CELEBRATING ALL TYPES OF MAMAS TODAY!

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Along with all you beautiful mother’s, I want to wish ALL of you women who- like me- may not have bore your own children, but you mentor, mold, nurture, build up & care for children who may not have a mom or role model.

Our lives may look different than other women’s, but just know that God’s Plan & Purpose for you is equally important. Never ever feel ‘less than’ for not having your own biological children. If today is a tough day for you because you feel your dream of motherhood wasn’t fulfilled, I encourage you to focus on a new dream and see the calling God has placed on your life complete with the time, attention and opportunity to give your love to youth who need you.

As I approached my mid-30’s, the clock was ticking and felt the panic. I had several friends who were going through the fertility journey and IVF, but did I really want a baby so desperately to go through all that? Throughout my 20’s, I never felt that deep urge to have a baby because I was such a broken girl. I always said, “I’m not going to be a screwed up mom raising screwed up kids”. Then I married an amazing man who would be an amazing daddy. If he really wanted to be a father, I wanted to give him that. For about 6 months, I tried the Chinese herbs, acupuncture and stopped drinking wine. I began visualizing wanting a baby girl and created a vision board all about family. But…

Did we really want this or were we more concerned with what our family and peers thought?

Aaron and I prayed about it long and hard then felt it was not God’s Plan for us to have our own children. Soon after we surrendered and felt at peace with this Plan, the door opened for me to mentor some very deserving and hurting teenage girls. We also started our work in the orphanage in Africa. I love how God works! It’s truly one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done and also the hardest. It gives me even greater respect for mom’s!

Be open.

Share your heart.

Seek out people (it doesn’t just have to be kids) who need what you have to give.

Pray about it.

Let God use you.

WE ARE ALL MAMAS.

Love, Tiff

 

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: My All Time Favorite Summer Must Haves (Video)

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Tribal Tassel bag from Target

From the beach, pool party, BBQ or vacay, you will be set for Summer with these 25 items! Although the video is a repeat , the items are all still super hot and here’s a list of more current styles I’m loving: 

  1. Panama Hat from  J. CREW
  2. Bendable Floppy Hat by SAN DIEGO HAT CO
  3. Lightweight Scarf. Love this one at NORDSTROM
  4. Dangle Earrings. Great selection at TARGET
  5. Chunky Colorful Beaded Necklace. Great selection at TARGET
  6. Bangles. TORY BURCH has great styles.
  7. Crochet Pieces like this beautiful DVF dress.
  8. Flowy Tanks. Love this tribal print tank from NORDSTROM. 
  9. Denim Chambray Shirt. This one by J. CREW is perfection.
  10. Maxi Skirt. ANTHROPOLOGIE has beautiful styles.
  11. Nautical Striped Tube or Tank from H&M
  12. Caftan or Tunic Swimsuit Cover Up. Great styles at NORDSTROM.
  13. Solid Color Swimsuit like this one from J. CREW
  14. Romper. Cute style from MICHAEL KORS
  15. Maxi Sundress. Lots of cute ones at FOREVER 21
  16. Bold Floral Prints. Super cute dress by ASOS 
  17. Capri Cargo Pant. Great style at MACY’S 
  18. White Jeans. Love mine from H&M
  19. Flowy Linen Pant. Chic Palazzo styles at ZARA
  20. Wristlet. Love the little Gucci styles at NEIMAN MARCUS
  21. Tribal Print Bag. Love the backpack styles at TARGET 
  22. Brown Leather Belt. Great election at NORDSTROM
  23. Nude Patent Wedge. These by JIMMY CHOO are gorgeous & timeless.
  24. High Heel Flip Flops. ALDO has the best selection.
  25. Sunglasses. Love my new aviators from DVF.

What’s YOUR favorite Summer must have?

Also, wishing all you SOS Mom’s a beautifully blessed Mother’s Day weekend!

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DEFINING DIGNITY

Happy Sunday Sistas!

As you know, I am a quote fanatic. This morning as I was browsing the web and catching up on emails, I came across this brilliant & funny list and had to share:

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DIGNITY
/ˈdignitē/ noun

1. The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache.

2. The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes.

3. The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom.

4. The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter.

5. The moment you realize that no one is your enemy, except yourself.

6. The moment you realize that you can have everything you want in life. However, it takes timing, the right heart, the right actions, the right passion and a willingness to risk it all. If it is not yours, it is because you really didn’t want it, need it or God prevented it.

7. The moment you realize the ghost of your ancestors stood between you and the person you loved. They really don’t want you mucking up the family line with someone that acts anything less than honorable.

8. The moment you realize that happiness was never about getting a person. They are only a helpmate towards achieving your life mission.

9. The moment you believe that love is not about losing or winning. It is just a few moments in time, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from.

10. The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness.”
― Shannon L. Alder

Which one is your favorite? 

 

JOIN ME: Tons Of Fun On May 2nd

Hey Sistas!

This spring is off with a bang and can I just tell you, DFW has the most spectacular events. People here know how to throw parties and charity events. I’ve had more fun in one year than I had all 16 years in LA. Yes, seriously! 

I want to extend a personal invitation to two amazing events on May 2nd:

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The Blogger2Boss Conference May 1-2. If you are interested in taking your blog to the next level, you do not want to miss this conference! I will be speaking at a session on Sat, May 2nd and sharing my tips & experience on how to incorporate a V-log or YouTube channel into your blog and brand.

Blogger 2 Boss is DFW’s premier conference created for aspiring and emerging bloggers who desire to take their blogs to the next level. Hosted by the team at DFW Style Daily, this 2-day inaugural conference will take over the industrial-chic location of NYLO Las Colinas from May 1 -2, 2015.

Featuring top-tiered blogger and influencer panels, interactive presentations, product demos, unbeatable vendor shopping, networking opportunities, and educational breakout sessions – Blogger 2 Boss and its panel of experts will provide all of the need-to-know tips on how to advance your blog and get more noticed in 2015!

Check out the amazing lineup of speakers and the weekend agenda!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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Now, once you leave the Blogger2Boss conference head over to Park Place for Accessible Luxury : Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. 

Within a unique caring environment, patients at TSRHC benefit from a world-renowned medical staff and the promise of a brighter future, through the research and innovation driven by the hospitals five centers of excellence. TSRHC is consistently recognized as one of the premiere pediatric orthopaedic hospitals in the world.

What’s more fun and glamorous than combining fashion, cars, cuisine and jewelry for a wonderful cause!?! Check out the videos on the making of this spectacular event.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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I love you Dallas. This city is filled with some of the most generous, fashionable and creative people.

Hope to see you at these events!

Love, Tiff

CELEBRATE & BLOOM: Happy Easter

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I would like to start off wishing all of you who celebrate it…. A Very Happy & Blessed Easter!  Easter is a miraculous time of renewal and rebirth. I love this time of year for so many reasons, but especially on a spiritual level.  Everywhere you look there are signs of new life from the greener grass to the budding flowers and trees.  The birds are singing and the squirrels are playing.  How amazing is God’s Creation!?  On my power walk last week, I was thrilled to have all my senses heightened by the sights and smells of spring.

WooHoo! IT HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED!

Winter is a time when everything appears to die and lies dormant or is intentionally pruned back in order to grow bigger and better come spring.  We can feel like that at times as well.  Have you felt the pain of being pruned back and are now ready to bloom, shine brighter and live life larger?

Back in January, I shared that my life theme for 2015 is to “go bigger” and trust me, I’ve have many seasons of being pruned back. Who’s with me? Part of that pruning back is letting go of the things, behaviors or people who no longer serve our higher self. In order to bloom and become who you are truly meant to be and step into a new life, you have to snip some dead things off.  Grab those spiritual gardening shears and get to work.  Cheers to a fresh start and new beginning!

Since this is my blog & my world which I openly share with all of you, I would not be authentic if I didn’t mention the main reason this weekend is special to me. I’m so grateful for the cross and the resurrection power. I’m grateful for John 3:16 and God’s sacrifice for us, for you, for me. If you’ve watched my vlog’s you know I am transparent in sharing how messed up my life was until I allowed God back in. So, this weekend especially symbolizes the new life and second chance I’ve been given.

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This weekend, I encourage you celebrate your life, celebrate your family + friends and celebrate a fresh start + the opportunity to bloom…and grow bigger.

Love, Tiff

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Hey DFW Sistas, if you have done some spring cleaning in your closet and have gently used items to donate, please consider dropping them by the clothing drive for The Grace Project National Conference For Women Living With HIV on April 18th at 4054 McKinney Ave, Dallas 75204 in the parking lot. 

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GO CONFIDENTLY INTO SPRING By Guest Blogger Tina Hamilton

 

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Spring is here and everyone is getting excited for the change of the season. Spring not only means that the weather is warmer and the flowers are blooming, but also that there are new fashion trends to peruse. With all of these great new beginnings, it’s impossible not to get excited for spring!

Even though there are so many great things about this season, many women dread the change because warmer weather usually means more revealing clothes. It can be difficult for any woman to shed her winter layers and expose herself to the world.

Here are some tips to help women confidently wear this spring’s fashion trends:

Start with basics that fit perfectly

Every woman needs to have a few essential items in her closet that she can pair with any outfit and feel fabulous in. some of these basics usually include a great pair of jeans, thong underwear, and a few layering t-shirts. Starting with these basics can help any woman rock a new trend with confidence.

Add a new twist to a trademark look

Most women have a trademark look, or a go-to style that they loved last spring and summer. Anyone can use these looks to create a new and fun trend that they will be able to wear easily and comfortably. For example, if last year a woman could not be separated from her maxi dresses, this year, she could try wearing a crop top over the dresses to create a new style.

Use light layers to cover up

Even though the weather is warming up, women can still use some layers to make each outfit a little less revealing and more comfortable. Most women will use sheer fabrics that are lightweight but still solid enough to cover any areas they are less comfortable with. This year’s mesh trends are perfect for this.

Focus on quality over quantity

Many women make the mistake of buying trendy pieces that are made of cheap fabrics and overall poorly made. Though this may seem like the best financial decision at the time, it is almost always better for women to invest in higher quality items. These pieces will not only last longer, but they will also be more flattering to a woman’s figure.

Only wear the trends you really love

Even though the media may tell a different story, not all trends are made for everyone. Women should recognize when a certain trend does not fit their style and avoid wasting money on something they will never wear. Instead, a woman can use her own style to make new trends and fads that she can feel proud of.

Take a chance on color

One of the best trends that always makes its way into spring fashion is bright color. Every woman can find one bright color that they love and that flatters their skin tone. This season, many women are trying out bright pink or coral, which is great on almost every skin tone.


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Finishing touch with accessories 

The best way to put the exclamation point to your new spring outfits is with fun accessories. Adding a great pair of sunnies, gemstone earrings and necklaces and a festive handbag lightens up your look after all the heaviness of winter.

 

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Tina Hamilton HeadshotTina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. Look for her on Twitter

 

 

 

 

GIRLTIME IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH: Plan Some This Week

Hey Sistas!

Recently, one of my besties sent me this great reminder. I read this a few years ago, but in each season of our life messages hit us differently! I wanted to share it with all of you to encourage you to plan regular time with girlfriends who lift you up, challenge you to be the best you can be, who spotlight your strengths and love you unconditionally. Over the past few weeks I’ve been blessed by several empowering and uplifting moments with girlfriends. This is truly the best anti-depressant and it’s even good for our overall health. Read on…

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INTERESTING BIT ABOUT FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS.  They Teach It at Stanford:

In an evening class at Stanford University, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection — the relationship between stress and disease.

The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman. … . whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.

At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically, this quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin — a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being.

Women share feelings, whereas men often form relationships around activities. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidentlythat is very GOOD for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

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There’s a tendency to think that when we are “exercising” we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged? Not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!

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So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health!
We are indeed very, very lucky. So…. let’s toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently, it’s very good for our health. 

Love,

Tiff