Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Bucket List

linking up with Kiki and Angela for the Circle!

this month's topic is a summer bucket list.

1. go horseback riding - not sure I'm going to be able to make this one happen, but I really want to and it has been way too long!

2. go a month without shopping - hello July spending freeze

3. attend a few concerts

4. eat watermelon - thanks Grandma & Grandpa

5. read/finish some books

6. have ice cream at Wilson's

7. mess around with PSE a little more and learn something new!

8. work on learning to play the guitar! {thanks for the lesson last week Uncle D!}

9. watch the sun set on the water

10. blog more!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ten Things

Ten Things I Live For/Can't Live Without

1. my students: whether it's the kids I teach on Sundays with Children's Liturgy of the Word, my summer campers, or my tumbling class, they always bring a smile to my face

2. the musicians who have come into my life and made it better. they mean so much to me, and whenever I get to see them or spend any time with them, I am so happy. they've all taught me things, whether it's something important like standing up for myself, or something not as important like how to waltz. they amaze me, and they've made my life crazily wonderful. they aren't as bad of influences as people think.

Kim Manning & Miss Meaghan Owens - two of the best role models

melaniejane & pat mAconald {PurgAtory Hill} - my extra parents

3. social media & my iPhone - aka my connection to the outside world

4. the music that my wonderful friends create - because a silent world would be quite sad

5. taking pictures & capturing the moment - memories are easier to remember with a corresponding picture. that's my thinking at least ;)

6. Door County. the beautiful place I call home.

autumn in Door County

Ephraim; May 2013
apple blossoms; May 2013

7. learning. whether it's college classes, learning to use my new DSLR, or learning to play the guitar (yes, I'm back at it!), I am always trying to broaden my horizons.

8. Target. sad but true. I just love to walk around and look at all of the pretty things.

9. baking. I love creating in the kitchen, especially when it's cold outside!

10. my real family. they're pretty important too. they're the reason that I'm here and that I am who I am.


ps this is my one hundredth post!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Who I Am


I'm Teresa.

I'm a college student who will graduate in December.

I'm a teacher of Sunday school and preschool classes at the YMCA.

I'm a snap-happy aspiring photographer who sometimes lets her shyness get the best of her.

I'm a music lover who is lucky enough to call most of her favorite musicians friends.

I've got a lot of dreams, and I'm waiting to see where the world is going to lead me next.

Monday, June 10, 2013

the one in which Teresa wears a dress & gets a tattoo

I will probably regret posting some of these pictures later, since this dress does not fit well at all! But my mom thinks it's a cute dress, and she knows that this is the only time that I will probably ever wear it, so she wanted to take some pictures haha.

I bought this dress a few months back at Old Navy for ninety-seven cents on the clearance rack. The belt that I'm wearing was purchased at Target on clearance, but it's too small to wear with jeans :( And the cardigan and flats? Also on clearance at Target! haha.

When I bought this dress, I knew that it would be perfect to wear when I went to get my tattoo, since it leaves my shoulder blade fully exposed, yet I am still clothed! (:

I have been thinking about getting this tattoo for a few years, and I received a gift certificate from my dad for my birthday (in August), and I finally got around to scheduling an appointment, so I went in the afternoon of Wednesday the twenty-ninth of May to get it done! I was so nervous when I got there, but Polly was great!

suckers & tattoos! (:

it didn't hurt that bad!

before bandaging. it didn't take too long, maybe twenty minutes?

so here's what I wore (: I'm not very good at getting my picture taken!

it took some dress tape to make it feel like it wasn't going to fall off!

hahaha. bandaging. those things are also used for meat packaging?

yes, my skin is truly this pale, and I love it! I'm not a big fan of fake tanning, and my skin does not do very well in the sun. I clearly inherited that trait from my mom, not my dad who tans easily.

about an hour and a half after it was applied.

stickers & the stencil Polly used! (:

typically, someone getting a tattoo of "forever young" is a cliché, but since Young is my last name, it means something to me. this tattoo is for my blood family.


Friday, June 7, 2013

What's in my bag?

the next ten days or so are going to be pretty crazy, so I thought I'd put together a post of the essentials I'll be carrying around! (:

{here's the first in my bag post that I did // and one on what's in my backpack}

I tried to link to as many items below as I could find (:

I love my Coach purse!! I bought it over a year ago at the factory store, and I still love it as much as the day I bought it.

matching wallet (: containing: some cash, credit and debit cards, Old Navy gift card, insurance cards, American Red Cross CPR certification card, vaccination card, grocery cards, Sam's Club card, driver's license, and a Candy Land bandaid {from the Target dollar spot}

Vera Bradley Brush and Pencil in Paisley Meets Plaid {psst - it's on sale} containing: Sharpies (black & silver), pens (blue & black), pencil, lip gloss, and a strawberry Lip Smacker

electronics: backup camera (Nikon CoolPix L120), iPod {playing Geri X's "Quiet Desperation" from The Kid EP}, iPhone in Kate Spade case {from TJ Maxx}, earbuds

mini notebook, checkbook {containing one check and one deposit slip haha} in Vera Bradley Very Berry Paisley checkbook cover, Vera Bradley Clip Zip ID case in Java Blue {retired} containing loyalty cards & such {and my expired temps}

small bottle of sunscreen, Cool Mint Badger Balm, Lavender & Chamomile lotion from World Market, compact mirror {from American Girl many years ago}, and Orbit bubblemint gum

flashlight, work keys {it bothers me that they're not organized in rainbow order}, and personal keys on a Vera Bradley Lanyard in Rhythm & Blues

and some other things I will have close by this week: Coach prescription sunglasses, NYC New York Color Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Big Apple Red, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen, Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids, Pinch Provisions Minimergency kit {I got mine at Sephora}, and an extra phone case


Thursday, June 6, 2013

apple blossoms

about a week ago, my mom and I went out to one of the local orchards because she wanted to get some pictures of the cherry blossoms. we think that these are actually apple trees though (:

and a favorite quote of mine about Door County from Urban Dictionary: "Why do the trees grown in straight rows?"


Monday, June 3, 2013

Influenster Spring Fever VoxBox

I received two VoxBoxes from Influenster this month! The first was two bottles of Palmolive soft touch dish soap, and the second was the Spring Fever VoxBox!


 cheat sheet with info about the products

Ulta coupon for the hair products included

So what did the Spring Fever VoxBox include?

Lots of fun stuff! (:

Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Dust It - a multi-purpose mattifying powder that adds incredible root lift, texture, and control ($23.50)

Secret Outlast Clear Gel Antiperspirant/Deodorant - leaves fewer white marks on clothes than the next leading invisible solid! and, with 48-hour odor and wetness protection at such a low price, why pay more? ($4.59)

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure - features advanced nail technology, so you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds - simply peel off, press on, and you're done. there's no drying, a killer shine, and a manicure that lasts up to a week! ($5.99-$7.99)

Tastykake Kandy Bar Kakes - light and fluffy chocolate enrobed cakes with a delicious creme filling in a unique kandy bar shape. available in s'mores, peppermint, and peanut butter. ($4.49 per box)

NYC New York Color Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm - delivers color, shine, and moisture in one single swipe! the unique apple-shaped core is filled with shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin e, and avocado oil to give lips a healthy, irresistible look. ($2.99)

All above information was from the cheat sheet (: I hope to do some reviews on this stuff soon!

Would you like to join Influenster? Let me know in a comment on this post, and I'll send you an invite!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Month By iPhone: May 2013

I know I say this every month, but seriously, how can another month have gone by?! I posted each day for the first time ever, but I've been kind of slacking on my Instagramming. here are some of my favorite square-shaped captures from this past month.

I bought my big girl camera this month!!!!! :D

last day of Restaurant Management: Paula brought in cupcakes (she was trying out a new recipe). they're vanilla with vanilla buttercream and raspberry filling. so good!!

Baileys Harbor

my 1000th Instagram: my nails {essie's smooth sailing}

I am in love with these pillow covers!

balcony + clouds

pretty flowers at the Y

I just love Barnes & Noble.

 lesson planning for Sunday

I got my 2014 agenda in the mail! it is so cute!

lilacs at work (:

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