Feb 27, 2014

That's Fresh Friday #14

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Welcome everyone to another week of That's Fresh Friday! We're so happy that you're hanging with us sharing your amazing post. If this is your first time with us and don't know what That's Fresh Friday is, it's a weekly linkup hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies where you can come and share all of your "freshest" post from your blog. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about the party.
First let's meet the girls that let us hang with them every week:
NEW TFF COLLAGE
Host:
Co-Host:
Check out my favorites from last week:

My two features this week are The Egg Farm & Redoem
And then check out what the other co-host are digging from last week's party here:
All of our lovely features have been pinned to our That’s Fresh Friday feature board on Pinterest–Go check them out here
The Rules:
Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties
Follow ALL Host & Co-host via one of the methods listed above
Visit at least 2 links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I’m sure you’ll find your new bloggy buddy
Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (Sidebar or post) or link back
(Find code HERE)
Link up as many post as you like (Link directly to your post)
Spread the word about the freshest Friday link up via Twitter, Facebook ect!
The more the merrier ‪#‎thatsfreshfriday‬
Every week when the link up goes LIVE, I send out a 'heads up' email to all of our That's Fresh subscribers. If you would like to be added- Click here
Now it's time to PARTY! We can't wait to see what you guys have been up to!

Feb 26, 2014

Eve, ...why you ain't naked?

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Hey girl hey. I know y'all clicked that pretty lil' link cause you saw another of my outrageous titles. Mmmm, *makes the baby fist and yells success* So, y'all remember some time back when I did a post just givin' random tidbits about myself and I mentioned that I hated doin' laundry? That it's my least favorite chore and when I get to Heaven I'mma have a talk with Ms. Eve and ask why she ate the apple. That essentially this is all her fault and if she hadn't ate the apple we'd all still runnin' around naked like a Jaybird and nonetheless wiser. *wait's patiently for ya to remember said post* Yes'm that post.  Y'all if you only could fully realize how much I hate laundry. In college I would let it pile up for months. Yes I said months. I was always so grateful that my Grandma Jhonnie stocked me up on undergarments from Dillards. I'll never forget her takin' me shoppin' right before college and then all she bought me was bra's and undies. At the time I was annoyed but once I got to college I was thrilled. See, ya gettin' the point. I hate laundry and anything to make it go faster is all right by me. I even put off testin' this product and writin' the review because that meant I would have to do laundry. Well, here is my science project of sorts. Consider this my Woolzies review: Science Fair style.



Purpose: Isn't the purpose of this science experiment obvious. I hate doin' laundry and need to find the fastest way to get it done.

Hypothesis: Woolzies Farbic Softner will dry my clothes the fastest. I mean isn't that what the product tells me?

Research: So, I never realized that without fabric softener it can take longer to wash your clothes. Y'all why am I just now findin' this out. This is not ok. We could also talk about how bad these products are for you and how many chemicals are in them but I won't. Y'all already know this. Instead let's talk about Woolzies. The box tells me that I'll get 1,000 loads. Hot dog that excited me. The box also told me that the dryer balls are 100% Pure New Zeland Wool. Y'all I lost my mind when I read that. Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with New Zeland. The Tribe anyone *if you ain't watch this show then we can't be frans* And yes I listened to Lorde while writin' this. I could brag about how the product is chemical free etc but I honestly do care as much as I should. All I cared about were the three lines that said: reduces dry time by 25%, helps eliminates wrinkles and reduces static. Yes'm those were the only things I cared about.

But don't fret cause I know someone who does care about all the extra healthy things this product boast. I showed Ride or Die the little balls cause she has Wool sensitivities etc and was to excited to try the product as well.

Results:

Now let's get to them results shall we. Y'all can we talk about how fast my clothes dried and how they weren't tangled in my towels. Y'all know #thestruggleisreal and I don't separate like I should. I have a fancy pants washer and dryer that is High effeciency and for my clothes to dry in 30 minutes... Y'all I couldn't handle life after I was done with laundry. Now if only it would fold and put away my clothes.
 
I texted Sherry and asked her what she thought of the product cause I was so excited. Her response via text:

"I did. My bras didn't get tangled. It was awesome. I always do my bras with undies and delicate tops. They always get tangled and sometimes the bras get all tangled up and I have to fix them. It's not a big issue it's just a hassle. But they didn't get tangled this time. And there wasn't any static!!"
Conclusion: There ya have it boys and girls. My janky homemade science fair project worked.  Don't believe me than just check out my graph. But in all seriousness. I signed up for this product cause I thought it was the cutest and most creative. I'll keep usin' this product cause I actually like the results.
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Feb 24, 2014

Alyssa Diamond 5/49

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    Photographed in Armstong Mcall- Rockwall, Texas


Consider this the fifth installment of I am the South and the South is me: Southern Portraits. The girl with the same initials as me.               

 "My mind drifts... "...Momma, I wanna go visit my white Grandma." I chuckle, thikin' back to our childhood and the conversation with Momma. Not understandin' that Grandma was half  Native American; the sister would call her white. The same Grandma that got away with drinkin' from the White water fountain, in the Jim Crow South. The Grandma she's headed to stay with for a few weeks.  For someone who's only been to four states excludin' Texas, three of them in the South, her trip to Wisconsin, amuses me much. The sound of her voice pulls me back in. Her words, "...'LESHEA, don't laugh at me. I'm just askin' cause I've never been on a plane. It's become standard practice for us. She talks. I drive. She ask my opinion. I give it. I ask her to do my hair. She refuses. I rag on her Instagram selfies. She rags on my need to document everything. She continues with her questions at rapid fire-  "I  hope I get to practice usin' a razor so I can do more men's cuts. I bet they have different hair cuts up their? ...'LESHEA, what if their public transportation isn't like ours? They live faster lives up North... I think I'll just tell people I'm from Dallas and not say Texas. That way they won't ask lots of questions or try and get over on me..." I quickly glance over, as we drive down a backroad jammin' to an old country song- she'd tell you that I was jammin', while her mind was elsewhere. I want to laugh and tell her that If she can make it in Texas wearin' 3D glasses with the lenses cut out and bandanas on her head like the cast of Duck Dynasty then I think she'll be just fine their. They might even love her at the salon she's doin' an apprenticeship at. Instead I reply, "You'll probably have an accent to some. They might even ask you stupid questions. But you don't have an accent to me. You sound like an American." I try not to laugh as the girl with the same initials as me replies, "what does a Texan sound like anyway?""                                  
    Photographed in Armstong Mcall- Rockwall, Texas
I am Alyssa Diamond
I am the South and the South is me

Southern Potraits: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Feb 20, 2014

That's Fresh Friday #13

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Welcome everyone to another That's Fresh Friday! We're so happy that you're hanging with us sharing your amazing post. If this is your first time with us and don't know what That's Fresh Friday is, it's a weekly linkup hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies where you can come and share all of your "freshest" post from your blog. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about the party.
First let's meet the girls that let us hang with them every week:
NEW TFF COLLAGE
Host:
Co-Host:
Check out our features from last week's link-up IMG_7698
Ikea Hack Play Kitchen @Little Red Window
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Dollar Hearts @Muslin and Merlot
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All of our lovely features have been pinned to our That’s Fresh Friday feature board on Pinterest–Go check them out here
The Rules:
Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties
Follow ALL Host & Co-host via one of the methods listed above
Visit at least 2 links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I’m sure you’ll find your new bloggy buddy
Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (Sidebar or post) or link back
(Find code HERE)
Link up as many post as you like (Link directly to your post)
Spread the word about the freshest Friday link up via Twitter, Facebook ect!
The more the merrier ‪#‎thatsfreshfriday‬
Every week when the link up goes LIVE, I send out a 'heads up' email to all of our That's Fresh subscribers. If you would like to be added- Click here
Now it's time to PARTY! We can't wait to see what you guys have been up to!

Feb 16, 2014

Billy Joe 4/49



Photographed in Montana- Huntin'

Consider this the fourth installment of I am the South and the South is me: Southern Potraits. The boy so Southern he has three first names.
"You ain't real Southern until you have a real rooster in your house. I'm so Southern, my parents have a real rooster my dad stuffed from before I was born in their house", he comments on my Facebook picture. I chuckle as I imagine this rooster in his parents house. The conservation brought on by a picture of me sittin' in my kitchen. The same kitchen that happens to be covered in roosters. When I tell him, "I'm savin' this quote and it's so goin' on the blog", he replies "I'm trying to think of how I could sound more Southern... my dad mounted the bear on my wall. I shot it on a hunting trip with him in 2009. He did the taxidermy himself and he did a mighty fine job." Smiles are typed back before his girlfriend jumps in on the conversation. Her words- "Billy, wears camo hats to the state fair-proudly." Before Billy can even respond to my comment, "When I finally take his pic for the project these are the quotes i'll use. You still have that bear?" His reply, " Yup, it's on my wall above my dresser." The girlfriend again chimes in. This time to Southernize him even further. "Billy says stuff like: ' You'll stick out like a turn in a punch bowl.' I imagine him laughin' as he types, "LOL that's not what I say. It goes: "That will go over like a turd in a punch bowl." The final stance is when she informs me that "Billy also eats spicier food than the Latinos eat." Again I smile cause I know this to be true. And so the boy with three first names halts the conversation. I pause as I imagine his last stance to joke at how Southern he is, is him grabbin' a Shiner from his fridge after he logs off Facebook. 




Photographed in Texas 

I am Billy Joe.
I am the South and the South is me.

Southern Potraits: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Feb 13, 2014

SGBC That's Fresh Party #12

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New Fresh host collage
Host: Above
CO-Host aka ‘The Fresh Crew’
New That's Fresh Crew collage
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Simple Felt Heart Garland @Little Red Window
Valentine Cake Pops @Reviewz and Newz
Rose Gold Accessories @The Green Fashionista
and
Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies by Yesterfood
All of our lovely features have been pinned to our That's Fresh Friday feature board on Pinterest--Go check them out here
new rules
Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties
Follow ALL Host & Co-host via one of the methods listed above
Visit at least 2 links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I'm sure you'll find your new bloggy buddy
Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (Sidebar or post) or link back
freshfriday
(Find code HERE)
Link up as many post as you like (Link directly to your post)
Spread the word about the freshest Friday link up via Twitter, Facebook ect!
The more the merrier ‪#‎thatsfreshfriday‬
New link up

Look where we've been leavin' letters

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As always all good things must come to an end. I really had fun with this #Givelove challenge and hope to pick it back up in the future. Here are the last few places I left letter. I wish I could have left more this last week but the snow/ice storm we got kept me trapped in for a few days. If y'all have any ideas for a new challenge be sure to let me know. Yesterday when I took my sister to the store I felt naked cause I didn't have a ton of letter and a tape dispenser. Y'all, quite honestly I didn't know what to do with myself. I wanna say thank ya for puttin' up with all my pics and all the kinds words and messages I received while doin' this challenge. I'm so glad I was able to inspire some of y'all. I really enjoyed the messages where some of y'all told me where you were leavin' letters.

Whelp, enjoy where I've been leavin' love and check out where others have left love too.





                                       


Naila Moon at Yaknowstuff left the sweetest comment on my youtube. She too has been leavin' letters and sticky notes but I don't have a picture of them.

A friend Dahenna started leavin' letter but she hasn't gotten around to takin a pic. I'll add it to the post If she sends me one.



Aimee at House of Faucis is givin' love to her clients who buy from her boutique.

       

Feb 11, 2014

Sushi Zen: Sushi really is just cooked rice?

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This past weekend I tried a new restaurant in Frisco, Texas called Sushi Zen with bestfran numero uno and her little sister. She was home for the weekend and they were stayin' at their Momma's house while she is takin' care of their grandpa in Arkansas . Her little sister is a student at our Alma Matter so it's always nice when she comes home for visits. But back to this Sushi joint. They are an all you can eat type of place. Essentially you get three rounds and you can order whatever you want off the menu on each round. After the third round if you have un eaten Sushi left then it is 50 cents for each piece.                                     
Can we talk about how genius this restaurant is and how full I left that place. The only thing I didn't like about the place was the service. I'm tryin' to give them the benefit of the doubt sine Steph, and Racheal visit there often and this was the firs time they had poor service. They took forever to bring is our first round and the man even laughed at us when he picked up our order sheet. We were like, " He don't know our life. We gon eat all this Sushi and then some."
Can we also talk about how this was only $9.99 a person. U'mm yes ma'am. These days it's hard to get a roll for that price at a Sushi joint. Whelp, consider this my unofficially weekend update as well as my review of the place. So... what kind of Sushi do y'all love? Really I just wanted to show off these pics and the editing I did on them.

Feb 8, 2014

James O'Hearain 3/49

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Photographed in Deep Ellum, Texas
Photo Credit- Sherry B. Flores

Let this be the third installment of "I am the South and the South is me: Southern portraits." Portrait three: A 7th generation Texan I call "fran."
""... So! I'm a 7th generation Texan too!" The conservations begins. "Well, that does me no good unless you start a blog, get famous and then have your photography published in Southern Living or Texas Monthly," I respond. Months back I sat in a Houston Hotel room, textin' about my encounter with one of my all-time favorite bloggers (who happens to be a 7th generation Texan) at my only attended blog conference. The conservation with a fran of 14 years leavin' me inspired. Weeks later the conservation takes a turn-again.
"Wait, you want my life story? How much room you got?" he says in hopes that I will give up on my quest to hang out with the homeless people of Dallas in favor of anything else he considers to be a safer activity. It works. My focus is pulled back in. All I really wanna
know is how many generations Texan he is. He tells me he's six or seven. I smile knowin' this will set his fingers ablaze so I reply with. "I'll say seven" and ask if he's related to any famous Texans. He jokes that he's related to all of them but when I ask for names he elaborates on his most famous relative-James Pinckney Henderson
"Some that fell at the Alamo, Bonnie Parker...more whose names I can't remember right now" , he says when I press for more details. So I ask how he is related to James Pinckney Henderson and he replies that he is his great-great somethin' grandfather's brother. When I tell him that I can make that work he wants to know if I had to google to find out who he was. I respond that I was to bust watchin' Swamp People to be bothered but that I thought I remembered him from a Texas History class. I sat waitin' and imaginin' him to sayin' "to the googles!" -a phrase I've heard him utter often in our 14 years of friendship - as I await for his reply.
I knew who James Pinckney Henderson was but I wanted to heat it in his words. He laughs at himself for not bein' able to spell "Pinckney" and tells me of his first Texan ancestor's accomplishments. During the Republic years he was Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Special Minster to France and the Court of St. James. He was also fundamental in securing recognition of Texas' independence and later negotiated our annexation to the United States. My fran then goes on to say that after annexation JPH( as we call him) became the first governor of Texas and when his term was up went to Washington to be our US Senator. Oh and at some point in between all that he commanded a troop of Texas Rangers.
After first declaring that JPH didn't have any children he finishes with "Oh wait. He totes had kids. Like 5. Wtf I'm lost lol." Immediately followed by "Oh they were all girls and moved to Europe after he died."
But hidden among all the gems of face palm worthy conversations is this poem. A poem written in his words. A poem that can tell this story better than I ever could. But really I think it's the story of all of us. It's the story of Texas...in brief."


"I am Texas"
By: James O'Hearain

(Original - "I am the Nation" by Otto Whittaker)

I am Texas.

I was born of war on March the 2d, 1836 and my flag is baptized in the blood of all those who died in my name.

Six nations have ruled over me and yet here I remain - one Lone Star, one People, and one Nation.

I am the Red River and the Rio Grande. I am the Big Bend and the Trinity Valley.

I am the Battle of San Jacinto and I am the surrender of Santa Ana.

I am the piney forests of the East and the windy plains of the Panhandle.

I am the chalk field of Austin and I am the deserts of Ft. Worth and Abilene.

I am a line in the sand and the ghost of every man who stood behind it knowing death would be his fate.

When they demanded my freedom or my life I answered them with a cannon shot and dared them to "come and take it".

I am Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker; Nolan Ryan and Tom Landry.

I am William Travis an Jim Bowie; James Pinckney Henderson and General Sam Houston.

I am the bikers and hipsters of Deep Ellum and the cowboys and roughnecks of Odessa.

I am  Galveston Island and Corpus Christi Bay.

I am the smog and chaos of Houston and I am the calm and quiet of Nacogdoches.

I am a Czechstop in West and drive-through daiquiris in Killeen.

I am NASCAR and the Red River Shootout; the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.

I am Big Tex, fried Oreos, and sweet tea.

I am high school football on Friday nights and cotillion dresses in the Spring.

I am the Baylor Bears, the Aggies of College Station, and the Longhorns at UT.

I am St. Patty's Day on Lower Greenville and I am Mardis Gras on the Riverwalk

I am Cinco de Mayo and I am Juneteenth.

I am Raytheon, TI, and NASA.

I am Whole Foods, Neiman Marcus, and Dr. Pepper.

I am Mirabeau Lamar, Cynthia Parker, Doris Miller, Walton Walker, and Willie Nelson.

I am Ma Ferguson, George Bush, and Bill Clements.

I am Carly Patterson, LeAnne Rhymes, and the Ross Sisters.

I am Dorothy Scarborough, Walter Cronkite, and Eugene Barker.

I am Carl's Corner, Tiki Island, and Colorado Springs.

I am Lubbock, Llano, and Mexia.

I am King Ranch and Enchanted Rock.

I am German, Polish, English, Mexican, and French. I am Irish and Spanish and I am Native American.

I am many cultures and many tongues. I am both a breadbasket and a melting pot.

I have borne presidents and businessmen; writers and thinkers; actors and singers; humanitarians and outlaws.

I am 26 million people and I am 51 million firearms.

My Capitol stands taller than Washington and my People claim me first.

I am Freedom itself. I am Independence and I am Liberty.

And every time I was threatened my People fought for me. They came from border to border, river to river, and from the mountains to the Gulf.

And should I sound the call again they will answer me.

I will remain forever free.

Every inch of me is hallowed ground and on my sacred dirt flies the brightest flag of freedom that ever met the wind.

Yes, I am Texas. And these are the things that I am.

I was conceived in freedom and God willing in freedom I'll spend the rest of my days.

May I possess always the integrity, the courage, and the strength to keep myself unshackled, to remain a citadel of freedom, and a beacon of hope to the entire world.

I am Texas.


I am James
I am the South and the South is me






Photographed in Deep Ellum, Texas
Photo Credit- Sherry B. Flores
Southern Potraits: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
 
 






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