An Ode To The Instagram Husband

Because we don’t give them enough credit:

To the men who wait until their food is nearly cold to eat it, so that we can get a photo…

To the men who walk around with a camera even when they just want to enjoy the moment…

To the men who scope out good potential shoot locations for us, without even meaning to…

To the men who tell us we should “take more mental photos”…

To the men who are just ready to get to the beach and drink a beer but that beach house over there is just too cute to pass up…

To the men who so wonderfully understand the good lighting vs the bad lighting that makes us look like we put our makeup on in the dark…

To the men who wake up *early* from their Sunday afternoon nap to their wife saying, “babe, this golden hour is amazing let’s go shoot”…

To the men who always lose the argument that they’re “too tired” to go shoot…

To the men who never complain about being a 24/7 on-call fashion photographer (lol jk he complains a lot)…

CHEERS TO YOU! You are more appreciated than you know, and I hope all you Insta husbands out there know your worth! We couldn’t do it without y’all, even if you whine a lot about not getting to dig in to your meal right away. Keep being awesome, instagram husbands!

And to my husband, thank you. If you didn’t already have a job I’d hire you as my other shooter for my photography business lol.

Onto the serious business… This outfit was the best beach day outfit! I wore it on our first day of our birthday staycation in Rosemary Beach, and the weather was amazing! I threw the top over my bikini and since we were walking around the town a little, I paired it with denim shorts!

The boutique I bought the black cover up from doesn’t have a website, but I’m linking a cute similar one HERE! Shorts (here) and sandals are Target, bag is Michael Kors! Wood watch is Jord – see my Jord post from Feb for a giveaway ending tomorrow!!

Have a good weekend loves,

xo beth



Trending Style: Multi-dial Chronograph Watch

Hi guys! Can you believe it’s already FEBRUARY?! I feel like Christmas was five minutes ago, but now that Feb has arrived, I know we are all scrambling to find an awesome Valentine’s Day gift for our significant other! I know I have been stressing about what to get my hubby, because we just had Christmas, and his birthday is right after V Day – so many gifts! I absolutely love celebrating my husband, so I want each of those gifts to be perfect, and I don’t want him to feel like Valentine’s Day got overlooked for him because of his birthday! Well, insert JORD wooden watches!

Now, let me give you a little background on my husband. He is NOT a watch guy. Those are his exact words, actually, every time I have ever asked him if he would like a new watch. “Just not my thing.” Every. Single. Time. I, however, think watches can really pull an outfit together and I love when guys wear them, so I’ve been hoping he would come around for a while now! 😉

That being said, I decided what the heck, I’ll just get him a Jord Watch because they’re different than your average watch, and just pray that he’ll like it and wear it. Ok first of all, their shipping is super quick because I think I received in 3 days *holla!* Well since hubby was home when the package arrived, I went ahead and gave it to him… and GUESS WHAT YOU GUYS – he actually liked it! He loved how unique yet classic it is, and trust me I know when he’s lying 😉 he genuinely likes it! He really loved the multi-dial look. I was so excited!

Jord Wood Watches make such a wonderful, unique gift for your loved one! They are made from gorgeous, unique woods and come in so many different styles! They offer both ladies watches and men’s watches. They also have started offering engravingHow cool is that?! You can make your special gift that much more personal by engraving something.

I got a Jord watch myself last year, and I honestly have not gone a single week without wearing it since. I absolutely love this brand of wood watches, and highly recommend them! Not only do they curate beautiful timepieces, but their customer service is amazing! As someone who works in customer service myself, that can be make or break for me, and Jord definitely goes above and beyond for their customers!

In fact, I love them so much that we are partnering to give one of YOU a $100 gift card to Jord to use toward your own wooden watchEeek! The giveaway will be open until March 4 2018. You can also receive 10% off at my link!

***To enter the giveaway, go HERE!***

Luxury Wooden Watch

The Perfect Valentines Day Dress

I have officially discovered the perfect V day dress! I bought this dress for an awards event for hubby’s work, but on our way to the event I realized that it is the BEST look for a valentines date night! I got a lot of questions about it, so I figured might as well share with you guys in case you’re on the prowl for a Vday dress. Anddd if you just love crushed velvet 😍

I’m also going to link a few of my other top picks for Valentine’s Day!

Pink velvet long sleeve (in pics above): HERE

Strappy lace: HERE

Velvet wrap dress: HERE

Off the shoulder LBD: HERE

Thanks for reading!

My Monat Review

Hi friends! I recently did a trial session of Monat hair products, and I’m excited to share my experience with you guys!

When my friend Lacey from back home first asked me about trying Monat, I will admit I was skeptical (as I am about a lot of similar products I’ve been offered). But then I started thinking more about it, and here’s what got me:

My friend Lacey is a very talented, knowledgable hair stylist, and she’s been a hair wizard for as long as I’ve known her. So I figured if someone who knows all there is to know about hair is recommending this product, what could it hurt to try?! She knows her stuff, so I trusted her recommendation. But I still wasn’t sure how much of a difference I’d notice within just a few weeks.

When I agreed to give Monat a shot, I did a little bit of research. (Y’all know I don’t post stuff on here that I haven’t researched and wouldn’t recommend to a bestie in real life!) The Renew Shampoo (which is what I tried along with the conditioner) is known to improve strength and vitality of your hair, and promotes new growth which helps prevent thinning. This is what got me so excited to try it, but more on that in a sec. Their products are also salt and sulfate free, and no harmful colors or fragrances. This shampoo is also safe to use with colored hair!

Now for a little history lesson on my hair and the why behind taking a leap and trying these products. If you’ve kept up with my blog or have known me for awhile, you may already know this… but back in senior year of high school/freshman year of college, I had a severe eating disorder. Long story short, one of the side effects from everything was that my hair started falling out (more so than normal shedding). Ever since then, my hair hasn’t been the same, it’s more fine and thin than it used to be. So the chance to get my hair thicker again and prevent further thinning, sounded really tempting! I’d love to get my hair back to the thickness it was once had!

SO, all that being said, here’s what I found after using Monat for 20 days:

  • I was able to go 3-4 days without washing my hair, without it looking greasy, whereas before it got greasy by day 2 (and lets be honest I’d go 3 but day 3 is always a hat day lol). I also didn’t have to use any dry shampoo.
  • I already have new baby hairs growing (eek)
  • My hair holds curl all the way until next wash day (without having to be re-curled) and stays straight for longer as well
  • I got more hair compliments than normal!
  • Monat actually smells amazing
  • The hair spray is super strong and holds forever (and also smells great)

Before… (and yes I need to get my roots touched up!)

After… (different lighting but you get the idea 😉 )

The only thing is that it’s a little more expensive than your average shampoo/hair products, and this is honestly the reason I was so skeptical at first. But they do say you get what you pay for, so if it truly helps your hair, then definitely worth it.

If you are interested in trying any of the Monat products or just have questions about it, you can go HERE to visit Lacey’s Monat page! She’s a hair rock star so head to her link!

Thanks for reading, hope you have the best weekend!

XO beth



Ballentine Family Shoot

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a fun and restful weekend (& monday)! Mine was busy but in the best way!

I spent some time with the sweetest family taking their first family photos since their precious son was born! Talk about an honor. The Ballentines were a dream to shoot with… look how gorgeous they are! Their beautiful daughters were naturals through the entire shoot, despite it getting a little chilly as the sun went down. And little Weston was a champ through it as well, and loved playing in the sand!

Florida put on a killer sunset and it made for some awesome photos. Cue the heart eyes (for the sunset and this fam).

Here are a few of my favorites from our shoot!

And here is the most hilarious candid you’ll ever see… I could NOT stop laughing when I was going through to edit and found this one! So naturally I’ve got to share it. Nothing like sibling love!

How cute are they?! 😍

Thanks for reading! Hope your Tuesday rocks,

XO beth

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

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!


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*


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



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? 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