CHILDLIKE WONDER Vs. THE GRINCH

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At lunch last week, my girlfriend and I were sharing holiday memories from when we were little girls. I mentioned how amazing my mom was at creating traditions not only at Christmas, but she also made a big deal out of Valentine’s Day and Easter. Mom’s work so hard and stress themselves out beyond belief to ensure their babies have a full of wonder holiday experience. Thanks mama! Oh… and can’t forget daddy. He toiled all night on Christmas eve to assemble things like swing sets, Barbie townhouses and electric pianos. Who else got that Barbie townhouse with the cool elevator? My mom bought us a new ornament every year and on Christmas eve we could open just one gift- new PJ’s. We would set out cookies and milk for Santa and mom always (and still does) had either pine or cranberry smelling candles burning. My heart is full right now remembering these childhood traditions. I had lots of challenges as a child, but Christmas was always blessed.

As I write this, the twinkle lights are glowing on the tree and I’m sipping hot cocoa with a splash of peppermint mocha creamer. I hung up all the beautiful Christmas cards we’ve received from friends and wrapped the last gift. I am officially in the holiday spirit and should be wearing an ugly sweater, but I just can’t bring myself to it. LOL. This time last year, I could barely fake being in the holiday spirit. I wasn’t quite a full on grinch, but almost. We had only been living in Dallas for a few weeks and adjusting to ice storms. Our cross-country move cost much more than we expected so the Christmas shopping budget was painfully tight. I didn’t even send out real Christmas cards. An e-card was the best I could do.

As I always say, life happens and we just have to show up and do the best we can with what we’ve got. The ebb and flow of life is inevitable and I’ve learned to surf it instead of fight it. We’ve all had crappy holidays, but even as an adult, it’s much more fun & fabulous to embrace the holiday with childlike wonder than to be a grinch. I was so at peace being back in my home state and that was the best gift ever. Finances may have been tight, but you cannot put a price tag on peace.

ARE YOU IN THE SPIRIT?

This time of year is difficult for many. Perhaps there is family drama or the loss of a family member creates sadness and a void in your heart. Like my holiday last year, maybe your finances are putting a damper on the festivities. I highly recommend doing fun simple things like creating a Christmas station on Pandora, burning holiday candles (I prefer the smell of vanilla over pine, cranberry or peppermint) and watch old Christmas movies. The original Miracle on 34th Street was on a few nights ago! Talk about getting in the spirit when you watch a good old black & white film. My mom, sister and I usually bake cookies together and I look forward to doing that with them next week.

Most importantly- if the holidays make you sad instead of spirited, I highly recommend helping someone else have a good holiday. Your sadness will lift and God will bless you richly. It doesn’t have to be a homeless shelter, although that is so needed, but maybe there’s a single mom at your child’s school who can barely pay the rent much less buy a Christmas tree. You could get her a cute small tree at places like Hobby Lobby or Target. All the holiday decorations are already on sale at both places! Last year, one of my besties gave us a beautiful little decorated tree and I can’t tell you how much life that brought to our new place for the holidays. When I couldn’t bring myself to decorate, a friend pulled through. My spirit was lifted.

Choose to be childlike.

Choose to count your blessings.

Love, Tiff

P.S. Don’t forget the SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway ends 12/24! 

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BE A GOLDEN GIRL THIS HOLIDAY

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One of my favorite looks for the holiday party season is golden eyeshadow and nail polish. Glimmer and shimmer puts me right in the holiday spirit and my skin tone is more flattering with gold tones rather than silver. If silver works on you- go for it! Silver shadow looks stunning with a red lip.

I did some research to get ready for the upcoming holiday parties. Here’s my picks from high end to drugstore:

Gold High Pigment Eyeshadows

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NARS “Goldfinger” Shimmer Eyeshadow

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Maybelline 24 HR Color Tattoo Metal in “Gold Rush”

Check out this great tutorial for gold eyeshadow with bold black eyeliner:

Face & Body Illuminators 

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NUXE Paris Multi-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer

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Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer

Nail Polish 

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Butter London in “West End Wonderland”

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in “Game Of Chromes”. These are my new at-home polishes! They really last for close to 2 weeks w/o chipping.

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Take some time to get your sparkle & fancy on this holiday.

Oo La La..

Fa La La La La!

Love,

Tiff

HELLO DECEMBER! The Final Stretch Of 2014 Affirmations

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Hey Hey Gorgeous!

The final 31 days of 2014 are glaring at us. What emotions does this stir up in you? Excitement? Anxiety? Anticipation? Disappointment? Childlike wonder? Perhaps a mish mash of them all? December is a special month for so many reasons. I encourage you to take a deep breath and enjoy every single last day of this year.

The first day of any month is exciting to me because of the clean slate we are given to be better and do better. Take some time today- on December 1st- to get quiet and visualize how you want the month to look. Write out your intentions. Are you carrying resentment and unforgiveness toward a family member so you dread having to see them over the holidays? I encourage you to see yourself surrounded by a huge heart and filled up with so much love that it pushes out all resentment. Instead of dread, look at this as an opportunity to practice forgiveness and extend love to the most difficult people in your life. Say a prayer for them before you arrive and you will be shocked at what a great visit you will have. Remember, being peaceful is being powerful. Do not allow that crazy aunt or cousin to steal your joy and peace.

This experience will richly bless you, I promise.

Did you forget to save up or max out your credit cards all year long and now there’s no budget for Christmas shopping? What a great learning lesson right before the new year. I’ve been there and royally screwed up my credit in my 20’s from being irresponsible with credit cards. Big big learning lesson! It’s not fun to sit in our debt mess, but take it as motivation in the coming year to pay off your debt and by next Christmas you’ll feel proud of yourself and will be able to give without guilt.

THIS MONTH, I WILL….

  1. Extend love in every situation regardless how challenging.
  2. Focus on the merry & happy of the holidays.
  3. Indulge a little..not a lot.
  4. Be blessed not stressed.
  5. Stay on my workout program- NO MATTER WHAT!
  6. Carry over the attitude of gratitude from last month.
  7. Make the time to love, pamper & care for me.
  8. Not be a Scrooge.
  9. Be like a silly kid & enjoy the little things like twinkle lights & candy canes.
  10. Throw out those janky old slippers & get some new fancy ones covered in sequin. (I just did this and it’s amazing how good it feels!) Target has some cute ones under $18.

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I would love to hear your intentions for the month. Sharing and writing them out gives them power. Wishing you all an amazing month!

Make sure to keep an eye out for the popular SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway. Tell all your friends! 

As always, it will be filled with fabulous things.

Love, Tiff