Shopping Bucket List: Disney Springs

I’ve been to Downtown Disney, or “Disney Springs” as it’s called now, many times throughout my childhood. It’s changed drastically since I was little, from simple shop additions to a complete revamp of the area. The biggest change this time around comes from my end: I have a job. Which means I can actually shop! Can you tell I’m excited? Because I am. Here’s my top 7 shops I want to take a peek at, hopefully tonight.

anthropologie1. Anthropologie – I’ve only been able to step foot into an Anthropologie once, and I was dead skint broke at the time, it was horrid. I wanted so many things! I really want to go in to see everything they have, although it’s going to suck being limited by airline weight on the trip back. I want a candle! I’ll just have to take a sniff around and order the one I like online.

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2. Free People – For all the reasons in Anthropologie, basically. You don’t understand the amount of longing I had for this one pair of boots on the FP website, but I was broke at the time and now they’re completely sold out. I’ll have a look round and try things on for later purchase, hopefully some nice boots. 🙂

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3. Kiehl’s Since 1851 – I’ve never been in a Kiehl’s store. That’s illegal. Honestly, I my wishlist has about five Kiehl’s products so I might pop in for a cheeky purchase or two. I can’t wait for this!

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4. Zara – I’m not in too much of a hurry to get in here, I’ve been in Zara before. But the we’ll be getting a Zara in my home town soon! I mostly want to go in and show my mom the clothes that they sell and how pretty everything is, so that she’s a bit more understanding when I go crazy at the store opening.

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5. Basin – They have cute Mickey themed soaps! I don’t know how likely it is that I’ll be buying any, but I definitely want to go in and look around (smell around?)

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6. Sugarboo & Co. – I’m really looking forward to this one. The site says that they specialize in the “whimsical” and they have so many cute looking uplifting prints! I’m always on the lookout for cute things for my room, so this is a must-go-to store.

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7. Disney’s Days of Christmas – Because I’m a Christmas person who doesn’t wait until December to find the perfect yearly Christmas ornament. I’ve never bought one here before but I’ve always wanted to!

I’ll definitely be going to the usual World of Disney store and such, but there’s so many new things to look at, I wonder if we’ll even have the time. Our flight might be a bit delayed, so if we don’t go tonight, we’ll go at some point during the week. Stick around for my vacation posts this week! And you can also follow my instagram and snapchat for more photos and footage!

If the air balloon is up and running, you can bet your ass I’ll be hitching a ride on that!

Well, we’re about ready to pack up all our bags and head to the airport. Hope you all are having a lovely Monday! If you’ve been to Disney Springs, please let me know your favorite shops so I can have a peek in this week! 🙂

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Work Haul: Target Bargain Bins

Guess who went to Target! I love Target, it’s got absolutely everything I ever need and always has cute things to buy for stationary and room decor, but my absolute favorite thing about Target is the $1 Bargain Bins. They’re my addiction!

The month of July is gonna be filled with cute things to use in the classroom once all the holiday things are done, and today I managed to snag a bit of the first few things to hit the shelves!

 

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A lot of these are useful for both in-school use and for parents who like to do a bit of at-home teaching! They’re fun and colorful! I got several different versions of their bulletin board decor packs:

  • Birthday Chart (can be used for children in class OR for family birthdays)
  • Daily Weather (practices prediction: how they thing tomorrow’s weather will be)
  • Days of the Week
  • Welcome! Decor Pack (complete with cute cartoon school supplies)

Each of these were only $1 each!

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For further decorating, I bought a DIY apple banner kit! I thought this might be cute to put the children’s photo and name on for the first few weeks of school. Each pack comes with 20 apples, 10 glittery and 10 shiny. The kit also comes with some twine and the cutest clothespins I have ever seen in my life! Each kit cost me $3.

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I found a pack of really cute bus cut-outs ($1) that will either be used for classroom door decor, or can be saved for the transportation unit later in the year.

I also found a book of stickers ($1) that can be used on planners, specifically made for teacher to-do lists! It’s going to be so cool to use these in my bullet journal! There’s stickers for school events and professional meetings/due dates, as well as normal every day agenda reminder stickers. They’re very colorful and cute, I can’t wait to use them.

Along with the Bulletin Board decor I had mentioned earlier, I found a really cute Alphabet Banner ($1), but I think these are more useful as flashcards than decor! I’m a strong believer in self-made decoration involving the alphabet. The children need to take part in the decorating process too!

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To finish off, I grabbed two sets of magnets: one Alphabet letters and the other a pack of Shapes and Numbers. Each of these were $2, and they seem to be made of really good quality!

There were a number of jigsaw puzzles and flash cards available as well, but I only grabbed a few that were relevant to my teaching age group & subject material.

  • Count & Match (Number Recognition, Rote Counting, & Sequencing)
  • Alphabet Connect (Alliteration, Letter Recognition, Sound Recognition)
  • Colors & Shapes (Color/Shape Identification & Recognition)
  • Opposites
  • Sight Words Flash Cards

Each one of these only cost me $1!

The only drawback to these purchases is the same drawback I have with all school purchases: they’re all in English. I do teach Math in English no matter what, but I always feel bad not having as many cool things for my Spanish-heavy kiddos. I’ll have to start designing some stuff myself to make for them, I’ll be sure to make these available for download whenever I get around to it!

Hope you enjoyed this post! The Target Bargain Bin always has great things, both for journaling and for teachers, so if either of those is your cup of tea and you haven’t checked it out, please do! You won’t regret it.

Total Spent: $22

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Come With Me: The Flea Market

Today my family took a small trip to a local flea market and I thought I’d share a few photos from our night out! Flea markets (or “pulgas”, as we call them) are usually open during early morning hours, but a nearby one has special hours on Wednesday nights. We took advantage of this to go with my parents, who are usually busy working mornings to go with us.

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Left: Used fishing equipment for sale | Right: Mom sifting through second-hand shirts

Pulgas have been a staple of my life since childhood. I love everything about them! From the music that stalls blast to get your attention, to the people blurting sales out of a megaphone, to the smells coming from the back end of the lot that make my stomach rumble. You’re guaranteed to find everything here! Second-hand working tools, second-hand clothing, off-brand phone cases, and even used fishing equipment! Everything’s up for grabs. Some of the more interesting finds this time around involved a fully-functioning cauldron that could be plugged into a small propane tank for some spooky-themed soup recipes and a stack of really cool vintage radios.

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Left: Witches cauldron! | Right: Two vintage radios, already sold.

I really wanted that cauldron to be honest, think of the cool Halloween party ideas you could do with that! It looked to be made of really thick metal as well, absolutely no flimsy plastic-ness to be seen.

The food stalls at flea markets are always amazing. We started off the evening with a bit of fruit at the produce stalls near the front of the lot. It’s the best place to get fresh fruit, other than a farmer’s market of course! I devoured a mango, while my family all opted for some coconut dressed in chili powder and lemon .

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Left: Fresh mangos for sale | Right: Dad’s snack of choice: coconut

There’s so many options for snacks along the way of the shopping stalls. Any row of normal vendors will have a chips & soda stall thrown in the mix, or if you’re lucky you’ll bump into an ice cream or aguas frescas vendor.

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Left: A stand of Aguas Frescas (I got Lemonade) | Right: Mexican Ice Cream!

I got myself a nice fresh lemonade, because the weather was blistering hot and I needed a refresher. My little sister chased after an ice cream man with a small rolling cart and bought the best pecan popsicle I’ve ever tasted. Then again, it could also have been the heat talking!

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Left: Me and my little sister | Right: The best pecan popsicle in the world

After a good long walk around of the entire area (it’s a lot of walking!) we reached the back lot of food! My favorite part. An entire area is dedicated to various taco stalls and Mexican restaurants with a variety of proper meals to choose from. We visited a family friend’s food stall and had ourselves two orders to share amongst the four of us: an order of fajita tacos and shredded meat sopes!

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Left: Tacos and Sopes for dinner | Right: Authentic Mexican Coke label

Bit of a trick to fans of Mexican Coke: if the bottle doesn’t say “Retornable” on the label, then it’s not a proper Mexican Coke! Glass bottled cokes directly from Mexico always taste so much better for some reason, I don’t know why. Either way, if you haven’t had an imported Mexican Coke you should try it! They’re made with pure cane sugar and taste ten times better than the regular kind.

Lalo, the blue Macaw who danced to cumbias

Before we left, we bumped into this little guy hanging out with his owner. He was so cute! I always feel bad for birds that aren’t in the wild but this guy sure was sassy. He was dancing along to the music! His name was Lalo and he was the most brilliant blue I had ever seen.

Our bellies full, our purchases made, and the sun set, we were ready to call it a night. We left a bit before closing to avoid traffic jams in the parking lot, as always. It was such a nice night out with my family, I can’t wait until we can go again!

As the sun sets, so does my picture quality (oops)

I hope you enjoyed coming along with me and my family to the flea market! Hopefully I’ll be able to do more posts like these, it gives me an excuse to go out and explore new local areas!

Thank you so much for reading, as always.
xx

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Mini Haul – H&M and Forever21

A few days ago, I decided to make the trip to our closest H&M – only an hour drive away. I don’t know why I wanted to go so badly. It might be all the talk about H&M online: I’ve never been able to step foot in one! Also, I’d recently got new tires on my car just begging for a bit of a roadtrip – but really, I’d make up any excuse to go for a long drive, honestly.

I’m not exactly a slim girl, before we start. Which is mostly why I wanted to go in and try on clothes beforehand because I’m smack in the middle of “normal” sizes and plus-sized clothing, and often times that spectrum can be weirdly limiting. Plus size clothing will fit me too big, and the normal sized clothing won’t fit my boobs. It’s horribly inconvenient.

In any case, I’m glad I went, because now I have a better idea of how H&M sizing works and I can give online shopping a go! (yay)

Shorts

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  1. Black (H&M $13) – Simple black shorts that I’ve been desperately in need of for a while. I’ve been needing to stock up on shorts since vacations are nearly here and I do not plan on walking around amusement parks in Florida humidity with full-on long jeans all day. These were nice and simple, they had a cute little cuffed hem at the bottom and they’re super comfortable. Got them in size 14.
  2. Blue/White Stripes (H&M $18) – Banker stripes! I’ve been meaning to get something with a print like this for a month and a half or so, because they’re such a trendy thing going on at the moment. Plus, this was a bit cooler than getting plain ol’ jean shorts. Side note: can I just say how much I love H&M for carrying size 14, I want to kiss them for it! Got these in size 14, as you might have guessed.

Shirts

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  1. Dusty Pink Basic Tee (H&M $13) – I loved this top, it’s a bit cropped so it’ll be so cute to wear with either high-waisted shorts or dungarees. The material is very lightweight and airy, so it’ll be perfect for hot summer weather. Got it in a size Medium. I think it was meant to be oversized but I preferred the Medium fit over the Large.
  2. Striped Knit Top Navy/Yellow (F21 $13) – Every time I buy a horizontal striped shirt I remember my high school teacher telling me that horizontal stripes don’t help you look any slimmer. God I hated high-school teachers with a penchant for backhanded compliments it was the worst. Anyway, whenever I do buy one I metaphorically flip the bird at their aura wherever they might be today. Something about horizontal stripes has always felt a bit nostalgic to me, and I’m not sure why. Maybe I wore them a lot as a kid? In any case this shirt is wonderful, really stretchy material. Got it in a size Large.

Bodysuits

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  1. Knit Top Bodysuit Navy/Cream (F21 $13) – Ha, I did say I liked horizontal stripes didn’t I? I didn’t realize this was almost the exact same pattern as the shirt until I was paying at the register, go figure. I love that this bodysuit has snaps at the bottom, which will really come in handy when it comes to using the toilet. I’ve also been trying to incorporate a little bit more yellow into my wardrobe. I read somewhere that it can encourage a bit more cheerfulness into life, which I could never say no to. My current wardrobe is very monochrome. Got this bodysuit in a size Large
  2. Ruffled Black Bodysuit (H&M $18) – I LOVE THIS! It’s a bit pushing my comfort zone, honestly, I usually don’t wear clothing that show much cleavage. But I’m excited to wear this on holiday in Mexico hopefully. I’m trying to push myself to be a bit more comfortable in my skin, so I’ll probably be blogging about that now and then. I love the ruffle detail, it looks lovely on, I’m just obviously concerned about a boob popping out! Got it in a size Large (as opposed to an XL) to try and keep everything tucked in.

Headwear

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  1. Black Floppy Felt Wide-Brim Hat (F21 $20) – Listen, I didn’t even mean to buy this. I put it on when I entered the store and still had it with me when I got to the register, and I just had to! Honestly, I’d never been able to find a M/L hat in store that I actually like, so I took it out of sheer disbelief that they actually had any. My head’s a bit too large for the normal sized ones, and even then I think this one fits a bit snug. Either way, I’m definitely taking this with me to Mexico, I love it.

That’s it!

I was really saddened to find out that the Forever 21 45-minutes from my house has closed down recently, so I had to go to an outlet store close by, which was fine but they didn’t have as many summer clothing as I would’ve hoped. I hear they might open one closer to my house soon, so I can’t wait to be able to go browsing without the hour long drive. If not, well there’s always online shopping.

Thanks if you stuck around and read through this post, and extra thanks to anybody that’s been commenting, liking, or following my blog! I’ve only been at this for a week but I’m planning on blogging being a permanent part of my life, so it’d be lovely to meet some friends.

If you’ve got a blog or know or a blog I should follow please leave the url in the comments below. Also any thoughts on the haul would be greatly appreciated. Much love! xx

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