Friday, April 17, 2015

Birchbox: April 2015

This month two of my very favorite things in the whole entire world got together and made the most perfect piece of mail ever. The BIRCHBOX + Rifle Paper Co. collaboration is absolutely perfect. I mean just take a look at that amazing box. 

Rifle Paper Co is a local shop for me and it's one of my favorite places to get cards. Check out some of my favorite things I bought at the last sidewalk sale here

Now for the goodies inside this beautiful box!!

Box 1

I was really excited about tying the Bee Venom Mask, until I saw this little warning card:

I wouldn't have even thought about the fact that I am allergic to insect bites and stings if they hadn't included this card. So thanks WEI for keeping me safe!

Box 2

Why do I get two boxes? Because I'm obsessed and not particularly slick.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy Birthday, Mom!!

I know all of your kids like to give you a hard time and we're kind of a pain, but it's because we love you.

Thanks for everything you do for us!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DIY Painted Doormat


Last time I was at IKEA they had their plain doormats on sale for IKEA family members, so I grabbed a couple to try out a DIY paint job.

I started by taping the pattern around the edge of the doormat with masking tape, and then when it was uneven, Christopher fixed it for me.

I used 4 bottles of inexpensive acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby, two white and two navy. 

After about an hour I was starting to get a little pink and Christopher banished me to a shady corner and finished up the blue stripes.

I guess I should have put on sunscreen and maybe worn a shirt with actual sleeves. Oops. Sorry mom.

After a very hot hour standing in the sun sweating to death, we were done.

I really love how our doormat turned out. Now I just have to decide if I want to stencil anything in the middle, like an H or our monogram or hello or just leave it plain. I can't wait to paint the next one! I might even try making a video when I paint the next one. We'll see how that goes. 

Happy Crafting! 

Some Things Require Cake

Curly Girl Design

Life can be a pain in the ass. Some days you just need to share a small Publix birthday cake with a friend.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What Is Your Leadership Style?

I've found myself thinking more and more about my leadership style recently. I work hard, but I'm pretty laid back at work. Nobody's life depends on me seeing them two minutes faster, or checking my email outside of my working hours. I'm flexible with my coworkers and I'm very lucky that they are mostly flexible in return.

When I have to crush a dream, I choose my words very carefully and offer as many options and back up plans as I can think of. Being honest with students, even when it sucks, is why they request to see me over and over and over and OVER again. Sometimes more often than is necessary.

Recently we had a professional development day at work and in one of the sessions I went to the presenter shared this video on leadership.

I really felt a connection to this style of giving intent. I know that when I'm assigned a project and then people leave me alone to get it done, it gets done. I work with professionals, if I'm in a position to lead a group or project I hope I always work with the group to give intent and not a list of instructions. We all want to get the work done, so why does it matter how we get there?

Work Natalie is very different than regular Natalie. Work Natalie is patient and nice. Regular Natalie is a bitch. She has LISTS, and rules, and specific instructions, and she knows you're going to fuck it up, and she's pissed about it before you even begin. Regular Natalie could use a chill pill, or a drink, or maybe both.

Needless to say, it's been interesting getting to know my work self. She's kind of my hero.

Monday, April 13, 2015

2016: The Road to Nomination

Ladies and Gentleman, the time has come. The 2016 election season is here. So far we have Ted Cruz (R), Rand Paul (R), Hillary Clinton (D), and later tonight Marco Rubio (R) will officially announce his run for that sweet address on Pennsylvania Avenue.

No matter which side of the isle you identify with, this should be a pretty interesting year and a half ahead of us. I am most looking forward to the SNL sketches, like this one.

Make sure you're registered to vote in time for the primaries and find the least nauseating way to get informed on the candidates running.

Go get that sticker!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

UCF Baseball

The UCF pride runs deep in my family. I was a third generation Knight and we try to support UCF whenever we can. My dad decided it was time for season Baseball tickets, and I'm so glad he did. It's been so much fun going to the games so far this season. And huge bonus, the UCF baseball team is pretty good. Right now they're ranked #12!!

 My dads seats are right between home plate and the UCF dugout so you get to see the players up close while they take a few practice swings and then really hear it when the coach yells at the umpire. It's pretty exciting.

Christopher is smiling at a sporting event. He's even asked to go to more games! I think we might have finally uncovered a sport he doesn't hate! Thank goodness!

This has also been a great excuse to use my UCF Knights bag that Amber made for me back in college. It usually only see action during football season, and I am really surprised it's survived this many years of abuse.

Go Knights!