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!

 

 

You Can Call Me Ned

Jacob and I walked into my oncologist’s office this morning and I was a ball of nerves. This appointment meant cancer or no cancer. Another round of radiation and isolation for ten days or freedom from molecular scans and the LID for three years. There was a LOT riding on this appointment.

My doctor walked in and nonchalantly said, “Well, you’re good girl.” Umm… “What?!? Like, I’m good, good? Like cancer free good?”

After ear-to-ear smiles, high fives, and giddy chatter (along with all the necessary medical junk), I left the office with a new name… Ned. No Evidence of Disease! Praise the Lord.

IMG_6347Sorry for the blurry picture, but Jacob snapped this as I was literally *running* out of the office yelling “wooooooooooo!”

And just like that, I had a peace that is hard to come by as a cancer fighter. The peace of knowing that for the moment I was victorious over this wretched disease. The worry muscle in my brain can rest in knowing that there is no evidence of cancer in my body. I will rest well tonight, but I know there are many that are still fighting and that breaks my heart. I pray that each of them get their NED designation soon.

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe + the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER

Most of us are in a state of  PCDDS- Post Christmas Diet Distress Syndrome. If you happen to be one of the lucky few who escaped the Christmas season with your waistline in tact, bless your heart… but I have two recipes that will have you trading your jeans in for leggings in no time!

But seriously, if you read my blog at all, you know that our family isn’t scared of butter. We eat healthy for most of our meals, but we definitely indulge in treats a couple times of week.

Baking biscuits from scratch was on my 30 in 30 list, and the weekend before Thanksgiving I decided to give it a go. I usually shy away from making recipes for the first time when serving guests, but we don’t consider our family to be a guest in our house, so I made them anyway.

I spent entirely WAY too long searching for the perfect biscuit recipe on Pinterest. What started as a search for a recipe led to looking at spring fashion, which then led to vacay research and then ended up with a search for a front door for our new house. Pinterest is a black hole, y’all. Don’t go in, you might come of out there and find out it’s three days later! Seriously, you.are.warned.

Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Anyway, I chose a recipe from Better Homes & Gardens, because it looked simple and it used the word “classic” in the title. I consider myself to be pretty classic… old, boring, not a risk taker, so this is the one I chose:

Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

They turned out perfect the very first time. And my goodness… they are delicious! I served them with an assortment of jellies, maple syrup and of course, honey butter. We didn’t have a single biscuit left!

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These were flaky, buttery, delicious morning goodness! And oh, so easy! You probably have the ingredients in your house right now. Except for buttermilk… who keeps that on hand?

Last week, I posted on Instagram that I had found THE perfect sugar cookie recipe. Several people asked me to share, so here it is:

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER

I will seriously never make another sugar cookie without using this recipe. You don’t have to chill the dough, I really did have every single ingredient in my kitchen already, they kept their shape perfectly and they are DELICIOUS! Santa said these were his favorite cookies he had ever eaten, and I know because I asked him myself!

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And here’s, my last little baking tip for the day: use parchment paper! If you don’t, I’m not sure why you don’t love yourself, but you are worth the $3 it costs to buy yourself a roll!

Happy baking, y’all!

30 in 30 Results

Well, if you were to give me a grade on my 30 in 30 list, you would have to give me a big, fat F! Whomp, whomp! I set the bar high, I jumped to reach it and then did a face plant, metaphorically speaking. But, even with a failing grade on my list, I had a wonderful year as a 30 year old! Here’s what the list looks like today:

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15 and 2/3 out of 30 isn’t too bad, right? Hah! My prideful self is having a hard time admitting I failed at my list, but I’m excited to keep working to finish it as a 31 year old! I have a few of these items already in progress and I’ll keep posting as I finish them! Thanks for following me on my journey. This list was my main reason for starting this little ole blog and I’m so thankful that I did!

Sunday Scriptures + Grandparent’s Day

IMG_1006Happy Grandparent’s Day to our parents! This year is the first year in my children’s life that they have been with both sets of grandparents on their special day, so naturally I made everyone take a photo. We were running late for church, but a picture was a must. My babies adore their Besta, Papa, MoMo and Granddaddy. They say “it takes a village to raise a child”, well, these four are a big part of our village. Jacob and I also have wonderful grandparents in Kentucky, Tennessee and in Heaven. We love them very much too!

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Last week was the last of the ABC Scriptures and I asked for ideas of what scriptures to post next. I got some great ideas, but little did I know that my Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study would have a verse to memorize each week. Perfect timing!

I love this verse and am so excited to write it on my heart this week. The Bible study asks each person to place the verse as their home screen on their phone. This.is.genius.

How many times a day do I look at my phone? 100? 1,000? Maybe more! Now each time, this verse will be the first thing I see when my screen lights up. How could I not memorize it when I see it dozens and dozens of times each day?

 

Sunday Scriptures

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This is the LAST of the 26 ABC Bible verses. No, it doesn’t start with Z, but it’s from the book of Zephaniah, so it counts, right?

I love this verse because it’s a great reminder that God is *always* with us, always. No matter what! Isn’t that an awesome truth to memorize and write on your heart?

I’m trying to decide what I’ll do for my next series of Sunday Scriptures since the ABC verses are finished… any ideas? I would love to hear them!

Happy Sunday!

p.s. I wish I could give someone credit for this photo, but I can’t find a source. So, thank you to whomever owns this!

Sunday Scriptures (Monday edition)

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This ABC scripture verse is used for the letter “X” in eXalt. I love that this verse corresponded perfectly with the sermon the preacher at our new church here in Georgia preached yesterday. He reminded us that God is holy! God is not a casual God. God is not grandfather like figure that guides us. God is our all powerful, all knowing creator, redeemer and source of life! It was a punch in the gut for me, because sometimes I like to put God in a box. I tend to limit what I think God can do or how much he cares about all aspects of our lives. God is holy!

It reminds me of those shirts that are popular right now that say “Jesus is my homeboy.” I’m not calling anyone out for wearing them. I almost bought one for Luke because I thought it was cute. Of course, I had to look up the definition of homeboy and the dictionary states that a homeboy is: “a young acquaintance from one’s own town or neighborhood, or from the same social background”. I can assure you that after reading that definition, Jesus is certainly NOT anyone’s homeboy! Jesus is our Savior. He is our way to heaven. He is sinless and holy… he is NOT our homeboy.

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Sunday Scriptures + Social Media Break

I’ve been a bit of a slacker on the blog lately. Actually, I’ve been a bit of a slacker in life in general lately. I’m not exactly sure where all my time has gone. I seem to always be busy, always rushing, always trying to fit just one more thing in my day, but I never really seem to accomplish as much as I would like. When life gets busy, the blog is the first thing to go, but hopefully I will be better at posting more frequently. (Like I haven’t said that a million times already?!?)

Taking a social media break is on my 30 in 30 list and I had planned to take the break in the fall. However, I feel like the time is now. It’s become an unconscious habit to pick up my phone and check my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. I literally do it without even knowing it. I am addicted and I’ll be the first to admit it. My fingers swipe across my phone and I mindlessly scroll through my “friends'” thoughts, pictures and opinions. I do this so I will be connected, so I will know the latest news and see what’s going on in everyone else’s world. But, while I do this, I’m missing out on my own world! The more time I invest in my superficial social media relationships, the less time I have to invest in my REAL relationships with people I dearly love. I find myself being jealous, bitter and even angry over the things others post. I’ve got to reel in my bad habits and nip them in the bud! So, starting today I will be done with social media for a while. I’m not going to put a number of days on it because I don’t know how long I will need to break my habit. I will continue to write on here and will be posting my new blog entries on Facebook and Twitter, but I will only be doing so through WordPress. So, if you leave me a comment on either of those sites, I won’t see it. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little sad about my break up with social media. I love seeing pictures of everyone’s kids and I love to shop on social media as well, but overall, I’m excited to get rid of the unnecessary distraction!

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These verses always seem to be so fitting for me each week. This is actually last week’s verse, but I’m behind on sharing, so this verse gets to be our focus for two weeks. I’m hoping that by nixing social media from my daily activities it will allow me more time to set my mind on things above!

We are so very excited that this is the last week of off season training for Jacob and he will be home in Kentucky with us for five glorious weeks! This will be the longest the four of us have ever been together and we couldn’t be more excited!

I would love to know your thoughts on social media. Love it? Hate it? Addicted to it like I am? One of my best friends recently told me she thought social media was going to be the downfall of society. I’m thinking she might be right! Hah!

Happy Sunday!

 

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Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 10.40.01 PMIf I’m being honest, I must say I had never really heard this verse before. I’ve read it before, but never really studied it. So when I saw this verse for the week, I had to do a little back reading and a little digging to determine the context and how I should apply it to my life.

In this verse sometimes quietness is interpreted as peace and trust can be interpreted as “confidence in God”. To me, those words make more sense. Of course, this week is the letter Q in the ABC Scriptures so the verse starts with “Quietness”, but I like to read it like this:

“Peace and confidence in God is my strength.” Isaiah 30:15

So, however you choose to memorize this verse, it’s a wonderful verse to recite in moments of weakness. Actually, it would be a great way to start every day!

Happy Sunday!