Marry Me, Today and Every Day

AlabamaButon-e1383072918300THE FAVORITE PART OF EVERY COUPLE’S WEDDING SHOULD BE THEIR HONEYMOON.

TODAY I’M TALKING ABOUT HONEYMOON PLANNING DO’S AND DON’TS OVER AT ALABAMA WOMEN BLOGGERS. HEAD ON OVER AND CHECK IT OUT AND SHARE WITH A BRIDE IN YOUR LIFE.

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Timothy Olyphant and Harlan County, Kentucky

Justified-Wallpaper-justified-11261812-1600-1200Well, hello there Raylan Givens aka Timothy Olyphant. Ha!

Yesterday’s blog topic for the March Madness Challenge over at Alabama Women Bloggers is to Review Something: A book, TV show, movie, music. I have over the last few seasons become addicted to FX’s series Justified.

Justified is based in Harlan, Kentucky where you either work the mines, the whore house, or run the drug deals and the shady bars, maybe all of the above. Well, or you could leave. People don’t amount to much more than criminals around there, of course, except Raylan. Someone has to be the good guy. He leaves his criminal father and Harlan for a job in Lexington as a United States Marshall. Talk about from one end of the spectrum to the other.

Raylan still finds himself in Harlan from time to time for work and having to deal with his own cousins and people he has known all of his life. Sometimes he cuts them a little slack and overlooks the prostitution or the illegal businesses if they help him find whomever the latest fugitive might be. The show has taken on a few different spins within the last few seasons where Raylan, his cousin and Harlan crime boss, Boyd Crowder, and a few others have their own stories that always seem entangled. How can 2-5 different people become connected to the same crime bosses/workers from Canada, Mexico, Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky? It is ridiculously thrilling and suspenseful.

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Now, one cannot be so hard on Boyd. In the last season or two he has taken on a softer side where he wants to do good, but he’s just in a bad position. In a recent episode his fiance is moved to the state prison and his anguish made me truly feel bad for him. Don’t we always like the bad guy and see his good qualities? Ah, let’s cut him some slack. It’s okay if he just shot 3 people, he’s trying to get ahead so he and Ava can leave Harlan. Ha! People and our TV shows.

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Not that Raylan is a picture perfect American Hero. He might work for the law and uphold it 99.5% of the time, but he has his bad qualities of walking away from feuding criminals and letting them take care of one another on their own (which gets him a hard right hook from his supervisor in this latest season) to his womanizing ways. While his ex-wife and infant daughter are off in Florida, he is too busy wanting to save the world from Kentucky’s redneck hell-bound “crime bosses.” He even laughs when someone considers Boyd a crime boss.

But, what can I say, something about his American Hero job and tendency to lean on the law when it might help out some poor soul makes him pretty attractive. I mean, then we can throw in his looks (greying hair and all) and it’s all over. Ha!

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Really though, the show keeps you waiting for next week’s episode. We had dinner with family last night, causing us to miss this week’s new episode and I am so thankful for DVR. I just want to find out if Ava gets out of prison or what happens since Raylan’s most recent flame he actually seems to like, broke it off at the end of the last episode. What?!

It is a show that Man of the House and I watch together. It has enough action and law breaking and violence to keep him interested, but it’s not gory or enough constant blood shed to cause me to leave the room.

It is not kid-friendly. And for once, Justified is a show that displays that loud and clear at the beginning of the show and end of every commercial break with a huge M for mature logo on the screen. I would definitely recommend you find Season 1 and start this journey through Harlan’s 21st Century crime lords (and ladies) and all of their never ending turmoil and activities.

A Perfect Day in Southern Mom Life

What would I consider my perfect day?

This is the topic of today’s March Madness Blog Challenge over at Alabama Women Bloggers.

I have never thought about what a “perfect” day would be like. I believe it would be very different than how the days go now! Ha!

I’m sure an absolute dream like perfect day would include the beach and Man of the House and kids, no worries on costs or bills, relaxation, fun, quality time kind of activities and things all day every day.

BUT…

A REALISTIC VERSION OF THE PERFECT DAY: It would start out with waking up around 6 a.m. after a full night’s rest (is that even real anymore?) and being able to prepare breakfast for a sit down meal together. Then I would kiss Man of the House as he headed off to tend to the cattle and farm (that we don’t quite have completely yet) and I would load our daughter up for school. After dropping her off at her classroom, I would head to my job as an Elementary School counselor (a career I’m still pursuing by working on my Master’s). After spending a great day helping develop and encourage the lives of children, I would leave around 2:30 to pick up our daughter and we would either have a little mom-daughter time (ice cream, shopping, etc.) before heading on home to Daddy, or head on home and have some great family time outside. (My perfect day would of course be approximately 75 degrees, so outside activities would be a must!) Then I would leave daughter and Man of the House for some outside quality time while I prepared for dinner. We’d have a relaxed evening. While our daughter did a little homework and/or free time, Man of the House and I would sit on the back patio and talk for a little while before heading in to do the bedtime routines and get little one ready for school the next day.

That’s my version of a realistically perfect day. What would yours be?

Birthday Bucketlist: Take Blog Followers to Over 50

Thankyou

I cannot believe that this is already being marked off of the list! I currently have 51 followers and it is still 7 months until my birthday (and only 2.5 weeks after posting the 24 Before 24) ! So maybe before then I can even reach 100! We shall see (;

Thank you to everyone who has already followed! I make an effort to try and follow everyone back so that I can see what you’re up to in your little world.

Have a great rest of your week and great weekend!

Juliette Gordon Low

Juliette Gordon Low

The Girl Scout Birthday is coming up on March 12, 2014, and the Alabama Women Bloggers’ March Madness Blog Challenge is focusing Wednesday’s on National Women’s History Month; therefore, I am going to focus my first post about a woman from history on Juliette Gordon Low, also known as Daisy to family members.

Young Daisy Gordon developed what was to become a lifetime interest in the arts. She wrote poems; sketched, wrote and acted in plays; and later became a skilled painter and sculptor. She had many pets throughout her life and was particularly fond of exotic birds, Georgia mockingbirds, and dogs. Daisy was also known for her great sense of humor.

Juliette Low was very athletic. From her childhood on, Daisy was a strong swimmer. She was Captain of a rowing team as a girl and learned to canoe as an adult. She was also an avid tennis player. One of her special skills was standing on her head. She stood on her head every year on her birthday to prove she still could do it, and also celebrated nieces’ and nephews’ birthdays by standing on her head. Once, she even stood on her head in the board room at National Headquarters to show off the new Girl Scout shoes.

Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912, when she gathered 18 other girls in Savannah, Georgia to register the first two patrols (troops). The next year, the name was officially changed to Girl Scouts. Juliette’s movement brought girls of all backgrounds the opportunity to become self-reliant and resourceful. She not only believed in girls taking on the traditional role as a homemaker, but also the possibilities of girls and women in future professional careers outside of the home. How correct was she with her hopes and plans?

There are more than 2.4 million Girl Scouts between the ages of 5-17. 80% of women business owners were Girl Scouts, 69% of female U.S. senators were Girl Scouts, and virtually every female astronaut who has flown into space was a Girl Scout.

She knew what she was doing! I am very grateful and proud to be a current troop leader for some girls in my area. Everything Juliette hoped to accomplish in teaching girls often comes true before my eyes! Help me as we celebrate National Women’s History Month and encourage a Girl Scout somewhere. Oh, and buy some cookies from her.

Locks You’ll Love

If you have thick, dark hair and struggle between oiliness and dull/dryness all within the same week I have great news for you!
Keep reading below.

I have oily hair and then dry frizzy-ish hair sometimes within a 10 day period. It is ridiculous. And I cannot use only one shampoo constantly, it causes my hair to lay flat on my head. Gross. So I always try to have two shampoos on hand. I have went through and tried so many different shampoos in the last few years. From Tresemme to Aussie to Suave’s new product lines to brands no one has ever heard of anywhere else on the planet. Haha! After a while, my hair looks the same as always because of buildup. Do you have the same hair type and struggle with the same problem??

I have two products that I LOVE and will promise is worth every cent.

1. Mane & Tail Shampoo41-R3nQaqdL._SY300_I used this product during childhood when my mom would buy it and bring it home. It makes thick hair feel AMAZING. I had stopped using it for some time during high school and even during college, but I have come back to it. Here is my advice: Once you find a product that works for you, stick with it. Don’t stray off for every new pretty product, etc. There’s a reason it worked for you. This product used to smell strange when I was younger, but the bottles I have bought lately don’t have much of a scent to them. That is a definite bonus. My hair gets oily so easily, that I never purchase conditioner products, but you’ll know you’re hair type better than me. They offer a conditioner as well as the shampoo. At Wal-Mart I cannot find it in the shampoo section. It is actually in the pet section, Ha! Dollar General and other stores have placed it in the shampoo and hair care aisle, though.

2. John Freida Brilliant Brunette

john-frieda-brilliant-brunette-shine-release-moisturizing-shampoo-all-shades-350x350This product is the definition of a little goes a long way. A small amount of this shampoo and a good scrub on my head makes my hair look totally different! (And I personally like the scent.) My hair color is somewhere in between dark brown and almost black. I’m not sure that almost black is a shade you could ask for at the salon, but that is about the best way to describe my hair. This brilliant Brunette makes such dark hair shine without looking oily. I have this really ridiculous and strange OCD against my hair being oily. My co-workers swear it doesn’t look oily when I think it does. So this eases my mind (: And the results really are great.

I don’t really have a set schedule on which shampoo I use on certain days, etc. I know my hair and how it has been lately and go with it from there. You should do the same. Any beauty tip page will give you an outline and schedule, but I truly think that they are suggestions for you to build your routine around. No two people’s hair or skin is identical, how can we all follow the exact same routine?!

Do you have dark and THICK locks? What products have worked for you over the years? Are you a faithful product user, or like me for a few years and swap around?

Alabama Women Bloggers – Self Interview

gettingtoknowyou-e1371739469559Well, I saw this on Twitter this morning, and thought how fun would that be to meet other female bloggers from my area!

1. What part of the state do you call home?

North Alabama. (The Tennessee Valley)

2. How long have you been blogging?

Since November 2013

3. Why did you start blogging?

Actually, I’m not completely sure. To share my adventures in being a southern mom and the life that happens along the way.

4. What do you love most about blogging?

Reading and “meeting” people from all over! (Not just North Alabama!)

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see my fiance and I married, possibly already having our second (and last) child. By then we also hope to be in cattle farming. MAYBE I’ll be almost through with my Master’s.

6. What is your favorite movie?

I love so many movies, but I think one movie that I have truly loved since I was a child is Pearl Harbor.

7. If you could use any actress to play you in your life, who would you choose and why?

I’m not sure who I have ever considered my celeb look alike. No one? But I think with all of my ambitions and goals, I could always refer to Angelina Jolie. (I know that she may get plenty of negative attitudes and responses, but her over all goal is similar.) She has a passion for children, especially the under privileged children or those who cannot control the circumstances they have found themselves in, and in that, we are similar. I would want her to play my part so that her passion could be genuine and real.

8. Name the top 5 things on your bucket list.

My life bucket list (I have yearly ones that are more event detailed.): 1. Sky dive. 2. Attend my grandchildren’s weddings. 3. Travel to each continent. 4. Make sure my children have the chance to experience culture around the world. 5. Take a road trip with Trevor from East Coast to West Coast.

9. Who or what inspired you to blog?

Just the fact that I love to share my experiences as a mom, hoping to help or encourage someone else along the way.

10. If you could be known for one thing in your life, what would it be?

Changing the lives of children who otherwise thought they never had a chance.

11. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

I love the ocean. Anywhere with sand and sun and salt water makes me happy!

12. Describe the best moment in your life.

The day our daughter was born. There are no words to explain those emotions and happiness.

13. We’re headed to your neck of the woods for one day. What is one thing we have to do, and what restaurant we must eat at?

We MUST eat at “the steakhouse”. It’s actual name is Western Sirloin Steakhouse.. but if you call it that, we know you’re not from around here. (; And there is so much to do… it depends on what kind of things you’re into. But I’d definitely prefer to take you to “the mountains”, aka Bankhead National Forest and let you hike the Sipsey River. There’s also a place we found that has a waterfall not on a map.

14. What is a tradition you and your family have?

Christmas has been the same since I was a small child. Christmas Eve with dad’s family, Christmas morning EARLY with my mom, and Christmas breakfast and gifts at my maternal grandmother’s house.

15. We all love social media, share your links so we can follow you.

TWITTER: @britton_cindy

INSTAGRAM: @cindy_britton

First Blog EVER!

I thoroughly enjoy reading blogs and subscribing to blogs that interest me; however, I never considered blogging to be “for me.” And then, one afternoon I was sitting at work and thought, “huh, I want to give that a try.” Here we are two days later working on my first blog for the cyber world.

I am a mother to a very energetic, non-stop 2 year old. She amazes me every day with her intelligence and can often make me question my own. Ha! I work a full-time career outside of the home, and have taken the struggle of being begged to stay home in stride; that is when I discovered our amazing preschool, and she goes to “school” while mom goes to work. It works for us.

When we aren’t at work and school, my daughter participates in Youth Rodeos that occur monthly from April – September; we do play-dates; she would ride her welsh pony until the horse couldn’t walk; we have arts & crafts time; and then, well we have sit-on-the-couch-and-watch-disney-jr-until-bedtime nights. Hey, we try to be super parents, but we are human.

Through this blog, I hope to share our adventures of life and parenthood along the way. I cannot promise some divine inspiration at all times, but I promise they will probably be entertaining for the most part. If you’d like, follow along for the ride. (: