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.

Hello Summer!

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May was a strug.

I never thought summer break would come. After our beach trip, I knew time would tick away slowly. The last month of school is full of fun, but also a lot of chaos. The kids have summer fever, the teachers are tired and everything is ready for a break. I had countdowns on my phone, my white board, my desk calendar, and even in the bathroom... You could say I was ready : )

In the midst of the chaos, there were moments of peace. I walked outside one evening to find this sunset, and I had to take a picture. Of course, a photo doesn't do it justice... Does it ever?

Sunday night Supper Club is still going strong. We had a fake low country boil at the beginning of May.. I say fake because we got the crab legs steamed at Kroger and just boiled the potatoes and corn separately. This was so good! And it just signifies summer for me...

   

The most exciting part of the month was (of course) Mack's 3rd Birthday! Mack is officially a "big boy" and he will tell you so... : )

We had BBQ at his party and it was so good! If nothing else, my family knows how to throw a party.

   

Mack's Birthday present was a little gator. He fell in L O V E immediately. He was so cute! The 2nd picture was from the next morning before 7AM... He woke up wanting to ride! I love him more than words can say.

The last day of school! We made it. I'm not being dramatic when I say, there were days I didn't think I'd make it to May 24th... But we did it! Together.

   

A lot of change is coming our way next year... We will no longer be Blandy Hills and will have a new name, as well as be converting to a K-2 school rather than K-5. It will be different, to say the least, but change is not always a bad thing.

    

    

Another change going on is in our youth group! For the summer, we will be having small group Bible study in people's homes rather than meeting as a large group at church. I'm excited to be hosting the High School girls at our house! Week 1 we had a Luau theme... I served "Maui" Onion Dip, Hawaiian punch,  Tropical fruit and Hawaiian pork (cocktail wienies). I love a theme.

    

Week 2, we did a Fiesta themed nacho bar! We also combined with the boys since their regular hosts were out of town. This was so much fun. I wish I could have people over every night!

   

   

   

For Memorial Day, we had a little get together at the house. B smoked a butt (which took FOREVER) but it was sooooo worth the wait! We listened to some classic Patriotic hits and even said the Pledge of Allegiance before we ate supper. It was a great day to be an American.

Christmas at The 101

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"I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams..."

I know Christmas is over, but I wanted to document my decorations from 2016 before we take it on down on New Year's Day.

I love Christmas, just like everyone else, but I'm especially sad to take it all down this year. The lights, the colors, and the fullness of our home really makes me happy. I love how warm everything seems... How cozy. This year has been full of exciting things, happy things, hard things and sad things... I'm thankful Christmas is at the end of the year so I can end it full of the peace and joy only Christmas can bring.

I have never put pressure on myself to buy a ton of Christmas decorations all at once... I have slowly built my collection through the years. I have gone from one container of ornaments and a few holiday votive candle holders, to now being able to fill several rooms in our home with Christmas  cheer. It's not going in Southern Living any time soon, but I'm pretty proud of our house and how hard we've worked to make it our home : )

The Den:

     

The best Bath & Body Works holiday candle: Spiced Gingerbread

    

We had the prettiest tree ever this year. We drove all the way to North Carolina to pick this one out with B's family! It was well worth the trip.

   

I love my Willow Tree Nativity...

     

That picture is one of my favorites of us; It's from our first married Christmas!

     

***The third stocking is not a baby announcement. Maxx is just special enough to have a Pottery Barn stocking, too : )

Oh, and if you wanted to see how I made that Burlap Garland on the mantel, check out my post here!

The Kitchen:

When we moved into our house, we decided to leave the cabinet doors above the oven off. I use this space to house my cookbooks, but also to bring a little seasonal decor into our house...

    

     

All things gingerbread... I love these little guys and gals!

The Dining Room:

     

My obsession with my Christmas china goes deep. Sadly, I haven't had a dining room table to set it out on since we got married.

    

This table was my parents', and I'm so grateful to have it in my home now. I was determined to have it set with my Christmas dishes, and I'm so proud of how it turned out! Shout out to my Ginnie and my mother for helping me!

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Christmas 2016 was really great, and I'm sad to see it go. I would honestly leave the decorations up all through winter if my husband would let me... Hopefully next year I will make even more additions to my decor stock pile!