MEET CHRISTINE HANDY: Author of “Walk Beside Me” — Giveaway

 

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What prompted you to share your story in book form?  I felt like by sharing my story I could promote friendship in a world full of woman tearing each other down. I felt that showing truth about how fulfilling female relationships could be could transform womans lives. I felt a nudge to show the awe inspiring glory of Gods earthly angels and the power they can have in our lives to uphold us when we have no pavement below our feet. If I could help one life then the power of the written word was worth it. To encourage even one person to stand up to a doctors misdiagnosis, a doctors arrogance and bullying then my book would be worth it.

How has the writing experience helped you grow and heal even more?  The writing experience has helped me grow emotionally and spiritually. God gave me the book I always wanted to write. Writing a book had always been my life’s dream.  It may not have been the story I dreamt of writing, but it was Gods story and I had to be faithful. The writing process was also healing to a mountain of open wounds I had from the doctors that bullied me to the daunting chemo that I had to endure. My story is a powerful tale and writing it after I lived it helped me see it in a different light. A light that gave me hope and showed me my own bravery.

What’s the core message you want readers to be inspired by from your story? My core message in Walk Beside Me is about friendship. the true power of friends. Not friends who stand by you for a few days but friends who never forsake you and stand by you season after season. Its a story of friends that sustain and carry you when you cant carry yourself. It’s a story about woman never giving up on one and sacrificing so much of their own lives for that one person without any need for thanks. The only thanks these woman wanted was to glorify God.

If you could pick just one line from the book– what would it be and why? My favorite line in my book is this. “ your being, your love, your gratitude – that’ s your music. It takes place inside of you, and you are the machine that can play. There’s no other instrument like you, nowhere in the world. That’s what makes you unique.”

What’s next for you? What are you working on now?  I am working on the sequel to Walk Beside Me right now. I am about half way through and it’s so exciting. The story is very different than the first, its the after illness life. Its very dramatic and full of life so to speak, a real page turner. I am speaking Nationally on my book and on empowering woman and other topics such as bullying and how to be unstoppable. I am also doing a book tour this fall. Its all very positive and life giving. Its been very rewarding to be out in the world living after being sick and in bed for so long. I feel lucky and I feel ALIVE.

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I love when readers email me questions and give me feedback!
~Christine
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 Women uniting to lift one another up is part of the core mission of SOS and I’m so proud of Christine and how she’s turned tremendous pain into a powerful purpose! Every woman needs to read this story. Excited to be giving away an autographed copy or you can purchase her book HERE on amazon.
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GIVEAWAY DETAILS: 
  1. Follow Christine on Twitter @willow_mia OR Instagram @chandy71 (whichever account you are on)
  2. Post this comment toher twitter or Instagram account “Thank you for sharing your story” 

GIVEAWAYS RUNS Aug 22th – 28th, 2016

WINNER ANNOUNCED Sunday 28th.

It’s been a blast spotlighting these powerful women and their missions this month! Another special thanks to Melissa Rountree of Level 3 Active, Holly Dear & Kaycee Clark of Dear Clark, Stephani Faurot-Reuter of Heroes Beauty and Christine Handy. 
Love & Lipstick,
Tiff

MY BIRTHDAY WEEK: Heroes Beauty Giveaway

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Yes, I’m making a big deal about my birthday this year because it’s a BIG one… I’m turning 45 and feel like celebrating! If you would have told me when I was 25, that I would love turning 45 I would have thought you were nuts. Back then, 45 seemed so old! I feel like I’m just getting started and truly believe women become more comfortable in their own skin and stop trying to be something they’re not — in their 40’s. That alone is a HUGE reason to celebrate! As I’ve mentioned here on SOS, I feel like a late bloomer because of all the years I lived an inauthentic, fear-based life. But, it’s not about when you bloom or if you bloom a bit late, it’s that you just allow yourself to bloom, period. Everyone’s growth journey is different and I’ve got to tell you I am loving my 40’s.

In the spirit of celebration, I wanted to give ‘thank you’ gifts for being on this journey with me. Our SOS sista’hood really is my ministry (but not in the typical religious way) and I’m so grateful for you all. This week, I have partnered with a fellow mission-driven entrepreneur, Stephani Faurot-Reuter creator of HEROES BEAUTY, which gives a percentage of every sale back to their “Heroes.”   They support both national and local charities who help or inspire others. Whether it is our homeless female veterans, abused women, or foster teens, they are on a mission to help others one product at a time!

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We’re giving you my faves from their line!  $120. Value

Bombshell Lux Lipgloss (I wear it every single day!!)

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Rosy Glow Highlighter Blush

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HD Flawless Foundation

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Skin Perfecting HD Primer

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Sunglo Face & Body Bronzer

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GIVEAWAY ENTRY DETAILS:

  1. Share this blog post on your Social Media account (Twitter or Facebook)
  2. “LIKE” the HEROES Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/heroesbeauty/
  3. Post a comment on their FB page saying, “I am a hero & deserve to feel confident” 

GIVEAWAY RUNS Aug 15th – 21st, 2016

WINNER ANNOUNCED Sunday 21st (my actual birthday)

Thanks for participating in my birthday giveaways! Make sure to share this with your friends who deserve to feel beautiful & confident too.

Love & Ladyballs,

Tiff

 

GREAT HAIR GIVEAWAY

 

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A woman’s hair is her ‘crowning glory’ and for a Leo like me…… it’s well, everything! It’s our mane! As you know, I love hair. Big hair. Rocker hair. Keith Urban-esque hair. Highlighted hair. Curled hair. Bombshell sexy hair. 70’s Cher straight hair. So, it’s important to keep my hair as healthy as possible with all that styling happening on a daily basis. Thanks to my girlfriend and PR beauty Ali Volk, I was introduced to the amazing gilrbosses of Dear Clark, Holly Dear and Kaycee Clark.  Their superstar colorist Bria Haworth has been doing my balayage highlights and Holly does my cut. Stepping into the salon is such like getting a great big hug. The energy is fun, supportive, loving and creative. My kind of spot for getting beautified!  I always walk out with bouncin’ and behavin’ hair. For at home care, I use their hair care and body care products. They have truly revamped my hair and I get compliments on my mane daily. Thanks girls! Their products are now available at Target.com 

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Holly Dear and Kaycee Clark, uniquely talented stylists, had an idea bigger than Texas – invent a range of super effective, natural based, locally sourced hair care products to bring stressed hair back to life.

From their Uptown-based Dallas salon comes Dear Clark, Hair Care – made in Texas with natural active ingredients from the deep heart of the Lone Star State and with a signature scent crafted from pure and powerful essential oils.

For the second week of my birthday month, we are giving you 4 of the top Dear Clark products: Resurrecting Wash & Rinse, Volumizing Tonic & Revitalizing Body Lotion. ($96. Value) dear-clark-resurrecting-wash-product-shot-510x510

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Did you catch my latest video highlighting a few of the Dear Clark products?

 

GIVEAWAY ENTRY DETAILS:

  1. Share this blog post on your Social Media account (Twitter or Facebook)
  2. “LIKE” the DEAR CLARK Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/DearClark
  3. Post a comment on their FB page saying, “I want great hair!!” 

GIVEAWAYS RUNS Aug 8th – 14th, 2016

WINNER ANNOUNCED Sunday 14th.

Good Luck and look for a new giveaway each week through August! It’s my way of giving thanks for ALL of your support this year.

Love & Ladyballs,

Tiff

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH TO ME! Gifts For You Starting With Level 3 Active

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I’m having an Oprah moment (LOL) and want to give away some of my favorite things during August, my birthday month! We’re kicking off the first week with an amazing pair of Limited Edition workout/yoga/pilates/bar/date with hubby/dancing with girlfriends/hanging at home leggings by LEVEL 3 ACTIVE, founded by my powerhouse girlfriend Melissa Rountree. She’s a fellow multi-passionate entrepreneur (thanks for the term, Marie Forleo) and after years of teaching fitness classes and never really finding the perfect unique workout clothes– she decided to design her own! Melissa selects fun, stylish, limited edition prints so you won’t see yourself coming and going in the gym. She also has thought-provoking statement tank and tee’s, tunics, sweatshirts, jumpsuits and MORE! If you like to stand out in your workout class and want to show off how good your bootie looks after all those squats, then you will love her leggings. They fit fantastic! $75. VALUE. 

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To make it a complete outfit, I’m adding a #TIFFIRMATION TEE of your choice!

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GIVEAWAY ENTRY DETAILS:

  1. Share this blog post on your Social Media account (Twitter or Facebook)
  2. “LIKE” the Level 3 Active Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/level3active
  3. Post a comment on her FB page saying which leggings are your favorite! For example, “I love the red leopard leggings!!” 

GIVEAWAYS RUNS Aug 1st – 7th, 2016

WINNER ANNOUNCED Sunday 7th.

Good Luck and look for a new giveaway each week through August! It’s my way of giving thanks for ALL of your support this year.

Love & Ladyballs,

Tiff

 

HORMONE HELL TO HORMONE HEAVEN

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Hello Gorgeous!

I shared this berry smoothie on social media a few days ago and it got people talking so I wanted to make sure you blog sistas got it too. When I was in my early 30’s, I suffered from hormonal cystic acne around my chin. I was left with some scarring, a lighter wallet from wasting money on dermatologists and emotional anguish because my face was part of how I made a living in front of the camera. It took a toll on my self-esteem! This sucked. This had to STOP. I was miserable. I took matters into my own hands and began researching how our hormones are effected from the foods we eat.

Check out my findings in this video>> 

I am religious about my daily serving of blueberries and strawberries! This has been part of my lifestyle for over 5 years now and I rarely get a cystic zit anymore. Hallallujah!

The smoothies recipe is quick and easy:

  • 1 CUP Almond Milk (unsweetened without added sugar)
  • Serving of your favorite vanilla whey or pea protein powder
  • 6 Chopped Medium Strawberries
  • 2 Small Handfuls of Blueberries
  • Dash of Cayenne Pepper
  • For additional antioxidants, add spinach and a tablespoon of coconut oil.

 

Today, a month before my 45th birthday, I am treating myself to bio-identical hormone therapy! I am so excited for my first appointment to start the pellet therapy at Etre Belle. Ladies, please do not ignore the signs. I have been living on an emotional roller coaster the past year. (I’m sure being on a stressful reality show didn’t help either LOL!!) My moods are all over the place and it makes me feel crazy. I’m typically a high energy, sharp minded gal and I’ve been so sluggish and foggy brained. Do not wait until you are in full menopause to get your hormones balanced.

HELLO HORMONE HELL!!!

 

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement at Etre Belle
Overcome the effects of aging related to hormone decline. Bioidentical hormones are identical in molecular and structural function to the hormones produces in the human body. Different from synthetic hormones, which are created in labs, bio-identical hormones are more easily metabolized and create fewer side effects. Hormones that may be out of balance are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA and thyroid hormones. Benefits of hormone replacement include:

  • Relief from hot flashes and night sweats
  • Decreased irritability and mood swings
  • Weight loss and decreased body fat
  • Increased libido
  • Higher energy levels
  • Improved skin elasticity (less wrinkles)
  • Improved memory
  • Better sleep
  • Decreased effects of osteoporosis
  • Enhanced quality of life

Testing and analysis for hormone replacement treatments are done to determine specific, individual needs and include:
Complete Thyroid Panel, Complete Blood Count, Testosterone Total and Free, Estrogens, and Progesterone along with Metabolic Function, Lipid (cholesterol) Levels, Markers for Inflammation and Disease Screening for Diabetes.

I am excited to log my experience and results! We should all be living a vibrant and energetic life. Nowadays, many women start perimenopause in their 30’s so please pay attention to your body.

We can turn hormone hell into hormone heaven!

Love, Tiff

 

Tiff’s 20 Tips To Being More Joyful TODAY!

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1. Cut the crap…keep it real.

2. You get what you give…you want respect, give respect.

3. Be a lifelong learner.

4. Be present..the past is o-v-e-r.

5. Be flexible & open minded.

6. Keep an attitude of gratitude.

7. Create a vision board…keep your goals & dreams in plain sight.

8. Words are powerful…be mindful of what you say.

9. Exercise & move your body.

10. Learn the power of saying NO.

11. Do the right thing & take the high road.

12. Giving & helping others is like a natural anti-depressant.

13. Always keep believing in yourself no matter the circumstance.

14. Practice self-love by not comparing yourself to others.

15. Ignore other people’s drama.  

16. Admire your strengths & embrace your weaknesses.

17. What you focus on expands so focus on the good & get more good.

18. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. A different perspective is always a good thing.

19. Prayer is powerful and can be done anytime, anywhere~

20. NEVER GIVE UP!!!

 

 

Which of these do you need to focus on more?

Do whatever it takes to stretch, grow & expand.

Growth may bring temporary pain, but it will turn into a life of JOY!

Share these tips with any friends who could use the encouragement!

Shine & Strut,

Tiff

 

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P.S. Hey DFW Sistas, join us tonight Thurs, July 14th for a fun time of beauty demos and giveaways at Etre Belle in NorthPark Center.

 

It’s Time To Move On + Cross The Bridge

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Happy Humpday Hotties!

The aspect of SOS I love the most is when women who reach out sharing their heart and journey with me. It’s like a beautiful gift I get to unwrap when I open that email or message on social media. The love and inspiration exchanged comes back around to me full circle reminding me we are all in this together!

One message I received yesterday just had to be shared here with you all. The day after the #RHOD reunion aired, I posted the above bridge photo with the caption, “a walk in nature is all that’s needed sometimes to reset our spirit. This bridge is symbolic to me today…MOVING ON. What bridge do you need to cross over today and move on from?”

A lovely lady who follows me on Twitter began reading and watching my SOS content as the Bravo show was airing. She wrote me this yesterday and it touched me. It’s truly a testament on never giving up and how to face our circumstances head on with positivity and gratitude instead of getting stuck and depressed by them….

 

Hi Tiff!! First let me thank you for posting REAL pics on social media showing that you live what you teach and preach!  Not pics of you and Aaron partying or wearing fashions that women like me want, but can’t’ afford. You show us how to do it on a budget!

I get up everyday and look at the picture you posted of the bridge. 

I cross over it and forget about my broken heart, my relationship with my son and how I may never have one with him because I blew it and how my mom gets worse everyday with her MS.

I cross over the bridge and minute by minute forget the man who broke my heart and thank God for restoring my relationship with my son and thank Him that I can be here for my mom. 

It’s easier some days than others!

God has truly given me this time to get healthy and put my life in perspective and to prepare me for the man He has for me.

Like your tweet said a few days ago, “I’m a VESSEL not a VICTIM!” 

 

I pray this encourages you to pick up your feet and pick up your chin. I view God as the bridge toward our Destiny! Who wants to stay on the wrong side forever? Yes, moving on and crossing the bridge takes courage, trust and faith. Aren’t you curious what life is like on the other side? For me, it has been a life of more joy, more freedom, more love, more adventure. That’s my hope for us all.

Love, 

Tiff