Minnie Mouse …

One of the best things about working in a elementary school is getting to partake in all of the fun things kids get to do at school. This Thursday was dress as your favorite book character & let me tell you … I LOVE COSTUMES, totally my jam. My poor family will have to partake in family Halloween costumes for life.

Halloween 2017 … Cowboys

Halloween 2016 … Wreck it Ralph, Fix-it Felix, & Vanellope Von Schweetz

Haloween 2015 … Lego Movie as Emmett, Wyldstyle, & the Piece of Resistance

Usually I am way ahead of the gang, my outfit picked out & planned weeks ahead, but with my new job I just hadn’t had time. So after picking up Rowan from preschool, racing home to get Tyler, we were off to find a costume.

I had in mind being the mouse from If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, I already had overalls so all I would need to do is make ears & a cookie, but really I didn’t have time to be crafting. Thankfully I stumbled across Mickey Mouse ears at Target and the rest was history. I just added a bow from the girls section & poof … Minnie Mouse

I managed to pull together the cutest Minnie Mouse costume from clothes I already owned. Who knew black socks, leggings, turtleneck, & dress were all I would need.

Do you like costumes?

My Latest Thrift Store Finds ….

Who would of thought that picking up a 4.5 hour job (1.5 hours 3 days a week) would impact my life so much. I feel like I have no time for me anymore, & obviously my blog has been hurting too!

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my new job. I get to work with the cutest little 2nd graders, helping them in math & reading. It is beyond rewarding, but I am really looking forward to getting my “me” time back in April.

So finally I was able to get a little thrift store shopping in, or in other words “me” time & the thrift store did NOT disappoint.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Shirt: Xhiliration, from Target for $8, Skirt: Merona, from Goodwill for $3.75, Jacket: Pendleton, from Ragstock for $40, Shoes: Korks, from DSW $45

The key with thrift stores are knowing their deals & using coupons. At Goodwill right now all of their winter stuff, including sweaters are 50%. Along with the 50% off they always allow me to use my 25% off coupon on top of that. (Maybe because I am a regular) The outfit below is COMPLETELY thrifted & came in all under $18.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Sweater: The Limited, from Goodwill for $2, Shall: Talbots, from Goodwill for $2.25, Jeans: J.Crew, from Goodwill for $8, Boots: Enzo Angiolini, from Goodwill for $2.25

I am realizing that a I am attracted to fall colors right now, dark purples & oranges. Also I am just loving the 70’s vibe I have been rocking lately. (Mostly my hair)

What have been your latest thrift store finds?

Date Night Every Night with HQ 

I am huge believer in always dating your partner. It can get hard with kids & life, but for me it is a must for maintaining a healthy relationship with my husband.

Thankfully there is a new trivia app that brings us together every night. At 8pm we stop what we are doing around the house (The little one is usually already in bed) & come together for some good old fashion fun.

We are not the only ones doing this, millions of people around the world log in to compete for the cash prize. A host (last week Jimmy Kimmel hosted) reads you 12 questions. You have 10 seconds to chose from the 3 mutliple choices. When you get a question wrong you’re out. 

Can you get through all 12 questions

Now we still haven’t won any money, but we sure are having fun together. 

So start playing HQ, you don’t want to miss out. Use my code ‘seashellmccall‘ to sign up https://get.hqtrivia.com

Instant Pot 

Life is crazy, it never stops, things constantly keep popping up. You would think with 2 weeks off from work (Amen, for school jobs) I would of got more done around the house over winter break. I wanted to go through all of our closets, organize the basement, deep clean … “start” 2018 off right. 

Well needless to say 2018 still started even if I wasn’t ready. Thankfully though this Christmas I got every Moms new best friend, the holy grail of kitchen gadgets, the Instant Pot.  

Dinner is done in a fraction of the time, in 1 pot. No more scrambling around to pull together a meal. (Okay, I will always be scrambling, but at least it is way less often) 

Not to mention you can cook frozen meat. That’s right. For the mom who always forgets to pull something out of the freezer before work, the Instant Pot is your sercet weapon to doing it all. 

There are a ton of recipes out there. Check out pinterest for inspiration or 1 of the 100’s of Facebook groups for Instant Pots. 

My latest meal was Tuscan Chicken, check out the recipe here

Hangovers & Toddlers … How to Survive 

With Holiday season here that means tons of parties & more drinking. Wether your drinking to make it through Christmas dinner or just celebrating being reunited with family, one thing is the same … we are not 21 anymore & hangovers suck. Exspecially with a little human dependent on you, a.k.a. your toddler.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Sweater: A.New.Day, from Target Clearance for $16, Shirt: Express, from 10 years ago, Jeans: Frame, from Opitz for $60, Shoes: Mossimo, from Target for $40, Necklace: Thrift Store for $5

Here are my go to’s for suriving the dreeded hangover with tots …

  1. Water – tons of it & that electrolyte water like Smart or Fuji, but honestly the best stuff is your kids Pedialyte … chug that stuff!!! 
  2. New Toys – I am not saying you need to go out & buy a new toy (that works though) but if you rotate toys (which is awesome BTW) take out a toy they haven’t had in a while that they love. Obviously not any of those loud-crazy-noise-making toys that everyone hates.
  3. T.V. – let them watch what they want, this also goes for personal electronic 
  4. Ibproufen – self explantory 
  5. Dilevery – because we all know I am not cooking, also make sure you have tons of snacks for those hungry little monsters 
  6. Bribery – literally this is all motherhood is. “You can have candy as long as you …” No shame here.

So go out, make the best of this holiday season, because you deserve it. Cheers! 🥂🍻🥂🍻🥂

Winter Bachelorette Party

Last weekend I got the oppurtunity to help plan a Winter Bachelorette Party for my dear friend Tanya.

Tanya & I met at work. She was the new 1st grade teacher & I was lucky enough to work with a student in her class. We became quick friends. Sharing many laughs through out the day & the occassional drink at happy hour.

 Tanya & I spent a ton of time at school together, but not a ton outside of school. (We live in different areas & lets be honest, it can be hard making time for friends with kids.) We made it work though, we became such good friends that she asked me to be apart of her wedding as her personal assistant. 

I was honored to say the least & so excitied that she had met her Prince Charming. (+ maybe she would start pushing out babies too, I could hope at least.)

One of my jobs as being personal assistant was helping plan the bachelorette party. This part made me a bit nervous. For one, we didn’t hang out much outside of school. Would she like what I planned? Thankfully it wasn’t just me planning.

I took on a couple of rolls, helping find the hotel, booking the restaurant, keeping track of who is & isn’t coming, & lastely the appiterziers. 

This I knew I would rock & on a budget too. Since the party was themed Winter Wonderland in downtown St. Paul, I wanted to do a charcuterie board. (My new go to for everything.) 

So I headed to my favorite grocery store ever … Aldi. I spent $210 on food, I know that may sound like a lot, but we had 24 girls coming & I did go a bit overboard, we had plenty of leftovers. (Okay alot, but I loved how it turned out)

The night was great, the drinks were flowing, & I was pretending I was 21 again. (I am definetlty NOT 21 … toddlers & hangovers don’t mix) But I couldn’t have asked for a better night. I met some great people, got to get all dolled up, & most of all the bride LOVED IT. 


Overalls … you hear the word & you may think of a farmer, train conductor, or if you live in Minnesota you may think of every man sporting their Carhartt bibs all winter long, but to me they are my new go to. Overalls are simply the best, easy & comfortable. 

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Shirt: (actually a dress) Bar III, from Opitz for $25, Overalls: Forever 21 for $35, Socks: Free People, from Hope Chest for $6, Shoes: Mossimo, from Target for $35

Not only are they comfortable, but they are so flattering. When your not feeling your best they hide the buldge or a big meal. I wore a pair to Friendsgiving & was able to eat the night away without worrying about a food baby.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Overalls: BDG, from Urban Outfitters for $30, Shirt: LOFT on clearance for $5

So go get yourself some overalls. I love pairing them with turtlenecks & stripes, but really you can pair them with anything. 

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Shirt: Mossimo, from Target for $10, Overalls: Forever 21 for $35, Boots: Mossimo, from Target for $35