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!

 

 

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!
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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

Kindergarten Kick-start

Word of warning: I will be over-blogging, over-gramming and over-posting about Luke over the next couple of weeks. He is graduating from preschool next week and my mommy heart can hardly handle it. I’m that crazy mom that cries when she listens to his graduation practice. The practice! I get that from my Mama and I’m just teary thinking about him getting SO big.

Since he will be going to two different schools next year for kindergarten (one in the fall and one in the spring), he had to visit both schools to be screened. The school he will be attending in the fall is a private Christian school and he had to do a 45 minute interview and screening with the Gesell Developmental Observation. Jacob and I also had a question and answer session during his screening. Our pre-interview selfie is below!IMG_6580

We were a little nervous as to what Luke would tell them. I asked him what he told them about Mommy and Daddy and here was his reply: “I told them that you cooked dinner and cleaned the kitchen and Daddy plays football.” Yep, that pretty much sums us up, I guess! Hah!

After two rounds of  screening, I realized that Luke was ready for kindergarten even if I’m not ready for him to go. However, he needs to sharpen a few skills to make sure he will succeed when he enters school in August. In order for him to have fun, learn a few kinder basics and practice his fine motor skills over the summer, I created the Kindergarten Kick-start.

Kindergarten Kickstart Cover PAge

This is a HUGE 167 page set of worksheets, activity pages, coloring sheets, flashcards and posters that will help prepare any child for kindergarten. It covers letters, phonics, numbers, shapes, colors, handwriting and fine motor, scissor skills, reading, personal information memorization, a summer bucket list and much more! It would also be great review for kinders that need extra help before starting 1st grade or for home schoolers over the summer.

You can find out more information about the Kindergarten Kick-start at my Teachers Pay Teacher Store located here.

If you would like to get a FREE sample of the Kindergarten Kick-start you can download the printable emergent reader I created called, At the Beach.

At the Beach Emergent Reader About Colors

Sunday Scriptures

Psalm 18:2

This weekend Jacob decided that we each needed to lay a stone on our house that we are in the process of building. You can read about our forever home here. We asked the stone masons if we could and they laughed… “um, its YOUR house!” So, while we were laying the stones, I was reminded of this verse, Psalm 18:2.

Jake, Al and Luke with front door stone

As I picked up the rock I was to lay on the wall of the house, I was amazed at the weight of it… it was heavy, especially for its size. And I was reminded of why the Lord our God is compared to as our rock.

Allison and Luke laying stone

This rock I was holding in my hands was stout, sturdy, and extremely hard to break. It is tough and has withstood pressure from being inside the earth for thousands of years, yet it remains solid and unbroken. That rock (along with the others) will protect the inside of our home from what is outside. That rock I placed on our house isn’t going to easily be moved, burned, chipped away or destroyed. If someone wants to move that rock, it will be nearly impossible, if not impossible. And isn’t that how God is? He is unchanging. He is solid and sure. He is our protector. And He isn’t going anywhere. No one can move Him or change Him. Wow!

Luke laying a stone

After reading what I wrote, it sure seems silly to try to compare God to anything, especially a rock. He is our almighty Lord, but this weekend, I was reminded that He can be our ROCK!

Jake and Luke laying stone

And don’t worry, Lyla Rae actually got to help lay a stone on the house too. She just wasn’t up on the scaffolding when we took all of these pictures. Also thankful that OSHA was no where to been seen while the 5 year old was on the scaffolding! Hah!

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:

30 in 30 list

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!

Bitty Baby Matching Pj’s for a Steal

Lyla received her first American Girl doll for her first birthday back in August. We took her to the American Girl store and she got to pick out her Bitty Baby. She I had SO much fun shopping there. Everything was so girly and fun. It was magical! Until… I started looking at the price tags. Yikes!

IMG_0613I had planned on buying Lyla and her new baby a matching set of pj’s, but the smallest size they make is a 3. Bummer. Jacob was thrilled they didn’t make any small enough to fit her, but I was disappointed. I began my search on Pinterest to find a pattern to make my own matching set, and that’s when it hit me… I bet Bitty Baby can wear preemie sized baby clothes.

I went straight to Carter’s.com, pulled up their sizing charts and started measuring our Bitty Baby. Sure enough, the sizes lined up! Hallelujah! I ordered a matching set of pj’s for Lyla and Baby and waited patiently for them to arrive in the mail. We tried them on last week and they are a *perfect* fit! I mean, it’s like they were made for a Bitty Baby to wear.

IMG_1785Seriously, why isn’t this fact plastered ALL over Pinterest! Not only are there dozens more options for matching pj’s, but the price can’t be beat. At American Girl a matching set costs $64 and I purchased our set at Carter’s for $16. That’s a whopping 75% savings! You can buy your matching set here. They go up to size 12, so girls of all ages can match their babies!

IMG_1781Of course, they don’t have the detailing like the American Girl set has and they obviously don’t have the Bitty Baby tag sewn in them, but Lyla doesn’t seem to mind. And, she will out grow these before Spring and I won’t cry my eyes out over a $64 set of pj’s that no longer fit.

IMG_1784Santa will be delivering this sweet set to her on Christmas morning. Thankfully, she’s too young for the surprise to be ruined by trying them on early.

Carters vs. AG

Victory Monday

Happy Monday, y’all! It’s VICTORY Monday in our house today! Yes, the Falcons won yesterday and are 2-0, but we are celebrating an even bigger victory today! Yesterday was my “Good News Day” – the day I gained the NED designation. If you haven’t been a cancer patient, the word NED might not mean much to you. But to me, it’s basically my favorite word of all because it stands for “no evidence of disease” in other words… cancer free! Since Jacob was in New York all day yesterday, we are celebrating the 2nd anniversary of  my Good News Day today! If you are new to the blog and haven’t read about my cancer journey you can read about it here and here.

September is famous for Childhood Cancer Awareness month, but it’s also Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. I had never even heard of thyroid cancer until a few months before I was diagnosed. And even though it’s one of the fastest growing cancers among women, it still isn’t mentioned when the cancer conversation comes up because it’s dubbed the “good cancer” due to its high survival rates.. News flash: There isn’t a good cancer. Sure, my hair didn’t fall out and I didn’t spend months in the hospital, but I am *still* dealing with the repercussions of this disease and will for the rest of my life.

Since most people are uneducated about thyroid cancer, I want you to know a few things (things I didn’t know prior to January 28, 2012).

  1. Check Your Neck. Seriously. It seems so simple, but no one does it. Women will be bombarded with all things pink next month to remind them to do monthly breast exams, but I’ve literally never heard a single person tell me to “check my neck”. Not even my doctors mentioned it, until after my diagnosis. To do this simple check, first, locate your thyroid. It’s right above your collar bone and below your Adam’s apple. Next, stand in front of a mirror and take a drink of water and swallow it to watch for any lumps, bumps or knots. Then, use the side of your hand and slowly move it up and down the front of your next to check again for any lumps. That’s it. It’s that simple. If you feel something that doesn’t seem right or is new to your neck, please call your doctor. check your neck

2. No one is immune to the threat of cancer. No one. My only risk factor was my gender. I had no family history of this type of cancer and I was only 28 when I was diagnosed.

3. Take care of your body: it’s the only place you have to live. I have recently become a little slack in taking the best possible care of my body, but my Good News Day anniversary has reignited my fire to do so. You can control two of the four things that contribute to cancer: diet and exercise. It’s actually pretty simple… eat the rainbow, don’t eat junk and move your body! Don’t you want to reduce your cancer risk by doing those simple things?

4. Eat foods that contain iodine. Iodine is crucial to your thyroid health. These types of foods include anything that comes from the sea (fish, seaweed, etc.), dairy products and eggs. You can also buy salt that contains iodine.

5. If you feel that something just isn’t right with your body, call a doctor. My first symptom of thyroid cancer was my toes tingling. It then spread to my legs and arms. My doctor did a CT to check for a pinched nerve and that’s when they saw the tumor on my thyroid. I had been feeling a little sluggish, but attributed it to having a toddler and the stress of football season. If you aren’t feeling like yourself, seek help.

Now that we’ve gotten all of the serious stuff out of the way, can we talk about the Falcons game I mentioned earlier? My sweet hubby caught his career long catch with a 41 yard haul from Matt Ryan. He’s just getting better each year. 30 is the new 23, right? Hah!

 

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?