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Relinquishing Perfectionism and Embracing Authenticity

Recently, I started looking at life as more of a journey full of lessons and experiences…not good/bad/perfect.  I think this was in part because of reading an article several weeks ago by Shaye Elliot-The Elliot Homestead-“Letting Go of Superwoman,” and also, partly because we are the only ones who can create/deter disappointment;  without expectations there can be no disappointment.

Most of us realize life in general is neither fair nor perfect, even in the screen dominated society of today.  Where things are not quite what that seem in most cases. I am perfectly imperfect and well, I am just ME and for the most part I’m OKAY with that…now don’t get me wrong, being a perfectionist at heart makes the former statement hard to utter some days! Our Creator gives us all different gifts and we have the ability to embrace and let them shine or mute them and dull their fiery glow.

Now, how many mommas out there have started seeing the Christmas Decor popping up in the local hobby lobbies as you frantically time warped 4 months ahead feeling the days closing in like a cocky rooster charging to get between you and your beloved hen? So many of us feel the need to be SUPERWOMAN when it comes to holiday gatherings with family and friends whether it be the gifting, decorating, and/or entertaining. Now don’t get me wrong, I love searching for the cutest halloween costume for Miss K, eating an amazing Thanksgiving Fellowship with friends and family, as well as a truly magnificent Christmas Tree, but none of these have to cause anxiety/stress within me. We don’t need to be the PERFECT: WIFE, MOTHER, CHEF, FRIEND, MODEL…just be a present, supportive, humble, and flawed human.

As the holiday season kicks into full gear, I want to be calm, present and joyful. This is why I will continually relinquish myself from that inner demon calling me to perfection. There have been/will be days marked by less presence, patience, happiness and anxiety, but I can choose how to respond by the environment and expectations I create.

XOXO,

Tiffany

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Best Friends and Giving Back

Hey there!!!  I hope you all are having a good week and looking forward to the downward slide to the weekend!  Ill start off by announcing the winner of The Book Only Love Today…..Cooking without Limits…please email me (simplytiffstx@gmail.com) where to send your book…CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Miss K has been a character and a half this week I tell you.  The things toddlers say are just too funny sometimes and how they decide to torture their best friends are even funnier sometimes.  Zeiss was treated to a slumber party inclusive of his own blanket at the Doseum located in my kitchen along with a serenade of “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat” and the ABC song, and even got to karaoke to “Let it Go”.  I have to admit watching them play with one another is some of the sweetest moments of the day as I see the unconditional love they each have for one another…nothing better than a girl and her dog!

This week it was also time for me to give back…its become sort of a ritual really.  It feels so good to help others even if its as small/insignificant as donating hair from your head…that small gesture means the world to that person who receives your “gift” whatever it might be.   I have hair that grows very quick and of course its just hair so every few years I will bob it to donate to “Locks of Love”.  However, this time I have chosen to donate to an organization who provides FREE replacement hair to children under 21 called children with hair loss.

XOXO,

Tiffany

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Rainy Sunday Morning Fun ☂️🐕🐓

Good Morning! I just wanted to give everyone a little smile this morning and a hello from the girls! We are enjoying some much needed rain here in South Central Texas…I LOVE rainy days especially since they have been few and far between lately.

We have enjoyed a little bit of splashing/running in the rain this morning before becoming so wet the water dripped from our noses down to our toeses and we needed to go in to dry off.  Then Miss K and Zeiss aka her best friend who may not have the same viewpoint…have been having tea parties, slumber parties and storytime together.  He was all but forced into her room as the door shut and was promptly locked so he could not get out…poor guy always gets roped into these things but I know he enjoys MOST of it.  We also took the time to enjoy a few games of connect four, operation and break the ice since going outside might melt us with all this sugar we’re made out of!🤣

We also finally got our Buffy to lay in the nesting boxes…whoohooo!!! It only took two days of keeping them cooped until lunchtime and putting her in with our other layer. I was so happy and relieved especially since I was feeling awful about having to keep them cooped up. Seriously, I had to totally vacate the compound the last few days so I wouldn’t let them out until after lunch…I may have a soft spot for my chickens or just be a crazy chicken lady 🐔🤷🏼‍♀️.

Y’all enjoy the rest of the weekend!

XOXO,

Tiffany

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Laughter Fills The Day

Today was an incredibly busy and productive day as I had product to make for my dear friends at Sisters, entertain an incredibly busy toddler, as well as train our big fat Buffy to lay her eggs in the appropriate space!

With all of these things to do, I had to start the day out with some caffeine! Lately, my go to has been cold brew and almond milk with a splash of maple syrup and scoop of vital proteins. Gives me the boost I need with some protein for these busy days 😬.

Once I had Miss K her protein smoothie and other goodies served, I made my way down to the coop to check on the girls and gather the eggs…I had decided to leave everyone cooped to try and get Buffy to lay in the nesting boxes rather than the flowerbed. Well about 9am I started to feel bad that everyone was having to stay inside the coop so I allowed all of the girls except her to go out to free range, well I didn’t imagine the chaos that would ensue…Mister Rooster was all bent out of shape as he ran from the garden area back down to the coop a million and one times because the Buffy was all kinds of ticked off. Well I finally decided about noon to go let her out after checking in on them several times without any egg layed. Let me just say when I opened that coop she darted up the hill to the front yard and into the flowerbed so fast, I was afraid an egg was gonna pop out at anytime. I have never laughed so hard before or seen a chicken move so fast! Needless to say she went right back to her previous spot and layed me a beautiful tan egg.

it wasn’t long after this, it was time for lunch followed by nap. In this house, nap time is the best time and today it was certainly necessary for all of us! I decided to open Miss Ks door after about an hour and a half and as I walked away I heard, “No, nap-time is not over mommy, shut my door, I’m trying to sleep!” I promptly shut that door to which I was greeted only a minute later with, “can we go swimming now?” Of course we did and as we headed out, Zeiss needed to potty, so he found a nice tree and Miss K said, “I think he’s holding on to the tree while he potty’s because he has to go outside instead of on the potty.” Of course this had to be one of the most innocent, creative and hilarious things I may have heard, but I just replied, “yes I think you’re right sweetheart” and we continued to the pool. Our pool time didn’t disappoint either as we found a locust, a snake 🐍 swimming in the pool…yes a snake came to visit and Miss K tried to coax Mr. Steve in by having Mister Crab pinch him.

We swam a bit later than I had planned so when got back, I spiralized and sautéed some zucchini and yellow squash from the garden as the spaghetti sauce was simmering.

What are some quick meals you put together when you are short on time?

Hope your day was good!

XOXO,

Tiffany

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An August Egg Hunt and Other Summer Fun

Good Afternoon!  I hope you all are staying cool or enjoying some cool weather where you’re at because it is quite warm and thick outside today in Texas.

Miss K typically has dance class on Wednesdays but todays class was rescheduled, so we enjoyed a nice day on the homestead.  Well, we really spent two hours in snake books searching for our Buffy who started disappearing periodically on Sunday for a few hours each day…I knew she was close/should be laying anytime, so I needed to find where she was hiding out.  Well, of course, I traipsed through the brush/weeds etc in my boxers, camisole and snake boots only to find her 2 hrs later in the front yard. Now, I had searched the front yard and flower beds a million times, but I guess it was that last time as several cars drove past I would find the “nest” in my Sunday best!  Now I’m hoping maybe leaving the girls cooped for the next several days will help her to lay them in the nesting boxes rather than the flower beds as I don’t need any snakes coming up for a little afternoon/evening snack.  Do any of you have any ideas on how to get her to lay in the nesting boxes?

Anyway, yesterday, we tried to take our friend Miss Lauren paddle boarding, but mother nature was not having any of it, as the winds gusted over the lake and small whitecaps formed.  We were a bit bummed, but being strong willed individuals we weren’t about to let the day waste away, so we settled for having a fun morning at Yanaguana Garden where we played chess, checkers, foosball, connect four, and enjoyed the splash pad and playground.  It is located downtown at the corner of Cesar Chavez and South Alamo and has a coffee and juice bar, popsicle shop and newly opened pizzeria.

From the Garden, we decided to go have a bit of lunch at Rosarios off South Alamo, and let me just say as a first time Momma, sometimes just sometimes, you may want to watch what you say as you drive looking for an open parking space just as the Hanger starts in.  A combination of small parking lots along with folks continuously going the wrong way led this hangry momma to utter the phrase “seriously you idiot”  Now i wasn’t thinking my keen as a cat toddler was listening so intently in the seat directly behind me as she uttered “mommy, did you just call them an idiot?”  Now Lauren and I busted out laughing, and of course I had to fess up to the current situation and say yes as the questions continued to roll out regarding the comment.  Sometimes these funny episodes are good reminders to always be aware of the words flowing from our mouths, or at least this mommas.  We finally found a spot and had a delicious lunch and walked across the street to Steel City Pops (all natural popsicles with a large dairy/soy free selection) to enjoy some healthy treats before heading back to the compound for a much needed nap!

Where/what is your favorite summer hangout/park/activity?

XOXO,

Tiffany