

12.  Favorite Movie you Watched

This category is a fail for me this year :(  I hardly saw any movies in the theater!  I am placing my bets though and will say that Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be the best movie I see this year...I'm trying to convince my husband to take me tonight!

11. Favorite TV Series

This one is a toss up between Scandal and Parenthood. Both shows happen to come on the same night at the same time, so my DVR has been  my BFF this year.  Scandal has kept me on my toes all season, and continues to blow my mind!  Parenthood makes me appreciate family even more and reminds me to treasure some of the little things in life.  I actually got season 1 and 2 of Parenthood for Christmas and have enjoyed watching episode after episode in my pajamas!

10.  Favorite Restaurant

I love, love, love Mexican food and could probably eat it every single day.  However, if I had to choose my absolute favorite restaurant, I have to choose Ruth Chris.  Filet. Wine. Lobster Bisque...shall I go on?

9. Favorite New Thing You've Tried

I am all about trying new wines, especially reds.  My grandmother is a wine connoisseur and we go for dinner and wine every Wednesday night. I am always eager to try the wine she picks out, and am NEVER disappointed. 

8.  Favorite Gift you Got

I got so many great gifts this year from my family, my husband, and even my students. With that said, I do have to be honest and confess that my favorite gift is a gift that I bought for myself.  Meet my 2014 Ford Explorer, Fiona.

7.  Favorite Thing you pinned 

Any recipe from Mix and Match Mama's blog.  If you have not seen this blog, click here immediately.  Shay has so many options for dinner each week, and her bundt cakes are to DIE for!

6.  Favorite Blog post

I am brand new to the blogging scene, but my favorite post to date so far would have to be Pasta Parentheses.  My kiddos absolutely loved practicing the associative property using elbow pasta.

5.  Best Accomplishment

On June 8, 2013, I married this guy!  My family and Matron of Honor helped me put together the most beautiful, exciting, and memorable wedding EVER. Everything was perfect, and best of all, it didn't rain :)

4.  Favorite Picture

 No explanation needed...

3. Favorite Memory

Choosing a favorite memory from 2013 is close to impossible.  I had the most amazing third grade class, was blessed to participate in numerous national conferences, and, I mean, I got married!  My showers and bachelorette parties were amazing, and I got to make so many special memories with my family and friends. One special moment does stand out, though, from my Bridal Luncheon. My sister and best friend were able to secretly organize a way for all of my students to write a piece of advice for me as a newlywed and created a book of all 48 sweet responses.  I was in tears. This. Was. Perfect.

2.  Goal for 2014

I have many goals for the 2014 year, but, I'm going to keep it short and simple.  Live, Laugh, and Love.  It is so easy for me to get overwhelmed with work, grad school, and trying to please everyone.  This year, I am going to attempt to not sweat the small stuff, take more time to myself without feeling guilty, and remember that each day is a gift that is not promised.

1.  One Little Word


This word completely sums up this year for me.  I have an entire playlist dedicated to this word!

Thank you for reading this long post all about 2013!  If you have a blog, link up!  You can use these 13 prompts if you'd like, or 13 of your own favorites! Be sure you include the 13 in '13 button on your post linking back to this post, then go here and add your post link to the party!

13. Favorite new article of clothing
12. Favorite movie you watched
11. Favorite TV series
10. Favorite restaurant
9. Favorite new thing you tried
8. Favorite gift you got
7. Favorite thing you pinned
6. Favorite blog post
5. Best accomplishment
4. Favorite picture
3. Favorite memory
2. Goal for 2014
1. One Little Word

Happy New Year's Eve!


  1. Your blog is adorable! I am your newest follower! I found you on the TpT forum! Congrats on all of the exciting events from 2013. May your 2014 be just as blessed!

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  2. Thank you for your feedback Michelle! Looking forward to connecting with you :)

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your wedding pictures!!!! GORGEOUS! Seriously, they are bridal magazine worthy. So pretty! :) Your 2013 looks like it was pretty fantastic!

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  4. Thank you so much Mandy! You are too sweet! 2013 was great, but I am looking forward to 2014 :) Thank you for stooping by!