I’m finally ready…


I am finally ready to share this. This post was sparked by a text conversation that I was having with a friend today. I realized that I am now turning a page in a season of struggle. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have used this season of struggle as a testimony. Read here if you want to know what I am talking about.

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What’s in my teacher bag?!?!

Hello! It has been forever since I have been here! I had today off and thought why not do a little post. Actually I decided to do a scope on Periscope so I figured let’s post that on here!

I do not know about you but I am one of those people that love to watch “What’s in my purse?” videos, so when it comes to what’s in a teacher’s bag I am all over it! So this is what is in my teacher bag at the moment!

Hope you enjoyed seeing what is in my bag!
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Life Update


Wow! Let’s just say that life has been quite the roller coaster. I thought it would be appropriate to give a little life update. Some of you may know that my hubby and I are college sweethearts. When we met he initially wanted to become a doctor. As time passed and research he learned that he didn’t want to be a doctor after all. Instead he wanted to become a Physician Assistant. Since we graduated college Mr.QD has hit the ground running to pursue becoming a PA. He worked countless night shifts in an ambulance and a hospital, and spent an enormous amount of hours studying and taking pre-requisites. Then time came to applying to PA school and months and months of waiting which felt like an eternity to wait to hear back from schools. Hundreds of dollars on applications, rejection letter after another, and many more sacrifices led to a journey.

Now this journey had many sacrifices and challenges. We’ve had to move to another county, be an hour away from our family, move to a place with what felt like an extremely different climate, leave my teaching job, leave our church, leave our ministry, and explore a different career. All of these sacrifices and challenges we thought were made for Mr. QD to get into PA school. Little did we know that it was for the Lord to do a great work on me and Mr.QD both individually and collectively in our marriage.

Looking back to where we were and where we are now, we realize that the Lord had us on a journey to get to know Him better. We experienced a lot of hard things and the Lord taught us so much! These experiences are ones we cherish and wouldn’t trade for the world as these hard seasons really helped us build the foundation of our marriage in Christ.

From 2010 to now 2016 we planned and envisioned our lives to be somewhere else. However, the Lord’s perfect plan and timing is always best. This month Mr.QD has been accepted into PA school! The journey that the Lord has taken him through without a doubt will make him a better PA than the PA he could have been in 2010. We praise the Lord for His great work in our lives in the good and bad times. Everything is all working out for His glory!

This fall we are excited for Mr.QD to not have a life for 2 years and to start his endeavor in becoming a PA. In the coming fall I will also start my grad program which will be a 2 year journey as well. We will both be super busy and we are so excited and nervous all at the same time!

So there you have it folks! We will now be living lives buried in books and writing countless papers (for me). I will still be around to blog so don’t worry!

Until next time…
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Money money money money…. money!


I know this is a totally random post but in the spirit of supporting a good friend and this amazing finances series she is writing on her blog I thought I’d piggy back off of her and share our story!

For starters Mr. QD and I aren’t really big spenders. We like to think of ourselves to be quite simple. However, I will say that we never spoke about finances before we got married. We breezed through the finances portion of our pre-marital counseling. The only thing we knew going into our marriage was that we had a lot of school debt. We had both come from a private Christian college so that only means double the student loans. Let’s just say that when we go married our first experience with finances was realizing that our monthly student loan payments would be more than our rent.

As newlyweds we had numerous people approach us about this Dave Ramsey guy. To be honest we did not give it the time and day because we thought it was just another multi-level marketing presentation. Little did we know…

It was not until we moved to a different county and a different church when someone we really respected told us about how they were becoming debt free and there was going to be a big celebration. We were curious and then Dave Ramsey’s name was dropped. You would think that would get our attention but nope still not that much interested. It wasn’t until a good friend from our new church was telling me about her life and what her and her family have been going through over the last few years (at the time). Basically they were renting a town home because they had sold their home and many of their belongings to make a huge dent on their debt. Two years later they were able to make a huge dent on their debt!

Finally, we looked into it. If you know Mr. QD well you would characterize him as an all or nothing guy. I on the other hand like to take time to think things through. He read the Total Money Makeover book in a day and started perusing through Dave’s website and utilized the tools on the website. I came home from work one day and he cut our credit cards in my face without even consulting me first! Now, I am sure he will say that he was a little extreme and probably would have handled his excitement a little differently. He kept saying, “Babe we need to move like a gazelle!” If you’ve read Dave’s book you know what that means! But I wasn’t ready.

In the Lord’s perfect providence I lost my job. I was mortified! We already lived on a month to month basis, how were we going to survive? I called Mr. QD in fear that he would be upset and his response was “Sweet! Come Home!” Not the response I was expecting. I think he was at peace with the circumstances for several reasons, one of them trusting in the Lord’s providence and also the perfect excuse to buckle down and have Dave a part of our lives.

Now to preface this we were living in a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment overlooking a golf course! Prior to that as Mr. QD was talking about moving like a gazelle the first thing to go was the apartment and I refused because it was such a beautiful and tranquil place. Yeah let me tell you that the day I lost my job Mr. QD did not hesitate to schedule apartment tours and ready to move out and downsize. I had ran out of excuses to resist Dave. So indeed we moved to a one bedroom apartment is where we still live in until this day. That season of me out of a job I had taken on multiple temp jobs as I signed on with a temp agency and then I had started a dessert catering “business”. That was the hardest yet sweetest season in our marriage (that story will be for another day).

With multiple random odd end jobs Mr.QD stepped it up and was working 2 or 3 jobs and with our income he started snowballing our debt. Even with one income we were able to make a dent in our debt and did not budge once to get a credit card. There were moments where our refrigerator and our kitchen pantry was empty with only rice and beans. The Lord always provided for us and instead on incurring more debt in that season we were able to pay down our debt.

So, where are we now? I will be honest and say that we aren’t snowballing our debt as rigorously as we probably should. However, we are still snowballing our debt in several areas and saving as well. But with all that said, Dave changed my paradigm in how I perceive money. It has changed the way I have shopped and even the way I look at things.

Now, I know this is a really long drawn out post… But stay tuned for my next post on how we do our finances and shopping.

Also, do not forget to check out Patty’s blog on her financial journey!

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Hello! // Life

Where have I been?!?!?

Boy, to say that life has been uneventful would be a lie. Since I’ve last blogged, life has had it’s sweetest times and it’s hardest times as well. However, in all of it the Lord has remained sovereign. This is a song that is a great reminder that trials are momentary in light of eternity. Also, through these momentary trials the Lord will be glorified.

So, here is a little piece of my heart today.

I hope to blog more often so look out for tomorrow’s post on FINANCES! Hot topic I know! Stay tuned!

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Blogtember Challenge: Day 1 // Meet Dannielle Loise

Hello World!!!
Now I know I say this ALL the time… but boy has it been a while since I have been here!!! But let me tell you that it has been way too long. I took another hiatus for the summer. I just vegged and really relaxed this summer. But I am back and of course life is as crazy as ever. Well in Dannielle fashion I figured, why not populate my life with more things to do! Well I see this as a stress reliever in a sense! So join me as I join the 2015 Blogtember Challenge hosted by Brave Love Blog! Now I will be completely honest with you and tell you that I suck at these kinds of challenges so I cannot promise that I will post everyday, but I will try a minimum on once or twice a week!


Day 1: Introduce Yourself

Now if you are a Quite Dainty reader you might know quite a bit about me. You might already also know about my blogging journey and how I came up with the name Quite Dainty.

So I will spare you those details and just share with you some updates on my life. For starters I just celebrated my 5th year wedding anniversary with my husband (aka hubby or Mr.QD). I will tell you that this year our marriage has been extremely sweet. There are plenty of reasons or things that made it sweet, and that will be another post but in short the sweetness comes from denying yourself for the other.

Aside from celebrating our wedding anniversary I also recently just started the school year. Now for those of you who are new here, I am a second grade teacher in California. I will tell you that I absolutely love my job! you know how they say that teaching is the most rewarding job? Well it is! It is a ton of work and you have to have a lot invested in it but it is worth it! School has started and I have a really sweet group of students this year! I am trying a bunch of new things in my classroom so I look forward to sharing that all with you guys.

Also, let me not forget to mention that this month I have also joined a fitness challenge with my friend Patty from Make It Cozee! Let’s just say it has already been challenging and it’s only been day 2! Fighting a cold has not been the best start… but I will just extend my challenge 2 days!

Lastly, (most importantly) the hubby and I also lead the Junior High group at our church. Now I know I said that teaching is the most rewarding job…. well this is even more rewarding! I absolutely love our kiddos and the girls in our class are amazing! They are the sweetest gals and I learn so much from them! With that said our ministry year is starting up and I cannot wait.

So that is it with introductions. I hope you stay tuned to what is to come with the Blogtember Challenge!

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3 Time Saving Tips

Time Saving Tips
I am so excited to be posting along side Patty from MakeItCozee today! We’ve been wanting to share some ways in which we are able shave off some time in our weekly routines. So here it goes…

>> 1. Make a GAME PLAN >>
What was helpful to me was listing out all the things I need to accomplish within my week. So mine would be cooking, cleaning, packing lunch for myself and hubby, working out, my teaching job, to list a few. Then I  would figure out which of these things can be done ahead of time or which of these things can I prep for ahead of time. Lastly, I get my calendar and try to figure out when in my schedule things can get done. Now some people invest in cool planners, as for me what I found that works is Google Calendar. I have a calendar for work and for personal life. On my iPhoneI have my work calendar, my personal calendar, and even hubby’s work calendar all synced on my phone. This has been a huge help to both of us when making plans (plus we are aware of each other’s work load).

>> 2. Make a ROUTINE >>
Once I figure out my game plan and prioritize all the things I get done I figure out a routine.

Cooking: I have found meal prepping to be very helpful (to be honest it is a lifesaver). I find one day in the week to go grocery shopping and meal prep (this is usually Sundays).

Cleaning: I create my own weekly cleaning schedule. I stress the importance of creating your own, because for some people the pre-made ones you find on pinterest work, however I find that most of those are for stay at home moms. I found myself stressing out because I couldn’t get everything done on that list. Instead what I did was create my own weekly cleaning routine and made it reasonable for what fit in my life/schedule. I grabbed this free planner from Pinterest and I love it!

Daily Routine: On the free planner I mentioned above, I also pencil in my work outs for the week and other tasks I need to get done for that day.

>> 3. Make a LIST >>
Now if you are like me I love making lists! However, sometimes I write really long lists and I get discouraged. I have found myself to make several smaller lists. For example I have my grocery list. And then I create a daily list (of things to do). I keep it to no more than 5-7 things (the smaller the better). Then I also create a reward system for myself that once I accomplish everything on my list I reward myself! That reward could be a treat or simply could be watching youtube!

Now by no means will I tell you that I am an expert in these things however I am a work in progress. I find that the times that I do stick to these things not only do I save time but also money. Then the most gratifying reward from following these tips is the feeling of accomplishment! Let me know what your Time Saving tips are, I’d love to hear them. Also, do not forget to stop by MakeItCozee to check out Patty’s Time Saving Tips!

Stay tuned for my Cleaning Routine!

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