Friday, April 24, 2015

100 Ways to be Elegant - Post #3 (21-30)

I am back for the third installment of easy ways to add class back into our lives.  Here are 10 more ideas to help add a little elegance and etiquette to each day.  

 21. Practice quality over quantity
In everything, don't settle.  Take time and always select quality over quantity.   It will last longer and be more reliable in the long run. 

22.Remember that it’s more important to be kind than it is to be right
You will never regret being kind to someone.  Always choose kindness, and when you are angry or frustrated, keep your mouth shut. 

23.  Sip your drink
This is one I am working on.  I often want to inhale my drink in two seconds, and get a quick refill.  As a lady, we should sip our drinks and be a little less rushed to drink them.  

24. Chew each bite 20 times
Speaking of food, its also important to chew your food at least 20 times per bite.  This will help make you feel fuller faster and longer. 

25. Learn how to wear a scarf
Scarves are truly elegant and make any women seem more put together and lady-like.  Here are a few ways to wear scarves in the summer. 

 26.Don’t curse
Its so easy to let profanity slip off our tongues, yet its not something that is attractive at all.  

 27.  Serve coffee or tea after meals
When hosting a party, or having dinner with friends, its so important to have coffee or tea after the meal.  It makes conversation go longer and is a great way to wrap up the event.
 28.Keep your home clean and uncluttered
This should go without saying.  If we begin running out of storage space, its time that we binge all of the clutter from our home.   

29. Have one subdued solid color scheme throughout your home, use accessories to add color
Speaking of home, one of the best advices I've been given lately is to use decor to add pops of colors and keep the rooms a solid neutral color throughout the home.  

 30. Have fresh flowers in your home
Finally, if possible, keep fresh flowers on your decks and front porch, as well as, in your home too.  

Hope you enjoyed these 10 ways to add a little elegance to your life.  

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chi Town.............

Last week, I hit the road for a week long trip to Lexington, Cincinnati, and Chicago.  The week was filled with meetings with national and regional publications, and ended with an incredible showcase of music from the Birthplace of Country Music (ie...Bristol).

Check out some fun pics from the week:

 Awesome meetings with Marci and Meagan.  We loved our team, and named ourselves "Side Car." Inside joke!!  LOL! 

 Fun night listening to some great music. 

 Our Bristol Team!!

 Orthophonic Joy Showcase!!

We had an incredible week, and even though the 13 hour drive home was brutal it was well worth it!!! 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lets Get Healthly - Breakfast

Okay, its time.  Its time to get serious about my diet and eating habits.  Living at the Davis B & B is awesome, but all this home cooked food is killing the little bit of diet I had in me.  LOL!  So to get back in the right direction, I am going to focus on one meal at a time and slowly get my habits into shape.  

This week, lets focus on Breakfast.  Here are some healthy choices:

 Starbucks - Reduced-fat turkey bacon and reduced-fat white cheddar cheese on an organic wheat English muffin.  Add a Skinny Carmel Latte and I have a 400 calorie breakfast!
 Breakfast Mix with Cereal and Dried Fruit 
Calories: 250 - 300

 English Muffin, Banana, and Blueberries
Calories: 200-250

 Breakfast Sandwich and an Orange
Calories: 350
 Yogurt Parfait from McDonalds - These are the best!!
Calories: 200
 Cheerios and Fruit 
Calories: 350

Bagel, cream cheese, and a tomato 
Calories: 450

What about you - what are your breakfast go to meals to stay healthy???

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Very Best Friend

I have a lot of amazing friends, and many of those friends I would consider best friends too.  However, there is one friend who understands my heart and is so loyal that words cannot express how blessed I am with her friendship.

Tiffany and I became friends over 10 years ago.  I was only 23 and she was 18, and we were fast friends immediatly.  Over the years, we've grown up, matured, and continued to be there for one another through thick and thin.  Last year, when the Lord began to move my heart to return home, He began to move Tiffany's heart to leave home for full-time ministry with her husband.  We haven't lived in the same town together since 2007; however, with each passing year we get closer and closer, and I am so thankful to still call her my best friend.

She pushes me to grow closer to the Lord, to seek His face more, and to reach the lost each and every day. Her love for her family, her friends, and her husband is unending, and her heart to serve the Lord has always been the center of who she is. 

So, you can see why I was so excited to see her last week when she came home for a visit.  After a slumber party to relive old times, Tiffany and I got up Sunday morning, jumped in the car with her parents in tow, and headed to Biltmore for a day of fun, flowers, and a lot of Downton Abbey Dresses.

Here are a few pics from our fun day in Asheville:

 Fun day with some of my favorite people!!

 We loved seeing all the tulips.   Our fav!!

 So pretty!!

Best Friends!!! 

 Tif - I love ya and cannot wait to see you soon!!  And, I am counting down the days until I am headed to Texas next year!! 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Lifetime Friends...........

Hello!! I cannot believe how fast time has gone by since my last blog post.  Life lately has been keeping us very busy, and I haven't had time to stop in this little corner to say hello.   Things are going great, and we are getting settled in more and more into living back home.  

Last weekend, I was invited to a fun birthday celebration with some good friends of mine. These folks are seriously some of the best friends I've ever had, and I was thrilled that we were able to get back together and celebrate a milestone birthday of one of our own together.  Back in the early 2000s until I got married, these amazing friends were my rocks, my encouragers, my support group and everything in between.  It felt good to be together again, and the laughter began as soon as we walked in the door.  Here are some fun pictures of the night:

 Having a little pre-surprise fun with orange and white balloons.  GO VOLS!!!

 Give us a hat, and we will wear it!!

 Two of our favs - Jessie and Phil!

 60 Candles & an Ice Cream Cake - Very Interesting Combo!

 Our Entire Group!!!  Love these friends.

I hope now that we are back in the Tri-Cities we can get together with everyone more often.  Friendships like these are priceless. 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Siesta Scripture #8

 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message)

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Siesta Scripture #7

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Siesta Scripture #6

Verse #6 is one of my favorites to read, and thought it would be perfect to memorize it.  

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." (Psalm 28:7 NIV) 

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