Back-to-School Teacher Essentials

I can’t believe I’m writing this post. In many ways, the summer has gone by in the most perfect way. It has been a summer in which I’ve savored every, single moment. But, there is still that aspect where I think, ‘Where the heck did the summer go? How is it already time to head back to school?’

Any teacher can tell you how easy it is to go down the rabbit-hole of classroom decorations. It has taken me a decade, but now I can proudly proclaim that all of the bins in my classroom match. In addition to classroom decor, I find it hard to start a new school year without these essentials…

  1. A great plan book: For several years, I ordered form Purple Trail on Etsy. They make an awesome book! This year, I decided to jump on the Erin Condren bandwagon and ordered myself this pretty planbook. I found myself down the rabbit-hole of ‘add-ons’, and ordered a ton of stickers and fun pens.
  2. A new lanyard: They make us wear a horrific picture of ourselves around our neck each day. In my school, we literally can’t go anywhere without or even operate the copying machine. I love when my students say, “Who is that on your name tag?” I want to respond, “That was me. 8 years ago. On a day when they caught me with messy hair and no make-up. Had I known this picture would stay with me for the better half of a decade, I would have pulled myself together a bit more.” Here is the lanyard I ordered this year. I couldn’t resist getting it in navy blue and lime green to match my classroom.
  3. Something super cheesy: I really can’t resist. Every year I end up ordering some sort of cheesy t-shirt or display of teacher pride. This year, I ordered this gorgeous monogrammed cardigan. I am so excited for it to arrive in my custom color and monogram.
  4. All the clipboards: When we first started dating, Ben gave me a clipboard that said, ‘Miss Barbosa’ on it. I love it and have used it everyday for the past two years! He got me some new ‘Mrs. Young’ clipboards for this year.

Sailing in Santorini

I promise to share all the details about our wedding day. I can’t believe it’s been three weeks already. Time flies! I want to wait until we get our professional photos and video back before sharing all the good stuff. In the meantime, we’re back from eleven days away from our incredible honeymoon. Ben and I decided to simply pick two cities (within reason) that we wanted to travel to. Initially, we both really wanted to travel to Southeast Asia, but decided to pick a few cities a bit closer to home. It wasn’t hard to settle on Venice and Santorini.

What is there to say about Santorini? Where do I even begin? Webster’s dictionary definition of ‘picturesque’ should simply say: ‘See Santorini.’ White-washed buildings, black sand beaches, crisp white wine, epic sunsets, and some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. We were shocked with the weather- super hot during the day and cool at night. We stayed at White Pearl Villas and loved how private it was yet close to the hustle and bustle of Oia. Our villa came with a private plunge pool and large deck on a caldera. We felt like we never wanted to leave!

About six months ago, we decided to splurge and booked a private catamaran cruise around Santorini. We were so lucky to work with Michelle Jackson as she helped us coordinate our honeymoon and our cruise with Oia Sunset. We decided on the Lagoon 400 tour, and it was five-hours of pure bliss.

A private driver brought us to Ammoudi Bay, and it was super crowded when we got there in the morning. There was a huge line of several dozen people waiting to board their boats. Ben and I were happily surprised to cut to the front of the line since we had booked a private cruise. (SCORE!) The people at Sunset Oia were so friendly and helpful.

We spent the day with a captain and one-crew member. The boat was beautiful. It had a private bathroom and ample areas to rest both inside, outside, and in the sunshine. We made about five different stops to see the sights and swim in the deep blue waters. Our own playlist blaring, I sipped my wine and couldn’t stop smiling. It was a day we will always remember.

On a related note, I’m sharing a few of my favorite high-waisted two-pieces and other swimsuits. Summer may be nearing an end, but I think it is always appropriate to make swimwear purchases. (The one I’m wearing above is from JCrew and currently sold-out.)