Thursday, October 24, 2013

Things you do that you never realized everyone else does.

On a long road trip when you drive with the same cars for miles.  You think of them as your companions and you feel a little sad as you exit the highway. Except there’s that one guy (we all have seen one like him) who is always picking his nose when you drive by.  He shall not be missed.

You still unconsciously think the 90’s are ten years ago. Yup.

You immediately go back and read an email after you hit send, just to make sure the words you wrote are what you meant to write. And that it sent it. And what time it sent………oh goodness.

When you are on a long phone call, you pace around your house.  Sometimes you move random things from one spot to the next, and can’t find them later….but most of the time you just pace around.

You set your alarm earlier than you need to, just so you can press snooze 4, 5, or 6 times. I surprisingly fall back to sleep after each snooze, but then it feels like I didn’t sleep through the night. I should stop this.

When you shop around a store for an hour and don’t buy anything, you start to think that security thinks you’re a shoplifter.  I’m the kind of person that if I don’t have a list made of what I need, I spend 25 minutes in the breakfast isle, trying to figure out which cereal to buy. Then I get frustrated and leave with nothing.  Wasted time, my friends. Wasted time.  Then I get home and realize I have 4 unused but opened cereal boxes in my cubbard, because I raaaaarely eat breakfast anyways. :)

You put your music on shuffle and skip to the songs you wanted to hear anyways. Guilty.

You wipe off your cell phone screen to make sure all the marks are going in the same direction…or in a cool pattern, at least, or a smiley face. :)

You immediately forget someone’s name right after they introduced themselves. Sorry. I am getting better though Travis?, Justin?, Matthew?….next time I’ll remember.

You sometimes talk to people as if they already heard the context of what was going on inside your head. I start conversations with James like this more often than I would like to admit, and he’s like, “What!?” His face is confused and kind of looks like this: (   :/   )  

or this:
James and his long locks. LOVE this silly man!

If you want to read the whole list of things you do that everyone else does, and you have time to kill……you can check it out here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

windy, windy, windy

sunglasses: Target (old)
feathers & leaf necklace: a hospital gift shop
sweater: Target (same)
t-shirt: Walmart (James' sshhh.....)
brown tank top: Aeropostale (old)
leggings: Target (same)
sandals: Target (old, thrifted)
Just a little outfit for you on this fall day! :)
Be blessed wherever you are!
XO Tiff 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

being real...and fake leather

Well hi, hello, good morning, good afternoon, good evening to you! 
Wherever you are at this very moment, I would like to say to you,
“You Are Loved...and it is going to be ok!”
Maybe you are in a season of life that is difficult to go through.
Maybe you have had a hard time adjusting to the colder weather. 
Maybe there has been a time of grieving over a loved one that is no longer with you.
Maybe you just don’t know what direction to take and you are standing at a crossroad - not sure if you should take a left or a right.
Maybe you feel defeated and unable to withstand the waves that seem to be crashing all around you.
Maybe it is just what I had been feeling.
Maybe all you and I need to hear is “You are loved and it is going to be ok.”
Just being real and open and honest with you and myself here:
I’m sure we can all say that this time of year, when the leaves change and fall festivities come, it means life gets a little busier than normal!  That is the truth.  Life has been a little bit busier.  There have been some major things happening in the midst of life for James and I.  Some things that I am learning to embrace and other things I have not come to understand.  Not that I have to know and understand all things, because God says “do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6 & 7). I am just embracing that truth for my life in this very moment.  I will remain strong in Him.  I will not let anything (that lies, cheats, or tries to destroy life) come prancing in and take hold of my mind & heart.  I have a strength that is not my own, but from Him who is greater.  Another truth from Psalm 46:1 & 2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will NOT fear.”
Life…we all know it will never slow down.  Let’s just take a second, breathe, and repeat, repeat, repeat.  I don’t want to appear like I have all of my things in order, ‘cause I don’t.  We don’t.  I don’t think any of us can have everything in order ever. 
If someone out there does, please send me the instruction manual for that! ;)
Let us be real!  I’m choosing to be real and be ok when things are a little messy in life.  Just take one day at a time…one moment at a time.  Let’s be honest with one another.  Let’s be real with one another. 
The only thing fake going on over here are these faux leather shoulder patches on my shirt.  That’s the truth! J
SO.........Good Morning. Good Afternoon. Good Evening, friends.
You ARE loved and it IS going to be ok.
Romans 8:28
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Blessings to you!
shirt: Target (same),
skinny denim: Target (same),
feathers & leaf necklace: a hospital gift shop,
sandals: Target (old, thrifted),
sunglasses: Target (old)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

when you just can't decide if it's summer or fall

Target sunnies, Lucky & Coco scarf(gifted), Target boyfriend cardigan,
Target purse(swapped), Maurices capris, Madewell skimmer flats
It is just that time of year around northern Minnesota where the summer FINALLY shows up, but WAAAAAY late to the party.  Way all the summer brats are devoured, the lemonade pitcher is empty, and there is just a spoonful of fruit salad left. YEAH! Late you are summer!  Those cute kids on the corner with lemonade stands aren't even going to be able to fill up your glass.  Those stands are all packed up in the garage until next year, school bells have been ringing, and the sweaters have been pulled out of totes. 
Kid you actually FINALLY has felt like summer these last few weeks.  Not heat waves, but normal summer temps and weather.  And it isn't suppose to be like this (but don't take that as if I'm complaining....I'm very, very thankful).  It is just that I pulled out the sweaters and I am itching to wear know, with boots and scarves and stuff.  So....because of the warm weather, I had to wear capris and shoes without socks.  But, because it has already been officially fall for a few days I HAD to wear a sweater and scarf.  It felt great!  Just disregard this combination of my fall top half with the summer bottom half.
I just couldn't decide what would be more appropriate attire for these warm fall days!
Aren't you feeling that same itch for sweater weather!? :) 
Who doesn't love Fall?!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Awkward and Awesome Thursday! Take 2

Hey! This is Awkward & Awesome Thursday!
It's where I post about awkward and awesome moments in this little thing called life!

And just some pictures of me being mostly awkward.
Target dress & sandals - Peppers "Nola" Eyewear

When you step out of your vehicle in a rush to just quuuuuuickly stop in a gas station to grab an Arnold Palmer for a beach picnic. That doesn’t sound really awkward, until I say that I notice my skirt was not covering my unders.  Instead my skirt was caught in my unders and let’s just say that ALL the gas pumps were being used at the time.  How ironic.  So….I was like, “Hello all you people! Here’s my back side! Sorry, but yes you DID just see that.”  Like I said though…we were going to the beach so “unders” was code word for swim bottoms. Thankful they weren’t the real things and maybe wearing swimwear made this experience better and not as awkward, yes?! …or maybe not!

Not awkward for me, but happened to someone VERY VERY close to me… quoted from a text I received the other day: “That moment when you’re at a restaurant with people you don’t know that well and you pull out “Chapstick” from your purse to put on your chapped lips…but, you realize your “Chapstick” is actually an unwrapped tampon that you raised to your lips… #thatjusthappened  #wahwah ” So thankful that was NOT me! ;)

Trying to take a nap, in your car, on your lunch… you find the closest, empty parking lot and recline.  Twenty minutes later you wake up from your nap, pull your seat back up, turn and look left out your window and notice a man parked right next to you.  Literally, RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR CAR.  Ummm…..there is a WHOLE PARKING LOT empty and he has to park right there and see me with my nap head of hair. Of course we made eye contact and I grinned (with possible drool and face crease), locked the doors, and slowly reclined back down to “napping position.” Just close your eyes, it helps. It helps. It helps. Repeat it.

You are walking into Walmart and see some people you know.  Mid conversation you notice that one of the men has “the barn door open,” “flies are coming in,” “close the doors”….you know!  Do you say something, ABSOLUTELY NOT.  Do you keep checking to see if it still is down, yes, but not trying to.  Awkward and I am sure that person will realize later.  Trust me….if it was a girl or lady, I would have said something. 


The email you were supposed to receive from your husband yesterday, but missed it until this morning right when you needed to hear it most. It starts with “I am totally in love with you….” and something about God smiling yada yada and your beautiful yada yada……I mean, it all makes sense now and you totally HAVE to have a great day then! ;) Too sweet babe.

Our wood floors are looking amazing, even though we are not completely done finishing them yet.  Those of you who have sanded and finished floors before can understand the awesomeness in being SO CLOSE TO COMPLETION! James has been doing amazing work and we can’t wait to sleep in our bedroom again.  The mattress on the floor for almost two weeks just ain’t cuttin’ it. P.S. I will have a post up soon to show the completed project!!! J

Tomorrow is Friday and that means SUMMER BBQ for lunch. Enough said. Nuuuuuuuuuummmmm.

I actually AM downsizing.  Not just words coming out of my mouth anymore.  I have probably 15 pairs of shoes that I am going to sell as of right now.  Some have been seen on this blog!  More clothes, accessories, stuff, stuff, stuff to get rid of, yes!.  But, one step at a time, right…and that means SHOES first!  P.S. I have all size 9, VERY gently used & NEW booties, heals, etc… If any of you ladies out there are interested in any,  send me an email @ and I can send pictures and pricing. J

I literally am just finishing this ice cream drumstick.  It was most definitely AWESOME!

Have an AWKWARD or AWESOME Thursday……..or both! J

Monday, August 19, 2013

just some stripes

Target peplum tank, Charlotte Russe jeans, Madewell skimmer flats, Target sunnies
Well, I hope your Monday has been a good one.
Just because it is Monday, doesn't mean it has to BE A MONDAY!
You know what I mean?! :)
Here's to finding joy in the day that gets a bad rap.
Happy good 'ol Monday to ya!

Friday, August 16, 2013

crisp. clean. and refreshing.

Target sandals, Eddie Bauer shorts, Old Navy tshirt, Dollar Store glasses
So, I must have this thing for blue and white, or something?!
Come to think of it, I must be obsessed. 

like our lovely home: white blocks with blue trim and shutters on the outside,
and all different shades of blue rooms on the inside with white trim!
like summer skies: our summer has been surprisingly full of clouds and rain,
but you know the NORMAL summer skies...white clouds on the blue painted backdrop.
I love this color combination, and I don't know why? 
like this outfit: which feels like pajamas that you can dress up with heals. ;)
Maybe I like blue and white so much because it's
crisp, clean and cool feeling for a warm, summer day!? 

More randomness:
Do you know what else is crisp, clean, and cool feeling? My mouthwash! And say my mouthwash is blue and then white too! You know?? when you swoosh it around your mouth while you count down the agonizing 30 seconds you have to keep it in there to kill all those germs. Usually by the time I get to 20 seconds, I'm foaming and overflowing at the mouth, and that's where the white comes in...ALL OVER MY FACE!  Gotta love it though.....'cause it's crisp, clean, cool, blue, AND white! 

Ok....randomness and tangent mind must mean it is the weekend! Ready for a weekend break,
................but never take a break from mouth washing, and brushing, and flossing for that matter.
Oh boy....I'm done rambling.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Oh, H&M. I'm downsizing! Why do you tempt me so?

Ok.  So....I have this deal with the hubs to get rid of HALF MY WARDROBE!!!  I KNOW!!  CRAZY!! But, totally possible.  It is nothing he is forcing me to do, promise!  I made this decision on my own, seriously! James and I talked about this officially when we were on vacation out west this summer (will post pictures of that road trip asap :) ).
James came to me probably two weeks after that "promise day" of mine and said,
"Babe. So, how many items do you have?" 
I was like, "Honey, what are you talking about?"   
", accessories, shoes, all of it!"
"Oh Yes! The promise. Let's get on that right away."
"Remember 50% of everything, hon."
"I know..."
Well, much has happened since then....but nothing having to do with getting rid of my things.   I haven't gone out purchasing, but I say that a promise is a promise and it has not been completed yet.  I will, I will!
All you fashionistas out there may be freaking out a little,
but if I can down size, N. E. ONE. can! Trust me!
So....all this being said....It just so happened that when I'm downsizing, H&M decides to start their "BUY ONLINE, not just in store" phase.  How ironic, right!?  Since I'm downsizing, I am just window shopping.  But, you see I have been window shopping H&M since.......well, a long time.  Now you've done it H&M. You just want to tempt me, don't you.  But I'm not giving in, just yet. 
If you are not me, and if you are not downsizing....
go right ahead and check out with these lovelies: 
H&M Outfit 1
H&M Outfit 2

clockwise: pants, jacket, shirt, earrings, bag, shoes
H&M Outfit 3

H&M Outfit 4

clockwise: glasses, scarf, jeans, shoesshirt
H&M Outfit 5
clockwise: dress, earrings, glasses, bag, boots

BTW....this is not a sponsored post.  I just really, really like H&M. :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

It's been a while...


Well hello there. 
Let me introduce myself.
My name is Tiffany and this is my blog about......

Yup.  I feel like I've been gone for a while.  Actually, let me rephrase that...I HAVE BEEN gone for a while!  Like exactly 25 days. YIKES!!  Life for everyone is busy, but we each experience different things at different seasons of life.  There has been good things happening in these last twenty-five days and then many deep hard-to-get-through times too.  Maybe one day I can write it down and explain it, but until then....I just know that God is good.  Life is a gift from God, so it is also good, because He created it....and I am thankful for each and every experience in the middle of it, because that is how we are shaped, molded, and built. :)  Cliche, sure. Truth, as well....YES!


From the very beginning of this blog called "TisforTiffany," I knew it would only be a PART of my life, and NOT my everything. 
(gasp....did she just write that out? :/ )  I confess!  I must say that consistency of posts everyday is definitely not what blogging is about for me.  There is no right or wrong way to blog, and that is what I really enjoy about it.  I enjoy being able to express and share funny moments, faith, and style here on the blog as often as my little creative mind desires and time allows.  HAHAHAHA! That thing called TIME!  Do you have some to spare!? :)

Blogging is a way for me to keep an online journal of all that creative juice that is bubbling up inside of me.  But man, I admit....sometimes it is bubbling and bubbling and bubbling WAY TOO FAST and I want to do it all. at. once.

That's when I have to...
Look around. 
See what I got.
See what God has already put right in front of me. 
See what responsibilities he has laid out before me.
See what he wants me to do with what he has given me.
And set some things aside for a moment.

So, anyways.....I'm back.  :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

4 Years

Sometimes, we are goofballs.
Sometimes, we are romantic.
Always, we are blessed to have eachother.
I can't imagine life any less crazier,
but man am I happy you are here with me through it all.
God really knows what He is doing and I'm sure glad He sent you my way.
Here's to 4 x 4 x 4 more!
X O    X O    X O    X O

Monday, July 1, 2013

Just stoppin' by!

It is so beautiful here!

Hey there! I thought I could stop in and post a little photo of what James and I are looking at everyday!  Amazing, right!?  We still can't believe how beautiful this nature is!?  I wanted to stop in too to let me family know that I AM ALIVE!  I haven't had cell phone coverage at all, but we made it here safely!  We only have Internet this very second because we decided to stop in and take an hour at the library!  So thankful for AC!! (Hello,'s been 97 degrees here!!!!).

Anyways, I better sign off! Later on, I'll catch you up on all the fun we have had and will soon!
Later, later my friends!

Love Tiff

Friday, June 28, 2013


taken on the road, of course.
 ...the obvious thing to say! ;)
We are going out west, to do what's best!
James and I are finally taking a REAL vacation.  The kind that is consists of a week, sleeping at roadsides (glamorous, I know), and enjoying TIME TOGETHER!  We are so thankful for Nate & Aimee, and Kathy & Troy who will be babysittin' Rainey for the week! 
Also, thank you Jeremy and Charity and the huge blessing this is!  THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
We knew that the time has come where James and I both needed to spend some serious time away from all the lovely things we are so proud to be a part of! :) But, we have come to realize that to strengthen a relationship and to keep things in check, sometimes you just HAVE to get away from the norm.  We both are very excited for these next 7 days! They are going to be a lot of just him & me, driving, hiking, rafting, riding..........excited, HOLY COW!  No seriously....we are going to see lots of cows as we drive on by! ;) I say this and am writing this, I hope James is ready to put up with me and my silly ol' jokes! Love this dude! Love this time!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Hey! Hey!

Oh, Hey! Hey! It's the last Monday in June! Wowza!'s an outfit from that one blossom day I posted about here!
 Target dress, thrifted top, Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers,
Target watch, Peppers "Nola" sunglasses
And, of course summer brings those little dandelions...
Let me try that again.....stubborn little guy!

Friday, June 21, 2013

beautiful blossoms(and the weekend), you finally arrived!

 Last weekend (two weekends ago, actually), James and I took a little stroll across the train tracks to view the beautiful blossoms that finally arrived in northern Minnesota!  We could see them from one of our upstairs windows and thought they were stunning. 
They looked beautiful from a far, but we needed a closer look.  Of course, I can't go anywhere without my camera,
so here are just a few snapshots of those blossoms, up close and personal... 
These blossoms didn't smell the prettiest, but beautiful THEY ARE, don't you agree!?
I just hope that wherever you are, seeing blossoms or not, that your weekend will be beautiful! 
Enjoy the first weekend of this beautiful season!
See you again on Monday!