Friday, August 28, 2015

Meet Maryellen Larkin + American Girl Giveaway

Be transported back to the 1950s with American Girl's newest BeForever character - Maryellen Larkin - an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd. Depicting an era that gave rise to tremendous growth and change in America, Maryellen's products and stories have an intergenerational appeal that is sure to be a hit with girls, moms, and grandmas.

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Join fans as they meet her for the first time at American Girl Washington D.C. on Thursday, August 27. Girls visiting the store during Maryellen’s debut, August 27-30, will receive a free gift and have the opportunity to participate in several activities including:

- Free ‘50s-Themed Craft Activity: Fun fashion craft from Maryellen’s era Maryellen
- Photo Opportunity: Capture a memory of your visit by getting a photo taken at the store with a 1950s diner backdrop.

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Take part in these exciting activities at the American Girl store at Tysons Corner Center this weekend.

- Thursday, August 27, 2015: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Friday, August 28, 2015: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday, August 29, 2015: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Sunday, August 30, 2015: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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In addition to the exciting activities in stores, at americangirl.com/scrapbook, girls can explore the era with Maryellen's Nifty '50s Scrapbook. For parents and teachers, a free downloadable Maryellen Learning Guide, available at americangirl.com, explores themes and issues from the 1950s.


As an amazing treat, my friends at American Girl offer a Maryellen Larkin doll as a giveaway to one lucky Maryland Pink and Green follower. Use the widget to enter to win!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Annapolis Visit

Recently the girls and I visited Annapolis, Maryland. Our day trip offered a delightful glimpse at 4 centuries worth of rich history. We explored the city by foot, logging over 15,000 steps in the day. I love the beautiful houses in the residential area of downtown Annapolis.

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Marlowe Dress  //  Shoes

I hope to find a pineapple decoration like this one for my house. 

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After a guided visit to the State House and the Naval Academy, we visited the Paca House and Gardens. If you visit Annapolis, I highly recommend a visit to all of these places. We're taking a break from the sun in the beautiful gardens at the Paca House.

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My friend Wendy recommended the Iron Rooster and I am so glad that she did! Instead of bread or rolls, we began our meal with BACON. So delicious. The chicken and biscuits tasted like heaven and the salads are huge.

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As a special treat, we ended our delicious meal with a home made pop tart. It was pure heaven.

annapolis maryland iron rooster homemade pop tart

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to School x 3

We're starting to get into a routine at Casa Pink and Green after a whirlwind week of preparation for back to school and two fabulous first days. Meetings, training, and planning filled last week to the brim, although I carved out some time to put the finishing touches on my classroom. I used a Lilly Pulitzer Garnet Hill fabric shower curtain to cover my desk and added a tassel garland that Alexia made. I love the final result.

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For the first day of school, I chose a knit Janice dress, a perfect choice that didn't wrinkle and looked great all day.

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Natalia and Alexia started high school this year! It's so nice that they attend the same school where I teach, so that I see them during the day. They're keeping busy with clubs and as a part of the poms team. I'm looking forward to the first football game in a few weeks. Both girls decided to wear Lilly for their first day of school.

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In addition to teaching full time, I'm also taking a class this fall, so things will be quite busy. So far, my week paints a preview of what looks to be a fantastic semester. Right now, I'm teaching Spanish 2, Spanish 3, Advanced Studies, and AP Literature. Whew! Here's the Lilly Pulitzer Marlowe dress that I wore on day 2.

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I love to use technology with my students, to learn Spanish in a different way. Yesterday, students used QR codes to read paragraphs that their classmates had written about a person or character. The activity helped them to practice writing and reading while moving around the room (and the hallway!) using their phones.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

How to Shop the After Party Sale

Good morning! While you're waiting for the official sale to start at Lilly Pulitzer, prepare with some tips and get some shopping done before everyone else.

Shop now at Amazon and beat the rush! Amazon offers an amazing selection of Lilly at about 50% off retail. I spotted a Scuba to Cuba Skipper Popover for $62 and fast, free shipping. Shop right now for dozens of items that might be on your list.

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The Annabelle Shift Dress is another fantastic pick at 50% off the original price.


The Cathy Shift in Skye Blue Heaven was at the top of my list. See all of the Lilly Pulitzer sale items on Amazon here.


Mark your calendar and set your alarm to be ready to shop Lilly Pulitzer’s sale this morning. In order to help you complete your Lilly shopping wish list, I have some tips to help you shop the sale. Even if you're familiar with the sale or have read my tips for previous sales, I have a quick update for you.    

Here’s the scoop. Your first step to get ready for the After Party Sale is to create an account or make sure that your account is up to date.  By creating your account in advance, you’ll be ready to check-out easily and quickly. Speed is the key during this 2-day sale. The one who clicks fastest buys the dress!

Things are not held in your shopping cart during the sale. I’ve had things jump out of my cart while I was shopping. It’s true!

Decide which items are at the top of your list and shop for those first. Complete the check-out process quickly. Don’t worry about having multiple orders; it’s better to check-out early and often to ensure that you get what you want since Lilly Pulitzer has free shipping during the sale.This year, you'll be put back in "virtual line" after each order. I recommend that you use multiple devices to shop.

After clothing, I usually find my favorite things in the accessories category. In previous years, I’ve been able to pick up great birthday gifts and little treats as well as some specialty items like tablecloths. Many previous gift with purchase items are also available; a great perk of the sale, especially since we all can’t usually spring $1,000 for the GWP when it is offered. I expect that there will be a good amount of sorority items like scarves and dry erase boards. There might even be a gift with purchase this year.

The After Party Sale offers an opportunity to pick up some Lilly Pulitzer at a great price. Although the majority of the items are probably best suited for warm weather, there are many ways to wear your Lilly in the fall. I add cardigans, tights, and boots to my favorite dresses so that I can wear them even on a cold day. Now that both of my girls are officially wearing women’s sizes, I plan to buy lots of shorts and skirts for them.

Although some items will sell out quickly, don’t worry if you are at work or school on Monday morning. The sale lasts for two days and it seems like new things appear for sale periodically throughout the event. Believe me, you’ll be able to find some great goodies and the prices are truly unbelievable. This year, Lilly Pulitzer stores will offer the online sale prices for merchandise that they have in stock at the store. If you have a corporate store close to you, it might be worth a trip to see what they have. I've also had fantastic luck at Signature Stores. 

Remember to check out the selection at 6pm.com and Zappos, too.

What do you want to buy in the After Party sale this year?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer Finds On Sale NOW!

If you're like me, you're probably gearing up for the Lilly Pulitzer sale next week. As I browsed some of my favorite websites, I noticed a few great deals that just appeared. Click quickly, as I predict that these items are in somewhat limited supply...

A Skipper Popover is an excellent staple for your wardrobe. Get this one for 60% off retail price.

lilly pulitzer skipper popover on sale

During the fall and winter, I practically live in Lilly Pulitzer Travel Pants. With an Elsa top or longer sweater or cardigan, they're work appropriate and keep me comfortable and warm. Available in two colors, these are 59% off the original price.

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The Delia shift makes a perfect choice for fall because of the gorgeous navy print. Get the Lilly Pulitzer Delia Shift for 50% off and boost your wardrobe.

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During the summer, my daughters wear Lilly Pulitzer Callahan Shorts almost every day! These Resort White Sea Soiree Callahan Shorts are a steal at only $35 with free shipping.

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All of these items are on sale with free shipping! Happy shopping.

Stay tuned for my tips for success at next week's sale.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tory Burch Private Sale Picks

Tory Burch has a Private Sale online right now. In some cases, prices drop up to 70% off the original retail. I like to stock up on basics like flats and cardigans. Some of the accessories and jewelry make excellent holiday gift ideas.

Here are some of my favorite items:

The Simone Cardigan is a wardrobe staple to wear all year long. The Habanero Pepper color makes a perfect choice for fall.

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Add a bag to your collection at a fantastic price. The Robinson Open Dome Satchel in black matches everything and can be carried. Whenever I look at the cost of a bag or higher ticket item, I consider the cost per use, not the total cost. If this is something that you will use every day, it will not be that expensive.

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Shop now for holiday gifts. It's the perfect time to avoid the panic and rush of regular holiday shopping. Many items are on sale with fabulous prices, like these Adeline Stud Earrings.

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What items are you admiring in Tory Burch's Private Sale?

Monday, August 10, 2015

How to Organize An Agenda + 8 Fab Agendas

Although most traditional calendars begin in January, I prefer to use an agenda that starts at the beginning of a new school year. Stay organized and be successful this year at school by using an academic planner. 

With busy schedules and lots of activities, my girls and I use our agendas to keep track of everything. This year, we have all opted for an agenda from Lilly Pulitzer. I chose the jumbo size so that I can include details such as meetings, addresses, and other plans in a larger space. From year to year, I save my agenda because it is a fantastic record of everything that we have done. 

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Since I manage the schedules of several people, I color code items in my agenda for each person so I know who is doing which activity. My girls use a color coding system with a different color for school activities like homework, poms practices and games, social appointments, and church/volunteer activities. By looking at the agenda, it's instantly obvious what activities are happening.

I use the month at a glance page for important dates to remember with appointments and special days, while the weekly/daily pages of the agenda offer more space to record details about each day.



The best way to stay on top of things in your schedule is to write things down as soon as you hear about them. I take my agenda everywhere, so that I am always prepared. Every Sunday evening, I outline the coming week and note any special activities.

How do you use an agenda? What things help you to stay organized?

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