September 2017



50 IS NOT OLD | LIGHTWEIGHT IS THE KEYI was just talking to a friend the other night about FaceBook. She had mentioned that she was private and protective of the information that she put on there. I understand where she was coming from since you never know who is looking at your content. I laughed though and told her that she should try being a blogger. My life is pretty much an open book and I have people all over the world looking at me.

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50 IS NOT OLD | SOFT FEMININE AND ELEGANTSoft, feminine, and elegant -what’s not to like? Today for your viewing pleasure I am bringing you the perfect lightweight poncho courtesy of one of my FAVORITE shops, the Purple Poppy. Whenever I get an email from Erin asking me if I would like to style something from her shop I stop what I am doing and go look immediately. That tells me that she got in some new items and I can’t wait to go to her website and check out the new arrivals. Before we get to the poncho though I am going to tell you about this dress that I have on. The dress is a Barbara Gerwit Palm Dress that I got from the Purple Poppy back in March. I wore this when I went to San Diego and I have worn it many times since then on date nights and shopping trips. I’ve often thought that this dress would be really cute to wear to a summer wedding or event but I did worry about getting chilly. As soon as I saw the poncho I knew that my problem was solved.

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50 IS NOT OLD | VESTS ARE A GREAT FALL ADDITIONToday was one of those days that I spent my wheels and got very little accomplished. I did manage to video (I haven’t checked it yet) my makeup routine when I only have about 5 minutes to get out the door. I am crossing my fingers that it is presentable to use later on. And I did pay a few bills at work and answer lots of emails. Then I got a phone call from my hairdresser that changed all my other plans.

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50 IS NOT OLD | ANIMAL PRINT IS HUGEThe other day my son, Joseph, had to go out of town and he wasn’t going to be back in time to pick up Emersyn from school. He called me and asked if I could go and get her and let her spend the afternoon with me. The answer was of course, YES! He had told her that morning that I would be coming to pick her up and she was waiting and waving at me when I walked in the door. We got her a movie playing in the car and then I asked her if she wanted to stop and get some frozen yogurt. The answer was of course, YES! 

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50 IS NOT OLD | BOYFRIEND JEANS AND A JACKETDo you gurls have a bucket list with places you would like to visit? I am not one who likes to travel a lot but there are one or two places that I want to go and see. These are not even places overseas, they are here in the US. I have always wanted to visit Savannah, Georgia. I am not even sure why, but that town just calls to me.

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Before I get to the fashion part of the blog, I thought I’d take a moment for the family part. (Do y’all get sick of me talking about my crazy family? What can I say, they give me a ton of material. lol)

My sister, the author, (see her book in the sidebar!) posted on Facebook about her short-story contest for kids and I wanted to give her a shout-out. She claims she knew she wanted to be an author way back in first grade, and now she tries hard to encourage young wanna-be writers.

The contest ends September 30th, so if you know of anyone in the age range, send them to her website for details!


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Words have so much power. They can give you hope and inspiration or they can tear you down and leave you in tears. I know right now that each of you can think of at least one person who has lifted you up and made you believe that you could do anything. Unfortunately, there is also probably someone you know who has said things to you that has made you doubt yourself and your abilities. That person might even be yourself.

What we tell ourselves is sometimes rooted deep in our soul. Did you see the movie, The Help? In the movie, the housekeeper/nanny would tell her charge to repeat these words over and over to herself: “You is Kind. You is Smart. You is Important.” She was instilling that belief in the soul of that child so that later on in life she would always remember who she was.

The Lord has also given us many Bible verses regarding the use of our words. The book of Proverbs is full of instructions regarding our words.

  • Proverbs 11: 6 The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,” But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
  • Proverbs 11:18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
  • Proverbs 15: 1-2 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
  • Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
  • Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
  • Proverbs 18: 20-21 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

I know we have all heard the saying from children that goes: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” I bet most of you already know that this saying is not true. We can recover and heal from broken bones but we might NEVER heal from some words. You are not good enough, You’ll never be as pretty as your sister, You are not that smart, No one will ever love you, and on and on and on. The problem is that even though the words are NOT true, we tuck them away in our mind and they come back to visit us and put doubt in our hearts.

Overcoming doubt and years of hurt is not instantaneous but it can be done. BUT, it starts with you, you have to be the one who moves forward. Instead of “you are not good enough” you need to look in the mirror and say out loud, “I AM ENOUGH” instead of “you’ll never be pretty” you need to repeat, “I AM PRETTY,” “I AM SMART,” “I AM LOVEABLE!!!” The Lord already thinks this, now it is time for you to think this also.

I have my own insecurities that I need to work on. These have not been said to me, they are self-imposed. You have probably seen me say that I am shy. I also say things like, I am not a good writer, I am not good at public speaking, etc. Every time I have said those words, I am just re-enforcing those thoughts in my mind. Instead, I am going to say, “I am personable,” “I am improving every day as a writer,” “I can do public speaking.”

I might not make myself have six-pack abs by saying it into the mirror but I can say, “today I will eat healthily” or “I will find the time to exercise.” If you find yourself saying, “I am not” just stop right there. The Lord made you to be enough. He believes in you, you are perfectly made.

Have A Blessed Day!


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50 IS NOT OLD | PATTERNS THAT MAKE YOU SEE DOUBLEStare at my shirt. Now say out loud in a very soft voice, “I will do Tania’s bidding.” Lol! Does this shirt make you think that you are being hypnotized? It is crazy how the stripes photographed in that wild pattern. Joe used to have a patterned wallpaper in his office that had dots on it. When I would go into the office to talk to him I would have to close my eyes or move so that I didn’t have to look at the wall. I would start seeing double when I looked at it too long.

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50 IS NOT OLD | WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE A PRINTAnother week has come and gone. I am sitting here with “another one bites the dust” playing in my head. Lol! It is crazy how fast time flies when you get over the age of 30. Before you turn 30 it seems like everything takes forever. Are you ever going to turn 16 and be able to drive? Are you ever going to be 18 and be legally able to be on your own? Will you ever find that special someone? My maternal clock is ticking, when will I ever have a baby? It is always when, when, when.

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50 IS NOT OLD | COLORFUL PRINT TUNICToday was one of those days where it seems you spend all day doing something but you don’t seem to get much accomplished. We are still in the process of getting everything together for our new computer system and today we added a cash printer. We had been limping by with our old hardware but we really needed a new one. So, today I got to spend a lot of time on the floor on my hands and knees trying to fish wires out from behind drawers. I think I might have made a few guys day in the process.

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