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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Instagram @chandy71
twitter  @willow_mia
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

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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

 

DRINK UP:Importance of Hydration [Giveaway]

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Ok, ok – so I may be sounding like a broken record, but I don’t care! Well, it’s actually because I do care. Many of you are probably feeling lousy and I want you all to feel energetic and fabulous. Last year when I felt like I was living life sluggish as if I was walking through mud, my holistic doc told me I was chronically dehydrated.WHAT? I thought I was diligent with drinking water. NOT.  If I wasn’t drinking enough, there’s a good chance many of you aren’t either. Dehydration is a precursor for many diseases. Think of it as a stagnant puddle of water where fungus and bacteria thrives. YUCK. 

Why is it so important to stay hydrated?

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for optimal health.

How does your body lose water?

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot (I got sick late August and obviously still not used to the heat of the Texas summer), when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated. [via Familydoctor.org]

To know how much water you should drink daily, just divide your body weight in half and drink that amount in ounces. For example, if you weigh 140 lbs, drink 70 ounces of water. If you are in a hot climate or working out, drink a bit more than that.  I have to drink 3-4 servings of my Camelbak water bottle. It was a challenge at first, but it becomes a healthy habit and I can tell right away if I am feeling dehydrated and haven’t had my full daily serving of water.

Tips to stay hydrated:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Purchasing bottled water is expensive and creates plastic bottle waste. Carry a reusable water bottle instead. That’s why we’re giving one away- see details below.  I never leave home without mine!
  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
  • Be sure to drink water before, during, and after a workout.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger.  Drinking water will also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up; 15 minutes before meals and when you go to bed. (I always take my water bottle or a glass of water to bed) Or drink a glass of water at the beginning of each hour.

 

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

SOS and Perfectly Gifted Frisco have teamed up again in the name of health & hydration to give away a personalized Stainless Camelbak Eddy. These are the best reusable bottles!

  • Flip, Bite and Sip. No tipping required (though possible: just remove the straw)
  • New, sleek shape fits in the hand and most cup holders
  • Taste-free stainless steel is naturally 100% Free of BPA and BPS. No inner liners or plastic coatings that aluminum bottles require.
  • Durable and spill-proof
  • Easy to carry: Integrated loop handle makes it easy to clip a carabiner or carry with the crook of a finger
  • Wide-mouth opening is easy to fill with ice and water and a breeze to clean

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TO ENTER: 

  1. LIKE the PerfectlyPerfectly Gifted Frisco Facebook Page. 
  2. FOLLOW Perfectly Gifted Frisco on Instagram. 
  3. COMMENT on the PGF Instagram giveaway post “I commit to health & hydration”. (Look for the photo of my SOS water bottle)

You must be following this Sanctuary Of Style blog. (subscribe or follow at the top right of the site)

Giveaway ends Friday, Jan 29th at 6pm CST. Winner will be announced on Saturday, the 30th.

GOOD LUCK! 

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT? [Giveaway]

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HO HO HOping to find that perfect gift for your girlfriend, hubby, mom, coworker, niece, nephew or your kid’s teacher this holiday? Look no further because I did the pre-shopping research for you.  A few months ago one of my besties gave me the most darling monogrammed toiletry bag. Heidi is known for her thoughtful gifts and I was thrilled to find out that the company she ordered it from –Perfectly Gifted Frisco–  was started by our girlfriends, Amy & Ewa.

They are both very busy moms who work full time and I admire them for taking the leap of faith and starting this small business. Many women dream of starting a side biz or passion project so I asked them to share a bit about their journey. Be inspired:

1) You’re both working moms with active young kids. What was the catalyst to starting PGF? 
We love gifts simply put.  Ewa and I alway scheme about what is fun at the time and what would be good to put together as gifts for friends and family.  Our kids have multiple birthday  parties on the weekend and we were always trying to find something other than a target toy or gift card to give.  We talked about doing this at length and then finally decided to take the plunge and here we are. 
2)So many people wish they could start their own biz, but never do..what word of advice can you give a busy mom with a dream?
DO IT!! I think you have to jump in and believe you will be successful.  The other key piece is to be flexible and open to learning and taking advice. 
3) Why PFG? Was is it about personalized items that people love so much?
I think a gift becomes more treasured with personalization, it says someone put thought into this for me.  In this world of go, go, go someone thought about me and that this gift would be loved by the individual. 
4) Many friends would love to start a business together, but it can be difficult with friends. How do you ladies keep it professional when you’re so close? 
We have respect for one another and understand that we each have strengths and we must trust in them. 
5) What inspires each of you?
I think for both us it’s our families and trying to set an example of going after your dreams but also that they understand handwork is a must for success.  
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I put in my own holiday order for a group of my girlfriends who are beauty junkies. The clear multipurpose bag is the perfect size and super durable.  I can’t believe how much makeup it can fit and the key feature is that it’s clear so you can see what’s inside. No more fumbling with frustration to the point you get fed up and pour everything out in a pile. Been there, done that! These are also a great idea for a group like a book club, Bible study, sports team or for a girls trip.

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This time of year, I always love giving some of my favorite things away. Kind of like Oprah, but don’t hold your breath on the car!  Amy & Ewa would love to personalize one of these clear toiletry bags for you or your beauty junkie friend.

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GIVEAWAY ENTRY DETAILS:

  1. Click LIKE on the Perfectly Gifted Frisco Facebook Page
  2. Stay on their page and make a comment saying “SOS sent me and I would love to see my initials on this bag!” 

One entry per person. Giveaway ends Sat, December 12th. Winner announced that day at 12:00 Noon CST. 

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Their gift ideas are endless. Make sure to browse the PGF Facebook PageFacebook Page to see all the fun things they personalize from notebooks, mugs, tumblers, plates, art boxes, and way more!

Also follow them on Instagram to stay in the loop with their latest and greatest ideas.

To place your order today, contact

Amy & Ewa at PerfectlyGiftedFrisco@gmail.com

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WHO WANTS SOME COOL STUFF?

There’s a week left to enter the SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway (ends Dec 24th) and I’m always thrilled to share some of my favorite products with you…

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1) COMPENDIUM JOURNAL: I will fill the journal above with random handwritten inspiring messages. Thanks to The Portico Collection. 

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2) “FREEDOM” TEE by f+M Fashionmusic: I chose this tee because freedom is an important part of the foundation of SOS. I was fortunate to meet the creators of this company last weekend in Dallas. Their vision is brilliant! Go check out the website https://fmfashionmusic.com

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3) HARD NIGHT GOOD MORNING Facial Cocktail Serum: Their award-winning aloe vera based formula does it all! It lifts, tones, tightens, smooths and firms, all while enhancing and hydrating your skin. Packed with a host of actives and other natural botanical ingredients, Facial Cocktail Serum has a bonus effect of acting as a primer, keeping your makeup in place throughout the day and into the night!

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4) GO CHIA PRODUCTS: A gift basket filled with all their products! It all started with the drink and now the company has expanded to snacks, drink boosters and seeds.

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5) TAYLOR-MOSELEY EARRINGS: 2 winners will receive gold hoops with their choice of gemstone. Must “like” the Taylor-Moseley Facebook Page and leave a comment with the gemstone you love!

Clockwise from Left:

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

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Other requirements to enter:

Must be subscribed to this SOS blog & be part of the SOS Facebook Page.

Winners will be announced on Christmas Eve, Dec 24th.

Thank you all for continuing on this journey in 2014 and I look forward to us all having an amazing 2015!

Love, Tiff

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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