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myscoop

MyScoop The good life with a Southern drawl. Wife, mom, style expert, gardener, travel writer, recipe creator, nature nerd http://www.myscoop.us/
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I have been working on this article on aging for sometime, so it seemed appropriate with the aging challenge (15 yrs apart in these photos). this is 40👉🏻i have 40 years. j’ai quarant ans. if you translate ‘i am 40 years old’ to french that is the translation. there is no ‘old’ at the end, the phrase is ‘i have 40 years’. isn’t it beautiful? and isn’t it more correct than our american translation which implies getting old and the loss of time? i began taking french classes and that is one thing i learned that immediately brought tears to my eyes. i have 40 years.
it was around 39 years old that i began to have a change in perspective. after listening to the same ole tired played out phrases like ‘lordy lordy so-so is 40’ and ‘oh god i can’t believe i’m going to be 40’ and ‘we are so old’, i stopped, looked around at my life and thought to myself, “this feels pretty awesome, what is all the complaining about?” i felt such a deep gratitude for everything in my life that it seemed absurd to look at getting older as some type of punishment. i realized that getting older certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, but that’s where the really good stuff in life is.
i felt like i had been told the secret to infinite youth and it wasn’t to stay young at all, it is to age, to truly see the beauty in the world around you, it is the wisdom to understand what ‘living’ really means. yes i have wrinkles i did not used to have and sometimes i look in the mirror and wonder where did that young girl go – but my oh my the things that are better. i feel better than ever, i feel so comfortable in who i am, i am in the best shape of my life, my brain feels like a sponge that wants to absorb more than ever before, and i feel such gratitude and such peace in my heart. i think 40 may be the best kept secret on this planet, and at 50 i hope i feel the same way. read more and hear what other women including @mollanderson , @alexapulitzer , @catcourtneycoaching , @modeondavis have to say at myscoop👉🏻link in profile #aginggracefully #aging #thisis40
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Sassafras❤️i love to travel and i love my tribe, so when we get to do it together well that’s joyx1000! on a recent trip to nashville the whole fam stayed at the pet-friendly, beautiful @noelle_nashville 👌🏻i love nashville and grow more in love with each visit. from gorgeous hotels to incredible @beardfoundation nominated restaurants to boutiques that are way cooler than i am to museums and hiking trails - nashville is always a good idea. read my travel guide to the perfect day in nashville at myscoop👉🏻link in profile #nashville #traveltuesday #visitmusiccity
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Only in nashville can a dog walk double as an album cover😉, we’ll title this ‘poms on parade.’ alleys, rooftops, mountaintops, hiking trails, beach inlets, islands, treehouses, my bedroom at sunrise - these are my favorite places because they offer escape from the noise of the world. where are your favorite places? nashville is certainly a favorite city to visit and it is no secret that the music city is beyond popular these days. if you are heading to nashville for a weekend getaway whether it’s with besties or family, read my travel guide to the perfect day in nashville at myscoop👉🏻link in profile ——————————————————————————
wearing a few of my favorites monogrammed jacket by @mishanonoo
crossbody bag by @chloe
sunnies by @krewe
#nashville #friyay #familytravel
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Reunited and it feels so good. holiday decorations are put away, and my home office has been purged and refreshed. they say for every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned, i believe it. one of my mentors once told me. “get organized and everything else will follow.” as i have gotten older organizing isn’t just a project, it’s a practice. my family is regularly going through our stuff to purge and reorganize. purging is a freeing feeling and a reminder that life is about experiences, not things. your home will be cleaner and more organized, but even more so your mind will experience a detoxing. read 5 ways to refresh your home at myscoop👉🏻link in profile. #purge #tidyingup #newyearsresolution
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Do go chasing waterfalls🙌🏻happy #trailtuesday ! keeping true to our new year’s resolutions👉🏻more hikes. we found this gorgeous, easy trail full of large waterfalls on the way back from nashville to huntsville. we took a detour toward manchester for old stone fort archeological site. great for the family, lots of waterfalls, a wide open field, and prehistoric native american ruins - it is a very cool hike. we will be doing this one again👌🏻 read about more favorite hikes in north alabama and tennessee at myscoop👉🏻link in profile #chasingwaterfalls #happytrails #optoutside
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Saturday morning snuggles is where it’s at❤️ when all my loves get to travel together🙏🏻
———————————————————————————this nashville hotel is centrally located, gorgeous, pet friendly and family friendly👉🏻 @noelle_nashville #familyroadtrip #petfriendly #visitmusiccity
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Here’s looking at you 2019! happy new year from the bailey tribe! we started the new year off with our favorite hike - walls of jericho. 7 miles of god’s beauty, waterfalls, and mud. i joined the 7xtimers club, and i think today was the hardest it’s ever been. but the same reason it was so muddy is the same reason there were so many waterfalls - seems like there’s an analogy there;)❤️we spent new years eve hunkered down with our loved ones, and i was delighted to hear so many friends doing the same opting out of the commercialized hoopla. no hangover definitely made this hike possible💪🏻 grateful for the blessings of family, friends, love, health, this awe inspiring earth, and to live in the beautiful state of alabama. one of my resolutions👉🏻more hikes. wishing you a year of waterfalls despite the mud! @landtrustnal @visitnorthal #happynewyear #newyearshike #myloves
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“the moments i am most in awe of this beautiful life are always the moments i am outside.”
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it was an absolutely gorgeous day at one of our favorite hikes, alum hollow trail, with waterfalls running all through the mountain. we set up the hammock, read, relaxed and just listened to the running water while our daughter and her friend played. want to find great family hikes? read about my favorite hikes in north alabama and tennessee at myscoop link in profile. @landtrustnal @visitnorthal #sundayfunday #optoutside #hiking
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Merry christmas from the baileys! this is the good stuff and i am so grateful. the (not so) little one was more into christmas than ever before and when we asked her why, her response melted my heart, “mommy now that i understand more what christmas is truly about and the birth of jesus, it just all means more and makes me want to celebrate more.” amen to that, although i believe it took me longer than 10 yrs old to figure that out. this was a special christmas, even though there were still tears shed thinking of those no longer celebrating with us, it was a christmas i felt more present than ever before. i am thankful for a year of less - less screen time, less distractions, less stress, less stuff, less alcohol, less complaining, less want, less ‘me’ and i am thankful for a year of living with more intention. the greatest gift this year - being fully present for my family, listening to their voices, their laughter, their joy, their stories and realizing how precious and temporary these moments are. maybe it is part of getting older but as much as i enjoy getting presents that is no longer what i look forward to about christmas - instead i look forward to watching my daughter’s eyes light up when she opens a surprise, providing families in need with christmas meals and gifts, generations gathering around my table to share homemade food and stories, waking up on christmas morning with kisses from my husband and my puppies, singing silent night on christmas eve, decorating my house with wreaths and fresh greenery knowing that christmas greenery symbolizes the circle of life and growth, seeing my daughter’s face when mother ginger sachets out onto the nutcracker stage, dropping off little surprise happies to neighbors and friends, cooking old and new recipes with my daughter and at the end of it all snuggling up with the ones i love. i am grateful. i hope you had a very nice christmas and wishing you a happy new year! may your light shine. #merrychristmas #sweethomealabama #happynewyear
18 222 4 weeks ago

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It’s getting real christmas-y in the bailey house🎄 we did it! and kept our sanity! i’ve always wanted to make gingerbread houses from scratch but never made the time, this year this little girl has wanted to do so many christmas activities and begged to do this one. her figuring out the whole santa situation has been bittersweet, but now she seems more into christmas than ever before. so i made the time and even though there was a moment with the first house with the icing being too runny that i thought i might lose it. we persevered and they turned out pretty darn cute. all-in-all this wasn’t near as difficult as expected, it just took taking time to do it. more to follow at myscoop.us. #christmastime #christmasspirit #gingerbreadhouse
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Chef gets first bite right?✨christmas cooking is in full effect. it’s satsuma season and anyone who lives in south alabama or along the gulf coast knows that these little orange dreams can compete for the sweetest citrus. with two big bags of satsumas and a love for ice box pie, i decided to use my favorite lemon ice box pie recipe, insert satsuma juice, and voila! my favorite part of an ice box pie - the graham c*****r crust, that’s why i almost double my crust recipe😉👌🏻recipe is up at myscoop👉🏻 link in profile. want to find satsumas🍊scroll to see what they look like and if you do not live on the coast you can shop @wholefoods. #christmasrecipes #holidaydesserts #southernfood
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The table is a place to gather. a place of nourishment, of love, of laughter, of comfort. cooking is love no matter how simple the food. on myscoop this #thankfulthursday 👉🏻setting your holiday table. here i used blue and white chinoiserie vases and planters, heirloom placemats and napkins, and an array of greenery with white blooms to create a lush winter wonderland for my family. swipe for more photos, details link in profile. #holidaytable #holidaydecor
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