Posted in Blog, Self Help

Are you living your dream?

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Hey my friend! Come on in, take a seat! I have a question for you. Are you living your dream? I mean, do you h
ave a dream, and for some reason you never followed through, or something happened preventing you from living it. Or are you living your dream now?
If you read my very first blog, about myself, then you know my dream. If not, I am going to tell you. I have always wanted to just live free, and travel the world. Ever since I was a little girl, I was free spirited. I would always move from one idea to another, getting bored quickly. I always said I wanted to see the world. A sort of bucket list of things to do. However, I let life stop me, I stopped myself, and never did it. No reason really. I just did not follow through. My husband and I have set a goal in 2 years to sell everything we own, pack up what we can carry in a suitcase, (maybe two) and hit the road in our RV. No looking back, just travel and enjoy life. Why must we wait till retirement, when we are almost a hundred years old to enjoy life anyways? Who wrote that rule?
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I admire women who are living their dreams. It takes courage to step out on faith and just make that move to trust God to bless them with success in their adventure. I especially admire women who are single mother’s who take that chance, and make it on their own, become their own Boss!
Have you ever met someone, and right off, you could have sworn you h
ave known them all your life? You just feel like family, have great conversations, encouragement goes forth, and you build each other up right from the start. I recently met a young woman on Periscope, a live streaming app for your mobile devices. Kita J. is a woman who has many talents. She is a comedian and a blogger. She has numerous “characters” she portrays on her YouTube channel and website, such as Kiki, an over the top, Motivational speaker. Kita does all of this, through owning her own business, “Exist N Nature“.
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A  resident in Maryland, transplanted from Washington DC, Kita  J is living out her dream. She recently told me, she had a dream to be this well known artist that gives back to the community. “I started sewing as a young child around 5, I remember asking my mother to buy me a sewing machine to make baby doll clothing, she did, I had this vision to attend Parson The New School for Design in NYC right after high school”.  However that wasn’t the case. As an adult Kita worked several jobs trying to stay focused. While taking orders from others, she soon realized being an employee wasn’t meant for her. On October 27, 2014, she finally followed her heart and dream. She resigned from her stable job, making regular paychecks, and became a full-time entrepreneur. Today Kita is an artist, custom clothing designer and entertainer! How dare you tell Kita J that she ” can’t do it. Just watch me!” she says. “Confident and secure, as a woman it is time for us to shine!”.  Kita also promotes and assists new Entrepreneurs get started or build their business.
I admire her. I want to be her. We all want to be a “Kita J” following our dreams of being our own boss! Everyone has a dream of something they always wanted to do. Some of us followed through with it, while others were mislead by life. The time is now! Take back that time, and get up on your feet, follow your dreams. If we never try, we will never know if we will succeed.
I to am going to shine! I to, am going to step out on faith, and just do it. I am Snow, I am Southern. I am my own Boss! So let’s get to putting our dreams on paper! You can do it, I can do it, let’s do it together. Until next time, stay blessed, stay sweet, stay Southern.
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My dog thinks she is human!

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Hello! I’ve missed you! I must get better at this writing thing. My goal  is to blog everyday, although it is very difficult when a person is as busy as I am with a zillion things going on at one time. This week I have been super busy, well all the time, but this week seems more hectic than usual. It is mostly due to an addition to our family.

In the past, I used to be that person who laughed at pet lover’s and how spoiled their “family member” were. However, after getting a puppy for my birthday two years ago, I now understand. I am totally in love with my dog Button, a Chihuahua mixed with a mini Pincher. A “Chipin” they call it. Button, is now 2 years old, and I swear she thinks she is human! She has her own little personality, and thinks she is as huge as the neighbor’s Pit bull! She is our little killer who is afraid of everything she shouldn’t be, and brave to things she should be afraid of. I was told it is called an inferior complex. She knows she is small, so she growls like she is huge thinking that will scare what ever it is. No ma’am, sit down.12936657_10153343530826086_2969339280052039931_n

Of course, I spoil her rotten like any self respected southern woman does. Button eats what we eat, she sleeps with us in the bed, heck she tells us when it is bedtime! Just like a child, at 9:00 pm every night, she climbs up on my husband chest and looks him straight in the eyes, like she is trying to tell him something. It took us three days to figure out what she wanted. Freddie takes her outside, nothing. He gives her some fresh water, nope. “What does she want?” he asked. I said, “it’s her bedtime”, as serious as I could be. Of course, he laughed, and then laid down on the couch, covered himself with a blanket, and what did Button do? She crawled right up next to him, and went to sleep! I swear she thinks she is human.

Two days ago, I took Button to Bath, Barks and Bubbles downtown Birmingham. She loves going there, to her “doggie spa” to get a haircut, her nails clipped and painted. I spend more on my dog than I do myself. Anyhow, while there, I was asked if I wanted another dog? My first reaction, no! But, of course, I had to see him.

Lucky was brought in to the shop in January I believe she said, and they never came back. Now, I am praying that nothing happened to them, that they just could not take care of him. But Lucky has been living in the shop for three months. The owner started to put an ad in the Newspaper, but didn’t because she wanted to make sure Lucky received a good home. He is so adorable, and sweet. Needless to say, yes, Freddie and I just could not leave him. We went back the next day and picked him up.

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Button? Button is the queen of our home. She is in charge. My children, when they come to visit, they ask where is Button. My neighbor speaks to her every morning on her way to work, through the window, (we sleep with our windows open in the south).  The whole block knows Button, and she knows them. So you can imagine when Lucky came, she did not like sharing her attention. She is not happy with us! As a matter of fact, she is giving us the silent treatment. At first, if Button was in my lap, and Lucky tried to come near, she would growl at him. It has been about three days, and she is getting used to him now. Although, I just realized tonight that Lucky is eating his food and Button’s. So, I am going to give him to my mother as a birthday present. Button will one day be queen of our home again!

Until then, I must deal with not one, but two dogs, a part of my family, who think they are human. Lucky has quickly adapted to Button’s routine. He to, has a regular nap time, and bedtime. Meal times are excitement running through the house, thinking they are both going “to get what ever that smell is she is cooking”.  While I am sitting here writing about them, of course, they are both right at my feet. It is past their bedtime, and they are waiting on me to go to bed! So I guess I will end here for the night. I could go on and on about my “children”.

So tomorrow, on to the next task at hand, whatever that may be.  I will definitely keep you updated on both of my little ones. Until then, keep spoiling, be blessed, stay southern!

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Do you have pets in your home?  Tell me about them! I would love to hear your stories.  Post your pictures. Animals are precious and must be treated as such.

2012 – 2016 Icehouse Crafts. “My dog’s not spoiled, I’m just well trained”. http://icehousecrafts.com/item_330/My-Dogs-Not-Spoiled…Im-Just-Well-Trained-Sign.htm#.Vwx7g6QrK00
AllPosters.com. “A spoiled rotten Chihuahua lives here”. http://www.allposters.com/-sp/A-Spoiled-Rotten-Chihuahua-Tan-Lives-Here-Wood-Sign-Posters_i9560929_.htm
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Are You A Make-up Junkie?

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Hey ya’ll! Come on in! Have I got some tea for you! I was just trying out these new products I got from my Friend Mo’Nique.  Just an FYI, I am a make-up junkie. Here in the south, we love make-up. I grew up a tom-boy because of my brothers, but I also loved my dolls! Ever since I was a little girl, I love to play around with nail polish, eye colors, try new foundations, lipsticks, tricks of the trade, anything for my skin, I have probably tried it! Sometimes I will sit up hours on end just watching YouTube videos on tricks and techniques. I try and stay up on the newest brands, or colors, brushes and more.

bcc36f_612a48d025b840e694103d9f75102d89Recently I was blessed to meet a new friend, Mo’Nique, from Flawless Faces by Mo’Nique, a Makeup Artist & Skincare Specialist, specializing in Bridal , Prom & Fashion Makeup. She has a mini spa right here in Birmingham on the south side. The very first time I met her, we had a kindred spirit. Mo’Nique is the most down to earth, sweetest southern woman you will meet.

But her skills? Oh yea, did I mention that Mo’Nique can “Beat that face” as we say in the South. Mo’Nique did my makeup for a print shoot, publishing her studio. My face was flawless, just like the name says. I looked 10 years younger. Now I am good with makeup, but honey, she did that! 1934838_10153175443601086_9058993384497637016_n

I had received a Certificate in Makeup application months before, just as a finality to actually start getting paid to do what I love. However, I learned so much in one hour from Mo’Nique, on things I was doing wrong, that wasn’t taught in class. Most tricks have to be learned by experience in the field work.

Mo’Nique also has a personal line of all Natural Organic Skincare Products such as Organic Cleanser & Moisturizer, Acne Creme, Lip Balms, etc.  I love her facial treatments, and personal services such as aeromatherapy, rejuvenating treatments, and much more. I love, love her lip balm!

bcc36f_eeafd1dc17db4322935f5454611d6253 Mo’Nique’s Makeup Studio offers on location or in studio services for all occasions. She has a range of services offered, from Bridal, to professional shoots, or just that special dinner date. If you are new to skin care, or need a new routine, Mo’Nique can help you with that too. What ever your needs, I am sure Mo’Nique can, and will take care of you! So swing on by, check out her studio.

If you want to take a look closer, go to her website listed below. Look around, at her experience and gallery. The best part I love about Flawless Faces? The pricing. I could not believe the  reasonable pricing of her facials. My skin is so clear, and healthy! Thank you Mo’Nique for being my new friend!

Oh hey! While you are there, take a look at Tha 2nd Look Thrift, in the same suite! I will blog about Tyronda tomorrow so come on back for some more Tea honey! I love the name brand clothes, at bargain prices. These two ladies can give you an entire make over for that special day! So hurry on over now. I’ll see you there!

Stay blessed, Stay Southern, and stay Flawless!

http://www.niquesflawlessfaces.com/

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It’s Dinner Time, What Ya Cookin?

Hey ya’ll! Come on in! I’m glad you came! I was just cooking something up for dinner! You hungry?

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If you are from the south, That is probably what you will hear if you show up to someone’s house around dinnertime. And us Southerners, we love us some fried chicken. Well, any chicken really, but fried? Oh yeah! I mean the smell of the grease, the whole crusty, seasoned, spicy, juicy bite of it all! I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it.

The only drawback to all this Southern fried food? It’s so fattening! Recently, about three to four months ago, I made a decision to not eat anymore fried foods. I have been successful, for the most part. I slip every now and again. I just can’t help it! It smells so dang good when chicken is frying in all that grease!

Have you heard of JJ Smith? How about this new craze, the 10 day Green Smoothie cleanse? JJ Smith is a Nutritional counselor, popular for her Smoothie cook book “The 10 Day Green Smoothie cleanse”.  I have one, and you can get one to on Amazon.com, or in Walmart book section. (3) JJ Smith is awesome if you need encouragement to get healthy. She has a Facebook page and she also emails out recipes all the time.

10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: JJ Smith: 9781501100109: Amazon.com: Books

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Now I must tell you, I hate vegetables with a passion. However, I knew I had to do something to lose some weight. But I also knew I can not do another fad diet. I must change my eating habits. So a friend of mine mention these green smoothies to me. First look, they look nasty as heck! A green smoothie? I manned up, I tasted it, and wow! This is really good! I can do this! And, not only are veggies good for us, but the drink in itself, if done correctly, will jump-start your weight loss, increase your energy level, clear your mind, and improve your overall health.

So 2 weeks later, I have actually stuck with it for Breakfast and lunch everyday with a nice, healthy dinner. Now, I have heard some people say they drink nothing but the smoothies and healthy snacks for 10 days. I don’t feel as though this might be healthy. I mean, yes, the smoothie is all greens and fruit. Yes, it is good for your body to increase veggies, but to go without solid food, may be rather difficult for some. And when it is over, you must, ease back to solid food, or you will need to keep a toilet near by. You have pretty much Detoxed your body from everything you have ever eaten. Well, if you eat like I love to, that might not be such a bad thing. The key is to cleanse in moderation.

Which brings me to tonight’s meal. Of course, I am making Chicken! What did you think? But, it’s not just any chicken, its BETTER than fried Chicken. It is called Almond Crusted Baked Chicken, one of JJ’s recipes.

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Once cooked, it looks and smells amazing! It is covered in almonds, which  is going to bake into a golden crust. Then the herbs and spices used taste so delicious. Almonds are a really good source of protein and the egg whites instead of the whole egg, cuts cholesterol.

I have included the recipe below in case you want to try it out. There is a print or share option as well. So get to cooking, and fill up your home with the awesome smell of a good southern home cooked meal! Pour up a big glass of sweet tea, and stay southern!

Almond Crusted Chicken

INGREDIENTS:
– 15 ounces of chicken breast tenderloins
– 2 egg whites
– 1 cup of almonds
– 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
– 1 Teaspoon thyme
– 2 Teaspoon oregano
– 1 Teaspoon sea salt
– Sprinkle of black pepper
– Parchment paper

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 °F.
Create the coating: Add almonds, oregano, parmesan cheese, sea salt, black pepper and thyme to the food processor and process until it is an evenly textured consistency.
Put chicken on one plate and the egg whites on another plate and the coating on a third plate. Gently roll the each piece of chicken in egg whites, then in the coating, and put it on the parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

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Reference: Copyright © 2011 Adiva Publishing  J.J. Smith – Discover Surprising Weight-Loss Secrets to Lose Weight Fast and Keep It Off!
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Life can be so unexpected!

Hey ya’ll! Come on in, take a seat. Let’s chat about life! Life in itself, can be so many things to us on a daily basis. It can be amazing, nerve wracking, exciting, and very unexpected. There are some who say, “I have my whole life planned out on a schedule for the next ten years”. And then there is me. I often drive my husband crazy with it, because even though I plan things, they never seem to go my way. If they do, I have changed my mind 30 times before the end result. Hey, what can I say? I’m a jump off the cliff, and think about it later kind of person. I might wake up tomorrow and feel like driving 6 hours on a whim, to see Mom. Then, only to stay one night, wake up ready to hit the road again. I am getting better at planning, but there are times when it just doesn’t matter. There are times, that no matter how long and detailed our plans may be, some things can not be avoided. Like death. It happens to everyone, no avoiding that one.

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Death can be so unexpected. Like a sudden turn in the road. If you are not careful, you’ll end up in a ditch! Slow down! Death can be like a robber coming in your home while your asleep in the middle of the night. I mean hey, if a robber were to tell you he was coming at three A.M. through the back bedroom window, you would be there waiting with a shotgun to let him have it, right? Of course you would! Who wouldn’t? But what happens when it is unexpected? Are you prepared to deal with it? I am not just speaking financially. Although, that is something that can be planned. The cost of a funeral is so expensive now. No, I am speaking emotionally. Am I, if need be, prepared for that day when I must bury Mother? Or my husband? Even one of my children? Again, I think not. Death is something that no matter how much you prepare emotionally, even if it is inevitable that it is on it’s way to claim the life of this person you are so going to miss. No one will ever be ready to lose a life. No one. Unless your just the type who has no sense of connect to others, no respect or remorse for life. But even then, there will be that one person, to bring even the hardest of hearts to tears.

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In the past year, I have seen death fall all around me. A young man at my church, “Bill” I’ll call him, is a young impressionable teenage boy. He has a mother, a father, and 3 younger siblings, significantly younger than he. Earlier in the year, his father all of a sudden, became ill, and passed away. No planning could be made to prepare for this. It just happened. Now I get word yesterday, that his mother passed. Her lung cancer came back. So now, I look at this young man, and I feel for him. I was in tears, not because of my friend’s passing, but for these children. Now what? Fortunately, there grandparents are still around to take them in. But is this going to effect these young lives? All the softball games, the prom, the wedding, the babies. Their parents will not be around for any of it. It saddens me.

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It saddens me to think that as much as I love my family, I would have to leave, and miss all of these life events! I look at my children, and sometimes I just shake my head. Other times I am full of joy to see just how far and wonderfully made adults they have become. Even though I never had any children of my own, due to health reasons, I happen to have been blessed with a huge family. I mentioned them in my post yesterday. I have 2 girls, 2 boys, a slew of grandsons and one granddaughter, Kennedi Nariah. Isn’t she just a doll?

12747354_10153228591956086_3570425061739090607_oHolidays are huge at our home, just like when I was a child. Family is everything to me! I often wonder though, are they really prepared for this rugged world? Are they prepared for that day when Dad and Snow will not be here for them? If not, I feel like Freddie and I have done all we can to prepare them. We have taught them values, respect, a sense of adventure, and planning. But Death? That my friends, can not be prepared for. Or can it?

My husband and I are avid motorcycle riders. A Harley to be exact. We used to be involved with a prominent outlaw Motorcycle club, or “gang” as society labels them. However, we have now been saved by grace, and turned our life to Jesus Christ, changing our lives for the better. Our lives have never been the same! There were times, as I look back now, that we should have both been sent home in a casket. There is no other way, except to imagine our parents and grandparents prayers from long ago protecting us from harm. Someone was on their knees for us, and I thank you.

One day I came to my daughter and told her, “I need to prepare you for our death, God forbid”. She did’t want to discuss it. I had to make her see, that even though she’s not the oldest, she is the only one, responsible enough to make it through, and help her siblings. To step up to the plate, and be strong for the others, if ever something happened while we are out on that road. I thank God, nothing ever happened. We are still here, now being an example to our children of living a Kingdom lifestyle. (That is a whole other subject). It saddens me, as I look back, that we took the chances we did, not thinking of our family, to just go on the road, with no sense of consequence, that we may not come home to our children. It saddens me the thought of possibly having to go through life with out any guidance, a parents love, a hug, their support in everything they do.

As I sit here writing this, with tears streaming down my face, I even feel saddened for what might have been, even though we were graced with life. So now what can I do with this? I can pick up my smile, throw that away in the past, and keep moving. That’s right, let the past remain there, in the past. But how about the future? I ask again, am I prepared for that day when someone closest to me leaves me behind? I do have faith in Jesus Christ, and the comfort he promises me that, yes it will be difficult, but I am built for this test. I can make it. And I will.

You will often here me speak of Jesus, and how much he means to me. If it were not for the Lord on my side, I would not be the strong independent person I am today. Jesus reminds us in his word, that even though that person is gone from this realm, if they are a child of God, we will one day see them again. Now if they are not saved by grace, of course then depending on your beliefs, you should be saddened. Some feel like we are just here, and after death, it is just over. That’s it? I am just gonna die, and that is it? I am so glad I know the truth. It comforts me to know Mother is waiting on me, that Dad is waiting on me. We will all be together again, IF we prepare.

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“But Snow, I thought you said Death can not be prepared for?”.  Yes, we may not be able to plan for Death. But we can prepare for it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7, NIV) says, “The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it”.  At the resurrection, God reunites the body and His life-giving spirit, and the person lives again. So what does that mean to us? That means Granny is up there, with God, until that day upon His return. Now that is something to shout about, even in a time of grief! We are only temporarily separated. Isn’t that a little bit comforting?

So, long story short, if you are all of a sudden facing grief right in the face, reflect on this for a moment. Think about your own life. Have we truly “Prepared” ourselves for death? Or are we just living day to day? Death is never a subject we run to for discussion. But it is unavoidable. Every man, woman, race, creed, culture, and breathing thing in this universe, will ultimately one day face death. So let us prepare for it while we have the chance. Let us allow God to send a word of encouragement, a hug of sorts. A comfort in knowing that we will meet again one day. That is, of course, if the right choices have been made, to prepare that same path to a be with God. After all, the choice is ours to make.

I often refer to Deuteronomy 30:19 which states, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him”.  I love this! You mean, even though Death can not be planned upon, I still have a choice after death?! Yes, that is what I am saying. For me, I choose life. I choose to prepare for death, even if I can not plan for it. I choose to go on living, knowing that, yes, I am very saddened, even in a sense of grief, over a possible loss. But at the same time, I am overjoyed knowing, I have prepared my path, and we will meet again. So, choose life! After all, we still have others here that need us more.

Until we meet again, pick up that smile, dry them tears, give me a big ole hug. Let’s keep moving. One day at a time is all you need. It will get easier with time, like a small whisper, a vapor of smoke, that grief will leave, and a small reminder will come to remind you of this person you have missed so. Then you will smile, and keep moving. Just do not give up! Keep going. If you can not keep moving for yourself, at least do it for those counting on us. I love you. God loves you. Be comforted, be blessed, be prepared. Stay Southern!

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Reference: © 2004 – 2016 by Bible Hub; The Bible, New International Version (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Posted in About Me, Blog, Self Help, Travel

Are you traveling forward or backwards?

I was once asked, “In 5 years, will what you are doing now lead you somewhere further up the road, or will it lead back to where you are today?” Good question!

Hey ya’ll! Welcome to the south! My name is Sno Wilson.  Although I Currently live in  Birmingham Alabama, I am a born and bred Christian country girl from Eldorado Illinois, a town of 1400 people, still today! So if you want southern, I’m ya girl. I will be married to my husband Freddie 9 years on April 28th. We have been together since 2003, with 2 sons, 2 beautiful daughters, and 4 wonderful grandsons, 1 granddaughter diagnosed with Down-Syndrome at birth.

This blog was created out of need for my numerous followers and social media sites. I have become known to my community, as “Ask Sno” I am constantly researching on the web for items, family, crafts, cooking, travel, anything asked of me by friends! If there is something you need, information, for purchase, health, beauty, exercise, family issues, I will do the research, and blog about it!

Do you know what “Freedom living” means? It is living a life completely free, no 9-5 job, no bosses, no day in and day out routine, saving up for retirement for 30 years down the road, that matter-of-factually, we may never reach. According to the recent deaths statistics in my area, my chances of becoming a victim in Birmingham is 1/63. Forgive me for saying this, but out of a Population of 318,857,056, that is scary as heck!

With that being said, why would I, or anyone for that matter, want to spend the rest of my life doing the same thing every day, expecting different results that I may never reach? Why would you? So, Hubbie and I have put together a 2 year plan. Our goal is to eventually sell everything,  pay off our debt, and run! I thank God that we have been blessed with a minimal amount of debt left, and with discipline, we will reach our goal right on time! At the end of 2 years, we are going to just DO IT! Like mike!

That’s right! We are going to sell everything, buy an RV, pull our Harley Davidson behind us, and HiT The RoAd!! Only God knows where He will lead us. Will it be Florida? The Grand Canyon, California, Tombstone Arizona, or Canada? That, my friends is the wonderful thing about “Freedom Living”! Your free! Do what you want, when you want, no restrictions! I will blog more on how to support a Freedom Lifestyle later on down the road. For now, just put it in the back of your mind, sit on it for a spell, and sip that tall glass of southern sweet tea on that front porch swing!

I so look forward to allowing each and every one of my followers to get to know us on a personal level, while God uses to me to help someone in need. Please share my blog with your friends and family! Until then be blessed and stay Southern!

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Reference: Location Inc (2000-2016) “Crime rates for Birmingham, AL” Retrieved from http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/al/birmingham/crime/