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

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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

Busy week, busy life

This past week has been nonstop busy. Such is the life of a teacher though. We had Parent-Teacher conferences on Wed and Thurs. I started ahead of the game with a conference on Monday, which worked out in my favor not having to stay until 7pm last night.

This 3 day weekend, I’m spending my time with my most favorite person in the world…my Mr.! He got me a ticket to fly to NY (he’s there for work), so that we didn’t have to be apart on one of our(my) favorite days of the year. I promise I won’t get all lovey dovey on you, but I’m so excited I won’t be spending the Hallmark holiday of love all alone haha.
Anyway, being so busy with conferences and packing for my trip I forgot to take a pic of my post-it for Post-it Tuesday! But, I chose to write the following on a post-it: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”-Helen Keller

This quote couldn’t be more true to what’s been happening in my life lately. My best friend, whom I call my bestest, is embarking on a new journey in her life by starting up & building a business. And I have blindly, but graciously, offered to help her haha. I gave her my disclaimer that while I’m offering to help her, I truly know nothing about the “business/corporate” world, but I’m a natural leader and lifelong learner (teachers-it’s who we are). 😉  She reassured me as much as she probably could, and told me I didn’t need to know much, and that just knowing her and her mission is what will be most beneficial for her business. So, here I go…on another daring adventure!

Guess I’ll leave you with my latest ootd’s that I couldn’t post during the week & another favorite photo for Photo Friday! Have a lovely weekend.

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Plaid shirt: Old Navy | Navy striped skirt: Banana Republic | Nude pump wedges: Payless Shoe Store | Statement necklace: Brina Box

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Black & white dress: Old Navy | Cobalt cardigan: Banana Republic | Black booties: Target | Gold BF watch: Fossil | Pearl necklace: Premier Design

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Gorgeous florals from tree time I went to Montreal with the bestest!

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A tower of macarons! How can you not drool at that?! Last year’s bday celebration for my bestest.

Blessings + Love

Blessings + Love

I’m just a beginner

We all start somewhere, at the bottom, as a beginner.

That’s exactly how I’m going to feel tomorrow at my very first yoga class.  I’ve been wanting to take a yoga class for a long time now, and have even tried it out with one of those home workout videos (complete fail by the way).  I gathered up enough courage to throw myself out there and sign up for a class. I won’t be going alone though…I don’t have that much courage, haha!

Our school’s music teacher sent out an email to the entire staff inquiring if anyone knew of a good place to take a yoga class. It took me a while, but I responded by saying “No, but I’m willing to give it a try with you!” She was more than happy to know there was someone else out there that has never tried yoga and was ready to embark on a new adventure with her. We’re both just trying to release some stress, do something good for ourselves, and get healthy. So, we found a great deal on Groupon (gotta love Groupon), and we are now signed up and pumped for our first class. I’ll let you know how it goes & if we’ll be sticking it out or not.

So, do you practice yoga and if so, how do you like it?

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Sorry no #ootd today. I wore my staff jersey & jeans to work since we had our staff pictures today.

Blessings x Love

As the saying goes…

“Everything happens for a reason” OR “There’s a reason for everything”

I strongly believe in these sayings. There are times when I can’t seem to find the meaning or the reason why things/events happen in my life, but I also believe that I don’t always have to.  This winter storm hitting the north east is an event that is helping to keep my husband home for a few more days.  Prior to his arrival home from NY, he was told by his boss that he wouldn’t be able to get the week off even after it was approved.  So, there is my silver lining in the wake of this crazy storm (sorry to all those who are out there on that side of our country).

On another note, my journey for becoming a blogger & possibly a “style blogger” is starting to become more of a reality.  This past Christmas my husband bought me my first DSLR camera, perfect for beginner photographers; my Instagram account that I started last year of my daily #ootd is slowly but surely gaining more followers; and I finally took the 1st step to start my own blog.  See…everything happens for a reason!

Stay tuned for my first “Post It Tuesday” tomorrow!

Blessings x Love

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Today’s #ootd LBD: Old Navy | Plaid button up: Target | Buffalo plaid vest: J. Crew | Kendra Scott inspired necklace | Handbag: Kate Spade | Boots: Sears

A New Journey

So, here it is. My very first blog entry. I’m stepping into an unknown world that is already filled with millions of people all wanting to achieve the same thing. We all just want to be heard, to be seen, to be noticed in this great big world of ours.

Welcome to this petite life of mine. I’m not sure what will become of this blog, or where it’ll take me. However, I do know that there are aspects of this life of mine that I am willing to share with the blogging world. I know there will be many highs, many lows, many supporters, and many naysayers that I am going to encounter on this journey. But isn’t that what makes the world of blogging such an addictive place to be?

This is a huge world and I’m just one petite woman living in it.

Blessings x Love

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