My Current Obsessions {Totally Unrelated to Teaching}

After a week of cramming for that dang ESL certification, I’m back and ready to blogstalk.  I missed catching up on everything y’all are doing in your classrooms!!  Now I’ve got lots to read while I’m waiting for my test results {gulp}.  In the meantime, I needed something totally unrelated to teaching to occupy my time.  So I thought I’d share with y’all my current favorite obsessions.

1.  My growing collection of M.A.C. eyeshadow. 


I’m completely obsessed. Mr. Spouse says I’m going through a mid-life crisis. Not sure about that, but I LOVE me some M.A.C!!!!  Their eyeshadows are the best…they stay on without getting icky and they last forever, too!!!


2.  This perfume.


Alfred Tsung, Shi.  A total throwback to my college days.  Found it at Marshall’s for $15 and had to bring her home.  It reminds me of Friday nights out on the town with my girls and scarfing down Quizno’s sandwiches and watching Lifetime on Saturdays. 

3.  Stripes.


Holy heck.  I own a lot of stripes, I guess.  Dangit.  My mom is sick of this obsession of mine.  Whenever we get together and go shopping, she has to pry me away from buying more.  I love stripes.

4. This song.


Who’d Have Known”

I know this is nothing new, definitely made an appearance on my ipod circa 2009, but it’s definitely been repeat the last few weeks.  Maybe because T-Pain made it famous again?!?! Love her voice.  And all her music.  But this one is my current favorite because I like to go “old school” every now and then.  Also on constant replay?!?! Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” {my 4-year-old’s favorite song} and Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep” {my 2-year-old’s favorite song}.  Wow.  Never thought I’d say that in a sentence.

5. This album:


Oh how I love me some Amos Lee.  I started listening to him about 7{ish} years ago and man, that boy can sing.  If you like folk{ish}/acoustic-y type music, you’d LOVE Amos.  Soooo good.  Especially “Colors” and “Arms of a Woman” from his first album.  Chills.  Right now.


6.  This FREE App…


Red Stamp…LOVE.  Found out about this from a sweet friend and now I’m obsessed.  I just posted a ton of Red Stamp creations on my family blog.  I absolutely LOVE this app!!!!


7.  This show…

modern familyphil

This show gets me through the week.  I love it.  Cracks me right up.  And I have a serious not-so-secret crush on Phil Dunphy.  He absolutely makes the show!  SO funny!


8.  These candles…


Circle E Candles.  I burn these ALL.THE.TIME.  I promise these are the best candles you’ll ever burn.  I haven’t burned anything different since I started using these about 8 years ago!  My current favorite scent is Apple Streudel. Birds of Paradise is pretty dang good, too.


9.  Caramel Cappuccino from La Duni Dulce.


Do y’all have one of these where you are??   I LOVE La Duni.  The food is to die for.  Dulce is almost better, especially if you have a hankering for sweets and coffee.  Their desserts are insanely amazing and the caramel cappuccino is like heaven in a cup.  SO good.


10.  This Lip Balm

lip balm

Love it.  Absolutely ADORE.  I can’t go a day without it.  Perhaps I’m a little addicted.


11.  These cleaning supplies


Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products!!!!  Ohmiword.  I don’t like cleaning {who does?!?!}, but these cleaning products make me happy.  I actually want to clean as often as I can because this smells SO dang good.  I have the lavender scent and ohmiword…AMAZING.  You’ve gotta try these out!!  Sweet Janell {who doesn’t have a blog, but absolutely should} gifted these to me {THANK YOU!!!!} and it was love at first spray.  I swear I don’t want to use anything else anymore!!!!


12.  This oatmeal.


Starbuck’s Perfect Oatmeal.  It comes with a little pack of nuts, dried fruit, and 50 calories worth of brown sugar.  I don’t like the nuts or the fruit, so I just eat mine with the sugar.  I LOVE IT!!!!  I ate it for breakfast every day last week and I’m pretty sure that’s how I’ll start my day tomorrow, too.  SO yum!


Another obsession?!  My bed.  We haven’t spent much time together this past week, but we’re getting reacquainted starting now!!!!  As my dear friend, Abby, would say, “PTL!!!!!” 

Have a great week sweet friends!!!!


  1. Ohmygoodness! WWPDD?? That is hilarious! Love Modern Family!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Oh I love so many things on this list. Love, love Modern Family! Love the MAC eyeshadows. I might have a slight makeup obsession too. Is that the "perfect nude lip" lipstick and gloss combo I see? I saw it on Pinterest and HAD TO HAVE IT and I love it! :)

  3. I sooooo heart Mrs. Meyer's cleaing products!!!! On and under my counter right now!!!

    Get some rest, girl! May your firsties be calm and require little redirections tomorrow ;)

  4. I LOVE Modern Family too--hysterical! Love the WWPDD! He is awesome.

  5. MAC and Shi are the best! Just got some for Christmas!


  6. I discovered MAC about 2 years ago and i am obsessed as well! Do you use their paint pots? I have the painterly paint pot and it's a base coat for your eyeshadow.. It lasts forever and keeps the eyeshadows from creasing, coming off, etc. oh and it makes it so much easier to blend!!

  7. This is hilarious! I have the same obsession with MAC and stripes. I don't wear the stripes anymore, but I have quite a few in my closet! My daughter is in high school and I tried pawning them off on to her, but she was way too cool for the (in her words) "Old Navy - preppy look". I never shop at Old Navy, but I guess she did have a point...hahaha. Thanks for the laugh!
    The 3AM Teacher/ Michelle Tsivgadellis

  8. Gotta LOVE Phil. What he WOULD do is always hilarious!
    Perfect Oatmeal...yum.
    No Red Stamp for Droid... boo... so sad.
    Lily Allen has such a beautiful voice.
    Your collection of horizontal stripes proves how dang skinny you are!
    M.A.C.'s shadows are the best... just ask my makeup artist daughter!
    Dragonflies in First

  9. Hi Cara,

    A big ol' YES to so many of these things, I hear ya! Urban Decay's eye shadow runs a close 2nd to Mac's, and Amos Lee is Love. :)

    I have to tell you I've been following your blog for a while now and you are just so inspiring! I just tried our first Brown Bag Book Club last week and it was a HUGE hit. I actually got some snaps of it on our class blog:
    I loved your ideas for The Mitten, which are on there too. :)

    I just had to let you know how inspirational you are, and I'm so grateful you're so willing to share your awesome ideas. Thank you, thank you!!

  10. People make fun of me for my obsession with my bed...glad to see I'm not the only one!

    BTW, loved your NO David! inferring ideas - your blog is chalk full of ideas, thanks so much for sharing.

  11. So many of those things are new to me and now I'm curious enough to seek them out. I had to laugh at the perfume. I had a similar experience with Tommy Girl and a bottle of Bath and Body Works Pearberry lotion awhile back.

    ❤Jodi from...
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

  12. Love the cleaning supplies. They are the best!

    Fun In First

  13. I love Mac eye shadow too!! I still have some from years ago! It is the only eye shadow I will use! We are lucky to have an actual Mac store where I live! It is pretty amazing!

  14. ooh - I love these kinds of posts!! lol...I saw in your Mac pic your Mary Kay eye make up remover...I'm a mary kay consultant and that is the ONE thing that I will NEVER give up!! lol
    and I'm gonna have to check out that app!
    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  15. Not everything has to be about teaching right! Love these kinds of posts. I have an obsession with Mrs. Meyer's products too. I wouldn't clean half as much as I do if it wasn't for their amazing smells. Hope your week is have to a great start!

    Apples and Papers

  16. I am sure that you dominated on your ESL test! I took mine this fall and passed on the first try, but barely. A pass is a pass though!

    I also live in Fredericksburg where they manufacture tha candles! My students are always bringing me new scents of them!

    Hope you have a wonderful week with your firsties!

  17. LOVE Amos Lee!!! Ever since I heard the song "Colors" in that Reese Witherspoon/Mark Ruffalo movie. (Dang - why can't I think of the name?) Struck me to the core=)

  18. Girl- You have got to stop! Now I have something else to consume my time, as if I wasn't sleep deprived enough. Love the Red Stamp app. And make-up. I'm the queen of all things MAC but I just got the Naked Palette from Urban Decay and let me tell you, it's AMAZING! Hope you are had a good Monday. XOXO

    Fabulous in First

  19. We share a lot of favorites, except there's no Dulce fair...but my favorite's gotta be Amos Lee. Not enough people know about him And, Arms of a Woman- I agree. Goosebumps :)

  20. Oh mon dieu! I used to wear that same perfume in my college days and absolutely loved it! (I haven't thought about it in forever.. must find myself some)

    Anyway, J'ADORE your blog. I'm new to the blogging world and always looking for tips. I teach kindergarten and Grade 1. Check out my blog if you have a spare moment (who am I kidding, we're teachers, we have never have a spare moment) Nonetheless...

  21. One of my sweeties gave me a Circle E Birds of Paradise candle for Christmas! HAD NO IDEA! Love!!

    Peace, Love and First Grade

  22. Modern Family is one of my fav shows! Soo funny! I love Mac products, however, this girl is too broke for them right now :(

    BTW, I am new to the blogging world, and have gotten tons of inspiration from you. I'm pretty sure you were all over my room during the Christmas season :)

    Have a great week!

    Teachery Tidbits

  23. I share your stripe obsession :)

  24. I saw you had some Mary Kay there... if you ever need to order some more a support a fellow teacher :)