Fall Decor… Finally!

With this crazy HEAT wave in Georgia, I’ve put off decorating for fall almost a month longer than I normally do…

Usually I decorate with leaves & little fall touches on September 1st, I add pumpkins and Halloween things on October 1st, and then transition to Thanksgiving on November 1st… I have a very technical schedule. Ha!

But this year, I just could not get in the zone… Yesterday it FINALLY felt less than miserable outside so I decided it was time!

With Bryant being up and moving and pulling EVERYTHING off any table or shelf he can reach, I wasn’t able to do quite as much as I normally do… but I think I succeeded in making it feel like fall in my home!

I have built my fall collection over several years, so not everything is available… but I will include links for anything I can!

Kitchen

This adorable hutch was given to me by a dear friend! I have wanted a piece like this forever, so when she said she was getting rid of it, I jumped on it! It needs a little bit more cleaning up but I’m just embracing the “rustic” look for now…

Tray from 7th Street Salvage / ‘Welcome Home’ Candle / Coffee Mugs

Foyer & Den

I always enjoy decorating our den the most because that’s where we spend the majority of our time!

Leaf LED String Lights / Alabama Frame / ‘Library Ladder’ Candle from 7th Street Salvage / Candy Corn Pillow from tuft / Candy Corn String Lights

Living/Dining Room

I love changing our dining room table decor based on the season! It’s so nice to have it set when company comes over or just for dinner during the week. We also have a little breakfast table in our living room that I like the set just for myself… this is where I usually drink my coffee in the morning while I read my Bible! It’s just my little peaceful spot.

‘Leaves’ Candle / Burlap Maple Leaves / Orange Chargers / Mixed Pumpkins

Front Porch

One day, I will have a big front porch I can sit on in a rocking chair… But until then, I will just decorate my little stoop. : )

Door Mat / Wreath

Recipe Round Up: September 2019

I absolutely love to cook (and eat!), but sometimes I get in a recipe funk. I want to try new things, but everything looks too complicated or boring or just plain gross. I think we all feel like this from time to time! This past month I challenged myself to try some new recipes — and bring out some of my old favorties — and I have been so happy with the results! And B and Bryant haven’t complained either : )

Today I decided to share some of the new recipes I’ve tried this month just in case YOU and your family are in a similar funk! Hope you all enjoy!

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Oven Baked


Chicken & Potatoes

This was an easy one pan meal! I used chicken thighs instead of drumsticks and it was so delicious! I served these with a simple salad on the side.

This was a big hit in our house and will definitely be on repeat all season…

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Tomato Glazed
Meatloaves

We love meatloaf around the Harpe household, and I love trying new variations. This recipe make little mini-loaves which I thought were so cute!


I served these with mashed potatoes and asparagus. So good!

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Creamy
Mac & Cheese
Soup

This soup literally tasted like macaroni and cheese in soup form. This was a great option for “Meatless Monday” and I loved that it had hidden veggies (butternut squash) in the cheese sauce. You seriously couldn’t taste them at all! But it felt good to know they were in there with all the cheese :)

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Chicken & White Bean
Enchiladas

This is an oldie but a goodie! I have made this recipe for years and it is my absolute favorite enchilada recipe.

I make Mexican food every Tuesday for Taco Tuesday, but it’s not always tacos! I love enchiladas, fajitas,and burritos too. These are sooo good and I think kids would even love them!

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Creamy Tomato Soup
with Tortellini

This soup gets all the heart eyes from me!

It’s still 95 degrees here in Georgia, but I am protesting and still making soup. This was so creamy and just like a hug in a bowl.

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Sweet ‘n Spicy
Asian Glazed
Drumsticks

This is a good recipe if you are looking for something different! This was similar to barbecue sauce, but had just a hint of an Asian flair to it!

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Balsamic Roast
Pork Tenderloins

I have used this recipe FOR YEARS.

It is a go-to when we have friends over for dinner and it’s so easy, but tastes like it cooked all day!

I usually serve this with mashed potatoes and asparagus! So good.

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One-Pot Spaghetti
& Meat Sauce

I love anything that is one pot; Less dishes!

This is so simple and easy. The noodles cook right in the sauce, so no boiling and draining noodles!

I usually serve this with a basic Caesar salad and it’s a crowed pleaser!

Feeling Myself Fall: Give Away!

Hello Everyone!

This weekend I was looking at our calendar over the next few months and I realized Halloween is only 10 weeks away! That is absolutely crazy to me. Time really is flying by and before we know it, it will be 2020.

I am so excited for the upcoming holiday season, but I know that with the holidays comes parties, festivals, and all sorts of fun things! I really want to look and feel my best going into the holidays, and Halloween is kind of the “kick off” to the season. I thought it would be fun to do a motivational/accountability challenge with any of my friends or followers who wanted to join! This isn’t about weight loss, but just feeling good and if we lose weight along the way… That’s win-win!

And at the end, I’m going to do a give away for people who interact and participate! Why wouldn’t you want to join me?!

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Here are the challenges:

  • Fitness: Do 50 workings between Monday 8/19 and Sunday 10/27. It can be just a walk around the neighborhood, a class at the gym or a workout on YouTube. Whatever will challenge you to feel your best!

  • Food: You don’t have to go on a “diet” but just try to make the best choices you can day to day. Any time you eat a healthy meal, snack or even just drink your water, post about your successes!

  • Monthly Calendar: I will share a monthly calendar with a different challenge listed on each day. These will be all sorts of different things like, text a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, track your water or even just stretching before bed.

Anytime you complete a workout, make a healthy choice or do one of the daily challenges, post about it on social media and tag me @laurabethharpe or use the hashtag #feelingmyselffall!


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Feeling Myself Fall Give Away

The Grand Prize: FOUR gift cards! $25 Starbucks, $25 Hobby Lobby, $25 Bath & Body Works & $25 Chick-fil-A! A #basic girl’s dream!!

To Enter:
1) You must be following me on Instagram or Facebook.

2) You must like and tag a friend in the comments of this picture:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1UG434gmyP/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/959508030775424/posts/2445263232199889?s=100004363692352&sfns=mo

That’s it!

⭐️BONUS ENTRIES⭐️

Follow along with my daily challenges between August 19th and October 27th and post about them! Tag me and use the hashtag #feelingmyselffall! Each tag counts as an additional entry! .

The Rules:

Closes Sunday, 10/27 @11:59 PM EST. Winner will be announced on Monday, 10/28. Must claim prize in 48 Hours! By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to abide by Instagram’s terms of use.

Friday Five 8/16/19

We have had a GREAT week around here! With Bryant sick last week, I was going absolutely stir crazy so I was excited to have a few days to get out of the house and get back to normal.

  1. Ginnie’s New House

My grandmother decided this year it was time to downsize. She got the cutest little apartment and my aunt and mom have spent the last few weeks working hard to fix it up. It’s so weird to think she’s not in the house I grew up with her in, but I know she will love her new place just as much as it becomes home!

2. Baby Led Weaning Update

We set a goal for Bryant to try 100 foods before he turns 1 and this week we hit 50 foods! He is doing so good, and loves to eat. There really hasn’t been a food he hasn’t liked so far (which I know won’t last, but don’t rain on my parade) and I love watching him try new foods and textures. This past week we tried quinoa which was a MESS but he really seemed to like it once he got past the texture.

3. Back to School Fusion

We initiated the 6th graders into the youth group this week and it was just pitiful. Taylor always thinks of something gross to dump on their heads or make them eat! It’s hilarious but it makes them stronger in the end : )

Getting Back in the Kitchen

After Bryant was born, and trying to adjust to our new life and routine, we kind of stopped cooking for a while. We ate out a lot or would cook really basic stuff. This month I challenged myself to start cooking again, and I have loved it! This week we tried some new recipes, some tried and true recipes and B even made biscuits last weekend! I’m gonna do a post soon about some of the recipes we’ve tried, so be on the lookout for that.

New Additions to Our Home

With Ginnie moving, she wasn’t able to take all her furniture, so I got her China cabinet. I don’t have one of my own, so I was excited to get something like this from her. I love to entertain, so I have a lot of plates and serving pieces, and I’m happy they all have a home now.

Another addition at the house is our baby gate! We went as long as we could, but we couldn’t avoid it any longer. Bryant wasn’t a fan when we first got it but he is used to it now! And I like that this one is a neutral color and kind of blends in with our current decor. Highly recommend!