Kent Family Mommy & Me Shoot

You guys, this shoot was so much fun! It was my first maternity shoot – EEK! – and I had a blast! Susana and her son Nathan were naturals, as you can tell. Susana is having a baby girl in a few months, and it’s obvious she’s got one super sweet big brother to look out for her! We did a combination of outdoorsy and beachy photos at sunset, and I love how they came out.

Funny story — it rained off and on ALL day the day of this shoot. It was SO dark and cloudy, and as soon as the sun would peek out, it was start raining and the clouds would return! I was so stressed that we wouldn’t be able to shoot, which would’ve been okay because we could always reschedule, but oh my gosh I was so excited I didn’t want the weather to ruin it! But sure enough, about 20 minutes before we met for the shoot, the sun came out of nowhere, the rain stopped, and we caught the best sunset!

XO beth

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Florida Winter + Life Update

 

Happy weekend, loves! I hope your Saturday is off to a great start! I’m curled up sipping a latte and wondering why Florida has to be so rude — it got so cold here overnight and I’m not a fan. I’m tired of this back-and-forth from hot and cold nonsense. I just want to not freeze to death when I walk outside.

But, I’ve found the secret to Florida winters: LAYERS. Because once that sun is up and the temp shoots up about 20 degrees, you’re gonna be struggling. So the best bet is to wear layers (CUTE ONES!!) that you can shed throughout the day. For example, this sweatshirt is the perfect layering piece right now!! And look at that back detail!! All the heart eyes. It’s also the coziest thing I’ve ever put on my body. So I’ll be living in it for the foreseeable future. So, due to the annoying cold here, I layered a bralette underneath, then put my big coat over it because the wind is insane. I can’t wait to throw it on over a swimsuit in the spring! It’s also a great piece to throw on over your sports bra for the gym. Endless possibilities, people. I got it from Indigo, along with the leggings and bralette. Click HERE for their Instagram (website coming soon).

That brings me to our life update! A couple months ago, I got my dream job working for my dream boss with my dream co-workers – at Indigo! It’s the cutest little boutique in Watercolor, FL and yes the commute is SO so worth it! I mean, have you been to 30A??? Dreamy. I still have to pinch myself that I work in such a fun and inspiring environment, doing what I love – helping people pick out cute clothes and feel pretty!

Another piece of my update is that I’ve decided to pursue photography on the side, as you may already know if you follow me on other social media platforms. I am SO excited for this adventure, because I’ve been dying to take the leap but never had the courage (or equipment) until recently. Capturing moments in peoples’ lives truly sets my soul on fire and I can’t wait to see where it takes me! I’m especially excited to shoot with my fellow military families, because they have such a special place in my heart! But my goal is to go beyond just that and also focus on engagement, maternity, lifestyle/fashion, and wherever else I end up! I’m working on potentially launching a new site, but for now, I’ve added a Photography tab for info, and a Portfolio tab for my work as I build my portfolio.

I have one more exciting adventure coming up, and that is our next move! We’ve known for a while now, but this summer we will be moving again, but only a short way down the road… to Destin! I am SO excited to be blessed enough to remain in this beautiful place a little while longer, and especially because I don’t have to do the whole quit-my-job-as-soon-as-I’m-happy thing! I love starting new chapters with my hubby and I know we will have a blast on the next one.

Life has had so many ups and downs the last several months, especially with the challenging injury I’ve had to face. It was hard to keep positive for so long, but even though I’m still struggling with the injury, I feel much more at peace about my life. God has reminded me that He keeps his promises, He is still good and no matter how abandoned you may feel, He is still right beside you. He can literally move mountains for you, if you will just let him. I think that was my problem throughout this injury/healing process — I was so frustrated for so long that I wasn’t letting go enough to trust Him to fix it in HIS time (anyone else guilty of this?) .

He is SO good y’all. He is working a wonderful thing in you, you just have to have patience. Remember how a year ago I thought my life was about to involve a dietetic internship, even more long distance marriage, and lots more student loans?? Well after enduring the challenges of it falling through, I’m seeing now the plans He had in place for that not working out. At the time it crushed me, but NOW I feel even more excited than I did when applying to internships! My soul is on fire every single day, regardless of how much pain this stupid injury is causing me. God is still there, be still and listen for His voice, and let Him move your mountain.

I hope you find encouragement in this somewhere, and if not I hope you at least find some outfit inspo 😉 thanks for reading,

XO beth

Reflecting on 2017

Happy New Year, friends! Can you believe it’s already 2018?! I feel like the past year flew by, but at the same time it was the longest year of my life! Such a strange mix of emotions are attached to the past twelve months.

I don’t want to get too detailed and personal — I know you’re probably scrolling through tons of bloggers’ NY resolutions and reflections. But I think I’d be silly to not reflect on (and share) all the things this year taught me. God used the craziest things to teach me the most important lessons, and proved Himself faithful throughout all of it. The good definitely outweighs the bad, but the bad that this year brought was definitely some of the worst I’ve ever experienced.

We started the year out by planning our honeymoon! ☀️ Yes, we waited a couple years to take our honeymoon after getting married because life was crazy busy, but we FINALLY had time (and money saved!) to do it. We spent weeks trying to nail down the perfect honeymoon resort, and in March we finally picked one in the Dominican Republic, and we were supposed to go in April. We were SO. EXCITED.

About a week later, my husband came home from work and flipped my world upside down by saying the words that every military spouse dreads: “I’m being deployed.”

Except our deployment was extra special in that they chose him at the last minute for whatever reason… and instead of having a 4 month notice to plan/prepare, he had about 3 weeks. He was set to leave on the same day we were supposed to leave for our honeymoon. LOL right? Little did I know this was an allusion to how the next year would go, haha.

During this time, I was also applying for Dietetic Internships because I had finally worked up the nerve to go for it. I had spent some time building my resume and had some hope that maybe I had a chance. Well, unfortunately I got my hopes up too high on that one, because on the same day that hubby left (and that we were supposed to be honeymooning), I found out that I did not get matched for the internship.

Talk about ALL the curveballs ALL at the same time. Less than a week after hubby leaving for deployment, my first injury struck (of MANY #deploymentcurse). I was alone, hurting all the time, and unsure of the future. I tried to use all of these struggles as a learning experience, and began to pray constantly. I felt my relationship with Christ strengthen to a point it’s never been before.

I made strong, amazing friendships during those seven months that I know God put in my life to get me through. I learned so much about myself, my weaknesses AND my strengths, and especially about my marriage. Nothing like seven months spent in different countries to show you how strong you actually are!

So, fast forward a lot of lonely nights, wine and chocolate, a couple crazy hurricanes, a knee strain/back issues/migraines/broken toe/hamstring strain, several trips home to family, and some awesome friendships later… and my sweet hubby came home to me safely. I would say this day wins my 2017, hands down. All of the bad things that this year brought disappeared when he walked through that airport to me.

Fast forward some more, and my injuries are slowly (but fairly surely) improving. I’m still struggling with the frustration of not being able to be active, but isn’t that life sometimes? I’m finding new passions in my life, that give me hope for my future career. My husband is here with me, right where he should be, and we get to move to a new adventure in 2018. If there’s one thing I’ve learned the past twelve months it’s that God has different plans than we do, and no matter how much they hurt at first, they’re 1,000% better for us in the end. Hold on to that promise, and you’ll make it. God showed me that sometimes he has to take us to our worst to bring us to our best.

Whatever struggles 2017 brought you, use them to make you stronger in 2018! No matter how rough it gets, remember God isn’t punishing you, he is strengthening you for big things! I pray that you have the strength and motivation to chase those big things in the upcoming year.

Cheers to you and to 2018! Thanks for reading,

XO beth

Velvet Shorties

You guys… I am SO on board with the velvet trend! I got these shorts thinking they’d be the perfect fall staple in Florida! I was right about that, until three days ago when it went from 75 and sunny (like it’s been for the whole entire season) to 45 and windy/cloudy/rainy! Brr. I get cold just thinking about it… FL has ruined my cold tolerance. But I wore them yesterday anyway because they’re SO freaking COMFY. I’m a HUGE fan of clothes that feel like pj’s but make you look put together 🙂

I got these shorts at my favorite 30A boutique, Indigo Watercolor! (Also where I work now and I’ve never been happier! If you’re in the 30A area, come see me!) Like I said in my other post, their website isn’t up yet BUT you can find their Instagram HERE! Check us out!

The sweater is from Riffraff a few seasons back, but they have tons of new ones that are just as cozy! And the blanket scarf obsession continues — ILYMIX is where it’s at y’all! Now that it’s cold here, I’ve pretty much been planning my outfits around my ILYMIX scarves haha. They’re so cozy, and they make great Christmas gifts!

Anyone else feel like you’re suddenly running out of time to get all the gifts you need?! I think I have a mini heart attack every other day because I keep thinking of more gifts I need to get! Someone please come do my shopping?! No? Anyways, on a more serious note… I almost didn’t post this post (actually almost deleted the whole thing after I wrote it) because I got on Instagram and scrolled through other people’s feed and felt totally inferior. I let other people’s highlight reel affect my real life. “My photos aren’t as good.” “My legs aren’t as skinny.” “My roots are grown out a little but her hair is so perfect.” Blah blah BLAH! You’re probably familiar with this nonsense. So, if you’re like me and you sometimes let Instagram get in your head, here’s your reminder that it’s simply a filtered highlight reel, not the messy, REAL every day life that people live. So cut yourself some slack, and if you want to post that picture, post it with confidence! Let’s use Instagram as a way to build community not competition, and compliment each other’s strengths rather than focusing on our own weaknesses! 

I hope you guys have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

Pesto Chicken Spaghetti Squash

I have been on such a spaghetti squash kick lately! If you follow me on IG or snap, you’re probably tired of seeing it. No apologies though because it’s SO GOOD.

Eating healthy this time of year is really difficult, because there’s something about colder weather that makes comfort food sound way better/cozier than a salad or chicken and veggies (unless you live in FL like me – it was 80 degrees today lol). It’s also hard because everyone’s throwing Christmas parties and eating Thanksgiving leftovers, and sweets seem to be more abundant than normal. So, if you’re craving a big warm bowl of pasta to cozy up with after work, maybe try swapping it out for spaghetti squash!

Not only is spaghetti squash low-calorie, but it’s gluten-free so if you have any intolerances with pasta, it’s a great alternative! And there are SO many different ways to eat this delicious winter veggie, you could probably eat it every night of the week without getting tired of it. I’ve also learned that it’s great for meal prepping, because one spaghetti squash goes a long way – making it very time AND cost efficient!

Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash
2 chicken breasts
1 zucchini squash
1 roma tomato
5 tablespoons of basil pesto (separated)
salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
cheese to top it *optional*

Instructions:

First off, I’ll explain how to cook the squash. I think this is what kept me from trying this vegetable for so long, because I just assumed it was too difficult to cook. Turns out it’s extremely easy!

After heating your oven to 415, cut the squash in half, straight down the middle (long ways, stem to bottom).

Scoop out seeds with a spoon.

Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic (can use minced or powder). Place on a baking sheet, cover with foil, and bake for 45-50 minutes **this will definitely vary depending on the size of the squash; some are tiny, some are huge! use your judgment** You will know it is done when it shreds easily/tenderly when you scrape it with a fork!

While your squash is cooking, you can bake your chicken in a separate dish since the oven is already set to a high temp. **You can also cook it via a different method, this one is easiest/efficient**

Chop your zucchini and tomato into small chunks, and sautee over medium heat, until lightly browned and soft. Add in a little S+P, garlic and onion powder, to taste. After chicken is cooked, dice it up and add it to your pan with the zucchini and tomato. Turn heat down, and add in 2 tablespoons of pesto and stir until combined.

Once your squash is done and ready to shred, shred it completely with a fork (it’ll naturally make noodle-like pieces). Add in 2-3 tablespoons of pesto to the noodles, and stir until the “noodles” are well coated in pesto. You can either do this in a separate pan, or in the squash boats.

Top the “noodles” with the chicken zucchini mixture, either in the squash boats OR in a bowl! Totally up to you how you serve it, because it tastes delicious either way! It is also delicious when topped with a little parmesan or mozzarella cheese!

This is one of MANY different, yummy ways to prepare a spaghetti squash! I hope you love it as much as I do! Drop me a comment if you make it and let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more recipes with spaghetti squash! As always, thanks for reading and have a fabulous day!

XO beth

 

 

Ombre Top + OTK Boots

Happy Monday! Better yet, happy CYBER Monday! Anyone else trying to frantically get some Christmas shopping done and out of the way today?! I feel like it totally snuck up on me this year, and even though we still have almost a month, I’m stressing out that we’re only halfway done with our Christmas shopping! So, in case you’re like me and want to knock it out sooner than later, I’ll link my favorite cyber Monday sales I’ll be hitting up today! My after work plans include a glass of wine, my laptop and wallet, and curling up on the couch (hopefully with a Christmas movie playing, but I think I’ve burnt the husband out on Christmas things already). This is totally unrelated to this post, but I had to throw some in there… how cute is my hubby? Ladies, find you a man who is patient with you during photo shoots with your new camera :).

A few of my Cyber Monday must’s:

Of course, we all know Amazon is the epitome of Cyber sales, so if in doubt go there!

For all things home decor/kitchen/etc.:

Wayfair allllways has amazing prices, but today they’re doing up to 80% off so many things!
Overstock is doing all kinds of deals and door busters today!

For adorable, boutique clothes/jewelry/etc.:

Riffraff is doing big deals from 30%-50% off sitewide, based on how much you spend! Check them out, they’ve got an outfit for everything. (And they ship for free!)
Red Dress Boutique has TONS of deals today! From jewelry to shoes to clothes, things as low as $10! So cute!
Anthropologie is running 20% off the whole site today! And ummm have you smelled their volcano candles?! Heaven. Go get some for your favorite people!
Forever21 is doing 21% off their whole site today!

NOW let’s talk about this outfit! First of all, Florida has been WARM this fall/winter! It’s only my second full winter here, but I’m kind of amazed at how warm it’s been. Which I secretly love because I hate being cold, but it makes it a little tricky planning outfits. We all know the struggle of freezing in the morning but sweating by noon, so I’ve figured out the key to looking fall-ish but feeling cool/comfy. It’ll probably be my winter uniform until FL cools off (if it ever does)… A lightweight top, skinnies/leggings, and over the knee boots. So simple, yet so put-together looking. You have the boots that make you look like Fall, but you keep it breezy with the top so you’re not too hot by the time it warms up. This lightweight top from Indigo is perfect for that awkward fall weather and can be layered if you need it! *Their website isn’t up yet, BUT you can peep their Instagram HERE!* I love that the bell sleeves trend is staying around, and the ombre colors give you lots of options for putting different colors with it! I wore it alone for our Christmas card photos, but threw on a blanket scarf after to add a little more of a winter vibe to it (I was cold for like five minutes).

The blanket scarf is from ILYMIX and is SO warm! It truly is like wearing a blanket, but you don’t look crazy you just look cute haha. I always tell my husband I need to start carrying around a blanket in my purse because I am ALWAYS freezing to death when we go out to eat! My problems are solved – these scarves are the best.

I hope YOU have a great Monday full of strong coffee and lots of cyber sales! Thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

(Top – Indigo // Jeans – Forever21 // Boots – last season The Other Foot, similar HERE)

How To Indulge Over The Holidays & NOT Gain A Million Pounds

This may shock you, but… no, there’s no magic pill or drink that can keep you from gaining holiday weight or make the calories disappear, despite what those selling network marketing products might tell you. But there ARE, however, a few tips you can try to help keep you in check a bit to help you maintain health over the holidays. Keep in mind every body is different – for example, my husband can eat seconds, thirds, and two pieces of pie and will probably lose weight and still look like a GQ model, while I will gain five pounds if I even look at a bite of pie. It’s just how our bodies are. You have to do what feels right for you because you know your body best!

Hear me loud and clear when I say these are helpful tips for maintaining BALANCE – not tips to be boring! You have to indulge SOME or you’ll go crazy. #TreatYoSelf am I right?

  1. DON’T starve yourself leading up to the big holiday meal. Not only is this unhealthy for your metabolism, but it will automatically cause you to eat more when you do sit down and eat, and you’ll end up twice as uncomfortable as you normally would! I used to do this EVERY time I knew a big meal was in my foreseeable future, and it’s SO bad for you. It’s okay to eat a lighter breakfast than normal in anticipation, but at least eat SOMETHING. I feel so much better when I’ve had at least a small breakfast so that my body stays on its normal track.
  2. MAKE sure to get enough protein. Men, this probably isn’t as much of an issue for you, but if you’re like me, meat is often not top priority. I’ve decided lately I’m an accidental vegetarian, because I forget to eat meat or if I do eat it, it’s not very appealing to me. Try to include either meat or protein-rich sides so that your meal is somewhat balanced and you don’t over load on carbs! Because let’s face it, you’ve got lots of potatoes, rolls, and pies to eat. It’ll also help fill you up and likely is leaner than perhaps the third roll you’d eat if you hadn’t filled up with some meat on your plate. Get that protein in!
  3. LISTEN to your hunger cues! Are you too full for that second serving of sweet potato casserole, or are you actually still a little hungry? I’m definitely not saying seconds are bad, because y’all know I’m weak AF when it comes to my mom’s sweet potato casserole. Hm I think I just drooled a little just thinking about it. Anyways, just pay attention to how full you get, and if you get full before you try everything you wanted to eat, wait a couple hours and have a snack. Or go for an afternoon walk and get your heart rate up a little, then go back for some more. Chances are, if you wait a bit then reassess, you’ll realize your eyes might have been bigger than your stomach!
  4. SKIP the calorie-dense drinks. Please believe me when I say, I love indulging in wine and beer and all the sugary holiday cocktails. I thoroughly enjoy having a glass, or two, of wine with my in-laws over dinner. BUT these drinks can be sneaky culprits when you have more than one or two over the course of a holiday. And let’s be real, we all feel like drinking a little extra on the holidays when we’re with the people we may not get to celebrate with often. You just have to be careful because before you know it you’ll have consumed 1-2,000 calories in drinks alone in just a couple hours, not even counting the pie!! Maybe that’s a sacrifice you’re willing to make, but if it’s up to me, I will save those calories for dessert thank you! If you need a low-cal cocktail, check out the recipe at the bottom of this post! You CAN have your cake (alcohol) and eat (drink) it too.

ENJOY the food and experiences with family/friends you have while eating it! This is definitely the most important. Don’t let the fear of food/calories ruin your day. Don’t go eat yourself into a diabetic coma either, but please please enjoy the yummy foods and drinks! These are merely tips to help keep you in BALANCE over the holidays, NOT to make you feel pressure or like you must restrict. It’s all about balance 🙂

Happy holidays, babes!!!

XO beth

Cran-Raspberry Vodka Spritzer

There’s no way around calories when it comes to alcohol, because it is naturally calorie dense coming in at 9 kcal/gram, but there are plenty of ways to lighten up the other parts of your drink IF you’re not just having beer or wine! This one is super light and refreshing, and really easy to make! (Even hubby likes it! I used mint from our garden :))

1 shot of vodka (or more if you’re feelin’ fresh)
1 can Cran-Raspberry La Croix sparkling water (ZERO calories holla!)
juice of half a lime
a few mint leaves + a sprig of mint for garnish

Serve over ice and enjoy!

Cacao Peanut Butter Energy Balls

You guys… these cacao PB energy balls are the BOMB.COM. Is that still a thing? Bomb.com? Anyways, they’re so good so I’m excited to share the recipe!

I’ve been slacking on creating recipes lately, but finally had some free time this week to play around in the kitchen. This was inspired by my intense stress/PMS chocolate cravings I had lately *nervous laugh* because OMG it’s been bad. I am trying to stay on track but have had several days where I just HAVE to have something sweet. So I decided to try and come up with a new sweet treat that at least has some goods in there for ya too.

Overall, these are pretty clean since the only added sugar is in the mini chocolate chips (or whatever mix-ins you choose) and the applesauce but only because I accidentally got regular instead of unsweetened. Try and go with a natural peanut butter, as it has fewer ingredients than even the low-fat PBs. Honey is also optional, I just added a tiny bit for taste.

Cacao Peanut Butter Energy Balls

1 cup old fashioned oats, blended in processor for about 20 seconds (could also use quick oats)
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 tbsp cacao powder (can sub with cocoa powder)
1/3 cup applesauce (preferably unsweetened unless you’re like me and don’t pay attention lol but either works)
1 tbsp natural honey
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (can use any mix-ins you want! raisins, nuts, etc.)

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, until completely combined. Let sit in freezer for 20-30 minutes, then roll into balls. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Please let me know if you try these and what you think! Hope you have the best day. Be kind to someone today!

XO beth

My Self Care Routine

*dealing with a knee injury, don’t mind the kinesio tape. trendy right?*

If you’ve stopped by my blog any in the past, you probably know I’m a big advocate of self love. I think loving yourself should come first (well…after Jesus, the real mvp) in order for other relationships to flourish in life. The relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. 

So, one of the most important ways to keep up the self love supply is to practice self CARE! It sounds so cliche at first, but when you really stop to think about it, it is so important. Especially if you’re on a really busy schedule and don’t have much time to spend on yourself. If you’re not taking care of yourself, how are you going to genuinely be able to take care of your marriage, kids, other relationships, etc.?! It just makes sense to take time, even if it’s a small amount of time, to focus on yourself, your health, and your happiness.

With the hubby being gone for so long, I have had extra time at night and on weekends to spend on myself. Not in a selfish way, but in a self-improvement way. Because if I improve myself, I can ultimately improve my marriage and relationship with him! So everyone wins 🙂

Here are a few things I always make sure to incorporate into my routine as self care.

1. Exercise. This is probably my biggest (and most obvious) form of self care and it has been for as long as I can remember. If I’m stressed, I hit the gym and get my endorphins going and instantly feel better. If I’m angry, I go for a quick workout and blow off steam. If I’m feeling just blah, even a light yoga workout or walk can be a mood booster and simultaneously makes me feel better about my body! Getting plenty of exercise has SO many benefits.

2. Quiet time. This is something I totally dropped the ball on for the past two years, as life got really busy. I stopped taking my quiet time at night or in the morning and just got into the routine of skipping it. Recently, I started forcing myself to sit down for quiet time every morning with my coffee, and it has been life changing. Just like getting OUT of the habit became routine, you can easily get back INTO it if you simply make the time to do it. For me, quiet time is reading my devotional or Bible while sipping my coffee, and spending a few minutes in pray. It sets the tone for my day and gives me a sense of peace, regardless of how much stress I’m under. Find something that you can turn into your quiet time and use it to kick off your day OR wind it down at night!

3. Reading a book…for FUN. This is another one that I got too busy for the last couple years and recently started doing again. I forgot how relaxing it is to read a good thriller for an hour (or more depending on how thrilling it is!) a day! My friend Lauren came to visit me this summer and brought some good books with her. I borrowed one and we read on the beach and on the couch in our free time, and WOW was it nice. It’s such a good temporary escape from reality! I felt so recharged after finishing a book that week, so I’ve started reading more!

4. Eating GOOD food. This means two things to me, and in my opinion it has to be in BALANCE. Self care means taking good care of yourself, so naturally you should be eating foods that are good for your body! Whole foods, REAL food. Not eating junk every day or McDonald’s every day. I traveled a lot this summer, which forced me to eat out much more than I usually do… and it was such a good reminder as to WHY I choose to eat healthy most of the time. I felt SO gross when I was eating out a lot! My stomach hurt constantly and I just felt really sick. The other half of this ‘eating good food’ equation, however, is indulging when you want to! You can’t let the healthy lifestyle become an obsession – you have to find your balance! If you eat healthy during the week but want to have beer and nachos during the football game on the weekend? DO IT. DO IT!!! If you’re PMSing or had a terrible day and need a cupcake and some wine? FREAKING DO IT!

5. Get outside. Being outside, even for just a few minutes a day, can be so beneficial! The body converts sunlight into vitamin D once it hits your skin (just wear sunscreen if you’re out for a while!). Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium and promotes bone health. It also helps with muscle function and your immune system fighting off bad guys. Plus, being in the sun just makes you feel amazing! So go on a quick walk on lunch break, hit the beach for some yoga, or simply sit in your yard and read a book. Whatever you choose, you’ll feel great after spending some time outdoors! Again, instant mood booster.

6. Listen to your body and know when to slow down. This is so important. At my last job, it was SO high stress and high activity, that it was literally taking a toll on my physical health. I knew it would be a mentally stressful job, but it began causing my migraines to become SO much more frequent than they already were, I wasn’t getting enough sleep, and my foot that had surgery had begun to really bother again. Sometimes, you have to listen to the signs you’re body is giving you to take a step back and slow down. My husband reminded me that quality of life is more important than making a certain amount of money! It’s so true – it’s not worth putting your health at risk. Sometimes it’s okay to slow down and binge watch a season of Friends instead of going going going every single day!

That’s the run down on my self care techniques! I know there are lots of other ways to practice self care, but I don’t want to talk your ear off any more than I have 😉 Maybe I’ll do another self care post soon! Leave me a comment telling me your favorite self care practices!

XO beth

denim shorts – Shein // dare devil shirt – Wildfox couture (old) // lace bralette – Victoria’s Secret in store only, similar here // parachute team hoodie – my husband 😉

How I Styled My Latest Thrift Shop Find

Would you believe me if I told you I got this adorable gray dress for $1.50 at the thrift shop? Because I did (Along with a couple other hidden gems). Total day maker, because I love finding good deals. I just love how it can be simple/casual OR dressy/classy! The only thing is, I can’t link where the dress is actually from… because I have no idea. But that’s okay just this once, because the main focus of this post is my necklace *😍😍* from Julia Marie!

September is upon us (how in the heck did that happen?! it was July like five minutes ago) and I’m so excited that it is. First of all, it means I’m one month closer to my hubby coming home — I haven’t seen him in five months so ANTSY is an understatement! It is also our wedding anniversary month ONE week from TODAY! This is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate! Unfortunately, this year we’ll be celebrating without each other, but that just means we’ll celebrate twice as much when he comes home later on 🙂 For now, I’ll probably go buy myself more flowers like the ones in these photos; I’ll just add some wine and chocolate in there. #treatyoself

Anyways, September 19th, 2015 is my favorite day since it’s the date of our amazing wedding! It was such a fun day and I wish I could do it again, and again and again. It was so perfect! But, since I can’t relive my wedding I guess I will just wear my wedding date necklace instead 😉

I was scrolling the Julia Marie website one night, torn on what to order because of how beautiful every single piece is… but I knew I wanted something kind of simple yet elegant if I wanted to dress it up. When I saw this bar roman numeral necklace, I knew right away that I HAD to have it, with my wedding date on it. I’m so in love with this necklace and have already worn it with pretty much everything. It works well as a single necklace with a nice dress or top, but also layers really well with other, longer necklaces for a more trendy/edgy look! I just love it. **PS the one I’m wearing is on major sale right now!! Linked at end of post.

I shot this look while traveling in AR, so don’t mind the humidity hair :/ is it fall yet?! It was in the 60s this morning but it’s already warming up since the sun’s out. I guess we’re officially entering the awkward time of year where you need jackets in the morning but burn up by the end of the day!

Side note — lots of prayers going out to everyone affected by hurricane Irma (and Harvey too). My house will probably be fine, but I know many people’s aren’t and I hope they know how prayers are being lifted up for them during this difficult time.

Hope you have the best day, thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

shoes – Target // earrings – Hipsway // sunglasses – forever21 // necklace – here