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Showing posts with label recap. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recap. Show all posts

May 2, 2020

HTB Happenings

It's been forever since i've done an HTB Happenings post!  So much has happened in the last month or so, but it feels so good to be getting back into the swing of things.  I'm sure you've noticed by now that things look pretty different around here!  This facelift is something I've been wanting to do for quite a while and finally got around to it.  I'm super happy with the way it came out and I think it's just a fun update for spring and summer!

Here's what you might have missed this week on Heavens to Betsy:

+ Red.  Lipstick.  I've always wanted to wear it, but it takes guts!  I finally took a leap (thanks to some of your suggestions!), and I love it!
+ I got my first piece from Noonday Collection and I love it!  It's such a pretty addition to any outfit.
+ Have you ever used Burt's Bees Blemish Stick?  It's amazing and a total beauty game-changer!
+ I jetted off to Boston last week and spent a whole week relaxing and walking around the city with AJ.  It was exactly what my heart needed!

+ 3 ways to make homemade guacamole!  
+ A stroll down memory lane, and a great giveaway! 
+ I answered your questions about all things wedding.
+ Need a gift for your mom?  Try this DIY pedicure basket!
+ I started the week with a grateful heart.

+ As someone who's a huge extrovert, I so appreciated Laura's Extrovert's Guide to Alone Time!
+ These photos of Hayley's son, Eli, dressed up like all of the Avengers were just too adorable!
+ Danise had a great reminder that our hearts must be Christ's home!
+Mandy's Easy Graduation Gift is such a great idea!
+ This DIY Sponge Stamp from Bex is awesome!

Have an awesome weekend!

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Feb 28, 2020

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!

Jan 18, 2020

HTB Happenings

happy sunday friends!  for me, this week was filled with last-minute to-dos and little dates as aj got ready to head back to boston...we're now getting back into the groove of long-distance, but this time is different...there's a light at the end of the tunnel!  and admittedly, the blow of him leaving was softened just a little by the fact that i have to-do list as long as my arm and i can throw myself into completing it!  starting with cleaning my atrocity of a room...

it's raining ice outside today here in pa, so if you're curled up on a couch like i'm planning on being this afternoon, here's what you might have missed on htb this week:

+ he's back in boston!  and we're in the home stretch...seven months til we end this long distance thing for good!
+ i basically already have my wedding invitations designed, but i still ordered free samples, because i'm only planning to be a bride once and you know i'm gonna milk it for all it's worth.
+ my aunt and uncle came over for dinner last night and we played scrabble.  i kicked everyone's tush.
+ i started whole30 yesterday!  and hit the gym, ya know #sweatingforthewedding and all...if you've done whole30, i want to hear about your experience!

in case you missed it:
+ i talked about my morning routine and how i'm a total tea-lover!
+ you have to read this hilarious marriage advice from 1913!
+ the second part of our love story was up this week...i promise the proposal is coming!
+ i talked about being grateful for the little things, like parking spaces!

don't miss these:
+ i loved summer's post on learning how to thrive.
+ stephanie's food photography tips are great!  i need to get better at food photography!
+ daisy wrote about what she looks for in an apartment..some great things to keep in mind!
+ madison has some fantastic tips for planning a blogger meet-up!
+ rachel's shop, oh simple joys, is reopen!  and she has a discount code on her blog for you!

have a great sunday!

Dec 31, 2020

The Best of 2014

what a year 2014 has been!  as i was going through my posts from this year, i realized a few things.  in 2014, heavens to betsy saw more growth than ever before!  more readers, more page views, more posts, more engagement.  thank you so so much for that.  it's incredibly humbling to realize how much this little blog has blossomed in the past twelve months, and even moreso, how many awesome friends i've gained through the blogging world!  

as we celebrate the very last day of this year, and look forward toward 2015, i thought i'd leave you with a round-up of my favorite (and in my opinion, the best) posts of 2014.  enjoy!

arm knitting 101 // this post was a quick video tutorial that i put together all about arm knitting!  arm knitting is by far one of the quickest ways to knit a cozy, bulky scarf.  you can sit down with some yarn and have a whole scarf finished 60-90 minutes later!  i gave a bunch of these scarves as christmas gifts this year and they were very well-loved!

blog with purpose // this post is a great stop for some tips on how to create and engage a community through your blog.  you all know how much i believe in the blogging community...it's why i blog!  so here are five tips that can help you get out of your little hole in the blogging world and make some real, honest-to-goodness friends!

learning to lead // as i stepped into a few leadership positions this year, i learned a lot about what good leadership is.  this post offered a few thoughts on the type of leader i want to be, the marks of a true leader, and an example of biblical leadership.

how to love running // i have always wanted to be a runner, but it wasn't until last spring that i truly learned to love it.  in this post, i shared 7 tips for turning this often-hated workout into something you crave!

how to make money blogging // this post lays out a few ways that you can make money blogging.  it breaks down things like affiliate programs, media networks, and blog sponsorships, and gives some general tips on how to get started and how to be successful!

the trouble with mary and martha // after doing she reads truth's hospitality study this fall, i began to look at the concept of hospitality in a way i never had before.  i've always considered myself to be a martha, and never saw the real danger in that until a few months ago.  this post unpacks the trouble with being a martha and what true hospitality looks like.

a few of my favorite drugstore mascaras // calling all mascara addicts!  here's a round up of a few of my favorite drugstore mascaras!  and don't miss the comment section of this post from even more suggestions from readers!

open your bible // i'm not exactly shy about the fact that i am terrible when it comes to a devotional routine.  but as i started being more intentional about it this year, i found that these tips helped me to set aside time with jesus on a regular basis.

why you shouldn't cut yourself short by undercharging // this one is for all the freelancers!  when you do freelance work, it is so so easy to undercharge for your services.  but here are a few reasons why you shouldn't undercharge as well as a few ways to stop undercharging!

worship while you work it // i got into the habit of listening to worship music while i ran early last summer and it helped transform my workouts into more intentional time spent with the lord.  so i put together a playlist of upbeat worship songs for you to listen to while you work out!

a few other exciting things that happened on heavens to betsy this year:
+ the launch of the peony project
+ the opening on heavens to betsy handmade
+ hit over 1,000 followers on bloglovin'
+ all-time high of over 28,600 pageviews/month
+ became a member of the influence network

if you're not currently following along, you can find me here:

am i missing anything?  was there a post on heavens to betsy this year that you loved but that didn't make this list?

Dec 13, 2020

HTB Happenings

it's been a busy week here in pa....christmas parties are underway and we had a bit of snow this week, and of course, i've been busy shopping for and making presents!

+ on wednesday night, i headed to a friend's house for a wrapping party!  pictures to come soon, but suffice it to say that 75% of my presents are now wrapped and look pretty.
+ i had a dozen 8th grade girls at my house last night for our small group christmas get together...we watched elf, played some games, ate lots of food, and crafted a little.  super fun!
+ i've been working on teaching myself how to crochet.  i've mastered the single crochet stitch, and i'm working on a few others, but so far, so good!
+ linda sent me a bag of steam dot coffee from anchorage a while ago and i finally got to try it out this week...so tasty!

in case you missed it:
+ what dreams do you need to define and circle in prayer?
+ check out this super simple diy for sweater-wrapped candles!
+ i vlogged....so there's that.
+ if you're a teacher or a parent, be sure to check out these brand-new apps from disney!
+ as always, i started this week with a grateful heart and a giveaway for a journaling bible that ends today!

don't miss these:
+ loved laura's tips on sharing positivity
+ did you hear that marsala is pantone's 2015 color of the year?  faith blogged some of her must-have items in this new "it" color!
+ natalie's easy styling for laid-back days is great!
+ these beautiful diy lace ornaments from madison!
+ you only have a few more days to get one of melissa's beautiful scarves by christmas!  

happy weekending!

Nov 29, 2020

HTB Happenings

this week has been one of my favorites...i love thanksgiving so much!  and it officially marks the start of the christmas season.

+ happy thanksgiving! i hope you had a great holiday!
+ i made my first two sales on htb handmade!  i'd be honored if you kept me in mind for christmas shopping (and it's now stocked with those adorable hair bows!)
+ i've been loving my journaling bible.  i've been doing the she reads truth give thanks study and have been really enjoying spending intentional time in the word and hand lettering through my bible!
+ aj came home for the week on tuesday and he brought me yes, please.  so excited!  we love parks & rec and amy poehler and we are always looking for creative ways to make being long distance a little easier...so we're planning on reading this book together over the next few weeks

in case you missed it:
+ check out my christmas wishlist and enter to win $200 in paypal cash!
+ to all of my blog friends, i love you!
+ do you like to wear dresses?  check out this 
+ thanksgiving always precedes the miracle!
+ and as usual, started this week off with a grateful heart!

don't miss these:
+ what are your ten secret dreams?
+ i'm in love with this styled wedding shoot featuring megan's watercolor calligraphy!
+ these tips for managing your black friday shopping can definitely apply to the rest of the crazy-busy-christmas-shopping season!
+ take into account these considerations for updating your wardrobe.
+ i love natalie's tattoo and loved hearing more about the background behind it!

happy weekending!

Nov 22, 2020

HTB Happenings

well friends, i don't usually post on saturdays, but there's just so much goodness out there in the blogging world that i'd like to start these little weekly recaps as a way to share some of the things you may have missed around here and on some of my favorite blogs!

+ aj was home last weekend and our church launched it's first worship album!
+ i love apple care.  my computer crashed and the lovely people at the apple store replaced my hard drive for free!
+ have you been watching how to get away with murder?  craziness!  (i'm also in the process of binge-watching gilmore girls on netflix!)
+ sarah has been sporting the custom scarf i knit for her!  want your own?  email me at [email protected]!

in case you missed it:
+ you know my love for hand lettering...check out the launch of heavens to betsy handmade!
+ what's your everyday style like?  i'm all about the comfy & cozy!
+ do you ever wish you had a road map for life?
+ i love starting the week with a grateful heart, and a giveaway doesn't hurt either!

don't miss these:
+ what little things do you like to gift to your girlfriends?
+ pumpkin monkey bread sounds like too good of a thing to be allowed in this world.
+ as if i need any convincing to travel, here are four reasons to travel more!
+ what camera doesn't need a coat?
+ newbie bloggers, you won't want to miss these great tips!

happy weekending!

Feb 4, 2020

January Favorites

So, I'm a few days late.  Can you believe we're already four days into February?  [holy cow.]

January was a great month on Heavens to Betsy!  This little blog grew so much over the past year.  Just last January I celebrated my 100th follower!  And now this little space is over double that amount.  So thank YOU, dear reader!

But enough about that...on to a recap of favorite posts from January!

AJ and I went to the PA State Farm Show in the beginning of the month.  It was so fun to see all of the handmade foods and goods, and also see some farm animals and get to treat ourselves to a delicious milkshake.
 I shared my 5 Favorite Photo Apps.  Some you may know, others may be new!
During my first week of student teaching, I wrote about praying hard.  
We took some photos as a Christmas present for AJ's mom, and I blogged some of that shoot last month!
I shared 5 tips for combatting the winter blues, because we all know that winter, with it's chill and bland colors and lack of sunlight can lead to feeling a little blue. [at least for me anyway!]

Jan 2, 2020

December Favorites

Can you believe December is already over?  It feels like it came and went SO fast...I still can't believe that the holidays are over!

Today I'll be recapping some of my favorite posts from last month.  December was an exciting month here on Heavens to Betsy.  I rolled out (another) new blog design.  Sometimes I just get fickle.  But this one is here to stay, I think.  I also started to focus my content and tried to write more quality, photo-rich, and well-put-together posts!  Some of these changes have been subtle, some a little more obvious, like the addition of a bunch of topics in my menu bar (check them out...they have thumbnails of different posts in each category!).  I'm pretty proud of that last one.

So here are some of my favorite posts from December!
I started the month with a room tour of my bedroom.  I'll have to do another one of these soon, as AJ and I are going to paint and redo my room next week (eeeep!).
Then I gave you a little peek at my vinyl collection.  I started collecting records when I got my record player in September.  It's one of my new favorite collections!
I gave some tips on how to arrange bookshelves, after I spent a day reorganizing and purging myself of books.
I shared five tips for surviving finals week while I was heading into mine.  I like to think these apply to any stressful time, though.
Before Christmas, I posted a DIY for Yarn-Wrapped Candles.  Super easy.  Super fast.  Super cheap.  It's the perfect craft.  (and it looks good too!)
And finally, I posted a DIY for Homemade Soy Candles.  This is my favorite DIY to date, mostly because these look (and smell) so good!  I made them for all of my aunts/grandmothers/my mom, and they loved them.  And they were fairly cheap to make, too!

And that was December!  Stay tuned for lots of fun posts in January!

Dec 1, 2020


I can't believe that November is already over and we're entering the last month of 2012!
Bring on the Christmas spirit!

I'm so excited for the things I've got planned for this space in the next month.
But first, here's a recap of my top 5 favorite posts from November!

I wrote about why I blog and about writing for yourself here.

As part of my Thankful Thursday feature, I talked about thoughts on Transition here.

I shared 5 tips for photographers and wrote about 5 goals that I have for myself as a photographer here.
 After Thanksgiving, I shared photos from my family's celebration, including this one of AJ & me.
 I closed out the month with a peek into my makeup bag and routine here.

Stay tuned for December!
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