Monday, December 30, 2013

what I got for christmas...

I really debated doing this post. in no way do I want to seem like I am "bragging" about the things I got for christmas. I just really enjoy seeing what other people got & thought y'all might enjoy seeing what I got as well! check out some of my favorite christmas hauls on youtube & other blogs here, here, and here

my "big" present this year from my parents were my tory burch sandals! for the past 3 years I have gotten tb revas, but this year I decided to get some sandals so that when the warmers months come I will have some pretty sandals to sport!

my parents also got me the naked 3 palette. it has taken some time to get used to this palette. at first I really liked the 2 better, but the 3 is growing on me now that I've found some looks I like with it. 

I got a new vera bradley bag for work. I have been carrying the same vineyard vines tote for years so it was time for a new one. I love that this one has a spot for my laptop and plenty of room for all the papers/folders I have to bring back and forth to grade.

I also got these adorable initial plates from anthropologie. our plan is to add the initial of all of our babies some day. I may or may not have contemplated buying 2 other initials because I already know what I want to name my children....... so there's that. I'm crazy & I know it.

we got a new dvd player that connects to netflix, pandora, and youtube. I have been loving being able to watch my favorite youtuber's on the big screen.. adam is really over it ; )

Every year in my stocking I get makeup, socks, and candy. I got my favorite mascara--benefit's they're real. 

I also got some christmas money and bought a new rug with it. I'm so excited to give our living room a fun new update--I'll be sure to take a picture when it comes in : ) 

so that is the majority of what I got for christmas this year! above all else I am just extremely blessed to have such a wonderful family to spend time with. this year was so bittersweet as it was my first year away from my parents on christmas morning but also my first time waking up with a husband on christmas. I will cherish these moments of it being just us two before we have a little around : ) 

I hope y'all had a wonderful christmas and were able to spend time with family/friends!! did you get anything fun for christmas?? I would love to hear about it!

Monday, December 23, 2013

year in review {video}

I really really love these year in review posts. this is my fourth year doing one (CRAZY)! take a look back here, here, and here. 2013 has been a year of absolute insane abundance. so many wonderful things happened this year, including the wedding of my dreams. This blog has grown in ways that I was never prepared for and I have YOU to thank for that. I was given so many amazing opportunities this year and got to meet so many great girls (some of whom you will see in this video!!) I am so thankful for what this little space has turned into. Obviously this isn't everything that happened this year--just a few highlights : )

I can't wait to take a look back on 2013.....

Friday, December 20, 2013

mr. leakey is famous

it is finally here, y'all. my LAST day before christmas break. of course this morning I woke up and immediately knew I was sick. hopefully the water I drank and the medicine I took kick in soon because it's going to be a long day if not. the last day before a break is pretty much a wash. the kids are done. i'm done. we're all tired and just want to be done. today's agenda includes watching the nutcracker, cleaning out their desks, sanitizing my entire room and making sure everything is ready for grades to go home. 

yesterday my class had a very special leakey!! he came for our class party and brought all the kids their own recruiting name tags : ) they loved it and thought he was famous. they all asked for his was precious. 

we ended the day with our class party and extra recess. i was completely warn out by the end of the day!!!

third graders are SO MUCH STINKING FUN and I love that I have a job that I love so much. these kiddos bless me everyday. couldn't imagine doing anything else. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

i'm back // i always wanted this so much

well.. I just took a 2 week blogging break and barely even noticed. To say I've been busy over the last half month would be a huge understatement. The three weeks between Thanksgiving break and Christmas break have officially been deemed the worst months for a teacher..ever. I have been busier than I think I've ever been. I feel so run down and stretched thin. Thankfully the end is in sight.. 2 more days.. and then I can relax to my hearts content. 

Honestly I don't even feel like recapping what has happened since I last blogged. Hopefully you follow me on Instagram and Twitter (jamielb_) and have been able to keep up ; ) 

I've got some fun posts planned for the next few weeks so I'm excited to get back into the groove of blogging regularly : ) 

Until then here is the most amazing video I think I've ever seen. Obviously I'm biased because she's my niece, but I'm pretty sure she's the cutest thing in the entire world. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fight for Jontanna

I want to introduce y'all to a really special person in my life. I first met Jontanna when I was in middle school and we began cheering together. From then on we became great friends as we spent our high school years cheering football, basketball, and competition together. I always knew Jontanna was a really really great person. I don't think I have ever met someone who is so selfless. She is someone who is always there for people and goes out of her way to be loyal. Over the last five years since we graduated high school Jontanna has been fighting a constant battle with a disease called auto immune hepatitis--a life threatening, chronic live disease. Recently her doctors have decided that the next step in her treatment is for her to have a liver transplant. As I'm sure you can imagine, a liver transplant is a very expensive process. From the actual transplant, to hospital bills, to gas driving back and forth from the hospital, things can get very expensive, very fast. 

The South Gwinnett High School c/o 2008 has rallied together to support Jontanna and raise funds in her honor. Not only are we raising financial support but we are also teaming up to do a 5k walk/run in her honor. 

If you feel lead, I want to invite you to check out Jontanna's GoFundMe site to read more about her journey and find out how you can support her.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December Goals

Happy 3rd day of December, y'all! I cannot believe 2013 is almost over!! So crazy to me. Anyway, since I made my 101 in 1001 list I thought I would try to knock a few off every month (or so) and include them as my monthly goals. I work much better when I have a list or certain goals to accomplish.

Here are my goals for December 2013 (I'm going to be numbering them with the numbers from my 101 in 1001 list to help me mark them off better):

6. Buy breakfast for all the teacher's on my grade level.
13. Complete a service project with my students.
37. Make a wedding album.
40. Surprise Adam with lunch at work.

I'm excited to check back in next month and let y'all know how it went. I think these are 4 very attainable goals and I'm excited to (hopefully) check them off my list!

Monday, December 2, 2013

59. Work with a blog friend on a project I believe in.

Ever since I posted my 101 in 1001 list I have been presented with SO many different opportunities to cross things off my list. One of the best so far though is something Nicole contacted me about last week. 

Every year in December Nicole has raised money on her blog for a Samaritan's Purse "cause." This year she is partnering with an organization that is extremely close to her heart. Nicole's cousin, Shiloh, is currently living and serving in India with her family. Through her experiences she has come to know and love the women of India so well. One thing she has been exceptionally burdened by is the number of baby girls who are aborted or killed because their families do not have the means, or refuse to pay for, their girls as they grow older and get married. Even though Shiloh is only fifteen she has said "yes" to the Lord and has followed His call for her life to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves." (proverbs 31:8)

Head over to Bloom to read more about Shiloh's story and find out how she plans to help the women of India and how YOU can partner with her to create a story of redemption in the lives of baby girls in India. 

Versona Accessories Grand Opening {+ A Giveaway}

A couple weeks ago I was contacted about the grand opening of the Athens location of Versona Accessories. They invited me to their grand opening celebration and asked me to pick a few things out to review :) I had never heard of this store before so I was excited to get to check it out!

Adam + I browsed the store for a long time because there was SO much to check out. I finally settled on a scarf and necklace.

The sweet ladies at Versona also gave me a $25 gift card to giveaway to one of my readers. You can enter with the widget below. Giveaway will run until December 9th at midnight. The winner will be contacted via e-mail. Thanks for supporting Southern Simplicity Blog!!

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