The Blogtember Challenge Day 29: The Ladies that Inspired me to Blog

These ladies are amazing bloggers that I have read for like ever. It was them that actually inspired me to want to create my own blog, in hopes of mine becoming like theirs someday.

Kylie Rose

Kylie was one of the first blogs I started following consistently (Absolutely Arkansas now Rose & Co Blog), and she is still one of my favorites. I feel like although I have never met her, that she could easily be one of my best friends. She’s beautiful, has such a positive outlook on everything and has some of the best DIY’s I can find on the internet, plus I love seeing photos of handsome Sawyer. She lives in Arkansas on a lake and deep inside I want to move in right next door, because it is our dream to live on a lake like that! Watching her story unfold these past few years from girlfriend, to fiancé, to wife, to momma has been such a pleasure and I’m constantly inspired by her.

Favorite Posts by Kylie:

DIY Monogram Canvas Art / Chunky Dutch Braid Tutorial / Our Big News

Victoria Strader

Victoria is this cute southern belle who I started following because of her resourceful traveling tips and recaps. I am so inspired by her drive to make travel an important aspect of her life even with the biggest moments happening in her life one of them recently becoming a mom! One of my biggest goals for next year is to incorporate more travel into mine and Bobby’s life.

Favorite Posts by Victoria:

How I Plan Our Trips / Eiffel Tower Portrait Session / A Healthier Life

 Jennifer Roup

Jennifer posts some of the best book reviews I have read on the web. I really like the detail that she goes into without giving too much of the book away, many of her reviews have been saved to my book collection on bloglovin just so I can read them. I am a book junkie and even if the book doesn’t appeal to me I like to read reviews of all types of books!

Favorite Posts by Jennifer:

How to Be a Bookworm When You Don’t Have the Time / Book Review: One True Loves

Maryssa Albert

Maryssa is another blogging lady that I have been reading for quite some time that I could really see myself being friends with. I have loved keeping up with her life changes and her sweet little Lucy is just the cutest! Her awesome since of style has been something I have loved from the beginning as I feel our styles are really similar. She is extremely feminine yet keeps it simple which is what I love about her!

Favorite Posts by Maryssa:

Wifey Week / Holiday Blanket Scarf and Red Lace Up Ballet Flats / Our Own Little Baby Albert

Kate Bryan

I found Kates blog when I joined bloglovin to find some blogs to read. I had just started getting into wearing make-up on a daily basis and looked towards her blog for guidance. As someone who really wasn’t into make up (I usually just wore mascara and some very conservative lipstick) I have learned form her so much on how to not over do my make-up. She has some great tutorials for any type of look you are wanting with you make bold or natural. She started her blog in 2011 doing video hair tutorials and before becoming a mom owned her own hair studio! Now if only I could have her come and give me a nice color and cut – I would be one happy lady.

Favorite Posts by Kate:

My Typical Makeup Routine / Curling Wand Waves

And just like that you guys have a few of my favorite blogging ladies!

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

 

The Blogtember Challenge Day 28: My Year in (5) Photos

I’m not sure how I can narrow this year down to just 5 photos. It has been such a fun year so far and it isn’t even over yet – the best part of the year is just beginning!

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ONE. Getting Lola has by far been the highlight of my our year. She is growing into the best dog ever, and it is so fun to see how her little personality is. She is by far the smartest dog I’ve ever been around and the biggest diva. I love her with all my heart❤ This picture if from the day we picked her up!

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TWO. Bucket List Item checked off. The Dixie Chicks were a band that I listened to back in the day, before I was allowed to attend concerts, and I thought I would never get the chance to see them live. Thankfully they toured this year and I got to see them because they are one hell of a group. TBH I’m jamming to them right now as I write this.

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THREE. The outside home reno, was such an accomplishment for Bobby & I. This was by far the biggest item (besides needing the driveway done) on our list of things we needed done to our home. I can’t wait to see what else we do to the place in the years to come.

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FOUR. Our trip to Maine. This was a great vacation and I love making memories with my little family. I look forward to the day when we are married and have babies that are joining us on the adventures.

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FIVE. 4 years with this handsome man. I can easily say that decided to go on that first date with Bobby was the best decision I have EVER made. He really is the most selfless man with the biggest heart an I am so happy to call him mine. I say this on almost all my post about him, but I can’t wait to be his wife someday!

This year has been pretty amazing so far, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of it holds!

 

 

Recapping the first FALL weekend of 2016

Hey friends.  How are you?  Hope you had a great weekend!

Our weekend started out pretty great because we got to spend it with some of our best friends at the town football game. One of my besties Holly, her little brother is on the team, so its always fun to cheer him on. Thanks to snapchat I have these two awesome photos HAHA

Saturday we took Lola to get evaluated for Doggy Daycare – we are hoping to get her into daycare  2 days a week, and since I take her to work on Fridays that means she’ll only be home alone for two days during the week. She got evaluated during what they call puppy play and let me tell you when she got home she was pooped – and she was only there for an hour! I can’t wait to see how exhausted she is after being there all day. That morning I got the most amazing email from Bath & Body Works – Candle Sale! So we stopped at the mall so I could get some of my favorite fall scents.

Later that night we celebrated my cousins 13th birthday – we went bowling with the fam and then headed back to my gram’s for cake. The kids then (as always) convinced Bobby & I to let them sleep over. When we see them and it’s a weekend without a doubt they somehow always end up staying at our place.

That was all the fun stuff that went down this weekend. Sunday we did some errands and got things ready for Bobby, as he is heading to Pulaski, NY tomorrow to fish with on of his best friends. I have a bunch of fun stuff planned of while he is away but I will definitely miss him!

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

The Blogtember Challenge Day 22: All Things Fall

Yippie!!! Today is one of my favorite days, it’s FALL! I posted about my Fall Favorites on day fifteen of the challenge so today I am sharing with you a wish list! Enjoy!

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Loft Skinny Jeans – These are one of my must haves for this season they are the perfect color for fall. And I would rock these babies all year round since Maroon is one of my favorite colors.

Plaid Scarf – This is just the cutest thing ever! I love the colors and it can really match any fall outfit.

Fall Pillow Case – You can never have too many accent pillows.

Wool Skirt – I saw this and immediately thought it would look awesome with the shirt I want to wear for Thanksgiving. Match it with a pair of booties and i’ll have the cutest outfit!

Pumpkin Spice Mug – NEED this in my life.

Booties – The picture talks for itself, these are the cutest!

What are some of your Fall Favorites?!

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

The Blogtember Challenge Day 20: Things I Wish People Knew

Today’s prompt gives me a chance to talk about something close to my heart. Eating Disorders. When I was in high school – the summer between my freshman & sophomore year – I was bulimic and anorexic. I know that there are a lot of people out there that don’t understand and I feel like there is a stigma around the common disease by those who don’t live with it, so I wanted to shed some light on what I wish people knew about them.

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  1. Eating Disorders are a Mental Illness: When I was going through my own disorder, I was solely focused on losing weight – I really didn’t think that I had any additional issues that needed to be worked on. But early on in my recovery I learned that wanting to control your weight is a side effect of deep emotional issues. I really kept my depression at the time to myself, as I was worried that my family & friends would think I was doing this for attention. Eating disorders are extremely unsafe, and cause more physical harm than one would think, even after recovery, the physical side effects can last for months, years, and even be permanent.
  2. Eating Disorders are not a choice: I didn’t one day wake up and say “hey I am going to start not eating today”. It was a slow moving process that I didn’t even understand until I was already consumed by the disorder. I started with being anorexic (not eating at lunch and eat extremely small portions at home) and then because my stomach became so small anything that I did eat I would eventually throw it up because my body couldn’t handle it.
  3. Eating Disorders are not the same: Society doesn’t fairly cover the reality of eating disorders. It is extremely glamorized on television and in movies. There are multiple types of eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, as well as others that are not as common.
  4. Recovery is long & hard: I was admitted to the hospital at the lowest of lows during my eating disorder. But it was the first step in my recovery. To this day I can still remember my time in the hospital. The rules they had in place were really hard. You ate with a supervisor and had an hour to finish your meal – if you didn’t finish it in the time allowed, you had to have a meal replacement drink, and if you didn’t finish that in an hour they would give you another, it was a really viscous cycle that I never want to go through again. I was also sick during my stay – which wasn’t helpful for me at all because although I was trying to get better, I couldn’t keep my food down and I ended up being forced to have a feeding tube. They took my visitors away (everyone but my parents) which was so hard for me because having the love and support from family is one of the biggest factors in recovery – for me at least. But I got though it all because I WANTED to be better. I am not going to lie and say it’s easy, because it’s an uphill battle that you deal with every single day, but I can also say that it is so worth it and if I can do it so can you.
  5. Recovery isn’t the same for everyone: Just like eating disorders can differ by person, recovery processes do, too. There is no perfect way to recover, and just because you may recover at a different pace compared to someone else it doesn’t me you’re a failure.

I hope this topic wasn’t to much for you guys, but it is something that I feel more people should be aware of. I am so thankful for this challenge for it has allowed me to find a way to speak about a topic that I normally wouldn’t chose to write about.

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

 

 

 

The Blogtember Challenge Day 19: My Favorite Blog Posts

This post while extremely exciting, is a little hard for me since I haven’t been blogging for that long and on a routine scheduled. Hopefully by this time next year I will find it quite easy as I am finally on a routine and I am loving it. I have just started to have the fun I wanted with this blog and I am hoping to continue to better my blog in the years to come and look back on this and see my improvement.

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My 2015 in Review post was a great way to reflect over last years happenings. I look forward to doing this every year to just be able to reflect over all important things that I don’t ever want to forget. This little part of the web is a great journal for me.

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DIY Fall Wreath that I wrote was one of my favorite. I love all things DIY and it was the prefect wreath for me to try to do on my own. The fall wreath fits my style perfectly and now that the door has been re-done it looks amazing!

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My Introduction post for the Blogtember Challenge was a great post for me, it was the start of getting involved in the blogging community & I am really glad that I decided to do this challenge. I am starting to be able to meet & read other great blogging ladies!

How about you?! What are your favorite post that you’ve done?!

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

 

Fall is my FAVORITE

I have yet to be on any adventures that I feel are worthy enough to blog about for today’s blogtember prompt. So I am just going to share with you guys my fall favorites since we are only a week away from the official start of Autumn!

Favorite Fall lip product? 

Any dark red lipstick. I love to wear gloss in the summer and lipstick in the fall!

Favorite Fall Nail Polish? 

I am an Essie girl forever. That is pretty much the only nail polish I wear, unless I am getting myself a gel manicure. My favorites are: Playing Koi, Maki Me Happy, Berry Naughty, and my go to nail color Chinchilly.

Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink? 

Duh. Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Favorite Fall Candle? 

I love Leaves, Sweater Weather and Flannel from Bath & Body Works and Apple Pumpkin from Yankee Candle.

Favorite Fall Scarf or accessory? 

My blanket scarfs are my favorite!

Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze? 

Sorry all you haunted lovers but none of the above. I have three examples of why not. Haunted Hill (a haunted outdoor walk through near my house) in high school – I peed my pants. Factory of Terror (haunted house near me) in high school again – I had to be let out the emergency exit. And the most recent was about 4 years ago when me and Bobby just started dating, we went to Salem and did a haunted house…he had to carry me out because I couldn’t open my eyes I was so scared.

Me and haunted don’t do well clearly. HA

Favorite Halloween movie?

HOCUS POCUS. Duh.

Favorite Fall movie?

Stepmom, You’ve Got Mail, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Practical Magic & It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?

Kit-Kats.

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

One of my best friend’s parents throw a huge Halloween Party every year – and it’s one of my favorite activities for the fall. My group of friends are all going to be the Disney Princesses this year. We are going to DIY our costumes cause were cool like that. I got Ariel. YES

What is your Favorite thing about Fall?

I can’t name one specific thing, because I love everything about fall.

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? 

Coffee.

Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?

Dark lips for sure.

Best fragrance for fall? 

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.

Favorite Thanksgiving food? 

STUFFING.

What is autumn weather like where you live? 

It’s the best. Temperatures range between the low 60s to mid 70s.

Most worn sweater? 

I wear mostly cardigans. So I try to wear the fall toned ones most this time of year.

Football games or jumping in leaf piles? 

Football games.

Skinny jeans or leggings? 

Leggins! I am so basic. I wear oversized sweaters with leggings & uggs.

Combat boots or Uggs? 

Uggs. I am trying to get into wearing booties this year.

Favorite Recipe?

I love all food. My favorite Fall dish is my grandma’s pumpkin pie! IT takes the cake over everything. But here are a few recipe’s I am gonna try this fall:

Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo // Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries // Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Egg Rolls

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? 

Yes definitely.

Favorite fall TV show? 

Greys Anatomy. I am also really looking forward to the new show on NBC – This Is Us.

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

This is going to make me sound like an old soul for sure, but I’m okay with it. I LOVE George Strait’s The Chill of An Early Fall.

Are you guys ready for fall?! If so what are some of your favorites?

Until Next Time,

Rebecca