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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DRUM ROLL… SOS STOCKING STUFFER GIVEAWAY KICKOFF WITH TAYLOR-MOSELEY JEWELRY

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It’s that time again! This is my favorite giveaway of the year because I get to play Ms. Santa Claus. I’m super excited to kick off the SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway with something all women love…JEWELRY!

Taylor-Moseley is doubling up the fun this year and is giving two SOS sistas a stunning pair of hoop earrings with a drop gemstone of her choice. (retail $78) These will be a beautiful addition to any fashionistas jewelry collection. Austin based, Allison Taylor-Moseley is the owner and designer as well as a personal stylist and creates “everyday luxe” pieces for women of all ages and styles. She uses only genuine gemstones and 14K gold filled or sterling silver.

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Clockwise from Left:

  1. Carnelian Gemstone
  2. Golden Rutilated Quartz Gemstone
  3. Creamy Scapolite Gemstone
  4. London Blue Topaz

Details to enter:

  1. Go to the Taylor-Moseley Facebook Page and click like.
  2. Make a comment on that page with the gemstone you love. “I love the ______ gemstone hoops”. (see above)
  3. Must be part of the SOS Facebook Community as well. Have you clicked like there?

Two winners will selected and announced December 24th!

Tell all your friends. (or not to increase your chances:-)

Time to get your twinkle on!

Love, Tiff

 

P.S. Take a closer peek! These earrings are gorgeous and make sure to check out all of her arm, neck and ear candy here!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway

HO HO HO Sistas!

If you received this blog post to your inbox, you are automatically entered to win this year’s SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway. The only thing you need to do now (before Sunday, Dec 22nd at 12:00noon CST) is hop over to the SOS FACEBOOK PAGE and make one comment anywhere on the page. How easy is that?!? If you aren’t part of the SOS community yet and would like to enter, simply subscribe to the blog at the top right of this website AND make a comment on the Facebook Page as well. I just love playing Mrs. Santa Claus and giving fun things away. Check out what’s inside the stocking:

PC_physical-sunscreen-with-titanium-dioxide-720x720PERFECTIVE CEUTICUALS Ultra-light Sunscreen SPF 40 ($48.)

Ultra-light Sunscreen SPF 40 with Titanium Dioxide is a non-comedogenic, broad-spectrum sunscreen formulated with naturally occurring Titanium Dioxide and cellular-protecting plant extracts. Ultra-light technology glides on smoothly leaving the skin with a soft, non-greasy finish.

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PERFECTIVE CEUTICALS Replenish Moisture Cream for Sensitive Skin ($61.)

Replenish Moisture Cream for Sensitive Skin is a restorative moisturizer designed to complement the skin’s natural healing process. The cream features Sodium Hyaluronate and Rosa Canina Fruit Extract as two of its key components.

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AARON HENDRA PROJECT “Vintage Microphone Hoodie” ($39.)

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AARON HENDRA PROJECT Limited “Alive” EP ($5.)

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GOLD CHAIN & TASSEL EARRINGS (Unknown Brand, $22.)

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A signed copy of LeeAnne Locken’s book, WHAT’S YOUR STATUS? Finding Your Way To A More Positive Life One Day At A Time. ($13.99)

What’s Your Status is a collection of daily posts designed to Motivate, Inspire and Encourage others to be their best! Take a daily journey with LeeAnne as she encourages you to live a more POSITIVE LIFE one post at a time!

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My signature nail polish by AVON in Gunmetal Bronze Canon. ($6.)

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(3) Winners will receive a signed copy of Susie Augustin’s book, SEXY FIT & FAB At Any Age! ($13.95)

This book was written to help you uncover the eight keys to being Sexy, Fit & Fab at Any Age! It’s intended to support you in exploring your inner beauty while watching your confidence increase.

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Again, it’s simple to enter. You must be a subscriber of this blog site and make (1) comment on the Facebook Page. Ends Sunday, Dec 22nd at 12:00noon CST. GOOD LUCK! 

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It’s been eventful since we have hung our hats in Texas and was wonderful to attend the private party for Duck Dynasty’s KORIE ROBERTSON and her opening of the fabulous boutique, Duck & Dressing! 

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(This tassel necklace I’m rockin’ is from Aftershock London)

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Excited to experience the Face Of Aftershock’s Finale and congrats to winner, Samantha McCoy! Spectacular event with the most Fashionable + Fabulous peeps in Dallas. 

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Aaron_Tiff_HOBFrom our family to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas & Abundant New Year! Revel in the beauty of the season and take some time to slow down long enough to truly enjoy this time of year. Yes, the mall traffic is nuts… our to-do list for shopping/cooking/parties seems endless- but, make sure to take some time to pamper yourself.  As much as I love staying connected on social media, it’s more important to unplug and be totally present with your loved ones. I mean, isn’t everyone’s thumbs and necks stiff from all the cell phone use? 

Also, I’ve had several conversations lately about how so many of us have gone through major challenges and changes in 2013. If you have as well, consider yourself stronger & wiser as you go into 2014 sista! Challenges and changes strengthen, stretch and sharpen us. It may be unbearable when you’re in the midst of it, but shift your focus to how exciting it is that you are better equipped now. See yourself as a warrior! Pheww- I have gone through so many changes over the past year myself. I’ll be honest- I’ve had my pitty-party days, but as the year is ending I exhale and give thanks for everything I’ve learned, for the thicker skin and softer heart… and the fact that nothing killed me- it just made me stronger and it did you, too. 

You are ALL Warrior Women and I am so honored to be part of this Sista-hood with each and every one of you. 

I want to leave you all with one of my favorite Promises. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this is a great encouragement for the New Year:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plan to PROSPER you and not to harm you, to give you HOPE and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Love, Tiff