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My Favorite Things of 2012

I am linking up to 320 Sycamore Favorite Things party.  I look forward to this every year and contemplate my favorite things many weeks before.  It is so hard for me to decide what my favorite things are (or narrow down the list) and yet I can have a somewhat running list in my head but, then sit down to write this post and totally draw a blank! Let’s see how I do…

My favorite people of course are my family.

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My favorite new book is The Child Whisperer and anyone who deals with children should have this book…even if the children are adults too! What a healing book this has been for me and yet so helpful with understanding each of my 5 children in a new light.


I love my Canon T1i camera and I bought a Camera Coat for it that protects it from getting banged up and wet.

camera coat

I drink Spark every morning and it has helped me to have the energy I need and provide vitamins as well to help me with exercising.

Advocare Spark - Fruit Punch

I also love the Herbal Cleanse from Advocare and it jumped started my healthy eating and weight loss. I also drink the fiber drinks a few times a week.

 Advocare Herbal Cleanse - Peaches and Cream

I love herbal tea’s on cold days and I found this Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride at the store and loved it!

sugar cookie tea

I love Bob’s Sweet Stripes Peppermint’s any shapes or sizes but, the brand is the best soft mint’s for Christmas time.

Bob's peppermint's

My top 3 websites I surf and buy from are:

Christmas DYT Sale

Dressing Your Truth Online Course
Dressing Your Truth Online Store

{Go Check out Dressing Your Truth if you’ve never heard of it. It has changed my life in so many wonderful ways!}


I love all the deals with unique gifts at Groop Dealz Boutique.


Downeast Clothing – I buy clothes for my daughters and myself when sales are going on. I love the modest dresses, skirts and undershirts and t’s.

My favorite store to frequent in person is Ross. I love finding deals in this store and I have a routine in the way I shop the store. I have found some great clothes and shoes but, I love the decorative pillow isle and kitchen dish isles too. I got my ceramic egg holders-I use as jewelry holders- for under $5 each and all new hangers for my closet.


Last I love Pinterest…I am really addicted…like bad but, I love it and have learned so many great new tips from cleaning to crafting…so that makes it okay right???!!!


And look at that I came up with 12 without even trying all in honor of 12/12/12 Favorite Things Party! I can’t wait to read about everyone’s favorite things. I always pick out a few to try.


Dressing Your Truth–Spread The Love Sale through Sept. 30th 2012!

I am Spreading The Love! Click here to learn more about Dressing Your Truth and how to buy the course on sale for $99 plus receive a $20 gift certificate to the online store. That is a 67% off savings plus free money in the online store! No online code just make sure to use this link . Offer only good through September 30th and the best deal ever offered!

I will be headed to Utah in a few weeks for the annual Dressing Your Truth event. This years theme is “Be You Be Beautiful.” I am so excited to meet up with the wonderful friends I have met online because of DYT.  Here is last year’s conference where I got to meet Carol Tuttle in person.
I am a type 2 beauty and more on my Dressing Your Truth journey is here.  My daughter is a type 3 and you can find more about her here. I know all of my children’s and husband energy types and it has been great to build better relationships as a family plus we understand each other better.

The following information is taken from the Dressing Your Truth home page. For more information and video clips please click here.

Dressing Your Truth.
Easy. Life-changing. Fun.

Your journey to total beauty confidence begins with the Dressing Your Truth Online Course. We’ve packed our sleek online training platform with expert demos and support, all dedicated to helping you discover your true beauty. Apply what you learn and get instant results. What you see in the mirror will make you smile.

Look better than ever—with these 5 elements of style.


Learn about all 4 chromas and train your eye to see the difference, helping you bring your beauty to life.


See why the clothes that supposedly hide your flaws might not actually do you any good.


Discover which materials work best next to your skin. Even better, learn the reason why.

Design Lines

Learn which design lines flatter your type of beauty, not just your type of body.


Find out why shapes and contrast in your clothes do more to highlight (or hide) your beauty than you think

Imagine looking in the mirror and loving what you see—every single day.
Start having that experience with the most supportive, intuitive makeover system you’ll ever find.

Go check it out here!  I would love to hear your comments or questions on the program too!

Weight Loss– How I lost 15 pounds in 3 Months!

I wanted to share my personal success with weight loss.  I have received a lot of compliments lately and people asking how I lost the weight. I know many of women struggle with their weight.  For me I just wanted to get healthy.  I had been working out like crazy and just wasn’t seeing the scale move.  I thought I was eating right…I hadn’t drank soda in 3 years and I thought I was eating well balanced meals. I Dress My Truth which automatically made me look thinner and helped me to be confident in my own skin.  I still knew I wasn’t at my absolute best healthy weight and I knew I needed to get at least 10 more pounds shed after having 5 babies.
Weight Loss

{Disclaimer…this is my personal story and choices for how I went about my weight loss. I didn’t receive any compensation for the products I used to write this post.}
In May I decided I needed to do something different and I was talking with a few ladies at the gym about my challenge of working out but, not seeing the scale move.  They had recently learned about a company called Advocare and encouraged me to try the Herbal Cleanse and I used Peaches and Cream Flavor.  They had recommended it to several people who with in 10 days saw success and that it would really help to boost my metabolism.  It made sense that I needed to cleanse my body.  I was having a few other minor health challenges and so I decided to give it a try.
Advocare Herbal Cleanse - Peaches and Cream
Along with the 10 day cleanse I prepared myself I would need to change my diet for optimal results.  I took a month or so gearing up and mentally preparing myself for no white refined sugar, white refined flour, animal dairy products and cheese.  I prepared myself to eat lean meats (like turkey, chicken and fish), lots of fresh veggies (steamed sweet potato was my favorite for lunch), fruit, almond or coconut milk and whole plain nuts.  I just kept thinking to myself I wanted to eat as close to its natural form.  I didn’t worry so much as to how much I was eating but, that if I were hungry or felt like snacking I ate following these guidelines.
I also bought Spark Energy Drink – Fruit Punch flavor to drink when I woke up in the morning to help get me moving and not get tired for my work out.
Advocare Spark - Fruit Punch
The morning of the second day I saw my scale move 1 pound.  Now 1 pound isn’t much but, I hadn’t seen the scale move at all so this was motivation to me.  I came down to the kitchen only to find my Husband had left a huge cinnamon role from his early morning bible study class sitting on the counter…oh temptation for sure…but, I told myself “you just lost 1 pound in the first day so don’t give up now!”  I didn’t I continued on for the full 10 days and after just 2 days I didn’t even crave the sugar like I thought I would.  By 10 days I had lost 7 pounds.  Almost a pound a day.  I felt great and my body didn’t crave the processed foods or sugar.  It gave me motivation to keep going. 
I continued to exercise and focused some effort on to weight lifting and building muscle and eased up on the cardio. I also continued to stay as close to the diet as I could with little to no sugar, only whole grains and cut out as much processed foods as I could. I read the labels on everything to see the added sugar it has. I also drink the Spark Energy drink every morning.
In June I was able to listen to Dr. Daniel Amen speak in Atlanta.  He talked about diet and exercise in relates to our brain.  He has been doing some work with Franklin Covey and The 5 Choices content they teach. The foods we eat do make a huge difference in how our body functions.  I was feeling pretty good about the changes I had made in my diet and especially after seeing pictures of brain scans of unhealthy people.  We don’t think about taking care of our brain and our brain is the number 1 thing we should be thinking about when it comes to our body.  Our brain function effects our moods, our physical abilities, our mental capacities and when we are addicted to the wrong foods it makes a huge impact on our own quality of life!
Our brain uses 25% of the calories we eat to function on…what are we feeding our brain?  Our brains need water in take…He says we should drink half our body weight in ounces in water every day!  Drinking my water made a huge success in my weight loss.
Again all this was motivation to keep going and to live a healthy lifestyle that I was creating for myself and my family.  I spoke with Dr. Amen after his lecture and he sent me out his wives cookbooks that are full of healthy eating tips and recipes. 
I still falter and my family and I still have some foods that we give into eating…like sugar treats every once in awhile. This is a process of getting healthy and it feels good to be on the right path.  I was able to maintain my weight loss on a cross country road trip this summer.  I looked for healthy foods to eat at fast food restaurants and it wasn’t easy.  I found it interesting that I was repulsed by seeing fried greasy food and I craved salads and veggies after a long day’s drive. The pictures of unhealthy brains came to mind for sure. For about a month because of our road trip and Summer plans I didn’t really exercise like I had been. I was eating right though and I still lost more weight.
So as of today I lost approximately 15 pounds since the beginning of May.  I have gone down a size in clothes. I feel great and on the days I slip up and eat something I shouldn’t because it was just there in front of me…I usually regret it and I don’t feel well afterwards.  I have learned to listen to my body and learned that certain foods just aren’t good for me. I have learned healthy eating habits and how important it is that I pay attention to what I am feeding my brain.  I also am striving to switch my family over to better eating as well. 
If you are struggling with your weight or health I hope that my story gives you hope and encouragement to make the changes necessary to get healthy!  Research the path you want to take and go for it! I know you won’t regret it!
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Dressing Your Truth Share The Love Sale

Ya’ll know I love Dressing My Truth!  I am a Type 2 Energy type and knowing this has helped me in all aspects of my life.  You can read more about my DYT journey here.
I am so excited that Dressing Your Truth is on SALE through September 30th through my referral link.  It is the best deal I have ever seen on the program!
Dressing Your Truth is an online makeover and clothing store that helps women bring out their true beauty. I think you’ll love this beautiful deal-67% off the online makeover course and a $20 gift certificate to the online clothing store. It’s only available until September 30th. Plus there is an additional Anniversary Sale going on until August 21st and you can redeem your $20 online gift card for some amazing sale items in the online store.
Ready to look better and feel more confident than ever?
Click the link to learn more.
Here is my before and after.

Here is a look into my Type 2 closet.
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Click here for my post of the Type 2 Outfits I was deciding on packing last Summer for our Dressing Your Truth Conference.  I will be doing the same thing in a few weeks only this time I am going 15lbs lighter and most of those clothes from last year are too big!  It is a nice problem to have but, some of those were my favorite type 2 outfits.
This is me a few months ago with my Outfit Of The Day on our Type 2 Facebook page.
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Click here for my Oldest Daughter last year at age 13 with her before and after Dressing Your Truth makeover.  She is a Type 3 energy.
I love the way I look and feel because of Dressing Your Truth. And I think every woman deserves to feel this way. That’s why I’m sharing this link with you.
I just love all that Dressing Your Truth has to offer Women of all ages.  Go check it out and if you join the program please come back and tell me what Energy Type you are! 
P.S. Dressing Your Truth for Men will be released in 2013! I can’t wait for the Men and Boys in my life to be Dressing Their Truth as well.

Keeping it REAL

I am joining in on “Picture Me Domestic” link party going on over at It’s Overflowing. 

So, my phone doesn’t take the best pictures especially when trying to take them of myself…as you can see this is typical domestic me.  I am keeping it real here today.  Life isn’t always picture perfect clean and organized.  I thought I should show you more of the real life here at Real Southern Living. 2012-05-16_15-18-32_900 Workout/sweat/lounge pants, t-shirt, bathing suit underneath for my Aqua fitness class I teach, flip flops and pony tail.  And yes that is clean laundry all over my room!  Normally I wouldn’t ever allow anyone to see that mess but, really that’s what it looks like most days…my 5 children think that my bed is the dumping ground for clean laundry!  They have completely emptied every towel we own out of the linen closet and had them in the dirty clothes hence all those clean towels/blankets! With 7 people to do laundry for it seems inevitable that my bed looks like this on most days or the baskets are scattered all over my room.  It drives me nuts and that’s why I created the laundry system and organized the laundry baskets in the laundry room…I seem to have some slow learners on the new system and when it comes to house hold choresSmile!


Now here’s a self portrait I did a couple of months ago with a clean room but, now looking at this makes me realize that the few pounds I’ve lost does make a difference! All my working out and eating healthy has made a huge impact on the way I look and feel. I will take the messy room and a few pounds lighter any day!

Don’t forget to come back Monday for our 1st Model Monday party!  I would love to have you link up your self portraits from this party!

Model Monday 000

Model Monday’s Coming May 21st!

Model Monday 000

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T-Shirt Bracelets

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I created these cute t-shirt bracelets the other day.  I of course got my inspiration and idea from Pinterest.  I have had a stack of old t-shirts ready to be made into something.  I originally planned to make more headbands, scarfs and necklaces but, when I saw this idea I knew I had to try it! It completes the accessory list!

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I started by cutting a few strips off the bottom of my t-shirt and then tied them together to make a piece of knit fabric that I used like yarn.  Depending on how thick you want your bracelet you can double up the strips of fabric or cut wider stripes.  This was a total experiment for me to get the right thickness and length I wanted.  The dark gray bracelet I doubled up 2 strips thick. I also stretched the strips out once tied together because it will give you more length.
Now the fun part! How many of you use to knit with your fingers as a kid? I so loved doing it and would sleep with a big giant chain hooked to my fingers because I was trying to see how long I could make the chain always wanting to out do the last one! I would do it for hours on end but, the only problem was that I would have giant chains and didn’t know what to do with them.  I think I even tried selling them to the neighbors.  If you don’t know how to knit with your fingers you will need to go look up how to do it (I have no idea to explain it) but, this is what it looks like…I just used 2 fingers but, you can do up to all 4.
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I will admit I tore it out a few times until I got the hang of it again…all from memory as a kid from 30+ years ago! It didn’t take long at all. 
When I knitted a chain long enough I slipped the end of my yarn through the last 2 loops on my fingers to finish it off and then tied the 2 ends of the chain together. I have thin wrists and mine look a little small but, the bracelets have stretch to them as they slip over your hand. Then I clipped off the ends (not shown in the picture) and it would be cute to leave strands hanging too with multiple color bracelets.
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There you have it! I made the light gray one out of a tank top and the fabric was different texture and I like putting them together.  So many possibilities with old t-shirt and you could even dye white t-shirts like I did here.
Do you know how hard is it to take pictures one handed of your other hand? I think I did pretty good!
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