Hair Bow Pre-Sale Round 2

Hey y’all! I’m finally ready to open up for another bow pre-sale! I’ve reduced the amount of colors this time in order to make it a little less crazy, so be sure to check out the color chart on THIS post. If you are needing another color, please ask! I can’t offer loads of color choices for everyone, but there’s a good chance I can accommodate a few special requests! Also, I’m offering some seasonal ribbon options this time and these bows will only be available in the large size.

Hair Bow Pre-Sale
– All bows are handmade by yours truly.
– Bows will begin shipping/ready for pick-up in three weeks.
– Each order has a $5 flat rate shipping charge, local orders can be picked-up.
– Bows are secured with elastic AND needle and thread.
– Since each bow is handmade, sizes are approximate.
– See below for size comparison photos to determine which size you need to order.

How to order:
View the color chart and bow option chart below. Then e-mail me at allison.tamme@gmail.com with your order. Please include bow type(s), color(s), number of bow(s), if you want them shipped, and your Paypal e-mail address. Local (Danville) people have the option to pick-up instead of shipping. I will plan pick-up dates closer to the 3 week turn around time. You will then receive an invoice and I will begin to work on your order. All invoices must be paid within 48 hours or your order will be cancelled. Orders with Valentine’s bows will be made and be shipped/ready for pick-up first. Pre-order will close Tuesday at Midnight.

The five seasonal options above are only available in size large.

Here is a comparison picture to help you judge the size of the bows. If you want to more comparison photos, check out this blog post here.

Bow Presale

Birthday Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all SO much for entering the Erin Condren planner giveaway! Y’all I love my planner so much and I’m tickled to get to share one with one of you!

Sorry for the blurry, grainy pictures. It was late and the kids really wanted to help choose the winner and getting them bathed and in bed in the month of December is like herding cats.

And the winner is…

Sarah Gore!

Please e-mail me at everydayallierae@gmail.com with your mailing address to claim your Erin Condren planner!

Thanks again, y’all! Giving really is more fun than receiving!

Birthday Giveaway: Win an Erin Condren Planner!

Hey y’all! This little blog of mine started with an idea when I turned 30. I created a 30 in 30 list and while I didn’t complete all the items on the list, I’m so thankful that I started this blog. Through my blog I have been connected with dozens of thyroid cancer patients and am able to talk to them about the journey of cancer. While most tell me “thank you” for helping them, I get the most joy out of being able to share with them. Even though its been almost 4 years since my diagnosis, it is healing and comforting to know that others are with you in the fight.

Today, I turn 32 and instead of making a “32 in 32” list, I decided to do a giveaway of one of my favorite things… a planner. I know, I know I’m old school with a paper planner, but I just LOVE it! You can keep the planner for yourself or give it as a gift!

The planner I’m giving away has a permanent leather cover, lots of stickers to personalize the pages, a perpetual birthday calendar and a snap-in dry erase to do list. Y’all are going to LOVE it!

2017 will be the fourth year with my Erin Condren planners and before that I used the Lilly Pulitzer planner. Below are my planners over the years… I love to keep them and look back through them from time to time. The EC planners have enough space for me to make it a mini journal of sorts. I write things like “Lyla Rae’s 2 year old molar came in” or “Luke scored two points in his game”. That way I have notes for their photo albums if I ever get around to making them! Hah!

So, how do you win this lovely planner? Simply subscribe to Everyday Allie Rae,  follow me on instagram @mrsallisontamme and comment below to tell me your favorite Christmas tradition. You will get one entry for each and I will announce the winner on Monday!

 

 

Sun, Sand and… Surgery

It’s bye week for the Falcons! NFL wives pretty much live for this week. Our husbands work long hours seven days a week during the season and this is the one week out of a 22+ week season that the players have time off. For the last eight seasons we’ve traveled home to Kentucky for bye week. And even though I LOVE going home, we’ve always toyed with the idea of going to the beach during his week off.ja-pensacola-beach Well, this year Jacob finally took me to the beach for the bye! Can I tell you how incredibly WEIRD it felt wearing plaid at the beach? SOOO weird! Why I chose that shirt for our trip, is beyond me. I think it was the 4:15am wake-up call!

Unfortunately, we are not at the beach for vacation. We are here for Jacob to get season ending surgery on his shoulder. While this certainly isn’t what we had planned and dreamed of for this season, we know that God will use this season in our lives for good. And we are holding onto to that promise! Jacob has been SO blessed with his health through nine seasons in the league. To play nine NFL seasons without a single surgery is unheard of. He’s somewhat of a unicorn. Of course, he would die if called him unicorn, but I don’t really know any manly mythical characters, so unicorn it is.

aj-portofinoWe flew to Pensacola early Wednesday morning and it was fun to be heading back to our old stomping grounds. Pensacola Beach was our first big move after we were married. In January 2008, we packed our bags and headed south for Jacob to train for the NFL Combine. The condos I’m pointing to in the photo above is where we lived for two months. It was our first of many adventures and it was so fun to go back and see one of our old homes.

jake-in-recoveryThis morning, Dr. Andrews operated on Jacob’s shoulder and he is doing great! The surgery went well and he’s ready to recover, heal and rehab. We feel so fortunate to have Dr. Andrews and his team take such good care of Jacob. He is literally the BEST in ortho surgery and he was so kind, caring and humble. He put us at ease and we had such peace about the whole process. They even let me watch part of the surgery! I was not expecting to watch, but getting to see the inside of Jake’s shoulder was really neat and gave me a new understanding of what the surgery entailed.  I was SO happy to see his smiling face when I got back to recovery.

jacob-post-opHe was a pain free but hangry when we left the hospital.

jake-lunch-in-pensacolaNothing a little Panera couldn’t fix! We get to head home to Atlanta tomorrow. Please pray for complete healing for Jacob, that he will be a good patient and that I will be a good nurse!

nurse-alHere I am in all my nursing duties, also known as: personal driver, medicine distributor, ice pack changer and carrier of all things (since he is short one arm). Oh, and if someone wants to come to my house and cover that gray hair you can see in this pic, that would just be amazing!

Sunday Scriptures

romans1221

pc: www.exploregod.com

Gosh, it’s been a while since I posted a Sunday Scripture! I started off my blog in 2014 with the ABC scriptures every Sunday and I just realized that when they were over, these posts fizzled out. Well, now that Luke is in Kindergarten, his class is memorizing a verse each week and I’m memorizing them with him. Romans 12:21 is his verse for this week and it’s a great reminder for our family.

When I first read this verse way back when, I immediately shrugged it off because surely I had never been evil. Evil is a term that is reserved for the lowest of low. When I think of evil, Hitler comes to mind, not anyone that I know. So, to make things a little more applicable, I changed this verse to say, “Do not be overcome with jealousy, but overcome jealousy with good.” Whoa! Well, that certainly changes things, doesn’t it? Or what about “Do not be overcome with fear, but overcome fear with good.” Or even, “Do not be overcome with lies, but overcome lies with good.”

I’m not one to go changing God’s word, each word in the Bible is meaningful, purposeful and God breathed. However, when I start exchanging real life “evils” into this verse, it suddenly becomes real, convicting, motivating and encouraging.

Let’s all try to overcome evil with a little more good this week!

Happy Sunday, y’all!

A Friendly Reminder for Fantasy Football Owners

Football Field 1I wrote this letter last year and every single word of it still rings true today.

 

Dear Fantasy Football Owners,

This, my friends, is the most glorious time of year. The air is a little more crisp, the temperature is slowly dropping, pumpkin spice lattes are being purchased and… it’s football season!

With football season comes fantasy football season. Some of you are very serious fantasy football owners, some enjoy a casual competition, others may have had their spouse twist their arm to participate, while others may have been lured by free food at a draft party. No matter the manner in which you decided to become a fantasy football owner – congrats! You own a “team”! Hopefully, it’s your dream team that will bring you to victory.

Fantasy football can be a very serious competition in some leagues. This competition can lead to some VERY disgruntled owners – men and women alike. Disgruntled owners often feel the need to vent their frustrations to the players they “own” (and the entire world) via social media, which is where I want to focus this letter – the all too popular player bashing that’s ALL over the internet. Yes, my husband plays in the NFL, so this topic is personal.

As we sat around the table for Christmas dinner last year, we were surrounded by several of Jacob’s teammates. In attendance were a rookie, a Pro Bowler, a player who is the highest paid at his position in the league, and several veterans, all of which had been threatened, harassed, ridiculed and belittled on social media. As I listened to the guys talk about things people had written about them on Twitter, I realized that even these rough and tough NFL players can be bullied. There is nothing more cowardly (or silly) than personally attacking someone that you’ve never even met, and yet it happens day after day online. I dare say, not a single one of these online bullies would EVER be brave enough to say to an NFL player’s face what they have said online. Hiding behind their electronic device gives them a sense of security and social media gives them a voice – and a way to voice their opinions directly to athletes through mediums like Twitter.

I’m not naive. I’m not asking for sympathy for NFL players. I realize that they choose to play football for a living and therefore they choose the spotlight. However, they didn’t choose to be bullied, online or otherwise. [Jacob says “bullied” is not the right word to use… But I don’t know what else to call it!]

People feel the need to ridicule players when they don’t perform to their standards, which is just crazy. Have you ever had a bad day at work? Missed a meeting? Been late to an appointment? Lost a client? Didn’t close the big sale? Has your student ever failed a test? Or your child been disobedient? We ALL have bad days at work, no matter the profession. Usually a bad day at work elicits a “better luck next time” or passing the blame to [insert your excuse]. What excludes NFL players from that? The fact that their work is displayed for millions to see each week. Can you even imagine if your work was on network tv and shown to the masses? Yeah, me neither.

It seems so easy to bully NFL players. I mean, on the news they are portrayed (and sometimes rightfully so) as cheaters, womanizers, thieves, drunks, and even murderers. It’s easy to see them as something other than real people. However, when you’re on the inside of this fraternity of sorts, you see things a little differently. Before you decide to bully one of your fantasy football players, remember this: The VAST majority of men playing in the NFL are men of character and integrity. You may see them catch touchdowns on Sundays, but on Tuesdays they are visiting the pediatric cancer ward at the children’s hospital. On Wednesday evenings they are attending Bible Studies. Thursday nights are spent signing autographs for children at the local grocery store. The off-season is spent running non-profits and organizing fundraisers for charities. They use their breaks between practices to call fans with terminal illnesses. These men are not the thugs the media portrays them to be and they are certainly not deserving of the hate that is spewed at them when they drop a pass, throw an interception, or otherwise don’t play to the standard that would have helped win a fantasy football game.

So, fantasy football owners, my one request is this: Please be kind. What you say (or write) says much more about you as a person than the player you are writing about.

Regards,
An NFL wife

Football Fridays: College Colors Day

Football Field 1Today is College Colors Day, which means one thing… football season is here! And I mean REAL football, not any of this pre-season nonsense. Wear your College Colors Day was started in 2004 and I was first introduced to it when I worked at an office in Lexington. We were encouraged to “dress down” and wear jeans and a t-shirt to celebrate. Hello? Of course, I was a big fan of this new found holiday.

Tomorrow our family will be sporting Blue and White for the University of Kentucky. Many of you know that I’m actually a Hilltopper by degree, but Wildcat at heart. While I will always root for WKU, Kentucky holds a special place in our family and in our hearts. The University of Kentucky has been a HUGE blessing to us and continues to be. The people that work in the athletics department treat us like family and we are forever grateful for their continuous support: of our family, of Jacob’s career, of our charity golf event… the list could go on forever.

Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures we had taken of our family before training camp began. Our amazing photographer, Katie Davis of Kat’s Eye Photography is seriously one of the best. We’ve always been blessed with crazy good photographers, but Katie can always bring out Luke’s real smile. Always. It helps that she attends the same church and has a daughter Luke’s age. If you are in Central Kentucky and need family photos, she is your gal! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Just look at the magic she worked with our crazy crew! Wow! I’m thinking about getting custom wallpaper printed with these photos because I can not choose just a few to print and hang. Ok, I would never seriously print custom wallpaper… but it did cross my mind.

fan day 03 This was our first picture ever taken at Commonwealth Stadium. It’s blurry and terrible quality because it was probably taken on a $3.99 disposable camera from Walmart. Crazy how things have changed since this was taken. It was August of 2003 and I was SO excited to go to Fan Day at UK so I could see my boyfriend. I’m not sure why *anyone* let me in the stadium in this get up. White tube top, Nike shox, glitter belt… y’all.

UK/UF Game 2004This is the only other photo I have on our Mac of us from our college days. The rest are stored on our external hard drive and it takes a rocket scientist to figure out how to retrieve them. Well in all honesty, I’m sure 99% of the population could figure it out, but I just don’t have the patience for that. (read: lazy) This was after UK played Florida in Gainesville in 2004. They had moved the game up in the day because of an incoming hurricane. I think the humidity may have been over 1,000% and UK had an ugly loss. It wasn’t pretty. But, I asked for a picture with Jacob after the game and he agreed. And even smiled. I knew he was a keeper way back then! On a side note, I look like I’ve been crying. I don’t remember why. It could’ve been from the ugly loss , the extreme heat (I don’t sweat pretty) or maybe the fact that I was heckled by Gator fans… we may never know.

KAT_0004And here we are today! We’ve been together for 15 years… whoa. Seven homes, four states, three teams and two babies later.

UK Luke with FootballThis boy made me a Mama and he has my heart. See that smile I was talking about? Only Katie can get that out of in him in front of the camera.

KAT_0016Miss Priss is our little spitfire and is so sweet we can hardly stand it. We have no idea where her nearly white curls come from, but we sure love them. And that (not so) little gap in her front teeth, I just love it too. One day we will spend thousands to get rid of it, but for now it is just so cute!

KAT_0028Can it get any sweeter than this? Lyla Rae stole Jacob’s heart from day one and she thinks her Daddy is the best thing since sliced bread. She cries every day when he leaves for work and asks for him multiple times during the day. I’m basically chopped liver, but at least I fill her sippy with milk on command and ya know… gave birth to her.

KAT_0123I love everything about this shot. I love that even though he is growing fast and is a big school boy now that he still lets me love on him without complaint. I love that his hair is sweaty because that’s how it looks 90% of the time.. And I love that Katie edited out my gray hair! Thanks, girl!

KAT_0106Jacob is usually a good sport about all the crazy things I put him through except for when it comes to taking family photos… he loathes them. However, once he found out I had planned a UK themed photo shoot, he was hooked. We couldn’t get him off the field and he actually asked Katie to take more pictures. What?!?

KAT_0098Hard to imagine what life would be like the first time we stood on this field together. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. My goodness we’ve had our ups and down, trials and joys, and so many insanely crazy days, but he has always been my constant true North.

KAT_0049And last but not least, our Luke taking the field at Commonwealth. I’ve always said I did NOT want Luke to play football. I even started the hashtag #mamalikesnoncontactsports. I just don’t think I could bear watching my baby boy get hit. However, when I see this picture my heart swells with joy. Maybe football isn’t so bad after all.

And just to clear things up in our hometown: we will be changing in to BLACK and GOLD for our crosstown rivalry football game tonight! GO REBELS!

Grand Re-Opening of Marketplace Gray

Last year, one of my very best friends, Kelly Gray, took a leap of faith, quit her career as a teacher and became the owner of Marketplace Gray. She turned her hobby into her new career and hasn’t looked back. She started out making custom signs for friends and family and her business has grown into a full fledged home interior… well, marketplace. Marketplace Gray quickly outgrew its first home in Perryville, Kentucky and Kelly has now moved her business to a larger location in Danville. The store’s Grand Re-Opening is this Saturday and I would love to see you there! Details are at the end of this post.

MPG logo signKelly is basically Kentucky’s version of Joanna Gaines and she has TONS of amazing vintage and farmhouse style furniture and decorating pieces. She travels the region to find the most unique and detailed pieces of furniture and then she restores them into new gorgeous pieces that are works of art.

unnamedThis is a sneak peek into the Marketplace Gray store. Isn’t it awesome?!? SO many adorable things and all styled SO well! She has an amazing line of home furnishings and also sells Kentucky for Kentucky apparel. The last shirt I bought at Marketplace Gray says, “I love you to Kentucky and back.” I think I wore it to training camp a dozen times. Hah! And an added bonus to the cuteness… their shirts are SO soft!

MPGKelly still makes custom signs as well. Check out the City Subway Art and Porch Signs she recently made! She can literally do *anything*! I have several of her signs hanging in my house and hope to add a few more for our forever house too! And, did I mention she’s also an official Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Stockist? Yep, the girl has everything you need!
-1MPG Porch sign
I would love it if you would stop by and say hi to Kelly on Saturday at her Grand Re-Opening! The details are below and there will be door prizes, food AND I get to be there! It’s my first time being home for one of Kel’s events and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate her new location.

MPG Grand Reopening

Hair Bow Pre-Sale

Before I had babies (that feels like a lifetime ago), I had a small (read: teeny tiny) online business called Allie Rae’s Boutique. I’ve always loved to make things and thought an online business would be perfect for our busy lifestyle and it was… for a while. After going back to school and having babies, I let it drop to the wayside and just created things for friends and family. The main thing I sold through my online store was hair bows. I LOVE bows! Little girls (and big girls) NEED bows in their hair. They just do. Bows are cute, they can make bed head look great in a flash and they are a necessity… at least in our house anyway.

When we lived in Denver, hardly anyone ever wore bows, so I’m pretty sure it’s a southern thing. Everyone always commented on Lyla Rae’s bows when we lived there. Not because they were anything over-the-top, but just that she was wearing one. As soon as we moved to Atlanta all the little girls wore them and we were back to just another little girl. Instead of *the* girl in the *bow*. Hah!

I’ve had a few people ask about ordering and after much thought, I’ve decided to do a bow pre-sale! Ahhh… Pretty sure I’ve lost my mind, but here goes nothing.

Hair Bow Pre-Sale
– All bows are handmade by yours truly.
– Bows will begin shipping in three weeks.
– Each order has a $5 flat rate shipping charge.
– Bows are secured with elastic AND needle and thread.
– Since each bow is handmade, sizes are approximate.
– See below for size comparison photos to determine which size you need to order.

How to order:
View the color chart and bow option chart below. Then e-mail me at allison.tamme@gmail.com with your order. Please include bow type(s), color(s), number of bow(s) and your Paypal e-mail address. You will then receive an invoice and I will begin to work on your order. All invoices must be paid within 48 hours or your order will be cancelled. Since, this is my first pre-sale, I will be cutting it off after the first 25 orders (not bows, but orders). Another order will open back up after this round ships.

 

Bow Presale options

Bow Colors for Presale

Here are a few comparison pictures to help you judge the size of the bows.

Bow Presale

IMG_5711This is Lyla Rae in the mini bow. She is 2 years old and is 36″ tall.

IMG_2946Here she is in the large bow. This is the size she wears daily.

IMG_5723This is the XL bow. We wear these for special occasions or if we are feeling especially sassy!

IMG_5713This is the large bow clipped onto the headband. Isn’t this style cute? I haven’t really tried these on her yet, but I think we may start!

IMG_4527This is my niece Lucy and nephew Sam. For some reason Sam doesn’t like wearing my bows? Lucy is wearing one of my mega bows in shocking pink. She is 6 years old and is 48″ tall.

IMG_3422And for the grand finale: Here is yours truly modeling the cheer bow. Don’t all cheerleaders have stray gray hairs and wrinkles these days?!?

Again, to order e-mail me your bow color(s), bow type(s) and Paypal address to allison.tamme@gmail.com.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Hello there! I’m back!

After nearly three months of being absent from my blog, I had to check in and share a new, FREE product I just added to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. My son, Luke, starts kindergarten in 10 days and he has asked 1.3 million times when he gets to go. I love that he is SO excited and wanted him to have the excitement of a countdown. So, I created this free, cute paper chain countdown for the back to school season. It starts at “10 days until school”, but you can obviously only use 5 days (or 3 or 8) if you start school sooner than that.

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 10.22.14 PMClick here to download it for FREE!

I whipped this up today, so we had to put it together and immediately take off one chain. Hah!

IMG_5535Can you tell that it was a “you can choose what you wear day”? Hah! Still cannot believe I let him get that shirt. It has not and hopefully will never be worn in public.

IMG_5537Only 9 more days until my baby starts kindergarten. Bring on the tissues!

I have LOTS of new ideas for Teachers Pay Teachers products and my hope is that once we get in a school/football routine I will have more time to work on them. And in case you are wondering why I haven’t blogged this summer, well let’s just say we’ve been crazy busy! If you follow me on instagram you are in the know, but in the past two months, we’ve: spent a week at the beach, visited three foreign countries, flew to LA and back in 22 hours (pure madness, but FUN!), finished our forever house, sold our current house, taught VBS, hosted our annual charity golf tournament, moved to our forever house and two days later moved back to Atlanta. Shoo! Oh, and now it’s training camp time, which honestly feels like a break compared to our summer schedule.

Hope y’all have had a great summer! It’s good to be back on the blog train! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite photos of our summer:

IMG_4985