A Letter to my Students

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Today was the first day of school.

This is my 9th year of teaching but I don’t feel like a pro by any means. I am always learning, always growing, and forever changing something. For this reason, I still get super nervous on the day before the first day.

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The night before the first day of school I always have a hard time sleeping. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I am full of so many different emotions that I find it almost impossible to sleep. I feel excitement for the new memories I will make, nervousness for the possibility of problems, and even a little fear. Being a teacher is hard. We are expected to be so much for our students and perform so many different jobs. It can be both mentally and physically exhausting. There have been many times that I considered giving up but I persevered. I focused on the fact that I felt like I had been given a gift to teach. I focused on the fact that my smiling face and warm hugs may the only ones that they would receive all year. I focused on the fact that my words of encouragement could help them through the most impossible of situations. Now here I am, about to begin my 9th year of teaching and I am just as nervous as I was during year one. I know, however, that I am not alone in feeling these nerves. I know that there are 25+ Kindergarten babies getting ready to come to school and see me on their very first day, that are feeling those exact same nerves. So since I found it hard to sleep, I decided to write a letter to my new students.

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To My Kindergarten Babies,

Let me start by saying that I am honored to be your teacher. God put us in each other’s lives for a reason I am so excited to see His perfect plan unfold. I know that with His help and guidance, this is going to be a great year.

I can imagine that you are unbelievably scared and nervous. It must be hard to enter such a big school, leaving your Mom, Dad, and younger sibling behind to learn all about your letters and numbers. So many of you have never attended PreK so I can imagine that this is very overwhelming. I want you to know that is perfectly normal to feel scared and nervous. I feel those same emotions every time I step foot into this classroom. I try so hard to be the best teacher possible for you and that can be a very exhausting job. I am constantly making plans, finding resources, and changing around my classroom to make sure that you are getting the best from me. It is very scary to think that if I make a mistake, I am held directly responsible for potentially messing up your education. I would NEVER want anything like that to happen so I am always trying to be my best for you.

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When I say that I am going to be my best, I mean that I am going to be the best in all that I do. First and foremost, I am going to be the best teacher possible, but I will not stop at just teaching. I am going to be friend to you when someone says something that may not be so nice. I am going to be your nurse and bandage your knee when you fall down. I am going to be your coach and encourage you to do your best. I am going to be like a Mother and hug you when you are sad.

I promise to be all that you need me to be in the few hours that you are with me each day. Life is hard but I will try so hard to make it that much better for you. Please know that if I do have to fuss, I am coming from a place of love and compassion. I only want what is best from you and sometimes that means that we have to stop playing and listen. I hope you never feel like I don’t care because in truth, I love each of you as if you were my own children. I promise to do everything I possibly can to keep you safe and healthy while you are in my care. In our classroom we are a family.

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If you get upset, I ask that you please tell me. I want to know if I have hurt your feelings so that I can make necessary changes to be better for you. I am not perfect and will make mistakes so I hope that you will teach me and help me to be better during those times. Just as you will need me, I will also need you.

Even though we will only be together for a short time, our lives will forever be touched by one another and for that, I thank you. The chance to be your teacher is already making me into a better person. You are impacting my life more than you will ever know and I will remember each and every one of you for many years.

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I leave you with one final thought. Today, you are beginning your educational journey. You are about to spend the next thirteen years learning and discovering who you want to make of your life. I want to encourage you to dream big. I want you to become more than you ever could have imagined. Today is the first day of the rest of your life and you have a chance to make it into anything. Never give up, work hard, and always persevere. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that are not enough. You don’t need that negativity in your life. I want you to remember that I think you are enough. You are smart, loving, and kind and are going to grow up to be an amazing person. Don’t ever forget that! And if for some reason you do forget, come back and see me and I will try to help you remember.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life and I believe that you are going to become a truly phenomenal person.

And one more time so you don’t forget, you are enough.

Mrs. Fowler

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To all of my teacher friends, and all of the other teachers in the world, I wish you all an amazing school year. I hope that you and your students grow in more ways than you ever thought possible. With the right encouragement, we really can mold these little minds to change the world and that is truly amazing!

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End of the Year Blues and Blue Hues

Y’all! It has definitely been a hot minute since I have been able to sit down and actually write a blog post! As a teacher, this is my busiest time of the year. I am so grateful that the end of the year is finally here and I can enjoy an entire summer with my sweet Vivi, but it is definitely bitter sweet because I will miss my sweet Kinders who I have come to love like my own over these past  10 months!

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I felt that this dress was more than appropriate to star in my journey back to blogging. The rich, gorgeous navy blue is more than appropriate for all of my end of the year activities and the lace overlay adds a sense of fun and whimsy. I love that it can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For this look, I opted for the must have sandals of the season. While the designer version can cost around $170, these were a steal at $59.99! They come in three different colors and are seriously so comfortable! I recently took my daughter to the zoo and wore them all day with no problem. For a dressier look, this dress would look great with a strappy pair of heels or classic pumps and for a fun, relaxed look, it would also look great with a pair of cowboy boots!

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This super versatile dress is from the sweetest company, Pink Blush. While they originally got their start selling the cutest maternity clothes, they quickly branched out into clothing to fit everyone woman’s need, no matter what stage they happened to be in life. With sizes varying from Women’s to Women’s Plus and Maternity to Maternity Plus, there really is something for every woman on their site. They also have nursing friendly clothes and accessories and a large variety of jewelry, scarves and other accessories. With reasonable prices, fast shipping and frequent sales, I am sure you will quickly fall in love with this company.

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Now, lets get back to my fast approaching summer break. A definite perk of being a teacher is being able to have the summer off. I really enjoy this time now that I have a daughter because it is two sweet, uninterrupted months that I am able to give her my undivided attention. What really bothers me though is when people claim that a teacher has it so easy because they get summers off. Ask any teacher and I can almost guarantee you that they will be spending the summer to prepare for the next school year. Personally, as soon as I am able to get into the building, I will be at the school setting up my classroom for next year. I will be making copies, putting together new centers, laminating supplies and sorting games. Since it is the summer, I will be using my own money to purchase the supplies necessary to complete these tasks and much of them will be done in an hot classroom since the air conditioner will not yet be switched to on. These hours worked at the school will be on my time and unpaid. When I am not at the school I will be perusing Pinterest for new ideas, making manipulatives in between diaper changes and laundry and purchasing an never ending supply of paper of printer ink to print out all that is necessary to start out the school year. And this is just what I will be doing this summer!

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Let’s not forget that long hours that were put in during the school year! My school day started at 7am, Monday – Friday. We were allowed to leave at 3pm every afternoon. The key word there is allowed. There were many days that I stayed until 4, 5, even 6, especially at the beginning of the school year! There is always so much to get done and you rarely have time during the school day to do anything but teach. Your planning period is used for meetings, conferences and professional development so you have no choice  but to plan on your own time. Then, when you finally do go home, you lug a big bag of papers to grade, sort, enter and file. You are required to stay late for PTA Meetings, Chorus Concerts, Basketball Games and Carnivals and can often be found at school on Saturday morning just trying to get a handle on everything. You buy snacks, candy and treats for the kids in your class and when grocery shopping, throw in packs of glue sticks to replenish your low stock. (I swear that my students must eat these things with how often we run through our supply!)

I could also go into detail about how many teachers work second jobs in the summer. Many teachers work summer school, summer camps, tutor or even get jobs at their local mall or grocery store to help supplement the low teacher salary. This means that their break, from all the hard work put in during the school year, is no longer a break. But that really is a whole other conversation in itself, so I won’t elaborate any further.

And even though you break your back, spend your last penny and neglect your own family, you would not change a thing, because being a teacher is in your blood. It gives your life meaning and you would not change it for anything. It is worth every hardship, every tear, every late night. You love those students as if they were your own and are happy to be there for them in any way that is needed.

You are a teacher.

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So the next time you or someone you know goes to say that teaching is easy and that teachers have it made, just stop. The 7am-3pm, 190 days a year, is just the tip of the iceberg that goes into this life changing profession. Instead, tell them you are thankful for all that they do, or stand up for the work they put in during the school year. There is no tired like teacher tired. The break is nice and it is very much deserved, but it rarely used as a true break. A teacher will remain a teacher 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You can’t turn it off. It is who you are.

You are a teacher.

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Dress c/o | Wedges | Clutch (similar)| Earrings | Sunglasses (similar) | Lipstick

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Just Keep Rolling On

Y’all! Life has been so crazy lately! Is it just me or does everyone feel like life is moving at warp speed at the end of the school year?

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As a teacher, I am busy pretty much all day, Monday-Friday. This means that the little bit of time that I have after school is filled with trips to the grocery store and post office, catching up on laundry, making dinner and loving on my sweet daughter. Throw in blogging and selling Lipsense and you have one worn out Momma. Exhausted does not even begin to cover my life. This all really becomes a problem at the end of the school year because I am just done. I am emotionally and physically drained, confused by all the meetings I have scheduled and frantically rushing to complete end of the year paperwork. This is why Teacher Appreciation Week falls at the end of the school year! We need the boost and encouragement to make it those last few weeks!

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Some days  I really don’t know how I get everything done. And honestly, some days I don’t even get the things done that I really need to get done.

When I take a step back, though, and actually look at the big picture, I realize that is totally alright. How can it be alright, you ask, for a teacher to not get everything she needs done? The truth is that I am so much more than just a teacher. I am a Mom, a nurse, a mentor, a tailor,  a chef and a friend. I truly believe that my job is so much more than teaching my students their ABC’s and 123’s. I am teaching them to be good citizens and good friends. I am caring for them when they are ill, breaking up fights and sewing back on buttons. I am bandaging boo-boos, tying shoes and putting back together the Lego figures. If you have spent anytime in a classroom, you know that each student has completely different needs. Some days, a student may need a hug and snack way more than a lesson on animal habitats.

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So please forgive me if we don’t sing the alphabet song every day like it says on my lesson plans. We are tackling every day in the classroom as it happens. Sometimes that means that plans are thrown out the window and we have to just roll with whatever happens! If we need an extra Recess to get out the jitters or a quiet time after snack to rest our tired minds, I am going to make that happen. After all, I am molding little minds here, and that is delicate work! Even the best artist needs a break.

All of this is a major reason why I am so exhausted. It is honestly hard to take care of someone else’s babies when you are paying someone else to take care of yours. I miss Vivi a lot during the day and wish that I was able to stay home with her. I love my job and know that they work that I am able to do with my students is priceless and that really does help so much. It is hard to change plans at the drop of the hat because you have an announced fire drill. It is hard to put a baby on the bus not knowing if they are going to have a hot meal on the table that night. It is just hard.

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But as my title implies, I have learned to just keep rolling on. I have learned to tackle each day with a fresh outlook and new perspective, even if that means throwing the plans out the window. I have learned to set aside the needs of my daughter (who is very well taken care of while I am working) to focus on the needs of someone else’s sons and daughters. I have also learned to let the laundry wait so that I can finally spend time with my own child once work comes to an end. One day, I am not going to look back and wish that I had done more laundry or washed more toilets. I am going to look back on all them memories that I made and wish for more of those. Memories with my students, memories with friends, memories with my own daughter… learning to keep on rolling on is sometimes how the best memories are made.

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If you see a teacher this week, or know one, make sure a take the time to tell them thank you and just how much you appreciate what they are doing for our future leaders. They wear more hats than you realize, sacrifice more than you know and are probably more exhausted than you have ever been in your life. Just like me, they are rolling on through life, just trying to do the best they can in all they do. And here is something for you to think about… where would anyone in the world be without some teacher who made a difference. Teaching is the most influential job that you can have and I know that all of you can think back and remember those teachers who made the biggest difference.

Now excuse me while I go unwind with a pedicure and a Venti Starbucks! After all, it is Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Similar Styles: Blazer | Blouse | Skinnies | Heels | Handbag | Earrings | Sunglasses

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Totally Tie-Dye + Giveaway Alert!!

If you are a recent follower to my blog, I can tell you that I have a slight love affair with anything boho. If you have been following for a while, well that is not new information! Needless to say, when I saw a tie-dye tunic, my heart began to swoon!

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This tunic is from one of my newest faves, Pink Poodle Fashion. This online boutique has some of the cutest clothes and the best price points. I literally want like everything in the shop! This tunic is super lightweight so it is great for the Summer but I know that it will easily transition into the Fall!

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I paired the tunic with white, high-waisted shorts from Charlotte Russe. I have very long legs and I loved that these shorts were short without being too short. The Mom in me just can’t pull off the booty shorts! Not to mention I am always scared I am going to run into a student when I am out and about! For my shoes, I went with classic, black gladiators. This particular pair was a steal at Forever 21 for less than $20!

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I didn’t go too crazy with my accessories. My necklace is from Earthbound Trading Company. If you are a boho-lovin’ lady like me, I strongly encourage you to go check out their jewelry selection. Some of my favorite necklaces have been purchased from here and they are always having a sale. Even if their jewelry is not on sale, it is always reasonably priced and there is always a clearance selection. Most of the time, the clearance jewelry is on sale for BOGO! This particular necklace was on clearance and I only paid around $7. My handbag is a Target find and I really need to use it more! I always forget that I have it, which is a shame! It has such great detail and the tassels are totally on point.

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So I mentioned that I have a slight obsession with Pink Poodle Fashion. Well get ready because I am about to pass on that obsession to all of you! Head on over to my Instagram @beingmrsfowler to check out a fun giveaway that I am hosting with this adorable boutique! The winner will get to pick any item that they want from the shop for FREE! Want an extra entry? Simply comment below with you favorite item from their online shop! Good Luck! And Happy Shopping!

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Tunic | Shorts | Necklace | Handbag | Sandals

XOXO,

Mrs. Fowler

The Most Comfortable Wedges I Have Ever Worn

As a busy Mom and a school teacher, I am constantly on the look for shoes that are both comfortable and stylish. I do care about the way that I look so I don’t want to have to give up my my style for comfort.

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Luckily, I have found both in the cutest pair of wedges from Rocky 4Eur Sole. Here is a little excerpt straight from the Rocky 4Eur Sole website… “Rocky 4EurSole is designed for women who are dynamic, performance-driven and always on the go. Women like you, with daily commitments to family, clients, customers, patients and friends. For the special things you do, you need footwear that supports your feet with all day comfort, durability and slip resistance and supports your goals with great styling and versatility. Rocky 4EurSole gives you all of this, because Rocky 4EurSole is Fit for a Greater Purpose!”

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I chose the Splendor Women’s Double Strap Slide. It is the cutest wedge that is the perfect neutral to complete my summer wardrobe. To complete my look I paired them with a pair of flare jeans and a simple off-the-shoulder blouse. For my accessories, I used a fun handbag and some of my favorite Kendra Scott jewels.

Blouse | Jeans | Necklace | Ring | Handbag

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Here are some of the amazing benefits of my wedges:

  1. Arch Stabilizing Disk– Arch stabilizing disk adds even more arch support, cradling your foot in all day comfort
  2. Memory Foam– Memory foam layer evokes the instant “aahhh” factor and over time forms to the shape of your foot
  3. Eva Footbed– Contoured, dual-density cork/EVA footbed provides stable support
  4. Midsole– Lightweight, flexible, shock-absorbing midsole provides cushioned comfort with every step
  5. 4-Way Stop Outsole– Recycled rubber 4-Way Stop outsole is slip resistant in dry, wet, oily and soapy environments providing durable stability

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Now, speaking from my personal experience, I wore these wedges all day for a family outing in Downtown Savannah. Savannah is known for cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks and a lot of touristy activities that require a lot of walking. I was able to wear them all day in complete comfort. My feet were not aching and I had a lot of traction on the cobblestone streets. These shoes will definitely be becoming a staple in my wardrobe. I cannot wait to try them out in my classroom this coming school year! It will be so nice to be able to wear heel comfortable to work!

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 If you are a busy Mom, work in a job where you are on your feet or are simply looking for some comfortable shoes, I urge you to check out Rocky 4EurSole! They really do have something for everyone and your feet will thank you!

XOXO,

Mrs. Fowler

Photography Credit: Magnolia Blossom Photography

May Favorites: An Instagram Recap

Another month has come and gone so that means that it is time for an Instagram recap! These are just a few of the outfits that I wore last month but they are definitely some of my favorites! A lot of these pieces are older but I will try to find something similar and link it for you! Enjoy!

Pretty in a Peplum

Peplum | Skinnies | White Denim Jacket | Handbag | Necklace | Sandals

Bowling Alley Bliss in a Canadian Tuxedo

Chambray | Skinnies | Sandals | Necklace

Everyday I’m Tasselin’

Tunic | Skinnies | Blazer | Sandals | Necklace

Ladylike in Lace

Blouse | Pants | Blazer | Necklace | Handbag | Flats

 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram so that you don’t miss an outfit!

XOXO,

Mrs. Fowler

What the Teacher Wore: An Instagram Recap

So I am long overdue with an Instagram recap of my all of my outfit posts so I wanted to take some time and posts some of my favorite outfits that I have worn lately!

Blue Hues

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I loved all of the blue in this outfit! It was such an easy look to pull off and the blue brought out the blue in my eyes! The top and necklace are both from TJ Maxx and were under $40 together! My pants are from NY and Company. My shoes are actually monogrammed and are from Marley Lilly! They are super cute and come in a variety of colors! My watch is Michael Kors and my bracelet is from one of my fave Etsy shops, Sage K and Co!

Hashtag Momlife

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Now that I am a Mommy, I am all about some comfortable clothes, and this look definitely did not disappoint! My sweatshirt is just from Wal-Mart and I bought the next size up so that it would be oversized. This made it perfect to wear with my fave Target leggings! Seriously, Target makes the best leggings! The decal on the sweatshirt is an iron-on that I purchased from the Etsy shop Glitter and Juls. My over-the-knee boot socks are from Target and my boots are from Belk. My necklace is actually a teething necklace and it is by Mama and Little. My favorite thing about this outfit is my Marauder’s Map Tervis Tumbler! I am a total PotterHead!!

Totally Tassels

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This fabulous tunic is from a local boutique called Honeysuckle and Vine. If you live in the Savannah, GA area, I urge you to go check them out! They are located inside the antique store Two Women and a Warehouse and have some of the cutest clothes and the best deals! I only paid $15 for this tunic! My leggings are, of course, Target and my booties are Carlos by Carlos Santana from Famous Footwear. They have been my go-to shoes lately!

Pattern Mixing Pro

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I am all about some pattern mixing so this outfit was perfect for me! My tunic is from Nordstrom and I got it on sale for $8! My long cardi and scarf are both from Wal- Mart! Say what?! My leggings are Target (le duh!) and you just saw my booties above… told you they were my go-to! My necklace is from a local boutique called Genealogy and they have the best jewelry! Everything is so unique! Lucky for you, you can also shop them online!

I Do DIY!

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The last look features a necklace made by me!! And the great news is that you can order one for yourself!! Just go check out my Etsy shop, MegEMays! I have it for sale in other colors or you could even request something custom! The rest of my look features lots of blue hues. My pants are from NY and Company, my button-up is Old Navy and my blazer is thrifted from my local Goodwill. My lace-up flats are also from Old Navy!

This is just a few of my latest looks, but remember you can see them daily if you follow along with me on Instagram! Just check me out as BeingMrsFowler!

Enjoy Your Weekend My Friends!

XOXO,

Mrs. Fowler