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

 

 

4th of July Ready

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Happy hump day guys! I hope you’re all having a great week. I am off work today to catch up on homework, so I figured I might as well catch up on the blog as well!

One of my favorite holidays is right around the corner, and I can’t wait. Since America is so awesome, it calls for an awesome celebration. Which means that you need an awesome outfit (duh). I love getting patriotic themed clothes, not just for the 4th but for anytime. The 4th is great excuse to go all out though!

I know you guys probably think I have a Riffraff addiction, but they really do have the best goodies for anything you need an outfit for, including the 4th. They recently launched their Camp America line, so their site is currently full of awesome patriotic tees and accessories right now!! You can shop my look and all kinds of fun stuff right HERE! You can also get 15% off + free shipping with my code “riffraffrepbeth”!!

I can’t wait to rep the greatest country on Earth in a few weeks! It’s also going to be my first 4th of July on the beach, so I’m pretty pumped about that. Fireworks and the ocean are a pretty rad combo. What are you guys doing for the 4th?!

Hope the rest of your week goes well and the weekend finds you quickly!

XO beth

Best Sale Ever

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Hey guys! Hope y’all are having a great weekend! I am getting ready to pack up and head back to Florida in the next day or two, so it’s pretty bittersweet. I have spent over a week at home with my family and friends, and they’re pretty hard to leave! I’m not gonna lie though, I’m very anxious to get home and back to the beach! I feel like I’m losing my tan. Struggles.

I had to do this post real quick because Forever21 is HAVING A HUGE SALE.

Guess how much this dress is on sale for right now?! $8.00! I got it for $12, then it went down even more so I knew I couldn’t NOT tell you about it. There are TONS of cute dresses on their sale, for a super budget friendly price! You can find the dress I’m wearing HERE, or just head to forever21.com and check it all out. Wedding season is in full swing so I know y’all are needing some dresses!

Hope your week is wonderful! Thanks for reading!

XO beth

[dress – forever21 / bralette – shopriffraff.com *15% off w/code riffraffrepbeth* / shoes – target]

Wellness Wednesday

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Happy hump day friends! I have been so busy this week I’ve slacked a little on this little piece of my life, but my personal goal is to keep improving it as much as I can.

So today’s post is a little gym update, because as many of you may know, I’ve just recently been recovering from surgery. Now that I’m at about 80-90%, I’ve been able to work out again. At first, I wasn’t sure how I’d handle it, since it’s been SO long since I’ve been physically able to work out. Even before my surgery, I went about two years without being physically well enough to do much physical activity.

And, naturally, as with any NON-weight bearing surgery, I gained some weight, which used to be my biggest fear in life. BUT God is really, really freaking awesome, and here I am loving my body regardless!  It’s nowhere near perfect. I have some personal improvements to make, but knowing I’m at a place where I can define boundaries for myself in the gym (& the kitchen), makes this whole process so much easier. The gym is still my happy place, but it’s not my crutch. I still strive to eat healthy, but I listen to my body and fuel it.

If you are struggling with how you feel about yourself and have a negative body image, please be kind to your body. Strive to be strong and happy, don’t strive to be skinny. It’s so much easier on your mind and your body, and trust me those are two very important things! Shoot, be your own #womancrushwednesday, if that’s your thing. Just love yoself.

I digress. Anyways.

Being back in the gym is so exciting. So many days I want to just jump right in where I used to be, but I know it takes baby steps. So, I have had to start off pretty small. But considering, I don’t think it’s too bad. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been doing each week, and am already seeing some progress.

For cardio:
Bike 10-14 miles (depending on mood lolz – sometimes a spin class, sometimes on my own)
Walk 1-2 miles

For legs:
Squats – 3 sets of 12 regular squats; 3 sets of 12 sumo squats; 3 sets of 12 pulsing squats
Lunges, 2 sets of 25
Side kicks, on all fours – 3 sets of 15 on each side

For abs:
75 bicycle crunches
30 seconds of the hundred
30 leg raises
50 regular crunches on Bosu ball (or regular exercise ball)
25 side crunches on Bosu ball (25 on each side)
Side planks – 3 sets of 20 seconds per side

As always, try to spend at least five minutes stretching!!

I will try to do more fitness posts, now that I’m back in the zone after far too long! Hope this snippet helps ya out, and I hope you feel fabulous doing it! I will post more workouts in the future!

XO beth

 

 

Back to the Basics

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Happy Friday, pretty people! I can’t believe it’s already the weekend again. I am back home in AR for a few days and the time is already flying! It seems like I can never have quite enough time to fit everything in while I’m here. There are so many people, both family and friends, who I am dying to see — yet at the same time I am dying to cuddle up on the couch with my dog and watch a movie with the parents. The struggle is so real!

I haven’t done a style post in a while, so I thought I’d show y’all my favorite basic shirt right now. I know when you hear basic tee you probably think of black or neutrals, but this tank is the perfect basic tank that adds a great pop of summer color. It is simple and comfy, like a basic tee, yet you can easily dress it up with heels and jewelry. Or you can throw on a hat with converses and it’s totally casual. Just do you. Lots of options with this one. Side note, I am obsessed with the material. It’s soft like a sweater, but thin like cotton. Yas gimme.

I dressed it up for this look, but I’m definitely putting it with converses next time I wear it! (which very well might be in like three days #obsessed).

OH and the bra/crop underneath it is the perfect coordinating pattern! I love adding pops of pattern like this. I forgot I even had this crop and happened to throw it in my bag! So glad I did. It was $5 at Forever21, by the way. Jeans are also Forever, but nacklace and tank are Riffraff and shoes are Target!

I hope you all have a rad weekend. I hope you feel beautiful today!

XO beth