"Best Friend" City Satchel {Review&Giveaeay)

Best friend indeed!  Phoenix Trading Company was nice enough to send me the JOY & IMAN Genuine Leather "Best Friend" City Satchel to review.  If you haven't heard of Phoenix Trading Company, be sure to check all they have to offer.  From home goods to fashion.  You name it, it can be found.  I love their website and was super excited when I was able to review the Best Friend City Satchel.

 From the moment I took the "Best Friend" City Satchel out of the box it was love at first sight.  The bag itself is beautiful.  I knew I was going to use it as my work bag, which is basically my every day bag.  There are so many pockets on the inside.  So. Many.  It makes my teacher heart happy.  On any given day I normally carry my wallet, class folders, Surface, pen and charger for my Surface, bag of grading tools, lesson planner and snacks for the day.  It all fits and there is room for more!  A gold zipper keeps it closed, holding all my goods on the inside.  It also has a flat bottom with metal feet that keep the bag upright. 

One thing that I love, love about it is that it's a classic looking bag.  It can be used for the SAHM who needs a large pack to put baby necessities in for trips to the park or running errands. Tthe working woman (like me) who has to carry teacher essentials to and from work.  The traveling lady who wants to bring traveling goodies an and only needs one bag.  This bag is seriously your best friend, because it can hold all you need, and then some!

The basic facts about this bag:
- Size/Profile: Large satchel
- Walls: Genuine pebbled leather
- Handles/Strap: Double rolled handles
- Hardware: Goldtone; signature goldtone front metal logo plate
- Construction: Open top; flat bottom with metal feet
- Closure: Zipper
- Lining/Trim: Polyester
- Interior: 1 front wall compartment with 2 patch pockets 1 plain compartment with 8 card slots 1 center zippered compartment 1 zipper pocket and 1 patch pocket 1 compartment with 1 patch pocket 1 back wall compartment with 1 zipper pocket (1 inside pocket for mirror), 1 patch pocket, 1 elastic pocket and 2 pen slots
- Exterior: Back zipper pocket

Right now there is a giveaway where you have the chance to win your very own JOY & Iman Genuine Leather "Best Friend" City Satchel!  So head on over and enter! 



October 15th

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It's hard to believe that it's already been over two years since I miscarried our sweet baby.  Some days it feels like a life time ago, and other days it feels like it just happened.  Thinking about the day the doctor told me there wasn't a heartbeat anymore....in that moment I felt like I would never be okay.  I thought I was going to be in this dark place, feel broken, feel incomplete, cry and just not be okay.  Let me tell you there were days that were filled with crying.  One minute I was fine, the next I was sobbing.  Seeing a pregnancy announcement or bump update pictures nearly wrecked me.  There were days where all I wanted to talk about was my miscarriage.  I wanted to make sure that I didn't forget our baby.  Just because I had lost our baby didn't mean that she didn't matter.  She mattered to me and to our family. 

I can't thank the people enough who let me cry to them, vent to them, and who were just amazing and were gentle with their words.  I love that Ian told me to buy an ornament for our baby so that we could have to remember her by.  The angel ornament is my favorite and it hangs on our family picture.  (I know our family picture totally needs to be updated.) She's our angel and is always with us.  My heart aches for her.  I wish so badly that she was here and in my arms.  I don't think I'll ever understand why it had to happen to us.  It will always be a question I have for God.  Why?  It will always be with me and something I think about daily. 

To anyone who may be reading this, and you've experienced a miscarriage or the loss of a child...I'm so sorry.  You aren't alone.  Don't be afraid to talk about it, and if you don't want to talk about it that's okay too.  You do what's best for you.

Oh my sweet baby, I love you.

8x10 art print Proverbs 31 Vintage by FancyThatDesignHouse:


Weekend Fun

Happy Monday!!  Max and I don't have school today, so we're keeping Emma home with us so we can have some fun!  Speaking of fun...this weekend was full of f-u-n.  Saturday Ian's work had an event at Stone Mountain Park.  We had an all day pass to the park, so we took full advantage and took in the site.

Sorry this is blurry, but it's the only family picture I got. Blurry> no family picture at all.  Right?

The park is ready for Halloween and had pumpkins dressed up like some of our favorites.
Star Wars.

Max read The Wizard of Oz at school and just watched the movie on Friday.  He was so excited! I snapped a picture and sent it to his teacher. 

Max played miniature golf with Ian, so Emma and I went to hang with Anna and Elsa.  Emma was in heaven!

We missed the pumpkin parade because we were watching the 4D movie for the 2nd time. 

We took in the museum information and posed by a replica of the carving on Stone Mountain.

Stone Mountain.

We ended out Saturday night taking in the laser show spectacular, and spectacular it was.  There was a Star Wars part that Max loved, and a part where they played Let it Go, which Emma loved

Sunday we went to Jakub and Mel's to watch our boys play.  They won!!  Woohoo!!  We ate yummy pizza and the best dill dip.  I've never had dill dip, and it was life changing people.  I will be making it in the near future.   We also watched the Presidential Debate, which I won't talk about, because it just gets me angry. 

On that note, Happy Monday!


A Little Thing Called Strep

I started work this week!  I was so excited about meeting my class, my teammates, and being back in the classroom.  Then...Sunday night I started feeling bad.  Body aches, sore throat, chills...Monday morning came and I wanted to stay in bed.  I went to work though and powered through the day.  I napped during lunch time.  I took the best nap in my classroom with my head on the table.  I went to urgent care Tuesday and had the dreaded strep test done.  Those are the worst.  Test came back positive for strep...all the boos.  Wednesday I still felt pretty bad in the morning, but by the evening I was feeling tons better!  Thursday I went to work and had an amazing day!  Friday there were no kids at school for Parent Teacher Conferences, which meant I had a day to myself in my room.  I had lunch with my team and we laughed.  They are a group of great ladies.  I'm so excited for the rest of the school year!

I didn't take any pictures this week, but that will change.  Today we are having a fun event with Ian's work that we're pretty excited about!  It's' also a 3 day weekend!  Woohoo!!  Have a great weekend, friends!


Friday Favorites

It's the last day in September!  Crazy!  Not only did this week go by fast, but this whole month was a blur.  This week was a good a good.  I had some quality one on one time with Emma and Max.  So let's just to some of my favorite moments this week.

Emma LOVING her daycare.  She loves it!  It makes me so happy!  She's been there 4 days and she's already learned so much.  She came home telling us the parts of plant.  The curriculum is so good and I love, love that she's so happy. 

Every morning when we leave to take Max to school we always look at the sky.  The kids will point on the colors in the sky, the clouds and the moon if it's still visible.  Thursday morning the sky was so beautiful.  GA is beautiful, and the weather is finally cooling off.  I'm wearing a cardigan as I type this!  Hello, Fall!

I had to go to the HR office of the school district I'm working in, and I had checked the directions to see how long it would take the day before.  It had said 24 minutes.  The day of, I had dropped Emma off at school and had to go over the paperwork.  I got home around 8:20 and checked the directions for the time estimate to get there....one hour!  I had to quickly get ready and leave.  Hello mom hair.  I was going to take pictures for my badge and wanted to do my hair.  #fail. Oh well.  I got there and there was a room of about 20 other people.  I had heard a lady say she just moved here, so I asked where she was from...Santa Fe, NM! (I'm from NM, for those of you who don't know.)  Of all the places!  I walked out of the office with my badge and an official employee of the district!!!

I watched Me Before You on Tuesday.  I sobbed when I read the book and Max told me I shouldn't read the book anymore.  I had started watching the movie without the kids, but had to finish it with them home.  I was crying and both Max and Emma look at me sand say, "Uh-oh! She's crying!" I loved the book more, but the movie was good.  I still have to read Me After You, which I haven't gotten around to doing so.  If you need a book to read, I highly recommend.

This.  I cannot wait until November!!

Tomorrow Max has his lacrosse game at 8:15.  Bring me all the coffee. He also has a birthday party to go to, which he's so excited about.   And there's a festival I want to checkout.  Tomorrow is going to be busy!  See you back here next week!  Happy Weekend!!

Linking with Andrea, Narci and Erika!


Sky Ball

Max had lacrosse practice yesterday.  I just love watching him improve every week.  He really loves the sport...well he loves ALL sports.  They ended practice with playing Sky Ball where the coach throws it high in the air, and you have to catch it.  Max did!  I love the coaches reaction in the video and Max's reaction once he throws it to the coach and looks over at me.  I love that kid.

Today he woke up not feeling so well.  His throat is hurting and he's a bit warm.  I told him I was going to keep him home and he was so upset.  He loves school. I told had to remind him that tomorrow is a day of fun for him and he needs to get better.  Tomorrow is Donuts with Dad, he has Art, it's Friday and he gets to have hot lunch at school.  Day of Fun!   Right now he's snuggled on the coach, under a blanket, watching cartoons.  I hope he's better by tomorrow.

We dropped Emma off this morning, and guys, she LOVES her daycare.  I am so happy!!! They have an app that they upload pictures throughout the day and videos for the parents to see.  Max's teacher also does the same thing in her class.  I love it.  I'm totally going to use the app in my classroom for the parents. 

Can you believe that tomorrow is the last day of September?!  I've been in a baking mood for like that past two weeks.  I've made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and banana muffins last night.  Fall is for baking right? 

Happy Friday Eve, friends!  Have a great day!!


Life Lately

I meant to post a weekend happingings post, but never got around to it.  #fail  This weekend Max his first lacrosse game followed by his second game.  There are only 2 other teams in his league so they play round robin style.  Max was a little hesitant at first, but warmed up to playing.  His team just formed a few weeks ago, and the other two teams have been together since the spring.  One team was just a tad but too intense.  I think their coach forgot they are 6 and 7 years old, not high schoolers. 

 I love seeing Max in his lacrosse gear.  All the heart eyes for these two.


As we were walking back to the car Emma was holding Max's lacrosse stick.  Future lacrosse player here!  Oh, and they call it lax for short.  I didn't know this.  I had gone to Play it Again Sports and was paying for the gear and the guy asked, "Oh you have a lax player?"  Umm..yes??
It was ridiculously hot so we took the kiddos for some ice cream.  Ian got a banana split and the kids were so excited!  They ate it all up.
I had a solo grocery shopping trip and this sign made me laugh a little too hard. 
Tuesday was a BIG day for Emma.  I had some paper work I had to fill out for work, so Emma had her first day in her preschool 3's class!  She was so excited.  I always ask Max what he wants to be on the first day of school.  I started the tradition with Emma.  I asked her while I was putting on her shoes, and she looks at me without hesitation and sweetly says, "I want to be Yoda!"  She meant it too.  Max quickly chimed in that he wants to be Darth Vader.  
I walked her to her classroom and she held on to my hand tightly.  She became so shy and quiet.  She was scared.  A cute little girl came up to her and asked if she wanted to play.  The little girl was wearing a Star Wars shirt, and Emma's face lit up.  She let go my hand, and went to play. 
I went to the car and cried.  I'm definitely struggling with mom guilt.  I'm so excited to be going back to work, but I'm so sad that I have to put Emma in daycare.  It makes me question whether or not me going back to work is good for her.  Is it good for our family?  In the end I know she's at a great daycare, where she's going to make lots of new friends, her teachers are so sweet, she's going to learn so much (seriously the curriculum is amazing) and she's going to blossom.  I'm just going to miss spending my days with her.
While I'm on the sob train...I'm also nervous about work.  I really, really loved the school I was at last year.  I loved the ladies I taught with.  I just really loved Washington.  The school I'm at is one of the best in the state of  GA.  It's in the top 5%.  Both the principal and assistant principal are really nice.  One of the coaches emailed me to welcome me to the family.  That made me smile, because they consider themselves to be family.  All the warm fuzzies.  I know it's going to be fine, but I can't help but be nervous.  Monday is the day.  Monday I'm back to being a working mom. 
But now...now I'm just sad because I'm missing my Emma girl.  I'm using this as a transition week to let her get use to being back in the daycare setting again.  She's totally fine.  I guess it's more for me.  I need to get use to her being in that setting again, away from me.  #ALLthetears  Maybe watching This is Us will make me feel better, or make me have a good cry.