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Feb 28, 2015 HTB Happenings

welcome to the last day of february!  i have such a hard time believing that march will be here as of tomorrow (and daylight savings time is just a week away...yay!).  i'm so excited for more sunlight, runs outside, and spriiiinnnngggg!  like, it makes me want to break out into a song.

("ttthhhheeee hiiiiillllssss are alliiiivvvveee!")

ok, enough of my craziness (can you tell i have a touch of cabin fever?!).

here's what you might have missed this week on heavens to betsy:

+ i got a hair cut on tuesday!  nothing drastic, just a trim...but it's amazing how just getting your dead ends snipped off makes you feel so much better!
+ i loved hearing all about your coffee cup moments this week...aj told me that he liked me over a cup of coffee, and i'm a bit of a mug addict, which means that i also drink a lot of that liquid gold.
+ i got a voxbox from influenster for testing purposes with nyc's big & bold angel lash mascara and big & bold felt-tipped eyeliner.  as it were, i'm also a bit of a mascara addict, and i love the way these products plump my lashes and frame my eyes!
+ i was gifted this scarf made my melissa of sew what scarves, and i love it!  i basically haven't taken it off all week!

in case you missed it:
+ you won't believe how easy it is to make your own mercury glass!
+ aj took over the blog on thursday for our second guys behind the blog link up!
+ i designed a couple of movie night games to go along with disney's big hero 6!  if you haven't seen it yet, you need to!  it's adorable.
+ i shared 5 ideas for quick and easy home decor refreshes that you can do for under $10!
+ i talked a little bit about five star coffee's romantic moments collection, and there's a giveaway going on until monday for a free coffee sampler box!

don't miss these:
+ i love how rachel shared her journey to ethical fashion this week!
+ wardrobe updates must be trending (spring cleaning, anyone?), because daisy shared her 5 goals for a capsule wardrobe!
+ i loved madison's tips on increasing spiritual intimacy!
+ i've been wanting to visit harry potter world, and meg's 10 things to do there have me wanting to schedule a trip asap!
+ cassie is a total pro on twitter, and she shared 11 easy steps to becoming a tweet master on her blog this week!

Feb 27, 2015 Big Hero 6 Movie Night Games

this post has been compensated by collective bias, inc. and it's advertiser.  all opinions and ideas are my own.  #collectivebias #bighero6movienight

one thing that my family has always loved is a good movie night!  especially in the winter, there's nothing better than snuggling down in your sweats and watching a good movie.  i've discussed my love of all things disney on the blog before, but can i just say once again that i will never be too old to enjoy a disney animated movie?  disney's big hero 6 hit stores on blu-ray and dvd this week, and if you haven't seen it yet, you're missing out!

i popped into target on tuesday to pick up big hero 6 when it came out, and was happy to find it right in the front of the store!  not that i ever need an excuse to go to target, but my wallet is much happier when i don't venture too far into that magical land (who's with me?).

the movie is an adorable story based off of a marvel comic book.  i had heard so many good things about it, and since it's from the minds of the disney greats, i of course had high expectations, but it blew those expectations out of the water!  kids or not, you'll love it.

i thought it would be fun to have a little movie night with a few family members.  my parents always love checking out the movies that were nominated for academy awards, and since big hero 6 won best animated feature, i thought they might like to see it with me.  we grabbed our popcorn and i designed a couple of printable games to make the evening a little bit more fun.

the first game is a list of 10 trivia questions that older kids and adults can enjoy...some are a bit easier, but others will take a keen eye or ear!  the second is a movie challenge that the whole family can play, but is especially geared toward younger kids.  i'm actually thinking about watching a bit of big hero 6 with my preschool class and using this game to make it even more fun.

if you're planning your own big hero 6 movie night, then scroll down and grab the free downloadable printables of these games to add a little something extra to your evening!  or, maybe you want to take a fun spin on your family game night, and turn it into a movie/game night hybrid with these printable games!

and here is a better look at each of the games i designed to use for your big hero 6 movie night!  you can download printable versions for free at the links below each game.

download the free printable movie trivia here

download the free printable movie challenge here

have you seen big hero 6?  do you have any movie night traditions?

Feb 26, 2015 The Guys Behind the Blog // February Link-Up

i'm so excited for another guys behind the blog link-up!  i can't believe that twenty-eight of you joined in with me on this crazy little idea for a post last month.  you're awesome!  it was so much fun to read all of your posts and hear from your guys that i just had to do another one this month!  so grab your guy and force him bribe him give him the honor of taking over your blog for the day again!

this has been a fun way for aj to contribute to my blog once in a while, especially since we're long distance.  if you're a newer reader and don't know much about aj, here's our story in three sentences:  aj is finishing his degree in music production and engineering at berklee college of music in boston.  we've been long-distance since he transferred there in the fall of 2013 and we've been dating since valentine's day 2012.  on christmas eve, he popped the question, and we're getting married in august! (you can read our whole love story here)

1 // if you could write a book, what topic would you write about and why?
well i guess it would have to be about something i know really well.. so maybe something like a history of the recording industry?? … sounds boring to most people so i probably wouldn’t make much off of it but it’s also a rather short history so i wouldn’t have to work toooooo hard. haha

2 // what is one thing on your bucket list, or one thing that you'd like to do or accomplish in your lifetime?
i think i have two answers… firstly, it would be incredible to produce a grammy winning album or record, which is an obvious answer for anyone going into my field i suppose … it’s like a football player answering “winning the super bowl… second would be seeing the eagles win the super bowl :)

3 // if you could look out your window and only see one view for the rest of your life, what would you want to see?
nothing! i would love to live somewhere like a farm where i’m just surrounded by land and peace and quiet. this is probably because i spent so much of my life driving through lancaster pa and just loving the views that i saw driving every morning. also, i’m nearly positive that this could start a serious conversation with my fiancé about where we both want to end up … 

4 // imagine you're opening a shop.  what are you selling?
stuff that i bought at target. target is the perfect store and i would not dare even try to compete.  

5 // if you could have 50lbs of anything other than money, what would it be?
gold. we don’t use it as currency anymore … so i think i beat the system. also gold is worth $1,203.02 as of my answering this … so thats like …. $818,416. feel free to fact check that. 

6 // time to brag on your girl...tell us one thing that makes you proud of your fiancé!  
hmmmmmmm…. well there are a lot of things that i am proud of betsy for, and i like to think that i do a good job at telling her that. but If i had to pick one thing right now it would be her creativity. she’s incredibly good at taking fun little things like hand lettering, or making scarves, or even blogging to a new level. she can turn anything she enjoys into something fruitful that other people can enjoy. i envy that ability, but more than that i am so proud when i look at the kind of community her creative outlets can turn into!

ok, that last one made me tear up a little bit!  he's so sweet, and i could brag on him for a long time.  he's much more talented than he gives himself credit for.  keep an eye out for his name at the grammys in a few years...we'll be there!  the eagles winning the super bowl might be a different story however...

and if you want to get a head start on march's questions, here they are!
1 // do you have a good luck charm or ritual? (like a lucky coin, or you always used to listen to a certain pump-up song when you played sports in high school or college?)
2 // what is your favorite dish that your wife/fiance/girlfriend makes for you?  do you have any fun memories of a time when she tried to cook and it totally flopped or does she get it right every time?
3 // what did you want to be when you were growing up?
4 // which of the five senses is your strongest?
5 // would you ever run for president?

Feb 25, 2015 Quick Home Decor Refreshes for Under $10

it never fails that sometime in february, the winter blues sink in for me.  i know that spring is on the horizon, but i'm just wishing for it so badly that i am starting to go a little crazy.  can i get an amen??

one of the things that always helps is to freshen up my decor around the house!  i love constantly changing the decor around my space, and i'm all about doing it on a budget, so as spring has been approaching, i've been working on repurposing things i already had laying around or making small home decor updates for ten dollars or less.

when your'e stuck inside for so long due to snow and cold, it's so easy to get bored with your space!  i love what designer nate berkus says about freshening up your home decor:  "when you get bored with your room, the easiest thing to do is switch it up!  consider moving your sofa to another wall, bring in a side table from another room, swap out your throw pillows.  you can totally refresh a room without spending a cent.  for curtains, couches and rugs that can't be washed, a few spritzes of unstoppable fabric refresher will add long-lasting freshness."  he's so don't have to spend a fortune to update or refresh your space.

if you're feeling those winter blues like me, here are a few quick updates that you can do in your home to mix it up and make being stuck inside a little bit easier!

1.  pick up a clipboard // 
one of my newfound loves is clipboards.  they're crazy cheap (you may even have one lying around already), and they're great for displaying photos, quotes, or other paper mementos like ticket stubs or cards!  you can easily hang a few on a wall (i have three above my couch, each holding a hand lettered print), or you can set it on a desk top, like pictured here.  clipboards are so inexpensive and versatile, that they're practically a design staple as much as they're a necessity in the office.

2.  books & wood can be decor //
this one might seem obvious, but i love displaying books around my room!  there are so many pretty book covers out there which makes them easy to display, and they can become great points of conversation.  another thing i love using in decor is slabs of wood.  white birch is hands down my favorite, and i actually got this little cutting at a friend's wedding (she used them in her centerpieces). they are great for adding height to candles or for simply displaying!  any wood works, and all you need is some wood, like a fallen tree or a branch or stump, and a chainsaw (or in my case, a willing dad who happens to have a chainsaw).

3.  repurpose items you already have //
i just shared this easy diy to turn votives you already have laying around into gold mercury glass.  this update literally cost me the $3 that i spent on the paint.  i already had the votives in a box in my basement, but if you don't, you can find some at goodwill for about $0.50!  you can also repurpose things like cake stands and mugs to utilize outside of the kitchen.  i love the way these votive holders look on the cake stand, and i also often use a cake stand to display my perfume collection.  mugs are great for using as flower planters or even as a pretty way to hold spare change.

4. go picking //
one of my favorite places to find decor items is in my grandparent's basement.  my grandfather's old workshop is a treasure trove that aj and i have rescued tons of old items from.  this fan is just one of our finds, and i threw a coat of mustard-hued paint on it and made it an accent piece.  i also have an old toolbox of his that i use to hold mail, and a few other items that i love seeing daily because they're great daily reminders of my grandfather.  if you don't have a grandparent with a basement ripe for picking through, consider keeping your eyes peeled for estate sale, garage sales, auction, and even rifle through your local goodwill or salvation army store from time to time!  it's amazing what sorts of pieces you can find for little to no money, and if you keep an open mind and consider the potential of the pieces you come across, you'll find that you can get some really great steals!

5.  don't underestimate the power of scents! // 
scent decor is just as important in setting a mood for a room as is visual decor.  i never remember that fact until we reach the depths of winter and everything is just so bleh.  but lighting a candle or spraying some fabric refresher can take a room from drab winter to the freshest spring!  the new line of p&g unstopables is perfect for incorporating springy scents into any room.  the entire line includes candles, fabric refreshers, laundry scent boosters, oil warmers, and air fresheners, and comes in three scents:  fresh, lush, and shimmer, so you can choose a signature fragrance and carry that scent into every area of your home.  each p&g unstopables product smells luxurious but is available at an accessible price point.  these long-lasting scent products can help you choose and design your own scent decor - a personal scent profile that you can use to style and upscale your environment day in and day out!

i was selected for this opportunity as a member of clever girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Feb 24, 2015 Love, A Cup of Coffee, & a Giveaway!

thanks to the peachtree coffee group and five star coffee for sponsoring today's post!  i received this product free of charge for review purposes, but all opinions are mine.

it was over a cup of coffee that aj told me he maybe sort of had a huge crush on me.  he's not a big coffee drinker, but i love it.  (for real, go look at my instagram feed).  however, we've started nearly every road trip we've taken with a warm drink in our hands and i've been known to call him on my way to his house to see if he wanted me to pick something up for him (aka so i wouldn't look rude when i showed up with a latte for me and nothing for him).

when we started our premarital counseling a few weeks ago, we were given the homework of praying together and reading certain scripture passages together before our next session.  for me, reading that scripture looks something like an open bible and notebook...and of course, a cup of coffee.

when i got the opportunity to try out five star coffee's romantic moments collection sampler box, i couldn't say no!  i'm a "light and sweet" kind of girl....which means i love flavored coffees and i love flavored creamers in them, and each romantic moments box features four flavored 12-cup sampler bags of coffee (perfect for those moments where you're just brewing for two!).

my box featured georgia pecan, hazelnut creme, english toffee, and cinnamon stick coffee, and honestly, i can't choose a favorite!  each flavor was smooth, rich, and met all of my expectations for a good cup of coffee.

what i love even more about each bag is that the label is tagged with a bible verse about love, and the back of each pack has a little devotional thought to do together.  i love the question that is posed on the back of the georgia pecan bag:  "...consider how your love might be different if you did not know god..."  that is certainly a question that aj and i are pondering as we approach marriage.

i think it's great that five star coffee has taken the simple act of drinking coffee together (something that so many couples do) and made it easy to turn it into intentional time with one another and with jesus.  i love imagining what the morning routine that i share with aj some day will look like, and i hope that it includes some mornings of having breakfast and coffee together and sharing some time spent in the word.

and five star coffee has offered to give one heavens to betsy reader the opportunity to try out their own romantic moments sampler box!  check out the rafflecopter for ways to enter.  you must complete both mandatory entries to be eligible to win!

all entries will be verified, so please play fair.  good luck!
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