Teacher Week '13: All About Erica

12 August 2013

(This frame was made using letters, spray paint, and a frame from Michael's.)

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' to tell you all about me!  I am sure you probably know a lot about me already.  You might already know that I love shoes.   When I was in Vegas, a few people said to me "Oh, you are the blogger with all the shoes."  Umm... yes, I really do like shoes (here is the post from last year).  But, I also like bags and clothes - though I have not published pictures of those!  My bedroom is way too messy!  My goal this summer was to change my guest room into a closet room.  It has not happened yet, but when I do, I will definitely post pictures. 

1.  I love shoes.  Here is just a portion of my flip-flop collection.

2.  I have had long hair since 1997, after I grew out "The Rachel" cut I had.  I just feel like it is my security blanket.   I do try and change up the color or the layers. I got some hair painting done this summer.  I think it is the new way to do highlights. 

3.   I love animals and have two dogs and two cats.  My Sophie girl has been pretty ill this summer.  First she got bit by a tick and her blood was not clotting and she was so lethargic.  She was on antibiotics for a month!  Then she somehow hurt her back and could barely move for over a week.  Pain pills did not help, so the vet switched her to steroids and a special doggie chiropractor.   She still needs to take it easy but now she is doing so much better!  
 Niles is going to be 14 in November and he is starting to show his age.  He does not hear so well and has cataracts.  He struggles to find treats when I throw them.  He is still the sweetest, friendliest Chihuahua I know.

4.  Here is something you probably don't know about me, I cannot have dairy.  So no ice cream for me.  This Coconut Milk "ice cream" is pretty good.

5.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I got into Alex and Ani bracelets this year.  I even found a few at TJMaxx thanks to an Instagram tip from a fellow blogger.

6.  Did you know that someone made a clip-art image of me?  The Tongass Teacher has this cool guessing game going on over at her blog, where you have to guess the blogger from her clip art image.  I am flattered she drew me.

7.  I sprained my ankle last year and had got out of the workout mode I had been in for years.  It was very hard to get back into it.  I decided to hire a personal trainer to keep me on track and make sure I don't re-injure myself.  I have not lost any weight but I am getting stronger.

8.  I love all my blogging besties and the fact that I get to travel with them is an added bonus.   Being single at 34 makes it hard to find people to go away with.  Since becoming friends with them, I have been to Atlanta, Chicago, and Vegas.   When we meet up, it is like no time has passed since the last time we met.   We all have so much fun and we laugh!

9.  I own and drive my own boat.  It is a small 17 foot Key West, bowrider, with a 90 horsepower Yamaha motor!  I take it across the bay to meet family and friends at Hemlock Cove.  

10. What's next for me:
  • I am working on creating a blog post about selling on TpT.   I asked for questions on my FB fan page.
  • A Chevron Birthday Board Pack
  • A Tonal Chevron Decor Pack
  • A Spelling Homework Menu Packet
  • Color Posters
  • September Bonus Packet
  • Me setting up my classroom!

I hope you will link up and/or hop around with us over at Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week 2013!


  1. Have you tried the other coconut milk products? Ice cream sandwiches etc? SOOOO Yummy!

    Love your classroom labels! :)

  2. I understand the not having anybody to travel with! I'll be 29 in 2 weeks, and a lot of my friends are married or with someone. I'm not one of those people who enjoys things like vacation by myself- I get enough alone time living alone! You are lucky that you've made such a great group of friends so you can go fun places!

    Your dogs are so cute. I'm glad Sophie is feeling better! I would be a mess if my dog were that sick. I love her to pieces.

    Blooming In First

  3. I love your 'E' Alex and Ani bracelet! Is that one of the new ones? I was told they were coming out with new initial ones. I like that style so much more than the old one!

    Creating & Teaching

  4. Your puppies are too stinkin' cute...I have a chihuahua as well. They may get old in age but they definitely stay teeny tiny babies :) I hope your little Sophia is feeling back to herself soon <3

    I'm glad you linked up, it was fun reading your post and getting to know you better!

    Fun With Firsties

  5. Gotta love that picture of you with the Vegas roomies! (Vegas was SO much fun!) I don't know if I could survive without ice cream!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  6. I LOVE your boat and envy you being able to go out on the water whenever you want! Having my own boat and living next to the water is on my bucket list!
    I love your doggies! They are cute as a button!!


  7. Your pups are so cute!! :)

    Primary Buzz
    Primary Buzz

  8. You are so busy!! It is so hard to find time to do it all but here you are doing it! That's awesome that you get to meet up and travel with blogging friends! I would love to be able to do that one of these days! I also enjoy boating and have a 17 foot wooden skiff.
    Rambling About Reading

  9. I feel ya on the dairy, Erica! I was off it for a few years...and now, can tolerate only the grass-fed dairy (which is more digestible).

    There's a blogger The Spunky Coconut who had a book out called Dairy-Free Ice Cream. She has some good ice cream recipes on her site. It was a lifesaver in those years.

    Best of luck on back to school,
    The Classroom Creative

  10. It was nice to learn more about you! Love your products on TPT!

  11. Definitely looking forward to your post on creating things on TPT! I am new to the blogging world as a blogger but have been inspired by you and many of the other ladies above.

  12. *LOVE* following you....I can definitely relate on being a shoeaholic! I've already admitted that I have a problem, lol! =)

    A+ Firsties

  13. I love your hair...I haven't had the same hair cut longer than a year and struggle to find one that is "me." I guess I just need to be like you and just claim one that I like! Haha. I also have a lot of shoes, but not nearly as many as you.

    I look forward to seeing your new products, and reading your post about selling on TpT as I am quite new at this and plan to begin creating products for my classroom this year. Thanks for sharing!

    Tacky the Teacher

  14. I love your new blog design and your color posters, Erica.


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