About Me



Simply put: [de]CLAIRE is the name & happiness is the game. After creating a blog for my student teaching experience WAY BACK WHEN (thank you @UofIJamesScholarProgram) and an instagram account (@missdeclaireinghappiness pls follow), I wanted to continue my blogging journey online! So hence…. this website was born!! Here are a couple important facts about me:

1.) I am a second year teacher! I received my DREAM JOB in my DREAM DISTRICT! I love teaching fifth grade.

2.) My other passions besides teaching are tacos, popcorn, clean eating, running, Trader Joe’s, cactuses, Bubly, and crafting!

3.) The Donahue family consists of my patient, fun-loving dad, and my hilarious, hard-working older brother. After my freshmen year of college, my mom passed away after battling a stomach cancer. She was and still is my role model! My love of crafting and cooking has definitely come from her.

4.) Ever since I took a Digital Photo class in high school, I love taking pictures, using Photoshop, and creating graphic design projects.

5.) Favorite show has to be a triple-tie between Friday Night Lights (I grew up in Austin, TX… obvi this is a fav), Jane the Virgin (they are just so darn funny!!), and The Office (C.L.A.S.S.I.C).

6.) If I could eat chips, salsa, and tacos for every meal I would. I have probably eaten my entire body weight in tortilla chips…they are just so delicious.

7.) My favorite colors are blush pink and gold. You will find these colors constantly a part of my wardrobe, phone case/background, jewelry, and bedroom. You will see blush in every and all aspects of my wedding LOL

8.) COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS UNTIL #MEISTERTAKESHISMRS (my wedding!). It’s THIS YEAR and I can’t wait!! My cute fiancé Joel is in the picture above!!

9.) I have stopped eating artificial sugar since my birthday last year. The journey has been challenging BUT rewarding. I love experimenting with new foods and natural sweeteners. I believe in whole, clean, real foods.

While following my blog/website, I’m sure you will learn even more about me! If you have any questions or comments… PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out. I love helping, sharing my experiences, and learn from/about others. Thank you for following along with me on my journey!

Be sure to check out my Instagram page! Links to my other social medias are below:)