My Story to Better Health

I’ve been debating writing about this or not on my blog.  This is a place where I mainly write about my profession, but I believe it’s okay to remind people that I’m human too.  My life is full of ups and downs just like every person out there, and why not not share a few of those with you.

I have always struggled with my weight.  There were a few years in college where I was looking pretty good, sadly because I was too busy to eat.  My overweight problem all boils down to my love of food.  Especially good tasting, fattening, caloric food.  I also love Coke.  It’s safe to say I’m addicted.  McDonald’s has the best tasting Coke out there and those golden arches call my name everyday.

Over the years I’ve been up and down, but mainly up.  I’ve tried programs like Weight Watchers (more times than I care to admit), Atkins, and My Fitness Pal.  All really great ways to get healthy but most I have ever lost on any of them is 20 pounds.  Well, I’ve let my weight creep up over the years to the point where I need to lose 60 pounds.  That number sounds intimidating.  But I know it’s possible.  How do you eat an elephant?  One bite (pound) at a time.
My motivation?  Where do I start….I am sick of being a size 16.  I am sick of dealing with Asthma.  I’m sick of waking up tired.  I’m sick of being a bad example to my girls.  I am sick of being uncomfortable in my clothes. I am sick of my back hurting.  I am sick of feeling unhealthy. I am sick of not wearing my wedding ring. I’m sick of food controlling me. But most importantly, I am sick of not loving myself, which is the basis for everything!  To truly begin loving ourselves, we need to be healthy inside and out.  There are a lot of skinny unhealthy people out there.  I wrote down a list of why I need to lose weight and this is what I came up with in 10 minutes.

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Recently I took a trip with my two sisters.  We went to Disneyworld and had a great time.  As pictures of us were being taken I looked at them and in my mind all I could say was, “Oh, crap.  That is what I look like?”  I knew I had to do something.

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May 2016 with my two darling (and fit) sisters on the left and middle, I’m on the right. We are 100% blood, even though we don’t look a ton alike. This is one of the many pictures that motivated me.

So, my journey begins, but this time I want it to be different. I want it to be permanent.  I want it to last forever.  I’m so ready.

My Aunt Sallie, who I love and adore, has had major success with a program.  When I heard about it, I was intrigued.  My parents have also been on it for a few weeks and already having success.  After giving it some thought, I decided to give it a go. It’s called Take Shape for Life.  I eat 5 mini meals a day and one lean and green.  Once I reach my goal weight, there is a transition and maintenance program.  I’m on day 5 right now and loving it.  I’m also reading the book by Dr. A and understanding that this is not only a body makeover, but a mental makeover.  Just what I need.  I’m learning so much.  My Aunt is my Coach and I feel like I’m getting so much support through her and online.  I will be posting updates to help me with accountability and because don’t we all love a good journey?!  Especially a weightloss journey.

Only positive and uplifting comments please. I am not being paid or sponsered, all opinions expressed are my own.  

Summer Sewing

Summer is coming and you bet I will be sewing with my two daughters.  Have I told you that I volunteer every Monday at Jane’s school for sewing club. It’s I am determined to keep sewing alive by teaching the young ones. Recently, I discovered this brilliant yard of fabric from one of my favorite fabric designers, Moda.  Included on this yard you have everything you need to make this Lil’ Red (Riding Hood) and this Coral of the Sea Mermaid and their accessories.  I can’t wait to make it! ($10 holler!!!)  I’m even thinking about hosting a Sewing Summer Camp at my house because I love sewing SEW much!  In the mean time, anyone can try this at home.



Turn This Into That!

I feel so blessed to be working for/with my dear friend Rachel and her husband Joe.  They bought an existing Dental Practice a few years ago near where I live.  The dentist retired and Joe took it over.  They did a lot of cosmetic work when they first got there.  Painting the outside and inside, updating the adobe theme.  They took down old dusty beams, added and painted ceiling tile, remodeled the bathroom, replaced the operatory cabinets, and reupholstered the existing furniture.  From what it sounds like, it hadn’t been touched or updated for years.  Rachel found out I was a designer and worked on a dental office before (my brother in law at Greystone Dental).  I took her on a little field trip to the other office and she was impressed enough to hire me…Yay!  Joe has made it clear that he’d like to redo the entire office, but in phases over the next year or two.  The spaz in me wants to do it all now, but I am ready and willing to wait because I have such a vision for this place.

Here are the priorities:  1. Center Lab/work area (HUGE overhaul and very much a priority to help things run smoother) 2. Update windows and trim, paint 3. Front Entryway, Check in/out…EEK! My favorite part. 4. Breakroom, Associates office, Lab

Let me start with the part I am most excited about, where my vision began…

Cement Tile is all the rage right now and I’m LOVING IT!  Just because it’s “the rage” doesn’t mean it’s trendy.  In my opinion, it’s timeless.  It’s finally just catching on again.  Also search “terra-cotta tile” and you’ll get some wonderful eye candy.  Look at this fireplace below that I’m working on in a dental office.  At first I was like “How can I get rid of the fireplace?” then it quickly turned into “Let’s embrace this fireplace and turn it into something like this!  How often do you go to dentist office with a fireplace?”!!!


Left Picture: Me ||  Middle Picture: Amber Interiors ||  Right Picture:HGTV




Splurge and Save Lighting

My mom and dad are building their dream home in St. George Ut. I am so excited for them because they have both worked hard their entire life and now they are doing something they’ve always wanted to do. But designing a custom home from the ground up is not easy. I’ve watched them spend hours and hours and days and days contemplating everything you can imagine. Luckily they have a very talented and patient design team working with them so every detail is thought of.

Even though they have a nice budget, they are still on a budget. That is where I come in. I’m used to a tight budget. While they were spending a few days with me in Texas my mom wanted my two sense on lighting. I was blown away at how expensive lighting can be! Who has $1,500 to spend on one chandelier or $500+ on sconces? And then times that by 30+ fixtures in your home. Sheesh! So, I said, splurge where it counts and save where you won’t notice. But also, realize how important lighting is. One of my favorite designers, Candace Olsen, was a genius in this department.

So here are a few of the ideas we came up with, keep in mind we’re trying to marry a contemporary design with transitional:

SPLURGE: Rejuvenation is my place to go for a big statement, this time over the rectangle dining table. Two of these giant pendants will fill up the space at 30″ wide. It’ll be one of the first things you notice when walking in the house.

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SPLURGE: Since the dining table and Kitchen are next to each other and in a very open concept layout, I didn’t want them to compete, yet I wanted them to compliment each other. I’m thinking three 12″ sized pendants over the kitchen island.  Now what color to get?  They offer copper, brass, or shiny chrome.haleigh blk 081215 034 copp wh bl a1156

SAVE: West Elm is a fabulous place for modern affordable lighting. These modern sconces will be in the hallways lighting the path to the guest bedroom and bunkroom.

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SAVE: West Elm has these darling little lights that will be going on all the walls above the 4 beds in the bunkroom. At $39 each, such a deal.

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I’m thinking ya’ll might want to see some more of this dream home. Am I right?!?

Tiffany’s Tidbits

Here are a few of my favorite things right now…

1// My darling friend, Aubrey, from college has AMAZING taste.  She has put it to good use and started a company selling felt ball kits.  Visit her site, Hello Maypole, and you will be inspired by her happy combinations for projects, parties, house decor, etc.  One of my favorite things is that she has a free download for the sweet saying “Let Them Be Little”.  It is now my go to gift for baby showers.  Print it off on glossy cardstock for 75 cents ($1.50 for 11×14), stick it in a white mat/white frame from TJ Maxx, and wrap it up.  Goes well with any nursery decor and the mommy will thank you.


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2// I just bought this drill and I am in heaven.  Actually, my husband is.  He just “happily” built a playset in the back yard recently.  We have gone through several different drills over the last 14 years being married because we didn’t want to “spend much money”.  If I had it to do over again, I would say pick right the first time and just spend the money upfront, because it would have saved us over the long run.  I KNOW this drill will last a LONG time.  It’s so powerful too.  Grrrrr!  If you are willing, buy this kit that includes the impact driver.  That is next on the list.  While you are at it…get this tool.  It rocks for those tight spaces.

dewalt3// My favorite spring sweater is on sale at the Gap right now.  Trust me, it rocks. The little detailing on the arms and the lightness of the fabric is all awesome. I have the “daybreak blue”.  I wear it often with the “cool olive” maxi dress because it’s such an unexpected, yet fresh, color combination.  I’m trying to decide what color I want next.


4// Craft and Chat is coming up soon on May 19th.  This plywood “If you can be anything, be kind” sign will be the project. gives a great tutorial.  It’ll cost only $5 to make for the girls that live by me.  Have you started a Craft and Chat yet?  What crafts would you like to make?

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5//   Two people I love while growing up in Portland Oregon have recently published a book!  They are both about being the best and hardest job on the planet…a Mother.  Jessica is a mother of 3 little kids, and Rene is a mother of 6, one having Cerebral Palsy. I can’t wait to read these amazing women’s perspective on motherhood, because I know they practice what they preach.  Mother’s Day gift anyone…

Jessica Poe Everyday MOMents

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Rene Steelman Heaven Sent and Heaven Bent

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I hope you enjoy my favorites as much as I do!  Love, Tiff