Little Letters, March 2017

Hello Friday!

TGIF friends we are so ready for another weekend! It has been a crazy week of house decisions, road decisions, and looking at floor plans until I am already feeling over it, yet we have just begun. I guess the shock of it all is that it felt like we waited, doing nothing, for months and we are finally at a stage that actually requires us to decide things (big things). So exciting, so overwhelming. 

This week I am sharing another edition of my monthly ‘Little Letters’ where I write notes to divulge all the randomness that is currently going on inside my head. 

Dear Spring Break,

My excitement for you is almost embarrassing. I have lazy days of too much coffee, outdoor adventures, and limited screen time for all in my head. This will be the very first year we have taken a spring break and I have a feeling it won’t be the last. 

Dear Gilmore Girls,

I always knew I would love you, I just didn’t know how much. I am so thankful to finally be one of the cool kids. However I find myself constantly torn Jess or Dean, Dean or Jess. Will Lorelai and Luke ever get together? I want to binge on you all the time, but I can’t. I guess that is the bad part about watching a show that has 7+ seasons. It just takes time. 

Dear Stranger at the Grocery Store,

Yes, I randomly like to sing along with the stereo when I shop. Partly to embarass my kids, partly because I have no shame. There is no need to stare. 

Dear New Running Shoes,

Thank you for making me feel like I can run faster simply by being bright and pretty. 

Dear Kraft,

What is that makes your mac & cheese so much better than any other box brand. I am all about saving money and buying generics or store brands whenever I can but when it comes to macaroni and cheese… I simply can’t. Nothing else tastes half as good as your product. Well played Kraft, well-played. 

Dear Dude at the Gym,

I’m really glad you didn’t crush yourself when you lost steam in the middle of that declined bench press the other day. I’m also sorry that I couldn’t help you get that much weight off yourself and had to find help. The next time you decide to try your luck at 385 lbs, find someone to spot you. 

Dear Ebates,

Thank you SO much for sending me my $1.32 reward check. I promise not to spend it all in one place. 

Dear Texas Sheet Cake

When I saw that the recipe called for 4, yes 4, sticks of butter, I should have walked away. But I didn’t and now I am completely hooked. If I pass out while trying to squeeze into my shorts I blame you… and the donuts. 


Welcome back! Weekends spent following the race make my heart so happy we really missed you in the off-season. 


Have a great weekend friends!
We’ll see you back here on Monday.

Linking up with Taz and Belly for Little Letters.



  • Jessica

    So many of these made me laugh, especially the Texas sheet cake one. And I’m so glad I’m not the only one who sings along to the songs in stores. I do it all the time. Thankfully my kids still like it right now. 🙂

    • I LOVE that stinking sheet cake, so good. Marissa just gets really quiet when I do it now. I am hoping she embraces the crazy soon.

  • I love singing along to the songs in the grocery store too! Luckily my girls are too young to be embarrassed. 😉 And benching 385 without a spotter?! Also, I can’t wait to follow along as you build your house. I’ll probably be living through you. 🙂

    • I am hoping that soon enough Marissa learns to embrace the crazy and sings along too. It is going to be such an exciting journey to share.

  • Ummm… The gym story?! Crazy!! And I’m totally a Dean fan! Something about that first love😁

    • SO crazy, right?! I mean that is like 2.5 of me :P.

  • Amy Smith

    Oh girl! You crack me up! Texas Sheet cakes are so delicious! Have a great weekend!

    • Glad I could make you laugh. Happy weekend!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    I laughed out loud at the ebates check, like really they couldn’t wait to send that with the next one so maybe it’s a little more? Probably cost more to print and mail to you LOL!! I’m so excited for Spring Break too although we aren’t going anywhere, boo! Are you guys going on a vaca? I need to come up with a week full of fun activities!

    • Isn’t that hilarious. They probably thought I wouldn’t cash it but I clearly proved them wrong :P. We have zero exciting plans, but we definitely won’t sit around and do nothing either.

  • You make my heart light, friend!! I can’t begin to tell you how much I smiled while reading this post! I totally get it on the singing along and Kraft’s macaroni and cheese magic! (How do they make it so much better than the others?!) A cake with FOUR sticks of butter?! Sounds like something I should want to steer clear of, but instead I’m reaching for a fork over here! Can you pass me a slice?! We can go running in bright, cheery shoes later, right? 😉 Happy Spring Break daydreaming!! So fun! xo – Brenda //

    • Awwwww that makes me smile! I always hope to make people feel like that and it is nice to know it is working with someone :). I’ll get right on baking another and then I’ll head your way :). Then we’ll have to go for a run to burn off all those cake calories :P.

  • Ha, I must shop too much because my most recent ebates check was over $30! And you cannot be team Dean. He’s the worst, really. I’m personally team Logan (guessing you’re not there yet) but Jess is a close second…. but Dean is the literal worst for her! What season are you on?

    • Score! I always found myself leaning towards Jess…. but that is over now. I am like 2 episodes into season 4 as of now. I didn’t like Dean either. I think he had pretty good intentions, but goodness he was a hot head. Russ has an out of town business trip in April and I may try and binge on a whole season, ha ha ha! I want to watch ALL the episodes, like yesterday.

  • I love this post Beth! And seriously Kraft is the ONLY way to go! I’ve purchased our store brand before and blah! Just gross. I will always buy Kraft.
    Definitely do not spend that $1.32 all in one place! LOL That’s too funny!!
    The cake sounds amazing!
    Have a great weekend! =)

    • It is SO gross, right? I once bought so from Aldi and it was pretty much dog food :P. I hope y’all are having a great weekend!

  • Gilmore Girls is one of my most favorite shows ever! However, I’m not Team Jess OR Team Dean! 😉 Kraft is the only macaroni and cheese brand I buy. I read a post recently where a blogger confessed that she fed her kid boxed macaroni and cheese and followed it with, “it was organic, of course.” I literally busted out laughing. I feed my kids Kraft…no shame!!! I hope you have a great weekend, and seriously, take it easy with that $1.32!

    • I keep hearing of this Team Logan, can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. That is too funny. I have no shame in the regular blue box either. Would you believe I actually did spend it all in one place, bummer.

      Happy weekend.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Oh man! Gilmore Girls is THE BEST!! I can’t wait to hear what guy you decide on. I’m team Logan and Luke + Lorelai for ever 🙂 I kind of want to rewatch the entire series. Good luck with all of your house making decisions. I’m sure it’s a little overwhelming to be going full speed at your dream after months/years of dreaming. Texas Sheet cake is one of my favorite desserts. It’s like a brownie and chocolate cake got married and had a baby! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    • It IS the best. I have yet to see this Logan everyone speaks of but I am hoping that changes soon. Have you ever tried the peanut butter version of the sheet cake?! I really want to and your analogy made me lololol! So funny friend.

  • It took me a full year to get through the entire 7 seasons but it was so worth it. I was definitely team that point but ended up neither. 🙂 Be patient..haha

    • Totally worth it right. I started it in November so I THINK I may finish it up by the holidays this next year. I am trying!!!

  • I need to get back into the Gilmore Girls! Love that show! I’m with ya on the mac and cheese. So, so good!

  • Bahahaha I love these posts! And girl, I am SO torn between Dean and Jess, too! I love Dean because he’s such a great guy, but I have the hots for Jess, too (mostly because he’s Jack on This is Us – LOL). And seriously, WHEN will Lorelai and Luke get together?!

    • I have said the same exact things. I feel like Jack Pearson has REALLY influenced My feelings for Jess. He’s just so dang cute. I’ll tell you this much, as of Season 4:4, L+L still hasn’t happened.

  • I love Gilmore Girls. Jess is my favorite. Poor guy at the gym!

  • Meghan Flinn

    I would love to witness you singing in the grocery store! And yes, Gilmore girls is the best! I can’t believe you are just watching now! And while I’ve been a huge fan of Kraft mac and cheese, I’m also liking the Annie’s white cheddar mini shells 🙂

    • Haha! It is quite the sight to see I assure you. I can’t believe I am just now watching it too. I always knew I would love it. I’ll have to give that Annie’s a try for sure! Happy weekend!

  • Oh my gosh, I am loving these letters. I feel like more of your personality comes out in them. Yes to the embarrassing your kids where ever and however you can. The Kraft Mac and Chese, making it as I am typing this…haha! So stinkin’ good, why?! So glad you hopped on the GG train, welcome my friends. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve probably seen every episode no less than 4 times each…some even more…

    • I really fell like it does too. Y’all get to see just how much of a mess I am. I wouldn’t be embarrassed at all. Seems like an amazing accomplishment if you ask me :P.

  • Heather Bramlett

    Love these little letters!
    Seriously Gilmore Girls! I just became one of the cool kids too and I’m hooked! I finally made it to season 7!
    And my excitement for Spring Break is right there with you! However, we are heading to the beach and I can’t WAIT!!
    Have a great weekend!

    • OOOoohhhh!!!! I am so jealous, can’t wait to be that far. The beach?! You lucky, lucky lady.

  • Beth! This post just made me <3 you that much more! Why can't we be closer in location!?!?! I busted at the gym guy – HOW MANY TIMES DO DUDES DO THAT? Seriously! The meat heads at my gym I don't even look at, they are just jokers. Texas Sheet Cake is the da bomb! I never made it before and four sticks of butter?!?!? Channeling Paula Deen over there? I turned on Gilmore Girls a few weeks back while I was working and kinda got into it – maybe if I had given it full attention I would have really got into it? Try again? XOXOXOXOXO Happy Weekend!!!!

    • Haha! Woudn’t that be SO much fun!!! Totally try GG again. It took me halfway through the first season to like it and halfway through the second to become obsessed. Now I want to watch it ALL the time. I hope you are having an awesome Saturday!

  • lol- I’m the same with colourful, pretty shoes making me feel faster, stronger, taller, longer, leaner, brighter….

    • Exactly. I just got my brightest pair ever and I am loving them so much.

  • Your ebates check sounds like you need to shop more 😉 Mine are never that small. LOL.
    YAY for spring break! Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!

    • Lol! Maybe I do! I can’t wait for our adventures to start. It won’t be long now.

  • Cat @

    This is fantastic! Such fun reading your posts like this. I also love Kraft above all the other mac n cheeses and I have zero control when it comes to Texas Sheet cake! My husband introduced me to it and when we have it around I cannot stop myself.

    • Haha! At least it isn’t just me. I keep wanting to make the peanut butter one with the chocolate icing but goodness, that would probably be AWFUL for me.

  • Never walk away from a recipe that calls for 4 sticks of butter! That is like a recipe sent from Grandma heaven!