Happy Easter!

Hello Lovelies!

Wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter and share some thoughts that have been floating around my mind these past couple of weeks. These past couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about Lent and the sacrifices people make throughout the 40 days. I know people who gave up Facebook, chocolate, candy, Netflix, soda (me), and cussing. An interesting idea has been floating in my head and it was inspired by a conversation I was having with a friend of mine.

She was discussing her Pastor’s point of view about Lent and how many people nowadays don’t even make a sacrifice during Lent. Some aren’t informed, some forget, and some don’t care. Life is too hectic. It doesn’t matter, but what does matter (at least to me) is an idea that occurred to me while grocery shopping. (Confession: Most people get their greatest ideas while in the shower…I get them at the grocery store.)

I gave up soda for Lent this year, just like I did last year. I was really stunned last year that I was able to do it and I was really proud of myself by the time Easter rolled around. This year I decided that I would do the same because my soda drinking habits were getting a bit out of hand, and I knew it would be a bit difficult for me to adjust to just water, juice, and chocolate milk. I did it. I had my first sips of soda today. I was DYING for Coca-Cola. I just really missed it.

HOWEVER. I am not proud of myself this year because I feel that it’s silly to give up soda. People make different sacrifices because the word sacrifice and difficulties mean something different to each and everyone of us. Last year, I swore eating a burger with water was unacceptable. This year, it was easier for me. So it wasn’t really a sacrifice. I gave up soda and it benefitted me. I lost weight, my skin looks better and I feel better. Was it really a sacrifice if it benefitted me? I felt guilty about it, but I felt better once I realized the following.

Giving up materials or our favorite things for Lent can be difficult, but it doesn’t change the world if we stop posting quotes on Facebook. It doesn’t change the world if you don’t post on Instagram for 40 days. Roly didn’t use Social Media for 13 weeks while he was at  Parris Island and the world kept going. Same goes for all the people in the military, but I digress.

What would really make the world change is if during Lent we spent more time being better human beings than bragging about how we gave up soda or social media, and not just during Lent… All the time! What does it matter that you gave up soda for 40 days if you’re still being a terrible human being towards other people? I’m not saying that I’m a terrible human being. I’m also not saying that your efforts during Lent aren’t valid, but true sacrifice is being patient with a person that doesn’t deserve patience.

True sacrifice is not harming someone that harms you. You just ask God to forgive them and guide you towards a peaceful state of mind in which you can move on.

I know my blog isn’t about religion, but it is about being human…being positive humans and I thought this was the perfect place to share my thoughts.

Don’t just be good to people during Lent. Be good to people all the time.

I hope your Easter Sunday was filled with love, family, friends, genuine love, genuine hugs, and Cadbury eggs.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

The Fault in Our Stars — Review!

Hello Lovelies!

Long time no see. Life is just crazy and I’m doing my very best to keep up with everything. One of the things that I have been able to do is read. I’ve been reading a lot. I am currently searching for another book and I don’t know why, but I’m a bit hesitant about reading Divergent. We’ll see. Anyways, I want to talk about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

If you’re into books that turn into movies, then this will be delightful for you. The movie releases this Summer on June 6th. The trailer is a HUGE tease if you haven’t read the book, but if you have then it’s worse because you want to see if the movie measures up to the book.

I really hope it does, although I doubt it will. John Green did an exceptional job with this book. It is worth all the hype. If you know me, that means a lot because I am that person that RARELY goes with what’s given all the hype. This book is very well written and expressed. Some parts challenge you to question yourself and your life as a whole. Especially because death is treated like nothing and everything in this book. The main character (Hazel Grace) has pretty much accepted that she will die someday and has different ways of viewing cancer.

Augustus Waters is just perfect. I read about his grin and I blushed. He just sounds sexy when you read him, but it’s not a William Levy sexy. He’s the sexy nerd that melts you with eloquent vocabulary and knowledge. It’s hot. You have to be very educated in literature to understand many parts in this book, which is great for those of us that took AP Language and AP Literature in high school.

I really enjoyed this book and would HIGHLY recommend that you read it if you haven’t. You will see your family and friends that are battling cancer in a whole new light. One of my favorite parts in this book regards Hazel’s view on those people that are battling cancer. She says that the moment someone is diagnosed, they are automatically treated as if the only thing they’ve ever done in their lives in have cancer. Unfortunately, that is true. Disgustingly true.

Here’s the trailer & on the side bar you can click on the picture for a direct link to buy the book or the Kindle version.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Smart Girls Guide Issue No. 20!

Hello Lovelies!

Just dropping by amidst all the madness to invite each and everyone of you to head on over to the Smart Girls Guide direct link and read the latest issue. It is full of valuable information, resources and quality articles! I’m so proud to be a member of this hardworking and dedicated community.

Click on the adorable cover below and read the latest issue.

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If the picture doesn’t take you to it, click here.

If you’re interested in attending the Smart Girls Summit this Summer (July 9th & 10th), registration begins April 28th over at http://www.thesmartgirlsgroup.com and stay updated through Twitter by following @SGGSummit.

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The link above is the PDF file that will give you all the details available about the upcoming Summit.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Spring Cleaning–Digital Clutter!

Hello Lovelies!

If you’re up to your head in snow and stuck in your house…this might be the post for you and it almost might not. Depends on which activities you choose to do first. Spring Cleaning is the greatest thing ever thought of. Once the weather gets warm, it’s time to declutter. The past few years, my mother and I have neglected Spring Cleaning because we didn’t really think we had that much stuff. That’s where we were wrong. Hopefully I can make a series over the season as to what I have Spring Cleaned in my home.

For today I want to start with digital clutter. I have several email accounts and they all have their purposes. I have one dedicated to blogs, one for shopping, one for business, etc. I have this odd problem where I feel special because I receive about 158 emails a day (just in my Yahoo!). I was thinking about it and all those emails pretty much eat my phone’s battery because of the constant notifications. Some of them I do get great deals from, but for the most part it’s just junk.

What I did was dedicate a day to cleaning my MacBook Pro, my desktop PC, and my various email accounts. I started with my emails and I’m still working on my PC and my MacBook. I have to really analyze different documents and put them into different folders. Although it is time consuming…it’s so worth it because you just *click* *click* *click* and you have what you need.

Declutter Your Inbox!

Step One: Search the word “unsubscribe”.

Step Two: Go through each email and decide which ones you want to keep your subscription to and which ones you can do without.

I don’t know if I should be proud or ashamed, but from just one email account I unsubscribed from about 56 different newsletters and daily deals. My phone is pretty much dead after that massive cleaning. I don’t receive as many notifications and my battery lasts longer.

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Trust me, you don’t need the three million emails a day. It’s clutter in your inbox and your life.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Good Luck Basket!

Hello Lovelies!

If you’re reading this and you’re a parent, you will understand 100% what I will be writing about. If you’re not a parent, read it anyway because you might be able to make a child’s day with this.

Roly has a little cousin named Sam. She’s a bright and beautiful girl in the second grade. Sam is the type of kid that is always happy and talking. You know they’ve had a rough day if they’re quiet. The other day Roly and I picked her up to take her home and she did not say one word to us in the car. Usually it’s all hugs and kisses, but nothing. She threw her book bag inside the car and plopped into the middle seat with a long face. I asked her what was wrong and she said that nothing was wrong. She kept rubbing her eyes as though she were trying to hold back tears. Roly asked her one more time and she broke down. She started crying hysterically.

This girl NEVER cries. Never.

We comforted her and asked why she was so sad. Here’s the line that made our hearts break.

“I have an SAT Exam on Monday and Tuesday. If I don’t pass I don’t go to Third Grade.”

Can you imagine the amount of pressure this seven year old has on her shoulders? She’s a straight-A student, but her placement in school next year is based on this exam. After Roly and I gave her a pep-talk (and tickled her for a solid ten minutes) she felt better and we assured her she’d pass.

When we dropped her off we knew we had to do something to make her day and keep her motivated for that Pass or Fail exam. While at Walgreens we figured we’d make her a Good Luck Basket! Which is exactly what we did and I thought I should share it with you all. Her reaction will be on Instagram sometime today or tomorrow, so stay tuned for that over here!

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Here is the finished product. I will go into further detail below.

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We put everything inside this pink Hello Kitty bucket that we found at Walmart. We were going to get a cardboard one that included a puzzle, but we live in Florida and this plastic one is perfect for the beach! The purple strips under the Care Bear are basket fillers we bought at Target. The Care Bear was mine and I decided to give it a new home like Andy with his toys.

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The bottom layer of goodies included 4 Easter themed cups from Walgreens, 2 Play-Doh containers from Walmart, a Chapstick (because she LOVES this stuff) from Walgreens, Easter themed erasers from Walgreens, and a Bubble Wand from Walmart. Can you tell purple is Roly’s favorite color? (Confession: I’m obsessed with the rubber ducky eraser!)

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Every basket needs candy! We got her a Watermelon Ring Pop, Hershey’s chocolate coated candies that look like a bunny, and Bunny Money coins at Walmart. The sunglasses and pencils are from Walgreens and the Cotton Candy is from Target. The pencils go with the erasers so she can use them on the day of the test.

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Finally, if you know Sam you know that glitter and leggings are the two main ingredients in life. Well I found a combination of the two over at Target as well as a long sleeved v-neck to make it an outfit! The leggings have two little slits on the bottom with a bow. I want it for me, but I have to accept that this is for Sam.

Roly and I are really proud of ourselves for pulling this together, but we’re really nervous as to how she’ll react. We hope she likes it and realizes she needs to be confident on the day of her test.

Good luck to all of you with children taking exams in these coming weeks. Good luck to all of you proctoring the exams as well as those other students (the older ones) taking exams.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

March Favorites!

Hello Lovelies!

March is OVER! *throws confetti & lots of glitter in the air*. March was definitely intense, but diamonds develop under pressure and ya girl made it! Anyways, onto my favorites of the month. Lord knows these things got me through the month very nicely. Thankfully!

Body Products

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(Source: http://www.drugstore.com)

My skin is sensitive. By sensitive I mean…eyeliners make little allergen filled styes on my waterline. Don’t get me started on lotions that smell good because those things make my legs instantly itch more than a human can take. At the beginning of March I went to Walmart to buy a lotion that smelled nice but wouldn’t be too harsh. I took a leap of faith here, but it was an informed leap of faith. I’ve read many times and heard that St. Ives products are super delicate. Yes they are! I am OBSESSED with this lotion. St. Ives Deep Restoring 24 Hour Moisture. It smells like almonds and freshness all in one bottle. My legs don’t itch when I put this on. The tiniest amount goes a long way but I like to put about three pumps because I’m Tiffany and I can.

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(Source: http://www.swatchgirl.com)

OPI’s Sparrow Me The Drama is the cutest pink I’ve ever worn on my nails. Roly’s mom is a beautician and she had this on her manicure table. She lets me play with her polishes and I found this one appropriate for Miami’s eternal Summer time. It’s a girly pink with a bit of a purple undertone. It looks good on my skin and it’s not frosty. Pink is a difficult color to pair with my skin tone, so this is pretty exciting for me. I’m not sure if this is an old color, but I like it a lot!

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I know that the Blistex Lip Medex has been around forever. I used it back in 2002 on our trip to Niagara Falls. Lately my lips have been ridiculously chapped and dry. They peel no matter what Chapstick or lip balm I use. This was $1 at Big Lots (Roly NEEDED to see what Big Lots was because a lot of people on base talked about it.) and it’s possibly the greatest thing I’ve bought for a dollar in a long time. I’ve had it for about three days now and I just couldn’t leave this out of my favorites.

YouTube obsession

If you’ve read my blog since the very beginning, you know that one of my favorite YouTube Beauty Gurus is Emily Eddington (emilynoel83). Emily and Tyler (her husband) are quite the dynamic duo. They are so adorable and pretty hilarious. Watch the video and you’ll see why I’m just over the moon about it. I cried real tears.

Newest App Loves

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Instasize is my new love when it comes to Instagram apps. I’m usually the last person to find out about cool apps and such. I’m probably late here too, but I am in love. The pictures that usually don’t fit on Instagram because it’s not “square enough” or “too close” now look great. You have borders, cute fonts, different filters, and other options to choose from. Bonus? It’s free! You can get it here for Android and here for Apple iPhones.

Music Video/Song

Enough said.

Quote

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God knows why. I know why. Let the quote sink in.

Hope April is a better month!

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Kidogo Kidogo

Hello Lovelies!

March is almost over (thank goodness) and as Spring comes into our daily lives I wanted to suggest a little accessory that does more than make your iPhones look cute. I want to introduce all of you to a company that reached out to me in hopes that my blog will spread their message into a different part of the world. Kidogo Kidogo is a non-profit organization that works much like the TOMs company shoes. You buy a pair of TOMs, someone in need received a pair of shoes as well. When you buy a Kidogo Kidogo iPhone case you are helping a woman in Tanzania obtain cell phone technology.

The cases go for $30 each, but they are high quality and beautifully designed. In my opinion, they very much go with Spring. They sent me a case that I absolutely adore despite not being an iPhone owner. I recognize that this is a quality case.

I posted a picture on my Instagram when I got the product in the mail.

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Two flamingoes in color and the other three are in a silhouette design. The case is smooth and tough, black plastic inside.

On their website (www.kidogokidogo.com) they share different stories of the women they’ve helped. Truly remarkable what these two girls, Kim and Kristin Waeber, are doing to improve the world.

Buy a case, a woman in Tanzania gets a cell phone. Simple? Very. Incredible? Very.

Thank you to the ladies over at Kidogo Kidogo for reaching out to me and exposing me to such a wonderful effort to empower women around the world.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

Hello Lovelies!

For the past three months or so I’ve been hearing pretty much everyone rave about the newest movie from Disney, Frozen. Despite there being disgusting amounts of snow this year, everyone still insists on wanting to build a snowman. I’m late for this…I know. Please don’t judge me.

I watched Frozen for the very first time yesterday. VERY. FIRST. TIME. Guess what?

DO YOU WANNA BUILD A SNOWMAN?! RIDE OUR BIKES AROUND THE HALL!

I am obsessed. Olaf is just too perfect to be fictional. He needs to be real. He’s so fabulous and adorable! I love him. I also really love how stern Elsa is when Anna wants to marry that moron. It was smart and sweet! The movie deserves all the awards it received this part Awards Season. Below I’m going to put my favorite scene of the movie.

Before I do that I want to express how much I loved that the sibling’s true love saved the day. That said more than any other message in the movie. I’m usually that person that doesn’t understand all hype about certain things, but in this case I do understand.

Here is my favorite scene. (Confession: I’ve watched it about 30 times…today.)

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Update!

Hello Lovelies!

I’m terribly sorry that I have been missing in action for the past week or so. Roly graduated from MOS school on March 11th and it was quite an adventure getting him home and surprising his family. I tried to get a video for my readers over at Letters to Roly, but it didn’t come out how I would have wanted it to so I won’t be posting it. Ever since he got back my entire schedule changed. We’re trying to make up for all the time we didn’t spend together. The greatest thing about him being back is that we appreciate all the time we have together now even more and we enjoy doing even the most insignificant things together.

My schedule and my days have changed. I’m more busy now going on dates, crossing things off our Bucket List, catching up and just living life. In the past year or so our lives have changed a lot. Most of that year we didn’t spend together and we just want to be with each other as much as possible. He has Drill this weekend for the very first time so I’ll be working on some posts and household chores that I am behind on. I’ve decided to stop doing the Weekly Deals because they weren’t as helpful as I wanted them to be. My tweets work better and reach more people, so feel free to follow me on Twitter for more deals (@positivegalore).

I just want to express how happy I am to have Roly back home. It was tough but we did it. We did it despite the doubt everyone had. We fought the distance and won. Nobody understands how incredibly proud of Roly I am. He’s done so much in such a short amount of time that it makes me think of how much all the other men and women have accomplished in their years in the military.

Life happens every single day and there have been days that I’ve barely had time to eat a meal. It’s no excuse, but when life happens too many days at once instead of one day at a time it’s important to sit back and reevaluate things. In the time that Roly was gone I learned a lot of things. I’m very grateful for every lesson that I’ve learned because they’ve molded me into who I am today.

I’ve met people along the way who have made a bigger impact in my life than I expected them to. I’ve been disappointed., disgusted, impressed, surprised, hurt and relieved by different people in my life. Being alone is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Being lonely is what drains you. That’s something I’ve learned. I was alone a lot while Roly was gone, but the days where I felt lonely were the ones that drained me. It is all much better now. Thanks to taking things one day at a time…even when multiple days hit me at once. My faith in God and the unconditional love and support from my parents (and a few others) worked wonders.

Thank you all.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Sassy Spring!

Hello Lovelies!

I was playing around on Polyvore the other day and decided to make some sets for Spring. I’m sharing them with you because I am one of those people that looks for blogs when I am in need of fashion inspiration. I also go into my Pinterest “Tiffany Being Tiffany” board because it’s my favorite of all my boards! I love pastels for Spring even though it may not be “groundbreaking” I love it and it works well with polka dots.

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God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany