One Year!

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And MANY more to go!!

On September 19, 2015, Jon and I said our “I Do’s” in front of our amazing family and friends. And it truly was the Best. Day. Ever.

I relive it often in my mind, especially when looking back at all the pictures. I wouldn’t change a thing about it (even my flower girl being naked for the family pics LOL thanks for the laughs, Micah!). So much fun I could get married every single day honestly. Don’t judge, it was a blast.

And it would be to Jonathan every single time.

To say that this past year was a constant blessing would be such an understatement. I have learned so much about myself, about my husband, and about marriage in general. We have grown individually, and we have grown as a couple. The past year has been full of changes and challenges, but we have handled them like champs, in my opinion. From having a major surgery, to moving to a new state, to promoting in rank, to both starting a new job and me starting a new career field, we have grown stronger and God has remained faithful through it all.

One of my favorite things about the relationship between Jon and I is that above everything else, we are friends. We were friends in tenth grade when we met, and we are friends today as we enter our next year of marriage. No matter how much we fight, argue, laugh, or cry, we are friends and respect each other. We have a level of comfort that is hard to find in just anyone, and I think that comes from being friends.

We watch football together, we binge Netflix together, we workout together, we joke around and make fun of each other. But we also love each other, build each other up, serve each other, and at the end of the day, all we want in life is for the other to be happy. This first chapter of marriage has taught me that it doesn’t have to be romance and flowers and rainbows 24/7. It has to just be happiness. And happiness comes from a lot more than just whether or not he gets you flowers or does the dishes. What matters is how he makes you feel. And y’all… Jon makes me feel amazing. Like a princess. Or like a kid on Christmas. Or like a seagull with a french fry. You get the point.

I know I’m not always easy to live with, which is one of the biggest reasons I have so much respect for my dear husband. No matter how grumpy/sassy/hangry I get, he is SO SWEET. Sometimes I question how he even does it, but he is full of patience. I’m thankful. That is worth so so much more than any material thing he could ever give me.

I can’t imagine going through this life with anyone else, and I don’t know how we’d do it without the mercy and grace of our Savior. He has been so good to us, and my prayer for our upcoming years of marriage is that He helps us grow even closer together, and more importantly – even closer to Him.

So Jon, thank you for loving me, for loving Christ, and for showing me patience, respect, and kindness, even when I don’t deserve it.

Here’s to the many memories we’ve made, and to the millions we have ahead of us! In the words of Leslie Knope, I love you AND I like you.

If you’re a newly wed, or even just a fairly newly wed, I encourage you to focus on being your spouse’s best friend. Date your spouse. Talk to God. Thanks for reading, guys. I’m gonna go love on my hubby now🙂

XO Beth

Wellness Wednesday

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Hi guys! In my last wellness Wednesday post (forever ago, oops), it was about fitness/my latest workout. However, this week I want to point out how much more there is to wellness. It encompasses mental health as well, which is 100% as important as physical health.

This week, I’ve been pretty sick with a terrible cold or sinus infection (avoiding the doctor’s office, so who really knows lol). It has completely thrown off my workout game, which I have been strictly improving lately. As many of you know, I had to go a long period of time without being physically able to workout, BUT in the last few months I have finally been back to myself! Therefore, I have set some personal fitness/wellness goals and have a burning desire to reach them.

So, throw in this sore throat/stuffy nose/pressure migraine that I’ve had, and there goes my workouts for a few days. Womp womp.

At first, I was honestly really upset with my body for not having the energy to workout. The first day I felt sick, I forced myself to go to the gym regardless, and left quickly feeling 100 times worse.

That’s when it hit me. It’s OKAY to take some days off, especially if my body needs rest. If my goal is to become stronger, then pushing it when it’s low on energy is not going to get me stronger any faster. If my goal is to keep my body healthy, then working out while not healthy is doing just the opposite.

Taking a few days off is not going to ruin the progress that’s already been made. If you’re on a fitness or wellness journey, please remember this! As long as you are consciously making healthy choices when it comes to what you eat, then a few days of rest will not ruin your progress. You can’t let rest drive you crazy, because even God told us we are to rest at least one day a week!

I’ll stop rambling now, but I know personally how addicting the gym can become. So I wanted to remind you that it is so okay to rest every now and then! Just use it to motivate you next week in the gym!

Listen to your body. Fuel your body. And most importantly, love your body.

Thanks for reading!

XO Beth

 

Grilled Romaine Salad

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Hi guys! I hope your hump day is going well! I’m so thankful for this week being a short one; I could definitely get used to longer weekends and shorter work weeks! A girl can dream.

We had a great Labor Day weekend. It rained pretty much all weekend because of #Hermine, so we stayed in and relaxed and caught up on cleaning (& college football holla). It felt so good to finally not have to be somewhere on our days off! I think it is so important to take time every few days to recharge both individually and as a couple. Life is busy.

Anyways, on Sunday we wanted a quick and easy lunch after church, so we drew inspiration from one of our favorite restaurants back in Colorado. When we ate there, I always got the grilled romaine salad, and it was always amazing. We decided to recreate it ourselves, now that we have a grill!

I made my own balsamic vinaigrette for it, but you can use store bought if you prefer.

It turns out it’s SUPER simple, and it only took us about 20 minutes total. And it’s SO GOOD.

Here’s the recipe:

Grilled Romaine Salad
Prep time: 20 minutes Serves: 2

Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt + pepper
1/2 tsp garlic (or 1 tsp depending on your preference)
Whisk together in a bowl; set aside.

Salad:

1 bag of romaine hearts (we got the bag of three hearts so it yielded six halves)
Bleu cheese
Olive oil
Bacon crumbles

Instructions:

Heat the grill to medium heat. While it heats, slice the romaine hearts in half, lengthwise. Baste them lightly in olive oil. Once grill is ready, carefully place romaine (inside down) on the grill. Leave on the grill for about 4-5 minutes. After removing from grill, place on plate (inside up) and drizzle on the balsamic dressing. Then, top with bleu cheese and bacon crumbles. Enjoy! *you can add croutons if you are a crouton person or just want more toppings! I left them off to save on calories*

SO so simple, yet so delicious. It doesn’t sound like much, but the smokey flavor from the grill gives it so much extra flavor. The bleu cheese really makes the whole dish, in my opinion. I love bleu cheese. However, if you are not a bleu cheese lover, feta would also be great!

Hope you guys enjoy this; let me know if you try it! Thanks for reading! Have a happy Wednesday.

XO beth

 

Summer/Fall Transition

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Happy Friday, loves! I am finally back with an #ootd post, which is long overdue.

We have been either out of town or having people in town staying with us for the last five weeks or so. It has been so much fun but SO exhausting. I’ve been swimming in homework, on top of the school year starting at work. Luckily, we are off today (Friday) and Monday is a holiday so it’s a looong weekend! Couldn’t be happier. Also, we survived the “hurricane” that hit last night. As you can see from the clear sky behind me, it cleared up pretty quick. It rained for a few minutes and was a little windy, so we got lucky. Saying some prayers for those who did get affected by it, though.

So, my favorite time of year is finally upon us. FOOTBALL. SEASON.

In fact, the reason I’m doing this post so late is because we just finished our Fantasy Football draft. My Razorbacks play tomorrow. My Broncos play on Thursday. I’m so pumped! My excitement for football season is what inspired today’s outfit. I wanted to show you guys what I’d wear if I was headed to a local bar to watch the Hogs play (hence the pop of red).

There’s a funny story behind this crop top – I never buy crop tops anymore, as I feel that I am too old and left that phase in my senior year of college. However, this crop top may have changed my mind. When I ordered this top (HERE), I was intending on ordering the skirt they had it paired with. I was dying for that skirt. So I bought it. Well, it came in the mail, what I thought was my skirt. I opened it and this crop top was in there. I realized I accidentally bought the top, not the skirt. I didn’t read the description closely enough to realize the skirt was the item next to it… Ooops! But look how cute it is!! It worked out well for me, because this is the perfect comfy/cute crop. Say that ten times fast.

Anyways, I paired it with denim shorts to keep it casual, because I wanted to wear my SEC hat. But I have so many outfit ideas in mind for this crop, it goes with everything. I threw on the plaid button up to break it up a little and of course add a pop of color. It also makes it a little more fall-ish; since it’s September now I figured I could start the transition.

I got all of these items HERE – and you can use code ‘riffraffrepbeth’ for 15% off your order plus FREE shipping, holla!

Hope you guys are having a great Friday and a blessed weekend. You are beautiful! Thanks for reading!!

XO beth

No-Bake Energy Balls

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Happy Tuesday y’all. Hope your Monday was short and your week is off to a great start!

I go through phases with food, where I get addicted to something and eat it nonstop for a month or two. So that’s where I’m at right now with these energy balls. Holy YUM. Except this one isn’t just a phase, because I will probably be eating these for the rest of my life. They’re that good.

They make a great pre- or post-workout snack, because the peanut butter provides you with energy and protein, while the fiber and chia seeds keep you fuller longer! They’re easy to make, and it’s great to grab out of the fridge on the way out the door. Plus they just taste like dessert. I’m a big dessert person, so since I’m trying to tone up my beach bod, these are a great dessert substitute.

Here’s the recipe (yields about 13-15 energy balls):

1 cup oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1-2 tablespoons chia seeds *can substitute with flaxseed
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips *can use regular choc. chips if desired; may also use raisins instead. add 1/3 cup if you want extra sweetness.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour (if you’re impatient like me, stick ’em in the freezer!). Remove from fridge, have a couple sample bites if you want, and then roll into balls. Place in a sealable container and store in the fridge!

Hope you guys enjoy – let me know what you think! Have a great week.

XO beth

 

Monday Must-Haves

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Hi guys! I hope you’ve all been doing well! We are busy as ever, but trying to make the most of this summer. Living on the beach isn’t half bad! Okay I’m obsessed with it, don’t judge me. Not gonna lie though, I’ve been really missing the mountains lately. Funny how that works!

Anyways.

I have to update you on my current favorite items. Like I said, I’ve had the mountains on my mind, which means cooler weather has been on my mind… Therefore I bought a long sleeve shirt! Does that make ANY sense, considering it is July and like a furnace every day where I live? NO it doesn’t, but that’s okay. At least I’m telling myself it’s okay. Fall will be here before we know it, so we must be prepared ladies!

This shirt is SO cute and SO perfect for a fall staple because it goes with so many things. I have big plans for it that involve pattern mixing. Can’t wait for that. Also it’s lightweight so if you throw it on with shorts you can really wear it whenever; perfect for layering in the colder months! Shop this shirt here and get 15% off with my code – “Riffraffrepbeth”!

Onto the next item. Let’s talk about white denim. I’m a big fan. I used to follow the no-white-after-Labor-Day rule, but now I kind of ignore it. White jeans make an outfit look so classy and chic, why would you NOT wear them all year long?! These are from Target and regardless of being very affordable, they are made really well!

I hope you guys have the best week, and thanks for reading! You’re beautiful and you’re loved.

XO beth

 

 

 

Seeing Stripes

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Hi loves! It has been a hot minute since I’ve been able to post anything so it feels good to be back at it. Blogging is kind of like working out ya know? Once you get too busy to find the time it’s so easy to just stop, but then when you get back into it you remember why you love it! At least in my opinion. Rambling already I know.

So a couple years ago I went through a romper phase and bought several and wore them all summer. Then they kinda lost their appeal to me, since they’re so hit or miss. But I bought one a couple weeks ago and it’s safe to say I’m hooked again! I absolutely love this one because it’s SO comfy and versatile I can wear it as a coverup like I did today, or I can dress it up with wedges and wear it out. It’s perfect. It’s not the awkward type.

Unfortunately it’s currently sold out BUT you can go HERE and sign up for the restock notification! And you can get 15% off with my code (riffraffrepbeth)! These sandals are from Target and come in two other colors! They still have them in stock – I saw them when I made my target run this morning🙂

We just got back from the beach with some friends (HOLY HOT, FL!) and are now about to buy a grill so we can work on our grill game! What are your favorite summer grilling recipes?! I really want to know because I haven’t grilled much and need to expand my horizons!

I hope you have the best weekend, thanks for reading! You are lovely!

XO beth