Wednesday, November 19, 2014

organizing accessories...

Hope you are having a great week so far, I am super happy because tommorow B comes back from a 2 week trip.  In the meantime, I've been organizing, unpacking and tidying up for the holidays.
I have to be honest, I am a little wary to unpack at times because I feel we are always on the move.  We are not drifters but our jobs take us to different places.  Anyway, moving has been good for us because it keeps us from becoming hoarders and pairing things down.  As I was organizing my accessories, I realized I have a thing for snakeskin and little bags of course!
 Like most girls, I also love bracelets and here is my stash.  
I like to keep the ones currently in rotation handy, so I placed them where I can see them.
Believe it or not, I just used some old perfume boxes and place my stuff in here, so if we do have to move again or travel I can just grab my faves and go!
I am NOT the most organized all the time, so I have to show you my catch all bracelet basket.  These are the ones I am not feeling at the moment. BUT every once in a while I go through this basket and rediscover an oldie but a goodie.
How do you keep your fave pieces organized?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mani Monday : holiday nails...

I've already warned you that I am the worst at putting on nail polish, but here we are again and it's time for Mani-Monday.  Of course with the holidays coming up, it's time to get your glitter and shimmer on.  I have Pinterest Boards dedicated to all things Shimmery and Golden that inspired me to add a little sparkle to my nails.
I am big on neutral and nice clean nails, so I pulled out Cocktails and Coconuts and topped it off with a little gold glitter layer called Luxe Effects from Essie and tada.  I have to admit, nail pics are a little awkward but here are the results.
It's nice to start the week with a new look all be it a different color on your nails.  I am thinking I am going to go dark for my next mani.  
Any suggestions?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Preparations...

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I had to start a little decorating around our casa. 
So far, I've added this boho runner to our dining table and threw on some pumpkins.  
Honestly, placing pumpkins around the house is the best I can do, not to mention that I am on my own until the actual holiday.  B is on a MEGA camping trip with the kiddos for 2 weeks and I back at school teaching some of our international students.
I am enjoying having a mantel and fireplace.  
It's perfect for placing a few little bits of pumpkin cheer.

You probably recognize some of the pieces above, our little shells and California flag are about the few things that manage to make each move.  Believe it or not during this last move I had to downsize a bit and left some of my beachy belongings in Nashville but hopefully they found a good home. B's parents are coming to Sedona for Thanksgiving so I am totally excited to have company and for the first time in many years, have Thanksgiving with family.  Last year, it was a Whole Foods Turkey for us and the year before it was Cracker Barrel.  We still had a great Turkey Day (BTW Cracker Barrel was goooood) but again, being around people you know, in a house, with a fireplace...perfect!
 "Friendsgiving" is trending right now and I think it sounds like such a great idea if you aren't able to spend the big day with family.  Check out my friend Alicia's blog for her fun post about it.
What are you doing to get ready for Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Turquoise Time...

Now that the first trimester is behind me, I've had a little time for myself. 
This past weekend I've enjoyed leisurely walks with Norm and Newman and just enjoying the crisp fall days here in the desert.
 This is the perfect time to visit Sedona, if you are in need for a little vacay,
head on over here!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Avon Gel Mani : Iceberg

I have a pile of French and Spanish finals to start grading so naturally I decided to do my nails.  Most people are probably leaning towards dark colors in fact I just had Chanel's Black Satin on a few days ago but I just love white nails.  Avon's Iceberg Gel finish polish is my pick this week. 
I was super happy with the results.  I am not the best at applying nail polish and living here in the desert means I will probably get into some dirt or even more likely, the dogs will neeeeeeeeeeeed to go for a walk outside.  So anyway, I am not a perfectionist.
 I am happy with the nice clean look of white nails even if my method is a little messy.
What is your nail color for this week?

Monday, November 3, 2014

sealaura bakes pumpkin seeds

Hello dears!  I am still alive!  I miss blogging so much so even though I should be writing my 
French 1 Final, I want to catch you up and share a little about baking pumpkin seeds!
As you know, I love Fall so we have been enjoying the season by partaking in all the festivities with our boarding students.  Halloween was a blast but now that I have carved my last jack o lantern, it was time to do something with the seeds.
Doesn't Norm look adorable?
Now onto the seeds:
I almost didn't bake the seeds because I was pretty pooped from all the Halloween hooplah and finishing up the trimester.  So glad I did though because it was super easy and a nice little treat.
What is your favorite thing to bake during the fall?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Norman and Newman at VVS..

Thanks for all the lovely Birthday wishes, year 40 is off to a great start.  
Another great part about my new life in Sedona is that I can take the boys with me on campus.  Newman loves fetching the ball on the quad and has become a little more social now that he has a little fan club forming.

Norman LOVES going to class along with the kiddos.  When he was a young pup, he was the star at the University of Redlands (as seen here and here).  He would come to office hours, classes, the student union, you name it.  But when I worked for the DOD in Monterey, it was a little tricky to get him on base and get that clearance.  Here at VVS, he is in heaven.  Today he sat in on Spanish 3 and was a good little angel. 
Do you think your dogs could handle a day at your job?

Monday, October 6, 2014


Today I am joining the 40 club!  I can't really complain, as usual I am in a new town, teaching Spanish and French with my fabulous husband and the canine travel team Norman and Newman.  
Don't need much more right?
Throughout my life, I've had a lot of shifts and turns.  I was born in El Salvador but a pesky civil war brought me to my beloved California.  If you would have told me that I would be living in Indiana, Redlands, Nashville, McAllen (TX), Monterey and now Sedona, I don't think I would have believe you.  But voilĂ !
When I was a little girl I realllllly wanted to go to a boarding school like the one on the Facts of Life.  I wanted to be Tootie and roller skate throughout campus and be part of a tight knit group of people.  While I did go to a fancy pants all girl school, I am finally at that boarding school that I dreamt about.  Obviously not as a student but more like Mrs. Garret!  
 The past two months have been exhausting and AMAZING.  Waking up to such beauty is very motivating.  In many ways I feel like I have been transported back in time to a community that is caring, kind and hard working.  We all trek many miles each day back and forth, walking everywhere!  There is no way I could roller skate over these rocks but my legs, body and heart are much stronger as I turn 40.

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