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$4.99 Ross Special

Hi friends,

It's now Thanksgiving break and my brain has been shut off. 65 children will not be running around in my head, turning my hair a premature shade of gray,  for the next 8 days.

Let's catch up on island happenings:

[ o n e ] I bought myself a shiny new MacBook Air. I even revealed my inner white girl and put a monogram sticker on it. 

[t w o ] AJ and I went to trivia with some friends. It took about 3 seconds for us to realize all the girls were wearing the exact same shirt. It was a happy accident and our trivia team was dubbed the $4.99 Ross special. 

[ t h r e e ] I competed in my first Teacher Turkey Trot at the school this past week and I kicked some relay game ass. Check out my snazzy bowling pin trophy. I had to compete in life-size hungry hippos for that baby. 

[ f o u r ] I planted a mini-garden on the stairs out front and my baby cantaloupe sprouted this week! #proudfruitmom

How is your week going?

Zombies on Bikes | Year 2

Happy Sunday! I find it ironic that I'm posting about Zombies on a Sunday.. It just seems wrong for some reason.

 A couple weeks ago was the annual Zombie Bike Ride in Key West, Fl. On that Sunday afternoon, thousands of zombies poured onto the streets of Key West. The beautiful ocean in the background, the sun setting over the water, and  7,000 people dressed as various forms of zombies, most of them drunk. 

All the zombies congregate, party and mingle until the start of the race at 6:00. By the start of the ride, we had managed to find most of our friends on the island, which wasn't easy in full costumes, and we had quite the misfit gang. We attended in Hippie zombie attire. This year the boyfriend and I went with a theme and I loved it! One of my best friends from back home came down and joined in our shenanigans too! 

Life Lately | September

O N E | The morning drive to work has been amazing. When the day is still calm and the sun is rising over the island it brings a sense of peace. I start the day much more relaxed than normal. 
T W O | I brought home my very first Hogfish with a speargun! My goal for the summer had been to get one on my own, without boyfriends help and I did!
T H R E E | Tuna have been plentiful on the docks lately and we are not letting it go to waste. We have made homemade sushi about eight times this month already. I don't know how I stand it. 
F O U R | A long distance facetime video with best friends resulted in this fancy photo being posted to my FB wall. Thanks guys! ( The straw is almost up my nose)
F I V E | In my classroom the kids do a lot of creative writing. It has def. helped bring excitement for writing into school. This week they were given a picture prompt and had to tell what happen before it, during it, and after it. My last period of the day was working diligently until I turned on the Star Wars Pandora station... Squirrels with light sabers have never been so interesting. 

Grand Cayman | Day One

I should admit that I am back.. but I'm not happy about it. Grand Cayman was wonderful and teaching takes up every moment I'm awake.  I'm looking back on this post with envy for myself.

As soon as we landed we picked up the rental car, which was the size of a child's toy and headed straight to the Rum/Vodka distillery. On Grand Cayman, they make a product called Seven Fathoms Rum. Basically, a barrel is filled with new rum, aged seven fathoms under the sea and then brought up when the time is right. It's the only rum like it.

It was highly recommended that you drink all you can while you are there. I couldn't believe it. We weren't charged or questioned the whole time. In reality, we could have walked out without paying for the tour but we didn't. This was our first taste of "Cayman Kind". The Caymanian people were the nicest I've ever met. 

From the Distillery, we drove back to our hotel and checked in. We were greeted with fruity cocktails upon arrival and taken care of right away. The resort was super clean and again, everyone was so nice!

I just love the feeling when you walk into a place and you are instantly relaxed. Within the first hour, I wanted to live there and I'm not kidding. I don't have the itch to pack up and move but if that is where life took me, I wouldn't complain. 

I promise there are more photos to come! Right now I have to go grade 60+ letters my students wrote, get my nails done ( hopefully), possibly work out, and then shop for fall decor. I'm hopeful my priorities will be straightened out after this cup of coffee!

Blow Guns, Yoda, and Vacation!

We leave for vacation so soon! This will be the first I've taken in a few years, the last being the one right after I knew I was getting divorced.  Have I mentioned where we are going? My flip-flop clad feet will be touching down in Grand Cayman on Friday!

You guys, I've been off of work for a week and I don't know what to do with myself! I've eaten some delicious hog-fish tacos, went school shopping, hopped on the water taxi with those lovely ladies, hung out with the puppies, tried to get my classroom set up and finally watched some Star Wars (cuz, I've never seen them).

I've also found my new favorite game. Yes, it should include adult beverages but they are not required. See that photo in the bottom right corner? That's boyfriend with a blow gun and a giant map. 

Basically, you blow a dart at the section of the map wth the flags. Whichever flag you hit closest to- that's the one you have to then try to hit with a second dart. It's hard AF. After a couple drinks no one really cares where you hit, as long as your dart doesn't go through the damn board and into the bicycle tires behind it.

If you manage to get your hands on a blow gun, this may be the educational game your life has been missing. 

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 129th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!**IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING NOTE! We are looking for co-hosts for our blog hop for September! This is a great way to gain new followers and network with other bloggers! If you are interested please email thedwellingtree@gmail.com! Thank you!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.
The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines

1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!
 Let’s Be Friends

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.

Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

Meet this week's co-host:
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Lindsay @ The Flynnigans
Rachel @ Life as Rachel
Bekah @ Resolve
Aleshea @ Glitz & Grits

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!

...on to the Winner!

Hi friends, It's Chelsee this week! As a Beauty Blogger and Makeup Artists I am always on the hunt for organization ideas to implement in my collection. If you are a lover of makeup then I am sure you know exactly the struggle that exists in organizing a collection. When I saw this I knew I had to share it. This is the perfect solution for those that have even the smallest amount of makeup. You can never have enough organization in my opinion!  Kierra talks about her makeup organization journey that includes very affordable suggestions. If you are looking for some makeup organization ideas then I highly suggest you check out this post!

Go check out Kierra 's blog and post! :)
Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!

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Just Enjoy It

It seems a lot of my posts are recaps of what has been going on.. until I forget to hit publish on a post that happen a month ago, or two. These photos were taken in the beginning of June. School had just gotten out, it wasn't 100 degrees outside yet and the sun hadn't moved to the other side of the island. 

I love those nights when the ocean is flat calm, the no-see-um's aren't biting the crap out of your legs and you can just enjoy what your surroundings have to offer. 

The next morning brought a day of fishing/diving. We rented a boat and headed out to dive with more fish. Of course there was the possibility of bringing home diner but it wasn't the main objective. 

I don't think we reeled in many fish that day, although this one was quite the hefty catch and turned the day around. 

He went back on his merry way after a few photos and we ended our day a little sunburnt but happy. 

It may be a little late but I'm linking up with Biana for Weekending