AMAZON: Thermal Protection Spray

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If you use heating tools on your hair, you know the strain it can cause to your hair. I normally don’t stray off of etiquette or etiquette-related topics too much, but let’s go with “Southern Hair” as the reason for this post. 🙂 In actuality, it’s pure selfishness. I use Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hairspray 6 oz, and I wanted to let you know that if you are looking for a thermal protection spray, not only is this one awesome, but it’s on sale today from Amazon! I just started using this one daily again, after about a year of it hiding in my cabinet. Already I can tell a difference in flyaways. So, it’s win-win Wednesday!

Oh, yes, it’s also Win-It-Wednesday! 🙂 🙂 Leave a comment to be entered to win a full-size Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hairspray 6 oz.

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The Pay-It-Forward Phenomenon

In recent years, the pay-it-forward phenomenon has become a “thing.” If you haven’t been part of this chain reaction, allow me to explain it and my thoughts on it.

Usually, it takes place in a drive-thru line. Once you place your order, you pull up, fully expecting to pay. However, lo and behold, your meal has already been taken care of. So, in some point in time, someone decided the correct thing to do would be to “pay it forward” right then and there. So, instead of paying for your own meal, you then pay for the person’s meal behind you, and the story continues.

In theory, this is all well and good. However, I truly do not care for the practice. If you know me in person, I enjoy paying for people’s drinks/meals randomly behind us in the drive-thru line. However, I never realized until I heard of this practice, that I may actually be placing a burden on them. I would never, ever want to do that.

You see, many people plan their meals very carefully financially. They should not feel pressured into paying for anything other than what they originally planned to pay for. Now, you may not think this is the case, but I have, unfortunately, witnessed someone trying to guilt someone into keeping this practice going. Not okay.

Additionally, we have pulled away from a grace-filled society. I have a hard time accepting compliments, which can impact my willingness to give them. Not because I don’t think your dress is cute and not because I don’t think you have a pretty smile. It’s because, for a while, it was not a part of my norm.

We should allow ourselves to accept compliments and accept a drink at Starbucks without feeling any amount of guilt. No guilt to pass it on. No guilt that someone might think we’re better. I think some of this guilt derived from a “participation trophy” society. It is not selfish to say thank you to something and move on without trying to level the playing field, so to speak.

I know this is a topic some of you may not agree with me on, and that’s ok. We’re allowed to be different. I’m in no way saying to never pay for a drink if yours has been paid for. I’m simply saying, don’t feel obligated to, and please never make someone feel obligated to. 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts, regardless of whether or not they agree with mine!

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AMAZON: Munchin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup Sale!

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If you have toddlers, these Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup, Green/Blue, 10 Ounce, 2 Count are my FAVORITE cups to use! They don’t spill, and they teach kids how to drink from a regular cup. They’re on sale today through Amazon!

Fun Weekend Full of Grace

So this past weekend was one full of fun, family, friends and grace. As is pretty par for the course for me, I overbooked the whole weekend. Due to the grace of friends, it all ended up being okay, which I’m very thankful for!

Each Saturday before July 4th, we have our Independence Day Concert, which is hosted by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League. The Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra sets the perfect patriotic tone, and a beautiful fireworks show follows the performance. I work for a local bank that is one of the major underwriters of this event, and we hand out free goodies to the attendees each year. I knew I would need to be in town that evening, but I woke up on Saturday morning raring to go. We decided to head east in Pittsburg, Texas.

     Grant and Katherine about to enjoy hotlinks!

I’m a big supporter and lover of small towns. We first went to enjoy Pittsburg hotlinks (I had the amazing frito chili pie….truthfully, I love all concession stand-like food), and my kiddos split a buger but devoured more than their fair share of hotlinks, as well.

After we ate, we headed over to Efurd Orchards, where we got to pick our own blackberries.

               Picking blackberries!
              A rare picture of just the two of us.

As you can see by the clouds, the weather wasn’t the best, BUT that did mean amazingly cool temperatures, which I loved! The entire place was beautiful, but watching my kiddos’ faces as they picked blakcberries took the cake. We even remembered to get a family photo!

                                The whole family.

After we finished picking the 3 1/2 pounds of berries (enough for a cobbler and extra snacking berries!), we headed back to the main area for ice cream (the kids got strawberry, and I chose peach) and peaches for days! If I had had enough sense, I would have gotten a watermelon, too, for a party we had on Sunday.

Happy kids with homemade strawberry ice cream!

We were going to run by Los Pinos winery, too, but time (and the rain that ended up coming) got the better of us. We made it back in time for me to work my shift and to watch the beautiful fireworks!

              The WHOLE family (my mom’s side).

Sunday was my aunt and dad’s birthday. After church, we headed out to my aunt’s house for a birthday lunch for the two of them.

Then, just after presents, we headed over to our friends’ home for swimming and grilling. And my etiquette fail of the week.

I had told my friend I’d bring watermelon to their house for Sunday. However, that’s literally what I did. I brought the watermelon. It wasn’t cut up or even cold. 🙁 Thankfully, with the help of Sharla and the grace of Chelsea, it worked out. But I’m still beating myself up about it today BECAUSE….etiquette is about consideration of others. I hate that I just brought an uncut watermelon. By letting myself run out of time, I wasn’t able to do everything we were doing to the best of my ability. And that bothers me. I’m very grateful to have friends who just wanted to spend time with us, but I never want to take advantage of them. It helped me realize I truly ENJOY etiquette and consideration of others, which will be my “why” for next time.

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