Thursday, June 21, 2012

Academically Inclined @ Mini Me Style

Happy Thursday!

Bonnie from Mini Me Style featured me in her Academically Inclined Series on her very stylish fashion blog!


Check it out here!  

Here is little sneak peek for you!

Hope you enjoy Mini Me Style and my featured post!

The Tiny Librarian

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tiny's Trendy Tuesday: M is for monochromatic maxi!

Happy Tiny's Trendy Tuesday!

On Sunday, Sooper and I were looking forward to watching Game 3 of the NBA Finals.  I am rooting for OKC because I love Kevin Durant, and he is rooting for the Heat because he believes LeBron James is the best player in the league.  Also, Sooper is sick of LeBron haters and wants LeBron to win more championships than Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.  It is usually fun for us to support the opposing teams, except when my team loses, which occurred on Sunday, and OKC is losing the series 2-1 currently.  I hate losing! :(  No worries...they will win tonight!

We decided to watch the game while enjoying a late dinner at a local seafood restaurant.  Seafood and beer were perfect for intense and exciting game watching.  Because the weather was a bit cooler, I was able to wear my tribal print maxi dress.  Typically, the daytime NOLA heat is not conducive to maxi dress wearing.  Therefore, I reserve the maxi for the occasional overcast days and cooler nights. 

This Anthropologie hypnotic maxi dress (from last summer) is one of my favorite maxis, because it has POCKETS and was available in petite sizes for the perfect length!  In the customer review of this dress, some reviewers commented that the pockets widen hips, but in my opinion, it just depends on your body type.  This dress is fun to accessorize with gold/brown given the brown/taupe undertones in the dress.  Though I enjoying adding color to complete an outfit, I also love the simple, understated elegance a great monochromatic look.  It is subtly chic.  :) 

hypnotic maxi dress: Anthropologie (last summer)
double stranded wooden beaded necklace: Express (old)
aviator sunglasses - Michael Kors (old)
gold bangles - H & M (available in stores)
gold chain bracelet with gold/wooden charms (thrifted)
 Stacie gold/cognac gladiator sandals: Steve Madden (available here)

I am linking up with another petite and very stylish blogger, Bonnie @ Mini Me Style for her Style to the Max(i) Link Up. Check out her fashion/style blog for amazing looks.

ALSO, I will be featured in her Academically Inclined series this Thursday!


Tiny's Oyster Pearl of Wisdom (OPW) is to create a monochromatic look with clothes and accessories of different shades of the same color that are already in your closet.  A similarly hued ensemble is subtly chic and can help you highlight your best features and downplay your least favorite features.  With monochromatic styling, you can coordinate effortless, fresh, and perfectly polished looks.  Be daring and mix different textures, patterns, prints, and unique jewelry! Tiny's tip is to place the most flattering shade closest to your face.

What color and shades will you use to create your monochromatic look?

 Go OKC Thunder!

Happy Tiny's Trendy Tuesday!
The Tiny Librarian

I am linking up with...
Sarah for Tickle Me Tuesdays,
Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims,
 Lindsey @ The Pleated Poppy for WIWW,
Whatever You Want Wednesdays @ Free Pretty Things For You, &
Julie @ White Lights on Wednesday!

pleated poppy

White Lights on Wednesdays

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My dad is totes awesomesauce!

Happy Father's Day, ya'll!

I feel lucky and blessed to be able to share this special holiday with my dad.  My dad is for sure the best dad I could have ever imagined.  He is the strong, silent type, which is probably a good thing, since my mom and I are the girly, much less silent types. :)  Also, he is the most generous and patient person I know, and Sooper reminds me of my dad in these ways.  I forgot to mention how super talented he is as a musician, lizard catcher, master griller, and expert handyman!  He is was a band director (newly retired!) and is the trumpet player with the amazing Wise Guys Band.   My favorite things to do with my dad are eating sushi, enjoying oysters and Blue Moon beer (with orange!), watching sports on television (not tennis!), and going to Saints football games!

My brother, mom, Sooper, and I gave him a notebook computer for his combined retirement and Father's Day present.  My dad and I are similar in the fact that we both like to noodle "around" on the computer while watching television; therefore, a notebook computer is definitely a much desired piece of technology, especially for a retiree! 

Confidential to Dad (from your favorite daughter): Hope you enjoy your father's day lunch, notebook computer, and most importantly, your retirement.  Don't think you can get rid of me just because I am married!  I am not done bugging you yet! :)

My dad & I @ Sooper and I's Wedding

Happy Retirement and Father's Day, Dad!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, grandfathers, and special men out there!
The Tiny Librarian

I am linking up with Laura @ Bits of Splendor!
bits of splendor monday

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Eat, Drink, and Be GREEN!

It's Tiny's Tasty Thursday!

Today's post celebrates favorite food and drink color!  I love salad greens, green veggies, green smoothies, greens in soups, and most importantly, green tea!  For dinner, I made a delicious and hearty lentil soup, which is easy peasy to prepare!  I also have been making a pitcher of green tea each week to ensure that I am consuming a daily dose of antioxidants in a healthy, refreshing beverage. 

Now, onto the lentil soup experience using a combination of lentil soup recipes.  This post is a little late because my mom and dad invited Sooper and I over for delicious shrimp salad (not for Sooper who is allergic to shrimp) and lasagna last night, which is when I planned on preparing the soup.  So, today, I made the lentil soup and decided to feed mom and dad. I am definitely their favorite daughter. :)  This time, I remembered to document the preparation of the soup along with the finished product.  However, I noticed a few interesting things with this soup along the way.

First, there must be a white onion shortage, because I went to Whole Foods, and there were NO white onions.  Then, I went to a local grocery store, and they had a very limited selection of white onions, but I scooped up practically the last two available white onions.  Who knew I would have to stock up on white onions, my usual onion choice because of the mild flavor for Sooper who is particular about too much onion flavor!

Second, looking at the images, I realize that I always place a cutting board on top of the free standing cutting board.  This seems a bit weird, but it may have something to do with my crazy cleanliness!

cutting board on top of cutting board :)

Also, while cutting the carrots, I must have mistaken my finger for a carrot, given the similar shape, and tried to slice it. hurt a bit, but other than some bloody carrots, everything turned out great!  :) Thank goodness for the boiling process to kill any germs (to all those who ate the soup, just kidding).
sliced carrot finger

Lentil Soup Recipe

1 white onion, diced
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 pound carrots, diced
1 stalk of celery, diced
1 pound green lentils (I used Whole Foods green lentils bagged/purchased by the pound)
2 quarts vegetable stock or vegetable broth

Fun Color Coordination...
Using our very colorful bowls, I chose the particular chopped/diced ingredient for each bowl.

Soak the lentils in hot water for 20-30 minutes.  While the lentils are soaking, saute the onions in 2 teaspoons of EVOO until they are translucent.  Add cumin and garlic and saute for another minute or two.  Add the carrots and celery and saute for 5 minutes.  Then, add the vegetable stock or broth and drained lentils.  Bring the soup to a boil.  Lower the heat and summer partially covered for about 1 hour or until lentils are soft.  Add salt and pepper to taste (In my opinion, you will  not need to add salt, given the amount of sodium in the stock or broth). 

Sooper Super lentil Soup...done!

Green Tea

I love the taste of green tea.  My favorite green tea is The Republic of Tea Daily Green Tea: The People's Green Tea.  I buy both the caffeinated and decaffeinated variation of The People's Green Tea, and Sooper seems to like when I drink the decaf version, especially since I am already quite a bit active without the caffeine. :)  Usually, I make a pitcher and combine 10 decaf bags with 2-3 regular caffeinated bags...a WIN-WIN!

The Republic of Tea Daily Green Tea
Caffeinated and Decafeinated

Green tea is the best source of catechins, which are considered to be more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells caused by free radials.  They also appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.  In addition, because green tea undergoes less processing than black, it contains twice the concentration of these catechins. no matter what, it is good for you!

Source: WebMD, my favorite doctor! :)

A glass a day keeps the cancer away!

Happy Tiny's Tasty Thursday!
The Tiny Librarian

I am linking up with a few blogs...
Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday, a little nosh, Amy @ SS&GF for Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, and My Sweet & Savory for Meatless Mondays!

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
A Little Nosh


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

All Laced up...Tiny's Trendy Tuesday

It's Tiny's Trendy Tuesday...lace edition!

Saturday night, our last night in California, was bittersweet.  We were definitely ready for home, sweet home and "regular, everyday, life", but we were really spoiled with the amazing sunny weather, beach, and friends.  At home, the forecast for thunderstorms seemed very unwelcoming to say the least, especially for airplane flying.  :( And, it is quite an understatement to say that I am not a good airplane passenger, given I cried twice on the flights home for mild turbulence.  The flight attendant even noticed me crying in Sooper arms and loudly reassured me, which made it worse because then all the passengers around me were looking to see who the crazy girl was!  In addition, the pilot seemed to be a newbie at the whole flying thing in my expert opinion, so as he was landing the plane, rather wobbly, I began nervously singing, "noob, noob, noob" (which is Sooper JB's term for gamer newbies).  Surprisingly we landed safely, and Sooper and I were able to laugh about it in the end.  Also, we have sung that song quite a few times since then. :).  He is very patient and reassuring with me, which makes flying bearable with him.  It is a whole other story when I am flying alone...and a whole lot of crazy going on for sure!

Now, back to the regularly scheduled post topic...Tiny's Trendy Tuesday. We went to one of our favorite restaurants, The Salted Pig, for our last night in California. I decided that it would be "dress nice" night so we donned our dressy casual looks. Sooper wore his button down gingham dress shirt, dark wash jeans, and brown loafers. I wore my beautiful Pearl Southern Couture St. Rose eyelet lace skirt (available here) and purple racer-back tank with accompanying accessories. I absolutely love this lace skirt...It looks very feminine and romantic.  :)  You can dress it down for a casual look as I did or get fancy with a colorful or white silk top and wedges.  Another great option is a neutral colored look, like the off the shoulder top pictured in the image below from the Pearl Southern Couture website.  This skirt has become one of my favorite summer pieces because of its versatility in creating both casual and dressed up lace looks.  Casual

 * Confidential to my fellow LSU fans: Note the subtle purple and gold color scheme.  
It was a sad loss on Sunday, but cheers to a great season!
We always have next year...and LSU football to look forward to soon!
Geaux Tigers!

St. Rose white eyelet lace skirt: Pearl Southern Couture (available here)
vintage cotton tank: J.Crew (available here)
gold clutch: Coach
gold/cognac Stacie sandals: Steve Madden (available here)

back view of look
gold chain link bracelet: Banana Republic
gold knot earrings: Banana Republic (available here)
white/gold bangle: H & M

Pearl Southern Couture image for the St. Rose Skirt (available here)

Tiny's Oyster Pearl of Wisdom (OPW) is to always find great classic pieces, like a lovely lace skirt, that you can style to create both casual and dressed up looks.  You will definitely be able to create more looks with a pretty, lacey piece that you can style for different looks and occassions.  Also, lace adds a romantic feel and polished look to even the most casual basics.  So, lace up ladies! :)

Happy Tiny's Trendy Tuesday!
The Tiny Librarian

pleated poppy


Saturday, June 9, 2012

I'm Walking on Sunshine!

Cheers to the Weekend!

our beach day at Huntington Beach, CA
(improving photography by The Tiny Librarian)

The reason for the title of this post is two-fold.
(Not counting the fact that I love that song by Katrina and the Waves...interesting performer name)
First, I am enjoying the sunny California weather while it is storming back home in NOLA.  :)
At least my mom won't have to water my plants for me!

Second, I want to thank Lauren @ Warm and Fuzzy for nominating me for the Sunshine Award!
I am so excited about my first blogger award!
You are the best, Lauren!  I wouldn't be here {in blogosphere} without your help and encouragement.
She is the epitome of craftiness, sweetness, and all things pretty. :)
Check out her party design in action for her son's birthday, a Barnyard Bash themed party, here
Everything was handmade by Mrs. Warm & Fuzzy herself. 
And, how CUTE is this chair!?!
Use her simple tutorial on cutifying a chair! 
 I can't wait for her to cutify my librarian's chair at work.
I don't know how she does it. She has more creativity in her pinky finger than I do in my entire body!
I will be featuring her on Tiny's Trendy Tuesday soon with her new statement necklace!

Now, for the Sunshine Award details...

The Sunshine Award is given by bloggers to bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are "Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere."

Here is the way the award works.
Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.

Answer 10 questions about yourself.

Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they've been awarded the Sunshine Award!

Don't forget to copy and paste the award on your blog!
10 Questions

Favorite Color?
Red ( love, Christmas, etc.)
My mom bought a beautiful red dress for me that I loved so red brings back good memories.

Favorite Animal?
Birds (especially penguins...I love their little tuxedos)
There were warm weather penguins in the hotel lobby that Sooper and I fed on our honeymoon.

 Favorite Number?

Favorite Drink?
Tied: Coffee (skinny latte) & Iced Tea with lots of LEMON

Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter...It makes me limit my very wordy self to 140 characters or less.

Good Book or a Good Movie?
Books, of course...I am a librarian! :)
There is nothing like a good book to enjoy while relaxing & watching Sooper play XBOX. :)

My Passion?
family, faith, and a happy, healthy lifestyle 

Giving or Getting Presents?
Giving presents and seeing the person's reaction

Favorite Day?
Thursday/Friday (in anticipation for the weekend)

Favorite Flowers?

Now, here are my nominees for the Sunshine Award...
Between the Lines - a teacher and professional style blog
Books For Kids Blog - Great children's book reviews
Dancing with Ashley - amazing fashion, projects and inspiration
Mini Me Style - fashion and style for petite (tiny) women...I adore her style! :)
Mix and Match Fashion - all things fashion
A Pinch of Lovely - a design blog full of beauty, especially her invitations
Shaken Together - DIY, recipes, crafts, life, etc.
Southern Lovely - creativity and inspiring ideas
Two Thirty-Five Designs - photography, fashion, furniture, food and Casual Friday link up!
White Lights on Wednesday - yummy cooking and baking

I <3 these inspiring blogs, follow them religiously, and enjoy reading their unique posts.
 You really need to check them out!
I hope to build blogger relationships with all of these featured bloggers.
Hope your weekend is filled with SUNSHINE!
The Tiny {walking on sunshine} Librarian 

Friday, June 8, 2012

InstaFriday: a few of my favorite things

Happy Friday!
Today, I am going to share a few of my favorite things to celebrate Friday!

First, these are my NEW favorite things I have discovered during this California trip.

Sprouts: my new fav Whole Foods equivalent in Southern Cal
refreshing mint lemonade: I am researching a similar recipe to share :)
organic, multigrain snack chips flavored with green chiles, cheese, and lime (yum!)

These are the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer at the cool pool!
My picture taking skills seem to be improving with practice...and good natural lighting (the sun)!

I adore these old fashioned Route 66 signs!
It reminds me of the song from the good ol' days :)
(Thankfully, I did not wreck the car trying to capture this picture while driving.)

Next, these are a few of my favorite FASHION things!

Summer Scarfing...
tribal scarf complete with little pink pom poms(!) at ends: Target (available here)
white boyfriend tee (v-neck): Target
Rock & Republic jeans: Jean Therapy (New Orleans)
R2 Beka white sandals: Famous Footwear (available here)

For my FRIDAY FAVORITE, I am featuring my new gold/cognac Steve Madden sandals!

Steve Madden Stacie gladiator sandal: DSW (available here in five colors)
I love the way these sandals look, feel, and smell (well, only because they're still new). :)
Can't wait to wear them to make an outfit GOLDen (phunny, I know)!

And are a few of my favorite people.
 I love them more than anything in the world! :)

Brother, Dad, Mom, and Sooper <3
Happy Birthday David!

Thanks Lauren @ Warm & Fuzzy for teaching me how to use the Phonto app for text on images.
I think I may have gone a little overboard due to my excitement over it!

Also, I am linking up with Jeannett @ Life Rearranged for her InstaFriday. 
She is very altruistic and always focused on helping others!

life rearranged

&  Lauren @ My Grey Desk


& Hayley @ The Weekend File


My Oyster Pearl of Wisdom (OPW) is to reach out to others in need and lend a helping hand.  Sooper and I will be taking a trip to Chicago in a couple of weeks to accompany Jon and Alicia's daughter Jonnae for her soccer tournament.  As her "surrogate parents", we will be there to support her and try to be as wonderful and caring as Jon and Alicia who are working and unable to make the trip!
Hooray for Friday!
The Tiny Librarian

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

RevieWednesday: Today is Monday in Louisiana

It's that time of the week again...RevieWednesday!

For RevieWednesday, I will review the children's book, Today is Monday in Louisiana, by Johnette Downing, which is perfect for children from prekindergarten through second grade (yes, they even love this book!).  My students and I love this book, and I use it during my Louisiana lessons and activities each year, along with Johnette Downing's many others, including Chef Creole and Down in Louisiana.  The reason for this choice today, however, is twofold.  First, our family friend Sandy, who is also a children's librarian, was singing the song from the book on a beach trip with my mom and dad.  My mom asked me if I knew about the book because Sandy was singing the song, and now I can't get that song out of my head...I keep singing it on my run, in the hotel, at breakfast.  Thanks mom and Sandy!  :)  Second, it reminds me of all the delicious Louisiana food I miss!  I love traveling and trying new things, and California has different types of amazing food (sushi, Southwestern, Vietnamese, Mediterranean), but there is nothing better than Louisiana/Cajun cuisine.  Just thinking about it is making me crave some local favorites, and this book highlights many of my favorites, including red beans and rice, catfish, poboys, gumbo, and beignets...yum! 

Each day of the week focuses on a different Louisiana food.  The collage illustrations by Deborah Kadair are great, because they are simple, yet abstract.  This book is a great teaching tool for the days of the week, Louisiana culture, cooking, and unique Cajun/Louisiana cuisine.   This book may not be the best choice though for teaching healthy eating! :) 

This book can be purchased from Johnette Downing's website store for $16.99.

For all you teachers/librarians out there, check out Johnette Downing's website and free book activities here.  She has great teaching resources and printables available for this book and others.

Below is the video of the song sung by Johnette Downing along with the book's illustrations. Disclaimer: Don't watch if you are will become even hungrier!

For all those Texans, New Yorkers, and Kentuckians (?), Johnette Downing has versions of the book for ya'll too, except the culinary calendars are probably not as delicious! :)

Tiny's Oyster Pearl of Wisdom (OPW) is to explore books that highlight local heritage, customs, and cuisine.  Both adult and children's books can be eye opening and teach you something new and interesting about your local culture, for we are constantly shaping and changing our communities  A New Orleans book I look forward to reading next is Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans by local author and Times-Picayune columnist Keith Spera.  The book focuses on post-Katrina New Orleans through the lives of local, iconic musicians, including Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, and Allen Toussaint.  I will let ya'll know more about the book after I read it!

Read a detailed description of the book and/or purchase it through Octavia Books.

What are some great local  literature titles for adults or children that you are reading? 
I love recommendations!
Now that I made everyone hungry for Louisiana cuisine...Bon Appetit! :)
The Tiny Librarian

Clutter-Free Classroom

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tiny's Trendy Tuesday: Stripes, Orange, and Mexican food!

Happy Tiny's Trendy Tuesday: California Edition!

Please ignore the fabric string. :)
 (Sooper thought it was my hair!)

This Saturday we had a double date night with our great friends, Jon and Alicia, at Ancho's Southwest Bar and Grill.  Sooper and I love, love, love Mexican/Southwestern food, and I could definitely eat it everyday if Sooper would agree to it!  We have already eaten at Ancho's twice this trip. The unique thing about Ancho's is the tortilla-making machine right in the middle of the restaurant.  You can watch balls of dough magically turn into warm, fresh tortillas, which they give to each table along with delicious chips and homemade salsa.  I also love their jalapeno and cheese tamale, which Sooper and I share each time we visit...yum!  All this talk about Ancho's makes me crave Mexican for dinner tonight...maybe with some convincing. :)

magic tortilla-making machine

Now, after that background information and Mexican food rambling, onto the fashion.  I am excited to share one of my new favorite combinations...nautical stripes and orange.  Adding the orange accessories to this casual striped dress give it that pop of color that is perfect for summer.  This nautical (navy/cream) striped cotton dress is simple, yet with the right accessories, it is a perfect look for day or night. 

Nautical Striped Dress: H & M 
The dress is bit short and fitted, so it needs ideal accessories to ensure it looks polished and classy.  I paired it with flat orange/cream sandals and a great woven orange clutch.  There are methods to my fashion madness, but I realize I probably over think all these issues (as usual). :)  Here is my thought process.  First, I thought heels or wedges might tip the scales of the already short dress toward "streetwalker" (and I did not want my picture to end up on Fashion Police with the ruthless Joan Rivers).  Therefore, I chose orange and cream flat sandals with a crisscross design for fashionable and chic look that even complements the cream color in the dress.  I love understated matching!  Second, because orange is such a bold, standout color, I decided on just a few orange accessories (gold/orange earrings, clutch, and sandals).  Quoting the very fashionable and classy Coco Chanel, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory."  I had on gold bangles, but then, I decided it looked better without them, because less is always more.

Orange Woven Clutch: H & M (similar @ Etsy here)
Orange/Cream ELLE Sandals (Kohl's) - SALE (available @ Kohl's online here)

This look is super affordable, and Sooper will be glad to know that I am not spending all our money shopping while he is working hard!  He thought the outfit looked great (but says I look great in anything...thanks babe) and was sweet enough play photographer outside the hotel on Saturday. :)

Laters ya'll! (for my fellow Fifty Shades lovers) :)
The Tiny Librarian

I am linking up with some other great blogger friends for their linky parties...Check out their amazing blogs too!

Joie de V

White Lights on Wednesdays

pleated poppy