Getting Personal #110: Loving LuLaRoe

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I had heard about LuLaRoe for a while, but I didn’t start buying for myself until last summer. Several friends of mine were buying it and loving it, so I decided to check it out for myself. I love it! Everything I own is super comfortable. Plus, I’ve started wearing more skirts and dresses!

With that said, I do not intend to become a consultant. I just love what I’ve bought.

Here are just a few photos of what I’ve bought, LOL. Amazingly, this doesn’t reflect everything that I’ve purchased. But, you can see the progression of the last year, in a way. I cut my hair last fall, and I’m so happy that I did – Haha!

Summer 2017 – This is my striped Julia. I wasn’t so sure about the size at first, but I love it.

My Tall & Curvy (TC) Kermit leggings. I’m wearing them today for St. Patrick’s Day!

At first, I mistakenly thought the L/XL size was for adults! Whoops. These are kids’ leggings. But, they’re cute! And my new Carly dress is the exact same pattern.

My One Size (OS) Kermit leggings. So comfy!

This is the first Nicole dress I bought. It’s perfect for the chillier months – It’s almost a quilted fabric!

This is a Gigi top. I love the pattern, and it fits so well. It’s perfect with jeans.

Jenna Stamps, a consultant from Georgia, did a Personal Styling Session on Facebook for me late last year. This combo of the green Lynnae top, coral Cassie skirt, and multi-colored Joy vest is one of my all-time favorite outfits.

This was my first Lola skirt. I love how versatile these clothes can be – The cardigan and tank top in this photo are both from Old Navy.

This is the Randy. It’s a super comfy baseball tee. I love the flowers!

A Gigi top and Lola skirt!

This is my first Sarah sweater – It’s like a duster. It’s super soft – Think ribbed sweatshirt material.

My most recent Lynnae top.

My yellow Gigi, and first Maxi skirt!

I’m totally in love with this Kermit Carly. I love the high-low hem. It may be my favorite in my closet!

I’ve been able to try most of the items that LuLaRoe offers.The only item that I don’t particularly like is the Irma top – All of them have felt gigantic on me.

Not pictured – I also have two Amelia dresses, a second Nicole, a second Carly, several Azure skirts, two Madison skirts, a pair of Jordan workout leggings, and several different Perfect Tees and Classic Tees.

I’m convinced LuLaRoe is taking over my closet, one piece at a time. However, I’ve been able to mix and match pieces that I already own, multiple brand names, and make it all work. I’m also glad I recently scored a pair of solid black TC leggings – They were warmer than I expected, and I was so comfortable all day yesterday with my Kermit Carly.

Plus, everything is easy to wash and take care of – Super simple!

I’m fortunate that I’ve been connected with several different consultants, some in the area, some not. Brittany Beyer is awesome – She lives in Williamsburg!

I have a link to Brittany’s LuLaRoe group on Facebook below. She’s super fun, energetic, and loves these clothes. I need to meet her in person at some point!

What about you? Have you heard of LuLaRoe? Do you own any?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂


Getting Personal #109: Laura Beth’s Life Through Book Quotes


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Delphine inspired me to do my own version of this post! Thanks, Delphine! If you haven’t already, check out her awesome blog, Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads.

Here’s the link to her original post:

Here are some quotes from several of my favorite books. Let me know if you’ve read them!

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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans. Daisy was my second cousin once removed, and I’d known Tom in college. And just after the war I spent two days with them in Chicago.”

I absolutely fell in love with The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald, and the 1920s when I was in high school. It was assigned reading, but I went on to do an extensive research project on Fitzgerald, his life, and the culture of the American expatriates in Europe during that time period.

I know I identified with the book because of the setting, since I was born in New York City. This is one book that I re-read every single year. I can’t truly explain why it’s one of my favorite books, but it just is.

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Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”  –The Philosopher’s Stone  

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  –Chamber of Secrets 

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”  The Goblet of Fire  

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” –The Order of the Phoenix

As a kid, I was definitely late to the party when I starting reading Harry Potter. However, once I started, I couldn’t stop. I plowed through all the books that were available at the time, eagerly watched the movies, and waited for the rest to be released. I was lucky enough to be in London, England, when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released in July 2005. So, I have an American version and British version of that one. It’s definitely a series that has had a years-long effect on my life.


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The Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins

“May the odds be ever in your favor!”  –The Hunger Games

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.” –The Hunger Games

“So it’s you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans.” –Catching Fire

“I always channel my emotions into my work. That way, I don’t hurt anyone but myself.”  –Catching Fire

“The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion.” –Catching Fire

“Aim higher in case you fall short.” –Catching Fire

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”  –Mockingjay

“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!”  –Mockingjay

“Some walks you have to take alone.”  –Mockingjay

“Are you, are you coming to the tree?
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here.
No stranger would let it be if we met up
At midnight in the hanging tree.”  –Mockingjay

The Hunger Games series deeply affected my life as a young adult, like Harry Potter affected my childhood and teenage years. I fell in love with Katniss Everdeen, and her fight throughout all three books to end The Hunger Games and spark a revolution, literally. Although The Hunger Games series is fictional, it’s based on the author watching news coverage of the war in Iraq, and a reality show where kids were competing in a survivalist atmosphere.

And, now, with the revolutions taking place in this country and around the world – Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, immigration, refugees, the chaos in the White House, the outpouring of response to the Parkland shooting – The list seems endless – these books seem more “real” to me more than ever. Time to re-read them, I think.

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Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Patterson

“It’s like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.”

“It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength. ”

“Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.”

This book gives me all the feels. I don’t re-read it often, but when I do, I always cry. It’s such a wonderful story, full of imagination, but also some lessons that everyone can benefit from learning. This isn’t your ordinary kids’ book.

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Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary

“I don’t want to be a nuisance to you, but I wish you could tell me how.”

“The best thing about sixth grade in my new school is that if I hang in, I’ll get out.”

“I wish someone would ask me over sometime.”

This was one of the first of Cleary’s books that I read – I think it was in elementary school. I’ve read all of them since then! She’s one of those authors who left a big impression on me. I think reading this book in particular helped spark my life-long interest in pen pals, writing letters, diaries, and journals.


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The Bible

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 (NIV)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

I was raised in the United Methodist Church. I started reading the Bible in elementary school, through my Sunday School classes. Over the years, I’ve found certain verses that stick with me. For example, I found Jeremiah 29:11 while reading my Bible on a youth retreat in sixth grade. That was the first time I highlighted or underlined something in my Bible. I don’t read the Bible as often anymore, but I read daily devotionals and reflect on different verses.

What about you? Do you have any book quotes that symbolize you or a part of your life? Let me know!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #108: “Untreusee, Germany” (Reblogged)

I love posting photos from Just Wunderlust every so often. Their photos never fail to take my breath away!

This photo from Germany was no exception! I love seeing color in photographs. The colors here are just brilliant and striking!

I looked up Untreusee, having never heard of it. It’s a lake in Germany, near the eastern border with the Czech Republic.

Now knowing it’s a lake, this photo makes me think of my church youth group trip to Sherando Lake when I was in high school!

Water has an immense calming effect on me. I need to be around water more often, I think.

What about you? What types of nature calm you?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

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Getting Personal #107: My Skin & Makeup Routines (Part 4)

I’m trying some new things, so I figured it was time to write another Skin & Makeup Routine post!

Here are the links to my original posts:


As much as I love LUSH Handmade Products, the store at MacArthur Mall was closed for a bit while they moved into a bigger space. It was disappointing.

In the meantime, I capitalized on the products that Young Living Essential Oils offer. Since I’m enrolled in their Essential Rewards (ER) program, I earn points for everything that I buy.

Here are some of the Young Living products I’ve been using recently:

I’m loving these two, so far! I only need a tiny bit of each. I’m using the Scrub every few days, but I use the cream every morning after my shower. It smells like the beach!

I love the smell of Morning Start – Peppermint, lemongrass, rosemary, and juniper. Several people have hugged me at church and asked what perfume I’m wearing. When I said it’s body gel, they were all shocked! I can’t wait to try Sensation soon!

I’m looking forward to the day when I’m able to snag just one container of the Orange Blossom Facial Wash. It must be popular – It’s been out of stock for months!

Now that the bigger LUSH store is finally open, here are a few of the things on my wish list:


I love Savvy Minerals by Young Living!

The brushes are so soft, and they’re labeled!

I think I need some different eyeshadows. I love the eyeliner, though!

These are my Before & After photos from yesterday:

Personally, I like the Jet Setter eyeliner the best! I definitely want to experiment with different eyeshadows and blushes. The brush set is AWESOME!


I love that I tried making my own homemade deodorant, but I had one strange side effect. My armpits would not stop itching! It felt like they were sunburned all the time. Finally, I reached out to April, my friend and Young Living independent distributor, for help. She thought it could be the baking soda – Too much of it can cause a skin reaction.

So, I ditched the homemade stuff and started trying the cake deodorant that Young Living makes. It smells amazing!

I got Al to start using it, too! I’m excited to try Meadow Mist when I finish the first cake. It’s lasted a good while!

So far, I’ve only used the Mountain Mint one. It smells awesome, and I’ve noticed that I’m sweating less. Plus, no more itching or burning!


I started with Young Living’s Lavender Mint daily shampoo and conditioner, which I liked. I plan to use more of that during the summer, since lavender is a good mosquito repellent!

Once I finished the bottles of Lavender Mint, I started using the Copaiba Vanilla shampoo and conditioner. These are definite winners for me, and I intend to keep buying them!

I also have the Lavender Volume shampoo and conditioner on deck.

What about you?

Do you have a certain skin routine? What about makeup?

Have you tried any homemade recipes related to skin or makeup?

Check back in a few months – I’ll likely have another update post to share!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #106: March Goals

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Hello, March! It’s lovely to see you arrive. I’ve started to see the daffodils bloom, and buds on the trees!

Here are my goals for the month of March:

  1. Work at least one hour on my Lady Lounge every weekend.
  2. See A Wrinkle In Time.
  3. See Ready Player One.
  4. Attend a meet-and-greet with Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption.
  5. Update the Household Bills spreadsheet by the end of the month.
  6. Prepare for my P.E.O. officer transition.
  7. Make chocolate mousse for the office.
  8. Make at least one thrift store donation run.
  9. Continue to make progress with my 2012 NaNoWriMo endeavor.

Here’s the breakdown:

Work at least one hour on my Lady Lounge every weekend.

  • As I mentioned in my February Goals Recap, I simply didn’t have the time or make the time last month. I’m determined to make some sort of progress now!

See A Wrinkle In Time.

  • This comes out early in the month. I’ve read the book several times. The cast and cinematography look AMAZING!

See Ready Player One.

  • This movie’s trailer intrigued me from the beginning. Al is reading the book that the movie is based on now, but I’m excited to see it. Plus, it’s Spielberg!

Attend a meet-and-greet with Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption.

  • We are looking forward to this! Al has done a ton of research over the last several months, and we’ve determined that a greyhound is likely the best breed for our house and current working situations, etc. It’s exciting to think about!
  • This is the first big step in a lengthy process, but we’re excited that we found this local place that specializes in greyhounds!

Update the Household Bills spreadsheet by the end of the month.

  • When Al and I bought our house, I started an Excel spreadsheet which is a space where we can log and track all of our expenses and discretionary spending.
  • I did a massive update at the end of February, and we’re finally caught up after getting buried in receipts.
  • My goal is to make this a monthly priority!

Prepare for my P.E.O. officer transition.

  • I have been nominated to be my P.E.O. chapter’s next Treasurer. This is a completely new role for me, but I’m excited to have been nominated.
  • If elected, I will be making my transition from Recording Secretary to Treasurer soon.
  • It’s a great opportunity, and a resume booster, too.

Make chocolate mousse for the office.

  • Now that Chris has completed the Disney Marathon, it’s time to celebrate!

Make at least one thrift store donation run.

  • Al cleaned out his closet, and filled two big trash bags full of clothes to donate. Yay!
  • I also have a few clothing items, books, and DVDs to give away. I may give some of the books and DVDs to the local library.

Continue to make progress with my 2012 NaNoWriMo endeavor.

  • I’ve been feeling the itch to start writing / working on this again. I’m hoping to write at least 500 more words this month, if not more!

Do you have any goals for the month of March? I’d love to hear about them!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #105: February Goals Recap

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February seemed like a really long month, for once. It was mostly good, but a bit wild and crazy. The recent spring-like temperatures have me very excited that it’s almost March!

Here’s the link to my February Goals post:


Here we go!

  1. Host my first P.E.O. meeting. — Accomplished!
  2. Get back to a regular cleaning schedule. — Semi-Achieved.
  3. Work at least one hour on my Lady Lounge every weekend. — Did not accomplish.
  4. Donate blood. — Accomplished!
  5. Use my diffuser more often. — Accomplished!
  6. Send another box of clothes to Darby’s Dresses. — Semi-Achieved.
  7. See Black Panther. — Accomplished!
  8. Wear my contact lenses every day this month. — Accomplished!
  9. Write in my journal at least once a week. — Did not accomplish.
  10. Read at least two books. — Accomplished!
  11. Explore options for essential oil storage. — Accomplished!

Here’s the breakdown:

Host my first P.E.O. meeting. — Accomplished!

  • Hosting my first P.E.O. meeting went as smoothly as it could have. We did have some excitement the night before (of course, Murphy’s Law!) when Al discovered a stream of water coming out of the crown molding in our dining room! After some “exploratory surgery” between Al and my dad late Friday night, we discovered the drain pipe from our bathtub was definitely leaking – An old cast iron pipe, probably original to the house (50+ years old). Luckily, my dad was able to drain the rest of the water and stop the leak!
  • The meeting went along as scheduled on Saturday morning. Thirteen lovely women shared coffee, refreshments, and good company. It felt good to open up our house to visitors other than our immediate families!

Get back to a regular cleaning schedule. — Semi-Achieved.

  • I did more spot cleaning this month, like wiping down certain areas while in the kitchen, laundry room, etc.
  • We bought an AWESOME Shark DuoClean vacuum cleaner to keep in our downstairs closet. It was a hefty price tag (Over $300), but seriously, this vacuum cleaner is worth it! It works on all surfaces – Wood floors, tile, and carpet. I’m actually excited about vacuuming now!
  • Al and I worked together this past week to do a massive deep clean – Stuff we hadn’t touched in months. We got all the dust and junk out of our bedroom – Under our bed, and I used the Swiffer dry and wet cloths on the bathroom floor while the rug was in the wash. As long as we mark dusting more often on the calendar, it will be more manageable and less time-consuming.

Work at least one hour on my Lady Lounge every weekend. — Did not accomplish.

  • This schedule didn’t work this month. I moved a few things around, but wasn’t able to invest the time that I wanted to.

Donate blood. — Accomplished!

  • My iron was high enough, on the first stick!
  • I’m now one pint away from six gallons (48 pints) donated!

Use my diffuser more often. — Accomplished!

  • I diffused the sample “Gratitude” blend that April made for me, and “Raven” twice. The house smelled amazing!

Send another box of clothes to Darby’s Dresses. — Semi-Achieved.

  • I have the box filled to the brim – I just need to mail it!
  • Also, Darby recently created a new Facebook group, solely dedicated to her boutique items that she sells – Check it out! It’s called Darby’s Dresses Boutique.

See Black Panther. — Accomplished!

  • We saw the movie with our friends Mike and Shana on Sunday, February 18th. It was a really good movie – I think it’s one of the best that Disney/Marvel have produced.
  • Getting excited for Avengers: Infinity War to be released on May 4th!

Wear my contact lenses every day this month. — Accomplished!

  • This was a super easy goal, and I’m glad that I overcame my laziness!
  • I even started wearing makeup nearly every day, too!

Write in my journal at least once a week. — Did not accomplish.

  • This literally got buried!

Read at least two books. — Accomplished!

Explore options for essential oil storage. — Accomplished!

  • Thanks to Ariel at Writing Radiation, she led me to Amazon to find this beauty of an essential oil storage solution: Essential Oil Wooden Box.
  • I love it! I had forgotten how many oil bottles that I needed to store. But, I still have room to spare. This things holds 68 bottles!

Final Thoughts:

  • I was able to put Accomplished next to seven out of 11 goals: I’ll take it!
  • The two goals that were Semi-Achieved: Just a few more steps, and I can mark them as complete. It feels good!.
  • The two goals that I did not accomplish: I simply didn’t have the time, or make the time this month.


What about you? Did you have any goals for the month of February?

Come back tomorrow to see my March Goals!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #104: Home Improvement, Part 2

I think it’s time I did a Home Improvement update! The first post I wrote was in October 2017.

Here’s the link to that first post:


The biggest improvement recently was we replaced our doors and storm doors! We were lucky enough to find what we wanted at our local Lowe’s. The storm doors had to be special ordered, but they were ready by mid-January. Al’s dad was awesome and helped immensely – They even installed one door in the freezing cold!

This photo was taken right after Al and his dad installed the doors!

I love our custom “V” wreath from Precision Design Concepts, LLC. Changing out the ribbon for the different holidays and seasons is a lot of fun!

One of our new door mats – I love the color!

The other new doors, and new door mat.

A close-up of the door mat.


We re-organized our kitchen. We found a free-standing country pantry, which cleared a lot of clutter and freed up quite a bit of counter space!

Al found the Axess Kitchen Pantry on We love it, and it didn’t break the bank. Always a plus!

Al moved the toaster to the other counter, and shifted a few things around. Yay for more counter space!

This was our most cluttered counter space. Getting the pantry allowed us to re-organize this space, and I’m so happy with it. The next project is a spice rack / spice organizer!

Living Room

Al had the last two weeks of December off from work, so he painted the last wall in our living room navy blue, as a complement to our gray walls. It looks awesome!

I believe the paint color is called “In the Navy.”

I love my Desert Mist Diffuser from Young Living. It has several different LED color options, plus a “candle flicker” setting. I was diffusing “Gratitude” when I took this photo.


We went to Lowe’s recently and bought multiple rugs, mainly for our entrances. See those photos above. I love the pops of color.

We were tracking slush and salt from our recent blizzards, and that’s no fun on hard floors!

Al picked out this rug – It’s perfect!

I think that’s all, for now. More to come as I continue work on my “Lady Lounge!”

Have you made any home improvements recently? I’d love to hear about it!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂