Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Merry Christmas Y'all!

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HI Y'ALL!  You still out there? Tee hee!  I am SO BEYOND grateful for the emails and prayers and love you all have given me over the past few months!  It's been a rough one...but I am on the mend and am trying to re-do my schedule so that I have more ME time...which means MORE BLOGGING time.

So...last year I posted about some cool Christmas trees...and I FELL IN LOVE with the LADDER idea! But first...I am IN LOVE with old oil cans...oh who am I kidding? I love all junk! LOL!  My parents found me a large oil can and it became the inspiration for my tree!  I collect tiny oil cans (have one you wanna donate to me...let me know...wink wink) and I wanted them to be ORNAMENTS for my tree!  So...I set out looking for a ladder...do you know how hard it is to find an old ladder...that is in good shape...but junky and old too?  Well...let me tell you...it's NOT EASY!

BUT...hunting season rolled around...and I FOUND ONE...in Uvalde, Texas! Paid $20 bucks for it!  Do you know how expensive those things are? VERY!  SCORE!  Anywhoooo....there is a video on my FB page...you can see what it turned out to look like...I am IN LOVE with it!  OH...and you can be the judge if I have a Southern twang or not! LOL! (I pinned it to the top of my FB page...so it's easy to find!)

Ladder Christmas Tree 2013!

I love you all SO much!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Fashionista Friday 10.4.13

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Since Pinterest lost it's mind and I can embed like I used to I have had to do it the long way...but I am SO looking forward to the COLD weather, and I've been SO ABSENT...that I thought "I am going to do a Fashionista Friday"! I have missed all your sweet faces, comments and love...and I think about y'all daily!  I'm also working on my new blog...it's going to be about life with our son.  As you who have followed me for the past two years...you've read my posts about his mental illness.  Now we are SHATTERING THE SILENCE and bringing it all out!  People seem to be so accepting of those who have Autism, Depression and Anxiety...but there is still the stereotypical hush hush about serious mental illnesses like the one our son suffers from.  Its what he HAS...not who he is...and it certainly does NOT define him!  Anywho....I've gone off course...I hope you will all give my other blog a follow...I will announce it when I've finished setting everything up.

NOW ON TO THE SHOW! (Please click on the photo to take you to the original website)

SCARVES...still hot...rather I should say WARM!


I am loving this top with the leather peplum...can be worn with slacks, jeans even a leather skirt!
Click photo to go belk.com to purchase!


I am a fashion hoarder of this style of top:
Click the photo to take you to belk.com to purchase!


Loving this MK neutral bag!
Click photo to go to belk.com to purchase!


Adorable shirt dress! Also at belk.com
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Fun "Free People Acapulco Top"
Click photo to purchase at belk.com


I love the mix of textiles and prints here!
Click photo to purchase top at belk.com

SO much fun to have during the winter months!  I am looking forward to it!

We ALSO got a new BARKBOX this month!  Our pups absolutely ADORE this product!  Here's what they got this month!  Want to order?  Go thru this link and get $5.00 off!  https://barkbox.com/r/FoWOHx4ofa


This box included:
Tuscan Pizza Flavored Organic Dog Biscuits
A Treat Ball
3 Different Chews &
Liquid Bandage for Boo Boo's!

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

XOXO!
Tif





Thursday, August 22, 2013

Could it be?

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Finally? After all these years? A diagnosis?

Hey y'all!  So okay...I was in the hospital with several issues recently...but I think I finally have an answer to a lingering problem I have been having for oh...say the past TEN years or so.  I thought I suffered from chronic UTI's...didn't matter what I did...I got one.  If you are a woman...you know the rules to keep them away...right? Well I knew them...could recite them before a doctor could say "Do you....".  Every single week or two...I was back in the doctor's office and taking AZO standard for the burning.  I panicked each time I ran out of the stuff...I should have bought stock...but that is a whole other story...lol!

Back to the story...while I was in the hospital a urologist came in to see me...now, mind you...I was on some serious medication...and I totally admit...I don't remember very much of the conversation...but apparently...he heard what he needed to hear...told me to make a follow up appointment...and I did...it was yesterday!

I hate going to see new doctors...I always get so stressed out...but finally he opened that door, came in, sat down...opened his computer and said "So...you have IC" Me: "Huh?" "Interstitial cystitis" ""Ok...what is that?" And he proceeded to explain it to me...I sat there kinda dumbfounded...how could he figure out what is wrong with me in such a short time period? Doesn't make sense...but I made my follow up appointment for a cystascope (not fun) and left....the more I thought about what he said...it made more and more sense.  By the time I got home...I was so not ready to "research" this diagnosis...so I waited until it was time to take my panic attack medication (LOL...you just have to trust me...it's funny) and started researching.

All my husband could hear in the living room:

OH MY GOSH!
NO WAY!
SERIOUSLY?
THAT IS WHY?
OH MY GOSH I HAVE THAT EXACT SYMPTOM....(that I never told the doctor about, because I had NO clue it was related)

You have to understand one thing...all these years, all this pain...I seriously was losing it.  SO tired of being sick, in pain, telling people...I just wanted to give up on it...but I couldn't because it would NOT GO AWAY!  But now...I have new hope...HOPE...I love that word, that feeling, that word of faith!

Thank you all so much for your continued support and love!  More to come! XOXO!



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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Where have you been Tif?

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Well...let me tell you! I have been probably the sickest I have ever been!  I was in the hospital for 8 days!  I had a horrible infection...on top of a UTI and a massive headache that feels like someone shot me in the back of the head.  Am I healed (in the name of Jesus I am) but I still have to get well.  So...I'm home and resting...I hate being down like this...but it gives me a lot of time to reflect on life.  I've been on a health roll lately and was doing Body Combat (thru Beach Body....) it's awesome...but I'm stuck not being able to work out now...until I'm fully recovered.  So with that..I'm leaving you with an amazing White Bean Tuna Salad!  Enjoy...and look to the horizon for me to come back! I love you all!

White Bean Tuna Salad



Ingredients
2 (6-ounce) cans dark meat tuna, packed in olive oil
2 (15-ounce) cans cannelini white beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup small capers, nonpareil in brine, drained and rinsed
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 cups fresh arugula
6 fresh basil leaves


Directions
In a large bowl, add the tuna, reserving the olive oil in a separate small bowl. Break tuna into bite-size pieces with a large fork. Add the beans and capers. Into the bowl of olive oil, add the red wine vinegar. You should have 1 part vinegar to 2 parts oil - add more extra-virgin olive oil if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Pour dressing on the tuna, bean and caper mixture and allow the flavors to infuse while slicing the vegetables. Add the onion and tomatoes to tuna mixture and toss gently.

Place the arugula on large decorative platter and top with tuna mixture. Tear fresh basil leaves over the top and serve immediately.


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Why.

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So...there have been many things happening in my life lately that have kept me from blogging regularly...but one incident that happened stopped me in my tracks.  A guest post on a blog sent A LOT of flack my way.  I was attacked for the way I handled...no that isn't the right word...defended our son in school.  If you haven't read about that you can read my latest guest post on for Lauren & Lauren.  I couldn't believe the attacks I was getting and it made me question everything I did for our son. But yesterday I had a long talk with my Momma...and revealed to her why I hadn't been blogging...and she was right...all you have to do is take one look at our son to know...KNOW I did the right thing! He is not perfect...but he's close enough for us...and as for the way I handled the situations...I would do it again in a heart beat!  And I refuse REFUSE to let anyone undermine the hard work I put in, the tears I cried, the heartbreak I have each day.  So....with that said...if you don't have anything positive to say regarding personal posts about my family...that  is fine...they will be deleted.  I learned that there are other people out there that wish they had a parent fight for them like I did.  So to you who support me...thank you...and those of you who don't...I hope you will keep an open mind...and maybe learn a thing or two.

Love to you all!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Zentagle...Relaxing Art!

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Life has been a crazy roller coaster the past few months! But I'm BACK...and happy HAPPY to be!  So I have been experimenting with different projects lately...paper dolls (a blast...I've loved them since I was a young girl (anyone remember the paper dolls called "The Gingham Girls"? I would give anything to have them again...just for memory sake!  But last year I discovered Zentangling...WHAT? Yep...and let me tell you...you can get LOST in your work! Hours pass and you won't even realize it! There is a downside though...lol...I'm a perfectionist...OK OK...I have OCD...if I make a mistake...I can't get past it...I have to start all over again! MAKES ME CRAZY! LOL!

There are so many videos and examples online...I can't even tell you, and many books on this kind of art!  Really all you need to start is a blank piece of paper (you can use a full sheet or cut it down to a size equal to a drink coaster (its easy to start on a SMALL scale), a black marker (thin tip...that doesn't bleed), a pencil and a good art eraser.  I ALWAYS sketch mine out with a pencil first...I'm not confident enough to just go for it with a pen.  I'm including a video so you can see what this is all about.  I'm going to be posting mine here soon!

Also...the Blog of the Month will be back on SUNDAY!  I've gotten so behind on it...but no apologizes, when life happens...it just does.  So tell your friends, tweet about it...get the word out...because it's BACK!

Welcome to ZENTANGLE (skip the intro and begin at the 50 second mark)! (and no...you don't need to know how to use calligraphy)



Love you all! Thanks for sticking around, tweeting to me, emailing me! You rock!

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Monday, June 3, 2013

My little ones LOVE their BARKBOX!

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I am just over the moon for the BarkBox!  My little ones are just as excited to get it as much as I am!  This months box had some amazing treats and a really cool fire hose squeaky toy!  The Green Juice treats by Bocce's Bakery contain spinach, kale, apples, spirulina, mint & flax seeds. The Fruitables Pumpkin and Blueberry flavored cookies smell amazing and both are LOVED by my babies! They are drooling over the bags as I type this..."Honey...give them a treat" (and he did...lol).  The foot spray is great! Frito feet be gone! LOL! and the chew stick..."What happened to the chew stick honey?" "That's been gone since the day we got the box!" :o)

Thank you BarkBox for the monthly goodies!!




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