Post-It Tuesday

I apologize for not having a photo for today’s Post-It Tuesday, but I left the following quotes of inspiration on the desk of a fellow teacher and one on a random car in the parking lot:

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” –Marriane Williamson

“You may not be able to change the world, but you can change someone’s world!” –my thoughts

Think about how one small post-it note can completely change the mood of someone else’s day and join me next week for Post-It Tuesday!  I’d love to hear what you wrote and where you randomly/anonymously left it 🙂

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My first IG Loop Giveaway!

I’m so excited to announce the involvement of my first Instagram loop giveaway for….are you ready for this….

A $300 gift card to….

TARGET!!!!

How exciting right?! Because let’s face it…who DOESN’T love Target 🙂 My Mr. actually asked me if I was able to participate in the giveaway since he knows how much I loooove that place haha.  I was just there this afternoon, and of course walked out with more than what was on my list {story of my life when I go there}.

If you’re not already following me on Instagram, my username is @thispetitelife Go check out the loop giveaway.  I promise you’ll find some other lovely bloggers as well as fantastic boutiques that are also participating.  You won’t be sorry you double tapped the photo 😉

Stop waiting and….GOOOOO! Good Luck!

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Photo Friday – Recap of NY

I’m finally back home to the sunny skies and warm weather of Arizona!

My New York trip/mini vacation was fun and adventurous. My younger sisters enjoyed themselves, but they were definitely worn out by day 2 of walking around NYC haha. Since it was my second time around, I knew what to expect and I wasn’t  suffering as much as they were. Poor things. But, they survived and in the end were glad they got to see and experience “The Big Apple.”

I won’t flood you with the hundreds of photos I took while we went from Albany, to New Jersey, to NYC. Instead, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorites. These were all taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5, because I forgot the battery charger to my Nikon 😦

Anyway, hope you enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

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Sitting on the dock of a frozen lake in Cliffton Park.

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The Jersey shore

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Lady Liberty

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9/11 Memorial

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Times Square where love is on 😉

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We ended the trip in Saratoga drinking ginger beer at the cutest cafe!

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Blessings + Love

Playing catch-up

You know the saying, “time flies by…when you’re having fun?” Well, time also flies by when you’re a busy woman with a full-time job as a teacher trying to finish up the end of a quarter! So, I apologize for pretty much falling off the face of the blogging planet, if anyone actually cares/noticed.

Yesterday was my first official day of spring break! Many things/events have gone on since my last post, so today I’m trying to play catch-up. The most exciting event that currently took place in my life was attending my first blogger panel discussion. The panel discussion was open to new bloggers and/or bloggers seeking advice on how to grow their following. I was super nervous and excited all at the same time. I’m so glad I went because I met some really supportive and lovely ladies, as well as learn how some of the most well known bloggers in Arizona juggle the blogging life! I learned some really helpful tips and hope that I can soon start to implement them into my experience with blogging.

Anyway, I’m off to go and pack for a week in NY again! I know, I know…why would anyone in their right mind leave a state with temperatures in the mid 80’s to go to a state of temperatures in the mid 40-50’s?! One reason: My Mr.  He’s still out there for work, and instead of spending my spring break alone enjoying the sunny, warm, AZ weather I’m choosing to spend some much needed QT with my Mr.! That’s the secret to our marriage 🙂

I’m hoping I can snap some really great photos with my new Nikon and share them with you all! For now, I’m posting my ootd’s from my Instagram.  Follow me on Instagram to find out where my outifits are from! https://instagram.com/thispetitelife/  OR search my Instagram @thispetitelife

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Manic Monday

It was just another manic Monday! I’m not sure what was “in the water” today, but I’m sure it had something to do with the rain drizzle we had. The bright side was that I made it to my yoga class tonight and it relieved all that stress and tension from the day.

I don’t want to get into how my day was “bad,” because there are people out there who will always have it worse than I do. So, instead I’ll leave you with my ootd’s that I hadn’t posted in the past few days. Sorry for the overload here!

What is it that helps you get through those “tough” days?

IMG_20150218_190722Hot pink blazer: Thrifted | Zebra print dress: CottonOn | Black booties: Target | Black statement necklace: Wet Seal | Gold boyfriend watch: Fossil


IMG_20150219_171956Baby blue top: Marshalls | Army vest: JC Penny | Pink jeggins: Walmart | Cognac booties: Bealles Outlet | Necklace: SimpleAddiction.com | Gold boyfriend watch: Fossil


IMG_20150220_160113Cobalt top: White Plum | J.Crew inspired herringbone vest: Brina Box | Tassel necklace: Brina Box | Jeans: Old Navy | Black booties: Rack Room Shoes | Gold boyfriend watch: Fossil


IMG_20150221_120330Lace tank top & Mossimo Black espadrilles : Target | Jeans: old | Gray cardigan: Groupon | Infinity diamond necklace: Shane Co.


IMG_20150223_162635White blazer: Q | Maroon top: Target | Mustard pants: DownEast Basics | Leopard print tassel necklace: Purple Peridot | Cognac boots: Cathy Jean Shoes | Gold boyfriend watch: Fossil


Blessings + Love

Photo Friday

As I reflect on this past week and think about the beginning of a new Lenten season, I am drawn to remember serene places and moments of peace in my life.

The Pope wrote that this Lent season, we should think about “giving up” being indifferent to one another and not just the “norms” like soda, candy, fast food, etc.  He explains that Lent is a time to pray, fast, and draw near to God. When I think of these things, my mind drifts away to places I have been when I felt and knew God was there watching over me and making His presence known. Here are a few of those places that I was able to capture in a photo.

Is there anywhere in particular you go to find peace? Hope you enjoy and have a restful weekend!

FxCam_1312134940409 The gates right outside of a bed & breakfast my Mr. and I went to several years ago in Sedona, AZ.

FxCam_1312135457686A view from the garden area

IMG_4817Doesn’t this make you want to sit and read by this garden fountain all day?

FxCam_1312159292167Finally, a photo I took of my brother-in-law taking in the awe & beauty of the Grand Canyon. Simply peaceful.

Blessings + Love

Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona

What a fun-filled weekend for the state of Arizona, but most of all for the city of Phoenix!  We were lucky enough to host the Championship of America’s favorite game for the second time since the opening of our gorgeous stadium {Go Cards!}  The entire “valley of the sun” was the place to be this weekend, and I was able to experience just a small taste of it.

I went late Saturday night with two of my sisters & our cousin to explore how they transformed the city of downtown Phoenix into the Super Bowl mecca.  Congratulations to the New England Patriots on taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy yet again! I don’t want to even get started on the AMAZING half-time show that Katy Perry put on or we’d be here all night haha!  She ROCKED and so did Lenny Kravitz & Missy Elliot (I’ve been a huge fan of her ever since she came out).  Anyway, enjoy a few of my pics from downtown Phoenix taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5.

20150201_011837Skyscraper buildings transformed into billboards

20150201_011032Yes, it really WAS!!!

20150201_011543Being a “tourist” in my own backyard 😉

20150201_012753Because you can’t walk by the official Super Bowl football and NOT take a pic.

20150201_014048My favorite pic of the night!

Thank you NFL for choosing The University of Phoenix Stadium to host the XLIX Super Bowl!!!

Blessings x Love