1. Together #fmsphotoaday #mybestfriendswedding @alb1125d1  (at The Bank bistro and bar)

1. Together #fmsphotoaday #mybestfriendswedding @alb1125d1 (at The Bank bistro and bar)

Happy 4th Birthday & FYI

Today, my little blog turned 4.  I have loved making Tumblr buddies over the past 4 years.  But my heart is heavy too because of an important decision I have to make.

I graduated from college a semester early to search for a teaching job.  The writing was on the wall that the economy was tanking in NC and teachers were going to be cut.  I was trying to beat that, and sadly, I didn’t.  I searched tirelessly for a job in NC, where I had to teach 4 years to pay back my NC Teaching Fellows scholarship.  This blog was my outlet.  I wrote about my trials and tribulations of searching for a job and more importantly, searching for myself.  Once I got a job, I decided that I would continue blogging because I loved this little space and I made friends with some great people via my little blog.

4 years ago, I started a blog.  4 years ago, I also started teaching in my first teaching job.. which brings me to my decision.

Today, this chart was released.

Teacher salaries are no secret; but here is what I’ve been trying to say in multiple blog posts before.  Teachers are not asking for a RAISE, we’re simply asking to be paid based on our experience like all other professionals.  I can promise you none of us went into teaching to make $100,000 a year.  However, what we did expect was to be able to afford to live.  If you will notice, in 2008 (the year I graduated college), I had 0 years of experience.  I now have 3.8 years of experience, meaning I should be getting paid on a 4 year salary scale.  I am losing money every year I continue teaching because I haven’t received a “step” since I started teaching.

So, if you live in NC and see the news articles, Facebook posts, etc., this is what we’re talking about.  I had to cancel cable this month because I couldn’t justify paying for it any longer.  If we don’t get a raise next year, this year will be my last year teaching because sadly, I have to live.  And I can’t continue to live month to month.  As much as I love my job and as much as I value educating today’s youth, I cannot continue to worry about my job and come home and worry about how I’m going to pay my bills every month.  DG and I would eventually like to have kids, and with this as our future, we won’t be able to afford it.

So, please, support teachers whenever you can.  Because no one in our state legislature is.

if you don’t like where you are, move on. you are not a tree. — unknown  (via blua)

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1st official wedding gift from my MIL! @mackenziechilds toasting glasses.

1st official wedding gift from my MIL! @mackenziechilds toasting glasses.

Blog Sale!

Good morning, y’all!  I am cleaning out my closet and I have some goodies available.  E-mail me at champagneandsuburbs@gmail.com and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice.  Shipping is $5 and I will combine orders.

J.Crew Black Bow Monde Silk Taffeta 
Size 6
Paid $250, asking $35 (worn once)


Splendid Backless Shirt   SOLD
size Large
Paid $88, asking $10 (worn once)



Karlie Cocktail Dress
Size Large
Paid $120, asking $40 (worn once)



*I really love this dress, but it doesn’t fit me right anymore.  Also, unfortunately this is the only full dress shot I have, but I wanted you to see how it looks.

Karlie Bow Cocktail Dress Navy
Size Medium
Paid $110, asking $30 (worn once)



Susana Monaco Gathered Strap Dress   SOLD
Size Large
Paid $165, asking $30 (never worn)




Wrong color but what it looks like on (image via)

Full Disclosure

Sometimes, I like to walk around the house in my wedding shoes and sweatpants and drink champagne.  Waiting for DG to get here and take me to dinner is one of those times.

Another month closer.  #11months

Another month closer. #11months


I need a gray bridesmaid dress for a Labor Day weekend wedding. It can be long or short. I need help. I’d like to keep it under $150. Suggestions welcome!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


I just made this Mediterranean quinoa salad for lunch, and it is just as good as it looks.  It’s also guilt free at 145 calories for 1 cup. 

Image and Recipe via Skinny Taste

I found that every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point and the turning point was where they made a clear, specific, unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50 and most never make it at all.

Brian Tracy

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Metabolism isn’t magic. It’s hard not to get used to the grotesque Roman orgy of eating habits that is youth. You can live on an uninterrupted diet of Mountain Dew, Doritos, and the errant Toaster Strudel for when you’re feeling like doing a bit of kitchen work, never seeing an ounce of your folly go straight to your carefree hips. Then, at a certain point, you eat an Oreo and can actually watch that bad boy travel from your esophagus to your ass if you stand in front of a full-length mirror. And the energy you constantly felt, regardless of the day’s activities or the time you’d gotten up that morning? Now, if you’re not living on a diet of nothing but kale and Yoga For Self-Righteous People, you’re essentially comatose by 3 PM. It appears that being healthy requires work, and few things in life seem to suck more than that fact.

10 Lessons Everyone Learns In Their 20s | Thought Catalog


So so sadly true.

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