staying out of rochester : instagram home

I spent 5 days at home last week. It looked a little like this:

No place I’d rather be!


staying creative : instagram easter

Spoiler alert…instagram photos will probably be the only thing I post about for the next 7-10 days.

Or years.

People…I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I found out that an instagram app for the demon the droid had been released. It was like my birthday/Christmas/the Super Bowl all rolled into one…x 10. My daily sin count is going to be lowered by approximately 10,000 coveting points now that I no longer have to envy everyone else’s amazing instagram photos.

I’ll just stick to solely envying their iPhones instead.

It’s a 50% decrease!

Here are my favorite instagram photos from Easter weekend…expect a lot (LOT) more where these came from.

And p.s. – come find me on instagram and let’s follow each other!!! I’m bekastays.

staying inspired : easter edition

Things that made today so wonderful:

:: hope ::

“The Lord is alive and well in your heart. His resurrection resulted in Christ taking up residence in your soul and transforming your life. By faith you believed and God gave you grace upon grace. Because He has risen from the grave, He has given all who confess Him as Lord, abundant grace on earth and the promise of heaven with Him. “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ” Romans 5:7. He is all you need.”

– Boyd Baily, Wisdom Hunters Devotionals

:: chocolate ::

(Which is loosely related to hope.)

:: running ::

no excuses


No excuse for my mom and me not to go for a little run around the block.

(Where she ran her FIRST, but definitely not last, outdoor mile!!!)

:: sports ::

1. Watching Bubba Watson win the Masters in “double overtime.” (Thank you, Mom, for that.)

2. Watching Moneyball : “He hit a home run and he didn’t even know it.” (Thank you, Jonah Hill, for that.)

Really, what else could you ask for? Faith, food, family, fitness and fun. All of my favorite things on a beautiful, meaningful day. Hope you guys had a great day, too! Happy Easter, everyone!

beka stays faithful : even better easter inspiration!

While I was searching for Easter inspiration on Pinterest yesterday I came across so many scripturally-based designs. These are the real gems!


pinned here via here

pinned here via here

John 16:33

pinned here via here

Philippians 4:8

pinned here via here

Jeremiah 29:13

pinned here via here

(which you do not know)

pinned here via here

Isaiah 43:1

pinned here via here


pinned here via here

always loved this verse

pinned here via here

Matthew 28:6 "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

pinned here via here

Enjoy celebrating Easter, friends! Yellow daffodils and jelly beans and hopping bunnies and all – but especially the hope we have in Christ!

(That’s the best part…even when Easter candy is involved.)

beka stay creative : pinterest easter inspiration

People…how is Easter here already?! I don’t feel like I’ve even begun to adequately celebrate and it’s only a week away!

Which means it’s time to bring in the big guns. Pinterest, I’m looking at you.

What better solution to this problem (and really, all problems) than a quick trip around Pinterest to round up some Easter inspiration? These were a few of my favorites; stay tuned for a second installment tomorrow!

Easter egg banner from Creations by Kara. So sweet!

pinned here via here

mason jar easter baskets

(Mason Jar Easter Baskets?!?! Be still my heart!)

pinned here via here


pinned here via here

Jordan Almond bluebirds!

pinned here via here


pinned here via here

Easter place settings

pinned here via here

Bunny Wreath

pinned here via here

Origami Flower Easter Eggs

pinned here via here

Easter Candy Bark

(fantastic idea for using up loads of Easter candy – make Easter bark!)

pinned here via here

beautiful. soft. colors.

pinned here via here

Fun party favor for Easter Brunch :-)

pinned here via here

Easter Place Setting...He Is Not Here. For He Is Risen!

(This one’s my favorite idea! LOVE everything about this place setting!)

pinned here via here

Also (sugar coma) inspiring: this oldie but goodie, an ode to Easter candy.

(And really, isn’t Easter candy one of the best things about life? Thank you, egg-shaped treats of all kinds, for being so wonderful.)