Friday Highlights 12.9

Hello Friday!

Oh my goodness y’all I am SO happy that Friday is finally here and SO happy to not be sick any more. As luck would have it, I got sick at the most inconvenient time. For just over a week I sniffled, sneezed, and hacked my way through all the things that were supposed to be cheerful and fun. I am trying to take comfort in paying my dues. Colds are bound to happen and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be good for Christmas, my birthday, and New Years now. I missed out on all three of those one year and that was terrible. 

Enough rambling, let’s take a look at this weeks Friday Highlights!


Blog Highlights

It’s been a few weeks since I have shared a Friday Favorite post. So instead of sharing what I had going on this week, I am going to share a few favorites from the past couple of weeks.


How to Host a North Pole Breakfast
Cranberry & Jalapeno Crackers

Christmas Bucket List
So Thankful For…
The Girls’ Christmas Wishlists


A few weeks ago at the gym I had a guy jokingly point out another guy and say “You know I bet he’s single.” He was making a joke and it was funny, but it made me think why does he think I am… oh yeah, I never wear my ring. I love my ring but it hurts at the gym and wiggles like crazy when I run, so I don’t always wear it. 

And then I tried out Qualo. I am now the proud owner of 3 silicone bands that are so light weight and comfy I don’t even realize they are there. Now I can’t wait to get one for Russ. After an accident at work a few years back he stopped wearing a wedding band. He ended up with permanent swelling in his joint which means his wedding band wont even fit over his knuckle any more :(. I think one of these in black would be perfect for him. 

My Camera Wish List

Around this time of year I start thinking about my camera equipment. What is missing and what I’d like to add for the next year. My body is now turning 3 years old and I still feel it does the job well so I plan to keep it around for 2017. But there are a few other things I would like to add. 

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit

Chromo Inc CI55000230 Macro Ring 48 LED Power Light

What is your favorite camera toy… I mean tool?

The Glorious Ordinary

On more than one occasion I have mentioned looking for a devotional or some kind of study to look for and I want to share one with you that I am especially excited for. My friend Sarah recently came out with this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The Printable version is available for pre-order now and the Kindle version has already been released. If you’re in the market for a study, definitely check this one out.

Holiday Link-ups!

Tis’ the season for blog linkups!

There are SO many linkups this time of the year. I wish I could join them all but that pretty much feels impossible. Here are a few I am c0-hosting. I would love to have you join them if you have time.

The ornament show and tell opens up on 12/20 through Christmas and gives you a chance to share about some of your favorite Christmas ornaments.

The holiday home tours are open now and will stay open all the way through Christmas eve!

In fact just this week I shared our holiday home tour! Be sure to take a look and snoop around a bit.

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

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Friday Link-ups!

  • Jessica

    Drew has 3 of those rings. He got them from one of the Indy race car drivers he used to work with when they were texting one time. His original ring doesn’t fit anymore since he lost a bunch of weight, plus he never wore when riding his bike for the same reasons you don’t wear yours. He now wears it all the time and I don’t mind that he isn’t wearing his silver one because those are way cooler. 🙂 Glad you are feeling better friend!

    • They are way cool. I need to get one ordered for Russ soon. I LOVE mine and pretty much only wear my real ring when we go out or on the weekends.

  • Amy Smith

    Glad you are feeling better! Enjoy your weekend!

  • Oh holiday colds! We’ve been battling various illnesses here as well! Feel better. Those rings are awesome. I hardly ever wear my band to the gym anymore!

    • UGH! They are terrible, right?! I hope y’all are feeling better too. I’m also glad to hear its not just me going ringless to the gym.

  • That camera light looks super neat- I need to look more into that!

    • I ordered it so I’ll let you know what I find out!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Being sick this time of year just isn’t fair!! It’s also happened to me over Christmas and New Years before and ruined it for me. Here’s to us feeling good the rest of the month!

    I’ve never seen those rings, they look pretty neat! And I so want a new camera lens too!

    • It totally isn’t fair. I was actually pretty ticked off over it. Why oh why do lens’ have to be so dang expensive?!

  • I’m still not sure what camera lenses I need for what situations. Gabbie had a dance performance last night and it was basically impossible to get good pictures there!

    • Girl you and I alike. It also freaks me out to buy one before really knowing what it does. Can I just try it first :P.

  • Qalo rings are awesome! I got one for my husband a few years ago after he almost lost his wedding band twice and then stopped wearing it because it interfered with work (he’s a music teacher.) He LOVES it and never takes it off!

    • That is so cool to hear! I really need to get one ordered for Russ soon.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Glad you’re on the mend. That wedding ring option is so fun! I can think of several people who would enjoy wearing that ring while they work or work out. i bet Russ would love one. I hope Santa brings you your camera toys and that you have a fabulous weekend.

    • Well Santa Beth may have ordered a couple things already :P. Those rings are really cool I need to get one ordered for Russ soon.

  • Those rings are SO cool. Brian struggled for a couple of years after we got married because he had never worn rings/watches/anything so it definitely took some getting used to. He seems to do OK with it now, though. Have a great weekend, Beth!

    • Haha! He sounds like me :P. You too friend. After a rough week we need it!

  • Sara McCarty

    Oh, I love all the camera gear! A light ring would be awesome. A few years ago I got a light scoop, which uses the flash on my camera and I’ve been using it more during the winter and darker days. It’s nothing fancy, but it definitely helps bounce some extra light around.

    • I had to Google a flash scoop, lol. It looks super cool I went ahead and ordered everything but the lens. I am super excited to try it all out soon.

  • Those rings are a great idea! Russ always takes his ring off when he plays basketball or softball, so this might be a good alternative! I kind of want to get a light ring for my phone so I can do better LipSense tutorials.

    • This would be the perfect alternative! That sounds really cool too. You should totally get one.

  • Those rings look super cool!! My brother in law is an HVAC guy and he can’t wear his ring to work (because of the potential for electrocution I think) so those would be perfect! I should tell my sister in law. Also, you should probably start wearing some sort of ring to the gym or you may have to explain to Russ why all these guys are hitting on you 😉

    • Yes, it would be perfect for him! Yeah that has happened on more than one occasion which is often super embarrassing. For the most part the people at the gym at 5:00 a.m. are pretty focused, but not everyone.

  • Okay I think your camera wish list just became mine too 🙂 I want all of those things, especially that last one, that looks interesting. Also I have been reading your blog all week, but work somehow blocked just your sites commenting system…and I’m totally working at work, haha!

    • Haha! That is so crazy I use Disqus, so maybe they caught on to you :P. I rarely worked at work back in the day…. kidding…. kind of.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Scott has asked for a ring like that! He doesn’t wear his often at work or while working out for various reasons, and he said he would like something like that. Perhaps I need to make one of those a stocking stuffer??
    Also. That camera equipment. YES PLEASE!

    • Totally get him one. He will LOVE it friend.

  • chall1018

    I have been wanting to get some of those rings for when we go on camping trips and I know I will be outdoors a lot! I will have to check out the Qualo brand. I want a new lens, but haven’t narrowed down the exact one yet. That book sounds amazing!

    • Totally check them out! They have been having some really great sales lately. I need to order Russ’ ring so i have been waiting for the right one! I think it is bogo 1/2 off right now. It is SO hard. I just wish I could test them all out.

  • I would love new lighting so that I can get better photos. Not just for the blog but for photos in general. The lighting in our home isn’t the best this time of year.

    • I think that kit may be the answer. Photos in the winter are SO stinking hard! Even if you can get the lighting in the house, all those gray skies feel impossible.

  • Meghan Flinn

    I just got a super wide lens and I’m really liking it so far! I also just got a quick release plate so I can use my tripod much more easily now. It’s the little things sometimes (the quick release plate, not a new lens… Those things are pricey!!!)

    • What lens did you get?! I always leave my release plate attached to my camera. It’s so easy that way.