Journey toward happiness

February 24, 2010

I have returned!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Tara @ 9:36 pm

So, I have been missing from the blog world for a little over a week. NC man and I took a trip back to Kentucky to visit friends and family. While there, I helped the lovely Sarabee get her Little Yarn Shop ready for the grand opening. Here is a little run-down of our trip.

Our first stop was Aunt Bea’s in Pilot Mountain, NC(Mayberry) for some delicious B-B-Q. There sauces are amazing.

The ground was still covered in snow in VA and southeastern KY. We had to travel through the Cumberland Gap because I-40 is closed down indefinitely between NC and TN.

We visited my parents and the notorious Samuel L. Yeah, I named him!

Then it I got to spend a whole day with my favorite lady, Sarabeth. Look at the black board on the right. Those are Garden Girl Creation necklaces. There are also Handpainted Scrabble Tile Pendants for sale.

We stayed busy stocking shelves and labeling items.

Yeah, we have been mistaken for sisters. SB is definitely the pretty one though. Love ya sis!

Make sure you check out Sarabee’s Little Yarn Shop online or stop by next time you are in Winchester.



February 19, 2010


Filed under: Etsy, Friday Finds — Tara @ 6:04 am

…no Friday Finds today. We are in Kentucky for the weekend and I will not have time. Looking forward to getting back on track next week!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


February 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

On my new food allergy free journey, I have been doing lots of research. There are alot of really cool blogs out there. Here are a few of my favorite ones.

Blaine’s Low Carb Kitchen

Gluten Free Mommy

Gluten Free Green Mommy

So, whether you have a wheat sensitivity or you are on the low carb diet, check out the great looking recipes and amazing stories on these sites.

Happy Tuesday to ya,


February 10, 2010

Starting my Allergy Free Life

Filed under: allergies, Uncategorized — Tags: — Tara @ 4:00 pm

Almost three years ago, I was diagnosed with a laundry list of environmental and food allergies. It was very overwhelming and a relief at the same time.

Since I was old enough to talk, my mother remembers me having headaches. Every year when the heat was turned on in the house, I would get severely ill. I suffered through multiple sinus infections in a years time(and that was every year) and was tested for Mono more times than I can count. I also suffered from 3 or more migraines weekly. I finally got to a breaking point and began seeking help yet again. When I was diagnosed with multiple allergies, all the pieces started falling into place.

The environmental allergens were upsetting but somewhat easy to learn to control. I began a weekly injection regimen that lasted for two years. I have finally found some relief from migraines and constant sinus problems.

The food allergies are another story. There is no medication available and the only prevention is abstinence. This is rather devastating when you are allergic to beef(boo, I love steak), wheat, rice, and tuna(that one is easy, I hate tuna).

I have pretty much eliminated beef out of my diet because of the immediate reaction from my body. I can tolerate it once or twice a month though. That is when I have a big, juicy, bloody, delicious steak. <my mouth is starting to water>

The wheat and rice… well… that is really hard! I love, love, love rice and pasta. They are my go to quick meals. And bread, oh the bread. I love bruschetta and garlic bread and paninis and…I could go on forever about bread. The one thing that I didn’t realize is that wheat is in almost every processed food out there. Wheat is often used as a thickener in condiments such as ketchup and salad dressing. It is also used in many spice mixes. Boo! I think the worst part of all of it is that rice flour is often used as a substitute for wheat flour in baking.

So here we are today, reflecting upon my history of allergies. I am reviewing this because I have been fighting a migraine since last Friday. It has been almost intolerable. Yesterday, I started researching headaches which lead me back to my food allergies. There is so much more information out there compared to a few years ago.

I am proud to say that this is my second day free of my food allergies and I am feeling great. The dull pain in my head has finally dissipated. I even found a cook book called Gluten-Free Without Rice. It is such a relief  to know I am not alone with this crazy combo of allergies. The transition to living allergy free will not remain as easy as the past two days; I am sure of this. Hopefully, I will find encouragement and support through this new journey in my life. I will post pictures and recipes as I try them out.

If you have any of the following symptoms, please talk to your doctor about wheat allergies.

  • Arthritis
  • Bloated stomach
  • Chest pains
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Diarrhoea
  • Eczema
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Joint and muscle aches and pains
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Palpitations
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin rashes
  • Sneezing
  • Suspected irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)/similar effects
  • Swollen throat or tongue
  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Unexplained cough
  • Unexplained runny nose
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Find out more information about wheat and other food allergies at

    Wish me luck on my new journey,


    February 2, 2010

    Tuesday’s Teaspoon

    Filed under: Tuesday's Teaspoon — Tags: , — Tara @ 6:07 pm

    Okay, don’t know what is going on with the Tuesday’s Teaspoon banner but it will not be on this post. Computers, huh?

    Anyway, on with the post.

    Did you know that groundhogs can text message? Well, apparently Punxsutawney Phil sent out a text message to his followers immediately after seeing his shadow. I thought thumbs were necessary for texting, but I guess I am wrong.

    Next thing we know, our pets will be texting us to let us know they are hungry or need to go out. ha.

    Unfortunately since Philly saw his shadow, we have six more weeks of winter. I don’t know if I can wait that long. Maybe I will win the lottery and take a nice long cruise near the equator.

    Punxsutawney Phil, right, is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow

    By the way, this guy looks like a total weirdo.

    Happy Groundhog Day,


    February 1, 2010

    As promised…

    Filed under: EtsyBlogger Team, Fun, NC Triad Etsians, North Carolina — Tags: — Tara @ 12:17 pm from the new camera. I am really pleased so far.

    The bench on the deck after the big snow storm. The temperature got up to the mid 40’s yesterday so the snow on the bench melted.

    Snow around the trees.


    Mia is not so pleased with the new camera. She gets annoyed being the subject of so many pictures.

    Zeke doesn’t seem to mind being my muse.

    Well, maybe he does mind a little. But on rare occasions, I can get him to pose for multiple pictures.

    Just a little fun post!

    Happy Monday ALL!


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