Friday Highlights 4.21.17

Hello Friday!

Hello weekend! After a week of intense last minute work on the house. I am SO ready for the weekend. Except I think it may include… even more work ๐Ÿ™„ . We are so close friends. So close to that for sale sign, so close to wrapping up our school year, and so close to all things SUMMER

Let’s take a look at this weeks Friday Favorites!


I did it. I finally changed my Instagram Handle.


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So if you are looking for me, that is where you will find me. 

I have been wanting to make the change for well over a year now and I kept talking myself out of it. I finally decided to just go for it.

So long sweets…  ๐Ÿ™ 

This week was the beginning of me kicking sweets to the curb. Starting the day after the girls received Easter candy probably wasn’t the smartest thing I have ever done, but I felt like it was now or never. 

In phase one I have given up candy, cake, cookies and yes… even donuts  ๐Ÿ˜ฅ . I am eating more protein and TRYING to limit my bread and pasta intake. I have also bumped up my water intake and switched up my coffee routine. I WILL NOT give up my coffee. I am going to keep this up for about 2 weeks (Lord willing) And from there I will reevaluate and create a new game plan if needed.

Easter 2017

I ran out of time this week to do a full Easter recap but honestly I didn’t take enough pictures to put one together anyways. So, I decided to throw a few Easter photos in to this weeks Friday post! Better late than never, right?!

Together Again!

On top of watching my sugar I have also been working out with Anna again. It has been over a year since we have hit up the gym together and I am loving our time there together. I really feel like we do a good job of motivating each other to do the things we don’t enjoy doing.

A little accountability in the gym goes a LONG way.

Blog Highlights

This week on the blog I shared…

This month’s $10 at Target Linkup
How to get your home ready for the market
Our first ever spring break recap

Have a great weekend friends!
Weโ€™ll see you back here on Monday!

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Friday Link-Ups

  • Jessica

    Love the Easter photos! That egg is amazing! I need to kick sweets to the curb. Ugh! Yay for having your workout buddy back. Wahoo! Have a great weekend.

    • Kicking sweets to the curb is so flipping hard! It has been so nice to have Anna along side supporting me during it!

  • yay for workout buddies. I used to have one and it made workouts so much more fun. Boo that mine switched countries :-(. And I adore that marbled egg. Can we take a moment to discuss your healthy eating— big round of applause. I need to cut out sugar from my life for a bit too— I’m eating healthy but there’s some sugar in there too ๐Ÿ™

    • Kicking the sugar has been HARD! I did have an itty bitty rice krispy treat at a party today and some fruit. But fruit is way different than cookie and candy, right?!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Wow go you for giving up sweets and limiting breads/pasta!! I was doing so good then fell off the wagon after my surgery, and NEED to get back on!! Good luck to you girl!! Love the girls Easter outfits, so cute!! Happy Weekend!

    • I mostly only hopped on the wagon because all of my shorts were a wee bit tight, lololol. How is that for honesty.

  • So fun to have a gym buddy! And good luck with the no sweets! It can be so hard!

    • It really is so hard. Gym buddies are the best ever. SO much nicer than going alone.

  • I noticed that you changed your handle and I’m glad you just decided to go ahead and do it! You’ll thank yourself later (even if you lose a few followers in the process). Better to do it sooner than later, ya know? Also, how the HECK are you giving up all sweets?! You know I did that for Lent (and still let myself have them on the weekends) and I still nearly died. It was SO HARD. I’m eating dark chocolate M&Ms as I type. Lol.

    • Baha ha! I caved a bit today and had an itty bitty rice krispy but that is really the worst thing I have had in a week! Fruit doesn’t count right? You want the honest to God reason? My shorts were a little tight. UGH!

  • Yay for having workout buddies! That always helps. That egg is pretty impressive. Happy weekending!

    • Thanks girl. Friends are the gym really do help! Hope your weekend was awesome!

  • How much fun to have a work out buddy!! I miss going to the gym, but as we have free weights, and elliptical machine and a bench in our basement it really isn’t needed (plus I would lose so much time driving there and back).

    • Sounds like you are all kinds of set up friend. I wouldn’t need the gym either!

  • I’m going to try giving up sweets and carbs (ish) starting Monday, so I’m with you! I did notice you changed your instagram name! Happy weekend!

    • Yay!!! You can be miserable with me, lololol. I was actually way easier than I expected… except at night.

  • Happy Friday, sweet friend! What an exciting season – so close to so many wonderful things!! All your work (on your home & your health – Go Beth!) will be well worth it! Looks like you enjoyed a great Easter and your girls couldn’t be cuter in their Easter dresses! I noticed your IG handle change – love it! Glad you took the leap after wanting to for so long! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your weekend! xo – Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.vom

    • Thank you so very much friend. You are such a source of encouragement in my life and I thank God for you friend. Hope you have a great Monday!

  • Whitney Jordan

    I noticed your new insta name! Congrats on pulling the trigger. Glad you had a sweet Easter. Your girls look so pretty. And high five for setting healthy goals for yourself. I think your plan to reevaluate in a couple of weeks is a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Constantly reevaluating! That is the way I roll. I really just needed to be able to squeeze into my shorts, lol. Shorts are way less forgiving than jeans for some reason. If I just lived in dresses this wouldn’t be a problem. Maybe I should do that. Thank you friend.

  • Love the new IG handle. Itโ€™s perfect! And so is that picture of Russ and his girls. I have been thinking long and hard about giving up sweets and carbs. Iโ€™m still in the thinking processโ€ฆhaha. I know you can do this because you are so good at sticking to your plans! The girls Easter dresses are so pretty. Yay for having a gym partner.

    • Girl I was in the thinking process for nearly 6 weeks, so think away. I did cave and have a TEENSY rice krispy treat at Anna’s shower on Sunday but other than that, I am doing pretty good!