Friday, July 3, 2015


It has been a bit of a challenging week at times for varying reasons, but we've made it to Friday and instead of dwelling on the challenges of the week I am instead choosing to celebrate the good things, because it is always a mood booster.  So here is a Things I Am Grateful For Friday post!

We had a huge hail storm on Monday.  But I'm grateful that our plants seemed to have survived, my flowers took a little hit, but all of our tomato plants are fine and thriving and our herbs have perked right back up again.  Nate's new car did get a little dinged, but we have coverage for that with the lease so hopefully that will protect us if it comes to that.

We had a rare Sunday night bonfire last weekend.  Normally we try to do our fires on Fridays or Saturdays because it feels like more of a weekend treat, but we decided to close out our weekend with one instead.  And it was peaceful and wonderful.  I love nothing more than sitting outside with Nate and just relaxing together.

I found four style challenges on Instagram this month.  Pinned It Spinned It is back and there are several others I'm following as well.  I love getting inspiration this way and I'm excited to see what I can do with my closet this month!

This little munchkin has been giving me a run for my money this week, especially at dinner time, seems he's decided that dinner is his least favorite meal of the day.  He's definitely starting to show his toddlerness at times, but these smiles make up for those moments ten fold.  And our bedtime routine is one of my favorite times of the day, we read stories and then he sweetly asks for a "song" and then we sing while we cuddle.  I'm grateful for all of these moments - the sweet ones and the struggles, because I know these days will pass too quickly, so I am trying to eat them all up as much as I can.

And finally I'm grateful for a day off today at the last minute.  I sent Ollie to my parents for the morning so I can get a few things done at home and then I'm going to bring him home for his nap and then when he gets up I'll get some extra time with him to play and be together and I'm quite grateful for that as well!

I hope everyone has a great weekend - be safe and have fun if you're celebrating the July 4th holiday!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday - America the Beautiful

Megan of Traverse suggested our Thrift Style Thursday theme this week to be America the Beautiful in honor of the July 4th holiday (or Canadian Pride for our Canada ladies!) so it was pretty much a given to me that my outfit would be red, white and blue and have an Americana feel to it!

I knew right away I'd be wearing this dress I thrifted a few years ago.  It's been a favorite of mine for awhile now, Nate always compliments me when I wear it!  I even managed to wear this one when I was pregnant too, so it's a pretty great dress all around!  I decided to pair it with this fun top my sweet Instagram buddy sent me, I thought it matched pretty well!  And I'm not real "Stars and Stripes" crazy or into a lot of patriotic flag wear for the July 4th holiday, so this type of look is a little more appealing to me.  And then I finished it out with my favorite Stella and Dot bag, because of there was ever a great bag for an Americana themed outfit, this bag would be it!

We keep things pretty low key for the 4th of July, especially when it falls on a weekend like this.  I don't even get a day off sadly, though I may end up taking a half day on Friday.  On the actual holiday I think we'll go disc golf in the morning like we would any other weekend and then after Oliver's nap in the afternoon we'll be going to my parents for a picnic.  I'm doubting Ollie will make it to fireworks again this year, but you never know.

Shirt - Old Navy (From friend), Dress - Unknown (Thrifted)
Sandals - Target, Bag - Stella and Dot (ThredUp) 

And while this outfit is definitely fun and festive, I'm pretty sure on the actual 4th of July I'll be kicking back in denim shorts and a white top or something!  What will you do to celebrate the 4th of July?  And will you be wearing red white and blue?  Don't forget to check out the other Thrift Style Thursday gals at their blogs below and be sure to visit new member Alison's blog too!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Currently in July

Can you believe it's July already?  How is that possible??  Anyway, it's time for my favorite link up of the month, Currently with Anne and Jenna!  Here are some of the things currently going on!

--Currently I Am--

Craving - Ice cream.  I haven't had a good old fashioned ice cream cone in ages.  We don't do a lot of sweet treats at our house these days, but maybe I'll talk Nate into a trip to one of my favorite ice cream places this weekend (Izzy's for you locals).  They even have dairy free options for my kiddo!

Grilling - Last night Nate made us a steak.  We had our grilled pizza last Friday too.  This weekend I think we'll be grilling up some hamburgers and hot dogs at my parents house for the 4th of July.  I'm hoping that there will be some good corn on the cob soon so we can grill that too!  I love grilled corn!

Listening - I have such music fatigue right now, I'm tired of the same stuff in rotation!  I've been pulling up Spotify a lot lately and streaming some different things.  I'm really digging ZZ Ward right now, she has kind of a bluesy/folky sound to her voice and I really like it. At home we've been streaming a lot of instrumental jazz in the evenings while we have dinner and that's been kind of nice too, light background music.

Planning - Even though it's months away we're actually already planning for our yearly Oktoberfest celebration.  Nate finally made a list of beers he wants to brew and a rough plan of when they need to be brewed by in order to be ready.  So we'll be doing a lot of homebrewing very soon here I think! I'm also planning a slight change in my living room at home to create more of a separate play space for Oliver and I'm really excited about my ideas.  And finally we have narrowed down three ideas for our big anniversary trip and I'm going to get in touch with my local AAA office to start getting that planned out as well.  Exciting things coming up!

Decorating - Not much of anything right now!  Though when I get into my living room re-design I'll be doing a little bit of decorating there.  I also have a bunch of things to hang up in Oliver's room that I'm hoping to just get done this weekend, so maybe that counts too?  

So there you go!  Not the most exciting Currently post ever, but that's what I'm up to right now!  Stop by Anne and Jenna's blogs to check out what other bloggers are currently up to or to add your own link!
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Interesting Facts About Me

I haven't been keeping up real well with the weekly prompts from the Let Your Blog Shine group I'm part of, but the prompt from last week caught my eye and felt kind of timely.  30 Interesting Facts About Me.  I don't know if I'll be able to come up with 30, but I'll do my best.  I thought this would be a good topic given that I've met some new people in the last few months here and have some newer readers - now you can get to know a little more about me.  Or you might be cringing at the idea of reading another list post and if that's the case, I seriously apologize.  I will do my best to keep it interesting!  Here we go!

30 20 Facts About Me:

1. Other than giving birth to my son, I have never been hospitalized for anything, I have never had stitches or broken any bones.
2. Last year I developed an allergy to avocado.  I actually don't miss guacamole too much, but I do miss avocado in sushi rolls!
3. My college degree is in communication studies, but I have a minor in music, vocal performance and I almost majored in music but gave up due to never having learned piano.
4. I worked for two years as a youth minister following my college graduation.
5. I had a part time job when I was a senior in college as a photographer/sales person at a Target portrait studio.  I was horrible at it and I still feel bad for any families that have photos I took of them!
6. When I was little I used to say I'd be a librarian when I grew up, followed by a nurse and then for years I thought I'd be a teacher.
7. My coffee habit didn't start until after I got married for the most part.  I started drinking lattes shortly before that, but regular coffee is still a newer thing to me.
8. I also have only truly liked beer for about seven years or so.  It wasn't until Nate started homebrewing that I started finding I actually liked it.
9. I have never read any of the Harry Potter books, I have still not managed to even finish the first one.  But I have seen all of the movies at this point.  I know.  Blasphemy.
10. I've been fortunate enough to go to Disney World four times in my life so far.  I look forward to going with Nate and Ollie someday, maybe by the time Ollie's around five years old.
11. I played the flute for nine years between high school and college.  I don't know I'd still remember how at this point though!  Nate played trombone in high school but then became a drummer.  Ollie will have lots to choose from if he wants to learn an instrument!
12. I graduated high school 15 years ago this year.  
13. When I was a little girl I did not realize that pancakes and oatmeal were breakfast foods because we would frequently have them for dinners, especially on Fridays during Lent.
14. Also on the food front, I was a very picky eater when I was young, I had a lot of issues with textures. I didn't like things like salad even until I was in college - now it's one of my favorite things to eat!
15. I love the smell of chemical things - oil, gasoline, the smell of my dad's printing shop.  Yep. I'm a weirdo!
16. I have only traveled out of the United States to go to the Bahamas and Canada.  Someday I'd like to add to that list!
17. I am not a sporty person.  I did play soccer for two summers though when I was in middle school.  I was not very good, ha!
18. I am an introvert.  This is surprising to a lot of people because I can be very outgoing and I am comfortable speaking in front of people and such, but that's a common misconception.  You can be outgoing and even like being around people, but still be introverted.  I need my own time to re-energize.
19. I don't like actual cherries, but I love all the cherry flavored things - especially Jolly Ranchers.  Give me all the Cherry Jolly Ranchers!
20. I'm stopping at 20.  I don't think I'm interesting enough for 30 things!!

So there you go.  20 things about me - hopefully you learned something new!  Or maybe I just scared you all off because you're thinking, this girl is kind of weird.  But if you're still reading, then thank you!  Feel free to share something interesting about you that I might not know in the comments!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

June Favorite Looks

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you aren't you should! @BethieTheBoo) you may have noticed that I have done a couple of style challenges this month.  I love following along with these, especially ones that are a little more general, because they help provide me inspiration to help with mixing my closet a little better.  One of the challenges I did was a Dress Week Challenge and the other was a cute one that was themed after Rolling Stones songs - Rad Moves Like Jagger.  I thought I'd share some of my favorites from the month today.

 Dress - Target, Sweater - Camy Couture
Sandals - Target, Necklace - Stella and Dot

 Shirt - Stitch Fix, Pants - Mossimo (Target)
Bag - Stitch Fix, Sandals - Marshalls, Necklace - Lia Sophia

 Shirt and bag - Stitch Fix, Skirt - Gap (thrifted), Necklace - Stella and Dot
Sandals - Target, Bracelet - Nine West (gift from MN Blogger Bash)

Dress and bag - Stitch Fix, Necklace - Stella and Dot,
Sandals - Target

Lots of color this month, lots of skirts and dresses, and you can see I am pretty much still in love with this Urban Expressions bag from my April Stitch Fix.  I carry a different bag for a few days here or there and I keep coming back to this one!  I haven't had a crush this hard core on one of my clothing items in quite some time!  Which look is your favorite?
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Foodie Friday

Today I thought I'd make you all jealous and share some of the awesome food we've been enjoying as of late because CSA season has started in our house and that means tons of fresh veggies and awesomeness!  Here are a few favorites of the last couple of weeks!

Nate made us an Ecuadorian style meal for date night this week.  He marinated a pork chop in some spices.  Then he took some of the vitamin greens, kale and spinach that we received from our CSA and turned that into a pureed green sauce mixed up with garlic scapes, onion and jalapeno.  He also added in some turnip that also was in our CSA.  On the side he gave us a little bit of rice with a fried egg on top, because most Ecuadorian meals include an egg and we are getting fresh eggs with our CSA this year too.  This meal was AMAZING.  

Next up is a meal so simple it was actually made by yours truly!  I can't take credit for the idea, the recipe came from our CSA's blog.  But it seriously so simple.  We are getting a cheese share with the CSA this year and one of the cheeses was a soft cheese called Quark - it's a similar texture to a cream cheese and is even sweet like one.  They suggested putting the quark on a baguette and then topping with a slice of radish (also in our CSA box).  My in-laws tried the recipe and said they used Wheat Thins instead of bread, so we decided to do that too.  So there you have it - a little cheese spread on the cracker, top it with a radish slice and garnish with just a little salt and pepper.  OMG.  To die for. I realize you may not have access to quark - cream cheese would probably be a fine substitute or even a soft goat cheese spread would probably be tasty too!  We added a little leftover fried steak for some extra protein, but I seriously could have been satisfied with these little cracker treats all on their own!

And last up pizza.  I know I talk about how we make our own pizza here on the blog a lot.  This last one however was extra awesome, because we topped it with our own homegrown basil and Nate actually grilled it!  It came out with the crispest, most delicious crust ever!  We're having another one for dinner tonight and I can't wait!  Until we make it to one of the pizza farms, doing it up at home will definitely work for now!

So there you have it!  Did I make you hungry?  Or jealous?  What are some of your favorite foods in the summer?  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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