Summer Plans…

I registered for classes for the fall semester of my semester last night. Well, early this morning, I should say. I can’t believe I only have one year left of college. The first of my actual teacher prep exams will be taken THIS SUMMER. Which reminds me, I also registered for my last two summer classes last night. I have not had a summer off since the summer between high school and college. All of my hard work will pay off. People around me keep sounding so negative about things, and I am trying not to let it discourage me. I know I can pass these exams and get hired at a good school. Teaching is what I was meant to do.

Alright, alright. Enough with the heavy. I really started writing this post because I am going to start a “little” project this summer, and by little, I mean NOT little!!! I will FINALLY be decluttering my room! Since I plan to move out of my parents house in early 2017, I am only making that impending move easier on myself. Plus, I could use it. I have too much stuff. Too many papers, notebooks, clothes, you name it. My teaching stuff I am hoard—, I mean collecting, doesn’t count. All of that will be gone once I get a teaching job and pile it in my car and take it to my classroom. I am going to close out this post, as it seems to be getting pretty long, with my list I have started of things I want to accomplish with this room declutter project:

  • Bed: new sheets/pillowcases, quilt, new pillow(s), throw pillows
  • Work in zones: Desk area, sleeping area, closet, tv and bookcase, windowseat
  • Purge/Toss/Donate/Store
  • Storage trunk at end of bed –
  • Clean drawers/surfaces/shelves COMPLETELY
  • Backwards hangers trick (Pinterest)
  • Drawer dividers – Container Store or DIY?
  • Get rid of donations in closet (there will probably be more added)
  • Reclaim and reorganize my dressers – possibly line the drawers (check Marshall’s for liners)

Thanks so much for reading!


Getting Personal…

Hello, wonderful readers! I was selected to receive a VoxBox from Influenster recently, and the first one I received was a pack of my favorite Carefree liners! I had actually just bought a pack of the exact same ones a couple of days before my Voxbox arrived, so I haven’t opened them yet, but I’m all set so I won’t have to make a last minute run to the store again . They sent me a coupon as well, so that went straight into my coupon file! I love that I got one of my favorite products that I can brag about! I did a box opening on Youtube, which you can see below.

Thanks for stopping by! And remember, #FreshIsFierce!!signature2015

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Coupon Deals at CVS!

Overall, I am VERY happy with how my transacations went at work yesterday. I paid pretty much nothing for ALOT of stuff. Final cost out of pocket was $3.48 and the products are worth $52.05!


Transaction 1: Urgent Rx powders – 2/$2, earn $2 ECB
Used BOGO Free coupon, paid $1 (final cost: $0)

Transaction 2: 2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoos and 2 Conditioners @ $4.99 each ~ spend $15 get $5 ECB (Edit: $4.50 each when you buy two)
Used 2x$4/2 L’Oreal Advanced, $3.50 ECB, $3 ECB, $2 ECB (from 1st trans.), $2/$10 hair care, paid $0!!! ($5.00 Moneymaker)

Transaction 3: 2 – Covergirl Lashblast Mascara @ $8.79 each ~ Spend $10, get $3 ECB
Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg – $0.99
Used 2x$1.50 Covergirl Eye, $5 ECB, $5/$15 cosmetics, $2/$10 mascara, employee discount
Paid $0!!! ($3.00 Moneymaker) {will also get Savingstar deposit for Friday Freebie!)

The lotion was a last minute purchase, on clearance for $1.74 (reg. 6.99). I also got some Gold Emblem cereal for $0.74 (reg. 2.99). It’s supposed to be their brand of Honey Nut Cheerios – they’re good, but they don’t taste like Cheerios at all!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!


Couponing for this Week (March 29th)


I decided to take advantage of some of the really good deals this week, and boy did it pay off! I got $92.68 worth of products, and I only spent $10.16! With the Extrabucks earned, my final cost was $0! Pictures and breakdowns are below:





Thank you, as always, for reading!signature2015

I am no longer #TeamNatural.

I made it as part of #TeamNatural for a good, long four months. At least it seemed pretty long to me. I started having regrets and thoughts of relaxing around the beginning of Month 3. It wasn’t until I was nearing the fourth month that I started actively researching how to work with short relaxed hair. I watched countless Youtube videos and read articles to tame my hunger. But on March 28th, 2015, this part Saturday, I did it. I bought a relaxer, and my mom put it in my hair. I was so worried my hair would break off and fall out and I would have to trim into a pixie cut or WORSE, start all over growing it out.

But the results made me fall in love with my hair all over again. Here it is Monday, and my hair is still happily hydrated. It’s not super shiny, but I have never messed with my hair much right after relaxing anyway. It takes me about a week or so, haha. The most I do now is fix it with my wide tooth comb and add a little bit of Shine oil to tame the flyaways. But my hair looks amazing. The length I managed to achieve is incredible. I thought I didn’t have much shrinkage, but. Wow. My hair is so bouncy and silky and I just love it.

I don’t want to think of this as the end of my Natural Hair Journey, but simply another chapter in my Healthy Hair Journey as a whole. Thank you for reading, and for your thoughtful comments on my last hair posts. They are greatly appreciated. I will share pictures hopefully this week if the weather permits.


Something New…

I am going to show a picture I did not want anybody to see when I first big chopped my hair. It’s the first few pictures I took the night I big chopped. The first picture I shared on this blog was taken 3 weeks later, after I was able to tame it and it grew a little. I will also share a recent length check right below it.

First, though, my wash day. My wash day actually happened last Thursday, and my hair is pretty happy at the moment, so I definitely can leave it for a couple more days. I am learning to “listen” to my hair! It tells me when it needs to be washed — usually when my scalp is itching from gelling my hair. The shampoo I use is surprisingly well-loved by my hair. Most naturals say that cowashing is life, but my hair loves my Pantene purifying shampoo. I prepooed overnight with a mix of conditioners under my bathroom sink mixed with grapeseed oil and some cayenne pepper (again, it supposedly helps with growth, so why not?).

I hopped in the shower Thursday morning and applied a little Nuance by Salma Hayek shampoo (just because, I don’t know, I’m weird), and worked that in some. I then applied the Pantene Purifying shampoo and lathered it up and left it on a couple of minutes. I rinsed this out last with cool water and towel dried it a little. I then applied Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner (my new fave!!), and my hair is….oh my goodness. I love this stuff. What I DON’T love, however, is that my ears have broken out since I started using this leave-in. Me, being stubborn, I’m just trying to keep my hair off of my ears because I found a lovely new product that my hair is not rejecting. *crosses fingers, resists scratching ear*

Without further delay, the pictures from the night I big chopped. Can you tell how unsure I am about what I had just done? I did this at 2 am on a Tuesday, so….



And my latest length check photo (the shrinkage is VERY real!):


As always, thank you for reading, and be sure to check out the other ladies involved in the #WashDayExperience linkup!

The Wash Day Experience


My Latest Couponing

I feel like I haven’t done a good couponing trip in awhile! I finally got a chance to sit and plan some deals out that worked quite nicely for me at work on Sunday, as well as today! I did three transactions on Sunday, and I did the same image breakdowns as before, because I am loving how easy and nice looking they are.



**I actually am trying to get my dish liquid submitted to ibotta since I bought it specifically for the credit, but this one is not in their database. Hopefully this gets resolved so that I can get my credit :)

**UPDATE: The UPC was accepted, and I earned a $0.25 credit for ibotta, bringing my final cost down to $5.88.




Today, I went to a different CVS on my way home from the school I observe in (I student teach there next year!!). I had a raincheck from November (I think) of last year for when the Purex Crystals and detergent were Buy One, Get Two Free. I used three printabled $3/2 Purex Crystals coupons and a random $3 Extrabuck that printed for me yesterday (Don’t ask me, I truly don’t know why). I expected to pay about $0.58 for all of these, but I ended up getting these while they were not on sale, so my employee discount took the price down a little bit, and the Extrabuck modified down to the remaining balance and I paid NOTHING for all six of these. That’s $38.94 worth of Purex Crystals for FREE. I did a little happy dance when I got outside :)


Thanks so much for reading!!


It’s Spring Break!!!!

I have been relaxing as much as I can this week, because it is the only lazy week I get! It’s hard to believe that this time next year, this week will be my halfway point where I switch grades during my student teaching semester! I already got cleared to register for my summer and fall classes for my SENIOR year. I can’t believe how the time has flown. I can barely remember my freshman year of college; that’s how fast it has gone by. I am enjoying being in the Education program so much and I have some awesome professors this semester who I feel are preparing me very well for my teaching career. I have been saving so many classroom ideas, and my Literacy Studies professor has even given us Pinterest board suggestions to help us out (not shown in my screen snip below).


I am also looking at apartments already and saving many ideas for that as well. I am eyeing early 2017 as my move out target. The plan is to spend my first year of teaching(fingers crossed that I get hired right away) saving up and buying what I can before the time comes. I already know what I want in an apartment, and the areas I like. It is preferable to be somewhere near the school I am going to work in, but I don’t know where that will be yet! I may have to start writing about my apartment thoughts and my “wishlist” of features/amenities/etc. ;)

A note on couponing: I haven’t been doing too much lately. I’m hoping to do one all-encompassing post at the end of the month (when I go through my receipts for the month) and share what all I got then, with breakdowns.

A note on my hair: My hair is rejecting my usual moisturizer, so I had to try something new that was luckily on sale and that I had a coupon for. It’s working wonderfully, and my hair is so much softer and not at all dried out like before. I’m hoping to get some pictures up soon. :)

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!